DDA asked to give Delhi government control of Games Village maintenance

first_imgWith questions being raised over the cleanliness in the Commonwealth Games Village, Union Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar tonight directed Delhi Government to take control of the maintenance of the complex which will house the athletes.The maintenance of the Games Village was under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which is under direct control of Union Urban Development Ministry.Highly-placed sources told PTI that Chandrasekhar directed the city government to take control of the maintenance and cleanliness of the Games Village from tomorrow following criticism by the Commonwealth Games Federation.They said the CWG Organising Committee will be the overall incharge of the Games Village but Delhi government will look after the issues of maintenance and cleanliness.Already 40 DANIPS (Delhi, Nicobar and Andaman Island Police Service) officers have been deployed in the Games Village and if required more officials will be put into service. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will visit the Village tomorrow to assess the ground situation.Cleanliness and maintenance of the Games Village had come under sharp criticism from foreign participants as well as Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper who described the facility as “filthy and unimaginable”.Concerned over the unhygienic conditions at the Games Village, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary asking him to take immediate steps to fix the deficiencies in the residential zone of the Village, which he said has “shocked” advance parties from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland.”The final preparations for the Games Village have been of concern to the CGF since viewing the residential zone along with a number of Commonwealth Games Associations advance parties on September 15,” Fennel said in a strongly-worded statement.advertisementBut the embarrassed organisers, while promising to sort out all the glitches within the deadline, came out with a bizarre defence that the issue of cleanliness was a matter of difference in perception.”For us and for you it is clean. But they (the foreign countries) have a different standard of cleanliness. It is a matter of difference in perception,” Organising Committee spokesperson Lalit Bhanot said.New Zealand Chef de Mission Dave Currie, who is camping in Delhi, threatened to pull out if the cleanliness issue of the residential zones where his country’s athletes will stay is not sorted out.”There are some realities, I guess, that if the village is not ready and athletes can’t come then obviously the implications of that are it is not going to happen. If the village isn’t ready, the athletes can’t arrive,” Currie said.”It’s not our decision. We’re not saying we’re not coming or the country’s not coming. What we’re saying is they’ve got a real challenge with the village and they need to take urgent attention to address it,” he added.last_img read more

Anand Sharma to contest RS election from Himachal

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma has resigned from the upper house with effect from today. Sharma resigned as he would the contest the Rajya Sabha election from his home state Himanchal Pradesh.Earlier Sharma was a member of Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Now he has been nominated by Congress high command to contest from Himanchal Pradesh.Sharma said he would be filling his nomination on March 9. PTI SPG TDS RGlast_img

From Bips-Karan to Shahid-Mira: 5 reasons why Maldives is a star favourite destination

first_imgMaldives has always been a star favourite. The occasion could be anything–a honeymoon, a family vacation, birthday trip, or simply a romantic vacation. Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover just had their honeymoon there. Sometime back, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput also had a nice romantic vacation in that place. Towards the beginning of this year, Abhishek Bachchan went on a family vacation to Maldives on his 40th birthday.Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this place is only loved by the Bollywood stars. Hollywood stars including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, and Fergie and Josh Duhamel have all visited this place.Besides, it has also been a favourite among tourists worldwide. So what makes Maldives such a sought after travel destination? Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons. Most resorts are single-isle propertiesMost of the atolls in Maldives are owned by individual resorts. And each of them offers a private island experience to its guests–something that is ideal for couples on a honeymoon or a romantic vacation. Who wouldn’t like to soak in some of the most stunning views of the Indian Ocean with delectable food, great company and all facilities available in one’s own private space? Velaa Private Island and Cheval Blanc Randheli are among the best resorts in Maldives.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shahidkapoor  White-sand beachesThe turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean along with the pristine white-sand beaches of Maldives provide the perfect combination of a romantic vacation. If you have noticed the photographs from the place, the celebrity couples enjoy lazing around and enjoying the picture-perfect views of the place. The soothing breeze and stunning views of a setting sun at the horizon make Maldives a perfect to soak in the beauty of Mother Nature.Picture courtesy: Instagram/bipashabasu advertisement Water sportsMaldives is one of the best places on planet Earth for water sports. Right from scuba diving to surfing to flying seaplanes, all sorts of exciting water sports are offered in this place. And the best part is, anyone can take part–be it a beginner or an expert.Shahid-Mira enjoy water sports in Maldives. Picture courtesy: Instagram/shahidkapoor  Sensational spa experiencesA vacation in the Maldivian islands is nothing less than luxury at its best. And the same is reflected in some amazing spa massages offered by the resorts. Six Senses Laamu at Olhuveli Island and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa are known to offer some of the most amazing spa massages. A therapeutic massage along with an unparalleled view of the ocean is a memory one would cherish for a lifetime.  Culinary delightsFood in Maldives is much more than just a way to satiate your hunger. It’s an experience in itself. Being an island destination, the traditional cuisine of Maldives is based on fresh fish from the ocean and coconuts from the national tree. Not to forget, there are strong influences from Sri Lankan and Indian cuisines as well. Garudhiya, a fish soup served with rice, lime, chilli, onions and curry leaves is a must-try.When Bipasha Basu had this cheesecake by the sea. Picture courtesy: Instagram/bipashabasulast_img read more

How To Show The Value Of Your Work-Life Balance

first_imgSometimes your ability to manage your time well may look a lot like a family-friendly schedule.But when you’re applying for a new job, or appealing to a new boss for a continuance of your flexible work arrangements, you may want  to paint it in the colors of productivity, focus and connections, not children who need  taxiing to tennis lessons.“You don’t lead with work-life. You first sell yourself on your capabilities,” said Ellen Ernst Kossek, a Michigan State University professor of organizational behavior and author of The CEO of Me. “The deal is for you and your talent and what you bring” to your future employer, not for your zeal to foster or train dogs or spend time with your nieces or children.Sometimes what you bring is a keen ability to focus and complete tasks quickly and effectively, so you can leave every day by 4:30.  In a job interview, you’d tell about your time management skills and your efficiency, and how that led to superior results for your current boss.So here’s five ways to make your flexible schedule sound like a smart management strategy:1. I am incredibly productive and often finish work in six and a half hours when others may take eight or nine.2. I set clear priorities and help my team manage theirs deliberately.3. I arrange deadlines that give me time for interruptions and delays.4. My laser focus allows me to get out of the office and be involved in community activities.5. My personal connections have proven beneficial to my employer. Show how the PTA has helped your company promote a new line or how a bicycling group member just placed a $25,000 order.It helps to understand the culture where you hope to land: Do they make a lot of work-life deals and special arrangements for many people, or do they have a pattern and one approach to it? Understand their approach to customizing work and finding and retaining really talented people, said Kossek.Kossek and a McGill University professor have presented a paper at the Academy of Management that is also under review for publication. It covers the main reasons managers are willing to “break the mold on what is an ideal worker” and support what she calls “customized work.”This means hiring or promoting someone with young children, or giving a career-making assignment to someone who is outside the traditional model for the organization, or granting other work-life accommodations.  The three reasons managers support these are that person’s “exceptional talent,” including deep knowledge or a strong connection to clients; their flexibility on flexible arrangements and the notion that they’re in a “conducive job,” which varies from firm to firm but usually means a non-core function, she said.The bottom line: If you have that kind of talent and flexibility on flexible arrangements, then it’s fine to say “I’m looking for a 40-hour a week gig” or ” I am interested in this job, provided I can live X.”  Make sure though you sell yourself and your talents first.last_img read more

