Farmers defy ban, sow GM crop in Haryana

first_imgFarmers supporting the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) varieties of crops in the country on Friday claimed to have sown seeds of the banned herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton in Haryana.Reacting to it, the State’s Agriculture Department said that it would investigate the matter and take action if found true.Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Haryana unit president Gun Parkash told The Hindu that a group of farmers have defied the government ban on the cultivation of GM crops at the Sarangpur village in Hisar district.“Today, we have sown herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton in the field of one of our fellow farmers at Sarangpur to express anguish against the government. By using GM technology, costs are reduced, insect-pest attacks lowered and yield increased, but in our country, farmers in distress cannot reap the benefits of GM crops. We want the government to allow the cultivation of GM crops,” said Mr. Parkash.“We will examine the seeds which have been sown by the farmers at Sarangpur and if it is found to be a banned GM variety, then surely necessary action will be taken,” said Suresh Gahlawat, additional director with the Haryana Agriculture Department.Maharashtra protestA few hundred farmers had similarly gathered on June 10 at Akot village in Maharashtra’s Akola district and sown herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton seeds to register their protest. Cases were later slapped on at least 12 farmers under the Indian Penal Code sections dealing with cheating and dishonesty, along with sections of the Environment Protection Act and the Seeds Act.In India so far, no GM “food crop” has been given the nod due to biosafety issues. Only Bt cotton cultivation is allowed in India as a “non-food crop”.last_img read more

Hockey coach Harendra resigns after India’s loss to Malaysia

first_imgIndian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.last_img read more

It was just not my day: PV Sindhu on Badminton World Championship final

first_imgPV Sindhu, who had to settle for silver at the Badminton World Championships, admitted that she fought really hard and gave it her all in the summit showdown against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara but it was just not her day.The match, which was termed by many as one of the best matches in world badminton, spanned one hour and 49 minutes. While both players gave their all in search of the gold medal, it was Okuhara who edged out the Indian in a pulsating clash in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday.Taking full advantage of her height and jump smashes, the fourth-seeded Indian dominated the first game and maintained the lead till first 14 points. WATCH VIDEOOverpowering the long rallies, the Japanese levelled the lead soon with her strong stamina and won the first game 21-19. (Also read: Can India be a true great badminton nation without winning gold medals?)The Indian shuttler started the second game also on a positive note and took the score to 11-8 till the break. But she trailed in the other half and Okuhara soon brought down the lead and caught Sindhu on 12.Catching up in the game, Sindhu managed three game point opportunities, but failed to convert all. In a hard fought rally, she finally succeeded in turning the second game in her favour 22-20.AP Photo Struggling physically in the last game, Sindhu started to lose, giving the lead to the Japanese. Taking hold of the game again, the Indian player ended the first half 11-9.advertisementShowing some best badminton, the players took the last game to 20-20. But Sindhu went down in the decider 22-20.”It was a good match because it was anybody’s game and it was not just my day,” Sindhu said during the press conference after her return to India on Tuesday.”From the first point, there were long rallies. It was not something that I could have consumed energy. There was nothing as such that I could have played in the last. Every rally was equally tough,” she added.Sindhu, who has been in a rampaging form ever since her Rio Olympics final defeat to Spain’s Carolina Marin, had earlier clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open last year before winning the India Super Series in April. She also won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold January.last_img read more

360i Named Best Large Agency for Social Media by the Shorty Awards

first_imgWe’re thrilled to announce that the Shorty Awards has named 360i the Best Large Agency for Social Media. Now in its fifth year, the prestigious Shorty Awards honor the finest in social media including the industry’s best agencies, brands and social media professionals.Nominees in this category were scored on creativity and innovation, effectiveness, and overall excellence in achieving great results through social media efforts for clients, advancing social media disciplines and providing social media leadership.360i was also named a finalist in the Best Use of Social Media IRL category for Oscar Mayer’s The Great American Bacon Barter and in the Best Use of a Hashtag category for Twinter Wonderland.We credit this recognition to our culture of curiosity that permeates across all departments, from media and SEO to brand strategy and community management. Specific to social, curiosity and a thirst to answer the question “what if …?” has laid the groundwork for award-winning efforts like the Oreo Blackout Tweet that dominated Super Bowl chatter earlier this year, Oscar Mayer’s Great American Bacon Barter campaign and our agency holiday card, which bridged digital with the real world – and most importantly, allowed us to raise $50K for Hurricane Sandy relief.It is a tall order to win a Shorty Award. Congratulations to the entire team at 360i for this distinction.Photo via Orli LeWinterlast_img read more

