UNESCO names Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage

first_imgAfter ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The Ministry of External Affairs said the inscription of ‘Kumbh Mela’ in the list was undertaken following recommendation by an expert body which examines nominations submitted by member countries of the UNESCO.“The Intergovernment Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO has inscribed ‘Kumbh Mela’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session held at Jeju, South Korea from 4-9 December 2017. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of ‘Yoga’ and ‘Norouz’ on 1st December 2016,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement.The Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.last_img read more

10,000 Sikh Pilgrims From India to be Given Visas

first_imgThe Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) have decided on Saturday to grant visas to 10,000 Sikhs from India, so that they can participate in the 550th birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak.Pakistani officials have given a green signal to the largest representatives of Sikhs, the Shiromani committee, and other small groups to take part in the celebrations.Read it at Tribune Related Itemslast_img

Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPromoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III MOST READcenter_img “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

LeEco Le 2 costs Rs 11,999 but you can buy it for Re 1. Wait, what?

first_imgChinese company LeEco on Wednesday brought its online shopping web portal, aka the LeMall live to India. It also launched two new ‘Superphones’ here, the Le 2 and the Le Max 2. While the Le 2 has been priced at Rs 11,999, the Le Max 2 will cost buyers Rs 22,999. Both the phones will be available for buying from Flipkart and LeMall.com via flash sale model. The company will however be selling the Le 2 at an introductory price of Re 1 on an undisclosed date.The offer will be limited to 300 units of the phone and will be up for grabs on a first come first served basis. Registrations for the first flash sale for the phone will begin from June 15. The company is yet to announce the exact date when the Le 2 will officially go on sale for the first time. Also, the offer seems to be limited to LeMall.com purchases.The Le 2 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EUI and supports 4G LTE.Also Read: LeEco launches Le 2, Le Max 2 with Type-C audio starting at Rs 11,999The phone sports a 16-megapxiel camera on the rear with PDAF and dualLED flash along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging.The Le Max 2 on the other hand is the company’s premiere offering boasting of a 5.7-inch QHD screen display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood with 6GB RAM and 64GB memory. It sports a 21-megapxiel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilisation and phase detection autofocus. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera on the front.  The phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery. The Le Max 2 will go on sale for the first time on June 28.advertisementThe USP of both the phones is that they chuck a regular 3.5mm audio jack and instead feature a USB Type-C audio connector.last_img read more

Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now

first_imgIf you think February is too early to think about a summer internship, you may want to think again. Right now, many companies are already advertising for internships. But where should you apply?To help you find the right internship for you, Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, has combed its millions of job listings and analyzed thousands of company and interview reviews shared by recent interns to uncover which companies are hiring interns, how internship experiences compare at the highest rated companies for interns, and what financial offers look like at these companies.In Glassdoor’s second annual report of the Top 20 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns Right Now, tech giant Google ranks #1 among interns for the second year with a 4.6 rating – an increase from its 4.3 rating on last year’s report. So what do Google interns appreciate about working there? A Google Platforms Project Manager Intern (Mountain View, CA) says, “Google treats interns even better than full time employees. All of the employees all the way up to VP personally spend time with you and take your opinion.” (Funny side note: Google ranks #1 among interns just a few months before the upcoming movie “The Internship” debuts, with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, in which they play laid-off 40-somethings who take on internships at Google).Procter & Gamble ranks #2 on this year’s list with a 4.2 rating, improving from its 4.0 rating on last year’s report. One Procter & Gamble Researcher Intern (Cincinnati, OH) says, “I liked the low barriers to interacting with upper level management. I found myself as an intern occasionally eating lunch with Section Heads (SH) and Associate Directors (AD).”Check out the complete results below:Hoping to earn the big bucks and intern at one of the highest rated companies? Look no further than the tech industry. A Microsoft Research Intern earns the highest average monthly base pay ($7,050 per month, an increase from $6,746 in last year’s report). Google Software Engineer Interns bring in the second highest average monthly base pay ($6,462 per month), followed by Microsoft Software Engineer In Test Interns ($5,951 per month).Before you land any internship, you’ll have to go through the interview process, which can be challenging. Many employers today are asking some unexpected and tough interview questions to help them find the best intern candidates possible. Check out some of these recent interview questions interns have actually been asked:“Who is your hero and why?” – Google Intern Candidate (location n/a)“How many meals were eaten during the Olympics?” – JPMorgan Chase Summer Intern Candidate (location n/a)“How many new cars, on average, are bought in the US each year?” – Microsoft Summer Intern Candidate (Seattle, WA)“Are there enough hours in the day?” – Ernst & Young Summer Direct Tax Intern Candidate (location n/a)“If you had a large sum of money, where would you invest it?” – PwC Summer Audit Intern Candidate (Bristol, England)What was your latest internship like? Help others and share a review about your experience.last_img read more

2 in 5 Employees Expecting Pay Raises in 2014; Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey (Q4 …

first_imgAs employees head back to work after the New Year, bigger salaries in 2014 are top of mind, according to Glassdoor’s Q4 2013 Employment Confidence Survey¹. In fact, two in five (42%)  employees expect a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months, up five percentage points since last quarter, while getting a pay raise is among employees’ top career resolutions (32%) in 2014.Each quarter, the Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey monitors four key indicators of employment confidence: re-hire probability, business outlook, job security and salary expectations. This quarter’s survey also looked at top career resolutions and job search plans in 2014. More than 2,000 adults participated in the online survey.Employees’ Top Career Resolutions in 2014In terms of top career resolutions in 2014, not only do 32% of employees want to get a raise, 22% want to look for a new job, 20% want to take/use all their vacfation days earned (up seven percentage points since last year), and another 20% want to develop their leadership skills. While 21% of employees said improving their performance/rating by a supervisor was a top resolution last year, only 16% reported it as a top resolution this year. In addition, three percent of employees admit helping get their boss/supervisor fired is among their top career resolutions in 2014, up one percentage point over last year.Salary Increase Expectations ReboundingNot only is optimism in salary increases growing, as 42% of employees say they expect a pay raise in 2014, this is also at its highest level since Q112. Plus, while most employees (42%) believe they will get a pay raise in the next 12 months, fewer employees (38%) do not, and even fewer (20%) are not sure. Interestingly, 44% of employees in the West do not expect to receive a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months, significantly greater when compared to those in the Northeast (33%).Layoff Fears Remain at Lowest Level in Five YearsAs employees feel more confident in receiving pay raises in 2014, their concerns over being laid off in the next six months (15%) remain at an all-time low since Q408. Employees 55-64 years old (20%) are more concerned about this than those 45-54 years old (12%). When it comes to employee concerns about co-workers being laid off in the next six months, more employees (27%) report concerns since last quarter, an increase of three percentage points.Business Outlook SteadyIn the next six months, most employees (48%) believe their company’s business outlook will stay the same, while 42% believe it will get better, up two percentage points sice last quarter, and ten percent believe it will get worse. Men (49%) are more optimistic than women (35%) that their company’s business outlook will perform much or somewhat better in the next six months.Check out more from our Q4 2013 Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, including our survey supplement which provides a detailed quarter-by-quarter breakdown of results.¹ The Glassdoor Employment Confidence survey is conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor.last_img read more

