Phantom 3: DJI’s Latest Drone Takes Flight

first_imgDJI’s campaign of air superiority continues with two versions of the just-announced Phantom 3 drone.On April 8th, DJI held three simultaneous events in London, Munich, and New York to announce the release of their newest creation: The Phantom 3 UAV.Image from DJIWith reasonable price points and out-of-the-box ease, the drones in DJI’s Phantom series helped bring UAVs into the mainstream. DJI’s dominance of the consumer skies will surely continue with the Phantom 3. Two versions will be available: The Phantom 3 Professional, which shoots video in 4K, and the Phantom 3 Advanced, which is pretty much the same machine, but with 1080p video capability.Image from DJIBoth versions will include improved camera sensors, plus ground-scanning sensors for better indoor flying/cat menacing. Additionally, each model will allow you to live-stream your footage straight to YouTube. DJI offers a more in-depth look at the drone’s specs on their website, and both versions of the UAV are available for preorder now.Now, just to get you pumped, here’s an awesome video from DJI that features the Phantom 3 in all its volcano-hopping glory.Here are a few more places from around the web where you can learn more about the Phantom 3:DJI Phantom 3: A Totally Loaded Video Drone For Cheaper Than You’d Think – GizmodoDJI Engineered The Phantom 3 Drone To Be More Plug-And-Play – TechCrunchDJI’s Phantom 3 brings 4K recording to its most popular drone – EngadgetReady to get your hands on a Phantom 3? Which model are YOU more interested in? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.last_img read more

Cinematography Tips: Using Your iPhone As a Light and Color Meter

first_imgLooking for ways to streamline your workflow? Spare your wallet (and your exposure) with these awesome light and color meter apps.Cover image via Lumu.Light and Color meters are amazing tools for accuracy and precision on a film set. But until recently, they carried a relatively steep price tag, especially when moving into color metering. Top of the line light meters, like the Sekonic L-858D-U, can go for around $600 new. Color meters take it to a whole new level, with higher-end industry standards like the Sekonic C-700R-U costing upwards of $1,700.Until you’ve had the opportunity to practice with and realize the perks of a light meter, it’s easy to skip the costs and not know what you’re missing. Light metering apps have been circulating around on smart phones for awhile, but recently they have reached a new level of dependability that opens up the market to everyone. Image via B&H.Whether you already have a professional light or color meter or not, these economical apps are great resources to have in your pocket at all times. As the saying goes (about most things), “The best light meter is the one you have with you!” These apps are awesome on set, but I also personally love the freedom of having it on me all the time, especially when out and about on the street shooting with my analog SLR camera (it’s fairly vintage and lacks a built-in light meter).Plus, the verdict is out that these apps are surprisingly accurate when tested against traditional external light and color meters. Adam Wilt, creator of the app Cine Meter II, posted his test results here on the accuracy of his color meter updates for the app. And there are also plenty of reviews out there that test and compare the results.Image via Lumu.I found cinematographer Ryan Walters’s test review most helpful in comparing the apps I was most interested in learning more about — compared against my external light meter (the Sekonic 758Cine). Although the review is from a few years back, it’s encouraging that the technology can only have improved since then. In one of his tests, the Pocket Light Meter only differed from the Sekonic by 1/3 of a stop, and the Cine Meter (the first generation) matched the results of the Sekonic meter exactly.There is a range of apps available for a range of prices. Some require attachment accessories, and some do not. I’ve listed the highest rated (and most talked about) apps on the market today below.Pocket Light Meter — FreeImage via NuWaste.Luxi (for All) — Free/$22The app is free, but after the purchase of the Luxi for All Smartphone Light Meter Attachment, the cost comes out to $22.Image Via B&H.Cine Meter II — $24.99You can also use the $22 Luxi for All Smartphone Light Meter Attachment with this app to maximize results.Image via Adam Wilt.Lumu — Free/$299The App is free to use as a reflective light meter, but this app packs the most punch with its $299 attachment dome for more professional spot and color metering. I also found the incident meter attachment available at B&H for $99.Image via Lumu.Now for a few tips for getting the most out of these apps. First, use a gray card whenever you can to get the most accurate spot metering in your lighting setup. If you don’t have a gray card, skin tone is your next best neutral option. It’s also a great idea to calibrate whichever app you decide to go with. You can calibrate most the apps through an external meter or your camera for a more finely tuned reading.Looking for more information on lighting? Check out these articles.Light Meters 101: Why You Should Use One for Video ProjectsHow to Properly Calibrate Light MetersSimulating Light From A ScreenUsing 16 FREE Light and Dust Overlays with Motion Graphics and FootageHow to Light an Exterior Day Scene Without Lightinglast_img read more

Bombay High Court to hear PIL plea for judge Loya death probe

first_imgThe Bombay High Court will hear on January 23 a plea filed by lawyers seeking a probe by a retired Supreme Court judge into the death of judge B.H. Loya.A Division Bench of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and B.H. Dangre was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by the Bombay Lawyers Association seeking an enquiry into the events and circumstances surrounding the death of Loya in the light of a news report.The PIL mentions the chronology of the events: death of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi, his aide Tulsiram Prajapati, the transfer of judge J.T. Utpat and coming in of judge Loya. The PIL then quotes the article in The Caravan magazine on November 21, 2017, about Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani questioning her brother’s death.The plea also points out how judge Loya confided to his sister that the then Chief Justice of the High Court, Mohit Shah, had offered him a bribe of ₹ 100 crore in return for a favourable judgment, as per the news article. The petition quotes the article in which Anuradha says that she recounts the day when BJP Minister Amit Shah was discharged in the case and it was soon after the new judge came on board.Counsel for the association told the court that the matter must be heard urgently as there are many rumours and versions behind the death of Loya. The Bench will now hear the matter on January 23.last_img read more

Jalen Green posterizes 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto again

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–It was déjà vu all over again on Wednesday after Jalen Green, the prolific Fil-American guard, put the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto on another poster in the 2019 NBTC League National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments READ: Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’But as if it still wasn’t enough, the 6-foot-5 Green got a steal on the next play then flushed home a two-handed slam off a lob.Green, who is the top US high school recruit in the 2020 class, dunked on Sotto during the same tournament last year. The only difference was, his latest poster had a little more emphasis.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes alive Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Green, who just seemed to have Sotto’s number, blew past his defender before exploding to the rim from the left baseline and threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over the Ateneo star in the second quarter of the game between FilAm Sports and the Blue Eaglets.JALEN GREEN POSTERIZES 7’2 KAI SOTTO! 😱 @JalenRomande #NBTConESPN5 #MadnessInMOA pic.twitter.com/6mFLn3oCSWFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) March 20, 2019 PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

