Supreme Court to hear pleas against Article 35 A after Diwali

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear after Diwali pleas challenging Article 35 A, relating to special rights and privileges of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.A bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar accepted the plea of the Jammu and Kashmir state government that the pleas challenging Article 35 A be heard after Diwali.Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi and Advocate Shoeb Alam mentioned the matter before a bench also comprising Justices Dipak Misra and D.Y. Chandrachud that even the Centre has no objection if the pleas are taken up after Diwali.“All the pleas will be taken up for hearing after Diwali,” the bench said.Earlier the apex court had favoured hearing of the matter by a five-judge constitution bench in case the Article is ultra vires of the Constitution or if there is any procedural lapse.The court had said that a three-judge bench will hear the matter and refer it to a five-judge bench if necessary.The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Charu Wali Khanna challenging Article 35A of the Constitution and Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which deal with the “permanent residents” of the state.The plea has challenged certain provisions of the Constitution which deny property right to a woman who marries a person from outside the state. The provision, which makes such women from the State lose rights over property, also applies to her son.Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir.It also empowers the State’s legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on grounds of violating the Right to Equality of people from other states or any other right under the Indian Constitution.“Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution restricts the basic right of women to marry a man of their choice by not giving the heirs any right to property if the woman marries a man not holding the Permanent Resident Certificate.“Her children are denied a permanent resident certificate thereby considering them illegitimate — not given any right to such a woman’s property even if she is a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir,” the plea said.While Jammu and Kashmir’s Non-Permanent Resident Certificate holders can vote in Lok Sabha elections, the same individual is barred to vote in local elections in the State.last_img read more

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Seeking permanent jobs, SPOs in Assam block Brahmaputra bridge

first_imgSome 300 special police officers (SPOs) on Monday blocked an arterial bridge across river Brahmaputra demanding regularisation of their jobs. They threatened to commit mass suicide by jumping into the river before the police dragged them away to restore order.About 650 SPOs have been jobless since the Assam government discharged them in 2015. They have been awaiting absorption in the proposed third Assam Industrial Security Force, as the government had promised.“We have no job, no money to look after our families. The government does not want us to live, and by preventing us from jumping into into the river, it does not want us to die either,” an SPO told newspersons.The State government had raised the SPOs in 2008 to guard government officials and vital installations after militants triggered large-scale violence in Dima Hasao district. Many surrendered rebels were included into the squad under rehabilitation schemes.“Initially, 900 SPOs were recruited. But the government discharged 298 of them in 2010 without any notice. The remaining SPOs were discharged in 2015, but none of us were given the revised pay since September 2013,” Dilip Saikia, president of SPO Welfare Society, had said some time ago.Mr. Saikia is undergoing treatment following an accident.The SPOs were recruited at a fixed monthly pay of ₹4,839 for the first three months. The pay was later revised to ₹8,200.The SPOs had in 2015 staged an armed revolt after being discharged. Two of them sustained bullet injuries after the police opened fire to quell the rebellion.Home Commissioner L.S. Changsan did not take calls, but an official in her department said the SPOs were recruited in 2008 on the condition that their job would be temporary. “There is no point demanding regularisation of job when they had agreed to the condition in the first place,” he said.last_img read more

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Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Despite finishing with just 368 statistical points, well behind San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, who received 487 SPs, Lee had 424 points from the media, 71 points from the players, and 150 points from the PBA and all those three scores were the highest in its respective categories.Alaska point guard Chris Banchero finished second in the race with 753 points while Standhardinger came in third with 659 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (520 points) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398 points) were the fourth and fifth place finishers.Meanwhile, Harris garnered 1,209 total points to become the conference’s top reinforcement—which is also his first Best Import award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rivals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals shared center court after Magnolia’s Paul Lee and Alaska’s Mike Harris were named the Best Player of the Conference and the Best Import, respectively.Lee accumulated 1,013 of the 3,343 points to win his first BPC trophy in his seven-year career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The awarding ceremony was held before Game 4 of the finals tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris topped with 540 SPs while also getting the most points from the media (456) and the PBA (150).Alaska’s versatile import was second in player voting garnering 63 points while runner-up Romeo Travis had the most nods from his fellow athletes with 88 points.Magnolia’s Travis had a total of 914 points while Ginebra’s and Meralco’s Allan Durham had 679 and 541 points to finish third and fourth, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Super Lewis decimates India as West Indies win by 9 wickets

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket Evin Lewis once again turned out to be India’s nemesis in the shortest format with yet another magnificent hundred in West Indies’ comfortable nine wicket victory against India in the one-off T20, here today.Chasing a competitive target of 191, Lewis smashed his way to an unbeaten 125 off 62 balls with as many as 12 sixes and six fours as the reigning World T20 champions knocked off the runs in only 18.3 overs.It turned out to be a forgettable day for the bowling unit after a sub-par total on a batting belter as Lewis notched up the highest individual score by a West Indies batsman surpassing Chris Gayle.Lewis had earlier tormented the Indian bowlers with a 49-ball-100 during a T20 International in Florida, last year. In fact, Lewis turned Gayle into spectator with his power-hitting as he cleared the front-leg to hit in the arc between long-off and long-on. Gayle’s contrubution in the opening stand of 82 was a mere 18 off 19 balls.On a true pitch, the Trinidad left-hander just hit through the line clearing the ropes at will. He got a couple of reprieves with Mohammed Shami and Dinesh Karthik being the offenders but one can’t take anything away from Lewis.The experienced spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja (5 sixes), Ravichandran Ashwin (4 sixes) conceded nine sixes between them while Mohammed Shami (0/46 in 3 overs) was hit for six boundaries and two sixes.Experienced Marlon Samuels (36 no off 29 balls) played second fiddle during the 112 run stand as Lewis fittingly finished the match with a six off Jadeja.Earlier, Indian batsmen faltered badly after a rollicking start provided by their openers scoring 190 for 6 after being put into bat. Skipper Kohli (39 off 22 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (23 off 12 balls) added 64 in a whirlwind opening stand using the Powerplay overs to the fullest.However Dinesh Karthik (48 off 29 balls) and Rishabh Pant (38 off 35 balls) could not keep the momentum despite an 86-run stand in 9.5 overs. As a result, India could manage only 97 runs in the their back 10 after scoring 93 in the first largely due to positive intent showed by the Dhawan-Kohli duo. The total was atleast 20 runs short of par-score on a good batting surface.Kohli was in regal form as he punished each and every bowler hitting seven boundaries and a six during his short stay. A backfoot cover drive off Carlos Brathwaite and a six over long-on off Kesrick Williams stood out among the rest. Anything on his pads was treated with disdain.Dhawan was also in imperious form hitting Samuel Badree for a couple of boundaries in his opening over. He hit three more boundaries as India looked set for a big total. However Kohli trying to repeat a shot off Williams couldn’t clear mid-on. New man Pant was responsible for a poor call running Dhawan out.However once Pant and Karthik joined forces, the run-rate dipped badly. Especially young Pant, touted as the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Indian cricket was completely out of sorts.The only shot he timed well was a six over long-on off Marlon Samuels followed by a boundary over extra cover.Karthik, getting a lucky chance after seven long years (he last played T20I in 2010 during the World T20) due to Hardik Pandya’s injury, did hit some cheeky shots en route his career-best score. He started with a square cut off Sunil Narine followed by a slog swept six off Samuels and couple of sixes off Brathwaite.It was expected that Karthik with all his IPL experience would take the team past 200-run mark as his partner was struggling with his timing, he tried to play an audacious lap shot off Samuels, moving outside the off-stump, only to be bowled.Jerome Taylor (2/31) then removed MS Dhoni (2) trying to slog over extra cover and Pant, trying a ramp shot, off successive deliveries as India slumped from 151 for 2 to 156 for 5. SHARE COMMENT July 10, 2017center_img Evin Lewis turned Gayle into spectator with his power-hitting Published on COMMENTS 0last_img read more

