NBA players Markieff, left, and Marcus Morris arrive at Superior Court for the second day of their aggravated assault trial, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The twins, along with Gerald Bowman, are charged with assaulting Erik Hood outside a recreation center in 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case.An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:37Protesters 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 Hood stressed in court that he wasn’t looking at any of the defendants differently from each other.Hood initially identified both Marcus and Markieff Morris as assailants, but testified that he later changed his statement to police to say Markieff did not physically assault him but had been in the vicinity.Defense attorneys pressed Hood on his knowing about the NBA players’ substantial assets and asked if he was intent on having a claim on at least one of the Morris twins for his financial gain. Hood denied that claim.Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to multiple people indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages for the case.The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty. Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season, with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. Read Next The Morris brothers have known Hood since they were promising teenage AAU players, but Hood testified they had a falling out in 2011.Hood testified that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message he sent their mother. He said there was nothing “improper” happening with him and their mother.Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein suggested Hood knew he had no chance of having a professional relationship with the players after the 2011 incident, but Hood insisted their relationship was not based on the twins making it to the NBA.The Morris brothers were drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Under Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes are ready to help you take on the street Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to the same charges. The Morris brothers and the final defendant, Gerald Bowman, have pleaded not guilty.Hood told Phoenix police he was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood said the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.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 shutoutHood tried to run but fell down before five men, including the Morris twins, punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities said. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom, according to police.Hood, 36, testified he wanted justice for the incident that left him with a broken nose and other injuries. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Smith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Charles Rhodes said it was a total team effort that lifted them from a dirge of a first half en route to a 111-102 over TNT in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen were dreadful to watch in the second period, absorbing each and every single one of the KaTropa’s eight three-pointers and ending the first half trailing by 61-46ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 The Beermen doubled the KaTropa’s production of 18 third quarter points, putting up 36 in the penultimate period, including a 19-4 run.Instrumental in the quarter turnaround was 2013 MVP Arwind Santos, who had 14 of his 27 points in the third period.“Arwind always told me that when the Finals came he played his best, and he was the MVP out there tonight,” said Rhodes who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.San Miguel now lead the series 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Not only was the difference in the halftime scores glaring, TNT’s production of 35 points in the second quarter alone seemed gargantuan to San Miguel’s 17.Rhodes said everything changed come the third quarter and he credited his team’s collective sense of urgency for turning it around in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We were down 15 at the half, and that’s all we talked about,” said Rhodes. “We know what time of team we have and we knew we did some mistakes and we just had to adjust to it. We knew what we were doing wrong.”San Miguel was able to counteract TNT’s offensive punch with a spirited effort of its own. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games
Rising Pune Supergiant captain, Steve Smith, hailed his team for putting up a comprehensive effort beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs in a one-sided encounter at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday.”It’s nice to have a got a nice little streak going. We didn’t know what would be a good score at the halfway mark, to be honest, but we wanted a complete performance today and we got that,” Smith said commending his team’s performance.”We executed our plans really well tonight, Lockie Ferguson bowled beautifully. They’re being very consistent for us, hopefully, then can continue it and win us a few more games. It’s a magnificent effort from Lockie, hit good lengths and bowled good bouncers as well. He is an exciting player for the future,” he added.’RCB NOT IN RACE FOR PLAY-OFFS’Conceding that the Royal Challengers Bangalore are virtually out of the race for the Indian Premier League play-offs , courtesy another pathetic batting display, skipper Virat Kohli said the team can only learn from such experiences.RCB’s hopes of making it to the top four were dashed after they lost by 61 runs to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.The 2017 edition of the IPL has been a disappointing one for the Bengaluru franchise, losing seven of their 10 outings so far.”I think it’s for everyone to see we lost that game. It’s hard for a captain to stand here and speak after a performance like this,” Kohli said after his side was restricted to 96/9 in their response to Pune’s 157/3.advertisement”But got to learn and move on from these kind of experiences. We lost the game rather than them winning it. We are pretty much not in the race for the Play-offs, all we can do is enjoy the four remaining games.”The 28-year-old Kohli said there could be multiple reasons for the batting debacle, especially after the same side reached the final of the tournament last year.”It could be a few reasons, expectations, people looking at us as a good batting side that made the Playoffs last year. I can’t really pinpoint something – could be hesitation to get out, to get runs,” he said.LOCKIE FERGUSON’S 2/7 TILTED MATTERS IN PUNE’S FAVOURPlaying his second IPL game, New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his excellent figures of two wickets for seven runs off his four overs.The Kiwi credited the start from the Pune bowlers for his brilliant show, which is only the fourth time in the IPL when a bowler has conceded seven or less in an innings.”I think we were probably 15-20 short today, but we started really well, which made my job easier. I could create some pressure,” Ferguson said.”The boys were incredible, and obviously, feels pretty good to do well personally well too. My strength lies in back of a length, I try to bowl a few cutters as well. But credit to the other guys as well for building up the pressure, I couldn’t have done it without that,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)