360i Press Release: 360i Announces Leadership Promotions for Amanda Abar and Orli LeWinter

first_imgNew York, NY – April 28, 2016 – 360i today announced the promotions of Amanda Abar from Managing Director, Chicago to Executive Vice President and Orli LeWinter from VP of Strategy & Social Marketing to Senior Vice President of Strategy & Social Marketing. Abar will report to CEO Sarah Hofstetter and LeWinter will report to Chief Strategy Officer Lee Maicon.Abar has been with 360i for six years and is a trusted advisor to the agency’s roster of clients, understanding brands’ business needs and how to solve tough marketing problems from a holistic perspective. In her new role as part of the agency’s executive team, Abar will have significant client and business development responsibilities, contribute to agency goals and provide leadership to 360i’s account management group. In addition to her expanded role across North America, Abar will continue to be responsible for the overall management, business development and success of the agency’s Chicago office.LeWinter has been with 360i for nearly a decade. As part of the leadership team that first established the agency’s social marketing group, she has been instrumental in growing the discipline into one of the most awarded and well-regarded in the industry. In her new role, LeWinter is responsible for ensuring 360i continues to evolve its expertise and capabilities in social marketing across paid, earned and owned, with an eye on where consumer trends are moving and what technological opportunities the platforms afford for clients.“Amanda and Orli have been a huge asset in the growth of 360i as a digitally-centric agency that is innovating ahead of changing industry and client demands,” said Hofstetter. “They are strategic thinkers that will only continue to elevate the agency’s offering for clients looking to challenge the status quo. These are well deserved promotions.”Demonstrating the company’s commitment to talent development and establishment of clear career paths, 360i promoted 100 deserving employees this past month as part of its bi-annual review process.###last_img read more

Breaking Down the Numbers: How to Budget for a Bathroom Remodel

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Budget for a Cross-Country Road Trip

first_img Post navigation Jumping in the car and heading across the country is a dream many Americans have, immortalized in books and films, the road trip is more than a trip from one point to another, it is a journey of self-discovery, a rite of passage, and can change the way you think about other parts of the country. But while the media may romanticize the idea, the reality budgeting and planning for your own adventure can be a daunting task. Having crisscrossed the country several times, by car, motorcycle, and RV, here are my top tips for planning the perfect road trip.  The DestinationRoad trips should be about the journey; singing along in the car, friends, family, and stopping off at roadside attractions or taking some extra time to visit small towns. While you can technically drive Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles in just a few days, what fun is it if you don’t get to sleep in a Teepee motel or visit the Petrified Forest? When planning your trip be sure to budget extra time and money for stops and if the driving portion is going to take too much time or money perhaps scale back the distance and just do a segment of the route instead so you can really enjoy the trip. Some of my favorite cross-country road trips include:  Route 66Known as “The Mother Road” it is world famous for connecting Chicago to Los Angeles and historically being the road that opened the Southwest. Today a large portion of it is still open there are many great roadside attractions and historic points of interest are open to the public.  The Lincoln HighwayAmerica’s first transcontinental highway connecting New York’s Time Square with the streets of San Francisco since 1913.  If you want to see the original Main Street of America, the Lincoln Highway is a great trip and the Lincoln Highway Association makes it easy with some amazing interactive maps and information CLICK HERE.  The Dixie HighwayStarted in 1915 this is an old road as well, that was designed to connect Miami to Montreal. Divided into three divisions Western, Eastern and Central, and in reality, “The Dixie Highway” is three highways. My favorite is the western route which connects Chicago to Naples, taking you through Bowling Green, Nashville, Atlanta, Tallahassee, and Orlando along the way.  Pacific Coast HighwayCalifornia State Route 1 is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Stretching from the Mexican Border the road hugs the beach and passes through some of the most exclusive communities along the California Rivera. Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, until you find yourself in the Redwoods of the pacific northwest, jumping over to US Route 101 you can continue all way along the Pacific Coast until you reach the Seattle area.  Choosing a RideSometimes just taking your own car or motorcycle makes sense, but many times renting a car or even an RV can be a better option. Depending on the size of your group, the location you are planning to visit, and the time you have for your trip renting a vehicle can be a smart choice. When considering a rental vs. your own vehicle, factor in the gas mileage, maintenance, roadside assistance, if you need four-wheel-drive, and if your vehicle has enough space for you and your passengers plus the luggage. If you are driving your own car, check that the service is up to date, check the spare tire, jack, and make sure you have some kind of roadside assistance with towing and that it will tow your car at least 100 miles to an approved repair facility.  Another option is fly and drive with a one-way rental when booking your flight and rental car compare the drop-off fees for both your start and finish points, the difference in those fees can be hundreds of dollars depending on where demand for rental cars is higher. You might have to swap your starting point and drive back home, but it can mean saving hundreds of dollars.   Renting an RV is another popular way to road trip and depending on your destination can make sense, just remember that you will have to hook up power or start the generator, refill water tanks, and pump waste while on the trip. When budgeting for your RV vacation, bear in mind, most RV rental companies also have a minimum deposit of around $500 and have daily mileage restrictions with per-mile charges after the allotted miles. You may also be limited on where you can go while driving the RV, since they don’t fit through the Redwood tunnel. Also budget for campground fees which according to the RV Industry Association average between $30 to $50 a night with hookups, you can also use resources like Free Campsites to locate thousands of free and inexpensive camping locations across the US. Figuring out fuel costs can be one of the hardest parts of a trip as fuel prices can range wildly in different parts of the country, for help calculating fuel costs the US Department of Energy has a handy fuel price guide that is broken down by region and updated weekly. Combine that with RoadTripAmerica.com’s fuel cost calculator and you should be able to get a good estimate of your overall fuel costs.  LodgingIf you have decided to rent an RV or camp lodging is wherever you decide to stop. If you are traveling solo or with a friend an air mattress and sleeping bags can turn an SUV, Minivan, or Wagon into a great little camper, just be sure to check Free Campsites for locations that have restrooms and showers. For hotels, motels, and hostels try not to plan those stops, unless there is a special hotel you want to stay at because it is iconic or part of the destination experience. In my experience booking after 2pm day of nets the best deals on lodgings. Using apps like Priceline or Hotel Tonight can save you 60% or more on bookings. If you are going to a very popular destination you might want to book ahead, but you will likely pay more than booking the same day. If you are booking by phone make sure the price quoted includes all occupancy and tourism taxes, resort fees, and parking.    FoodThe obvious and easy solution is to just pack a cooler and go to grocery stores where a case of water is $3 instead of buying a bottle of water for $2 each at the gas station. While making sandwiches can save a lot of money, the diners and roadside cafes are what road trip memories are made of so be sure to budget a little extra to get a Frito Pie in Santa Fe, or Alligator Sliders in New Orleans, so you can at least say you tried them. In most rental RVs you’ll have a full kitchen and be able to save a lot by cooking meals “at home”. If you are staying at hotels, be sure to take advantage of their morning breakfast before you hit the road.  Budgeting for the TripOnce you have determined the when, where, who, the only thing to work out is how much is it all going to cost and who is paying for it. If you are traveling with friends make sure everyone is on the same page, nothing can sour a trip and a friendship more than a misunderstanding about money. Using Mint’s budgeting feature to track your personal savings for the trip as well as any funds your friends are contributing towards the trip in an easy to read format. Once you hit your savings goal, you can then get ready to hit the road.  Before you finish your budget be sure to consider any other equipment you might need to buy, like a roof rack or camping gear, and don’t forget about costs for entry into State and National parks that might be on your route and make sure to factor in some funds for souvenirs!   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Save for a Trip to AsiaApril 30, 2019In “Travel Tips”Tips on Planning Your First Big TripMarch 28, 2019In “Early Career”How To Plan A Budget-Friendly Family VacationMay 9, 2019In “Travel Tips” last_img read more

