In the kickoff show, The Usos reclaimed the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from The New Day after they hit Big E with a double superkick followed by a double frog splash.Neville also became a two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, avenging his loss against Akira Tozawa last Monday on Raw after nailing a Red Arrow on the Japanese champion’s back.In the night’s other matches, Finn Balor showed his demon side against Bray Wyatt, topping the Eater of Worlds following his Coup de Grace.John Cena beat Baron Corbin with an Attitude Adjustment to open the show, while Randy Orton survived a pre-match attack from Rusev and needed only one RKO out of nowhere to come away with the quick victory.Big Cass, on the other hand, needed a pair of Big Boots and an Empire Elbow to pin the Big Show despite his former tag team Enzo Amore escaping the Shark Cage suspended above the ring.The Miz and his Miztourage gained a measure of redemption against Jason Jordan and the Hardy Boyz after the reigning Intercontinental Champion connected with a Skull Crushing Finale on Raw general manager Kurt Angle’s son for the pinfall win. Lesnar reversed a Spear attempt from Reigns and turned it to an F5 for the pinfall victory.The win assured the WWE Universe that Lesnar will stay with the company after Paul Heyman’s earlier pronouncements that they will leave WWE if he loses the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJinder Mahal continued his reign as the WWE Champion, beating Shinsuke Nakamura thanks to the distraction of the Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was primed to hit the Modern Day Maharaja with the Kinshasa before the Indian twins interjected themselves in the match, allowing Mahal to connect with the Khallas. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brock Lesnar successfully defends his WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Photo by WWE.comBrock Lesnar escaped his toughest test yet to successfully defend his WWE Universal Championship in the fatal-4-way main event of SummerSlam Monday (Manila time) at Barclays Center.The Beast Incarnate survived Roman Reigns spearing him through the barricade, Braun Strowman driving him through two announce tables and crushing him with another, and Samoa Joe locking him in a Coquina Clutch as he fought back and defied the doctor’s orders.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments AJ Styles also completed the trifecta of titlists who retained their title as he beat Kevin Owens with the Styles Clash to keep his United States Championship.However, other champions weren’t so lucky as five titles changed hands in the night.Uneasy as their alliance was, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins wagered on and claimed the Raw Tag Team Championship from Sheamus and Cesaro after Rollins nailed Cesaro with the Ripcord Knee, followed by Ambrose hitting the Dirty Deeds.Sasha Banks won her fourth Raw Women’s Championship, forcing Alexa Bliss to tap out to her Bank Statement.Natalya submitted Naomi with the Sharp Shooter to win the SmackDown Women’s title, her first in six years.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event Read Next
In the second game, Saina led 3-1 when Sung took a In the second game, Saina led 3-1 when Sung took a medical time out to attend to her right ankle. When the match resumed, Saina continued her good run to lead 6-2. Sung drew level at 6-6 when a low return from Saina went to the net. However, the Indian again surged ahead and entered the break at 11-7. After the interval, Saina extended the lead to 13-8 and then zoomed to 19-10 with the Korean crumbling. Sung grabbed three points before her another long shot gave Saina a 20-13 lead. The Korean saved one but Saina roared into contest when Sung erred at the net. In the decider, Sung led 5-2 early on but failed to rein in her unforced errors as Saina soon turned it around at 8-6. The Korean seemed tired as she didnt even try to retrieve some of the shots as Saina reached the break with a 11-7 advantage. However, after a change of side, Sung reeled off six straight points to grab the lead 13-11. A net error broke the rhythm but Saina again hit wide as Sung lead 14-12. Two wide shots from Sung brought Saina to an even-knell at 17-17. She grabbed the lead when the Korean erred at the net. A couple of long shots again from Sung took Saina to a 20-19 lead. Sung saved one but Saina sealed it with a midcourt smash and threw up her arms in celebration. In another women?s singles quarterfinal, Sindhu dished out a compact game as she lead 11-6 at the break and continued her good run after the break. Eventually, Bae hit the net to give a 20-13 lead to Sindhu. After conceding two points, the Indian sealed it with a smash. In the second game, Bae opened up an 11-8 lead at the interval and reeled off five straight points to reach 16-8. However, Sindhu slowly reduced the margin to 13-19 but another long shot gave Bae a 20-14 lead. The Indian saved one game point before she hit wide again to help the Korean make a comeback. After lagging behind 3-5, Sindhu managed to grab the lead at 6-5 with a few stiff smashes and some superb returns. But Bae still managed to have her nose ahead at 11-7 at the interval. At 7-13, Sindhu changed her racquet but it didnt change her fate much as even though she tried to narrow the gap to 13-16, the Indian made some errors at crucial juncture to fall behind. Soon Bae was leading 20-14 when another Sindhus smash ended up at the net. The Indian saved one but again hit wide to end her campaign here. Bae will now take on former All England champion Thailands Ratchanok Intanon, who beat Chinese Taipeis Tai Tzu Ying, eight seeded, 12-21 21-14 22-20. In mens singles, second seeded Japanese Kento Momota spanked Denmarks Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-8 21-9 to set up a semifinal clash with Chinas Xue Song who prevailed over a fighting Marc Zwiebler of Germany 16-21 21-13 21-14. Koreas Son Wan Ho also notched up a 21-11 13-21 21-8 win over Indonesias Tommy Sugiarto, seeded eighth, to set up a meeting with fifth seed Dane Viktor Axelsen, who thrashed Lee CHong Wei slayer Hong Kongs Wei Nan 21-17 21-12 in another match. PTI ATK AT ATadvertisement
We are thrilled to announce that this May, 360i is bringing ‘The DEN’ – Digital Education for Nonprofits – back to the nonprofit community in New York City. The DEN is a free, one-day workshop designed to empower nonprofits to be smart marketers in the digital age through knowledge sharing, tools, and free resources. Following it’s New York launch in 2016, and expanding to Chicago and Atlanta in 2017, The DEN is now coming full circle to educate a new set of nonprofit marketers eager to learn best practices for the ever-evolving digital marketing space.The upcoming workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 16 at our New York headquarters. Attendees will learn from subject matter experts who will share their collective insights and success tactics across Consumer Research, Social Media, Experience Design, Influencer Marketing, and Paid Social and Search. The full program is uniquely designed to educate nonprofits and prepare them for a new generation of donors.The DEN was born of 360i’s desire to share our digital marketing expertise with as many nonprofits as possible. After speaking with a number of organizations about their challenges – many pertaining to limited resources, an aging donor base, and a lack of deep understanding of the ever-changing digital and social spaces where potential donors are spending more and more of their time – the team at 360i recognized the “teach a man to fish” opportunity and developed a workshop that would give nonprofit marketers the skillset and resources to make the most of their marketing dollars.Previous attendees have found the day extremely valuable. Trisha Pentavore from Habitat for Humanity said, “I learned more in the first hour and a half today than I did from an entire conference my company had to pay for.” Stephanie Denzer from Spark Ventures said, “I left with a slew of notes, from big ideas to smaller strategic adjustments, that I was able to implement across the various platforms we use to raise awareness and support for our work.”To date, the teachings of The DEN have reached over 500,000 nonprofit marketers. If you think your organization (or one you know) would benefit from The DEN, RSVP to snag a seat at our NYC workshop on May 16, 2018.
