The cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district is expected to witness a foot-fall of two million pilgrims during this year’s Navratri festival beginning from September 21, officials said.The Tourism department, in collaboration with various NGOs and private parties, have planned a series of religious, cultural, sports and folk events over the nine-day festival period to attract tourists from across the country.Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi is set to unveil the calendar of activities of a mega Navratra festival in Jammu region at the Sidhra Golf Course here on Sunday. The Navratra festival is an annual festival in Jammu region.“We have put in place all the arrangements for a mega nine-day long Navratra festival in the region particularly at Katra, the basecamp of the Mata Vaishnodevi cave shrine. After many years, this year’s festival will be a mega one to attract the pilgrims and tourists from across the world,” Ms. Sethi said.“Last year, a total of 77 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine to pay their obeisance. This year, we have 57 lakh tourist arrivals at the shrine so far but we are expecting over 20 lakh more tourists during the Navratra festival,” Director of Tourism Jammu Smita Sethi told PTI.She said this year the department was expecting a record number of tourist arrivals in Jammu region but “we are trying to make them stay for a few days so that the local economy gets a boost”.Tourism department has been organising events during Navratra festival at Katra since 1996 and this time it has introduced ‘Mata ki Kahani’ (Mata’s story) and a special package of ‘Sampoorna Manokamna’ yatra facilitating visits to nine deities, besides reviving ‘Ram Leela’ after a gap of over two decades.The festival, scheduled to begin on September 21, would feature a grand ‘Shobha’ yatra on the first day, followed by various programmes, including an international wrestling competition for men and women.Participants from Belarusia, Ukraine and Georgia besides locals and national wrestlers are participating in the competition. “The festival provides us with an opportunity to project the tourism sector in a big way and the government has decided to cash on it to woo holidaymakers from outside the state,” the director said.“Tourists leaving the State in a hurry is affecting our tourism industry. Our main effort is that if a tourist comes here, he or she should stay back for a few days and for that we are projecting several places of religious importance,” she said.Sethi said the government wanted to revive the pilgrimage tourism in a big way and efforts are on in this direction. “Hotel industry is also complaining that we are not getting enough guests. We have planned to address this issue through this festival as well,” the director said.Describing ‘Manokamana’ yatra as the biggest attraction during the festival, she said this was basically an attempt to attract people to the places where Mata stayed. “You are coming to the shrine for prayers but are unaware of the Mata’s history. The yatra is an attempt to highlight the life of Mata and revive the old Vaishno Devi track,” she said.As per the Manokamana yatra programme, Sethi said the first ‘darshan’ will be at Kol Kondoli in Nagrota, where it is said that she converted her spiritual form into human form and played with other children.Asserting that there are a lot of places worth visiting, Sethi said there are so many “pinds” (relics) and a visit to Dansar Baba and Dera baba Bandah provides an opportunity to enjoy rafting while Shahat Baba is famous for the waterfall. She said the first of its kind ‘Mata ki Kahani’ is a three hour show which will shed light on the life of the deity. “Ram Leela is again a new thing. The practice was abandoned about 21 years ago due to some internal reasons. We are reviving it again this time,” she said.
If you’ve ever taken a swipe at a buzzing fly, you know how frustratingly fast the winged menaces can zip out of swatting range. Now, scientists have discovered the aerial maneuvers the common fruit fly (Drosophila hydei) utilizes in its speedy escape plan. The researchers placed about 50 fruit flies in a cylindrical drum containing three high-speed video cameras recording at 7500 frames per second (more than 300 times faster than the frame rate of a typical Hollywood blockbuster). When a fly flittered into the intersection of two laser beams at the center of the cylinder, it triggered an expanding shadow to form nearby, causing the fly to reflexively take evasive action. The researchers used video of the fleeing flies to construct a working 3D computer model of their body orientation and wing flaps. Whereas during normal flight flies lazily turn by adjusting their headings, spooked fruit flies turn five times faster by rolling their bodies sideways to perform rapid banked turns, the researchers report online today in Science. By rotating sideways using three to four precise wing flaps, the flies direct the forceful push generated by their wings to optimally boost the speed of their hairpin U-turn, as seen in the time-lapse photo above. The researchers say their findings suggest fruit flies have specialized sensory-motor circuits connecting their nervous systems and muscles that help them perform these quick movements and avoid swinging fly swatters.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
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,Technology has transformed the way we dine out in groups. Gone are the days when friends take turns treating each other to nights on the town. Now that apps make money accessible everywhere, tabs are paid down to the cent… Full Story,Occupation: Copywriter Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 29 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck (BiWeekly): $2,100/mo after HSA and 401(k) removed Monthly Expenses: Rent: $462.50 Car lease: $300 Insurances: $85 All other expenses Utilities: $200/mo Pet supplies: $30/mo Phone: $50/mo Streaming services: $15/mo… Full Story,Occupation: Digital advertising Age: 30 Location: San Francisco Bay Area Income: $5,200 month net post 401K, health insurance / HSA, and taxes Total Debt: $0 Monthly Expenses: Rent and utilities: $1,800 Auto: $275 including car insurance Internet/mobile: $120 10:00 am:… Full Story,The holidays are time for family. Here are some fun ideas from our friends at Quotacy on how to make the most of this holiday season with your loved ones, with a bit of humor. ? With the rise… Full Story,Occupation: Social Media Manager Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 26 Location: Indianapolis, IN Paycheck: $2,500/month after health/vision insurance deductions Monthly Expenses Rent: $700 Car Insurance: $65 Renters Insurance: $16 Utilities: $75 (Internet, Electric, Gas) Dental Insurance (not through work): $15 Hulu:… Full Story,On November 30th, The Financial Diet is kicking off their nationwide book tour for The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide To Getting Good With Money in New York. Join us when the tour hits your city and don’t forget… Full Story,Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending…. Full Story,Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses… Full Story,If you’re still in college or a recent grad working with a limited budget, the idea of implementing a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming and very expensive. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself shelling out lots of cash… Full Story
Can you actually brush your hair the wrong way? Apparently, yes you can. So, while you have been doing everything right with the hair products, hair care rituals and the works, you have been actually ignoring the way you have been brushing the hair.How? Well, we have rounded up some hair brushing tips that might help you. Here you go.Never brush from the root to tipIt’s a really bad idea to comb your hair from root to tip, especially if it’s already tangled or intensely wavy and curly. You will just end up giving excessive stress to your hair, not to mention all those tugs will be painful for you too; and all this will eventually lead to hair breakage. Instead, always start from the bottom and then work your way up. Using your fingers to loosen the knots is always a good idea.You are brushing wet hairNothing good can come from brushing wet hair since it is more prone to breakage then dry hair. Instead, use a scalp brush in the shower and work through your hair after applying conditioner. Steer clear from brushing your hair after shower untill it’s dry. If you have to use a wide toothed comb and use a gentle hand.You don’t clean your brushAn unclean brush is a health hazard; ok not really, but yikes. All that gunk on your brush can be really unhygenic. Over time the brush gets deposited with all the hair products and other things that you might be putting on your hair; and you don’t really want to put those back on your hair back, do you? That’s why you need to clean your brush every week. Never forget!You aren’t brushing your hair enoughWe all know how brushing too much isn’t something that you should do, but not brushing your hair even once during the day can be a total mistake. It’s healthy to brush your hair a couple of times a day as this conditions your strands by distributing hair oils and helps keep your scalp healthy.Source
