A peaceful Sunday in the Valley

first_imgLife in Kashmir Valley returned to normal on Sunday after two days of restrictions and strike as the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani on Saturday remained by and large peaceful.Shops and other business establishments were open and public transport plied smoothly. Movement and assembly of people were unrestricted, officials said. Restrictions were lifted after two days as the situation remained peaceful on Saturday.Authorities restored mobile and broadband Internet services in Kashmir. While mobile Internet was restored on Saturday night, the BSNL’s broadband service resumed on Sunday morning. Only 2G connectivity An official, however, said only 2G connectivity was available on mobile networks. “The high-speed network is still suspended,” he said. He said the decision to restore it would be taken after assessing the situation.Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s death anniversary. Situation under controlThere were a few incidents of stone throwing on Saturday, but the situation remained under control and peaceful, the officials said.A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town. The separatists, including the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike on Saturday. Restrictions had been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar on July 7.last_img read more

Modi announces ₹500 crore as immediate relief for flood-hit Bihar

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected districts of Bihar and announced a package of ₹500 crore as immediate relief to the state. He also declared that ₹2 lakh each would be given to the kin of those who have died in the floods, and that a Central team would soon visit the affected areas to assess the damage. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accompanied Mr. Modi during the survey.Maximum damageAfter the survey — he flew over the districts of Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar and Araria — Mr. Modi held a meeting with Mr. Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and top state officials at the Chunapur aerodrome. He was told that the flood had caused maximum damage to the Seemanchal (border) areas and the state water resource department has suffered the maximum loss due to breach of embankments and waterways for irrigation.Mr. Modi said that the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry would take appropriate action for the repair of the damaged roads and other infrastructure. The marooned areas of Bihar as seen from the Prime Minister’s aircraft during his aerial survey on August 26, 2017. Photo: @PMOIndia   Detailed reportThe PMO statement also referred to Prime Minister’s recent talks with his Nepal counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during which it was decided that a detailed project report would be prepared at the earliest on the Saptkoshi Dam and Sunkoshi storage-cum-diversion scheme. Both nations would also work on flood control in the border areas which will benefit the region, the statement added further.As many as 21 districts of Bihar have been inundated by the flood waters, which affected 1.67 crore people, with the death toll mounting to 418. The state government has opened hundreds of relief camps and community kitchens for the flood-hit people. Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force, SDRF and the Army have been pressed into service for relief and rescue operations.last_img read more

Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOBarangay Ginebra battles TNT on Sunday at the cavernous Philippine Arena to formally open the PBA’s 44th season, but coach Tim Cone said that the Gin Kings’ crosshairs remain focused at San Miguel Beer.“I don’t think there are teams to beat, I think there’s a team to beat and that’s [the Beermen],” the decorated mentor said. “Until someone knocks them off their stretch of four [Philippine Cup titles] in a row, I don’t think you can look at it as ‘teams’ [to beat] at this point. It’s just one team right now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s all kind of reasons to make them favorites, and it’s up to us—the rest of the teams—to improve and go out there and get them,” Cone added. “We were able to get them in the second conference. Of course we got Justin Brownlee at that point, but I think we can hold our own.”But Cone, the grizzled tactician behind two Grand Slams and owner of the most championships for a coach in the league, knows that the rest of the PBA is catching up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“No doubt, teams have improved. Teams improve every year—through the draft, through experience or knowledge of each other, getting guys back off injury,” he said.And Cone believes that the Kings are at the forefront of that movement. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img 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 Team keeps Pacman from training burnout Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “At this point so far, we’re healthy, which we haven’t been for a while,” he said. “Art dela Cruz is coming  to lineup. I think he’s going to  make a huge impact. He’s really playing under the radar.  Nobody’s talking about him but I think you’ll be talking about him months from now.”Aside from Dela Cruz, Ginebra is looking to make the most out of rookie Teytey Teodoro.“I hope he can help us,” LA Tenorio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I can see he’s ready for the PBA. He’s like a veteran; a shooter, too.“So I think he’s one of the key players we need in the team considering the kind of system we’re running.”TNT, for its part, will be drawing boosts from its old reliables when they take on the crowd darlings in the curtain-raiser that will feature the usual parade of teams’ muses.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The festivities will start at 4 p.m.KaTropa will be fielding a squad now devoid of star guard Terrence Romeo but one with newcomers like Brian Heruela, and big men David Semerad and Mike Miranda.The event will also feature performances by Parokya ni Edgar, rapper Shanti Dope, and the TNT Boys.Also scheduled is the annual Leo Awards, where the league are set to name the past season’s top individual performers.June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is the favorite to win a fifth straight MVP trophy, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle providing the challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a driver, pushed for a pivotal switch to Toyota and discovered Denny Hamlin. He signed Hamlin to drive the No. 11, his number from his football days, and it is his name above the driver door on Hamlin’s car.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Women’s basketball teams honor cancer survivors Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. J.D. Gibbs died last month following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease and Hamlin dedicated this NASCAR season to Gibbs’ memory.When Hamlin crossed the finish line Sunday night to win his second Daytona 500 in four years, Joe Gibbs could not hold back what the moment meant to him. A Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl victories ranked JGR’s third Daytona 500 win as top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s the most emotional and the biggest win I’ve ever had in my life in anything” Gibbs said. “J.D. built our race team, was the guy that ran day to day operations for 27 years. He invested his occupational life in our race team. It was the most important night in my occupational life.“I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.” LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ View comments Busch, now winless in 14 Daytona 500s, was initially openly disappointed in falling short.“He’s got two, I’ve got none, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes,” Busch said.But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn’t have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents.“Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost,” Busch said. “There wasn’t enough cars out there running at the end. I don’t know how it would have played out.”Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. The Ford camp went 1-2-3 in both of Thursday’s qualifying races and was favored to win the Daytona 500.Logano, who started his career at JGR, settled for fourth and also took a moment to honor J.D. Gibbs.“I’m not a Gibbs driver but for what J.D. has done for my career is the reason why I’m sitting here today,” Logano said. “As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he’s up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end.”Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart.Hamlin’s first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. This one, he said, he will enjoy.“I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything,” Hamlin said. “This one lets me soak it in a little bit more. I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy it the rest of my life.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hamlin came to Daytona determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.He delivered a storybook tribute.Hamlin led JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime and was met in victory lane by the entire Gibbs family, including J.D.’s widow and four sons.“He meant a lot to me and it’s hard for me not getting choked up because I’ve been choked up about 100 times about it,” Hamlin said. “Just to have Melissa (Gibbs) and all the kids here, it’s just crazy.”Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium. Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Krausslast_img read more

