JD(U) to oppose triple talaq bill

first_imgIn a setback to the government’s efforts to pass the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Janata Dal(U), a National Democratic Alliance partner, on Saturday said it would oppose the draft legislation in the Upper House.Party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi slammed the Bill, which criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men with a jail term of up to three years, and said it was of an “imposing nature” and would “definitely create a lack of trust in society”.“We believe that ours is a nation based on a delicate balance in respect of laws and governing principles for different religious and ethnic groups. We must not impose any view without obtaining substantive consultations,” Mr. Tyagi said.The JD(U) does believe in reforms, but these should be brought after in-depth consultations with various religious and ethnic groups, he said.The Bill may be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, sources said. The Lok Sabha passed it on July 25 and if the Rajya Sabha passes it, it will become law, replacing an ordinance which had enacted a similar provision through an executive decree.The JD(U), led by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, did not vote in the Bill’s support in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout. It made little difference though, as the BJP enjoys a strong majority in the House on its ownThe party may adopt a similar tactic in the Rajya Sabha.The numbers are much trickier for the saffron alliance as it is still far short of a majority and depends on parties like the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress — which are not aligned to either the BJP-led NDA or the Opposition.The JD(U), which is otherwise an NDA constituent, has six members in the Rajya Sabha, whose current strength is 240, according to details on its website.The government had recently got the better of the Opposition, which includes the Congress, the TMC and the Left among others, in the Rajya Sabha when it got the RTI Bill passed with the support of the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress.However, the three may not take a similar stand on the contentious Triple Talaq Bill, which faces strong opposition by a number of Muslim groups.last_img read more

Cricket: PCB trolled on social media following a spelling mistake in their tweet

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)The hype last Wednesday reached unexpected levels as fans were eagerly waiting to witness the arch rivals, India and Pakistan go head to head after they last met in the Champions Trophy final last year.But the game failed to live up to the expectations as Pakistan who were put in to bat first bundled out for a cheap score of 162. India then wasted no time and chased down the target in ease to close this rather one sided affair.Last year though it was a completely different story with the bat and ball as Pakistan thumped India to lift their maiden Champions Trophy after Fakhar Zaman shined with the bat and Mohammad Amir produced a gem of a spell to bamboozle the Indian top order.Recalling that joyful occasion, the twitter handle of the PCB posted the highlights of the game ahead of their Asia Cup encounter in a bid to increase their fan’s intensity. But to their surprise, the video left them in a tussle after the caption contained a spelling mistake.There was a spelling mistake in it which read, “Here are the highlights of what ‘hepoened’ when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?#HarSaansMeinBolo“Here are the highlights of what hepoened when last time #INDvPAK ODI was played. Can Green Shirts redo today what they did at the Oval last year?#HarSaansMeinBolo https://t.co/VINLNzwIqK— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 19, 2018After Pakistan’s horror show later on that day, the Indian fans wasted no time to prance on the post and troll the twitter handle following the error.This “hapoens” to be Pakistan Cricket Team’s official Twitter account. 😂😬😂 #INDvPAK #INDvsPAK #PAKvINDhttps://t.co/ayvDSZfajb— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 19, 2018 Hepoened? What is that?Atleast for an official handle hire a literate person!Build more schools for education rather schools for making boom boom 💣💣🔥🔥— Dr. Vedika (@vishkanyaaaa) September 19, 2018 Here’s the highlights of what “hepoened” today . #HarSaansMeinBolo BAAP BAAP HOTA HAI pic.twitter.com/DLt7e8ZivU— Rushikesh Sabale (@Rushi1617) September 19, 2018 Inshah Allah it may not ‘hepoen’ 😂😂😂— AGNEY FERNANDES (@AGNEY65102108) September 19, 2018 Advertisement They didn’t intentionally make a mistake. It just “hepoened” Aur fir Kashmir bhi chahiye inko 😂😂😂Inshallah, may the boys play well#INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018— Manav Joshi (@TheManavJoshi) September 19, 2018 Trophy can’t buy English 😂😂 #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 And it’s not gonna be “hapoened” tonight 🤣🤣— Banit gogia (@Banit515) September 19, 2018Also Read:Cricket: Take a bow Shahbaz Nadeem; 8 wickets for 10 runs!last_img read more

Wanted to open with Virender Sehwag someday, says India U-19 star Rishabh Pant

first_imgAfter losing the U-19 World Cup to West Indies Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishab Pant says their coach, cricketing legend Rahul Dravid told them to take the game as a lesson and learn from it.On February 14, the famed Indian batting line-up which had delivered all through the event, folded like a pack of cards in the final. India were skittled out for 145. West Indies then overhauled the target with five wickets and three deliveries to spare. “After the match, Rahul sir told us aIt is a lesson. You guys have to learn from it. But I am proud of what you all have achieved,” Pant told IANS in an interview over phone. (Rahul Dravid likely to mentor Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2016)”He also told me ‘You are my champion’. It does not matter to me if we win or lose, for me it is playing till the end.”When the left-handed opener was asked what went wrong on the Sunday morning at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Pant said: “It was just a bad day for us. Everything we did went wrong. Till then we had been playing good cricket. But on that day we lost quick wickets upfront. They (West Indies) were also bowling in very good areas, so it was difficult to score runs.”The 18-year-old just contributed a run to the score before being stumped. But Pant said he was not trying to be over aggressive and just playing his normal game.”No, I wasn’t trying to be over aggressive, was just trying to play normal cricket. I was trying to play on the merit of the ball,” he said.advertisementThe Delhi willower had blasted his way to the fastest fifty in the tournament with a 24-ball 78 against Nepal in the group stages and then scored a nelson against Namibia in the quarters. He also had another 57-run knock to his credit against New Zealand but Pant cannot just get over from the “disappointment” of the final.”It hurts. We are too much disappointed. Everybody is disappointed, even Rahul sir,” he said.India were able to take five wickets with West Indies at 77. Asked if the team thought they were in with a chance then, the Delhi lad said: “Yes, from the very beginning of their innings we believed we could win. More so when we reduced them to 77/5. We were diving, stopping shots, we tried our level best but it just wasn’t enough.”Besides Pant, Sarfaraz Khan sizzled with the bat for India in the tourney. He hit five half-centuries in the six matches he played in.”He is a very good player, a useful cricketer. He batted very well throughout. A player like him boosts any team,” Pant said.Pant’s ‘no-hanging-around in the middle’ ploy has led to people comparing him with Virender Sehwag.Asked about this, the youngster said he enjoys the comparison but has a long way to go before he can even get close to what the former Indian opener has achieved.”I have always liked Viru bhaiya’s batting. I wanted to open with him someday but now he is playing for Haryana so that won’t happen. I can’t compare myself with him, he is a legend. But I have heard people do it and I like it when somebody tells me I play fearless cricket like he used to,” Pant said.Pant also said his next target would be to break into the senior side and stay put there.”Yes, target would be to play for India (senior team). But I have to keep on performing well to get there. I have the opportunity now to show my skills in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and domestic cricket, but the rest will depend on the selectors, the coaches. But if I get there, I would want to there,” he said.Pant was looking forward to playing in the IPL where he would represent the Delhi Daredevils.”It is a good platform for us youngsters. Also there is money in it. So I am looking forward to it. Hope I can live up to expectations. I am pushing myself hard everyday at training so that I am ready for it,a he concluded.Pant also wished luck to the Indian team for the Asia Cup and the World T20.last_img read more

Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup win is my favourite cricketing moment: Reham Khan

first_imgLegendary all-rounder Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan, who was in New Delhi on Friday, said Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup triumph was her favourite cricketing moment. (Golden chance for Pakistan to humiliate India ) “Winning the 1992 World Cup was a special moment for me and of course for every Pakistani. It was a wonderful feeling,” the former BBC presenter, a human rights activist said on Friday in an exclusive interview to indiatoday.in.Imran came up with an all-round show in the final against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and led his team to their first ever World Cup triumph.Reham also said she loved watching cricket during the days of Kapil Dev and Javed Miandad. “I was a huge fan of Javed Miandad. I still remember his ‘chokas’. Kapil Dev was also a fantastic cricketer,” Reham said.Reham, who had been an active journalist, said she watched a lot of cricket with her father despite travelling around the globe continuously.”My father and I used to wake up at unearthly hours to watch matches as we travelled to different countries, different continents.”We watched a lot of cricket when Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq were playing,” she said.However, things have now changed for Reham. She has stopped following cricket after her divorce with cricketer turned politician Imran.”After last year, cricket has completely been wiped off my agenda,” she said. (History with India, but Pakistan are favourites )Imran tied the knot with Reham in a low-key ceremony in January last year. Their marriage lasted only for ten months as the couple decided to part ways and filed for divorce in November last year.advertisementNevertheless, Reham can’t keep herself away from the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 fervour that has currently taken the two countries by storm. India, after losing their first game against New Zealand, take on a confident Pakistan at the Eden Gardens today.Reham is rooting for Pakistan and their captain Shahid Afridi. She feels Pakistan’s love affair with Eden will continue in today’s clash against India.”Shahid Afridi likes T20, it’s his mode. He has been under pressure. He is being criticised for his age. Men don’t like it when they are criticised for their age. Afridi is all revved up for today’s game. He is waiting to prove his critics wrong.”Pakistan love playing at the Eden Gardens. We’ve got a good mix of experience and youth. I am rooting for our first win against India in World Cups,” she said.”We have wiped a lot of tears when it comes to Pakistan-India matches. This time, I would like to smile,” she added.Reham said she was aware of all the on-field rivalry between fans of the two teams and said she didn’t associate any negativity with it.  “The bouncers start rolling on social media a long time before it actually starts on the pitch. Sport is a great medium for connecting people, a lot of high-profile figures have come to watch the match. Also, a lot of people have travelled across the border.  “Even people who don’t watch cricket, watch India-Pakistan clash. It’s good for cricket,” she said.Reham wants professional cricket to return to Pakistan. She says the people in Pakistan are deprived of cricketing action and they are tired of watching cricket on television sets. (India face uphill task against confident Pakistan )”We would like to see professional cricket return to Pakistan. It’s a shame because a lot of cricket happens around the globe but the Pakistani fans are deprived of it. We want to go back to the early eighties and the late seventies where we could watch cricket at the stadiums. We don’t want be watching it on television anymore,” she said.She also said that India should travel to Pakistan in future.”India playing in Pakistan is one of the best things that could happen for the Pakistan government and its cricket board. Pakistan players will be well looked after in India. Afridi has also said people love our players more than in Pakistan. It’s the same case with Indians in Pakistan.”What fun would be Indian cricket without Pakistan?” Reham queried.last_img read more

India,Indonesia resolve to deepen cooperation to combat terror

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) India and the worlds most populous Muslim nation Indonesia today decided to expand their defence and maritime security ties and resolved to effectively deal with terrorism, calling for “zero tolerance” towards it.The two countries, among the very few fast growing large economies globally, also decided to boost bilateral trade and investment in areas of oil and gas, renewable energy, IT and pharmaceuticals, during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.The issue of South China Sea figured prominently in the talks and in a veiled message to Beijing, both sides asserted that the dispute must be resolved through peaceful means and without resorting to threat or use of force.Two MoUs, one on providing for cooperation in youth affairs and sports and another on standardisation were signed. A joint communique on combating illegal and unregulated fishing was also firmed up.In his media statement, Modi said the talks focused on the full range of bilateral cooperation and that both countries agreed to prioritise defence and security cooperation, besides ramping up efforts to ensure safety and security of the sea lanes.”As the worlds most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia stands for democracy, diversity, pluralism, and social harmony. These are also our values. Our nations and societies have nurtured strong bonds of commerce and culture throughout our history,” Modi, flanked by Widodo, said.Asked whether India raised the issue of Indian national Gurdeep Singh, facing death sentence in Indonesia on drug charges, officials did not give a direct reply but said the matter is under judicial process in that country.advertisementA joint statement said the two leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations in the strongest terms, holding that there must be “zero tolerance” for acts of terror and that all states must deal with trans-national terrorism emanating from their territory by effective criminal justice response.”Both leaders discussed the threat from global terrorism and other transnational crimes and resolved to significantly enhance bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism, terrorist financing, money laundering, arms smuggling, trafficking in human beings and cyber crime,” it said.Modi and Widodo called upon all countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 (banning militant groups and their leaders) and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities, seen as an apparent reference to China blocking Indias move to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN.The two leaders also asked all nations to work towards eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terror networks and their financing channels and stopping cross-border terrorism,seen as a message to Pakistan.Emphasising on the need to improve connectivity and encourage people-to-people contact, the two leaders also welcomed Indonesian airline Garuda commencing direct flights from Jakarta to Mumbai. MORE PTI MPB ZMNlast_img read more

Infographic: What Should You Do with $1,000?

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

What the Dukan Diet Is and Why the Duchess of Cambridge Follows It

first_imgThe French neurologist and nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan developed a nutrition system which, according to experts, is one of the most effective diets, at least, in terms of the speed and the guarantee of the results. This diet has been proven to have helped the Duchess of Cambridge before her wedding and Jennifer Lopez after she had a baby.Bright Side decided to find out what’s so good about this diet and why it’s considered one of the best diets for health and losing weight.What the Dukan diet is The Dukan diet is a nutrition system and its goal is to make sure that you lose weight quickly and ensure the results into the future. The diet is based on 100 allowed foods, 72 of which are protein foods (meat, eggs, dairy products), and 28 are additional (spices, seasonings, and vegetables).In order to lose weight quickly and evenly without any stretch marks or cellulite, the diet has rules and is split into 4 stages: 2 stages to lose weight and 2 stages to not gain it back.Also, it’s important to follow the general principles.General principles Drink at least 2 liters a day (tea, coffee, chicory are allowed).Don’t add mayonnaise in your food.Lower the amount of salt (but use more sauces and spices).Eat oat bran every day.Don’t forget about physical activity (walking and exercising).Except for the general rules, the diet includes 4 stages, and every one of them has its own goal. The point of this stage. During this stage, the current weight stabilizes and the person returns to a more diverse diet. So, you can include tasty foods: bread, fruit, cheese, candy.Duration. The duration is calculated exactly as in stage 2: 2 pounds during the attack stage = 10 days of rotation. How to plan your diet This is the last stage. It’s based on 4 simple rules which you should follow for you entire life in order not to gain back the lost pounds:3 tbsp. of oat bran every day.At least 1.5 liters of water a day.Walk more.1 day a week eat only protein.These four rules will help you keep your weight stable, and you can eat anything you want during the other 6 days. № 3. Securing stage: avoiding gaining weight again Here is the full list of 72 protein products. It includes almost all kinds of meat, fish, seafood, and all 0% fat dairy products.These products should be eaten during the first stage. You should also east 1.5 tbsp. of oat bran and drink 1.5 liters of water every day.№ 2. Rotation stage: achievement Here is a list of 28 allowed vegetables. You can eat as many vegetables as you want and you can cook them any way you prefer. Also, you should eat 2 tbsp. of oat bran and drink 1.5 liters of water.Also allowed: cheese (less than 6% fat), cacao (1 tsp.), ketchup, spices, bread (2 slices), and wine (50 gm.). № 1. Attack stage: immediate results For your diet, you can choose which foods you like but make sure you follow the list of allowed proteins and vegetables at each stage.Also, thanks to the huge variety of allowed foods for every stage, you can easily find a crazy number of different recipes for those who like cooking and for those who don’t want to eat the same food every day. The point of the attack stage is that you should eat protein foods which stimulate the body to use its own reserves: the body will burn fats very quickly and the protein will help you keep the muscle and bone tissue intact.At this stage, many people feel a little unwell: this is a signal that the body is using the fat reserve. That’s why the attack period is very limited.Duration: depending on the amount of weight you want to lose, you can choose the duration of the first stage:less than 45 pounds of extra weight — 3 to 5 days;from 45 to 60 extra pounds — 5 to 7 days;more than 60 pounds — 5 to 10 days. Conclusion № 4. Maintaining stage: for life The rules of stage 3:During a week, 1 day a week, you should eat only protein.Every day add 2.5 tbsp. of oat bran to the food.Drink at least 1.5 liter of water.It’s best to eat fruit every day (except for grapes, bananas, and cherries).Twice a week you can eat potatoes, corn, peas, beans, pasta, and other starch-containing foods.Twice a week you can eat anything you want. But this should be instead of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The point of this stage. At this time, 28 vegetables are added to the 72 protein products (cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers and so on). The point of this stage is to not let the pounds you lost during the previous stage return.Duration. Its duration depends on how much weight you lost during the first stage. 2 pounds during the attack stage = 10 days of rotation. For example, if you lost 6.5 pounds during the first stage, then the rotation stage should be 30 days.Rotation options:1 day of protein, and then 1 day of vegetables + protein.3 days of protein, and then 3 days of vegetables + protein.5 days of protein, and then 5 days of vegetables + protein. The Dukan diet is a great way to not just lose extra weight quickly, but also ensure the result for life. It’s also convenient that the diet has few limitations in terms of food and time. You can even drink alcohol, so you won’t be left out at a party with friends.However, despite how effective the diet is (you can lose from 6 to 12 pounds a week), it’s not good for everyone, especially if a person has a chronic illness. Besides, the first stage of the diet is pretty hard on the body, so we recommend that you consult your doctor before you start it. Do you know anything about other diets? Share what you know in the comment section below!Sourcelast_img read more

Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions than Entire US Economy

first_imgAccording to estimates released this week by Guido van der Werf on the Global Fire Emissions Database, there have been nearly 100,000 active fire detections in Indonesia so far in 2015, which since September have generated emissions each day exceeding the average daily emissions from all U.S. economic activity. Following several recent intense outbreaks of fires—in June 2013, March 2014 and November 2014—the country is now on track to experience more fires this year than it did during the 2006 fire season, one of its worst on record.On 26 of the past 44 days (indicated in gold), daily estimated GHG emissions from fires in Indonesia surpassed average daily emissions from the entire US economy (approximately 15.95 Mt CO2 per day). A massive spike in emissions can be seen on October 14, when 4,719 fires were observed. On October 14, which had the highest number of fires to date this year with 4,719, MODIS Terra imagery reveals smoke plumes from massive peat fires on Kalimantan. How did we compare emissions from Indonesia’s fires to US emissions?Van der Werf’s research team developed rough estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions arising from recent Indonesia fires using estimates from past years based on satellite data and fire emissions models. They calculated that the 96,937 fires in Indonesia detected to date this year emitted roughly 1,043 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (Mt CO2eq) cumulatively. Based on the modeled relationship of fire counts to emissions, it is possible to estimate daily emissions based on the number of fires occurring on a specific day.Using this information, it becomes apparent that on 26 of the past 44 days (up to October 14), daily estimated greenhouse gas emissions from fires in Indonesia surpassed average daily emissions from the entire US economy (approximately 15.95 Mt CO2 per day). Fire emission estimates based on the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED4s, >www.globalfiredata.org<) updated for 2015 using NASA MODIS active fire data (Figure courtesy Guido van der Werf). Emissions Spikes Caused by Burning PeatlandsGlobal Forest Watch Fires shows that more than half of these fires have occurred on peatland areas, concentrated mainly in South Sumatra, South and Central Kalimantan, and Papua. These regions continue to suffer major fires as the fire alerts density map below shows, with few signs that occurrences are diminishing.center_img The burning of tropical peatlands is so significant for greenhouse gas emissions because these areas store some of the highest quantities of carbon on Earth, accumulated over thousands of years. Draining and burning these lands for agricultural expansion (such as conversion to oil palm or pulpwood plantations) leads to huge spikes in greenhouse gas emissions. Fires also emit methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2), but peat fires may emit up to 10 times more methane than fires occurring on other types of land. Taken together, the impact of peat fires on global warming may be more than 200 times greater than fires on other lands.Putting the Data in PerspectiveWhat does a climate catastrophe look like in a real world context? Since September, daily emissions from Indonesia’s fires exceeded daily emissions from the entire U.S. economy on 26 days. To put it into perspective, the U.S. economy is 20 times larger than Indonesia’s. Van der Werf pointed out in a recent report that emissions from these fires over a three-week period are also already higher than the total annual CO2 emissions of Germany. Global Forest Watch Fires heatmap shows areas with highest concentrations of fires. For Indonesia, the Climate Challenge Is a Land Management ChallengeReducing emissions from fires is a significant challenge. Last month, Indonesia released a draft of its new climate plan, or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), ahead of the climate negotiations taking place at the Paris COP in December. The draft INDC calls for at least a 29 percent emissions reduction below business as usual by 2030— and up to 41 percent in reduction with international assistance and cooperation. While the new data shows how fires present a major challenge to reaching this goal, Indonesia can still make progress if the government focuses on better land planning, improved law enforcement, and alternatives for small farmers to burning land. If Indonesia is to meet its climate commitment, making significant investments in these areas to prevent future fires must be the first step.Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post omitted the word “million” from a figure for the overall emissions of Indonesia’s fires this year. The number has been updated to read “1,043 million metric tons”.last_img read more

3 Ways Obama Could Help Fight Indonesia’s Massive Fires

first_imgThis post originally appeared on Grist.org.As President Obama and Indonesian President Joko Widodo meet today, climate change will be high on their agenda. A related, unexpected issue should also be on their radar: massive forest and land fires that have turned into a national, regional, and now global crisis for the new Indonesian administration.The fires in Indonesia are truly out of control, having spiked in recent weeks to their highest levels in years. More than 300,000 Indonesians have sought medical help for respiratory illnesses linked to the choking haze. Pollution levels are up to five times above what the World Health Organization considers to be hazardous levels. Schools and airports have been closed. The Indonesian government has already spent about $200 million to fight the fires and has recently accepted help from Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Yet this year’s fires will likely keep burning for at least another month. The total economic costs may exceed $14 billion.Further, the fires, which are largely burning on high-carbon peatland, have caused a spike in greenhouse gas emissions. New analysis finds several days recently where Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions from fires surpassed the daily level of emissions of the entire U.S. economy.These fires in Indonesia do not occur naturally. They are largely the result of a history of destructive land management, poor law enforcement, inadequate preparation, and sheer bad luck with an extended dry season caused by the El Niño now upsetting weather patterns globally.When the presidents meet, they should work together to respond to this crisis and reduce the risks of future fires. The U.S. can support better land management in Indonesia in three keys ways:Encourage responsible market forces and financial incentives: The United States can join global efforts to encourage more sustainable production of commodities like timber, pulp and paper, and palm oil. Forthcoming analysis from the World Resources Institute shows that company concessions certified as “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil have a markedly lower number of fires. Strong certification standards also exist for other products, including wood and paper. Consumers in the United States, including the government, buy vast quantities of paper, packaging and products containing palm oil — which is found in everything from shampoo to candy bars — and could give preference to manufacturers that source certified materials. This would send a signal to producers in Indonesia who manage vast areas of land. An even bolder move could be for the United States to join Norway in contributing “pay for performance” incentives if Indonesia achieves key milestones in better managing its forests and reducing emissions.Provide technical and scientific support: The U.S. government could expand technical support to Indonesia, like current projects by the U.S. Agency for International Development, on land use management and emissions reductions. Land conflict is often an underlying condition of fires in Indonesia. More resources are needed for Indonesia’s “One Map” initiative to resolve land conflicts by creating a single consistent and harmonized map of land use and ownership for all government agencies to work from. In addition, Indonesia needs support to better monitor its emissions from peat soil decomposition and burning. One idea would be to create competition for funding among U.S. and Indonesian universities to find creative solutions to these knotty technical challenges.Advance innovative technology: More U.S. support in technology should be marshalled. Leading technology companies, including Google, Esri, and satellite-operator Digital Globe, are already assisting with the fire-fighting effort by providing technology and expertise to Global Forest Watch, a platform coordinated by WRI that provides real-time maps and updates on the fires. An electronic permitting system in Indonesia would be extremely useful to streamline the murky world of licenses and maps for palm oil, pulpwood and logging concessions, which cover more than half of Indonesia’s forest land. Government, business and civil society should work together to develop procedures and systems for transparent, corruption-free land-use licensing.The timing of this visit between Obama and Widodo is fortuitous. Obama, of course, is very familiar with Indonesia, having spent some of his childhood years in the country. Now he has a chance to strengthen America’s ties with Indonesia, which is the second-largest democracy in Asia and has the fourth-largest population in the world. Together, these two leaders can deepen a partnership that will help improve the health of Indonesians, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance sustainable commodity production, and lead to a healthier world for us all.last_img read more