Energy use in buildings—our homes, businesses and public institutions—is responsible for around one-third of emissions contributing to global warming. Without action, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings are expected to double or even triple by 2050.Yet despite buildings’ clear and significant ties to global warming, the international community has often ignored this topic. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and the upcoming Paris climate talks show that that’s beginning to change.Building Efficiency at COP 21The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the cross-cutting importance of buildings and cities in achieving global objectives related to sustainable energy and infrastructure. Better buildings can also make significant contributions to addressing climate change, one of the other SDGs, a point that is further acknowledged in the more than 45 new national climate plans that include building efficiency components.At the COP 21 climate talks, the French government—working with the United Nations and dozens of leading government, business and non-profit signatories—will host the first-ever Buildings Day on December 3rd. High on the agenda is the launch of a new Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, an initiative designed to spur widespread adoption of today’s best policies and most efficient building materials, designs and technologies around the world. The Alliance aims to avoid at least 50 percent of projected growth in energy consumption through highly energy-efficient new buildings, and achieve deep renovations of existing buildings by 2030. If implemented, these measures would prevent nearly 3 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2050. To put this in perspective, this would be the equivalent of taking 630 million cars off the road for a year.At Buildings Day, and also at Energy Day on December 7th, ministers, mayors and business leaders will share the policies and actions they have taken in support of a cleaner and healthier low-carbon buildings sector. And they’ll commit to do more.WRI is proud to be supporting this effort as an executing partner of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. As the coordinating partner of the Sustainable Energy for All Building Efficiency Accelerator, we work directly with subnational governments to help them implement policies and projects to both improve buildings and save energy in their communities. Over the next two years, the Building Efficiency Accelerator will assist 30 subnational governments to improve the efficiency of their buildings.Building Efficiency Is a Win-Win StrategyAs Buildings Day will make clear, the buildings sector can deliver results on both global climate and sustainable development goals. Furthermore, with the construction industry responsible for more than 15 percent of global GDP, improving buildings is also sound economic policy: It can benefit livelihoods, create new jobs in clean technologies, and increase local infrastructure investment. Efficiency can not only lower energy costs by up to $2.8 trillion globally by 2030, but also helps spread existing energy supplies to serve more people.The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and an annual forum like Buildings Day can play major roles in helping the industry and policymakers spur action and track progress against the new buildings-specific goal—which has been long needed and is a welcome addition to the climate dialogue.COP 21 will shine a much-needed spotlight on the potential of this sector and share how to deliver low-carbon solutions, but it’s important that this moment is only the beginning. Additional countries, cities and businesses need to implement building efficiency strategies as elements of their climate action plans. Truly overcoming the climate change challenge will require significant effort across sectors—buildings included.
Versatile, inexpensive and extremely efficient to produce, palm oil is in demand across the planet. This high-yielding vegetable oil is used in thousands of everyday products, from processed food to cosmetics, as well as for biofuel. By 2045, Indonesia aspires to produce an estimated 60 million tonnes of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) annually. But without new approaches to cultivation, the thirst for this commodity could have devastating consequences.In Indonesia, which currently supplies 61 percent (36 million tonnes) of the world’s palm oil, the rush to grow it poses grave dangers for the country’s forests and peat lands, which are being cleared for plantations. Between 1995 to 2015, the country lost 2.3 million hectares of forest for oil palm plantations. If Indonesia is to keep up with its national target, it will need to increase its palm oil production by 2045; under current practices, this would require approximately 8.2 million additional hectares for cultivation – an area the size of Papua Island. Clearly, a new approach is necessary.Indonesian oil palm plantations are already being highly scrutinized by the global market and criticized for their unsustainable agricultural practices. In response, the government has pledged to shift the current business model and make 70 percent of palm oil sustainable by 2020. Policies will be soon enacted to achieve this target, including zero-deforestation and oil palm permit moratoria. Such actions, however, may have the effect of decreasing palm oil production.The Solution: IntensificationTo bridge the gap between production goals and environmental protection, Indonesia can pursue a new course for palm oil: optimizing production and productivity without opening more land for cultivation. Studies have shown that this approach, known as intensification, has a huge potential to increase Indonesian palm oil yields. It can prevent drastic production declines and maintain Indonesia’s competitiveness in the global palm oil market.The Indonesian government has started by focusing on smallholder farmers, given their pivotal role in Indonesia’s oil palm sector. In 2015 alone, these smallholder farmers managed up to 40 percent of the total oil palm plantation area in Indonesia, contributing 34 percent of CPO production nation-wide. Their yield, however, is 50 percent lower than that of large-scale commercial companies. Lack of knowledge on Best Management Practices and limited access to high-quality agricultural inputs are the biggest barriers commonly identified in smallholder cultivation practices. Addressing these needs creates a huge opportunity to produce more palm oil through an intensification program.Increased Production by Smallholder Farmers Through IntensificationThe Directorate General of Estate Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, argues that palm oil companies and smallholder farmers have the potential to generate palm oil productivity by as much as 8.4 tonnes of CPO per hectare per year through yield intensification. This can be carried out by implementing Best Management Practices in underperforming mature oil palm stands. These include, but are not limited to, using high quality seedlings, applying sufficient quantities of fertilizer, controlling pests and diseases and managing the crops during the immature phase.Of the total 4.7 million hectares of plantation area managed by smallholders in Indonesia, 1.7 million hectares are located in the forest area. Therefore, only around 3 million hectares of smallholder area outside the forest area can be prioritized by the government for intensification. Using the ideal productivity of 8.4 tonnes of CPO per hectare, we estimate that Indonesian smallholders can produce approximately 25.6 million tonnes of CPO annually through intensification undertaken outside forest areas. Smallholders could supply up to 71 percent of the current national palm oil production and 43 percent of projected production by 2045 if sustainable intensification techniques were implemented. Since this percentage is equal to the current proportion of smallholders’ plantation area, the rest of the target production (57 percent) could be fullfiled by companies, if they also implement the same techniques. To ensure the smallholders can reach this ideal situation, an institutionalized and systemic transformation within the national governance system is strongly needed. These comprise regulatory framework improvement, multistakeholder collaboration along the palm oil supply chain and enhancement of smallholder capacity.At the end of the day, a successful shift to sustainable intensification can help Indonesia achieve two victories: it can quadruple oil palm production by smallholder farmers, which can eventually improve smallholders’ income, and significantly prevent deforestation and peat degradation from palm oil expansion by 8.2 million hectares. Investing in intensification thus has the potential to protect the environment, bridge the gap between current production and future demand, and provide a secure future for smallholder farmers who rely on palm oil for their livelihoods.
