France Wants to be India’s Best Partner in Europe: Emmanuel Macron

first_imgFrance wants to become India’s “best partner in Europe,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on March 10 morning at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he inspected the guard of honor. Macron is on a four-day visit to India during which key agreements on maritime security, nuclear cooperation and more will be discussed.“France is the entry point to Europe. We want to be India’s best partner in Europe,” Macron said. “The first (objective of my visit) is to seal for the decade to come a strong pact around collective security in the region between our two democracies.”He added, “I am very happy and proud of this visit. I thank the President (Ram Nath Kovind) and Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) for this welcome.”He was welcomed by Modi, who greeted Macron with his customary hug. The French president said he established a personal rapport with Modi in Paris last year.”I think we have very good chemistry, our two great democracies have a historic relationship,” Macron said.He added that the visit would open a new era of strategic partnership between the two countries in the coming decades.“Our two democracies have common channels like terrorism, lots of common risks and common threats. But we have to protect this history and the state for freedom,” Macron added.During his India visit, Macron will also take part in a Town Hall meeting where around 300 students will be present. He will later take part in a Knowledge Summit, which will be attended by more than 200 academicians from both sides.Macron is accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, businessmen and top officials.Earlier, the Indian government said, “The visit of President Macron is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of our engagement.”“The strategic partnership between India and France, established in 1998, is one of the most important and comprehensive bilateral engagements and is marked by intense and frequent high-level exchanges and deep political understanding,” it added.“We have enhanced and ongoing cooperation in the defense, maritime, space, security, and energy-related sectors, and are increasingly working together on all issues of concern including terrorism, climate change, sustainable growth and development, infrastructure, smart urbanization, S&T cooperation, and youth exchanges. Macron’s visit is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of our engagement.”Before Macron’s visit to India, the Sikh community in France wrote to Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to raise the issue about the turban removal controversy in the country.The Sikh community settled in France has asked Swaraj to take notice of the situation there. Conseil Représentatif Des Sikhs De France (Representative Council of Sikhs of France) based in Paris said that Sikhs are being asked to remove their turbans before photographing them for official documents, the Indian Express reported.“Despite the success that we got in the United Nations after raising the issue there in 2012, ground reality has not changed in France. Whenever we apply for an identity document, we are asked to remove turban for photos. The French Sikh community is struggling for their identity here. The issue was raised during the visit of former French president F Hollande to New Delhi but it remains unsolved till now,” Ranjit G Singh, the spokesperson of the council of Sikhs in France, was quoted as saying in the report. Related Itemsemmanuel macronFranceSikhismlast_img read more

Mumbai Residents Protest Outside U.S. Consulate to Support ‘March For Our Lives’

first_imgAs the United States saw one of its biggest protests in decades over the gun control laws in the country, a group of people in Mumbai also took out a “March For Our Lives” demonstration to the U.S. consulate on March 25 to express their solidarity with their friends, family and others in America. The solidarity march in Mumbai, however, invited a spate of mixed reactions on the social media.The “March for Our Lives” is a student-led demonstration, organized by members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland along with a non-profit organization called Everytown for Gun Safety. While a huge congregation participated in the protest in Washington D.C, sister marches were held across the country to push the Trump administration for gun control laws in the wake of frequent mass public shootings.The march in Mumbai was held to “show people in the United States that they’re not alone,” ANI quoted a protester named Anil Rohira as saying.“We stand with them united in this mission to end gun violence.This march is awareness. Not only in the United States but throughout the world, every life is precious. This should not happen that an innocent kid going into school to gain knowledge and education does not return home one evening. As citizens of the world, we should make sure this does not happen,” he further said to the news agency.However, the Mumbai march led to some derision on the social media.These are the people who stay in Bandra yet call “911” during an emergency— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) March 25, 2018Just to note, India does not have gun control problems.Among the various problems it does have however, jumping on every bandwagon is one of them.— Kevin Sebastian (@NoxVoyager) March 26, 2018When the earthquake is in Hawaii but you mark yourself safe in Hoshiarpur!— Pratyasha Rath (@pratyasharath) March 25, 2018Tweets poured in support of the march as well, even as the organizers of the event changed the settings of their Twitter account — March For Our Lives, Mumbai — to the protected mode.For those who asking why should we protest here. Remember many Indians are living in US and the victims of gun violence includes Indian Americans too. A little support from this part of world will not waste some sweat.— Nidh (@DrNidhn) March 25, 2018Just showing their support. Kids in the USA are humans too. Any kind of support to the cause is great.— bee🥀 (@reputationswxft) March 25, 2018Many Indian have relatives over there maybe they are raising their voice for it. It has nothing to do with fetish…— Rahulgandhi pm 2019 (@rightwing96) March 25, 2018The solidarity marches also took place in London,Copenhagen, Madrid, Tokyo,Brisbane, Rome, and Paris, CNN reported.“March For Our Lives” in the United States has also been backed by several Indian American lawmakers. Democrat Senator Kamala Harris joined the march in Los Angeles, while Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal showed off her “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), that indicates her lack of support to American gun laws, American Bazaar reported. The pro-gun lobby rates members of Congress depending on their voting record on the right to bear arms.Invoking her part in 27 legislative actions to bring about gun laws, Jayapal declared that she has never taken money from the NRA. Democratic Congressman Ami Bera of California joined the rally in Sacramento.Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi  from Illionois said he will “keep fighting for real gun reform in Congress with the knowledge that today is only a beginning,” the report added. It also quoted Democrat Congressman Ro Khanna of California as saying: “Americans are not divided on the issue of gun safety. The majority stands with all those who are taking to the streets today to March for our Lives. Every time that Congress fails to pass meaningful gun safety legislation, we are failing the American people.” Related ItemsMarch for our livesMumbaiUnited Stateslast_img read more

Nursing Union Wants UK Govt to Scrap Health Fee for Non-EU Workers

first_imgThe Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the world’s largest nursing union and professional body, has urged the United Kingdom government to do away with immigration health surcharge paid by nurses coming to the country from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).Non-European Union nurses and their family members should be made exempt from the surcharge, RCN chief executive Janet Davies said during the organization’s annual conference held in Belfast on May 13. Davies also warned leaders against extending the fee to EU migrants after Brexit.“When facing staff shortages in National Health Service and care, the UK has depended on professionals from around the world,” Davies said, according to ITV. “We are proud as a profession to have the best and brightest from over 200 countries around the world. But the government now seems hell-bent on showing, through its handling of Brexit and the treatment of people from the wider world, that they’re no longer welcome,” she added.The immigration health surcharge has to be paid by everyone outside the EEA seeking to live in the United Kingdom for six months or more to work, study, or join family. Since 2015, migrants have to pay £200 fee per family member for every year on their work permit.In February 2018, it was announced that the surcharge would be doubled to £400 later this year. Students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme will also have to pay £300 per year instead of the earlier fee of £150 per year.It is expected that nurses from the EEA will also have to pay the fee after Brexit.“Data from NHS Improvement covering the last three months of 2017 show that the NHS in England had 100,000 vacant positions, of which 35,000 were nursing posts,” according to RCN. The organization also said that more nurses are leaving than joining the NHS. The number of EU nurses joining the register has fallen by 96 per cent since the Brexit referendum.“The care we’re able to provide is totally compromised by short staffing. The current shortages are not only dangerous but a vicious circle too,” Davies said during the conference.At the event, Kenyan nurse Evaline Omondi, who works in Luton, Bedfordshire, recounted how she was asked to pay £3,600 upfront to cover three years of fees for two adults and her four children. She was forced to send her youngest children, aged 6 and 8 years, back to Kenya since she couldn’t afford the fee.She said that the surcharge has scattered her family.The NHS is a publicly-funded national healthcare system for England and one of the four National Health Services for each constituent country of the United Kingdom. It is currently facing acute staff shortage, including hundreds of doctors and nurses. Indian nurses have been a part of the first pilot of the “earn, learn and return” program, and the NHS said in January that 600 nurses – from the Philippines and India – would be hired to meet a critical shortage in Northern Ireland. Related ItemsNHSNursesUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