The Need for (Safe) Speed: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities

first_img2. Safer speed limits don’t necessarily make trips longer.Many people fear that slowing the speed limit in urban areas will dramatically increase journey time. However, average road speeds in cities are more determined by the frequency of intersections than speed limits.A safer speed limit can achieve more uniform speeds and reduce dangerous midblock acceleration, while adding little to overall journey times. Research from Grenoble, France has shown that a speed limit of 30 kmph (18.64 mph) rather than 50 kmph (31 mph) only added 18 seconds of travel time between intersections 1 km (.62 miles) apart. Lower speed limits may even reduce congestion in some cases, as they reduce the likelihood of bottlenecks. This has been observed in Sao Paulo, where lowering the speed limit on major arterials reduced congestion by 10 percent during the first month of implementation, while fatalities also dropped significantly. At lower speeds, even if a crash does occur, the consequences will be less severe, especially if it involves a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist. A pedestrian has a 90 percent chance of survival if hit by a vehicle moving at 30 kmph (18.64 mph). This decreases to 70 percent at 40 kmph (24.85 mph) and less than 20 percent at 50kmph (31 mph). This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and cycling. There is a growing body of evidence on the impacts and wider benefits of such efforts, which we’ll explore in blog posts this week. Traffic crashes kill 1.25 million people every year and cause permanent disability to millions more. No matter the location, speed is frequently a factor.Deaths and serious injuries are the painful and highly visible result of a lack of road safety, but we have lost more to high car speeds than we realize. What about fear of children playing on sidewalks, walking to school, or learning to ride a bike? What about people who struggle to pay high transport costs, but don’t feel safe commuting by bike?Speeding cars can limit physical activity, use of public space and quality of life, and the impacts are felt most by the least advantaged . Lower-income residents often live in close proximity to roads with dangerously fast-moving traffic. They are also more dependent on walking, biking or public transport, which are most exposed to the danger of speeding cars. These negative impacts are even more dramatic in developing countries, where a rapid increase in car and motorcycle ownership is taking place on roads with little speed regulation.Unfortunately, this can literally be a matter of life and death. But establishing safer speeds in cities can not only save lives, it can also generate many other benefits in the process:1. Lower speeds save lives.Every 1.6 kilometer-per-hour (1 mph) reduction in vehicle speeds on urban streets results in a 6 percent decrease in traffic fatalities. Lower speed limits reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries for a combination of reasons. For one, driving at very high speeds can result in tunnel vision and decreased depth perception for the driver. At lower speeds, drivers have a wider field of vision and are more likely to notice other road-users. 3. Designing for safer speeds fosters healthier communities.Lower car speeds create a more comfortable environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Street design that encourages safer speeds—such as narrower lanes and wider sidewalks, raised crosswalks and curb extensions—also provide more space for pedestrians and make it easier to cross the road. Details on these and other measures can be found in WRI’s Cities Safer by Design report.With speed-slowing infrastructure, cities may see positive trends in residents opting to walk or bike instead of driving. London is currently employing these measures to encourage more walking trips, and anticipates it will reap health and economic benefits. One study found that the United States could save $5.6 billion in health care costs if one in 10 adults started walking regularly. Residents opting to take fewer trips by car also means fewer harmful emissions and a reduced overall risk of traffic collisions.4. Slower speeds are good for the economy.Studies have found that streets that are more inviting for walkers and cyclists are more vibrant and economically successful than streets with high volumes of fast-moving traffic. Benefits include increased real estate value and higher spending on retail and services, boosting the local economy. For example, when street designs with narrower lanes slowed traffic in the Mission District of San Francisco, nearly 60 percent of retailers reported increased spending by local people, and nearly 40 percent reported an overall increase in sales. Meanwhile, London’s Kensington Street saw a 13 percent increase in the price of apartments when safety and design improvements were made to the streetscape, and estimates that better shopping access for pedestrians will generate millions of pounds in increased retail spending.The research is now abundantly clear: Getting drivers to slow down can improve the quality of life for all city dwellers. Driving at lower speeds also enables drivers to stop within a shorter distance. The stopping distance of a vehicle is a combination of the distance travelled during the driver’s reaction time and the distance it takes for the car to stop after the brakes are applied. At higher speeds, a car travels further during this reaction time and the stopping distance is greater. This affects the rate of momentum at the point of a crash, and therefore the possibility of survival.last_img read more

5 Types of Posts to Create a Balanced Blog

first_img Originally published Jun 15, 2010 12:00:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 Content Types Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving blog. Cooking and blogging — they have more in common than you might think. When you make dinner, you take a variety of ingredients and mix them together to create a balanced meal. You should look at blogging in the same way. Create a mix of posts using text, video and more. Here are five types of blog posts you should be writing:   1. Raisin Bran – Basic, Ever yday Posts . These posts are the foundation of your blog. They should be educational and you should get good at producing them quickly. Be sure to use keywords in the title and throughout the body of each post. 2. Spinach – Healthy, Thoughtful Posts. This type of post is designed to establish you as a thought leader. Unlike your basic, everyday posts, these posts will be more in-depth and may take extra time to write. You don’t need to write as many of these. 3. Roasts – Big Blog Projects. These are blog posts that involve extra research or analysis and take more time to create. This type of blog post can generate a lot of inbound links to your blog and discussion. Choose your topics wisely and this type of post will set your blog apart from the competition. 4. Chocolate Cake – Sweet Stuff. Mix some fun into your blog. Typically this type of blog post will grab the reader’s attention and can lead to lots of links and traffic. Video, images and cartoons are great examples of fun posts that help diversify your blog content. 5. Tabasco – Posts That Start Fires. Make a bold statement about your industry. Just be prepared to defend yourself; this type of blog content can be polarizing. Expect to gain a lof of links and comments (good and bad). Be careful not to write too many of these, as you could lose your audience’s trust. What other types of blog content do you create on your blog? This article was written by Shaun Pinney, a member of our consultant team at HubSpot. Check out Shaun’s Bio .Photo Credit: TiffanyWashko Webinar: Advanced Business Blogginglast_img read more

11 Reasons Your LinkedIn Company Page Sucks

first_img LinkedIn Company Pages 4. You Have No Products/Services Tab: If you’re a business that offers products/services (and what business doesn’t?), there’s no reason you shouldn’t feature them in your ‘Products’ tab. You can even get creative with this by featuring things other than just your products/services like webinar and ebook offers, as the HubSpot Company Page has done. There’s nothing wrong with thinking outside the box, and doing so can help you generate valuable leads from your LinkedIn company presence!  5. You’re Not Creating Targeted Product Tabs: Did you know that you can create targeted content within your Products tab that targets different audiences and features different products? Smart LinkedIn Company Pages are leveraging this feature to personalize messaging on their Products tab, and you should, too. Just click “Create New Audience” while in edit mode on your Products tab, and follow the wizard to specify and define your audience in terms of things like company size, job function, industry, seniority, and geography. 6. It Features No Recommendations: Displaying testimonials is a great way to show third-party validation and, as a result, credibility for your products/services. On LinkedIn, testimonials translate to ‘Recommendations.’ On your Products tab, page visitors have the opportunity to recommend individual products and services, and a tab rich with recommendations is definitely a good thing. Consider using LinkedIn’s “Request recommendations” option to ask friends, fans, and customers of your company to leave a recommendation of your products/services if they’ve had a positive experience with your brand. 7. You’re Not Leveraging Opportunities for Creativity: While a LinkedIn Company Page may not be as customizable as, say, a Facebook Page , there are a few things you can do to make your page more engaging for your followers. Leverage the opportunity to highlight specific promotions, incorporate videos (it’s as simple as adding a link to a YouTube video), and leverage an interactive ‘product and service spotlight’ such as the one from PepsiCo pictured below. To do so, add 3 banner images/links in step 3 while you’re editing your Products tab. 8. You Haven’t Enabled the Blog RSS Feed: Feature your business’ blog content automatically by adding your business blog’s RSS feed to your company page. This will pull in new posts and feature them on the overview tab of your LinkedIn Company Page. To enable this feature, simply go into edit mode of your page’s ‘Overview’ tab, scroll down, and enter the URL for your blog’s RSS feed. It will display a feed that looks like the following, as seen on Chevron’s LinkedIn Company Page . 9. You Haven’t Enabled the News Module: Easily showcase news mentions of your company from the web on your Company Page. While still in edit mode of your page’s Overview tab, check the bubble, “Share news about my company” under ‘News Module’ at the very bottom of the page. 10. Your Careers Tab is Worthless: One of most valuable uses of LinkedIn is for job search and recruiting. Leverage your ‘Careers’ tab to promote job opportunities at your company and direct them to your website to apply. 11. You’re Ignoring Your Analytics: Make use of your LinkedIn Company Page’s built-in analytics tools to measure and improve the effectiveness and performance of your page. LinkedIn’s analytics tools, visible to page administrators as the fourth tab on your page, allow you to track page views and unique visitors on your overall page as well as each individual tab (although keep in mind it doesn’t currently provide analytics on how individually targeted product tab content performs; it only offers analytics on that tab as a whole). LinkedIn also measures how many clicks your products or services have received as well as the number of members following your company. Additionally, LinkedIn provides percentages for member visits. This tool can be helpful in understanding who your LinkedIn target audience consists of, because the data is split into member visits by industry (marketing, finance, etc.), function (sales, research, etc.), and company (HubSpot, LinkedIn, etc.).Don’t limit the measurement of your page just to LinkedIn’s internal metrics. Be sure to also use your own marketing analytics tool to measure traffic, leads, and customers generated from your LinkedIn presence to understand your overall effectiveness there. How does your LinkedIn Company Page stack up? Where could you make improvements? Follow HubSpot’s own LinkedIn Company Page for inspiration! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Originally published Nov 18, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Up until recently, the value of a LinkedIn Company Page was minimal. But ever since LinkedIn enabled company updates for pages , they’ve become monumentally more valuable for marketers. Upon investigation of various LinkedIn Company Pages, though, it turns out that very few companies are actually leveraging this awesome new feature.To be honest, it’s very difficult to find many examples of companies using LinkedIn Company Pages to their fullest potential . This a huge missed opportunity for businesses, especially given that because many businesses aren’t leveraging features likes company updates, the clutter on LinkedIn is significantly less dense than on other social networks like Facebook or Twitter. This means that a business that takes advantage of company updates and other page features can leverage a great opportunity to stand out from its competitors. Below, we’ve identified 11 reasons why your LinkedIn Company Page is probably failling so you can get to work on building a much better and more effective LinkedIn company presence . 11 Reasons Your LinkedIn Company Page Sucks 1. It Has No Followers: As with any social media presence , building up a solid base of followers is key. Before company updates became a LinkedIn feature, followers were practically useless. Now, without followers, your company updates will be useless. Spend some time generating new followers for your LinkedIn Company Page by promoting your presence there: add follow buttons to your website and blog, write a blog post about your presence, and tell followers on your other social networks to follow you on LinkedIn, too. 2. It’s Completely Bare: Good luck attracting new LinkedIn company followers with a blank, boring page. At the very least, your page should include basic information about your company. Be sure to edit your page overview, complete your profile, and fine-tune your company description. 3. You’re Not Using Company Updates to Share Content: As we mentioned earlier, it’s astounding how many company pages aren’t leveraging company updates yet, considering it’s arguably the most critical marketing component of a company page. Enable company updates for your page and start sharing useful information and content; interesting discussion topics; and any other company updates you want to share with your followers. Maintaining a regularly updated and engaging page is the best way to organically attract new followers for your page.last_img read more

The Nonprofit Marketer’s Guide to the Millennial Persona

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If your organization is engaging Millennials through content that’s based on their likes and dislikes, age, gender, jobs, brands they follow, stores they shop at, and ways they learn about and give to an organization, both online and offline, then you can stop reading and go get a cup of coffee.If you haven’t come up with a donor persona for Millennials and aren’t practicing inbound marketing to engage these tech-savvy Generation Y members, though, then keep reading. The reason? Because these young adults have shown a strong willingness in recent years to back causes they believe in — meaning they’re a prime demographic that could help your organization achieve its goals.To give you a clear idea of what your donor persona for this generation of volunteers and supporters should look like, let’s look at an example persona detailing the background, likes, interests, and past nonprofit work of a Millennial I know pretty well: me.An Example of a Millennial PersonaBelow, you’ll find a comprehensive profile based on myself to give you an idea of who your organization can and should be targeting.Now, this is by no means an absolute definition of the ideal Millennial your organization should be marketing to. What this example can do, though, is give you a glimpse into what a Millennial profile looks like, which can then inform how you develop your marketing strategy to reach these younger folks.Based on answers I’ve provided to questions featured in a previous post on how to create a persona using in-person interviews, here is my persona profile:Persona Name: “Techy Taylor”BackgroundGraduate of Northeastern University; studied communications and businessFour-time online fundraiserCurrent nonprofit marketer at technology company in MassachusettsDemographicsFemaleAge: 25Income between: $40,000- $75,000Location: UrbanIdentifiersEnthusiastic personalityTech-savvy (personally and professionally)On Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and InstagramGets news from New York Times and Huffington PostActive lifestyle (cyclist and rock climber)Shops online (preferred stores: Anthropologie, Zara, Gap, Amazon)Preferred Means to Interact With OrganizationsLikes to give online and/or fundraise; rarely gives via check or cashFollows several organizations on social media (mostly on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)Will look for organizational information on a charity’s website or through word-of-mouth from a friendWill participate/fundraise in endurance events (i.e. cycling, 5Ks)Previously Supported Organizationscharity: waterCrohn’s and Colitis FoundationKrempels CenterAmerican Lung AssociationFrom this profile, your organization can understand how I like to give or fundraise, where I find my information, what other organizations I’ve supported in the past, and what type of lifestyle I live. Most of this information you can easily find online, but you can also capture this data from current constituents between the ages of 18-32 in focus groups, phone interviews, or even through a simple online survey.How to Connect With MillennialsNow that you know what a rough example of a Millennial persona looks like, you must understand where they are looking for information, how they use social media (including which channels), and — most importantly — what connects them to a cause and why they care so much to take action and support it in order to create a comprehensive persona.Millennials, like myself, are looking for a few important things when supporting or engaging with an organization:They want to get their hands dirty.Hannah Ackerman, a Millennial HubSpotter and Co-Founder of the Stahili Foundation in Kenya, says, “I’ve found that Millennials are more willing than any other generation to be first in line to volunteer their time.” If volunteering is available through your organization, let these young philanthropists go out in the field and see where the impact is actually happening, whether domestic or abroad.They want to gain professional experience.Internships are a dime a dozen, but contributing to the success of an organization by using their current skills — from accounting, to marketing, to writing — can provide Millennials not only a great personal experience, but also an insightful professional one. Plus, this generation knows that philanthropic efforts on their resumes can help them secure jobs down the line, so remember that they’re just as career-oriented as older generations when putting your persona together.They want to be able to share information socially.Data has shown that 50% of Millennials share information about charities they support with their Facebook friends, according to a recent Blackbaud study. Your next prospective advocate/donor is very likely the social friend of a current constituent. So, make it easy for them to share images, videos, and results of the organization’s work via your website or social accounts.They want to be recognized for hard work.Anum Hussain, another Millennial HubSpotter and Director of Marketing at MIST, sums up how her organization tailored its marketing for members of Generation Y.”Millennials want to be recognized, and our marketing efforts [as an organization] need to capitalize on this to help drive activity. So, when formulating our Facebook strategy, we put a strong focus on photographing all our events so students can see high-quality photos of themselves participating and be able to show off the action shots of them on their on walls. Also, when launching promotional videos, we try to incorporate B-roll from our events so students can feel a sense of fame. And when revamping our website (still in progress), we put an emphasis on having a ‘Hall of Fame’ for student recognition.”However you decide to capture this information about your Millennial donor base, just know doing so will help you create an effective marketing strategy that can engage Millennials and turn them into donors, fundraisers, event registrants, members volunteers and organizational advocates.How does your organization engage Millennials? Originally published Feb 4, 2014 4:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Nonprofit Marketing Topics:last_img read more

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Are you trying to amass a large following on Twitter? Want to increase your engagement and have meaningful conversations? Or maybe even drive more traffic to your website?These are great goals to set for yourself, but there are some mistakes you might be making on Twitter that are likely hindering your efforts, and you’re not even aware of it.Making some of these mistakes might even lead to people UNFOLLOWING you. *Collective gasp of horror.*Here are eleven things you didn’t know you were doing wrong on Twitter — some of which may be why people are unfollowing you:Click here to access a free Twitter for Businesses kit.1) Tweeting Purely Self-Promotional ContentThere’s a lot of interesting content out there. Chances are, your followers are interested in more than just yours. And if all you do is tweet content about yourself, you’re going to bore your audience pretty quickly — especially if you tweet the same link over and over. It will be hard to grow a valuable following if you don’t share other unique content, retweet, and reply to others.2) Tweeting at People With Irrelevant LinksYou might think your latest blog post is the most brilliant article to be posted on the internet all month. Maybe it is. But it’s generally a bad idea to tweet at people using their @ handles with a link to your article. If there is a specific person you know would be interested in your content based on previous conversations you’ve had with them, that’s one thing. But to @ every person you follow in your industry and your city with a link will get you unfollowed faster than you can say “spam.”3) Retweeting Every Tweet That Mentions YouIf people are mentioning you and your content in their tweets, that’s great! You can thank them by replying to them or favoriting their tweets. But retweeting every tweet in which you’re mentioned makes you look like you’re trying to win a popularity contest. Just like blasting out self-promotional tweets, it will clutter your followers’ feeds with tweets about … you.4) Keeping Your Twitter Lists HiddenMost of the people I keep track of on Twitter are not people I follow — they’re people I’ve organized into various lists. In fact, sometimes when people follow me, I add them to a list instead of following them back, since I pay attention to lists more than my main Twitter stream. When you create a list on Twitter, you can choose to create a public or private list.Public list: Anyone you add to the list will receive a notification that you’ve added them to that list. Anyone can also find and follow your list, or add your list to their Tweetdeck as a column.Private list: It’s private to you. Nobody on that list will know that you’re following them. Nobody can find or follow the list you’ve curated.Some lists should remain private, e.g. lists you’ve created for groups of friends and/or family. But if you’ve created an industry or professional-related list, consider making it public. That way the people included in your lists may reciprocate or follow you, or not get offended that you didn’t “follow” them back, since they know you’re paying attention to them.5) Favoriting Every Tweet Someone TweetsYou don’t want people to think you’re a stalker, do you?It’s fine to be a super fan. There are certain people on Twitter that you admire and like to follow closely, and that’s great. Much like the “Like” button on Facebook, favoriting is an easy way to show appreciation for shared content on Twitter. But if you favorite every single tweet someone puts out there, they will notice — and not always in a good way. Worse yet, some people favorite every tweet someone is even mentioned in.I think sometimes people use software to automatically favorite these tweets, but either way, it’s super creepy and can get you unfollowed or even blocked.6) Griping or Complaining I am guilty of this sometimes. When I get frustrated about something, it’s easy to tweet out a short rant and feel like I’ve gotten something off my chest.Publicly spewing negativity is a bad idea. While there are some very nice people out there who will tweet at me with pictures of kittens and puppies, my follower count takes a small dip each time I rant about something. People don’t like to be surrounded by negative people. So try to avoid airing out your dirty laundry on Twitter and maintain a positive outlook — your followers will love you for it.7) Tweeting All Your Content for the Day at OnceYou might not have much time for Twitter. In fact, Twitter (and other social media responsibilities) might be your “morning coffee” activity, which means you spend 15 minutes responding to tweets, publishing new tweets, and sharing interesting content. But don’t forget to space things out! If you tweet five times in a row first thing in the morning, and that’s it for the day, your tweets will only be seen by people who happen to check Twitter around that time. Your tweets will be pushed too far down the stream for the afternoon crowd to see. You can use tools like Social Inbox to schedule your tweets throughout the day. This way, you can still get your Twitter tasks out of the way in the morning, but your account will be active throughout the day.8) OversharingThere are certain mundane details of your life that your Twitter followers probably don’t want to know about, including but not limited to problems you’re having with your wilted lettuce, how uncooperative your children are being in the grocery store, or how many hours of sleep you got last night. #nobodycaresSometimes it’s fine to share this kind of day-to-day life drama — it adds to your personality, makes you more relatable, and lets you connect with your audience. But if you only tweet this stuff … all the time … you won’t become a very influential person on Twitter (unless you’re already a celebrity). Oversharing could also mean tweeting too frequently. If you overwhelm your followers’ Twitter streams, they likely won’t follow you for long.9) Auto DMsThere are some services you can use to automatically send a direct message (DM) to a new follower. Sadly, some people still think using these services is a good idea. Upon polling Twitter to ask why people would unfollow someone, auto DM was the #1 most common response. Auto DMs are annoying, inauthentic, and make you seem like a bot or spammer.10) Being Rude to Other Twitter UsersI will never understand why people go out of their way to be mean or rude to strangers on Twitter, but it happens all the time. Maybe you’ve read articles saying the best way to gain a following is to be controversial. Or maybe you don’t realize you’re being rude.A good rule of thumb to follow: If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face in real life, you shouldn’t say it to them on Twitter. The same etiquette should apply. For the most part, Twitter isn’t really anonymous. The people you’re rude to can see who you are. So for goodness sake, behave!11) Only RetweetingIf you like to retweet often, that’s great! You’re not being overly-self-promotional, and you’re contributing to the conversation. But there is the opposite extreme as well, and that’s ONLY retweeting other people’s tweets, especially if you don’t provide commentary of your own. If you want to be influential on Twitter, you need to contribute some original content, as well. Otherwise your followers might as well only follow the people you retweet, and not follow you.Want to share this post? Here are some ready-made tweets:Click to tweet: 11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong On Twitter – http://hub.am/1hnPg3S by @DianaUrban at @HubSpotClick to tweet: 11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong On Twitter – http://hub.am/1hnPg3S http://pic.twitter.com/wvx3f86dgvClick to tweet: Here are 11 things you might be doing wrong on Twitter… are you guilty of any? http://hub.am/1hnPg3SImage source: TweetBrander. Topics: Originally published Mar 27, 2014 8:11:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Twitter Marketinglast_img read more

The One Cognitive Bias That Could Be Derailing Your Productivity

first_img Originally published Apr 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 “Learn by doing.” It’s a theory of productivity we’re taught at a very young age, from the moment our parents make us sit down and practice the piano. Because practice makes perfect, right?Years later, the lesson doesn’t change. We’re taught time and time again that productivity equals practice, output, and action.That’s why, in our working lives, we’re often focused on activity. What can we do right now that we can get done pretty quickly? It can be easier for us to feel like we’re making progress and being productive when we have completed actions to show for it, no matter how menial those actions are. Checking the boxes just feels so good.That, my friends, is called “completion bias” — and it may be preventing you from tackling your most important tasks and projects.What is Completion Bias?You know that feeling of pleasure you get when you cross something off your to-do list? For many of us, that’s a feeling we seek out multiple times a day. I’d been lying if I said I didn’t add tasks to my to-do list after I’d already completed them just so I could check them off.Unfortunately, that pleasure can get us into trouble when it comes to productivity.Enter completion bias: our natural tendency to focus too much on tasks that are easy to complete — often at the expense of the tasks that are more important.”Completing simple tasks, such as answering emails or posting updates on your Twitter account, takes little time and allows you to check off items on your to-do list,” wrote Francisco Gino, a Harvard Business School professor who’s been studying completion bias and its affects on productivity at work with Bradley Staats of the UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.The reason we lean toward those easier tasks is thanks in part to the psychological reward we feel when we complete things, and also in part thanks our natural bias for action. Completing a task is an easy way to show tangible progress, whether it’s to your boss, to your coworkers, or to yourself.But in many circumstances, that can really backfire.When Completion Bias Fails UsIn Gino and Staats’ unpublished research, they looked at the completion bias of physicians in the emergency department (ED) of a busy hospital, where patients arrive without appointments.”Using data from about 43,000 distinct patient encounters, we found that physicians exhibit a bias toward completing easy tasks when confronted with an increased workload due to an increase in the number of arriving patients,” wrote Gino. In an ED setting, “easy tasks” refer to treating patients who are less sick.At first, this might seem like a pretty solid strategy. By focusing on these less-sick patients, a doctor is “more productive” because these patients don’t stay in the ED as long. But, according to Gino and Staats, there are at least two problems with this approach:Patients with more severe conditions wait longer.With each “less sick” patient a doctor treats, that doctor slows down a little more — so there’s a chance she’ll get tired and less effective on the job before she begins seeing those patients with more severe conditions.How does this relate to an office setting? Think about the last time you were faced with a to-do list and decided to chip away at the smaller tasks first. For example, maybe you chose to spend the first two hours of your morning responding to mundane emails and ended up waiting until late morning to start on your most important to-do list item of the day.By the time you start working on that important item, you’ve already expended precious energy and willpower, which some studies show is a limited resource that depletes throughout the day. In other words, you shouldn’t always let the size of a task inform your prioritization strategy. Instead, try focusing on pertinence first. A study by Dr. John Bargh, an award-winning psychology researcher, showed that this is more likely to happen before we start working on a big project. In an attempt to simulate real, productive work, our brains tend to focus on small, mindless tasks.So if you’ve ever thought the night before a big presentation was the best time to clean your room, respond to your friend’s son’s girlfriend’s career question email, and tackle the pilot of 24, well … that’s why.In theory, it should be easy to fight the urge to tackle those smaller tasks. Just recognize which tasks are the most important, and prioritize them, already! But we all know that’s easier said than done.How to Plan & TriagePlanning and triaging is one effective way to tackle our natural tendency for instant gratification. The key is creating a to-do list, and then spending some time thinking about that to-do list. Go through each item on your list and rank them based on impact and effort. Then, rewrite your to-do list in order of importance.The last part of this exercise is the most important one: Select one, single item as the absolute most important thing you need to get done that day. That’s going to be the item you want to start working on as soon as possible in the day.If you feel your natural completion bias surfacing — or if you feel like you’re just plain procrastinating — catch yourself. The more self-aware you are, the more important items you’ll get done. If time-sensitive tasks surface that need to take priority over that one single item you selected, do your best to get them done as quickly as possible. Then, refocus your attention back to the task at hand. If your “most important item” is so complex that it’ll take more than that day to complete, try splitting that item into manageable chunks. HubSpot Co-Founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah said he likes to “‘deconstruct’ the large problem at hand into smaller, bite-sized chunks. Each of the individual, smaller things seem surmountable on their own, and it calms [him] to know that if [he] conquered all of those small things, [he’s] essentially conquered the big thing.”Then, it’s time to take a deep breath, hunker down, and just get started. Sometimes, the biggest hurdle to being productive is simply doing it.What other tips do you have for overcoming completion bias? Share with us in the comments. Topics:center_img 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

Ashes: Jofra Archer, Steve Smith headline intriguing Day 2 contest

first_imgJofra Archer took six wickets as England’s bowlers gave their side a handy lead on the second day of the final Ashes test, reducing Australia to 225 all out in reply to their own first innings score of 294 at the Oval on Friday.England openers Rory Burns and Joe Denly added nine runs in the fading light to extend the lead to 78 runs by the close of play for the day.Archer took his tally for the series to 22 wickets, while Sam Curran took two wickets in two balls on his way to a three-wicket haul and Chris Woakes claimed the prize scalp of Australian batting machine Steve Smith, who scored 80.Australia are bidding to secure a 3-1 series victory after retaining the Ashes by winning the fourth test at Old Trafford, meaning England can at best only draw the series 2-2.England added just 23 runs to their overnight score of 271 before losing their last two wickets within half an hour in the morning. Australia’s Mitchell Marsh claimed his first five-wicket haul in test cricket to end the innings.Smith, who has scored more than twice as many runs as any other batsman in the series, underpinned the visitors’ reply with more than four hours at the crease before being trapped lbw by Woakes to record his lowest score of the series.He built his innings cautiously, scoring nine fours and just one six, which came when he lofted a Jack Leach ball far over long on to bring up his half-century.advertisementIt was Smith’s 10th consecutive 50 against England in tests, the most in a row by any batsmen against any other nation in the longest format of the game.Smith has now scored 751 runs in six innings, more than twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the series.ARCHER BREAKTHROUGHEngland had struggled to break the combination of Smith and Marnus Labuschagne for almost an hour after lunch before Archer made the breakthrough, catching Labuschagne out lbw on 48 with an inswinging ball.Curran then claimed the wicket of Matthew Wade, out lbw for 19 runs, bringing Marsh to the crease.Marsh was out soon after tea, hooking an Archer bouncer all the way down to deep fine leg, where Leach crouched down in front of the boundary rope to take a low catch.Curran stole Archer’s limelight when he bagged the wickets of Australia captain Tim Paine (1) and Pat Cummins (0) with consecutive balls to leave the visitors on 166 for 7.Archer then seized it back, claiming the wickets of Nathan Lyon (25) and Peter Siddle (18) – caught brilliantly by a diving Burns in the slips – to give England a first-innings lead of 69 runs.Australia’s openers David Warner and Marcus Harris both fell early in the day to the fast bowling of Archer for single-digit scores.Warner’s miserable series with the bat continued when, after picking up five runs, he got the slightest of touches on an Archer delivery as it flew through to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Warner is the first opening batsmen in test cricket to get out for eight single-digit scores in a series, with only one innings left to play to get his Ashes average into double figures.Archer claimed his second wicket soon after when Harris on three edged a ball to Ben Stokes at second slip.WARNER’S WOES CONTINUEAustralia’s openers David Warner and Marcus Harris both fell early in the day to the fast bowling of England’s Archer for single-digit scores.Warner’s miserable series with the bat continued when, after picking up five runs, he got the slightest of touches on an Archer delivery as it flew through to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Warner is the first opening batsmen in test cricket to get out for eight single-digit scores in a series, with only one innings left to play to get his Ashes average into double figures.Archer claimed his second wicket soon after when Harris on three edged a ball to Ben Stokes at second slip.Australia are bidding to secure a 3-1 series victory after retaining the Ashes by winning the fourth test at Old Trafford, meaning England would at best only be able to draw the series 2-2.last_img read more

Asus ROG Phone 2 launches in India: Snapdragon 855 Plus, 6000mAh battery and more for Rs 37,999

first_imgThe mobile gaming scene in the Indian smartphone market is growing pace and Asus has come up with its second gaming smartphone for the Indian market. It’s the ROG Phone 2 that was launched a few months ago globally and is now finally available in the Indian market. The phone starts from Rs 37,999 for the variant with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage along with the 18W charger as well as the AeroCase. It goes up to Rs 59,999 for 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, 30W ROG charger, AeroActive Cooler and AeroCase. The phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart during the Big Billion Days sale from September 30 with the no-cost EMI options.The ROG Phone 2, unlike other gaming phones, aims to offer a flagship gaming experience. Under the hood, Asus is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that helps the phone to achieve superior benchmark scores when compared to other flagship smartphones. Asus has also upgraded the storage to UFS 3.0 format which should make for faster read/write speeds which should result in faster ap load times. Asus is offering up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with this phone.To keep the peak performance, the ROG Phone 2 comes with a 3D vapour cooling chamber that Asus claims will ensure sustained peak performance. There’s also a vent at the back for venting out the heat from the cooling system.Asus has worked on the display as well and for those love great displays, the ROG Phone 2 should be a joy. Asus is still offering a 6.59-inch display with thick bezels on top and bottom. However, the ROG Phone is using a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen with 1ms response rate and 49ms touch latency. The ROG Phone 2 is the first phone in the world to use a 10 bit HDR AMOLED panel. And if you were wondering, there’s an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementFor software, the ROG Phone 2 runs on Android 9 Pie and Asus is offering an option to choose between two user interfaces. Users can either choose the custom ROG UI with a gaming-oriented theme or opt for the stock Android-inspired design that we have previously seen on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 also get the ROG Armoury Crate that offers a custom interface for all games and various system controls.The ROG Phone 2 impresses once again with the gigantic 6000mAh battery. Asus claims better battery life than the ROG Phone 1 and without gaming, the phone should last easily for the full day even with heavy usage. The phone comes with support for 30W fast charging although you get an 18W charger with the box.Despite being a gaming smartphone, Asus is offering the flagship cameras that we saw on the Asus 6z. The ROG Phone 2 is coming with a 48-megapixel main camera along with the 13-megapixel wide-angle camera at the back. It also gets a dual-LED flashlight. For selfies, there’s a 24-megapixel camera at the front.At the front, the ROG Phone 2 uses the bezels to house a dual speaker stereo setup. You also get the 3.5mm headphone jack and unlike any other flagship, it also comes with an FM Radio. For gaming, the phone sports Air Triggers 2 which are essentially ultrasonic sensors on the top of the phone. These buttons can be customized to an individual game. The sensors now get improved haptic feedback and a better response rate. The phone also comes with four microphones as well.Asus is also bringing most of the accessories for the ROG Phone 2 to India. The ROG Twinview Display Dock aims to offer a console-like experience with dual screens. The ROG Kunai gamepad with 25 keys and can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. The gamepad also works with PC and tablets as well. The Mobile Desktop Dock will help users connect the phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a PC-like gaming experience. The Asus Professional Dock will also do the same with essential gaming ports. The ROG Aero Cooler 2 comes back with a silent fan, a headphone jack and a USB-C port. Asus will also be offering the ROG Aero Case with the phone. The Asus Lighting Armour Case flaunts the special ROG theme with an RGB light at the back.As part of the special partnership, Gameloft will offer a special ROG edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera in Asphalt 9: Legends. The game will also be optimised for the ROG Phone 2 with enhanced feedback and a few other features.The ROG 30W charger comes for Rs 1,999 whereas the AeroActive Cooler 2 will cost Rs 3,999. The Asus Professional Dock will cost Rs 5,499 whereas the Lighting Armour Case will cost Rs 2,999. The Twin View Dock 2 will cost Rs 19,999 and the Mobile Desktop Dock will cost Rs 12,999. The ROG Kunai Gamepad will cost Rs 9,999.advertisementALSO READ | Asus 6z gets Rs 4,000 price cut in Flipkart Big Billion Days sale: Should you get this Flip Camera phone now?ALSO READ | Asus 6z review: The coolest Android flagship for geeks and camera loverslast_img read more

Watch: Shikhar Dhawan at his adorable best while playing with Rohit Sharma’s daughter Samaira

first_imgThe camaraderie between India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is quite well known amongst fans. With Rohit Sharma becoming a father late last year, the bonhomie has now extended to the players’ families as well. In another reminder of the same, Dhawan posted an adorable video on Instagram where he can be seen playing with Rohit’s daughter Samaira.In the video, Dhawan can be seen acting to drop dead every time Samaira, who is sitting comfortably in her father’s lap, touches his head. Here is the video:Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also is on the verge of breaking Virat Kohli’s record for most runs scored in T20I cricket. While the 2 players have been trading the top spot for quite some time now, Kohli’s absence in the upcoming series gives Rohit a chance to take and extend the lead at the top of the batting charts.Rohit, with 2443 runs, is just 7 behind Virat Kohli’s tally. While the stand-in captain averages just above 30 in T20Is, Kohli is well ahead of the chasing pack with an average of 50 (2450 runs in 72 matches).Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja: Meet the loving and caring fathers of Team IndiaAlso Read | Why so loco jattji: Rohit Sharma secretly records Shikhar Dhawan ‘talking to himself’last_img read more

Celtic vs Rangers: Team news & TV guide

first_imgCeltic v Rangers Celtic vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 00:11 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Brendan Rodgers Celtic Getty Images Celtic v Rangers Premiership Rangers Celtic Premier League Brendan Rodgers’ side already have a huge advantage over Aberdeen and Rangers and will be confident of ending 2017 with a win over their arch-rivals Celtic are hoping to make it four wins in a row over their local rivals Rangers and further solidify their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership in Saturday’s Old Firm derby.Brendan Rodgers’ side already sit 12 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen and a further three ahead of Saturday’s visitors, but after their recent 4-0 defeat to Hearts, they will be determined to end 2017 with a win over Graeme Murty’s side.Fresh off the back of a 2-0 win over Motherwell, the Gers will be hopeful of stopping the reigning champions from slipping further ahead of the pack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Celtic vs Rangers Date Saturday, December 30 Time 12:00 GMT / 07:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Moussa Dembele CelticThe game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Football in the United Kingdom and is also available to stream online on the Sky Go app as well as Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go/Rangers TV SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Hazard Defenders Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Ajer, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Ralston Midfielders Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Ntcham, Benyu, McGregor, Forrest, E. Henderson, L. Henderson, Eboue Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard, Miller, Johnston, Aitchison Celtic confirmed this week that Johnny Hayes has suffered a broken leg after a tackle in their win over Dundee, joining Patrick Roberts and Tom Rogic on the injury list.Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham, McGregor, Johnston, Forrest; Griffiths. Position Rangers players Goalkeepers Foderingham, Alnwick, Kelly Defenders McCrorie, Wallace, Wilson, Tavernier, Bates, Hodson, John, Alves, Cardoso Midfielders Holt, Dorrans, Dalcio, Jack, Kranjcar, Pena, Rossiter, Windass Forwards Miller, Herrera, Morelos, Nemane, Candeias Rangers are sweating over the availability of Ryan Jack after he sustained a knee injury in their win over Motherwell, while Kenny Miller, Graham Dorrans and Lee Wallace are all out.Potential Rangers starting XI: Foderingham, Tavernier, Alves, Wilson, John; McRorie, Pena, Holt, Kranjcar; Herrera, MorelosBETTING & MATCH ODDS Niko Kranjcar RangersCeltic are heavy 1/3 favourites to win the game, according to dabblebet, with Rangers priced at 15/2 while a draw is available at 4/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including first goalscorer, correct scores and more.GAME PREVIEW Leigh Griffiths Kieran Tierney CelticBrendan Rodgers said recently that he wanted to end 2017 with a double-digit lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership and his side have accomplished that regardless of Saturday’s results.But the Bhoys could end up 16 points clear come the turn of the year should everything go their way. Inflicting another defeat upon their rivals would be a big boost for a side hoping to get domestic affairs wrapped up early on to allow them to focus on their Europa League campaign, and they will be confident coming up against a side who have not beaten them for over five years.With Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths both fit for the derby match, Rodgers has a full attack to choose from against a side still struggling with inconsistency, injuries and with an interim manager at the helm.last_img read more

When is the FA Cup fourth round draw?

first_imgFA Cup When is the FA Cup fourth round draw? Everything you need to know Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup While all the participants are not yet known, the draw for the next stage is due to take place and Goal brings you everything you need to know There has already been plenty of drama in the 2017-18 FA Cup as the competition moves into the fourth-round stage.Premier League and Championship clubs joined the fray over the weekend as a total of 64 teams butted heads and, unsurprisingly, there was no shortage of incidents.It is fair to say that the famous ‘magic of the cup’ still exists, with teams serving up high-quality football and relative minnows upsetting some more vaunted opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the fourth-round draw not far away, Goal brings you everything you need to know about it.WHEN IS THE FA CUP FOURTH-ROUND DRAW?FA Cup generalThe draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will take place on Monday, January 8.It is set to take place at approximately 19:10 GMT, ahead of Brighton’s televised third-round clash with Crystal Palace.When will the FA Cup fourth-round matches take place?Once the draw is made, teams will have a number of weeks to prepare for their respective ties, with games scheduled to take place during the weekend of January 26 to 29. In the third round, the bulk of the games were played on the Saturday of the weekend, but a handful of games were pencilled in for Friday, Sunday and Monday.WHAT TEAMS ARE IN THE FA CUP FOURTH-ROUND DRAW?Eric Lichaj Nottingham Forest Arsenal GC 01072017A total of 32 teams will progress to the fourth round of the competition but at the time of the draw there will be more names in the hat due to the fact that nine ties are still undecided.There will be at least eight replays, while the outcome of the final match of the round – between Brighton and Crystal Palace – will be known on Monday evening.Perhaps the biggest shock of the third round came on Sunday as defending champions Arsenal were dumped out by an Eric Lichaj-inspired Nottingham Forest.Liverpool were the first team to book their place in the fourth round as they defeated Everton and the Reds are joined in the hat by Manchester United, who overcame Derby County at Old Trafford.Manchester City are also in the mix after they easily saw off Burnley, but Chelsea must do it all again in a replay after they could only draw with Norwich City.FA Cup fourth-round draw numbers: No. Team No. Team 1 Sheffield United 17 Rochdale 2 Watford 18 Tottenham 3 Birmingham City 19 Middlesbrough 4 Liverpool 20 Fleetwood Town / Leicester City 5 Brighton / Crystal Palace 21 Hull City 6 Peterborough United 22 Cardiff City / Mansfield Town 7 Bournemouth / Wigan Athletic 23 Manchester City 8 Coventry City 24 Shrewsbury Town or West Ham 9 Newport County 25 Wolves / Swansea City 10 Huddersfield Town 26 Stevenage / Reading 11 Yeovil Town 27 Newcastle United 12 Nottingham Forest 28 Millwall 13 Notts County 29 Southampton 14 MK Dons 30 Preston North End 15 Manchester United 31 Norwich City / Chelsea 16 West Brom 32 Carlisle United / Sheffield Wednesday You can see the full breakdown of the third-round results in our comprehensive competition guide here.HOW TO WATCH THE FA CUP FOURTH-ROUND DRAWJesse Lingard Manchester United DerbyViewers will have two options if they wish to watch the FA Cup fourth-round draw live.BBC Two will broadcast the event and so too will BT Sport 1 as part of their coverage of the third-round encounter between Brighton and Crystal Palace.The draw will be presented by Jake Humphrey, who will be joined by two guests in order to aid with the procedure.last_img read more