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There Are 8 Types Of Love — Which One Are You In?

first_imgAh, love! One of the most demanding things in the world, yet desired by almost everyone. Love may be a singular word with a powerful meaning, but it consists of plural actions and many experiences.In this lifetime, friends may talk about love like it is one simple thing but you are guaranteed to encounter these 8 types of love at least once in your life. Which love are you experiencing right now? See how much it’s affecting your love life.1. Empty LoveThis type of love is one of the harder ones for people to escape, yet so easy to fall into. You feel like something is always missing and need this large void filled up by another person’s actions, emotions, and affection. However, a friend won’t cut it — you need a new lover.Sadly, these empty relationships are as empty as the person creating it and usually involves a chaotic teeter-totter effect. You feel like you are on cloud 9 one moment, then spiralling the next. You don’t know how long you can stay attached to this person.In the end, you do not really love them, you just love what they can do for you. Quit while you’re ahead.2. Pulse LoveSimilar to Empty Love, Pulse Love lives off adrenaline. Your actions are more sporadic and things feel more delightful due to the carefree, fast-paced nature of this love. We become addicted to trying new things, meeting new people, and exploring for a while.Pulse Love can be effective as long as you meet someone going through the same phase. The rush can come to an end when you hit the bump in the road known as commitment.Finding someone you can explore with can eventually lead to a very stable and long relationship, but for now, you need to take the time to find a few encounters and reevaluate old desires. Our perspective on love changes as time goes by, after all.3. Lonely LoveDefinitely one of the most painful love experiences, Lonely Love is unrequited love, meaning your feelings are one-sided. You care for them, love for them and want to be everything for them, but you simply can’t. It is beyond frustrating.However, don’t let this type of love consume you. Isolating your body, mind and even your time for that person can really be detrimental to your other relationships. Unless you can clearly see what you are getting into, it is better to realize you can’t love this person.Maintain the relationship but love yourself first before showering them with care again. This love can be beneficial because you may realize how someone else felt when they loved you. Your love is less selfish and more people-oriented afterwards. Better to have loved than lost, huh?4. Manipulative LoveJust as dangerous as Lonely Love, Manipulative Love creates suffering on the bottom end. Manipulation involves condescending behavior, he said she said, and enforced changes. Because of this love, people forget how to be themselves and look more like a love toy than a real person.How do you know when you’re the manipulator? If you often enforce your opinions or habits on your partner without consideration as to why they behave that way, there is your first small clue. I hated when my man told me to never do A, B and C, but there he was doing it himself. If you feel like a hypocrite, step back and learn that there are certain things your partner can’t change and can’t do for you.5. Unbalanced LoveUnbalanced Love can be tricky to escape unscathed because this usually ends in a devastating way if not resolved. Unbalanced Love shockingly involves a lot of role-playing too (no, not the fun, kinky type). You often feel more like a parental figure instead of a lover due to the give and take system.When you feel like you’re giving more, you should immediately express this. Hiding your feelings leads to petty actions and a constant search for their behavior in order to validate the imbalanced relationship. In the end, you will simply explode the time bomb of every moment you felt used and abused.6. Platonic LoveWe all have that one person we love more than our own family. Of course, the love doesn’t involve anything s**ual (unless you are FWBs), but the love is stronger than any other. Platonic Love is one of the most rewarding because you genuinely love a person for their entire being.This relationship isn’t just for your high school bestie — it can be for your co-worker, sister-in-law or even a cousin. You’re close and can accept all of their good and bad, 100 percent of the time, and vice versa. Platonic Love is personal, involved and transparent. You don’t have to force yourself to be your best, you unconsciously do just that for said person.7. Passionate LovePassionate Love isn’t just for romance novels anymore. Every day is the honeymoon phase and Passionate lovers are literally the spice of life when it comes to dating. In a relationship, things continue to be engaging and interesting but not just in the bedroom.The ability to see romance as a turn-on is one of the most eye-opening experiences. From holding your hand to that playful nudge while at the gym, cooking, watching movies or even enjoying nature together, it somehow blossoms into a love of life because that person can make everything effortlessly romantic.It is love that movie directors die trying to make. If you find more thrill doing things outside the bedroom, you are authentically engaged in a Passionate Love life.8. True LoveTrue love is something everyone is after but it doesn’t come that easy. The reason why it is called “True Love” is that it is truly made just for you in the end. It is a type of love personalized for your interests, benefits, and is usually something cultivated by you and your partner.It can be beneficial because this love is not one-sided, impulsive or manipulative; you and your partner went the extra mile to make it everlasting. It is also built on the foundation of understanding one another, not perfectionism.You work through the ups and downs and know when to give 70 percent instead of expecting an even 50/50. The unbalanced outcome is what makes it so balanced, and letting go of larger expectations leads to bigger surprises from your lover.Sourcelast_img read more

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Exploring Indonesia’s Long and Complicated History of Forest Fires