32 Indian Pilgrims Stranded in Iraq After Being Deserted by Travel Agency Return Home

first_imgIndian pilgrims who were stranded in Iraq for a week have returned to India following assistance provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, the New Indian Express reported.The 32 Indians were stuck at Najaf in Iraq, where they had gone for a pilgrimage of the Shia shrines, when their visas expired. Their tour guide left them without paying the hotel bills after Hyderabad-based tour operator KSS Travels, that had organized the pilgrimage, shut shop following criminal cases being filed against them for cheating customers, the Times of India reported..@SushmaSwaraj Madam, Thanks for immediate action, All 32 pilgrim’s cheated by #KSS Tours & Travels who were stuck up in Najaf, Iraq are returning today after intervention by @EI_Baghdad. They have boarded flight today at 16:30 (Baghdad-Sharjah-mumbai-Hyd). @vijaypdwivedi— Amjed Ullah Khan MBT (@amjedmbt) June 7, 2018The return tickets for the pilgrims were funded by Mumbai-based ACF Tourism after it was found that KSS travels had given the tour contract to ACF, as per reports. “When Indian embassy officials went to rescue the pilgrims they learnt that the hotel was booked under the name of a local agent working for ACF tourism,” Syed Ali Jafri of Shia Companion Foundation was quoted as saying by NIE.He took to the social media to express his gratitude to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for providing assistance to the pilgrims.@SushmaSwaraj Madam, I am really thankful to you for Helping the Indian Pilgrims Stuck in Iraq to get back India. After Interventions of @EI_Baghdad the tour operator has provided airline tickets to all the passengers@ANI @amjedmbt @sudhakarudumula— Syed Ali Jaffry ® (@syedalijaffry) June 7, 2018“So the Embassy and Iraqi police called for the local agent and asked him to pay for the return tickets since the hotel was booked under his name. If he hadn’t helped the pilgrims, he would have been subjected to prosecution under the Iraqi law,” he added.Jafri had on June 2 urged Swaraj on the social media to help the stranded pilgrims in Iraq.32 Indian Pilgrims of Hyderabad has been Stuck in Najaf, Iraq. The said Pilgrim’s dos’nt have Return ticket neither valid Iraq Visa. They were sent to #Iraq by #KSS tours, which was shutdown by police after scam@SushmaSwaraj madam please rescue them.@hydcitypolice @amjedmbt— Syed Ali Jaffry ® (@syedalijaffry) June 2, 2018Two criminal cases were earlier registered against KSS Travels and the police said they are investigating the case, as per the Times of India.Syed Altaf Abedi, the chairman of KSS Travels, has already been arrested by the police, along with the company’s Hyderabad branch manager, Mohammed Taqi, employee Hashim, and others. The travel agency is allegedly involved in a scam amounting to crores of rupees.“In Kadapa district alone, four cases were booked and in other districts in Andhra Pradesh, cases are booked. Accused had already sent around 10,000 pilgrims,” Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa superintendent of police Attada Babujee was quoted as saying by TOI.KSS was allegedly taking vast sums of money from pilgrims who wished to travel for Umrah and Ziyarat, NIE reported. They are also said to have taken their passports, but as the time of their journeys came closer, KSS did not keep its word of sending them to the pilgrimage. Related ItemsHyderabadiraqMumbailast_img read more

Australia’s U.S. Ambassador Apologizes Over ‘Insensitive’ Tweet on Kerala Floods

first_imgAustralian ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, has apologized after been facing flak over his “insensitive” tweet about Kerala floods.Replying to a tweet posted by an Indian person living in Australia, Hockey wrote on the social media platform, “If you saw my tweet as insensitive I obviously apologize and have removed it.”Suresh I am no longer in Parliament and cannot move a condolence motion. I however offer my sincere condolences and have also offered prayers. If you saw my tweet as insensitive I obviously apologize and have removed it. Please refer to other tweets.— Joe Hockey (@JoeHockey) August 16, 2018Earlier this week, the envoy was criticized all across the world after he shared a video of a news report about the incessant rain in the Indian state, with the comment, “Please send to Australia – rain welcome party will be arranged.”Over 100 people have died in the Indian state over the last 10 days, after heavy rains lashed down in the region in what is being called the worst natural disaster that Kerala has witnessed in a century.Hockey’s tweet, which has since been removed, was made in an attempt to make a joke about Australia’s drought crisis. It wasn’t, however, taken kindly by Twitter users. The remark posted by Hockey, 53, put him in the eye of a storm, with Twitter users calling him “jerk’ and “out of touch.”“Really Ambassador @JoeHockey? When scores of people have died? On the anniversary of India’s independence? And at the same time your government and India want deeper ties?” Prasanna Kovalam tweeted.Another user, Terry Dwyer, said: “You should give a little more thought before commenting on a disaster. Try to imagine how you would feel if your family was caught in it.”Steve Exon simply said: “75 dead Joe. Foolish comment.”Later, Hockey deleted the post, and published another tweet, sharing his concerns about the various natural disasters around the world, and sending prayers to all those who have been coping with the rage of “angry mother nature.”Horrific and tragic floods in #KeralaFloods. Massive fires in #CaliforniaFires. Terrible devastation in #Australiandrought.Prayers everywhere in face of angry Mother Nature.— Joe Hockey (@JoeHockey) August 16, 2018The situation in Kerala continues to be grim, with more rainfall predicted to occur this week. Huge swaths of land remain submerged in water, and the airport at Kochi has been closed until Aug. 26. Rescue teams from the defense forces have been deployed to evacuate stranded people. Road transportation and train services have been halted, and drinking water supply has been hit at many places.The tweet about Kerala was, however, not the first time Hockey got mired in a controversy on the social media platform. His elevator selfies in the United States have earlier invited a number of raised eyebrows.Last year, a tweet in which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was called a “cranky prick,” was liked by his account, an act he blamed on hackers, after it drew much attention. Related ItemsAustraliaEnvironmentKeralalast_img read more