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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related When it comes to saving on airline travel, most of the “hacks” we read about involve relatively common ideas, such as accumulating airline miles via credit card offers or using travel apps to find the best fares.If you’re looking for real hacks, however – the sort that airlines prefer you’d not know, then read on.But please don’t tell everyone about them – we’d like to continue benefiting from these loopholes before the airlines shut them down.Take Advantage of the Hub & Spoke System for Killer Low FaresMost major carriers function on a hub and spoke system, with “hub” cities serving as the origination point for many non-stop flights, and the “spoke” cities connecting through them.For example, United Airlines uses (among others) Houston, Chicago, Newark, Cleveland as its hubs and connects most flights through them.So, you can’t fly San Antonio to Chicago non-stop; you’ll probably need to connect in Houston if you’re flying United.This means the airlines can dramatically jack-up fares in hub cities, since they’re busy flight connection points.If I want to fly non-stop to Houston on United, I’ll pay almost twice as much as I would if I took a flight with connections.A flight to nearby College Station or Austin, TX would cost hundreds of dollars less even though I have to connect in Houston, anyhow.It makes little sense, except that United has a stranglehold on its Houston hub.Don’t despair, however – there’s a way to get to a hub city on the cheap.Let’s say you want to fly from St. Louis to Atlanta, GA non-stop, but notice fares are expensive (that shouldn’t be a surprise – Atlanta is a Delta hub).Consider buying a flight to a nearby city that connects in Atlanta via Delta, instead. For example, try pricing flights to Savannah or Augusta, GA.These flights will be routed non-stop on Delta from St. Louis to their Atlanta hub non-stop, which means you can just disembark in Atlanta and ignore the second segment to Savannah!Bam! You’ve just saved hundreds of dollars and get to fly non-stop.Other hub cities include NY-JFK for Delta; Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles for American; and Charlotte and Phoenix for US Airways.If you’re flying to any of these (or Houston, Newark, SFO and Cleveland as mentioned in the United example), try pricing tickets to nearby cities, instead.Such examples include a United flight to Providence connecting in Newark (I recently saved $250 on a ticket to NYC this way), or a flight to Santa Barbara on American connecting in LAX (I’ve gotten countless cheap tickets to LA this way).A couple of caveats: Buy your ticket one-way. This doesn’t work with round-trip fares, since the airline will cancel your ticket if you don’t show for the second segment.Also, you can only travel with carry-ons, otherwise you risk your bag being sent to the “final” second-segment destination.If you’re willing to accommodate one-way travel with carry-on luggage, however, it’s the surest way to very deep discounts.Use Same-Day Flight Changes for Cheap SeatsYou really want a 7 PM flight, but the 1 PM is $200 cheaper. Do you pony up the extra cash for the more desirable time, or take the cheaper, less desirable flight time?The answer involves a little simple math and homework.First, it’s important to know that many airlines will enable you to make same-day flight changes for about $50. (Some, such as Southwest, don’t charge anything at all.) Check your airline’s policy on this.Next, check online to see how many seats are available on the more expensive flight you’d really like.If it appears a good number of seats are available, consider buying the cheaper fare – but then changing it to the more desirable one the day of the flight.For example, I wanted to buy a flight home for Sunday evening that would cost $400. The Sunday morning flight, on the other hand, cost only $200.The simple solution would be to buy the cheaper, early flight, and then change to the flight I really want the day of travel.I spent $200 by buying the cheaper early flight, and shelled out an extra $50 for the flight change.That totals $250 – or a full $150 less than I would’ve paid if I just bought the evening flight outright!The catch: You MUST change your flight prior to your original departure time; if not, your ticket may be cancelled.Also, seats must be available on your desired flight, so check seat maps often.Janet Al-Saad is the founder of personal finance website FiveTenTwentyClub.com, which helps you learn to reach your financial goals on less. Post navigation
American food writer MFK Fisher once said, “First we eat, then we do everything else.” Food is central to so much in our lives – family, health and community. But what about the food we don’t eat?More than a billion tons of food is never consumed by people; that’s equivalent to one-third of all food the world produces. What many people may not know is that one in nine people on earth don’t have enough food to lead an active life, or that food loss and waste costs the global economy $940 billion each year, an amount close to what the entire UK government will spend in 2016.They may also not know the incredible effect food loss and waste has on the environment. Eight percent of the greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food loss and waste. At the same time, food that’s harvested but lost or wasted uses 25 percent of water used in agriculture and requires cropland the size of China to be grown. What an incredibly inefficient use of precious natural resources.When you look at the kind of impact food loss and waste has on our environment, economy and society, it’s clear why the United Nations included it among the most urgent global challenges the Sustainable Development Goals would address. Target 12.3 of the goals calls for nations to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses” by 2030. It’s certainly an ambitious challenge, but it is also one that’s achievable.This week is Climate Week, an opportunity to take stock of where we are on critical environmental issues like food loss and waste. A new report on behalf of Champions 12.3 – a unique coalition of leaders across government, business and civil society who are dedicated to achieving Target 12.3 – assesses our progress so far.The report details a number of notable steps that have happened around the world, including national food loss and waste reduction targets established in the United States and in countries across the European Union and African Union.It also highlights efforts to help governments and companies measure food loss and waste, such as the FLW Standard announced in June, and new funding like the Danish government’s subsidy program and The Rockefeller Foundation’s Yieldwise, a $130 million investment toward practical approaches to reducing food loss and waste in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States and Europe. There have also been advances in policies as well as education efforts like the Save the Food campaign to raise awareness of food loss and waste. The progress is promising. But the report also notes that the action does not yet match the scale of the problem, and much more work is needed worldwide if we are to successfully meet Target 12.3 in just 14 short years.Food waste can be turned into organic fertilizer. (Flickr/EarthFix) While the magnitude of the food loss and waste challenge can seem daunting, I know from my own experience in the United Kingdom that progress can be made if you have the right levels of engagement and commitment, and an understanding of the size of the problem and where to focus. In a period of five years, we managed to reduce household food waste across the UK by 21 percent. It’s an impressive figure, but there is still so much more to do!The immediate question is, how can leaders accelerate progress? Every government, city and business involved with food must set reduction targets, measure food loss and waste in their borders or supply chains, and act to reduce such waste. Here’s why:Targets: Food loss and waste reduction targets set ambition, and ambition motivates action. I know targets