BJP declares Goa bypoll candidates

first_imgPANAJI: The BJP’s central election committee on Saturday announced the party’s candidates for the August 23 by-elections to Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies in Goa. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will contest the Panaji seat, while Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has been declared the party’s candidate for Valpoi. The results will be declared on August 28.last_img

BJP, Shiv Sena aim to isolate opposition bigwigs

first_imgApart from boosting their chances to win the Assembly polls, the systematic recruitment of opposition leaders by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena aims to confine the bigwigs from the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to their respective bastions.Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Dhananjay Munde are among a few opposition leaders, who are likely to face a tough fight on their home turf. Mr. Chavan’s trusted aides Jaykumar Gore and Ranjeetsinha Nimbalkar have already left the Congress to join the BJP. MLC Anandrao Patil is also likely to resign from the party. Mr. Nimbalkar contested the Lok Sabha elections and won Madha for the BJP. Mr. Gore is set to be the BJP candidate from Man Assembly constituency. Mr. Chavan has found himself fighting a lone battle in Satara district with BJP recruiting his key aides. “The BJP does not want to see an opposition. I have never in my political career seen a party who misuses power to such an extent,” Mr. Chavan said. In Ahmednagar, Mr. Thorat has remained a lone Congress MLA with former LoP Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Shrirampur MLA Bhausaheb Kamble switching loyalty to the BJP and Sena respectively. Mr. Vikhe-Patil, an arch rival of Mr. Thorat, has warned that the district will not see a single Congress MLA after the Assembly polls. Mr. Thorat is being forced to re-direct his workers and resources to ensure that he retains the Sangamner Assembly seat. With former Indapur MLA Harshvardhan Patil joining the BJP, the difficulties for the Pawar family are set to increase in Baramati. Two days ago, BJP Maharashtra chief Chandrakant Patil inaugurated the campaign office in Baramati and warned the Pawar family that situation would worsen for them in the Assembly polls. He has been personally managing the BJP campaign strategy for the region with focus on Ajit Pawar, who is an MLA from Baramati. Mr. Munde in Beed too is running out of senior allies with all joining hands with the BJP and Sena.In Solapur, former CM Sushilkumar Shinde is now surrounded with his former party colleagues who have shifted loyalty to the saffron alliance. In Osmanabad, the BJP has recruited Rana Jagjitsinh Patil, the NCP’s sole face in the district, and the same has happened in Navi Mumbai with Ganesh Naik joining the BJP.“We understand that the recruitment of our leaders is in a systematic manner. This is to damage our senior leaders, which will result in them being not able to divest attention anywhere else. We take it as a challenge and will face it,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more

Roman Reigns brother and former WWE superstar Matt Anoa’i dies

first_imgFormer WWE superstar Matthew ‘Rosey’ Anoa’i passed away on Monday. He was the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika and older brother of WWE superstar Roman Reigns. Rosey grew up in the legendary Anoa’i wrestling dynasty.However, the cause of his death is yet not known. He suffered a heart failure in 2014.Rosey made his debut in 2002 alongside his cousin Jamal as part of 3-Minute Warning. After parting ways with Jamal, Rosey then teamed up with The Hurricane, which culminated in his first World Tag Team Championship reign.”The Anoa’i family is mourning the loss of Sika’s son, Matt aka Rosey, due to an untimely death,” Anoa’i family said in a statement.”We want to let his fans know that he loved them and the wrestling world so much. In his passing, he left three beautiful young children and a heartbroken family. Please respect the privacy of his children and family as they mourn the loss of this kind, loving, gentle man, who was a father, son, brother and a superhero to us all.””Our family appreciates your prayers and continued support during this very difficult time.”Tributes continued to pour in following the shocking news of Rosey’s death.BREAKING: WWE is saddened to learn that Matt Anoa’i, known to WWE fans as Rosey, has passed away. WWE (@WWE) 18 April 2017Very sorry to hear of the passing of a kind, gentle and talented man. My heartfelt condolences to the Anoa’i family. RIP Matt (Rosey) Anoa’i Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) 18 April 2017Just heard the horrible news of Matt Anoai passingI’ve known him since original ECW Samoan Gangsta PartyGreat human beingSad day Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) 18 April 2017I am very late to hear this tragic news of the passing of Matthew Anoa’i my heart goes out to Joe, and the entire Anoa’i family- John Cena (@JohnCena) 19 April 2017last_img read more

HCC Embedded: MISRA-compliant EAP framework for secure IoT networks

first_imgHCC Embedded has released an embedded Extensible Authentication Protocol framework to support secure wireless connections for embedded devices. As part of this release, HCC provides support for many “flavors” of EAP, and the framework easily extends to include other protocols. Commonly used algorithms including EAPOL, EAP-TLS, EAP-IKEv2, and EAP-MD5 are available immediately.EAP is used for device authentication that supports many types of secure access. It provides a basic request/response protocol framework over which specific security algorithms can be implemented. This approach gives developers a way to ensure that industrial, medical, and transport IoT devices that join a wireless network are authenticated. This helps to create a robust and secure network.HCC’s EAP components are fully compliant with all relevant RFCs and come with a full test suite to verify correct operation on the target system. The EAP framework is developed according to HCC’s MISRA coding standard and provides reliability on any embedded target. When used with HCC’s MISRA-compliant networking stack, the EAP framework enables engineers to develop a secure, high-quality IoT device quickly and with confidence.HCC is committed to ensuring the elimination of security problems caused by software-quality issues. HCC’s EAP framework is available with full MISRA compliance reports. Additional life-cycle evidence, including high-level design and functional specification, are supplied on request. To help ensure seamless connectivity of secure wireless networking, HCC has also joined the Wi-SUN Alliance as an adopter member. The Wi-SUN Alliance seeks to advance seamless connectivity by promoting the IEEE 802.15.4g standard–based interoperability for global regional markets. The HCC EAP framework passes Wi-SUN interoperability tests and conforms fully to certification requirements.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Cypress: support for Platform Security Architecture Trusted Firmware-M from ArmNext Renesas completes RZ/N1 solution kit lineuplast_img read more