Buyer Personas Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Do you know who your typical customers are? Do you know where they shop? How much money they make in a year? How many kids they have?As a whole, all these things may not seem important to you compared to the product you sell, but they are important characteristics for your customers and how they make their purchasing decisions.Having a well-defined persona can help you build a better marketing plan in the long run and help you target your marketing campaigns and offers to the right groups of prospective consumers. At the end of the day, personas put a face to your customer and help you identify their needs and wants.Knowing persona characteristics can be invaluable to your company as you develop your marketing campaigns and products over time. If you are having trouble reaching your customers in a way that is valuable to your company, you might consider doing some research and building some personas. Here are six core benefits to why establishing well-defined personas is a good idea for you and your customers.Download Our Free Buyer Persona Guide + Templates 6 Core Insights From Well-Defined Marketing Personas (And How to Leverage Them)1. An Understanding of Customer Needs/Interests: When you’re trying to buy the perfect gift for your mother, spouse, or friend, you can easily visualize them in your head as you shop. You can imagine their needs and wants, the things they’d love, the things they’d be interested in, and all the things they hate. Customer personas work in the same way. They allow you to better understand the needs and wants of your customer base.How to Leverage It: By knowing the problems your customers face, you can cater your content to your audience in a way that they’ll find valuable. Use these insights into your customers’ needs and wants to identify the topics your prospects want to learn more about, and create content around those topics.2. Knowledge of Where Customers Spend Time: Once you know the background of each of your personas, this insight will help you gain a better understanding of where your customers spend their time online, where they go to get their information, and which social networks they typically use to connect with family, friends, and co-workers.How to Leverage It: Knowing this information will allow you to better target your content and promote it in the places your prospects are most likely to see it. If one of your personas tends to spend more time on Facebook compared to another, who prefers email, you’ll know which type of content needs to be in each place. The prospects you want to reach are more likely to react to the content that interests them if it’s found in the channels they already populate.3. Better Quality Leads: So far, your personas have helped you to identify what interests them, which content topics they prefer, and where to find them. What does that all mean exactly? It means you are going to be able to better cater your marketing to the right people in the right places, all which gives you the powerful opportunity to generate better quality leads.How to Leverage It: Use the information you collect about your prospects to help you make a personal connection through email marketing and be better able to direct your messages in a more personalized way. This will also enable you to build better lead nurturing programs targeted at different personas and improve lead quality for you company, which in turn means better customers!4. Consistency Across Your Business: At HubSpot, we use personas internally and leverage our knowledge of them constantly. If someone references one person over another, I know exactly which customer group my co-workers are talking about. Across the board, personas create a consistent and specific understanding of each target group of customers within your company.How to Leverage It: This information is incredibly useful for your sales team. If a lead is designated as one persona over another, Sales can be better able to tailor their sales pitch before even connecting with the lead for the first time. They’ll already have an idea of what is important to that lead and their company, they’ll be better prepared for the particular questions the lead might ask, and they’ll have a clearer understanding of what it will take to close the sale.5. Richer Closed-Loop Analytics: Once you know which persona will lead to your most ideal customer, you’ll also know which leads your marketing and sales team should be spending the most time on attracting and working. This creates more efficiency within your company overall because there is less wasted time dealing with leads that will never purchase or acquiring customers that don’t stick around for long term.How to Leverage It: Use your closed-loop marketing analytics to identify which of your different marketing personas make better customers. Then allocate your time and money effectively to the right channels that are the most efficient in attracting these better customers.6. Better Product Development: Not only do personas allow you to generate better quality leads and customers, but they also help you work with your customers and build future products/product features to suit their needs. With well-developed personas, you can create products and services that are more closely aligned to what your customers want, allowing you to better cater to their needs. You’ll be more likely to keep customers for the long haul if your products and services grow and change with your customers.How to Leverage It: Use the information you gather about your different marketing personas to inform and make recommendations to your product development team so you can create killer products that appeal to your customers.When working with personas, you are really just turning shifting your view of ‘customers’ to actual people with specific interests, wants, and needs. Get to know your ideal customers better, and you will find that the benefits are endless. How has your company leveraged the use of marketing personas to gain business? Topics: Originally published Dec 13, 2011 7:30:00 PM, updated August 26 2017
Topics: Marketing Reporting Originally published Sep 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Of course we don’t want you to destroy your career. But if you were truly hell-bent on it, we know just how to do it.Don’t measure ROI. Seriously, don’t. Only good things happen when you do.According to the 2014 State of Inbound survey, marketers that measure ROI are 12X more likely to generate a greater return year-over-year than a lower return. In other words, simply the act of measuring ROI correlates with positive results. And what do those positive results mean? For starters, they mean more budget. Readers of our annual inbound report will also discover that no single factor has a greater impact on budget than “past success with inbound.” Improving ROI may even safeguard your budget against factors beyond your control, like the executive turnover and even the economy. That’s right — the financial upside of prior inbound success exceeds even the downside of adverse economic conditions. Given the compounding benefits of measuring ROI, you’d assume most marketers would list it as their top initiative. Surprisingly, very few marketers — even marketing leadership — are prioritizing it. Only 15% of marketers ranked “proving the ROI of our marketing activities” as their #1 marketing priority and a little over half (53%) of marketers we surveyed are measuring ROI.So if you don’t want your career to thrive, it’s best to keep ROI data locked safely away. But freeing it could unlock a world of new inbound marketing opportunities. If you do want to grow your career, then be sure to download The 2014 State of Inbound Report. It contains all of the data in this blog post, and much more. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Originally published Oct 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 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 Topics: Blogging In the land of sunshine and rainbows, content marketers always write about topics they’re well-versed in.In the real world, we have to cover topics that fall far outside our areas of expertise — or even interest, for that matter.Case in point: When Instagram was getting popular back in 2011, I had to cover the app … and didn’t download Instagram onto my phone until about three weeks ago — a full three years after I first covered what it was and how it can be used.Real-world content marketing requires that writers step outside of their comfort zones on a regular basis, get very good at learning new things quickly, and learn how to connect with the right people that can lend insights on foreign concepts. Here’s how you can do that next time you’re asked to cover a subject-matter that you know nothing about. (It probably isn’t too far off in the future.)First, hit up Google and (hear me out) Facebook to perform some general research.The first step is getting a pulse on the subject you’re covering. What information exists on it already? Is there any current news about the subject that is important to consider? Does this subject have supporters and detractors, or is it a pretty benign subject?Spend a lot of time simply reading during this step. Identify the most credible sites off of which to draw actual facts and information. This is where Facebook actually comes in handy with a new feature you may have noticed: Related Articles. Related Articles live below some of your News Feed posts.See those two articles, outlined in orange, below the main article? Those popped up when I clicked “19 Easy and Delicious Hummus Recipes.” If I was writing a post about hummus recipes, that recipe from The Colorful Kitchen for chocolate hummus might be a great addition I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Sure, there are some hits and misses in Facebook’s Related Articles, but I’ve been finding a lot of good sources from it recently.There’s also no harm in poking around more unsavory corners of the internet, no matter how absurd or off-base it may be — just to get an idea of the chatter. This still helps you round out a better picture in your head of the subject-matter you’re writing about. Just be sure to fact check what you read and take things with a grain of salt, you know?Then, read social media posts to get a sense for general public opinion.Whether the subject you’re writing about has elements of controversy or you’re simply trying to get a pulse on the general public’s thoughts, social polls, surveys, and open-ended questions can offer some helpful insights. They’ll provide context non-subject-matter experts are often lacking, fill in blanks, and even identify sources you can reach out to.If you want to give an extra boost to this step of the research process, you can even put some paid promotion behind your questions so they get more visibility.Find subject-matters experts to reach out to.A quality piece of content includes expert opinions, so you’ll need subject-matter experts you can contact for interviews and fact checks. Go for a mix of “stretch” contacts and easy-to-attain contacts.For instance, you should ask people you know if they can introduce you to someone. One or two of those is likely to pan out because it’s a referral. You should also find an internal contact — someone who works at your company, or a close contact you know personally — as that is almost 100% guaranteed to come through.Finally, reach out to people on social media or via email for a quote or interview, even if you don’t have an intro. These are your “stretch” contacts, but if you get just one conversation from the efforts, it’ll add a new point of view from which your writing will benefit. Whatever the mix of people you end up working with, they’ll help you uncover the things you didn’t know you didn’t know.When it comes to the interview, prepare questions so you can make the most of your time together. And when the conversation ends, ask for two things: whether they’d be willing to answer any follow-up questions should they arise, and whether they’d be willing to perform a fact check for you once the piece is complete.Note: It’s important to do this after you’ve done significant research on your own. Time is precious, and sources will be loathe to help you again in the future if you waste their time asking questions you could find the answer to on your own with just a little research.Accumulate reliable data and relevant quotes to act as your voice of authority.You’re not a subject-matter expert, so your credibility can’t come from personal experience. You need it to come from others’ experience and knowledge. Here are some ways to find good data and quotes:Use Factbrowser. It’s a search engine that allows you to search for data points, broken down by industry.Go to credible sites and perform a site:search on the topic about which you’re writing. If you don’t know how to perform a site:search, this article will show you how.Ask your sources for quotes. Be sure to ask for permission to quote them.When you encounter links within articles, particularly links to studies or reports, open them in another tab. They’re excellent places to continue your reading as you gather background information, but also typically have relevant data points you can incorporate in the content.Now, you’re ready to start writing your piece.You’ve done you reading, you’ve talked to experts, you’ve polled for public opinion — you even have some juicy data to pepper into your post. It’s time to start writing.I presume you’ve been taking notes on everything you’ve researched up to this point. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that, to some degree, you already have a written piece. In other words, all the components are there, you simply have to whip it into a coherent narrative.This is why I like to take notes all in one place — in fact, I often do it right in our content editor so there’s no copy/pasting later on. I simply move things around to start to form my story, mark any places where I need to do some more follow-up research, and delete extraneous portions as I start weaving the story together.Finally, get a fact check.Even after performing your own fact check, you should submit the piece for a second fact check — you’re not a subject-matter expert, after all. This can go to an editor, or to a subject-matter expert that said they would be willing to perform this duty. I like to ask them to look for two things:Is anything in this piece that is factually inaccurate?Are there any glaring ommissions in this piece that another expert would consider a red flag?That second question helps you catch those “you don’t know what you don’t know” moments that occur when you’re writing about something foreign to you.Perform any additional edits that come back from this fact check, and voila!Writing about subjects you know little or nothing about is certianly more difficult and time-consuming than writing about the things yo know and love. But it’s a great way to get exposure to new ideas, learn, and get connected with people you otherwise might not.