were important in the UK. We didn’t know exactly how they would be achieved at the time they were set, but the very existence of a reduction target helped drive innovation.Measurement: What gets measured gets managed. Right now, too few countries and companies measure the levels of food loss and waste inside their borders or supply chain. The report recommends governments and companies quantify and report on their food loss and waste and monitor progress over time. Without this kind of knowledge and data, countries and companies don’t know what they should focus on or where to target their efforts.Measuring food loss and waste also helps make the impacts more tangible. Throughout the employee line and within households, there is just not enough awareness of the issue generally, nor its implications for wasted money, wasted resources and wasted opportunity. Action: Impact only occurs if people act. Governments and companies should accelerate and scale up policies and practices that reduce food loss and waste. We need greater sharing of examples of what works and what doesn’t work, as well as learning from others’ experiences. This is so important. We can’t just let everyone go through the same learning curve.If the world can pay as much attention to all the food we don’t eat as to the great culinary trends of the day, we will build a food future that can sustain generations to come. I’m optimistic that we will achieve this. It won’t be easy, but the stakes are too high to miss our chance to create monumental change.
In 2017, renewable sources provided 25 percent of electricity generation and accounted for more than two-thirds of new electricity capacity. Estimates show that by 2020, electricity from renewables will be consistently cheaper than electricity from most fossil fuels, indicating a possible tipping point in the transition to low-carbon power. Reaching 30 percent by 2020 is tentatively within reach if current trends accelerate.While the world has made progress in slowing coal’s growth, net coal capacity is still growing globally. While many developed countries have accelerated the rate of retirement for coal-fired power plants, some developing countries are still adding new ones.Transport In order to preserve the many environmental, social and climate benefits that forests provide, Mission 2020 calls for ending net deforestation by 2020. At the same time, forest managers, farmers and agribusinesses should restore at least 150 million hectares of deforested or degraded land, reduce pressure to clear additional forest, and implement agricultural practices that remove CO2 from the atmosphere rather than add to it. A number of companies have started to take action, including the 26 in the chart above that have set or committed to set science-based targets for emissions reductions. However, most companies’ commitments are not transparent enough to give a clear picture of whether heavy industry is on track to decarbonize.Infrastructure Note: The estimates from CPI and the UNFCCC BA are calculated using different approaches, but neither captures the full landscape of climate finance flows. Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, driven by a strong policy push and technology innovations, but they still add up to only 1.4 percent of overall vehicle sales. Increasingly, buses and trucks are going electric as well, but more regions need to adopt fuel economy and emissions standards that cover these vehicles. Currently such standards only apply to 50 percent of heavy duty vehicle sales.In Africa, 27 percent of trips occur on public transportation, but cities should expand shared transport to meet growing demand. In North America, only 7 percent of all trips happen on public transport, so cities should adopt policies that encourage people to reduce private car use.Air travel is becoming more efficient, but the industry is not on track achieve a 20 percent emissions reduction by 2020. Meanwhile, there has been progress in the shipping industry, with the International Maritime Organization adopting its first strategy to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, and Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, committing to be carbon-neutral by 2050.Land Use Countries committed under the Paris Agreement to a broad goal of limiting global temperature rise to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F). The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that half a degree of warming makes a huge difference, and 1.5 degrees C is the safer target.So how and where do we start to get to 1.5, rather than 2 degrees or worse? The most recent climate science shows that our most likely, least expensive option is to peak global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 and dramatically reduce them from that point forward.The Mission 2020 campaign defines six milestones –in energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure and finance – that give governments and industries a clear roadmap to put us on a path towards achieving 1.5 degrees C. In a working paper published today, WRI found progress in some areas, but we’ll need faster action in order to achieve the 2020 turning point.Here are 12 charts that measure progress on the milestones:Energy The Mission 2020 milestone for transportation is for zero-emissions transport to be the preferred form of all new mobility in the world’s major cities and transport routes by 2020. This means electric vehicles should account for 15-20 percent of new car sales; efficiency standards for buses and trucks should be 20 percent higher; current market share for public transport should double; aviation emissions should drop by 20 percent; and we should eliminate emissions from the shipping sector. Progress has been insufficient in many areas and the transport sector needs to accelerate. The finance sector plays a critical role in directing the investments that will make all of the other Mission 2020 milestones possible. According to the campaign, financiers should be investing at least $1 trillion into climate action each year. Important signals toward this milestone include a 10-fold increase in philanthropic funding for climate action and in green bonds; taking climate-related financial risks fully into account; eliminating fossil fuel subsidies; canceling capital expenditures for coal, oil and gas production; and implementing carbon pricing in all major economies. We’ve seen varying levels of progress in these areas—for example, the issuance of green bonds doubled between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, then leveled off last year—but not yet at a pace that puts us on a path to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C. The number of zero energy buildings in cities has grown exponentially: 700 percent more since 2012 in North America alone. However, high-efficiency buildings account for less than 5 percent of construction in most markets today, and well less than 1 percent of the global building stock. We don’t have sufficient data on upgrades for existing buildings, or for the state of infrastructure investment overall.Finance Increasing the share of electricity from renewables not only reduces GHG emissions, it also improves health outcomes and provides job opportunities. According to Mission 2020, in the next two years renewables should supply at least 30 percent of all electricity, existing coal-fired power plants should be going offline and no new coal plants should be built. Yet gross tree cover loss has increased in recent years, and new data showing the locations and causes of this loss can help governments and corporations better monitor and target efforts to halt it. Tropical countries need to enact policies to step up forest protections and the corporations that operate in them need to follow through on existing commitments to limit deforestation in their supply chains.Forest restoration efforts are progressing in many countries, but hard to measure, while emissions from agriculture are still increasing – from 4.6 Gt of greenhouse gases in 2000 to 5.3 in 2016.Industry Heavy industries like chemicals, steel and cement are collectively responsible for around a