Congress names Tanveer Akhtar as nominee for LC poll

first_imgPatna, May 29 (PTI) The Congress today named its Bihar unit vice-president Tanveer Akhtar as the party nominee for the biennial legislative council poll.The high command has approved the name of Tanveer Akhtar as the partys candidate, Bihar Congress spokesperson, H K Verma said.Bihar Congress chief and states Education Minister Ashok Choudhary said Akhtar was a committed grassroot worker who was also a JNUSU president and Bihar Pradesh Youth Congress president earlier.Barring RJD, all major parties in Bihar have declared their candidates for the legislative council polls.On May 26, the ruling JD(U) had named its candidates for both the Rajya Sabha and legislative council polls.JD(U) has named Gulam Rasool Baliyavi and C P Sinha as its candidate for council polls while party veteran Sharad Yadav and its national general secretary R C P Singh were selected to contest in the Rajya Sabha poll.In Delhi, the BJP today announced the names of former Bihar BJP president Gopal Narayan Singh and Arjun Sahni as its candidates for the Rajya Sabha and legislative council respectively.”The party will name its second candidate for Council polls by tomorrow morning,” Bihar BJP president Mangal Pandey told PTI.The RJD has not yet announced the names of its candidates for the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council.As per RJDs strength in the Assembly, it is all set to get two seats in the Upper House of Parliament and the Council.Several prominent names including senior Supreme Court advocate Ram Jethmalani and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadavs daughter Misa Bharti are doing rounds in political circles for RS berth but there is no official confirmation yet from the party.advertisementFor the legislative council too names of several leaders from state are doing the rounds.As per the gazette notification issued on May 24, May 31 is the last day for filing nominations for these seats, while the scrutiny of the nominations will take place on June 1. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 3.The polling, if necessary, will be held for seven Council seats on June 10 from 9AM to 4PM while voting for RSseats , if necessary, will be held on June 11 and counting of votes will be done at 5 PM the same day. PTI AR MD DIP SNPlast_img read more

14 Ways to Reduce Your Water Consumption

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What You Should Know About Student Loans

first_img Post navigation From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation of the posting.  Mint Partners had no influence on the creation, direction or focus of this article unless otherwise specifically stated.Student loan repayment is one of the most complex and multifaceted personal finance topics. There are so many different options, pitfalls and considerations to keep track of, that there’s really no “one size fits all” approach. What’s worse, borrowers are expected to start tackling their loans as soon as they leave college.That’s what I learned during my journey to pay off a $28,000 student loan balance in three years. After reaching that goal and building a career around writing about similar stories, I’ve come up with a few pieces of wisdom that every borrower should know.Refinance Your Student LoansBorrowers refinance their student loans in order to qualify for a lower interest rate that will save them thousands of dollars or more.Lenders that offer student loan refinancing look for borrowers with a low debt-to-income ratio, a good credit score, and a stable job. You can still look into student loan refinancing even if you don’t have a high income or a perfect credit score.Both private and federal loans can be refinanced, but refinancing federal loans will cause you to lose special benefits like deferment and forbearance. Private lenders usually don’t provide deferment or forbearance, so you should only refinance from a federal loan if you’re completely confident in the stability of your financial situation.Popular student loan refinancing lenders include SoFi, Earnest, and Commonbond.Consider Public Service Loan ForgivenessThe Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program is one of the most complicated student loan repayment options. In 2018, less than 1% of applicants in 2018 actually received loan forgiveness. But if you can make it work, PSLF is also the best loan repayment option available.The PSLF program is only available to borrowers with federal loans working for the government or a non-profit. PSLF-eligible consumers have to make 120 payments on their federal student loans, at which point the remaining balance is forgiven. Borrowers use an income-based repayment option with PSLF to reduce their monthly payment.Only federal Direct Loans qualify for PSLF, which excludes Perkins Loans or Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL). If you have FFEL or Perkins loans, you have to consolidate them into a Direct Consolidation Loan in order to become eligible for PSLF.You also have to verify that your employer fits the program’s guidelines. The federal government provides an Employer Certification Form that you should send in once a year or every time you switch jobs. If you’re interested in PSLF, contact the federal government to determine if you have the right loans and the right job.There are other student loan forgiveness programs available through the federal or state government. If you’re a teacher or medical professional, you can often get a portion of your loans forgiven by working in an underserved community.Look into Income-Based RepaymentA report from the Urban Institute found that more than 20% of borrowers defaulted on their student loans in 2018. That number is projected to increase to 40% by 2023. Defaulting occurs when a graduate hasn’t made a payment for at least nine to 12 months. Like bankruptcy, a default can destroy your credit score and make it hard to qualify for a mortgage or other loan. A default will usually stay on your credit report for seven years.Most people default because they can’t afford their monthly payment. Switching to an income-based repayment option will lower that monthly bill and allow for some breathing room to avoid default. Typically, income-based repayment options are only available to borrowers with federal loans.Income-based repayment will increase the total amount of interest paid and extend repayment beyond the standard 10-year term, but it also won’t affect your credit score or have any other negative consequences. If it prevents you from defaulting, it’s worth it.To change your payment plan, contact your federal loan provider and ask them how to switch. You can use this calculator to see what your monthly payment options are and how much your plan would change.Private lenders rarely have income-based options, but it never hurts to ask. If you can’t afford any of the monthly payment options, ask your lender about deferment or forbearance. This should always be a last resort because deferring your loans could escalate the total interest and make debt payoff even harder.Take Responsibility for Your LoansSome people default on their student loans for a simple reason: they lose contact with the lender. It’s an understandable scenario. Students move away after college graduation and information about their loans doesn’t get forwarded to their new address.By the time borrowers in this situation discover they owe anything, there may already be extra fees or penalties. Some people don’t find out until they’ve defaulted and their wages are already being garnished.To find your loans, check your credit information on an app like Mint or Turbo. If you think you remember having a loan with a particular provider, call their customer service line to verify. You should also ask your parents if they know any information about your loans. Make sure to be thorough, as it’s likely that you have more than one loan provider.Pick a Repayment StrategyThere are two efficient strategies to choose from if you want to repay your loans early: the snowball method and the avalanche method.The snowball method advises borrowers to pay off the smallest loan balance first. This results in borrowers knocking off individual loans faster, which has been proven to be more motivating. The avalanche method involves paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first, leading to a smaller total interest burden over the life of the loan.Each method has its own pros and cons, and consumers should pick whichever one best fits their financial strengths and weaknesses. If motivation is an issue and paying off your loans feels like a slog, the snowball method may be your best bet. If you’re a highly disciplined borrower who likes to maximize profit and minimize expenses, the avalanche method is probably a better fit for your personality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedStudent Loans Explained: WTFinanceAugust 12, 2019In “Financial IQ”How To Go Back To School As An AdultJuly 30, 2019In “Student Finances”8 Ways to Navigate the Student Loan WatersJanuary 10, 2017In “Financial IQ” last_img read more