Soapsuds And Bollywood

first_imgThis is probably a first for daytime soaps on American TV – a full-blown Bollywood musical fantasy! NBC’s Passions, which is a sizzling drama set in a small New England town, is watched by 2 million people across the United States. In a recent episode, Ethan and Gwen want to get away from the scheming Theresa, so Ethan asks for a transfer to the India office and Gwen imagines the possibilities in a Bollywood dream scene.  Why India and why now? Says producer Richard Schilling, “The idea really came from our head writer Jim Riley. I think with the popularity of Bollywood, the explosion and the number of films they do a year – and the color of it, the beauty of it – I think it seemed like the right time to Jim. Our composer John Henry immersed himself into the Bollywood music scene, went to a bunch of movies, listened to a bunch of albums and came up with a great song.”Schilling hired Los Angeles dance teacher Nukul Dev Mahajan, who runs a Bollywood dance studio and consulted on the costumes and choreographed the piece. All the costumes were designed here and made in India in record time. The episode has a big splashy production number with 40 dancers and 20 extras – feels like a cast of thousands – and after a spirited dance concert (a la Devdas?) between the two women, the lovers end up riding into the sunset on horseback.“It’s all very Bollywood and we were excited to bring it to American television,” says Schilling. “I think it will be a great education for a lot of people in the country who may have heard about Bollywood, but didn’t really know what it looked like. We have tried to be as authentic as we could to the form and still have fun with it in the daytime sort of way.”So will Gwen and Ethan really go to India in the upcoming episodes? Schilling is not about to divulge any plot secrets. Sphinx-like, he says, “Well, stay tuned and watch! Related Itemslast_img read more

India Set To Remain Top Remittance Recipient in 2017: World Bank

first_imgWith the Indian diaspora estimated to bring in $65 billion in 2017, the country is set to secure its position as the one receiving top remittances, according to the World Bank report released on Oct. 3. The report projects the global remittances to grow by 3.9 per cent to $596 billion this year.Remittances to India are estimated to grow by 4.2 per cent to $65 billion, following a nine per cent decline in 2016 to $62.7 billion. The global lender said the remittances growth to South Asia region will be moderate at 1.1 per cent to $112 billion this year, with the impact of lower oil prices and aggressive nationalization policies creating constrained labor market conditions in the Gulf Cooperation Council.The economic downturn in the GCC has, in turn, affected the flow of migrant workers from South Asia to the Gulf countries. As a result, the remittance flow to Pakistan is expected to flatline this year, and the flow to countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will see a decline. The bank projected that the remittances flow to this region is set to grow by a weaker 2.6 per cent to $114 billion in 2018. India’s remittances, however, are expected to grow at 2.5 per cent in 2018.“Remittances are a lifeline for developing countries; this is particularly true following natural disasters, such as the recent earthquakes in Mexico and the storms devastating the Caribbean,” Dilip Ratha, the lead author of the brief and head of KNOMAD or Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, was quoted as saying by news agencies.Other countries that figure in the top five remittance-receiving countries are China ($61 billion), the Philippines ($33 billion), Mexico ($31 billion) and Nigeria ($22 billion). However, the top five countries with remittances as a share of gross domestic product for 2017 are the smaller countries, such as the Kyrgyz Republic, Haiti, Tajikistan, Nepal and Liberia.The report was released ahead of the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Related ItemsIndia remittancesInternational Monetary FundLittle IndiaNRIRemittance chartSouth Asia remittancesWorld Banklast_img read more

Donald Trump Nominates Rohit Chopra as Federal Trade Commissioner

first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate consumer rights lawyer Rohit Chopra as a commissioner in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Oct. 19. The New York resident’s nomination is for the remainder of the seven-year term expiring Sept. 25, 2019.Chopra is currently a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focuses on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families. He also served the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as assistant director for five years where his responsibility was to oversee the agency’s work on student financial services issues. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him as the agency’s student loan ombudsman.In 2016, Chopra served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education. Before taking up government service, he was an associate at McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the financial services and consumer technology sectors.Chopra holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.He is an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a strong consumer advocate.The FTC is led by five commissioners, who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. No more than three commissioners can be from the same party. Chopra is being nominated   to fill the empty Democratic seat on the commission.Trump also nominated attorney Joseph Simons of Virginia for a seven-year term beginning Sept. 26, 2017 as the chairman of the FTC and is expected to nominate Noah Phillips, the chief counsel for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), for the FTC.The FTC is an independent agency of the U.S. government for the protection of consumer rights. Its purpose is to protect consumers by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices, enhancing informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process, and accomplishing this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity. The agency was created in 1914. Related ItemsDonald TrumpElizabeth warrenfederal trade commissionFTC Indian commissionerObama administrationrohit chopralast_img read more

California Upholds Hindu Groups’ Recommendations for Textbooks

first_imgThe California Board of Education acceded to a decade-long demand by Hindu groups in the United States for an “accurate and culturally competent portrayal of India and Hinduism” in school textbooks, the Hindu American Foundation and the Hindu Education Foundation said on Nov. 9. The state’s Instructional Quality Commission approved the changes after taking a look at drafts of new elementary school textbooks from different publishers.The move, however, also received its share of criticism. The South Asian Histories For All Coalition (SAHFA) said that the recommendations upheld by the state erased the history of Dalits, Sikhs and other Indian minorities. “Today the CA State Board of Education failed to protect the rights of Dalit, Sikh, and Muslim Californians. They gave in to manipulation and intimidation, Shameful. Our textbooks continue to fail our marginalized communities,” Barnali Ghosh, an Indian American community activist, said, India West reported.SAHFA added that several changes recommended in the official guidelines were ignored. For instance, National Geographic World History Ancient Civilizations textbook does not mention the Dalits. Although the Dalits were named in the official guidelines, the textbook says, “At the bottom were slaves, laborers, and artisans. Many centuries later, another group developed that was considered even lower.”The official guidelines describe caste as “a person belonged to a particular caste primarily by birth.” However, in the final version of the California Studies Weekly – Social Studies textbook — it says “someone’s position in society was based on his or her nature, or attitude.”SAHFA also claims that Guru Nanak’s opposition to the caste system and his challenges to Brahmin authoritarianism have also been left out of the National Geographic World History“California students deserve a balanced and fact-based history, not a partisan history,” stated SAHFA.Samir Kalra, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation, was happy with the changes made in the textbooks. “Despite the false claims of SAHFA, our broad interfaith coalition that represents individuals from all communities including Dalits, never tried to erase any community, caste, or religion’s history, and believe that all groups should be represented fairly in textbooks,” he said, India West reported.“In fact, we asked that the contributions of Hindus of all backgrounds, including the spiritual traditions of Dalit Hindus, be acknowledged in textbooks. Most of the changes that SAHFA submitted were hateful and violate California law and the textbook framework,” he added.The Hindu groups acknowledged the help of several politicians for their help in the campaign, such as California state Assemblyman Ash Kalra, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.Gabbard wrote a letter to Michael Kirst, the president of the State Board of Education, and Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, on Oct. 31, saying that current California textbooks have “gross inaccuracies and stereotypical images, perpetuating biased images about Hinduism and Indian culture.” She said that the textbooks are based on outdated research and “the use of stereotypical images that portray India and Hindus as dirty, primitive and ‘spiritually poor’ is nothing short of egregious.” This was in violation of the State Education Code, which prohibits local school boards from adopting content that might unfairly portray people based on their religion, national origin, sexuality, or disabilities, among other factors, she added. Related ItemsCalifornia Hindusim textbooksHindu American FoundationHindu Education FoundationLittle IndiaRaja KrishnamoorthiSamir KalraSouth Asian Histories For All CoalitionTulsi Gabbardlast_img read more

