Militant killed in Sopore encounter

first_imgAn unidentified militant was on Saturday killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore township of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said.Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Reban area of Sopore, security forces launched a “cordon and search operation” this morning, a police official said.When the forces were conducting the search operation, militants opened fire upon them following which the security personnel retaliated, triggering an encounter in which one militant was killed, the officer said.The identity of the slain militant was being ascertained, he added.The operation was still going on, he said.last_img

2 seers end stir as M.P. gives MoS tag

first_imgA day after getting the ‘Minister of State’ status, two religious leaders on Wednesday cancelled their proposed stir against an alleged scam in the Narmada conservation programme, while a third one said he would not avail the benefits as MoS.Seeking to downplay the controversy over grant of MoS status to five ‘saints,’ Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his government wanted to rope in people from all walks of life for welfare and development.Elsewhere, Bhayyu Maharaj, one of the five religious leaders accorded MoS status, said he would not avail himself of the benefits associated with the MoS status.Ahead of the Assembly elections due later this year, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had accorded the MoS status to five Hindu religious leaders — Narmadanand Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Computer Baba, Bhayyu Maharaj and Pandit Yogendra Mahant.Narmada panelOn March 31, the five were appointed to a committee set up for the Narmada river conservation. As members of the committee, they were being given the MoS status, the General Administration Department had said.last_img read more

Four get death penalty for rape in Rajasthan

first_imgFour persons have been given the death penalty in three cases of rape with minors in Rajasthan since March, when the State introduced a provision for capital punishment if the rape victim was below 12 years. Rajasthan DGP O.P. Galhotra said that a rape case was registered at Jhalawar Kotwali on February 14, in which the victim was a six-year-old girl. A chargesheet was filed on February 28 after the probe was completed in 16 days. The court sentenced the accused to death on August 24. Three other accused, two in Barmer and one in Alwar, were awarded death for raping minors.last_img

Analysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves

first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nurse’s office in Toronto has a guitar stand on one side of his desk and a piano on the other. He’s trying to master both; the guitar travels with him on the road and he’s been known to strum it while studying film. The piano doesn’t exactly fit in the overhead storage bin of the plane so it stays behind.Nurse says he’s not any good yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHis team, however, is making plenty of beautiful music so far in these NBA Finals.The moment has not been too big for Nurse or the Raptors. They lead the title series 2-1 after a 123-109 win over injury-depleted Golden State on Wednesday night, an outcome that puts the two-time defending NBA champions in trouble. The maestro of the best season in Toronto history is a 51-year-old NBA coaching rookie, one who’s making plenty of right moves. “He looks young,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “But he’s pretty old.”Nurse might have been an unknown to casual NBA fans when he got the job a year ago following the firing of his former boss in Toronto, Dwane Casey. Nurse was an assistant on Casey’s staff, largely credited with running things on the offensive side of the ball. He had good relationships with players, but the task of replacing someone who was the NBA’s coach of the year and got fired anyway was daunting nonetheless.He has handled it with ease.“Each game’s critical, and the next one will be as critical as (Game 3) was,” Nurse said. “So it’s been like that all through the playoffs, and we just got to guard and play who is out there. That’s all we can do.”The guy he’s going against has eight rings already. Steve Kerr won five as a player, has three more from his first four seasons as coach of the Warriors and still very much has a chance at a fourth in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ But this is no coaching mismatch.“I’ve watched Nick closely,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the National Basketball Coaches Association, said earlier in the series. “We played against him twice this year. He’s terrific in making adjustments and I love the way he’s approached the entire season. They have set up the entire season to work to get to this point and for a first-time NBA head coach, that’s not easy to do.”For a first-timer, no, it wouldn’t be easy.Thing is, Nurse is no ordinary rookie.He’s won championships — four of them, two in the British league, two more in what’s now called the G League. That’s not the NBA, of course, but there’s a progression that he’s followed, a long slow path that saw him coaching teams most people have never heard of like the NAIA’s Grand View University, Telindus Oostende in Belgium, the Oklahoma Storm of the USBL.“Some pretty remote places,” Nurse said.He got tons of attention for throwing a box-and-one on Warriors star Stephen Curry late in Game 2 of this series. Some would say that’s an unconventional move. Not for Nurse. He spent one season basically full-court pressing the whole time so he could collect the data. He’s been known to count certain shots in practice as 4-pointers, to emphasize the need for proper spacing.He’s part-coach, part-chemist.“Like a laboratory,” Nurse said.The lab on Wednesday night was Oracle Arena. The Raptors survived a 47-point night from Curry and prevailed over a Golden State team without Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson. Looney’s season is over. Durant may be back for Game 4. Thompson figures to be back. The Warriors are almost certainly going to get boosts. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “Five guys are going to be out there,” Nurse said. “You really can’t worry about that.”It’s still too early to tell whether Nurse and the Raptors can pull this off.But Lowry knows his coach will be ready.“His mind for the game has been special, and the growth throughout the year has been pretty good for him,” Lowry said. “He’s not a first-time head coach — he’s a first-time NBA head coach. But the experience that he’s had in his many leagues and teams that he’s been a head coach before, he’s kind of just kind of stepped up and continued to grow with that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Toronto coach Nick Nurse plays to the beats to his own drum.And that’s not even one of the instruments that he’s messing around with these days.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ankle injury forces Neymar out of Copa America Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Glenn Maxwell celebrates Holi in Mohali

first_imgAustralian cricketer Glenn Maxwell on Thursday celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, ahead of their match against Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 on Friday.Colours of all hues, smell of ‘gulal’ and joyous spirit pervaded the streets on Thursday as people from all walks of life celebrated Holi with traditional fervour and gaiety. (ICC World Twenty20 Live cricket score: Australia vs Pakistan in Mohali) 27-year-old Maxwell, who also turns up for IPL team Kings XI Punjab, also could not prevent the temptation of playing with riot of colours and joined the celebrations at the hotel where the team is staying.Joined by some others, Maxwell danced to the traditional Bhangra. Few other cricketers also celebrated the festival and wished the hotel staff and others on the occasion.Watch as @Gmaxi_32 has a colourful time while celebrating the famous ancient Hindu festival of Holi with some locals (@CricketAus) March 25, 2016last_img read more