Why Not to Ignore Recruiters’ Calls

first_imgYou may be in your dream job but that doesn’t mean you should blow off the recruiter or executive search consultant if they come calling. Getting inundated with recruiters‘ calls if you have sought-after skills can be annoying, but you never know when the roles will reverse and you will be the one looking for a job.“It’s very common (for people to blow off recruiters calls) and it always leaves us scratching our heads,” says Kathy Harris, managing director of recruiting firm Harris Allied in New York. “We very often know about positions that no one knows about. At the end of the day you want to be the first person we think of.”For the happily employed it doesn’t hurt to take the phone call. After all they may have an amazing job for you. Not to mention you are clearly wanted because they are the ones seeking out you.  Even if the job may not be right for you but could be ideal for someone you know which creates a win win situation. You get to refer someone you care about and you create a relationship with the recruiter because you are helping out.Landing a better position or referring a friend or family member are the primary reasons you want to take a recruiters phone call, but it’s not the only reasons. Recruiters can be a great source of industry information as well as a sounding board as you navigate your career.“Recruiters know which industries are shifting, which companies are growing, who is downsizing, and they are able to share this information in a third-party, non-biased way,” says Tom Gimbel, president and chief executive of LaSalle Network, a Chicago staffing company. “They know which skill sets are in demand, which certifications you need to grow your career and what you need to succeed in a role.” Not to mention recruiters know a lot of people and can connect you with mentors, key players and others who can help you’re career.But not every recruiter or executive search consultant is created equal. You don’t want to waste your time with someone who can’t help you just like you don’t want to blow off the one that can. Figuring out who to create a relationship with and who to avoid can take work but it’s not impossible to do.According to experts, when determining who is a good ally and who is a waste of time, do some quick research. If you get a call from a recruiter check out his or her LinkedIn page. See what types of clients they’ve placed what firms they work for and how long they have been in the business. Rightly or wrongly the amount of experience the person has as a recruiter matters a lot. Typically someone starting out in the recruiting field isn’t going to have the same contacts as someone who has been in the industry for years.  It’s perfectly ok to ask how long they’ve been doing this, what industries they specialize in and what their client base is like. “Finding a good recruiter is no different than looking for good networking contacts. Ask you friends and colleagues who has a good reputation,” says Susan Ruhl, a managing partner at OI Partners Innovative Career Consulting in Denver. “Research firms and individuals on LinkedIn.”Once you figure out which recruiters you want to build relationships with then you can start the building.  One of the most important things to do is establish boundaries up front as to how the relationship will go. For instance if the recruiter makes a habit of calling your office phone but you work in an open office environment tell the recruiter to phone you after hours or during your lunch hour on your mobile phone.Equally important, says Harris is to make sure the conversations that do take place whether over the phone, email, text or in person are confidential. The last thing you want to happen is your boss to get wind of your newfound friendship with the recruiter for a competitor.If you do decide to pursue an opportunity provided by a recruiter career experts say the best way to maintain an honest relationship is to be upfront about your experience, your skills and your weaknesses. Any embellishments will easily be revealed once the recruiter starts checking your credentials. It’s also a good idea to treat any interviews with a recruiter or executive search firm as if you were interviewing with the company.  “A retained search firm is an extension of its client organizations, and should be treated as such during the interview process,” says to Linda Komnick, principal at Witt/Kieffer, the national executive search firm. “The search firm is expected to screen potential candidates based on mutually defined criteria, so think of your interview with the recruiter as your first interview in the hiring process.”last_img read more

5 Reasons Your Resume Is More Valuable Than Your Online Professional Profile

first_imgDo you wish there was a one-stop resume shop online? Maybe you could just type in a URL, enter a few bullets and voila, your resume would appear. Ever so often thereafter, you could pop in and add a bullet or two that touts your newest achievement. Easy peasy.While LinkedIn and its advocates have been promoting the resume builder as an effortless replacement to the ‘traditional Word resume,’ several problems with this recommendation exist. For example:Resumes Are Owned by LinkedIn, Ultimately. Yes, once you’ve signed up for a URL, in theory, you own it until you relinquish it. But the reality is, the LinkedIn site is owned by a corporate entity, not you. Everyone should have their own personal resume that is offline, portable, and easily accessible, and not at risk of evaporating or morphing by powers outside of your control.Resumes Are Confined by Character Count Rules. Each section has a certain number of characters you can use. Once you’ve populated those, your storytelling ceases. For example, the following describes several sections and their character restrictions: Professional Headline–120 characters; the Summary–2,000 characters; and each Position Description–2,000 characters. While the character counts, at a glance, seem fairly adequate, they do limit creativity and flexibility. Not every resume is alike, and fleshing out your Position Description stories may require more than the allotted number of characters. Marketing your unique value to ABC Company may require you to expand more in one section than another. One size does not fit all.Resumes Offer Limited Design Capabilities. For example, if you want to embed a chart or graph directly into the Summary section to promptly wow the reader, you cannot. Yes, you can create SlideShares and other visual displays, as attachments to your LinkedIn profile, but that tactic is not as seamless, flexible or visually malleable as sliding your image directly into the design. While you can add, subtract and move sections around, you cannot create unique titles or distinctively design how your sections are presented – they are pre-programmed. As well, LinkedIn resumes do not allow bold-facing or color. If you want to emphasize a few words, a headline or a phrase, you can’t press a boldfacing button, apply unique fonts or incorporate dashes of color. A LinkedIn resume pales in comparison to some of the more intrepid, nuanced and graphically designed resumes that are created in Word.Resumes All Look Alike. Regardless of the finessing you perform to develop a distinguishing look—even if you cleverly paste in specially designed bullets to introduce your achievements, rearrange sections, add SlideShares or Box.net files and so forth, your profile, at a glance, will visually look like the next candidate’s profile and the next, and so forth. It’s part and parcel to using a pre-programmed style.Sometimes Too Public. You may be more willing to divulge certain information in a privately submitted resume than you would via a publicly published LinkedIn profile. Particularly, if you are currently employed, you may opt to use your LinkedIn profile as a marketing vehicle for your current company to expand their visibility. In other words, if you are currently employed, your message may be slanted more toward selling your value to your clients, to strategic partners and such, while your offline, Word, resume can directly tout your value to a new job at a different company.Writing and maintaining a focused and persuasive resume is essential to your career and job search movement. While the initial process can seem daunting, don’t let this derail your efforts. LinkedIn’s resume builder may seem like the easy button to job search success; it’s not. Take the time, and make the intellectual effort to first build a robust, meaningful and convincing Word resume, and then use that content to flesh out your online profiles.last_img read more

Which Credit Bureau Will Give Me the Best Report?