Indigenous Peoples and Communities Face Growing Barriers to Land Ownership

first_img Enact legislation and regulations that establish a formal and transparent documentation process. Measures that are complex to navigate and expensive to implement will put formal recognition out of most communities’ reach. Kenya enacted a Community Land Act just two weeks ago that calls for communities to define and register themselves, and then wait for the government to adjudicate, survey and register their land. Past experience suggests that relying on the Kenyan government often leads to poor and painfully slow results. Policymakers have yet to prepare enabling regulations under the act, but they should consider mandating government action within a prescribed period of time to ensure the process can be completed in a timely manner. Indigenous Peoples and other communities rely on their collectively held lands for food, water, livelihoods and well-being. Yet around the world, these groups face barriers to legally registering and titling these lands—and it’s getting worse.While 50-65 percent of the world’s land is occupied and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities, only an estimated 10 percent of the world’s land is legally recognized as belonging to them, with another 8 percent designated by governments for them. Many countries had been taking important steps to protect indigenous and community land rights over the past 20 to 30 years, but more recently, there’s been a slowdown in the formal recognition of these lands, leaving communities vulnerable to losing their spaces to companies, governments and others.In some cases, the pace of titling of indigenous and community land has fallen short of legal requirements, and in most countries, it has fallen far short of popular expectations. Government actions have contributed to this slowdown by, for example, defunding responsible government agencies and establishing new administrative measures that act as barriers to the community land recognition process.In Peru, Indigenous forest communities must clear 27 bureaucratic hurdles to obtain official recognition and formal land titles, a costly process that can take more than a decade. It took 12 years and the murder of four traditional leaders for Alto Tamaya-Saweto, an indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon, to receive a land title. In contrast, companies seeking permits for logging or mining concessions in Peru face just three to seven bureaucratic steps, and can obtain their paperwork in only a few months. To help ensure all indigenous and community lands are formally recognized, countries around the world can take three actions:Immediately halt proposed measures that would unnecessarily slow the process of formal recognition of indigenous and community land. For example, in Brazil, a proposed Constitutional Amendment 215 (PEC 215) would pass the authority of demarcating indigenous lands from the Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI), the government’s indigenous affairs department, to the legislature. If approved, the shift would likely cause significant delays in the recognition of indigenous lands, and many indigenous lands could be reduced in size. In Australia, under the Native Title Act of 1993, Aboriginal people must prove a continuity of traditional laws and customs on the land since European settlement, when the Crown asserted sovereignty over Australia. This connection is often difficult to prove, especially where there has been widespread urbanization or agricultural development, both of which extinguish native title. Connection reports can take several years to research, and may take up to three years for the government to assess them.  Plus, they can be quite expensive for the community.1Maasai tribe in Tanzania. Photo by William Warby/Flickrcenter_img In Tanzania, under the Village Land Act of 1999, villages can demarcate their land, register their rights and obtain certificates evidencing their rights. There are, however, significant technical and financial barriers to registering land, such as the cost of land surveying and preparing a comprehensive land-use management plan. As a result, most of the more than 14,000 villages in the country remain without certificates. As of 2009, 10,397 villages were registered, but only 753 had obtained certificates. Prioritize the registration and titling of indigenous and community lands. Delays can result in communities losing their land. In Kenya, land remains vested in local government until communities secure formal title, but records show that the government has a history of using community land to meet short-term political purposes, such as allocating land to powerful individuals to help win elections. In Cambodia, there are 501 indigenous communities, but just 11 have received collective land titles. Many applications are stalled, creating a legal limbo. “We were better able to protect our lands before the government began registering it than we are now” said Lout Sang, an ethnic Kouy villager from Preah Vihear, bemoaning the lack of progress in his community’s land titling application.In November 2015, hundreds of individuals and organizations from around the world launched the Land Rights Now campaign, with a target to double the amount of land recognized as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities by 2020. Establishing streamlined processes to formally recognize community land is central to achieving this goal, to protecting community lands and to promoting sustainable development.LEARN MORE: In a forthcoming report, WRI will explore the economic benefits and costs of securing indigenous land rights. Stay tuned for the release in early October.1 Similar requirements exist in the US for Native American communities to obtain federal recognition. As the process currently stands, tribes must prove they maintained a continuous community with political authority dating back to their first contact with non-Indians — a difficult process because of intermarriage and divided ancestral land.last_img read more

