Duncan: ‘Fiorentina matched my ambition’

first_imgBobby Duncan chose to leave Liverpool for Fiorentina because they “matched my ambitions. It wasn’t over money. I wanted to make a name for myself.” Duncan joined the Viola last summer for £1.8m after a controversial exit from Liverpool, when his agent Saif Rubie accused the Reds of bullying the player and blocking any potential moves from the club. “It was a difficult decision to be honest. I was in a difficult moment at that time,” Duncan told ViolaNation.com. “Something was missing. It wasn’t over money. It wasn’t over anything else other than I want to play first team football soon. Liverpool has Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Rhian Brewster. That front three is the best front three in the world. It was hard to knock them down. “In my mind, I thought I would go and play abroad. Serie A is just below the Premier League. I wanted to make a name for myself, show the Liverpool and Fiorentina fans who I am. I always loved Liverpool, but my love now is to the Fiorentina fans. I need to repay them for showing me the love since I arrived. “Leaving Liverpool was a difficult decision. I was only there for a year, but I didn’t see the path forward for me there.” Asked about why he chose Fiorentina, the cousin of former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard cited their hopes for the future. “There were a couple clubs coming after me. I thought that with the new owners coming in, with Rocco Commisso wanting to win trophies, build the club up, it matched my ambitions. I thought it would be an unbelievable experience to get into the first team, develop under Vincenzo Montella and Emiliano Bigica. Vincenzo Virgene believes in me. Hopefully I can pay them back now.” Duncan is one of relatively few English players who are trying to make their mark in a foreign league. “Italy is more physical and tactical. England it is more possession. Italy is feistier. When you step on the pitch, it’s war here. In England we play out of the back. It’s different, but in many ways not that much. “I think I am better served in the Italian game though. I like that here I can get into it. I love the scoring goals, but I like the dirty side of the game as well.” The player also advised other young English players to be more adventurous. “Believe in yourself and make the move. Make the sacrifices, you need to. Since age eight I have sacrificed friends, school, family, everything for this sport. For those up and coming English players I just say believe in yourselves. Put in the work, make the sacrifices, and find a way to see it through.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

WADA appeal another setback for four quarter-milers

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has sought two-year bans for the four quarter-milers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, who tested positive for banned substances last year following which they were slapped with one-year suspensions.The athletes had challenged the bans imposed on them by the anti-doping disciplinary panel and the appeals panel had reserved its verdict on their pleas.However, as expected, the WADA has come out to challenge the anti-doping disciplinary panel’s ruling just before the appeals panel is to pronounce its verdict.In its appeal, WADA has quoted several rulings by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in cases similar to those of Ashwini, Priyanka Panwar, Sini Jose and Tiana Mary Thomas in which the punishments awarded were more than one year. The world body made it clear that there was no need for leniency towards the athletes and they deserve harsher penalty. While Ashwini, Sini and Priyanka tested positive for methandienone, Tiana’s sample showed traces of two banned substances – methandienone and stanozolol.Chairman of the appeals panel CK Mahajan will now take up the appeal on Wednesday and the case may be dragged for another hearing before the three-member committee comes out with its verdict. The recent development comes as another setback for the athletes who are virtually out of contention for the Olympic qualifiers. There was a slender chance for them to make themselves available for the Olympics if the panel had upheld their appeal and decreed that the ban starts from the date of sample collection.advertisementHowever, with WADA’s intervention, they are in for more trouble with the world body putting in more evidence in support of a harsher penalty.The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) lawyers and defence counsel have been notified about the development.Meanwhile, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is also reviewing the cases of two athletes – Mandeep Kaur and Jauna Murmu – who were also handed oneyear suspensions and is likely to challenge the ruling in their cases as well.In another development on Wednesday, two hammer throwers tested positive out of the 30 samples collected by NADA during the 57th National School Games held in Ludhiana from January 20 to 23.”In accordance with its programme for testing of athletes at School Games, NADA had collected 30 samples at this competition and the results showed two samples to give positive results for dope,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”The results of these 30 samples have been received from the National Dope Testing Laboratory. Out of 30 samples, two samples have given positive results for dope. They relate to hammer throwers,” it added.The substances found in samples were stanozolol and methandienone.last_img read more

Thatcher was asked to soften bossy image

first_imgFrom Aditi Khanna London, Oct 10 (PTI) Britains formerPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher was asked to soften her image, according to newly released personal documents. The warning came in a memo from chief press secretary Bernard Ingham setting out her strengths and weaknesses. The 1985 memo was released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust, in charge of the gradual release of her private files. Inghams five-page memo to Thatcher states that she had gained a reputation among the public of being “hectoring, strident and bossy”. On the positive side, he described her as a “decisive, strong-minded person” and “someone who is clearly going to be very hard to beat”. “In short, you remain the dominant person in British politics,” he added. Ingham tried to get her to change her style for the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool but she declined to use words such as “compassion” and “caring” in her speech. Chris Collins, from the trust, said: “Her public image was so fixed that she couldnt win – if she had suddenly shown a softer side, people would not have believed it.” Other papers from 1985 contain reports of a Commons “scuffle” between Labour MP Robert Kilroy-Silk and future party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Plans to exclude Thatcher from the unveiling of a Falklands War memorial at St Pauls Cathedral also feature. PTI AK SAIlast_img read more