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedCan You Win When Disputing Accurate Credit Report Items?January 28, 2013In “Credit Info”How to Get Rid of Closed Accounts on Credit ReportsJanuary 13, 2014In “Credit Info”Why is My Credit Score Never the Same?December 20, 2017In “Credit Info” Post navigation I received the following question last week from one of my Twitter followers and I think the answer will benefit the Minter community.“John, I was trying to get a copy of my credit report and wanted to ask your opinion as to which credit bureau is the best of the three? And, if there is a best credit bureau why are they the best?”It’s actually a very fair question.Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a uniform answer and it really depends from which perspective you ask the question.Are you asking which credit bureau has the most accurate data? Are you asking with which credit bureau your credit score will be the highest? Are you asking which credit bureau corrects errors the fastest?Error CorrectionsUnfortunately you’re not going to get statistics needed to be able to answer the questions about the most accurate data or which credit bureau corrects errors the fastest.But, we do have some industry wide data provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).According to the FTC between 10 and 21 percent of credit reports contain confirmed errors, but that’s as specific as it’s going to get.According to the CFPB some 8 million credit report disputes were filed in 2011 but, again, there are no more specifics.As far as dispute resolution, most credit disputes are completed within a few weeks thanks to automation of the process.Highest Credit ScoreWhile those answers probably won’t satisfy your hunger for identifying the “best” credit bureau, here’s another way to go about the process.You can see which credit bureau is going to generate the highest credit score based on your/their credit file.That’s not hard at all.Just go to any number of the websites that give away a free credit score and if your score is highest at Experian or TransUnion or Equifax then you’ll have your winner. And don’t worry, running a free credit score check won’t negatively impact your score.Does It Matter?Of course using that information to your advantage is easier said than done.For example, let’s say your highest credit score is being generated off of your Experian credit report and let’s say it’s a 720.And now we’ll say your other two credit reports score out at 700 and 695.Clearly your chances of getting a better deal with a lender would be considerably improved if you found one that will pull your Experian credit report.Here’s the problem…lenders don’t normally publish which credit report they’re going to pull as part of their underwriting of your application.In fact, most lenders have accounts with all three of the major credit reporting agencies so they could pull any of your three credit reports, depending on where you live.At best you’ll find out after the fact because one of your credit reports will have a new inquiry identifying the lender that pulled the report.By then their decision has already been made and you weren’t able to strategically leverage your highest scoring credit report.You can certainly ask the bank or credit union which credit report they intend to pull if you were submit an application for some form of credit.And because it’s not national security you may get an answer.But, most front line service reps and bank tellers have no idea which credit report is used by their employer for certainly loan types in certain geographies.That decision has already been made by someone you’ll never meet in a state where you’ll never visit.The Bottom LineSo back to the question of which is the best credit bureau.Because there is not a generally recognized metric for credit bureau “grading” it’s simply an impossible question to answer…for a consumer.Now, for a business thinking about buying credit report data there is a process for comparing the credit bureaus.It’s called a credit file comparison study and it’s normally performed by large lenders that want to be sure they’re buying what they believe to be the best data for their underwriting.File comparisons are very sophisticated but include some simple elements.For example, file comparisons often compare the volume and inventory of credit report entries like loans and credit cards.The comparisons also compare the volume of derogatory information, such as public records and collections.In many cases the credit files that are the most complete with both positive and negative information are considered “the best credit reports” because they provide lenders with the most information on which to base their decisions.John Ulzheimer is the Credit Expert at CreditSesame.com, and a credit blogger at SmartCredit.com, Mint.com, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.  He is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. The opinions expressed in his articles are his and not of Mint.com or Intuit. You can follow John on Twitter here.last_img read more

5 common modern day habits that are incredibly unhealthy for you

first_imgWe have some good news and some bad news when it comes to smoking. The good news is that the rate of smoking adults in America has been rapidly shrinking over the last forty years, with a decline from 42% of the population smoking in 1965 to just 15% in 2015.The bad news? Modern life is introducing quite a few other dangerous and incredibly unhealthy habits into our lives, some of which are just as deadly if not worse than smoking.With our increasingly isolated and sedentary lives, we have grown dependent on several habits that are harming our bodies in the long-term.Here are five bad habits that are just as deadly as smoking:1) Eating JunkOur faster lifestyles make it more and more difficult to sit down and enjoy a nice, healthy meal; much less do it three times a day.On some days, the best we can hope for is grabbing a quick fruit or pastry on the way to work; on most days, we resort to unhealthy processed food that are high in sugar and saturated fats.Fast food, microwaveable meals, canned goods, snacks and junk food, fried dishes and so much more—the bad food is all around us, and it can be so easy to fall into a routine of eating junk and nothing else for weeks at a time.And this is literally killing us. A 2016 study found that the death rates caused from poor diets is greater than the death rates of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and unprotected sex put together.2) Lack of SleepWith work following us home and keeping us up later into the night, and computer screens in every corner of the bedroom, finding the time (or patience) to lay down and sleep for eight hours a night is becoming increasingly problematic.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around fifty to seventy million Americans suffer a lack of sleep. The situation is so dire that they have been forced to declare sleep deprivation as a public health problem.The problem isn’t just fatigue and sleeping at work; the World Health Organization has found that not getting enough sleep is just as likely to cause a heart attack or stroke as regular smoking.3) Feeling LonelyThis one may not exactly be a habit, but can anyone really argue that loneliness isn’t a growing problem all around the modern world?With the rise of Internet and social media adoption, in-person interaction has slowly fallen over the last several years, causing some to classify loneliness as a worldwide epidemic.Not only does this mean that a growing majority of people around the world are feeling emotionally and mentally drained from their bouts of loneliness, but it also means that they could be living shorter lives as a result.One study found that loneliness can be so harmful for an individual that it can cut down on your life span as much as smoking around 15 cigarettes everyday would.4) Indoor TanningWe all love to get a good tan, but not all of us have the luxury of living near a beach. For those in colder climates, indoor tanning sessions is becoming an increasingly popular option.The problem? While indoor tanning can give you a similar bronze glaze that regular tanning provides, it comes with the risk of hurting your body as severely as smoking.A 2014 study published in JAMA concluded that indoor tanning is a greater precursor of skin cancer than smoking is with lung cancer.Think about it: while every pack of cigarettes is covered in government warnings cautioning you about your health, not a single tanning salon is forced to reveal that they could potentially destroy your skin.The researchers called it a “major public health issue”, and rightly so.5) SittingThe days of working out in the sun all day and making do with your hands are long gone for many of us city-dwellers. Many careers now play out entirely in the office—everything from accounting to designing requires eight hours of day sitting at a computer, typing away day after day.But sitting for so long is something our bodies were never meant to do. In a 2014 study, researchers measured exactly how long participants sat throughout the day doing various sedentary activities, including commuting, doing work, and watching TV.They found that for every additional two hours that a person regularly sat throughout the day, the higher their risk would be for developing lung, endometrial, and lung cancer. It didn’t matter if they fit exercise into their daily routine; just the fact that they sat for so long in the first place was enough to harm their body.Breaking Out of RoutineIf you are a non-smoker, pat yourself on the back for taking care of your health and prioritizing your body.But the work doesn’t stop there: habits that can damage our bodies just as badly as smoking are all around us. Ignoring the other bad habits you may have can be just as irresponsible as sticking a cigarette between your lips.Sourcelast_img read more

