Huge Premier League bid arrives for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes

first_imgBarcelona have turned down a major offer from England for Andre Gomes.Marca says Barca rejected an offer of 35 million euros from a Premier League club for Andre Gomes.Jorge Mendes advised the Catalans of the offer but their response was clear.”Andre Gomes will not be sold,” they said.In addition, they declared him non-transferable.last_img

E​x-Liverpool chief Parry: Gerrard was ‘adamant’ about Chelsea move

first_imgFormer Liverpool chief Rick Parry has revealed that club legend Steven Gerrard was adamant on leaving for Chelsea at one time.The former England international was a target for the Blues when Jose Mourinho was in charge, and he even handed in a transfer request.”Way too close. It’s quite interesting when you reflect on that time,” Parry revealed when asked about the move.”People frequently say who are the signings you are proudest of and who gave you the most pleasure. In many ways it was Steven and Carra – keeping players is as important as buying them.”Clearly, Steven came very close (to leaving) twice. In fact on the second occasion we thought we had lost him. The chairman and I went to see him at Melwood and there was no changing his mind. He was adamant but, fortunately, he did change his mind.”last_img

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu ducks Barcelona questions

first_imgEverton winger Gerard Deulofeu has ducked questions about his future in Poland.Ahead of the U21 Euros final, Deulofeu was asked about his plans as Barcelona and AC Milan circle.”My future? For now, I’m focused on the final we’re going to play with the U21s,” he said.”I cannot think about my future.”Deulofeu is expected to be re-signed after the final against Germany.last_img

​Southampton prepare bid for Celtic midfielder Armstrong

first_imgSouthampton are keeping tabs on Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, according to The Sun.The report claims that the Saints, who have signed Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk from the Celts in the recent years, are prepared to launch a move for the £10million-rated player.The 25-year-old was one of the best players in Brendan Rodgers’s side last season. Armstrong scored an impressive total of 15 league goals in 31 appearances for the Hoops in their treble-winning campaign.last_img


first_imgPosted on November 1, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)Today, November 1, marks the official launch of the second phase of the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) now located in Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. In this next phase, the MHTF will build on progress made thus far and will expand its mission to areas that our partners have identified as critical needs. We are convinced more than ever that preventable maternal mortality and morbidity can be eradicated in our lifetimes. The field has high-level political commitment and a more reliable scientific understanding of what it will take to prevent deaths and disabilities among women worldwide. These forces have created an unprecedented opportunity for progress on which the MHTF will capitalize in its second phase.As we learn more about what works to improve maternal health outcomes, evidence is emerging on the factors that limit services and impede providers’ capacity to offer quality health care. Now that impressive programs are being implemented to increase both women’s access and utilization of services in high-burden countries (the demand side of the equation), improving health systems’ capacity to offer quality care (the supply side) is the next imperative. The second phase of the MHTF will address this issue within its new Implementation Research objective. The MHTF will also place greater emphasis on strengthening maternal health leadership and technical capacity, especially in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia. And the MHTF will continue to provide a neutral space for scientific debate and consensus building to advance the agenda on critical maternal health issues and to increase access to knowledge, evidence, and information.With the sustained involvement of our expanding group of partners, the MHTF at Harvard will continue to focus and catalyze the maternal health agenda. A strong implementation research agenda, new education programs, and renewed commitments to improving maternal health worldwide set the stage for phase two of the MHTF. We look forward to working with you, our partners, in the years to come.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

UBT reform becomes a wider cause

first_imgOn April 15–tax day–the Working Families Party led a rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall, calling for reform of the Unincorporated Business Tax. Together with labor unions and elected officials, they’re drawing attention to a new study from the Fiscal Policy Institute. According to the FPI study, the City could gain $200 million annually in tax revenue by making private equity partnerships and hedge funds liable for UBT. As NYC’s freelancers know, the UBT code is sorely in need of revision. Originally designed to capture revenue from lucrative partnerships that weren’t subject to corporate taxes, it hits sole proprietors right in the wallet. Freelancers are the proverbial dolphins in UBT’s tuna net. For more on the FPI study and the campaign it’s spawning, read the full press release in our news section or news coverage from Reuters.last_img