It’s Not Just Cape Town: 4 Shrinking Reservoirs to Watch

first_imgMillions of Iraqis rely on the Tigris and Euphrates for drinking water, irrigation, power and transportation. Furthermore, water shortages are thought to be behind large increases in desertification in parts of south and central Iraq. And Iraq’s water stress, an indicator of competition for water among users, is set to increase due to growing populations and climate change. It’s likely that struggles surrounding water shortages will continue in this arid nation. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population employed in agriculture is huge – about 33 percent of Morocco’s labor force, according to the World Bank. These farmers, along with cities and industries, will need ample water resources to succeed. Morocco’s Water Law 36-15 gives domestic and industrial water users highest priority, which in a time of water crisis could severely threaten the agricultural sector’s access to water, disrupting rural incomes and livelihoods. At the same time, Morocco ranks in the middle of the Fragile States Index, meaning it is more susceptible than some nations to destabilizing conflicts, but less susceptible than others. Morocco will need strong water management institutions and adequate social safety nets for farmers to help steer it through periods of intense, prolonged drought. Al Massira supplies water to the agricultural sector in the Doukkala area, as well as to many cities, including Casablanca. While the reservoir’s levels keep decreasing, demand for its water keeps increasing. In addition to growing urban water demand and the expansion of irrigated agriculture, the city of Marrakesh plans to tap into Al Massira’s water through a large water transfer projectfinanced by the African Development Bank. The project is expected to be fully operational this year.Although it’s impossible to say exactly what the effects of this drought and shrinking reservoir will be, this issue—in combination with Morocco’s other growing water pressures—gives cause for concern. Climate change is expected to diminish water supply while demands rise, resulting in increased water stress. Competition over increasingly scarce resources is likely: Morocco’s urban water demand is expected to increase by 60 to 100 percent in most large cities by 2050. The Al Massira dam is the second-largest reservoir in Morocco, and its surface area shrunk by more than 60 percent over the last three years. The last time Al Massira was at this level was between 2005 and 2008, when more than 700,000 Moroccans were affected by drought and grain production fell by 50 percent. Time-lapse satellite images below provide a stark visual look of the dam’s depletion. As of March 15, 2018, the government of Gujarat has stopped supplying water for irrigation; the state minister has appealed to farmers not to sow summer crops. The low water level has also curtailed Sardar Sarovar’s ability to generate electricity. The minimal water level required for the dam to generate electricity is 110.8 meters. Its current water level stood at 105.5 meters, as of March 15, 2018.To date, 34 percent of the obligated water has been released from the Indira Sagar reservoir to the Sardar Sarovar reservoir. Reports say there is political pressure on MP’s Chief Minister to not release more water, as that could adversely impact the livelihoods of water users, which is a sensitive political issue prior to the assembly elections set for the year’s end.India is a highly water-stressed country and has suffered through many debilitating droughts in recent years. These dry spells have devastated farmers, even driving some to commit suicide. Several risk factors make Iraq vulnerable to the threats posed by water shortages. Iraq is considered a fragile state, with a Fragile State Index score of more than 100 out of 120. Around 45 percent of Indian citizens are employed in agriculture, making water supply essential for the livelihoods of almost 650 million people. As India continues to struggle with water stress and drought, water allocation decisions may become increasingly contentious. ### Iraq’s Mosul Dam Is Steadily ShrinkingThe reservoir impounded by Iraq’s Mosul Dam has shrunk 60 percent in surface area from the late 1990s to present day. There are several factors behind this trend, including poor water resource management by the Iraqi government and intense regional droughts. But it’s Turkey’s Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP) and its 22 dams and 19 hydropower plants across the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that many sources cite as a key driver behind the reduced river flow into Iraq. The non-profit EPIC says that “according to Iraqi government projections, the GAP has reduced river flow into Iraq by 80 percent to date.”center_img Drought in Central India Leaves Two Provinces in Conflict Over Dwindling Water SuppliesThe Narmada River flows east to west through the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (MP), then through the state of Gujarat before emptying into the Arabian Sea. Poor rains in 2017 have led to a conflict over how much water should be released from the Indira Sagar reservoir in MP to the downstream Sardar Sarovar reservoir in Gujarat.In 2017, Indira Sagar’s peak reservoir water level was 33 percent lower than average, as seen below. Releasing more water would have further reduced the reservoir’s supply during the critical summer period. On the other hand, because the Sardar Sarovar reservoir didn’t get its allocated amount of water from Indira Sagar, its level fell at an alarming rate. The Sardar Sarovar reservoir is the drinking water source for about 30 million people, almost half of Gujarat’s total population, and the irrigation water source for more than one million farmers. Although agriculture accounts for only 3 percent of Spain’s overall GDP, there are 3,000 farms that depend on crops to support livelihoods in rural areas. Spain can boost its resilience to growing water risks by implementing measures to better manage its water, from planting crops that are more appropriate for the local climate to recycling urban and industrial wastewater to reducing food loss and waste. Considered a stable (non-fragile) state, though, Spain is less vulnerable to water shocks than many other nations. Years of conflict have weakened institutions and social services in the country, which is currently struggling to counter violent extremism. There have been more than 6,000 conflict and protest events In Iraq from 2017-present, according to data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project. Drought Pushes Spain’s Buendia Dam to New LowsSpain and Portugal are currently grappling with extreme drought that is drying up rivers, ruining crops, driving up feed costs for ranchers and sparking lethal wildfires. Spain’s largest power company, Iberdrola, experienced a 58 percent drop in hydroelectric power production due to the lack of water during the first nine months of 2017, which pushed up electricity prices. The drought is also fueling tensions between regional governments.The surface area of the Buendia Dam shrunk by 60 percent over the last five years. Levels this low were last seen in 2006, when the country was going through its worst drought in 60 years. Experts warn that droughts will likely become more frequent and severe in this region, and water stress is projected to increase in many parts of Spain by 2040. Cape Town, South Africa has been in the news a lot lately. The region has suffered a devastating three-year drought, and the city’s reservoirs are close to running out of water. The city has so far avoided reaching “Day Zero,” when it would turn off taps and start rationing water for citizens, but the threat still looms.What hasn’t received as much attention is the fact that reservoirs are shrinking in other parts of the world – such as in Morocco, India, Iraq and Spain.Reservoir levels can fall for a number of reasons, including drought, water mismanagement, upstream land use and more. This lack of water can create ripple effects throughout society – from rising food prices to unemployment to political insecurity.It’s hard to predict exactly what these effects will be, but there are certain indicators we can examine to get a sense of a country’s vulnerability. Here, we use WRI’s new Resource Watch platform to look at four shrinking reservoirs and the political, social and environmental dynamics that surround them.Surface Area of Morocco’s Second-Largest Dam Shrunk by 60% Over the Last Three YearsLike most countries in northern Africa, Morocco suffers from recurring droughts. In 2016, the country was hit by the worst drought in three decades, followed by delayed and insufficient rainfall in 2017. Recent rainfall has improved the situation, but Morocco could still face water shortages in the coming summer months and beyond. Political Consequences of Falling Reservoir Levels?Most of the reservoirs examined in this blog are in mid-latitude regions, where future scenarios show reduced surface water supply between 2010 and 2040. The threats these areas face today could be just a taste of what’s to come in a warmer climate.Will these shrinking reservoirs and others have destabilizing consequences? More research is needed to identify the degree of exposure and vulnerability to water shocks. It may be that local cities have alternative sources of water supply, such as groundwater, recycled or desalinated water. It may be that there are adequate social safety nets in place for affected farmers. Or the water shock could – together with existing political, economic and social vulnerabilities – precipitate a full-blown crisis, culminating in political upheaval, conflict or mass migration. Water problems are often unseen. Media and even local citizens may fail to notice the problem until a tipping point is reached and disruptive, potentially catastrophic changes begin.WRI and its partners are working on developing systems to detect problems early and mobilize resources quickly enough to avert the worst consequences. The Water, Peace and Security Initiative, a partnership developed by Deltares, the Hague Center for Strategic Studies, IHE-Delft and WRI, will research the links between water and security and develop the first-ever water and security early warning system, housed on Resource Watch.A Final NoteThere are more than half a million reservoirs in the world that are at least one hectare in surface area. We examined four. There could be many more reservoirs gradually shrinking, unbeknownst to the people who rely on them. There is clearly a need for a real-time global reservoir monitoring system. The world’s farms, power plants, economies and people are depending upon a stable water supply.Explore water stress and other data on Resource Watch.last_img read more