How to Reduce the Cost of a Lost Smartphone

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

3 Reasons Why It Might Be Smart to Distrust a Company

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

Part 1 of 3: Life Insurance Buyers’ Common Q&As

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Natasha Cornelius is the content manager and editor for Quotacy.  She has worked in the life insurance industry since 2010 and has been making life insurance easier to understand with her writing since 2014.  A long-time Mint user, Natasha lives in Bozeman, Montana where she loves to garden, DIY anything she can, and explore beautiful Big Sky country.  Connect with her on LinkedIn. Understanding your policy’s death benefit.Q: How long does it take my beneficiaries to get my life insurance death benefit?Once the death benefit claim form and a copy of the death certificate have been received by the carrier, beneficiaries typically receive the death benefit check in two weeks.However, if the insured dies within the contest-ability period (which is typically two years) the death benefit may take longer because the life insurance company has the option to investigate the claim if they choose do to so.Q: How do I know my beneficiaries will get paid the death benefit?Life insurance companies are not in the business to rip people off.  As long as your policy is inforce at the time of your death (in other words, the premiums were paid up-to-date) your beneficiaries will receive the death benefit payout.  There are only a few exceptions to this, which we discuss in detail below.Q: Are there any situations in which my life insurance policy won’t pay out?There are three instances in which a life insurance company can choose to deny or reduce a term life insurance policy’s death benefit.One: Contest-ability PeriodLife insurance policies include what is called an Incontestability Clause.  This clause states that the life insurance company has a specific period of time (typically two years) to dispute the validity of the insured’s statements made on an application.  So, if you die within the contest-ability period, the life insurance company has the right to investigate the details of your medical history to ensure you did not misrepresent yourself on the application.For example, stating that you did not smoke cigarettes when, in fact, you did up until the day you died.  In a situation like this, insurance companies have the right to withhold some of the death benefit from your beneficiaries or even deny the claim altogether.Two: Suicide ClauseAnother situation in which the life insurance company has the right to deny a death benefit is if the insured commits suicide within a certain period of time, again typically within two years.  In this situation, however, the life insurance company will return all premiums that have been paid to date to the family.Three: HomicideThe last situation in which an insurance company may not pay a death benefit is if the insured was murdered.  If the insured was murdered, the life insurance company will typically call the police department involved and inquire as to whether or not the beneficiary of the policy is a suspect.If the beneficiary is a suspect, the life insurance company will hold payment until the charges are dropped or the beneficiary is deemed not guilty of the crime.Q: Will my term life insurance death benefit payout be taxed?Term life insurance is the least complicated type of life insurance and in most cases your beneficiaries will not have to pay federal or state income taxes on the death benefit they receive.  Since the policy premiums are paid using after-tax dollars, Uncle Sam already got his cut.There are two main exceptions to this rule:Estate taxesGift taxesIf you own your own policy, the death benefit proceeds become part of your taxable estate.  If your estate exceeds the exclusion amount, which is over $5 million dollars, it can get taxed.  For most people, this isn’t an issue.The second exception is what is known as “The Goodman Triangle.”  If the policy owner, insured, and beneficiary are three different people, the death benefit could count as a taxable gift to the beneficiary.Q: How can I be sure my policy’s life insurance carrier will still be around when I die?All major life insurance companies have financial strength ratings.  There are multiple agencies each with their own rating scales and standards that assess the long-term financial stability of these insurance companies.  These ratings typically follow the school-like A through F scale.  The higher the rating, the more stable the company is and the more likely the company will be able to pay future claims.When you are looking to purchase life insurance, whatever means you are using to buy it through should tell you the insurance company’s rating.  Any company with an A rating or better is considered financially stable and you should not worry about any future claims not being paid out.center_img Post navigationlast_img read more

5 Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

first_imgWhen you make a mistake in daily life, you usually have the opportunity to immediately make things right. If you spill soda on the floor, you can mop it up. If you burn the chicken you’re roasting for dinner, you can order takeout. In the grand scheme of things, most slip-ups have temporary consequences at worst.But when you make an investing mistake, it can haunt you for years. The money you lose from paying unnecessary fees or choosing the wrong mix of stocks could limit the potential of your portfolio, requiring you to contribute more to reach the same total. For anyone struggling to save enough already, that may not even be possible.That’s why investors should have a general understanding of which mistakes to avoid. Here are some of the most common.Counting the Employer MatchIf you have a 401k or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, you might be eligible for an employer match. You usually have to contribute some of your own money to qualify, and employers usually match somewhere from 50 to 100 percent of what you contribute.At my last job, my employer matched 3% of my salary if I contributed 6%. During this time, I counted my retirement contribution as 9% total, since I was putting in 6% and my employer was adding 3%.What I forgot to calculate was the employer’s vesting schedule, which determines when the employer contributions legally become yours. My company had a five-year graded vesting schedule, so every year I earned 20% of the employer match. I stayed there for a little less than three years, which means I only earned 40% of the company match.My mistake was in counting the 3% match as definite, forgetting about the vesting schedule entirely. If you’re investing primarily in your company’s 401k, make sure to err on the side of caution when calculating your total contribution. If you leave before you’re fully vested, you won’t have as much saved up as you thought.Investing Too Aggressively or Too ConservativelyI graduated in the wake of the Great Recession, and I was more than a little scared to start investing. I’d seen the stock market plummet and my parent’s retirement accounts eviscerated, so it seemed pointless to throw my hard-earned money into investing. It’s not just me – most people my age are hesitant to invest.I remember when the 401K advisor for my employer came in to explain the system to all the recently eligible employees. A friend of mine who was also in her mid-20s said she was uncomfortable investing in something volatile, so he recommended a conservative mix of bond funds. Later when she ran the projections on her own, she realized she would never be able to retire if she only picked conservative funds.When you adopt an overly-conservative investing approach early on, you lose out on growth potential. You’ll have to contribute a much larger sum to catch up with your peers who decided to invest more aggressively.Being too aggressive can also backfire. If you’re too aggressive close to retirement, you could lose a huge chunk of your portfolio and not have enough time to recoup your losses.Not Diversifying ProperlyWhen experts talk about investing for retirement, they’re usually referring to buying a small mix of mutual funds that give you access to a plethora of stocks and bonds.But picking out these funds is tricky for anyone who’s not an expert. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up choosing stocks that are too similar to each other – or worse, risking the fate of your retirement on one or two investments. As with many things, putting all your eggs in one basket is a bad idea.Many people invest too much in individual stocks and favorite-brand companies. When you have money in an individual stock, you’re relying 100% on that company’s performance. When you buy a mutual fund, you get access to hundreds of companies in one fund, so the risk of one corporation doing poorly is less for your overall portfolio.Not Actually Investing Your MoneyA few months ago, my friend Mary posed a question to me: why was her IRA barely increasing, when the stock market was experiencing its biggest bull run in history? She had been saving money in her IRA since graduating from college but hadn’t seen the huge returns she was reading about.I asked what she was invested in, thinking she had put her money in something conservative like bonds. That was the only reason I could think of that would explain why she hadn’t seen double-digit returns. She responded, “What do you mean, what am I invested in? I’m investing in my IRA.”Mary thought that when she opened an IRA, it was like opening a savings account. She assumed that the bank would pick investments for her.Unfortunately, this mistake is more common than you might think. I’ve seen plenty of people open an IRA or 401K and contribute for years before realizing that their money is just sitting in a settlement account not earning interest or dividends. That’s like burying your money in the backyard and hoping it multiplies.How to Avoid Investing MistakesUnless you’re an expert in investing or have a keen interest, you’re probably overwhelmed or unsure how to avoid these mistakes. After all, investing is like learning a new language or mastering an instrument – it takes time to become proficient.To avoid making mistakes, find an expert like a certified financial planner or fee-only planner. These planners are usually fiduciaries, which means they have an ethical responsibility to make recommendations in your best interest. They usually don’t make a commission off the products they suggest and charge an hourly rate for their services.You can find a fee-only planner through the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.If you don’t want to pay for a financial planner, you can set up a retirement investment account with a robo advisor like Betterment or Wealthfront. These robo advisors analyze your situation and use a tested algorithm to pick investments for you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedEasy Ways to Start Investing Your Money This SummerAugust 15, 2018In “Investing Advice”College Students: Here are The Biggest Financial Mistakes You Need to AvoidAugust 21, 2018In “Budgeting”Newbie Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemJanuary 30, 2019In “Investing Advice” Post navigationlast_img read more