Having a Baby? These Are Just Some of the Expenses

first_imgThe average national daycare rate for one child is over $200 per week, while an au pair or nanny rings in at $367 and $565 each week, respectively. We’ll be breaking this costs down in a post soon.  So now that you have all the info, you have the choice to either set aside part of your budget in the months leading up to baby or live on a tighter budget after the baby is born. Take some time to figure out your baby budget so that you don’t pile up debt down the road.    Will one of us be a stay-at-home parent? How will the working parent(s) contribute to childcare? Whether you’re planning to get pregnant or already there, there are financial expenses you should be thinking about that will affect your day-to-day cash flow.  These little bundles of joy are priceless, but expensive. If you aren’t constantly telling your money what to do before the month begins, now is the perfect time to start.  The truth is, there are so many factors and variables to having a baby — it’s hard to even make a ballpark estimate of what the total cost will be especially they days, when some parents never totally cut the cord from this financial commitment. But just because you can’t plan everything doesn’t mean you should not plan what you can.  I’m four weeks away from meeting my baby, here’s where to start and what to expect when you ‘re expecting. Ready… set, baby!  Pre-Baby Expenses Figuring out the cost associated with having a baby can get pretty confusing—and it all starts before the baby even enters the world! Between your prenatal checkups, baby essentials and even a new wardrobe to dress that growing belly, things can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Here are a some pre-baby expenses to include in your budget before your bundle of joy even gets here. Medical bills Medical bills are extremely hard to pin down. Both pregnancy and birth require a lot of medical attention. Meaning– you won’t be charged for the birth alone. The pregnancy itself is filled with costs that require numerous doctor’s visits, from checkups to ultrasounds, tests and procedures and lab work … it really adds up. You’ll want to make sure you have enough financial cushion before you decide to have a child. How much? According to my calculations with prenatal care, ultrasounds, doctor’s visits, childing birthing classes, prenatal massages and workouts — I’ve paid about $6k out of pocket, just to get me to the birth. The best thing you can do is contact your insurance provider and get as much info as you can. Ask questions like: 1) Which care providers are in your network? 2) What procedures are covered and what are not? 3) How much will I likely have to pay out of pocket? You really want to avoid huge medical bills so get all the answers to the questions you can. Knowing your plan ahead of time will help you be fully prepared for any surprises that might come up. Here’s something to expect: Assume you’re going to pay your full yearly deductible during your pregnancy and first year of babies pediatric care. Obviously there’s not a whole lot you can skip out on with medical expenses, but when it comes to things like maternity clothes, onesies, the nursery, car seats and cribs— you can be a minimalist and just focus on the necessities. This is where hand me downs, family, friends and bargain shopping can come really handy. Maternity wardrobe One way to save money? Don’t buy new clothes every time the season changes. That’s a no brainer, but when growing a tiny human for the next nine months, you need to shop for clothes. It is an actual need. That said, you don’t necessarily need expensive designer maternity jeans (they are a thing). Here are some ways to stay comfortable and stylish while sticking to your budget. Shop your closet. Believe it or not, you already have a lot of things in your own closet you can wear throughout your pregnancy. Maxi dresses, stretchy skirts, flowy shirts, blazers, cardigans and sweaters can all be worn as your baby bump grows.Buy non-maternity items. Maternity clothing is marked up just because it’s labeled maternity wear! They really play on your emotions just like every other milestone in life. I bought a few maternity jeans with stretch but for the rest of the items, I purchased non-maternity items that I can wear after pregnancy, just a few sizes up. I also went on a spree when I saw items were on sale, and ended up saving a lot of money. Borrow! Borrowing your sister’s or friends previously loved maternity wardrobe is perfectly fine. Every piece of clothing you borrow is more money you get to keep in your budget.Buy consignment or pre owned maternity clothes. On Facebook, there are groups that connect local moms where you can often find free clothes and toys since kids outgrow items so quickly. If you take the time to plan, you can save a lot of money. Post navigationcenter_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Financially Survive the First Year: Tips for Budgeting for a New BabyJuly 31, 2019In “Family Finances”How to Budget for Living on Your Own for the First TimeJune 15, 2016In “Budgeting”How to Prepare for Unpaid Parental LeaveJuly 23, 2019In “Family Finances” Baby Gear The first step is deciding which things are essential and which are just nice-to-have. Remember don’t splurge on items that will have a short shelf life. This baby will be wearing these for like a week. So far I’ve spent about $400 on baby clothes thanks to generous friends and family and a baby shower registry. For the first few months, you’ll want the baby in your bedroom and close to you—and that means you’ll probably need a bassinet. Since you’ll only have the baby in the bassinet for a few months, don’t spend an arm and a leg on the cutesy bassinet. Borrow one instead! Some companies also offer renting.  You’ll shell out about $2,000 for a nursery set, including the crib, changing table, rocker, and dresser. Luckily, you can buy used cribs and strollers, but whatever you do, don’t forget  a new car seat! Never purchase a used car seat, there is no way to tell if it has been damaged and become unsafe.  Pro tip: They won’t even let you bring the baby home if you don’t have a car seat properly installed! Factor in about $200 for a car seat. The average cost for a stroller is $600. Average total cost of baby gear: $72.00–$443.00 To save money, check out a stroller travel system, which is a stroller plus an infant car seat, usually with a base that makes it easy to get baby in and out of the car.  Delivery Expenses Once you make it through all of your checkups, it’s time to bring your baby into the world. But before introductions can be made, you’ve got a few additional expenses to cover. Here’s a stat a 2016 study showed that in NYC a natural birth cost between $4-17k; and in Los Angeles  a cesarean birth cost between $6k-$42,000. Post-Baby Expenses Diapers are a need, but baby a baby warming wipe? Not so much. Remember: You don’t have to buy everything brand new. Formula Now time to feed baby. The average baby will consume about 30 oz of breast milk or formula a day. So we’re looking at a large number here. On average, the cost of feeding a newborn formula for the first year of life is an estimated $1,733.75.  Families who breastfeed can save between $1,200 to $1,500 in the first year alone, according to the U.S. surgeon general. But between pumps, consultants, increased appetite, etc., it most certainly is NOT free. Food Make your own baby food! You’re probably thinking, Aint nobody got time for that? We get it! Just remember  pureeing your own sweet potatoes will save you money. Diapers  The average baby goes through six to 10 diapers a day, which, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, can set you back $70 to $80 per month, or about $900 a year.  Budgeting for Baby It’s no secret that having a baby is expensive. In fact, for a baby who was born in 2017, parents could expect to spend an average of $14,260 each year. Ouch!  Child care can be very expensive, in fact most people worry about this the most. If you and your significant other both work, then child care will be a big conversation. Childcare and work responsibilities are two major issues that parents must discuss before the baby arrives. Here are some things to discuss:  How much leave will each of us take after the baby arrives? How much paid and unpaid time off do our employers offer?last_img read more