Man City thrash Watford 6-0 in FA Cup final to complete domestic treble

first_imgManchester City completed the first ever domestic treble in English football in emphatic fashion by dispatching Watford 6-0 at Wembley to claim the FA Cup on Saturday. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick, while David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus also netted to cap a glorious campaign with the biggest margin of victory in a FA Cup final since 1903. Watford’s wait to win their first ever major piece of silverware goes on, but after going behind they had little answer to Pep Guardiola’s relentless champions as the Catalan picked up the 27h trophy of his coaching career. It could have been very different for the Hornets had Roberto Pereyra not missed the first big chance of the game after Watford pounced on one slack pass by Oleksandr Zinchenko to spring a counter-attack. Gerard Deulofeu fed the Argentine, but City goalkeeper Ederson raced from his goal to make a fine save with his trailing leg. Watford were also left angered as a handball shout for a penalty against Vincent Kompany was not looked upon favourably by referee Kevin Friend or the Video Assistant Referee. And Javi Gracia’s men also played a big part in their own downfall for City’s first goal on 26 minutes from which Guardiola’s men never looked back. The diminutive figures of David Silva and Sterling both won headers against taller defenders before the ball broke for the Spaniard to fire across Heurelho Gomes. City control then turned into total dominance as a gloriously crafted second gave Watford a mountain to climb. Bernardo Silva’s curling cross picked out Jesus at the back post and the Brazilian’s effort was heading in before Sterling snatched his 24th goal of the season by smashing the ball over the line. Veteran goalkeeper Gomes was making what is expected to be his final game before he plans to become a pastor in retirement. Watford were left praying for a miracle that never came, but the 38-year-old briefly kept his side in the game either side of half-time with saves from Riyad Mahrez and Jesus. Deulofeu had been Watford’s star of a remarkable semi-final comeback from 2-0 down against Wolves and had the chance to spark the game back into life just before the hour mark, but scuffed his shot wide. And again Watford’s profligacy was quickly punished. City’s strength in depth was in evidence as Guardiola could afford the luxury of leaving Sergio Aguero on the bench for Jesus, as a reward for the Brazilian who started every FA Cup game this season, and introduce De Bruyne 10 minutes into the second half. Jesus’ unselfishness allowed the Belgian to end an injury-ravaged season on a high by rounding Gomes to fire City’s third into an empty net. And the roles were reversed for City to rub more salt into Watford wounds 22 minutes from time when De Bruyne’s pass released Jesus in behind to get the goal his performance deserved. Sterling then added another landmark in the final 10 minutes by becoming the first player since 1953 to score a FA Cup final hat-trick as he converted Bernardo Silva’s low cross and then fired home at the second attempt three minutes from time. City have now won all 11 meetings between these two sides since the club’s Abu Dhabi takeover a decade ago. Questions will continue to be asked of the legitimacy of how City amassed such a great side with UEFA, FIFA and FA investigations pending into City’s conduct off the field. But on it they cannot be questioned as one of the greatest England has ever produced and have the medals to prove it. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Big Drop In Redundancy Fears Among UK Employees; Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey…

first_imgNineteen percent of UK employees are worried about being made redundant, a drop of ten percentage points in the past quarter. Confidence in finding another job is also slowly on the up – 31 percent of employees and those self-employed say they would be able to find a job matched to their experience and current compensation levels in the next six months, up two percentage points since the second quarter of 2014. In addition, those unemployed but looking for work are significantly more confident when it comes to finding a job – 41 percent of those unemployed but looking for work report optimism that they could find a job matched to their experience and most recent compensation level in the next six months, an increase of 11 percentage points since Q214.These are the findings of the Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey (Q3 2014), suggesting that UK employees are feeling much more comfortable about their work situation.This survey tracks employee sentiment every quarter and monitors four key indicators of employee confidence: salary expectations, job market optimism/re-hire probability, job security and business outlook optimism. It is conducted online by Harris Interactive, on behalf of Glassdoor among more than 2,000 people within Great Britain.Job SecurityTwenty-three percent of men are worried about being made redundant compared to 15 percent of women. This is a surprisingly large gender gap, suggesting that men are feeling the pressure more, which could affect their performance in the workplace. Women are also more confident of finding a new job – see below.In terms of regional UK differences, twenty nine percent of employees in London are concerned about being laid off, whereas in the South East and North East of England, just seven percent of employees are concerned. This significant difference could be reflective of the higher level of restructuring which may be taking place in the Capital.Job Market OptimismInterestingly, those unemployed but looking for work are significantly more confident this quarter when it comes to finding a job – 41 percent of those unemployed but looking for work report optimism that they could find a job matched to their experience and most recent compensation level in the next six months, an increase of 11 percentage points since Q214.Of those employed/self-employed and unemployed but looking, women (33 percent) are slightly more confident when it comes to finding a job than men (30 percent).Salary ExpectationsWhen it comes to increases in income, thirty five percent of employees expect to receive a pay rise in the next 12 months, down two percentage points since Q214. Interestingly, 43 percent of men expect a pay rise, compared to just 26 percent of women.The lowest paid employees – those in the social grade DE – are the most confident about receiving a pay rise (41 percent). The recent media focus on increasing minimum wage will no doubt have helped boost confidence amongst these employees.Check out more from our Q3 2014 Glassdoor UK Employment Confidence Survey, including our survey supplement, which provides a detailed breakdown of results.Glassdoor is excited to continue to publish the UK Employment Confidence Survey each quarter, helping job seekers, employees and employers monitor and track employee confidence in the UK and how it relates to business, jobs, companies, careers, hiring and more.last_img read more

What to Do When Your Manager Hints That You Should Quit

first_imgWhen you leave the company on good terms and show your manager respect, you’re more likely to reap the benefits later. The Final WordHearing that your manager isn’t happy with your performance is never easy—in fact, it can be really hard to take. If you’re honest with yourself, though, you may find that you don’t want to be in the position anymore and this was a wake-up call for you to assess and move on or move forward within the company. Either way, you’ll likely be happier in the end, and that’s the most important thing. At some point in your career, you’ll question whether you’re on the right path. This reflection is good, but when your boss begins questioning that, it’s time to take a serious look at what you’re doing and why.If your boss makes a suggestion that you may want to look for another job, there are a few steps you can take. In the end, it can be a positive experience that leads you to a happier and more fulfilling position.Step 1: Assess What You Really WantThe first thing to do in this case is to step back and consider what direction you want to go in your career with this company.In a 2016 survey, 31 percent of respondents reported fear of unemployment and financial loss as their top concern. As such, hanging on to a job they (or you) no longer love is an easy way to avoid this potentially life-changing issue. This is when it’s time to get real with yourself.Career coach and success strategist, Carlota Zimmerman, JD., says: “You should be honest with yourself: do you really want this job? It’s hard enough to fight for what we want in this life; it’s immeasurably more difficult to fight for something that no longer speaks to us.” If your answer is no, I don’t, it’s time to start looking and move to step number three. If you do, take it to step number two.Step 2: Meet and Discuss Next StepsYou know that you want to stay with the company, so schedule a time to meet with your manager and discuss how you can move forward. This is a good time to talk about what issues the management team sees, where they feel you fit best within the company and what you’d like to do—Do you want to move laterally into a new position? Do you want to prepare yourself for a promotion?“No one cares more about your career than you do, so take proactive steps to work with the manager to either improve in the existing position or develop a transition strategy,” explains Amanda Haddaway, Managing Director of HR Answerbox. Within that meeting, you need to share not only what you want moving forward, but also how you plan to address the original issue. “Admit to your mistakes, and provide a specific plan to show how you will improve. This shows responsibility, dedication, and work ethic. Follow up your conversation with an emailed recap. That way, your boss has a record of your commitment and can help to hold you accountable,” says Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph. D., the founder of The Cooper Strategic Group.16 Companies With Great Benefits Hiring NowStep 3: Make a Transition PlanWhat if you decide that you really don’t want to be in this job anymore?“If you’re an employee and you know you’ve checked out at your job, your options are to ride it out or face the truth,” says Robby Slaughter, principal with AccelaWork.Slaughter suggests that riding it out could ultimately affect your career overall, making it a poor choice in the long term. This is where your transition plan comes into play. The first step: stop slacking at work. If you want a good recommendation for interviews, it’s important to avoid burning any bridges or acting like you don’t care.Next come the details. While applying and interviewing, consider the best way to handle transitions within your current position:Health insurance: How long does your current company cover you for? Often, they will until the end of the month. Some health plans will offer a transitional option if you need something to hold you over. Contacts: Unless it states in your contract that you must cut all ties with contacts made while at your company, it’s time to start saving them in a personal account or doc.Resignation letter: When you do accept a new job, the expected custom is to write a letter of resignation, stating your decision to leave the company. At the same time, draft a professional email to send to employees, explaining your departure. Also on Glassdoor:center_img Search For A New Job Todaylast_img read more

