Barcelona, Juventus eyeing Southampton fullback Cedric Soares

first_imgBarcelona are eyeing Southampton fullback Cedric Soares.Barca need defensive alternatives after getting nowhere with their pursuit of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, says The Sun.And they are considering a £15 million move for Southampton right-back Soares, with Juventus also keen.But Italian champs Juve want the Portugal international, 25, to replace veteran Dani Alves, 34, who is set to sign for Manchester City.Soares was linked with Tottenham yesterday.last_img

Will We Really Know if we Achieve the MDGs?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 23, 2011August 15, 2016Click 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)As we approach 2015, conversations about the quality of data for generating estimates of various indicators is gaining steam. According to a recent paper, very few countries are on track to meet MDGs 4 and 5 based on the estimate available. Unfortunately, the data used to generate those estimates is not as good as we would like. Additionally, countries with the highest levels of maternal and neonatal mortality are also generally those with the least reliable data.In The Lancet this week, Peter Byass and Wendy Graham write:Numerical assessments against the MDGs are inevitably processes that are plagued by poor and missing data, and their uneven distribution. The WHO-led Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health concluded “Countries most off-track for women’s and children’s health generally have the weakest civil registration systems”. In the absence of any reliable universal mechanism to “make each and every person count”, MDG mortality outcomes have defaulted to national-level metrics, which need detailed modelled interpretation. Although it is self-evident that the greatest numbers of avoidable deaths happen in some of the world’s largest countries, the highest individual risks can apply in smaller countries or within specific regions of larger countries—yet these important differentials are invisible. Global estimates must therefore be seen as a stop-gap approach to measuring progress.Share this:last_img read more

Hesperian Health Mobile App Now Available in Spanish and English

first_imgPosted on April 1, 2013August 15, 2016Click 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)Hesperian Health has announced the launch of its comprehensive app on healthy pregnancy and birth in Spanish. This version joins Hesperian’s English-language app, “Safe Pregnancy and Birth,” which has been downloaded more than 60,000 times, and provides information, including illustrations, on staying healthy during pregnancy, recognizing danger signs during pregnancy, delivery and after birth – and what to do about them –  and when to refer a woman to emergency care.From Hesperian’s announcement:Available as a free download for iPhone and Android , “El embarazo y el parto seguros” contains lifesaving information presented in clear, accessible language and with informative illustrations . The app is ideal for working with community health workers and midwives with varied literacy levels in the US and abroad.To learn more about Hesperian’s apps, click here. To preview the app in English, click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Community-Based Maternal Health Care: Meeting Women Where They Are

first_imgPosted on March 20, 2017October 4, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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)Providing women-centered maternal health care at the community levelAll women deserve respectful, culturally sensitive, women-centered care that takes into account how, where and with whom they want to receive maternal health care. In order to ensure that this happens, health systems must meet women where they are—both literally and figuratively. Community-based approaches can be effective strategies for providing women with the kind of care they want and need in the place they choose. Unfortunately, many health systems do not currently have the capacity or infrastructure to offer high quality maternal health care at the community level. Doing so requires a strong, well-trained health workforce, efficient referral and transport systems and physical infrastructure. Nevertheless, a number of programs have delivered antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care at the community level. Many of these programs, particularly those implemented in rural areas with severe health worker shortages, have involved task-shifting with the use of community health workers (CHWs). Common roles for CHWs include providing basic maternal and newborn care, distributing essential medicines such as misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage and conducting antenatal and postnatal home visits.Community health workers (CHWs)A CHW is defined by the World Health Organization as “any health worker who performs functions related to health care delivery and was trained in some way in the context of the intervention, but has received no formal professional or paraprofessional or tertiary education.” CHWs should be members of, selected by and accountable to the communities in which they work.One large-scale intervention that has successfully employed CHWs to improve maternal health outcomes is the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) program in Pakistan, which was established in 1994. In the current system, LHWs are responsible for identifying pregnant women in rural areas, providing them with comprehensive antenatal services and basic newborn care and referring them to higher level care when necessary. Between 1994 and 2007, the decline in maternal and infant mortality rates was steeper in areas with LHWs compared to the national average.Successful programs involving CHWs have been implemented in many other countries as well including Burma, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, Nepal and Rwanda.A 2013 systematic review concluded that CHWs can effectively deliver educational messages, increase the acceptability of newborn care practices such as skin-to-skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding and provide interventions including intermittent preventative treatment for malaria and psychosocial services. However, additional research on different kinds of CHW programs in diverse settings is needed to identify the most successful models for scale-up.Women’s preferences for receiving maternal health care, including where and with whom that care takes place, are diverse, and health systems should reflect that by offering choices. Providing high quality maternal health care at the community level can be a powerful tool for promoting women-centered care and health equity.Are you interested in learning more about community health?Tune into the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 27 – 30 March 2017 by watching the live-stream.Attending the conference? Join us at the following MHTF-supported panels:Session 26: Community empowerment and genderSession 30: Building national capacity and demand for implementation research to take forward the community health agendaSession 32: Selected topics in implementation research for community-based service deliveryGraphic: HSPH, MHTF and Integrare. Lady Health Workers in Pakistan: Improving access to health care for rural women and families, 2014.—Learn more about the upcoming Institutionalizing Community Health Conference.Watch a webinar hosted by the White Ribbon Alliance in which Rima Jolivet, the MHTF’s Maternal Health Technical Director, explains the foundations of women-centered care.Read a commentary written by members of the MHTF team calling for respectful, women-centered health care.Access resources for training community health workers.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Why Research Will Prevail in a Post-Fact World