How Book Clubs Can Transform Your Social Media Strategy

first_img Topics: Originally published Jan 23, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Strategy Regardless, the activity has some fundamental aspects that can teach marketers how to effectively use social media for inbound marketing.1. Invite Interested ReadersIf you’re forming a book club, you’re likely to invite others who enjoy reading. Asking a friend who loathes opening any book (unless it has tons of pretty pictures in it) and would rather spend his/her day playing Mario Kart isn’t your best bet. Inviting members requires an understanding of who would want to participate.This is no different on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter. Your business can’t be all things to all people, but it can be one beneficial thing to a certain group of people. Search for users who will benefit and enjoy the content your social media account has to offer or that addresses their problems that your products/services can solve for them. Start targeting your social media updates toward these types of people to generate an active, engaged, and qualified following of potential customers.2. Pick the Right BookThere’s a big difference between picking a good book and picking the right book. A good book is subjective to the reader and won’t necessarily appeal to others. Book club organizers must understand their groups well enough to choose books that members will actually want to read.Similarly, businesses must have a grasp of what their audience wants to get out of following them in social channels. Just because a certain topic interests you, doesn’t mean it interests them. Put your feet in your ideal customers’ shoes by developing and understanding your business’ buyer personas, and share content and updates that truly speak to their needs and interests. If you want to delve into this further, just as a book club would allow its members to pick which book to read next, allow your fans to suggest which topics you should post about. Post a link to a brief survey or, for for instant feedback, tweet/post a quick question that asks folks what they’d be interested in learning about through your social presence.3. Prepare Discussion QuestionsWhen someone hosts a book club meeting, he/she doesn’t simply invite guests over and let them take charge of the event. The host must be prepared with questions and thoughts to commence and shape the conversation.This also holds true for the social sphere. Don’t just create a Facebook or Twitter account and assume that your fans will take hold–it won’t happen. Instead, prompt intriguing and thought-provoking questions that call on followers to respond and engage. This will help grow your reach and create a positive environment within your individual social media account. Fans will appreciate that you value their voice as much as your own.4. Participate in DialogueThe lamest book club members are those who join but sit silent during meetings. People want to hear each other’s opinions and ideas about the book; otherwise, members wouldn’t have been invited to join.When you start increasing your social media following, don’t let these users simply enjoy your company. Unless you share your voice with your followers, your company is worth squat. One great way to create awareness for your business is by participating in online exchanges. One place to do so, for example, is LinkedIn Groups. Find public groups that are discussing topics related to your business, and share your ideas there. Comment on discussions other members have started in the group (when relevant). This can help you become visible to a new audience while building yourself up as a thought leader and expert on a certain topic or industry.Miss participating in book clubs? Never been in one? Well how about trying an ‘ebook club!’ Join HubSpot for our fifth Twitter Chat tomorrow, January 24th, 3:30 PM ET. Our book club-inspired chat will discuss our ebook, An Introduction to Lead Generation. Read the ebook and come hear what fellow marketers have to say about it. Author Kipp Bodnar will attend to answer your burning questions on the topic. The hashtag to follow along is #InboundChat.Image Credit: Jukka Zittinglast_img read more