Originally published Oct 10, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Around this time 519 years ago, Christopher Columbus discovered America. Our elementary education (or, in my case, the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode where Theodore is failing his history class) taught us about how Columbus wanted to embark on a journey to search for this new world. Regardless of where you first heard the story, your educators had yet to discover the hidden lessons this tale would have in store for the modern marketing world.Here are three things inbound marketers should keep in mind this Columbus Day.1. Don’t be afraid to explore. Be a pioneer.At the time, no one ever thought to consider the possibility that there was additional land on Earth. Nobody questioned, and nobody wondered. Christopher Columbus would have never stumbled into these lands if he hadn’t taken the risk of exploring what could possibly be. And just as Columbus was willing to investigate and travel into the unknown, inbound marketers should be too. The point is, market research is immensely valuable to any business, and it can be a great basis for new, original, and successful content. Furthermore, becoming an early adopter of new marketing trends could help you set the state for your industry. Don’t wait for your competitors to pave the path. Your research and experimentation — and the insights you derive from them — could lead to the potential of something great. You may not discover a country, but there could be a whole new world of technology, coffee mugs, swimming pools, food, travel, anything. The industry is yours to shape through the information you discover.2. Own a category.Celebrations in remembrance of Columbus’ discovery were held in 1972 and 1892 to mark its 300th and 400th anniversary. In 1906, Colorado picked up on the true importance of Columbus’ pioneering and declared it a state holiday, and it took about 30 years for the holiday to be recognized nationally. Colorado was not home to where Columbus first landed. In fact, it’s rarely the first state to come to mind when one thinks of America. Just as Coloradans took the first step toward owning this category, your business can be the first to start a trend that has the potential of eventually being recognized on a greater scale. Realize that the results of your efforts may not roll out right away, and that long-term goals can be just as valuable as short-term ones. Have lofty goals. Even if it takes 30 years or nothing ever takes hold at all, there’s a certain pride and respect that is tied to the one brave enough to make a difference.3. Leverage Contra-seasonal MarketingWhile Columbus Day may be a federal holiday, not every American has today day off. Just as a global company has to re-strategize how to market its brand on a global level, a local business must consider the activities of its target audience on holidays. Just because your company takes the day off and you’re headed to Vegas for the weekend, doesn’t mean your target audience will be, too. If you decide to completely stop updating your blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc., you could be missing out on a valuable opportunity.We like to call this “contra-seasonal” marketing. When many businesses have abandoned marketing efforts under the assumption that no one will be listening to their marketing messages, smart companies continue their campaigns and reach potential customers without having to cut through other noise from marketers. And when a prospect’s inbox isn’t littered with emails from other vendors, they may be more likely to open your email. On the other hand, if you are at work on during holiday vacation, don’t forget that others aren’t. Adjust the frequency of your marketing messages so your prospects don’t return to work from a long weekend bombarded with multiple email marketing messages.Can you think of any other marketing takeaways from the history of Columbus Day? Inbound Marketing 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:
Gary DeAsi, Marketing Operations Manager, SmartBear Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jun 12, 2013 12:30:00 PM, updated October 30 2019 Pain: Improving Your Long-Term Email Marketing Strategy With A Single EmailSolution: A/B Test Every Email You SendThe “problem” with every email you send is that it depends on a variety of factors for success. Did you see dramatically impressive results because of the subject line or the call-to-action copy? Did the email totally flop because of the visual employed or the length of the actual message?Unfortunately, you won’t be able to solve these questions immediately. And you can’t magically create a plan for long-term email success in one day. This makes it difficult to pull out a trick from your back pocket when you’re in the need for a quick email win. That’s where A/B testing comes in. A/B testing can benefit the overall growth of your email marketing channel by providing you with bits of insight every day. Every email you send without an A/B test is a lost opportunity for growth. It’s also a lost opportunity to remedy future email campaigns.Try creating a backlog of A/B testing ideas that you and your colleagues can continuously add to. You can then pull from this list every time you send an email to ensure you’re benefiting your long-term email strategy with some insight from your email audience. For example, in 2011, we conducted a test to see if including a personal name in an email’s “from” field would increase email clickthrough rate. In the test, we saw that the control (From “HubSpot”) had a 0.73% CTR while our treatment (from “Maggie Georgieva, HubSpot”) had a 0.96% CTR — the personalized “From” field was a clear winner with 99.9% confidence.That one test has now served us through our email marketing strategy as a whole.”A/B testing is a critical part of improving email results over time, and each email you send is an opportunity to test some element of your campaign. I keep a backlog of these elements to test so I have something in mind every time I’m ready to sit down and create an email.” Ellie Mirman, Head of Marketing, Mid-Sized Business, HubSpot Laurie Cutts, Director of Marketing, Nanigans Pain: Overseeing a Tiny Mistake in a Huge PromotionSolution: Create an Approval Process or ChecklistOh the joy of clicking “send” on an email. You’ve dedicated time to the message, the layout, the call-to-action, and every detail in between. An hour later, you get your first response. YES!, you exclaim in joy, only to learn that your email didn’t include social share buttons for people to spread the content.Whether it’s forgetting to include social share buttons, specify a suppression list, or a good ol’ typo, tiny mistakes like this can give you a big, unnecessary headache. You can resolve this by either having an approval process in place for your emails, or by simply creating your own email checklist. The checklist option is more tactical, including elements such as sending to the right list, selecting the correct suppression lists, ensuring all hyperlinks work, and proofreading all content in the email.”In many companies, there is an approval process before sending an email. Certain people need to write copy, others design the email, and others need to review and approve before it goes out the door. Because of this, email can get stuck in circles, or, a marketer is rushing at the last minute to send something out. To ensure that the email creation process goes smoothly, set up a brief process document that everyone has visibility to. Also, let other knows that in order to send out email, requests and deliverables need to be given X amount of days in advance.” Email Marketing Jenn Schlick, Product Designer, POP-Market Planning email marketing campaigns can be, well, a pain. As much as you may love your job, it can still become tedious and difficult to plan email campaign after email campaign. And what happens when you have more emails on your plate than you can manage?I’d guess that a crafty little outbound devil comes and whispers into your ear a slew of easy tactics to get your message out …”Just buy a new email list and send them the same message you sent last week!””Design doesn’t matter — just throw in some words and ship it!””Segmentation takes up too much of your time … just send the same email to everyone!”Click here to download our free beginner’s guide to email marketing.While these aren’t exactly the best tactics … I understand (even as an inbound marketer) how tempting it can be to take the easy way out.So I turned to some of the best email marketing experts I know to get insight into the tips and tricks they’re using to make email marketing awesome and as pain-free as possible. Below you’ll learn about the various problems or pain points they’ve admitted to encountering, proposed solutions for each, and personal insight into why those solutions are valuable for them.Pain: Generating the Necessary Clickthrough and Open Rates to Meet Conversion GoalsSolution: Segment Your Marketing Messages There’s a variety of data around specific trigger words and character counts that help your email open and/or clickthrough rates. According to