quarter of global CO2 emissions. The Mission 2020 industry milestone is for companies to develop and begin implementing roadmaps that would halve their emissions over the next 30 years. Recent analysis found these industries could even reach zero emissions by 2050, at a cost of less than 0.5 percent of global GDP. Mission 2020 calls for governments and investors to spend at least $300 billion annually on climate-friendly infrastructure, in addition to the $6 trillion necessary for business-as-usual infrastructure costs. New buildings should be built to zero-energy standards, and at least 3 percent of existing buildings should be upgraded to those standards each year. Investment to tackle climate change is estimated to have reached between $455 billion and $681 billion in 2016. These numbers only capture a portion of global financial flows due to lack of comprehensive data, so it’s possible we are on track to spend $1 trillion per year on climate action by 2020. However, until more data is publicly available it is difficult gauge progress on this outcome.A Narrow Window of Opportunity for Climate ActionIn each of these six sectors, tremendous opportunities to scale up and accelerate action remain untapped. Acting sooner rather than later is critically important, especially to avoid building new carbon-intensive infrastructure that would operate for decades. Now is the time to invest in necessary shifts, such as phasing out coal; moving swiftly toward renewable energy; electrifying transport, buildings and industry; and managing land sustainably. National governments can steer this shift by revising their Paris Agreement climate action plans (known as nationally determined contributions, or NDCs), and by developing long-term plans to tackle climate change.Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate found that bold climate action – in line with the Paris Agreement and the Mission 2020 milestones – could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. If these benefits are to stay within reach, then governments, businesses and investors must harness the opportunities to transition to a clean and sustainable economy starting immediately.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, who are not a part of India’s Asia Cup 2018 squad, have been included in the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) team for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.The Vijay Hazare Trophy will be played in New Delhi and last year’s runners-up Saurashtra will begin their campaign against Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) on September 19, the SCA said in a media release.On Sunday, SCA announced the inclusion of Pujara and Jadeja in the team. Saurashtra will play eight matches in the tournament.Pujara and Jadeja have been integral part of Saurashtra in the domestic circuit for a while now.Even though the two have been selected in the team, they may miss the fifth match on September 30 and the remaining matches of the tournament if they are selected in the Indian squad for the Test series at home against the West Indies.Also read – Happy that Ravindra Jadeja only played in last Test: England assistant coachWhen contacted, SCA media manager Himanshu Shah told PTI, “Pujara and Jadeja have been included in the squad. The duo will play first half of the tournament as West Indies will start their India tour by playing the first Test at the SCA stadium at Khandheri here on October 4.”During the recently concluded Test series against England which India lost by 1-4, Pujara scored a century and a half-century, while Jadeja, who played only the last Test, shone with both bat and ball.”The first Test match between India and the West Indies will start from October 4 at the SCA stadium. The two players are likely to miss second half of the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Shah said.advertisementAlso read – Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle with maiden Test hundred in EnglandThe SCA team management has not yet declared the captain for the squad so far. However, Pujara is likely to lead the side in the prestigious domestic tournament, while Jaydev Shah may be the captain of Saurashtra in his absence.Team: Jaydev Shah, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Jaydev Unadkat, Samarth Vyas, Arpit Vasavada, Avi Barot, Prerak Mankad, Chirag Jani, Dharmendra Jadeja, Kamlesh Makwana, Yuvraj Chudasama, Saurya Sanandiya, Agnivesh Ayach and Hardik Rathod.(With PTI inputs)
Topics: Originally published Dec 16, 2011 5:30:00 PM, updated April 24 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Have you ever heard of heatmapping? It’s some pretty cool technology that lets you see where people are looking on a website. If you’re ever testing a new website design or creating a really important landing page, you can use heatmap technology to see where peoples’ eyes linger. If they aren’t looking at the areas on the page you want to emphasize, you know you might have some design flaws.I told you that story to tell you this one. Mashable commissioned EyeTrackShop, a startup that performs heatmap studies for marketers, to see where people look on popular social media sites. They covered everything from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and Reddit, and though the sample size is pretty small and doesn’t always include the business pages, the results are interesting for social media marketers nonetheless. You can see the heatmaps for all of the social media networks they researched on Mashable, but we’ll focus on what they found for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. And of course, the marketing takeaway from all this heatmap research.FacebookFacebook’s heatmap shows people spend the most time looking at the profile picture and the first two posts on the page. The profile information at the top of the page also ranks high, as does the list of friends on the side. As you move past the halfway mark of the page, visual attention drops significantly.EyeTrackShop also shared a metric called fixation order, which is the order in which most people looked at areas of interest on the page. Interestingly, most people on Facebook started by looking at the middle of the page where status updates are posted, then went to the left panel where friends are listed.Google+Despite being larger, the Google+ profile photo doesn’t attract as much attention as the Facebook profile photo. The most attention was paid to the name, tagline, and first post. Like on Facebook, someone’s Circles was also of interest.Viewers spend an average of 5.9 seconds in the middle of the Google+ page, which is slightly longer than is spent on the middle of the Facebook and LinkedIn pages. This might be due to the fact that this is a new network, and people are still trying to understand what they are looking at and how they can interact with content.TwitterThe most notable viewing pattern on Twitter is how far down the eye goes on the screen compared to other social networks. Because of the pace at which tweets come through though, this is not surprising, as users are used to scrolling further down the page to see tweet streams.At 3.1 seconds, Twitter’s average dwell time for the middle of the page is significantly lower than on the other three social media networks. Again, because of the fast-moving nature of this social media network, people are probably quickly clicking onto another page from here.LinkedInIt’s all about your title on LinkedIn; overwhelmingly the eye is mostly focused on someone’s name and job. As with all social networks, the picture receives some time in the spotlight, as does the section that displays a person’s education, connections, and recommendations. People do scan down to work experience as well, but they seem to only linger on the most recent place of employment.Most of the time is spent on the middle of the page on LinkedIn, after which it appears users move to the right to take some sort of action (e.g. see if they are connected, and if not, potentially connect).Marketing TakeawayThe importance of profile photos is not diminishing. Give a face to your social media accounts, because (shocker!) people want to socialize with human beings!Social media networks also showed the most attention garnered to the top left sections of the page — where titles, names, and the first status update reside. That means you should make it easy for people to identify who you are by choosing a name that clearly identifies who you are (and if you’re on Google+, an awesome tagline) so you pass a user’s blink test.And though status updates are dynamic, whatever is at the top is clearly important to visitors, so don’t post updates willy nilly just to keep your profile fed. Take an extra 10 seconds to ask yourself whether this update is interesting and engaging. If it is, you’ll have better luck getting visitors to “fixate” on your profile.Have you ever used heatmapping technology? Where do you think people spend the most time on your social media accounts?Image credit: dullhunk Social Media Engagement