Eat Red! Your heart will thank you

first_imgWhen it comes to what you eat, rich red whole foods can bless you not only with deliciousness, but also with a healthy heart. Eat your heart out!When it comes to heart health and your diet, think red. Although there are some notable exceptions (think processed, cured meats like sausage and cold cuts), there’s a wide range of red foods rich in heart-healthy nutrients—that’ll do your heart good.PomegranateWhy we ♥ itLoaded with potent antioxidants (tannins and anthocyanins), pomegranates, often consumed as juice or in extract form, help fight inflammation and protect HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol from oxidation and arteries from plaque buildup, as well as beneficially decreasing blood pressure.Red and pink grapefruitWhy we ♥ itA lycopene star, grapefruit is also blessed with fibre, potassium, vitamin C, and choline—all contributing to better heart health: studies have shown that grapefruit may help improve blood pressure and lipid levels. It has the added bonus of being extremely hydrating, since it’s 91 percent water.AppleWhy we ♥ itAn apple a day keeps … the cardiologist away? Maybe, as it turns out. An apple a day—peel and all—can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by as much as 40 percent, and an 18-year study of 34,000 postmenopausal women found a link between apple eating and a lowered risk of dying from heart disease.Strawberry/raspberryWhy we ♥ itStrawberries and raspberries are loaded with anthocyanins and quercetin with a wide range of heart-health benefits attributed to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Their fibre and potassium also help stabilize blood sugars to ward off diabetes— a risk factor for heart disease.CranberryWhy we ♥ itNot only are cranberries delicious, but they’re also considered a superfood due to their high levels of antioxidant polyphenols, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cranberries’ anti-inflammatory properties are thought to help prevent platelet build-up and reduce blood pressure.BeetWhy we ♥ itNot only blessed with an abundance of essential everyday nutrients like B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium, beets are also rich in nitrates that the body converts to nitric oxide, which helps improve circulation and possibly lowers blood pressure.TomatoWhy we ♥ itTomatoes are well known as lycopene superstars. One of the key components of the Mediterranean diet, lycopene is particularly beneficial for cardiovascular health and heart disease prevention. Cooking tomatoes (think tomato sauce) greatly increases the bioavailability of lycopene.Red snapperWhy we ♥ itLike salmon, red snapper is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids along with selenium, which research has shown plays a role in heart health, and potassium, important in managing high blood pressure.SalmonWhy we ♥ itThe omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are a heart lover’s dream; they reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels, and may help prevent abnormal heart rhythms. Canada’s Food Guide recommends at least two servings (3.5 oz/99 g) of omega-3-rich fish (also lake trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, and tuna) a week for your heart.Red cherryWhy we ♥ itRed cherries are antioxidant powerhouses with plenty of vitamins A and C and are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties. As well, cherries are a natural source of melatonin, important for getting a good night’s sleep to keep our hearts healthy.Red cabbageWhy we ♥ itRed cabbage is full of heart-healthy benefits like its cruciferous cousins kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. The anthocyanins in red cabbage are powerful antioxidants, and it’s also a great source of fibre, vitamins C and B6, potassium, and manganese. Eating it raw will do your heart good.Red lentilWhy we ♥ itLike other legumes, red lentils are fibre rich and low on the glycemic index—making them excellent protein sources to stabilize blood sugar levels. They also contain heart-healthy, blood pressure-lowering potassium, calcium, and magnesium.Red potatoWhy we ♥ itAlong with plenty of fibre, all potatoes, especially red potatoes, are loaded with potassium—beating even bananas. But don’t waste the potato skin, where much of the heart-healthy potassium is found. Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, is also found in abundance in red potatoes.WatermelonWhy we ♥ itAlthough watermelon is 90 percent water, it’s also a nutrient-dense food. With concentrations of bioavailable lycopene even higher than lycopene superstars tomatoes, it’s far more than a summertime thirst-quencher. Lycopene is linked to lower rates of heart disease through both its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Red kidney beanWhy we ♥ itBecause kidney beans are rich in protein, fibre, and complex carbs, they’re one of the best dietary choices for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels to avoid diabetes—a major health risk for heart disease.Sourcelast_img read more

Too much sitting may shrink part of brain connected to memory

first_imgLong periods of sitting could be bad for your brain and its ability to create new memories, a new study from UCLA found.Not only can sitting lead to diabetes and heart disease, leading a sedentary life is rough on the brain as well.The act of being in a seated position is now being linked to changes in the region of the brain responsible for memory, according to researchers at the University of California Los Angeles.In the study, published Thursday in the journal PLOS One, comprised of adults age 45 to 75, the participants each had a brain MRI and were asked questions about their levels of activity and the average number of hours they spent sitting in a week.The researchers found that the patients who sat “too much” — anywhere from three to seven hours per day — had a noticeable thinning of the MTL (medial temporal lobe), where new memories are formed. They also saw the same results among patients who were physically active — meaning that the damage done by sitting for extended periods of time could not be offset by exercise.Paralyzed man feels ‘pinching, squeezing’ after brain stimulationA thinned MTL is typically a predecessor for dementia and marked cognitive declines in middle-aged to older people, the study said.The next stage of the research will be to follow volunteers for longer than a week to see if the results are consistent and if gender, race or weight comes into play. The study said that limiting the number of hours spent sitting could become a recommendation from doctors for their patients at risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.Sourcelast_img read more