first_imgPosted on May 18, 2018June 15, 2018By: Ann K. Blanc, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research, Population CouncilClick 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)For decades, the maternal health community was sure of one thing. Continually cited in a variety of articles and reports, researchers and programmers alike knew that the risk of maternal mortality of women aged 15-19 in developing countries was twice that of women aged 20-24 years. This “fact” was nearly ubiquitous—people assumed it was true because they had heard it and seen it repeatedly.Except, it was not a fact at all.Maternal mortality is an enduring health crisis and challenge, costing 830 women around the world their lives every day, and eliminating it is a mammoth task. But without evidence-based policy and programming, it is a problem we will never be able to solve.It is quite a moment to be a researcher—facts elude so much of our policy discourse. Flagrant attacks on science and reason have certainly made it feel more difficult—and so much more important.As resources become more finite and political ideology remains divisive, the need to invest in high quality research becomes even more important. As a senior member of the research team at the non-profit Population Council, I often hear complaints that research is “expensive,” cost-prohibitive and takes too long.In my view, it is a far greater waste of money, time and energy – and most critically, human lives – to continue pursuing programs and policies that are based on assumptions rather than evidence. Relying on hunches, intuition or anecdotes is not a good way to go about making decisions about where to invest vital resources, let alone improving and saving lives.Take that oft-cited “fact” about adolescent maternal mortality. That one assumption, unverified by evidence, has influenced action on maternal mortality for decades. It has directed the allocation of resources, health services and human resources.Along with my colleagues William Winfrey and John Ross, our research not only helped to dispel this myth but showed that, in fact, the excess mortality risk for adolescent girls is 28% higher than for women in their early 20s; it is women over the age of 35 who are at two to three times higher risk of maternal mortality and—because they have the most children—the absolute numbers of deaths are greatest among women in the peak childbearing years, 25-34. These patterns were subsequently confirmed by another team of researchers using a different methodology.Why does this matter? Decades of policies and programs have been designed and implemented under an assumption that is not supported by facts or research. Think about how much more effectively resources could be deployed and how many more lives could be saved if only someone had, just a little bit earlier, asked, “But where is the evidence?”It is part of a free and open society to question assumptions,  think critically and question common knowledge. Research always starts with a question and once we stop questioning or resist acting on the answers, we are simply doomed to repeat our past mistakes.If the global development community is serious about delivering solutions to improve and save people’s lives, we have an ethical obligation to deliver what works. That cannot be done unless we continue to invest in high-quality research. Sometimes, we have the opportunity to enlist the gold standard of rigor, such as randomized-controlled trials,. At other times, we must use the best available evidence to guide urgent decisions on the ground. Both demand an attention to rigor, an unyielding commitment to the scientific process and a willingness to call attention to weak or non-existent research.Either way, getting these answers is critically important and can take years, not months. High quality research takes dedication, commitment and endurance. There is no instant gratification with research. It takes patience. But by pursuing the evidence, we can identify best practices, refine critical elements of programs and begin to eliminate ineffective approaches.If we do not continue to invest in research of the highest quality, we cannot complain when programs based on hunches and guesses fail. And for the most marginalized and vulnerable people in the world, failure is not an option.Progress is made by asking questions, challenging assumptions and finding what works. To end preventable maternal deaths and other persistent global development challenges, we need to work on implementing known solutions that are based on research and proven facts. In a time when ideology trumps science, maintaining a commitment to rigorous research is itself an act of resistance.—Explore new research from the latest MHTF-PLOS Collection: Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the GlobeShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Free WiFi everywhere: help make it happen

first_imgMembers and friends of Freelancers Union have an opportunity to participate in a project to make WiFi available virtually everywhere in New York City. Andrew Rasiej, who ran last year for Public Advocate on a platform to bring WiFi to the city, is giving away 25,000 WiFi routers through a new service called Fon, which allows people to securely share their WiFi connections citywide. Once you install a Fon WiFi router to your broadband ISP connection in your home or business, you can use a password to connect to any other Fon WiFi router signal you find throughout New York and the world. Andrew is starting with a giveaway project in the East Village. After you register for a free router-starting Monday, July 31 at www.WiFi4NY.com, Andrew and Fon will provide you with details and technical support to allow you to find WiFi whenever you need it.last_img

The Future of Health Care

first_imgWhen we started thinking about the theme of our next ad campaign, we knew we wanted to speak audaciously about how we’re working to fix a broken health care system.It’s no secret that the health care “ecosystem”—the relationship between patients, providers, and insurance companies—is falling apart. Patients pay too much for too little care, providers are hamstrung by medical costs and paperwork, and insurers have to increase the bottom line for shareholders. The average cost of a health plan on the individual market in New York State is over $600 a month, which is way too high for most people.So what are we doing to fix it?Our goal is to build a new ecosystem that’s better, more efficient, and cheaper than what currently exists. (How often do you hear those words used to describe health care?) In New York, we created a model where freelancers can get group-rate health insurance that follows them from gig-to-gig. We’re developing ways for our members to get health care that treats the patient, not just the illness. And we’re working to spread this model to other states so that freelancers nationwide have quality and cost-effective options. In short, we’re trying to build a fair and equitable health insurance system.But it’s not easy. The health insurance system is complicated, with deeply entrenched interests. So we’re starting with small solutions that have the potential to get bigger.Early on we knew that the best way to illustrate what we’re doing is by showing freelancers who experience the health care ecosystem every day. All of our ads show Freelancers Union members. We paid them for their time, but their thoughts are their own. Some are insured; some are uninsured. Some are frustrated with their healthcare options; some are resigned; and some are happy with what they have.If you’d like to know more about the plans available from Freelancers Union, we encourage you to explore what’s available. Because—who knows—something as practical as buying health insurance may do something as noble as shaping the future of health care.last_img read more

How to Leverage Your Strengths to Be Your Own Boss

first_imgWant to hear something funny about freelancing? While a lot of people make the switch to freelancing to “be their own boss” or “do their own thing,” the popular construct of “the ideal, successful freelancer” seems to consist of a conspicuously small cluster of traits. This kind of freelancer pounces on every opportunity, is a mini-mogul, and has their elevator pitch down pat. It’s like leaving the “successful company employee” box only to feel pressured to fit into the “successful freelancer” box.For instance, a good friend of mine let me know she had left her job at a design agency and begun to pursue freelance graphic design full-time. When she asked me if I had any pointers for a newbie solopreneur, I suggested she tap into her network and let everyone know she was available for projects.My advice was met with a bit of hesitancy. She was afraid of coming off too salesy. My friend is certainly not alone. If you’re uncomfortable with the hustle or having to put yourself out there, don’t fret.What I’ve found to be the most useful in building your own business? Tap into your inherent strengths and ways of being. Here’s how:Use Your Abilities as a Natural Connector to Build Your Network If you’re a natural connector and helper (like me), think about cultivating your network by building rapport on LinkedIn and Twitter. My good friend Kate is a pro at connecting with folks on Twitter by engaging them in message threads. What’s more, because she’s so active on LinkedIn, and is connected to editors and marketing managers, she’s usually the first to know of cool freelancing writing gigs.I’m definitely more behind-the-scenes when it comes to connecting colleagues with opportunities. I get a nagging feeling when I can see how two people can benefit each other professionally, and feel inclined to link people up. I typically spend a few minutes shooting an introductory email or providing referrals to someone seeking freelancing help.Focus On Creating Standout Work If the work itself is strong, then people will find you. My partner is an artist and because of his compelling, unique work, people reach out to him. He’s received commissions from major food brands, participated in shows funded by corporate sponsors, worked with innovators in the immersive art space such as Meow Wolf, and collaborated with major fashion labels. His Instagram presence and press clippings have made him an even more powerful magnet for opportunities.If you’re most comfortable putting yourself out there in the world by way of what you make or do, then focus on the work itself. Whether you put a unique spin on things or simply produce rock-solid work, people will take notice and seek you out.Home in on Your Personal Brand Some folks are naturals at personal branding. They know how to convey their story and message through their online presence, and how to fold that message into the work they do. Some are more comfortable being more visible as a spokesperson of sorts and identifying themselves as experts in a specific niche.If branding is where your strengths lie, then you can use that to position yourself to land more gigs or to serve as a brand spokesperson of sorts for your clients, then continue to increase your visibility through your personal brand and individual story.Get Super Niche It’s easy to feel intimidated when you’re getting your feet wet. A few years ago I attended a marketing presentation for small businesses. One of the panelists used to head the marketing department for a major company that made instant rice. She said that rather than cater to the broadest possible market for instant rice, they focused on their most devoted consumers, for whom instant rice was a daily part of their lives. Bottom line: Don’t be afraid of getting very specific with your audience.For the unfamiliar, getting niche is figuring out exactly what services or products you offer in a specific industry. For instance, maybe you’re a graphic designer who specializes in data visualization in the health and tech fields. Or you’re a logo and branding expert in the beauty industry. That kind of specificity will do wonders for getting you noticed.A lot of freelancers when just starting out don’t want to feel boxed in due to fear of getting bored or missing out on opportunities. They would rather dabble in a bunch of different industries and offer a bevy of skills. I get it. But here’s the thing: It’s far easier to land work if you get deep within a specific industry. And at least at first, start looking for jobs within a single niche and go from there.Focus on Connecting Needs to Wants Freelancing is a lot like dating. You’re on this ultra-connected superhighway with a bunch of  people who are looking for something specific, all trying to meet someone who fits their criteria. Some of the solopreneurs who I admire the most seem to be really skilled at connecting wants to needs. They’re super organized and have the intake questionnaires handy when making initial contact with a potential client.When you’re connecting with a potential client, it helps to know where they’re headed, and how they’d like you to help them get there. On the flip side, you’ll want to gauge whether it’s a good fit with your larger goals. Sure, getting paid for a gig that has nothing to do with what you want to do could help you cover bills, but how will it help you in the long run?By focusing on connecting needs to wants, and pinpointing your particular zone of genius, it can help you stand out from the crowd. After all, someone out there certainly could use your talent and know-how. And instead of thinking that you’re tactlessly hawking your wares, so to speak, just focus on how you can solve a problem, or alleviate what’s painful or hard for someone else to do.To build a thriving freelancing business, you don’t have to fit into this image of the brash hustler with impenetrable gusto. You can arrive at success using your natural interests and well-honed skills. The most important thing is to get started and figure out what jives best with you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedBuilding a Freelancing Business: Try the Patchwork MethodSeptember 19, 2019In “Early Career”Scary Money Mistakes From The Freelancer FilesOctober 31, 2019In “Early Career”How to Break into Freelancing Straight from CollegeMarch 6, 2019In “Early Career” Post navigationlast_img read more