Planning Your Online Video Strategy for 2009 – B2B Marketing

first_img Originally published Jan 22, 2009 9:20:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Webinar: Marketing in a Recession Don’t forget to share this post! I had a chance to join a MITX panel on “Planning Your Online Video Strategy for 2009”.  It was a pretty good panel wit folks from the media, agencies, analysts and companies.  Of course, I represented the B2B marketing point of view where using video is a component of a healthy inbound marketing program.  As you probably know, at HubSpot we use a lot of video: viral videos, a live video podcast, an iTunes channel, product demo videos, interviews on our blog, and some pretty popular marketing webinars.Here was the full panel lineup:Will Richmond, Editor/Publisher, VideoNuzeMatt Kaplan, Chief Strategy Officer, PermissionTVMichael Manning, Director of Product Development, Boston.comJames L. McQuivey, Ph.D., Vice President and Principal Analyst, ForresterAndrea Millett, Vice President and Account Director, Media Contacts… and me!  (Mike Volpe, VP of Inbound Marketing, HubSpot)The video is courtesy of Permission TV, who also sponsored the panel. Want to learn effective ways for generating leads and marketing in a economic downturn?Download the free webinar for tips and tricks to drive more visitors and leads to your website! Video Marketing Topics:last_img read more

How to Crowdsource Videos for Your Business [Marketing Cast]

first_img Originally published Jan 10, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Video Marketing Create a Contest for Best VideoLaunching a contest is a great way to go about crowdsourcing videos. Make sure the contest prize you offer is a significant sum, but not as big as the marketing budget for a full-blown video. Then, invite local film school students to participate and encourage them to create the best video assignment.See How Other Businesses Did ItHP, for instance, used the D&AD Student Awards to launch a similar contest in 2009. Its assignment was: “Present an idea which promotes HP Workstations ability to bring to life anything the creative mind can conceive.” The end result of this contest was brilliant! It enjoyed thousand of views and hundreds of positive comments.Give People OpportunityWhy would anyone participate in such a contest apart from the possibility of winning a prize? “They want the exposure,” says David. People are eager and excited to express their creativity and receive a public acknowledgment for it. So don’t think contests are a way to get a video for cheap. It is more about giving an opportunity to people who wouldn’t otherwise had it. Don’t exploit them but celebrate their unique perspective and knowledge.What is your recipe for creating valuable videos? Topics:center_img Videos present a great way to create remarkable content and expose your business to more PR opportunities. But coming up with creative ideas and engaging in video production can be time-consuming or expensive. That is where crowdsourced videos come in to offer the perfect solution for a clever and well-budgeted clip.In this episode of the Marketing Cast David Meerman Scott shares tips about crowdsourcing videos for your business. Watch the video below to hear his insights! 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

Nokia 5.1 Plus may launch on July 11, Snapdragon 710, Snapdragon 845 Nokia phones tipped for Q3 2018

first_imgThe Nokia 5.1 Plus aka Nokia X5 is expected to be the next smartphone launch from HMD Global, which has been on a kind of spree of late unveiling one Nokia phone after another. The Nokia 5.1 Plus, which is expected to be a larger version of the Nokia 5.1, passed through TENAA last month, indicating that a launch was close at hand and now a leaked image of a promo poster suggests the company is ready to unveil it on July 11. Additionally, the source of the leaked image further claims that HMD is planning two more Nokia phones in Q3, one sporting a Snapdragon 710 chipset and the other being a flagship with Snapdragon 845 SoC.Let’s first talk about the Nokia 5.1 Plus (or Nokia X5 as it might be called in China) since that’s closer to being unveiled. The leaked image, surfaced on Baidu, shows the phone placed next to a poster of the Nokia X6. This gives us a good idea of the size of the notch that will be seen on the Nokia 5.1 Plus. To recall, the Nokia X6 was launched a couple of months ago in China (expected to launch globally soon) and is the first Nokia phone to sport a notch. CAD renders of the Nokia 5.1 Plus in the past have suggested it will come with a notch as well, only wider than the Nokia X6 and the leaked photo of the poster seems to confirm that. We can only assume at this point that the Nokia 5.1 Plus could hide a few additional sensor, possibly for an improved facial recognition, or dual selfie cameras.advertisementAs per the TENAA listing last month, the Nokia 5.1 Plus will sport a 5.86-inch with HD+ display and will likely be powered by either a Snapdragon 600-series chip or a Helio P60 SoC. As for the cameras, the phone may come with a 13MP + 8MP configuration. The front could also see an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Nokia 5.1. Lastly, the phone could house a 3000mAh battery, which is almost the same as the Nokia 5.1 so it seems the ‘Plus’ here isn’t going to be associated with a bigger battery.According to the latest Baidu post, the Nokia 5.1 Plus or Nokia X5 will go on sale in China starting at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8,200) for the 32GB variant. There may be a 64GB version as well that could cost CNY 999 (approx Rs 10,300).Two new Nokia phones in Q3The Baidu post goes on to add that HMD is planning two more Nokia phones for launch in the third quarter of 2018. The post does not mention the names of the phones, but only states that one of them will sport a Snapdragon 710 chipset while the other looks like it’s going to be HMD’s flagship smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 chipset. Both the reported phones sound possible as it’s not the first time we’re hearing about them.Earlier this month, noted tipster Roland Quandt of WinFuture.de tweeted that HMD is working on a Snapdragon 710-powered Nokia phone that is codenamed “Phoenix”. The SD710 chipset was announced in May as a mid-range chipset that will bring features normally found in a flagship chip like SD845. This would make mid-range phones feel as powerful as high-end flagships, at a lower cost.As for the Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia phone, Quandt recently reported that HMD is working on a high-end Nokia smartphone that is being called the A1 Plus internally, but could be launched as the Nokia 9 at IFA 2018. The Nokia A1 Plus will not only come with all the premium trimmings of 2018, but it is also tipped to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ: Nokia A1 Plus aka Nokia 9 with in-display fingerprint sensor tipped for IFA 2018 launchlast_img read more