Tackling Climate Change through Budget Transparency

first_imgA version of this blog post also appeared on the Open Government Partnership website.The urgent imperative of tackling climate change is rarely associated with the dry science of budgeting and fiscal policy—but it should be.With the conclusion of the Paris Agreement in December, many sizeable countries—including China, India, Mexico and the United States—made significant commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and countries made progress toward providing $100 billion in climate finance a year by 2020 in order to help poorer nations mitigate and adapt to climate change. Increasing funding for both adaptation and mitigation is crucial to tackling climate change and for promoting low-carbon, climate-resilient development. However, while most of the focus so far has been on increasing the scale of climate finance, less attention has been placed on two important components of adaptation funding—effectiveness and transparency.Tracking Where the Money GoesOne key aspect of effectiveness concerns systems for managing adaptation finance. Adaptation funds like those promised in the Paris Agreement can help countries invest in climate-smart agriculture, infrastructure to protect land from erosion, alternative income-earning opportunities for the poor, and more. But this increased availability of funds will only be effective if the systems are in place to manage this huge flow of resources in a transparent and accountable manner. Channeling adaptation finance through public budgeting systems is clearly preferable than doing so through parallel mechanisms outside the budget. Participating countries hope this will help them attract larger sums of climate finance for integrating adaptation with other development activities.If the systems are not in place to manage, channel and monitor these financial flows well, at worst, vulnerable people and countries’ economies will fall victim to the adverse effects of climate change. The absence of effective systems and reliable data creates opportunities for corruption through the deliberate misuse of funds. And weak budgeting systems risk generating losses in efficiency through the misallocation of funds or failure to ensure that budget allocations are used for their intended purpose. This risk is even greater when funds are channeled off-budget as the scope for ensuring transparency and oversight is weaker. WRI has recently partnered with the United Nations Capital Development Fund to develop systems for tracking the resilience benefits of adaptation finance that is channeled on-budget to local communities.A related challenge lies in ensuring that a massive increase in spending on adaptation measures translates into sustainable investments on the ground. Research by WRI and partners under the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative highlights the paucity of data on budget allocations for climate adaptation. Many developing countries lack systems to account for how they’re spending existing adaptation finance, making it difficult to track investments and monitor financial flows at the local level. National budgeting systems are ill-equipped to perform this basic function.The lack of information on budget flows for adaptation makes it hard for citizens and independent monitoring groups to know whether funds are being used for their intended effect and reaching the populations that need the money most. In Zambia, for example, monitoring groups found that communities were not aware of a planned dam project until it broke ground. The national and local governments had not consulted communities to determine the best use of funding to help them adapt to chronic drought. In the end, the dam caused major disruptions and displacement, and only benefited a very small share of the local population.Creating More TransparencyTransparency is essential for ensuring accountability in the use of climate finance by making budget information available in the public domain and engaging citizens in budget decisions. Encouragingly, we are starting to learn more about budgeting processes and transparency in countries throughout the world. Independent data initiatives like the Open Budget Survey (OBS), sponsored by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), is the fifth round of a global assessment of budget transparency, public participation and oversight institutions for national governments. While 19 countries score well on budget transparency, the survey finds that a number of governments are backtracking on budget transparency commitments, and that “the large majority of the world’s population does not have sufficient access to budget information.” This finding is especially worrying for those countries that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.Opportunities for public participation in the budget process also remain limited. The OBS reports that “meaningful opportunities for the public to engage in the formal budget process simply do not exist in the vast majority of countries.” This is consistent with findings from WRI research in Nepal, Philippines and Uganda concerning the difficulty local NGOs face in accessing budget information on climate finance to track spending commitments on the ground.The 2015 survey also finds that only a third of countries surveyed actively engage their legislatures in the budget process, and that supreme audit institutions lack oversight of public funds in the majority of countries.But within these troubling findings lies an opportunity. With the new Paris Agreement, the world will see more climate finance than it ever has before. Efforts to improve budget transparency can help to improve the accountability of governments in the allocation and use of these funds. For example, planned outlays in climate action should be published in government budget statements, and the information made available to the public online. Consultation with local people on investment decisions for adaptation will improve engagement and understanding of these priorities. Without such measures, increased funding will not bring about the positive impact we expect for poor people and less developed countries.last_img read more