Why The Fuller Brush Man Shoots Videos for YouTube

first_img Your Thoughts New Marketing Labs Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . Join us at the , a blog in the Top 10 of Advertising Age Power150, and in the Top 100 blogs in the world, according to Technorati. He is funnier in person. This article is a guest post by social media guru Is your product even interesting? If you’re selling a brand new MP3 player, it damned well better do more than be a different color or have different buttons. If you’re selling a piece of software, why should I use you when I already know your competitor’s brand better, and when there are hundreds of other people looking for some of my time to try out their thing, too? As for trust, I’m not believing you any more that your service is 600% faster than the competition. I don’t actually care. I’m not buying in that Tiger Woods is awesome. Instead, I’m looking for which of my friends or online colleagues is using the product, and what they think of it. I’m hoping that their reputation will translate to a level of trust, and that I can skip a few steps to evaluate a product based on their consideration. What do you think? Does this make sense? Can you see how this is really just a new way to build relationships, that you’re still human, that the end results all still have to be about your business and marketing goals? What else didn’t I cover that you need? So What Should You DO? Companies are learning how to use tools like blogging and podcasting and videos to build relationships. Some are performing old fashioned advertising in a new arena. The guys from Topics: Originally published Mar 24, 2009 9:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 In short, there aren’t a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t put together a simple strategy to align with your 2009 goals, and then put up some potential measurements to judge success. Think beyond the tools. Don’t look for 10,000 YouTube views. Look for 5 more sales. Don’t look for 2,000 pageviews on your blog. Look for conversions. Don’t do Inbound Marketing Summit [chrisbrogan.com] everything sell blenders by demonstrating how powerful they are in a funny, clever, viral way. But it’s just plain old advertising. Nothing wrong with that. It’s working. What works best is that one can take the ads and embed them on their own sites, or pass them around, or load them onto an iPod and take the videos with them. (That’s the secret key there, by the way.) In short, I ask for recommendations much more than I research these days. Trust and Attention April 28-29, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. Get $200 off the ticket price with discount code events taking place this April in San Francisco, May in Dallas, and September in Boston. He is President of Inbound Marketing Summit Advertising shifted from print to radio to TV and now onto the web, and there, it hit some really hard walls really fast. Advertising still works to some extent, but it’s not exactly pulling as hard as it used to, and that’s troubling to marketers and sales people who need to push more products. The problem isn’t with the ads, exactly. It’s in how we’ve shifted since those days. Some thoughts. Chris Brogan , and blogs extensively at Companies are learning that real, two-way conversations via blogs, via social networks, via video and podcasting tools, is a great new way of content marketing, where the relationship-building feels more genuine, where people explore the chance to understand the humans behind a product, and where somewhat more meaningful connections can be made. Chris Brogan runs the I look forward to the conversation. . The new price for entry for getting your product sold is attention, and then trust. We’re busy. I have 290 unread emails in my box while I’m blogging this, and most every one requires more than a one-sentence response. So first, you have to get my attention. BlendTec Photo by Sooz . Do a few things that make sense, that are easy for you to measure, and that you can test quickly. In the 1950s, advertising became the rage in the US. I just finished KING OF MADISON AVENUE, by Kenneth Roman, about David Ogilvy, one of the really big thinkers of his time. His golden rule of advertising was that it was the new face of door-to-door selling. He would say things something like (not a direct quote): “You wouldn’t knock on a housewife’s door and sing to her. Why do you put jingles in your TV spots?” HUB200 Youtube Marketing The tools aren’t especially difficult to use, once you experience them. The culture of the online world is different than old fashioned marketing, but it’s not insurmountable to learn the right lessons to move forward. Understanding how to shift from push marketing to inbound marketing takes a little bit of practice and execution, but the results speak quickly towards your intended goals.last_img read more

An Insider’s Secret to Avoiding Marketing Content Shortages

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack These days, inbound marketers have to crank out content like never before. Between blog posts, ebooks, webinars, videos, podcasts, and more, it’s hard to keep fresh topics on the horizon. So how can you make it easier to produce remarkable content at such a fast pace? Let me introduce you to your new sidekick, the editorial calendar.So, you have a pretty good sense of the audience you’re targeting and what kind of content you will most likely need to create to drive sales and happy customers. (Wait — you don’t? Read this first.) The next step is to create an editorial calendar that lays out when and where to share that content. An editorial calendar is like a roadmap for content creation, showing you what kind of content to create, what topics to cover, which personas to target, and how often to publish to best support your inbound marketing strategy.Here are 7 simple steps to set up your own editorial calendar:1. Choose a template. Create a Google calendar or a spreadsheet to record your editorial plans. You should plan at least three months in advance, but it’s even better if you can develop a plan for the next six months — or even an entire year.2. Decide on your goals. Work backwards from your marketing goals to guide your plan. Look at how much traffic, how many leads, and how many customers you are aiming to generate each month. Analyze your previous marketing efforts to determine how many pieces of content you will typically need to reach those goals. For example, say in the past you produced 1 ebook and wrote 15 blog articles in a month, which generated X visits and X leads. If you’d like to double the amount of traffic and leads you generate in a given month, it might be safe to assume you’ll need to produce 2 ebooks and 30 blog articles next month. The trick is to experiment, and over time, you’ll be able to notice patterns that will help you determine how much content you need to create (and how much promotional muscle you’ll need to put in) to meet your goals.3. Schedule your content. Fill in the dates on your calendar with specific publishing tasks, such as updating your blog or social networks daily, posting new videos or podcasts each week, publishing an ebook or hosting a webinar each month, and so on. For each date, list the topic, the title of the piece, and the targeted persona. The goal is to create a good mix of content types, topics, and personas to make sure you’re covering all your segments.4. Write down the focal points. Note the SEO keywords, the stage of the buying cycle, the call-to-action, or other inbound marketing goals that each piece of content must address.5. Mark other significant events. Make note of important dates or external events that are good hooks for specific topics or types of content. For example, retailers could highlight major holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, or Mother’s Day and plan content that fits with the seasonal theme. B2B marketers could note important industry trade shows they plan to attend, and schedule blog updates, recaps, or videos generated at the event.6. Find opportunities to repurpose content. For example, the publication of a new whitepaper/ebook or research report could generate several weeks’ worth of blog posts that each share details or small nuggets of data from the complete report. (Like this blog post does!) Or the transcript from that webinar you produced could get translated into an ebook.7. Organize by content type. Create separate tabs in your editorial calendar document for each kind of content you publish, such as blog posts, webinars, ebooks, videos, etc. That way, you can make sure you’re publishing enough of each kind of content, and spreading that content appropriately among your targeted personas and stages of the buying cycle.By the end of this process, you’ll find that you’ve filled up most of your calendar with detailed plans for content. No more coming to work in the morning wondering what you’re going to publish to maintain your inbound marketing goals!And don’t worry — if there are a few holes, that’s okay. You want the flexibility to capitalize on news or hot topics as they arise over the course of the year. For those weeks when you can’t find the inspiration for, say, another blog post, calling up your calendar will give you a great visual reminder of what you’ve covered already and what you’re planning to cover next week or next month, so you can at least narrow down your options.So what are you waiting for?  Start filling up that calendar with great content, and get publishing!This post is an adapted excerpt from our free ebook, A Practical Guide to Killer Marketing Content. To learn more about keeping those great content ideas flowing, download the free ebook here! Originally published Jan 30, 2012 12:00:00 PM, updated July 03 2013last_img read more