When Press Releases Do (and Don’t) Help Your Marketing

first_img Topics: Not only will your press release performance improve, but you’re able to repurpose some of that visual content in other areas of your marketing — like emails, landing pages, social media, and blog posts.The Drawbacks of Using Press Releases1) Press releases alone don’t help your SEO.As mentioned earlier, press releases can help SEO if there is additional editorial content published as a result of your press release. However, despite popular belief that press releases help your SEO, they actually don’t help as much as you think. A recent article quotes Matt Cutts of Google verifying that your SEO ranking in Google will not increase after a press release is posted.Why is that? Because press releases are syndicated for a certain amount of time … but are actually taken down at some point. Even though they are full of keywords and your company’s name, their temporary status online does not lead to any progress in the SERPs.As mentioned before, press releases can help your SEO in an indirect way — by leading to other beneficial press. However, your PR strategy should not depend on them for SEO success. Use them as a means to an end that will get you higher rankings, instead.2) Press releases don’t improve your communication with consumers.Even though press releases may get the attention of a journalist, it is very unlikely that it will reach your target audience (or enough of them to make a difference in your marketing). Consumers like to read information in a way that is easy to digest, and feels more natural — like news stories and blog posts. The press release format takes longer to read, and is often harder to understand without reading a couple times through. In a world with thousands of stories being posted every hour, readers want to be able to quickly understand the story by reading it through a blog post or another form of writing.So marketers, that means in addition to posting your press release, you should make sure the content is somewhere else in a better format so that your audience gets access to it. Instead of promoting your press release through social channels or email, promote your blog post to achieve the same effect of the press release and get your audience the information in the announcement.3) Press releases are difficult to measure.Data is the prime way marketrs can prove success to the rest of their department and company. Unlike other parts of your marketing strategy, however, press releases are extremely difficult to measure, and therefore it’s hard to prove whether or not they are successful. I mean, it’s pretty hard to say “X amount of people viewed our release, and X amount of journalists decided to write about it/not write about it as a result.”Do not rely on press releases to be the way you prove to your boss that public relations is a necessary part of your marketing strategy. Press can be measured in some ways, like how many times your press release was reposted, or referral traffic from the release (if you used tracking tokens in your release’s links), but it’s hard to get an accurate number of just how many leads or customers are generated as a result of your work.4) Press releases are not cost effective.Posting one press release can cost hundreds of dollars, if not over a thousand dollars. Many times they are not picked up by journalists and are simply reposted on other websites. They have become a bit outdated as public relations relies more on building relationships with the media instead of sending out hundreds of emails with press releases to journalists you may not even know.Marketers, instead of spending your dollars on posting press releases to the wire, spend time meeting with journalists, figuring out what they look for before writing a story, and finding out what beat they write about. Building these relationships with the media will end up paying off much more than having a strategy where you simply post press releases onto the wire.What other things are press releases great for — and not so great for — in your marketing?Image credit: Ionics Originally published Jan 14, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated September 05 2017 Public Relationscenter_img Are Press Releases Effective?Press releases have become less meaningful to reporters that read them, as more low quality submissions have flooded the market. While still a viable marketing channel, over time press releases have become less favored to other digital tactics that are measurable, scalable, and cheaper.When a marketer sets out to create a public relations strategy, the first move is often to get started publishing press releases. That would have been the most effective way to get out your message and get some press … years ago. However, there are now other tactics that need to be coupled with press releases in order to make them effective.As a marketer, it’s important to know when press releases will benefit your public relations strategy, and when another tool or tactic should be used. There are many cases when press releases are still valuable to use, but there are even more misconceptions about them. We’re going to debunk all of those right now, and lay out exactly when press releases rock — and exactly when they don’t.Download Now: Free Press Release TemplateThe Benefits of Using a Press Release1) It will be picked up by other publications.The purpose of a press release is to get your news in front of as many people as possible. Many companies see success by posting a press release to the wire, where it will be sent out to thousands of publications and ultimately reposted other places online.But how do you really get some attention with this tactic? First, we’ve found that when companies include data in their press releases, it’s even more likely that it will be picked up by other publications. But even more important than presenting your story with interesting soundbites — yes, there’s more to success here than just quality content (gasp!) — you need to get your timing right.According to our own Dan Zarrella’s research, press releases are viewed on average about 275 times during the week:And the media views it about an average of 70 times during the week:The more people, especially journalists, who are viewing your press release, the more likely you are to have it picked up by other publications. So if your goal is to get a lot of views and reposts of your press release, it may be something valuable to include in your strategy, provided you’re timing it right ;-)2) You build links.One of the greatest benefits to including PR in your marketing strategy is link building. Even though an actual press releases does not necessarily help with SEO (stay tuned for more information about that later on), the editorial coverage you get from a press releases will bring great benefits to your SEO. Make sure to include keywords that you want to rank for in your press releases so that when journalists see the release, they may include some of those keywords, themselves — particularly if they pull quotable snippets from you to include in their own coverage.According to an article by Search Engine Watch, there is tremendous synergy between SEO and PR — and hey, we believe it, too. The press that stems from a press release is a boon for SEO managers everywhere, because remarkable actions spur people to create (read: activity that warrants press coverage) tends to spur content coverage. And coverage of your brand often also comes with inbound links back to your website. That means you shouldn’t depend on your press release to do all the work; it might simply be the means for communicating to the rest of the world that more coverage of a story is warranted. You can, however, use press release real estate to sprinkle in important keywords, and include helpful links for readers and media alike.3) They help journalists check information.When you create a press release, all of the information you want journalists to know about your company is in one place. Even external documents, including presentations and research documents, are available in a press release, making it really easy for journalists to find and accurately reference all of the information they need to write their story (about you!).Even when you’re connecting with a journalist by e-mail, and not just putting a press release on the wire in the hopes it will be picked up, include an attachment to a press release to help the journalists out. It makes writing about your company insanely easy, and establishes a good relationship that will help you get future press coverage.4) They refine your messaging.As you’re putting your press release together, you need to make sure you’ve nailed your messaging for the announcement to get maximum exposure. It’s the place everyone will go — both within your company, and externally — to get “the story” and cite important data points. When you’ve refined the messaging of your press release, you’re providing the right messaging for all other content creators to draw upon. From bloggers, to sales reps, to external content creators, everyone will be speaking about your brand with a unified message that’s set forth during the drafting of your press release.5) The best press releases provide content for other marketing channels.The content you should include in press releases is pretty standard from release to release: an opening paragraph giving more information on the story; background information on the company; quotes from employees; and, of course, your boiler plate at the end. But then there’s the extra stuff that takes a press release from typical to rock-star status. For instance, the previously cited research from Dan Zarrella shower that if you can provide links to videos and embed pictures in the press release, that increases engagement by about 18% for photos and 55% for videos. Don’t forget to share this post! 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This Week in Popular Content: Funny LinkedIn Endorsements, Website Launch To-Do’s & Perfect Facebook Posts