Dad of a Young Girl Shares 20 Simple Yet Important Truths About Upbringing

first_imgGive her moments that you both can share.2. Take her camping. When she gets older, give her more freedom. She’ll exceed your expectations.4. Remember that she’s a butterfly that will fly away one day. She needs your support all the time, all life long. She’ll grow up and start looking for a hero. And you’ll probably be her hero. You won’t even need to wear a red cloak.18. Tell her how beautiful she is. Your favourite teams, career, TV, and hobbies won’t disappear. But your daughter will grow up and enter her own life. Keep your priorities in mind.And here is Michael Mitchell and his adorable daughter.Source Enjoy the years when she’s still a “caterpillar.”3. Don’t worry about Christmas and birthday presents. She’ll probably wriggle even more than a hooked worm. That’s OK.15. Hug her. There are not many things that can soothe a crying little girl better than her dad’s shoulder. Keep that in mind.14. Always be with her. She’ll always remember that dad let her “steer.”7. Never miss her birthdays. Don’t think about it. Just say “yes” without even thinking at least once in your life.12. She’s as talented as any boy. Do it now because your back is strong and your daughter is still tiny.19. Be her hero. Make sure she knows that and keep encouraging her.11. Yes, you look silly when you play with her. Encourage her.9. She’ll always wait for you to come home. Today she wears diapers, tomorrow you give her your car keys, and before you notice, she’ll start conquering this world. One day, she’ll remember this moment. And that’s priceless.16. Take her fishing with you. 10 years later, she won’t remember what you gave her. But she’ll always remember that you weren’t there.6. Her intelligence will help her more than her beauty to accomplish things. Dads who adore their daughters excite internet users everywhere. Michael Mitchell has a blog called Life to Her Years where he gathers other dads’ advice. Michael turned the ways of fatherhood into a life philosophy and he inspires a lot of people from all over the world.We gathered the most interesting tips about raising kids by Michael Mitchell that can be put to use right now.20. Let her ride on your shoulders. It’s true magic. Show her this giant world. Take a look at her eyes full of astonishment when she sees its beauty for the first time.1. Fatherhood is your main duty. But you still do it because she needs it.10. When she learns how to kiss, she’ll start kissing all over your face. Make sure she knows that.5. Trust her. You don’t need a strong reason to spend time with your daughter. Be interested in things that she cares about. It’s important for her to see that her dad takes part in each moment.13. One day she’ll want to have a puppy. Say it over and over again. One day, popular magazines and Hollywood will try to convince her otherwise.17. Enjoy each moment spent with her. Don’t be late.8. Let her hold the wheel.last_img read more

PODCAST: Climate Change Is On The Agenda. WRI Helped Put It There.

first_imgRafe Pomerance was working at World Resources Institute in 1986 when he helped organize two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, suggesting witnesses for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. These hearings would change history.Pomerance’s charge from WRI founder Gus Speth: outreach on climate change. Those hearings, titled “Ozone Depletion, the Greenhouse Effect, and Climate Change,” moved the bipartisan dialogue on climate policy significantly forward.In time, the United States joined a global effort to halt the production of the chemicals responsible for the ozone hole, today known as one of the success stories of the environmental movement.The results are decidedly more mixed when it comes to the second subject of the hearings. Thanks to people like Pomerance—and his contemporaries at WRI and their partners on the Hill and in the scientific and environmental communities—climate change is on the agenda.Today, we have the Paris Agreement and decades of results from the scientific and environmental communities. We stand on the shoulders of giants, building on the hard work of Pomerance and his peers. Decisive U.S. action remains elusive, but we continue to work towards comprehensive climate action.This week, the New York Times Magazine published a special, issue-length article, “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change,” looking at the efforts of Pomerance and his peers during the years 1979 to 1989.In this podcast, Pomerance sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about what it was like to work for climate action when no one had heard about it, why he thinks we didn’t get climate action then and why he thinks Florida is the most important state for climate activists to win.Listen to the podcast now:last_img read more

Are Your Conversion Rates Competitive? Find Out. Take the HubSpot Inbound Marketing Survey.