How to Grow Your Email List by Running a Contest

first_img Originally published Mar 17, 2015 4:00:00 PM, updated August 27 2017 Email Lists and Segmentation Topics: Marketers often think of running contests for things like branding, customer delight, and fan engagement — but that’s not all they’re good for. Created a certain way, contests can also help you fill your funnel, making your audience and your boss happy at the same time.Convert more visitors into leads. Try HubSpot’s free email capture software here.We’ve seen this happen first-hand at HubSpot. Last December, my team had the idea to run a contest, but wanted to see if there was a way to tie it more closely to business objectives. Our idea? Run a holiday-themed contest and give away eighteen $100 Visa gift cards, one for each winner and an additional gift card for one of their colleagues.The aim of the contest was to delight customers, increase engagement, and increase brand awareness … while also generating actual email contacts. Would it work? I’ll spoil the ending for you: It sure did. To help give you ideas if you want to run a similar contest, I’ve broken down the approach below that we took to running the contest.How to Run a Contest1) Choose a PlatformWhile you don’t necessarily need a platform to run a contest, I would highly recommend shopping around for a platform built explicitly for such a purpose. Contest platforms provide functionality that you wouldn’t necessarily think you need at the beginning of your contest (but will appreciate later). For example, it was extremely helpful to have certain features built in from the start, such as multiple types of contest entries, quick tallies of the entries, and random selection of the winners.The type of contest you’re running will usually dictate what features you find important and what functionality you’ll need, but there is one key feature all contest platforms should have: social sharing integrations. Getting a contest to go viral is the best way to make it bigger and better than you initially imagined — and having certain social sharing capabilities in the platform will make that much easier. So when you’re considering platforms, think about what kinds of social media activities you’d like entrants to do.In our contest, we primarily wanted people to enter with an email address (it was designed to help us build our database, after all). We also wanted to get a larger reach from our contest, meaning we counted the following actions as extra entries:Following HubSpot on TwitterTweeting a link to the contestSharing via emailSharing via FacebookAfter perusing a few of the major platforms I settled on using Gleam because it allowed me to directly integrate with HubSpot, entering contestants into a list automatically. Most platforms require you to export contacts from the contest platform and into your database (one extra step that I’d rather avoid). Gleam also has functionality to disqualify people if their email address doesn’t exist, and it won’t let them enter the contest if they are outside of the U.S. and you’ve selected U.S. only.2) Set Up Your ContestDeciding how many winners there will be, how long your contest will run, and where to promote it are often the biggest items on your to-do list when you are just getting started — but that’s not actually the best place to start. Instead, think about the ultimate, bottom-line goals you’re hoping to achieve, and backtrack your contest-specific goals from there. So if you’re hoping to generate 100 leads from the contest, and you know that your typical visit-to-lead conversion rate is 10%, you know that you need 1,000 visits (at least) to your contest. And knowing that visit goal can help shape how you promote your contest (and the rest of the other items on your contest to-do list).When we ran the Holiday Hero Contest, our goals were of net new email addresses, number of shares per channel (email, Twitter, Facebook), and number of selected winners. Outlining these goals helped keep our expectations both realistic and achievable, and it also provided a benchmark of what success for this contest (and future contests) would look like.3) Run the Contest (But Make Sure to Check on It)Now’s the part you’ve dreamt about: Actually pushing your contest live, promoting it, and getting entries. How you exactly do that will depend on your contest goals, but if you need some ideas on how to promote your contest, check out this free resource.To generate interest, my team shared the contest across multiple channels: We created a dedicated landing page for our contest, then blogged about it, emailed it to our database, put together specific Pinterest boards, and shared that landing page all over social media. Since the contest was only available in the U.S., we made sure to share it with that audience.Throughout the promotion cycle you’ll also want to “take the temperature” of your contest. Are your promotions successful? How is your contest doing across various platforms? Is your technology working the way you expect? Are contacts being properly fed from the contest app into your database? Are contestants getting a follow-up email about their entries?These are all questions that can only be answered by frequently checking on your contest settings. I would recommend checking these settings every day or every other day just to ensure that if you do run into any hiccups, you can quickly address them.4) Choose Your WinnersSo now that you’ve gotten all of your entries, you’ve got to select your winners and let them know they’ve won. If your platform lets you randomly select a winner, we’d highly recommend using that (unless your contest rules say otherwise). Once they’re selected, it’s up to you to do the reaching out.In our contest, we chose to email the winners to let them know. We also emailed the rest of the entrants to let them know that winners had been chosen, as one big complaints about contests is the mistrust as to whether anyone actually received the prize.The best part of running a contest has to be the delight that people experience when they win. It is incomparable to anything else — and if you are lucky, sometimes winners will share a story with you about them winning. (I was lucky to receive such an email … I’ve still got it tucked away in my inbox!)5) Analyze Your ResultsLike you would with any other marketing campaign, you should always analyze the results of your contest. Which channels drove the best results in terms of traffic, entries, and new contacts? Did certain promotions and/or messaging get better results? What would you try differently next time? Taking the time to look in your marketing analytics and analyze your results will ensure you are setting your next contest up for success.All in all, I’d say our contest went really well — we had hundreds of new participants each day and over 20% of the total entrants were new to our database. While there are definitely things we’d change for next time around, we were proud with how this contest turned out.3 Lessons Learned From Running Our ContestNow that the contest is over, there are some general things I learned that other companies should keep in mind when running a contest:When planning a contest, make sure your prizes are relevant to what your company does and what your audience needs. If you offer promotional items that are vague or random then you are less likely to get qualified leads.Before creating your contest, check in with your company’s legal department to make sure terms and conditions are properly stated. Set big, virality-specific goals to help you achieve your bottom-line goals. Just because you’re ultimately aiming to drive bottom-line growth doesn’t mean you can ignore top-line goals. It’s really good to know how many shares you are hoping for on each social media platform so that you can better analyze your promotional strategy at the end of the contest. Have you run a contest before? What tips would you suggest to marketers who’ve never run one? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