first_imgClick on different provinces on the interactive map to see the number of fire alerts and where they occurred. You can also hover over the bar chart to see the fire alerts breakdown by year.South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and Riau Are Indonesia’s Most Fire-Prone ProvincesOver the last 15 years, the majority of fires in Indonesia happened in South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and Riau. Together, these three provinces account for 44 percent of all fires in Indonesia since 2001. In the 2015, the fire alert count in Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra surpassed 27,000, compared to the 5,500 alerts each province had on average in the previous five years. In Riau, fires are decreasing overall, but 4,058 fires were detected in 2016, despite it being a wet year. That’s more than four times as many fires than were detected in the fire-prone Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra.Despite 2016 being a wet year, the Riau province experienced four times as many fires at the historically fire prone provinces of Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra. Agriculture has been the single biggest driver of these fires. More than 60 percent of the 2015 fires in Central Kalimantan and South Sumatra occurred on peatlands. In South Sumatra, 50 percent of its fires in 2015 were also on pulpwood and wood fiber concessions. 2016 fire alerts data shows that this pattern persisted in Riau, where 47 percent of the fires that year were within wood fiber concessions. Looking back further, Central Kalimantan has had more fires alerts on oil palm concessions than any other type of land in every year since 2001.The data also show that historical fire patterns may be changing. The Papua province, for example, has seen an uptick in fires in recent years. In 2015, fires alerts spiked to 14,500, compared to an average of roughly 3,200 fire alerts each year between 2001-2015. With more than 35 percent of fires detected since 2001 occurring inside protected areas and illegal burning on the rise, its relatively untouched forests are becoming increasingly threatened.Preventing Future FiresThese fire history data offer clues as to where and what kinds of fire prevention efforts may be most effective in helping Indonesia avoid disastrous fire seasons in the future, including:Prioritizing no-burn and zero-deforestation commitments in provinces with chronic fires, where the clearing of forests and peatlands for agricultural expansion needs to be contained. Moreover, companies that have already announced such commitments need to deliver not only within their concession boundaries, but also develop strategies to ensure this commitment is followed across their entire supply chains. Closely monitoring provinces with intense recent burning, such as Papua. The new moratorium on all peatlands will be crucial to preventing fires in relatively unexploited forests. Focusing restoration efforts in provinces with a long history of burning. The Peatland Restoration Agency, a new government-led effort to restore the hydrology of peatlands, should begin in South Sumatra and Central Kalimantan. Additionally, implementation and enforcement of the new peatland moratorium, which requires companies to restore peatlands they have drained in the past, should be especially stringent in those provinces. Analyzing fires more granularly in Sumatra and Kalimantan will help the Fire Free Alliance, an initiative of plantation companies and NGOs focused on fire prevention, decide where to scale up successful village-level initiatives, such APRIL’s Fire Free Village Program in Riau Province.Looking into the past can help Indonesia avoid repeating its history of devastating annual fire seasons. Together with increasingly accurate, near real-time data coming online, the fire history data may help break the cycle. This blog was originally posted on Global Forest Watch. Tersedia dalam bahasa Indonesia di sini.For decades, forest and land fires in Indonesia have been an annual environmental crisis, but the dry conditions caused by the 2015 El Niño made that year’s fire season the worst in 20 years: approximately 2.6 million hectares (6.4 million acres) of land were burned between June and October, Indonesia’s dry season. The fires, many burning on carbon-rich peatlands, exposed millions of people across Southeast Asia to toxic haze and tripled Indonesia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. This year we have not seen nearly as many fires because of wetter conditions, but the root of the problem still needs to be addressed.Nearly all fires in Indonesia are human-caused. The country’s forests and peatlands—carbon-rich, water-logged landscapes that have become another popular option for agricultural expansion—are too moist for fires to ignite naturally. Therefore, they are typically actively drained and set aflame to prepare for agriculture or drive people away in land conflicts.An analysis of new fire history data on Global Forest Watch Fires confirms that fires tend to be concentrated on agricultural concessions and peatlands in Indonesia. Seeing where fires occurred in the past can help inform fire prevention efforts, like companies’ no-burn commitments, government land use and restoration strategies, or village-level fire prevention programs to the areas of greatest need.This data show the yearly concentration of fire alerts detected by NASA’s MODIS satellites between 2001 and 2015. High concentrations of fire alerts are represented as red spots, while low concentrations are shown in blue.last_img read more

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Google Introduces Analytics App Store

first_img marketing analytics .  You may come across an app that lets you organize your analytics in a way that helps you get more out of measuring your marketing.  The gallery is chock full of tools to help Analytics users understand their web stats.  It is currently divided into 12 categories, including business intelligence, campaign management, content management, data collection, e-commerce, , mobile solutions, phone call tracking, reporting tools, Originally published May 5, 2010 12:57:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 they should be Google’s Analytics Application Gallery Learn how to measure the effectiveness of Your web site. If you’re a Google Analytics user, take some time to browse the new gallery and check out Google’s Topics: If you’re a marketer, web analytics (different from  Today’s launch of will hopefully make it a little easier. The new gallery offers applications that extend Google Analytics’ reach deeper into specific areas like eCommerce and content management.  search optimization ).  Analytics help you determine how each of your initiatives are performing and can indicate whether you need to change or improve upon your existing programs.  In a nutshell, web and marketing analytics ) are a significant part of your marketing programs (and if they aren’t, Google Analytics Have you taken a look around the gallery? Are any of the offered tools useful to you? Share some of your favorite Google Analytics apps in the comments below. help you determine the ROI of your marketing efforts. Why is this helpful for marketers? Editor’s Picks email marketing Download the free video Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Trying to get more out of your Google Analytics? , site audit, and widgets & gadgets.  Currently, there are 38 available apps, though this number will continue to rise as developers submit their new apps to the gallery. to learn how to measure the effectiveness of your web site. Video: Marketing Analytics 101: How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Websitelast_img read more

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What Makes a Team Truly Great? 9 Defining Traits [Infographic]

first_img2K+Save What makes a team truly great?Is it the mix of personalities? Is it how teams are measured and rewarded? Does the team leader ultimately determine their success?Click here to download our free guide to hiring and training a team of all-stars.There is a lot of research and opinion on what ingredients are necessary to build a high-performing team because it is one of the most difficult things to do — you are essentially forcing people together — but it’s one of the biggest drivers of success in an organization. A poor performing team can negatively impact an entire organization, not to mention be the cause for missing goals or revenue targets. Weekdone created the below infographic detailing some of the defining characteristics of great teams. Learn what you should look for in a high-performing team and how to recruit to create your own. 2K+Save Topics: Originally published Jan 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017center_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 Collaboration/Teamworklast_img read more

