The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura has urged the Election Commission to hold the Assembly elections in early February. The party made the demand in a memorandum placed before Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain, who was leading a four-member team to the State to oversee poll preparations.The main Opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, in its submission to the team, did not press for a specific time for elections but requested the Commission to ensure an extensive revision of the electoral rolls to delete bogus voters. The term of the present Assembly will expire in February next.
Sonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
Elite athletes will tell you that training and conditioning along with determination to finish are the essential components to winning any competition. The successful job search requires no less of a commitment.Here are just a few of the obstacles job seekers face every day and some tips to overcome them.1. You currently are in a job you wish to leave.Being bogged down by current work requirements make it difficult to seek out new opportunities. The key word here is “difficult,” not “impossible.”The Internet means we can do many tasks in our off hours that would have been nearly impossible just a few short years ago. Professional job boards are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can upload your resume any time day or night. While you shouldn’t limit your search to job boards, the immediate value of these tools is their ease of access, and the feeling of momentum.Of course, at some point you will need to speak to or see a hiring manager in person. This is where things can get tricky when you are currently working. So be honest with those who may request a meeting. Let them know you are currently employed and ask for after-hours or lunchtime meetings. Most hiring managers are sensitive to this situation and are more than willing to make concessions for good candidates.Bottom line, do NOT leave your current job to get a new job! Doing so can put you in a vulnerable situation and may force you to accept a position you don’t really want out of desperation.2. You lack the training or expertise required for the job you want.Apply anyway. Keep in mind that job postings are written by HR personnel seeking the “perfect” candidate. Many times this is simply a wish list, and an applicant who is willing to learn the job or spend their off time picking up required certification often has as good of a chance to get hired as those who already possess these credentials.At times, a positive attitude along with strong interviewing skills will trump years of experience. This is especially true if you artfully prove your transferable skills and experiences, influencing the hiring decision maker that you will hit the ground running in your new role.The worst-case scenario is a confidence builder that will boost you for the next interview. And who knows, the company may just have a position available that fits your unique skill set.3. You’ve been on countless interviews, but the phone isn’t ringing.Depending on the size of the company you are applying to, the hiring process behind the scenes can take an excruciatingly long time. By the time department heads and their bosses and their boss’s boss are done poring over your credentials and interview notes, you may have forgotten you even applied for the job. Don’t give up. But also, don’t be a wallflower.Reach out to the decision makers when you have a few moments to let them know you are still interested in filling the position for which you applied. Be careful here, though. You don’t want to come off as desperate or worse. Keep the conversation light, and use a professional tone when you call. If the position has been filled, don’t hesitate to inquire as to the reason. Some hiring managers are more than happy to explain their choice and many will give you tips that may increase your chances next time.The job search can be stressful at times so give your self permission to be a little anxious. Just don’t let it eat you up inside.Stay busy and stay calm. Any minute now, that phone is going to ring.
We are delighted to announce that we are introducing our first non-English language site – Glassdoor France (www.glassdoor.fr). Glassdoor France offers more than 100,000 French-based jobs and already 15,000 company reviews and ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions and benefits reviews for close to 3,000 French employers. (To compare when Glassdoor launched in the U.S. in 2008, the site held 3,000 reviews and salary reports for just 250 companies.)With nearly one in three (32%) of French employees reporting that they find their job falls below expectations set during a job interview (Harris 2014*), we believe Glassdoor can help not only better set expectations but also help job seekers find the jobs and companies they love. (Read more about Glassdoor France in our press release.)Découvrez Glassdoor France:Etes-vous un employeur en France? Inscrivez-vous à un Compte Employeur afin de gérer votre profil Glassdoor. Un Compte Employeur vous permet de signaler et répondre aux commentaires des employés ainsi que de recevoir des statistiques gratuites concernant la courbe de réputation de votre entreprise auprès des chercheurs d’emploi et votre brand performance.Try Glassdoor Mobile Apps: Glassdoor for iOS is now available in the Apple App Store, and Glassdoor for Android is available for download in the Google Play Store.*Research conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor, 29 July – 4 August 2014. Sample size 1,002 consumers in France, aged 16-64.
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
When Christina Rodriguez divorced four years ago, she had no idea how she was going to make ends meet. After all, during her marriage, she earned $38,000 per year as a visual designer, and even with her husband’s income, the couple lived paycheck-to-paycheck and accumulated tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Rodriguez’s share of credit card debt was $10,000. “Here I was struggling with two incomes, and now I was on one income,” says the 35-year-old mom of two. “It was scary.” Like so many people, Rodriguez stayed awake at night, worried what she might do should she need to replace her car, especially if her credit were poor because of her debt burden. She spent her energy juggling bills and minimum credit card payments, barely staying afloat. “I realized, ‘I can’t live like this. My children don’t deserve to live their life like this’,” Rodriguez says. “It was about figuring out how I could get to a place where I would truly feel free.” Fast-forward four short years, and Rodriguez is debt-free, invested $22,000 in a home purchase and remodel, counts $7,000 in cash savings, and has increased her annual income from $38,000 to $128,000. Themes of Rodriguez’s success story: Cut back all extra expenses and focus on paying off debt. At the time of her breakup, Rodriguez had $10,000 in credit card debt. She also had a new, tricked out Chevy Malibu and regularly got her hair and nails done. “That was a huge part of my identity,” she says. “But it wasn’t more important than my kids having food on the table.” Think big! You can only cut so many costs, but your income potential is infinite. “I realized I was taking on jobs that paid $300 or $400. Why wasn’t I taking on jobs that paid $3,000 or $4,000?” she says. “When I realized my time and skills are valuable — that is when everything changed for me.” Put a dollar value on your time. Rodriguez’s income ballooned when she stopped taking low-paid side gigs, and started investing without guilt in child care and housekeeping. Splurge on experiences, not possessions. Christina could easily afford to upgrade her Nissan Rogue, but chooses instead to travel with her kids. “My daughter says: ‘More meetings means more vacations!’” Rodriguez says. Focus on setting up a life within her control. Rodriguez’s worries included rent increases, job instability, financial instability, depending on her kids’ dad, and a long commute which took her away from her children during the week. “I realized that the kids could only depend on me,” she says. Her focus on home ownership, high earning and self-employed income and a job close to home helped her regain power. At the time, her budget breakdown was: Rent $825 Car payment $450 Car insurance $155 Electric $130 Internet $65 Phone $125 Childcare $250 (her half) Plus food, gas, entertainment etc Credit card minimum payments $125 Nails and hair $75 Subscription services $8 Cable TV $149 monthly Private school tuition $480 monthly Upon her divorce, Rodriguez cut her cable, subscription services, nails and hair, and downgraded to less expensive car. She then focused on both paying off debt and earning. Rodriguez got a new job where she earned $45,000 per year, and also built up her side business doing freelance graphic design work, carefully selecting jobs that paid a high hourly fee, and helped her reach her goals. “I only work side jobs that meet a specific goal financial goal, because if I was going to dedicate time away from my kids it has to be with purpose,” she says. A couple years ago, Rodriguez saved up $15,000, quit her full-time job, and focused narrowly on building her design portfolio. Then, a local health care company near her Kissemmee, Fla., reached out via LinkedIn, and offered her a new job. Today, Rodriguez earns $77,000 salary, plus an annual bonus of $5,000, and last year her side business grossed $46,000, bringing her income to $128,000. One of the biggest changes Rodriguez made with her new financial status is buying a 2,300-square-foot home in a gated community. She also purchased a 20-year, $250,000 term life insurance policy, and focuses on travel. She is looking forward to a trip to Paris soon, and she and her grade-school-aged son and daughter are 5 states into their goal of visiting all 50 before the kids graduate. Rodriguez also hires a housekeeper twice per month — without any guilt at all. Today, Rodriguez’s budget: Mortgage, taxes and insurance $1471 HOA $216 Car payment $311 Car insurance $155 Electric $100 Water $49 Internet and cable $125 Phone $120 Disney annual passes $138 Childcare $340 Life insurance $38 Cleaning service $140 Says Rodriguez: “I’m still really frugal. But living a budgeted life works for me. I know where every penny goes and that allows for more opportunities, to make more memories. It also allows me to spend without buyer’s remorse. I think the best feeling though comes from teaching my kids about smart financial decisions like my parents did with me.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedMint Money Audit: 4 Steps for Getting Out of Debt Once and For AllApril 4, 2017In “Family Finances”Mint Money Audit: Expecting a Windfall …To Save or Pay?March 7, 2017In “Financial Literacy”What I Wish I Knew About Money Throughout the YearsMay 2, 2019In “Financial Literacy” Post navigation