Lead Generation Don’t forget to share this post! Your website is the most important tool you have for turning prospects into customers.There are plenty of ways to increase the number of people visiting your site, but unless you convert these visitors into leads, you won’t be able to ultimately get new customers. As a result, your business won’t be able to grow at a healthy rate.That’s why it’s so important to design your website with lead generation top-of-mind.Download our free marketing tool that helps you generate more leads and learn about website visitors.Think about what your website looks like in its current state. Do each of your webpages clearly guide visitors to take action, or does they leave them wondering what to do next? Do you use a tool that automatically pulls the submissions from your forms and puts them into your contact database? Are you creating custom landing pages for every single campaign that you run? Do you have lead generation CTAs on each of your blog posts? (Do you have a blog at all?)If you’re starting to think hard about the opportunities you have to increase conversion on your site, you’ve come to the right place.In this post, we’ll cover the most critical components of a website optimized for lead generation. You’ll find useful tips in here whether you’re coming from a startup generating leads from scratch, or from a well-established business looking to tighten up your website to increase conversions.The Anatomy of a Lead-Generating Website1) Lead generation formsForms are the crux of any business’ lead generation efforts. Without them, you won’t be able to get contact information that your site visitors actually opt in to give you. The opting in part is important: When people voluntarily hand over their information by filling out a form, they’re actively showing interest in your business, your products, or your content. These leads are valuable because they’re more likely to turn into customers down the road.Embedding lead generation forms directly on your website makes it easy for visitors to convert into leads. If you’re a HubSpot customer, you can create forms right in HubSpot and either add them to your webpages or embed them elsewhere. Non-HubSpot customers can turn to form-embedding tools like Contact Form 7, JetPack, or Google Forms.Although landing pages are the most popular places to put lead generation forms, you can embed them anywhere you’d like on your site. Here are a few examples of forms from different businesses that have with different goals, starting with OfficeVibe’s homepage:On AdmitHub’s homepage, they’ve embedded a form for a demo request:The folks at American Songwriter embedded a subscribe form in the footer of their website:Below is the form on ChoiceScreening’s “Contact Us” page. You’ll notice it’s relatively long, but for a business that runs background checks of all kinds, the form fields are likely necessary to help organize inquiries.When you’re thinking about how long your forms should be, consider whether you’d rather have more inquiries coming in, or higher quality inquiries coming in. As long as you have other, easier avenues for folks to contact you, a longer form can be okay for some businesses.2) A form scraping toolOnce you’ve created and embedded your forms, how are you going to collect and track submissions? You’ll need a tool that scrapes your forms, meaning it automatically captures the form submissions on your website and puts them into your contact database.By consolidating your leads in one place, it’ll be much easier for you to follow up with those leads — whether it’s by sending them lead nurturing emails, tracking their future behavior on your website, or some other action.We recommend using our free Collected Forms tool. Collected Forms enables you to detect form submissions on your website as they come in — even if the forms are not built with HubSpot. Then, it’ll put those submissions right into your contacts database. There you have it. Now, these are by no means the only components of a website that can or should be optimized for lead generation. But this guide will help you get started with the fundamental components you’ll need to generate more and higher quality leads.And although we’ve gone over some overarching best practices, remember that you’ll need to continuously test and tweak your site to optimize it for leads based on your own, unique audience. If you aren’t doing that already or want to learn more about optimization, read this post to learn about A/B testing your website in more detail.What else makes up a lead-generating website? Share with us in the comments. Originally published Nov 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated February 27 2018 3) Primary and secondary calls-to-action on every pageWhen people go to a website, they’re usually trying to take some action. Sometimes, they know what that action is — like when you’re looking for a coffee grinder to buy for your spouse’s birthday and you plan to make a purchase as soon as you find one that’s good enough. Other times, visitors simply don’t know what they want to do on a website and they’re just there to browse or research.It’s your job to guide these people forward in their research and/or buying process through calls-to-action (CTAs). Remember, your website exists to compel visitors to dig deeper into your business and offerings and move them further down the funnel. CTAs tell them what to do next so they don’t feel lost or overwhelmed. In this way, CTAs turn your homepage into a lead-generating machine.You’ll want to create multiple CTAs for your site that speak to different parts of the buying funnel. But it’s important to have a primary CTA — one that exists above the fold of your site pages, sticks out from the others, and leads people to do the #1 thing you want them to do on each page.What that CTA leads to will depend on your end goal. What do you want your site visitors to do most — do you want them to sign up? Create an account? Request a demo? Defining what a “lead” means to you will make your analytics goals much clearer and will help you build a more intuitive funnel.Here are two examples of webpages that effectively use primary CTAs to direct visitors to the next logical step. The first is Mint’s homepage, where you’ll notice the free sign-up CTA immediately draws your eye:Here’s another example from FreshBooks’ homepage:Common CTA examples include “Free Trial,” “Schedule a Demo,” “Buy Now,” or “Learn More.” (Here are 30 examples of great CTAs for more inspiration.)4) Gated offers on landing pagesWe already went over the importance of embedding forms on your website in a more general sense, but landing pages deserve a section of their own. Landing pages are the hub of your lead generation efforts — which is why every marketing campaign you run and every offer you create should be tied to a custom landing page.The more landing pages you have, the more opportunities you have to convert site visitors into leads. There’s also a huge SEO benefit to having more landing pages, which can have an impact even before visitors land on your site.There are many elements that a top-notch landing page needs, from design to form length to navigation, share buttons, social proof, and so on. If you’re looking for detailed information on building well-designed