first_imgThe market is led by American Harley Davidson with closeThe market is led by American Harley Davidson with close to 5,000 units, followed by the Italian brands Benelli (over 2,400 units) and Ducati (600 units) and Japanese Kawasaki selling over 100 units a year.Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha from Japan are also present apart from BMW Motorrad, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia Piaggio, Hyosung of Korea and Regal Raptor from China and KTM among others.On dealership expansion, Dubey said out of the six targeted for this year, two will be ready by July in Chandigarh and by September in Kochi.The remaining four will come up before December in Pune, Kolkata, Indore and Goa.Its existing showrooms are in Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.The 1,000-unit per annum domestic super premium bikes market is dominated by the American Harley Davidson, the Japanese Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and also the European brand Triumph.But a few months ago, the worlds costliest bike brand MV Augusta from Italy has also entered the market through a tie-up with Firodia family of Pune.Indian Motorcycle is the oldest American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Massachusetts.It was founded by Oscar Hedstrom as Hendee Manufacturing Co and went belly up in 1953.In 1928, it was renamed as Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. In 2011, the American all-terrain off-roaders and leisure vehicles maker Polaris Industries bought Indian Motorcycle and shifted operations to Spirit Lake, Iowa from North Carolina.Polaris is the leader in off-road and all-terrain vehicles (for recreational and utility purposes), snowmobiles, motorcycles and electric-powered vehicles) in the country, serving the Army, BSF, ITBP and many state police forces since the past four decades.advertisementDubey was in the city to launch the 54th Polaris Experience Zone, which aims at serving adventure and motorsports enthusiasts better by offering them the thrill of riding the power sport vehicles. PTI BEN NRB SRK ABMlast_img read more

Messi, Suarez finish off Osasuna to get Barcelona back on track in La Liga

first_imgBarcelona put pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by picking up their first win in four games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna on Saturday.The Spanish champions missed a slew of chances in a dominant first-half display but their class eventually shone through when Suarez tapped Jordi Alba’s cutback into an empty net in the 52nd minute to break the deadlock.Messi sealed the points in the 72nd by finishing off another pass from Alba and in stoppage time the Argentine wizard toyed with the Osasuna defence to grab the third and move ahead of Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo as the league’s top scorer with 11 goals.Barca are second in the standings and provisionally moved three points behind Real, who host Deportivo La Coruna later on Saturday hoping to set a club record of 35 games unbeaten in all competitions.”We had a lot of chances and we knew that as soon as we got ahead it would open up. Fortunately, we were able to see out the game,” Suarez told reporters.”We can’t give up the fight, we’re Barca and we’re title candidates, we won’t give up whether we’re five, six or seven points behind.”Osasuna went into the game bottom of the table and with the worst home record in the league and Barca were all over the home side in the opening half an hour.Suarez arrowed a shot just wide of the far post after mesmeric play by Messi in the opening stages and struck the post moments later.advertisementSuarez played in his strike partner but Messi’s shot was blocked by Osasuna goalkeeper Nauzet Perez, who later tipped Messi’s attempted lob over the bar.Barca were almost caught out from Osasuna’s only chance of the half when Miguel De Las Cuevas burst down the right and rolled the ball across the box towards striker Oriol Riera, who narrowly failed to make the contact for an equaliser.The champions were given another fright early in the second half when Sergio Leon skipped towards the area and attempted an audacious chip which clipped the crossbar.The Catalans eventually made the most of their momentum when Messi created a gap around the area with a jinking run and slid the ball into the path of Alba who rolled it across for Suarez to tap into the net from close range.Hungry for more, Messi gave the ball to Denis Suarez who again found Alba and Messi nipped ahead of his marker to turn the cross into the far corner.The Argentine was far from done, however, and skipped past five Osasuna players before blasting beyond Perez.last_img read more

Virat Kohli dances with Mohammed Shami’s daughter after India demolish Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli is a passionate cricketer but never misses out on any opportunity to celebrate whenever his team does well. It was party time once again after India beat Sri Lanka in the third ODI to capture the five-match series.Kohli this time shared the dance floor with Mohammed Shami’s two-year-old daughter, Aairah, after India’s victorious night. The little girl matched Kohli step for step on Lou Bega’s hit “I got a girl”.India bounced back in style to beat Sri Lanka in a low-scoring thriller in the third ODI, thanks to hitman Rohit Sharma’s 12th century and iceman MS Dhoni unbeaten half-century.Aairah dance with virat after 3-0 victory ?????? @ICC @BCCI @imVkohli @HTSportsNews Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) August 28, 2017So sweet baby Mohammed Shami (@MdShami11) August 24, 2017India slumped to 61-4 in 14 overs but Sharma and Dhoni accomplished the chase with an unbroken 157-run stand to put India 3-0 up in the five-match series.The match was held up towards the end when irate fans, who have been protesting since India blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 in the preceding Test series, hurled water bottles and forced the players off the ground for about half an hour.Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss but the hosts did not get the kind of start they needed.Paceman Jasprit Bumrah laid the foundation for India’s victory with a career-best 5-27 to help restrict Sri Lanka to 217-9 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.The victory helped India record their fifth consecutive ODI series win. It was also India’s seventh consecutive bilateral series victory over Sri Lanka.India had earlier whitewashed Sri Lanka in a three-Test series making Virat Kohli to become the first Indian captain to sweep a series overseas. Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka.Never stop working hard. ??Make everyday count! ?? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 28, 2017last_img read more

DeGrom On, Mets Beat Marlins, 5-4

first_imgNEW YORK — Minus their closer in addition to their captain, the New York Mets kept rolling right along. Now, they’re the only team in the majors undefeated at home.Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings, and New York got home runs from Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores to beat the slumping Miami Marlins 5-4 April 17 for its seventh consecutive victory.Juan Lagares and Eric Campbell each had an RBI single to help the Mets (9-3) open their home schedule with six wins in a row, equaling the club record set in 1985. The overall winning streak is New York’s longest since an eight-game run in June 2010.“We’re all having a blast,” d’Arnaud said. “Every day we show up to the park and it’s instant jokes and laughing and just having fun.”The past four wins have come since captain David Wright went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The latest one was secured in a shaky ninth without closer Jeurys Familia.New York’s fast start has caught on quickly with fans of a team that’s endured six consecutive losing seasons since moving into Citi Field. The attendance of 41,844 on Fireworks Night marked the Mets’ second sellout — and those two crowds over 40,000 matched last year’s total.All-Star ace Matt Harvey will be on the mound Sunday, when New York goes for a four-game sweep of its NL East rival.“We feel like we’ve got that belief that we’re going to win, and I think it starts with having confidence in that guy on the mound,” Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer said.Dee Gordon went 5 for 5 with three RBIs for the Marlins, who lost their third straight and dropped to 3-9. They held a players-only meeting before batting practice in the wake of comments from Giancarlo Stanton that raised eyebrows the night before.“We have a positive vibe but the fire is not there, it seems like,” Stanton said. The $325 million slugger was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, yet Miami rallied for three runs in the ninth against Carlos Torres. Familia was rested after saving five games over the previous six days.Michael Morse hit a lead-off homer, and Gordon’s two-run single made it 5-4. Alex Torres, wearing his new padded cap to protect his head, struck out Christian Yelich with a runner aboard for his first major league save.“It feels a little weird, but I didn’t think about that,” Torres said.Yelich, who fanned four times, watched his bat slip out of his hands on his final swing and sail several feet beyond first base.“It was great to see us come to life there at the end,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully that will give us some momentum going into tomorrow.”Mat Latos (0-3) was much better in his third start for Miami, but was lifted for a pinch hitter down 2-0 in the sixth.“When we put it all together,” Latos said, “there’s going to be hell to pay. We’ve got a great ballclub and I believe that.”On the other side, deGrom (2-1) struck out eight and walked none in his second consecutive spotless outing. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year extended his career-best scoreless streak to 18 1-3 innings with his 15th straight start of at least six innings.The only major league pitcher with a longer current run is James Shields (16). “He’s not scared of any situation or any hitter, and he’s got great stuff,” Cuddyer said. “No moment’s too big for him.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How to Improve Your Email Marketing With an Integrated Approach