Experian, including the word exclusive in email promotional campaigns boosts unique open rates by 14%. But if you’re looking for a consistent method for generating the necessary open or clickthrough rates, you can’t simply manipulate your email copy to include a specific word each time. It’s repetitive, uninviting, and frankly not always true for the actual message or offer at hand.Segmenting your emails is a friendly, lovable way to attract the clickthrough and open rates you’re longing for. In fact, data from HubSpot Social Media Scientist Dan Zarrella shows that marketers who segmented their email database into 2-6 lists saw an 8.3% email clickthrough rate, as opposed to the 7.3% clickthrough rate seen by marketers who used a single list for all their email marketing.”For any evangelical inbound marketer, the benefits of any marketing email should be twofold. The recipient should receive something of value and directly in line with their needs and interests, and I, as the marketer, am looking for a certain percentage of clicks and opens in order to meet traffic and lead conversion goals. By utilizing list segmentation, I can send more targeted emails only to the contacts who have displayed previous interest in a certain topic or offer, therefore greatly increasing the likelihood of an email open or click. Most importantly, I’ve introduced context into the equation, greatly increasing the likelihood of a relationship.” John Bonini, Director of Marketing, IMPACT Branding & Design Pain: Mobile Friendliness Solution: Keep Your Emails Clean With a One-Column LayoutA Gartner study revealed that 74% of smartphone owners use their devices to check their email. Clearly, your emails need to be mobile-ready for the mass population of smartphone users.When it comes to mobile optimization, the immediate thought is to either invest in a mobile application or use software that automatically configures your content for email. While both are beneficial solutions, and the latter is oftentimes critical, having even just a clean email message can help drastically.Mobile users expect information to be delivered in a way that is clear, concise, and to the point. The best way to accomplish this is by sticking to a one-column template, since this format will more easily adapt to multiple screen sizes. Oftentimes marketers use multi-column templates and fancy formatting to capture reader interest. But all this usually does is distract the reader and create an uninviting mobile experience.”Consumers now interact with their email on multiple devices, so it is critical for marketers to deliver a consistent experience across all channels. This will improve the customer experience as well as conversion rates.” Jessica Meher-Quirk, Head of Enterprise Marketing, HubSpot Sarah Goliger, Inbound Marketing Manager, HubSpot Everything You Need to Send the Perfect EmailIn addition to curating the insights above, I spoke with a handful of email marketing experts at HubSpot to dive deeper into how I, as a content strategist, could create something that would benefit their email marketing lives. I invited these experts to a brainstorm meeting during which I posed questions about what would make their email marketing lives easier. This brainstorm unveiled endless opportunities to support email marketers of the world, ultimately leading to the creation of Marketing Box.Marketing Box is a free, virtual package of all the templates, tunes, and training you need for email awesomeness. You can learn more about it, and the science behind it, in the SlideShare below and download it to use as your own resource here. Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Sending The Perfect EmailWhat other email pain points have you come across? How do you alleviate them? Share in the comments! Pain: Lack of Time to Create Emails From ScratchSolution: Clone Old Emails & Update With Fresh Copy, Subject Lines, Etc.Time seems to be the pain point for, I don’t know, everything? But when it comes to email specifically, according to BTOB Magazine, 49% of B2B marketers spend more time and resources on email than on other channels.One of the easiest ways to save some email creation time is to clone existing emails. I know — you’re probably thinking this is a pretty cheap tactic. We’re not saying you should simply resend the same messages, but rather use the same solid foundation you’ve already built to create future email messages. For example, image placement in many email service providers is incredibly more efficient when you simply drop a new image in place of where an old one was, versus dropping and resizing and/or reformatting a new image.”As marketers, we just don’t have the time to always be starting from scratch. If I need to put together an email quickly, I’ll find one that I’ve already sent that uses the template I want, and update the copy, images, and links. This way I don’t have to deal with tedious formatting, and it’s ready to go much sooner.” Topics: Pain: Running Simultaneous Email CampaignsSolution: Create Static Lists to Keep Track of Every Campaign Gary DeAsi from SmartBear Software says that email can quickly become a juggling act when you have to keep track of which leads receive which emails, which leads have been touched recently, and which leads have not been touched in a while. Many times leads will belong to multiple segments, so they may qualify for several email campaigns in a given time frame. When you’re running many simultaneous email campaigns and using filters to suppress leads who have already been sent certain emails within certain time frames, this can cause your marketing automation system to take much longer to calculate your inclusion lists and get your emails out, and it’s a real pain to keep track of manually. This problem can be solved by creating smart and static lists. You can do this in a number of different ways, but two common ways is by asset and by time frame.For example, if you were sending out an ebook to a segment in the first week of a given quarter, you might create two lists. One that “was sent ebook A” and one that “was sent email in week 1.” Now you have to ensure that any leads that get sent that ebook are added to static list number one, and any leads that are sent an email that week are added to static list number. Then when you go to send that ebook out again in a future email campaign, simply add a filter that suppresses any leads that are a member of list number one, and when you send out more emails that week, add a filter that suppresses any leads that are a member of list number two.”Creating static and smart lists will allow you to ensure leads are not sent the same piece of content multiple times, and are not touched multiple times within a given time frame. If you try to accomplish this using filter logic, it will take the system much longer to calculate, whereas with static lists it is a simple true/false statement. This trick will help you be really granular, timely, and precise when managing multiple email campaigns simultaneously, and you will also notice it comes in hand down the line for reporting.” Pain: Designing Emails When You’re Not a DesignerSolution: Use Pre-Built TemplatesAs we’ve already discussed, time is a much-needed resource when it comes to email marketing. And while you may be trained in how to use your diction to properly position and promote your message, you may have never received the opportunity to learn the design component.That’s where pre-built/pre-designed templates can be extremely valuable. By having a set of email templates at your disposal, it allows you to “drop in” your core content and prepare a professionally built email much faster than if you were to outsource design or let design live in a silo outside your immediate team. Consider hiring a designer to build a series of templates that work with your email software, and have those ready in your back pocket for future email sends.”Designing email campaigns can be a source of both pleasure and pain for marketers. The pleasure comes from laying out your message in an appealing format for your readers to enjoy. But time and resources can be a pain. In the end, your team should have a design-driven framework to tell a story. The bones of a campaign come from a template, but the meat still comes from the marketer.”