Nostalgia Marketing: Harnessing the Power of the Past

first_imgThis ever happen to you before? You’re in your car listening to the radio, or you’re at your desk rocking out to Spotify or Pandora, when all of a sudden … that song comes on.When you hear that song, something magical happens: The world seems to melt around you, and — in true Marty McFly fashion — you travel back in time. You’re whisked away to the past, back to the moment when that song first resonated with you.Maybe it’s a childhood birthday party, or a school dance, or the backseat of an orange ’69 Chevy Camaro … wherever you’re taken, the psychological response is undeniable.And while a cherished song can help bring you back to the good ol’ days for a few magical moments, you know that you’ll never be able to go back to the good ol’ days for good. That, my friends, is nostalgia. It’s a bittersweet emotion, and one that has found its way into — you guessed it — marketing.Download Now: Free Ad Campaign Planning KitNostalgia Marketing in ActionIn the world of marketing, nostalgia can be a powerful tool. From music and imagery, to branding and celebrity endorsements, there are many ways companies can leverage the past in order to elicit an emotional response.Just think about Coca-Cola, a brand that is nearly synonymous with “nostalgia.” The red Spencerian script, the contoured plastic bottles that mimic the style of the old glass ones. Clearly, this is a brand that isn’t afraid of letting its storied past shine through into its modern marketing efforts.Then there’s BuzzFeed, with its countless ’90s-themed listicles that are expertly crafted to tug on the heartstrings of millennials. Just feast your eyes on these “31 Awesome ’90s Toys You Never Got, But Can Totally Buy Today.”Or how about RadioShack’s 2014 Super Bowl spot? This self-deprecating ad pokes fun at the company’s failure to get with the times, a notion that is best encapsulated by the line, “The ‘80s called … they want their store back.” Throughout the commercial, ‘80s icons are seen ransacking a RadioShack store. There’s Hulk Hogan, Mary Lout Retton, Erik Estrada (a.k.a. Ponch from CHiPs), the California Raisins, even ALF makes an appearance.  Originally published May 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 17 2018 Marketing Psychology Topics:center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Clearly, RadioShack was trying to take us back to a different time with their Super Bowl ad (and I’d argue that they succeeded).But why did they decide to take the nostalgia route? And as marketers, is there any benefit to conjuring up feelings of nostalgia in our respective audiences? To answer these questions, let’s dive a little deeper into what nostalgia actually is and explore what kind of psychological effects it can produce.Brain Demons & Cowbells: A Brief History of NostalgiaA Swiss doctor named Johannes Hofer coined the term “nostalgia” back in the 17th century. At the time, Hofer considered nostalgia to be a neurological disease that affected Swiss mercenaries fighting far from home. The cause of this dreaded disease? Hofer blamed the “continuous vibrations of animal spirits” in the brain, which was another way of saying, “I have no clue, let’s blame it on brain demons!”  The other leading theory at the time? Nostalgia in the Swiss soldiers was caused by brain and eardrum damage, which in turn was a result of over-exposure to the clanging of cowbells in the Alps. (So it turns out that less cowbell would have been the prescription back then.)Today, we know that nostalgia isn’t caused by brain demons or cowbells (go figure). We also know that nostalgia isn’t limited to homesick Swiss mercenaries. Instead, the phenomenon occurs all over the world, and can even be found in children as young as 7 (who are liable get nostalgic about past vacations and birthday parties).What Causes Nostalgia?Modern research has revealed that we tend to feel nostalgic for past events that 1) were personally meaningful, and 2) involved people we’re close to, like friends, family members, and significant others.As a result, events like holiday celebrations, weddings, graduations, and birthdays (which prominently feature people we’re close to) are common “destinations” for our nostalgizing.But knowing the types of memories we’re likely to recall is one piece of the nostalgia puzzle. The question still remains: What triggers nostalgia? What actually causes us to take that mental journey back to the past to visit a memory?The answer: lots of stuff.For starters, sensory inputs, like smelling a particular scent, or — per my introductory example — listening to a particular song, can trigger nostalgia.Social interactions, like meeting up with friends or family members, are another common cause. This includes getting back in touch with old friends through Facebook and other social media sites.Physical objects, such as old photos and family heirlooms, can also induce feelings of nostalgia.However, research shows that one trigger stands out among the rest as being the most common cause of nostalgia. That trigger? Negative emotion. Or, to get more specific, loneliness is the most common type of negative emotion that’s linked to inducing nostalgia. Nostalgia: Turning Bad Feelings Into Good OnesSo, if loneliness is a key cause of nostalgia, it would stand to reason that experiencing nostalgia must kinda suck. Right? As it turns out, nostalgia actually has a very positive effect on the psyche. While often triggered by negative emotions, nostalgic memories are generally happy memories, and experiencing nostalgia can have a bunch of psychological benefits. These include …Enhanced mood Increased self-esteem & feeling that your life has meaning/purposeIncreased feeling of social connectednessReduced stressPositive feeling about the futureThe bottom line: Reliving happy memories from the past can help you feel better in the present. And since these happy memories often involve people you’re close to, nostalgia reminds you that people care about you and love you, reinstilling the notion that you’re part of a bigger social sphere. (In your face, loneliness!)In a sense, nostalgia is a psychological defense mechanism, which protects you from negative emotions by reminding you of happier times.From a marketing perspective, leveraging nostalgia now makes a whole lot of sense. If your content can get people feeling nostalgic, it will also get them feeling good by extension. And when it comes to growing a loyal following of folks who love your business, creating content that makes them feel good seems like a winning strategy.Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put on some Hootie & the Blowfish, peruse some old-school Super Soakers on BuzzFeed, and hopefully finish off today as happy as a kid on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare. Thanks, nostalgia!last_img read more