first_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 Email Marketing Topics: As we’ve said before on this blog, the various channels you leverage in your overall marketing strategy should work in tandem, not in silos. When individual marketing channels — social media, blogging, email, search, etc. — work together to promote an offer, promotion, or even a full-blown campaign, they can generate even better results than they would have on an individual level.Email, for example, is one of those channels that is most powerful when it’s integrated with the rest of your marketing efforts. So let’s review some of the different ways you can achieve integration between email and other marketing assets , such as search, social media, mobile, and analytics. Email & Social Media Integration Study after study shows that email strategies that integrate social media lead to better results. According to Aberdeen Research, 65% of the top 20% of B2B marketers in social media lead generation integrate email with social media, compared to the industry average of 51% .Integrating social media into your email strategy is easier than you might think. Here are some tactics to help you get started: Add Social Media Sharing Buttons to Your Emails Adding social media sharing and follow buttons to your emails will extend the reach of your email sends beyond the recipients in your database, expanding the visibility of your content and brand. Make social media buttons a part of your email templates so recipients can easily share your email content with their individual networks. Leverage Social Media Insights for Email Sends Send targeted emails to subscribers who have mentioned you in social media. Using integrated marketing analytics ( like HubSpot’s ), you should be able to see a list of email subscribers and leads who have mentioned your company on Twitter. In addition to responding to those highly engaged leads via social media, you could also send them a follow-up email with targeted information and content. Grow Your Email List Through Social Media Leverage your social media presence to give followers a reason to subscribe to your email list. For example, consider placing a call-to-action on your Facebook page or in a dedicated Facebook page tab . Make sure you demonstrate the clear benefits of your email subscription so you can convert your social media followers into subscribers. Email & Search Integration It’s true: Optimized emails can help you get found in search. Many email tools, like HubSpot , enable you to create and host HTML versions of your emails on the web for people who are having trouble viewing email in their inbox. Not only is this web-based version beneficial for usability, but it also helps you boost your SEO. Knowing that an online archive of your email will exist, make sure your email content follows the same SEO best practices as your website and other content does. Use your best keywords and anchor text when constructing the body of the message. Ensure all images have alt tags and include social media sharing buttons to stretch the content further. Originally published May 9, 2012 12:30:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Email & Mobile Integration According to Return Path, 16% of all emails are opened on mobile devices , and this number can rise to 50% for some companies and industries . Creating a strategy that reflects the changing way recipients open and read emails is only going to increase in importance in the coming years. So what does it take to make your email strategy mobile?Test your email templates to see how they comes across on different mobile devices.Give your calls-to-action (CTAs) wiggle room – make sure buttons and links are easy to click for readers using touch screens.Offer both plain text and HTML versions of your email .Use descriptive alt text with all your images in case they don’t display. Optimize for mobile on the landing pages and forms your email links to.HubSpot’s marketing software automatically optimizes your emails and landing pages for mobile viewing, so if you are a customer, you’re all set! This article is an excerpt from our free ebook, The Complete Guide to Optimizing Email Marketing for Conversions . Learn more about how to increase the ROI of your email marketing by downloading the ebook here . Email & Analytics Integration Today’s marketing should extend well beyond the boundaries of your website. As a result, individual analytics for your website, social media, email, and other channels just aren’t enough anymore. A multichannel view enables you to see how prospects are navigating their experience with you across various marketing properties. Marketing analytics data can answer cross-channel questions, such as: How many people clicked through on your email but didn’t convert?Of the people who converted on your website, how many of them came from social media?How many opened your last email message?Which results in more leads: PPC or organic search, email or social?Not only do integrated analytics reports show you the effectiveness of your marketing strategy, but they also help you get more targeted in your email sends. According to B2B Magazine, 37% of B2B marketers say lack of user data is the major obstacle to effective segment targeting . By exchanging single channel analytics for integrated marketing analytics, you can begin to segment your mailing list and send communications based on the lead’s history of downloads and pages viewed.In the screenshot below (of HubSpot’s Sources tool ), you will see that email and its analytics are only one piece of the inbound marketing puzzle. You need to look at the entire context in order to make smart decisions on segmentation and nurturing.last_img read more