Improved Brand Image71% Benefits Percentage of Respondents Better Communication78% Building Better Connections With:Percentage of Respondents Better Leadership45% Other31.4% None of the Above5% Sources:http://www.go-gulf.ae/blog/ceo-social-media/http://ceo-positions.blogspot.com/2014/03/why-ibm-was-wrong-social-ceo-isnt-more.htmlhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/markfidelman/2012/05/22/ibm-study-if-you-dont-have-a-social-ceo-youre-going-to-be-less-competitive/ Additionally, CEOs who participate on social media are able to build better connections and a stronger network. These connections can turn into customers, partners, or employees down the line.Better Connections Made From CEO Participation in Social Networks Improved Company Morale45% There’s lots of up-side to social media. Better communication, better branding, more customers, more transparency. Maybe there are CEOs out there who don’t want all that. I’ll assume most want it if it’ll benefit their businesses.Learn How to Be a Social CEOWhether you’re brand new to social or looking to spice up your game, HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan will be divulging his secrets to being a strong social leader in a special webinar: The Rise of the Social CEO. During the free webinar you’ll learn:The top CEOs on social and how they do things differentlyCommon mistakes executives make on social and how to avoid themHow to optimize and amplify your social presenceYou can register for the webinar here. You won’t want to miss it.Remember — deciding not to invest more in social may not hurt you. But it will certainly help your competitors. Your choice. Topics: More Transparency64% Brand Management Everyone’s doing it. Tweeting. Following. Friending. It feels like the entire world and their grandmother is on social media. Everyone except for Chief Executives, it seems.Yesterday a colleague told me only 1 in 5 CEOs have a social media account. [Tweet This Stat]”Really?” I thought. “Hello, it’s 2014!” But then I Googled it. Sad, but true.Not only that, only 50% of CEOs have a personal bio on their website. Fewer have one on LinkedIn. It’s as if they have something to hide.Out of all the people within a company that should be most present where millions of customers, prospects, suppliers, shareholders, and employees interact, you would think the head honcho would be one of them.It appears that for most CEOs, their social media strategy is to ignore it entirely. And it’s not just the CEO. Many corporate executives seem to be pulling a Ferris Bueller on the socialphere.Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?And then I thought, so what? CEOs are too busy to be tweeting. Plus, their industry isn’t on social anyway. And ROI can’t be measured. And it’s too risky. Actually, it’s really just for young people. Or the marketing department. Yep, social is no place for a CEO.BS. Those are all lame excuses.The truth is, CEOs can’t afford to ignore social media. Not in today’s world. When CEOs choose to resist social media, they fail to realize that their absence not only impacts their personal reputation but also that of their brand’s. According to a recent post by enterprise marketer Lindsey Gusenburg:”There is a growing expectation from consumers and employees alike that the leaders of companies, large and small, should embody the brands they represent — and demonstrate that commitment by being visible and accessible on social media.”Social media isn’t just about tweeting or Facebooking. It’s not about hopping on the bandwagon. It’s not about hanging with the cool kids.It’s about transparency and trust. Social is branding.When CEOs choose not to be social, that transparency and trust suffers. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in or what audience you sell to. Are Brands With Unsocial CEOs Less Competitive? Awhile back, Forbes published an article stating, “If you don’t have a Social CEO, you’re going to be less competitive.” Is there actually a negative impact to being socially left out? If a brand has a strong following on social, why does the CEO need to follow?While the article has a valid point, not every CEO agrees. According to an interview by author Susanne Mueller Zantop;”Sebastian Thrun, co-founder of Google X and the person behind Google Glass told me recently that he thinks the job of a CEO is fundamentally antisocial. Politicians and celebrities can measure the advantages of their social engagement. They need fans. CEOs don’t need fans.”Well then, if the CEO doesn’t need fans, than neither does their company.49% of corporate reputation is attributed to how people view the CEO. [Tweet This Stat] Not a fan of the CEO? Might as well say goodbye to half of your business (okay, a little drastic, but you get my point).In fact, among the 50 top-performing companies, 72% of CEOs are active on social media. Not quite causation and correlation, I agree, but interesting nonetheless.Additionally, according to various studies and reports:82% of consumers are more likely to trust a company whose CEO and leadership team engage on social media. [Tweet This Stat]Half of consumers believe CEOs who don’t use social will lose touch with consumers. [Tweet This Stat]78% of employees want to work for a CEO who engages on social media. [Tweet This Stat]81% of employees consider social CEOs better leaders. [Tweet This Stat]93% of employees feel social CEOs are better equipped to handle a crisis. [Tweet This Stat]CEOs and corporate execs are the face of their brands. Richard Branson (4.6M followers), Arianna Huffington (1.52M followers), Elon Musk (638K followers) are all great examples of CEOs who have built their businesses from the power and influence of their social presence. Social media helped project their ideas and their products to a community of millions. Fans on social listen. They engage. They share. They communicate. No expensive ad campaign or clever marketing message will do that.The Benefits of a Socially-Strong CEOAccording to a survey by BRANDfog, they’ve uncovered some of the primary benefits to why CEOs should get social: Major Benefits of CEO Participation in Social Networks Investors66.3% Originally published Apr 29, 2014 3:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Customers89.3% Employees84.7% Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