5 Kid-Friendly Cookie Marketing Lessons for Girl Scouts

first_img5) Building Email ListsPicture this scenario: Your child is posted up outside the local Stop & Shop, asking shoppers if they’d like to buy a box (or five!) of cookies. “Oh, shoot! I don’t have any cash on me,” says one passerby. “I know my kids will want some, but I’m not sure exactly which kinds,” says another.What if your child responded, “No problem, but would you like to leave your email address with me? I’ll send you an email with a link to buy cookies right from my website, and you can fill it out when you’re ready.” Chances are, a lot of people will — and with just a little effort, they’ll grow their reach significantly. The key here is that they will need to follow up with these people by email later that same day while they are still on the customers’ radars.We’re excited to see how the Digital Cookie program works in January — and even more excited that mouth-watering Thin Mints will soon be only a click away.What other online marketing lessons could parents teach their Girl Scouts? Share with us in the comments! Marketing Advice Originally published Dec 5, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated May 23 2017 Topics:center_img Better get another gallon of milk — Girl Scout cookies have gone digital.That’s right: The Girl Scouts of the USA have approved a brand new platform for most scouts to sell Girl Scout cookies online and ship them across the States starting in the 2014-2015 cookie season. The program is called “Digital Cookie,” and it will allow scouts to sell cookies online using their own cookie website and/or mobile application. They’ll be able to take credit card payments and set shipping up so boxes are delivered right to customers’ doorsteps. (Cue a collective sigh of relief from parents who’ve spent entire, painstaking afternoons delivering cookies by car.)Since the Digital Cookie program won’t start rolling out until January, it’s hard to say exactly how the website and mobile app will work and exactly what scouts will need to do to sell cookies online. What we do know is that many scouts will be given the opportunity to have their own cookie website — which, thankfully, not just anyone has access to. You’ll need an email invitation from the scout themselves to gain access to their cookie website. Although this takes SEO plays off the table for our mini marketers, it helps protect the girls’ identity and safety while also encouraging scouts to handle sales themselves — a traditional Girl Scout value. In a similar initiative, many scouts will be able to use the Girl Scouts’ new cookie selling mobile app to take in-person orders, process credit card information, and automate direct shipping. Both will require approval from each local Scout Council, as well as individual scouts’ parents and guardians.In light of GSUSA’s effort to teach young girls essential entrepreneurial skills in the context of our modern, online, and mobile world, we thought it’d be fun to curate some kid-friendly tips for parents to teach their scouts practical skills in inbound marketing in preparation for the upcoming cookie season. 5 Online Marketing Lessons for Girl Scouts1) Setting GoalsGoal-setting has always been a huge part of the Girl Scout Cookie program. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have a lot of kid-friendly literature on the subject, including goal-setting activity sheets and cookie selling goal charts.And scouts already seem to see how goal setting can help them sell cookies online. “I think it helps me organize my life in a way,” 15-year-old Laura Tinlin of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York told USA Today . “It has you set goals. I think it will help me grow as a person and a future businesswoman.”As a parent, you can help your scout set reasonable cookie-selling goals. Here’s how you might adapt the typical SMART goal format to selling cookies:Specific — Teach them the importance of setting goals with real numbers and real deadlines. Think “I will send emails to 20 family members by this date” as opposed to “I’ll reach out to as many family members as possible.”Measurable — Help them find ways to track their progress, such as using a spreadsheet, the Notes app on a phone (yours or theirs), or the goal chart from the Girl Scouts website.Attainable — The goals they sets for themselves should be a reach, but possible to achieve.Realistic — Regardless of their age, don’t get too crazy with the goal-setting. They’ve got to learn how to set (and stick to) their own goals.Time-bound — Your troop leaders likely gave your child a deadline for selling cookies. Make sure you stick to that deadline, and you can even set mini-deadlines with your scout along the way.2) Learning Conversion PathsThe online Girl Scout initiative is a great opportunity to teach your scout how a sale happens from start to finish. In this case, that means walking them through each step Aunt Lynn took when she bought a box of cookies: From getting an email from your child about the upcoming cookie season, to clicking through to and reading your child’s website, to entering credit card and shipping information, and finally, to receiving the cookies on her doorstep.At work, you’d call this a “conversion path,” but terms like that can be overkill for your child. That’s why my colleague at HubSpot Alec Biedrzycki created this cartoon: to help break down the concept of conversion into a more fun, digestible format. See the whole cartoon here along with little blurbs explaining each step.3) Writing Great Email CopyIt’s not clear yet whether scouts will have the opportunity to send custom emails from the Girl Scouts website to their family and friends (or whether it’s a transactional-style email sent automatically), but email copywriting skills will still come in handy. Chances are, you’re still going to want to let your friends and family know about the sale — including instructions on how to buy — or send them reminders closer to the deadline. In any of those cases, your child is going to need to know how to compose an email. You and I know that simply telling any human that you’re selling Girl Scout Cookies is probably compelling enough, but it’s still a great opportunity to teach your child how to write up a professional-sounding email that has all the essential components: a catchy subject line, short-but-sweet email copy, great images, and an actionable call-to-action.The biggest hurdle here will be teaching your scout how to write more professionally than normal while also still showing their personality. Truthfully, you can lean on images to sell cookies, too. Let’s be honest: If you received an email picturing a plate of three glistening Samoas next to a glass of milk, the chances of you buying a box of cookies probably goes way up. (And in the next section, we’ve got some more visual content ideas your scout can tackle.)If your scout likes the email-writing side of things, you can also teach them the basics of post-purchase nurturing and upsell nurturing. In other words, once Aunt Lynn buys four boxes of cookies, your child might send her a thank-you email that includes a link she can share with friends. Or, perhaps the email contains a link to buy more cookies for her team at the office — who wouldn’t love getting surprised with a few boxes of Thin Mints? 4) Making Visual ContentSince cookies are so visual, another great way for your scouts to market the cookies is by creating visual content they can use to power their marketing campaigns. Not only do images help break up the monotony of text, they can also help your scout tell their friends and family a story and evoke a memory or emotion. It helps that a lot of young people nowadays are pretty familiar with taking photos thanks to smartphones. Older scouts might also be familiar with image-heavy social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest.Remember those glistening Samoas next to a glass of milk I mentioned earlier? There are lots of other ways your child can incorporate cute visuals into their marketing. Here are some other ideas for visual content related to Girl Scout Cookies to get you started:Help them dream up fun, creative recipes that include Girl Scout Cookies. Think of things like crushing up Thin Mints and throwing them in a blender with milk, ice cream, and chocolate syrup — simple stuff. Then, spend some quality time making these recipes together. It’s a win-win: More quality time together, and your child can photograph the end results and put those photos in an email.Create one or two simple messages using cookies in place of O’s, zeroes, or the dots of i’s to post on approved social media outlets (or via email if they’re younger). The simpler, the better. You can create these in PowerPoint if your child knows how, or they can write a message on a sheet of paper along with real Girl Scout Cookies, and take a picture of it from above. 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