first_img Content Creation ShareLaunching a new website is a daunting dask, and the stress mainly comes from worrying something will go wrong. We’ve come up with the 57 things you should check before your website launch to make sure nothing goes wrong.20 Skills You Won’t Believe You Can Endorse People for on LinkedIn Topics: ShareWhen it comes to getting in Facebook’s News Feed, the competition is fierce. How can you make sure you’re squeezing the most views and engagements out of each post? TrackMaven did the research for us: They analyzed over 1.5 million Facebook posts from almost 6,000 brand pages, condensed their findings this infographic to show you the nuts and bolts of a perfect Facebook post.What were some of your favorite stories from this week?  ShareSales and marketing teams have historically butted heads when it comes to lead quality and converting leads into customers. In this post, we talk about the different ways Marketing can help Sales close more leads, how Sales can help Marketing generate better leads, and how to integrate technologies to measure and improve processes and communication.Data-Backed Tips for Crafting the Perfect Facebook Post [Infographic] Originally published Aug 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 This week’s most popular content covered a wide range of subjects. About to launch a new website? We’ve got your checklist covered. Looking to craft the perfect Facebook post? We have the secret formula. Want to foster a better relationship with your counterpart in Sales? We’ve got a post for that.While you breathe in the last few weekends of summer, take a few minutes to catch up on anything you may have missed from this week. And once you’ve read the LinkedIn post, think about which weird endorsements you can endorse your friends for on LinkedIn. (I’m thinking “dessert.”)57 Little Things to Double Check Before Your Website Launch ShareYou can endorse people for “snacks” on LinkedIn? Sign me up. This post lists 20 hilarious LinkedIn endorsements you probably didn’t know about, which really speaks to the ubiquity of LinkedIn. It’s gone beyond the realm of traditional job descriptions, and now even fire-eaters and smoothie-makers can include their unique expertise in their profiles.How Marketing and Sales Can Work Together to Close More Leads 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

Nokia 8.1 may launch in India on November 28 with price of Rs 23,999

first_imgApparently there is a new Nokia phone coming. There are fresh rumours that Nokia will soon launch the Nokia 8.1, a phone that is likely the rebranded Nokia X7 available in China, in India this month. And the price of the Nokia 8.1, according to rumours, is going to be Rs 23,999.The latest report on Nokia 8.1 comes courtesy 91mobiles that claims the new Nokia phone with Android One will be launched on November 28 in India. The phone will be priced at Rs 23,999, which would make it a competitor to not only the Xiaomi Poco F1 but also Nokia’s own Nokia 7 Plus.Of late, Nokia’s phones have been pretty stellar, particularly in regards to their design and usability. Chances are that the Nokia 8.1 may turn out to be the same, following the phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus.Given that the Nokia 8.1 is going to be based on the Nokia X7 that is already available in China, we know almost everything about the phone. The Nokia 8.1 is going to be — if it is indeed based on the Nokia X7 — a phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, which should be for all practical purposes quite close to the Series 8XX Snapdragons in terms of the performance. It is also expected to come with 128GB storage, 4GB RAM and a screen that will measure 6.1 inches diagonally. The Nokia 8.1 screen is expected to have FullHD resolution. It is also likely to come with a 3500 mAh battery inside it.The Nokia phones, made by HMD Global, run Google’s Android One software that is based on the latest Android. In the case of the Nokia 8.1, this means that the phone will be powered by the Android 9 Pie, which will have the stock user interface and almost no extra bundled apps.advertisementThe Nokia 8.1 will sport a dual-camera setup on the rear. This camera module is likely to have two images sensors — primary one with 13-megapixel sensor and the secondary camera that clicks 12-megapixel images. On the front the Nokia 8.1 is likely to have a 24-megapixel sensor.ALSO READ: Nokia 8.1 could be Android One challenger to Poco F1 and OnePlus 6T in Indialast_img read more

10 Fun Ways to Break the Ice With New Coworkers

first_img Originally published Mar 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 What does your team do to get to know one another? Share your ideas in the comments section below.  Topics: Office Politicscenter_img For many companies, there are few things as important as developing and maintaining a culture that attracts and retains their employees. When coworkers get to know each other as people, they’ll be able to communicate better, trust each other more, and work better together.Sometimes, though, some structured activities can help coax people out of their shells and help break the ice at work.That’s why the folks at OfficeVibe created the SlideShare below that’s chock full of get-to-know-you and group-building activities. Flip through it for ideas for 10 fun ways for coworkers to get to know one another — especially when welcoming a new employee or group. 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