UP Yoddha and Bengal Warriors will begin their Pro Kabaddi 2019 campaign in the 7th match of the season at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad.UP Yoddha have faced Bengal Warriors 6 times in the past, winning only once. Matches between these two teams have resulted in ties thrice.UP Yoddha have Monu Goyat, Shrikant Yadav and Rishank Devadiga as their star raiders while captain Nitesh Kumar will be the focus in the defence.On the other hand, Maninder Singh, their captain, will be key to Bengal Warriors’ chances this season.Meanwhile, Telugu Titans will be desperate for a win as they face Dabang Delhi in the latter’s first match of the season. The Titans have lost 2 on the trot and will need some spark to revive their campaign.Where will the 7th and 8th matches of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) be played?Telugu Titans will lock horns with Dabang Delhi and UP Yoddha take on Bengal Warriors, with both the matches being played at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.What time will the 7th and 8th Pro Kabaddi League matches start?Telugu Titans vs Dabang Delhi will start at 20:30 PM IST. UP Yoddha vs Bengal Warriors will start an hour before at 19:30 IST.Where can I watch the 7th and 8th Pro Kabaddi League matches (PKL 2019) matches live?The matches will be shown on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Meanwhile, you can also watch online coverage on Indian streaming service, Hotstar.What are the respective squads for the teams?advertisementUP Yoddha 2019Elite Retained Players: Amit Narwal, Sachin KumarNitesh Kumar, Aashish Nagar, Azad Singh, Arkam Shaikh, Monu Goyat, Shrikant Jadhav, Rishank, Mohsen, Narender, Masud Karim, Surender Singh, Gulveer Singh, Gurdeep, AnkushBengal Warriors 2019Elite Retained Players: Baldev Singh, Maninder SinghAdarsh, Ravindra Kumawat, Sahil, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, K Prapanjan, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Sukesh Hedgde, Amit Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Mohammad Taghi, Amir, AR Avinash, Vijin Thangadurai, Bhuvneshwar, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Dharmendra SinghTelugu Titans 2019Elite Retained Players: Armaan, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Krushna MadaneManish, Akash Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Abozar Mighani, Vishal, Duet Jennings, Amit Kumar, C Arun, Suraj Desai, Suraj Kumar, Sombir, Mula Siva Ganesh Reddy, Rakesh GowdaDabang Delhi KC 2019Elite Retained Players: Meraj Sheykh, Joginder NarwalChandran Ranjit, Ravinder Pahal, Vijay Malik, Vishal Mane, Anil Kumar, Saeid Ghaffari, Sombir, Pratik, Neeraj Narwal, Satywan.Also See:
Originally published Sep 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 You know what gets discouraging? Sending out emails, but not receiving any responses. At all.So how do you send a networking email that people will actually respond to?Writing an effective networking email that gets results takes more effort than simply typing up a few sentences in a “compose” window.Brian Balfour, VP of Growth for Sidekick, receives hundreds of networking emails, but he responds to only a fifth of them. Now he’s sharing his tips to write an email that stands out amidst a flooding inbox.According to Brian, there’s a simple five-step framework to writing a networking email that even the busiest of people can’t ignore.Click through the presentation below to dive into his steps so you can get your networking hustle on. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email Marketing “Email is still the predominant channel to build new relationships.” [tweet this!]”Make your name look familiar to someone before you email them.” [tweet this!]”When sending a cold email, size matters. Keep it short.” [tweet this!] Topics:
Topics: Search ranking is a critical component of any inbound marketing strategy. When it comes to designing and writing content for your website, it’s important to have search engine optimization top-of-mind.After all, the top three results on a search query get 61% of all search clicks — and 75% of search engine users never scroll past the first page of search results.If you find yourself struggling to gain exposure in search engines, it could be because your website isn’t optimized for search.Want to increase your website traffic via organic search? Start by ensuring you aren’t making any of the most common SEO mistakes on your website. Mistakes like keyword stuffing, broken links, duplicate content, and non-unique title tags can really hurt your chances of being found in search.Check out the infographic below from Fertile Frog for a list of 10 common SEO mistakes and how to fix them. (And read this blog post to learn about common SEO mistakes in more detail.)392Save Originally published Oct 26, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 392Save On-page SEO Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Arsenal Wenger charged after confronting officials Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:26 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Arsenal West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The Arsenal boss has been punished by the Football Association after a clash with Mike Dean following his side’s 1-1 draw with West Brom Arsene Wenger has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after confronting the match officials in the wake of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.The Baggies were awarded a late penalty after Mike Dean adjudged Calum Chambers to have handled the ball in the area, and Jay Rodriguez subsequently converted to earn the home side a point at the Hawthorns.Wenger angrily confronted Mike Dean and his match officials on the pitch, along with his goalkeeper, Petr Cech, to question the decision, while it is reported that he also entered the referees’ room after the game. 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 That action is forbidden unless done so with express permission, and the FA has now punished the Frenchman for his actions.The FA have released the following statement: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been charged following the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday [31/12/17].”It is alleged his language and/or behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the game was abusive and/or improper and/or questioned the integrity of the match referee.”He has until 6pm on Friday [05/01/18] to respond.”Wenger could be handed a touchline ban, after he was suspended from the touchline for four matches last season after attempting to push Anthony Taylor during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley in January 2017.His previous behaviour may, subsequently, count against him this time around.