RCB appoints Mike Hesson as Director of Cricket Operations, Simon Katich as head coach

first_imgFormer Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson has been appointed as Director Cricket Operations for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Simon Katich joins Hesson as the head coach. The franchise has decided to part ways with Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra.As the Director of Cricket Operations, Hesson will be responsible for the overall RCB cricket operations including defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the RCB’s cricketing pathway.He will work closely with the players and the coaching team and will be a part of RCB management team. This is a new position created within the franchise. Mike Hesson brings with him strong cricketing experience of being head coach & mentor to the New Zealand team with a focus on T20 and has earned an international reputation as a leader who achieves results without sacrificing on culture.Speaking on the appointment, RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said: “RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 Franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team.In fact, Hesson had given Ravi Shastri a run for his money in the race to be appointed India’s head coach last week.Speaking to IANS, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary had said that it was a close call between Shastri and Hesson and New Zealand’s track record under the Kiwi from 2012 till 2018 had almost sealed the deal for the former Kings XI Punjab coach.advertisement”It was not a walk in the park for Shastri as some of you seem to believe. Hesson was really close to getting the go-ahead. It is there for all to see how the New Zealand team improved by leaps and bounds under him across all formats.”From being the perennial surprise package in big-ticket events, they had become a champion side under him and that is something that really impressed the CAC.”Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached their first-ever World Cup final in 2015. While he did resign in 2018, the Kiwis playing their second final on the trot in 2019 also had a lot to do with what Hesson brought to the table. His strategizing with the senior members in the team can’t be discounted,” the functionary explained.Asked what then turned the table back in Shastri’s favour, considering that the CAC made it clear that skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t consulted before taking the call, the functionary said it was Shastri’s experience as a player on the international stage.”The CAC felt that Shastri’s proven record as a player was one area that needed to be give due recognition as one’s own stature might become an area of concern when handling a team which has big names.”Hesson hadn’t played enough cricket himself and as we know started coaching in his early twenties. Shastri, on the other hand, played 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs. That is something that went against the Kiwi,” the functionary said.Also See:last_img read more

How to Start a Website for Your Organization

first_imgYour nonprofit organization needs to have a website. Period. It need not be flashy, overly colorful or even all that pretty-it just has to do its job. Your organization’s website should provide doormats for the major types of visitors, have relevant and timely information, and provide interested parties with your contact information.But, where do you even start? After determining your budget, follow these five steps to create your new website:Register a domain name (at least one):Think about other websites you’ve visited and other organizations you’ve searched for. The web address is straight-forward and relevant to the organization’s name and brand. People can’t visit your website if you don’t have a registered domain. You can get one free for a year through, or begin an inexpensive contract with If your budget allows, you may consider purchasing more than one domain that all lead to your main webpage. For example, choose a common misspelling, reversal of words in your web address, etc.Develop the initial content for your website:What message or information do people visiting your site need to know? What are the goals of your website? Consider how you will incorporate your call-to-action (contact us, sign up for our listserv, make a donation, sign a petition), and who will be looking at your website. You may have an extremely varied audience-just make sure you’re providing information for each other: donation opportunities, background information and compelling storytelling of why people should care. Take into account the eight things your homepage must have.Determine if a free or really inexpensive option will work for you:Take some time to evaluate sites like and The former allows you to create your own branded social network (complete with online donation capabilities), and the latter has a free web-design/hosting service if you get on their list.Decide who will build your website (if step #3 doesn’t satisfy your organization’s needs, timing and/or format):There are a number of ways to create the page itself: outsourcing the work, creating a page in-house or finding an appropriate application provider (ASP). Read more about each of these options here.Allow your website to accept online donations:With all this “doormat” talk, it’s important to keep in mind that many donors will turn to your website for a quick way to get funds from their wallets to your organization. Network for Good offers an affordable, easy to use online fundraising solution.Once you have your website up and running, keep in mind that it’s an evolving tool and hub of information. Take some time to pat yourself on the back for getting it launched and donor-friendly/ready, but don’t forget to evaluate and re-evaluate how you can keep your site fresh and relevant.last_img read more

Causes on Facebook – new resources at your assistance

first_imgTrying to understand how your organization should participate in Facebook? Network for Good’s partner Causes on Facebook today launched the Causes Exchange including their nonprofit resource center, a place for people to share resources and inspiration on changing the world. Other nice resources:Network for Good’s overview of Causes and other social networking tipsAllison Fine’s take on Causes on FacebookBeth Kanter’s take on Causes on Facebooklast_img

Finally Meeting My “Nigerian Family”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Faisal Siraj, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It’s been six months now, this time passed very slowly for me as I was waiting to join my work team in Nigeria. With the grace of God that time has arrived and I am going to Nigeria on 2nd of March. I am so much excited that I can’t express. I am going through the feelings that other Young Champions went through six months ago, this makes me giggle sometimes. Where I am going to stay, how the food will be, and recovering from culture shock are interesting new environment-related worries to deal with. The excitement of working with the community and meeting my mentor (Lucy), after we have been talking online for the last six-months, makes me relax. Honestly I am feeling like I am going from a family in Pakistan to my other family in Nigeria.Trainings of traditional birth attendants, health workers and health activists have been started in the 2nd quarter, with great enthusiasm and commitment from the trainees. Soon I will be part of the facilitation of the training sessions. Managing time would be a bit difficult as I have to start writing “safe newborn practices guidelines” but I am sure I will manage it. My mentor (Lucy) and the project coordinator (Eunan) expressed their excitement in our last conversation regarding integration of community awareness and training sessions.I have completed chapter 9 of Safe Motherhood Practices. This chapter is about the management of the 2nd stage of labor. This is the stage when the baby is pushed out into the world by the mother (a real and first welcoming stage in the life of a new human being). Following are the objectives of this chapter:When you have completed this unit you should be able to:Identify the onset of the second stage of laborDecide when the patient should start to bear downCommunicate effectively with a patient during laborUse the maternal effort to the best advantage when the patient bears downMake careful observations during the second stage of laborAccurately evaluate progress in the second stage of laborManage a patient with a prolonged the second stage of laborDiagnose and manage any complicationShare this:last_img read more