This Is Why You Cross Your Legs

first_imgIf you’re from a western culture, there’s a good chance that, upon sitting, you cross your legs in some way or another. Maybe you’re the type to instinctively overlap them at your feet. Or maybe you’re a diehard yogi, and regularly sit Sukhasana (colloquially, “criss-cross applesauce”). Or maybe you’re a devout figure-four (ankle rested on the opposite knee) or European-style (knee on top of and flush against the opposite knee) sitter—the two most common postures. There’s also a good chance that you haven’t given a single thought as to why you sit the way you do.“Your body is designed to move,” says posture expert Dr. Steven Weiniger, author of Stand Taller Live Longer: An Anti-Aging Strategy. “When you cross your legs, you’re trying to improve the mechanics of the lower back and take the strain off.” Put another way: you’re trying to mitigate discomfort in all its forms. Weiniger breaks discomfort into two broad categories, low-grade (your leg’s asleep) and high-grade (“Oh, my god, I’m in agony!”). Shifting into a cross-legged position is your mind subconsciously preventing your body from ending up in high-grade discomfort.But more than just in the name of boosting comfort, crossing your legs is a learned behavior—particularly regarding which side you do it. As a study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science revealed, people who cross their right leg over their left more than double those who cross the other way around. “That’s the way they are, and that’s the way their body has molded,” says Weiniger. “It’s not just the the hips—its the whole body muscle system. Think of a shirt that you twisted a bit, and how that now has crease lines on it. It’s doing the same thing but on multiple layers of muscles.”At the same time, consciously crossing your legs can be a total a power move. Just look to the Oval Office. You’ll find extensive documentation of U.S. presidents—including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and Jr., Bill Clinton, Barack Obama—sitting European-style, whether during interviews, meetings, or post-service conferences. In a certain way, this makes sense: crossing your legs takes up more space than sitting regularly—and taking up more space is seen as dominant. “If you run into a coyote or—or something like that—in the woods,” says Weiniger, “in general you want to make yourself look bigger not smaller,” to project dominance.But the question remains: Should we all be crossing our legs so much?According to research in Blood Pressure Monitoring, regularly assuming a crossed-leg position—be it figure-four, European-style, or any variation—can cause your BP levels to spike by more than 6 percent. It’s also horrible for your posture; crossing your legs puts undue pressure on your peroneal nerve, or the part of your nervous system responsible for sensation from the knees down, and can also stretch out your piriformis, or the muscle that helps your hips rotate. (Making matters worse: the piriformis muscle, says Weiniger, is right above the sciatic nerve, and when that gets pinched or compromised in any way, serious high-grade discomfort is imminent.) Finally, per Johns Hopkins Medicine, keeping your legs crossed while sitting can purportedly cause varicose, or “spider,” veins (though some experts believe that it’s the act of sitting itself, crossed-legs or not, that causes the condition).For his part, Weiniger recommends simply being mindful of how much time you spend sitting cross legged. “It’s easy for someone like to me say, ‘Hey, every X amount of time, you need to move,’” says Weiniger. “But everybody’s body is different.” In other words, if you set a timer to uncross your legs every ten minutes, but you’re feeling low-grade discomfort at the eight-minute mark, feel free to shift your legs.Or consider the standing desk. Trust me: it’ll work wonders on your back—and help you burn nearly 100 calories per day.Sourcelast_img read more

10 Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites – Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and more

first_imgPR used to mean you did a lot of hard work with a very small number of people (writers and editorial staff)who had a huge amount of control over what was published or broadcast.  But now a lot of marketing and PR for both online and offline businesses takes place on the Internet, and increasingly on “social news” sites, which are sites that allow their users to submit news stories and vote on them.  The theory behind this is that the world at large can do a better job figuring out what news people want to read than a couple editors can.  My personal experience is that these sites tend to devolve into a lowest common denominator of stories about celebrities and animal costumes, but nonetheless they are important to build links and traffic for your website in today’s world.  With some simple tips, you can exploit these websites for your benefit.  For a great overview of these social news sites, their audiences and more, see this TechCrunch article Towards a Better Digg, and also see the end of this article which lists the major social news sites and some key statistics from Website Grader about each of them.So, here are my Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites:1) Great headline required.  You need a great headline to make your story stand out from all the rest of the others on the page to engage the other readers on the social news sites.  The headline needs to be less factual and more enticing, sometimes mysterious.  Think about what will make it most likely someone will click through to your article, usually telling them too much is a mistake.  A great resource for creating good headlines is Copyblogger, he has 2 articles on this topic: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formats that Work and 7 More Sure-Fire Headline Templates that Work. You can see I took one of his headline templates for this article.2) Get your friends to help.  While there are lots of posted rules about not “spamming” these sites, there is nothing wrong with emailing a link to your new story or blog article to your friends and asking them to submit it or vote for it if they like it.  This will help you get a few initial votes (it also helps if they vote for your article at the same time, see #4 below).  Plus, if they really are your friends, they probably are interested in what you wrote and will like it.  Don’t be shy.3) Make it easy.  For people who come to your site and read your article, the easier you make it for people to vote on it, the more likely they are to actually vote.  Clicking your mouse once is easy.  Clicking through to another website and then entering some infomation and then voting is not easy.  An example of what I mean are the simple links to Digg this article and vote on Reddit at the top of this article.4) Timing is everything.  An article that gets 25 votes in 15 minutes will rise very quickly to the top page of most of these sites.  An article that gets 100 votes over two days will not in most cases.  So, not only do you want your friends to vote for your article, you also want them all to vote at the same time, and usually near the time that the article has been submitted.  What this does it helps it rise in the rankings early on. Then if other people on the social news site like it, it will continue to rise or at least remain near the top for a longer time.  Because most people never make it past the first or second page of these social news sites, you need to get to the top of the rankings quickly to have any chance of making it there at all.  If you are on the 4th or 5th page of Digg or Reddit, it is very unlikely you will ever make it very high and get any meaningful traffic.5) Remember you’re buying lottery tickets, not government bonds.  Remember, you are trying something that might work, but might not.  If it does work, it can be extremely valuable.  Being on the front page of Digg or Reddit can mean many thousands of visitors (or more) to your website in a single day, and you will also get a lot more links to your website, which helps you rise higher in search engine rankings.  But, your efforts may not pay off at all.  When marketing to social news sites, you are buying a lottery ticket – the price is low and the chances of winning slim, but the potential payoff is big – not a government bond where the payoff is certain, but much smaller.  So, if it doesn’t work the first time, try again and buy another ticket.  It’s not too hard.6) Become an active community member.  It is easy to just submit your own articles to the social news sites and not submit other articles and not vote on other articles.  But you will be more successful if you are at least paritally engaged in these communties since you will gain a better understanding of what the community likes and dislikes.  This will help you be more successful over time.7) You cannot predict success.  No matter how hard we have tried at Small Business Hub and HubSpot, we cannot predict which articles will be successful and which will not.  I have also not found anyone who can predict this with enough accuracy as to be useful.  My advice is stop trying to predict success (remember, you’re buying lotttery tickets) and focus your mental cycles on writing more articles and submitting them.8) Target the right sites.  Perhaps most important of all, you need to focus on the social news sites where you will have the most success.  There are enough of them around now that you can’t really spend time trying to promote you content with all of them.  You need to pick where you think your efforts will have the biggest payoff.  My personal opinion is that the community at Digg is so big and so picky and so focused on a certain topic set (very techie and apple/design stuff) that for most businesses it is not worth doing.  Especially when you are first getting started.9) Use these stats for each social news site.  These stats give you a sense of the and how valuable the link will be for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social News SiteAlexa Traffic Rank Google Page Rank BlinkList 3,5716ClipMarks 5,2956CoRank34,7574Digg 858Netscape 5349Newsvine3,7737OpenServing187,4986Reddit8938Spotback56,1235Spotplex40,6070*StumbleUpon3577* Their site was down when I was researching this article, so I was unable to determine the PageRank.Also, here are Website Grader reports for each social news site if you want to explore more marketing information about each site:BlinkList  |  ClipMarks  |  CoRank  |  Digg  |  Netscape  |  Newsvine  |  OpenServing  |  Reddit  |  Spotback  |  Spotplex  |  StumbleUpon10) The best “arbitrage” opportunity is probably Netscape.  Netscape still gets a ton of traffic from the days when they were a regular web portal, which came form the days when everyone used Netscape as a web browser and the default home page was netscape.com and most people did not bother or did not know how to change it. Topics:center_img Social Media Trends Originally published Apr 17, 2007 12:48:00 PM, updated October 18 2015last_img read more