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7 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Nov 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: I have money in my savings account because my bank has a built-in auto-deposit process. I’m not logging into my account every day and moving money around, but when I do log in, I can see the progress I’ve made toward my goals by setting my account to automate deductions.Think of marketing automation like auto-deducting money from your checking account and putting it into savings: The automatic process lets you invest in your future goals in an easier way than if you did it manually.Marketing automation can play a significant role in the success of your inbound marketing strategy, but there is a right way and a wrong way to use it.Learn more about HubSpot’s latest tools to power your growth here.We want to help you understand marketing automation, and how and when to use it to your organization’s benefit. In this post, we’ll discuss traps marketers can fall into when incorporating marketing automation and alternatives that solve for these challenges.What Is Marketing Automation?Quite simply, marketing automation refers to the software that exists to automate marketing actions — actions like email, social media, and more. All of these automated actions are designed with the concept of lead nurturing in mind. In other words, marketers are creating and automating various types of content with the goal of actively attracting, qualifying, and moving prospects through the sales funnel towards a purchase.And the marketing automation industry is huge — Emailmonday estimates that 49% of companies use marketing automation software, and Marketing Automation Insider estimates that the industry is worth $1.62 billion per year.The trouble is, because marketing automation software has grown so significantly as a part of the inbound marketing movement, some marketers aren’t adopting it correctly. Let’s dig into some of the most common marketing automation mistakes below.7 Common Marketing Automation Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)1) You’ve invested in marketing automation without an inbound lead generation strategy.The Problem:You’ve purchased and started using marketing automation software, but you don’t have a strong content strategy in place yet. As a result, you aren’t attracting enough qualified leads to your website, so the ROI of your marketing automation software is low.To solve this problem, you might be considering buying an email contact list to build the size of your database.The Solution:Before you buy an email list, don’t.You see, it’s not a sound lead generation strategy to purchase email contact lists for a few reasons. For one, people don’t generally like being contacted unsolicited, and you don’t want to irritate potential customers. Additionally, purchased email lists have generally high churn rates — because the leads are often unqualified — meaning your database won’t have the long-term growth that you’re looking for.Instead of going that route, focus on developing an inbound marketing strategy aimed at attracting folks that actually want to hear from you. Write blog posts, create content offers, calls-to-action, and landing pages, and optimize your website so it will rank well in organic search. These efforts will ensure that your content is being discovered by your audience. Then, once you start generating more leads, you’ll be able to nurture them effectively with automated emails and social media posts.2) You don’t have a goal for your marketing automation.The Problem:You’re sending out multiple automated email and social media messages without an end goal in mind. The Solution:Take advantage of the ease of use marketing automation software provides and invest time and efforts into determining your goals first. Once you have them, you’ll want to assign these goals to each automated effort — social media, email workflows, and so on — to ensure it’s easy to track progress.After all, marketers need a way to measure success when it comes to marketing automation, and one means of doing so is by evaluating goal attainment. For example, here at HubSpot, the Visual Workflows tool lets you set a specific goal for each automated workflow. A goal might be a new lead transitioning into a marketing-qualified lead based on certain behaviors, such as downloading a specific number of content offers.HubSpot Visual Workflows also allows you to track the percentage of contacts in each workflow that achieve the goal, which is another great way to measure the success and ROI of your marketing automation.3) You don’t segment your email list.The Problem:You have a database full of qualified leads, but you’re using marketing automation software to blast out tons of emails that aren’t customized at all. As a result, your leads are churning because your emails aren’t useful to them.The Solution:Develop a lead nurturing strategy that includes email list segmentation so you’re sending specific emails to specific people that they’re more likely to open.According to the Direct Marketing Association, 77% of email marketing ROI came from targeted, segmented campaigns in 2015, and segmented emails generate 58% of all revenue. Seems like a must-have strategy, right? Unfortunately, only 42% of email marketers are sending targeted messages.With the right marketing automation software, it’s easy to execute an email list segmentation strategy that delivers strong results. For example, HubSpot customers can use the Visual Workflows App to target their emails based on dozens of criteria, both demographic and behavioral.Need inspiration? We recently published a blog post with 30 ideas for email list segmentation from real brands.4) You send too many emails.The Problem:Perhaps your email list isn’t segmented, or maybe you’re a little overzealous with your marketing automation software. Whatever the reason, you’re annoying potential prospects by sending way too many emails.The Solution:Strategically send fewer emails.When it comes to your email database, focus on quality over quantity. It’s better to have a lower volume of leads with higher engagement rates than a massive database of people who don’t open your emails.Why? Because higher quality leads are more likely to become customers.A staggering 78% of customers recently surveyed by HubSpot Research have unsubscribed because the brand was sending too many emails. To avoid sending one of many such emails, make sure that every single email you send provides value to leads in a way that they won’t be able to help but click.5) You’re only automating your email marketing strategy.The Problem:You use your marketing automation software to send out emails, and not much else.The Solution:Take advantage of all of the features your software offers to maximize efficiency.There are probably a lot of little tasks over the course of your work day that don’t seem time consuming individually. However, if you add up all of the time you spend posting on social media, updating contact information, and other tasks, you end up with a large chunk of your day spent on things that can probably be automated.Poke around your marketing automation to see which processes you can make more efficient. For example, in the HubSpot software, users can bulk update lead contact information instead of clicking into each record and changing details there.The more processes you automate, the more time you’ll have each day to strategize with your team about content, lead generation, and lead nurturing tactics to keep attracting quality leads to your site.6) You’re only sharing your marketing automation efforts within your marketing department.The Problem:You have marketing automation set up only for email marketing, social media, and other lead activities that are only impacting your marketing team’s bottom line.The Solution:Use a “smarketing” approach, and make your marketing automation work for sales reps as well.Think bigger than just the marketing team: What processes would help your sales team if they were automated?For example, if there were a process in place that alerted reps to when their leads were checking out parts of your website, that would help inform their next call or email. When a lead fills out a form, it could trigger a specific email send from marketing and a follow-up call from their sales rep. Marketing automation software also helps users set follow-up tasks and to-do lists, which reps could use to keep track of the many leads they’re working at a given time.Take your sales and marketing alignment to the next level by making processes easier for team members across the board to achieve their goals with the help of marketing automation.7) You use too many different tools.The Problem:Roughly half of marketers use marketing automation software, and those who do often combine different strategies into a “Frankensystem” of tools to achieve their bottom line.For example, they might start on a whiteboard, move to a spreadsheet, then shift onto an online flowchart maker, and only then will they use marketing automation software. This system is problematic in a few ways — it’s time consuming, numbers can be incorrectly analyzed, and communication is complicated.The Solution:Invest in all-in-one marketing automation software.The point of marketing automation is to make things easier and more efficient, and your team won’t achieve that if you’re spending too much time updating different documents or manually targeting your leads database.All-in-one marketing automation software offers a variety of criteria options to target your audience, as well as visualization tools so you can see how your marketing automation efforts are working together. That means you’ll be spending less time writing out numbers and emailing spreadsheets to your team members, and more time implementing strategies designed to qualify leads. What’s the biggest challenge you encountered when you purchased marketing automation software? Share with us in the comments below. Marketing Automationlast_img read more

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34 Stats to Help You Plan Your Social Media Strategy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & More

first_imgBack in October, I wrote a piece on Medium that covered the numbers behind some of today’s top social media networks. From usage numbers to engagement statistics, it was incredible to see just how impactful networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become. For example, not only is Facebook home to 1.23 billion daily active users on average, but those users come from all over the world — with 85.2% residing outside of the U.S. and Canada. That’s a crazy level of connectivity.As I put together the post, it became obvious just how fast these networks were growing — and I thought a lot about how hard is it to keep up with all of these changes, especially for marketers. To make things a little easier to wrap your head around, I put together a simplified list of some standout statistics for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instragram, and Pinterest. Check them out below if you’re looking for some guidance for your social media strategy this year. 34 Stats to Help You Plan Your Social Media Strategy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & MoreFacebookOrganic reach of Facebook Page post is 2%.The average post reach of total audience is 10.71%.Facebook Page videos generate 16% more engagement per post than images.Videos secured the most reach, at 12.17% of total audience, followed by photos (11.53%), links (9.32%) and status updates (5.09%).Ideal length of a status update: 40 characters.0.80% median viral reach per fan for post with hashtags, 1.30% for post without hashtags.Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images. TwitterTweets with images receive 18% more clickthroughs, 89% more Likes, and 150% more retweets.60% of consumers expect brands to respond to their query within the hour, but the average is 1 hour 24 minutes.Ideal tweet length: 100 characters.Clickthrough rate is highest on Wednesdays.A tweet that doesn’t include a # or @ mention will generate 23% more clicks. When the tweet is focused on driving an app install, forgoing a # or @ mention increases clicks by 11%. But according to Quicksprout, tweets with hashtags get 2X more engagement — clicks, retweets, favorites, and replies.    LinkedInB2B buyers are turning to LinkedIn for content that will help them move forward in the buyer’s journey — and 57% are doing so on a mobile device.LinkedIn is home to 467 million members in more than 200 countries, meaning it’s a great place for global brands to distribute content. LinkedIn has studied its own platform and found that including images in posts increases the comment rate by 98%.Updates containing links can have up to 45% higher follower engagement than updates without links.16–25 words is the ideal message length for B2B, 21–25 for B2C.20 posts per month can help you reach 60% of your unique audience.InstagramOn average, people miss 70% of their feeds.1.1% average engagement rate of all posts (4.2% in 2014; 2.2% in 2015).Images with a single dominant color generate 17% more Likes than images with multiple dominant colors. Images with a high amount of negative space generate 29% more Likes than those with minimal negative space. Images featuring blue as the dominant color generate 24% more Likes than images that are predominantly red.Photos showing faces get 38% more Likes than photos not showing faces.Photos see more engagement than videos on Instagram.The red heart is the most frequently shared emoji on Instagram, which is shared 79% more than the next most popular symbol, a smiling face with heart eyes.50% of captions and comments on Instagram contain at least one emoji.The most common posting frequency for brands on Instagram is 11–20 times per month.Instagram audiences are more engaged on Mondays and Thursdays at 2 a.m., 8–9 a.m., and 5 p.m.PinterestProduct Pins with prices get 36% more likes than those without.67% of Pinners consult Pins on their mobile devices while shopping in stores.Don’t be shy to ask : A call-to-action Pin description can increase engagement by 80%.83% of users would rather follow a brand than a celebrity.Active Pinners have a 9% higher average income than non-users.Users who Pin 15 to 30 times a day get the best results.2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. are the best time to post, and Saturday is the best day.What networks are you most interested in investing in this year? Share your thoughts in the comments. Originally published Feb 6, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated April 27 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! Social Media Strategy Topics:last_img read more