What will happen in philanthropy this year?

first_imgThat’s the question Lucy Bernholz answers with her Blueprint 2010. This is the first in what will be a independent annual industry analysis for philanthropy and social investing. Lucy describes how 2010 will be another tough year for nonprofits – but likely a growth year for alternatively structured organizations that pursue the common good – like L3cs and B Corporations. Nonprofits no longer have the corner on social good. For-profits, social enterprises and other hybrid organizations will be active in the work of social impact as well – and on a bigger scale than ever before.Earlier this week, I got to hear Lucy present on what all this will mean beyond 2010.Some fascinating trends she highlighted were:1. Data is the new platform for change. There is an expectation that nonprofits should provide more data about their activities and impact to the public – and that government and others also open up their data to the public. Transparency and impact are the new black, folks. (NB: That said, individual donors have limited interest in the data.)2. Self-organizing groups using free technology will increasingly challenge institutional monopolies on social change. When anyone can put together a cause-related effort with relative ease, they are freed from working via nonprofits. We have to learn how to engage with these groups.3. Anyone can act anytime, anywhere. In an era when we can volunteer from our iPhone or give with a click as part of any transaction, giving opportunities are becoming more and more pervasive and fragmented. Individual people can make a difference more than ever in more ways than ever. We need to figure out what this means to conventional fundraising and outreach.4. Mobility matters: The ability of nonprofits to react to the digital world and manage channels like FourSquare and geotagging will separate the old school nonprofits from a new digital generation of organizations.5. Forms matter: The conventional nonprofit is no longer the end all, be all of doing good. (See above comments on L3Cs and B corporations).6. Global reach is a new standard: Technology is enabling organizations to scale globally in short order – just look at or Wikipedia. Are you an organization that should scale to the world?The hard copy of Blueprint 2010 is $20 but you can get it on Kindle for half that cost. I should disclose Lucy has done consulting work for my organization and I’m a fan of her work.last_img read more

Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Nonprofit Gurus Share Highs and Lows of Their Careers

first_imgWelcome! I’m delighted to be the host for this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival. I asked some of my favorite bloggers to hold forth on the topic, “Highs and Lows” – great successes or flaming failures of their nonprofit careers. Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now, Kivi Leroux Miller of NonprofitMarketingGuide and Jake Seliger of Grant Writing Confidential came through big time. Plus, I’m adding one of my own failures in this post. Before I get to the great entrants, a quick thanks to and Joanne Fritz for sponsoring the carnival. And in case you’re waiting for me to start selling you cotton candy and funnel cakes, I should explain the carnival is simply a monthly roundup of themed blog posts hosted by various bloggers in the nonprofit world. (What’s a carnival?) Here is this month’s roundup of wisdom:1. My Nonprofit High and Low: Both on the Same Day by Kivi Leroux MillerKivi Leroux Miller of NonprofitMarketingGuide has this wonderful post on a low point in a nonprofit job that led to her current incredible career as a thought leader and consultant. I am a fan and friend of Kivi, and I’ve got to tell you, that low was a real gift to all of us who now benefit from her wisdom. ( I should also add Network for Good – where I am COO – regularly turns to her as a consultant, too.)She has such good advice:Don’t stay in a job you hate, especially in the nonprofit world, where you have so many opportunities to do work you truly love. When you see people keeping secrets from or gossiping about other staff and board members, either shine a bright light on the situation or get out fast. Change is always hard, but in my experience, it’s nearly always good.2. Fundraising failure shows you can’t take donors where they don’t want to go by Jeff BrooksLike Kivi, Jeff Brooks is one of my favorite bloggers and thinkers. You should read his Future Fundraising Now blog regularly. (I should add Network for Good also uses Jeff as a consultant. I know there’s a pattern here but what can I say, I like to have smart people on our team!)Jeff writes about a fabulous fundraising piece that fell flat. And he has some terrific counsel for all of us:Turns out you can’t just raise funds for anything you want. If you go to your donors with an offer they don’t associate you with, they just might ignore you in droves. No matter how great your work is. Charitable giving is complex. It works when a lot of factors all come together. When you change one or more of those factors — like talk to donors about something they don’t feel signed on to support — you can actually lose money in direct mail. 3. True Believers and Grant Writing: Two Cautionary Tales by Jake SeligerThis is a wonderful post from Jake’s Grant Writing Confidential blog, which was new to me but now on my must-read list. If you’re not familiar, you must check it out.Jake has great stories from toiling in the grant salt mines for over 16 years, a few of which he shares with us. I love this post, which describes how zeal can derail your chances of getting a grant. My favorite part of the post is:It’s pretty tough to keep a nonprofit going on bratwurst, car washes, and hope. You’re not going to reach as many people if you don’t have the organizational capacity to do so. Put aside your passion long enough to write proposals that are aimed at the funder’s guidelines, not your parochial view of the universe.And that’s the truth.Thanks Kivi, Jeff and Jake.Last, I’d like to add one of my lows that also turned into a high.A couple of years ago, I led a session on fundraising at a major conference. Midway through the presentation, I described Network for Good to the more than 100 nonprofit professionals in the audience. A man in the middle of the room raised his hand.“I have a DonateNow button from you,” he said. “But it doesn’t work.”It was a dark moment for a staff member from Network for Good. A real low.So I said to the man – and everyone else in the room – that I was anxious to fix the problem and would get to the bottom of why people could not make donations from his website as soon as I finished my speech.“No, that’s not the problem,” the man responded. “You can make a donation. The problem is, no one is clicking on the button.”Ah.The story of the “broken” button was an incredible epiphany for me. I realized that in my work to help nonprofits with online giving, I was assuming that giving them Network for Good’s functionality was enough. It wasn’t, which made me a failure at our mission of getting more resources to nonprofits online. There are limits to technology. You can have a huge donate button on your home page – or a snazzy Facebook page – but that does not mean anyone is coming or clicking. A DonateNow button is not magic and social networks aren’t money machines. You need great messaging and marketing to make effective use of these tools. So I worked with our great team at Network for Good to create our Learning Center, marketing and fundraising Tips and Nonprofit 911 calls. I feel like this is a huge high – and it would not have come without that low. In fact, lows almost always beget highs, if you learn from the low.Thanks everyone for showing us how true this is in this month’s carnival.PS: Last minute entry alert! Beaconfire made this video on learning from failures.last_img read more