Paris Climate Agreement Very Close to Entering into Force as 31 New Countries Join

first_img On September 21st Bangladesh, Brunei, Kiribati, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Arab Emirates Vanuatu, Asia Pacific Norway, United States Bahamas, Guyana, Peru, St Vincent & the Grenadines Fiji, Maldives, Marshall Island, Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Mauritius, Cook Island, Samoa, Palestine Cameroon Africa Some members of the EU, like Germany, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland committed to ratify by the end of the year, while the UK announced yesterday that it has started its ratification process. If the eight countries that committed to join by the end of this year actually do so, we will reach 54.98 percent of global emissions. With the EU’s total emissions counted, the amount would be 66.97 percent of emissions. Ukraine Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Dominica, Honduras, Panama, Mexico Belize, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia Eastern Europe This morning gave us every reason to believe that this final threshold will be crossed this year, as the following countries also used the event to commit to formally join by the end of the year: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and South Korea. Also, in its video statement, the European Commission noted its readiness to have the EU join by the end of this year, and encouraged its member states to speed up their process accordingly. Countries formally join the Agreement by signing it, getting it approved domestically, and then submitting their “instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval” to the UN.Countries that Have Joined the Paris Agreementcenter_img Western Europe and North America Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda Albania, Belarus Between April 23rd and September 20th Somalia, China, Laos, Micronesia, North Korea, Seychelles Latin American and Caribbean On April 22nd The Paris Agreement on climate change took a significant step forward this morning as 31 countries formally joined it at a special event during the UN General Assembly in New York. Sixty countries representing almost 48 percent of global emissions have now joined the Agreement, crossing one of the two thresholds needed to trigger its entry into force. The Agreement takes effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions join. Iceland Date of Joining This is all great news for global action on climate change and demonstrates the broad, global support for the transformational goals of the Paris Agreement. But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon went even further, and used his platform to urge leaders to reach higher and advance other international actions on climate change. He called for leaders to use an upcoming meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), potent greenhouse gases used widely as refrigerants. He also urged leaders to support a global deal to limit rapidly growing emissions from the aviation sector at the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly (ICAO) later this month.Reaching these outcomes will buttress the action that countries are already taking to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), the domestic climate plans they committed to at COP21 in Paris.  Together, all of this momentum increases the confidence with which leaders in all sectors can plan for a zero-carbon and climate-resilient future.As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said to those assembled today, we will continue to write this new ending to the climate story. For those of us who were standing in the UN’s chamber this morning, the sense of momentum, cooperation and inclusiveness that characterized the Paris Agreement’s conception was palpable.Onwards…last_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Articles to Start the Week: Improve Your Pitches

first_img Improve Your Pitch’s Chance of Survival Author: Solis’ article discusses some very interesting data gleaned from recent research by ExactTarget and CoTweet. The goal of the 1,500 consumer-survey was to identify top motivations for following brands on Twitter. Of those surveyed, the research found that 72% publish blog posts at least monthly, 70% comment on blogs, and 61% write at least one product review monthly, proving that social consumers are both vocal and connected. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack The Most Influential Consumers Online are on Twitter Steven Depolo on BrianSolis.com . While we all want to make our content credible by supporting it with data, this article discusses the reality that research can often be tainted and explores the ways in which it can get that way. marketing tool belt users are the most influential social consumers online today. Solis also cites similar research that supports this conclusion and reveals that a significant percentage of Twitter users share opinions about companies/products, make recommendations, and seek guidance. Sean D’Souza Author: . on Search Engine Journal As a popular influencer, Chris Brogan receives his fair share of pitches. In order to help you avoid contributing to bad PR, his article highlights some great ways to improve your pitches and their effectiveness. 2. As marketers, we’re all strapped for time. Unfortunately, when it comes to D’Souza says it best: “Research makes things interesting, but your own case studies are just as interesting.” While Sean is hardly saying you avoid using facts in your content, he does believe that your time is better off spent writing what you know and sharing your experiences, not spending hours upon hours researching data. His recommendation is to put your research on an egg timer. , Evergreen content can help drive traffic 5. Marketing Takeaway: improve the quality of your content optimize your older content to make it more functional today public relations Do you publish a blog post, promote it, and then forget it exists? It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, promoting and optimizing evergreen content can do wonders for your business months — even years — after it’s been published! Matthew Stibbe 3. have a presence on Twitter Photo Credit: It’s obvious — the use of technology makes marketing more effective and efficient. We all have a number of go-to tech tools in our Marketing Takeaway: building relationships , but Stibbe’s article highlights a few you may be missing out on or overlooking. , a rushed pitch is likely to end up in journalists’ and bloggers’ trash cans. , you’re missing out.center_img Why Being Too Diligent About Your Facts Can Hurt Your Content 10 Ways to Use Technology to Enhance Marketing Author: Your consumers are talking about you on Twitter. If you don’t polish your presentations Business Pitches on MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog In this week’s top inbound marketing article, Chris Brogan shares his best tips for improving your PR pitches and increasing their chances for survival. Scott Cowley Some of Brogan’s tips include targeting the right influencers, humanizing and personalizing your pitches, being concise, making it easy, and on Copyblogger D’Souza’s article provides some great food for thought when considering the use of “facts” in Twitter Chris Brogan Author: Author: your content Topics: Marketing Takeaway: on ChrisBrogan.com His article mentions a number of great ways to use technology to increase productivity, , increase concentration, and facilitate collaboration, to name a few. Originally published Sep 27, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 In summary, the research concludes that Marketing Takeaway: 4. . Some of his suggestions include optimizing for relevant keywords already driving traffic, freshening up content by removing aging signs, and making your old post titles more boring (and thus more functional).  to your site and convert visitors into leads. In this article, Scott shares some great ways to 1. Crafting a good pitch takes time and effort. If you don’t do the work, your pitch will end up in the trash. Brian Solis Technology is a great asset for marketers. Use the tools it offers to your (and your marketing’s) advantage. Marketing Takeaway: 3 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Old Blog Posts When it comes to old blog content, don’t enlist the “set it and forget it” mindset. Optimize old content and continue to reap the benefits.last_img read more

Why is My Website Traffic Down?