Google Algorithm Update Makes Authorship WAY More Competitive

first_img Originally published Jan 8, 2014 5:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack This post originally appeared on Inbound Insiders, a new section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to the Inbound Insiders section.Editor’s Note: Since this post was published, Google has removed Authorship functionality entirely. Read more here.Another change in Google’s algorithm means another change in strategy for all of us inbound marketers.Thankfully, this time around, it’s not as massive or as jolting (we know, you’re still settling down from Hummingbird, right?), but rather the change comes in the form of Google Authorship.Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team, hinted at these changes back in October during his keynote speech at PubCon, and now we’re seeing them in action.According to Search Engine Land, Cutts has confirmed that Google has applied a 15% reduction in the amount of rich snippets displayed in the search results.What is Google Authorship?If you don’t know what Google Authorship is, let’s just recap quickly.Over the past year, you may have noticed that search engine results pages (SERPs) have increasingly become more visual, with little pictures of the author next to the articles. The images are pulled from the author’s Google+ profile, along with some other information, like their name and the number of Google+ followers they have.Now, the authorship tags only showed up if someone had verified their account, which only 12% of the top tech blogs did. Chances were, if you had the tag on your own website, your posts would really stand out, seem more trustworthy, and, ultimately, get clicked on more often.What changes are happening?As Cutts mentioned in his speech, Google had been testing how a reduction in authorship would affect search, and they found that by reducing authorship by 15%, they actually saw an increase in quality. Although they didn’t make the definition of “quality” crystal clear, what we gathered from his speech was this:There would be a reduction in instances of Google authorship showing up in SERPs comingThe focus would be on showing “high-quality” authors in SERPsIt seems the goal was to give searchers content they could trust and really want to readOver the past few weeks, we have seen a decline in the authorship results. From the Moz Google SERP Feature Graph, it is clear this change went into effect sometime around mid-December and has been slowly declining ever since.As you can see, there was a big drop around December 12, where it then leveled off for a few days and took another nosedive around December 16. Since then, things have been pretty steady, with little dips here and there.We imagine this will continue to drop as time goes on, especially since Google has indicated there will be a 15% decline.Here’s how this might affect you.Of course, with any change that Google makes, our minds immediately jump to, “How is this going to affect my business?”Since there’s been a decrease in the number of authors being shown in search results, it’s important you understand the reasoning behind it — in other words, knowing how Google classifies author profiles: 1) Full Author Profile — This includes what we outlined above: a photo, a byline, and the number of Google+ followers. 2) Partial Author Profile — With this tier, there is no photo next to the article, but the byline and number of Google+ followers still shows up. 3) No Author Profile — Finally, with the bottom tier, there is no information about the author at all — it’s just the page title and the URL.(Hat tip to Mark Traphagen for clearly explaining these profile types in his excellent Virante article.)You could end up in any of these buckets, and you’ll probably see yourself fall into bucket number one way less. Here’s some of the criteria it appears they’re using to make the decision — keeping in mind these are educated guesses, not hard and fast rules:The emphasis doesn’t seem to be on the authors themselves, but rather on the authority of the sites they’re writing for.Your Google+ following doesn’t have an effect on the results — there are some authors showing up that have 10K+ followers and other that only have 50.It’s site-by-site not author-by-author — while one author’s profile might be showing up for one site, it isn’t showing up on another (this ties into the first point).Google+ posts are showing full profiles. What should you do?We know that change can be scary, but we’re definitely not advising that anyone jump ship from Google Authorship. These changes are still relatively new and therefore, are still being tested, so leave your author tags on your site. Just because it’s a little bit harder now, it’s not like your authorship tags never have a chance of showing up in SERPs.We suggest that you start paying attention to the search results you’re seeing — both for what you’re searching and also for your own content. Who is showing up? What types of sites are they writing for? Where is your content/author profile showing up in search results? If you start to notice trends, take note and advantage of that.If you’re seeing that one type of content is getting shown more frequently than others, or your guest post for one site shows your profile, while another one doesn’t, just make some tweaks to your strategy. Try writing about that particular topic more often so you can start to establish authority (this goes back to keyword strategies as well, which is a whole other blog post!).Search engine results with a full Google+ author profile tend to have better clickthrough rates than those that don’t. If this update does, in fact, help Google use these results as an indicator of quality, readers will probably begin — and continue — to see them as such as well. That means if you’re not already showing up in SERPs with an author profile, it’s still certainly something to aspire to, since it’ll be one more indicator of the quality of your content.Bottom line? As always, and even more importantly now, make sure that you are producing top-quality content that aligns with your buyer personas. Use your inbound marketing knowledge to your advantage — you know what your customers want, what challenges they face and how your solution aligns with each of these things. That’s where your focus should be.If you can establish trust with your own content, build your authority in your particular industry, and promote your content on other authoritative sites, we’re guessing these changes will have less of an effect on you.Now we’d like to hear from you! Have you seen these changes affecting your content or search results? Any trends you’ve noticed over the last month? Let us know in the comments below! Technical SEOlast_img read more