Indian American Candidates Win Primaries in Ohio, North Carolina

first_imgIndian American and South Asian American politicians emerged victorious during primary elections in Ohio and North Carolina on May 8. Elections were also conducted in Indiana and West Virginia on the same day, but South Asian Americans did not merge victorious there.Aftab Pureval, 35, a Democrat who was running in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, won unopposed in the primary election. He will face the Republican incumbent Steve Chabot during the general election on Nov. 6, 2018.Pureval, who has an India-born father and Tibet-born mother, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He worked as an associate at White & Case after graduating from UC, and was later employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati, and with Procter & Gamble.He first came to public attention by winning the Hamilton County clerk of courts seat in 2016.“I’m running for Congress because we need a new direction for our country and a new generation of leadership,” Pureval said in a tweet. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Let’s do this together.”The two other Indian American candidates in Ohio — Niraj Antani and Aziz Ahmad — also advanced to the general election in the 42nd District and 7th District seat.Antani is the Republican incumbent in the 42nd District. He won with 63 per cent votes.He is first Indian American Republican elected to the Ohio House. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.“Thanks to you, we won the Republican primary (May 8) for my re-election as your State Representative,” Antani said in an emailed statement to his supporters, according to India West. “With your support, I will be able to continue fighting every day at the State House to ensure every Ohioan has the opportunity to achieve their American Dream.”Antani will face Democrat Zach Dickerson in the general election.Ahmad, a Democrat who ran unopposed in the 7th District, will face Republican incumbent Thomas Patton in the November election.He studied international affairs and political science at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, and serves as a Teach for America Corps Member. He is pursuing a masters degree in public administration and policy from American University.In North Carolina, South Asian Americans ran for seats at state-level offices.Jay Chaudhuri, a state Senate candidate and Democratic incumbent in the 15th Legislative District, won his primary, unopposed. He will face Republican Alan Mitchell and Libertarian Brian Lewis in November.Chaudhuri is an Indian American attorney, professor, and politician.In the Democratic primary for the 38th State Senate District, Mujtaba Mohammed, also an Indian American, won with 52 percent of the vote. He will be challenged by Republican Richard Rivette in the general election.Mohammed is a former staff attorney and child advocate at the Council for Children’s Rights, and a fighter for indigent people as an Assistant Public Defender in Charlotte.  Related ItemsIndian AmericanOhioUnited Stateslast_img read more

Indian American Teens Win National Geographic Bee, Spelling Bee Contests

first_imgThe three top spots at the recent National Geographic Bee contest were all taken by Indian American whiz kids. Venkat Ranjan, 13, beat 10 other finalists to win the top prize, after answering “Paraguay” to the question: “Which South American country has a population size most similar to Lebanon?”The 30th annual National Geographic Bee was held at the organization’s headquarters in Washington D.C on May 23.California resident Ranjan, an eighth grader at Windemere Ranch Middle school, has been entering the competition since 2015. In all, he has topped about 2.6 million kids from fourth to eighth grade from more than 10,000 schools who participated in the competition based on geography and world affairs. With his win, Ranjan got a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands on board the National Geographic Endeavour ll.Anoushka Buddhikot, another 13-year-old student from Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School in New Jersey, answered “Guyana” to the final question, and earned the second spot, while 14-year-old Vishal Sareddy from Riverwatch Middle School in Georgia finished third in the competition. Buddhikot and Sareddy got college scholarships worth $25,000 and $10,000, respectively.“All of you have demonstrated an impressive commitment to geography and maps, and today we’re rewarding that commitment,” National Geographic Society chair Jean Case said at the event.Case also observed that while they consider themselves map geeks at National Geographic, “geography is about so much more than just memorizing places on map.”The goal of the Bee is, he added, to “educate, inspire, and celebrate you, our young people because you are our future leaders.”The national finals started with a group of 54 state and overseas territory competition winners in Washington, D.C., and came down to the final 10. The competition was hosted by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca for a third consecutive year.Students had to answer various questions, ranging from whether a map of the United States shows homelessness or the literacy rate, the range of the black bear or a ponderosa pine, name of the U.S. state capital on the Pearl River, Sweden’s largest island, and the currency of Denmark. As a test of their analytical skills, contestants were also asked to pick one of three rivers as the best choice to focus on a plastic cleanup effort, to reduce the amount of waste going into the ocean.The top three finalists chose China’s Yangtze River, saying that the area’s high population and plastic consumption, and limited collection and recycling infrastructure, made it the prime target.About 120 million students have participated with more than 90 scholarships given out, coming up to a total of $1.5 million since the competition started.Meanwhile, another Indian American student won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee on June 1. Karthik Nemmani, 14, from Texas won the contest by spelling “koinonia” correctly. With cash and prizes worth more than $42,000, he become the 14th Indian American Spelling Bee champion in 11 consecutive years, since a few contests resulted in joint winners. Related ItemsIndian AmericanNational geographicspelling beelast_img read more


first_imgThe Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday The Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday with a knock that is expected to sideline him for next weeks trip to Sassuolo, a match keeper Samir Handanovic and winger Ivan Perisic will miss through suspensions after picking up late bookings for time-wasting.Inter coach Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, admitted their absence from Europes top table next season weighs heavily.”Its weighing on everyone the fact we wont be playing in it,” said Mancini, who won seven trophies including three consecutive league titles in his previous spell at the club in 2004-2008.In 2010 Inter clinched the treble, and Mancini added: “As a club, the Champions League is a competition Inter should always be involved in.”Inter had the perfect start, Icardi firing first-time into the roof of the net on 12 minutes from Perisics smart pull-back.Empoli reduced the arrears eight minutes before the interval thanks to Manuel Pucciarelli, but just three minutes later Perisic tapped home the rebound after keeper Alberto Pelagotti spilled Stevan Jovetics shot.In the end Inter were thankful for the points after Pucciarelli was ruled offside after drilling into the roof of the net and Andrea Costa saw a bouncing volley go just wide of Handanovics post.”We should have taken a lot more from this game, but well keep on plugging away playing and enjoying ourselves playing the football we play,” said Empoli coach Marco Giampaolo.Today champions Juventus are away to relegated Verona in what will be home striker Luca Tonis final fixture after 22 years as a professional. Roma win at home to Chievo in todays early game would send Luciano Spallettis men up to provisional second place with a one-point lead on fellow Champions League qualification rivals Napoli, who travel to Torino later in the day. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra trolled for wearing tricolour scarf on IDay

first_imgMumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) Priyanka Chopra was once again at the receiving end of online trolls when she donned a tricolour scarf to mark the countrys 70th Independence Day.The 35-year-old actor had posted a boomerang video on her social media accounts. She is seen sporting a stole resembling the national flag and swaying it in the air.”Independence Day #Vibes #MyHeartBelongsToIndia #HappyIndependenceDayIndia #JaiHind,” Chopra posted.But the Internet trolls started tearing into the actors choice of clothes, calling the move “shameful” and “insulting” for the country.”Whats is going on here Priyanka have some respect for national flag of India,” a user wrote.”She can wear whatever she wants but must choose some decent outfit according to occasion,” another user said.A troll wrote, “You cant defend this shameful lady who is destroying our countrys name globally.”Many, however, came forward in Chopras defence.”Whats up with people… There is nothing wrong in showing love to your country in any way u feel like…,” one wrote.One of the actors fans wrote, “Love you PC… The look suits you! And stop being hypocrites guys… Its her life, let her decide.”Chopra was recently slammed for wearing a dress during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin. PTI RDS BDS BKlast_img read more