first_img The ticket winners will be announced a week from today. Winners of the cash prizes will be announced when the survey closes on Sept 22. Folks who complete the survey within the next week will be eligible for both prizes; if you complete it after that, you’ll only be eligible for the cash. . in Cambridge, MA, on Sept 8, and four $500 cash prizes.  Topics: How does your marketing mix or conversion rate compare with your industry’s average? We’ll collect responses, then send you the results so you can see how your company stacks up. To provide some benchmarks and help you answer those questions, today we’re launching the . But how does your system stack up with the competition? If you’d like to know how your conversion rates, your marketing mix or your inbound marketing strategies compare with other companies in your industry, take five minutes to complete In case that’s not incentive enough, we’re giving away six great prizes to people who complete the survey — two tickets to the HubSpot Inbound Marketing Survey So what are you waiting to for? Get on over to the survey and Originally published Aug 13, 2008 9:57:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Inbound Marketing Summit win those prizes ! If you’re a savvy marketer, you have a range of online tools and techniques you use to reach new customers efficiently. Conversion Rate Optimization this easy survey 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

WSJ Offers Great Marketing Advice, Then Fails to Follow It

first_img the Wikipedia entry go read it now Most blogs put comments right below their articles. That encourages participation because readers see them after they finish, and dive in. That’s not the case on The Journal’s site. After the article all you see are ads. If you want to comment on the piece, you have to go back to a comment tab at the top of the page. The authors encourage marketers to “Resist the temptation to sell, sell, sell,” yet by placing ads where most sites put the comments, The Journal is doing just that. (3) Ads Take Up Space Most Sites Devote to Comments — and Here’s what I mean: colleges after dozens of interviews with executives and managers. (whatever you say about Wikipedia, it is certainly a conversation). , written by professors from — “Don’t just talk at consumers — work with them throughout the marketing process.” That’s another one of the article’s excellent morsels of advice. Yet the authors fail to follow it. As of late Monday night, they weren’t participating in the comments, which means they’re talking at their readers. There is just one problem with the article: The authors and The Journal aren’t following their own advice. Bentley (1) Very Few Links What do you think? Does the WSJ practice what it preaches? Does HubSpot? Topics: , or, at the very least, Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . inbound marketing If you haven’t read today’s piece in The Wall Street Journal about marketing on the social web, you should Inbound Marketing — The authors urge marketers to “Listen to — and join — the conversation outside your site.” Yet their entire article includes only two links, and even then they’re not links to related conversations. For example, since they offer a definition of Web 2.0, they should link to Babson Originally published Dec 15, 2008 9:02:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Tim O’Reilly’s seminal post on the topic (2) The Authors Aren’t Participating in the Comments It’s a great summary of many of the principles oflast_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova in semi-final

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep and eighth seed Petra Kvitova won their respectively quarter-finals to advance to the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open. Other than Halep and Kvitova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens made it to the semis.Halep took an hour and 16 minutes to dispatch Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter-final despite having played her Round of 16 match earlier in the day. The rain-hit Cincinnati Open meant that Halep had to complete her Round of 16 encounter against Ashleigh Barty in the first match of the day, which she won 7-5, 6-4.Halep will now meet Aryna Sabalenka on Saturday for a place in the final, after the unseeded Sabalenka saved 10 break points to register a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Madison Keys.The other semi-final will pit Petra Kvitova against unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.With her win over Tsurenko, Halep took her winning streak to eight matches. Tsurenko had triple break point to take a 5-1 lead in the first set but could not capitalise and saw the match swing away from her.Simona SemifinalsWorld No.1 @Simona_Halep sails into the final four with 6-4 6-1 win over Tsurenko. She awaits the winner of Keys-Sabalenka.: @WTA pic.twitter.com/iaPzDc4Rc0Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018The top seed was unstoppable once she found her rhythm and confidence, winning 11 of the final 12 games to continue her winning streak stretching back to last week’s Rogers Cup.”It was a tough day,” said the Romanian. “I’m really tired but I’m happy that I could win both.advertisement”After I won Montreal, I said that I want to come here to win some more matches, because after winning a title is always the feeling that ‘let’s do more.'”Her semi-final opponent Sabalenka had staved off match points in her two previous matches and managed to do it again on Friday, using her big serve to wriggle out of trouble against 13th seeded Keys.Eighth seed Kvitova recovered from going down an early break in the third set to beat Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.I am @Petra_Kvitova, hear me ROARThe Czech returns to the #CincyTennis semifinals for the first time since 2012, dismantling Elise Mertens 7-5 5-7 6-3.She awaits the winner of Elina Svitolina-Kiki Bertens. pic.twitter.com/gX8Yse4y0bWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018″Luckily I (had) good second serves, which was very important for me to put it back to the court and play some rallies,” said the Czech.”I really need to play more aggressive. That’s how I made those important points.”Bertens trailed 4-1 in the opening set against Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina but it was one-way traffic once the Dutch player’s serve clicked into gear and she closed out the match 6-4, 6-3.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

How Marketing Evolved Into Something People Actually Love [VISUAL]

first_img(Click on the visual for a full-sized version.) Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 26, 2012 12:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Inbound Marketing Topics: Marketing has come a long way. It used to be that we marketers had to rely on interruptive, outbound media like TV advertisements, billboards, cold calling, direct mail, and spammy email blasts to deliver our marketing messages.But the times … they’ve been a-changin’. With the evolution of the internet and other technologies to help consumers block out marketing messages that annoy and interrupt, those outbound strategies have lost their effectiveness. So today, savvy marketers rely on permissive, inbound techniques like remarkable content, search engine optimization, social media, and targeted email marketing to attract, nurture, and covert qualified prospects into customers. The result — and upside — of all this rapid change? Marketing that people actually love.And to illustrate exactly what we mean, we’ve whipped up this new visual. Check it out! Are you creating marketing that people love? Now’s as good a time as any to get started! last_img read more

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Shareable Infographics Using PowerPoint or Keynote