50 Best Medium-Sized Companies To Work For In 2014: Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awar…

first_imgWant to work for a great employer that’s not too big and not too small? For the first time, Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards are honoring medium-sized companies (with 250-999 employees). Investing and finance company Motley Fool takes the top spot on the inaugural list followed by SmartBear Software , Travelzoo, Cornerstone OnDemand  and Paycom  as the top five Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in 2014.50 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in 2014:See what Motley Fool employees have to say about working at the #1 medium-sized company in 2014:The 2014 Employees’ Choice Award winners were determined based on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor via an online company review survey. As part of the company review survey, employees share what it’s like to work at their company by rating their overall satisfaction as well as workplace factors like work-life balance, compensation and benefits and career advancement opportunities. Additionally, employees share the benefits and downsides of working at their companies and offer advice to senior management.Interested in working at a larger company? Check out the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014, honoring companies with at least 1,000 employees.To learn more about the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, visit https://www.glassdoor.com/about/best-places-to-work.htm. To request the full methodology, contact bestplacestowork@glassdoor.com.last_img read more

9 Natural Health Benefits of Honey

first_imgHoney might add sweetness to your food, but it also keeps your body healthy and your skin glowing. Don’t miss these benefits of honey.Suppress coughsOne of the top benefits of honey? It can help you out in a pinch. This natural sweetener has been found to be just as effective as a typical over-the-counter dosage of dextromethorphan in suppressing coughs, possibly because honey acts as a demulcent, forming a film in the throat to provide relief from the irritation that causes coughing. Take 2 teaspoons before bed to ease nighttime coughing and help you sleep.Improve your cholesterol profileA Dubai study found that compared to participants who took a glucose solution, those consuming 250 milliliters of water with 75 grams of natural honey for 15 days lowered their total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while raising “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.Moisturize skinHoney acts as a natural moisturizer because the sugar molecules hold water in the skin, says dermatologist Patricia Farris, MD. Honey leaves a film on the skin to seal in water and increase moisture, adds dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, who recommends skin-care products containing honey extract, such as L’Occitane Extra-Gentle Lotion for Hands & Body or Dial’s 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion with Yogurt Protein & Honey Extract.Treat acneHoney’s antimicrobial properties may reduce inflammation from acne, according to Joey Green, author of Joey Green’s Magic Health Remedies. For a perfect acne home remedy, mix equal parts honey and ground nutmeg, then leave on the pimple for 20 minutes before washing off. Soothe sore throatsIn addition to quelling coughs, honey can act as a mild antibacterial that can benefit you if you have a sore throat. Pour 1/2 cup of water over 1 teaspoon grated ginger, then add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and 1 teaspoon of honey. Gargle the mixture for relief.Heal burnsOne classic study found that burns treated with honey healed faster and showed less inflammation than silver sulfadiazine, a common burn treatment.Raise low blood sugarHoney powder increased and maintained glucose levels more effectively than sucrose or maltodextrin, according to a study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Large amounts of carbs and protein after exercise could cause hypoglycemia in some people, but the researchers concluded that honey could prevent such reactions. Patients with hypoglycemia can use honey’s high sugar content to give low blood glucose levels a boost.Eliminate dandruffUsing a honey hair wash can soothe your scalp and help fight dandruff. (It’s just one of the scalp conditions you should never ignore.) Researchers studied the use of honey on patients suffering from seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff and found that using a honey wash relieved itching and improved scaling. Even if you only have occasional dandruff, washing with honey can help. Honey has anti-fungal properties and moisturizes the scalp. Dilute honey with a bit of warm water and massage into scalp for 2-3 minutes.Use as a body washUsed as a body wash in the shower, honey will moisturize dry skin and kill bacteria that can cause acne or body odor. To make the bodywash, combine two teaspoons of honey with a tablespoon of olive oil. To increase the spa experience, add essential oils such as lavender, almond oil, or vitamin E oil. These oils are soothing and provide a pleasant smell. If you’d like to turn your body wash into a scrub, combine with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.Make sure that your body wash does not contain water–honey itself has a very long shelf life, but adding water can contribute to mold growth, spoiling the wash quickly. But the benefits of honey don’t stop there.Sourcelast_img read more

Exactly How To Give Yourself A Flawless Pedicure At Home

first_imgStep 2: Get rid of the old gunkGrab a gentle nail polish remover (try Sephora’s Instant Nail Polish Remover, $9.50, Sephora.com) and soak a cotton ball or pad. Then, run it over your toenails to remove old polish, debris, buildup, and natural oils from your nails, says nail care expert Lauren Berkovitz, the founder of Lauren B. Beauty.Step 3: Soak your feetFill your tub with warm water and soak your feet in there for about 15 minutes, Hadley advises.To make the experience more spa-like, add a capful of distilled white vinegar (to cleanse and tone), a few drops of tea tree oil (to banish stinky bacteria), or a few tablespoons of Epsom salts (to help with achy feet). You can even throw in a few slices of lemon, which can help soften your cuticles and calluses and sanitize your feet, says Amy Ling Lin, owner of Sundays nail studio in New York City.Step 4: Slough off dead skinTake your feet out of the tub, gently dry them off, and grab a foot file, Hadley says. Run the file back and forth across your heels, soles, and sides of your feet to get rid of all the dead skin.Step 5: Shape up your nailsUsing a nail clipper, clip your nails to your desired length, Berkovitz says. You can follow that with a nail file to shape the corners. Then, gently buff your nails with the nail buffer to get rid of ridges that would make polish come out unevenly.Step 6: Oil upApply cuticle oil to the skin around your nails. This helps prevent damage to the cuticle and nail, and will also help your pedicure last longer, Berkovitz says.Step 7: MoisturizeYou’ll want to hydrate your feet and calves with lotion or a foot mask to replenish moisture, Berkovitz says.Step 8: Paint your nailsLin recommends using a toe separator to prevent smudging. Then, start with a base coat, Hadley says—this helps the polish stick better to your nails. “Take care to cover the entire nail,” Lin says. “This is the foundation you’re building off of, so take your time to make a smooth surface for the color coat.”Then, add your favorite nail color. “Apply thin, even layers,” Berkovitz says. “It will make all the difference and you’ll be happy you took the extra time later.”Be patient! It takes nail polish longer than you’d think to dry. If you rush it, you could end up with a sloppy, uneven finish.Finish off with a clear top coat to protect it from chipping.Step 9: Clean up any smudgesIf you spot any smudges, Hadley recommends using a nail brush or orangewood stick and polish remover to clean them up.Source It’s probably an understatement to say that getting a pedicure at a salon feels so freaking good. Especially when they have those awesome massaging chairs…Of course, that glorious experience comes at a cost. Thankfully, it’s not THAT hard to master an amazing pedicure at home.Skeptical? Let these beauty experts take you through the step-by-step:Step 1: Gather your gearYou’re going to need a solid arsenal for your pedi, says beauty expert Skyy Hadley, but you can find most of these at your local drugstore.Here’s what you’ll need for your home pedicure kit:a cuticle removercuticle pushera foot filenail buffera toe separatoran orangewood sticknail clippersnail filenail polish removercotton balls or padsa base and top coatlast_img read more

Is Google Buzz’s Real Purpose To Be a Buzz Killer?

first_img Does Google not have more to gain than anyone by Twitter, Facebook and others going belly up?  Are they trying to kill the social media buzz? Another member of our team made the comment that he couldn’t even figure out how Google Buzz had made the connection to one of his personal blogs.  When we drilled in, it wasn’t mentioned on his Google Profile and we finally figured out that Google connected the dots from his Google Analytics profile.  I have a problem with a company connecting the dots like this and not telling us what other dots they are connecting or how our usage of their tools affects the greater good. In a recent blog post to learn how to get your company started with social media. Originally published Feb 15, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 97% of Google’s revenue comes from selling online advertising Download the free webinar Gmail has about 176 million accounts I will be upfront in saying this post is supposed to stimulate you to think about the monopoly known as Google. Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss on the KeChange Internet Marketing blog, the question was asked if Buzz is just putting us this much closer to popping the social media bubble?  With another social media site to keep up with, it is a good question because at some point we are all going to throw up our hands.  Who wants to keep up with so many different profiles?  I would answer this question with another: Would Google not love more than anyone for the social media bubble to pop?  Before I go any further, let me just say to any marketer that Buzz doesn’t change the rules of the game.  You still have to create fantastic content, promote it accordingly and have obvious compelling offers to be successful.  At this point, Google probably knows more about you than the government does.  Okay, so maybe this is just me and you aren’t so transparent on the Web, but let’s talk about ways they potentially gather data about your behavior.  Google collects specific user behavior in ways including Gmail, Google Analytics, YouTube, AdWords, Google Search, Feedburner, and I really could go on for a while here.  If you watch and Karen Rubin Chew on this for a minute…  With people who “used” to visit your website now consuming your content not only through Google Reader but also now sharing and consuming it through Google Buzz, Google is collecting unprecedented amount of data on popular content.  How do we know that this doesn’t affect search results?  We know Google is starting to bend some of the traditional rules through personal search, but this potentially adds a whole new wrinkle to the equation.  Not only that, but it would be a little challenging to conduct a test to see if this is even the case. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack by Brittney Bush , and with the introduction of Google Wave and now Buzz I think it is time for a quick update.  Remember, Google is first and foremost an advertising company.  Brian Whalleycenter_img Is Google Killing Social Media Buzz? .  If you read any of the Twitter news (Really, who can avoid it over the last year?), then you have probably heard how Google has tried to purchase Twitter on a few occasions.  We talk a lot about social media and how real-time search is one of the next revolutions of the Web.  It is currently Facebook and Twitter who are actually leading this revolution, not Google.  It is hard to find updated accurate data, but it looks like about Google Buzz .  Karen made the comment on Friday, “Google knows enough about me to make an exact clone!”  She really isn’t that far off.  Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. Couldn’t they have come up with a better name? Their historical biggest rival Yahoo already has a We even had a lunch pow-wow last week with some of the marketing experts at HubSpot to discuss Buzz.  I like to pretend that we have a few smart people floating around HubSpot, and even they didn’t fully understand the whole feature set.  Only Google could introduce an application like this and provide NO guide on how to use it besides a two minute video!  What is more shocking is this isn’t the first time that they have done it.  Remember Google Wave anyone?  Is this FriendFeed 2.0?  The signal to noise ratio in that network was unbearable, and I only used it for the RSS feed of my lifestream across networks. They Claim ‘Do No Evil,’ But Google Is Still Scary!   It was almost a year ago when I last wrote about .  Some would argue that they are a media company, but that is simply a technicality.  Yahoo Buzz! Miss Peacock In The Kitchen With A Knife you might recognize the name getting a grasp on Google Twitter has 75 million accounts HubSpot.TV Photo Credit:last_img read more