Police Confirm Sala’s Body Recovered from Plane Wreckage

first_imgA view of the match day program with an image of Emiliano Sala on the cover, ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Cardiff and Bournemouth at the Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Mark Kerton/PA via AP) LONDON (AP) — Police confirmed on Thursday that the body recovered from a plane in the English Channel was that of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.Dorset police made the announcement after a coroner’s examination of the body, which was recovered from the seabed wreckage of the plane on Wednesday.Sala, who had just signed with Premier League club Cardiff, and pilot David Ibbotson were the only people onboard the small aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month. “The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala,” Dorset Police said in a statement. “The families of Mr. Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”Investigators have not been able to recover the aircraft, which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city’s team.An initial search and rescue operation failed to locate the plane but it was later discovered by the Air Accident Investigation Branch and privately funded search teams.After the confirmation of Sala’s death, Cardiff issued a statement saying “he and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”The Argentine Football Association also expressed its condolences on Twitter.“Profound pain over the death of Emiliano Sala,” the AFA said. “Our condolences to his family and loved ones.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Top archer Verma confident of winning two medals in Asian Games

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Aug 12 (PTI) Top Indian archer Abhishek Verma is still confident of clinching two medals in the Asian Games, the same number he won in the last edition, despite the compound section he competed in will not have individual events this time. The 29-year-old Verma won two medals — one in individual and the other in team event — Incheon Asian Games in 2014 out of India’s total of four, all from the compound section. The recurve archers had returned empty-handed. With two World Cup gold medals and one silver in World Cup Final, Verma is the top medal prospect in these Asian Games beginning August 18. These Games though will have no individual events. He will be competing in team event and a mixed pair event. “But that (no individual events in compound archery) will be same for everyone. We have mixed pair event inducted now, so either way I stand a chance to win two medals,” Verma told PTI from his training base at Sonepat. “Definitely, there will be medals in all the three sections — men’s and women’s team events and mixed pair — but it’s difficult to predict the colour of medal right now. It will depend on that particular day and the conditions,” he said. India is the defending champions in the team event but Verma said: “We will not be under pressure. It’s just that we will look to bag both the medals (team and mixed pair). All teams are very strong. We will look to give them competition, not the other way round.”advertisement India had returned empty-handed in the recurve section at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, a big setback from bagging three medals at Guangzhou 2010 where Tarundeep Rai had won a silver. The biggest loser has been the men’s recurve team who has slipped from being world number one in 2010-11 to being number 12 now. But Verma backed the underfire recurve section and said they would also win three medals. “They did not win any but we won four. I’m sure we will win three in compound and three in recurve in Indonesia this time. There was a time when they won all the medals, hopefully good days will be back again soon.” About his role in the Indian team, he said: “I will be leading the team. I don’t see any junior-senior divide. It’s a team effort. As per the situation, we will decide on the order.” In an ideal scenario, Verma starts the proceedings while Rajat does the finishing but things may change, he said. “It’s about making the junior comfortable, we will see what best can be done,” Verma said. The Indian team is having a 10-day coaching camp under two-time World Cup Final winner Sergio Pagni of Italy. Terming this a fruitful experience, he said: “He (Sergio Pagni) did not make any drastic changes, but giving small but really helpful tips.” “Most of us know how to drive a car but not all of them can manoeuvre through tricky roads when you’re getting late. It’s about staying unruffled. “Anyone can shoot an arrow but it’s during a pressure match your real character comes out. He gave us tips on the things we lack and miss a medal during a pressure match. It’s about winning from a crunch situation, which he has taught us.” Verma further gave full credit to Sports Authority of India Center at Sonepat for improvement in the compound section. “The biggest secret is the Centre of Excellence at SAI Sonepat. We spend our entire year here. We don’t go around, we stay here completely focused on shooting. Full credit goes to COE Sonepat SAI. This is the only reason why we have been doing well consistently.” Verma was mulling to switch to shooting as compound section does not figure in Olympics. “It (an Olympic medal) is not that important for me but for my country it’s huge. I want to switch but will see how it goes. “My main focus is on the Asian Games now and the World Cup Final. I already have a (silver) medal in the World Cup Final. Both are equally important and want to win a medal in both of them,” Verma, who has qualified for the World Cup Final for a second time, said. The compound events are slated to begin in Jakarta from August 23 and theIndian archery contingent will leave for Indonesia on August 14. In four years since winning two medals in Incheon, Verma has become more responsible, and a proud father too.advertisement Arrival of his son Shaurya in February this year has changed his life, and Verma said: “My son has been really lucky for me. Medals keep coming from every event after Shaurya was born.” PTI TAP PDSPDSlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Vijender, Sehwag hail boxer Amit’s ‘tremendous achievement’

