Already under pressure to submit its report on its assessment of the possibility of reservation in jobs and education for the Maratha community, the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission will now have to deal with the 1.9 lakh suggestions and objections. The eight-member panel is, officials said, is wondering how to go through them, given the deadline for submitting its report is November 15. It has already appointed officials, experts and think-tanks to complete collection of data and surveys, but the submissions from the public were unexpectedly numerous. Dinesh Waghmare, Secretary, Social Justice and Special Assistance Department, said, “We’ve asked them to hurry, but obviously the number of submissions is large. It will take time to determine how many of these are for and how many are against reservation for Marathas. The government is doing its best to assist the commission with the scrutiny.” Senior officials said a time-bound programme has already been submitted to the leaders of the community.
The Indian government has proposed new rules aiming to stop the spread of fake news and misinformation in the country on social media — and local civil liberties groups aren’t happy. Late last month, the Internet Freedom Foundation penned a statement saying that these new rules would act as a “sledgehammer to online free speech.”Read it at The Verge Related Items
The West Bengal Cabinet on Wednesday decided to draw up a ‘Vision 10 and Vision 20’ plan for better performance and development in various fields in the next 10 to 20 years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.“We will plan for 10 years and 20 years because if there is no proper planning, then there will be situations like the recent collapse of bridges. The Finance Department with the help of the Statistics and Planning Department will work on this,” she added.
MOST READ Reigning MVP Ben Mbala returned like he never left and University of the Philippines showed it’s a force to reckon with after taking down defending champion De La Salle in a game that saw the Fighting Maroons hit a record-setting 16 3-pointers.READ: UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2FEATURED 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 shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers) Ben Mbala. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter representing Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket, the MVP returned in style. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Jun Manzo. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio wasn’t the lone Maroon, who posed problems for the Green Archers. After Desiderio lit up in the third quarter, Jun Manzo took his turn to finish La Salle off.Manzo had nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, scoring late buckets that kept the Green Archers down for the count. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University)Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s a dilemma concerning Ron Dennison. As good as he is for FEU, he plays the same position as Ravena and that’s a tough competition to win considering that Ateneo has also remained undefeated. Still, Dennison is on a class of his own and his 15 points plus his defensive leadership against UST puts him on this seven-man list.Papi Sarr (Adamson Falcons) Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr was decent in his first game in Season 80 as he put up 10 points and four rebounds in Adamson’s 88-81 win over UST, but it was in his past two games the 6-foot-8 big man showed his quality. The Adamson center, who is still trying to regain top form after suffering a groin injury before the season started, averaged 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds against La Salle and National University. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Mbala averaged 33 points and 11 rebounds and although La Salle split its first two games with the menacing big man back, there was no better center in the league than him.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University)Arvin Tolentino. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRebounding and defense isn’t exactly Arvin Tolentino’s strong suit, yet he delivered when Far Eastern University needed a presence in the middle.Prince Orizu played on and off for the Tamaraws against University of Santo Tomas due to illness and Tolentino took it upon himself to provide the muscle. Tolentino put up season-highs in scoring and rebounding to lead the Tamaraws over the Growling Tigers with 15 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT In the three games prior to FEU’s match against UST, Tolentino only averaged exactly five boards a game and 9.6 points.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo had just one game the past week, but boy did Thirdy Ravena make it worth watching.Ateneo currently owns the best record in the league with a 4-0 slate and it’s largely because of Ravena’s strong play.The senior wingman led the Blue Eagles in their 83-65 rout of University of the East with 21 points, on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds.Guard: Paul Desiderio (UP Fighting Maroons)Paul Desiderio. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe legend of Paul Desiderio continues to grow.Desiderio was hell-bent on toppling the Green Archers and he did that by pouring in a career performance that made him Diliman’s most beloved person in a jersey.The senior guard unleashed 16 third-quarter points to post a career-high 30 and all the while keeping a straight face as La Salle searched for a way to stop him. Guard: Jun Manzo (UP Fighting Maroons) Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It had been quite a whirlwind week in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT
Has your company been good to you this year? Or, not?At the end of this year, Glassdoor will reveal its annual Employees’ Choice Award Winners, honoring the Best Places to Work. Winners are chosen based entirely on employee feedback – that’s right, this list is based completely on employees’ personal work experiences.If you want your friends to know you work at an amazing company or you want to help your company recruit more talented people like you, then share a company review on Glassdoor. All approved company reviews shared between November 14, 2012 and November 12, 2013 will be considered when determining the winners.NEW! This year, Glassdoor will honor both large (1,000 employees or more) and mid-sized companies (250-999 employees). To be eligible, a company with 1,000 or more employees must receive at least 50 approved company reviews, and a company with between 250-999 employees must receive at least 20 approved company reviews.Learn more about the awards by checking out our FAQs.Are you an employer and want to know what can you do? Check out our Talent Solutions Blog.
Job opening jargon can be confusing. Would you ever apply for this?“Dynamic, quality-focused, results-driven team player needed to capture and park ideas, run them up the flagpole to see which way they fly then grab them by the scruff of the neck and run off with them. This is a senior core role within our strategic cultural change management initiative, requiring someone of graduate calibre with vision, commercial acumen and excellent interpersonal sensitivity/communication skills…” OK, it sounds funny, but it’s really not. Decoding jargon matters because you need to tailor your applications to the role’s requirements. To do that, you need to know what they are.Here’s a short glossary of common terms in recruitment ads, and how you should respond.1. Passionate: Seemingly the favourite word of HR departments right now. Despite it’s romantic associations what it means here is simply ‘enthusiastic’. How to demonstrate it: Avoid gushing in cover letters and interviews about how ‘fantastic’ or ‘awesome’ the organisation’s products or services are. Instead, demonstrate genuine enthusiasm by showing you know a lot about what the company does, latest company news and developments, its strategy and leading lights (gleaned from published interviews with senior executives). If you use the product or service, then say so and be ready to explain why.2. Dynamic: Confident and active, someone who comes up with new ideas and solves problems. Not the type of person who needs to be told what to do every five minutes. Show dynamism in your CV by citing examples of ways you have taken the initiative, such as going out and winning new business without being asked, or coming up with a new way of doing things that saved time or money.3. Self-starter: What this really means is that they want someone who needs little or no training. Same goes for ‘able to hit the ground running’. Show you have the capacity to be productive quickly by highlighting that your skills and experience are a very close match to those the employer is seeking. If you are changing career or hoping for a job with training this might be a vacancy to avoid.4. Flexible: Willing to work late or weekends if asked or to cover for others – perhaps even in different departments – when necessary. Watch out for this if you need to do fixed hours (to pick up a child from nursery, for instance). Show flexibility in your CV by mentioning in passing how you worked out of hours to complete a successful project.5. Competitive salary: This is annoying – how do you know if you can afford to do the job? It tends to mean the employer is either seeking someone for as little as they can get away with or they are expecting candidates to negotiate on pay. If you apply, ensure you know the market rate for the job. At the interview, be prepared to state the salary you want and to back up your argument with solid evidence of your worth.6. Business development: Fancy term for sales, but be aware that business development takes many forms, from telesales to networking and attending conferences. It’s no longer just limited to sales staff; many jobs have a business development element now. Demonstrate it by citing examples on your CV of actions or initiatives which resulted in more business for your employer.7. OTE, or “On Target Earnings”: This was formerly limited to sales jobs, but is now more common across the board for jobs offering a basic salary plus commission. It sounds great, but be aware that it reflects the earnings of those who meet their targets – which may be very high. It means that a) you will face constant pressure to meet targets and b) if you don’t meet them you could ultimately be eased out. Some people thrive on the pressure, others hate it. Show you have achieved targets by citing examples of doing so on your CV and be ready to talk about how you did it.8. Team player: Everyone claims to be a team player, but you must be able to prove it. Your CV should include examples of how you have worked in a team, rather than just your individual role. Hint: in my experience as a recruiter, employers love people who play in sports teams, or better still, captain them. If that’s you, ensure you mention this is in your CV, plus any awards you and the team have won.
Technology has changed the workplace in countless ways – conference calls, emails, Skype meetings, social media groups, and more offer new ways for employees to communicate. Technology has also allowed for more flexibility in the workplace; virtual work options like telecommuting allow employees to stay connected and do their work from outside the office. But as a Gen Y employee, how do you propose this flexible work option?First, how important is flexibility? The answer: very. In fact, more than half of 18-44 year old workers plan to look for a new job with an employer that offers flexible work options.“The key to successfully approaching your employer about telecommuting is building trust,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “Especially as a young employee who is new to the workplace, many employers automatically assume you’ll need a little extra hand-holding and oversight until you gain their trust. So, if you want to try out telecommuting, you have to demonstrate to your employer that you’re trustworthy in any situation, whether you’re working right in front of them, or from your own home.”Just in time for National Telecommute Week, here are some of Sutton Fell’s tips on how to talk to your employer about telecommuting:1. “Craft a detailed proposal” Don’t just throw out the idea of telecommuting — have a plan to back it up. Sutton Fell emphasizes being specific: outline how often you will check in, how you will check in (phone? Email? Skype?), and other specifics. Explain what your daily schedule will be and how you will stay on top of your work and generate results.“If you give them a proposal that covers trust, communication and productivity, you’ll come across as serious and diligent, and your employer is more likely to take the proposal seriously,” says Sutton Fell.2. “Focus on why telecommuting is good for the employer, not good for you”Don’t talk about what you want out of telecommuting, but how it will benefit your employer. You’ll save time by not commuting, so you can get more work done, plus save your employer overhead costs like office space and utilities.“If you focus too much on what you want out of the situation, your proposal will seem self-focused and unconvincing,” said Sutton Fell. “Instead, focus on how you’ll get more work done, be less distracted, and save the company money.” All things that employers want to hear!3. “Suggest a trial run”If your employer isn’t convinced or doesn’t approve of full-time telecommuting, ask for a trial run; maybe a few days a week for a month or more.“Recommend regular meetings to evaluate your performance and move on from there, adding a day at a time until you’re a full-time telecommuter,” said Sutton Fell. “You might actually find that you prefer being in the office for a few days to work face-to-face.”Ultimately, the telecommuting decision is up to your boss; but if you approach the subject strategically with a plan in mind and some flexibility to negotiate, you may be able to have the flexible work schedule you desire.Do you telecommute? How did you approach the subject with your boss? Let us know below.
Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova was stripped of her 2011 world title on Tuesday for a doping violation, with Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill set to be awarded the gold medal.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that analysis of Chernova’s Biological Passport showed evidence of blood doping.Sport’s highest tribunal annulled the Russian’s results achieved between Aug. 15, 2011 and July 22, 2013, stripping her of the world title she won five years ago as well as her bronze medal from the London Olympics in 2012.Ennis-Hill, who retired from athletics last month, finished second behind Chernova in Daegu and will become a triple world champion having also claimed heptathlon gold in 2009 and 2015.”We have always known that Jess was the 2011 world champion, so it is nice to be able to finally be able to say it in public,” Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichiello was quoted as saying by Britain’s Guardian.”It just adds credence to my belief that she is the best female athlete Britain has ever produced. She goes down as a three-time world champion, an Olympic gold and silver medallist, and a fantastic, fantastic athlete.”CAS also banned Chernova for three years and eight months from Feb. 5 this year, although it said a two-year suspension already imposed on the athlete from July 2013 by the Russian Anti-doping Agency would be deducted from her total ban period.Russian middle distance runners Ekaterina Sharmina and Kristina Ugarova were also sanctioned by CAS following an analysis of their biological passports.”All three athletes have been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation … of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) Competition Rules after analysis of their Athlete Biological Passports (ABP) showed evidence of blood doping,” CAS said in a statement.advertisementSharmina will be banned for three years from Dec. 7, 2015, and Ugarova for two years, beginning Sept. 7, 2015.The IAAF, the sport’s governing body, introduced biological passports for athletes, that help in the detection of abnormal fluctuations in red blood cell counts, as part of its drug testing regime in 2009.
The average wedding in the US cost nearly $28,000 in 2012, according a survey conducted by The Knot.I’ll give you a minute to pick yourself up off of the floor after reading that figure.Just to give you some perspective, $28,000 is about the same as a year of college at some schools or the cost of a pretty nice brand new car.While you could spend that much on a wedding, you can just as easily not.There are plenty of ways to cut costs on your wedding day, without having the event seem poorly planned or unexciting. Many of these ways to save on wedding day planning make use of modern day technology, such as smartphone apps and the internet, to help you cut costs.Skip the Paper InvitationsBeautiful wedding invitations printed on paper can be costly. You need to pay to have them printed, then pay for postage for the invitations and the reply cards.In today’s world, they can also be a bit of a inconvenience.When my cousin got married two years ago, she had to send out her invitations twice because the post office lost them the first time. She ended up spending twice as much and the invited guests ended receiving two invitations in the end.Instead of going the paper and mail route, one of the best ways to save on wedding invitations is to send them electronically.Websites such as Evites let you send free invitations. If you have money in the budget for invitations, a website such as Glo offers monthly or yearly packages for your invitations.Let Your Bridesmaids Rent Their DressesNearly every woman has some ugly bridesmaid dress languishing in her closet.If the guys get to rent their tuxes, why do the women have to pay full price for a dress they will wear once?Luckily, bridesmaid dress rental services are becoming an option.Little Borrowed Dress is a company that specializes in bridesmaid dress rentals.You pick the dresses you want your bridesmaids to wear a few months in advance. The bridesmaids receive the dress in the mail two weeks before your wedding.The company will send two sizes for the price of one rental, just in case one dress doesn’t fit. After your wedding, the bridesmaids send the dresses back to the company.Rent Your Rehearsal Dinner DressYou not only want to look great for your wedding day, you also want to look great for the rehearsal dinner.As with the bridesmaid’s dresses, you can rent a dress for yourself for the dinner.Rent the Runway is a company that allows you to rent beautiful designer dresses and accessories. You pay around 75 percent less than the cost of purchasing the dress to borrow it for either four days or eight days.A rental service is a great way to try out fun looks or try a new designer without paying the high price.Who Needs a Wedding Planner?Hiring a wedding planner will drive the price of your wedding way up.A tech-savvy, modern way to DIY to save money is to download an app that helps you keep track of all the details of your wedding, from the vendors to the guest list.Wedding Happy is an app for iPhone or iPad that lets you create tasks and plan your wedding without hiring another person. Even better, the app is free.DJIYLong gone are the days when hiring a DJ meant having someone bring in a few turntables and fancy sound equipment.Many DJs work off of iPods or other MP3 players these days, which you most likely own yourself. Instead of paying a DJ by the hour, spend $1.99 to download My Wedding DJ , an app that runs on iPod Touch or iPhone.With the app, you can program playlists for your entire wedding.Be Your Own FloristFlowers can add to the cost of your wedding considerably, especially if you choose fancy flowers from a high end florist.For example, Calla lilies and peonies tend to cost twice or three times as much as roses or daisies.One of the easiest ways to cut costs on your wedding day is to purchase cheaper flowers and arrange them yourself.If you aren’t comfortable in your floral arranging skills, you can get an app for that. Florista isn’t free, but it will teach you a new skill you can use long after your wedding day is over.Get Creative with the MealDo you need to serve your guests a formal, three-course meal on your wedding day?The answer these days is no.The meal you serve at your reception can be whatever you want.If you are looking to cut costs, schedule your wedding for the middle of the day and have a cocktail hour themed reception.You can still serve drinks, but instead of a formal meal, serve appetizers and snacks. You can also hold your reception in the afternoon and serve a lighter, cheaper lunch instead of a pricey dinner.Buy Someone Else’s WeddingSadly, nearly a quarter of a million weddings are canceled every year.The couples who planned those weddings might have already put down deposits on venues for the ceremony and reception.If you want to save money, a service called Bridal Brokerage can help you find a reception venue, ceremony venue, or other vendors for a fraction of the original price.When you work with the company, you agree to purchase the contract that another couple originally had.They might not get the wedding they had dreamed of, but at least they’ll get some of their money back. And you’ll get a decent discount.Kelly Anderson is a financial planner who blogs about financial advice you can use in your everyday life. 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Post navigation Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at email@example.com (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related You’ve heard the expression countless times: Paying rent is like flushing money down the toilet.I get it. There are strong reasons for purchasing a home. I’m a homeowner and can attest to the fact that it provides my family with more stability, knowing a landlord can’t kick us out. Purchased at the right time and in the right place, a home can also prove to be a solid long-term investment.But lately, the case for renting has been strengthening. If you prefer a transient lifestyle with no intentions of staying put for many years, don’t like mowing your own lawn, have bad credit or all of the above, home ownership is probably not right for you…at least, not right now.But you already knew this.If you need more convincing, here are some additional talking points. Feel free to fire them back at home-owning friends who throw you shade.You can stay more liquid during hard timesBank deposits – both in savings and checking accounts – have been rising. Thanks in part to a strong job market, some of us now actually have a little money to tuck away. Are we all saving for a home down payment? I suspect not. Consumer confidence is weakening. We’re worried about health care costs. We’re not sure where the stock market is headed. The Dow Jones Industrial Aveage is up more than 60% since 2012. How much higher can it go?For many of us, we’re saving because we’re not sure what’s around the corner. If you want to stay liquid to better manage possible tough times ahead, tying your money up in real estate may not be the wisest move right now.There’s no “buyer’s remorse”If you don’t love the apartment you’re renting, good news: You can leave. You can either wait until your lease expires (usually within a year) or you can find someone to sublet your place. Worst case scenario, you can try to break your lease. You may lose money in doing so, but you can get your freedom back faster than trying to sell a home that you don’t like.And that’s the reality for many home buyers today. A new survey by Trulia found that 44% of Americans have a regret about their current home or the process they went through to when choosing it. One in five say a housing purchase mistake they made in the past is now holding them back from changing their current housing situation.The cost benefit of owning isn’t as strongIs owning a home financially better? That’s the conventional wisdom, but the numbers aren’t stacking up as high. Trulia Economist Cheryl Young told Money Magazine recently that, “the economic benefit has narrowed to the point that in some places, for some households, the decision to rent or buy a home may be too close to call.”That’s because rent prices have plateaued in many markets, while home prices and interest rates have been rising, she continued.To crunch the numbers and get a personalized breakdown of whether it’s financially beneficial to rent or buy in your neighborhood, check out rent versus buy calculators at Realtor.com and Trulia.com.
They say that stress is a killer. But it may not necessarily be a fast one.Low level stress, the kind produced from all life’s little worries, is related to a host of health issues.The presence of this stress in our bodies may account for chronic muscle pain, headaches, digestion problems, and even more serious problems, like depression and heart disease.There are many ways to deal with stress. We’ve listed eight points, mentioned by psychologist Emma Kenny in an interview with NetDoctor. ExerciseNature’s cure all is without a doubt exercise, and no surprise, it can also help with stress. Because stress hormones are specifically for boosting energy in the body, even light activity can help burn these hormones off.BeveragesCoffee and alcohol are staples for people living in cities: one boosts you forward, while the other helps you relax at home. However, both can make you more anxious. Herbal and decaffeinated teas are far better for you. Listen to what you loveListening to music you particularly favour can reduce stress, according to a study, by dilating blood vessels and slowing blood flow.Introverted or extroverted?Kenny says: ‘Lots of people assume they need to spend quiet time on their own when they’re feeling stressed.‘For some of us, a peaceful night in is essential for relaxation. But if you’re extroverted and get your energy from being around others, you may find too much time alone drains you.’MindfulnessMindfulness has become a catch-all term for simply ‘being in touch’ with yourself. While mindfulness apps, like Headspace, can help you destress, so can simpler activities, like your favourite hobby, whether it’s painting model planes or gardening.Go herbalHerbal treatments for anxiety and stress, like lavender oil, have been shown to as effective as conventional medicine.‘Forest-bathing’Known as Shinrin-yoku in Japan, forest bathing means simply immersing yourself in nature. Research from the University of Exeter showed that walking in nature can improve a bad mood.Be thankfulFeeling gratitude can help. Listing five things you are grateful for each day has been proven to lift your mood and reduce stress by a study conducted in the US.Source
Facebook Advertising Facebook for Business:Free Marketing WebinarDownload Now –> Topics: Originally published Jan 26, 2009 5:20:00 PM, updated October 01 2013 Brent Leary and Paul Greenberg are starting a new audio show called “CRM Playaz”. You can listen to the first episode and you’ll learn that they are sharp guys with some interesting things to say. And they are pretty funny too.You’ll also learn that they are fans of HubSpot on Facebook, but they are also a little pissed off at HubSpot, specifically because of our Facebook ads. Here’s what upset them. An ad for HubSpot that mentions that Paul is a fan of HubSpot. Paul feels like we did this without his permission.So how did I do it? Well, it is actually pretty easy. When I created the ad on Facebook (learn how to advertise on Facebook here), I clicked on a single checkbox. That’s it! All Facebook ads allow you to “add social actions” in one click and that can add the profile picture and a statement about the relationship from any of your fans or group members.Basically, Facebook assumes implicit permission for people to use your name and your brand to advertise products that are associated with the groups you join and the pages you become a fan of. Now, as a user you can control this, but the default setting is for advertisers to be able to do exactly what we did with Paul and HubSpot. By the way, if you want to opt-out of Facebook social ads, just click on “Settings -> Privacy Settings -> News Feed and Wall -> Social Ads.”What do you think about this? Are Paul and Brent right?Is Facebook invading people’s privacy by allowing marketers to use their face and name in ads for companies where they have expressed some level of support? I have my opinions, but what do you think? Leave a comment below. I added a copy of Paul’s thoughtful comment that he left on the ZDNet article (first link above) to get things started here. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 6 series in India within the next two months, suggests report. The series will include the recently launched Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and the yet to be announced Redmi 6 Pro. Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi 6 Pro on June 25, alongside the Mi Pad 4 in China. All the three Redmi 6 series of phones are expected to be budget segment phones. The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A will be priced under Rs 10,999, while the Redmi 6 Pro will be priced similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and should cost somewhere around Rs 20,000. Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the launch timeline of the Redmi 6 series phones.In China, the Redmi 6 was launched with a starting price tag of 799 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 8,500. Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6A is only one variant which costs 599 yuan, which is approx Rs 5,999. Both the Redmi phones are expected to launch with the almost around the same price in India as well. Redmi 6A will replace last year’s Redmi 5A and could be priced around Rs 6,000, while the Redmi 6 will replace Redmi 5 and may cost under Rs 9,000.The price of the Redmi 6 Pro is yet to be official. The phone, however, has been spotted listed on a European retail store earlier this week with a price tag of around Rs 20,000 approx. We can expect the phone to be priced somewhat similar in India too.Let’s take a look at the specs sheet of the phones.Redmi 6Redmi 6 comes with a 5.45-inch display with HD+ with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone sports horizontally aligned AI-powered dual camera setup on the back with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel. On the front, the phone carries a 5-megapixel sensor.advertisementOn the hardware front, the Redmi 6 is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2GHz. Xiaomi claims that Helio P22 is capable of delivering up to 48 per cent better CPU performance than the predecessor Redmi 5, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset. Redmi 6 comes in two variants — one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the second one comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. On the software front, the smartphone runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo. Redmi 6 comes with support for Xiao Ai assistant. Redmi 6 comes with other features like — Face ID support, smart object recognition and more.Redmi 6AThe Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. On the camera front, the smartphone comes with a single camera on both front and back. On the rear, the Redmi 6A comes with a 12-megapixel camera, while on the front the phone includes a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The smartphone runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo.On the hardware front, the Redmi 6A is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio A22 processor and is backed by a 3000mAh battery. According to Xiaomi, the 12nm-based chipset delivers 48 per cent better CPU performance than 28nm-based chipsets. The smartphone comes in only one variant, with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Twitter Marketing Originally published Nov 28, 2011 7:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Many of you probably joined Twitter to market a business. While marketing may be your primary focus, the Twitter also emphasizes an element of personal branding you shouldn’t neglect. Have you optimized both your business and personal Twitter presence to enable people to learn more about you and your business?If you haven’t, keep reading. David Meerman Scott shares a set of elements you should optimize within your Twitter profile. Let’s look at the four major components of a Twitter profile for better optimization:1. Your Twitter Background The first component you can optimize is your Twitter background. As a Twitter user, you have the opportunity to upload a custom image or pick one of Twitter’s suggested templates. Don’t use the default. David’s Twitter background, for instance, is an image of an antique typewriter. “It’s like my personality,” says David.A customized Twitter background is great for conveying something about you or your brand’s personality. What is more, it makes you more unique, helping you stand out from the crowd of other Twitter users. Not sure how to go about creating a custom Twitter background? Check out our video tutorial.2. Your PhotographThe second element of a Twitter profile that you will need to optimize is your avatar. Again, don’t use the default “egg” image. That won’t help you differentiate you or your business from the rest.Many people use photos that don’t help Twitter users recognize their identity. There is either too much going on in the photo, or it has been taken from too far away. These types of images might be great at conveying your personality, but they aren’t necessarily optimized for branding. Instead, for personal profiles, you should consider using a headshot that clearly shows your face so you can be easily recognized in the Twittersphere. For business accounts, use an image that portrays your company logo or brand.3. Your Twitter BioYour bio is the third thing you should optimize on your Twitter profile. It’s easy to just put a laundry list of stuff in there to define you or your brand, says David. But why not come up with a full sentence that describes you or your business? Also, make sure you include a link to your website or blog, where visitors can go to learn more about who you are and what you do. 4. Your TweetsDon’t forget to also optimize each of your tweets. Always share valuable content and use action-oriented language. As we have discussed previously, verbs are the part of speech that generates the most shares on Twitter. Post regularly — even over the weekend. We have found that Saturdays and Sundays perform well in terms of engaging people through tweets.Make sure your updates also include links to landing pages, a technique that will enable you to generate leads from Twitter. In this way, your social media efforts will directly impact lead generation.What are some practices that you have leveraged to optimize your Twitter presence, both for personal and business use? Topics:
8 Real-Life Examples of Engaging Pinterest Contests bit.ly/RwzFID via @pamelump— spiral16 (@spiral16) December 5, 2012 Make sure you jot down some notes under the ‘Content/Details’ column too. The body content is the meat and potatoes of your blog. You should be solving customers’ and prospects’ problems, earning their trust and becoming your industry’s leader by demonstration.Here, you’ll want to include a quick synopsis of each article to create a backlog of posts and ensure that your new content is fresh and unique. In addition, it’s also important to double check that your title accurately reflects the content of the article. After all, your blog title doesn’t just live in a silo on your website. The title of your blog post will also show up as a result in search. And oftentimes, when your post is shared via social media, it will look similar to the following, just the blog title and its link: Sure — your article may have a lot more context on your blog, but that context can easily get lost once it’s shared externally. Think of how your stand-alone title would appear in a Facebook post or among a litany of other tweets in a user’s Twitter feed. Does the title clearly reflect the content that’s inside? Failing to align your article’s title with its content is a sure-fire way to lose trust in your readers … and ensure they never come back to your blog for more.Keywords and Target PersonasYour company has a mission, right? And if you’re blogging, that mission likely includes providing expertise in certain areas that can be explained in a few keyword or key phrases that people use to search. Well, it turns out blogging plays a HUGE role in improving your company’s search rank. Okay, okay — no surprise there. But you’d be surprised how easy it is to overlook SEO when your main focus is content creation.Make sure you’re not only consciously integrating the keywords your company is trying to rank for into your blog posts, but that you’re also listing them in your editorial calendar. Consistent use of these terms is one way Google will rank you, so make sure your keyword strategy is baked into your blog and tracked here. It will also keep you focused on blogging about the topics that you want to get found for, which should also help you cater to your …… target readers! Visualize the people reading your blog as people you want to buy your products or services. Considering that vision, wouldn’t you want to tailor your content to something they’ll want to read and learn from? If you’re still a bit hazy on who your buyer personas are, check out this post, which is everything you need to research and create detailed buyer personas — with its own template and all! Then, fill in this this column before you publish anything. If you can’t identify the specific target persona for a particular post, is it really worth writing?It makes the most sense to use these two sections in tandem. Put yourself in the shoes of that target reader, and think about which keywords he or she may be searching to find you. Use those keywords as the starting point for topic ideas. Then, analyze the performance of those articles in terms of metrics like views, social shares, leads generated, as well as feedback from comments. This is a great way to determine which topics resonate best with your various buyer personas, which should help to inform your future blog topic ideas.Offer/Call-to-ActionSpeaking of leads, you want to generate leads from your blog too, right? That’s why every blog post you publish should include a call-to-action (CTA) for an additional lead-generating offer that visitors must fill out a form to obtain. This provides you with their contact information (which enables you to nurture them later) and thus helps push readers closer and closer toward becoming customers. This is where the lead gen aspect of your blog really shines. To learn more about proper CTA selection, check out this blog post.On the flip side, if you have a great new marketing offer you want to promote, this is another strong starting point to brainstorm your next blog post. Can you write a blog post on a similar or related topic that enables you to incorporate a call-to-action for your desired offer? Consider how you can use your blog to promote your amazing offers, and come up with article topics from there. Use this column in your template to keep track of which offers you’re promoting in each post. This can also come in handy for making sure you’re not mistakenly using the same CTAs over and over … and over … again — particularly if you have a lot of high-performing offers to choose from.Now that you’ve got a sense of what this template can help you accomplish, give it a try! Depending on how much content you publish (or want to publish) and how far in advance you want to do your planning, you can customize and build out this template to cover a month’s worth — or even a whole year’s worth — of blog content. But you’ve got to download it first 😉 Topics: Originally published Dec 20, 2012 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 At this point, we know that consistent, frequent blogging is critical to your business’ online success. In fact, according to the 2012 State of Inbound Marketing, 70% of companies that publish articles 2-3 times per week have acquired a customer through their blog. Furthermore, according to our 2012 Marketing Benchmarks report, companies that increase blogging from 3-5X/month to 6-8X/month almost double their leads. So how do you turn your company blog into a thought leadership-building, lead generating machine so you can achieve this kind of success?I’ll give you a hint: organization and consistency is key! One of the greatest blogging challenges is not the actual writing. It’s stuff like brainstorming topics, targeting the right readers, and optimizing posts with the right keywords and calls-to-action. Lucky for you, this is where our new blog editorial calendar template comes in handy! This free template is designed to keep you on track as you develop awesome content that your prospects, customers, and fans will fall in love with. Download this template to stay organized, monitor your keyword use and topic balance, and manage your blog’s timing and deadlines. In this blog post, we’ll pick apart the pieces of your new editorial calendar template so you can use it to to its fullest potential.Authors and Due DatesShare this calendar with anyone who will be contributing to your blog (in fact, consider plopping it into a Google doc for sharing and collaboration purposes!), and make sure they know when they’re being asked to contribute. It also makes a lot of sense to assign due dates that are at least a few days ahead of your planned publishing date. I’d recommend giving them a full week — you may want a larger buffer in case your bloggers need extra time to complete their assignments. This will allow you the time you need to review their articles, go through the necessary rounds of feedback and revisions with writers — so your writers can improve over time — and do your final editing and prep work.And don’t forget about guest bloggers, either! Getting external writers to contribute is a great way to not only fill gaps in your editorial calendar, but also to boost social sharing, reach, and the inbound links coming in to your blog content. Guest bloggers are generally proud to share their words on your awesome, thought-provoking blog, so they’ll be eager to push their contributions across their network. It may not be wise to share your internal Google Doc ed cal with external contributors, but be sure to include their contributions in your planning, and give them due dates and deadlines like you would your internal contributors. And to maximize the reach of your guest contributor’s articles, consider scheduling them for publishing on the days during which people are more active in social media (Tuesday-Thursday).Titles and Content DetailsRemember: An engaging title can make or break a blog post. After all, who’s going to read a post that has no hook? Follow the six characteristics of exceptional blog titles: Be actionable, brief, keyword-conscious, clear, definitive, and intriguing. Creating a sense of urgency (e.g. “7 Common SEO Myths to Throw Out the Window Immediately”), or being controversial (e.g. “Is PR Dead?”) are also great attention-grabbing tactics. (Just don’t be controversial for the sake of being controversial.) “How-to” titles, because they imply that the reader will get actionable advice on how to do something specific, also work great.In your blog editorial calendar template, make sure you write out your full blog titles to ensure you’re using a mid of title styles and techniques. This will help you maintain a balanced mix of how-to’s, numbered list posts, thought leadership-style content, etc. Remember: Variety is the spice of life! Design Templates Don’t forget to share this post! 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1. Explain the nature of your professional relationship.That sounds really serious, but it’s simply a helpful piece of context that acts as an “intro” for your recommendation. Whether it’s a coworker you’ve worked closely with for years, a manager, a direct report, a point of contact at an agency, or something else entirely, it sets the stage for the reader to learn why you’re writing this recommendation.For Example:I’ve worked alongside Lisa for close to two years now.2. Provide details of the position for which you’re recommending the person.Are you recommending this person for their work in one position? Or are you writing about their work across multiple jobs they’ve held while you worked with them? Either way, a great next step is to explain some of the notable parts of their job(s). It may feel strange — kind of like you’re listing out their job description. But this is very helpful for anyone reading the recommendation, looking to get a feel for what precisely it is they did in their job.Resist the urge to create a laundry list of their job duties. If they’ve really worn that many hats, I recommend contacting them to see if there’s a certain part of their role they’d like emphasized over others.For Example:In those two years, I’ve seen her not only excel at the core elements of her job — like copywriting and copyediting — but also learn other tasks that extend well beyond the scope of her role, like email marketing, event planning, and even championing our company’s internal communications.3. Explain how they’ve grown at the company.If this person reports (or once reported) to you, this aspect of a LinkedIn recommendation can go a long way. Explaining how the person you’re recommending has grown — either in their role or from one role to another — can demonstrate an ability to adapt as the organization expands.Just be careful not to overstate any low points in the person’s career that can dilute the value of the growth you’re trying to highlight.For Example:Lisa has grown as quickly as our business has, and her willingness to learn and take on these new responsibilities is something to be desired in any professional.4. Indicate how their contribution helped grow the team or company.This could be an explanation of how their performance helped hit hard metrics, or it could demonstrate a contribution toward more esoteric things, like leading their teammates or fostering new initiatives.For Example:Lisa’s mastery for both her core role, and the projects that extend beyond it, have been critical to the company’s growth. In fact, her taking on internal company communication aligned with a sharp increase in employee happiness.5. Explain what these achievements reveal about that person.By now, you’ve included some specifics — so let’s explain what those specifics mean for the larger theme of your recommendation. Do the examples you’ve detailed reveal that person is hard-working? Ambitious? Great for team morale? Connect their accomplishments with their attributes.For Example:This rare mix of productivity and ambition sets a great example for the rest of the team, and explains why everyone loves working with Lisa — no matter where they fall on the org chart. 6. End with a note about the personal aspect of working with him/her.In this section, hit the message home with a mention of how you felt working with the person, your hopes for their career, or simply a prediction about their future.For Example:While Lisa’s work has continued to pay dividends long past her tenure here, I certainly miss working with her every day. I have only optimistic predictions for her career trajectory.LinkedIn Recommendation ExamplesRecommendation From an EmployeeIn the recommendation below, a person discusses how their supervisor progressed at the company and how this person mentored them so they too could grow as an employee. Recommendation from an EmployerIn this recommendation, an employer explains how an employee progressed and executed on projects that made a big impact on their company:LinkedIn Recommendation Sample (for a Manager)Now, writing a LinkedIn recommendation can seem easier said than done. What if the employee you’re recommending is your superior? This can make it more difficult to recommend the person — even if you’re saying stellar things about them.To avoid sounding patronizing or tone deaf when addressing a higher-level professional, here’s a sample LinkedIn recommendation — written in full — that a manager would be proud to receive (notice how it embraces every step outlined above).I’ve worked for Lisa for two years, and in those two years, I’ve seen her quickly take on new responsibilities while having the time to teach this information back into her employees. By inheriting tasks like campaign analytics and email A/B testing — both of which extend beyond the scope of our team — she’s made our department much more agile, and set me up for a promotion last month. Lisa is as great a person as she was a manager, and her next employer will be lucky to have her.Now proofread, and hit send. Remember, the recipient has the opportunity to review and request changes to your recommendation, so if you’re concerned you haven’t written a recommendation in the most helpful way possible, they can still get in touch with edit requests.Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published in July 2018, but was updated in November 2019 for comprehensiveness. How to Write a LinkedIn Recommendation Explain the nature of your professional relationship. Provide details of the position for which you’re recommending the person. Explain how they’ve grown at the company. Indicate how their contribution helped grow the team or company. Explain what these achievements reveal about that person. End with a note about the personal aspect of working with him/her. Networking Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Nov 13, 2019 5:20:00 PM, updated November 13 2019 “Lisa has recommended you!”Awww, she has?!When I get a LinkedIn recommendation from someone I respect and admire professionally, I feel both honored and encouraged to return the favor. But for some reason, I always get writer’s block. I never know how to start or what to say — only that I like this person’s work and I want others to know it.Unfortunately, simply writing “Lisa is the best!!!!” isn’t reflective of Lisa’s skills — plus it makes you look like a total goon.Luckily, in the past few weeks I’ve written a couple of LinkedIn recommendations that I think turned out pretty well, and they reflected a pattern that’s easy to replicate in subsequent recommendations. I thought I’d share that pattern with others that suffer the same writer’s block.Download our ultimate guide to LinkedIn here for more tips about how to use LinkedIn for professional networking.Here’s a quick little “template” you can use that makes for a LinkedIn recommendation that’s specific, honest, succinct, and helpful for the person you’re recommending. Topics:
The Redmi Note 8 series India launch will take some time. So if you’re waiting for the next Redmi Note you’ll need to wait for more time. Hours after the China launch — on August 29 — Xiaomi VP Manu Jain announced that the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro will launch in India in “about eight weeks from now” because certification and testing take time. This suggests that the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come to India by the end of October if everything goes as planned.We expect the Chinese variant of both the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro to come to India. This means we can expect Redmi Note 8 Pro India variant with MediaTek Helio G90T and the Redmi Note 8 with Snapdragon 665 processor. This also means that the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro Indian model will come with four cameras on the back panel and Dot drop notch on the front with a single selfie camera.Recall the past and you’ll know that up until now the Pro Notes weren’t a massive upgrade over the regular Notes. It just had some minor upgrades here and there. This strategy was followed for the Redmi Note 7 series as well, but with the Redmi Note 8 series, it changes because Note 8 Pro is an overall upgrade to the Note 8 in comparison. The Pro Note aka the Redmi Note 8 Pro gets a bigger upgrade compared to the regular Note — Redmi Note 8 — in almost every way possible. Be it camera, hardware, screen or battery the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a much massive upgrade over the Redmi Note 8 in almost all aspects and not just some.advertisementLet’s take a look at everything that changes from Redmi Note 8 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro.Different designMostly the Pro Note and the regular Note sport the same design. The Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro, for instance. Both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro look exactly identical. This changes with the Redmi Note 8 series.The Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Redmi Note 8 look different. The Redmi Note 8 includes the four-camera module on the left side of the rear while the back cameras of the Redmi Note 8 Pro sit in the middle. The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s design is somewhat similar to the Redmi K20. The Redmi Note 8 gets slight design upgrade from the Redmi Note 7. Both the phones include four cameras on the back.Bigger screenThe Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a bigger screen when compared to the Redmi Note 8. The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.39-inch display with a screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In comparison, the Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a 6.53-inch FHD+ display that offers 91.94 per cent screen-to-body ratio.Better rear camerasThe camera is one of the biggest highlights of the Redmi Note 8 series of phones. Both the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro come with four cameras on the back panel which sits inside a vertical camera module. Despite the same camera module design and the number of cameras the cameras of the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 are different. The Redmi Note 8 comes with 48Mp primary sensor on the back while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the first 64MP smartphone in the world.The Redmi Note 8 comes with quad cameras on the back panel. It includes a primary 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens (covers120-degree), and 2MP Macro lens. In comparison, Redmi Note 8 Pro includes primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with f/1.7 aperture that is capable of clicking big 9248×6936 images, 2MP depth sensor, 8MP Ultra Wide lens, and 2MP macro lens.Improved selfie shooterBoth the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro come with single selfie sensor on the front. The selfie camera of both the Redmi phones sits inside the Dot drop notch. The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 13MP image sensor on the front while the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 20MP camera sensor. Both the phones come with lots of AI camera features that will enable users to play around with various filters and enhance the selfies accordingly or as per their requirement. Hardware: MediaTek vs QualcommXiaomi chooses MediaTek for the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Qualcomm for powering the Redmi Note 8. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T processor that comes paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In comparison the Redmi Note 8 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor – that also powers the Xiaomi Mi A3 – coupled with up to 6GB RAM and 128G of internal storage. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three variants — 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB RAM + 128GB. The Redmi Note 8 comes in three RAM and storage versions — 4GB RAM + 64GB, 6GB+ 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.advertisementBigger battery with fast charging support in the boxThe Redmi Note 8 comes with a 4000mAh battery that is smaller than the battery powering the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4500mAh battery. The good bit is both the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro come with 18W fast charging support. Both the phones come with Type C support and include the 18W charger inside the retail box.Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro priceThe price of the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro are different, of course. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is costlier than the Redmi Note 8. The good bit is despite being a massive upgrade over Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro come with the similar price as their predecessors.For now we know the China price of the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three variants — 6GB RAM + 64GB storage that costs 1399 Yuan (translates to Rs 14,000), 6GB + 128GB that costs 1599 Yuan (translates to Rs 16,000) and 8GB RAM + 128GB that costs 1799 Yuan (translates to Rs 18,000). On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 also comes in three variants — 4GB RAM + 64GB for 999 Yuan that translates to Rs 10,000, 6GB+ 64GB storage model costs 1199 Yuan (translates to 12,000) and lastly 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model comes for 1399 yuan (around Rs 14,000).ALSO READ | Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: All that’s different between two Pros from Xiaomi
Guardiola ‘We need 32 players!’ – Guardiola dismisses Man City’s hopes of quadruple trophy haul Jamie Smith 23:26 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Manchester City v Watford Basel v Manchester City Manchester City v Bristol City Basel Bristol City Premier League UEFA Champions League League Cup Manchester City v Burnley Burnley FA Cup His side sit clear at the top of the Premier League and are going strong in Europe, but Guardiola insists a clean sweep of trophies is beyond them Pep Guardiola has again dismissed Manchester City’s chances of winning four trophies this season, claiming he would need 32 players for such an achievement.City are 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, while Guardiola’s men have a favourable last-16 tie against Basel coming up in the Champions League.Burnley visit the Etihad Stadium for an FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday, with Guardiola’s side then in EFL Cup semi-final action against Bristol City on Tuesday, as the club’s busy schedule continues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City’s domestic dominance – they remain unbeaten outside of a dead-rubber loss at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League – has inevitably led to suggestions they could match Arsenal’s Invincibles of the 2003-04 season.But Guardiola believes City require a much larger pool of players if they are to collect multiple honours at the end of the season.Quizzed on the team’s quadruple chances, he told reporters: “Maybe [ask] that question in March or April, if we are still in four competitions, we can talk. “But tomorrow is the FA Cup first round [sic] so thinking about the four competitions is an illusion, it’s not realistic. We would need 32 players to play four competitions and it is not realistic to have 32 players.”Our priority is the next one, priority is tomorrow. Training, rest good and play at 3pm in the afternoon, then Bristol. Our intention is to not drop any games.”Of course we will rotate some players, but it is Burnley, they don’t concede goals, they are so strong physically. We’ll try not to drop any competitions.”City have been tipped to reinforce the squad this month, with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez among their reported targets.But Guardiola will not press City’s board for additions, the Catalan accepting that pushing through deals at this time of the season is challenging.”In Barcelona, Bayern and here I never push [for transfers],” Guardiola said. “The clubs I work with do their best. We’re working now for this month and also for the future.”If it happens it happens. I will work with the players I have. The toughest time to buy players is now. We need something, as we’re in four competitions, but if nothing happens we’ll go with the guys we have and look in the second team to move forward.”Burnley’s 3-0 loss at the Etihad in October is their joint-heaviest defeat of the season, with Sean Dyche’s side flying high in seventh place in the Premier League despite a five-game winless run.”What [Dyche] has done so far is amazing,” Guardiola said. “After five or six Premier League title contenders, Burnley are next and they make amazing results at all contenders.”It’s a tough draw for us tomorrow but of course we want to go forward with that competition as well.”
This should come as a surprise to, well, absolutely nobody, but ESPN and Fox are not pleased with the Big 12. If you’ve been paying attention you know that the Big 12 is about to force the hands of these content distributors to the tune of around potentially $1 billion all for adding Colorado State, Cincinnati and Memphis to its conference. You can understand the displeasure of ESPN and Fox, yes?Sports Business Daily reported on the matter on Monday.ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more, sources said. But the Big 12 is financially motivated to add more teams.Stunning, I know. I’m blown away actually. The Big 12 wants to add more teams because it means more money for them, and ESPN and Fox don’t want to pay because it means less money for them. The question for me to ESPN and Fox is, “why is this clause even in the contract?” You knew the landscape when it was signed — or at least most of it — why not protect yourself against this very thing?Sports Business Daily continues.There’s also some history here. Executives at ESPN and Fox remember 2010 when they helped hold the conference together against the Pac-12’s raid by keeping rights fees at the 12-team level, even though the Big 12 was reduced to 10 teams — Nebraska left for the Big Ten, while Colorado departed for the Pac-12. In this latest round of expansion, network executives say the Big 12 is putting the conference’s financial gain ahead of its quality.So there was a wink-wink in 2010 when ESPN and Fox artificially inflated the cashflow to the conference despite its loss of Nebraska and Colorado. OK. Still, why put the clause in the contract?If the networks, both of which have encountered some financial challenges in the last year with cutbacks and subscriber losses, decided to staunchly challenge the contracts, they could simply not pay the increases and force the conference to take them to court. ESPN and Fox would argue that the move to expand and charge the TV networks more money does not reflect the spirit of the original deals, which were signed four years ago. Another option would be to go along with the increases now and not support the Big 12 in 2025, when the grant of rights and the TV deals expire.And there we go. That’s where all this is headed. In other words, If you expand right now, here’s the Big 12 in 2025 in the eyes of ESPN and Fox when the current contracts are up: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The top brass in the Big 12 knows this of course, but 2025 is a long way away. College football contracts will look vastly different in 10 years as will the folks signing them. Relationships change. This won’t be Burns Hargis’ and Bob Bowlsby’s problem in 10 years.Bad blood in 2016 might not be bad blood in 2025. You might be able to get away with it. As the content provider, you sort of hold all the cards, don’t you? And the Big 12 is almost certainly going to expand because $1B is $1B. It’s a chance they’re willing to take — to call the bluff of ESPN and Fox a decade in the future. And you know what? From a financial standpoint I kind of think they should.