Making Friends: LinkedIn vs. Facebook vs. Twitter [cartoon]

first_img“Making Friends in Social Media” by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License HubSpot . LinkedIn Marketing is licensed under a  Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Jan 21, 2009 4:25:00 PM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more

HubSpot’s Top 10 Inbound Marketing Blog Articles of 2009

first_img Originally published Dec 25, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 401. That’s the number of blog articles that we’ve shared with you this year on Inbound Marketing blog. We’ve covered a lot of topics and created a ton of original content. It’s been a whole lot of fun, but now it’s time to highlight the best of the best.If you took a peek at our Top Inbound Marketing Webinars of 2009, you might notice this topic just keeps popping up.Yep, that’s right. Five out of our top ten blog posts this year were on the topic of social media. Three of those 5 contained hard-to-find Twitter data that many businesses use to make informed decisions, while the remaining 2 featured tactical information how businesses can use and monitor their social media presence. As we enter 2010, one can look at this data and certainly understand why so many companies are planning to incorporate social media into their marketing mix next year.Top 10 Inbound Marketing Blog Posts of 20091.)  Groundbreaking New Personality Grader Makes Marketing Less Manic (@ DanZarrella)2.)  Baby Got Leads (Posted by @Pamelump but the entire @HubSpot team can take the credit for this awesome viral video)3.)  7 Tips for Effective Calls to Action (@DanZarrella)4.) Study Shows Small Businesses Who Blog Get 55% More Traffic (@RickBurnes)5.) How to Monitor Your Social Media Presence in 10 Minutes a Day (@Repcor)6.) Announcing the June State of the Twittersphere Report (@DanZarrella)7.) Free EBook:  How to Use Facebook For Business (@EllieEille)8.) Best Way to Build a Twitter Account: Step By Step (@DanZarrella)9.) Is 22 Tweets-Per-Day The Optimum? (@DanZarrella)10.) Is PR Dead? (@BHalligan) photo by StreetFly_JZWebinar: Blogging for Business Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website?Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. Inbound Marketing Social Mediacenter_img Topics: 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