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25 Google Search Statistics to Bookmark ASAP

first_img Marketing Data Google does not share their search volume data. However, it is estimated Google processes approximately 70,000 search queries every second, translating to 5.8 billion searches per day and approximately 2 trillion global searches per year. The average person conducts between three and four searches each day.So, let’s look at a few of 2019’s top Google Search statistics and take a deeper dive into the trending searches that guide your marketing strategy. In many ways, marketing is a game of trend watching. The marketer who’s best at spotting and using trends earns their business market share, brand recognition, and ultimately, revenue.But how do you search for trends? And where do you start? Well, since they own about 92% of the global search engine market, the answer to both of these questions is, “Google.”Click here to get everything you need to get your website ranking in search. Now that we know how to search for trending topics, let’s look at how Google influences search with these latest statistics.1. The top five Google searches in 2018 were “World Cup,” “Hurricane Florence,” “Mac Miller,” “Kate Spade,” and “Anthony Bourdain.” (source: Google)2. 8% of search queries are phrased as questions. (source: Moz)3. The typical user crafts searches that are about three words long. (source: Moz)4. As of February 2018, 62.6% of web users conduct their searches on Google — up from 53% in 2015. (source: SparkToro)5. 79% of keywords and 47% of keywords in positions 1-20 rank differently on mobile and desktop. (source: BrightEdge)6. In 2018, Google Images accounted for 22.6% of all internet searches and Google Maps accounted for 13%. (source: SparkToro)7. Compressing images and text could help 25% of web pages save more than 250KB and 10% save more than 1 MB. These changes reduce bounce rates and increase page rank on Google SERPs. (source: Google)8. In 2018, Google properties owned over 90% of all searches. (source: SparkToro)9. In 2017, 50.3% of web traffic took place on mobile phones. (source: Statista)10. Branded searches have higher click-through rates on the first half of the first page of Google. (source: Internet Marketing Ninjas)11. The average click-through rate for first position on a Google search query is 19.30% and the click-through rate for second position is almost half at 10.57%. (source: Internet Marketing Ninjas)12. The average click-through rate for first place on desktop is higher than that of mobile, at 31.52% and 24.05% respectively. (source: Advanced Web Ranking)13. Four times as many people are likely to click on a paid search ad on Google (63%) than on any other search engine — Amazon (15%), YouTube (9%), and Bing (6%). (source: Clutch)14. Videos appear in 6.3% of results, but YouTube drew only 1.8% of all search clicks. (source: Moz)15. 55% of people clicking on Google search ads prefer those to be text ads. (source: Clutch)16. For every $1 businesses spend on Google Ads, they make an average of $2 in revenue. (source: Google)17. The average click-through rate in Google Ads across industries is 3.17% in the search network and 0.46% on the display network. (source: WordStream)18. 66% of distinct Google search queries resulted in one or more clicks. 34% of searches result in no clicks. (source: Moz)19. The average cost-per-click in AdWords across all industries is $48.96 for search and $75.51 for display. (source: WordStream)20. 53% of users will abandon a page if it takes more than three seconds to load. (source: Google)21. 18% of searches lead the searcher to change their query without clicking any results. (source: Moz)22. The average Google search session is just under one minute. (source: Moz)23. The average conversion rate in AdWords across all industries is 3.75% for search and 1.77% for display. (source: WordStream)24. Image blogs appear in 11% of Google results and earn 3% of all Google search clicks. (source: Moz)25. When Google opened its proverbial doors in September 1998, they only averaged about 10,000 daily search queries. (source: “The Search”) Topics: How many people use Google? Google TrendsThink with GoogleTwitterBuzzSumoFeedlyRedditAhrefsPocketQuoraLet’s take a look at each one in greater detail …1. Google TrendsReview the year in search, take Google Trends lessons, and see what’s trending now. You can also view the peaks and valleys of topic interest over time, which uncovers seasonality and allows you to plan your marketing calendar accordingly. Plus, find related topics and queries, and identify sub regions your topic has been trending in to better target your campaigns.Source: Google Trends2. Think with GoogleDiscover articles, benchmark reports, and consumer insights that keep you up to speed on search. From ad bidding strategy to brand jingles, you’ll find interesting content that helps you think bigger while staying educated on how to leverage Google search for your business.Source: Think with Google3. TwitterSign on to Twitter for more than vaguely hostile political debates. Use the “trends” feature to uncover what’s trending in your state, country, or around the globe. When you click into a trend, you’ll see top tweets about the topic, relevant news stories, and live responses as well.Source: Twitter4. BuzzSumoIdentify the most shared content in the previous 12 months or the last 24 hours. BuzzSumo allows you to drill down and analyze the topics that matter to your industry, your competitors, and the influencers you learn from.Source: BuzzSumo5. Feedly This RSS feed aggregator allows you to follow your favorite brands and see their most recent content in once place. Add your favorites and discover new publishers by searching your industry, skills, or — you guessed it — trending topics. Feedly also allows you to set up keyword alerts, so you’re always tracking the latest trends on topics you’re interested in.Source: Feedly6. RedditFreshness and user-based voting determines how content is prioritized on Reddit. A quick visit to the homepage shows you trending or popular posts. And you can filter by country or recency for a more relevant feed.Source: Reddit7. AhrefsConduct competitive research, home in on a keyword, or search for trending topics. Ahrefs helps you identify trending content and shows you what to do to outrank your competitors.Source: Ahrefs8. PocketPocket allows you to save content from anywhere on the web. Review your content whenever you wish and head to the Explore page to find trending topics that are relevant to you.Source: Pocket9. QuoraSign up for Quora and select topic areas that interest you (e.g., “startups,” “marketing,” and “economics”). Quora will stock your feed with questions relating to your content interests. This gives you insight into what your customers are asking, real-time debates about competitors, and even allows you to answer questions about topics you have experience in.Source: Quora How To Find Trending Searchescenter_img Want to dig a little deeper into search? Check out this article by HubSpot’s Dharmesh Shah on how to search on Google. Google has 92.42% of the search engine market share worldwide. That breaks down to approximately 72% of the desktop market and 92% of the mobile search engine market share. The United States leads with the most users. 27% of Americans use Google. Originally published Nov 7, 2019 7:10:00 AM, updated November 13 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! Top Google Search Statistics in 2019 How many Google searches per day?last_img read more

