Three Reasons You Resist Coaching

first_imgThere aren’t many things that will improve your results as quickly and as certainly as will coaching. I’ve noticed three common, recurring reasons people resist coaching.You are unwilling to face changeSome people fear being coached because they know it is going to bring up areas in their lives where they need to make changes. Whether that coaching is personal or professional, the goal of coaching is improved performance, and that means you have to be willing to change your beliefs and change your actions in some area of your life.If you don’t believe that change is necessary, you won’t believe you need coaching. You would be wrong. The very best performers in every human endeavor work with coaches. Their core belief is that, if they change something, they can perform at an even higher level.You are afraid it means you aren’t capableCoaching doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good, capable person. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability or the resources to achieve your performance goals. Coaching isn’t an indictment of you personally (although there are some executives who are recommended coaching because their people skills are lacking).Coaching is an indication that you are capable. It’s evidence that someone (maybe you) believes that with some insight and ideas from a professional coach, you can perform better. No one invests in coaching when they believe that they are hopeless. And no company invests in coaching for their people who they believe those people aren’t capable of turning in their best performance.You are afraid of being held accountableThis one is a biggie. It’s the deep-seated issue that prevents a lot of people from embracing coaching.Some people don’t want to be held accountable for changing. They want to avoid being asked about their performance. They don’t like anyone shining a light on the difference between what they say and what they do. More than anything, they don’t want to have to answer to someone; they’d rather hide from their problems, their challenges.But the best performers embrace accountability. They fearlessly look at the gaps in their performance so they can close those gaps. They look at a coach as an accountability partner. They expect their coach to ask them the tough questions, and they anticipate their coach asking them tough questions to help them expand what they believe is possible, what they are capable of.Coaching isn’t something negative. It’s positive.last_img read more

A Botched Experiment

first_imgThe long term impact and political winners and losers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s extraordinary decision announced on Nov. 8 to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes overnight will not be known for some time. But there is little doubt that the demonetization drive has been executed extraordinarily ineptly and needlessly disrupted the lives of countless millions all over the country, in addition to delivering a short term body blow to the economy.The stated objectives of the extraordinary step are laudable — flush out black money, counter counterfeit currency, and shift India to a cashless, digital economy.But, as the popular saying goes, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.Economists question whether demonetization is the most effective vehicle to go after India’s black economy since less than 6 percent of the unaccounted money is in the form of cash. The vast majority is squirreled away in real estate, bullion, jewelry, foreign deposits, benami transactions, and the like.Regardless, the incompetence with which the government has handled perhaps one of the greatest economic experiments in modern India is nothing short of mind boggling. Cash accounts for 98 percent of all consumer transactions in the country and nearly four in five Indians work in the informal sector, which pays cash wages. The vast majority of the 641,000 villages in India are only spottily connected to ATMs and banks.The decision, therefore, to remove 86 percent of all legal bills in circulation overnight without a well-crafted plan for replacing the currency was bound to create massive dislocations and suffering, and not just for those it ostensibly targeted.The government neither printed nor stocked the replacement currency with banks in advance. The printing capacity of the country’s mints is reportedly 3 billion notes a month, which means that it will take several months to replace the 22 billion affected notes in circulation.The government has defended this monumental failure by arguing that the exercise required secrecy and advance printing of the notes would have tipped off cash hoarders. But that does not explain why it did not anticipate the need to manually reconfigure the cash drawers of the 200,000 ATMs to accommodate the new notes, which are smaller than the replaced currency. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Reserve Bank was only alerted to the problem by NCR, a Duluth, Georgia, based manufacturer of half the country’s ATMs, after it received the new notes, three days after Modi’s address. Reconfiguring the ATMs alone required over a month to complete, making vast numbers of the machines non or only partial functional.Nor does it explain why the government and the Reserve Bank have been issuing a blizzard of new and contradictory regulations on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis. Cash withdrawals were restricted first to Rs 20,000 weekly, before being increased to Rs 24,000 a week later. Likewise, the exchange allowance for old bank notes was modified from the Rs 4,000 announced on Nov 8 to Rs 4,500 on Nov 14, before being slashed to Rs 2,000 on Nov 18. On Dec 19, the Reserve Bank announced that deposits greater than Rs 5,000 in the old notes would be permitted only once until Dec 30 and would require a “satisfactory explanation” to bank officials why the money had not been deposited earlier. Really? You see that line outside your window?The government also lurched from one move to the next on accepting old banknotes for the purchase of gas, hospitals and railway and airline bookings, announcing first that the notes would be accepted until Nov 11, before extending the deadline to Nov 14 and finally Nov 24. At different stages, exceptions were created for wedding expenses, farmers, etc.Clearly the government had neither planned nor thought through the full implications and impact of this massive economic experiment. For all practical purposes, the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank were being run on the fly and operating by the seat of Modi’s pants.The ineptness and callousness of the exercise has needlessly disrupted the lives of millions of Indians, even more so in the hinterland. Tens of millions que up for days on end outside ATM machines and bank branches to replace their old bills or to access their deposits, often to discover the limited money has run out. The cash squeeze has disrupted food supply chains as farm staples rot, because wholesalers are unable to pay farmers for their crop. Real estate projects and small industries, fueled by daily cash labor, have ground to a halt. Tourists have been stranded mid-stream from a shortage of currency. Consumer spending has fallen by 20 to 30 percent and even higher in cash driven retail stores.Prime Minister Modi denounced critics as profiteers and pleaded with Indians to endure the pain for 50 days for the longer and greater good. That time runs out Dec 30 and it is likely that the country will be forgiving should demonetization prove successful.But the early signs are not encouraging.The government considerably overestimated the 20 percent dividend it had hoped to extract from the black money that it assumed would not be deposited. Given the pace of deposits of old notes, however, the proportion will likely be in the single digits. This may explain why the government continuously tightened controls, but that hurts the innocent far more than the crooked. The seizure of large volumes of new and old notes all over the country is evidence that far from snapping up black money, the demonetization exercise may have unwittingly spawned a new money laundering industry, whose scale and tentacles are yet unknown.Analysts are also predicting that the GDP will take a 2 to 3 percent hit in the last two quarters of the year. The government may end up further spooking the economy as it undertakes rigorous income tax examinations, which it pledges to do, of questionable deposits in individual accounts.The next few weeks and months will clarify whether the demonetization experiment has succeeded or boomeranged. The fate of the Modi government may well rest on the verdict. Related Itemslast_img read more

Biggest Mobile Phone Plant Masks Modi’s Make in India Struggle

first_imgDespite a sleek marketing campaign, the world isn’t quite ready to “Make in India.”Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in celebrated the inauguration of what Samsung Electronics called the world’s largest mobile phone factory. At the splashy event just outside New Delhi, Modi said the facility was “extremely important” for his Make in India initiative to boost manufacturing to 25 percent of India’s economy by 2020 and create millions of jobs. Samsung said the plant was a “shining example” of the success of the program.But the investment is more the exception than the norm. Data from the World Bank and the Reserve Bank of India show manufacturing hasn’t received a significant boost since Modi took office in 2014.While India’s economy has overtaken France to become the world’s sixth largest, manufacturing has shrunk to about 15 percent of gross domestic product from a peak of 18.6 percent in 1995, according to the World Bank. Other data show new investments in India have dropped and stalled projects are on the rise.“The Samsung announcement is good news, but it must be seen as a one-off at present,” says Vivek Dehejia, an associate professor of economics at Carleton University in Ottawa. “Make in India is a noble aspiration of the Modi government. Yet, in the absence of a supporting infrastructure and ease of doing business environment, it’s a tough challenge.”The initiative is a worthwhile attempt to lure global businesses, analysts say, but it hasn’t been accompanied by enough meaningful changes to revive manufacturing or alter what is essentially a services-oriented economy.Spokesmen for the Prime Minister’s Office and the commerce ministry didn’t respond to requests for comment.Unlike Beijing’s Made in China 2025 program — which targets strategic industries from robotics to new-energy vehicles through state investment and subsidies — Modi’s Make in India plan is more of an investment promotion strategy.One of the key reforms under the initiative launched in 2014 was the loosening up of foreign investment restrictions in several sectors, including defense.However, private data shows investment is falling. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy show new project investments have dropped to 6.62 trillion rupees ($96.6 billion) in the financial year ended March from 18.7 trillion rupees in fiscal 2015.The value of stalled projects climbed to 7.63 trillion rupees from 5.29 trillion during that period. Even data from the Reserve Bank of India’s bulletin show that corporate capital expenditure has fallen since Modi came to power.Modi’s Make in India project hasn’t worked, in part because Indian companies invested heavily for years until 2012, well before Modi’s election, and now have excess industrial capacity, said Mahesh Vyas, CMIE’s chief executive officer.“It now needs to wait for these capacities to be absorbed fully before new capacities are built aggressively again,” Vyas said. He added “the world has become a lot more protectionist and is more keen to retain employment on its shores than exporting these to other countries.”Those capacities have done little to temper growth in imports of foreign-made goods. Rising purchases of smartphones and TVs have made electronics India’s second-biggest import item after oil, and is pushing the nation’s trade deficit wider.Under Modi, record foreign direct investment has flowed into India and the country’s ease of doing business ranking has improved. Most investment, such as Amazon.com Inc.’s $5 billion commitment to expand operations in India, has gone into the nation’s dominant services and technology industries.FDI remains just 1.2 percent of India’s overall investment, according to Bloomberg Economics analyst Abhishek Gupta. High-profile investments from foreign firms “should not be confused with an overall improvement in investment activity in India,” he said.With more jobs created in the services sector, Modi’s program should focus on investments there, said Gupta.“Job creation in India could hugely benefit if Make in India’s focus is expanded to include more services, relative to its overemphasis on manufacturing,” Gupta said. “India’s tough labor laws and higher bureaucratic entry barriers into manufacturing, along with its widespread fluency in English — a boon in global services — suggests that its comparative advantage lies in services.”Even the Make in India program’s mascot — a lion composed of gears — hasn’t avoided the onerous regulations and occasional political interference that are still common in India and a key obstacle to investment.A large lion statue, built by one of India’s state-owned companies to promote the manufacturing program, reportedly ran afoul of rules when it was placed outside the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in New Delhi. And a separate branding exercise involving colorful lion structures in Mumbai led to accusations they violated local heritage regulations.“Manufacturing’s share of GDP continues to stagnate in India as in other major economies. One large deal will not change that overnight,” Dehejia said.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related ItemsbjpSamsungSouth Korealast_img read more