6 Simple SEO Tips For Small Business Straight From Google

first_imgGoogle’s Matt Cutts posted a great article on his blog recently with simple and practical tips for small businesses.  The video is included below. 6.    Buying advertising on Google does not influence search results.  1.  7.  SEO 2.  .  Try digg and StumbleUpon. . 3.  Don’t worry that much about the Originally published Jul 10, 2008 10:41:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Start a blog! The following are some of the simple tips made in the video.  Great advice for small business marketers.  The points in the video are simple, but it’s interesting because it’s straight, unfiltered advice from Google.  5.  keywords meta tag Find conversations using social media Think about what people are going to type to find your site.center_img 8.  What do people search for?  4.  Advertising on Google doesn’t influence rankings. Title tags matter. If something else caught you attention in the video that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment.  The above are just some of the hilights   It’s what the user first sees on Google results.  Google to get traffic from Google.  Google crawls your website for free.  Just make sure it can find your website. Examples:  What made you decide to start a small business?  What were your weirdest customer experiences? You do not have to pay Use the meta description tag   Participate in the conversation.  Doesn’t have to be complex or fancy.  Things that are interesting to you are probably interesting to your users/customers. 6 Simple SEO Tips For Small Business Topics: .  It is often shown to web users when they search on Google. 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

How to Lose Money on Your Ecommerce Site This Holiday Season

first_img Originally published Dec 20, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 This post originally appeared on Inbound Ecommerce, a new section of Inbound Hub. Subscribe here to read more content like this from Inbound Ecommerce.With your marketing dollars driving traffic to your ecommerce site this holiday season, you may think you can sit back and watch all the new customers roll in.Early estimates suggest $82 billion will be spent this year for online purchases alone. With so much money funneling toward ecommerce, losing money seems impossible. If, however, you’re determined to experience a loss this season, here’s how to do it.Guaranteed Ways To Lose MoneyForget PersonalizationPour money into a website that doesn’t capture customer information through cookies or registration forms. If your only goal is to get customers to your site for the holiday season, there’s no reason to follow up with them anyway, right? Who cares about personalization when those customers will only see your site once?Everyone who’s going to buy is going to buy on their first visit, so there’s no need to make the experience grow more valuable over time.On With the SpamCreate broad, follow-up email messages to send to any customers who managed to leave their email addresses.Without capturing any information on your site, you won’t know what your customers purchased anyway, so how could you possibly segment the emails and send out targeted messages … right?More Customers, Less SatisfactionPut plenty of money into PPC ads but never mind about retargeted ads. If you’re only worried about getting people to your site the first time (and 73% of ecommerce conversions come from first-time visitors, so you can bet you’re not alone), a retargeted ad won’t be much help. Don’t Dare to Be DifferentFocus more on driving customers to your page than on providing your unique value proposition.There may be plenty of competitors out there selling the same thing you’re selling, but you don’t need to convince buyers that your company is better at service and quality, as long as you’ve got more visitors coming along later.Give It AwayPay no attention to the cost of your offers. By giving free shipping for every customer who makes a purchase, you’ll sell more than any of your competitors.Buyers are more likely to abandon a shopping cart if the price of shipping is too high, so you should simply eliminate shipping costs for customers altogether, regardless of how much you’ll pay in the end.Set Them FreeIf a potential customer abandons their shopping cart, just let them go. If they come back to you, it was meant to be. At least, that’s how over 80% of the top 1,000 companies feel. If this mentality is good enough for them, it’s good enough for you, too.Contact Forms Protect Your PrivacyDon’t worry about providing contact information on your website. If people want to get in touch with you, they can just fill out another contact form. After all, if they’re trying to get in touch with you, it probably means they have a complaint, and complaints often mean returns and refunds.With this plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to logging a 9% loss. Never mind the fact that 99% of first-time visitors don’t plan to buy anything anyway. Those who do make a purchase cost you so much money just getting them there that you have no way to recover the loss.The above was all written with tongue firmly in cheek — but that doesn’t mean it’s untrue. By focusing all your attention on traffic and first-time sales, you could actually lose money.Without customer retention, it’s easy to see how you could lose money this holiday season — even with $82 billion spent for online purchases. So what can you do to see revenue growth?Now Let’s Make MoneyThe key to turning a profit with your ecommerce site is customer retention. Getting that first sale is great, but you want to develop and foster a great customer relationship.As you can see from the chart below, repeat customers average higher orders and cost nothing for acquisition. You do, however, need to focus your attention on a few things to make sure those customers want to return for future purchases.Keep Your PromisesWhen convincing those buyers to make their purchases from your ecommerce site, you likely made plenty of promises. You better deliver a quality product as quickly as you can, without any hidden fees or tricks. Be Available Whether it’s by email, social media, instant chat, or phone, make yourself available to all customers. Your customer service at this time is more important than any of the tactics you used to get those customers to your site in the first place.Give Buyers a VoiceReach out after the sale to ask for reviews. Those reviews can help in more ways than one. You give your buyers a voice when you allow them to share their experiences on your site, which makes them feel important. They will appreciate that chance to tell others about their experience.You’ll also have that social proof that first-time visitors look for when visiting your site. As an added bonus, reviews and testimonials help your SEO by directing buyers to your site for information instead of a third-party site.Go After Abandoned CartsYou don’t have to be like 80% of the companies out there. If you send out those emails, 72% of those who return to make a purchase will do so within the first 12 hours. Within two weeks, 100% of those who return with the intention of making a purchase will do so. That means you still have time to recover those buyers before the big day.Be RelevantYour email campaigns should include only relevant material. Show your first-time customers that you’ll be responsible with the information they shared when making their purchase.Segmentation of your contact lists is the only way to make sure buyers are getting emails that appeal to them instead of broad topics that will be counted as spam.Show ThanksMost of all, thank your buyers for the sale. You may be surprised at how far genuine appreciation can go.Why is all this customer service so important? Because repeat customers are the only way you’ll make money off this holiday season. We all want to see big numbers for holiday spending this season, but if you’re not recovering your investment into customer acquisition, those numbers will mean nothing for your company’s success.What are your thoughts on these tips to capitalize this holiday season? Got any tips of your own? Share ’em in the comments below! Ecommerce Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! 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Is Your Coworker Actually an A-hole? [Flowchart]