first_img What are my top five referring sites, and are they same as the ones that I had last year? Why or why not? can help you understand this if you’re a HubSpot customer, by showing you your traffic over time by domain and which pages on that site referred that traffic. How much traffic do I get from search engines, and what does it look like over time? HubSpot’s Referrals chart For your referrers, take a look at who has stopped sending you traffic, and where your traffic used to come from on their site. What was the referring URL from them? Find out what happened to that page on their website. Is that page gone, or otherwise not really accessible? That means that it is time to build new links from that source, or from them and new sources so that you can reclaim your missing traffic and value from that relationship. Chances are, it was an innocent mistake or aging of a link or you’d already know about it, so keep up your efforts. At this point, you should have a pretty clear picture of what traffic is arriving at your website via organic search and referring sites, and what words or locations specifically refer that traffic through to you. In my next post, I will examine ways to react and develop a coherent plan to recover and grow your traffic from organic search and referring sites. HubSpot’s Sources application Nicholas_T If a site that used to be a top referrer has dropped off, what happened? Look at the pages or links on their websites that used to be helping keep your site full of vital traffic, and see what they changed there. can make this very easy, and it’s still possible to do in Google Analytics or other tools with a bit of work. Digging Deeper Usually when traffic is dropping off like this, it’s because some keywords are rising and others are falling, and some sites are rising or falling, but the falling numbers outweigh the rising ones. It’s important to take note of which are which though – it will help you focus your efforts on your “trouble spots” more closely. Which particular keywords are rising or falling for me over the last year? Photo Credit: Topics: Measuring SEO For each of your keywords where traffic has dropped off, think about why this happened. Did you remove a page from your website that used to rank well in search? Did you change the optimization of the page? Think about which page of your website is or was optimized for that keyword, and what happened to that page.  You shouldn’t necessarily just revert that page back to the old version – But think about what other pages might be a good fit on your website, or if you need to add a brand new page to represent that missed keyword, and re-optimize around it. The first step to understanding why your traffic decreased is to examine the various sources that send traffic to your website. Tools like Originally published Jan 31, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Questions to Ask Yourself Now:   Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Confessions of a Closet Slug

first_imgThis is a guest post written by Jill Konrath, bestselling author of I like telling people I’m crazy-busy. It makes me sound important. Necessary. In demand. SNAP Selling What are trigger events? They’re happenings either in a company, industry or general business climate that create opportunities for someone to use your products or services. Selling to Big Companies Because efficiency is not my strength, I developed other strategies to be successful. You see, being productive isn’t just about being a disciplined taskmaster. It also is about being highly effective. But it all comes down to this. For maximum impact, we need to be both efficient and effective.And, most of all, to lead the kind of life you really want to live – meaning having time for all the things you want to do – it’s important to gain control of how you spend your time. That’s what I working on right now. Join me on Thursday at the th That’s what’s going through my mind right now. I’ve been at my desk since 7:30 this morning. I ate lunch in my office because there was no time to go out. I was on the computer or on conference calls for hours. Yet, at the end of the day, I’ve barely made a dent in my To Do list. Is it any wonder that I’m feeling overwhelmed? But here’s the truth. on March 24 amongst her many other responsibilities. And, even worse. I use my time poorly. I make bad choices all day long that contribute to this predicament I’m in. Just this morning, a hyperlink in newsletter article resulted in me squandering a half hour on interesting but low priority work.I let this happen too often. I know better. On days when I identify my key priorities upfront, barricade myself from interruptions and don’t check email all the time, I get a tremendous amount done. Plus, I have lots of time left over to do fun things. But in reality, I default far too often to this slothful behavior. I know I’m not alone in this area. That’s why I’m putting on the Using these “alert services” is the best way I know to get good business – quickly. Sales Productivity Summit . (If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss the March 24 How I Learned to Compensate for Being a Slug and popular speaker at annual sales meetings. Hardly considered a “slug”, she’s also hosting the  Free Online Sales Productivity Summit st 1. Precision Prospecting Working with companies that have urgent and compelling needs leads to shorter sales cycles and less competition. When I stumbled across the concept of “trigger events” over 20 years ago, I was ecstatic. When I first started using this strategy, I leveraged the local business press to identify those opportunities. It’s still a good resource. But today you can Google Alerts as well as services offered by technology companies. Here are two strategies I leveraged to achieve sales success. To me, every contact with a prospective customer is invaluable. I’m talking about every email, voicemail, phone call, online meeting or presentation. I know the key concerns of my primary decision makers. I invest time doing research on the company or industry.I spend time planning, to ensure that ruthless relevance in my messages. I try to quickly demonstrate my knowledge so they know I’m a credible resource. I write down the questions I want to ask. And, I know what the logical next step that I’ll suggest at the end of a conversation. What is the impact? Fewer phone calls or emails. Fewer prospects. But more sales and bigger sales. to get more ideas on how to do that! Slug Parts, Swirrl quarter earnings, a new strategic direction, new legislation, increased gas prices or multiple visits to your website. 2. Quality Connections How will I get it all done? There’s more here to do than is humanly possible. All this email is killing me. & session. It’s worth it.) Sales Productivity Summit Inbound Sales Image credit: Topics: Examples might be a new VP of Sales, stagnant 1 The Big Challenge Originally published Mar 23, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated July 03 2013 Sales Productivity Summit Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

5 Places to Promote Your Business’ Social Media Presence

first_img Considering it’s such a hub for new activity and fresh content for many websites, your blog is often the first place people will look to see if you’re on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Add easy-to-find follow buttons to the sidebar of your blog. If you don’t have a business blog ? email The “About Us” page on your website is another logical place to promote your presence. Frequently visited by new site visitors and often a destination page for media professionals and bloggers looking for more information about your company, products, and services, your website’s “About Us” page is an obvious choice for the promotion of your social presence. 1. On Your Blog: internet marketing strategy 5 Places to Promote Your Social Media Presence but still maintain a social media presence, consider adding these follow buttons to your homepage instead. 2. On Your “About Us” Page: set up. It’s simply because they’re not promoting the presence they have! your business’ social media presence I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is to be searching for a specific person, business, or brand in social media only to find that … they’re impossible to find! If social media is supposed to make it easy for your fans, prospects, and customers to connect with you, shouldn’t it be easy for them to find you there in the first place? And a lot of times, it isn’t because the particular subject doesn’t have This might sound odd, but think about it. If someone is willing to Like your Facebook Page and they are also on Twitter and LinkedIn, they’ll likely be interested in your presence on those sites, too. Once you’ve created your social media accounts and optimized your profiles, the next step is to promote them and increase your reach. Don’t miss out on these 5 simple places to promote your presence. It’s as simple as adding social media follow links and buttons, but you’d be surprised how often this low-hanging fruit gets neglected…center_img social media accounts 4. On Your Other Social Media Accounts: Originally published Aug 11, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 , consider adding social media logos and corresponding URLs to your profile pages on these sites right onto your ads and promotional materials. This will encourage people who discover you offline to also connect with you online, making for a truly integrated campaign. Topics: 5. On Print Materials: Where else do you suggest promoting 3. In Your Emails: and social media should go hand in hand. Include small follow buttons or links in the footer of your email sends to encourage email recipients to connect with you in social media. If you are the owner of a brick and mortar business and are using print advertising or other materials to complement your These days, Social Media Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