Existing Content Faith-Based Organizations Can (and Should) Repurpose

first_img Originally published Mar 11, 2014 4:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Aimee and the team at Fishhook have the opportunity to work with many churches and faith-based organizations. They see congregations start to think about re-purposing existing stories and content to engage on a new level with old and new audiences. The four suggestions below can be used by any type of religious congregation or organization and, in Aimee’s experience, have been very effective methods when producing engaging content.Congregations have many moving parts with complex budgets, passionate leaders, and individual ministries all competing for space and attention in print and online channels. There are volunteers to organize, fundraisers to coordinate, and events to plan — all in the midst of being a place for spiritual growth and healing.These congregations also have the chance to communicate who they are to one of the most captive audiences around — an audience that they see faithfully (no pun intended) each week. And now, thanks to technology, they have the opportunity to connect with them on an even deeper level. Inbound marketing focuses on creating quality messages that pull people toward your mission. Isn’t that what you’re always striving to do?Ponder this …If your objective is to create content people love and connect with, the first step is simple — find the content.Okay, I know you’re probably thinking “duh!” but stay with me. The good news is you’re already sitting on tons of great stuff! While companies spend time, money, and manpower brainstorming content, a religious institution can simply re-purpose the already dynamic content at its fingertips.And how do you do this, you ask? Here are five existing sources that you can re-purpose for publication on your blog, as free PDF downloads, and share via social media and your e-newsletters to engage your current audience members and attract new ones:Existing Content Source #1: Sacred Texts and WritingsIf you’re going to start anywhere, you might as well start here. People have been inspired, educated, and challenged by these texts for centuries. It’s the perfect content to start with because it not only connects people to your organization, but also makes the reader think about his/her own faith.By using religious texts as the basis for some of your online content, you’re showing your audience that you value their spiritual growth, and that, even if they aren’t a member or follower of your organization, you still care about connecting them with content they might be interested in. This starts to create trust and can help take someone from a stranger to a weekend service visitor — the basic first step of the inbound marketing methodology.Existing Content Source #2: Weekly TeachingsLet’s just say for the purpose of this article that you’re at a congregation that speaks about a different topic each week, and you decide that for each teaching you’re going to write a supporting blog post. There are 52 weeks in a year. That means you’re sitting on 52 different blog topics. That’s an easy slot to fill on your blogging calendar on a weekly basis!Within each topic, though, there are probably a couple of subtopics that you could write about separately. So now we’re at a couple hundred topics and lessons that you can re-purpose into blog posts.But wait … what about videos? Podcasts? Tweets? Infographics? The list goes on and on. This is a huge opportunity to create engaging content and one that is, unfortunately, often overlooked.Existing Content Source #3: Classes and Group Studies You know that one volunteer who has been teaching class for years? Let’s just call her Ms. Grace.Anytime you talk with Ms. Grace, she seems to give you a new piece of advice or a story that somehow enhances the quality of your life. She’s always asking you if there’s anything else she could do to help. What if you asked her to write? Because she’s taught classes for years, she can bring stories of life and faith into your online content.Ms. Grace isn’t the only one you could ask. Look for people who’ve lead a small group study or prayer group. Ask them to contribute something they’ve learned to your online content. They’re usually eager to volunteer and would love to have the opportunity to tell their own stories. Existing Content Source #4: Your Supporters and ConstituentsOne of the easiest, most effective ways of creating content is to tell stories of the people who make up your network. College Park Church incorporates this into their robust blog in a clever way. This section of their blog, called “College Park People,” allows members of their audience to write their own story.These posts are moving, powerful, and full of insight and inspiration for the readers. It doesn’t take you — the communications director or religious leader — any time to write, but the impact is huge. Allowing people to tell their story not only highlights the lives of your supporters, but shows readers that you are invested in the people who invest in you. Existing Content Source #5: Wisdom From a Religious LeaderHave an officiant that loves to write? Ask him/her to share their wisdom.Our friends at East 91st Street Christian Church use this tactic to fuel their online content. Their blog post entitled “Latest From Rick” is filled with inspirational advice, straight from the senior pastor.While all religious leaders may not have a love for writing, if someone on your staff has that passion, use it! Dedicate a weekly or monthly blog spot to them. Give them the opportunity to write on any topic and speak directly to your online audience. This is a great opportunity for your people to feel like their leadership is connecting with them and giving them advice one-on-one. It can be an opening to create meaningful relationships that start online.On April 27th, 2014 from 2-3 p.m. EST, Evan McBroom of Fishhook will be hosting a HubSpot webinar on the “7 Deadly Sins of Church Communication Strategies.” Register for this free, live webinar today.How does your organization share your community’s stories online? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Content Typeslast_img read more

6 Data-Backed Lessons for Content Marketers in Europe

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published May 14, 2015 4:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Content marketing is nothing new to marketers all over the world. Many of us know it’s the fuel that drives many of the key inbound marketing techniques across web, search, social, and email marketing. But because content has become a well-established part of global companies’ overall marketing strategies, the online content space is becoming more and more competitive.To get ahead and stand out, the key is knowing where in your content strategy to invest. The question is, how? And how can you tell whether you’re behind the curve or on the cutting edge of the content game? To help answer these questions, HubSpot collaborated with Smart Insights to summarise data from over 700 marketers across Europe and set a benchmark on how competitive content marketing has become. This data can help show you where to focus your content marketing activities in order to stay competitive, and it includes key insights on the data from leading industry experts.Click here to download our free industry benchmark report for driving content marketing success in Europe.Want a taste of what’s in the report? Here are a few of our key findings.1) Content marketing is hyper-competitive.We found that businesses are increasing investment in content marketing. Check out how businesses rated the value of content marketing: Key Stats:71% of businesses are creating more content in 2015 compared to 2014Only 3% of survey respondents don’t see the opportunity from content marketing. In other words, marketers believe in the power of content marketing.Over a quarter of companies are increasing internal headcount for content marketing, and 28% are increasing investment in agency resources this year.2) Managing content marketing remains challenging.We found that the key issues in managing content marketing are the creation of quality content and measuring ROI. Look at to what extent the organisations we surveyed have embraced content marketing:Key Stats:When rating their content marketing capabilities, the majority of businesses see significant room for improvement with over two-thirds (67%) rating their content marketing as basic, inconsistent or limited.Managing content creation is a headache for many, with 55% citing content quality and 58% citing content frequency as specific concerns.Measurement of ROI and content effectiveness is a challenge for over half (51%) of businesses.3) Strategy and planning are big parts of companies’ content marketing success.The following content marketing tactics were the highest rated by marketers for effectiveness:4) SEO is the most popular technique for organic content distribution.We found that marketers are using SEO tactics more than social media for organic content distribution. Notice that Google organic traffic (SEO) had much more positive ratings than Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ as an organic content distribution option.5) Paid distribution on social is still not being utilised much.As you might expect, a lot of marketers aren’t investing in paid content distribution.Key Stats:50% of respondents don’t use using Twitter ads.48% of respondents don’t use LinkedIn ads.46% of respondents don’t use Facebook ads.49% of respondents don’t use Google Remarketing.Out of the respondents using paid content distribution, Google AdWords is the most used platform, with 53% having paid for their ads to show up in search results.6) ROI remains difficult to analyseMarketers are still struggling to measure ROI from content marketing.Key Stats:Only 39% claimed they were able to measure return on investment from their content marketing.Want more insights on current content marketing trends in Europe? How about predictions from industry experts on what the data means? Download our brand new report with Smart Insights, Driving Content Marketing Success in Europe, 2015.center_img Content Marketing Topics:last_img read more

Building a Content Marketing Team for Your Startup? Here’s Who You Should Hire First

first_imgStartups that want to build a powerful content marketing strategy must first build a powerful content team within the marketing organization.Seems simple right? I wish. It takes time — and time is something most fast-growth companies don’t have. You need to build the right content marketing team, right now.The right ream is small and nimble. You can start with just three people. If I needed to start a content marketing “tiger team” from scratch that could help build a content factory, this is who I would hire (and some job descriptions I’d use). Who to Hire Immediately for Your Content Marketing Team1) Seasoned Writer / Managing Editor I always recommend working with someone who can write rather than someone who knows marketing. Good writing is a skill that’s developed over years. Hire a writer and teach them technology and marketing rather than hiring a tech and waiting for them to become a good writer. One takes weeks, the other takes years.Make this person the managing editor. You’ll also want articles and information from other employees and guest bloggers — your managing editor will conduct interviews, write and edit stories, and be in charge of the entire content marketing team.This person should also be OCD. Any managing editor worth their salt is a great project manager. It isn’t only about editing and publishing content. They must also manage contractors, project workflows, and calendars. They are the right hand to the marketing leader.Role RequirementsBachelor’s degree in a related field and have experience working at/with your industryProven experience managing the content creation processesExperience working with and/or managing freelance writersExperience editing and maintaining a search-optimized siteHighly analytical and data drivenSkilled in using a content management systemFluent in all major business software applications (Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, etc.) and have experience with Google Analytics“Chaos-proof” personality that thrives in the fast paced, fluid world of a startupAmbitious and creative, and takes pride in their work2) Social and Community ManagerYou need to build a community of fans online, and you’ll need someone to talk with them.Find someone who easily communicates with other people within your industry and verticals. They’re the ones sharing information, talking to others, and rooting out industry issues that your content team can help with (and your development team can solve). They should also be actively managing all influencer communities within your sphere of influence. This could be thought-leaders to top customers. Role RequirementsBachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Journalism, PR, Marketing, or related field5+ years in marketing and communications role with at least 3 years of social media experience and/or community managementA true passion for social media and community managementHands-on experience managing a brand’s social media presenceDetail-oriented with high standards for brand, messaging, quality, and consistency in communicationSkilled at building relationships with key constituents online and offline. Metrics driven — they’re proficient in social media analytics and measurementStrategic, creative thinker with critical analysis and problem-solving skillsAbility to make timely decisions, and be both flexible and adaptable to unforeseen circumstancesCapacity to juggle multiple priorities effectively within a fast-paced environmentMust have experience with a social management and marketing automation platforms3) Data ScientistI don’t mean a hospital researcher — I mean someone obsessed with numbers. Someone who knows how to conduct effective studies, refers to surveys as instruments, and can tell you what a Likert scale is. You want someone who will keep you at the forefront of data and trend analysis. If the people you’re interviewing can’t do that, they’re not right for the role.You need someone who can find original primary data about issues and theories surrounding your industry and company. I’ve found in my own work over the last few years that the company with the primary data is seen as the industry leader. Everyone cites their studies, writes about their research, and quotes them in all the industry journal articles, blog posts, and conference presentations. It is the best performing top of the funnel content.Role RequirementsM.S. with strong academic record, ideally in Mathematics, Economics, Physics, or another quantitative discipline1-2 years of experience in a data scientist role OR Ph.D in a relevant field (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Economics)Experience with data analysis software such as: R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.Experience with Python or other relevant programming experience such as Java, C++, etc.Experience with or willingness to learn SQLAnalytical and creative approach to problem solvingStrong written and verbal communicationPositive, people-oriented, and energetic attitudeEntrepreneurial spirit, and a strong sense of urgencyHow to Find These People for Your TeamIt’s great to know who to hire but how do you find the diamonds in the rough to build a powerful content marketing team? Here are some tips:Recruit from Unlikely Sources You don’t need to recruit from the same industry or even vertical. You should search for people who have differing opinions and skillsets from your own. For example, you could find the Data Scientist at a university — not at a competitor. According to EMC’s Data Scientist Study, 27% of those who were surveyed claim that the best source of big data talent is “professionals in disciplines other than IT or computer science” and 24% say the best is “students studying fields other than computer science.”Go to EventsUse a site like Eventbrite or Meetup to find networking events in your area and meet potential candidates. Content marketing and marketing research events would be extremely valuable when searching for the people listed above.Train Your Current StaffYou may have people on your team already who could adjust their skill sets to become a Managing Editor, Social Media Manager, or Data Scientist. Ask your best people if they want to expand their horizons and become better versions of themselves — all while having a bigger impact on the company.Optimize Your Website for SearchMany candidates use search engines to research available positions. So if you don’t optimize your site for search, your chances of finding a qualified candidate pool are slim. Page titles, meta tags, and H1 tags can all be used to increase SEO efficiency.Now that you know where to look, it’s important to start planning the hiring process. During the ramp-up phase, other roles can be picked up by contractors or other members of your team, at least until you can fill some additional roles. As your content marketing department and offerings grow, look for more writers, videographers, email marketers, and analytics specialists — you’ll need them as you start to scale.  Content Marketing Strategy 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 Jun 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics:last_img read more

New Zealand not focussed on landing knockout blow on South Africa: Trent Bout

first_imgNew Zealand will focus on their own game and not be motivated by the prospect of ending South Africa’s chances of progressing at the World Cup when the two sides meet at Edgbaston on Wednesday, fast bowler Trent Boult has said.New Zealand is one of two unbeaten teams at the World Cup along with India, and they are well-placed to finish in the top four and qualify for the semi-finals. South Africa are eighth in the table of 10 teams.With only one win after losing their first three matches and having one match abandoned due to rain, Wednesday’s game is a must-win encounter for South Africa as they bid to stay alive in the tournament.”It’s not driving us in any respect,” Boult told reporters in response to a question about virtually eliminating South Africa.”It’s a chance for us to go out there and perform and how we can bring the game and style that we play back home in New Zealand very well, to test it against quality players in foreign conditions on a big stage.”There have always been exciting games between New Zealand and South Africa over the past World Cups. The semi-final at Eaton Park (where New Zealand won by four wickets in 2015) was one of the greatest games that the Kiwis have played.”New Zealand has won three of their four games so far, with all their wins coming after fielding first and bowling out the opposition. Their match against India was abandoned due to rain.advertisementBoult has picked up only three wickets in three games, but the 29-year-old said he was not worried about his form as long as the bowling unit performed well to restrict the opposition to low scores.”We’ve got 30 wickets. Probably that’s the only main thing I’m worried about,” Boult said. “I think as a unit we’ve been going really well.”We’ve put the ball where we wanted, and we’ve put a lot of pressure on the teams that we’ve come up against. If we can continue to do it as a unit and obviously give us some lower totals to chase, then I’ll be happy.”Also Read | New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 25: Prediction and probable playing XIAlso Read | New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Birmingham on WednesdayAlso Seelast_img read more

How to Use Analytics to Get a Promotion: 10 Metrics That’ll Help Your Cause

first_img Topics: The sad truth is this: You can work really hard, check all the boxes, come in early and stay late, and still not earn the promotion you want. What’s missing? What do you need to do to actually show your boss you’ve earned it?An important part of justifying a promotion is showing your value through metrics. If you can tell a story to your boss using data — your value in leads or revenue generated for the company — then you’ll make a much more compelling case for why you deserve a promotion.Let’s look at which metrics can help you show your work in certain areas. (For all you HubSpot customers, we’ll go over how to find them in HubSpot, too.)1) Track Lead SourcesOnce a marketer creates a piece of content, their work isn’t done. The next step is promoting that piece of content on various channels to drive leads for their sales team. The burning question is: Where’s the best place or places to promote the content?Tracking the original source that your leads come from is key in figuring out your most effective promotion channels — whether it’s social media, email marketing, organic search, or something else.As a marketer, to show you’ve earned a promotion, you need to show your boss that you’re hitting your lead generation goals. These goals are what drives your business. After you generate leads, they go to the sales team and ultimately turn into revenue. Showing you’re consistently hitting your lead goals will be important when you make your case.To do this in HubSpot:In your Sources report, you’ll see how many leads you are generating as a result of different channels. Use this to make sure you are on track to hitting your goals.2) Use Tracking URLsDepending on the software you use, you may not always have built-in tracking for your content. Even if you do, there are times when you need to work on an offline campaign — like a tradeshow — where it isn’t as easy to track contacts you met who then visited your website.This is where tracking URLs come in. Tracking URLs allow you to differentiate how people found your website based on UTM parameters in the URL. These parameters can show what channel a contact came from as well as what campaign they were a part of. (Learn more about them in this blog post.)An experienced marketer understands the impact that offline and online campaigns have on their goals. It isn’t always easy to track everything that happens offline, but it is possible. If you can show the impact of your online and offline campaigns — and why you are investing time and resources in each of them — it’ll showcase your ability to use your time and resources properly.To do this in HubSpot:Go to “Reports Home” and select Tracking URL Builder on the right-hand side. There, you can create as many tracking URLs as you’d like. (Alternatively, you can create them with Google’s Tracking URL Builder.)3) Score Your LeadsNot all leads are treated equally. Some are much more likely to close than others. You can qualify your leads based on whether or not they share similarities with other leads that have closed into customers — a process we call lead scoring. Lead scoring allows you to give each lead in your database a score based on certain characteristics. For example, if you know a certain title or industry is more likely to close, you can give your leads five points. If you know that contacts with .edu email addresses are less likely to close, you can subtract points from your leads score for those contacts.The best thing about lead scoring? You can pass along that information to your sales team to help them prioritize their time and get in touch with the leads that are more likely to close. Not only does this drive higher revenue for your company, but this promotes sales and marketing alignment. Driving revenue and alignment among departments is a great reason to give a promotion.To do this in HubSpot:Go into “Contacts Settings.” Click on “Custom Lead Scoring” and you’ll see the option to create your lead scoring criteria.4) Report on Your RevenueMarketers are responsible for generating leads for their sales team. But in order to figure out whether or not these are quality leads, a marketer needs to understand how the leads are impacting the company’s bottom line. After all, you can generate thousands and thousands of leads, but if the majority of them don’t close, something needs to change in your marketing.That’s where revenue reporting comes in. Revenue reporting allows you to tie revenue numbers back to the promotional channels or marketing activities that you are working on. For example, you can tie revenue back to a piece of content or a marketing channel.Marketers are often measured based on lead generation. But, ultimately, those leads turn into revenue for a business. Take that extra step by showing your boss how your work affects revenue for the company.To do this in HubSpot:Go to “Reports Home” and select a Contacts or Companies Report. (For more details on how to run a report like this, see this blog post.)5) Identify the Content that Drives ConversionsWhen deciding what content to prioritize, it’s important to look at more than just the views of content. You need to figure out which content drives your conversions — and you can do that by looking at your attribution reports.Attribution reports show you which content or marketing channels drive conversions throughout your entire funnel. If you want to see the content that drives lead conversions, you can do that. If you want to see the content that drives MQL conversions, you can do that, too.Show attribution reports to your boss to show her that you know how to prioritize what you and your team focuses on.To do this in HubSpot:Go to “Reports Home” and select “Create a new report.” Choose “Attribution Report.” (For more details on how to run a report like this, read this blog post.)6) Don’t Treat All Leads EquallyLead Scoring will help you see what leads are the most qualified. But once you have that subset of leads vs. marketing qualified leads vs. leads that are not qualified, you need to strategically think about how to nurture them differently. Most of your leads will still need to be nurtured into a more qualified stage whereas your marketing qualified leads need to be nurtured with more product-centric information.Figuring out a way to scale how you nurture your leads and marketing qualified leads is a great way to show you deserve a promotion. If you’re going to move up in your career, you need to understand how to scale the work you are doing. That may mean setting up a process or automated workflow to nurture your leads or marketing qualified leads. Or, it may mean another way that you are achieving the same or better results with less time and effort put into it. Think about ways that you can scale your work to earn that next promotion.To do this in HubSpot:As soon as you log into HubSpot, you’ll see the number of leads and marketing qualified leads you have right on the dashboard.7) See How Your Blog Subscribers Grow Over TimeWhen we think about the important blog metrics, we often think about the number of visits coming to our blog posts and the number of leads generated. However, blog subscribers is a key metric that should not be overlooked. Without blog subscribers, a lot is missing: You have less visits to your content; you have a smaller chance of your regular readers promoting your content on social channels; and it’s ultimately harder to grow your blog.Focusing on growing your blog subscribers is a great way to show how you are thinking long-term about the success of your blog. While you are most likely working on projects to impact the blog short-term, having the foresight to know what needs to be done to make your blog successful in the future is key and deserving of a promotion.To do this in HubSpot:Go to the blog dashboard. Here, you can toggle the dashboard from views to subscribers (by clicking “Subscribers” in the top right-hand corner of the dashboard) so you can see how you’re tracking against the previous month’s blog subscribers.8) Understand What External Content Drives ConversionsSome attribution reports will help you analyze which pieces of content on your website is driving conversions. With others you can see what marketing channels are driving conversions to your website. But there’s also a third option: understanding what external content drives conversions to your website. This is key to see what external relationships should be nurtured and what websites may be linking to your content.Understanding the importance of external content and relationships in addition to the content on your own website can help you strengthen your case for getting a promotion. It showcases a deep knowledge of the industry and whom you should make connections with. It also shows what relationships you may want your PR team to focus on. This can make a huge difference between a good marketer and a great marketer.To do this in HubSpot:You can follow the same steps from the this blog post on running reports for your blog leads (mentioned in #5) — except this time, select “By referrer” and “All interactions” when you go into your Attribution Report options.9) Lead-to-Customer Conversion RatesOne of the most important metrics for any marketer is the lead-to-customer conversion rate. This number shows whether you’re generating the right amount of leads in comparison to how many customers you are closing. If your lead-to-customer conversion rate is extremely low, it’s a good indication that you aren’t generating high quality leads and may need to adjust your strategy. You should look at this metric as a whole but also broken down by channel and specific pieces of content.Why is this important for showing you deserve a promotion? It helps your boss understand how you’re approaching your marketing strategy — specifically, by showing which channels and pieces of content have high lead-to-customer conversion rates.To do this in HubSpot:Go to your Sources report to see the lead to customer conversion rate by different marketing channels.10) Track Behavior On Your WebsiteWhen a lead comes to your website, you can see which pages they visit and which forms they fill out. But what about what links they click? And how they get from one page to another?In addition to the information your leads provide to you on forms, you also want to take into account behavioral actions they take on your website. Even though they aren’t giving you this information, this is important to understand how they are interacting with your website.Segmenting based on behavior on your website, not just information on a form shows that you approach your marketing in a unique way. While most marketers rely on the information that is given to them in forms, you show you can take it to the next level by combining with other types of data. Your boss will recognize your ability to think outside of the box, experiment, and analyze data.To do this in HubSpot:Install our Events Bookmarklet, which allows you to track clicks on any webpage without installing any code. (For more details on how to use this app, read this blog post.)What other metrics do you think are a good indication of getting that next promotion? Marketing Metrics Originally published Jul 20, 2015 8:00:00 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 SlackSlacklast_img read more