Fiorentina 1 Inter 1: Simeone strikes late to extend Nerazzurri slump Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 1/6/18 Getty Images Fiorentina denied Inter the chance to head into the mid-season break with a win, Giovanni Simeone converting a stoppage-time equaliser. Inter failed to arrest their slump in form as Giovanni Simeone’s 91st-minute strike earned Fiorentina a 1-1 draw and sent the Nerazzurri into the mid-season break winless in five Serie A matches.Club captain Mauro Icardi’s second-half goal looked set to be enough to get Inter – who have slipped from the summit to third after their 16-game unbeaten start to the campaign ended – back on track, but Simeone dashed those hopes at the death.Luciano Spalletti’s side now face the prospect of staring at a nine-point gap to Napoli, who play Verona on Saturday, during their two weeks off. 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 Fiorentina, themselves enduring a poor run having now won just two out of the last 10 in Serie A, had the better of the chances in the opening period, but Icardi converted for the eighth time in his last four against the Viola early in the second half.Inter retreated into their shell and only stayed ahead thanks to the sensational stops Samir Handanovic made from Cristiano Biraghi and substitute Khouma Babacar.But Handanovic’s goal was breached at the death, Simeone following up his goal against AC Milan at the weekend by slamming home at the near post to earn the hosts a share of the spoils at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.| Fiorentina 1-1 InterIt ends at the Franchi after Simeone cancelled out @MauroIcardi’s strike in stoppage time.#FiorentinaInter pic.twitter.com/eDEgrrxDO3— Inter (@Inter_en) January 5, 2018The lack of confidence discussed by Spalletti in the build-up was evident from the off as Fiorentina set out to attack Inter with speed.It took Stefano Pioli’s side less than two minutes to threaten Handanovic’s goal, but Simeone was unable to divert Davide Astori’s flick-on home.Federico Chiesa curled wide before bursting down the right and feeding Cyril Thereau, who failed to make the most of a slip from Andrea Ranocchia and blasted over.It was not until the 22nd minute that Inter forced Marco Sportiello into action. The goalkeeper got down at his near post to push a cross-shot from Ivan Perisic behind, and from the resulting corner he was forced to back-pedal and tip Joao Cancelo’s delivery over.Thereau wasted another golden opportunity ahead of the half-hour mark, while Vincent Laurini did enough to put Icardi off in his attempt to volley a looping cross from the right.There was no stopping Icardi when he broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the restart, though. The Argentina international saw his header saved by Sportiello but showed rapid reactions to slot beyond the keeper at the second attempt.Fiorentina responded well and a phenomenal diving save from Handanovic kept Biraghi’s fierce free-kick out of the top-left corner.Spalletti signalled his intention to try to see out the win by replacing Joao Mario with Dalbert, a move that invited pressure from the hosts.Babacar came on for Marco Benassi in the 69th minute and, after Inter lost Ranocchia to injury, he went close to having a telling impact.| 78′ WHAT.A.STOP #Handanovic tips a Babacar bicycle kick over the bar! #FiorentinaInter 0-1 pic.twitter.com/ubHkxhrGYt— Inter (@Inter_en) January 5, 2018The Senegalese controlled a cross from Biraghi on his chest and produced a beautiful overhead kick that Handanovic did superbly to leap to his right and push over.Recognising the pressure on his team, Spalletti sent Antonio Candreva on for Cancelo and the winger wasted a glorious opportunity to put the match to bed four minutes from time when he rounded Sportiello, only to find the side-netting from an acute angle.Inter were made to rue that missed chance in the final moments, as Biraghi’s deflected shot fell to Valentin Eysseric, who poked to his right for Simeone to thump home a goal that leaves both sides stewing over poor form during the break. Key Opta stats:- Inter have gained only three points in the last five Serie A games, on average 0.6 per match, after they had obtained 2.6 points per game in the previous 15.- Fiorentina have drawn their last three home Serie A games for the first time since November 2016.- Inter have lost the first points from leading situations in a Serie A game this season.- Mauro Icardi has scored 10 Serie A goals against Fiorentina, at least three more than any other team. read more
Transfers ‘He filled up Santa’s sack with dollars and came back!’ – Maradona delighted with Tevez’s Boca return Daniel Edwards 23:46 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Boca Juniors Shanghai Shenhua The Argentine is back at the Bombonera after a lucrative yet underwhelming year with Shenhua, but Diego believes he did the right thing Diego Maradona has given his own unique take on Carlos Tevez’s return to Boca Juniors, stating that he used his stay in China to “fill a sack with dollars”. Tevez became one of the world’s highest-paid players in 2017 when he swapped Boca for Shanghai Shenhua. The striker was on a reported $40 million annual salary, but played just 20 times in all competition, scoring a measly four goals. 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 His stay was also filled with controversy and reports of a poor work ethic, but as his second Boca comeback was confirmed Maradona gave Tevez his seal of approval. “He went to China, filled up Santa’s sack with dollars and came back to Boca. Perfect,” the 1986 World Cup winner explained in words reported by Ole. Diego also slammed critics of Tevez’s lucrative sabbatical, challenging them to turn down such an offer in his place. “Tevez is no traitor. I would like to see all those people who say Tevez betrayed Boca reject $25m a year… it is pretty stupid to say that.”Now Carlitos is back and all us Bosteros are very happy.”After a year of relative inactivity, Tevez rejoined his Boca team-mates on Friday at their Cardales training base. The Xeneize, currently top of the Primera Division table, resume their league campaign after the summer break against Colon on January 27. The big prize for the club and Tevez, however, is the Copa Libertadores, where they will face Palmeiras, Alianza Lima and an as yet unconfirmed qualifier in Group 8 from April onwards.