17 Pieces of Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Marketing Advice

first_imgAll of us are trying to get better at our jobs. Whether you’re in a brand new gig and trying to hit the ground running or you’re a longtime veteran looking to stay at the tippy-top of your marketing game, we’re all working to keep up with the latest and greatest trends in marketing. The problem is there’s a lot of misleading advice out there. Advice that’s well-meaning, but just … off. But, it’s one of the “you-don’t-know-until-you-know” conundrums.So, how the heck are you supposed to distill the good stuff from the deluge of crap? To give you a sense of some of the ill-advised guidance shared with marketing pros over the years, we compiled some of the worst advice we’ve heard and explained why it’s bad. Read on — have you heard any of these “words of wisdom” before? 1) Why aren’t you on [insert random social media network here]? You need to be on there!Don’t get me wrong. You should be on some social media platform to make your marketing succeed … but you don’t need to be on every single one. Figure out where your current and future customers are going to be, and stake your social media claim.Don’t waste your time chasing after shiny social media objects if it’s not going to be helpful for your business’ bottom line. 2) You only need to be on social media if your customers are on social media. Lots of people object to social media because they say their current customers aren’t using it … which seems like kind of a ridiculous claim when you realize how many people use social media. Chances are, your customers are — and if they’re definitely not, your future customers will be if you’re going to be rocking the inbound marketing machine.Remember, you don’t have to be on every social network, but you should be on ones that can help grow your business. 3) Want more exposure on Twitter? Add as many hashtags as you can fit. Okay, so let’s say you’re on social media already. Awesome! Now, there’s some advice floating around there that the best way to get more retweets, favorites, and follows is through hashtagging like caaaaaah-razy. You know those tweets that look like this:#I #love #marketing #seo #emailmarketing #socialmedia. #Hashtags #for #life! http://t.co/vPBRMGDT1e— Ginny Soskey (@gsosk) December 5, 2013Yeah … those. Those tweets are not engaging — and actually come off as spammy. Data agrees: A report by Salesforce found that tweets with one or two hashtags receive 21% higher engagement than those with three or more hashtags. So use hashtags, but don’t overdo it. 4) You don’t need to be on Pinterest unless you’re a B2C brand that sells clothing or food. False! There’s lots that B2B brands can do on Pinterest that actually will benefit them. For instance, you can share company photos, favorite infographics, user generated pins, and even lead-generation content.Want to figure out how to make Pinterest work for your B2B company? Read our how-to guide for generating leads with Pinterest.5) The best way to quickly increase email performance is to buy lists. Yep, buying email lists will get you a lot of email addresses to blast, but I’d bet a pretty hefty amount of money that the lists you’re buying won’t care at all what you’re sending them.Sure, they’re “IT professionals” and you sell “IT software,” but that’s not enough to make them interested in what you’re selling if the first time they hear of you is through an email pitch. They’re not going to get the email and say, “Thank heavens this company emailed me! Now I have a solution to all of my IT software needs.” Instead, get your email lists organically — they’ll take a leeeetle bit longer to generate, but your list will be much more engaged.6) Marketing automation will solve all of your email problems. Marketing automation is a great tool to help you solve email nurturing problems — not all email problems. And even then, marketing automation can’t solve every email nurturing problem.Take this for example: If you’re not having any new leads come into your marketing automation workflow, you’re going to have a problem nurturing the workflow. A certain percentage of people will go on to become more interested in your company, and a certain percentage are just going to stay stuck — and then your funnel will get stuck. Without any fresh contacts coming into your database, your email nurturing will look inefficient — but the real problem is incoming volume of leads.So if you’re finding leads aren’t converting into customers, take a look at the whole funnel to see if there’s a larger issue.7) The more personalization, the better!There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to personalization. Including a few personalized details in an email can work wonders — specifically, doing so can make your subscribers trust you because they feel like you know them. But if you personalize too much, you come off like the creepiest company ever.So even if you have detailed contact records for a lead or customer, don’t creep them out too much by including every last bit of information in your marketing materials. 8) You don’t actually need to do SEO now that keywords are encrypted. Aye, this piece of advice is a doozy. SEO isn’t dead because keywords are encrypted — the SEO keyword scams that some people like to run are dead. (And have been for some time.) Now, marketers and those concerned about SEO should focus on topics that people are searching for, not those exact match keywords. Search has gotten smarter — more catered to how people actually search online — so our content needs to follow suit. 9) If you don’t use exact keywords at least X times in the body of your page, you won’t rank on search. Annnnnnd to hit this point home with another terrible piece of marketing advice, stop worrying about keyword density and how many times keywords appear in the copy of an article you’re writing. Obviously, you want to use tools like Google Trends to find topics that are highly searched, but you’re not going to need to satisfy crazy keyword conditions to rank. There’s lots more that goes into SEO than just keywords. 10) If you write it, they will come. This is one of my biggest pet peeves: being told that just writing something and publishing it on the internet will make gobs and gobs of people come to it. And obviously, they’ll love it. And then obviously, they’ll share it. All you need to do is hit “publish!”In short, this is just plain wrong, wrong, wrong! There’s tons of crap on the internet, and you have to fight with that crap to get noticed through content promotion.11) Only certain people should be blogging in your company. Everyone at your company can create content. While not all may be eloquent writers, I bet you money that there’s someone with an eye for design or someone with mad Excel skills or just someone who knows what kind of language your prospects, leads, and customers use when talking. Enlist these folks to help with content creation and you’ll be able to churn out much more content in much less time. 12) You don’t need a mobile-ready site. Don’t fall for this advice for a second. Just remember the last time you were on your phone and landed on a site that wasn’t mobile-friendly. I dunno about you, but I get enraged (so much so I wrote about it last time it happened to me). I just want to give a site some page views, some clicks, or even my money — is that too much to ask?Without a responsive site, your leads and customers may be feeling the same way. So do them a favor and let them give you their business by having a site that’s ready to be viewed on mobile.13) Automate all of your social media updates! We’re all for social media automation … until you become robotic about it. If the only updates that appear on your Twitter account are just broadcast posts about your content, you’re doing it wrong. There are so many other ways you can engage with your Twitter following.You should also be wary of automated tweets during times of crisis — be aware of the world around you, and hit pause on your automatic updates to avoid a social media crisis for your brand.14) If you’re a B2B company, you should only send emails on Tuesday at 3 p.m.(Or whatever random time people recommend.) I don’t know what you’re doing on the average day at 3 p.m., but I usually have hit my afternoon stride and am trying to hustle to get a project done before the day ends. The lesson here is to question any data that tells you the *absolute best time hands down no question about it* to send email is at a certain time … because chances are, your list will react differently.If you’re a B2B company, try sending emails on the weekend — I guarantee people are still going to be checking their phone and may just open your email because they don’t have a thousand other things going on. Test to see what works best for your audience; don’t just take those sending time suggestions at face value. 15) X is the best color button for your call-to-action. In the same vein of ignoring data that may not apply to your situation is the whole color-of-your-CTA-button debate. Lots of people are searching for a universal CTA color that’ll suddenly solve their conversion problems. Sorry folks — it’s not that simple.CTA conversion rates will increase for lots of reasons that may not work for others. Its success depends on a number of things: placement on the page, spacing compared to other elements, color, size, button copy, among other things. So test to see if color makes a difference for your website and your audience instead of taking someone else’s A/B test at face value. 16) Shorter forms are always better. There’s a trade-off on short forms vs. long forms. Short forms make it easier for people to convert to leads — they have less form field to fill out, so it’s not as stressful for the person filling them out. With shorter forms, however, you’ll tend to get lower quality leads even if you have more of them.Long forms, meanwhile, are the opposite — because they have more fields, less people fill them out, but those people are most likely more qualified for your sales process.So, try to tailor the length of the form to the offer you’re trying to get them to download — a more intensive offer that’s closely aligned with the products you sell probably could use a longer form. 17) Don’t ask for likes, retweets, or clicks. You look desperate. Want likes, retweets, and clicks? Ask for them! It’s not desperate — people may not realize what you would like for them to do once they get an email, see a tweet, or land on a blog post. So remind them to do it! Just like any other call-to-action, it helps to have some sort of directive. Your audience won’t mind and your bottom line will thank you for it. What other horrible marketing advice have you gotten? Share your stories with us in the comments.  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 Dec 9, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Inbound Marketinglast_img read more