first_imgWe’ve all been there before. You’re by the water cooler. Or in a quiet hallway. Or at a team outing, perhaps after one too many beverages.“That guy [coworker’s name] is a real A-hole,” someone whispers to you angrily.“A genuine, grade-A, 100% certifiable, pure-bred A-hole,” they continue. “Like, if there were a competition, not only would [coworker’s name] win first prize, but they would subsequently name the competition after him and start using a mold of his body as the trophy.”Alright, so maybe no one has phrased it exactly like that before, but there’s a good chance you know somebody who has applied the “A-hole” label to a fellow acquaintance or coworker. Don’t worry: This is a judgment-free zone. And to be clear, the objective of this post isn’t to convince people to stop using the A-word in the workplace (although I’m sure your HR department would certainly appreciate that). I just want to make sure that if you do decide to use it, you use it correctly. After all, if you go around calling people “A-holes” when you don’t even know what the word means, it could make you seem like … well … an A-hole.Download a Free Guide and Template to Help You Create a Company Culture Code. A-hole: What Does It Really Mean?And of course by “A-hole,” I actually mean “asshole.” But given how many times I need to use the term in this post, I’ve decided to stick with the less offensive, abbreviated form of the word, “A-hole.”For many us, the “A-word” is simply a colorful weapon in our arsenal of insults. We often use it as a synonym for “jerk,” or more generally, to describe anyone who is being mean or acting in a way that annoys or upsets us.According to Merriam-Webster, an A-hole is simply “a stupid, incompetent, or detestable person.” This definition, as it turns out, is woefully insufficient. When we look at the history of the word and what role it’s played culturally, a much more nuanced definition emerges. To gain a better understanding of what it really means, I turned to the work of three professors: Robert I. Sutton, a professor of management science & engineering at Stanford and author of The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’tAaron James, a philosophy professor at UC Irvine and author of Assholes: A TheoryGeoffrey Nunberg, a linguistics professor at UC Berkeley and author of Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years. Based on the insights gleaned from these experts, I created the handy “Is Your Coworker Actually an A-Hole?” flowchart embedded below. But before you start using the flowchart to diagnose chronic cases of A-holism within your organization, let’s explore what the term actually means according to these three professors.Professor Sutton’s DefinitionLet’s start with Professor Sutton’s investigation into the matter. According to Sutton, there are two tests for determining whether or not someone is acting like an A-hole.Test #1: Does the alleged A-hole cause coworkers to feel humiliated, belittled, or oppressed? And specifically, does the alleged A-hole leave coworkers feeling worse about themselves? If you answered “yes” to those questions, you’re likely dealing with a certifiable A-hole.Test #2: When engaging in the above behavior, does the alleged A-hole tend to target only those coworkers who are less powerful/influential within the organization? If yes, you’re definitely in A-hole territory.Based on Sutton’s definition, the relative standings or hierarchical positions of coworkers within an organization play a key role in determining someone’s status as an A-hole. And ultimately, it boils down to this: A-holes are people who prey on those less powerful than themselves.Professor James’ DefinitionNow, let’s move on to Professor James’ definition. According to James, to qualify as an A-hole, someone must meet these three criteria:They help themselves to special advantages in cooperative life (ex: cutting in line at the bank).They do these things out of an entrenched sense of entitlement (ex: cutting in line at the bank because you think you’re more important than the other people in line).They use their sense of entitlement to justify their behavior and deflect any complaints that may arise (ex: someone complains about you cutting in line at the bank; you respond by calling them an “insignificant peasant”).”So the term ‘a**hole’ isn’t simply a term of abuse, or a way of venting disapproval,” James notes in a Huffington Post article. Instead, the term is a moral judgment; an indictment of someone’s character. Professor Nunberg’s DefinitionFinally, let’s turn our attention to Professor Nunberg, who provided some historical context to the term in an email exchange.A-hole, as it turns out, first took on a non-anatomical definition during World War II when U.S. soldiers began using the term to describe their commanding officers. (According to Nunberg, it was George Patton — yes, that Patton, the one your father or grandfather always talked about — who was the first military commander to ever be called an A-hole.)When WWII ended and American soldiers returned home, they brought the A-word with them. The term eventually became the preferred insult for members of the social/political/economic movements of the 1960s and 70s. Feminists, in particular, began using A-hole in place of the commonly used insult “heel” (which had a similar meaning to A-hole at the time).For Nunberg, the A-word has, historically, always been a word that “looks up.” Or, in other words, “It’s a critique from below, from ground level, of somebody who’s gotten above himself,” as he said in an interview with NPR.When we bring together the insights of Sutton, James, and Nunberg, it becomes clear that being an A-hole requires more than simply being mean or unfair: A person’s level of power, or perhaps more accurately, their perceived level of power, is instrumental to A-holish behavior.Is Your Coworker Actually an A-hole?Now that we have a better understanding of what an A-hole is, let’s run through the flowchart and see if that (alleged) A-hole coworker of yours actually qualifies.Share This Image on Your Site read more