Homer Simpson is calling you – D’oh!

first_imgHomer Simpson for Nonprofits: The Truth about How People Really Think and What It Means to Your Cause is the title of a new eBook I just finished with Alia McKee and Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies. It’s a guide to behavioral economics for nonprofit leaders, and we’re having a free call on it next week!REGISTER HERE FOR THE FREE TELECONFERENCE on Tuesday at 1ET: Homer Simpson for NonprofitsGET THE FREE EBOOK HERE.One of the key points we make in the eBook is that in nonprofit marketing and fundraising, we need to do a better job sticking to social norms, not market norms.Humans have two distinct decision making rulebooks: social norms, which are governed by values of community selflessness and altruism, and market norms, which are governed by calculated self-interest.Social norms are stronger motivators than market norms. In experiments, under many circumstances people will work harder for free than they will for money. Not long ago, AARP asked lawyers to offer services to the elderly at a reduced rate (market norms). The response was dismal. Then they asked for lawyers to provide FREE services (social norms). Lawyers tripped over one another to volunteer.If you are a fundraiser, you live every day on the razor’s edge between norms. Major donor fundraising operates primarily on social values. Direct marketing-based fundraising operates on a weird hybrid. What does a major donor get for his or her support?: a sense of camaraderie with like-minded philanthropists; influence and access to organizational leaders (which makes them feel even more a part of things); and the potent psychological rewards of knowing they have made a difference in making the world a better place. What does a low-dollar donor get? Tote bags. Water bottles. Calendars. Certificates of adoption. It’s a largely market exchange.Scrutinize your appeals: Are you emphasizing social norms or market exchanges? Make sure you are focused on the emotional rewards of giving. Segment to avoid a hybrid. Some non-donors and low-dollar donors will solely be motivated to give because of market norms — they want the certificate or the calendar. But others are looking for that emotional connection. Identify who in your file responds to what — and give them that. If you must engage in marketplace rewards, ensure they are highly tied to your cause. If you are saving the whales, think plush toy whales, not coffee mugs.last_img read more

Video: LSU Offensive Lineman With 2 Absurd Blocks On 1 Play

first_imgLSU OL Adrian Magee destroys a Vanderbilt pass rusher.SEC NetworkLSU football has really opened things up this season on offense. With the spread offense cooking under Joe Burrow, ESPN’s David Pollack went so far as to call the Tigers a “Big 12 team” this year.That doesn’t mean Ed Orgeron is lacking some big road graders up front. Enter: Adrian Magee.The former three-star recruit out of Franklinton, La. was on serious pancake detail against Vanderbilt today.On one play, he had two vicious blocks, sending a pair of Commodores into the turf. ADRIAN MAGEE OUT HERE SERVING PANCAKES 💪🥞— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 21, 2019LSU continues to pour it on the ‘Dores this afternoon in Nashville. Once again, the Tigers have done most of their damage through the air.The Tigers have a big edge in total yardage, at 510-332, with 398 yards through the air for Burrow and company.The former Ohio State transfer is 25-for-34 with six touchdowns on the day. Ja’Marr Chase has been the main benefactor, catchign 10 balls for 229 yards and four touchdowns so far.Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads all rushers with 106 yards and a score. He’s averaging 7.6 yards per carry.Vanderbilt has scored a bit, with Ke’Shawn Vaughn going for 130 yards and two touchdowns on the day so far. LSU’s defense has showed some cracks this season, as the offense has thrived. Still, you’ll probably take hanging over 60 on what has often been a pretty salty Vanderbilt defense.The Tigers hold a 66-31 win with over nine minutes remaining in the game.last_img read more

Maersk Forecasts Higher Profits in 2019

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk is forecasting higher profits in 2019 after delivering improved results in 2018.For 2019, Maersk expects EBITDA of around USD 5 billion including effects from IFRS 16, and around USD 4 billion excluding effects from IFRS 16.The organic volume growth in Ocean is expected to be in line with the estimated average market growth of 1-3% for 2019.“Maersk’s guidance for 2019 is subject to considerable uncertainties due to the current risk of further restrictions on global trade and other factors impacting container freight rates, bunker prices and foreign exchange rates,” the company said.In 2018, A.P. Moller – Maersk reported an increase in revenue of 26% to USD 39 billion compared to USD 30.9 billion reported a year earlier, with growth in all segments. EBITDA for the year was USD 3.8 billion, increasing from USD 3.5 billion seen in 2017, in line with the company’s latest guidance of USD 3.6 – 4 billion.Net profit including discontinued operations was USD 3.2 billion, against a loss of USD 1.2 billion reported in the previous year, positively impacted by an accounting gain of USD 2.6 billion from the closing of the Maersk Oil transaction in 2018 and an impairment in Maersk Drillingof USD 1.75 billion in 2017.“In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete,” said Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.The improvement in operating earnings was driven by higher freight rates, efficiencies gained from the integration of continuing operations, and synergies from the acquisition of Hamburg Süd.However, margins in continuing operations were challenged and EBITDA was lower than initially expected at the beginning of the year, primarily due to an increase in bunker fuel prices not fully recovered by higher freight rates, the company explained.“Although we had a challenging start to 2018, looking at our financial performance, we increased earnings despite significantly higher bunker fuel prices and lower than expected container volume growth in the second half of 2018. However, profitability needs to improve,” Søren Skou added.last_img read more