first_imgAmit Panghal defeated Rio Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan to help India cross their best-ever medals tally of 2010 with 66 medals at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang.Amit (49kg) became only the eighth Indian boxer to claim a gold medal at the continental Games and he displayed immensely impressive tactical approach against the World Championships silver-medallist to outsmart Dusmatov in the summit clash.Ahead of the bout, Dusmatov was the more fancied winner but once the match began, Amit showed excellent footwork, drew Dusmatov towards himself tactically and then landed excellent punches to completely outwit the more experienced boxer.With Amit bagging the gold medal, India’s medals tally rose to 66 medals — 14 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 14 LIVE UPDATES Asian Games 2018: After Amit Panghal won his boxing gold, India also won a gold medal in bridge men’s pair event.Wishes and congratulations poured in for the boxer who saved India’s campaign from a disastrous run. Indian boxers are coming back with just two medals from the Asian Games but now, they at least have a gold medal to show, along with a forced bronze for the injured Vikas Krishan.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to congratulate Amit on the victory and spared a word for his “brilliant” boxing.GOLD NUMBER 14!BRILLIANT boxing by #TOPSAthlete Amit Panghal to secure a GOLD in Men’s 49 kg Boxing by defeating 2016 Olympic Gold medalist!What a proud, proud moment this is for us! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 1, 2018Virender Sehwag also hailed Amit’s massive victory over the Olympic champion and called the boxer’s gold as a “tremendous achievement”.GOLD ! Congratulations #AmitPanghal , beating the Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in Men’s 49 kg Boxing final. Tremendous achievement.#AsianGames2018 Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 1, 2018Vijender Singh, who won a boxing gold in 2010, which was glorious Games for the Indian boxing contingent, also had words of appreciation for Amit.#AmitPanghal what a bout !!!Beating reigning Olympic champion #HasanboyDusmatov in Men’s 49kg Final to win GOLD14th Gold for India.Ek Number !!!#AsianGames2018 @asiangames2018 @India_AllSports Singh (@boxervijender) September 1, 2018Other Asian Games 2018 medallists Vinesh Phogat and Muhammed Anas also took to Twitter to congratulate their compatriot from another sport after they themselves got the Indian flag to fly high in Jakarta and Palembang.Both Vinesh and Anas put special focus on why Amit’s victory is so special — because it came against the reigning Olympic champion.Hearty congratulations to #AmitPanghal on winning the #AsianGames Gold What a great bout! Sweet victory made even more so by the fact that he took down the current Olympic champion! Wish you many more such victories in the future! Jai HindVinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) September 1, 2018Anotherfor India. Congratulations to Amit Panghal on defeating the reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan, in the men’s 49 kg category.#AsianGames2018 #AsianGames #EnergyofAsia @BFI_officialMuhammed Anas Yahiya (@muhammedanasyah) September 1, 2018#AmitPanghal won a stunning gold in the mens -49kg beating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan by a split decision at the #AsianGames2018 Proud of you Kumar (@IamAnupK) September 1, 2018Gold No 14Golden Punch of #AmitPanghal has helped India record best-ever haul -Now we have won 66 Medals (14 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze) in #AsianGames2018Many congrats to the entire Indian squad and @Ra_THORe Ji S Sirsa (@mssirsa) September 1, 2018What a win! Congratulations on the Gold Medal #AmitPanghal #AsianGames2018 @asiangames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 1, 2018Congratulations #AmitPanghal !! What a brilliant fight and way to win against an Olympic champion. #Bravo #AsianGames2018Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) September 1, 2018An excellent win and heartiest congratulations to #AmitPanghal on winning richly deserved Gold medal after beating Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in Men’s 49 kg #Boxing final at the #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) September 1, 2018This is huge!Amit Panghal takes gold in the 49kg beating the current Olympic/ Asian champ #boxing#AsianGames18 kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) September 1, 2018Dusmatov is known for his brilliant counter-attacks but Amit’s footwork made it extremely difficult for the Uzbek to land a meaningful punch.Amit’s strategy left Dusmatov so frustrated that he began moving ahead that let Amit attack him with utmost precision and power.Earlier in the year, Amit won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after finishing as the bronze medallist at the Asian Championships last year. He was also a quarterfinalist at the World Championships last year.advertisementAlso read – Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal beats Olympic champion to win boxing goldThis year, Amit had also won gold medals at the inaugural India Open and the Strandja memorial in Bulgaria.Vijender Singh and Vikas Krishan were the last set of male gold-medallists for India at the Asian Games. They had won their yellow metal at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. In the 2014 Games, M C Mary Kom was the lone gold-medallist for India.At the 2010 Asian Games, India won two gold medals, three silver and four bronze medals. At the 2014 Incheon Games, India managed just one gold and four bronze.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

1,00,000 rural children mobilised to support ‘Swacchata Hi Seva 2018’, thanks to Bharti Foundation’s ‘Cleanliness Pledge’

first_imgMore than 1,00,000 students, 4500 teachers along with local community members, on October 1 took the “Cleanliness Pledge” in the ceremony organized by Bharti Foundation in 254 Satya Bharti Schools and more than 300 Government schools, supported by Satya Bharti Quality Support Program, across 550 villages in 11 states.Satya Bharti Schools in support of ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa 2018’The ceremony marked the start of the year-long initiatives by Satya Bharti Programs, to support “Swachhata Hi Sewa 2018” movement, initiated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.’School Swachhata and Hygiene Education’ programme launched by Bharti FoundationThe pledge ceremony was organized to energize students to pursue hygiene habits in their lifestyle and maintain the cleanliness in their surroundings. The ceremony was followed by “Awareness Rallies” conducted by Satya Bharti School students in their villages with message of cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene.Bharti Foundation also launched a manual on ‘School Swachhata and Hygiene Education’ and formed a 10 member student committee across 254 schools to raise awareness on the best practices of cleanliness and hygiene.Read: Aadhaar verdict 2018: Voter Id, Aadhaar details of students not mandatory for admission, says Delhi HCHere’s what Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation saidSpeaking on the occasion, Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation said “I congratulate all students, teachers and other staff members for being part of the Cleanliness drive and awareness campaign in their respective schools. We believe that education can empower children to become the real agents of change and therefore the Satya Bharti School students are not only encouraged to follow cleanliness and hygiene practices but also to spread awareness, change mindsets and proactively take up such cleanliness drives.”advertisementAn initiative to spread awareness on sanitation and hygieneThe yearlong initiatives by Satya Bharti Programs, will encourage the students and teachers to spread the awareness on sanitation and hygiene by using diverse channels of communication, ranging from interactive banners to energetic rallies.The initiative will be further strengthened and scaled up by celebrating all important days related to cleanliness and including “Swacchata” themes in school events like Rang Tarang, Sports Day, Independence Day and Republic Day this year till 2nd October 2019.Bharti Foundation working for rural sanitation since 2014Bharti Foundation has been working in the area of rural sanitation since 2014. The Foundation’s program ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ achieved the distinction of having delivered more than 18,000 household toilets and continues to work with Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Amritsar to encourage the community to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the toilets.In 2015, the concerted efforts of Satya Bharti School students resulted in building of 3100 toilets in a period of 6 months.Read: IIT Kharagpur to set up ‘Academy of Leadership’ to develop innovation programmes, says Directorlast_img read more