The Ultimate Guide to Crowdsourcing

first_imgWhen Charlie Jabaley, co-founder of the artist management and marketing firm Street Execs, released one of his first client t-shirt designs, the euphoric high he felt in the morning plummeted to a heartbreaking low by night.He had only sold a total of eight t-shirts.With famous clients like 2 Chains and Travis Porter, Jabaley’s pressure to succeed was already stifling. But this failed merchandising campaign had just jacked it up to suffocating. Instead of freaking out and sulking about his woes, though, Jabaley took a step back and breathed in some well-needed fresh air.He decided to frame this embarrassing flop as an opportunity to learn. And after some deep reflection and analysis, he dug up a silver lining that would eventually lead to a multi-million dollar model for merchandise design.The silver lining Jabaley plucked from the shambles of his failed campaign was realizing he needed to focus on his customers more. More specifically, he needed to understand their’ true preferences. So rather than following the standard formula of merchandising — which was designing products based off a whim, buying hoards of inventory, and then marketing them — he broke conventional thinking by reverse-engineering the process.Before he bought inventory, Jabaley would post merchandise designs on Instagram and use follower behavior and feedback to help him scrap unpopular designs and turn popular designs into merchandise.By following his new method, Jabaley knew exactly what his customers wanted and what they were willing to buy, allowing him to solely focus on creating products that had proven demand, avoid wasting precious cash on unwanted inventory, and unload a huge amount of risk off the merchandising process.Eventually, Jabaley’s method for determining which merchandise designs would sell, and which would not, helped him produce his first merchandising hit — a Dabbing Santa sweater that generated $2.1 million in only 30 days.Image Credit: Shopify PlusCharlie Jabaley isn’t the first person to inform his product design using the public’s opinion, though. It’s actually a method that iconic brands like Budweiser, Pepsi, and Oreo have leveraged for years — a method called crowdsourcing.Download our free case study templates here to help you display your company’s success.What is crowdsourcing?When businesses crowdsource, they ask the public for ideas, information, and opinions to help them craft better products and services. By crowdsourcing, companies can tap into a huge group of people’s expertise and skill sets, ensuring diversity of thought, expedited production, and cost-cutting, since they don’t need to hire new, in-house employees.Companies who crowdsource usually break massive projects into individual tasks, which allows them to assign hundreds or thousands of people small jobs that they can work on by themselves.Companies can also crowdsource on social media to gauge people’s opinion on their new product releases or updates. Additionally, companies can run contests to see who can create the best marketing material for them — like a logo, jingle, or commercial.To help you fully grasp the concept of crowdsourcing, here are some concrete examples of the practice in action.Crowdsourcing Examples1. Waze Image Credit: MashableWaze is a community-based GPS traffic and navigation app. Their users, which has grown to over 90 million around the globe, report real-time traffic and road information, like police traps, accidents, road hazards, traffic jams, and the cheapest gas stations near your route. All of this crowdsourced information allows users to help each other reach their destinations promptly and safely.2. UnsplashWhat started out as Mikael Cho’s fun side project on Tumblr, taking half a day and $19 to create, eventually turned into his flailing startup’s top referral source and became its own standalone company — Unsplash.Unsplash experienced hockey-stick growth because their service offered the ultimate remedy for a huge pain point in the content marketing space — free, unlicensed stock photos. And by using their initial boom in buzz and traffic to convince photographers to contribute free photos to their library as a way to market their art, Unsplash has successfully fostered a community of over 110,000 photographers, built a library of over 850,000 photos, and generates more than nine billion photo impressions per month.3. Contently’s Freelance Rates Calculator Contently, a content creation platform that also connects brands with freelance talent, built a freelance rates calculator to provide more transparency across the industry and help freelancers better negotiate their rates.By combining their public freelance rates database, where freelancers anonymously submit the rate they received from various companies, with their platform’s own internal data, Contently has crowdsourced precious information from freelancers in order to help the entire freelance community earn a fair rate in the future.4. Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl “Time Machine” is arguably one of Doritos most memorable commercials, but you might be surprised that it had a budget of $300 and only took six hours to make. Well, that’s because it was created by an aspiring filmmaker who entered the spot into Doritos’ annual Crash the Super Bowl contest in 2014, and won the whole thing.Frito-Lay, Dorito’s conglomerate, ran Crash the Super Bowl every year from 2007 through 2016, awarding the winner with a huge cash prize and an airing of their commercial during the Super Bowl. And by offering such a can’t-miss opportunity, which allowed them to tap into tens of thousands of people’s creativity, Doritos could associate some of the most unforgettable Super Bowl ads with their brand.Crowdsourcing SitesFiverrUpworkCrowdSourceContentlySkyword Originally published Feb 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated February 08 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! If you’re a freelancer looking for work or a brand looking for talent, check out the following crowdsourcing sites.1. FiverrFiverr is a freelance service marketplace that empowers freelancers. Instead of being a platform where freelancers search for jobs posted by brands, Fiverr is a place where brands search for freelancers with the expertise and skills for which they’re looking. Most freelancers on Fiverr offer skills and expertise in graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, video & animation, music & audio, programming & tech, business, and lifestyle.2. UpworkSimilar to Fiverr, Upwork is a freelance service marketplace where freelancers create profiles, and then brands can hire them for short-term tasks, recurring projects, or full-time contract work. Most freelancers have skills and expertise in web development, mobile development, design, writing, administrative work, customer service, sales, marketing, accounting, and consulting.3. CrowdSourceTrusted by brands like Target, Coca-Cola, and Major League Baseball, CrowdSource has trained, tested, and qualified a community of over 200,000 freelancers who can provide copywriting, content moderation, data entry, and transcription expertise and skills. Brands can also search for freelancers by the agency, marketing, publishing, retail, and service provider industries.4. ContentlyContently is a content creation software that connects enterprise brands with freelance talent, so they’re constantly on the lookout for freelancers who can fulfill their clients’ needs, as well as their own.If you’re a freelance creative looking for gigs with some big brands, you can register as a freelancer on Contently’s platform and create a free portfolio. You’ll need to get approved and complete their training before you can work with any of their clients, but once you do that, you’ll be apart of their freelance network.If you’re a brand looking for freelancers to help you craft original stories, check out Contently’s platform here.5. SkywordSimilar to Contently, Skyword is a content creation software that also connects enterprise brands with freelance talent. If you’re a videographer, writer, photographer, or designer, you can create a portfolio that Skyword’s clients will have direct access to.If you’re a brand looking for freelance talent, check out Skyword’s platform here.Crowdsourcing JobsIf you’re interested in working a crowdsourced job, check out the following gigs you could find in each of the job categories below.MarketingWritingVideographyDesignPhotographyAnimationWeb developmentMobile developmentEditing JobsCopy editingContent evaluationContent moderationProofreadingAdministrativeVirtual assitantCustomer serviceUsability testingAudio transcriptionSocial media post categorizationImage and video processingImage categorizationData JobsData entryData researchData categorizationData processingData verification and clean upResearch JobsInformation gatheringPrice checkingProduct display checkingBusiness location verificationWeb researchGoogle searchingOdd JobsMaking deliveriesCleaningDog walkingSurvey takingcenter_img Topics: Business Growthlast_img read more

ICC’s cheeky tweet irks Sachin Tendulkar fans

first_imgBen Stokes’ heroics helped England script an improbable win in the third Ashes Test at Headingley and the International Cricket Council once again started a debate on social media by calling the all-rounder the greatest of all. The move didn’t go down well with Sachin Tendulkar’s fans.ICC’s official Twitter handle had posted a picture of Stokes with Tendulkar and captioned it, “The greatest cricketer of all time — and Sachin Tendulkar” after the Durham cricketer starred for the hosts with an unbeaten 84 in the World Cup final in July as England lifted their maiden crown.On Wednesday, ICC shared the picture once again with caption, “Told you so”.Told you so https://t.co/b4SFcEVDWkICC (@ICC) August 27, 2019Shame on you … Sachin is incomparable… he is a legend …. you people could achieve anything but attitude kahan se laogePriyanka sharma (@Aadishakti_101) July 15, 2019Agree, because Sachin isn’t a cricketer but God of cricket.EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) July 15, 2019Yes, someone who couldnt even achieve 20% is a All time great for you? What else to expect from Pakistani Handler.Haven’t compared bowling….. pic.twitter.com/XjaxlsfwaKHarshal (Indian) (@HarshalMagar3) July 15, 2019One has 15,921 Runs in tests 18426 ODIs, Averaging 54 and 45.Other has 3479 in tests and 2628in ODIs. averaging 35 and 40.Shall I talk about centuries??Nick (@discoverlyours) August 27, 2019This did not go down well with Indian cricket fans who swear by cricket legend Tendulkar.”One has 15,921 Runs in Tests 18426 ODIs, Averaging 54 and 45. Other has 3479 in Tests and 2628 in ODIs. averaging 35 and 40. Shall I talk about centuries?? (sic)” tweeted a fan.advertisement”Just that you are saying so don’t think that we are going to believe. Greatest cricketer of all time is Sachin, rest everything starts after him in cricket world. Did you get it?” tweeted another fan.One supporter wrote: “BCCI plz take strict actions and suspend ICC for these worthless tweets (sic).”Stokes played an epic knock when he hit an unbeaten 135 to help England snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Leeds.All time great team of all time great cricketer has won the WC but will never be able to tell the the world- By how many run or by how many wickets ?!#cwc19final #ICCRules Simon Taufel https://t.co/LVh4BuSgRC Jatan Acharya (@jatanacharya) July 15, 2019Take that back pic.twitter.com/sVIjr4iRs5Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 14, 2019One And Only G.O.A.T – Sachin Ramesh TendulkarLeading Run Scorer Of Two World CupsThe Record Of 673 Is Still UnbrokenGet A Life AdminTheri Revanth (@revanthvsr) July 14, 2019pic.twitter.com/fx25stfn8AAnkit Dugar (@dugar_ankit_) July 15, 2019England started the fourth day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes. They got to 286/9, still needing 73 runs for an improbable victory in their chase of 359.But World Cup hero Stokes joined hands with No. 11 batsman Jack Leach and did the unthinkable by smashing eight sixes to all corners of the ground and helped the Three Lions level the fire-match series.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Ben Stokes’ life will change forever, says Ian BothamAlso Read | Jack Leach inspired by Ben Stokes’ World Cup heroics before Ashes heistAlso Seelast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp rues wasteful Liverpool after title defence begins with Napoli defeat

first_imgJuergen Klopp was frustrated by Liverpool’s poor finishing after his side began their Champions League title defence with a 2-0 defeat away to Napoli, who scored two late goals at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.Dries Mertens scored from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after Andy Robertson tripped Jose Callejon inside the box and Napoli substitute Fernando Llorente added a second in stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt.Klopp’s side became the first competition winners to lose the opening game of their Champions League defence since AC Milan were defeated by Ajax Amsterdam in 1994 and the German was concerned by his players’ wastefulness.”It should hurt because there were opportunities for us,” he told BT Sport.”It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem. In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”Klopp was also unhappy about the penalty awarded to the home side after Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Callejon.”I don’t think it’s a penalty, he said. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”Napoli’s Hirving Lozano headed in from close range early on but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside, before Sadio Mane forced home keeper Alex Meret into a save and Roberto Firmino flashed a header wide before the break.advertisementLiverpool keeper Adrian denied Mertens with a superb reaction stop early in the second half before Meret dived to direct Mohamed Salah’s effort wide.But the late double from Mertens and Llorente secured the three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who also beat Liverpool at home at the same stage last season.”We worked hard to defend and attack as a unit, because at times football means adapting to situations and I think we did it well,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.”We felt confident on the second goal, it was near the end and we were a goal up. You can press high at times, not at others, it’s about maintaining your identity and also being able to do everything. I liked our quality, but also how we played ugly when we needed to.”In the other Group E game, Salzburg made an impressive start with a 6-2 victory at home to Genk.Erling Haaland scored a first-half hat-trick for the Austrian champions, becoming the third youngest player to net a Champions League treble at the age of 19 years and 58 days, behind Raul (18y 113d) and Wayne Rooney (18y 340d).last_img read more

No room for complacency yet: Mayank Agarwal after India finish Day 2 on top

first_imgAfter scoring his maiden double ton in the Test format, India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal on Thursday said that he is extremely happy to contribute to the team and added that being part of a winning outfit is a privilege.His remarks came after the close of play on day two of the first Test match between India and South Africa. India declared their innings at 502/7, owing to Agarwal’s knock of 215 runs and in response, South Africa ended the day at 39/3.”I am extremely happy that I was able to contribute to the team. Being part of a side that is winning matches and tournaments is a privilege and I am happy to be part of the squad. Having crossed the milestone of 100, eased my nerves and being out there for a long time in the middle gave me confidence,” Agarwal told reporters.”I was determined to put away the loose balls. You cannot think about what will happen if you don’t score runs, you just have to be clear in your thought process. As an opening batsman, you have to set the tone for your team,” he added.Agarwal also gave insights on how he used to prepare when he was not a part of the Indian squad.”You have to make little adjustments when you play in different conditions. For me, long-distance running has helped me. When I was training, I made sure that I bat five-to-six hours. Preparing for long hours has helped me in improving my game,” Agarwal said.advertisementIndia scalped three Proteas’ wickets easily as Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets while Ravindra Jadeja got one.The 28-year-old Agarwal said that there is no room for complacency and India will not ease the pressure on South Africa.”Definitely we are very happy with the way we have played in the first two days. But there is no room for complacency since we have the upper hand, we will keep the pressure going and we will be relentless,” Agarwal said.Agarwal had a mammoth opening stand with Rohit Sharma as the duo put on 317 runs for the first wicket. He lauded Sharma for the composure he showed in his first innings as a Test opener.”It was good that we were able to manipulate the field. We just tried to find more ways of scoring the maximum runs. For him, to get such a big score is tremendous. We all really enjoyed the way he played and paced his innings. It was great playing alongside him. Getting a 300-run partnership feels great,” Agarwal said.South Africa will resume day three of the first Test at 39/3, still trailing India by 463 runs.Also Read | India vs South Africa: Ashwin, Jadeja rock South Africa after Mayank Agarwal 215Also Read | It’s a feeling I can’t describe: Mayank Agarwal on his double hundredlast_img read more