landing pages that are optimized for lead conversion, here are a few helpful resources:7 Key Design Tips for High-Converting Landing Pages (blog post)How to Optimize Landing Pages for Conversions (free ebook)16 of the Best Landing Page Examples You Need to See (blog post)How Long Should Your Landing Page Forms Be? (blog post)Below is a great example of a landing page from WebDAM. While it’s a solid example overall, the form might be the best part — especially the little icons in front of the text that refer to the information needed to complete it.If you’re looking for ideas for valuable content to put behind those landing pages, read this list of 23 lead generation content ideas to start you off.5) Pop-up formsI know, I know. “Pop-ups” can sound like a dirty word nowadays. Inbound marketers everywhere are asking themselves whether they should be using pop-up forms — and the short answer is yes, as long as you use them in an inbound-y way.To do that, you’ll want to make sure you’re:Offering something valuable and relevant so they add to your website visitors’ experience, rather than interrupting it;Timing their appearance so they’re triggered by certain actions or time spent on a page in a way that feels natural and not interruptive;Using language that’s actionable and human;Not ruining the mobile experience.In addition to embedded forms and traditional call-to-action buttons, you’ll also want to pick and choose pages on your website where you can place pop-up forms, which we call lead flows here at HubSpot. There are a few different types of lead flows you can choose from: welcome mats, overlay modals (which is what most people think of when they hear the term “pop-up”), banners, and slide-in boxes:Here’s an example of a banner on Basecamp’s homepage, which appears when you scroll a certain percentage of the way down the page:This overlay modal from Aquaspresso’s blog offers blog readers an avenue toward their paid products in a way that’s helpful (providing a discount):If you’re looking to get started with pop-up forms, we’d recommend you try our free marketing tools. We built the Lead Flows feature to help marketers generate more leads across their entire website without sacrificing the user experience.6) Intuitive design and thoughtful CTA placementThe point of your website is to guide site visitors toward the actions you want them to take. Your conversion efforts will be far more compelling when assets are easy to find and are built with a reader-centric mindset. Think about how you can use layout, CTA placement, whitespace, colors, fonts, and other supporting elements to clearly communicate your value proposition, help visitors find specific information easily, and build trust.Most importantly, you’ll want to make sure your webpages — especially your most popular ones, like your homepage — are designed beautifully, intuitively, and with lead generation in mind. In other words, you’ll want to direct your visitors’ attention to the areas of the page that will convert them into leads.For example, according to an eye tracking study, a website reader’s natural eye path starts in the upper left-hand corner of a website and moves on from there in an F-pattern. To take advantage of this pattern, you may want to place your most important calls-to-action somewhere within that F-pattern. (Read this blog post to learn more about designing webpages for lead generation.)In the example below, the business’ name is in the top left, followed by the horizontal navigation bar placed on the top, and a primary call-to-action (by #4) in the second row.Image Credit: Envato Studio7) A blog with lead-generating CTAsIf you don’t have a business blog or aren’t using it consistently, then you’re missing out on a huge traffic- and lead-driving engine. There are many business benefits to blogging, which not only include helping drive traffic to your website, but also converting traffic into leads for your business. Just like every blog post you write is another indexed page, each post is a new opportunity to generate new leads. And thanks to the compounding value of blog posts over time, every post you write will drive value for you in the form of traffic and leads not just when you first publish it, but for years to come.Here at HubSpot, our blog is responsible for a significant percentage of our marketing team’s incoming leads — and 76% of our monthly blog views come from posts published prior to the current month.But in order to generate leads from your blog, you can’t just write, hit “publish,” and call it a day. You’ll need to add a lead-generating call-to-action to every blog post that points to free content gated behind a landing page (see #4). To help you create these long-form offers more easily without worrying about the design component, try downloading these 386+ free content creation templates for ebooks, infographics, and other offers.Once you create lead-generating offers, promote them by blogging about subject matters related to them, and then put CTAs that lead to the asset’s landing page on every one of those blog posts.8) Social proof and other trust-buildersIn order for a site visitor to turn into a lead, they need to hand over some personal information — their name, their email address, and maybe even their phone number or company name. Why would they give that information to you unless they felt some sort of trust in your brand and what you’re offering them?That’s where establishing credibility comes in. If you want to earn people’s trust enough to compel them to opt in to your emails or otherwise put their personal information into your database, you’re going to need to prove yourself somehow — especially to people who don’t know who you are quite yet. The most meaningful form of advertising is recommendations from others, and it can have a big impact on conversion rates.There are many ways to establish credibility on your website. One effective way to show trustworthiness is by adding social proof — like customer testimonials, case studies, and prominent client logos — as well as trust seals to your site.Customer testimonials are quotes from real customers you can place on landing pages, your homepage, and anywhere else on your website. Place these quotes below forms, and be sure to include a photo, name, company, and job title. Here’s a great example from Codecademy’s homepage: Case studies are full-fledged customer stories, either written or in video. They’re longer and more detailed than customer testimonials, and often include success metrics and positive results. You can learn more on how to create compelling case studies here.Prominent client logos are when a business places the logos of some of their more well-known clients on their homepage or elsewhere on their website to show them off. According to ConversionXL, logos from prominent clients tend to be memorable to site visitors.Trust seals are symbols that reassure site visitors that their sensitive information is secure with the company they’re giving it to. (Read this post to learn more about adding trust seals to your website.) Topics:
A cricket umpire has died a month after he was hit on the head by a ball during an amateur match in the UK.According to a BBC Sport report, John Williams, 80, from Hundleton, Pembrokeshire, was struck with a ball while he was officiating a Pembrokeshire County Division 2 match between Pembroke and Narbeth on July 13.He was then flown to a hospital in Cardiff where he was placed in an induced coma. He was then transferred to another hospital in Haverfordwest on August 1 where he passed away two weeks later.Pembrokeshire Cricket on Thursday shared the information on their Twitter handle: “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams.”John passed away this morning with his family at his bedside. Thoughts of all of Pembrokeshire Cricket are with Hilary and the boys at this difficult and sad time.”Robert Simons from Narberth Cricket Club, who was the other umpire officiating during the match, said: “I was officiating as the other umpire… It was traumatic.”He was a grand gentleman, truly a gent from a cricketing point of view, and he gave up a tremendous amount of his time for the sport.”
Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary on Monday clinched the silver medal in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the ongoing 14th Asian Championship.Chaudhary, 17, shot 244.5 in the final to finish second on the podium behind North Korea’s Kim Song Guk, who won the coveted gold with a world record 246.5 at the Lusail Shooting Complex. Iran’s Foroughi Javed won the bronze with a score of 221.8.Abhishek Verma managed 181.5 to remain content with a fifth-place finish in the eight-man final.Chaudhary and Verma had earlier qualified for the final in the seventh and sixth place respectively. Both have already secured their quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.India have 15 Olympic quotas in shooting, the most the country has ever achieved in the run up to the showpiece event.India have quotas in men’s and women’s 10m air rifle (Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Deepak Kumar), women’s 25m air pistol (Rahi Sarnobat, Chinki Yadav) and men’s and women’s 10m air pistol (Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Varma, Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal), men’s skeet (Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Mairaj Ahmad), men’s and women’s 50m rifle three positions (Aishwarya Singh Tomar, Sanjeev Rajput, Tejaswini Sawant).
United States WATCH: USMNT defender Lichaj scores stunning brace against Arsenal Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 01:32 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shaun Botterill United States FA Cup Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest Arsenal Videos The Nottingham Forest right back recorded the first two-goal performance of his career as the Championship side shocked the Gunners Eric Lichaj picked quite the time to record the first brace of his professional career — and did so in spectacular fashion, to boot.The U.S. national team defender scored a pair of first-half goals — including a stunning volley from 18 yards out — as Nottingham Forest shocked Arsenal with a 4-2 win in the FA Cup third round Sunday.It was the first two-goal game for Lichaj, who entered the match with just seven goals over 254 appearances in all competitions playing for Aston Villa, Lincoln City, Leyton Orient, Leeds United and Forest. 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 1 – Eric Lichaj has scored two goals in a single game for the first time ever in English football. Stunned. #NFFCvAFC — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018 As Forest lined up a 20th-minute free kick Sunday at City Ground, the 29-year-old right back made a run toward David Ospina’s goalmouth and headed home a Kieran Dowell service from point-blank range to open the scoring.Upset alert? #USMNT international Eric Lichaj heads Nottingham Forest in front vs Arsenal. https://t.co/viXWisANDn — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 7, 2018 While Per Mertesacker drew Arsenal level just three minutes later, Lichaj restored the Forest advantage with a memorable strike a minute before halftime.Collecting a half-clearance at the top of the penalty area, Lichaj chested the ball down and sent a swerving volley into the top corner.👀 Where did THAT come from, Eric Lichaj?! https://t.co/uxEr55dJGU — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 7, 2018 And Forest never surrendered the lead this time, as the Championship side had penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell sandwich a Danny Welbeck strike to seal the upset.The historic triumph saw Arsenal lose its third-round matchup for the first time since falling to Sheffield United in January 1996, seven months before hiring Arsene Wenger as manager.
América Club America sanctions Darwin Quintero for booting ball at reporter Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 03:56 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schemidt América América v Atlas Atlas Liga MX The Colombian will face disciplinary measures after a ball he kicked came inches from a television reporter doing a live shot Club America announced that it will sanction Carlos Darwin Quintero internally after the winger appeared to kick a ball at a reporter during a training session Tuesday.ESPN reporter Marcelino Fernandez was broadcasting live from the corner of the training field when Quintero sent a ball in his direction. It narrowly missed the reporter, who continued on with his live shot. Though Quintero denies any malice, the Mexico City club has elected to sanction Quintero after debate about his intentions took hold on television and social media Tuesday night. 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 “Club America informs that the player Darwin Quintero will be sanctioned internally after the unfortunate action he carried out during yesterday’s training, which doesn’t represent the values of this institution,” read a club statement released Wednesday. “The club laments what happened and offers an apology to the reporter Marcelino Fernandez of ESPN and his crew, as well as anyone who may have been offended by what happened.”The club did not mention what the exact sanction will be.Quintero said he and his teammates were playing a far more innocent training ground game and never would’ve set out to hit Fernandez.”At no time did I shoot the ball to hit him,” Quintero said. “We were betting on who could hit the tree because at this angle it was really hard to hit it at the reporter from that angle. Before you say something, you should investigate better.”The Colombian winger started the first two matches of the Clausura but was left on the bench in Sunday’s match against Pumas. He entered the scoreless draw in the 84th minute. America hosts Atlas, which has lost all three matches thus far, on Saturday. Quintero’s starting spot already is in question after America signed Andres Ibarguen in the offseason and also brought in forwards Jeremy Menez and Henry Martin.Quintero has been linked with moves to South America and MLS but is likely to stay on with Las Aguilas through the Clausura.