What’s WYSIWYG? How Today’s Online Editor Came to Be

first_img History of Internet Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: WYSIWYG. No, this isn’t another one of those newfangled acronyms the kids are using these days — it’s actually been around for quite some time.”What You See Is What You Get,” or WYSIWYG for short, refers to an HTML editor in which the content on a blog or web page appears as it would when it’s live. In contrast to traditional editors, a WYSIWYG editor focuses on the end result, allowing you to get a clearer sense of what you’re creating as you’re creating it. In Adobe Dreamweaver to Google Web Designer to the HubSpot Marketing Platform, WYSIWYG editors are simplifying the way we produce content.But did you ever stop to think about where they came from? Let’s explore.WYSI-What?Before it was used to describe the technology that enabled users to visualize what the end product would look like, WYSIWYG — pronounced wiz-ee-wig — was popularized by a newsletter titled WYSIWYG.Published by Arlene and Jose Ramos, the WYSIWYG newsletter was created for the Pre-Press industry and was eventually sold to employees at the Stanford Research Institute after three years of publishing.Today, it’s become synonymous with web editing experience — and more related terms have surfaced. From WYSIMOLWYG (what you see is more or less what you get) to WYSIAWYG (what you see is almost what you get), these variations are often used to describe the limitations of certain editors that lack true WYSIWYG functionality.History of the WYSIWYG EditorPre-World Wide Web: Bravo and WordBefore WYSIWYG editors were introduced in the 1970s, content creators had little control over the way their documents appeared. In order to customize content, typists were instructed to use “control codes” that represented the desired formatting. This meant that a function as simple as centering a paragraph was a manual process where the typists were forced to add extra spaces to create the proper format.It was evident that systems needed to change, but who would be the one to do it?After earning his M.S. in Engineering Mathematics & Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley under computer scientist Butler Lampson, Charles Simonyi was recruited to Xerox PARC in 1972. It was here that Simonyi and Lampson began developing the WYSIWYG editor, which they’d started to conceptualize while at Berkeley.By 1974, the world’s first WYSIWYG document preparation program, Bravo, became operational. Bravo was enabled by the first fully networked personal computer, the Xerox Alto, which was developed at Xerox PARC in 1972.Xerox Alto (Image Credit: Wikipedia)However, Xerox Alto was never publicly marketed, and upon realizing that the WYSIWYG program would only be used internally at Xerox PARC, Simonyi decided to seek out new opportunities. Interested in the concept of a company that solely focused on software, Simonyi joined Microsoft in 1981.At Microsoft, Simonyi worked with software developer Richard Brodie to begin development on a WYSIWYG word processor called Multi-Tool Word — which was later renamed Microsoft Word in 1983.While Microsoft Word has grown to become arguably the most widely used word processing software, it wasn’t the first of its kind. In fact, upon its release, several other tools were already dominating the marketing, including WordStar — the first mature WYSIWYG word processor from MicroPro.WordStar running on DOS (Source: Wikipedia)It was evident that progress was being made to expand the market for WYSIWYG programs, but adoption was slow during the 1970s and early 1980s due immature graphics capabilities and bitmap displays. However, as home computers grew more sophisticated, WYSIWYG programs began to crop up more frequently.Online WYSIWYGs: Adobe Creative CloudAfter the first website went live in 1991, it was time for developers to explore more advanced WYSIWYG HTML editors. The goal was to create an editing interface that made it easy for those who weren’t well versed in HTML to build websites.The first WYSIWYG HTML editor, WebMagic, was launched by Silicon Graphics in 1995. After securing $2.5 million in funding from Silicon Graphic’s president and COO Tom Jermoluk, John McCrea set out to launch a product line for web authoring.The only catch? The project’s deadline was less than 80 days away.With no time to spare, McCrea hit the ground running with the help of VP and General Manager of Visual Magic Divisions, Way Ting. Unwilling to start from scratch, McCrea and Ting managed to struck a deal with Amdahl — a maker of IBM-compatible mainframe computers — that brought them both workable code as well as developer David Koplas. From here, they assembled a small team who would work tirelessly on the project until it was ready for launch on January 25, 1995.While WebMagic was the first of its kind, similar editors were quick to follow. By October of 1995 Vermeer Technologies — which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996 — released FrontPage. Serving as the first WYSIWYG HTML editor on Windows, FrontPage was a valuable asset for Microsoft during the company’s “browser war” against Netscape. However after years of iteration, Microsoft announced that the program would be superseded by Microsoft SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Expression Web in 2006.During this time period, many other WYSIWYG HTML editors came to market, including Dreamweaver. Released by Macromedia in 1997, Dreamweaver quickly became another powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor, creating a user-friendly environment for website development.By 2005, Macromedia was purchased by Adobe — along with the rights to Dreamweaver. Since then, Adobe has maintained development on the software, which now exists amongst other powerful tools in Adobe’s Creative Cloud.Present Day WYSIWYGsThanks to the foundation laid by early WYSIWYG HTML editors, today’s editors are more streamlined than ever before. To get a better feel for how far things have come, let’s take a look at a few noteworthy releases.Google Web DesignerIn September of 2013, Google launched Web Designer, a WYSIWYG tool for building interactive HTML5 websites and ads. Web Designer employs interactivity, animation, and Google integrations to help anyone get a high quality website out the door quickly.TinyMCEThis platform-independent editor was released as open-source under the LGPL by Ephox. Designed to integrate with content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal, and Django, TinyMCE enables users to convert HTML areas to editor instances.Source: JangoMailopenElementOpenElement is a free web authoring software with a WYSIWYG interface. By automatically generating the code necessary for a website to display properly, the software makes it easy for users to drive the direction of their website.HubSpot’s Inline EditorsAlready using the HubSpot software? You may have noticed a change in your editing experience. To help you — or anyone on your team — to create more compelling content, we’ve updated our editing screens to reflect a true, full-screen WYSIWYG experience.This change comes as part of our Easy Initiative. Learn more about it here. Originally published Oct 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