There was nothing in it: Tim Paine plays down Joe Root-Matthew Wade sledging incident on Day 3

first_imgAustralia captain Tim Paine played down the incident involving teammate Matthew Wade and England captain Joe Root during Day 3 of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval on Saturday. Paine said the players in question were just talking to each other and nothing more should be made out of it.Matthew Wade and Joe Root were involved in an animated chat as soon as the Englishman came to the crease to bat with England 1 down for 54 runs in the 17th over of their second innings.”The incident – Joe Root and Matthew Wade were talking to each other – there was nothing in it at all. I think we’ve been fantastic, I think both sides have played this series in good spirit. It’s competitive Test cricket and people are going to talk to each other.”I don’t know why it’s such an issue – it’s fine. They are grown men having a conversation, no-one is swearing, no-one is abusing anyone. It’s Test match cricket, and I don’t understand why so much is made of something so little, particularly given the standard of cricket being played. I think there’s so much more to talk about,” Paine said at the press conference after the day’s play.Stump microphones also picked up some chatter between England all-rounder Ben Stokes and the Aussies, with someone even mentioning “yeah, Bristol!”, a reference to the infamous incident at a Bristol nightclub in 2017.Stokes was later heard calling Australia opener David Warner a f*****g prick when they players were walking off the field during the lunch break, as claimed by UK journalist Isabelle Westbury.advertisementLots of aggro on the field during that morning session and Stokes in particular not happy.As he walked off he called David Warner “a fucking prick”.#AshesIsabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) September 14, 2019Sparks flew throughout the day as England dominated the proceedings in all the three sessions after they resumed their 2nd innings at 9 for 0 on Day 3.Opener Joe Denly’s fluent 94 put England in control and the hosts moved on to 313 for 8 to lead Australia by 382 runs at the close. Denly fell six runs short of his maiden Test century and Stokes made a sparkling 67 in bright sunshine at The Oval to put England in a strong position to level the series at 2-2.Denly was also asked about the Wade-Root incident but he too didn’t dwell much into it.”It’s two very competitive teams playing in a pretty big series, and I think Matthew Wade is a very competitive player just trying to do his best for Australia. Of course there’s always going to be a bit of niggle out there, but nothing too over the line or anything like that. Just a bit of friendly banter,” Denly said.Also Read | Ashes 5th Test: Joe Denly shines as England finish Day 3 with big leadAlso Read | ENG vs AUS Ashes 2019 Highlights 5th Test Day 3Also Read | He got me, dirtied my clothes: Smith reacts to Bairstow’s fake run-out attemptlast_img read more

Igor Stimac names 23-member India squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh

first_imgHead coach Igor Stimac on Saturday named a 23-member Indian football squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh to be played in Kolkata on Tuesday.Defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Anwar Ali (Jr) were ruled out the match to be played at VYBK Stadium due to injuries, while Halicharan Narzary, Farukh Choudhary and Nishu Kumar did not make it to the final 23 and were released from the national camp here.”Halicharan, Farukh and Nishu gave others a tough run for money and the decision was not an easy one. They came very close to their competitors. It was in fact a tough decision to take,” Stimac said.Seasoned defensive bulwark Jhingan suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear on his left knee during the team’s 1-1 draw against Guwahati-based North East United in a friendly on Wednesday and he will undergo a surgery that may rule him out for six months.”Sandesh has suffered on his left knee ACL tear and need to undergo surgery. It usually takes 6 months for return to sport. He will be monitored constantly during the rehabilitation phase so that he comes back on the field sooner,” Team Physio Gigy George said.”Sandesh is our Iron-man. He will be missed in Kolkata but knowing him, I’m pretty sure, he’ll come back much stronger,” Stimac stated.Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who led from the front as captain in the drawn match against Asian champions Qatar in Doha, termed the ruling out of Sandesh as ‘a big loss’ for the Blue Tigers.advertisement”It’s really sad. It’s a big loss for us, especially at this moment. I could imagine how would he feel missing this game but he’s a strong guy and he’ll come back strongly soon,” Sandhu said.The Indian team will reach Kolkata on Sunday.The 23-member Indian Squad:Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Desai, Subhasish Bose.Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan.Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh.Also Read | After Virat Kohli, India football captain Sunil Chhetri turns veganAlso see:last_img read more

Awaiting ITF decision on Davis Cup venue against Pakistan: Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgNon-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has revealed that India will wait till November 4 for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to possibly change the venue of their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan after expressing reluctance to travel to the neighboring country.According to well-placed sources, the deteriorating relationship between the two countries is their main concern and the Indian players have written to the AITA requesting them to change the venue.The AITA will now write to the ITF asking them to change the venue. “We are waiting for ITF decision on the venue by November 4,” Bhupathi told IANS on Tuesday.In September, ITF had said that the tie will take place either on November 29-30 or November 30-December 1 in Islamabad.However, there will be a review of the security situation on November 4 to decide if the Asia/Oceania Group I tie will take place in Islamabad or it can be shifted to a neutral venue.The tie was originally scheduled for September 14-15 in Islamabad. But due to security reasons, the Davis Cup committee had to postpone it to November.India were all set to go to Pakistan before relations between the two countries deteriorated in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir which granted the state special status.The ITF had previously turned down India’s security concerns before finally settling for a discussion on the matter. Also See:last_img read more

Can u play the last Test in Ranchi: Harbhajan Singh asks Jonty Rhodes to bat for South Africa

first_imgVeteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took a sly dig at South Africa’s batting woes in the ongoing Test series against India by asking former cricketer and fielding great Jonty Rhodes to help his nation.Rhodes posted a picture on social media platform Instagram where he is seen wearing the South Africa jersey with his name written on the back during a photoshoot.”Feels good to be back in the green and gold, even if it is only for a shoot at the iconic #mehboobstudio in Mumbai,” wrote Rhodes with his post.Harbhajan took this opportunity to joke about Proteas’ batting problems.”Can u play the last test in Ranchi, SA need some batting Jonty,” Harbhajan replied.”They need much more than me!!!” Rhodes shot back.Virat Kohli-led India lead the three-match Test series 2-0 and play the final Test from Saturday, looking to further consolidate their position at the top of the ICC Test Championship points table.In the second Test, India won by an innings and 137 runs after posting a mammoth 601-/5 on the board in the first innings. South Africa could manage 275 and 189 following on.Also Read | Would like to know what selectors think about Dhoni’s future: BCCI President-elect Sourav GangulyAlso see:last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli’s rest and MS Dhoni’s future on the radar as selectors meet to pick squad