Our Take on the Most Commonly Cited Shortcomings of Inbound Marketing

first_imgAt HubSpot, we have the privilege of talking to a lot of marketers on a regular basis. And although we’re ultimately trying to sell inbound marketing software, a big challenge for our salespeople isn’t just in convincing people our software is a good choice for them — it’s also in selling them on the idea of inbound marketing in general, especially if those marketers aren’t convinced they should be shifting their marketing from a traditional, outbound approach toward a more inbound one. Because this is the case, our salespeople have heard every concern in the book when it comes to shifting gears to inbound — and a lot of those concerns have to do with their perceived limitations and shortcomings of inbound marketing.So let’s clear the air once and for all by highlighting some of the most commonly believed inbound marketing shortcomings we’ve caught wind of from other marketers on the phone and on the web, and giving you our two cents about them.Claim: It’s not easy to target specific audiences with inbound marketing.This claim usually comes from marketers who regularly market to purchased or rented lists of contacts or who pull together lists of contacts at specific companies they want to target. The thought process behind this one is that inbound marketing is based on organically attracting people who opt in to receive your marketing messages, and there’s no way to guarantee that the specific people you want to target will opt in to receive your messages.Rebuttal: Inbound marketing allows you to target specific audiences — throughout the entire funnel.With inbound marketing, targeting specific audiences and sets of contacts is not only very possible, but it can also be much more effective than traditional targeting methods. With inbound marketing, you’re attracting potential buyers to your website with relevant content that is targeted at the specific interests and needs of your business’ buyer personas (found through channels like search engines and social media). As a result, inbound marketing allows you to focus your efforts on prospects who have already shown an interest in you, making them much more qualified than people you might target who have never heard of your company or shown any interest in you whatsoever.Marketers should also consider that inbound marketing applies to the entire funnel beyond just the top of the funnel — all the way from attracting new visitors to your website, to converting them into qualified leads, and then nurturing them into becoming happy customers. And once you’ve attracted visitors to your website and converted them into leads for your business, you can use the information you’ve collected about them — where they came from, what offers they’ve converted on, which pages they’ve visited, the demographic information they’ve provided on your lead-capture forms — to nurture them in the middle of the funnel. In other words, you can send them much more targeted, personalized messages in the form of email marketing, dynamic content on your website, etc., all of which moves prospects further through the funnel and makes them much more likely (and ready) to buy.We disagree with marketers who argue that inbound marketing is more about pulling in a broad audience rather than targeting specific groups of people. In fact, I’d argue that inbound marketing enables you to do the very opposite with targeted content, and that the concept of capturing the attention of a broader audience much more appropriately applies to more traditional, outbound marketing techniques. Effective inbound marketing ultimately allows you to market to segments of one, whereas outbound tactics usually involve bombarding lists of people with mass marketing messages.Claim: Decision-makers don’t spend their time online researching products and services.This argument is mostly prevalent in B2B marketing in which longer sales cycles and more high-ticket products and services are involved. The idea is that the typical C-suite executive doesn’t spend his or her time online reading blogs, conducting searches in Google, or participating in social media — all of which are top-of-the-funnel, traffic-driving channels for inbound marketing.Rebuttal: Decision-makers are influenced by online channels when it comes to purchasing decisions.To say that decision-makers and C-suite executives are not spending their time online is an overgeneralization. Just consider the fact that, according to a Forrester-commissioned study by LinkedIn in November 2012, 59% of IT decision-makers said they are influenced by at least one social network when considering business purchases. And during each of the five phases of decision-making (awareness, scope, plan, select, implement) social networks influenced nearly 50% of all IT decision-makers involved in each phase — close to a 60% increase since 2010. Furthermore, 73% have engaged with an IT vendor on a social network.Even if a C-suite executive doesn’t spend a lot of their time reading blogs, using social media, and conducting research online, that doesn’t mean there aren’t others within their company who are doing those things. And chances are, these people have some level of influence on the decisions of those C-suite executives.Claim: Inbound marketing doesn’t push people to take action.In other words, because inbound marketing is built around the idea that buyers have more control over their purchasing decisions than they had in the past, inbound marketing waits for prospects to take action when they’re ready.Rebuttal: Effective inbound marketing leverages compelling calls-to-action to get prospects to take action.First of all, is it really a bad thing to let your prospects have control over when they decide to act? Second, just sitting around and waiting for potential buyers to take action is not a tenet of inbound marketing. Savvy inbound marketers know they have to motivate their prospects to move down the funnel — and they do this with compelling calls-to-action (CTAs) that encourage prospects to take the next logical step depending on which stage in the sales cycle the prospect is currently in. Content pulls them in, and relevant CTAs serve as that “push” that incites them to take action. And with technologies like dynamic, Smart CTAs, inbound marketers can ensure they’re automatically displaying the right CTAs, to the right visitors, at the right time to increase the likelihood that prospects will convert through targeted messages and content. So, depending on the prospect’s position in the funnel, that CTA might motivate them to download an educational ebook, sign up for a webinar, request a product demo, get a free trial, download a coupon, or contact a sales rep, incrementally propelling them closer and closer to sales-readiness.Claim: With inbound marketing, you miss out on the inactives, or late adopters.Another argument that inbound marketing skeptics will bring up is that inbound marketing doesn’t allow you to capture late adopters, or people who are content with their current solutions and/or are not actively seeking new alternatives or solutions. Rebuttal: Inbound marketing attracts people’s interest before they even realize they need your solution.There’s no doubt that those types of people exist, but the problem is that this argument is referring to the bottom of the funnel — when people would actively seek out a new solution. Here’s the thing: Those laggards may not recognize the need for a new solution or actively shop around for new products/services, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for information that helps them solve the everyday problems they have … and that’s where inbound marketing comes into play.Let me explain, using HubSpot as an example. We sell marketing software, and yes, ultimately we want the people who come to our website to buy that software. But a lot of the people we end up closing as customers didn’t first come to our website because they were specifically looking for marketing software. Instead, they were seeking solutions to problems that are symptomatic of a need for a new marketing software solution — maybe they wanted to know how to generate more leads, or how to better market to their existing contacts, or how to get more traffic to their website. So, in other words, they were drawn in at the top of the funnel — probably by an educational blog post or ebook about how to generate more traffic/leads/customers — and then over time, as they interacted with our website and our content more and more, they realized they needed a better marketing software solution and decided to buy.What other inbound marketing shortcomings have you caught wind of? Looking forward to hearing your own thoughts on the ones above in what I anticipate will be quite an interesting debate in the comments 😉 Topics: Originally published Feb 22, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated October 01 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! 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How to Identify and Remedy Duplicate Content Issues on Your Website

first_img Topics: Technical SEO It’s easy to be fooled into thinking SEO is just about link building. There are so many posts covering the latest developments on what links are good or bad, that we sometimes forget about the huge gains we can make by simply fixing problems with our own site. One of the biggest culprits for lost traffic and rankings is duplicate content. Luckily, you have control over your own site, so you have the power to fix it.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This YearWhat Is Duplicate Content?Duplicate content exists when there is more than one version of a page indexed by the search engines. Where there are multiple versions of a page indexed, it’s difficult for search engines to decide what page to show for a relevant search query.Search engines aim to provide users with the best experience possible, which means they will rarely show duplicate pieces of content. Instead, they will be forced to choose what version they feel is the best fit for that query. Causes of Duplicate ContentThree of the biggest offenders for causing duplicate content are:1) URL ParametersURLs can often contain additional parameters because of how they are being tracked (marketing campaign IDs, analytics IDs), or the CMS a website is using adds its own custom parameters.For example, the following URLs could all lead to the same page: Printer friendly pagesOften a web page will have an option to produce a printer friendly version of that page. This can often lead to duplicate content issues. For example, the following URLs would lead to the same page. Session IDsSites may often want to track a user’s session across their website. For example, sites can offer personalized features based upon who that user is and their past interactions with the site, or an ecommerce store may remember what that person added to their shopping cart on their last visit.Session ids get appended to the URL and this causes duplicate versions of a page to exist. For example, the following URLs would lead to the same page. Content ProblemsThe biggest issues caused by duplicate content are:Search engines don’t know which version of the page they should indexSearch engines don’t know what page the link authority should be assigned to, or if it should be divided across multiple versions.Search engines don’t know what version of the page to rank for a relevant search query.This can result in web pages losing both rankings and organic traffic.Finding Duplicate ContentThere are two tools you can use to find duplicate content problems for your site: Google Webmaster Tools and Screaming Frog.1) Google Webmaster ToolsUsing Google Webmaster Tools you can easily find pages with both duplicate titles and meta descriptions. You simply click on “HTML Improvements” under “Search Appearance”.Clicking on one of these links will show you what pages have duplicate meta descriptions and page titles. 2) Screaming FrogYou can download the screaming frog web crawler and use it to crawl 500 pages for free. This application lets you do a lot of different things, including finding duplicate content problems.Page Titles/Meta Descriptions You can find duplicate page titles by simply clicking on the tab “Page Titles” or “Meta Description” and filtering for “Duplicate.”URLsYou can also find pages that have multiple URL versions by simply clicking on the “URL” tab and sorting by “Duplicate.”For a complete guide on all the different things you can do with Screaming Frog, check out this post from SeerInteractive.Fixing Duplicate ContentDuplicate content is a problem that can impact both your organic traffic and web rankings, but it’s something that you can easily fix. The three quickest ways to address duplicate content problems are:1) Canonical Tag Using the canonical tag you can tell search engines what version of a page you want to return for relevant search queries. The canonical tag is found in the header of a web page.The canonical tag is the best approach when you want to have multiple versions of a page available to users. If you’re using the HubSpot COS, this will be taken care of automatically, so no manual labor required.2) 301 RedirectA 301 redirect will redirect all legacy pages to a new URL. It tells Google to pass all the link authority from these pages to the new URL and to rank that URL for relevant search queries.The 301 redirect is the best option when you don’t have any need for multiple versions of a page to be available.3) Meta Tags You can use meta tags to tell search engines not to index a particular page.Meta tags work best when you want that page to be available to the user but not indexed, e.g. terms and conditions. Duplicate content is a real problem for sites, but one that can be easily solved using the advice above. If you want to learn more about duplicate content, watch this video series from the SEO experts at Dejan SEO on how you can fix it for your site. Originally published Mar 10, 2014 4:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 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