6 Resume Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

first_img 4.2★ 23 hours ago 23h N/A Patient Care Coordinator The Lasik Vision Institute United States CDL Class A Truck Driver Star Transport Colorado Springs, CO 3.6★ Production Laborer Fabcon Savage, MN Hot New Jobs For You RN, Registered Nurse- Pediatric Intermediate Care CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX LPN-Updated Competitive Wages! CareOne Hopewell, VA Inside Sales / Demand Generation Synactive Foster City, CA “You only get one shot — do not miss your chance to blow.” Eminem may have been referring to rap battles when he dropped this lyric back in 2002, but he just as easily could have been talking about resumes and the job search. Resumes, after all, are your first chance to show a company what a perfect fit you are for a position — but if done incorrectly, they could also be your last. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to get them right the first time. Otherwise, all the time you spend filling out applications is essentially for naught.But for every resume mistake, there’s a remedy. We’ve rounded up a few of the most common resume errors that prevent you from moving onto the next round, as well as solutions for how to fix them. It may take some time to tweak, but the payoff is worth it.1. Telling Instead of ShowingIt’s an age-old adage in writing: show, don’t tell. When job seekers simply state how great they are without providing any evidence, they lose credibility in recruiters’ eyes. One common way job seekers do this is by “using buzzwords (strategic, specialized, leadership, experienced, passionate, focused, creative, enthusiastic),” shares career coach Jeanne Patti.The Fix: “Instead of using these words, demonstrate how you use that skill. It’s a powerful way to share your experiences and what makes you stand out without boring the person on the other end,” says Patti. One common approach is the STAR method — provide the situation, task, action and result of different initiatives you have been involved in, making sure to include specific information like metrics as relevant.How to Write a Resume2. Including an ObjectiveIf your college career counselor ever told you to put an objective like “Find an entry-level position in marketing” at the top of your resume, we’re giving you full permission to disregard them. “[One of the biggest mistakes] that I often see in a resume is an objective in lieu of a professional summary. Objectives should not be used in a resume,” says Wendi Weiner, resume writer & career transition coach.The Fix: Don’t just say you want a job — show recruiters why they should hire you for the job with a professional summary. “Your professional summary should resonate who you are as a professional and the high-caliber skill sets you have to offer,” explains Weiner. “Think of a professional summary as an introduction to the novel about yourself. It should allure the reader and entice him/her with information that will make him/her want to continue on reading to learn more.”3. Not Customizing Your ResumeWhen you’re applying to multiple jobs, it’s tempting to use a generic, cookie-cutter resume and blast it out everywhere you’re applying to. But that strategy may end up preventing your resume from getting in a recruiter’s hands at all. “Most resumes are reviewed electronically before a human sees them,” Patti says, and if your resume doesn’t have the keywords specified in the job description, it will likely be overlooked by the software.The Fix: It may be a pain to create a customized resume for each company, but if you’re truly interested in a position, it’s worth it. “Tailoring each submittal with keywords from the job posting is critical to pass the electronic screening,” Patti says.4. Focusing on Job Functions Over ResultsIf your resume reads like the original job description you saw when you applied, it’s time to spice it up. “Most people focus too much on their job tasks/functions to ensure [that] the keywords are in the resume, and fail to devote time to strategically marketing their best skill sets and career wins,” Weiner says.The Fix: Instead of talking about the day-to-day, describe the big picture impact you had. “The more effective thing to do is to have a separate core skills section and focus your work experience section on results, major contributions and key projects you have worked on at various companies/organizations,” Weiner says. “It is the number one way to distinguish yourself among the hundreds of applicants applying for jobs.”5. Leaving Out Social Media Links“Many people aren’t using the presence of social media to their advantage and use their resume as a stand-alone document,” Patti says. But in a constantly connected world where being transparent and informed is critical at every stage of the hiring process, it only makes sense to add links to your professional social media profiles. The Fix: Give another layer of depth to your resume by linking to relevant, professional social media links. Patti recommends that job seekers “remove your physical address and add your LinkedIn URL. By linking to your updated profile, you will immediately gain credibility through your recommendations and endorsements of your skills and show insight into your personal brand and value,” Patti adds.Use Social Media to Build a Personal Brand and Stand Out from the Crowd6. Poor WritingWhen it comes to your resume, your experience and career accomplishments are the most important, but how you present that information comes in at a close second. “The way you express yourself on your resume (and in any form of communication) impacts the way others perceive you,” says Angela Copeland, Career Coach. Spelling mistakes, clichés and complex, industry-specific jargon will all count against you.The Fix: “First, ensure your resume is grammatically correct. Then, be sure that it is worded in a professional manner with a somewhat formal tone. Last, ensure your resume is understandable to someone, even if they don’t work in your industry,” Copeland says. “The easiest way to improve your choice of words is to read your resume out loud to yourself. This can catch many of the potential issues before anyone else sees it. Then, ask a friend or family member who works in another industry to read it. If they find your resume to be confusing, consider updating the wording, so that it’s more clear.” Field Administrative Assistant Cupertino Electric, Inc. New Albany, OH Nursing: Labor and Delivery MedPro Healthcare Staffing Boston, MA Line Cook Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino Santa Fe, NM Restaurant Manager(s) LAD Foods, Inc. Tuscaloosa, AL 4.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.7★ 23 hours ago 23h View More Jobs 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Here’s Why Prospective Employers Might Not Ever See Your Resume