8 Brands That Totally Nailed Their World Cup Ads

first_imgAdvertiser: McDonald’sAgency: DDBMany World Cup ads focus on the greatness of football stars such as Neymar Jr., Messi, and Ronaldo. McDonald’s decided to do the opposite: They found a bunch of ordinary folks around the world whose skills are just as extraordinary as the pros and made one heck of a compilation of really cool tricks that leaves you amazed, amused, and applauding — especially for the quick-footed old man who wins the award for coolest grandpa ever.3) Nothing Is Impossible for a Chilean (Spanish) Originally published Jun 12, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Advertiser: Banco de ChileAgency: Prolam Young & RubicamChile is playing in a “group of death” in the World Cup, meaning that it’s got some of the fiercest competition from previous champs and finalists like the Netherlands and Spain. Featuring the Chilean miners at the site of the infamous Campamento Esperanza mines, the ad is a powerful call for Chileans to rise above struggle: If the miners were able to defy all odds and make it out alive after being trapped for days, the team can harness the same spirit and push through. The phrase “Nothing is Impossible for a Chilean” is repeated several times with fervor. Whether Spanish is your native tongue or you rely on rudimentary Spanish to get by in this world, this ad will leave you with some serious goose bumps.(Tip: If you want to see the translation, turn on captions by clicking the “CC” button.)4) Adriana Lima Transforms a Man Cave Advertiser: HyundaiAgency: INNOCEAN USAI burst out laughing watching this ad. Hyundai piggybacks on a popular copy trend popping up informally on social media and sites like Buzzfeed — the “because something” trend. For example, I say the word “wicked” a lot, because Boston. Hyundai created a series of advertisements that depict events that happen because, you know, fútbol. This particular one is aimed primarily at the Spain camp, and starts with very pregnant couples all piling into the hospital at once. Nurses ask each other, “What happened 9 months ago?” A series of quick flashbacks shows that it was all due to the elation of Spain winning the last world cup, and … BOOM. And kudos for the social media tie-in at the end with #BecauseFutbol.7) Everywhere You Want to Be, Featuring Zidane and Cannavaro It’s FIFA World Cup 2014 time, and boy do we have fútbol fever! We’ve filled out our brackets, ironed out team jerseys, draped flags around our office chairs (I kid you not), and of course, being the marketers we are, have pored over all the ads being released by brands around the event.In case you missed it, the World Cup is pretty much the most epic event ever (sorry, Olympics). No other single sporting event unites as many fans and stops the world quite like it does. During the next several weeks, the best of the best will take the field for their countries and battle it out for the ultimate prize on a world stage… and marketers know that.Have you ever watched a really, really good ad and just said … wow. Maybe it tugged at your heartstrings (I’m looking at you, P&G “Thank You Mom” ad), made you laugh out loud, gave you a new idea, inspired you, or made you stop and think. We definitely felt all sorts of emotions while watching all the World Cup ads that have been playing over the past few months.Below are some of the best World Cup 2014 ads we’ve seen so far. We’ve picked ads for their inspirational messages, skillful cinematography, laugh-out-loud scripts, and inventiveness. The World Cup is as epic as events can get, so it only makes sense brands pull out all the stops when it comes to advertising.Take a look at the ads below, and then tell us: Which one is your favorite?1) Time Zone Advertiser: Nike FootballAgency: W+KNike wins when it comes to creating top-notch commercials. They get the biggest stars (this one has the world’s best footballers and the Hulk to boot), draw fans in as close as they’ll ever get to the action, and use fantastic cinematography to boot. And it works. Every. Single. Time. The concept of this World Cup’s campaign is original as always, and plays on every football fan’s fantasy of not just playing with greats like Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., and Rooney, but also being them. The progression of outdoor soccer game in a park to center stage at the World Cup escalates audience members’ feelings from “this is cool” to “this is epic.” Nike does a nice job of dismantling the barrier between “us” and “them”, showing off players’ personalities up close, and weaving in humor throughout. It’s fun, fast, and all about the football. Really good ads, like good marketing in general, serve the purpose of connecting audiences to a brand. In this case, these brands all capitalized on the biggest single sporting event in the world — they know there is a staggering audience for these matches (in the billions). If they can harness the energy and excitement around it and use it as a conduit between the audience and their brand, they’re in for a huge win. The ads highlighted here successfully connected their brand to their target audience through football, so to that we say, Gol! Advertiser: AdidasAgency: TBWA\Chiat\DayWhat happens when you put a bunch of greats in the same house and give them a football? Destruction of property and fancy footwork, of course. Adidas draws on the star power of its athletes to grab its international audience’s attention with one fell swoop. Bringing together superstars from different countries who play(ed) for different football clubs means more people instantly can relate to it. Chances are most of them are a fan of Beckham, Zidane, Bale, or Lucas Moura, which means it’s much more amusing to watch them goof off and play a pick-up game right in one of their homes. Usually Adidas goes for more gritty, intense ads that glorify the blood-and-sweat aspect of the game, but this was a great successful attempt at something lighter.6) Because Fútbol  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Advertiser: ESPNAgency: WDCWScenes showing fans from Rio to Kumasi to Valencia to Moscow to Seattle show the differences between cultures but the same excitement everyone is feeling watching the World Cup. It transcends countries and cultures  — it’s universal. ESPN’s ad is aimed at increasing its American audience for the World Cup by connecting them to the rest of the world. The message at the end of the ad says it all: “Every 4 years the world has one time zone.”2) GOL! Advertiser: KiaAgency: David & GoliathKia’s Adriana Lima ads can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes, they come on as too much and too little value. But agency David & Goliath hits the mark with this fun, cheeky ad that lightly scolds the American male (Kia’s target audience) for being in a bubble — it reminds them to look beyond home to what the world has to offer. That world includes things like fútbol and, you know, foreign cars like Kia. Also, Adriana Lima wins because she’s Adriana Lima.5) House Match Advertiser: VisaAgency: Almap BBDOFrenchman Zidane is infamous for his head-butt against an Italian player in the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals. I guess enough time has passed where it’s totally cool to make light of the situation — in fact, Zidane has been popping up all over the place in the World Cup advertising game (such as the Adidas ad in #4).VISA pulls off a brilliant advertising moment by placing Zidane in an Italian restaurant, which, for those who know the context, creates an instant interest: What will happen next? The choice of including former Italian great Cannavaro (great expressions from him), playful accordion music that rises in tempo as the mood escalates, and the revelry that follows when Italy scores (and Zidane bearing the hugs from the Italians with a resigned smile) makes for a good chuckle.That being said, the messaging at the end, “Everywhere you want to be,” is a little convoluted. I don’t know if Zidane necessarily wanted to be in that particular restaurant at that time, but I’m reading it as “Visa is accepted everywhere.” Anyways, on the advertising front, points for originality.8) Winner Stays last_img read more

How to Easily Write Better Emails [Infographic]

first_img Email Marketing Topics: 235Save Originally published Feb 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email has become the primary way most of us communicate in the business world — so much so that it often replaces face-to-face interactions. Just think about how many people you’ve emailed, but never actually met.This is especially common for marketers today. For example, as a blogger who manages contributors, sets up interviews, and coordinates across teams, I send a lot of emails to people who’ve never met me. To them, my emails are their first (and second, and third) impressions of me. How I address them, the way I word a request, and even my email address affects that impression.The same is true for marketing emails. Whether recipients are long-time customers or brand new blog subscribers, each and every email you send makes an impression and shapes the way they’ll think of you and interact with you in the future.So, given the chance to learn how to write better emails, wouldn’t you take it? Check out the infographic below from for ways to craft compelling emails so you can build better relationships with your customers and prospects.235Save last_img read more

A Tale of Two Teamwork Apps: Microsoft Teams vs. Slack [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Mar 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated August 26 2017 Productivity Apps Confession: I am a bonafide productivity junkie. It seems like there isn’t a hack I haven’t tried — from calendar tricks, to new break-taking structures, to time management experiments, I love trying every get-more-done-in-a-day tip I come across.Among them are different app recommendations, especially the ones designed to make teamwork more efficient. In fact, 74% of teams say custom apps like these boost their productivity. But which apps are the best?There are two apps of this kind that are making headlines at the moment: Slack — which, in the interest of transparency, we use here at HubSpot — and Microsoft Teams, which is due to launch this quarter. And many people, it seems, have been curious as to what makes each one different. That’s why TechWyse examined the features of both, and compiled them into this side-by-side comparative infographic. Download our complete workplace productivity guide here.So, where does this each app stand? Feast your eyes, and decide which one might be best for you.3Save3Save Topics: Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