UEFA Champions League Willian & Mane lead the way in the Champions League Team of the Round Goal 06:55 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Getty UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Basel v Manchester City Porto v Liverpool Real Madrid v PSG Chelsea v Barcelona Bayern München v Beşiktaş Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Sevilla v Manchester United Porto Sevilla Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Basel Liverpool Barcelona Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Roma It was a positive fortnight for the competition’s Premier League contingent, with Liverpool and Manchester City in particular making a big impression
Unfortunately, it appears there are some other fans looking to claim the OSU-alum and all-time winning coach, as his bio section shows that he also is now the head coach of Oregon.The potential news for OSU fans is that this could just be a posturing to grab leverage between him and OSU, and that Baylor may not even be in play. However, where there’s smoke…….You never know.Also of note, according to a report by the Tulsa World, Mike Gundy’s previously-agreed contract extension from this summer is still unsigned by both parties. The extension was reported this summer, however, Gary Schutt says the contract is in Gundy’s court — he signs, then school signs. And neither action has apparently taken place. With rumors swirling around Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and possible meetings with representatives from Baylor, some hopeful Bear fans have taken to Wikipedia with some inside information. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One year ago, Brian VanGorder was running the defensive side of a spring camp in South Bend, Indiana. Now he’s walking around observing practices in Stillwater.Four games into the 2016 season, after the Fighting Irish’s worst upset loss in 20 years (to Duke), his team was 1-3 and VanGorder (then defensive coordinator) was shown the door.His departure, as it turns out, did little to help Notre Dame.While he was running the defense, Notre Dame allowed 33.5 points per game and held a scoring margin of +3.75 in its first four games. Without VanGorder, the Irish went 3-6, giving up 25 points a game but their scoring margin dipped to +2.75. Their only wins came against Syracuse, Army and N.C. State.That’s the life of head coaches and lead assistants. Win or find a new job.VanGorder landed on his feet and spent the rest of the season as a hired consultant for Kirby Smart at Georgia. After the season was finished, VanGorder apparently showed his interest in Oklahoma State who was transitioning into a multi-front defense.Mike Gundy has been pleased with VanGorder’s contributions so far this spring.“He’s been really good for our defensive guys,” Gundy said following a practice this week. “He’s got a wealth of experience in 3-down and essentially that’s why we brought him in here.”“I’ll be quite honest with you, I didn’t necessarily think we were going to bring a guy in that had a track record like him. But he wanted to be in our program and we’re thrilled to have him. They tell me that’s he bringing a lot to the room in different things, in the 3-down defense.”That track record includes over 35 years coaching defense at all levels of college football and stints with the Atlanta Falcons (as defensive coordinator) and the New York Jets.So, what is an analyst, anyway?It’s an extra set of eyes that can scout future opponents, watch practice and film and basically add to the coaching staff’s think-tank without out directly coaching the players. The NCAA has a limitation on how many “coaches” a university can keep on staff.Oklahoma State has been using these analysts for several years now. They currently have two defense analysts in VanGorder and former DC Bill Clay. This offseason, the Cowboys added A.J. Ricker to fill the offensive analyst spot vacated by eventual OL coach Josh Henson.
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National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson, says the protection of human rights will be guaranteed in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO).Speaking in an ‘Issues and Answers’ interview recently, Mr. Anderson informed that human rights training for the security forces is a requirement under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act.“The law requires selection of the commanders on the ground (and) there is a requirement in the law for them to receive human rights training. The joint forces have received training, and that is ongoing to prepare people to operate within the zones,” he said.Mr. Anderson assured that the philosophy undergirding the Act “is not to target communities but to target criminals holding communities to ransom”.“The idea is to go in and leave the criminals with the least opportunity to carry out what they want to do, and provide as much protection to the population there,” he said.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a Zone of Special Operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the police commissioner and the chief of defence staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the special crime zones will not be used to infringe the rights of citizens.He also said that the law would not give powers equivalent to a state of emergency.Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said custodes and justices of the peace (JPs) have a critical role to play in ensuring the protection of citizens’ rights, once an area has been designated a special crime zone.He said once a person has been detained, the police will have to convince the JPs that the person is suspected to have committed a crime.“If the JPs disagree, then the person must be released. If the JPs agree, within 24 hours that person must be taken before a parish judge,” he said.Mr. Chuck said that the JPs should also be present, especially when the security forces are conducting searches. Mr. Anderson assured that the philosophy undergirding the Act “is not to target communities but to target criminals holding communities to ransom”. National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson, says the protection of human rights will be guaranteed in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO). Story Highlights
Story Highlights Addressing the CARICOM Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (May 29), Mr. Spencer said it is through continuous collaboration that “we will defeat crime at our regional borders”. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has called on members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to collaborate more in the fight against corruption at ports in the region. “Many of us are confronting issues we have never had to grapple with before at a rapid pace that demands partnership. In the face of porous borders, shifting criminal and terrorist threats, it is indeed true that no man is literally an island and no man or country succeeds alone,” Mr. Spencer said. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has called on members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to collaborate more in the fight against corruption at ports in the region.Addressing the CARICOM Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (May 29), Mr. Spencer said it is through continuous collaboration that “we will defeat crime at our regional borders”.“Many of us are confronting issues we have never had to grapple with before at a rapid pace that demands partnership. In the face of porous borders, shifting criminal and terrorist threats, it is indeed true that no man is literally an island and no man or country succeeds alone,” Mr. Spencer said.The State Minister said that in this age of terrorism, cybercrime and organised criminal networks, CARICOM continues to face rising levels of crime.“Gang warfare in the never-ending battle for control of scarce resources continues to tear apart the social fabric of our communities and countries and destroy the lives of so many of our young people,” Mr. Spencer added.He encouraged the chiefs of immigration and comptrollers of customs from the different CARICOM nations present, to continue to promote the rejection of corruption in the forms of illegal drug trade, trafficking of firearms, identity theft and data breaches, among their nationals they have employed, and citizens.“One of the most effective ways we can confront the challenges outlined is to reject corruption and the behaviours that support it. Never forget that no criminal act can bear fruit without compromise and someone deciding to look the other way,” Mr. Spencer said.He noted that hosting the CARICOM Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs Conference at this time in Jamaica, is “timely”.“This meeting could not have been convened at a more apt time, as there is an agreed level of urgency to collaborate across the region to confront and overcome the various existing and emerging challenges,” he said.Chair of Immigration, CARICOM, Wayne Marshall, also stated that he wants to see more partnerships taking place between the various stakeholders in the region with regard to safeguarding the ports.“We must work together on common security challenges. It not only facilitates stability in our region but it leads to safe and secure movement of people as well as goods and services. Together, we must tackle illegal cross-border activities. We must fight organised crime, including corruption, illegal migration, drug smuggling and trafficking of human beings,” Mr. Marshall said.“Only by working together can we succeed. We need to strengthen good management… where immigration, customs, police and other relevant authorities work together,” he added.The conference is being held between May 29 and 31 with the objective of bringing regional border security officials together in a forum that examines trends and to exchange best practices to enhance the regional crime and security agenda of the Caribbean in a wholesome manner.More than 60 participants from various CARICOM territories, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas, Belize, Montserrat, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Turks and Caicos Islands, are participating.The conference is hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).