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Mary Kom recuses herself from sports awards meeting to avoid conflict

first_imgBoxer M.C. Mary Kom on Saturday recused herself from the meeting wherein her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav’s name was discussed for the Dronacharya award. There was widespread criticism that she is a part of the 12-member committee which is nominating names for national awards for excellence in sports and her own coach is in the list of candidates proposed. But the boxer decided to stay away from when her coach’s name came up for discussion.IANS has reliably learned that she decided to not be a part of the final meeting on Saturday due to the presence of Yadav’s name among the nominees. According to sources, Mary had in fact wanted to resign from the committee when media reports appeared pointing at a case of conflict of interest against her.The Boxing Federation of India had nominated Yadav on the basis of Mary’s recommendation.Mary is among the athletes who are in the selection panel — which includes former footballer Baichung Bhutia, former long-jumper Anju Bobby George, former women’s cricket team captain Anjum Chopra and table tennis coach Kamlesh Mehta – that will recommend names for the Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhyanchand and Dronacharya awards to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The other prominent names are Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma, Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Jhulaniya, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan.The BFI has nominated world championships bronze-medallist Gaurav Bidhuri and Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal for the Arjuna Award while Sandhya Gurung and Shiv Singh are the other coaches they have nominated for the Dronacharya.advertisementAlso Read | Dutee Chand laments lack of competition as Indian GP fails to provide tough test to athletesAlso See:last_img read more

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Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2F, Reno 2Z launched: Key specs, features, price in India and release date

first_imgOppo launched three new smartphones in India on Wednesday, August 28. The Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F are part of the new Reno 2-series and India is the first market to get them. The Reno 2 smartphones carry forward the design philosophy set by the Reno and Reno 10x Zoom earlier this year. All three Reno 2 smartphones tout quad cameras, AMOLED displays and VOOC 3.0 fast charging, among other things.The three phones launched today fall in different segments in India as Oppo aims to offer a Reno device ranging from affordable to premium mid-range. Here is a quick look at the key specifications, features and prices of the Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F.Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z, Reno 2F specificationsDisplay: Oppo Reno 2 sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Reno 2Z and Reno 2F come with 6.53-inch FHD+ AMOLED displays with 19.5:9 aspect ratios.Processor: The Reno 2 is powered by a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 730G chipset, while the Reno 2Z gets a MediaTek Helio P90 processor and the Reno 2F runs on a Helio P70 SoC.RAM: All three smartphones come with 8GB of RAM.Internal storage: Reno 2 and Reno 2Z offer 256GB of internal storage, while the Reno 2F comes with 128GB of inbuilt storage.Rear camera: All three Reno 2-series phones come with 48MP quad cameras. The Reno 2 and Reno 2Z offer 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor, while the Reno 2F uses Samsung’s 48MP GM1 sensor. The Reno 2 also comes with a 13MP telephoto, 8MP wide-angle and 2MP mono lens. The Reno 2Z and Reno 2F get an 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP mono lens and 2MP portrait lens.advertisementFront camera: All three Reno 2-series phones offer a 16MP selfie camera.Battery: The Reno 2-series features a 4,000mAh battery and support VOOC 3.0 fast charging.Software: They run on ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie.Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z, Reno 2F key features:– Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z and Reno 2F are the company’s first set of phones to come with quad rear cameras. All three smartphones feature a 48MP primary camera. The Reno 2 and Reno 2Z use Sony’s IMX586 sensor, while the Reno 2F uses Samsung’s 48MP GM1 sensor.– The Reno 2’s telephoto lens supports 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom. All three smartphones come with features like Ultra Dark Mode, AI Beauty Mode, HDR Portrait, and Ultra Stead Mode for videos.– All three Reno 2-series phones also come with curved Gorilla Glass 5 rear panels with the quad cameras placed under the glass. The Reno 2 also comes with a shark-fin rising camera design like the previous Reno phone, while the Reno 2Z and Reno 2F get traditional vertical pop-up camera. — The Reno 2 comes in Ocean Blue and Luminous Black colours. The Reno 2Z is offered in Sky White, Luminous Black and Polar Light colours, while the Reno 2F comes in Sky White and Lake Green colours.– Oppo Reno 2 highlights a 6.55-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display which comes without a notch and a screen ratio of 93.1 per cent. The Reno 2 offers peak outdoor brightness up to 800 nits. Meanwhile, the Reno 2Z and Reno 2F come with slightly smaller 6.53-inch AMOLED displays. All three phones come with optical in-display fingerprint sensors and features like Hyper Boost 2.0, Game Boost 3.0 and Game Space for an optimised gaming performance.– All three Reno 2-series phones also pack 4,000mAh batteries and support VOOC 3.0 fast charging.– The Reno 2 features a Snapdragon 730G processor, which is an 8nm-based chip that offers better efficiency and an enhanced gaming performance compared to its predecessor. The Reno 2Z is powered by a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset, while the Reno 2F gets a Helio P70 SoC.– The Reno 2-series also ship with a new ColorOS 6.1 custom software based on Android 9 Pie. Oppo says the new version of ColorOS offers a new visual design with wallpapers that match the exterior of the phone, gradient colours and new gestures. ColorOS 6.1 also brings Smart Assistant, Game Space and Dolby Atmos support for surround sound effect over earphones.Oppo Reno 2, Reno 2Z, Reno 2F price in India, release date and launch offersThe Oppo Reno price in India has been set at Rs 36,990 for a single configuration that offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It will go on sale in India on September 20 on Flipkart. The Reno 2Z has been priced at Rs 29,990 and it comes in an 8GB + 256GB storage option as well. The Reno 2Z is up for pre-orders now and will go on sale starting September 6 on Flipkart. Interestingly, the pre-order link on the Oppo website takes you to Amazon India, suggesting the Reno 2Z will be available on Amazon as well. Oppo is yet to announce the price of the Reno 2F and the phone will go on sale sometime in November.advertisementOppo has also announced launch offers that include up to 10 per cent cashback on HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Card EMI, No Cost EMI, 100 per cent additional data for Jio users on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans and extra 10 per cent off on exchange.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 2 series launched in India: Check price of phones, specs and availability detailsALSO READ | Realme XT quick review: All about that 64MP quad camera setuplast_img read more