14 of the Best WordPress Survey Plugins

first_img Topics: Survey AnyplaceGravity FormsHotJarPoll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker by OpinionStageGetSiteControlTypeformTotalPollModal SurveyQuiz and Survey MasterWPFormsGoogle FormsResponsive PollWP-PollsYOP Poll Are your users happy with your website, or are you simply assuming they are?Whether you’re looking to improve the user experience on your website, increase your customer satisfaction, or simply learn more about your visitors, embedding a survey on your website is the fastest way to get the feedback you need.Ultimately, knowledge is power.In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the best WordPress plugins to collect user feedback on your website — without the need for a developer.Want 5 free customer satisfaction survey templates you can implement immediately? Click here. 1. Survey AnyplaceImage SourceSurvey Anyplace allows you to create fun surveys, quizzes, and assessment tests for your WordPress website.The free version is very generous. You can choose from a wide variety of question types to get the feedback you need — such as ratings, slide bars, or image choices, as well as traditional open-ended and multiple choice questions. Additionally, you can use basic question logic-skip to ensure you’re not asking redundant questions, based off a respondent’s previous answers.If you don’t know what to ask your visitors, consider trying out one of the “tried and approved” survey questions templates, which can be personalized to your specific needs.If a quiz is more what you’re looking for, Survey Anyplace won’t disappoint. Gauge your audience’s knowledge with timers and leaderboards.You can playfully incentivize your respondents with digital scratch cards, and if you upgrade to a paid plan, you can even add slot machines to make your quizzes even more fun.Pricing: There’s a free plan that offers a ton of flexibility in terms of what you can build, although you’re limited to 20 responses per month. For more answers and even more features, paid plans start at $25 per month.2. Gravity FormsImage SourceGravity Forms is a well-known premium form builder. While you can still create a poll with just the forms, their Survey, Polls, and Quiz add-ons make it easier to manage the data collected.You can build powerful surveys with their drag-and-drop form builder. Plus, you can use conditional logic to create branching surveys that change based on previous responses, or set limits on the number of responses. You can choose to display the survey results publicly, and close the survey after a certain date or number of responses.Gravity Forms is very developer-friendly, so it might not be the best fit for casual users and beginners.Pricing: The add-ons are part of the $259 Elite License, i.e. the highest priced package that Gravity Forms has to offer. You get access to all of Gravity Forms’ really great tools, but if all you’re looking for is a survey tool, this likely won’t be worth the investment.3. HotjarImage SourceHotjar is “the fast and visual way to understand your users.” They offer tools to help you uncover important insights for your site performance, including survey and feedback tools.Their Form Analysis tool helps you improve your form completion rates by identifying which fields take too long to fill, which are left blank, and why your visitors abandon certain forms and pages.Additionally, you can use Feedback Polls to create small, customizable widgets and improve the performance and experience of your website. Target questions to specific visitors anywhere on your web and mobile site, and choose from multiple trigger options such as time delays, scrolling, and exit-intent. You can ask multiple different types of questions, including Net Promoter Score. And if you need some inspiration, they even have a question bank for you to use.Best of all, the Incoming Feedback tool gives your visitors an easy way to leave instant visual feedback on your site or app with the use of little emoji faces to express their satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with your site. You can also create more complex surveys with the same targeting and trigger options.The interface is drag-and-drop and incredibly user-friendly. Hotjar integrates with many popular business tools, including Hubspot’s CRM and Marketing software.Pricing: You can start for free with the Basic plan and upgrade for more functionalities starting at $29 per month.4. Poll, Survey, Form & Quiz Maker by OpinionStageImage SourceOpinion Stage lets you create interactive surveys to boost your engagement rates and get more qualified leads. This tool is used by large corporations including BBC, Uber, and TripAdvisor.Its intuitive interface makes it easy to use. You can manage all of your polls and quizzes in a single dashboard and track your results thanks to detailed analytic reports, which track impressions, the number of votes, click-through rates, social sharing, and more.Their built-in templates help you customize your surveys and polls to fit your brand. You can even add images and videos to your surveys to make them more engaging.Additionally, when you upgrade to a paid plan, you can integrate forms into your surveys to capture leads’ contact information — plus, you have the option to incorporate ads, opening up an additional revenue stream for your business.If you’re looking for more ways to engage with your audience, this tool lets you create tons of other types of interactive content, including forms, slideshows, and articles.Pricing: The basic tool is free. To remove the Opinion Stage branding and unlock additional features, premium plans start at $19 per month.5. GetSiteControlImage SourceGet to know your audience better with GetSiteControl. Add quick polls, multi-page questionnaires, star ratings, and skip-logic surveys to better understand your customers’ needs. Target new or returning visitors, those who are leaving your website, or a specific audience segment you’d like to learn more about based on their geographical location, browser or device type, language, traffic source, and more.The tool helps you apply user behavior triggers to define when to start and stop showing a website survey, depending on time spent on page, scrolling depth, or exit-intent. You can even schedule the survey widget to be displayed only during specific days and hours.Additionally, you can collect email addresses and subscribe users to your newsletter by connecting your survey forms to an email marketing platform, and have new contacts automatically added to your list. Plus, built-in A/B testing and instant analytic reports make it easy for you to measure your performance.The tool is incredibly user-friendly and easy to set up. Your survey is live as soon as you activate the plugin. GetSiteControl is a great option for short surveys because of its many display options. However, because surveys are created in a widget format, they aren’t a good option if you want more complex surveys embedded on a page or blog post.Pricing: You can try out the product for seven days for free. Paid plans start at $19 per month.6. TypeformImage SourceTypeform is a contact form builder that also lets you create surveys and quizzes.Choose from an epic selection of survey, questionnaire, and quiz templates that you can customize to your needs. Your surveys can include a number of different question types, including ratings, multiple choice, or closed and open-ended questions.Your “typeforms” present your questions one at a time to keep users engaged, and can include images, GIFs, or videos. This tool includes Calculator, a PRO feature, for you to add calculations, scores, or prices to your questions. Each answer to a question can be assigned different values, and calculations can be made based off those values.Your surveys and questionnaires can be embedded directly onto your page, open in a pop-up, or be accessed via a unique link.Pricing: Start for free with basic question types and reporting. Paid plans start at $30 per month.7. TotalPollImage SourceTotalPoll is incredibly user-friendly. Control how your polls look with the Customizer. Your polls can be inserted onto any page via widgets or shortcodes.In addition to creating regular surveys with the option to add images and videos, you can also run opinion and debate polls, or contests with scorecards at the end.Best of all, the tool is optimized for search engines to help you rank on search results pages. You can make sure your poll is visible to Google’s crawlers by having it included in your sitemap. It supports Schema markup and is compatible with popular SEO plugins like Yoast All-in-One SEO.Pricing: You can download TotalPoll Lite for free. But for more functionality, it might be worth purchasing the $29 license on CodeCanyon.8. Modal SurveyImage SourceModal Survey is another popular option for building surveys, polls, and quizzes on WordPress. Its front-end builder makes it easy-to-use, and offers the option to customize the look and feel of your quizzes.With Modal Survey, you get detailed visualization options to display your quiz results, including five different types of pie charts. For example, you can categorize questions to display the results of each category. This feature comes in handy, particularly when building personality tests.This survey tool is great for building product recommendation quizzes. You can ask users to answer questions and then recommend products based on their results — which is particularly helpful if you own an e-commerce website.Additionally, you can equip your quizzes with countdown timers, one for your overall quiz or one for each question, and subscribe respondents to your email list, thanks to the many email marketing service integrations available.Pricing: You can purchase a regular license on CodeCanyon for $35.9. Quiz and Survey MasterImage SourceWhile its UI isn’t the most user-friendly, this plugin offers a ton of survey-specific functionality. You can give your users hints to help them answer certain questions and direct users to a specific landing page at the end of a quiz based on their results.Just like with Modal Survey, you can group questions together to show users results based on those categories. You can also email your participants their results.Additionally, you can purchase paid add-ons to unlock even more features, like email integrations, conditional logic, and analytics reports. The data you get from your survey and quiz results isn’t especially detailed or helpful, however, unless you purchase the add-ons.Pricing: This plugin is free to use, but you can purchase different add-ons for more features, such as question logic, summary emails, and to remove ads.10. WPFormsImage SourceAnother popular contact form builder, WPForms has a Surveys and Polls add-on that shares the same powerful features as the form builder. Additional features specific to surveys include smart conditional logic to filter and personalize your questions, real-time polls, and smart survey fields from Likert scale and star ratings to multiple choice. Plus, you can get interactive survey reports with beautiful graphs and charts.You have the option to show survey results on your WordPress website page with a shortcode, or to redirect users to a results page at the end of the survey.Pricing: You can start using WPForms for free, but to access the Surveys and Polls add-on, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan starting at $39.50 per year.11. Google FormsImage SourceWhile not an actual survey plugin by itself, Google Forms is a very popular free survey tool that is still worth mentioning. You can embed Google Forms on your WordPress website, either via a third-party plugin or via the HTML embed code provided by Google.Google Forms is very straightforward and easy to use. You can ask multiple types of questions, including open-ended and multiple choice. And because the tool is provided by Google, it can be much more reliable than most free plugins out there.You can set up restrictions for who to accept responses from, when to close the survey, and whether or not you would like to collect email addresses.Get access to helpful graphs to help you visualize the data collected. You can also quickly swap between aggregate and individual responses.Pricing: Google Forms is free. Its convenience makes it a good option if you’re looking for a quick way to collect user data. However, it may not look as professional as you’d like, and you won’t be able to remove the Google branding on the thank-you page at the end of the survey.12. Responsive PollImage SourceWith Responsive Poll, you can take advantage of 18 templates and tons of customization options. Responsive Poll lets you choose from seven animated chart types for displaying your results — pie, bar, donut, line, radar, polar, and progress.This plugin is a good choice if you’re looking for good quick-hit surveys or polls. However, you can only create surveys with a single question in them. You can still add multiple polls on one page, but for more complex surveys, it might not be the most optimal choice.Pricing: You can purchase a regular license on CodeCanyon for $16.13. WP-PollsImage SourceWP-Polls is a popular option for free basic polling functionalities. Your polls are easily customizable via templates and custom CSS.You can schedule your polls and even set expiration dates on them. Your users are automatically shown the results after voting.You can keep a log of who voted on your polls, allowing you to manually keep track of duplicates.With WP-Polls, you can only use radio buttons and checkboxes to collect answers. This is a good option if you just want to create simple polls, but it might not be enough to create more complex surveys.Pricing: This tool is open-source, meaning it is 100% free to use.14. YOP PollImage SourceYOP Poll lets you create polls that you can manage right from your WordPress dashboard. You’ll get access to customizable templates, and can schedule polls, set limits on votes, and restrict access to certain users based on their username or IP addresses.The main drawback of this plugin is that it doesn’t allow for open-ended questions, except for an “other” fillable field. This tool is therefore ideal for predefined options. You also don’t get visual charts or graphs to visualize your data.Pricing: You can use YOP Poll for free. Best WordPress Survey Pluginscenter_img Originally published Jun 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated July 12 2019 WordPress Website Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Lenovo K10 Note features revealed on Flipkart teaser page, to sport Snapdragon 710 chipset