Borussia Dortmund Bolt to have Dortmund trial in bid to earn Manchester United move Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:27 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Manchester United Paul Pogba Manchester United v Stoke City Hertha BSC v Borussia Dortmund Premier League Bundesliga After retiring from athletics as one of his sport’s greatest ever, the track star continues to set his sights on a professional football career Sprint star Usain Bolt will undergo a trial with Borussia Dortmund in a bid to earn a professional contract at Manchester United.The Jamaican, an all-time athletics legend after winning eight Olympic golds, retired after damaging his hamstring in his last ever race at the World Championships in London last year.After recovering from that injury, the 31-year-old has reiterated his desire to switch sports, claiming he has held talks with the club’s legendary former manager Alex Ferguson over a possible United deal, while his long mooted Dortmund trial is still on the cards. 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 “The injury is now fine and I’m back fully fit,” Bolt, the 100 metres world-record holder, told the Express.”In March we’re going to do trials with Dortmund and that will determine what I do with that career, which way it goes. If they say I’m good, and that I need a bit of training, I’ll do it.”It makes me nervous. I don’t get nervous but this is different, this is football now. It’ll take time to adjust but once I play a few times I’ll get used to it. It was the same when I started track and field.”I was nervous for a while until I started getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place.”One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard. I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”How we stay? @ManUtd for life.. Football GPS @CVMTV pic.twitter.com/Hb1TU8VN1a— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) December 3, 2014Bolt, who won 11 World Championship gold medals in a glittering sprinting career, indicated he has sought advice from Paul Pogba over a potential football career.”I do think I have a chance,” Bolt added. “I watch a lot of football, I understand it, I play it. With training, I could be good.”Me and Pogba talk a lot. I watch and ask him a lot of questions. I want to play but it has to be in the top league. I’m not content to be average.”It’s going to be hard because my career has been so great but if I could win a Champions League or something, it’ll be close to anything I achieved in athletics.”But I have to be more than average. It has to be in the top league because we have a lot of teams that have offered us deals, just random clubs. I want to be the best.”I personally want to play on the wing but I know, listening to everybody and talking to footballers, that I will be put up top. “I strive to be the best and if I get a chance to play for a team like Manchester United it will be a massive deal. I don’t miss the sprint training. I miss the competition, and getting out on the track in front of the crowd, but not the training.”I will definitely want to get up and go train and be excited just to play at Old Trafford.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechuby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are closing on a deal for Malaga prospect Chechu.Marca says Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu, is on Real’s radar.The centre-back has been capped three times with the Under-17 national team and has drawn the attention of La Fabrica for his power and physical attributes.His height of 187 centimetres means that he dominates in the air in both areas.Chechu has been capped at U17 level by Spain.
Holi 2019: Hues of Spain’s La Tomatina festival seen in Gujarat’s AhmedabadPeople attending the La Tomatina-themed Holi party can be seen throwing tomatoes at each other instead of the usual colours. While the original La Tomatina festival happens on a much larger scale, it seems that the trend is starting to spread in India slowly. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 12:31 IST In the visuals below, people attending the La Tomatina-themed Holi party can be seen throwing tomatoes at each other instead of the usual colours. (Photo: ANI)”Bura na mano, Holi hai!” was taken to another level in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad where people celebrated the festival of colours with tomatoes, resembling the famous La Tomatina festival held every year in Spain.In the visuals below, people attending the La Tomatina-themed Holi party can be seen throwing tomatoes at each other instead of the usual colours. While the original La Tomatina festival happens on a much larger scale, it seems that the trend is starting to spread in India slowly. In Spain, La Tomatina is a festival which is held in Buñol, Valencia. Participants in the festival are required to throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight for entertainment.The festival has been held on the last Wednesday of August since 1945.Meanwhile, people from all parts of the country celebrated Holi with the traditional fervour and Holi-related hashtag were among top Twitter trends. Google also celebrated the Hindu spring festival with a colourful doodle. Prominent political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi greeted the nation and hoped that the festival of colours will brighten the mood of the nation in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.???? ?? ???? ???? ?? ??? ?????????? ?? ????? ??????????? ???? ?? ?????? ?? ?? ??????? ????? ???? ?? ???????? ?? ??? ?? ?? ??????? ???? pic.twitter.com/glZ6eQHaoeChowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2019″Greetings to all the countrymen of the Holy Festival of Holi. This festival of joy and Gaiety will further strengthen the colour of our unity and goodwill,” said PM Modi.Congress president Rahul Gandhi said: “I pray to god the festival of Holi makes your life full of colours,” Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter.”advertisementSeveral personalities from the field of sports and Bollywood also wished a prosperous and safe Holi to citizens.IndiaToday.in too wishes its readers a happy and safe Holi.Read | Holi 2019: Country celebrates festival of colours, also remembers Pulwama martyrsAlso Read | Holi 2019: Metro timings, traffic restrictions in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, BengaluruMust Read | Holi and the extravagant spread of food from across IndiaWatch | So Sorry: Bura na mano Holi haiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKoustav Das Tags :Follow holi 2019
Kolkata: Meena Supen (47) and her daughter Manisha Supen (19), who were travelling to Kota aboard the weekly Hazrat Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Central Superfast Express, died after they allegedly jumped off the moving train near Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to catch a thief who stole their handbag.Their bodies were brought to the Ranchi Colony area of Durgapur on Sunday, amidst tension among the local residents. A pal of gloom descended on the family members of the victims, who have accused the railways for the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey alleged that there were no RPF personnel, as a result of which the incident occurred. Meena was taking her daughter to Rajasthan’s Kota for admitting her to a medical coaching centre there. It was also alleged by a section of their neighbours that the mother was thrown out of the running train by the thief and the daughter jumped off after seeing her mother. The railway police in Uttar Pradesh have started a case in this regard and are probing the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe bodies reached Durgapur railway station at around 1 pm on Sunday. But the bodies were handed over to the family members after four hours, as the related documents did not reach the place. The family members of the victims alleged non-cooperation against the railway authorities. The local residents also demanded employment for a family member of the victims from the railways. The local MLA also reached the house of the victims and assured them of all possible help.