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Hopefully we bat well, save the game and enjoy a beer after: Trevor Bayliss on 4th Ashes Test

first_imgEngland somehow need to produce a second ‘miracle’ if they are to avoid Australia retaining the Ashes with victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford.Yet coach Trevor Bayliss believes they can reproduce the spirit of their remarkable comeback in the third Test at Headingley and at least grind out a draw.England need another 365 runs to win with eight wickets remaining heading into the final day and they will resume with Jason Roy and Joe Denly at the crease.Joe Root’s side had chased down a record target of 359 in dramatic fashion in Leeds, but they had started the day only needing 203.”Anything is possible. We saw that in the last Test match,” said Bayliss.”We have got a couple guys out there and a few guys in the shed who are more than capable of scoring a hundred. We know it will be difficult on this wicket against this attack but as Ben Stokes showed last week, anything is possible,” he said.”We spoke about last week about who will put their hand up and be remembered. It is another opportunity tomorrow (Sunday) for someone.”When you lose a couple of wickets like that close to the close of play it is a little disappointing but we are pretty upbeat about what we might be able to do tomorrow. Hopefully we bat well, save the game and enjoy a beer after,” he said.Steve Smith, whose 82 in Australia’s second innings was incredibly his lowest score of the series and his ninth straight half-century or more against England, believes Australia are not about to repeat their Headingley meltdown.advertisementSmith says the surface is offering plenty for the pace bowlers, as Australia showed with two quick wickets in the final session.”I think it will be difficult (for England), particularly while the ball is hard. I found when I first went out to the middle, when you bowl a good length, there was enough up and down and sideways movement,” he said.”For us it’s pretty clear what we need to do tomorrow, quicks hit the good length, Gaza (Nathan Lyons) hit the rough as much as possible and when he bowls to left handers just pitch it on the stumps and try and hit the stumps as much as possible and bring lbw and caught behind the wicket into play.”It’s just about relaxing and going out and just enjoying it and hopefully executing our skills well enough to bowl England out tomorrow.”Also Read | 4th Test: Australia on course to retain Ashes Urn after Smith, Cummins special on Day 4Also Read | Steve Smith out for his lowest Ashes 2019 score in ManchesterAlso Read | ENG vs AUS Ashes 2019 Highlights 4th Test Day 4last_img read more

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India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Intruder in Pune leaves Sunil Gavaskar fuming

first_imgSunil Gavaskar was far from impressed after an intruder stormed into the ground moments after Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Senuran Muthusamy on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa.This is not the first time a intruder incident has occurred in India in recent times. In fact, in the first Test in Vizag, a fan rushed out to the field to meet India captain Virat Kohli.Fortunately, none of these incidents escalated into anything dangerous but Sunil Gavaskar who was on commentary duty during Saturday’s intrusion voiced serious concerns.India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3: Live Updates”I think it’s not easy to get into the ground.. There is a barricade. What are they (security personnel) doing if a spectator can do that?”It is a major security breach and anything can happen to the players,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.India, who had won the Vizag Test by 203 runs last week, are in complete control of the second match in Pune.Virat Kohli led from the front with a career-best 254 not out while Mayank Agarwal scored a second successive hundred and Ravindra Jadeja made 91 as India declared after piling up 601 for 5.Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami then broke backbone of the South African batting line-up before the spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin dented the Proteas further.Also Read | Pace at which Virat Kohli scored has given us extra time to get 20 wickets: Mayank AgarwalAlso See:last_img read more

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‘Salah could win Ballon d’Or, but he’s no Ronaldo’

first_imgMohamed Salah Hamann: Salah could win Ballon d’Or, but he’s no Ronaldo Chris Burton 16:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League The Liverpool forward has netted 44 times during a stunning 2017-18 season, but a former Reds star still sees him in the shadow of a Real Madrid icon Mohamed Salah has been told he can be Liverpool’s answer to Steven Gerrard in the Champions League final, while putting himself in Ballon d’Or contention, but Dietmar Hamann says the Egyptian is still operating in the shadow of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.A man with 44 goals to his name this season is readying himself for one final outing in what has been a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side due to face Zinedine Zidane’s reigning European champions in Kiev on May 26.That contest will see two of world football’s brightest stars go head-to-head, with the fixture already being billed as Salah versus Ronaldo as two leading contenders for the title of best player on the planet prepare to lock horns in continental competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hamann is looking forward to seeing two men performing at the peak of their powers showcase their talent, with the German, despite his strong ties to Liverpool, expecting a Portuguese phenomenon to show once again why he is considered to be one of the greatest of all time.The 2005 Champions League winner told the Daily Mirror: “Everything Salah touches this season turns to goals – but in a game like this I would have to go with the old man [Ronaldo] because he’s done it so many times before.“Salah has had an incredible season – and the hope at Anfield is that he’s got even better years ahead of him. But while the future belongs to Salah, the here and now still belongs to Ronaldo, a player with a proven track record.“This is, however, an opportunity for Salah to really make his mark at the highest level.“It doesn’t get any bigger than a Champions League final against Real Madrid, who are probably the most iconic club in the world.“If Liverpool win then I think that Salah would become favourite to land the Ballon d’Or.“But if you are asking me who I would rather have in my team at this moment in time then I would have to go for Ronaldo.”Liverpool will be looking to Salah for inspiration against a side going in search of a hat-trick of Champions League crowns, with Hamann of the opinion that the 25-year-old could emulate the performance of Reds legend Gerrard from an iconic meeting with AC Milan.Mohamed Salah future Cristiano Ronaldo present Dietmar HamannHe added: “If you want to win big trophies then you need your big players to step up when it matters. Liverpool have got other big talents like Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – but Mo Salah is THE man.“In that respect, he can inspire Liverpool against Madrid like Steven Gerrard did when we played Milan.“If you are a goal or two behind – or three, like we were in Istanbul – you see someone like Gerrard alongside you and you know you’re still in the game.“You know that you’ve got a team-mate with a special talent, someone who can create a goal out of nothing, or produce a bit of brilliance to get you back in the game.“It’s hard to describe what kind of belief having those game-changing players in your team gives you.“If you’ve got a goal-scorer of Mo Salah’s class in your side you know you’re never out of the game. It’s like having a talisman. Steven Gerrard was one – and Mo Salah can be one.”last_img read more

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USMNT returns to Ireland with another young squad