first_img Infographics Don’t forget to share this post! Now I realize that I might upset some people when I say this, but too bad: Data is not a requirement of a viral infographic. Of course, data makes it incredibly easy to prove your point by using indisputable numbers — but I’ve also seen dozens of infographics go viral that don’t include a single graph or piece of data.That being said, when you choose to include data in your infographic, there are some important things to consider.The traditional way would be to use charts and graphs:The second way to display your data is to use “data visualization”:For example, you could use a set of 10 “smartphone” icons where seven are colored and three are greyed out to represent the fact that 70% of Americans own a smartphone.Or you could use a unique illustration like a ship race to visualize your data.Just remember: Regardless of what type of infographic you’re creating, make sure that you’re using highly-engaging visuals and data visualizations to bring your content and data to life.Action items for Step #5:Summarize and add in your copy.Add strong supporting visuals to “show” not “tell.”Use charts and visualizations to bring data to life.Step #6: Export, optimize, and upload.Once you’re happy with your infographic, it’s time to get it ready for the web. The first thing you need to do is export the “presentation deck” that you’re working on to a PDF.In PowerPoint, just click on “File” then “Export” from your menu bar.In Keynote, you do the same thing, except you choose “PDF…” from the menu bar.Now that you have a PDF version of your infographic, you need to optimize the file size for fast loading online, without sacrificing quality or readability. Like I mentioned in step #2, there’s a good chance your infographic won’t fit perfectly into the resized PowerPoint or Keynote deck, so here’s a simple solution:Open a photo editing tool (it doesn’t have to be PhotoShop) then crop and/or stitch together your PDF(s) to get the perfect height.Next, resize your infographic to be between 700 and 900 pixels wide. Again, this will preserve the quality of the image while making the file’s size as small as possible.Also, I recommend using a tool like Optimizilla to compress and optimize your infographic even further. Try to get the final file size to be less than 5 MB — and be sure to save the photo file as a PNG or JPG.The next thing you need to do is create a home for your infographic on your website. To do this, create a new page or blog post with a unique URL that you’ll upload and add the infographic image to.This is important because when the infographic is shared around the internet, you want to make sure all the links point back to you so you get more traffic and shares.Action items for Step #6:Export infographic to a PDF.Crop and/or “stitch” together your PDF(s).Resize to 700-900 pixels wide.Upload to a new website page or blog post.Step #7: Go viral with strategic promotion.Real talk: Infographics don’t go viral by accident — even if you’ve got the best infographic in the world.Instead, strategically promoting your infographic by identifying the right people and the right websites can get your infographic in front of thousands of people fast.But before we do that, you’ll want to make sure to optimize your infographic for search engines. SEO won’t necessarily help your infographic go viral, but it’s extremely beneficial because it will help increase your search engine rankings (which means more free traffic to your website).Check out this infographic by Backlinko to help guide you while you’re optimizing your infographic(s) for search engines:After that’s done, here are the next three things you should do:#1: Find websites and blogs that share similar infographics.For example, if I had just published an infographic on email marketing, I would go to Google at type in: “Email marketing infographic.” What you’re looking for are websites and blogs that have published similar infographics made by other people.After you’ve got a decent list of websites who you think will be willing to share your infographic, it’s time for some email outreach. First, start by identifying the authors from each of the websites who published similar infographics. You can usually find the author’s name in the article’s byline:Once you’ve got a list of authors, use a tool like Viola Norbert or ContentMarketer.io to find email addresses so you can start sending personal emails.If you want to learn how the pros do email outreach, check out this article my friend Emil Shour did with Brian Dean at Backlinko. Part of that case study highlights the “Pre-Outreach” and “Content Roadshow” strategies he used to generate buzz for his content.For example, check out Emil’s 2-step approach to email outreach. Instead of doing what most people do and asking for a backlink or share right away (1-step approach) here’s what he did:And because he wasn’t being pushy, he get’s responses like this from people asking to send his content over (2-step approach):See the difference?Now I’ll be the first to admit that email outreach is not the most exciting part about infographic marketing — but it’s crucial if you want to get more eyeballs on your work.Plus, the long-term benefits from the relationships you’ll build with influencers and bloggers will become invaluable down the road.#2: Identify influencers who share similar infographics.The best tool to find these influencers is BuzzSumo. Just type in a topic or copy/paste a specific link to pull up content that is sorted by number of social media shares.For example, if I were doing an infographic on gardening, I’d type in “gardening infographic” into BuzzSumo. Next, I would go through the results one by one and click “View Sharers” on any infographics that are similar to mine:This will give you a list of the people who have shared that infographic, which is helpful because you can sort by number of followers to identify influencers with a large number of followers who have shared infographics that are similar to yours.Like in the last step, find their email address and start reaching out one-by-one. Aside from Viola Norbert and ContentMarketer.io, another clever way to find someone’s email address is to subscribe to their blog — the welcome email and all future emails should come from an address that you can respond to.As an alternative, if you can’t find someone’s email address, you can always use Twitter to reach out publically:Sam Hurley has hundreds of thousands of followers but still responded and shared my content:See how I used the same 2-step outreach approach like the email example from above?Ask if they want to see it.If they say yes, send the link.Not being pushy is the key to getting responses and getting your content shared. You might also consider sending a friendly “thank you” note after an influencer shares your content to strengthen the relationship:#3: Submit your infographic to infographic directories.These directories are basically websites that curate infographics for other people to see. And they are the perfect place to get your infographic discovered by people who might want to share it on their website.Trouble is, there are dozens of these directories out there, so instead of manually doing each one by yourself I recommend using Fivver to pay someone to do it for you. You don’t need to have someone submit your content to 50+ directories — just stick with the people who only add it to the top 10-30 infographic directories.Once you’ve added you infographic to the right directories, share it through all of your marketing channels:Share with your email listsSchedule multiple social media postsPaid ads / remarketing adsAdd links to infographic on relevant website pagesShare with industry partnersSend to influencers/bloggers who’ve shared your content in the pastShare with any brand or person you mentioned in your contentAction items for Step #7:Optimize your infographic for search engines.Share infographic with the right bloggers and influencers.Promote through all your digital marketing channels.Wrapping UpAlright, so I know this was a long one … but be sure to bookmark this article so you can come back and refer to it at any time during the infographic creation and promotion process.Need more help? I’ve put together a few bonuses to guide you along — including a 20-step infographic checklist (we only covered seven here), as well as a handy teardown video. Click here to grab those.What other infographic creation questions do you have? Share them in the comments below. If you’re still having an issue creating your layouts, add some wireframes to a blank presentation deck and use the “Shapes” tool to trace layouts until you get the hang of it. Last note: If you’re using Keynote, once you’re happy with your wireframe, I recommend that you “Lock” the shapes in place, that way when you’re adding in content later, you don’t accidentally screw up the layout. (You’ve been warned!)Action items for Step #3:Find layout inspiration on Pinterest.Use the “Shapes” tool to create your wireframe.Create infographic sub-sections using shapes.Step #4: Choose a color and typography palette.Now with your snazzy new wireframe, you’re ready to choose colors and fonts.Let’s talk colors first: A color palette is one of the most subtle, yet crucial aspects of any creative project. Your color palette will set the tone for your infographic and tie visual elements together.When designing an infographic, I like to choose two different color sets. The first color set is the background(s), where I typically use soft, subtle colors so I can draw attention to important elements with brighter colors.Here are a few examples:Of course the flip side of that is to use bold background colors. But even with white text, it can make the graphic difficult to read. The second set of colors you choose will serve as your primary palette. These can be brighter and more eye-catching –“flat” colors are very popular for infographics.Here are a few examples:Keep in mind that it’s a smart idea to choose a palette that compliments your brand’s style. You can use a tool like Adobe Color to build a pallet around any color you’d like.If you don’t want to build your own palette, I recommend that you check out Colour Lovers for