first_img LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h Hot New Jobs For You N/A Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ 3.4★ 5.0★ Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA 23 hours ago 23h Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MOcenter_img 2.8★ N/A Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA Whether you’re unhappy with your current job or are simply exploring your options, you’re probably aware that to land a new role, you’ll need a solid resume to submit as part of the application process. But what happens when you apply to a series of jobs you’re qualified for and aren’t contacted for a single interview?You might start doubting your credentials, or doubting yourself. You might also be quick to point a finger at your resume, and wonder whether it’s somehow loaded with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors you just can’t seem to identify. If your job applications are going unanswered, it could be that your resume is to blame — but not in the way you think.Is Your Resume Getting Seen?The problem with your resume might not boil down to mistakes, but rather, the fact that prospective employers just aren’t seeing it. The reason? That document doesn’t have the right keywords.These days, a growing number of companies are using applicant tracking software to narrow down their respective pools of qualified applicants. As part of the process, applications, including resumes, are scanned by software designed to look out for designated keywords — and if yours doesn’t have the right ones, it could be weeded out by a computer program, not an actual person.The benefit of using such systems is that it makes the applicant-vetting process more efficient for employers. Rather than have to read through, say, 400 resumes for the average position, a company might instead invest in software that whittles the pool down to just 30 or 40 candidates. From there, reviewing resumes on an individual basis becomes far more feasible.And it’s not just large firms that are using this technology to their advantage. Even small and medium-sized businesses are getting on board the algorithm train, thereby making it even more difficult for qualified candidates to get their foot in the door.Ask A Resume Writer: Do I Need to “Game” Applicant Tracking Systems to Land Interviews?Beating the SystemYou’re probably aware that your resume needs to be catchy, concise and informative. But apparently, you also need to worry about it containing the right keywords.With that in mind, there are a couple of things you can do to increase your chances of having your resume actually reach prospective employers. First, read each job description you apply to carefully, and aim to have some of the keywords contained in those descriptions appear in your resume as well. For example, if a job listing seems to emphasize project management skills, make sure the words “project management” appear early on in your resume.That said, don’t go overboard with those keywords. Just as search engines penalize websites for keyword-stuffing (putting so many keywords into a section of content so as to render it unreadable), some of the aforementioned programs reject resumes if they suspect that tactic. 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ View More Jobs Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Another way to improve your chances of getting your resume looked at? Don’t just apply to jobs through online forms. Instead, identify those companies you want to work for the most and try finding individuals to send your resume to personally. For example, if you determine that an old colleague of yours knows someone at a company you’re applying to, you might ask that person for an introduction, or to send your resume to that contact and request that he or she personally put it in front of the hiring manager. Many companies offer incentives for referring qualified candidates for jobs, so if you’re a good fit for a given role, someone you don’t know directly might be willing to vouch for you if you have an associate in common and your resume looks good.Crafting a compelling resume is hard enough, and having to concern yourself with keywords makes for an even more stressful experience. If you’ve been finding that your job applications are going unanswered, it could be that your resume just isn’t saying the right things. Take steps to be a bit more keyword-conscious without going overboard, and that might spell the difference between having your resume ignored versus noticed.Related Links:7 Ways to Maximize Your IncomeForget Mars: The City of Tomorrow Will Be in Arizona3 In-Demand Jobs That Let You Work RemotelyThis article was originally published on The Motley Fool. It is reprinted with permission. 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​Former Liverpool and Man city forward Balotelli to sign Nice extension

first_imgMario Balotelli will sign a new contract with Nice on Tuesday, according to local newspaper Nice Matin.The Italian – who had stints at Liverpool and Manchester City – scored 15 goals in 23 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.His performances helped Lucien Favre’s side qualify for next season’s Champions League.The 26-year old has been the subject of interest from Everton and Borussia Dortmund.last_img

Everton defender Williams: Koeman demands 100% every day

first_imgEverton defender Ashley Williams says manager Ronald Koeman demands the players are at their best every day.Williams arrived at Goodison Park last summer from Swansea City.“The main thing that sticks out is how much he keeps pushing you and driving you on, every day in training, every game we play,” said Williams.“He won’t accept anything other than 100% effort and he’s very smart with the way that he manages the team. I’ve enjoyed my first season with him.“He’s obviously one of the best defenders there has been and you only have to look at what he won as a player to see he deserves respect. He’s been great for us and he wants us to push on.”last_img

Making HIV Part of the Conversation

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 5, 2011June 20, 2017By: Sara Al-Lamki, 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 Sara Al-Lamki, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.HIV/AIDS is reaching epidemic proportions in Indonesia. It is beginning to affect the general population. Indonesia has the highest number of infected people in Asia – in fact, after sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia has the highest number of HIV-infected people in the world. Reports now show that the majority of new HIV cases are due to unprotected sex and not intravenous drug use, as was previously believed. As such, there is a nationwide panic for policymakers: how do you make HIV part of the conversation in a conservative Muslim country that teaches only abstinence, if there’s any sexual education at all? Even in the most remote villages, HIV cases are popping up as men start to leave to work in cities, and women that had never experienced such problems are turning up at community health centers with STIs.In Bali, it is estimated that 1% of the general population is now infected, with a greater number of young people testing positive. In response, the Balinese government is beginning to develop strategies for reaching those that would otherwise have no knowledge of any STIs, especially HIV, by incorporating an outreach program to every hamlet in Denpasar as a start, and introducing this to the wider districts later on in the year. Dr. Sari was invited to give seminars to these hamlets on women’s health and HIV, emphasizing the easy spread of the virus but also other STIs. It’s just as important to know about all the other infections that couples may contract by risky behavior, and that testing negative to HIV doesn’t mean that they should not be careful.The first seminar was for two hamlets, at the “village head’s” office, perfectly placed within walking distance from an unofficial brothel. Not surprisingly, most of the outreach workers recruited for this program were men. What was surprising was their participation at these seminars. They’re inquisitive enthusiasm meant that this program could work after all. Other than explaining the general anatomy of reproductive organs, and general facts about the common STIs, Dr. Sari incorporated some graphic images of sexual organs that have been infected, to emphasize the need to seek medical attention.Most government programs take years to implement, and have a lot of formalities and protocols, that make me skeptical of these things reaching the masses. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the swift action Bali has been taking to try and educate and reduce the numbers of new infections occurring. They have been offering support to organizations like YRS that are working directly with those infected and with education and outreach, and are considering introducing proper sexual health education into the school curriculum. One such organization, KISARA, works with youth, and recently filmed a video at YRS showing Dr. Sari offering frank and honest counseling about HIV and the importance of condom use – both male and female. It shows a young girl coming into YRS seeking information and wanting to get checked. She made sure the filmmakers depicted ​​YRS and the problem for what it is, not trying to glamorize the clinic, or sugar-coat the disease. She said that this is often the problem with media in Indonesia, and she hopes that this video will show that coming in is easy, and talking about sex and STIs to a professional is confidential.Others have also gotten very involved, and an outreach program to get HIV into the conversation by going into high schools was recently launched. They managed to raise enough money to support the program for almost two years through benefit concerts, yoga-thons, and other events, getting everyone that lives in Bali involved – foreigners and locals alike – by making it fun and accessible. That’s been the great thing about the approach in Bali: they are making HIV part of the reality as something that shouldn’t be talked about in a whisper, but as part of the discussion not just in hospitals, or when referring to ‘risk groups’, but in schools, homes, and villages. Such an approach, however, cannot be implemented in the more conservative regions of Indonesia, and I worry that other countries cannot adopt them.T​he looming Indonesian HIV epidemic should be taken as an example. If you don’t address the problem from the start and make it a part of the conversation, the numbers start to spin out of control.Share this:last_img read more