Technical SEO Clickability Checklist

first_img Use structured data. Win SERP features. Optimize for Featured Snippets. Consider Google Discover. Originally published Nov 11, 2019 12:45:00 PM, updated November 11 2019 While click-through rate (CTR) has everything to do with searcher behavior, there are things you can do to improve your clickability on the SERPs. While meta descriptions and page titles with keywords do impact CTR, we’re going to focus on the technical elements because that’s why you’re here. Ranking and click-through rate go hand-in-hand because, let’s be honest, searchers want immediate answers. The more your result stands out on the SERP, the more likely you’ll get the click. Let’s go over a few ways to improve your clickability.1. Use structured data.Structured data employs a specific vocabulary called schema to categorize and label elements on your webpage for search bots. The schema makes it crystal clear what each element is, how it relates to your site, and how to interpret it. Basically, structured data tells bots, “This is a video,” “This is a product,” or “This is a recipe,” leaving no room for interpretation.To be clear, using structured data is not a “clickability factor” (if there even is such a thing), but it does help organize your content in a way that makes it easy for search bots to understand, index, and potentially rank your pages.2. Win SERP features.SERP features, otherwise known as rich results, are a double-edged sword. If you win them and get the click-through, you’re golden. If not, your organic results are pushed down the page beneath sponsored ads, text answer boxes, video carousels, and the like.Rich results are those elements that don’t follow the page title, URL, meta description format of other search results. For example, the image below shows two SERP features — a video carousel and “People Also Ask” box — above the first organic result.While you can still get clicks from appearing in the top organic results, your chances are greatly improved with rich results.How do you increase your chances of earning rich results? Write useful content and use structured data. The easier it is for search bots to understand the elements of your site, the better your chances of getting a rich result.Structured data is useful for getting these (and other search gallery elements) from your site to the top of the SERPs, thereby, increasing the probability of a click-through:ArticlesVideosReviewsEventsHow-TosFAQs (“People Also Ask” boxes)ImagesLocal Business ListingsProductsSitelinks3. Optimize for Featured Snippets.One unicorn SERP feature that has nothing to do with schema markup is Featured Snippets, those boxes above the search results that provide concise answers to search queries.Featured Snippets are intended to get searchers the answers to their queries as quickly as possible. According to Google, providing the best answer to the searcher’s query is the only way to win a snippet. However, HubSpot’s research revealed a few additional ways to optimize your content for featured snippets.4. Consider Google Discover.Google Discover is a relatively new algorithmic listing of content by category specifically for mobile users. It’s no secret that Google has been doubling down on the mobile experience; with over 50% of searches coming from mobile, it’s no surprise either. The tool allows users to build a library of content by selecting categories of interest (think: gardening, music, or politics).At HubSpot, we believe topic clustering can increase the likelihood of Google Discover inclusion and are actively monitoring our Google Discover traffic in Google Search Console to determine the validity of that hypothesis. We recommend that you also invest some time in researching this new feature. The payoff is a highly engaged user base that has basically hand-selected the content you’ve worked hard to create.The Perfect TrioTechnical SEO, on-page SEO, and off-page SEO work together to unlock the door to organic traffic. While on-page and off-page techniques are often the first to be deployed, technical SEO plays a critical role in getting your site to the top of the search results and your content in front of your ideal audience. Use these technical tactics to round out your SEO strategy and watch the results unfold.< Rankability Checklist Clickability Checklistcenter_img Technical SEO Topics: Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