How to Remove Render-Blocking JavaScript From Your Website

first_img Topics: Footer Where you move the script will depend on if the script needs to occur at a certain point of the page or if it can wait until the end of the page rendering. The first should go in the body HTML or Custom HTML module while the latter can go into the Footer section.4. Move the ScriptThis next step is pretty simple; add the script to your desired location. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM, updated July 23 2019 Site Performancecenter_img Meanwhile, finding the footer of your site  should be very similar to finding the script in the head tag. This could be in the overall website/page settings; if you are using WordPress, look for a “Footer” tab in the “Theme Options” or for the footer.php file in the Editor (same note applies here, do not make changes unless you are an advanced user!)  Have you ever finished creating a website and loved everything about it? And then promptly began to hate it after attempting to actually view it online and it is painfully slow to load? Everyone is used to the common culprits, but there is one often overlooked perpetrator: render-blocking JavaScript.So now you are asking, what is render-blocking JavaScript? If we breakdown the phrase “render-blocking” into its parts we get render (to load) and blocking (to prevent); so we can deduce that this refers to JavaScript that is preventing a page from loading.Click here to learn best practices for optimizing landing pages and generating more leads.JavaScript is awesome; it helps to add visually appealing elements to improve on the user experience and design of your website but it can also be a huge time hog.Time hogging is not only a nuisance for your visitors; it can also cost you significantly when it comes time for Google to show your site organically. Since 2010, Google algorithms account for loading speed in ranking decisions. And since most other culprits are already discussed extensively today we will be focusing on how to remove render-blocking JavaScript from your website.1. IdentifyThe first step in the process is to identify the offending JavaScript. One of the simplest ways to do this is to use PageSpeed Insights; this Google tool quickly displays a list of the precise files that are currently render-blocking a particular page and which are located above-the-fold. Above the fold is everything that will show up first on a visitor’s screen. This means that if a JavaScript feature does not occur as soon as the visitor loads the page then it should not be included in the header of the webpage. (More details about this in Step 2.)Clicking on the “Show how to fix” link will expand the view and show you the list of script resources that should be evaluated. The most commonly used JavaScript is JQuery, so you will likely see this one show up most often.2. Choose Best MethodOnce you’ve identified which scripts need to be moved it is time to decide “how” to fix them. There are two main methods to choose from. The first is to make the scripts inlined; in this method the contents of the script are added directly into the HTML of the page and are only loaded once they are needed. This is the best option if the script is small and applies to a single page.Another option is to defer the script. When you defer JavaScript you are delaying any non-essential scripts from loading until after the first render or until after the more essential portions have loaded. This method is best when the script is not crucial and can wait to load.3. Decide Where to Move ItWe are now ready to apply your newly chosen technique within the site. With either option we will be removing the JavaScript from the head and adding it into individual sections of the HTML. Finding your website’s header will depend on which CMS you are using. Often you will be able to find it in the overall page settings, or in cases like WordPress you might have to look in the “Theme Options” page or a header.php file in the editor (see images below.) It is important note that you should NOT make changes in the header.php file unless you are an advanced user, otherwise you risk creating unnecessary errors to your site! In HubSpot we can find the head HTML in both the template view and in the page editing “options” tab.From the template view you can find the “Edit Head” option in the Edit dropdown: We will go from something like the example below to moving the entire script into your body html, relevant php file (WordPress,) a Custom HTML module (HubSpot) or into the footer to delay the rendering.Body HTMLThe body HTML is where you have all of the content for your pages. The best way to find it is to find where you have all of the copy for your content. If you are using WordPress, the script can be added directly to the page by typing it alongside your content via the “Text” view. Custom HTML ModuleTo add the script to a page in HubSpot, we need to use a Custom HTML module. The Custom HTML module is accessed via the template view. 5. TestThis is one of the most important steps in this process.After making all the changes check the previews to make sure that the site still works. Does the page load correctly? Are all elements showing properly? If there is something broken, or not loading properly, then you should troubleshoot the problem. This can be done with the help of many different developer tools; try a few out and then choose your favorites. Once you find the errors, double check your code and verify that you are not missing any important components such as semicolons or curly braces.6. PublishOnce you have confirmed there are no issues with the page after the changes are applied, you are then ready to publish.Now that you have removed the render-blocking JavaScript you should continue to optimize your website’s speed by analyzing other features that are known to slowdown performance.To take this premise even further, regularly testing the speed of client websites is something which should be a common occurrence in any web development schedule. With the ever evolving world of online marketing staying ahead of any potential issues is critical to success. In HubSpot, it is found in the edit page view “Options” tablast_img read more

Dedicate it to people who backed me through times: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgBack with a bang, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane dedicated his game-changing performance in the first Test against the West Indies to all those who have stood by him during the past two years when he went through a rough patch.Rahane scored 81 and 102 — his first Test hundred in two years during India’s 318-run victory, which also earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.”This hundred was special. My time with Hampshire really helped me. I dedicate this hundred to the people who backed me, supported me when I was going through a rough patch,” Rahane said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Rahane, who had gone 17 Tests without a century in more than two years, hit his 10th Test hundred — 102 off 242 balls — in the second innings of India’s World Test Championship campaign opener.”It feels special. Getting this hundred after 29 or 30 innings. I’ve been getting 70s, but getting a 100 means a lot to me,” Rahane said after India dismissed the hosts for 100 in 26.5 overs in the second innings.He also termed his 81 in the first innings as crucial considering the situation of the match when he went out to bat.”The first innings was crucial after 20 for 3 (25 for 3). We needed a partnership, and the partnership between Rahul and me was crucial. I think first day the wicket was damp. West Indies bowled really well in that session. But it was important to play as many balls as possible without thinking about runs,” said the 31-year-old vice-captain.”We wanted to bat 90-100 overs in the first innings knowing runs would come. In the 2nd innings, me and Virat wanted to get a good partnership. We wanted to just bat, bat and bat.”advertisementIndia will take on the West Indies in the second Test on August 30.Also Read | India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st international hundred in 2 yearsAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma script record Test victory for India over West IndiesAlso Seelast_img read more