To Fight Zika We Must fight Poverty and Powerlessness and Ensure That Women Enjoy Their Rights

first_imgShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 16, 2016October 12, 2016By: Alicia Ely Yamin, Director of Policy, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post originally appeared on the FXB Blog.Health ministers throughout Latin America have announced they will unite to stop the alarming spread of the Zika virus. Similarly, the World Health Organization has acted with uncharacteristic haste to curb this virus, of which the world presently knows very little. But there is much we do know about containing Zika’s impact, because it is, yet again, a disease of poverty and disempowerment. Therefore, it will take more than health ministers and agencies to overcome it.The speed with which the Zika virus appears to be spreading is only surpassed by the speed at which structural political failures in Latin America have been transformed into apparent personal deficiencies. Zika is transmitted by aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever. These mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and are most endemically found where poor people lack adequate plumbing and sanitation, and collect water in open containers. The lack of piped water and sanitation systems throughout Latin America, even in large cities, leaves millions of people at risk of these diseases.We also know that transmission from mother to child appears to pose serious risks to the infant, including microcephaly. This has led to the widespread message from ministries of health across Latin America, telling women not to get pregnant. And this in turn has echoes of an equally misguided and ineffective public health campaign of an earlier era — to avoid HIVAIDS by abstinence. Just as with that and other campaigns that reduce systemic issues to individual behavior modification, in the case of Zika, the admonitions to women are not just patently ineffectual but constitute cynical abdications of governmental responsibility.In many of the countries where Zika is taking hold, poor women, adolescent girls, and women from marginalized communities simply do not have a choice about sexual relations, nor do they have comprehensive sexual education or secure access to contraception, so they cannot control whether they will get pregnant. Let alone those who are impregnated through criminal sexual assault. Moreover, even with contraceptive access, some women and girls will inevitably get pregnant.Some of the countries in which the virus has broken out have the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, courtesy of governments that are handmaidens to religious ideology rather than protectors of reproductive rights. Take El Salvador, where there are no exceptions for the criminalization of abortion. The trend there is to prosecute women for infanticide (which carries a much stiffer penalty) than for having procured an abortion. Abortion law in Brazil, where Zika has to date had the largest number of cases, is being challenged presently, and no doubt other challenges will follow.But we might all ask: Why do poor women and girls (and potentially their children) need to be put through this needless suffering, rather than ensure access to abortion where it is legal and also reform laws and policies to eliminate structural discrimination against women who are without access to contraception, abortion and sexuality education that meets internationally accepted standards of human rights?As Zika demonstrates, precisely because of our reproductive capacities, it is women in particular who experience their poverty and marginalization through their contact with indifferent health systems. It is women who again will pay the greatest consequences of the impacts of the lack of public health measures, inadequate social protection, and discriminatory laws and, to boot, may be blamed for “getting themselves pregnant.”The efforts of President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and other regional leaders to bring health ministers together, and of WHO’s quick response should be applauded. But the response to Zika needs to go beyond immediate containment and vector control, and international health “security” to push for meaningful government commitments necessary to address underlying social conditions and discrimination against women.Alicia Ely Yamin is lecturer on law and global health, director of the JD MPH program, and policy director of the Harvard FXB Center, all at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her most recent book, explaining what a human rights approach brings to public health, is Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).last_img read more

How Fast Should You Pay Off Your Debt?

first_imgFrom the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,There’s a specific conversation I frequently have with people around my age. As they get closer to middle adulthood and look back on everything they’ve learned about money, they start to wonder – why didn’t they teach us this stuff… Full Story,Depending on what you look for in a card, one of these may be a perfect fit your do-it-yourself projects. Follow along to learn more about these top five credit cards for DIYers. Full Story,In many ways, our credit determines our power as consumers. The strength of our credit profile and score enable us to rent an apartment, take out a car loan, and sign up for a cell phone number. Can you imagine… Full Story,Travel credit cards are available with a wide array of rewards, redemption options, fees, and bonuses. Weeding through so many general and branded travel rewards cards can be tough, so we picked out some favorites for a wide range of travel styles – so you can find the best travel credit card for your wallet.Full Story,Traveling abroad carries with it all sorts of potential credit issues. Some are just mildly annoying, but some can leave you stranded in Amsterdam, relying on the help of a broke friend you haven’t seen since high school. To avoid those issues and everything in between, here are some tips for using credit abroad. Full Story,The top reward credit cards cater to an array of desires. Whether you want to get cash back or earn miles and points toward free travel, the cards below are all a great place to get started.Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated by some of the links that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation… Full Storylast_img read more

Infographic: How Much Should You Be Saving?

first_imgIf you’re like me, the upcoming holiday season brings with it a mix of excitement and dread. While you might love the spirit of Christmas — holiday jingles, festive gatherings with those near and dear to you, the aroma of… Full Story,A few months ago, I was hanging out with a good friend at a bar. In between rounds of drinks and amid the din and bustle, she shamefully admitted that although she had nearly $20,000 of credit card debt, she… Full Story,When I was in college, I had a bit of a spending problem. I loved to buy new clothes, go out to eat and go to concerts.  Even though I tried to budget, I always wound up overspending.  The one… Full Story,If you’re in the market for a TV upgrade, retail price tags can be daunting. Here are some foolproof methods to shave down the cost – so you can enjoy the golden age of television in 4K, 65-inch, HDR-compatible splendor.Full Story,Your checking account is held at a bank or credit union that allows withdrawals, deposits, and payments. The money in a checking account is liquid—meaning you can retrieve it or spend it immediately.  Many checking accounts are free and are… Full Story,Saving more money is one of those big goals that a lot of people have, but get stuck. I know this because we use to be right there too. The year would fly by and we were nowhere near our goal…. Full Story,Cutting the cord is easier than ever – unless you’re a sports fan. Even as the major sports organizations reluctantly shift away from an outdated broadcasting model, it’s still hard to catch all the action without a cable subscription. But… Full Story,Table of Contents Jobs to Keep You Teaching Jobs Online and On Apps Jobs to Get You Outside Miscellaneous Part-Time Work  Additional Resources Being a teacher is one of the most essential jobs there is. Educators are the ones that… Full Story,Taking care of aging parents is an inevitable part of life, and it’s not always easy. We watch the people who raised us slowly slip away, and we want to do everything in our power to give them the best… Full Story,Managing your savings is a skill developed over time. As with all things, it’s always best to start small. What exactly is saving? A savings account and the act of saving are not quite the same. Saving — the verb… Full Storylast_img read more