endless inspiration created by other people:Make sure that you’re not choosing too many colors as that can create “disconnect” between important areas of your infographic and overwhelm readers. If all else fails, using different shades of same color is always a safe bet.Once you’ve got a nice color palette, it’s time to choose a font combination. The first thing you should do is avoid fancy or intricate fonts. (Even if it compliments your brand.)Why? After you resize the infographic to a “web-friendly” size, those types of text can be extremely difficult to read. Instead, stick with easy-to-read fonts like Arial, Open Sans, Courier and Verdana.When choosing a typography combination, you can combine two fonts, or use variations of the same font.Check out the two examples below:Make sure that you’re not using any fonts below 16 pts as it becomes extremely difficult to read once you resize your infographic in step #6. There is one exception when it comes to the fonts however: You don’t have to match your header’s title with the rest of your typography — you can take a bit more creative liberty with that area of the infographic.For example, check out these great headers that grab your attention immediately with eye-catching typography:Want some incredible fonts for your title, sub-headers, and body text that you can download and use for free? Check out this article.Action items for Step #4:Choose a background color scheme.Choose a primary color scheme.Select an easy-to-read typography combo.Step #5: Add in your content, charts, and visuals.Now it’s time to take all the resources you collected in step #1 and extract the most focused, actionable content for your infographic.Start by adding in your sub-headers and body text to the wireframe you created in step #3:Make sure that your copy is short and to-the-point like the example above. You’ll also need to include links to every resource you cited at the bottom of the infographic:Now, it’s time to bring your words to life. To do this, use strong visual elements that instantly get your point across by “showing” not “telling” your readers:You could make every single visual by yourself, or you could use my best-kept infographic design hack: Purchase community-made visual assets from online marketplaces. Websites like Graphic River, Creative Market, and Flat Icon sell visual assets made by professional designers that you can purchase and use in your projects.For example, check out this sleek icon set you could purchase and use on any of your infographics:There are dozens of other icons sets, illustrations, header images, and more that you can use to give your infographic a more professional look and feel immediately.However, if you’re like me, once in awhile you want to make your own visuals from scratch. For example, one day I couldn’t find a decent “flat style” image for a fire pit, so I decided to use the “Shapes” tool in Keynote to “build” my own firepit. Check out how I made it below: Topics: Want to learn how to plan, publish, and promote viral infographics?You’re in the right place. But let’s start by making something clear: If you’re thinking, “I’m not a natural designer” or “I’ve never made an infographic before,” you’re not alone.However, instead of making excuses, answer this: Have you ever made a presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote?Great. Believe it or not, you’ve got the skills to make an infographic. And now that I know you can do this, I’m here to walk you through the seven steps that I take when creating infographics.Save countless hours using these free, pre-made templates to design your infographics.The plan is to cover each of those steps in detail so you know exactly how to create and launch infographics for your business as well. Let’s dive in.How to Create Shareable Infographics Using PowerPoint or Keynote123Save123SaveStep #1: Choose topic and collect content.If you’ve already got a blog and some content under your belt, the best place to find a topic is to look at your most popular content from the past.Just head over to Google Analytics (or dig into your HubSpot software) and pull up your most popular pages (from the last 6-12 months) by going to Behavior > Site Content > All Pages.From there you’ll be able to see which topics your readers are already most interested in.It’s a smart idea to match your infographics to the topic of your most popular blog posts because:First, you’ll be able to content from those blog posts in your infographic to fast-track your project.Second, you already know your audience is interested in those topics.For example, one of the clients I work with owns an interior design firm and her blog has some great content on it. But the most popular blog post month after month was her article on “questions to ask when interviewing an interior designer.”So we decided to use that content and create an infographic around that topic:Because all of the content was already written, all we had to do was come up with the design.Alright, so what if you don’t have a lot of content to work with?I recommend that you head over to Google Trends, Google’s Keyword Planner, HubSpot’s Keywords App, and/or BuzzSumo to research what’s being searched for and shared most often.If you’ve never used Google Trends, then you’re in for a treat. You can use this tool to see what topics are trending and most popular in real time. Plus, you can see how popular a topic was in the past and then compare that to other topics.Check out the popularity of “infographics” vs. “magazine ads” from 2004 – 2016:So how do you guarantee your topic will be a home run?Use Google’s Keyword Planner (HubSpot customers: Try HubSpot’s Keyword App) to see the exact number of people who search for specific keywords and topics so you can instantly gauge the popularity of a topic. Since we’re talking about creating viral infographics in this post, don’t forget to also research your topic in BuzzSumo so you can find the most shared topics and content online to confirm people’s interest. Once you’ve got a topic, it’s time to do some research. One of the best parts about infographics is that you don’t have to write much copy by yourself — almost every single infographic online includes quotes, data, and resources from other people and brands.To get started, you’ll want to open up an app like Evernote and write down everything you personally know about the topic you’re covering, plus every sub-topic you want to research.After you’ve got your own notes down, head over to Google Search and start the research process. For example, type in phrases like: “best (my topic) articles,” “(my topic) statistics,” “(my topic) quotes,” “(my topic) blogs,” and “(my topic) infographics.”This will give you dozens of great resources to pull ideas and data from that you can include in your infographic. Just don’t forget to save the website address (URL) for each resource you cite.Lastly, it’s important that you remember this is an infographic — not a blog post. That means you should only collect the most important, focused data and resources. Ignore all the gritty details and “fluff.”Action items for Step #1:Choose and validate a topic for your infographicCollect and cite important resources you’ll quoteStep #2: Create and re-size a blank presentation.This step is super easy. All you need to do here is create a blank presentation deck in either PowerPoint or Keynote and resize it to the shape/size of an infographic.Personally, I prefer Keynote. But rest assured that every single tool you need to make infographics are available in both PowerPoint and Keynote.Let’s start with PowerPoint: Click “Design” then “Slide Size” to resize your deck.(Note: 6.5 x 50 inches in the maximum size in PowerPoint.)For Keynote: Go to the “Document” options, click “Slide Size” to resize your deck.(Note: 900 x 6000 points in the maximum size in Keynote.)Don’t agonize over getting the “perfect” height for your infographic, just give yourself enough space to work with. (You’ll learn how to crop and optimize your infographic in step #6.)Action items for Step #2:Create a blank presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote.Resize the deck to an infographic-friendly size.Step #3: Wireframe each section using shapes.Both PowerPoint and Keynote have “Shape” tools which will allow you to create (you guessed it) shapes.PowerPoint has more options for shapes than Keynote as you can see below:In this step, our goal will be to use those shapes to create a “wireframe” and layout each section you’ll need for your infographic.Here are the basic areas / sections that you’ll need to create:Header / Title AreaIntroductionBody / Main ArgumentConclusion“Brought to you by…” SectionCited ResourcesIn most cases, each of these sections on every infographic will remain relatively the same. The only exception is the “Body / Main Argument” section, which will vary depending on your goal for the infographic.For example, a comparison infographic would need to have a different “wireframe” and layout than a timeline infographic to effectively illustrate your point:That’s why it’s smart (like with any creative project) to start with the end in mind. The creation process will be a lot easier if you can picture an outcome and work towards that. And I’ve seen too many infographics fail because they focus too much on fancy design instead of creating a solid wireframe and layout that compliments their topic.Let’s be clear: The “design” is how your information looks, but the “layout” is how your information is organized and presented. The layout is far more important than any fancy design elements.First, you’ll want to use rectangles and borders to define large areas of your infographic like in the example below:Don’t worry about the colors just yet, we’ll get to those in the next step.Next, using a combination of rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, and lines, create your subsections:When creating your wireframe and layouts, there are two important design rules to consider:You need to make sure there is enough white space so your infographic is easy to read.You need to create hierarchy with your most important content and sections at the top. Originally published Oct 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