9 SEO Techniques to Dominate the Most Popular Methods of Content Discovery

first_imgThough Google gets roughly 3.5 billion searches a day, there are really only three types of searches that people perform — navigational, informational, and transactional. If you want get more people to find you in search, you need to know how to optimize your content for each of these types. In this article, I’m going to explain each of the three types of searches and give a bit of perspective on why each one is important. Then, I’ll provide you with some tactical methods for unleashing a strategy that will allow you to dominate the SERPs for that search type. Navigational SearchWhat It IsA navigational search is when a user searches for a specific website by typing in the name of that website (not the URL). Someone who wants to find my site, Quicksprout, might perform this navigational search:They did not type in the address: “www.quicksprout.com.” They typed in the name of my company using a search engine or maybe just the browser bar.Why It MattersNavigational search is used by new and repeat visitors.The point of origin for many searches is the browser’s address bar. If you want to buy a book of Amazon, you might do something like …Open a new tab on your browserType in “Amazon” in the address barHit “enter.”You just performed a navigational search. Search engines and browsers make it easy to find a website with a few quick keystrokes. Why pull up a bookmark when you can type in ”quicksprout” with ease?The searchers who find your site by typing in your site’s name are both new and repeat visitors, but they are mostly repeat visitors. They already know the name of your site. How else would someone know how to type in “quicksprout?” It’s not exactly a normal word or an informational search. But there are also new visitors who may have heard of the site or seen it mentioned elsewhere. They, too, will find the site using a navigational search, often with some hybrid informational keywords thrown in for good measure, like these:quicksprout neil patelquick sprout seosprout quick seo adviceadvanced guides sproutNavigational search is used by searchers who are more likely to convert.Your branded keywords are some of your most important. Why? Because they help the people who are looking for your site to find your site.These are some of your most valuable visitors! Time and again, visitors who land on my sites using branded or navigational searches are far more likely to convert. They know what they want, and they are searching for it. They are ready to convert.How to Dominate ItJust be.As long as you have a unique brand name, you stand a strong chance of dominating the SERPs for your navigational keyword. It’s not too hard.Google’s algorithm is designed to award navigational searches — most of the search results point directly to the site that the user was navigationally searching for.Here’s how a Wordstream blog post put it:”Keyword searches with organic links, which tend to be branded/navigational searches — appear to be showing 7 or fewer organic listings, instead of the usual 10.”The upside of this? “[These] top 7 listings in branded/navigational searches have an increasing tendency to be from the same domain(s).”If that’s not domination, I don’t know what is.Even though you can accomplish navigational search domination without severe backbreaking effort, you still need to do some things right.Use the navigational keyword in your page title (without keyword stuffing).Titles, the most important SEO feature of any given page, should contain your navigational keywords (without feeling unnatural). Even though my slogan is “I’m kind of a big deal,” I know that my brand name should be featured on my page title. Thus, I use “Quick Sprout – I’m kind of a big deal” as my title. This brings in the navigational queries that are looking for “quicksprout,” “quick sprout,” or even “sprout quick.”Emphasize your brand name.In today’s search world, brand identity matters more than ever. Brands are now competing for keyword space, not in the traditional informational arena, but in the marketing and brand-related sense. Brand stature is everything.The more you can saturate the market with your brand identity by creating quality content, the better time you will have of embedding your brand name into the minds of searchers, and therefore gaining more future navigational searches.In earlier days (circa 2008) the vast majority of searches were informational, which led to the meteoric rise of content marketing a couple of short years later. Today, instead of the paltry 10% of search market share it used to have, navigational search is much more dominant and much more important today.Your brand name is a great search handle — your strongest even. Use it, promote it, protect it, and optimize the heck out of it. Informational SearchWhat It IsInformational searches are those in which the user is looking for information — how to make a strawberry pie, how long to make a title tag, the height of Pike’s Peak, the best surfboard wax, etc.An informational search looks like this:Informational searches in a post-Hummingbird era include a wide array of semantic attributes that implement search intent and contextual meaning.Informational searches are vast and unwieldy because of their huge number, huge variety, and complex semantic attributes. Semantic searches receive search results that are massaged and tweaked by the algorithm in the following ways:The algorithm adjusts for morphological variation.The algorithm adjusts for contextual synonyms.The algorithm handles generalizations.The algorithm provides concept matching results.The algorithm provides knowledge matching results.The algorithm understands natural language queries and interrogatives.Google’s Knowledge Graph is the most noticeable semantic search implementation in the search world. Its ability to translate, parse, and deliver intelligent results in the Knowledge Graph is a direct attribute of its finely-tuned semantic search capabilities.Why It MattersInformational searches are the rubber-meets-the-road of SEO. This is where the power of content is truly unleashed.How to Dominate ItIn order to dominate informational searches, you have to dominate inbound marketing. It’s just that simple. This article makes no pretense to being a guide to inbound marketing. You can read about that in another guide.Create a domain or brand that uses it.One way to get more informational searchers to your site is to create a domain or brand name that includes that informational search query.Let me illustrate this by using “content marketing” as an example. If I search for “content marketing blog,” I’m obviously looking for some information on content marketing — most likely a good blog or website that has some things to teach me about content marketing. Here’s what I get:Content Marketing Institute dominates the SERPs. They have a domain and brand name that takes ownership of the informational keyword, forcing the algorithm to deliver it in the results. Remember how Google’s algorithm is designed to favor branded or navigational searches? Since that is true, and since the Content Marketing Institute has the term “content marketing” in their brand name, they pop to the top of the results — the first three organic results, as a matter of fact. Claiming a brand or domain with your target keyword doesn’t work for everyone. I don’t recommend it as a must-have, but if it does play into your overall brand strategy, then you’ve got a leg up.The one place where you should emphasize brand/informational keyword ownership is with your personal name. Your name is your most valuable asset for personal branding, and you should use it as part of your domain if possible. Define your niche.Your most important effort is to define exactly what keywords you want to dominate. You only need to focus on the set of keywords that your target audience is searching for. Once you know what keywords you’re going to target, you can start to own them through content domination on that topic. If you create more articles, in-depth information, infographics, videos, and images on a topic than anyone else on the planet (and they’re quality), you will dominate the SERPs for that topic.Build your domain authority.Successfully gaining informational search volume is going to be hard unless you have domain authority. The only way to build authority, of course, is through consistent content marketing and earned off-site links.Create pages that contain relevant keywords in the URL.When it comes to SEO, your URL is a powerful feature for gaining informational search. The algorithm favors search results that implement the target keyword. Notice how this works out in this general one-word query for “truck.” The first organic result is Wikipedia, obviously, then some Knowledge Graph news, and then this:These sites have strong domain authority and rich content on their websites, but they also have a strategic URLs. Each URL includes the target keyword, thus creating an entry into the SERPs. In essence, the URL “brands” the term — the URL creates an algorithmic identifier of ownership over that particular keyword. If you are targeting a certain keyword, I recommend making pages that use that keyword explicitly. (Though, as always, this should feel natural — not spammy.)Transactional SearchWhat It IsTransactional searches are those in which the searcher is searching for something that they are prepared to purchase or convert on. I call these “wallet-out, ready-to-buy” searchers. They are positioned precisely at a point in the buying cycle where they are willing and prepared to spend money. Landing pages and product pages target this kind of search.Here’s an example:Many times, the searches use terms like “buy,” “purchase,” “price,” “promotion,” “deal,” “discount,” etc. Either way, the algorithm intuits that the user wants to make a purchase, so it provides SERP information that is relevant to a purchase.Why It MattersTransactional searches reflect a user’s desire to buy something. They are prepared to convert. Little needs to be done to push them over the edge.Although these searches comprise the least amount of search volume, they are the most conversion-ready.How to Dominate It“Dominate” in the context of transactional searches is not easy. In fact, unless you have a really, really niche product, complete SERP domination is impossible. You can, however, vastly improve your SERP appearance with the following techniques.Use schema markup.Most transactional searches have Knowledge Graph results in Google. You need to be using markup if you want to land a spot on the product carousels, produce price displays, or feature other KG information.Google has proved already that it prefers sites that have markup. If you are not using markup, you are neglecting a chance to gain a spot in Google’s informative and relevant results.Create information on the product that includes transactional keywords.Google rewards content over against strictly purchase pages. If you want to gain the attention and search traffic of transactional users, create content surrounding their transactional query. For example the query “order vacuum cleaner online” is obviously transactional. However, Yahoo’s shopping site has scored some serious content points by creating a page with information — comparing prices, reading reviews, finding deals, etc.The transactional user will be interested in this content, because it is both transactional and informational. The user’s end goal is to buy, but the page promises information that will make the purchase even better.ConclusionAlthough search engine optimization has changed a ton over the past few years, the three main types of searches haven’t changed. Searchers are still using navigational, informational, and transactional searches to get what they want. For you, the business owner, SEO, or marketer, it boils down to this: Give users what they want. Create content and information that the user is searching for.The better you do that, the more you’ll dominate.How do you optimize for each of the three types of searches? Originally published Jul 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Technical SEO Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

Welcome to the New Sales Process: How to Let Content Do the Selling

first_img Topics: Marketing and Sales Alignment Originally published Sep 19, 2014 6:00:00 AM, 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 SlackSlack “Pushy” isn’t the first word you want prospects to associate with your profession, but it’s a term that’s plagued the sales industry for years — and for good reason.With the old-school sales approach, you searched for prospects with the biggest budgets and incessantly pitched your products or services until they surrendered. The ABCs (always be closing) were your guiding principles. If there wasn’t a need, you created one. If there wasn’t an interest, you plugged anyway. If you heard “No,” it just meant you turned the screws a little tighter.Thankfully, those days are over and consumers are taking charge of the sales process. They don’t need — or want — someone talking at them or selling them on a product’s value proposition. In fact, consumers go through 70% – 90% of the buyer journey before contacting a vendor.And for both B2B and B2C industries, content is holding their hands through the process.Let Content Build Relationships for YouWhen consumers identify a need, they don’t have to go directly to the seller for more information. With a few key phrases and a Google search bar, they can become instant experts on a product or service without spending a dime. Content weighs in on most questions consumers have in the purchase-decision stage.  The sales game isn’t about pushing out your product anymore; it’s about building meaningful relationships with prospects so they come to you when they’re ready to buy. Here are five ways content marketing embodies the spirit of relationship-based sales:1) It primes consumers on your product.Education is at the core of relationship-based sales, and the same holds true with content. Relate to prospects on a personal level, and then educate them on the whats, hows, and whys of your product or service. For growing companies, content is a vehicle for scaling your expertise and reaching more prospects with fewer resources.2) It fulfills needs instead of creating them.Most products and services satisfy a consumer need or problem. Your content works in a similar fashion but fulfills the need for additional information. Provide content that meets consumer needs rather than fabricating them.3) It establishes trust.When content shares lessons, tips, and others secrets of the trade, it can add value to the purchase cycle. And with each consecutive piece, you’re positioned as a more credible expert in the eyes of the consumer, which helps instill trust — a foundational principle of all long-lasting and meaningful relationships.4) It humanizes your brand. Consumers want to buy from people, not companies. Content puts a face to a brand and helps the reader relate to you as a person before engaging in a conversation in person.5) It facilitates meaningful conversations.Content naturally opens up a dialogue with readers, which can expedite the sales process and build trust. Your content qualifies leads and preps them before a sales call, so you can get straight to the tailored, hard-hitting questions that will close the sale.Content that establishes you as a thought leader can guide readers through the sales funnel with ease. It informs them of industry trends, starts a conversation, and prepares prospects to buy from a trusted source — you, of course.Scale Your Sales Efforts Through ContentForming meaningful relationships with a wide audience is a difficult feat for startups or growing companies. Content scales this process, lends credibility to your expertise, and makes sales a more collaborative effort.Consider the following strategies for boosting your sales efforts through content:1) Allow consumers to self-identify their needs. Old-school sales put company goals first, but relationship-based sales center on consumer needs. Research what consumers actually want, and develop content around that. Create your inbound funnel, and write guest posts that address concerns for each type of lead. Let readers define their needs and further educate themselves on your company blog or by downloading your whitepaper. Run drip campaigns to nurture leads and develop those relationships.2) Use content to add value.Relationship-based sales always add value. If you’ve identified the needs of your prospects, you know how to improve their situations. Send published articles to prospects before sales calls to raise the quality of the conversation or let them know whether they’re a good fit for your product or service.3) Forge real connections.Old-school sales started by telling consumers their best options and then engaging in a point-counterpoint dance to hammer out any objections. Relationship-based sales start by listening to your prospects, then educating them on their best options. Share content with leads after a sales call to establish yourself as the consultant they need. Continue the conversation through education, and demonstrate your expertise.Sharing high-quality content helps you achieve many of the same goals as traditional sales — no aggressive sales pitch required. Consumers want applicable knowledge that will lead them through the purchase process to a decision they’re confident in. Take the first step toward building a relationship through content, and the rest will fall perfectly into place.last_img read more

The Simplified Guide to Google’s RankBrain Algorithm

first_imgNot long ago, if you wanted to find a place to eat, you needed to search for a term like “Boston restaurants”. But, today, you can instantly find a good restaurant that’s nearby if you just search for the term, “Where should I go for dinner?”That’s because Google is sophisticated enough to recognize your intent or the implications of your query. However, prior to 2015, you needed to type the most straightforward queries into the search engine to find the answers you were looking for.So how did Google evolve to understand their searchers’ intent and implications so quickly? Well on October 26, 2015, they confirmed that they updated their algorithm with a machine-learning artificial intelligence system called RankBrain.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This YearWhat Is Google’s RankBrain Algorithm and How Does It Work?RankBrain is a core part of Google’s search algorithm. By leveraging machine learning, it helps Google understand how specific web pages relate to certain concepts and, in turn, serve web pages that are relevant to a searcher’s query but don’t include the query’s exact words or phrases.In other words, RankBrain helps Google understand a searcher’s intent and serve the most relevant content to them. To accurately determine a searcher’s intent, Google feeds RankBrain a massive amount of data. Then, RankBrain analyzes it and teaches itself how to serve the most relevant results based off certain search signals, like search history, device, and location.For example, if you type the query “Where should I go for dinner?” into Google, the search engine will first pinpoint your location and detect the device you’re using. Then, it’ll use these factors to interpret your query’s intent, which Google will translate to “Which restaurants are currently open for dinner within walking distance of my current location?”, helping it serve the most relevant results to you.Another example of RankBrain’s capabilities is how it analyzes your past search history to serve you relevant content. For instance, since I work at HubSpot and I’m always on our website, every time I search for marketing related topics, Google usually ranks content from HubSpot’s marketing blog near the top of my search results.How SEOs Can Adapt to RankBrainEven though RankBrain helps Google adapt to changing search behavior, most marketers still haven’t adapted their SEO strategy to this transformation.”One of the main reasons we keep drilling our audience with the idea of topics over keywords is that search has evolved but our customer’s content marketing strategies are lagging behind,” says Victor Pan, HubSpot’s Head of Technical SEO. “Practices like purposely creating pages with misspellings and poor grammar just because there is search volume need to go.”Today, people rely heavily on Google to provide accurate and relevant answers for most of their questions, so the search engine needs to understand the intent and context behind every single search.To do this, Google has evolved to recognize topical connections across users’ queries, look back at similar queries that users have searched for in the past, and surface the content that best answers them. As a result, Google will deliver content that they deem the most authoritative on the topic.To help Google recognize your brand as a trusted authority, consider implementing the pillar-cluster model on your blog. Using this strategy, you’ll create a single pillar page that provides a high-level overview of a topic and hyperlinks to cluster pages that delve into the topic’s subtopics. This signals to Google that your pillar page is an authority on the topic.Hyperlinking all of the cluster pages to the pillar page also spreads domain authority across the cluster, so your cluster pages get an organic boost if your pillar page ranks higher, and your cluster pages can even help your pillar page rank higher if they start ranking for the specific keyword they’re targeting.On the editorial side of things, RankBrain has pressured content marketers to scrap a tactic that they should’ve abandoned years ago — prioritizing volume over quality. Nowadays, spending more time and effort crafting insightful and compelling content at a lower volume is one of the best ways to bolster your standing with Google.”If you have a huge inventory of 2000-era SEO tactics, I’d highly recommend consolidating the pages that are driving zero value to your business with 301 redirects,” says Pan. “It’s not that less is more, but better is more. It’s very common for a strong piece of content to rank for over hundreds of long-tail keywords of the same intent.”RankBrain has advanced Google’s search engine to the point where people can interact with it like they’re chatting with their friends — and it’s time for content marketers to catch up.If you apply the lessons learned above to your SEO strategy, however, you could adapt faster to RankBrain than Google’s search algorithm evolved after they implemented the AI system. Technical SEO Don’t forget to share this post! 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Racist abuse mars Romelu Lukaku’s winning penalty for Inter Milan

first_imgInter Milan’s Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist abuse as he scored a second-half penalty to earn his new side a 2-1 victory at Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.The former Manchester United striker appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive spot kick.Former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also on the receiving end of racist abuse by Cagliari fans at the same stadium last season.The 26-year-old Lukaku sent goalkeeper Robin Olsen the wrong way with 20 minutes remaining to mark his second goal in as many games for his new club before turning to glare at the home fans responsible for the taunts.”I think that in Italy we must improve a lot and be more educated and respectful towards those doing their job,” Inter coach Antonio Conte told a news conference.”In other countries you support the team, you don’t insult the opposition like this. There must be the maximum respect.”Today I was treated well and wasn’t insulted, other times it hasn’t happened like that and it’s not nice.Lautaro Martinez had opened the scoring just before the half-hour only for the hosts to level through Joao Pedro soon after the break.Inter lead Serie A after two rounds on six points along with Torino and champions Juventus, while Cagliari have yet to pick up a point.The Milan club had got their season off to the perfect start with a 4-0 home win over promoted Lecce, but they struggled to find the same swagger against a Cagliari side featuring former Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan.advertisement”It was a different game to the win against Lecce, as I had warned everyone this would be tough,” Conte added.”Coming to Cagliari is never a walk in the park. Let it be known, I am very demanding and there is a lot we need to do in order to improve, but I also say we are glad to have won in a difficult arena.”Martinez headed the visitors in front after 27 minutes but his celebrations were cut short by a raised offside flag, although the goal was awarded after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.The Sardinian side levelled five minutes into the second half when Pedro powered a header home from a whipped Nahitan Nandez cross.Stefano Sensi’s free-kick rattled the bar for Inter on the hour mark and the midfielder then proved crucial in the winning goal as he was tripped by Fabio Pisacane to hand Lukaku the chance to convert from the penalty spot.Conte’s side welcome Udinese to San Siro in their next league fixture after the international breakAlso Read | Premier League round-up: Liverpool stay top with club-record win, Manchester City hot in pursuitAlso Read | Premier League: 10-man Southampton hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at homeAlso Seelast_img read more

Nadal dethrones Djokovic from top spot in rankings, Barty continues WTA domination

first_imgRafael Nadal has climbed back to the top of the ATP rankings while Ashleigh Barty consolidated her place as no.1 in the WTA Rankings in the updated standings released on Monday.While Barty won the WTA finals on Sunday, Nadal climbed above Novak Djokovic despite the latter sealing his fifth Paris Masters title on the same day.Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018, withdrew from his semi-final against Shapovalov in Paris with an abdominal muscle strain. Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the World Tour Finals, Djokovic must claim two group-stage victories and make the final to pass him. Djokovic would also be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semis.Barty’s win on Sunday caps a stunning season which included her maiden grand slam at the French Open. She has a best of 7,851 points while Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is second with 5,940.Defending WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina goes up to sixth with a final defeat in Shenzhen on Sunday while Wimbledon champion Simona Halep moves to fourth.US star Serena Williams, who did not qualify for the Finals last week, drops a place to end the season in 10th place.last_img read more

Who is Jesse Lingard’s girlfriend Jena Frumes?