This is what true love feels like.It might feel completely impossible for ladies to find a quality guy at this point. It’s like today’s modern culture just encourages men to be noncommittal, dishonest, and emotionally distant. You’ve gone out on dates with terrible men who just continue to disappoint you left and right. You find yourself in unfulfilling relationships that leave you feeling empty and frustrated. And so as a result, you don’t really feel like you know what a great guy looks like or what being in a happy relationship would be like.Well, to give you your answer, you just need to keep an eye out for these signs:1. There will be no playing of games with one another in your relationship.You aren’t going to be playing games with one another. Your boyfriend isn’t going to be withholding when it comes to feeling and emotions. He won’t want to make you feel jealous on purpose. He won’t deliberately make you wait a long time before he responds to your text messages. He is always going to be real about how he feels about you and he isn’t one to be immature with his methods.2. You are going to feel a sense of safety and security when you’re together.It’s weird how all of the relationships of your past always brought out your deepest insecurities. But that will never happen in a relationship with a great guy. He would never do anything to trigger your insecurities. He would always do his best to uplift you and give you constant reassurance about the strength of your love. He would never make you feel like you’re expendable in his eyes.3. You feel like you always have someone you can count on to be there for you when things get difficult.He is always going to deliver for you. Regardless of how challenging things might get in your relationship, he is always going to remain constant. You can always count on him to still be there when you wake up in the morning. You won’t have to worry about him abandoning you just because you’re going through rough patches. He is always going to be there for you even when it’s inconvenient.4. You are never going to feel isolated or abandoned.Sometimes, not even being in a relationship is going to save you from feeling alone or abandoned. But when you’re in a relationship with a quality guy, you’re never going to feel any of these things anymore. You are going to understand what it means to have constant companionship. You are going to finally going to learn to appreciate the escape from the world of loneliness and isolation.5. There will be a consistent balance and harmony in your relationship.You are always going to notice that all of your emotional investments in your relationship are going to pay off. All of the effort that you put forth into actually making things work for the both of you will be reciprocated. You will never be made to feel like you have to do the heavy lifting for the both of you. Your partner is going to try his best to actually keep you in his life. He will love you the same way that you love him – and you are going to feel it.6. You always feel like your confidence is getting a boost.You will just feel better about yourself because of this relationship. This relationship is going to make you feel like you are a person you can be proud of being.7. You feel okay when you have fights with one another.It doesn’t faze you much whenever you and your boyfriend have disagreements. Before, you would look to avoid arguments and conflicts as much as you can. You thought that even the slightest fight would be enough to make your relationship crumble to the ground. But now, you know that you are free to disagree with your boyfriend without having to worry that he’s going to want to break up with you.8. You consider your partner to be your best friend.At the base of it all, you are best friends. You have a solid friendship that you built your romantic relationship around. You have great chemistry and synergy. You are always communicating well with one another. You always have a good time when you’re together.9. The future won’t seem so intimidating anymore.In the past, the uncertainty of the future always used to bring a sense of anxiety and nervousness to you. Your insecurities would always be put on full display. But now that you’re in a relationship with a great guy, you aren’t so afraid of facing an uncertain future anymore. You embrace the idea of having a blank canvas on which you and your partner can build a life together.Source
Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris Agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on November 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action.This year’s wave of climate-related natural disasters – hurricanes, floods and wildfires in developed and developing countries alike – drives home the urgency to move full speed ahead at the 23rd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, known informally as COP23. Increasing public and private investment in the transition to clean energy and transport, in restoring forested areas, and in more sustainable cities demonstrate that significant inroads towards tackling climate change are being made at the national and local level. Countries are also reaffirming their commitment to climate action as a priority – both at home and internationally – including support for the Paris Agreement demonstrated at the G7 and G20 summits and at the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN).Steady progress, however, is not enough. Global greenhouse gas emissions need to start coming down quickly, peaking by 2020 and getting to net-zero by 2050, in order to meet the Paris goal of keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and optimally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels. That means there is a small window of opportunity left to make the low-carbon transition in ways that are economically and technically manageable given the options we have today. COP23 must continue to strengthen an international climate regime that sends the right market signals, reaffirms support for more ambitious and transformational implementation, raises awareness of the growing impacts of climate change, and mobilizes an ever greater number of players to act now before it is too late to avoid the most severe consequences of a changing climate.Here are four signs to look for at COP23:1. Tangible and Constructive Progress on Making the Paris Agreement OperationalThe implementation guidelines of the Agreement, sometimes referred to as the rulebook, will put the accord fully into motion when finalized at next year’s climate summit in Poland. At Bonn, negotiators need to identify key decision points and the options for resolving them, along with an effective process for crafting clear rules and procedures on a wide range of issues. These include the transparency framework, which includes reporting and review requirements under the Agreement, as well as the ambition mechanism to assess progress and ramp up action every five years.2. A Strong Foundation for 2018, the First Moment under the Paris Agreement for Countries to Assess Progress and Signal their Readiness to Enhance ActionEnhancing climate action every five years, informed by periodically taking stock of progress and identifying new opportunities for action, is a fundamental premise of the Paris Agreement. COP 23 will set in motion the first of these stocktaking exercises next year during the 2018 facilitative dialogue – now called the Talanoa Dialogue. The dialogue will assess global progress towards meeting the Paris long-term goals, highlight opportunities to step up action, and help spur countries to move forward on enhancing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by 2020.In addition, events next year such as the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018, a gathering of states, cities, businesses and others, will also recognize the decisive role that these actors play and encourage even greater action. Other upcoming initiatives like the December climate finance summit organized by French President Emmanuel Macron will contribute to launching 2018 as a year of pivotal change, with a new momentum to put us on track to driving the investment and action needed to achieve a climate resilient future.3. Heightened Attention to Climate Impacts and Vulnerability, and Concrete, Practical Steps to Help Vulnerable Countries and CommunitiesAs the first small island nation to preside over a global climate summit, the government of Fiji has made protecting the vulnerable a strong focus. Negotiators must agree on how to recognize efforts by developing countries to adapt to increasing climate impacts, evaluate effectiveness and mobilize greater support. That includes finance, as well as technology and capacity building. An important step at COP23 would be to formally link the Adaptation Fund, which has focused on building community-level resilience, to the Paris Agreement. Negotiators also need to provide guidance on how to increase the share of adaptation finance as developed countries scale up finance to meet their commitment to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020. Parties must also do more to address loss and damage from climate impacts, even as they recognize the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.4. A Growing Wave of Support from Non-state Actors Such as Cities, Businesses and OthersStakeholders outside the negotiations have emerged as critical partners in the fight against climate change. At COP23, look for businesses, states, cities and others around the world to demonstrate how they are intensifying their efforts, rallying around the Paris Agreement and contributing to national climate goals. The overwhelming support for climate action from within the United States – despite the Trump administration’s efforts to the contrary – is a prime example. States, cities and companies that make up more than half the U.S. economy have declared support for the Paris Agreement. Rather than back away, they are stepping up, and together they have the potential to significantly move U.S. climate action forward.At climate negotiations last year in Morocco, we witnessed the world’s steely determination to advance climate action despite any obstacles that may arise. COP23 is a time to carry that spirit forward and make concrete progress on structuring the Paris Agreement. Moreover, it is an opportunity to set the stage for 2018, when countries can step up their response to the climate challenge and bequeath a livable world for future generations.
Explore the map above to see where conflicts over water have occurred, from 3000 BC to present day.In 2016, the UN Secretary General reported that control of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers was an explicit tactic of the Islamic State (IS). The IS issued a video urging its followers to use water as a weapon and “poison the drinking water” of its enemies. During the ongoing Syrian civil war and the persistence of violence in Iraq, all the major dams in the region have been attacked, overrun, or used as weapons to cut off water supplies or to flood villages and farms.These challenges, including direct competition for scarce water, have also gotten the attention of the defense and intelligence communities. As noted by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2012:“During the next 10 years, water problems will contribute to instability in states important to U.S. national security interests. Water shortages, poor water quality, and floods by themselves are unlikely to result in state failure. However, water problems—when combined with poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions—contribute to social disruptions that can result in state failure.”The Pacific Institute and WRI are working to trace the role of water in the broad context of security and identify strategies to reduce the risk water poses to peace. The Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) project aims to develop tools and strategies to help take water out of the realm of conflict and improve the chances that it can be a source of cooperation.We’re already starting to learn how to reduce water-related risks for global security, as laid out in our new issue brief. Key approaches being developed by our WPS consortium include:Developing technical and analytical tools to understand and identify potential water-related threats to human security in near-real time.Implementing on-the-ground rapid assessments to verify and further research threats and identify possible interventions.Conducting outreach to global diplomats, defense and development experts (“3D” audiences), as well as to national governments of developing countries where we identify threats.Providing training and capacity building—and sharing information on effective solutions and best practices—to help developing countries cope with current and future crises and avert potential destabilizing conflict, migration or acute food insecurity.Convening water dialogues among key stakeholders at international, national and/or subnational levels, to try to diffuse tensions and pave the way for solutions.Improving and enforcing international water law that protects civilians and civilian infrastructure like water and wastewater systems.Building the resilience of water systems to enhance the ability of communities to withstand and then recover from armed conflict.This won’t be easy, especially for the Middle East where political, religious, ideological and economic tensions continue to fracture the region. And the bad news is that water-related violence is increasing there, not decreasing. In 2016 and 2017 alone, dozens of dams and water systems have been casualties of violence, often depriving millions of people of access to safe water and sanitation. Water infrastructure has also been used as a weapon of war, such as when the Islamic State released floodwaters from dams captured along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to punish downstream communities opposed to their ideology and to slow the advance of military forces moving to oppose them.We must expand efforts to move to a more sustainable, peaceful future for water. We’ve got to take this resource out of the realm of conflict and into the world of cooperation. As the late UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said: “The world’s water resources are our lifeline for survival and sustainable development. Together, we must manage them better and ensure their sustainable use for generations to come.” In the hot, dry Middle East, where populations are growing rapidly and all major rivers cross political borders, water has become a focal point for escalating violence. From the foothills of the Taurus Mountains in Turkey that feed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to the desert wadis on the southern tip of Yemen, the history of water conflicts provides a cautionary tale: When water and politics mix, and when cooperation gives way to conflict, freshwater becomes an issue of human and national security and a tool of violence.The long history of conflict in the region is intertwined with the history of water. The earliest recorded water fight is a dispute around 2400 BC over the use of irrigation canals in the ancient Mesopotamian cities of Umma and Lagash between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. When the walls and temples of Babylon were razed around 690 BC, the waters of the Euphrates were used to wash away the ruins.Thousands of years later, these same waters have recently been at the center of dozens of incidents where water was a trigger, weapon or target of violence.
As social sharing has accelerated at an exponential rate over the last several years, so too have a slew of enterprising and innovative new sites that have learned to successfully leverage the full scope of social. Two in particular, BuzzFeed and Upworthy, have had growth so substantial that it’s been hard not to hear about or notice their meteoric growth.BuzzFeed has tripled its monthly unique visitor counts over the last 24 months, from 4.3 million to 19.3 million. At its current projected trajectory, it’s set to eclipse sites like The New York Times, Huffington Post (also started by a BuzzFeed founder), and CNN over the next few years. Similarly, Upworthy has gone from about 1 million visitors in its first months to more than 20 million unique visitors per month today, making it one of the fastest growing media sites of all time.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. Clearly these two sites have tapped into something important that’s fueling their massive growth, but what is it? Even though these two sites are seemingly quite different, there are a few key reasons why they are successful. Their methods are replicable, and you can use them to drive unprecedented engagement and visibility for your blog or brand. Keep on reading to see what they are.Lesson 1: Important Audiences Are the “Bored at Work” and the “Bored in Line”Jonah Peretti, one of the founders of BuzzFeed, said that internally, the target audience they see as most valuable are the “bored at work,” those who have jobs that use computers but are able to spend a substantial amount of time browsing the Internet without supervision. This general audience is typically looking for content that will:Alleviate boredomConnect with their current frustrationsTargeting this audience and tapping into their unvoiced frustrations led to one of BuzzFeed’s most viral posts of all time.For the “Bored at Work” group, content that is NSFW (not safe for work) is usually shared at a significantly lower rate. Additionally, NSFW content is generally not something people are eager to share with broad groups of their friends or family.BuzzFeed also targets the “Bored in Line,” or those who consume content on their mobile phones while waiting. They found that this audience was the principal driver of social sharing. Making sure their content was mobile-enabled and quick and easy to consume on phones led to significant gains over the last several years. Now, more than 1/3 of all BuzzFeed traffic is from mobile.Lesson 2: What Content Spreads Depends on the PlatformAccording to August 2013 research, BuzzFeed is the most shared site on Facebook, with 15.9 million interactions with the brand or its content in August alone. Needless to say, the Facebook audience is key to BuzzFeed’s success and informs the type of content they create. Facebook’s world view is that it should help you express yourself and connect with your friends and family. Following this, BuzzFeed has found success by creating content that plays on the desire of Facebook sharers to express their opinions through content, especially content that will reaffirm their identities or relationships.In addition to creating content your users want to share, it’s important to optimize the content — such as the Facebook headline, excerpt, and share image fields — for when they share it. These will allow for more aesthetic and informative sharing, increasing the odds the content will continue to be shared.Lesson 3: Certain Content Types WorkBuzzFeed has identified several specific content categories that the majority of their successful content fits into. These include:LOL: Humorous contentWin: Content that is particularly useful, ingenious, or admirableOMG: Content that is shockingCute: Self explanatory, generally animal-based contentTrashy: Schadenfreude-esque content. People like to feel better about themselves by mocking or ridiculing the failures of others, especially the famousFail: Content that points out the failings of both individuals and society — a way for everyone to collectively vent through shared frustrationsWTF: Strange, bizarre, and other curiosity-triggering contentConsider these types of content when brainstorming your content. Always ask yourself, how will this content make the reader react?Lesson 4: Use Incredibly Strong Emotional TriggersIf you look at BuzzFeed’s most popular posts, you’ll notice a common thread: They are intentionally emotionally evocative. The most successful of their posts, like “The 45 Most Powerful images of 2011,” were intentionally crafted to make the viewer feel highly emotional.Upworthy puts the same emphasis on emotion — they make sure to value the emotional responses they have when decision making. For example, when Upworthy staff writer Adam Mordechai was deciding whether or not to publish a documentary about the late Zach Sobiech, a major factor in his decision was the fact that he cried while watching it — and then cried again when watching it the second time. It’s important to analyze data, but you can’t underestimate the importance of human emotion.Lesson 5: Stack, Stack, StackSure, one compelling paragraph, video, or image can make an emotional impact, but what about several? What if you publish multiple examples of content that trigger a certain emotion under one post? This sort of “stacking” multiplies the power of the post and can be a very useful tool when trying to influence an audience.Take, for example, one of BuzzFeed’s most successful posts: 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity. Maybe one or two of these photos could have made a reader think and feel, but it’s unlikely they would have received the almost 15 million views the 21-picture version did. And in this case, each image served to provide evidence to the thesis that humanity does deserve a little faith. If you can provide lots of examples of the topic at hand, especially if you have a specific objective with the post, it’s a route definitely worth exploring.Lesson 6: The Importance of Self-IdentificationIt might seem logical that going for the largest common denominator when creating content would be the most effective, but this might not always be the case. Targeting a specific audience can be extremely successful. For example, look at this BuzzFeed article, “21 Problems All Sarcastic People Understand,” which has reached more than 5.5 million views since May 12.This type of post helps attract people who believe they have a certain characteristic, experience, or opinion — in this case, anyone who self-identifies as sarcastic. (Which, turns out, is a lot of people.) This sort of post generates interest from lots of like-minded people, who then share it with more like-minded people, which leads to more and more pageviews. Lesson 7: Originality Is OverratedOften times, content can either be repurposed, updated, or presented from a new angle, creating a new spin on an already published story. You don’t always have to start with a blank page — it’s OK to work with what’s out there as long as you provide some sort of value. In fact, seeing what’s out there and what works is crucial to better understanding what audiences are looking for.Maybe one of the most widely used examples of this is the, “What kind of _______ are you?” quiz. Just doing a BuzzFeed search on the words “What kind of” will provide a snapshot of how niche some of these surveys are getting (“What Kind of Pizza Are You Based On Your Star Sign”), but it’s because it’s been identified that they work. When you know an audience responds to a certain setup, see what other ways you can use that setup with different content.Lesson 8: Curation Is UnderratedSometimes it’s not all about producing super new, never-before-seen content, as counterintuitive as that may sound — sometimes, resurfacing old content can work wonders. Upworthy actually digs through the Internet archives to find compelling stories that originally went under the radar. As Upworthy co-founder Peter Koechley said, there’s plenty of content on the Internet, but because there’s so much, it’s hard to identify the best media. That’s the task Upworthy has taken upon itself. Co-founder Eli Pariser estimates that Upworthy only publishes about 60 pieces of content a week in order to make sure each story can genuinely garner interest. And there’s a hidden benefit — because the content isn’t necessarily timely, that means it’s very unlikely another publisher will be discussing the same stories. This is much, much harder to accomplish with recent news and trends.Lesson 9: Use the Same Terminology as Your AudienceBuzzFeed has a style guide like every publication should, and it’s their attention to detail that allows their content to remain clear and consistent. They break down the proper usage of everything from “Republican National Convention” to “duckface” (one word) so that all of their articles, quizzes, etc. have the same appearance. This helps create a solidified brand as well as make their content feel more familiar to those who see articles popping up on Facebook, Twitter, etc.Another takeaway from the style guide is the fact that BuzzFeed chooses to determine the appropriate style for words and terms people may find facetious, like “man-child,” “J.Law,” and “1D” (an abbreviation for One Direction), but giving these “silly” phrases a space in their official style book indicates how seriously BuzzFeed takes pop culture and the subjects its readers care about. It’s acknowledging that while some of the topics may be light-hearted, that doesn’t make them unworthy of attention. They’re not afraid to speak the language of their readers, which is vital for a sustaining connection.Lesson 10: Activism Can Be a Key Driver in SharingUpworthy wanted to prove that it wasn’t just cat videos that would go viral — and it turns out, they had a point. Co-founder Koechley said people also share content they see online because they’re passionate about the topic and want to spread ideas about it. Because they have an emotional response after reading or watching it, they want to share this information as well as show others that they care about real issues and follow the news stories of the day.Upworthy caters to that by publishing content meant to inspire or shed light on an issue or cause. People who want to make a difference or participate in the discussion will share this content to ignite conversation or even encourage action.Lesson 11: Great Content Is Only One Half of the Equation — the Title Is the OtherUpworthy often comes up with 25 headlines per story, knowing that many of them will be terrible. Why? They say it’s because once you start getting desperate to think of more headlines, you’ll start to think outside of the box. Try this method with your own content by overcoming your fear of failure. It’s impossible to churn out 25 awesome headlines, but in the process of trying, you’ll likely come up with something amazing.In addition to this strategy, Upworthy has several rules, but two of which seem particularly important:Don’t give it all away in the headline.Don’t form an opinion for the user in the headline.These two points go hand-in-hand: Give the reader an intriguing idea of what they’re getting into, but don’t say everything and then tell the reader how to feel about it. Upworthy calls this creating a “gap in curiosity.” Don’t make the headline so vague no one wants to click, but don’t make it so specific that they don’t have to click, either.Your headline should create a curiosity gap, but it doesn’t have to end there. According to Upworthy, the featured image can demonstrate the same characteristics to draw a reader in and cause him or her to click/share. Coupling a powerful headline with an attention-grabbing image can make for a very effective pitch for reading the content.Lesson 12: Even the Best Only Get It Right a Small Portion of the TimeDon’t be discouraged if every piece of content you create isn’t a home run. Sure, you see BuzzFeed and Upworthy posts constantly shared on social media, but you’re not seeing the ones that miss the mark. While many of their top posts have received hundreds of thousands of views, 66% of Upworthy’s posts haven’t broken the 20,000-views mark. Now, 20,000 views is still a significant amount, but in the context of Upworthy, it puts into perspective how not every article is going to go super-viral.Lesson 13: Be HumanWhen you’re juggling so many objectives and strategies when creating content, it’s easy to forget one of the most important criteria: making your content human. This means focusing on the human aspect of stories — forgetting to do this can make your content seem contrived and robotic. Ask yourself: Why would people want to read this?Here are some human themes that Upworthy cites as being engaging, along with some recent examples:Stories that are mind-blowing (Ex: “Scientists Studying the Big Bang Have Discovered Some Bananas-Crazy Information”)Stories featuring raw, honest human moments (Ex: “Watch a Man Who Saved 669 Children from Death Camps Get a Tearful Surprise on TV”)Stories featuring the good guys defeating the bad guys (Ex: “A Kid Stands Up to Literally Everyone in His Class”)Stories that say exactly what readers are thinking (Ex: “Just a Couple of Women Sitting on Stairs Breaking Down Everything That’s Wrong with the Media”)When you remember you’re dealing with a real audience and not just metrics, you’ll remember that these stories should, deep down, be about humanity. Topics: Originally published Jun 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 Viral Campaigns Don’t forget to share this post! 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Originally published Apr 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Today I’m going to show you how we boosted our organic traffic by 43% over a 3 month period.The best part is, we did it without publishing any new content, spending any more money on marketing or adding any additional resources to our team.Free guide: How to define inspiring mission and vision statements.We call the strategy, The Mission Week, and I will tell you exactly how we do it.But First, a Little Story …I am the founder of small business-focused job board called Proven.In October of 2015, we made the difficult decision to completely forgo building a sales team and focus all our efforts instead on acquiring customers via content marketing and SEO.We knew that given the price point of our product, it was not economically viable for us to have people make sales calls. We needed a lower cost solution to bringing in new customers.This led us to seeking a content marketing and SEO strategy.Like many companies new to blogging, we rushed into it full steam, cranking out tons of new posts. We started to realize that this was a doomed strategy. We had hundreds of posts, but were barely moving the needle on our overall traffic. We figured we could only get a traffic boost as long as we were creating new content.In early 2016, we started to learn a lot more about content promotion and link building. This led to a number of content successes, like ranking in the top 5 on Google for the search term”job board”, but after a while, this growth started to tail off.Our content promotion was unfocused, lacked clear goals, and as a result, great pieces of content were not ranking well.Finally, this all changed when our amazing Director of Marketing, Caileen Kehayas, invented The Mission Week.What is a Mission Week?Our Mission Weeks consist of choosing one piece of content that’s under performing and everyone on the team focuses their promotional efforts only on this piece of content. We gamify the process by assigning points to different types of promotional activities. For example, sending an outreach email might get you 1 point, you can earn 2 points for broken link building and 5 points for writing a guest blog that links to the article. Each person must accumulate 20 points to complete their mission for the week.Regardless of your role in our company, you can participate. If you aren’t comfortable writing articles, you can earn points through outreach emails, discovering linking opportunities or responding to relevant questions on Quora.As part of the promotion, we will do minor content updates and perhaps update the title and meta tags of the article.The weekly point goal is small enough that it doesn’t take up so much time that it becomes overwhelming. Team members can easily earn enough points without compromising their regular workloads. Involving everyone at Proven — even those outside of the marketing team — helps create more dynamic and diverse supporting content. We all have different backgrounds and skill sets, and everyone is focused on promoting the same piece of content. With everyone participating, it’s a great opportunity for team building across different departments.A Mission Week Case StudyIn January 2016 we published an article called How to Interview: The Definitive Guide. After being live for 10 months on our blog, it never cracked the top 10 for Google search results for any high value set of keywords.We chose this article back in late October as our first Mission Week.This article now ranks 5th on Google for “how to interview”, and has 49 backlinks from 27 domains.So, how did we do it?Resource Link BuildingEach participant was awarded 1 point for an outreach email sent to a site that was linking to similar content. Primarily, we use a resource link building strategy that I wrote about previously.During this week, each person on the team sent an average of 18.5 outreach emails to sites linking to similar content.To research 15 to 20 different possible sites and send them an email doesn’t take up too much of a person’s week. However, if someone was left doing all this outreach on their own, it becomes a huge tedious job that eats up a large portion of their week.Guest BloggingEach participant was awarded 5 points for writing an article that contained a link to this blog post.During this week, our team produced 7 related articles that our Director of Marketing helped publish to different sites.Again, writing one support piece is not too bad, but writing 7 is completely unreasonable for our small team.Content UpdatesWe updated the title of the article to How to Interview Job Candidates (The Definitive Guide), because adding brackets to your title can help increase CTR on Google. We also updated the introduction and gave the design of the page a bit of a face lift.All of these things help to improve CTR, bounce rate and dwell time, which are all ranking factors for Google.Social PromotionAs part of the mission, we schedule promotion of the article on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+. We typically schedule up to 8 tweets for a single article, changing up the text and hashtags we use. If one tweet is performing really well, we will re-use it again and again on different days and different times.Quora AnswersEach participant was awarded 2 points for finding and answering a relevant Quora question. Although these are no-follow links, it does help to create brand awareness, referral traffic, and authority in the industry.During the week, we had one team member answer 5 questions on Quora.ResultsAs mentioned, this article now ranks 5th on Google and went from delivering close to zero organic traffic to now being one of our top performing pieces.We’ve seen consistent movement in our Google rankings for every subject of a Mission Week thus far. Following the same process outlined above, we did a Mission Week for this article about job ads.We now rank 2nd on Google for ”job advertisements” ahead of industry giants like Indeed and CareerBuilder.Organizing Our MissionsEach week, our marketing director chooses the article with the most SEO potential that is under performing.She puts together a document outlining the following:Article titleArticle URLThe keywords we are targetingCurrent rankings for those keywordsSuggestions for supporting article topicsSearch suggestions for finding sites that may link to usSeparately, we track in a shared spreadsheet all the outreach emails we send so that we don’t accidentally email the same person. This is also good for historical reference because it’s sometimes worth revisiting and following up with any outreach emails that get sent.Transforming The Way We Promote ContentMission Weeks have completely transformed the way we actively promote our content. Prior to having the Mission Weeks, we used a lot of the same promotional strategies, but it was not focused and many team members didn’t have clearly defined weekly goals to work towards.Now, every week, everyone knows exactly what they need to accomplish. Marketing, engineering, customer support and the executives of Proven all participate, driving towards the same goal of accumulating 20 points. We brag to one another over Slack when we complete our missions or land a new link, which is typically followed by a barrage of GIFs.Not only has The Mission Week process grown our organic traffic, it’s increased our new customers significantly in a short period of time.I strongly encourage you to give it a try. You can play with the point system and weekly goal based on the needs and resources of your company.Would you consider running a Mission Week at your company? Share your thoughts in the comments. Topics: Blog Optimization Don’t forget to share this post!
9 Excel Marketing Templates Free Templates Originally published Sep 26, 2018 8:13:00 PM, updated January 30 2019 Topics: How to Add Secondary Axis in ExcelGather your data into a spreadsheet in Excel.Create a chart with your data.Add your second data series.Switch this data series from your primary Y axis to your secondary Y axis.Adjust your formatting. Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Templates Have you ever wanted to create a single chart for two different (yet related) pieces of data? Maybe you wanted to see the raw number of leads you’re generating from each channel and what the conversion rate of the channel is.Having those two sets of data on one graph is extremely helpful to picking out patterns and identifying full-funnel trends. Download 9 Free Excel Templates for MarketersBut there’s a problem. Those two sets of data have two Y axes with two different scales — the number of leads and the conversion rate — making your chart look really wonky.Luckily, there’s an easy fix. You need something called a secondary axis: it allows you to use the same X axis with two different sets of Y-axis data with two different scales. To help you solve this pesky graphing problem, we’ll show you how to add a secondary axis in Excel on a Mac, PC, or in a Google Doc spreadsheet.(And for even more Excel tips, check out our post about how to use Excel.)Note: Although the following Mac and Windows instructions used Microsoft Excel 2016 and 2013, respectively, users can create a secondary axis for their chart in most versions of Excel using variations of these steps. Keep in mind the options shown in each screenshot might be in different locations depending on the version of Excel you’re using. Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: Excel On a Mac Computer (Using Excel 2016)1. Gather your data into a spreadsheet in Excel.For the purposes of this process, we’ll create three rows of data on Nike shoe sales in a blank spreadsheet:Shoe sizesNumber of shoes sold per sizePercentage of that size’s inventory that was soldMake Row 1 your X axis and Rows 2 and 3 your two Y axes. For this example, Row 3 will be our secondary axis.2. Create a chart with your data.Want a detailed guide to creating a chart in Excel? Click here.Otherwise, you can highlight the data you want to include in your chart and click “Insert” on the top-lefthand corner of your navigation bar. Then, click “Charts,” navigate to the “Column” section, and select “Clustered Column” — the first option, as shown below.Your chart will then appear below your data set.3. Add your second data series.Now it’s time to turn the “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold” data — currently row 3 in the spreadsheet — into your chart’s secondary Y axis. Head over to your top navigation bar and click on “Format.” This should pop up in dark green next to “Chart Design,” as shown to the far right in the screenshot below.Having selected “Format,” navigate to the dropdown menu on the top-lefthand corner of your menu bar, where it might currently say “Chart Area.” Click this dropdown and select “Series ‘Percent of Nike Shoes Sold'” (or whichever series you want as your secondary axis).After you select “Series ‘Percent of Nike Shoes Sold,'” click on the “Format Selection” button — it’s right below the dropdown. A pop-up will come out that gives you the option to select a secondary axis. If you’re using a version of Excel that doesn’t provide you with this formatting button, move on to the fourth step below.4. Switch this data series from your primary Y axis to your secondary Y axis.You’ll see your new data series added to your chart, but currently, this data is being measured as a low-laying series of columns on your primary Y axis. To give this data a secondary Y axis, click on one of these bars just above the X axis line until they become highlighted.Having highlighted this additional data series on your chart, a menu bar labeled “Format Data Series” should appear on the right of your screen, as shown below.In this menu bar, click the “Secondary Axis” bubble to switch your Percentage of Nike Shoes Sold data from your primary Y axis to its own secondary Y axis.5. Adjust your formatting.You now have your percentages on their own Y axis on the right side of your chart, but we’re still not done. See how you have “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold” overlapping with the “Number of Shoes Sold” columns? Ideally, you want to present your secondary data series in a different form than your columns. Let’s do that.Click your orange columns — as shown in the screenshot above — to highlight your second data series again. Then, click into “Chart Design” on the menu bar on top of your Excel spreadsheet.On the far righthand side, select the “Change Chart Type” icon and hover over the “Line” graph option. Select the first line graph option that appears, as shown below.Voilà! Your chart is ready, showing both the number of shoes sold and percent, according to shoe size.On a Windows PC (Using Excel 2013)1. Gather your data into a spreadsheet in Excel.Set your spreadsheet up so that Row 1 is your X axis and Rows 2 and 3 are your two Y axes. For this example, Row 3 will be our secondary axis.2. Create a chart with your data.Highlight the data you want to include in your chart. Next, click on the “Insert” tab, two buttons to the right of “File.” Here, you’ll find a “Charts” section. Click on the small vertical bar chart icon at the top left of this section. You’ll now see a few different chart options. Select the first option: 2-D Column.Once clicked, you’ll see the chart appear below your data.3. Add your second data series.Now it’s time to add the “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold” data to your secondary axis. After your chart appears, you will see that two new tabs appear at the end of your dashboard: “Design,” and “Format.” Click on “Format.”Then, on the far left where it reads “Current Selection,” click on the dropdown that reads “Chart Area.” Select “Series ‘Percent of Nike Shoes Sold'” — or whichever you want your secondary axis to be.4. Switch this data series from your primary Y axis to your secondary Y axis.You’ll see your new data series added to your chart, but currently, this data is being measured as a low-laying series of columns on your primary Y axis. To give this data a secondary Y axis, double-click on one of these bars just above the X axis line until they become highlighted.Having highlighted this additional data series on your chart, a menu bar labeled “Format Data Series” should appear on the right of your screen.In this menu bar, click the “Secondary Axis” bubble to switch your Percentage of Nike Shoes Sold data from your primary Y axis to its own secondary Y axis.5. Adjust your formatting.Notice how your “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold” data is now overlapping with your “Number of Shoes Sold” columns? Let’s fix that so your secondary data series is presented separately from your primary data series.Click and highlight your secondary bar data — the red columns — and select the “Design” tab (which is located next to the “Format” tab at the top of your screen). Then, click “Change Chart Type.”You will see the following pop-up modal. Next to “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold” at the bottom, click on the dropdown, and select an option below “Line.” This will change this data series into a line graph.Make sure the “Secondary Axis” check box next to the dropdown is selected as well.Voilà! Your chart is ready.How to Add a Secondary Axis in a Google Doc SpreadsheetStep 1: Gather your data into the spreadsheet.Make Row 1 your X-axis and Rows 2 and 3 your two Y-axes.Step 2: Create a chart with your data.Highlight your data. Then click on “Insert” on your menu, and click “Chart” — it’s located toward the bottom of the drop-down. This module will appear.Step 3: Add your secondary axis.Under the “Start” tab, click on the graph at the bottom right showing a bar graph with a line over it. If that doesn’t appear in the preview immediately, click on “More >>” next to the “Recommended charts” header, and you will be able to select it there.Make sure that “Use column A as headers” is checked at the top. If the chart still doesn’t look right, you can also check the option to “Switch rows / columns.”Step 4: Adjust your formatting.Now it’s time to fix your formatting. Under the “Customize” tab, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Series Number of Shoes Sold.” Click on that dropdown, and click on your secondary axis name, which, in this case is “Percent of Nike Shoes Sold.” Under the “Axis” drop-down, change the “Left” option to “Right.” This will make your secondary axis appear clearly. Then click “Insert” to put the chart in your spreadsheet.Voilà! Your chart is ready.Want more Excel tips? Check out this tutorial on how to create a pivot table. Don’t forget to share this post!
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said on Friday that she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week.Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her.The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure.””I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.”It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan.advertisementAsked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said: “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player.”I was not surprised by her aggression. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different,” Sindhu said.Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.”At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”Sindhu happy working under South Korean coach Kim Ji-HyunSince claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month.On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship.”She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia.”Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.”Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.Also Read | Sindhu, Saina could face each other in semis after redraw at World ChampionshipsAlso Read | Shetty-Rankireddy pair pulls out of Badminton World ChampionshipAlso See:
Manchester United’s scoring woes were on display again as the English powerhouse labored to a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar in another poor display in the Europa League on Thursday. Arsenal had no such problems, with teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Standard Liege.United has not scored more than one goal in any of its last eight matches in all competitions and the latest setback will only increase the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get the team’s attack firing again.Arsenal manager Unai Emery may have unearthed a real gem in Martinelli, though, as the Brazilian has now scored four goals in two starts for the club. Against Liege, he netted twice within two minutes early in the first half and set up another goal for Dani Ceballos in the second.In Luxembourg, the Group A game between Dudelange and Azerbaijani club Qarabag had to be suspended in the first half for after a drone flew over the pitch carrying what looked an Armenian flag. The drone incensed Qarabag players, who tried to hit it with the ball.Azerbaijan and Armenia are in a territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Play was suspended for about 15 minutes with Qarabag leading 2-0, but play later resumed, with Qarabag winning 4-1.Another Premier League club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, secured its first win of the campaign as Willy Boly scored deep in stoppage time for a 1-0 win at Besiktas.Sevilla, Celtic, Lazio, Feyenoord, Eindhoven and Espanyol also all won.advertisementHere’s a look at Thursday’s early action.GABIGOAL ON TARGETMartinelli is making quite an early impact at Arsenal.The Brazilian headed home Kieran Tierney’s cross 14 minutes into the game before hitting the net from inside the area two minutes later after collecting a pass from another teenager, Reiss Nelson.Martinelli also netted twice in his first start for the club in the English League Cup last week.Joe Willock scored six minutes later to put the result beyond doubt, sending home a deflected shot by Nelson.Martinelli was a constant threat throughout and came close to a hat trick several times in the second half. In the 57th, he chipped the ball for Ceballos to score his first goal for the clubIn the other Group F game, Frankfurt recovered its 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal by earning a 1-0 win in Vitoria.NO GOAL UNITEDOle Gunnar Solskjaer went with a youthful lineup again, with 19-year-old full-back Brandon Williams making his first start for the club and fellow teenager Mason Greenwood _ who became United’s youngest ever scorer in European competition in the last round _ playing up front.Greenwood couldn’t come to Manchester’s rescue this time, though, nor could anyone else.Greenwood had United’s best chance but saw his close-range shot blocked by a defender in the first half. Alkmaar did have the ball in the net after 11 minutes, but Myron Boadu’s effort was ruled out for offside.The match was played on an artificial surface at the ADO Den Haag Stadium in The Hague as Alkmaar’s ground is not available.With United languishing in 10th place in the Premier League on just nine points from seven games, winning the Europa League might be the only chance to return to the prestigious Champions League.United won the second-tier European competition in 2017.Partizan won at Astana 2-1 at the other Group L game.Also Read | Champions League: Real Madrid, Club Brugge charged by UEFAAlso Read | Liverpool win seven-goal thriller after stunning Salzburg fightbackAlso See:
France must wait to claim a place at Euro 2020 after the world champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Turkey in a high-octane qualifying game on Monday.Turkey’s Kaan Ayhan equalised eight minutes from time after France substitute Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the 76th as the visitors stayed top of Group H with 19 points from eight games, ahead of Les Bleus due to a 2-0 win in Konya last June.Iceland are third on 15 points after goals by Arnor Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson earned a 2-0 home victory over Andorra, with Albania fourth on 12 points following a 4-0 away win against Moldova.French police were on high alert after president Emmanuel Macron said Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria could lead to an “unsustainable humanitarian situation” and threatened to “help the Islamic State group re-emerge in the region”.With up to 40,000 Turkey fans expected at the stadium, some 1,000 police officers were on duty in and around the Stade de France to prevent potential crowd trouble, but the atmosphere remained peaceful throughout the evening.”We could have avoided that goal,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “We did everything we needed to win that game, we had the chances, they didn’t, but it is what it is.”It’s a good point. We’ll have to finish the job in November,” he added, saying Turkey, who have picked up four points against France, deserved to top the group.”We are the two best teams in the group. Qualifiers are always complicated, it’s a long road. We should have been more efficient. They defended a lot and they deserve to be where they are.”advertisementFrance take on Moldova and Turkey host Iceland in the next round of matches in November.PLAYERS MISSINGThe world champions were still without injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, striker Kylian Mbappe and midfielder Paul Pogba, and Wissam Ben Yedder started up front in place of Giroud, who paid for his lack of playing time with Chelsea.France were the most dangerous side as Turkey struggled to cope with the pace of Kingsley Coman but the visiting defence, which had conceded only two goals in qualifying so far, held firm.France midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s low shot was blocked by keeper Mert Gunok and Antoine Griezmann’s curled shot went just wide as Les Bleus piled on the pressure.Turkey, however, created a chance to opening the scoring on the hour only for Burak Yilmaz to sky his attempt over the bar at the end of a quick counter attack.With Ben Yedder struggling to find space, Deschamps replaced him with Giroud in the 72nd minute and it the substitute took four minutes to make an impact, heading home Griezmann’s corner kick.The hosts’ joy, however, was short-lived as Turkey levelled six minutes later when Ayhan nodded in a free kick.
After experiencing the definition of the Frogs being “gigged” in Stillwater last October to the tune of 49-29, the Horned Frogs will vie for revenge this week after thumping Baylor two weeks ago in Waco.1. Stillwater SouthIt may feel like Stillwater South this weekend with former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh (2012-15) joining co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (alum who coached on Gundy’s first staff from 2005-12), defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (played at OSU from 1991-93, coached as a GA after as well) and running backs coach Curtis Luper (played in Stillwater from 84’ to 87’ before transferring, coached Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston as running backs coach from 2005-08.A couple of things here: how in the world is it legal for J.W. Walsh AKA the General allowed to drive down I-35 with his playbooks walking into Frog Camp looking for a job?If Coach Bro can delay Baker from playing in Norman for a year we’ve gotta look into something about this. TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that “all of OSU’s signals will be changed because of J-Dub” but competitively this just feels funny.Also, while offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is becoming more culturally acceptable, how much does Coach Gundy kick himself for not hiring Meacham internally?Letting him walk to Houston is one of those “what ifs” for Cowboy fans. The guy almost won the top assistant in the country award in 2014 and he just looks like he doesn’t care at all with those Ray Bans.He looks like the offensive coordinator version of Matthew McConaughey. 2. Justice Hill could become/is our Kyle HicksTCU coach Gary Patterson was quoted this week talking about junior running back Kyle Hicks saying “I think he’s our best player… He lines up in empty, he can be a wide receiver, he motions out, and he understands everything. He’s a great jump cut guy and he’s got natural speed.”Hicks torched Baylor for five touchdowns (only one behind LT’s record!) on 26 carries for 192 yards (7.4 yards per carry). Hill? He’s done nothing but average 100 yards per game in conference play and revitalize a dead heart of a rushing attack.Justice Hill (@jhill21_) became the first #OKState freshman to run for 100+ yards in back to back games vs top 25 teams — 135 yards, TD. pic.twitter.com/wYKLlIq9x2— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Coach Yurcich raves about Hill’s ability to “make you miss” and how effective that makes him. It’s hard not compare them, Hicks came in at 5’10”, 195 and Hill came in at 5’9” and 170 and if you looked at the B12 rushing totals right now? Justice Hill and Kyle Hicks both have 789 yards (Hicks has one less game but still). They both have four 100-yard games on the season.When Hicks is ripping off 6.8 yards per carry at times, just take a deep breath and get excited about what we have in No. 27.3. How the Cowboys FinishTCU is one of the best four-loss teams out there, three out of four of their losses are by 12 points total. With that being said, “you are what your record says you are” and the Pokes are 8-2, doing the things it takes to win close ball games.Good teams do things like turn over Bill Snyder-coached teams in the end zone, truck defenders and kneel on Kingsbury’s Raiders to run out the time and ride a future NFL quarterback to pick apart a previously unsolved Mountaineer defense.”Mama, here comes @chriscarson29, and ain’t nothin I can do about it.” pic.twitter.com/nb42xYGHJF— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 13, 2016That’s nothing against the Frogs who have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, have a smothering pass rush, a top-15 coach worth every penny of the four million he gets paid, and likely lead the league in playmakers per capita with Hicks, receivers Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin.But close out Tech and Arkansas at home and this is a ranked matchup not being played at 11 a.m. in November.4. Mason and Company vs A Gary Patterson DefenseLet’s pan over to Mason and James Washington when they see who’s next on the schedule and remember what they did last year: Now, TCU has a ferocious pass rush (Josh Carraway with 6.5 sacks and fellow end Mat Boesen are top five in the conference) and some solid ballhawks but every coach to play the Pokes lately reflects on how tall of a task this passing offense is.Washington is averaging 20.21 yards per catch (!), Percy McCleskey has 720 yards and seven scores and then you’re getting into the best third, fourth and fifth receivers around. TCU’s five defensive backs on the field will get plenty of work this Saturday.5. All the FoodsIf you’re going to the game in Fort Worth this weekend (and aren’t a DFW native), please eat at a few places for me: anything “extra trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos, a burger at Kincaid’s or Dutch’s, and kick back at the Rodeo Goat downtown. I hear Joe T. Garcia’s is incredible for a nice Mexican dinner as well. And if you head over to Dallas, hit up Pecan Lodge. Just make sure and bring a wheelbarrow for someone to roll you back to your car. 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.
Transfers Heynckes shoots down Lewandowski to Madrid rumours: Top players stay at Bayern Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 15:52 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Real Madrid Robert Lewandowski Primera División Bayern München Bundesliga Videos The Polish striker changed his agent in recent days to prompt suggestions that he was ready to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer Jupp Heynckes claims he “can’t imagine” Bayern Munich sanctioning the sale of Robert Lewandowski after the striker’s recent change of agent prompted fresh transfer links with Real Madrid.Lewandowski is said to have severed ties with Cezary Kucharski, previously his agent for 10 years, in favour of Pini Zahavi, regarded as one of the football world’s leading representatives.Zahavi played a role in Neymar’s world-record €222 million switch from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August and there have been suggestions Lewandowski’s decision has been made with a view to securing a big move to Spain. 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 Heynckes is not worried about such a scenario, however, and is adamant Bayern are not a selling club.When it was put to Heynckes that Lewandowski’s decision could be to secure a transfer, the coach said: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”I think there’s nothing wrong with a player changing his agent. I can’t judge the reasons.”It doesn’t mean anything at all for us, given the way I know the officials here at Bayern and what I’ve heard from them.”Bayern is not a club that sells the top players. Top players at Bayern stay at Bayern. I can’t imagine there’s a chance of him leaving Bayern.”
MLS LA Galaxy look to rebound in 2018 while confronting a new crosstown rival Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 05:28 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Orlando Ramirez MLS LA Galaxy Following the worst season in franchise history, Sigi Schmid’s side will try to turn things around while also entering a brand-new city rivalry Since Major League Soccer’s inception, the LA Galaxy have always been one of the league’s most high-profile franchises.Playing in one of North America’s biggest markets, the Galaxy have consistently employed some of the league’s biggest names, from Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez and Carlos Ruiz, on to David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.But entering the 2018 season, the Galaxy might be embarking on a strange new reality: flying under the radar. 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 Just across town, Los Angeles FC will begin their inaugural MLS season in a brand-new stadium, coached by a former U.S. national team manager, featuring a current Mexico national team star and owned by the likes of Magic Johnson, Will Ferrell, Mia Hamm, and many others.To be sure, there will still be a fair amount of attention on Sigi Schmid’s team. After all, they do possess the Dos Santos brothers, and there is a certain amount of cache that the Galaxy brand will always carry in MLS.But it’s fair to say that the bright shiny new object across town is sucking up some of the air in the country’s second-largest city heading into the 2018 campaign.“People are always enamored with what’s new and LAFC right now is new,” Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid told Goal.“They’re building a new stadium. I think we understand that and we understand that maybe some of the attention in the city goes towards that but we’re also looking forward to that challenge.”For the Galaxy, new challenges also bring new opportunities. Unlike the contrived rivalry with the late Chivas USA that rarely moved the needle in LA or nationally, the Galaxy appear to now have a genuine rival across town that should challenge them both on and off the pitch.Big-name international stars will now have two teams to choose from should they desire a move to Southern California. Fans in LA will now have options when it comes to their money and allegiance. And the league will make sure there is plenty of focus on the newest rivalry in MLS.That rivalry should theoretically push both sides to become better. As the longtime head coach of the Seattle Sounders, who along with arch-enemy Portland now both possess a MLS Cup trophy, Schmid knows what a true rivalry can do to energize a franchise.“Obviously having another team in LA I think is fantastic for the league,” Schmid said. “It’s going to create a great rivalry, [and] I think the true competitive spirit within the two organizations and teams is there.“Having been in Seattle, certainly the Seattle-Portland rivalry is fantastic and supporters on both sides of the equation are very dedicated to their teams and motivated in supporting their teams. I think we’re going to see the same thing in LA. I think the Galaxy is going to bring out the best in LAFC supporters and the LAFC supporters are going to bring out the best in the Galaxy supporters.”In some ways, having LAFC enter the league in 2018 could be a benefit for the Galaxy. Or it could be a curse.The team is coming off the worst season in franchise history. Instead of their usual spot near the top of the Western Conference standings, the Galaxy tied for the fewest points in MLS in 2017.Having LAFC attract much of the attention might take some of the pressure of the Galaxy as they embark upon a rebuilding effort – or it could magnify the team’s failures if they are unable to right the ship.After all, nothing would be more embarrassing for the league’s all-time most successful franchise than to finish the 2018 season behind an expansion team in its own backyard.”The best way to go about this [rivalry] is by winning,” Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic told Goal. “When you’re winning at home the fans will be coming, so the most important thing is to win.”It doesn’t matter about all the extra stuff off the field, big-name players, the whole Hollywood thing, but when you’re winning, the fans are coming to the games.”Fans in LA now have two MLS teams whose home games they can attend, and the Galaxy will surely turn plenty of potential customers away if they post a mark similar to the 3-9-5 home record they managed in 2017.The presence of LAFC could turn up the heat on the Galaxy, but Schmid insists that all the pressure applied on his side in 2018 will be coming from inside its own locker room.“Our pressure is what we put on ourselves, what our expectations are for ourselves,” Schmid said.“Whether LAFC is in the market or not, our expectation would be the same. We want to be a team that makes the playoffs, we want to be a team that competes for championships and we want to erase the memory of last season, and that has nothing to do with LAFC.”
Atlético Madrid Simeone: Adding Costa has improved Griezmann’s form Jamie Smith 09:58 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Leganés Atlético Madrid v Leganés Primera División The French forward struck four goals in a brilliant performance against Leganes, and his manager thinks his strike partner has helped his form Diego Simeone believes the January introduction of Diego Costa into the Atletico Madrid first team has helped Antoine Griezmann move to the next level with an extraordinary period of goalscoring form.Griezmann struck all four goals in a 4-0 defeat of Leganes in La Liga on Wednesday, following up his treble in a 5-2 win at Sevilla four days earlier.The France international brought up 100 Atletico goals in all competitions with his first of the game before going on to reach 15 La Liga strikes for the term, with only three players more prolific this season – Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. 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 With 13 goals in all competitions since Costa’s return from Chelsea, Griezmann’s strikes have helped Atleti cut Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga to four points ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the top two at Camp Nou, although Ernesto Valverde’s men first face Las Palmas on Thursday.And although Griezmann’s stunning goalscoring shone in a comfortable win over Leganes to warm up for Barca, Simeone was keen to hail Atletico’s collective efforts.”The season until December had been very good for the team,” Simeone told a post-match news conference. “Costa’s presence not only improved Griezmann’s moment, but that of the team. For his tenacity, courage and what he transmits to the team.”The team is in a good moment, and from humility we go match by match as always. “The moment is good for the team, we need to focus on continuing to improve as a team. The team was more forceful than in Sevilla at the end of the game [where Atleti conceded two late goals] – that speaks of an improvement.”Now to prepare the Barcelona match in the best way, against a rival who has never lost. It’s a nice challenge.”We score as a team, we celebrate as a team!Atlético fans, we’re a family! #AtletiLeganés #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/DNeTipBMwV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 28, 2018Griezmann’s relationship with Atleti supporters has occasionally been sticky, with the striker criticised for ‘shushing’ fans during a 1-0 win over Valencia at the start of February.”People are passionate, they are behind what they perceive,” Simeone said. “They want to win, and if they see players who give everything, run, work and score they will always be applauded. It happens at Atletico and in all the teams of the world.”[Griezmann] had other seasons playing at this level. He is an extraordinary player, he has shown it more times, and the team is accompanying him to perform at this level. The passes of Koke, Filipe [Luis] and Costa were fantastic.”
The Australian Womenâ€™s Open stamp their authority over the Kiwis delivering the wider Australian team a winning majority and this sporting phenomenon a new found resolveâ€¦and if that wasnâ€™t enough, for other International teams a sense of foreboding: a new and improved fortress. By Julian Buckmaster – @JulianTFAWalls. Every structure needs them. With names of the quality and ilk of Winchester, Rogerson, and not the least the foundation stone of coach, Bell, now no longer part of the Australian Womenâ€™s structure, one could argue this particular green and gold wall might feel a little if not shaky then perhaps a brick or two short with some grout and cement missing.Not the regulation health regulation type risk but a structure needing at least a good safety check and perhaps a little plaster or replacement blocks.Fast forward twelve months and with some of those sizeable and some say irreplaceable blocks removed, the replacement stones are holding up well. Very well in fact. In fact that well the wall is back and as ominous as ever. Dare we say, rock solid with a number of little gems in the formwork? Over to the new foreman and his take on his impressive new project.â€œI heard the commentators (live streaming) refer to our defence as â€˜the wallâ€™ and there was definitely a wall out there today. And, to hold the same team from last night to two touchdowns that put six on us last night means a lot to us as a group,â€ a beaming and very pleased new Australian Womenâ€™s coach, Swain Rovelli said post-match with one half of his coaching team beside him, Craig Morrow. With both on debut as Openâ€™s coaches for this campaign, this was a particularly sweet victory; great mates off the field and already delivering along with fellow-assistant, Michael Moussa, great results for this already formidable outfit. The wall supports in the form of this trio appear also to be in great shape and supporting well the great wall of Australia.â€œI canâ€™t speak more highly of the work that both my assistants Mick (Assistant Coach, Michael Moussa) and Craig (Morrow) have done and after last night, and such is their dedication, both watched the games three times last night and you saw the results of the hard work that Craig and Mick did with the defensive efforts today and kudos to the players for executing the plans. â€œThis is a first team of a new cycle with seven new rookies which is the case with a new generation [of players], they have all been outstanding since we started preparations and all have improved since we started together and with the assistance of the senior players such as Sammy (Hopkin), they have grown in a level of confidence and we have seen it in both games their willingness to do the hard work and buy into what they want.For Morrow it was a great team effort and consequence of some hard work and application.â€œItâ€™s always good to win naturally and [weâ€™re] very happy for the girls obviously; we donâ€™t do this for ourselves, we do it for the girls and the enjoyment they get out of it.â€œItâ€™s pleasing that they listened and responded accordingly. They could have easily been under pressure and changed the way we wanted to do things, but to their great credit they didnâ€™t: they listened and trust us and we trust them and it worked out perfectly as you see. To the match, and it was much like the Mixed Open affair; a bit of a stand-off between teams with both trading blows and chancing their arms at respective ends with neither converting or really threatening.However, six minutes in it was Hannah Dyball of Manly who got the party started with a very clever and evasive dance through heavy traffic to score. Marikki Watego then soon got in on the act pushing the gap out by two with a cross out wide at the seven-minute mark.Tayla Clifford then went over after some good lead-up work inside and was great throughout the match driving the ball hard and catching the eye of her coaches along with other debutantes and more seasoned stars, such was her strong performance.Usually accustomed to scoring touchdowns at a clip, it was a diving Kim Sue-See that saved a certain touchdown by New Zealand soon-after and a good barometer of things to come from the Aussie girls. The wall has many moving parts and traps as we all witnessed early. These four particular gemstones to name but a few provide the new foundation with the girls on debut the building blocks to the future. One chink in the fortress though allowed Willison of New Zealand to quickly strike back for the Kiwis bringing the score to 3-1 after 10 minutes. They would add only one more from this point and that warrants a stop in play and some closer examination with the clock stopped. For the next 30 minutes the Aussie girls held the Kiwis scoreless, except for one more try to Willison later in the piece. With play resumed and time back on, Watego reverted to type to cross again with a minute on the clock from a terrific 25m long bullet pass from Danni Davis hitting the mark, and taking the deficit to three. After the half-time break it was Leah Percy who saluted, then touchdown number six came from Australiaâ€™s captain and number six, Lizzie Campbell who was superb in leading her troops on debut and strong and poised throughout.For the Percy touchdown it was crafted from some great lead-up work by Sammy Hopkin who troubled New Zealand close to the line and led from the front all game. Hopkins, along with Percy are the key senior members now, following the changing of the guard last year, and you could say the bedrock in this impregnable wall â€“ a responsibility they both relish and in fact clearly thrive on.â€œYeah, it was awesome to see the new girls step up and you naturally worry a bit without the [retired] senior players and their experience,â€ Hopkin said today after notching yet another title to her considerable list and in her usual understated manner.â€œBut they stepped up very well and played awesome throughout; my role has changed a bit but while a little scary, I really have enjoyed it.â€œWeâ€™ve been asked to lead by example and show the way for the new girls so hopefully that is the case and we see the results of that. â€œAnd thatâ€™s what I try to do and get the little things right.â€Little things indeed. This wall will need scaling as breaking through doesnâ€™t appear an option for oppositions any time soon.FINAL SCORES: Australia 6 (Lizzie Campbell, Samantha Hopkin, Hayley Maddick, Mia Johnstone, Leah Percy, Shellie Davis, Marikki Watego) defeated New Zealand 2 (Willison 2).Related LinksWomen’s Take Out Series