Korea Open: Parupalli Kashyap beats Jan Jorgensen to advance to semi-finals

first_imgIndian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap progressed to the men’s singles semi-finals of the Korea Open World Tour Super 500 with a straight-game win over former world no 2 Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen here on Friday.In a clinical display, the 33-year-old from Hyderabad, who is the lone Indian left in fray, outsmarted Jorgensen 24-22 21-8 in 37 minutes to make it to his second semifinal of the season. He had reached the last four at the India Open Super 500 tournament.The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist will now face world no 1 and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan on Saturday.A former World No 6, Kashyap, who was promoted from the qualifying round, had last played Jorgensen five years ago at the Denmark Open.The Indian entered the match with a 2-4 record against Jorgensen, a 2015 World Championship bronze medallist.In the first game, the duo engaged in short rallies initially and spilt the first 8 points. A couple of backhand error and Kashyap was lagging 5-8.Another miscued shot at the net and a wide smash gave Jorgensen an 11-8 advantage at the break.After the interval, Kashyap garnered a few quick points to turn the tables on his rival, reaching 14-12. The Dane hit the net thrice and also went long, while Kashyap unleashed two powerful cross court smashes.A precise slice helped Jorgensen break the run of points and then level par when kashyap committed an error.The duo fought hard, moving from 14-14 to 18-18. A timely video referrel gave Kashyap another point but he sent one to the net as it was 19-19.advertisementJorgensen then held the game point opportunity after a precise smash at the backline. However, a jump smash from the Indian made it 20-20.Kashyap then earned a game point only to give it away. However, the Indian grabbed a second game point opportunity and converted it when his opponent hit the net. He thus sealed the first game which lasted 22minutes.The second game started on a similar note with the duo tied 3-3 initially. Kashyap then took control of the net and curbed his errors to reel off five straight points.Jorgensen tried to up the pace but unforced errors pegged him back as kashyap held a 11-7 lead at the breather.It was mostly one way traffic after the break as Kashyap found the gaps easily even as his rival got buried in a heap of unforced errors. Kashyap grabbed the next nine of the 10 points to move to the match point and then sealed it with a smash.Also Read | No movement on that front: Pullela Gopichand on new coach for PV SindhuAlso see:last_img read more

ICC T20I Rankings: Deepak Chahar jumps 88 slots; KL Rahul gains one spot

first_imgEngland’s Dawid Malan and Australia’s captain Aaron Finch have moved up in the recent ICC T20I player rankings issued on Monday.Malan has made a grand re-entry to the ICC Men’s T20I player rankings, grabbing the third position in the batsmen’s list led by Pakistan’s Babar Azam.Malan, whose tally of 458 runs is more than anyone else in the first nine matches, though remains 94 rating points adrift of Babar in the latest update which includes the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019, the series between Australia and Pakistan, between New Zealand and England, as well as the one between India and Bangladesh.England skipper Eoin Morgan and New Zealand opener Martin Guptill have also made notable movements to take joint ninth place while Jonny Bairstow has reached a career-best 498 rating points and is in the top 40 for the first time.Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Naim’s 143 runs in three matches see him at a joint-38th position along with Bairstow, one slot behind Tony Ura, the top-ranked Papua New Guinea batsman.Other batsmen to advance include Calum MacLeod of Scotland up five places to 44th, Muhammad Usman of the United Arab Emirates up 18 places to 45th, and Oman opener Jatinder Singh moved 54 places to 46th.India fast bowler Deepak Chahar, who returned a world-record haul of six for seven against Bangladesh on Sunday, has moved up 88 slots to 42nd position but the bowlers’ list continues to be led by slow bowlers.The top five and eight of the top nine are spinners, with Mitchell Santner reaching second place – his best position since he topped the table in January 2018.advertisementOther left-arm spinners to have gained. Ashton Agar’s fine performances against Sri Lanka and Pakistan have seen him move up 57 places to ninth while Scotland’s Mark Watt’s successful ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 sees him advance 13 places to 15th.In the all-rounders’ table, Glenn Maxwell’s continued absence has enabled Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi to move above him to take the top spot for the first time, while Oman’s Zeeshan Maqsood has moved up from 11th to sixth.In the ICC Men’s T20I team rankings, Pakistan continue at the top with 270 points but Australia are only one point behind them after winning their three-match series 2-0. England, South Africa, and India occupy the next three positions and are within five points of each other as teams gear up for next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.Also Read | Bade hi besharam aadmi ho: Yuzvendra Chahal pokes fun at Deepak Chahar for breaking his recordAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s pep-talk got us motivated to win 3rd T20I: Shreyas Iyer after series win vs Bangladeshlast_img read more

Oklahoma State-Iowa State Television Details Released

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 College Gameday has decided they will take their talents to Waco next weekend in primetime, so the Cowboys once again are slated to play at 2:30 next week in Ames.Cowboys and Cyclones kick at 2:30 next week on ESPN. #okstate @CowboyFB @OSUAthletics— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) November 8, 2015The game will be played on ESPN. Iowa State is now 3-6 on the season after suffering a 52-16 loss in Norman on Saturday.last_img read more

The Nine Best Stats From The Oklahoma State-Iowa State Game

first_imgMason Rudolph has beaten every Big12 team except Baylor. He has a chance next week at Boone Pickens Stadium. (8-1 in conf games since ’14)— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) November 15, 20157. With 180 seconds leftHow about this? Oklahoma State has now had four conference games this season in which it has trailed or been tied with less than 180 seconds left. It won them all. [Playoff committee moves them down 22 spots after reading that stat because they didn’t dominate they’re not Ohio State]8. The longest two drivesOklahoma State had a 7:15 drive at the end of the first half and a 6:16 one at the beginning of the second. They ran 30 total plays (more than ISU ran total in the second half), chewed up almost an entire quarter, totaled 180 yards and scored two TDs. YOU WANT B1G FOOTBALL, CFP COMMITTEE, YOU GET B1G FOOTBALL!9. Don’t go down 18Oklahoma State has now come back from 17-point deficits twice this season (Tech, ISU). It has only done so one other time ever (2011 A&M). All of those are tied for the second-biggest comebacks in school history. 4. A Jordan Sterns firstThat game-sealer and season-saver was Jordan Sterns’ first career pick. I would have lost some money betting against that.5. Iowa State drops to 1-61-1Iowa State’s record at home against teams inside the top six in the AP Poll is now 1-61-2. Its only win was in 2011 against Oklahoma State. If it had made that number 2-60-2, I’m not sure I would have been able to handle it. (via Tulsa World)6. Mason Rudolph, better than mostI’m not sure where this puts him nationally, but I can’t think there are many QBs in college football with better career records than Mason Rudolph at 12-1. He’s also beaten every Big 12 team except for Baylor thus far. 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.center_img Mason Rudolph might have had his most underrated performance of the season and OSU ran the ball (sort of!) Here are all the wacky numbers from another thriller on Saturday.1. Rudolph slides to No. 3After throwing for 327 yards on Saturday, now only one person has ever thrown for more yards in a single season than Mason Rudolph has this season. Rudolph now has 3,161 yards on the year which is only surpassed by Brandon Weeden in 2010 (4,277) and Brandon Weeden in 2011 (4,727). Mason Rudolph is really freaking good.2. Chris Carson’s droughtAdChoices广告Carson scored his first rushing TD since … September 19 on Saturday in Ames. That’s pretty wild. The 70 yards he posted were also the most he’s had since that Sept. 19 game against UTSA.3. Emmanuel Ogbah continues to crushNo. 38 had his 11th sack of the season on Saturday. There have been seven double-digit sack season in OSU history, and Ogbah has two of them. On Saturday, he became the NCAA’s active leader in sacks with 26 for his career. He’s fourth all-time on the OSU list. Only Leslie O’Neal (34), Jason Gildon (33) and Rodney Harding (31) are ahead of him.last_img read more