first_imgWith the South Africa series over, the Indian team is now set to take on Bangladesh for a series of 3 T20Is and 2 Tests starting from November 3. As reported earlier, the MSK Prasad-led BCCI’s selection committee will be meeting on Thursday to select the squad for the series. Also, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) having accepted most of the demands of its players late on Wednesday night, the dark clouds which were hanging over the series have cleared up.Even though the Indian team has been on a winning run since the World Cup 2019, the selectors will still have a number of calls to make when they gather to pick the side.Virat KohliThe squad for the T20I series might not feature the all-important name of captain Virat Kohli. The selection panel will decide whether Virat Kohli will feature in the series or will be given rest as he is playing extensively after the World Cup. Workload management of the players has been a priority with the team under Kohli and while most of the senior players have had a break on and off, Kohli last took a break in January when he sat out the final two ODIs against New Zealand and the T20 series that followed.If Kohli is rested, Rohit Sharma in all likelihood might be leading the team in his absence.MS DhoniAddressing the all-important issue over future of World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni, newly appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who took the charge officially on Wednesday, said Dhoni is one of the greats of the game and he will be respected under his tenure.advertisement”It depends on him. I have always said when I was left out and the entire world said ‘I will never make it.’ I came back and played for 4 years. Champions don’t finish very quickly. I don’t know what’s in his mind or what he thinks about his career. But we will deal with that,” Ganguly said in a press conference on Wednesday.While it is not certain whether Dhoni has made himself available for selection for the Bangladesh series, MSK Prasad will surely have to answer a few questions about the former India captain once the meeting is over.Young gunsThe series will also be an opportunity for India to try out fresh faces in the middle-order. Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal, who recently became the youngest batsman to hit a double hundred in List A cricket could get a look in along with all-rounder Shivam Dube who hogged the limelight with a quick-fire 118 in 67 balls in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.Apart from the young guns, KL Rahul (546 runs) and Manish Pandey (525 runs) who have enjoyed a phenomenal run of form while helping their team Karnataka reach the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, could get another chance to cement their places in the Indian team.Rishabh PantPant’s confidence has taken a hit after a number of reckless shots in the past few innings led him to being left out of the playing XIs during the Test series vs South Africa. It will be interesting to see if the selectors go for a back-up wicketkeeper to incite Pant into batting with more responsibility and not taking his spot in the team for granted. Kerala stumper Sanju Samson, who scored 410 runs at a strike-rate of 125 including a blazing double hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy might get a look in.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly opens up about MS Dhoni’s future after taking over as BCCI presidentAlso Read | Bangladesh cricketers call off strike after BCB accepts 11-point demandslast_img read more

Where to watch all UK TV football this week

first_imgPremier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal composite Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League FA Cup Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.Four Champions League last-16 ties will be decided, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City and Juventus in action, while Arsenal continue their Europa League campaign against AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Crystal Palace on Monday before heading into a crunch clash against rivals Liverpool later in the week, while Barcelona will look to take a step closer to La Liga glory.As well as that, there are some enticing derby games going on in Scotland, with Edinburgh giants Hibernian and Hearts facing off before the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers.To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today,  tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSaturday March 10, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix A-League 08:50 BT Sport 2 Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League 11:00 BT Sport 2 Darmstadt vs Ingolstadt Bundesliga 2 12:00 BT Sport 1 Eibar vs Real Madrid La Liga 12:00 Sky Sports Football Man Utd vs Liverpool Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 Aston Villa vs Wolves Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 2 Getafe vs Levante La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button Willem II vs PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 18:45 Sky Sports Red Button Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League 19:00 S4C Verona vs Chievo Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 2 Malaga vs Barcelona La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City MLS 23:00 Sky Sports Football Sunday March 11, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Espanyol vs Real Sociedad La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Mix Fiorentina vs Benevento Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 3 Rangers vs Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:00 Sky Sports Football Wrexham vs Chester National League 12:00 BT Sport 1 Arsenal vs Watford Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League 13:30 FreeSports Ajax vs Heerenveen Eredivisie 13:30 Sky Sports Red Button Juventus vs Udinese Serie A 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Championship 14:30 Sky Sports Football Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport 3 Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Mix Feyenoord vs AZ Eredivisie 15:45 Sky Sports Red Button Bournemouth vs Tottenham Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League Lyon vs Caen Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 3 Genoa vs AC Milan Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 1 Las Palmas vs Villarreal La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Atlanta United vs D.C. United MLS 19:00 Sky Sports Mix Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes La Liga 19:00 Sky Sports Football Inter vs Napoli Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1 Toulouse vs Marseille Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport ESPN New York City vs LA Galaxy MLS 21:00 Sky Sports Football How to watch football for free in the UKToni Duggan Demi Stokes EnglandThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and S4C occasionally show matches from the UK, with a few available to watch this week.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on UK TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel USA Women vs England Women SheBelieves Cup Mar 8 / 00:00 BBC Two Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League Mar 10 / 19:00 S4C Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League Mar 11 / 13:30 FreeSports Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s   Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30 .On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship , which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News , which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKAshley Young Jordan Henderson Manchester United LiverpoolAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app, through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer, which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. 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Chicharito, Lozano headline Mexico roster

first_imgMexico Chicharito and Lozano headline Mexico roster for friendlies, Gio dos Santos out with injury Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 07:24 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Hernandez Mexico Getty Images Mexico Mexico v Iceland Mexico v Croatia Croatia Iceland Friendlies Coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be able to choose from a full compliment of players for the games against Iceland and Croatia Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Hirving Lozano are two of the Europe-based stars to headline Mexico’s roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies. El Tri will face Iceland at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on March 23, and will then take on Croatia at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on March 27.The two games take place in a FIFA window, meaning coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be able to choose from both domestic and foreign-based options. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, who made a one-time switch from the U.S. to Mexico in January, has also been named to the roster.One player who did not make the cut is the LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos, who will miss 1-3 weeks with a hamstring injury suffered against New York City FC last weekend. The injury comes at an inopportune time for Dos Santos. The friendlies are the final two games where Osorio can choose from his full compliment of players before he names his preliminary World Cup roster.After the friendlies against Iceland and Croatia, El Tri don’t have another match scheduled until a May 28 friendly against Wales at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. El Tri kick off their World Cup campaign on June 17 against Germany before then facing South Korea and Sweden.Full Mexico rosterGoalkeepers: Jose de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liège/BEL), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca) Defenders: Edson Álvarez (America), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Miguel Layún (Sevilla FC/ESP), Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad/ESP), Diego Reyes (FC Porto/POR), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt /GER) Midfielders: Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Jonathan González (Monterrey), Omar Govea (Royal Excel/BEL), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis/ESP), Jorge Hernández (Pachuca), Héctor Herrera (FC Porto/POR), Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara) Forwards: Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesús Manuel Corona (FC Porto/POR), Jürgen Damm (Tigres), Javier Hernández (West Ham/ENG), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica/POR), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Oribe Peralta (América), Carlos Vela (LAFC/USA)last_img read more