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Monday remained hopeful that Bangladesh will agree to play the first-ever Day/Night Test between the two countries, notwithstanding the neighbours’ apprehension to pink ball.The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26.The final outcome of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) meeting with its senior players will be intimated to the BCCI president by late Monday evening or Tuesday morning.”I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I’m sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon. Hopefully, by 10-10:30 pm tonight, we will get a confirmation,” Ganguly told PTI.BCB’s head of cricket operations and former skipper Akram Khan acknowledged that there are practical issues like lack of preparation as far as playing with the pink ball under lights is concerned.”It’s a great initiative but we need to take the players into confidence. If you look at the itinerary, we would probably get two days (November 21, 22) for training with pink ball under lights. That’s too little time for preparation. The players are meeting the president today. Hopefully, by tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, a decision will be made,” Khan said.Ganguly, on his part, wants a final intimation by Monday night only so that preparation starts in full swing with other arrangements.”If we get to know by tonight and then we will go forward with our plans by tomorrow.”advertisementThere are plans to invite India’s legendary Olympians like Abhinav Bindra, M C Mary Kom and P V Sindhu and felicitate them for their contribution to the country’s Olympic movement.”We want to invite and have plans to felicitate Mary Kom, Sindhu and all (great Olympians). We are just waiting for the BCB’s confirmation at the moment. There are also plans to bring in school children, providing them free passes for the game,” Ganguly said.A lot like Cricket Australia’s annual ‘Pink Test’ (players wear Pink caps) in association with the Jane McGrath Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer, Ganguly also wants the Eden’s Day/night Test to be an “annual affair”.”I want the Eden (Day/Night) to be an annual affair,” the president said without elaborating whether there would be some charity initiatives taken by the BCCI or the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).Also Read | Expecting day-night Test to happen: Eden Gardens curator waiting for final go-aheadAlso Read | BCCI president Sourav Ganguly set to meet NCA head Rahul Dravid to discuss roadmap of Indian cricketAlso See:
The Oklahoma State defensive backfield struggled mightily towards the end of the 2015-2016 season, getting exposed in the three consecutive losses to Baylor, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss to end the season (Giving up 45, 58, and 48 points in each of those three games.) The Cowboys ended the season a disappointing 92nd in the NCAA in passing yards per game, averaging 244.3 allowed to the opposing team.But there is hope that the secondary will make great strides in 2016. Thus far in camp, Coach Gundy has been impressed by a couple of young corners who hope to contribute early and help shore up the secondary in 2016. Madre Harper and Rodarius Williams were mentioned as standouts Sunday to Orange Power Studios:Today was our first day in full pads. Check out what @CoachGundy had to say about it. #okstate#GoPokeshttps://t.co/siUZrNeuTN— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 7, 2016Who are these two newcomers? Let’s take a quick glance at the two freshmen that have looked very good in Fall camp thus far.Fr. Madre Harper, 6’1 175 lbs.Harper is a freshman from Arlington, Texas, ranking as a three-star corner by Rivals. Harper turned down offers from Pittsburgh, Northwestern, and Oklahoma to sign with the Cowboys, and was named to first team-all district three years in high school at Lamar High School.He possesses very good size at 6’1 at the corner position, and can frustrate wide receivers with his length and athleticism. Harper is still gaining weight, and will pick up muscle in the weight room with Rob Glass. However, Harper’s advanced coverage skills and height give him a chance to play and make a difference early for the Cowboys this season, even as a freshman.Fr. Rodarius Williams, 6’0 172 lbs.Williams is another three-star corner and was ranked by ESPN as the no. 35 corner in the 2016 class. Williams played his high school ball at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, being selected to both the All-District and All-State teams.Rodarius Williams also possesses good size at 6’0 at the corner position, and has impressed early with his coverage skills and quick improvement in camp. Williams is just a true freshman as well, but may provide the Cowboys with solid play at the cornerback position in 2016. While 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.
While 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. Beaty hired away Tony Hull of Warren Easton (former school of OSU receiver Tyron Johnson) in New Orleans to coach running backs, and that move alone is paying massive dividends.On Saturday alone, the Jayhawks landed, as Lebron James would say, “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five …. ” Six! Commitments in one day. And ya know what, five of ’em are from Louisiana. On Monday, they added a sixth from Louisiana. One of which was recently offered by Oklahoma State.While it’s still very early in the recruiting process, the Kansas Jayhawks have a top-10 class nationally. No. 9, to be exact. Ahead of Ohio State, Alabama, OU, Georgia and Florida.And with their Louisiana ace recruiter Hull in hand, the Jayhawks may be primed to make some noise into the spring on the recruiting trail. The talent pool is deep in Louisiana, and one that mostly goes untapped with LSU all but closing the walls on the state’s best. But somehow, Kansas is already reelin’ em in with 4 four-star commitments in the past week alone. It could be a sign of things to come under Beaty, who took a notable step forward in year No. 2 in Lawrence with lesser talent.Can he actually keep the talent committed and pull them in? It will be a question answered a year from now. But right now, he’s out-recruiting the entire Big 12. And that says something. One week removed from National Signing Day, schools are already on the trail and scouring the states looking to get ahead in its 2018 recruiting class. Oklahoma State has added two commitments for 2018 in the past week alone, with linebacker Blake Barron and Nic McTear joining the OSU commitment list. The Pokes have three pledges that ranks fourth among the Big 12, and 32nd nationally.That’s about par for the course, as its 2017 class finished 38th nationally, and fourth in the Big 12. But you know what’s not par for the course? Whatever kind of voodoo magic Kansas is pulling out of its top hat right now.The Jayhawks – yes, the team that won two games last season! – have the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big 12 according to 247sports.com. What an amazing thing beating Texas can do for your program! Let’s look live at head coach David Beaty for his reaction:
The new system, which will transform the way persons vote from a physical to a digital format and from paper to electronic ballots (though there is a paper backup), was introduced to journalists on Friday (November 2), who are part of the Foreign Press Center’s International Reporting Tour. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Dean Logan, said the voting population is the largest in the United States and with that, the new voting procedure, which is much more efficient, can influence how other states choose to issue and count their ballots. The Los Angeles (LA) County Registrar-Recorder’s Office in California has created a new voting system, to be implemented in 2020, which could influence a change in how persons vote across the United States of America.The new system, which will transform the way persons vote from a physical to a digital format and from paper to electronic ballots (though there is a paper backup), was introduced to journalists on Friday (November 2), who are part of the Foreign Press Center’s International Reporting Tour.Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Dean Logan, said the voting population is the largest in the United States and with that, the new voting procedure, which is much more efficient, can influence how other states choose to issue and count their ballots.