People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh Yadav

first_imgVidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.Vidarbha needed five wickets to defend their title while Saurashtra, in a chase of 206, were left a mountain to climb after a top-order collapse on Wednesday. They required 148 runs for their maiden title on the fifth and final day at the VCA stadium.”Everyone thought it was a fluke when we won last year and we were under pressure to retain the title. But our focus was process, we never bothered about reputation,” Vidarbha’s talismanic coach Chandrakant Pandit said.The fiercely fought final swung early on but Vidarbha went into the final day with a tight hold on the proceedings and bundled out the visitors for 127 with more than two sessions to spare.Overnight batsmen Vishvaraj Jadeja (52) and Kamlesh Makvana (14) batted resolutely for the first hour but once the partnership was broken, the end was inevitable for Saurashtra.Man of the match left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate claimed three of the five wickets that fell on Thursday, to end with career-best match figures of 11/57. He took six for 59 in the second innings.It was his maiden haul of 10 or more wickets in a first-class match. He had scalped five batsmen in the first innings.Sarwate, without doubt, was the star of the match for Vidarbha as he not only took 11 of the 20 Saurashtra wickets with his left-arm spin, his 49-run knock in the second innings played a key role in his side setting the stiff 206-run target.advertisementVidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the title.Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi are the other teams who have managed to win consecutive titles.Saurashtra had ended runners-up to Mumbai in 2012-13 and 2015-16 and again it was a case of so close yet so far for them.The batting failure of star batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hurt Saurashtra badly. But Vidarbha managed to stay unaffected by Wasim Jaffer’s poor contribution.”People did not know where Vidarbha was but it will not be the case now. It is huge for Vidarbha. The team is doing a great job,” said India pacer Umesh Uadav.”I never thought I will win two titles with Vidarbha after playing 10 finals (eight with Mumbai),” gushed veteran Jaffer.Earlier, for Saurashtra Makvana and Vishvaraj were not afraid to go for their shots as they swept Sarwate with confidence to send a few to the boundary ropes.With Umesh Yadav and Sarwate not getting the desired results, Vidarbha brought Akshay Wakhare into the attack.Both Jadeja and Makvana though kept rotating the strike.Sarwate soon started extracting sharp turn from the wicket and tested Makvana’s defense. After a close appeal for leg-before, Makvana swept the bowler for a four in the deep mid-wicket region.However, two balls later, Sarwate bowled Makvana who left the ball, thinking it will turn away, but it remained straight and hit the top of the off-stump.They batted for one hour together and added 33 runs for the sixth wicket.Only three runs were added to the total when Wakhare trapped new man in Prerak Mankad (2) to push Saurashtra to 91 for seven.Vishvaraj completed his half-century but Sarwate trapped both him and rival captain Jaydev Unadkat.Wakhare brought the curtains down on the match when Dharmendrasinh Jadeja lofted one straight to Sarwate.Also Read | Unreal feeling: Faiz Fazal after Vidarbha defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titlelast_img read more

Wrestling: Deepak Punia becomes 1st Indian junior world champion in 18 years

first_imgDeepak Punia on Wednesday won gold at the Junior World Championships in Talinn, Estonia. Deepak beat Russia’s Alik Shebzukov to win the 86kg junior freestyle title which follows the silver he won in the category in 2018.Vicky Chahar, on the other hand, won bronze in the 92 kg category by beating Mongolia’s Batmagnai Enkhtuvshin. Both Deepak and Chahar had won gold and bronze respectively in the 2016 Cadet World Championships that was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.Deepak is the first Indian in 18 years to win a Junior World Championship title. He won the Cadet world championship in 2016 and missed out on a bronze in the junior worlds in 2017. In 2018 he won the silver medal in Slovakia.While congratulating to Deepak Punia, top Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia took on Twitter and said, “Congratulations to Deepak Punia and Vicky on winning Gold medal and bronze medal respectively in junior world championship in Estonia. Great job…Best wishes for your future.”Congratulations to Deepak Punia and Vicky on winning Gold medal and bronze medal respectively in junior world championship in Estonia. Great job Best wishes for your future Jai hind Punia (@BajrangPunia) August 14, 2019The 19-year-old also made the senior team for the World Championships and will represent India in the 86kg category in Kazakhstan. The tournament, which will be held from September 14 to 22, will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Also Read | Five Russian weightlifters provisionally suspended for doping violationAlso see:last_img read more