How Promotions Really Work: The No-Nonsense Guide to Progressing in Your Career

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jun 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated October 29 2019 Career Development Think of the people you’ve worked with over the years who have really, really kicked butt at their job but never seemed to rise up the ranks. They delivered on every task that was asked of them, demonstrated great work ethic, kept out of petty office politics, stayed late at the office — basically, they ticked off every box from those articles you’ve read on how to get promoted.So … why weren’t they? And if they weren’t promoted, then is there any hope in the world for you?Yes, yes there is. It turns out that, for the most part, being great at your job itself isn’t what gets you a promotion. It takes a lot more than that to climb that corporate ladder — including careful planning, strategy, good timing, thorough execution, and humility.In a competitive environment, how do you get that promotion you’ve been eyeing? Let’s take a deeper dive into how promotions actually work and the steps you can take to plan and negotiate for one.Download a Free Guide and Template to Help You Create a Company Culture Code. How Promotions WorkSeveral things have to be true for you to get promoted:1) There is a business need you can solve.There needs to be a position open, or the need for a position to be opened, that you would be the best person to fill. Maybe a position opened up because someone left, or perhaps your organization is growing and a new position was created or could be created — if you could fill that role, you might be up for promotion.Unfortunately, there won’t always be an open opportunity for someone who feels ready to move up. For example, if you are an accountant reporting directly to a tax director who plans to stay in his position for a few years, you’ll probably have to move to a different company or department within your current company.2) You’ve acquired a broad skill set.You need to be doing things above and beyond the scope of what you were hired to do, and you have to make your superiors aware (in a humble, non-aggressive way) that you’re able to operate at a higher level than your current job.This means that, in addition to being extremely good at your job, you must show your boss you can handle a broader range of responsibilities. Not only have you nailed all the tasks that have been assigned to you, but also you’ve also looked around, seen challenges faced by the organization, and found some solutions. Remember, you aren’t paid to identify the problems — you’re paid to find the solutions.A lot of people make the mistake of getting pigeonholed into one specific skill area. Instead, make your way onto projects that combine many different skills so you can eventually run teams or devise multi-channel strategies. For marketers, it’s a good idea to get experience both on the agency side and the client side, and if possible both in B2B and B2C marketing.Above all of those skills, you’ve got to stay current. There’s a tsunami of new marketing trends available — content marketing, targeting and retargeting, rewards and gamification, and cross-platform SEO are just a few that come to mind. You need to devote time to learning the most current marketing trends throughout your career. But that’s the fun part!3) People know you — in a good way.Visibility and reputation can have a huge impact on whether you’re promoted. You need to be “seen” — this means venturing outside of your normal, day-to-day responsibilities and building a network within your company. Exposure to the right people helps you set yourself up to show you’re the best person for the promotion when it opens up.Perception of ability matters too: You want people to believe you can operate at a higher level than you do in your current position. A great way to show your coworkers your broader skill set is to help them out with their work when you have extra time. By helping others get better, you’ll show leadership qualities and demonstrate that you’re capable of doing more than you’re currently doing.4) You are humble and graceful.There is an art to striving for promotion. It’s not just what you get done, it’s how you get it done. A leader can’t promote someone who solves problems but leaves a trail of bad blood behind — you need to be easy to work with, too. Also, if you’re too outwardly aggressive about getting the promotion, you’ll leave your coworkers with a bad taste.How Promotions Don’t WorkA lot of people think promotions happen at your annual review. This isn’t actually true for the vast majority of companies. Any promotions that do happen incrementally are often administrative formalities, like adding “senior” to or shredding “associate” from your current title — but the odds of a significant increase or change in responsibilities often don’t follow.And more often than not, you won’t be successful if you try to get a promotion at your current employer using a job offer from another company. You might get a raise or you might get shown the door, but an actual promotion is probably not in the cards. And if you do have the moxie to pull off this technique, remember this: You can only do it once. The odds of it working a second time at a given employer are microscopic.How & When To Bring Up a Promotion With Your BossWhen should you bring up your goal of a promotion with your boss? Pretty much every time you regularly meet to catch up. Your career path within the company should be an ongoing dialogue with your boss, including which position or positions you’d be interested in advancing to someday. Good managers expect conversations like this because they hired people who have broader potential and an interest in advancing.Some managers are proactive about having this conversation with their employees, while others need a bit of a nudge. If your manager is proactive, she’ll sit down with each of the people working for her to understand where they hope to go in their career, which areas they find most interesting, and where they add the most value.If you’re not having this conversation with your manager, then don’t be afraid to bring up your career goals and aspirations with her yourself. Let her know that you’re really enjoying your work and that you want to contribute more and perhaps get promoted at some point. (Don’t give a time frame.)And then — and this is key — ask what it will take to be considered. This does two things: 1) it notifies your boss that you’re interested in being promoted, and 2) it gives her an opportunity to tell you what your strengths are and, more importantly, where you need to improve. Be prepared for feedback and listen to it carefully. Take notes so you have a record of exactly what she told you you needed to do in order to get promoted — you’ll be able to use this later as a to-do list of sorts. Then, deliver on what is being asked of you.Once you’ve acquired the skills you need, built the relationships you need to build, and shown your coworkers you have the capacity to take on more responsibility, you’ll be in a position to say that you’d like to be considered for promotion. If you’ve met the above requirements, you’ll have a very good chance of getting a promotion.What is the best advice you’ve ever heard on how to get promoted? 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