first_imgLenovo announced its comeback last week with the launch of three new phones for the Indian market. After bringing back Motorola on track, Lenovo is now sorting out its smartphone lineup in the highly competitive smartphone market amidst aggressive Chinese rivals. There will be three phones launching on September 5 possibly across three different price categories, one of which will be the K10 Note. Not much was known about this phone until today when Lenovo revealed key features on Flipkart.On the official listing page, the Lenovo K10 Note features have been listed, giving out all the key features. The major one is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset which we have seen in some recent midrange phones under Rs 20,000. Along with the Snapdragon 710, the listing states a 4050mAh battery which will come with support for 18W fast charging.For the cameras, there will be a triple-lens setup at the rear, comprising of a 16-megapixel sensor along with an 8-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel third sensor. The 8-megapixel camera offers 2X optical zoom whereas the 5-megapixel camera is used for depth data. For selfies, there will be a 16-megapixel camera at the front. The phone is also sporting a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch.Going by the spec sheet, it seems that the K10 Note is essentially the Lenovo Z6 Youth from China. And on paper, this seems to be a very strong offering in the sub-Rs 20,000 category, standing up with the likes of latest phones from Realme, Xiaomi, Nokia and others.advertisement It all remains to be seen how Lenovo prices the K10 Note in India. The previous K series phones have always been priced under Rs 15,000 and if Lenovo follows the tradition, the K10 Note could offer unmatched value in the sub-Rs 15,000 market. Lenovo is pitching this as a gaming-oriented phone.Along with the K10 Note, Lenovo is also launching the A6 Note and the flagship Z6 Pro. The Lenovo Z6 Pro will be offering all the latest flagship features you expect from a premium 2019 phone and if the rumours are to be believed, the Lenovo Z6 Pro could give competition to the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and the OnePlus 7 in the sub-Rs 30,000 category.The Lenovo A6 Note could be priced under Rs 8,000 in India and as far as the leaks suggest, it will offer a waterdrop display and a dual-camera at the back.ALSO READ | Nokia leads in smartphone software and security updates: CounterpointALSO READ | Lenovo to launch its flagship Z6 Pro, K10 Note and A6 Note in India soon: Here are all detailsALSO READ | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review: The near-perfect laptoplast_img read more

Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil audio launch will take place in Chennai on THIS date

first_imgAs October is fast approaching, ardent fans of Vijay can’t keep calm as Bigil is all set to release in October. Directed by Atlee, Bigil marks the third collaboration of Atlee and Vijay after Theri and Mersal. The film, produced by AGS Entertainments, will release on Diwali this year.The latest buzz regarding Bigil is its grand audio launch, which is all set to take place in September. According to sources, the audio launch will take place on September 19 at private college in Chennai. It is said that the team has chosen Sai Ram Engineering College in West Tambaram for the venue.It is to be noted that the audio launch of Vijay’s previous film Sarkar also took place in the college. The audio launch saw a huge gathering and hence the makers thought it would be ideal to have the Bigil audio launch in the same venue.An official confirmation regarding the date and venue of Bigil audio launch is expected to be out sometime this week. It is said that the production house, AGS Entertainments, has some interesting ideas to make the audio launch, a fashionable affair.So far, two songs, Singapenney and Verithanam have been unveiled from Bigil’s album. There could be three or four more songs from AR Rahman for this commercial potboiler.Bigil is a sports-drama based on women’s football. Going by the rumours, Vijay plays the coach of the Tamil Nadu Women’s football team. Vijay’s fans are excited about the audio launch and the event is expected to be a grand soiree.The film also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Indhuja Ravichandran, Varsha Bollamma, Amritha Aiyer and Yogi Babu in pivotal roles.ALSO SEE | Verithanam song out: Vijay and AR Rahman go local for BigilALSO SEE | Mersal magician Raman Sharma slams Thenandal Studios for not paying himALSO WATCH | Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy teaser out, next James Bond film titled No Time For Lovelast_img read more