Efforts since childhood paid off: Deepak Chahar on 6 for 7 in India’s series win

first_imgWith two wickets on successive deliveries in his first over, a hat-trick spread across 2 overs and best-ever T20I international figures, Deepak Chahar walked away with all the plaudits as India beat Bangladesh by 30 runs in Nagpur to clinch the 3-match series 2-1 on Sunday.Chahar hogged the limelight in the series decider as he ended up with unbelievable figures of 6 for 7. In an inspired performance by the next-generation bowlers, Deepak Chahar and Shivam Dube shared 9 wickets among themselves to pull India out of the nervy moments and help their side series victory at the VCA stadium.With his magical spell, Chahar broke the previous record which was held by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis (6/8). After being awarded the Man of the Match and Series award, the 27-year-old pacer said he never in his dreams thought of achieving such figures.”I never thought of this, not even in my dreams. I have been trying to work hard since my childhood and my efforts have paid off,” Chahar told during the post match presentation ceremony.”Rohit was planning to give me the crucial overs and the management wanted to do the same. I always focus on the next ball, I keep doing that, until I don’t complete my spell,” he added.At a time when dew played major role in the second innings of the game and Indian bowlers struggled to get their grip on the ball, chahar experimented with his pace to dig out wickets. Chahar’s hat-trick is also the first one by any Indian in T20Is.advertisementlast_img read more

Former Indiana Star RB Tevin Coleman Misspelled “Hoosiers” On This Trading Card

first_imgTevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading Card.Tevin Coleman Hoosiers Trading CardTevin Coleman played three years of football at Indiana, and was one of the top running backs in the Big Ten his last two seasons. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons after leaving school with one year of eligibility remaining.Three years was plenty of time for Coleman to establish himself as a star on the gridiron, but apparently not long enough for him to learn to spell IU’s nickname. Trading card company Panini America includes athlete artwork in its packs, and Coleman’s sketch featured a misspelling of the word Hoosiers.Tevin Coleman’s 1 of 1 art card for Panini— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2015Ouch. That’s a pretty bad mistake by Coleman, and kind of odd that Panini didn’t want him to correct it. The IU faithful probably won’t be happy to see this, though we’re sure they’ll still accept Coleman due to the yeoman’s effort he put forth on the field for a sub-par team.last_img read more

Will help rebuild your lives Rahul in Wayanad

first_imgKozhikode (Kerala): Wayanad Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has assured all help to the people of his flood-hit constituency rebuild their lives. “We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people. You don’t have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives,” said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady. He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Today is Eid and though I know that the people are distressed, I take this opportunity to wish all of you ‘Eid Mubarak’. We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering,” said Gandhi. Incessant rain and the consequent floods have caused widespread damage in Kerala. In Wayanad, the flood fury has resulted in 18 deaths and displacement of over 40,000 people, who have taken shelter in over 200 relief camps. Having arrived in Wayanad on Sunday, Gandhi visited some relief camps at Malappuram and Kavalapara, where a mudslide on Friday wiped out an entire village. Over 50 people are still feared trapped under the debris. He also took part in a review meeting called by the Malappuram District Collector. Gandhi will tour Wayanad on Monday and will return to Delhi on Tuesday.last_img read more

Business group calls for lower tax rate for womencontrolled companies

first_imgOTTAWA – A cross-border council on women in business recommends that companies controlled by women should get lower tax rates.The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders made the suggestion in a report released Wednesday that offered recommendations for how companies can better support women in business.The group interviewed investors, institutions, asset managers, pension funds and venture capital firms and found that women are not being financially backed at the same level as men and are less likely to have leadership roles within corporations.That’s why it called for a lower tax rate for women-owned businesses, similar to the lower rates already offered to private corporations that are Canadian-controlled.It says a lower tax rate could encourage more women to create and lead companies and incentivize businesses to include women in their succession planning and ownership roles.It called on capital providers to make markets more hospitable for women by expanding or modifying their offerings to target female entrepreneurs.The council was created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump last year and aims to help women-owned businesses contribute to economic growth, competitiveness and the integration of the two economies.The group also encouraged the Canadian and U.S. governments to continue to pursue programs that ensure women-owned businesses are included in government tender processes on a preferred basis, that push companies to adopt clear and strong diversity policies and that increase the number of women in key roles that influence investment decisions.The council is made up of 10 female executives — half from Canadian companies and the other half from American companies.The Canadian members include CEOs Annette Verschuren, of NRStor Inc., Dawn Farrell of TransAlta Corp., Linda Hasenfratz of Linamar Corp. and Tina Lee of T&T Supermarket Inc., as well as Monique Leroux, chair of the board of directors from Investissement Quebec.last_img read more

Annan introduces new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mr. Vieira de Mello, who was introduced at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told reporters that he would try to build upon the legacy of his two predecessors, Mary Robinson and José Ayala-Lasso, and to foster an integrated approach to human rights. “I’ll do my best…to transform [the issue] into what governments and non-state actors should see as bonus and not just as an onus on them, and something that is truly consubstantial with our lives and individuals and societies and not something extraneous to our lives, which it is not,” he stressed. For his part, the Secretary-General paid tribute to Mrs. Robinson, who will complete her tenure in September, and said that she had done much for the UN and the cause of human rights. “Hers is going to be a tough act to follow, but I’m sure Sergio will not let us down,” Mr. Annan said. As for his recent turn as the head of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor, Mr. Vieira de Mello said many lessons could be extracted from an experience in which the UN was asked to build a nation out of the ashes of what was there before. All of the new democratic institutions had to be built on the basis of a very fundamental principle of “rigorous respect” for human rights, Mr. Vieira de Mello stressed. “It’s not that the UN deals with human rights in an abstract fashion, we also have a very concrete experience in building institutions that are respectful of human rights,” he said. “I believe in East Timor, we have left behind a new Government and institutions that will be paying a great deal of respect for those universal principles.” read more