HALIFAX – A look at some of the major issues in Nova Scotia’s election campaign:Balanced Books: The Liberals will portray themselves as good fiscal managers, having balanced the books in the last two years of their mandate and at a time when some governments in Atlantic Canada are running massive deficits. The Progressive Conservatives will counter that the government has done little to grow the economy by way of tax cuts for businesses. The NDP will maintain that more spending is needed in health care and community services.Labour Relations: The Liberals have gained a reputation as hard-liners when it comes to dealing with public sector unions. The election comes on the heels of a contentious dispute with 9,000 teachers that saw the government impose a contract after the union rejected three tentative deals. There is still no deal with the civil service or with several health-care units. Unions will also point to the unproclaimed Bill 148, which could be used to impose settlements and restrict arbitrated settlements.Education: Some blowback from the teachers’ contract dispute will also be felt as the Liberals move to address classroom working conditions and to address the highly charged issue of classroom inclusion. The Liberals will defend their record, saying they have fulfilled promises to restore an increased level of funding for the system to address such things as classroom caps and revamping the curriculum.Health: Both the Tories and the NDP will hammer hard on an unfulfilled Liberal promise from the 2013 election of a family doctor for every Nova Scotian. Government figures released in March indicated just over 25,000 people were on the wait list for access to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner, although figures released by Statistics Canada said 11.3 per cent of the population, or just over 100,000 people, did not have access to a health-care provider. The Liberals will counter that another kept promise to merge health authorities has resulted in a more efficient health system. Another contentious issue to be raised will be the government’s abrupt shelving of a plan that would have tripled pharmacare premiums for some seniors.Economy and Jobs: Both the Tories and the NDP will point to a net loss of jobs over the government’s mandate as proof the Liberals had no plan for the sputtering economy. The Liberals will point to gains in immigration and to programs aimed at retaining university- and college-educated workers in the professions and trades as proof of some progress in a province facing demographic challenges.Arts and Culture: The Liberals’ move to axe the province’s lucrative film tax credit early in its mandate could likely have a lingering effect in the campaign, particularly in some Halifax ridings.Yarmouth Ferry: Although all three parties support the Yarmouth to Portland, Maine, ferry, the level of taxpayer funding will be raised by the opposition. The Liberals will point to an upswing in the tourism sector as proof the ferry is a much needed economic engine in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Stronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this fall but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew by 0.5 per cent in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors.That was above market expectations of 0.3 per cent, said Josh Nye, senior economist with RBC Economics Research, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the Bank of Canada will hold off until October to raise rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The Bank of Canada has forecast GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3.0 per cent.CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3.0 per cent growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5 per cent. Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9 per cent growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures,” he said.The month-over-month increase of 0.5 per cent in May compared to a rise of 0.1 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5 per cent increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted 2.4 per cent in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4 per cent in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down 2.7 per cent in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose two per cent, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7 per cent in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4 per cent on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1 per cent as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9 per cent on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7 per cent on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
New Delhi: Sterlite Power Friday said it has signed an agreement for Pampa transmission project in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, entailing an investment of Rs 1,394.79 crore. “The agreement is for batch 13, won at energy transmission auction held by ANEEL ( Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency),” Sterlite Power said in a statement. Completion of the project is expected in March 2023, and signing of the pact represents an important milestone in the company’s evolution, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company however said it will ensure ahead of schedule delivery just like other projects in India. The project includes construction of three energy transmission lines totalling 316 km, two substations and 1,544 MVA transformation capacity, with annual allowed revenue of 74.72 million Brazilian real ( about Rs 133.98 crore) and an investment of 777.8 million Brazilian real (about Rs 1,394.79 crore). “Given the strong contractual framework, including long concession tenures (30 years) and inflation-protected revenues (which help lower the forex risk), the Brazil market presents us with a clear vision to implement projects in a time bound manner. We hope to replicate our successes in India in Brazil too,” said Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO – Global Infrastructure Business, Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power develops power transmission infrastructure and has projects exceeding 12,500 km in circuits and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil.