BJP zero in work but hero in polls: Shiv Sena

first_imgDubbing its ally the BJP as “zero in work but a hero” in polls, the Shiv Sena on Monday said it won’t put the blame on “faulty EVMs” for its defeat in the recent civic polls in Maharashtra.“There was a time when the Congress used to win every election. They were zero in work but hero in polls. Similar is the case with the BJP today,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.On Friday, the BJP emerged victorious in Latur and Chandrapur municipal corporations, out of three civic bodies that went to polls on April 19. The Congress emerged as the single largest party in Parbhani municipal corporation.The Sena held six seats in the outgoing House of Latur, but could not even open its account this time around.However, it said that despite the loss it will not blame the EVMs to be faulty, unlike the opposition parties.“This time, the Sena was unable to even open its account. We will not blame faulty EVMs for the BJP’s resounding victory but a research should be done as to why people are getting swept and farmers and youth are rallying behind the the BJP like a snake does behind a snake charmer,” the Sena said.It said that the BJP’s win in the recent polls is due to the inefficiency of the Congress.“On top of it, the victory is guaranteed when you have the entire state machinery and help of Sangh (RSS) members,” the Sena said.“This is the season of the BJP’s victory and will continue for some more time,” it noted.“(Prime Minister) Narendra Modi at the Centre and (Chief Minister) Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra are experimenting with new tricks everyday.“They will continue to win until people get bored of these experiments, and others, despite they doing their work seriously, will only continue to face defeats,” the Sena said.In the elections to the 10 municipal corporations across the state held in February this year, the BJP won eight civic bodies. The party also made inroads into the hinterland in the elections for 25 zilla parishads.last_img read more

5 dead, many injured in Muzaffarpur factory fire

first_imgAt least five persons were feared dead and over half a dozen were injured on Monday in a fire that broke out at a food processing factory in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. The fire broke out at the Tirhut food processing unit located in Wajitpur-Chaknurain village under the Bochaha police in the small hours of Monday. More than 30 workers were said to be sleeping on the second floor of the factory when the incident happened. “The exact number of causalities can only be ascertained after the debris is removed from the site… Those injured have been admitted to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur,” said Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar. The condition of some of the injured workers are said to be critical. “The toll could go up,” said Navin Kumar, a police officer. Recounting the incident, Biju Baitha, a factory worker who is admitted to SKMCH, said: “I woke up hearing a scream and found myself surrounded by fire. I didn’t know what was happening and jump-ed out of the window.”Senior district officials, including District Magistrate Mohd. Sohail and Mr. Kumar, are camping at the site to monitor the rescue operations.Witnesses said charred bodies of five people were recovered from the debris. The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. The district administration has announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh to the family members of each of the deceased.last_img read more

Son of a famous drummer, Van Halen makes own name in track

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Why, yes he is.His father is drummer Alex Van Halen, the co-founder of the Hall of Fame rock band. Aric happened to find his rhythm on the track and certainly brings a rock star look with a sleeve of tattoos on his left arm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s proud that I found something I’m good at and I love to do,” said Aric, who didn’t advance out of the first round of the steeplechase Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. “It didn’t matter what it was. Making it to the Olympic trials last year was a huge accomplishment for me and for him to say, ‘My son went to the Olympic trials.’”Aric tried to follow a similar musical path as his father. He learned the violin, followed by the piano, drums, saxophone, guitar and back to the drums. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READcenter_img What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire It wasn’t for him.“I was more of a sports guy,” said the 27-year-old who grew up in Los Angeles. “I needed to be a little more active. My attention span was never there.”At first, baseball was his passion. He was a middle infielder until track entered the picture. He ran the fitness mile as a seventh grader and finished in a blistering time of 5 minutes, 45 seconds.In high school, he switched full time to running and attended the University of Colorado, where he was turned into a steeplechaser, a 3,000-meter race that features jumping over barriers and running through water pits. The school is renowned for producing elite steeplechasers such as Jenny Simpson — now a 1,500 Olympic medalist — and Emma Coburn, who earned a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games.“Just something I wanted to do. It looked fun,” Aric said.ADVERTISEMENT This was a way of carving out his niche. His father has one of the most famous last names in rock history. It trails Aric wherever he goes. He embraces it. He even has a clever turn of phrase on his Twitter account — “Exercising with the Devil.”“I like (having this name). It’s cool,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s anything, because I don’t know any different.”Alex Van Halen helped form the band with his brother, Eddie, in the ’70s. They’ve had countless hits (“Jump,” ”Runnin’ With The Devil”), iconic album covers (1984) and legendary lead singers (David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.“My dad occasionally tells me stories, but I really don’t ask because when he wants to tell me, he can tell me,” Aric said. “He likes to play his cards close to his chest.”Aric’s not sure how much longer he wants to compete. His best steeplechase time is 8:32.92 in 2014. In contrast, Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager has a lifetime best of 8:00.45.He’s thinking of a career switch, maybe a move behind the camera. He was a freelance photographer/videographer for Colorado last fall and was in charge of the camera that fed images to the Jumbotron at football games. He had a front-row seat to the Buffaloes’ turnaround season as they finished 10-4 and captured the Pac-12 South.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers’ grand rebuilding plan Aric Van Halen jumps into the water during a heat of the first round of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Sacramento, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—His favorite song is “Hot for Teacher.” His go-to selection on karaoke nights happens to be “Panama.”And whenever steeplechaser Aric Van Halen tells someone his name, he waits for the inevitable question: Are you related to THE Van Halens?ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz wins silver in Asian Weightlifting Championships

first_imgFILE — Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines celebrate at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAMANILA, Philippines— Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz moved up to a heavier weight class and still ended up on the medal podium.The Filipino weightlifting heroine carried 94 kilograms in the snatch and followed it up with a 115 lift in the clean and jerk for a 209-kg total to claim the silver medal late Monday in the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Ningbo, China. ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Rafael Nadal to face 63rd-ranked Leonardo Mayer in Barcelona Open The continental meet is a qualifier to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, allowing Diaz to successfully position herself for an unparalleled fourth straight stint in the Olympics.The Asian Games gold medalist in the 53kg moved up to the 55kg class after Diaz’s weight category was scrapped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Unlikely names’ put ‘ouster matrix’ in doubt – Lacson PLAY LIST 02:21‘Unlikely names’ put ‘ouster matrix’ in doubt – Lacson00:35Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first gold medal in 2018 Asian Games01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:42PH 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 View commentslast_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016: Gautam Gambhir banks on potent Sunil Narine

first_imgSpinner Sunil Narine has been key to Kolkata Knight Rider’s success over the past few seasons and captain Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said he is hoping the Trinidadian is still as potent as before after remodelling his bowling action. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)The 27-year-old West Indian pulled out of the World T20 saying he was still having difficulty in bowling with his new action after being sanctioned by the ICC for bowling with a suspect action. (Also read: Sunil Narine remains doubtful for Delhi Daredevils clash) He was in the city last week practising, but had to fly back to his country after his father’s death. (Shah Rukh Khan dazzle as KKR release new team anthem)”I am told that he is more effective and dangerous now. I am hoping that the fizz is still there,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by xtratime.in.The captain who led his side to two Indian Premier League (IPL) triumphs in 2012 and 2014 is also not worried about the fact that only Manish Pandey and Umesh Yadav have featured in national colours recently. (Clash of captains as IPL returns)He feels the likes of Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa can be trusted upon to do the job again this season. (Kolkata Knight Riders ready for the challenge, says Jacques Kallis) “These are merely information and count little once the games begin. We have the likes of Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan and Piyush Chawla who are experienced despite not being in the Indian team for some time. Apart from that we have young cricketers like Surya Kumar Yadav, Kuldeep (Yadav) and many others. I am not too worried about all this as I think my team has it in them to sail through,” said the Delhi born cricketer. (Also read: Fitness not captaincy the major challenge for Zaheer, Daredevils)advertisementThe Knights will play six back-to-back away games due to the Assembly Elections in West Bengal. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) Asked if it would be a problem, Gambhir quipped, “I don’t think so because as winners I’d like my team to be tested under all conditions. It is all very well to perform at home but the real challenge is to be in alien conditions and do well. It’s so much fun when you win despite not being favourites.”KKR will also have the West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell within their ranks, who recently tasted success after winning the World Twenty20.When questioned if KKR expects from fireworks from the hard-hitting Jamaican, the skipper said, “He was brilliant and I was praying that he will get out against India but he didn’t. There is a method to his madness and I am confident he will continue the same form for us too. He is pure gold, a wonderful entertainer. We too are hoping to do the “Champion” dance with him and Sunil”.last_img read more

The Secret to Protecting Your Credit Scores During the Holiday Shopping Season

first_imgFrom the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated if you click on the links to our issuer partners’ offers that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint… Full Story,There’s a specific conversation I frequently have with people around my age. As they get closer to middle adulthood and look back on everything they’ve learned about money, they start to wonder – why didn’t they teach us this stuff… Full Story,Depending on what you look for in a card, one of these may be a perfect fit your do-it-yourself projects. Follow along to learn more about these top five credit cards for DIYers. Full Story,In many ways, our credit determines our power as consumers. The strength of our credit profile and score enable us to rent an apartment, take out a car loan, and sign up for a cell phone number. Can you imagine… Full Story,Travel credit cards are available with a wide array of rewards, redemption options, fees, and bonuses. Weeding through so many general and branded travel rewards cards can be tough, so we picked out some favorites for a wide range of travel styles – so you can find the best travel credit card for your wallet.Full Story,Traveling abroad carries with it all sorts of potential credit issues. Some are just mildly annoying, but some can leave you stranded in Amsterdam, relying on the help of a broke friend you haven’t seen since high school. To avoid those issues and everything in between, here are some tips for using credit abroad. Full Story,The top reward credit cards cater to an array of desires. Whether you want to get cash back or earn miles and points toward free travel, the cards below are all a great place to get started.Full Story,From the Mint team: Mint may be compensated by some of the links that appear in this article, including Chase. Our partners do not endorse, review or approve the content. Any links to Mint Partners were added after the creation… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Create an At-Home Cleanse for Cheap

first_imgWelcome back to the collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! I’m here to give you tips on living a healthy, happy life on a budget.January is the season of juice cleanses, detox meals and gym memberships. We all want to start the year feeling happier and healthier than ever. While the intentions are great, the prices of these “cleanses” can be hefty.The truth is that even if drinking juice for five days makes you feel great – it’s not necessarily the best thing for your body. There is no need to under nourish your body in order to feel your healthiest. A true cleanse should look less like a diet and more like a boot camp to help heal your gut, digestion, nutrition, and overall wellbeing.That’s what this program I’ve put together is all about: nourishing yourself in a way that can heal damage caused by holiday eating habits. It is a two day program, although you can feel free to extend it into a week-long program if you want! I’d even recommend adopting some of these habits into your life long-term. This will help your body feel it’s best at all times!Below I have provided a meal plan for a two day cleanse, along with a cost breakdown for you. First, however, I thought I’d provide you with some “detox” guidelines, so that you can educate yourself on the benefits of the plan or even for you to make your own cleanse based on these rules!How to Create an At-Home Cleanse for Cheap#1 Cut out the three biggest inflammatory foods – gluten, dairy and sugar.All three of these categories can cause inflammation in the gut, erode the lining of your stomach, cause digestive issues, agitate allergies, and more. It’s no surprise they are also the foods we tend to eat most during the holidays. So taking a break from these three categories will give your gut time to heal itself naturally, making digestion easier.#2 Change the way you caffeinate.I’d suggest giving up caffeine completely, especially if you are only doing a two-day cleanse. However, if that isn’t an option for you, I recommend that you only drink coffee AFTER eating a breakfast full of healthy-fats. This will help stabilize your blood sugar so that caffeine doesn’t drastically affect your blood sugar and hormones.#3 Amp up your healthy fat intake.Healthy fats are a great way to stabilize blood sugar and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Since this cleanse isn’t a diet, there’s no need to feel hungry all the time. Healthy fats can help prevent that and help energize your body and make you feel healthy and happy!#4 Add ferments to your daily regiment.Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha are full of probiotics and therefore can aid in digestion immensely. I highly suggest eating or drinking a small glass or 1 tablespoon of ferments about 30 minutes before each meal. This will allow your body to digest your food and soak in all of the nutrients during mealtime.#5 Eat ALL THE GREENS.Since your body is primed to be able to digest and soak in all of the nutrients you are ingesting during this cleanse, it’s a great time to amp up the amount of greens you eat. You’ll end up getting more iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, etc. than you would normally and you’ll come out feeling like a million bucks.Example MenuBREAKFAST – $10.84 total / $5.42 dayWarm lemon water, 30-minutes before breakfastBlueberry Almond Overnight Oats DINNER – $27.10 total / $13.50 day5 Minute Faux Kombucha, drank 30 minutes before mealSweet Thai Chili Lettuce Wraps – $24.02 total, $12.01 day OR Crispy Orange Tofu Collard Wraps – $24.17 total, $12.10 day LUNCH – $12.33 total / $6.17 day5 Minute Faux Kombucha, drink 30 minutes before meal – $5.98 total, $1.50 per drinkSuper Greens and Fennel Soup – cut recipe in half recipe for 2 day cleanse – $9.33 total, $4.67 per bowl TOTAL COST : $50.27 total / $25.14 dayThe pricing estimates on each recipe are based on prices at my local Whole Foods in NYC, so they can vary depending on your location. They do not include the price of “pantry staples” like olive oil, spices, honey, etc. The exact cost will change depending on those elements. I have also budgeted out this “cleanse” to last two days, but realistically this would make enough food for one person for 3 days, if you want.When you compare this meal plan to a $100 dollar juice cleanse that will leave you feeling hungry and sad, the choice is obvious! It’s much easier and cheaper to create a healthy detox for yourself at home.Wishing you health and happiness this new year!Follow along!Over the next few months I’ll be covering a variety of ways to be healthy on a budget. Keep an eye out for those and head over to Brewing Happiness for healthy recipe inspiration in the meantime!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

10 Foods You Should Eat for Healthier Lungs

first_imgYou know to avoid smoking (and secondhand smoke), but here’s another way to show lungs some love: Chow down on high-fiber foods.A 2016 study found they can boost lung function and lower the chance of problems like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Experts speculate that as the good bacteria in your gut digest fiber, they produce a powerful by-product that may reduce lung inflammation. Now that’s a superfood. How to Reap the BenefitsTo get the payoff, aim for at least 17.5 grams of fiber daily. These sources will help you get the best bang for your buck:broccolibeansberriessplit peaslentilsalmondsartichokeA dose of vitamin C could help too, according to a 2017 study. “Apples, bananas, and tomatoes are chock-full of cell-protecting vitamin C — plus other phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals — that have been linked to preserving lung function in ex-smokers,” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute.Happy eating!Sourcelast_img read more

Got belly fat? The bigger heart disease risk for women

first_imgDecades of research has found strong links between being apple-shaped (due to the accumulation of belly fat) and a higher risk of both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, compared to being pear-shaped (heavier around the hips and thighs).But a just-released study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals that women are even more at risk from an apple-shaped physique than men are.The researchers looked at heart disease risk in more than 500,000 women and men age 40 to 69 whom they followed for seven years. They measured body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio (waist circumference divided by hip circumference), among other things.“The new finding of our study is that the extent to which waist-to-hip ratio is associated with risk of heart disease is greater in women than in men,” says Sanne Peters, Ph.D., research fellow in epidemiology at the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in the U.K. and lead author of the study.“We found the risk increased consistently as the ratio increased,” he says. Even among those people with the lowest waist-to-hip ratio, every 0.09 increase—say from 0.82 to 0.91—boosted the risk of heart attack in women by 50 percent. For men, the risk rose by 36 percent. In women, having a higher waist-to-hip-ratio resulted in a 10 to 20 percent higher risk for heart disease than having a higher BMI.However, the overall odds of having a heart attack in people aged 40 to 69 are still low. Just 1.8 to 4.2 percent of women and 3.3 to 11.3 percent of men in this age group have a heart attack, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.A waist to hip ratio greater than 0.85 in women and 0.9 in men is an indication of abdominal obesity, according to the World Health Organization. But given the results of this study, even if your waist-to-hip ratio is below those levels, you may be increasing your risk with every incremental gain in abdominal fat.The Trouble With Belly FatBelly fat, technically called visceral fat, is located deep in the abdominal cavity where it surrounds organs such as the liver and pancreas. This means that the fat can trigger a variety of metabolic changes, including increased insulin resistance and higher triglyceride levels.In contrast, the fat that settles around the hips and thighs—called subcutaneous fat—lies just under the skin and isn’t linked to such changes.Women may be more vulnerable than men to storing fat in their abdomens due to hormonal and other age-related changes. A study published in the journal Obesity in 2015 found that during midlife, women gain an average of 4 percent of belly fat per year.“It’s sneaky because the scale might not be changing, but fat can be redistributed even without any weight gain,” says Rasa Kazlauskaite, M.D., an endocrinologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. And previous research suggests that genes associated with cholesterol and triglycerides and insulin resistance may be more affected by abdominal fat in women than in men.How to Get Rid of Belly FatWhile genetics may partly dictate where you store fat, lifestyle also plays a role. And that means there are several changes you can make that can help decrease your waist-to-hip ratio, and with it, your risk of heart disease.• Eat more whole grains. A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who consumed three or more daily servings of whole grains had 10 percent less visceral abdominal fat than those who ate virtually no whole grains.But you need to choose all your grains carefully to see these effects. The study also found that eating four or more servings a day of refined grains negated any belly fat benefits of whole grain consumption.• Focus on healthy fats. Eating more poly- and monounsaturated fats and fewer saturated fats can help reduce your waistline. These healthier fats have anti-inflammatory effects that help better regulate insulin and result in less fat stored in the abdomen. You’ll find them in fish, nuts, and vegetable oils, such as olive oil.• Exercise regularly. A 2016 review of 117 studies found that while diet caused more weight loss than exercise, being active (even without weight loss) was related to a 6.1 percent decrease in visceral abdominal fat.And there’s some recent evidence that high intensity interval training (HIIT), in which you do short bursts of activity at close to your peak heart rate followed by easier bouts, could be particularly effective at banishing belly fat, too.“We’ve seen greater abdominal and visceral fat loss with HIIT than with moderate-intensity continuous exercise,” says Nathalie Boisseau, a professor of sports physiology at Université Clermont Auvergne in France. “The mechanisms are not known, but HIIT does promote greater fat oxidation during the recovery period.”• Manage your stress. Observational studies that measure levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in saliva have found a connection between higher levels and increases in both BMI and abdominal obesity.• Get more sleep. Research has shown that sleeping less can lead to weighing more, but a 2011 study published in the journal Clinical Obesity also found that those who slept six hours or less per night tended to put on that excess weight primarily around their middle.last_img read more

4 Reasons to Be Hopeful About Forests at COP 21

first_imgRestoration holds the promise of both sequestering carbon and improving livelihoods, as illustrated at this tree nursery in Kenya . Image credit: Aaron Minnick/ WRIThird, the money is starting to fall into place. Brazil’s success was helped along by billion-dollar partnerships with Norway, Germany and other donor countries. Similar partnerships are underway in Indonesia, Guyana, Peru, Colombia, Liberia, as well as many provinces and local projects. Some of these deals are on a country-to-country basis, others are tied into carbon markets through REDD+ (a scheme for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation). Far more money is needed though, to start having impact at the scale we need.Finally, and most inspiring, countries and communities are starting to bring forests back. Forest restoration in Tigray, Ethiopia, has turned a once famine-prone region into a breadbasket, generating significant benefits for agriculture through soil improvement and water retention. WRI analysis shows approximately 2 billion hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded lands, an area twice the size of China, show potential for some form of restoration. Restoring a mere 150 million hectares by 2020 could help feed 200 million people, raise as much as $40 billion annually, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (though it should be noted that restoration is not a substitution for avoiding deforestation). Nine Latin American countries and organizations pledged a collective 20 million hectares for restoration at the last climate conference; this year we could see even more, supported by additional financial investment. We will also see the emergence of a major restoration initiative in Africa, the continent with the greatest area of restoration opportunity and greatest need to address food and water security as well as poverty.The Paris climate conference is a key moment. Countries should consider land use, agriculture, and forest management in their climate commitments—with robust targets for improved management, conservation and restoration—and not simply rely on existing forests as a carbon sink to offset emissions in other sectors. Companies that impact forests with agriculture and commodity supply chains should join the wave of zero-deforestation commitments, or showcase their progress and share lessons learned. Investors should do the same, and also consider putting their money into landscape restoration, which can deliver substantial long-term returns. The climate community should also acknowledge and account for the wider benefits of forests beyond sequestering carbon, for example livelihoods, water and soil health, support for agriculture, biodiversity, and much more.Whatever the final agreement in Paris, it is guaranteed to be a stepping stone on a much longer road to a secure and sustainable future. With an eye on forests, we can make sure that path is a green and prosperous one as well.An abbreviated version of this blog post also appears in Geographical Magazine. World leaders will meet in Paris next week and hopefully forge a historic agreement to fight climate change. We will need every tool at our disposal, including sensible policies and new technologies for clean energy and transportation. But we also have to go back to our roots. Forests, which cover a third of the land on earth, are an often under-appreciated resource for helping to address climate change, ease poverty and secure a sustainable future.Forests play a central role in the carbon cycle. When trees are cut down, not only do they cease to absorb carbon, but they release greenhouse gases as their biomass decomposes and underlying soil organic matter oxidizes. Deforestation accounts for at least 12 percent of human-caused CO2 emissions, the second-greatest source after burning fossil fuels. For many developing nations in the tropics, deforestation is the largest source of emissions. This is especially true when forests or carbon-rich peat soils are burned. In Indonesia recently, fires set to clear land for agriculture have generated emissions exceeding the average daily emissions from all U.S. economic activity.However, forests don’t always figure into climate negotiations as prominently as they should. Many countries have included forest management in their proposed climate commitments, but several (like Russia) lack specifics or a proven track record of good forest carbon management. Other countries, like Indonesia, have ambitious goals to reduce deforestation, but may struggle to do so without financial support from richer countries.But hope springs eternal, and there are reasons to be optimistic about forests at Paris.First, bold countries and their leaders have proven that it is possible to turn the corner on deforestation. Brazil has reduced forest loss by a stunning 70 percent in the Amazon since 2004 through a combination of improved sustainability policies for soy and beef production, better land rights for indigenous communities, and robust law enforcement supported by satellite monitoring. Tools like Global Forest Watch are now bringing the same satellite-based technology to all the world’s forests on a free, online, interactive platform. The Paris conference will see the launch of GFW Climate, which will link data on tropical forest deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, showing how and where we should invest to keep carbon in forests and how well we’re all doing.Second, WRI analysis shows that local and indigenous communities are effective managers of forest carbon, and securing local land and resource rights can bring substantial economic benefits. In Brazil, it costs only US$1.57 per hectare (ha) annually to provide communities with secure rights to their forests, while the resulting carbon-mitigation benefits are worth $38/ha to $230/ha per year. For the Brazilian Amazon, that adds up to $162 billion to $194 billion in benefits over 20 years. The scale is also significant- globally, communities have legal rights to about one-eighth of the world’s forests.last_img read more

Matt Rutherford Answers the Proust Questionnaire

first_imgMatt Rutherford is the the web strategist and technology producer for  Remix Sun Tzu YouTube channel Favorite newspaper(s)? ‘, Clay Shirky’s ‘ Richard Branson Who was your best manager? . Incidentally, they’re all creating space companies, something that fascinates me. Intelligence and efficiency.  ‘. I also studied  The Economist Favorite business book(s)? A horrendous cliche, but I’d still have to say my iPhone. At least until a better Android phone comes out. Where do you do your best thinking? Device you would never give up?  here What would you like to be the world’s best at?    in the original Chinese, which sounds incredibly pretentious, but was highly useful nonetheless.  Your first “real” job? Originally published Dec 19, 2008 8:15:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Here Comes Everybody Charlie Rose . A frivolous but beautiful iPhone app called Camera Bag, that converts your photos into classic camera shots (Poloroid, Holga, etc). You can see a few shots  . It has a certain English tone of voice, which I find quite appealing. (NB: I’m English). Blog you read most frequently? A paperboy at 13. I had to get up at 6 a.m. every day for two years. I have no idea how I did it. Social media tool you actually use? Your favorite software application? Person that inspires you? . Pirate’s Dilemma At the moment: Matt Mason’s ‘ Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Elon Musk ,  . He’s also a guest contributor on  I’ve never really worked in a formal company with a ‘manager’, it’s always small organizations with protean structures.   ‘, Larry Lessig ‘ Jeff Bezos Facebook Around 1:30 a.m. on weeknights, at my desk.  , where he’s created a popular  What do you most value in employees/colleagues? Techmeme I’d like to be the best at distilling and communicating complex information. The world is getting exponentially more complex within our lifetimes – the conduits organizing this information for the public are going to become increasingly powerful.  TechCrunch , last_img read more

Another strike on Pakistan, says Amit Shah after India destroy Pakistan in World Cup 2019

first_imgPolitical leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others congratulated the Indian cricket team after the Men in Blue inflicted a humiliating 89-run defeat on their arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup match.Amit Shah took to Twitter to react to the much-hyped match and called it India’s yet “another strike on Pakistan”. He went on to add that every Indian is proud of the impressive win.”Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK,” Amit Shah tweeted.Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same.Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance.Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XDGuG3OiyKAmit Shah (@AmitShah) June 16, 2019Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also applauded captain Virat Kohli-led team’s “amazing” performance against Pakistan. “Congratulations to Indian cricket team for winning the match against Pakistan in #CWC2019. The Indian team played an amazing game of cricket for this victory. We are all proud of Team India,” Rajnath Singh posted on Twitter.Congratulations to Indian cricket team for winning the match against Pakistan in #CWC2019. The Indian team played an amazing game of cricket for this victory.We are all proud of Team India.Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) June 16, 2019Union Minister Nitin Gadkari wrote, “Well played team India. Congratulations for a spectacular win. Jai Hind!”advertisementWell played team India. Congratulations for spectacular win. Jai Hind! #teamblue #indvspak #CWC19Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) June 16, 2019Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted: “I had already said that India would emerge victoriously, Pakistan would lose. Well done boys. Congratulations!”, !Well done boysCongratulations #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/5woFZwPO5UKiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 16, 2019Railways Minister Piyush Goyal also extended wishes to the captain Virat Kohli-led team and said, “Congratulations to Team India for another stunning victory against Pakistan in the CWC 2019. I wish our men in blue all the luck in their march towards the coveted World Cup.”Congratulations to Team India for another stunning victory against Pakistan in #CWC2019.I wish our men in blue all the luck in their march towards the coveted World Cup. #PakVsIndia pic.twitter.com/Es6tfi8leIPiyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 16, 2019Meanwhile, newly elected MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir summed up India’s victory in three words – “runs, rain and total domination”. “Runs, Rain and total domination.. It’s #7-0. Jai hind,” Gautam Gambhir tweeted.Runs, Rain and total domination.. It’s #7-0 Jai hind.Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 16, 2019Senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj hailed India’s splendid victory. “Congratulations to Team India on a splendid victory,” she tweeted.. Congratulations to Team India on a splendid victory.Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 16, 2019Former sports minister and BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hailed India’s unbeaten record over Pakistan in World Cup. “What a clinical performance by #TeamIndia today against Pakistan. Superb team performance to ensure India remains unbeaten by Pakistan in the #WorldCup Fantastic innings by @ImRo45, @imVkohli followed by scintillating performance by our bowling unit. Keep Rocking,” Rathore said on Twitter.What a clinical performance by #TeamIndia today against Pakistan. Superb team performance to ensure India remains unbeaten by Pakistan in the #WorldCupFantastic innings by @ImRo45, @imVkohli followed by scintillating performance by our bowling unit.Keep Rocking pic.twitter.com/9667HBF7dXRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) June 16, 2019The Congress party also congratulated the Men in Blue for its stellar performance. “Congratulations team India for incomparable victory against Pakistan. You continuously made the country feel proud. Thank you!,” a tweet from the party’s official handle read.Team India#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Znhryj4ytpCongress (@INCIndia) June 16, 2019Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot also extended their wishes to team India. “Congratulations team India for this magnificent victory over Pakistan. You have given all Indians a moment of pride!,” Gehlot posted on Twitter.”Hearties congratulations to team India for keeping their invincible order against Pakistan and wishes for the matches ahead. We hope that you will bring honour to the country by winning the World Cup. We are proud of Team India,” he tweeted in Hindi,” Sachin Pilot tweeted.Congratulations #TeamIndia for this magnificent victory over #Pakistan. You have given all Indians a moment of pride! #IndiaVsPakistan #MenInBlue #CWC19 #WorldCup2019Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 16, 2019#TeamIndiaSachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) June 16, 2019ALSO READ | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World CupsadvertisementALSO READ | India vs Pakistan: Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat KohliALSO WATCH | India vs Pakistan: Losing toss was blessing in disguise for India, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

How to Easily Create Professional-Looking Videos for 4 Popular Social Media Platforms

first_imgYou can also modify classic Instagram content pieces into video, like this slideshow video that transforms a #motivationmonday post: What story will you tell? Join us for a intro to Adobe Spark this Tuesday at 12:30PM. https://t.co/g3q45uUxRj #tutorial #nptech pic.twitter.com/EtrNUU4WgT– TechSoup (@TechSoup) May 6, 2017 Creating Videos for Instagram StoriesInstagram’s new Snapchat-like feature is the latest platform to win marketers’ hearts and time. And for good reason. IG stories have impressive engagement stats: according to Instagram, one in five Stories earn a direct message from viewers and one-third of the most viewed Stories come from businesses.Instagram Stories are cool because they’re fleeting inside looks that allow you to create more of a connection with your followers. Feel free to get a little less polished and little more real with on-the-fly content that use stickers, filters, and emojis. Here are the basic parameters to remember when creating your Instagram Stories videos.Take the opportunity to get personal. Unlike posts to your Instagram page, Instagram Stories last for 24 hours and users see them by clicking on the avatars at the top of their feed. Live Video disappears once the broadcast is over.You don’t have to edit everything directly in Instagram. You can shoot photo or video within the app, but if you’d like to use graphics, animations, or video that you’ve created previously, simply swipe up in the Stories view to publish content from your camera roll. Keep in mind, the only content available will be videos or photos created within the last 24 hours. Consider using a free graphic design tool, like Adobe Spark, which allows you to resize content for Instagram Stories and animate text.Keep it short and sweet. Each photo or video that you include in an Instagram Story is limited to 10 seconds. Live broadcasting from inside the app is limited to one hour.  Don’t be afraid to share multiple stories a day. You can post as much as you’d like without fear of annoying your followers because users have to opt-in to see the content. You can tag users within stories. Tag other Instagram users in your video by typing their handle using the text feature in the top right corner. Tagged users will have a notification sent to their Instagram inbox. We suggest offering content to your followers they can’t get anywhere else across your channels. This provides incentive to follow you and can act as a great conversion tool for your most active supporters or customers. You might post about a special offer, provide a behind-the-scenes view of your business, or go live to talk directly to your followers, which doesn’t require anything special beyond guts and tapping the button.  Creating Video for FacebookFacebook has 1.94 billion monthly users and they watch more than 100 million hours of video each day. Take for example Tasty — Buzzfeed’s food video offshoot — which is hitting 1.8 billion video views each month on the platform. Facebook rewards this video content like crazy in the algorithm, which means hopping on this macro trend will score you more visibility on the network.Like Instagram, you can go live directly on the platform to talk to your users. However, live video is fleeting — great for boosting engagement on your page, not so great for generating traffic back to your site or creating content that you can use over and over. For that, you still need polished video content that speaks to your value or tells a story.There are three things to keep in mind when creating a video for Facebook:Ask yourself: will my viewers watch this whole video? There’s no time limit, but the algorithm rewards content that viewers watch all the way through and generates interactions (likes, shares, and comments). The best videos capture attention within the first three seconds.Your video should work with the sound off. Up to 85% of viewers watch their Facebook videos with no sound, according to media publication Digiday. Videos that autoplay in the newsfeed garner 186% more engagement than videos shared via posted link. You can use the Adobe Spark Video iOS app to natively share on Facebook with one tap.  In a single month last year over 3 million small business owners posted a video to Facebook. Here’s an attention-grabbing example made with Adobe Spark that conveys a story regardless of sound: Creating Video for YouTubeYoutube has over 1 billion users who watch hundreds of millions of hours of YouTube per day. Unlike the other social platforms on this list, YouTube comes with Google’s massive search power and metadata tools, too.Your content strategy for YouTube should support your overall SEO stratgey. One way to go about this is to figure out which keywords you want your brand to rank for and craft compelling and entertaining video content that uses those keywords in your video, titles, images, and video descriptions.The key to is to think about what the ideal path for your customer is who is coming through Google search. Say your company is a photo printing company. You might be interesting to people who are searching for things such as “engagement photos” “scrapbooks” etc. If you want to capture those interested folks, your best bet is to create content for what they’re already searching for.  There are also certain types of videos that people eat up on the platform. According to marketing agency Mediakix, product reviews and how-to videos rank as the top two types of videos on YouTube, with vlogs (video blogs) coming in at number three.This is great news for small businesses because the platform comes primed with a huge audience looking to learn more about products or how to do something. You could ask influencers or customers to post a video review of your business to marry your influencer marketing with your content strategy or you could create a series of how-to videos that relate to your product or service. When crafting and publishing video content to Youtube, keep these tips in mind:Short videos still rule the day, but long form content is gaining traction. if you’re just starting out on YouTube or have an unverified account, your videos will be limited to 15 minutes. However, once verified, you can surely publish your hour-long webinars, trainings, or courses and of all the social networks and YouTube is the best place for those content pieces. Skip the long intro and instead jump right in with your hook to improve viewer retention.Use YouTube’s built-in caption generator to create subtitles for dialogue. Don’t neglect your metadata fields. Your title, description, keyword — even channel art — are all meta data that tell search engines how to index your content and make sure it surfaces in front of interested searchers. Craft keyword-rich titles and descriptions and use YouTube’s keyword fields to improve search ranking. Add your bio, tagline, and website link to the description field of every video you publish so it’s easy for viewers to learn more about you. Add a YouTube channel art. Just as your video and metadata tell search engines that your content is relevant, your YouTube channel art and video thumbnails tell people browsing through search results that they should click and watch. Your YouTube video cover and thumbnail are additional branding opportunities to communicate your content’s value and compel clicks. Plus, it makes your channel look more professional, which is important when competing on this massive platform.Video Isn’t OptionalThe moral of the story? Your business belongs on video across all platforms. Regardless of the platform, there are three overarching points to keep in mind when creating your social video content:1) The best videos grab attention within the first 3 seconds and inspire emotion in viewers.2) Text on screen is a crucial ingredient to social video marketing,3) A clear call-to-action is essential to seeing results.Now go create something! Don’t forget to share this post! #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #StarWarsDay pic.twitter.com/lwjA08JDyA– Adobe Spark (@AdobeSpark) May 4, 2017 Creating Video for TwitterLive video and curated video content are booming on this formerly text-driven platform. Twitter has well over 800 million monthly users, 82% of whom engage with brands on the platform, according to its Video Playbook report.Video views on Twitter grew 220 times from what they were in 2016 to 2017, and opportunities for advertisers are also growing, with the site offering pre-roll ads for live video and replay for Periscope videos as of March 2017, according to Forbes Tech writer Kathleen Chaykowski. But you don’t necessarily need a large advertising budget to capitalize on this trend.Create polished video content for your Twitter feed keeping these three rules in mind:Max video length is currently 140 seconds for imported content.Grab attention within the first 3 seconds to stop thumbs from scrolling.Upload videos natively to Twitter to ensure autoplay in the newsfeed.Whether you animate graphics or use video clips, you’ll engage your audience. Check out a few examples of these techniques in action: Originally published Jun 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Video is dominating social media marketing. In fact, experts predict video will account for 80% of global internet traffic by 2019. So now is the best time to master the medium.Thanks to easy and free video creation tools, you don’t need a big budget, professional equipment, or a filmmaking degree to make compelling videos for your brand. But since each social network comes with its own guidelines and unique audiences, you’ll need an understanding of what kind of content is effective on each network. We’re breaking down what performs best on four of the top networks: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so you can easily create videos that truly shine no matter where you share them. Creating Video for Your Instagram NewsfeedInstagram has experienced incredible growth recently — especially in terms of video options — but let’s first talk about your main Instagram page.These posts, which appear in your followers’ feeds, are the main window into your business or brand. As such, you want to reserve this space for your most polished, on-brand content. Here you might publish a video that explains your brand’s value, or a process video that offers an inside peek into your craft.Keep these Instagram video rules in mind when creating your video story:Instagram imposes a one-minute time limit. If you have a longer piece of content that you still want to promote, you can post a portion as a teaser on Instagram and use the link in your bio to drive people to your website to see the whole thing. Note this in your caption and add a tracking code to the link so you know how it performs. Keep it inside the box. Videos can play in square, vertical, or landscape mode, but make sure you tap the “expand” button in the bottom left corner if you have a non-square video so it does not appear cropped. Video covers are important! Instagram allows you to select a video cover that shows as a thumbnail in the feed. Make sure you select an intriguing frame to compel people to watch. The best videos work with sound off. Instagram videos autoplay with the sound off, so make sure your message is clear whether or not the viewer taps for sound. The following examples from Persnickety Prints, a photo printing company, show how video can help communicate both your mission and craft, two essential pieces of content for small business video marketing. Social Media Video Topics:last_img read more

5 of the Coolest Bots of 2017

first_img Topics: Originally published Sep 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated September 14 2018 In case you haven’t already heard, bots are the new black.Seriously. The new strategy of providing 1:1, instantaneous assistance to users and customers is proving successful for brands across industries. And although we’ve rounded up AI and bot use cases for you as they relate to productivity and marketing, we wanted to round up other cool ones, too — that anyone can use, even for fun.Find out how to be really good at Marketing in 2020 here.So read on to learn about a few neat bots we’ve enjoyed using so far this year.5 of the Coolest Bots of 20171) PonchoYou might recognize Poncho from the website or mobile app — it’s a friendly “weathercat” dressed in a raincoat, that delivers daily personalized weather reports. But this report goes beyond what time it will rain and if it’s sunny or cloudy. Poncho also shares relevant insights like allergen levels, transportation delays due to weather, and a heads up if it’ll be a bad hair day.You’ll love the useful details — as well as Poncho’s quirky, sassy voice and daily lifehacks and mantras.You can start using Poncho’s bot on Messenger, Kik, Slack, or Viber.2) ResistBotHave you ever wanted to send an angry message to one of your U.S. Congressional representatives? Or, do you love what they’re doing and want to send them a thank-you note? ResistBot makes it quick and easy to send messages to your representatives — without having to actually send a letter. Simply text “Resist” to 50409 (or drop them a Facebook Message), and Resistbot will walk you through a series of prompts to confirm your identity and representatives.You can start using ResistBot on your native SMS messaging app or on Messenger.3) Domino’s AnyWareDomino’s Pizza made a name for itself with its 24-hour availability and delicious pizza. Now, hungry diners don’t even have to log onto a site or call to order delivery — they can just use Domino’s AnyWare (a.k.a., a bot for pizza.)You can start using the bot, affectionately known as “Dom,” on Messenger, Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, or via SMS message (by texting a pizza emoji to 88607).4) Kayak Travel HackerKayak, a travel booking site, unveiled Travel Hacker to make finding and booking affordable trips even easier. The bot gives you insights on the most affordable times to travel, updates you on travel plans in real-time, and lets you plan and book travel with ease during a 1:1 message exchange. You can even put in filters for specific requests, like “nonstop flights only” or “four-star hotels.”You can start using Travel Hacker on Messenger, Slack, or Amazon Echo.5) FoxsyFoxsy is a matchmaker bot — but not the kind you might think.Foxsy leaves the romance aside and matches people together to help them find and chat with new friends. So if you’re looking to add a new member to your crew, start answering Foxsy’s questions so they can get to know you.You can start using Foxsy on Messenger or Viber.Editor’s note: HubSpot has acquired Motion AI, which enables everyone (developer or not) to build bots. Learn more here: HubSpot Acquires Motion AI. Chatbots Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

PR Career Guide: Public Relations Job Titles, Descriptions, & Salary

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published May 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM, updated May 11 2018 Public Relations Choosing your career path is arguably the most important decision of your life. But how do you know what a job is actually like if you’ve never had any experience working it?If you landed on this blog post, you’re probably considering a career in public relations. The work definitely appeals to you, but you’re not entirely sure it’s the right choice. What if you realize it’s not actually your passion?Download Now: Free Press Release TemplateTo help you answer these tough questions, we created this public relations career guide that’ll describe what exactly public relations is, the different career paths you can pursue, the industry’s salaries, internships, and the disciplines a public relations degree will cover.Read on to find out if a career in public relations is right for you.What is Public Relations?Public Relations can be boiled down into two main responsibilities: promoting a brand and protecting it. On the promotional side of PR, professionals help businesses or individuals develop a positive reputation with the public through various unpaid or earned forms of communication, like placements in traditional media, social media, and blogs. On the protective side of PR, they help their company or clients maintain their public reputation or defend it during crises.PR is unique because it allows brands to build a relationship with an audience through credible sources, like trusted news outlets.But free publicity isn’t easy to get. Since journalists need to write stories that resonate with their own audiences, public relations professionals have to account for the interests of news outlets when they develop their PR strategy.Another challenge in public relations is protecting a company or client’s reputation in the digital age. Humans have a negativity bias, which helps us be more aware of threats, so, naturally, negative news grabs and holds our attention better than positive news. It also fuels the virality of bad news on social media and Google, so it’s crucial for PR professionals to quickly react to any negative claims about their brand and mitigate the damage.Careers in Public RelationsPromotional Side of Public RelationsOn the promotional side of PR, your main job is to convince the media to write a positive story about you through press releases, story pitches, and press conferences. You can also manage your online and local community relations, handle investor relations, and even be your brand’s spokesperson.Here are some roles you can pursue on the promotional side of PR:Content CreationThe content creation team usually crafts positive stories about their brand that the media relations team pitches to journalists. These stories can also pique journalists’ interest on their own, like a press release about a major company merger. A member of this team writes press materials, bylined articles for news outlets, and can even make brand awareness videos.Media RelationsThe media relations team develop and maintain relationships with journalists, so they can pitch stories to them and seek out interview opportunities for their executive team. They also track all their press, social, and blog placements and measure and report their PR campaign’s effectiveness.Social Media Community The social media community team tracks and manages their company or client’s image on social media. They use social listening tools to gauge the company’s public reputation, and to bolster it, they interact with their social media following, make company announcements on social media, and find social media influencers to promote their brand.Community RelationsThe community relations team makes sure their company or client lives up to their potential as a socially responsible corporation. They do this by finding ways to associate their company or client with positive community events, like sponsoring an event, donating money to an organization, or working a philanthropy event. The brand’s impact on the community gives journalists positive stories to write, which increases their number of press placements and strengthens their public reputation.Financial CommunicationsAt public companies, the financial communications team forges relationships with analysts and investors to improve their financial reputation. They do this by fielding all analyst, media, and investor inquiries at shareholder meetings, press conferences, and private meetings. They also write earnings reports and the investor section on their website.SpokespersonA spokesperson is the face of their company’s brand. They speak to the general public on behalf of their company during press conferences, make T.V. appearances, and respond to any criticism the company might face.Protective Side of PRThe protective side of PR is smaller than the promotional side but is just as important. You can usually pursue two career paths on this side of PR: managing a brand’s reputation or managing a company crisis.Reputation ManagementThe reputation management team gauges their company or client’s public reputation by monitoring brand sentiment on social media, review sites, their ratings and reviews section on Facebook, their own online communities, and the news. This information helps them identify any complaints about their brand and quickly address them through social media and other communication channels online.Crisis ManagementThe crisis management team help clients or their own company deal with major catastrophes caused by human error, intervention, or even malicious intent. They mitigate the damage by releasing statements that take responsibility for the issue, crafting company-wide responses to backlash, and spreading awareness for their plan to solve their problems through paid, earned, and owned marketing channels. They also appoint an official spokesperson to respond to any criticism on behalf of their brand at press conferences and interviews.Public Relations SalariesListed below are the average salaries in Public Relations. We collected this data from Glassdoor’s anonymous salary submissions, which doesn’t account for the employees’ industry, company size, or years of experience.Entry LevelPublic Relations Assistant – $36,576Public Relations Coordinator – $42,663Mid-LevelPublic Relations Associate – $44,222Public Relations Specialist – $53,241ManagementPublic Relations Manager – $71,468Public Relations Director – $83,343Public Relations InternshipsWith over 5,000 public relations internships listed on Glassdoor right now, public relations interns are high in demand. If you land a PR internship, you’ll likely work with multiple teams and take on a broad set of responsibilities like coordinating speaking engagements and media outreach, fielding incoming media requests, drafting press releases and media lists, maintaining social media pages, analyzing media coverage and PR campaign performance, updating reporter databases, and compiling press kits and media collateral.Public Relations DegreeIf you major in public relations during college, your degree will cover three main disciplines:1. Communications and Media: you’ll study the birth of mass media, track its historical trends, and learn how media institutions have affected society.2. Public Relations Theory and Application: you’ll learn the fundamentals and strategic concepts of PR, and at some universities, like Boston University, you can put your knowledge to use by running PR for an actual business or organization.3. Writing for Mass Communication: you’ll learn how to write press releases, pitch emails, and speeches. You’ll also learn how to master the AP style of writing.In addition to these core competencies, most PR programs require you to take classes in media ethics and law, multimedia storytelling, public speaking, journalism, advertising, marketing, American history, statistics, and business writing.If you’re not a public relations major or you want to study something else, most PR departments and firms happily hire marketing, advertising, and journalism majors.If you go to a liberal arts school, majoring in communications or english will give you the best shot of landing a job in public relations. These disciplines will teach you how to communicate clearly and think critically, which are the skills PR professionals need — their work is both creative and analytical.last_img read more

Wenger hails Arsenal for ignoring sacking calls

first_imgArsenal Wenger hails Arsenal for ignoring calls to sack him Chris Burton 18:01 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League The Gunners manager has has praised his board for acknowledging the need for stability and continuity and refusing to bow to external pressure Arsene Wenger has hailed Arsenal for bucking the trend when it comes to constantly changing managers and refusing to bow to pressure.The Gunners boss will write his own piece of history on Sunday when he takes in a meeting with West Brom.That contest will be his 811th Premier League game at the helm, edging him ahead of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of longevity. 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 Wenger has spent over 20 years in north London and has praised his board for acknowledging the need for stability amid recent calls for him to be moved on and a new man brought in.The Frenchman told Arsenal’s official website: “We always come back to the same thing: I feel that the most important thing is that competent people and technical stability is absolutely vital for a club. You need people to carry the values of the club for generations.“If you change all the 20 managers in the middle of the season, you will still have three teams who go down and only one champion.Arsene Wenger Arsenal“We see now the pressure is on every club to change their manager very quickly and then people sit there but who [comes next]? You can see most of the time they turn to managers who have been sacked somewhere else, so it is a problem.“The most important thing today is to be strong inside clubs to resist that kind of pressure and stress.”Wenger’s commitment to Arsenal has never wavered, with protests against him in 2016-17 shrugged off to secure FA Cup success and a new two-year contract.He is now fully focused on guiding the club towards a bright future, with the 68-year-old as motivated by the challenges which lie ahead as he has ever been.“That’s why it’s never boring,” added Wenger.“No matter how long you are in this game you cannot predict what will happen and that’s why we come back for more. We try to dominate this animal, but we never manage to do it completely.”last_img read more

Liverpool midfielder Kane set for Championship loan

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is expected to complete a loan move to the Championship this week.Hull City, Brentford and Charlton Athletic are all keen on signing the 20-year-old, who enjoyed a standout campaign at Doncaster Rovers in League One last term.Millwall and Luton Town have also expressed an interest in the former Bristol City youngster, who has been training and playing with Liverpool’s under-23 side for the past 10 days.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kane is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds, but played 49 times for Doncaster last season, scoring seven times as Grant McCann’s side reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Charlton.McCann has since moved on to Hull, and hopes to use his existing relationship with Liverpool, and with Kane, to secure a season-long deal. The Tigers have also enquired about the availability of Ben Woodburn.Kane was scheduled to be part of the under-23 team that travelled to Scotland to face The Spartans FC in Edinburgh on Monday evening, but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case. He played 90 minutes last Wednesday as Neil Critchley’s side drew 0-0 with Crewe at Kirkby.Liverpool are set to give both Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent the chance to shine on the club’s three-game tour of the USA. The Reds depart for South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday and the young wingers are both expected to be in the travelling party. Both featured in the win over Tranmere on Thursday night and in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Bradford.Both players will have suitors, both loan and permanent, but with numbers depleted, particularly in attacking areas, Jurgen Klopp is keen to give them further opportunities. Harry Wilson Liverpool 2019Bobby Duncan, the top scorer for Barry Lewtas’ under-18s side last season, has featured in both friendlies so far and will be hoping to make the cut for the US tour, though the returns of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum mean Klopp’s squad should have a more senior look to it.Liverpool are still yet to discover the full extent of the knee injury sustained by Paul Glatzel against Tranmere, amid fears the 18-year-old could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while young goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has been ruled out for the rest of the Reds’ pre-season campaign after damaging ligaments in his elbow during a training session at Melwood.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

GTT, Chantiers Shipyard Bury the Hatchet

first_imgzoom France-based LNG containment manufacturer GTT and compatriot shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique have decided to put an end to their dispute.Namely, the two companies have agreed to dismiss all lawsuits opposing the two sides since 2006.The settlement agreement, signed on November 25, includes Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s sale of a patent portfolio concerning specific LNG membrane containment technologies, GTT said.The company did not disclose any details on the financial terms of the agreement.The disputes between the two sides protracted for almost ten years following a technical glitch related to a CS1 membrane containment solution that GTT granted licence for to the shipyard in 2001.In 2005, the two companies found a technical solution to the issue, which resulted in a compensation transaction by GTT and its insurers to Chantiers de l’Atlantique totaling in € 18.3 million (EUR 194 million).However, this was followed by several other issues that resulted in seeking arbitration from an international arbitration in 2006.last_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial célèbre laccès au logement sécuritaire et abordable dans le

first_img Nos efforts font une différence dans la vie de nombreux Néo-Écossais. Nous travaillons en étroite collaboration avec nos partenaires dans le domaine du logement, et nous savons que nous pouvons en faire encore davantage pour réduire la pauvreté et offrir un plus grand nombre de logements abordables et durables à l’échelle de la province. Les personnes responsables de la Fédération de l’habitation coopérative du Canada ont récemment communiqué avec nous et ont reconnu notre travail auprès des coopératives de logement visant à contribuer à la protection, à la préservation et à la restauration des immeubles de logements abordables à revenu mixte. En fait, la Nouvelle-Écosse était l’une de quelques provinces seulement à réserver des fonds pour les coopératives d’habitation dans son dernier budget. Un projet pilote novateur vise à aider les gens qui vivent dans les refuges à faire la transition vers un logement à long terme avec services de soutien. Jusqu’à présent, cette initiative a aidé 200 personnes à faire la transition vers un logement sécuritaire à long terme. Bien qu’il soit important de célébrer les progrès réalisés jusqu’à présent, nous devons maintenant nous pencher sur les futurs défis. Plus tard cet automne, une série de consultations publiques aura lieu afin de contribuer à la création d’une stratégie audacieuse et complète à long terme sur le logement. Je vous encourage tous à y participer afin de nous permettre de bâtir des communautés plus prospères et inclusives. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le logement abordable en Nouvelle-Écosse, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/coms/affordablehousing (en anglais seulement). -30- des milliers de ménages à effectuer des réparations nécessaires pour assurer leur santé et leur sécurité; des centaines d’aînés ou de personnes handicapées à adapter ou à modifier leur logement afin de pouvoir continuer de vivre de façon indépendante dans leur communauté; la création de nouveaux logements abordables à louer, soit par la construction ou par la conversion d’immeubles non résidentiels existants; les promoteurs immobiliers à préserver des logements locatifs abordables. L’accès à un logement adéquat et abordable est le fondement de notre lutte visant à éliminer la pauvreté. À titre de ministre des Services communautaires, je suis fière de dire qu’un plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais ont aujourd’hui un logement sécuritaire et abordable, comparativement aux années précédentes. En partenariat avec le gouvernement fédéral, le gouvernement provincial a investi 145 millions de dollars dans le logement abordable depuis 2009. En ce premier jour d’octobre, la Nouvelle-Écosse célèbre la Journée mondiale de l’habitat en réfléchissant aux réalisations récentes et en mettant l’accent sur le travail qu’il reste à accomplir pour répondre aux besoins en matière de logement de nombreux Néo-Écossais. L’année dernière seulement, la Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation a offert du soutien pour créer ou préserver des milliers de logements à l’échelle de la province, en aidant :last_img read more

Nippon Lifes open offer to buy 2249 of RNAM for Rs 3179

first_imgNew Delhi: Nippon Life Company Friday announced an open offer to acquire nearly 22.49 per cent stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management (RNAM) for Rs 3,179 crore under a deal with Reliance Capital which is exiting the mutual funds business. Nippon Life Company would acquire up to 13.82 crore equity shares or about 22.49 per cent shares of Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management (RNAM) at Rs 230 per share, according to the RNAM’s draft filed with regulator Sebi on Friday. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe transaction is to be payable in cash for a total consideration of Rs 3,179.41 crore. Reliance Capital in May had announced to exit mutual fund business by selling its stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd (RNAM) to its joint venture partner Japan’s Nippon Life Insurance. Both partners had 42.88 per cent stake each in the company, while the rest is with public shareholders. Reliance Capital has already signed the binding definitive agreements with Nippon Life Insurance of Japan. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefAn open offer is a mandatory condition under Sebi guidelines for acquiring equity shares in a company (target) by the acquirer company (Nippon Life). RNAM has already sold 4,82,83,405 equity shares through an offer for sale (OFS) undertaken on May 24 and May 27, 2019. Upon completion of the acquisition of shares, Nippon Life will have the right to re-constitute the board of directors in RNAM including the right to appoint nominee directors or effect resignation of any director on the board. RNAM had registered a net profit of Rs 486.09 crore in fiscal ended March 2019, up by 6.7 per cent from a year ago’s Rs 455.74 crore. Nippon Life of Japan will acquire the stake in RNAM through its internal accruals and it has earmarked Japanese Yen 58,000 million (equivalent to Rs 3,676.04 crore).last_img read more