first_imgUnited States USMNT returns to Ireland with another young squad, hoping for much different results Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 02:30 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Weah USMNT 05282018 Bill Streitcher United States Republic of Ireland v United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies Opinion More than three years after having a relatively young team thrashed in Dublin, the U.S. national team is back in Ireland with an even younger team More than three years after its last trip to Ireland, the U.S. national team is back once again, and the Americans are hoping its current collection of young talent fares much better than the last group to make the trip to the Emerald Isle.The U.S. suffered a 4-1 loss to Ireland on November 18, 2014 in a match that was as lopsided as the score indicated. Jurgen Klinsmann brought a young squad to Ireland for that match, but he also started nine players who were part of the 2014 World Cup team. What made that shellacking all the more frustrating was the fact that Ireland was also trying out new faces, but it was the Irish team that showed more toughness and quality.On Saturday, the U.S. will face Ireland once again, and will feature a significantly younger team than the one that lost to Ireland in 2014, with goalkeeper Bill Hamid, midfielder Rubio Rubin and forward Bobby Wood the only current members of the squad to play in the 2014 meeting. An encouraging 3-0 win against Bolivia on Monday provided a confidence boost for the young group, but the Americans are fully aware that Ireland will present a much tougher challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We know it’s going to be a bigger test, and it’s going to be tough playing on the road, in front of their fans, so we just have to be ready to fight,” U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie told Goal. “That’s what Americans are known for, putting up a fight, and with such a young group here now with so much to prove I think the players will be putting up a fight.”Caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has called in some reinforcements for the friendlies against Ireland and France, which should help against an Ireland team that has its own injection of youth along with a strong nucleus of veterans that includes Shane Long, James McLean and temporary captain John O’Shea, who will be playing in his farewell match for the Ireland squad.Saturday will mark the sixth time the U.S. has played Ireland in Dublin, with the Irish posting a 5-0 record in the previous meetings. In fact, the Americans haven’t beaten Ireland since 1996 — in Boston — which was before several current U.S. players were born.The Ireland game should provide some clarity on what the current pecking order is at various positions, including goalkeeper, where Bill Hamid and Zack Steffen will challenge for starts in the upcoming friendlies. Hamid is the more experienced option, but he struggled for playing time with Danish champions FC Midtjylland. Steffen is in the midst of another standout season for the Columbus Crew, and showed well in his national team debut in the March win against Paraguay.Christian Pulisic’s absence leaves a void in the playmaker role, one which could be filled in a variety of ways. Sarachan has previously tried playing without a true attacking midfielder, as we saw in the March win against Paraguay, when Wil Trapp, Tyler Adams and Marky Delgado made up the central trio. If Sarachan goes with that approach again, then we could see a trio of Trapp, Adams and McKennie. Another playmaker option is Kenny Saief, who worked on the wing against Paraguay, but can play in a central role.On the wing, Sarachan will have to consider giving Tim Weah another start after his showing against Bolivia. Rubin and Julian Green are also options, but so is Adams, who can be deployed either centrally or on the right flank. Sarachan could choose to play Adams as a winger against Ireland, and then in central midfield against France’s formidable midfield.At forward, Wood’s return to the team should see him earn a start against France, but Andrija Novakovich has earned himself a long look, and he would make a solid option against Ireland. Josh Sargent held his own against Bolivia, scoring in his national team debut, but he seems more likely destined for a substitute’s role in the upcoming friendlies.GFX USMNT Projected XI 06012018Defensively, the central defense tandem of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga should be deployed in both upcoming friendlies. Sarachan gave Erik Palmer-Brown and Walker Zimmerman a look against Bolivia, but the Carter-Vickers pairing with Miazga is widely regarded as the future of the position. Tim Parker is enjoying a standout season with the New York Red Bulls, and should also see some minutes.At fullback, Yedlin and Villafana give the U.S. a pair of veteran options to take on Ireland and France, though Antonee Robinson played very well against Bolivia and may have put himself in position for another look. Levante right back Shaq Moore is back with the squad and is searching for his first cap.last_img read more

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World Health Assembly Convenes With Focus on Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 20, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The 66th World Health Assembly convened today, May 20 with addresses and discussions focused on the post-2015 global development agenda. The Assembly runs through May 28, and will feature numerous discussions and consideration of resolutions on issues that are critical to advancing maternal health.The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) has prepared an overview of side events on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Among the highlights is “Securing the future: Saving the lives of women and children,” which will focus on success stories, as well as key challenges for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child movement. It will provide an opportunity for discussion of a proposed resolution on the ‘Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.’ Other key events include a session on promoting accountability for maternal and child health, which will provide health ministers an opportunity to share perspectives on progress and challenges for MDGs 4 and 5, and to reflect on the “unfinished business” that will require attention past the 2015 MDG deadline; and a session on the importance of human resources for health.For more on the proceedings of the World Health Assembly, including the provisional agenda and highlights of each day’s proceedings, visit the World Health Organization media center. Share this:last_img read more

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Measuring Person-Centered Maternal Health Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 14, 2018February 15, 2018By: Dominic Montagu, Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Katie Giessler, Research Analyst, University of California, San FranciscoClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Access to high quality health care is not only an inherent human right but also a critical component underpinning positive maternal health outcomes. This was indicated clearly by the World Health Organization (WHO) Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health, which found that while a base of essential interventions is necessary to manage severe complications, above this minimum level of equipment and trained staff, more technological infrastructure is not associated with better maternal health outcomes.The BetterBirth study, a more recent large-scale randomized controlled trial, looked specifically at the technical processes that make up management of pregnancies, including handwashing and use of gloves, early referral for at-risk women and magnesium for hypertension. The trial was conducted over one year in 60 hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, India to support medical staff in adhering to the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. The BetterBirth trial results showed that the coaching-based program was associated with significantly higher adherence to essential birth practices, but this led to no significant improvement in maternal mortality, the primary outcome indicator of the study.In 1966, Avedis Donabedian proposed a simple framework for understanding health care quality, dividing the observable components into structure, process and outcomes. The implication is that structure plus process must equal outcomes. The evidence from the WHO Multicountry Survey and the BetterBirth Study suggests that improvements in structure or technical process alone will not lead to improvements in outcomes. Two recent publications lay the groundwork for studying a third key component of maternal health: patients themselves. WHO and the Institute of Medicine explicitly address the importance of “patient centered care” in current guidance, and this concept is increasingly being changed to “person-centered care” (PCC) so as to include those who are not ill—women attending an antenatal care session, for example. PCC incorporates the human-rights dimensions of respectful maternity care and adds domains of knowledge exchange and experience of care (privacy, predictability of costs, cleanliness, etc.) that, when combined with patient-provider interaction, make up the key non-clinical aspects of care. PCC provides a framework for examining maternal health that starts from the perspective of the person receiving care.Based on existing analytic models of patient experience, quality of care, health seeking-behavior and other areas of health, researchers have developed a new model of the key domains of PCC for reproductive health.Domains of Person-Centered Care. Sudhinaraset et al. 2017After conducting qualitative data collection, expert reviews, cognitive interviews, iterative testing and revisions, surveys and psychometric analysis, researchers have translated this framework into a validated scale for measuring person-centered maternity care (PCMC). The PCMC scale is a standardized tool that researchers, program managers from government or health facilities and health providers themselves can use to measure the whole patient experience. The scale, which has been adapted for different contexts, consists of 30 questions in the Kenya-specific scale and 27 in the India-specific iteration. A shorter multi-setting version has been developed with only 12 questions.The PCMC scale has been applied in studies and interventions in Kenya, India and Ghana thus far. With it, researchers are now able to identify and better address the aspects of care that matter most to ensure positive patient experiences. The scale can also identify where these areas of care fall short and inform what practices must change to improve the quality of care as a whole. Both the framework and the scale are important as pragmatic, actionable steps to understanding patient care during childbirth. The improvements being made to infrastructure and medical processes need to be matched by improvements in the respect, empowerment, support and overall women-centered experiences that are at the center of every birth.Donabedian proposed that structure plus process drives outcomes. The experiences of BetterBirth and the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health may seem to have challenged this assumption, at least for hospital-based maternity care and in the geographies they examined. But perhaps it was because a key aspect of process was missing from this work. Donabedian identified process to include technical as well as human components, noting that “the interpersonal process is the vehicle by which technical care is implemented and on which its success depends.” PCMC brings these interpersonal processes to the forefront of maternal health care.Perfect information is not necessary for improvement, although searching for good information when there are unknowns will lead to a better understanding of the complexities of health care and through that to improvements. The recent advances in person-centered care for maternal health, and the development of models and tools to understand patient experiences more accurately, come at a time when WHO’s initiative on Quality, Equity and Dignity is bringing new attention to the same issues. The growing attention to this issue will help us understand both how to improve person-centered Care and how doing so might change both experiences and outcomes for women.—Read the full paper and access the validated scale for measuring person-centered maternity care: Development of a tool to measure person-centered maternity care in developing settings: Validation in a rural and urban Kenyan populationLearn more about measuring women’s childbirth experiences.Share this:last_img read more

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