India beat Japan 6-3 to clinch final berth in Olympic Test Event hockey

first_imgStriker Mandeep Singh struck a fine hat-trick to help the Indian men’s hockey team beat hosts Japan 6-3 and book a summit clash berth in the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo Tuesday.The Indian team bounced back from their 1-2 loss against New Zealand with an impressive display in their third match at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India again face New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday.Mandeep found the target in the 9th, 29th and 30th minutes while Nilakanta Sharma (3rd), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (7th) and Gurjant Singh (41st) were the other scorers for India.Kentaro Fukuda (25th), Kenta Tanaka (36th) and Kazuma Murata (52nd) scored the goals for Japan.FT: 6-3WHAT. A. WIN.After a hiccup in the previous game, #TeamIndia are back to winning ways as they book their berth in the FINALS. #IndiaKaGame #ReadySteadyTokyo #Tokyo2020 #INDvJPN @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/flOg7JAJbEHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 20, 2019Nilakanta gave India an excellent start through a field goal in the third minute. Buoyed by the early lead, the Indian team put tremendous pressure on the Japan defence as Gurjant Singh took a shot on goal, but saw his effort going wide of the post.However, a penalty corner was awarded to India in the seventh minute which was converted brilliantly by Nilam Sanjeep to help the team take a 2-0 lead.India continued to take the aggressive approach and Mandeep found the back of the net with an excellent field goal in the ninth minute.advertisementJapan tried to make inroads in the last few minutes of the first quarter as they won a penalty corner. Gurinder Singh positioned himself brilliantly and defended the shot on the goal line. India led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.India continued their attacking game in the second quarter with Jarmanpreet Singh taking a shot on goal, but putting it wide of the post. Captain Harmanpreet Singh had a shot on target, but the Japanese goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa pulled off a brilliant save.Japan managed to open their account through a field goal through Kentaro Fukuda in the 25th minute, but Mandeep scored two field goals in quick succession to help India take a big 5-1 lead. The Indian vice-captain scored just before the half-time whistle in the 29th and 30th minutes.Japan started the third quarter on an aggressive note. They took a shot on goal, which was blocked out brilliantly by goalkeeper Krishan Pathak. However, the Japanese team kept putting pressure on the Indian defence and found a field goal through Kenta Tanaka in the 36th minute.India did not let the momentum shift towards the Japanese side as forward Gurjant found the back of the net in the 41st minute to make it 6-2 which put the world number 5 side in a dominant position at the end of the third quarter.Japan attacked the Indian defence in the the fourth quarter and scored their third goal through Kazuma Murata in the 52nd minute.India were awarded a penalty corner with five minutes left on the clock, but the shot went wide off the post. India also saved a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match.The win put India in the second spot in the points table and they face toppers New Zealand in the summit clash on Wednesday.Also Read | Hockey: India women hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Olympic Test event in TokyoAlso See:last_img read more

BCCI GM Saba Karim gets legal notice for Bihar mess

first_imgBihar Cricket Association (BCA) chief Jagnnath Singh — also an advocate — has sent a legal notice to BCCI GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim for interfering in the process of the age-verification test of the U-16 players by anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi.As per the BCA chief, Karim stopped the checks once the players picked by the disqualified committee of the BCA — led by Gopal Bohra and Rabi Shankar Prasad Singh — were tested.In the notice, accessed by IANS, the BCA chief has pulled up Karim for interfering in the process of the AVP (age verification programme) Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group by the committee of BCA led by the president.”You intervened in the matter and forbid Salvi from doing the AVP Medical Examination of the players selected for the U-16 age group by the committee of BCA led by me. As soon as the test of the players of the Bohra-led committee was over, you asked Salvi not to conduct medical test of the team of the players of under-16 age group, 57 in numbers telephonically.”With the situation at the clinic griming, I was apprehensive of any un-toward incident taking place and contacted you on telephone, you again did not pick my call and I sent you a message. The facts stated clearly demonstrate that you are bent on disobeying the emails/orders of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court,” he wrote in the notice.Singh’s message to Karim after the tests were stopped read: “Saba Karim, when Salvi was ready for medical test of players of both the factions, you forbidden (sic) him telephonically not to do the medical test of 57 players of under 16 age group on the ground that CoA has only directed for medical of players notified by Bohra led committee of BCA.advertisement”If any ugly scene is created by players you will be solely responsible for your wrong exercise of power in the name of CoA of BCCI.”The BCA chief further asked Karim to remember that he holds a public position and shouldn’t be a part of any act that puts the future of talented cricketers in the state in jeopardy.”You should not forget that you are holding a public post in the BCCI as GM Cricket Operations and from the above actions, it is abundantly clear that you are bent upon allowing the disqualified committee to sell out the talent of Bihar. You should refrain from taking part in the politics of Bihar. Through this legal notice, I would like to request you to please refrain from doing all such acts. You should also not forget that none is above the law,” he warned.Singh had written to the CoA on Sunday, informing them that nothing has changed in Bihar and that the disqualified committee of the BCA-led by Gopal Bohra and Rabi Shankar Prasad Singh are still calling the shots in all matters related to the BCCI.last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni record to become most successful Test captain for India

first_imgIndia beat the Windies by 257 runs on Day 4 to sweep the series 2-0 and consolidate their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. It was India’s first clean-sweep in a Test series in the Caribbean.The victory saw Virat Kohli surpass MS Dhoni’s record of 27 Test wins, to become the most successful captain for India in Test cricket.With 28 wins, Virat Kohli ranks 3rd on the list of captains with most victories after 48 Tests behind Steve Waugh (36) and Ricky Ponting (33). Next up in Kohli’s sights will be Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting who have 53 and 48 wins respectively.Virat Kohli now has more Test wins (28) than any other Indian captain #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/AQKUD1c9HT ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2019The win in Jamaica Test was also Kohli’s eighth triumph as India’s Test captain outside Asia. Meanwhile, Kohli’s biggest overseas Test series win as the captain came when he ended India’s 71-year-long wait for a Test series triumph in Australia in 2019.India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 4: Highlights | ReportAfter Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli took over. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain, after winning 27 matches, losing 18 and drawing 15. On the other hand, Kohli’s win percentage is 55.31 — the best among all other Indian captains in the format. In the 48 Tests under Virat Kohli, India have registered 28 wins, lost 10 games and drawn another 10.advertisementSourav Ganguly is third on the list with 21 wins from 49 matches as skipper with 13 losses and 15 draws. Dada had a win percentage of 42.85.Kohli had also surpassed Sourav Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India as captain in the first Test of the series. Kohli now has 13 away wins as captain in 26 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.Chasing a near-impossible target of 468, West Indies batting once again failed to show stomach for a good fight as they caved in for 210 in 59.5 overs, well inside the fourth day.The bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma (2/37 in 12 overs), Mohammed Shami (3/65 in 16 overs), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31 in 11 overs) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/58 in 16.5 overs) were relentless in their pursuit of maintaining a tight leash on the home team batsmen.The win took India’s points tally to 120 after two games and they lead the nine-team table even though Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to begin their bilateral campaign as a part of the championship.Also Read | India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Jermaine Blackwood replaces Darren Bravo as concussion substitutelast_img read more