first_imgWTF Who is Jena Frumes? Everything you need to know about Jesse Lingard’s girlfriend Goal 23:01 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jena Frumes Getty Images WTF Premier League Manchester United England The Red Devils midfielder is reportedly dating the American model, who shot to fame on MTV and has cultivated a massive Instagram following The year 2017 was filled with success for Manchester United star Jesse Lingard both on and off the field.As well as putting pen to paper on a new lucrative four-year contract with the Red Devils, Lingard helped the club win the EFL Cup and Europa League, scoring a crucial goal in the final of the former. The midfielder featured five times for England during the year, helping the Three Lions qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.In December he celebrated his 25th birthday and with him for that occasion was Instagram model Jena Frumes, his reported new girlfriend. 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 Not much is known about the pair’s relationship, but Goal brings you everything we do know about Frumes and Lingard.WHO IS JENA FRUMES?According to the Sun, Frumes hails from Union Beach, which is a borough of Monmouth County with a population of just over 6,000 people in New Jersey.A graduate of North Carolina Central University – she studied theatre and dance – Frumes currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is pursuing a career in modelling and entertainment.Just 24, her big break came when she appeared on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out programme, an improvisational comedy show presented by rapper and actor Nick Cannon.She also starred in a 2016 short film called Mango and Guava, where she portrayed the lead character’s love interest.Since then, her Instagram following has swelled to a massive 2.7 million and she has appeared in a music video for Jeremih’s 2017 song ‘I Think of You’.HOW DID SHE MEET JESSE LINGARD?Jena Frumes Jesse LingardThe Sun reports that Lingard first met Frumes in the United States in 2016 and that they stayed in touch during 2017 before beginning to date later in the year.While Lingard has not shared any photos on his social media channels of him with Frumes, she has posted images and appears to have flown to the United Kingdom to help him celebrate his 25th birthday in December.Indeed, her Instagram stories was packed full of happy birthday messages for the United man and she posed with him as he cut his cake.Frumes is no stranger to dating sports stars, having dated Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, though that romance did not end well.Despite that, she remarked to TMZ in May that she would “never say never” to the notion of dating another athlete and her Lingard liaison shows that she wasn’t lying.DOES JENA FRUMES ATTEND MAN UTD GAMES? We don’t know if Frumes has gone to any Man United games and she hasn’t been pictured at Old Trafford.However, she has posed for photos wearing a Red Devils shirt, suggesting that she may be a fan of the Premier League giants.It is possible that Frumes could have attended games when the club was in the US on tour ahead of the 2017-18 season, but it remains unclear whether she did or not.WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? The future of Lingard and Frumes is anybody’s guess as the pair have remained quiet regarding their relationship.However, after Christmas, the Sun on Sunday reported allegations that Lingard had been unfaithful to Frumes, so there may be no future for the couple.On the same day of the reports, Frumes posted a photo on her Instagram page with the caption: “In the waves of change we find our true direction”. She added, on New Year’s Eve: “If it ain’t making me money, making me happy, or making me better I ain’t making time for it in 2018.”However, it is unclear what exactly the posts are in reference to or if they are aimed at anyone in particular.last_img read more

Slater: Socceroos coach hunt is a disgrace

first_imgAustralia FFA’s Socceroos coach hunt is a disgrace, says Robbie Slater Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 1/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Robbie Slater Fox Sports Australia World Cup WC Qualifying Play-Off The television pundit has called the governing body as a joke for having not announced a national team coach yet Football personality Robbie Slater has slammed Football Federation Australia for failing to appoint a new Socceroos coach less than six months out from the World Cup in Russia.The governing body has said a decision on Ange Postecoglou’s replacement isn’t likely until February, with Australia’s next match not until the FIFA international window in March.But Slater labelled the selection process, which involves former Socceroos stars Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bresciano and Stan Lazaridis, a disgrace and said it lacks transparency. 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 “Getting a national coach would be a priority, you would think?” Slater said on the Big Sports Breakfast.”Even though it’s 2018 and we’re only six months or so away from the World Cup, (the FFA) couldn’t get a teabag out of a teacup at the moment.”They can’t name a national coach. It’s an absolute disgrace and we’re not hearing anything from anyone.”Time is running out and in some ways has run out.”Several high profile overseas coaches have been linked with the Socceroos job through the media including former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, ex-England manage Sven Goran Erikkson and World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari.Louis van Gaal Manchester UnitedSydney FC boss Graham Arnold is favourite for the role, but according to Slater, no Australian coach has been formally contacted about the position as of yet.Slater believes the FFA won’t find a foreign coach that fits their criteria and mocked the reported contact with Dutch manager Van Gaal.”I’m hearing that people they are interviewing – some of the names make me shake my head,” Slater said.”The coaches that are available are either the ones that are semi-retired or ones that have lost their job because of poor performance.”No local Australian coach has been approached or interviewed.”(Louis Van Gaal) would be great wouldn’t it? A massive name in world football. He knows a lot about us, doesn’t he?”Two of the criteria is you got to know the players and you got to know the culture. There is no overseas coach that can answer yes to both those criteria.”The Socceroos were drawn into group C for this year’s showpiece in Russia and will face France, Peru and Denmark.last_img read more

OSU Fall Camp Update: Glenn Spencer Is Already In Midseason Form

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Glenn Spencer is the best. It’s August 9, and he’s in the throes of fretting and worrying about his 11 guys on defense like it’s October 28 and OSU is still undefeated. I love it. He has good reason to worry too. OSU has been bad in defensive efficiency the last two years. With an above average year (for OSU standards) this season, this team could legitimately win the Big 12.Spencer was asked on Monday what he’s preaching at practice. His answer was amazing.“Of course, effort,” said Spencer.Of course.“Any great defense I’ve ever been around has played with great emotion and great intensity, so you get out here in 90 percent humidity and they’re soaking wet, sweating,” added Spencer.They are not the only ones. Tre Flowers, Jordan Sterns & Josh Mabin lookin just as spent as their coach Glenn Spencer!! #HotYoga @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/vuowNV0wN6— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) June 22, 2016“You’ve got to take them through those valleys to chisel that into them,” said Spencer.Think about how great that quote is. Take them through those valleys to chisel that into them.“We did that today. Some of them responded well and some of them didn’t, so we’ll go look at the tape and just try to win tomorrow. That’s the biggest thing is to just win the next practice. Don’t worry about the season yet, don’t worry about the first opponent. We’ve got a lot of things to worry about internally before we can think about anything else.”This is true of course, and nobody is better at presenting it than Spencer. He knows his defense will have to roll deep against some wicked good Big 12 offense.“We’ve got some maturity and we’ve got some guys that have played enough where that can’t happen, and shouldn’t happen. Now, our challenge is to create some depth so that some guys know how to respond when there’s a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of work to be done there.”Yes there is.last_img read more