Abhishek Nayar draws curtains on his first-class career

first_imgMumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who represented India in three ODIs, has brought an end to his first-class career.”It’s been an absolute honour and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received through my playing career. I gave it my everything and like they say ‘no regrets no comebacks’.”Its time to move on…thank you everyone for the love and support,” wrote Nayar in a post on Instagram on Wednesday alongwith a picture of an article published in a national daily confirming his retirement.It’s been an absolute honour and I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received through my playing career.Gave it my everything and like they say ‘no regrets no comebacks’.its time to move on…thank you everyone for— abhishek nayar (@abhisheknayar1) October 23, 2019A reliable left-handed batsman and a seam bowler, Nayar played three ODIs for India under M.S. Dhoni in 2009, but couldn’t pick up a wicket or score a run.The 36-year-old played 103 first-class matches in which he scored 5,749 at an average of 45.62, with 13 centuries and 32 fifties. He also took 173 wickets at an average of 31.47, with six five-wicket hauls.Apart from that, he played 99 List-A games in which he amassed 2145 runs and picked 79 wickets.Nayar is close to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik and helped him during his lean patch some time back. The left-handed batsman, who worked with KKR as consultant during the last season, has been the lead coach and mentor of the KKR academy in Bengaluru.advertisementFrom this season though, Nayar has been named as the assistant coach of the franchise, with former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum being the head coach and David Hussey and Kyle Mills serving as chief mentor and bowling coach respectively.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly formally elected as the 39th president of BCCIAlso Read | Ramachandra Guha refuses money for role as BCCI CoA memberlast_img read more

Juarez on joining Whitecaps: ‘Feel like Coutinho’

first_imgTransfers ‘I feel like Coutinho’ – Efrain Juarez says he’s leaving Monterrey for Vancouver Whitecaps Goal 09:32 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Efrain Juarez Monterrey Julio Cesar Aguilar Transfers Vancouver Whitecaps Monterrey MLS The Mexican defender confirmed he is joining the Canadian team after spending the past four years with the Rayados Efrain Juarez is leaving Liga MX side Monterrey for Major League Soccer, telling a Mexican radio station he’s heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps.Juarez wasn’t in the 18 for the Rayados’ Liga MX opener Sunday against Morelia, with coach Antonio Mohamed revealing the defender was in ongoing negotiations with an MLS team.“Efrain Juarez has the possibility of going to the MLS, he is in negotiations and for that reason he is not with the squad,” Mohamed said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Juarez, who started for the Mexico national team at the 2010 World Cup, confirmed his destination in an interview with ESPN Radio Formula on Tuesday.”The negotiations were practically completed yesterday,” Juarez said, according to ESPN’s Tom Marshall. “Vancouver is a team that is growing like the whole league.He added: “From the first moment they showed interest in me, they honestly made me feel like Coutinho, very important.”Juarez will bring plenty of experience to the Whitecaps, having played for Real Zaragoza, Celtic and Pumas. He joined Monterrey from Club America in 2013The 29-year-old has 39 caps with Mexico but hasn’t played for the national team since 2012last_img read more

Great tag lines – do you have one?

first_imgTaglines are tough. They challenge us to sum up the essence of all we do in a few words that are pithy, profound and pack a punch. My blogging frolleague Nancy, also known as president of Nancy Schwartz & Company, has a big announcement about those tough little beasts: She’s found the BEST nonprofit taglines of 2008. We’re happy to see Network for Good friend LandChoices as a big winner. (I voted for them!)Nancy says the Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards program came about when so many powerful taglines were submitted to a survey she did on nonprofit taglines. More than 1,000 taglines were submitted. Survey findings, the entire list of submitted taglines and details on finalists and award winners will be featured in a report to be published in September. Stay tuned for the report – I’ve seen a sneak preview, and it’s packed with great pointers on vastly improving your tagline. I’ll blog it as soon as it’s off the presses.Without further ado, here are the winners in each category along with comments on what makes them great:Arts & Culture: Where Actors Find Their Space —NYC Theatre SpacesThis clearinghouse for NYC rehearsal and performance spaces uses a double entendre to go beyond a description of its services and highlight the value of its work.Civic Benefit: Stand Up for a Child —CASA of Southwest MissouriCASA’s tagline provokes anger, compassion and a desire to help, in just five words.Education: Stay Close…Go Far. —East Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaThis simple yet distinctive tagline from East Stroudsburg cuts through the clutter. Its straightforward character mirrors that of the school.Environment & Animals: Helping Preserve the Places You Cherish —LandChoicesLandChoices’ tagline thoroughly communicates the value of its work while evoking one’s most precious memories of walks in the woods, wildflower meadows and childhood camping trips. There’s a real emotional connection here.Grantmaking: Make the most of your giving. —The Greater Cincinnati FoundationThis clear tagline articulates the value of the foundation for donors considering an alternative way to give.Health & Sciences: Improving Life, One Breath at a Time —American Lung AssociationThis unexpected focus on the breath—a core element of life—gets attention, and understanding.Human Services: When You Can’t Do It Alone —Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota–Manatee, Inc.This tagline tells the story succinctly and powerfully: It’s all about getting help when life becomes overwhelming. It makes a strong emotional connection.International, Foreign Affairs & National Security: Whatever it takes to save a child —U.S. Fund for UNICEFUNICEF engages hearts and minds with its passionate focus on helping children. Who could turn down a request for a donation?Jobs & Workforce Development: All Building Starts With a Foundation —Building Future BuildersVoters enjoyed the word play here: It adds depth of understanding without being glib. Religion & Spiritual Development: Grounded in tradition…Open to the Spirit —Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS)MTS conveys the two equally important halves of its values and curriculum in a way that makes you think about the connection.Other• The Art of Active Aging —EngAGEEngAGE surprises with the imagery of active aging and the use of the term “art” to describe the way it does its work.• Because facts matter. —Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP)This tagline introduces the nature of OCPP’s impact in Oregon and entices the reader or listener to find out more. Its value proposition—the truth—is particularly compelling at a time when facts are frequently disregarded in public debate.last_img read more