ISL 2019 Jamshedpur vs Odisha Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch telecast, online coverage

first_imgHeading into their third Hero Indian Super League season, Jamshedpur FC will look to secure a spot in the playoffs after narrowly missing out in the last two years. The Men of Steel will get their season under way with a clash against Odisha FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Tuesday.Jamshedpur have had two head coaches in the last two seasons and both of them employed their own style of play at the club. Now as Spaniard Antonio Iriondo takes over, supporters can expect an attacking philosophy.”We will try to defend when they attack us. But our goal is we would love to have the ball more in 90 minutes than our opposition. For us, the most important thing is to make our fans happy with our style of play,” said Iriondo.Jamshedpur also had departures to deal with as Spanish duo Mario Arques and Sergio Cidoncha joined Kerala Blasters FC. However, they have boosted their strike force with CK Vineeth, who is the third-highest Indian goalscorer in the ISL. They have also replaced the outgoing foreigners with Francisco ‘Piti’ Luna and Noe Acosta while managing to retain star players Memo and Tiri.”To win the first game, it is obviously the most nervous match. The players are working hard and are ready to make decisions (on the field) and understand the way we want to play,” he said.Josep Gombau’s Delhi Dynamos only managed an eighth-placed finish but his team had a certain vigour and excitement packed into the football they played. Delhi Dynamos have now moved to Bhubaneshwar and have rebranded themselves as Odisha FC. Gombau will be looking to continue his project with the young squad at his disposal to deliver better results on the pitch.advertisementDelhi’s star winger Lallianzuala Chhangte has left for Chennaiyin FC but the presence of Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Jerry Mawhmingthanga and Nandhakumar Sekar in the forward line will help Odisha pose a threat on the break.”Last season is over. Now we start a journey at a new club in a new city. A lot of players are the same and I think we have a good squad. All the signings are done to improve the squad and I think we have a complete team,” Gombau said.Gombau’s team likes to keep the ball, and against Jamshedpur, they are up against a team that also loves to hog possession. It should make for an intriguing battle in midfield where the likes of Vinit Rai and the seasoned Marcos Tebar will play key roles for Odisha FC.”We are excited, want to do a good job. The football is for us to enjoy. We are here with this mentality,” he said.Interestingly, there is a Spanish flavour to this matchup. Not only is it the battle between two Spanish tacticians but there is also a marked Spanish influence in the foreign contingent of both teams.With the likes of Xisco Hernandez, Aridane Santana in the team, Odisha have five Spaniards in their team, just like Jamshedpur.Here are the match details: Where will the Indian Super League 2019-20 Jamshedpur FC vs Odisha FC match be played?The ISL match between Jamshedpur FC and Odisha FC will take place at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jharkhand on Tuesday.What time will the Indian Super League 2019-20 Jamshedpur FC vs Odisha FC start?The ISL 2019-20 Jamshedpur FC vs Odisha FC match is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.Where can I watch the Indian Super League 2019-20 Jamshedpur FC vs Odisha FC on TV?The match can be watched live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 Jamshedpur FC vs Odisha FC match on live streaming?If you want to watch online coverage, you can watch it on Indian streaming service, Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on https://www.indiatoday.in/sportslast_img read more

Shane Watson appointed president of Australian Cricketers’ Association

first_imgFormer all-rounder Shane Watson has been appointed as the president of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), a position, he says, will help him “to give back to the game”.The appointment was made at the ACA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which took place here on Monday night.”I am truly honoured to be elected as the President of the ACA as it evolves into the future. I have big shoes to fill with the people who have gone before me and I am super excited about this opportunity to continue to give back to the game that has given me so much,” Watson tweeted following his appointment.Watson had represented Australia in 59 Tests, 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is.Watson, who has performed consistently for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), is part of an extended 10-person board that includes three new appointments: current Australian players Pat Cummins and Kristen Beams, and cricket commentator and former Australian cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar.”Through a period of immense change, the players have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice in protecting what’s made our game of cricket great, while embracing opportunities that change inevitably brings,” Watson was quoted as saying by ‘auscricket.com.au’.The 38-year-old Watson also praised Cricket Australia’s parental policy for women cricketers.”This policy, amid a host of other changes, assures Australian women that cricket is a sport which can now support you and your family. And for girls coming through who love sport, like my daughter, it says that cricket is a sport where you’ll be able to have a career,” the star all-rounder said.advertisementThe expanded board is part of a revised governance structure for the ACA, which now also manages the Australian Cricketers’ Retirement Account, which benefits Australia’s professional cricketers once their careers are over.The revised structure also splits the role of President and Chair, which will continue to be held by Greg Dyer.Last week, Cricket Australia had appointed former player Melanie Jones as their director.Jones, who debuted for the international team in 1997, was recognized with one of Australia’s highest honour, Medal of the Order of Australia, this year.Her cricket career spanned from 1995 to 2011.Also Read | Virat Kohli & boys to train under lights in Indore with eye on Day/Night Test against Bangladeshlast_img read more

India beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down Under

first_imgIndia beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down UnderIndia vs Australia 3rd Test Day 5: Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as India took a 2-1 series lead at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 08:51 IST India vs Australia 3rd Test: Rain interrupted play on Day 5 but India managed to finish the job and win the match on time (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia won their first Boxing Day Test in Australia with a 137-run victory at MCGBumrah (3 for 53) and Jadeja (3 for 82) helped India bowl Australia out for 261India now lead the 4-Test series 2-1. The final match will be played at the SCG from Jan. 3India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session on Sunday to bowl Australia out for the second time in two days and secure a historic 137-run victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India had never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia. However, Virat Kohli’s men have now rewritten history with a 137-run victory.Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up 3 for 53 and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 for 82. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami finished with 2 wickets each.India first played a Boxing Day Test in 1985. Over the years, they lost 5, drew 2 before finally winning in 2018. This is a sweet end to the year for Kohli and India.The year 2018 started with two defeats in South Africa. They won in Johannesburg but another 1-4 series defeat in England raised serious questions on India’s ability to win Test matches overseas. Now, they cannot lose the Test series in Australia.As special as this victory is for India, credit must be given to Australia’s lower-order for putting up a stubborn fight.The Aussies were tottering at 176 for 7 and defeat was imminent on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja had just snared Tim Paine with a ball that stayed low and it looked like India would pick up the remaining three wickets without much fuss.advertisementBut Pat Cummins had other ideas. With Mitchell Starc for company, he frustrated India for over nine overs. And then Cummins stitched a partnership with Nathan Lyon – the duo batted out 14.1 overs on day 4 to push the match into the fifth day.Cummins, who had already picked nine wickets in the Test, scored a fluent half-century. Some of his shots were a lesson for Australia’s top-order batsmen – so crisp and sweetly timed they were.The umpires offered India an extra half-hour to try and win the Test on Saturday but Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja could not dislodge the determined Australian pair.There was threat of rain on Sunday but luckily for India, victory was wrapped up.It all began on Wednesday with debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76. Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second hundred of the series while Virat Kohli battled a stiff back to make 82. Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty outside Asia since 2015. Memories were created by a team that desperately needed to provide itself overseas.And once India posted their highest overseas score in 2018, the bowlers took over. Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year as a Test cricketer, completed five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia. His six-wicket haul on Friday blew the Aussies away and gave India a 292-run lead on a treacherous pitch.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins tore through the top-order in four overs. Pujara and Kohli were dismissed for ducks. By stumps, India had finished with 54 for 5 but their overall lead was now a substantial 346.After the third day’s play, there were several questions asked of Kohli’s decision to bay again. Rain was predicted over the next two days and sure enough, Saturday saw plenty of cloud cover. India lost three more wickets before they declared again to set Australia a 399-run target.And it was that man Jasprit Bumrah again. He did more damage in the second innings and Ravindra Jadeja joined the party on a wearing pitch. It was his kind of a surface.There was turn, variable bounce and plenty of purchase for pacers and spinners alike. While Bumrah and Jadeja will be celebrated for their tally of wickets, it is important to remember how well Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled. They were relentless, intimidating and tireless.There was a stubborn little partnership between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins which was broken by Jadeja with a delivery that outfoxed the Australian captain.Cummins and Mitchell Starc offered some resistance but that was never going to be enough to stop India’s quest for a historic win. The dogged fight shown by the lower order should inspire the rest of the Australian squad as the teams head to Sydney for the final Test starting January 3.India, meanwhile, will rejoice in the glorious victory. It did not come easy and there was a constant threat of rain over the weekend.Right through 2018, India’s batsmen were criticised for their poor approach and for their failure to support Virat Kohli, who finished with 1322 runs and five hundreds. It has all come together for India in Australia.advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India win Boxing Day TestFollow India beat AustraliaFollow ind vs aus 3rd test day 5Follow India vs Australialast_img read more

Gastronomy Space at Devon House to be Expanded

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says discussions are being finalised for the acquisition of certain lands to expand the Devon House gastronomy space. The Minister was speaking to JIS News following the launch of Devon House’s Emancipendence Expo, in St. Andrew on July 10. Devon House’s gastronomy experience will include a self-service kitchen, farmers’ market and food shops. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says discussions are being finalised for the acquisition of certain lands to expand the Devon House gastronomy space.Mr. Bartlett explained that the discussions involve “moving things around” to create proper parking spaces, “so that some of the facilities we now have for parking can (be used) for other things”.The Minister was speaking to JIS News following the launch of Devon House’s Emancipendence Expo, in St. Andrew on July 10.Devon House’s gastronomy experience will include a self-service kitchen, farmers’ market and food shops.Visitors will have the opportunity to cook their own meals under the supervision of a Michelin Chef, after purchasing produce, meats and condiments from the farmers’ market to be located in proximity to the kitchen.At the food shops, visitors will pay and sample a selection of the island’s cuisine while enjoying local wines and rums.The Emancipendence Expo, which is being held from August 4 to 5, will showcase and promote the works of Jamaican entrepreneurs from various industries, such as cosmetics and manufacturing, from all over the island.The event is free to the public, and visitors will be able to walk around and interact with exhibitors and sponsors while learning about the business and their various products and services.Minister Bartlett said both days must be viewed as another opportunity to “showcase our creativity and innovation, and our capacity to be creative and to produce items of value that will not only bring economic returns to us, but bring aesthetic appreciation to the wider world”.Meanwhile, Devon House Executive Director, Janet Taylor, said the Expo aims to combine the conception and celebration of two significant national milestones, which will showcase the rich diversity of Jamaican achievements.“We have incorporated not only craft but gastronomy, technology and wellness, which we hope will appeal to visitors of all ages,” she said.Mrs. Taylor hailed the Minister for his contribution to Devon House and for being the “driving force” behind its endeavours.For his part, Project Manager at the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Nalford Hyde, said his agency has consistently supported Devon House by significantly investing in the enhancement of its infrastructure, which tourists and locals continue to enjoy.He advised that support for the Emancipendence Expo is assured because of the crucial linkages to be formed between what tourists consume and locals produce.The two-day trade show, which is expected to take place on the south lawns of Devon House, will showcase more than 50 exhibits, which are mainly small and micro enterprises and start-ups. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Nova Scotia Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Month

first_imgNova Scotians across the province are recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness month, which was proclaimed today, April 1. “Sexual assault has a devastating impact on the lives of many Nova Scotians,” said Minister responsible for the Status of Women Joanne Bernard. “Eliminating sexual assault and sexual violence from our society is not a task for one government, one community, one organization or one individual. “We must work together, throughout this month and every day throughout the year, to take action in preventing sexual assault and to ensure we have the appropriate supports and services in place to help those who have been impacted.” Last fall, the government announced that it would develop the province’s first sexual violence strategy. Preliminary planning on the strategy began in February. The three-year strategy will focus on prevention and services for victims. The public engagement phase will begin later this spring. “Sexual assault and sexual violence impacts Nova Scotians, directly and indirectly, from all walks of life throughout the province,” said Ms. Bernard, who is leading the development of the strategy. “There has been great work done to date across community and government sectors. The sexual violence strategy is the next step to ensure we do everything we can to decrease these crimes and ensure victims and their families get better supports.” Service providers, community organizations, partners, and citizens will help to identify actions as to how this strategy can move us forward together. “Sexual violence is a serious crime often under-reported by victims. Women are eleven times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences,” said Verona Singer, co-ordinator Halifax Regional Police Victim Services. “We have to begin conversations about what is going on here.” This month will include the launch of a joint video campaign by the Halifax Regional Police, RCMP and Halifax Regional Municipality, entitled Be More Than a Bystander. The campaign was initially introduced in 2012 by the Halifax Regional Police. This year, the RCMP and HRM joined as partners and new messages were added from Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage and the Halifax Regional Police/RCMP Integrated Sexual Assault Investigation Team. This April, Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to learn, share information and have critical conversations about sexual assault through a series of events being organized by women’s centres, sexual assault centres, and other community groups and leaders. Information about events planned throughout the province for Sexual Assault Awareness Month can be found at http://women.gov.ns.ca/ . “I invite all Nova Scotians into join in the discussion on how we can support resiliency, to provide a space to help to give a voice to those who have been impacted, and work together to do more to prevent sexual assaults from occurring in the first place, as well as ensure we have the right supports in place to help victims,” said Ms. Bernard. “Today, and every day, we are sending a clear message that Nova Scotia does not tolerate sexual assault or sexual violence.” An official launch event at Province House in Halifax has been postponed and will be rescheduled later this month. More information on where people can turn if they need help is available at http://novascotia.ca/help/ .last_img read more