“LA County is a very large and diverse jurisdiction with the largest local Government jurisdiction in the United States, so while we function as a local government, we’re larger than most state governments in the country, so that’s a little bit of a unique situation [which influences how other states operate with regard to the voting procedure],” Mr. Logan said.He added, “In terms of registered voters, we have more registered voters in this county than 42 of the 50 states have statewide, so the dynamics of how we function, structured as a local government, both given our size and diversity, is particularly interesting.”Election Assistant, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, Andrew Khatami El, explained that the new voting system will really be a multimedia voting machine that is flexible enough to accommodate all voter types, including the elderly and persons with special needs, and builds on the traditional process of voting in a digital way.“We have an Electronic Poll Book [on a tablet device] which replaces paper rosters. We have a Modern Tally System, which uses new technology. We have an Interactive Sample Ballot, which gives voters new opportunities and ways to use their sample ballots. They can actually log into our website and pre-mark their selections, which will expedite the voting process. We have a new BallotMarking Device (BMD) which is kind of the big game changer for the new voting experience,” Mr. Khatami El said.California’s new voting machines will also have four simple user-interface modes, which makes it easier for all voters to vote privately and independently, especially people with special needs.These four new user interface models include ‘Touch’, where voters can interact only by touching a screen; ‘Touch and Audio’, where voters can interact with a touch screen and audio instructions through headphones for privacy; ‘Controller and Audio’, where voters interact with a tactile controller that has Braille labels for blind individuals to feel; and an ‘A/B or Dual Switch Port’, which allows voters to use their own personal device to vote by connecting it to the machine.Mr. Khatami El said the new voting system is in accordance with the California Voters Choice Act (SB 450) which allows the State to have voting 10 days before Election Day, and technically gives voters a total of 11 days to vote.Mr. Khatami El further outlined that with the new machines, voters will no longer be required to go to their registered polling station.“Voters will no longer be limited to voting only at their local precinct polling place. Currently, if a voter is not in their precinct polling place assigned to them, they have to vote provisionally, but now with some of our new technology, that’s no longer the case,” he said.This project began its first phase in 2009 with the initial goal of identifying a new system for the LA County.It then moved into another phase between January and December 2011 for the establishment of its principles; its third phase between January 2012 and July 2016 for the system’s design and engineering; and its fourth phase between August 2016 and October 2018 for its manufacturing and certification.It is now in its fifth phase for implementation between November 2018 and March 2020.In addition to this major change that is coming, voters in LA County have the option to vote without identification cards, which could influence change among not only other states, but other countries as well. The state of California believes these measures will make it easier and more transparent to vote.Mr. Logan said the State has decided to do this “since there is no universal national identification (ID), which means that depending on where you live in the United States, you’re subject to state and local laws and while some states have required picture ID for voting, there have been studies to show that that disproportionately disenfranchises [persons in] minority communities who may have difficulty getting identification”.The tour of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office was part of the Foreign Press Centers International Reporting Tour on the US Mid-term Elections, which will take place on Tuesday (November 6).This tour, which is taking place between November 1 and 8, includes 25 journalists from different geographic regions around the world, including Jamaica.The tour includes presentations by American academics, pollsters and journalists covering their respective state’s mid-term elections. The Los Angeles (LA) County Registrar-Recorder’s Office in California has created a new voting system, to be implemented in 2020, which could influence a change in how persons vote across the United States of America. Story Highlights
zoom The Norwegian shipping company DSD Shipping (DSD) was sentenced to pay a total corporate penalty of USD 2.5 million for discharge of oil-contaminated waste water into the ocean, thus violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).The company was also convicted for obstructing justice, tampering with witnesses and conspiring to commit these offenses.A total of USD 500,000 of the penalty will be paid to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to fund marine research and enhance coastal habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.In addition, DSD was placed on a three year term of probation and was ordered to implement an environmental compliance plan to ensure the company’s vessels obeyed domestic and international environmental regulations in the future.The US Department of Justice said that the evidence demonstrated at trial that DSD operated the M/T Stavanger Blossom, a 56,000 gross ton crude oil tanker, from 2010 to 2014 without an operable oily-water separator as required by law.Furthermore, on Jan. 29, 2010, an internal corporate memorandum written by a vessel engineer warned DSD that the pollution prevention equipment did not work. The memo further warned that if the problem was not addressed, “some day, it might end up that someone is getting caught for polluting.”However, the issue was not fixed and DSD operated the vessel illegally for the next 57 months before the conduct was identified by U.S. Coast Guard inspectors in November 2014, DOJ adds.As the testimony at trial revealed, DSD illegally discharged approximately 20,000 gallons of oil-contaminated waste water and plastic bags containing 270 gallons of sludge into the ocean during the last two-and-a-half months of the vessel’s operation.The evidence also established that DSD lied about these activities by maintaining fictitious record books aboard the vessel. Further, when the U.S. Coast Guard examined the ship, DSD’s senior ship officers lied about the discharges and ordered their subordinates to do the same.In addition, prosecutors informed the court that despite convictions for eight felony offenses, DSD continued to deny wrongdoing in Norwegian press accounts. What is more, previous deficiencies in the operation of pollution prevention equipment had been identified in other DSD vessels while they were in international ports.The Alabama court also sentenced tree senior engineering officers employed by DSD to operate the ship. Namely, Bo Gao, chief engineer of the vessel, and Xiaobing Chen, second engineer of the vessel, were both sentenced to six months imprisonment while Xin Zhong, fourth engineer of the vessel, was sentenced to two months imprisonment.All three also face the loss of their marine engineering license and exclusion from employment in the merchant marine. A fourth DSD employee, Daniel Paul Dancu, pleaded guilty in October 2015, and will be sentenced on April 11, 2016.“We will continue to aggressively prosecute and hold accountable those shipping companies who flout the laws that protect our oceans and coastal waterways from harmful vessel pollution and waste,” said Assistant Attorney General Cruden.
Emma PalingHuffPost CanadaThe debate over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is breaking down relationships between Indigenous groups, according to the chief of one B.C. First Nation.“It’s another colonial machine that’s driving us apart from one another,” Bonaparte Indian Band Chief Ryan Day told HuffPost Canada in an interview.Bonaparte Indian Band Chief Ryan Day.While Kinder Morgan touts its 43 mutual benefit agreements with Indigenous groups in B.C. and Alberta, six First Nations fight the project’s approval in court. Day says he’s staying out of the debate. The pipeline won’t cross any of his reserve lands. However, Bonaparte is one of 17 bands that make up the Secwepemc nation, and for 518 km — or more than half of the project’s route — the new pipeline will go through Secwepemc’s traditional territory. “We are downstream from the pipeline, so it certainly will impact us … However, we’ve kind of left it up to directly affected upstream folks to engage more directly,” Day said. He said he would have liked to engage with Kinder Morgan, but his band doesn’t have the capacity to do so.“That’s where we’re at and I think that’s where a lot of communities are at. The bottom line is that we’re dealing with poverty.”For some First Nation leaders, Kinder Morgan’s project is seen as an opportunity to alleviate some of that poverty. Cheam chief says project will create jobs, business partnershipsErnie Crey, chief of Cheam First Nation, has become one of the project’s most vocal supporters. His nation of 547 people has an unemployment rate of 14.3 per cent, nearly double the B.C. average.He said the pipeline will bring a laundry list of opportunities for his Stó:lō nation: cash, which can be invested in future business projects; the opportunity to work with nearby companies to bid on contracts during construction; and work experience that members can bring with them to future jobs.“The benefits and the money that will flow from that will put this community in good stead for generations to come,” Crey told HuffPost Canada in an interview.Crey’s angry about the way some environmentalists and Indigenous associations have portrayed nations that signed agreements with Kinder Morgan. “If you were to believe some of these green groups and their allies, you would think that Ian Anderson, the head of Kinder Morgan Canada, drove out on to this reserve, found me, rolled down his car window, handed a cheque to me and said, ‘There you go, chief. Now I do enjoy your support for my pipeline, right chief?’” Crey said. In reality, he said, his council worked for over a year to negotiate a deal that would truly benefit its members.“The negotiations lasted a long time. They were exhaustive and exhausting and challenging for our young council here. But they went toe-to-toe with Ian Anderson’s negotiators and they came up with an agreement that’s going to mean a world of difference to this community.”While Crey says the project will be an economic game-changer, other chiefs worry it’ll be an environmental disaster.‘Drastic risk’ to Coldwater’s drinking waterColdwater Indian Band is one of the nations challenging the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval of the project in court. If Coldwater’s challenge is successful, the pipeline’s approval will be set aside. Officials will then have to backtrack and re-do some consultations.The existing pipeline, built in the 1950s, runs right through Coldwater’s reserve. Kinder Morgan wants to build the new pipeline to the east of the reserve, through the nation’s traditional Nlaka’pamux territory, including areas that Coldwater says hold spiritual and cultural significance. This route will also see pipeline built right over an aquifer which provides drinking water for nearly half of the nation’s 850 members, according to a memorandum of fact filed by Coldwater’s lawyers. “Trans Mountain failed to identify, and was unaware of, the Aquifer when it selected this route and accessed the environmental effects of the Project,” the document states. “The New Pipeline represents a risk to the Aquifer from leakage and a drastic risk if there were to be a rupture of the pipeline. This is a major unreconciled issue for Coldwater that causes its people a high level of anxiety.” Coldwater’s chief, Lee Spahan, has indicated he has no intention of signing a deal with the Texas-based company.“If we have to, it’ll be our Standing Rock,” he told APTN. “For us it’s not about the politics, but the future of our community and ensuring we have access to clean, safe water.”This story was produced as part of #TrackingTransMountain, a collaborative reporting project from The Discourse, APTN News, and HuffPost Canada that aims to deepen the reporting on Indigenous communities affected by Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Explore the interactive database here:
A collaborative Statement of Intent has been developed in consultation with four faculties for a new undergraduate program: BSc Life Sciences.While the faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Mathematics and Science will be taking the lead on this program, the other two faculties, Humanities and Social Sciences, are also important partners.As part of the approval process the statement is being made available for the information of the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Please view the Statement of Intent online. The posting will remain in place for 21 days, until 4:30 p.m. on May 6, 2013.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. May 6, 2013 via email to the contacts below. When submitting your response, please include the new program title, BSc Life Sciences, in the subject line.Please send comments to: ARC-SOI@brocku.ca and James Mandigo.
“It has been brought to my attention by Dileep Nair, Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight, Office of Internal Oversight Services, that a complaint about sexual harassment has been filed against me by a UNHCR staff member,” Mr. Lubbers said in a statement issued in Geneva by his spokesman. “The complaint refers to a formal meeting in my office on December 18, 2003. The meeting was attended by five other staff members. The complaint was filed on April 27 of this year, more than four months after the alleged harassment. In that meeting of last December 18, there was no improper behaviour on my part.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine, a pinnacle of anatomical scrutiny in the world of sports, has already seen two former Ohio State football players endure its challenges. Five additional Buckeyes will face the gauntlet that is the Combine in the days to come. Former OSU right tackle Reid Fragel and former tight end Jake Stoneburner had their respective chances to impress NFL coaches and scouts, as they were put through a series of timed or measured drills along with the rest of the Combine’s offensive lineman, tight ends and specialists Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tests included the 40-yard dash, bench press (225 pounds), vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle run. Fragel posted a 5.14-second run in the 40-yard dash, a 7.62 run in the three-cone drill and a 4.68 shuttle run, according to NFL.com. Fragel’s 33 repetitions on the bench press was sixth best in his position group. Fragel, the tight end-turned-offensive lineman with a year of experience at right tackle, posted the fourth-best broad jump in his position group at 9-foot-5, as well as a 30-inch vertical jump, according to NFL.com. Stoneburner, who was a tight end invitee to the Combine despite switching to wide receiver for his senior campaign at OSU, showed his speed in the 40-yard dash when he clocked in with a time of 4.65 seconds, according to NFL.com. Stoneburner’s 4.27-second 20-yard shuttle run time was the best time posted in his position group, as was his 11.5-second 60-yard shuttle run. The Dublin, Ohio, native also impressed with a 9-foot-8 broad jump – the fifth best mark in his position group. The tight end, who caught 13 touchdowns and 53 passes in his OSU career, had a 34.5-inch vertical jump (fourth best among tight ends), a 116-inch broad jump and a 7.12-second three-cone drill, according to NFL.com. Neither player was made available to the media following their workout. Next up for the troupe of former Buckeyes is Zach Boren, a fullback-turned-linebacker invited to the Combine as a fullback (Boren had 12 rushing attempts for 40 yards and two touchdowns during OSU’s 2012 season). The remaining four Buckeyes at the Combine, including former defensive lineman and team captain John Simon, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, linebacker Etienne Sabino and defensive end Nathan Williams, are scheduled to take the field for their tests on Monday. Combine activities conclude on Tuesday when defensive backs hit the turf. Sunday’s Combine activities begin at 9 a.m.
Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiIt would seem that this year could potentially be a step back for the No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team, but junior forward Mason Jobst is looking to do his part to avoid any possible regression.The Buckeyes come into this season off their first NCAA tournament bid since 2009. But after a first-round overtime loss to then-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, the team lost three goalies and much of its top talent, which included captain and forward Nick Schilkey, who led the team in goals with 27. Jobst is returning from a dominant sophomore campaign in which he tallied 19 goals and 36 assists, led the Big Ten in points with 55 and earned second team All-American honors. Now coming into his junior year, Jobst said while he looks to improve, his goals are more team-oriented.“I think it’s just improving on the last year, being more productive than I was last year,“ Jobst said. “It was a tough loss in the first round of the NCAAs and the second round of the [Big Ten tournament], so just trying push to get further in that, and hopefully win the Big Ten Championship and win a national championship.”Western Michigan assistant coach Todd Krygier still remembers the years he spent coaching Jobst with the United States Hockey League’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in junior hockey. He remembers not only the leadership of Jobst, but also the speed, playmaking ability and hockey IQ as standing out on the ice.“His character was off the charts,” Krygier said. “His work ethic, his ability to get along with others and pull a team together and lead a team on and off the ice was absolutely fantastic.”Krygier added that in his time as Jobst’s coach, the now standout forward received little recognition from other teams and that Ohio State was one of the only teams that reached out to him.“I talked to several NCAA teams over the couple years that I coached him, and Ohio State was the only team that listened,” Krygier said. “So congrats to Ohio State, they obviously made a great decision.”Jobst was named captain for the Buckeyes Wednesday. But Krygier said Jobsts’ leadership had been obvious to him for years prior as he was a captain on Muskegon for his final two seasons. “I’ve learned a lot the last couple of years from Nick Schilkey and I think he was a great leader off the ice and on the ice, so it’s just trying to take parts of what he’d done in the past and what I’ve done to get here and try to lead this team to a championship,” Jobst said.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik also understood what types of positive qualities Jobst brings to the team in many aspects.“He’s a kid that carries himself on the ice and off the ice, he’s the one that leads our culture and does the right things,” Rohlik said. “When your team looks at a player like that, everybody feeds off it.”Size has always been the concern for Jobst, who stands 5-foot-8, but Krygier said he knew Jobst would overcome any obstacles in his way.“For Mason to produce in the USHL the way he did, and the style he played and the work ethic he had, there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to be an All-American hockey player,” Krygier said.Jobst said players like future NHL Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis, current Calgary Flames wing Johnny Gaudreau, and Columbus Blue Jackets wing Cam Atkinson — all 5-foot-9 or shorter — are succeeding in ways he hopes to one day. Jobst wears the No. 26 because of St. Louis.“[St. Louis] was kind of a guy that started paving the way for smaller guys in the NHL with how hard he worked and how skilled he was,” Jobst said.Jobst and the No. 19 Buckeyes open the regular season with a pair of games on the road against a Big Ten opponent in No. 12 Wisconsin.“We’re getting right after it, playing a team that knocked us out of the Big Ten playoffs last year so I think we’re itching to get in there, and it should be a good atmosphere and a lot of fun,” Jobst said.Rohlik said Jobst is a special kind of player, and one who should only get better in this upcoming season.“As soon as you become satisfied you’re going to get passed up, and Mason’s not the kid that ever gets satisfied,” Rohlik said.
Short URL By Sinead Farrell BT Sport does not accept any sort of discrimination. BT Sport, like the sport of rugby, is inclusive and welcoming of people, players and fans from any background. Billy Vunipola (file pic). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 95 Comments https://the42.ie/4605396 Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM BT SPORT SAY they “regret” that their commentary in relation to Billy Vunipola was misinterpreted “by some viewers” during their live coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final between Munster and Saracens.In a statement released to The42, a spokesperson for the broadcaster has defended the commentary surrounding the Saracens player — insisting that BT Sport “does not accept any sort of discrimination.”They also say they regret that “some viewers felt we did not make BT’s position on this subject clear at all times.”Vunipola received a formal warning from his club ahead of the clash with the Irish province, over his defence of Israel Folau’s controversial anti-gay views on social media.He also wrote a separate post which included the line, “Man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?”Vunipola was roundly booed by fans during the game against Munster, and a supporter was also banned from the Ricoh Arena after confronting the number eight following Saracens’ 16-point win. A supporter confronts Vunipola after the game. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHODuring the live coverage, BT Sport’s match commentator Nick Mullins said “it’s probably been the toughest week, 10 days” of Vunipola’s life.“First time we’ve seen him smile for a while, I suspect,” Mullins added when speaking about the controversial player, who was selected as man of the match.The remarks generated a major negative reaction on social media, with many criticising Mullins for how he described the backlash to Vunipola’s stance on social media.BT Sport however, feel that the commentary was misread by some viewers, and said that the head of their rugby team, Craig Doyle, stated on air that homophobia has no place in sport.The statement reads: 43,096 Views Subscribe BT Sport ‘regret’ that stance on Billy Vunipola was misinterpreted by ‘some viewers’ during broadcast The broadcaster has released a statement to The42, in which it defends its coverage of the controversial Saracens player. Apr 24th 2019, 6:53 PM Share Tweet Email1 Billy Vunipola (file pic). Image: Simon Galloway “BT Sport and the on-screen team treated the appearance in the context of the rugby match and acknowledged how Billy’s performance may or may not have been affected by the last week and also the crowd’s reaction to him.“We understand that this is a highly sensitive issue and we will always do our best to report these issues in a responsible manner.We regret that during a live broadcast, where context can be misappropriated, some viewers felt we did not make BT’s position on this subject clear at all times.“We have listened to the responses to the recent coverage and remain focused on ensuring we provide the best possible rugby coverage going forward.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: Simon Galloway