3 Key Marketing Lessons from the NFL Lockout

first_img blog With inbound marketing, your always be moving forward entire process of settling a new contract As marketers, what can we learn from this whole ordeal in the football world?  Here are 3 major lessons from the lockout that can help you improve your marketing:   It’s important in all types of organizations to invest the necessary time, money, and energy to optimize your assets so that they perform better and more efficiently.  Once the NFL owners decided they were willing to spend the extra money to appease the players, and devote the time to working out a settlement, they were able to do so much faster, thereby actually protecting their players as valuable assets. Those of you in tune with headline news know that this past Monday was a big day in the sports world, marking the   The NFL lockout has attracted tons of media coverage for over 4 months now.  And what is it, exactly, that all this hype is about?  It’s about how the NFL owners and players are going to divide up $9 billion.  They’re quibbling over who deserves more and who’s going to get less.  And meanwhile, who’s hearing about this story in the news?  Your average American who is probably struggling to come up with $100 just to buy a ticket to a game.   Topics: Inbound Marketing .  It’s easy to get caught up in details and smaller issues, but it’s important to know when to put something behind you and move on.  Always keep the end goal in mind, and stop and ask yourself “is this going to help me reach my goal faster, or is it slowing me down?”  If your answer is the latter, it’s time to escape your own lockout and push forward. , finally came to an agreement website landing pages , Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack paid search campaigns ,center_img In marketing, it is essential to Be willing to invest in your marketing assets. social media presence One of the most important concepts in marketing is to always keep your audience in mind.  The goal is to maintain maximum control over your image so that you can set a positive image for your company.  Those involved in the NFL contract negotiations simply failed to consider their audience, and proceeded to give off a rather negative image.  Make sure you think about your actions from the perspective of your target audience before carrying them out, and ask yourself, “What kind of image is this going to set for our company?”  If it’s not a good one, you should probably reconsider. – these are your assets.  It’s absolutely crucial to recognize the value that these assets contribute to your company and your online presence, and to preserve this value.  Invest the time (and money, when necessary and smart) that is needed to optimize these assets and get the most out of them.  Don’t put them on hold like the lockout did to the football players, or you’ll impede them from helping you achieve your goal. .  The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) of the NFL players’ union expired in March, and the fact that a new contract had not been put in place before the previous one had expired resulted in a prolonged delay in negotiations of a new contract.  Meanwhile, all player activity, including training for the upcoming season, had been put on hold.  The two sides of the battle – the owners and the players – struggled to come to terms on a wide variety of issues, including salary caps, free agency, and the number of games played in the season.  The   The lockout caused a complete standstill for the regular course of action that should have been followed to prepare for the upcoming football season.  132 days later, the owners and players has evoked widespread attention from the media and sports fans alike. end of a 132-day lockout of the NFL players What are some other lessons marketers can take away from the NFL lockout?  Have you ever had any marketing “lockouts”?  How did you get out of them? Be aware of your audience. , and are just now resuming training.  In order to reach this settlement, both sides had to make some concessions.  For example, one of the major stipulations that the owners had been insisting upon is a change from a 16-game season to an 18-game season with no increase in salary for the players.  The owners decided to put this request, along with multiple others, on hold for the time being, in favor of moving forward with the agreement. , Originally published Jul 27, 2011 2:05:00 PM, updated July 03 2013 ,  Google rank Keep moving forward.last_img read more

CMO’s Corner: Gartner Analyst Jake Sorofman on What Keeps CMOs Up at Night

first_imgIt’s a tough world out there for CMOs. Consumers have changed the way they buy. Technology has changed the way we’re working with Sales and IT. Finding top talent has become even more competitive. These trends have changed the way we operate our business and raise new issues CMOs have never faced before.To help fellow CMOs find answers to some of these important issues, I chatted with Jake Sorofman, Research Director at Gartner. At Gartner, Jake analyzes digital marketing strategy, trends, and best practices for Gartner’s Marketing Leader practice. And he’s not just an expert in the digital landscape — he’s actually been a CMO himself. Prior to his tenure at Gartner, Jake was a founding partner at Marketlever and a CMO at rPath. Here’s what he had to say. MV: Jake, you deal with a lot of marketing leaders and CMOs. What’s keeping most of them up at night these days? I know what’s keeping me up at night lately, but it’s two young kids — what are the top marketing concerns for senior level marketers these days?JS: A lot is being laid at the feet of the modern CMO. As product and service advantages erode under the weight of global competition, CMOs are asked to drive more differentiating value from the brand itself. They’re being asked to influence preference, loyalty, and advocacy when competitive alternatives are abundant and competition for audience attention is at an all-time high. That alone is a substantial challenge.But at the same time, they’re expected to activate digital experiences, erase the seams between analog and digital channels, become data wranglers, marketing technologists, brand publishers, and, in many cases, key influencers of strategic growth and the architects of new digitalized products, experiences, and business models.Of course, no CMO can do this all on their own, so they’re in a race to source the right talent to support the transformation. We’re seeing a gap between authority and aptitude in digital marketing leadership; the CMO often has plenty of the former, but it’s the digital natives who have the latter. That’s why the digital marketing transformation is a wholly collaborative effort.MV: You recently blogged about how companies should think like publishers, a philosophy we are big proponents of around here. What are some of the best practices you’ve seen with companies adopting content and inbound-related strategies?JS: These companies appoint a leader — a chief content officer — to ensure the trains run on time. They recognize that content marketing can be resource intensive, and it requires the commitment of someone who wakes up and goes to sleep thinking about the care and feeding of the content supply chain. They look for someone who understands storytelling, has a strong bias toward action, and really understands how to stretch a dollar through creative outsourcing, reuse, curation, user-generated content, and other sources of content.MV: You’re a big proponent of brand storytelling. Can you highlight some companies and brands that are exceptional storytellers? We hear a lot about singular campaigns or initiatives, but who do you think is bringing the practice to life at scale?JS: There are so many great examples these days. Nike is one of my favorites. They’ve made a sizable commitment to brand storytelling. Rather than blathering on about their products, they engage audiences with an inspiring point of view, which is beautifully rendered. Red Bull, of course, has done a brilliant job engaging audiences as part of a broad commitment to content marketing. Others worth mentioning: Amex’s Open Forum, Adobe’s CMO.com, iQ by Intel, Dove Real Beauty Sketches, Coca-Cola — and, not to mention, HubSpot. Your team has done a great job drawing audiences into your orbit by publishing quality content that’s relevant.MV: One of the things I like about your approach at Gartner is that you blog regularly yourself. What do you tell executives who say they (or their company) don’t have time to blog? What have you found works for you in terms of a blog process?JS: I call it the daily discipline of the content marketer, but it could be applied to any other aspect of work or life. I’ve committed to posting at least once a week. Most of the time, it’s exactly once a week. But it’s never less. No exceptions (so far). I figure that a post a week is achievable for virtually anyone. It takes me between 20 minutes and an hour to write 300-600 words. But the truth is I’m writing it in my head for several days before I post. Blogging is a great exercise for organizing and testing ideas and building structure around half-formed thoughts. I do it as much for myself and for my audience.MV: What do you think is the most overused buzzword in the marketing world right now and why?JS: Oh, so many! I happen to use this one, but it’s probably about ready to jump the shark: Authenticity. The reality is that forced authenticity is easy to detect and very alienating. Someone recently suggested that a better description for the best content marketing is transparency. Authenticity suggests there’s no commercial agenda — but of course there always is. Everyone has something they’re trying to sell.MV: What is your best marketing advice in two sentences or less?JS: Be passionate in everything you do. Create with wild abandon and care — a lot. Marketing Strategy Topics: Originally published Mar 4, 2014 4:35:34 PM, updated February 01 2017 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

Are Display Ads Worth Your Time? [Flowchart]

first_imgThere are a lot of reasons to avoid display ads. In recent years search, social, and video ads have cruised past display as the go-to ad format for digital marketers looking to give their campaigns a boost — and for good reason. There’s not much to love when you look at display ad performance in aggregate. People don’t generally click on them or trust them, and many are actively blocking them. However, good marketers know better than to trust data in the aggregate. There’s evidence that display is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. Display networks have been infusing data and machine learning into display to create more effective targeting such as Google’s Dynamic Remarketing, and smarter automated bidding strategies. These changes are making it possible for some marketers to effectively use display campaigns to build awareness and drive leads. So should you use display ads? The short answer is probably not, but the flowchart below is a quick way to find out for sure.32Save 32SaveShare This Image On Your Site read more

Is Coding the Next Must-Have Skill of the Modern Marketer?

first_img1. Coding saves time and inspires.Getting to grips with code and understanding the structures that bring your sites, apps, and tools to life will give you a better understanding of what is possible in the first place.And, here, knowledge is really inspiration. Imagine seeing beyond just what others have done and having the ability to use code to create new and innovative tools that truly delight your customers.It is key here not just to understand code, but to understand what tools your designer is using (and what other tools are out there). There is an array of helpful apps that let you quickly do anything — from building forms, to creating buttons, to building sites, and other functionality.You need to know whether the tool offered to you is right, up to date, and will do what you want it to. This will fuel your inspiration, and save costs and time.2. Coding informs marketers of the process.My marketing mentor taught me that if you don’t know what’s involved in a process, you’re not getting the most out of your budget. I’m far from saying that all suppliers will try and add a few hours to projects, but wouldn’t it be great to have the confidence to know when something is quoted right?We all need to know what is involved in building a website or a form, and what it takes to make a change to an app or your site navigation. Only then can we actually have an informed discussion about cost and timeframes with the people who will implement our ideas.Some coding knowledge will enable you to brief a web designer or developer much clearer on your idea, and you’ll understand when a “no” is a negotiation tactic rather than an actual expression of the impossible.Having this knowledge about coding also helps you choose the right company or designer to partner with in the first place, as it helps you determine whether they can do what you’re asking at the right price and within the right timeframe.3. You can make quick fixes with coding knowledge.I don’t know about you, but if a paragraph is just not doing in your CMS what you’re asking it to do, when an image is not resizing correctly, or the YouTube video you’re embedding is just huge for some reason, you want it fixed … now.That’s the reason I learned about code. I didn’t want to be in a situation where I would have to call my web designer for every small change. So I went into the HTML view of my CMS, Googled code, and learned how to make small changes on my own.It has saved hours of my time and budget, and my patience is still intact. At meetings with my designer, I would also ask him to explain small things about code and I started to lose my fear of brackets, slashes, and ampersands. I can’t recommend this highly enough.4. You can make an impact with even basic skills.There is no reason why you shouldn’t learn about code. But I don’t think a marketer should necessarily learn to code with the aim of becoming on-par with professional coders. In my humble opinion, you should leave specialized tasks to those who know how to do them right.Web developers and designers have a very different skillset than marketers. As marketers, we decide on strategic direction and look for return on marketing campaigns. And while we might have a good eye for design and user experience, the actual implementation skills lie with others.Often, we’re also too close to our brands — whereas a good designer will always bring in the expertise gained from different projects and current trends.But don’t let this stop you from learning more about how code works.Where Marketers Can Learn to CodeI started learning how to code by Googling pieces of HTML code. It’s a quick and easy way to find what a piece of code does and how to manipulate it. But this method won’t give you the real hows and whys behind it. Also, it gives you very little idea of how different pieces fit together — like HTML and CSS, for example.For this level of information, you need to get down and dirty with code and start building from scratch. If you have a developer in your organization who can teach, why not offer a free lunch to him or her while you learn from them?For something more methodical, I’d also recommend you check out one of the many online courses available. Here are some of the big ones:1. Code AcademyAs they say themselves, this is all about learning how to code interactively and for free. Reviews are great and I know quite a few HubSpotters who used this tool.2. W3 SchoolsW3 schools have a variety of classes for different tools and levels. There is also the option to get certified in your news skill (there is a charge here) so you can show off to your peers!3. Code Schools This is another tool that lets you learn from home — from the basics in HTML and CSS, to Javascript and other languages. Courses are paid but affordable, and you’ll get access to a variety of courses for your fee.4. Make It With CodeThey are very active in the debate on whether marketers should code and believe that yes, we all need a good understanding on what’s possible to create. This is a paid course and you’ll have access to support via IM.Next, let’s look at some alternate routes you can take to coding, such as programs that don’t require manual coding at all.Coding AlternativesIf you don’t have the time to take up coding immediately, that’s totally cool. That’s also why there are coding programs online to do the coding for you — let’s get into a few.1. Embed.lyPrice: Free to embed single links, then $9-99/per monthEmded.ly is super quick and clean to use for getting embed codes for a domain. All you have to do is copy and paste a domain in the box and click “embed.” Then, you’ll see this screen, where you can customize a couple of details about the embed.Some of the details you customize include adding social media buttons to the embed, including dark theme within and making it optimized. When you check or uncheck these boxes, the embed code will automatically update for you to copy below, I checked all three.2. iFramelyPrice: Free for single links, then $29-$399 for paid plansIf you’re a color code person, iFramely will be an absolute vision to you. Copy and pasting your domain into iFramely will generate a color-coded embed for you right underneath it.The title of your embed is above the code, with the account name and publish date beneath it. Checking the box underneath “Copy code” notates whether the video will autoplay or not, and you can also choose the start and endpoint of the video, if you only need a section.3. SiteimprovePrice: Contact Siteimprove to request a quoteCMS Plugins streamline the performance of your website. Siteimprove is an example of a plugin that does just that. It integrates key analytics into the optimization of your domain, fixes errors in the code automatically, and allows you to add custom tags.Image Source4. RedmineUPPrice: $29-$499/per monthWith RedmineUP’s CMS plugin, you can build simple pages and leave with code that’s SEO friendly. These pages are fully customizable and come with templates.Image SourceOn the website developer page, you can change information at the top to add and change the code in the bottom. With this process, you don’t have to add in any brackets, quotes, or operational systems, just the content you want to see added.Code is part of our Marketing DNA, and even if we don’t need to be able to build sites from scratch, as marketers today, we need to understand how it works to make informed decisions.Editor’s note: This post was originally published prior in April 2014 but was updated in November 2019 for comprehensiveness. Why Marketers Should Learn Basic Code Originally published Nov 15, 2019 4:45:00 PM, updated November 15 2019 Coding saves time and inspires. Coding informs marketers of the process. You can make quick fixes with coding knowledge. You can make an impact with even basic skills.center_img Marketing has evolved over time from,”You can have any color you want as long as it’s black” to just-in-time marketing messages that might lead to your brand posting on Reddit.We’re embracing digital channels and understanding the need to create marketing people love more and more … but do we actually grasp what’s running behind the scenes of all these digital campaigns?Code is what lies behind so many of our great marketing campaigns. Our websites, our emails, our apps and tools that are made to give your customers a better experience — these all run because there are smart coders making them work.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignSo my question today is this: Since code is the basis for most of our marketing today, should marketers be learning to code?I’d like to argue yes, we should. Here’s why. Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

BWF World Championships: Focus on semi-final, can talk about medal later, says Sai Praneeth

first_imgHe ended a 36-year wait by securing a medal at the World Championships but B Sai Praneeth doesn’t want to dwell on the achievement, saying his focus is on regaining his fitness ahead of the semifinal against Kento Momota.Praneeth, who had won the Singapore Open in 2017 and finished runners-up at Swiss Open earlier this year, became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to grab a podium at the worlds after notching up a 24-22 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia on Friday.”It feels awesome. It feels great and I am happy to win today. But I still have matches, so I have to focus on that and be fitter for tomorrow. We can talk about what medal later on,” said World No. 19 Praneeth, who got the Arjuna Award this year.Praneeth joined Prakash Padukone in the medal list at the tournament. Padukone was the first Indian to win a men’s singles World Championships medal — a bronze — in the 1983 edition.Everybody is trying to find a way to beat Momota: Praneeth ahead of semi-final match-upTalking about the match, Praneeth said: “In the first game, the rallies were going on really long and I was attacking a lot and there was a lot of pressure and it made me tired. It was crucial because if he would have won then it could have been different.”Later Gopi sir told me not to attack and that changed the rhythm and I think those inputs helped me a lot.”advertisementPraneeth will take on World No. 1 Momota of Japan in the semifinals on Saturday.”I think everybody is trying to find a way to beat him. It is not easy he being the world no 1. You have to put him under pressure, so lets see how it goes. I will give my best.”Sindhu reflects on stunning comeback win against Tai Tzu YingOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, who won back-to-back silver medals in the last two editions of the tournament to go with her two bronze in the past, also assured herself of a fifth medal after edging past world number 2 and Asian Games gold medallist Tzu Ying 12-21 23-21 21-19 in a pulsating contest that lasted 71 minutes”I think in the first game, I had given a huge lead and I couldn’t recover. I was prepared for her deception but my shots were going to mid court. But the second game was anybody’s game and I kept fighting and won the second.”The third game went same way, she was leading but I had hope. At 18-18, I had to be patient and keep the shuttle inside, there were long rallies and I am happy to win this,” Sindhu said after the win.”We keep playing each other, so we know each other’s game. I needed to be positive. It was a really good match and taking out such close matches gives a big boost to the confidence and I hope I can prepare well and come back stronger tomorrow.”The 24-year-old Indian will take on the winner of the match between China’s Chen Yu Fei and Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt on Saturday.”I don’t know whom I will play. Chen Yufei is doing well in recent times and Mia has beaten Saina yesterday. I will be playing them after a long time. Anything can happen, I just have to be there and focus on tomorrow’s match,” Sindhu said.Also Read | BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu assured of 3rd straight medal after stunning Tai Tzu YingAlso See:last_img read more

Pakistan cricketers stand to lose money with PCB revoking NOCs to participate in T10 league

first_imgTop Pakistan cricketers, including former captain Shoaib Malik and pacer Muhammad Aamir, stand to lose out on millions of rupees earnings after the Pakistan Cricket Board revoked all NOCs issued to players to take part in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi.A board official made it clear that only retired players, Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir, could take part in the tournament but all other players who were issued NOCs would not be able to take part in the T10 league under the new directives.”NOCs of players who are centrally or domestically contracted have been revoked,” he said.Besides Malik and Aamir, others to lose out on their earnings include Muhammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz.The PCB said it was binding on all players who had central or domestic contracts that they can’t take part in any other league without board clearance.”To manage the players’ workload, continued work on their fitness levels as well as to ensure primacy and participation of its players in its premier Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the PCB has revoked conditional NOCs of its players to feature in the T10 tournament,” the PCB said in its statement.”The fitness and medical assessment camp will be held at the National Cricket Academy from 13-25 November, while the seventh and 10th round matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy will be played between 11 November and 5 December with the five-day final scheduled in Karachi from 9-13 December.”The decision has been made in the best interest of the players as well as to continue to enhance the credibility and reputation of the new domestic structure, which has been widely covered and reported across all media outlets.”advertisementA reliable source close to the players said they didn’t expect their NOCs to be revoked so suddenly and this decision would also have financial implications for the tournament and organizers as number of Pakistani players were due to represent franchises in the T10 festival.”The organizers are in a fix as they stand to lose a lot of money if the PCB doesn’t issue NOCs again.”The source said top players stand to lose out individually on earnings of up to 10 million rupees.Another source said last time the T10 league was held in UAE, the organizers had paid the PCB around USD 600,000 as fees for allowing Pakistani players to take part in the event.”This time the fees asked was higher,” the source claimed.last_img read more