Police records say Sri Ramakrishna died of throat ulcer

first_imgKolkata: Sri Ramakrishna had died of “throat ulcer” according to the register that has been kept with the Cossipore police station.The devotees and admirers of Sri Ramakrishna had entered “throat ulcer” to be the cause of his death in register of Cossipore police station on August 16, 1886. They entered the name Gadadhar Chattopadhyay and not Sri Ramakrishna in the death register and his profession was described as priest. Sri Ramakrishna was staying at a garden house in Cossipore and had breathed his last on August 16, 1886 at the age of 50 years. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDeputy mayor Atin Ghosh will handover a digital replica of the death certificate to the Belur Math authorities on Saturday. It may be mentioned that a museum on the history of Kolkata during the time of Sri Ramakrishna has come up at Belur Math following the initiative of Swami Prabhanandaji, vice-president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission. The Math authorities are setting up an archive on Sri Ramakrishna and requested the Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC) to give them a copy of the death certificate lying with it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaGhosh said as the death register is with the government it is not possible to hand it over to RKM and a digital replica will be hand over. It may be mentioned that as Swami Vivekananda was cremated at the Belur Math campus there is no death certificate of Swamiji. During the British period the law was to register the death of a person at the police station under whose jurisdiction the crematorium was situated and not with the KMC. Sri Ramakrishna was cremated at Cossipore crematorium which fell under Cossipore police station. Though it is generally believed that Sri Ramakrishna had died of cancer, there are many doctors who believe that as biopsy was not invented in those days to detect cancer it is difficult to say whether he was suffering from cancer or not. Many of them believe that he was suffering from ulcer. Senior civic officials said as discussion on cancer was not very common in 1886, the devotees of Sri Ramakrihna had entered the cause of his death as ulcer in the register. Sri Ramakrishna who was staying at Dakshineshwar had complained of acute pain in the throat and was brought to Kolkata. He stayed in a house at Shyampukur Street and then moved to a garden house in Cossipore. It was here his young disciples started staying with him as he needed constant attention. Scholars on Sri Ramakrishna maintained that this was the beginning of the Ramakrishna Sangha. Many renowned doctors in Kolkata including Dr Mahendralal Sarkar had examined Sri Ramakrishna. His well-built body deteriorated and he became frail as he could not eat anything. Despite ill health he blessed his house holder disciples who had assembled at the Cossipore garden house on January 1, 1886. The day is observed as Kalpataru Divas.last_img read more

More scientific developments

first_imgIn a remarkable accomplishment, IIT Madras turned a petroleum waste into a useful product. The meticulous process involved the use of platinum nanocatalyst and a two-member team led by G. Sekar from Department of Chemistry of the flagship institution successfully converted petroleum waste-product toluene into benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is in use as a food preservative and medicine for fungal or bacterial infection. The conversion of Toluene into benzoic acid happened through a selective and controlled oxidation in the presence of a catalyst – a green oxidant and water here. The use of water as a solvent in this is with the purpose of making the product environment-safe. This procedure was a marked departure from the conventional process whereby organic reactions are executed using organic solvents; this process is not only expensive but also generates toxic waste. Hence, the use of water to make it pollution-free. While seemingly a small step in the vast area of scientific development affecting common human lives, what this recent development stands for is the need to support and encourage research at higher levels of education which will, in turn, pave the way for better and improved standard of common living. The credibility of a top-notch institution is earned for a range of reasons: the most basic ones being secure infrastructure, a credible faculty, affordable fees, and a reasonable to better guarantee of employment at the end of the course – all of this coming together without any unreasonable compromises. With numerous medical and engineering colleges mushrooming all over the country, the picture regarding higher education in science only gets more deceptive. Merely ending up at such a college does nothing if the college is not sufficiently equipped both qualitatively and quantitatively. Good faculty and adequate resources are pivotal to rearing a crop of budding science professionals. The importance of quality science education at higher levels cannot be emphasised enough. The need to support and encourage research and enable more pilot projects will not just add to the credibility of the institutions but also encourage the culture of research and constructive experiments. The advancements in this field of applied science will only eventually make life comfortable, easier, and qualitatively better if implemented well.last_img read more

Higher Secondary exam results on May 27

first_imgKolkata: The results of Higher Secondary Examination, conducted by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, will be declared on May 27. It will be announced by the president of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das at 10 am during a press conference at the office of the council at Vidyasagar Bhavan in Salt Lake.The heads of institutions affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or their authorised representatives have been requested to collect the mark-sheets and other relevant documents from their respective distribution camps from 10.30 am onwards and accordingly hand it over to students. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a press release issued by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, the results will also be published on a few websites. The list of such websites will be announced shortly. More than 8 lakh candidates had appeared for the Higher Secondary Examination this year. The examination began from February 26 and concluded on March 13. Concrete steps were taken by the authorities to ensure strict vigilance at the examination centres. Eighteen mobile phones were seized from examinees during the examination. Stringent action was taken against the students who were caught with phones while writing the examination. The council decided to cancel their examination as it had issued strict instructions before the commencement of the examination that no candidate should enter examination centres with mobile phones.last_img read more