Indian Students in America

first_imgThe most popular universities in the United States for Indian students are ones you likely have never heard of.A report by Brookings Institution on foreign student visas from 2008 to 2012 found that International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose, Calif., and Stratford University in Falls Church, Va., are the top two destinations for students from India. The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA) in Annandale, Va., the fourth most popular university was raided by Homeland Security in 2011 and its authorization to admit foreign students revoked in October 2013 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia revoked UNVA’s license to operate in July of last year.The Chronicle of Higher Education reported in 2011 that ITU has “gained a reputation in online forums used by Indian students as a good place to go to extend a student visa, or to get a job in lieu of obtaining an H-1B visa,” and nearly 94 percent of its 1,500 students are from India. According to the Chronicle, ITU students attend class on only three weekends each semester, allowing them to work full-time, usually for academic credit, sometimes in other states.Many relatively obscure institutions, such as Tri-Valley University (TVU) and Herguan University, have become popular with Indian students by offering liberal (and occasionally dubious) interpretations of Curricular Practical Training, which permits off-campus employment. TVU, which recruited almost all its students from India, was shut down by the federal government in 2011 and its founder Susan Su was convicted recently of 34 counts of visa fraud.The Brookings report, based on analysis of nearly 168,000 F-1 visas issued to Indian students over five years — averaging approximately 36,000 annually — estimated that Indian students contributed $5.22 billion in tuition and living expenses for their education. According to Open Doors, the annual International Institute of Education (IIE) report, the Indian student population averaged 100,000 between 2008-2012, so the actual number could be almost thrice as much.The Brookings report, The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations, offers a rare window to the distribution of the Indian student population both in India and from the source cities. It turns out that Hyderabad is the leading source city of Indian students, accounting for almost one in six Indian students and the fourth highest worldwide.Students from Hyderabad, however, gravitate to dubious educational programs: the top five destinations of Hyderabad students included ITU, Stratford University, as well as three colleges that are under federal scrutiny — Herguan University, TVU and UNVA.Mumbai is the second most popular source city for Indian students in the USA.  It is followed by Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi. The vast majority of Indian students (nearly 8 in 10) pursue masters study in the United States. However, nearly 44 percent of students from Kolkata are pursuing a PhD. Fewer than 10 percent of students from most Indian cities are pursuing undergraduate studies; Delhi has the highest proportion of Indian students in UG programs at 28 percent.Nearly two in three Indian student is undertaking study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.Hyderabad contributes the largest number of STEM students from any city in the world and the top six source cities for the highest proportion of STEM students are from India — Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, and Pune. Delhi and Ahmedabad have the highest proportion of non-STEM Indian foreign students — almost half the total.On average, Indian students spend $31,000 for their U.S. education. Students from Delhi spend the most at $40,000, while those from Vijayawada and Hyderabad spend the least — approximately $24,500.New York is by far the most popular metro with Indian foreign students, followed by San Jose, Washington, Los Angeles and Dallas. But there is considerable regional variation — with Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and even Bridgeport, Conn., popular with students from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune and Kolkata, for example.The University of Southern California and Columbia University in New York have the highest number of foreign students, almost 14,000 each over five years, nearly twice that of Harvard University and Cornell University. Ithaca, NY, home to Cornell University, is the most expensive city ($58,000) for foreign students, while El Paso, Texas, home to the University of Texas at El Paso, with almost one-fifth the cost, is the cheapest ($11,700).The largest number of foreign students in the United States are from Seoul, South Korea, followed by Beijing and Shanghai in China and Hyderabad.Four other Indian cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Delhi — make the top 20 list of source cities for foreign students in the United States.      Related Itemslast_img read more

One Indian Among 4 Crew Members Missing After Ship Catches Fire

first_imgFour crew members, including one Indian, have been reported missing after the liner vessel Maersk Honam caught fire on March 6. The vessel, sailing under Singapore flag, had 27 crew members on board. While 23 of them were evacuated, one member died later, Copenhagen-based firm Maersk Line said in a statement.“The missing Indian has been identified as Sakim Hegde, second cook on board the ship and a native of Karnataka. The other 12 Indians, including the captain, are safe along with 11 foreign crew members. They are on board another merchant ship (ALS Ceres),” said Malini Shankar, Mumbai’s director general of shipping, reported the Times of India.The vessel was going from Singapore towards Suez. After they were unsuccessful in their firefighting efforts, the crew sent out a distress signal to the nearby vessel ALS Ceres, which arrived at the scene around 18:30 Greenwich Mean Time, the statement said.The current status is that 22 crew members are enroute to Sri Lanka on board ALS Ceres.A statement released by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said that the ship was at a distance of 570 km (340 nautical miles) from Agatti in Lakshadweep Islands when an explosion and fire was reported on the vessel.The Indian Coast guard rushed to offer assistance to the vessel engulfed in fire. The Indian Navy as well as the Coast Guard are putting in efforts to bring the fire under control, the Indian Express reported. “We are trying to bring the fire under control. The vessel is engulfed in flames hampering the operations. Our priority is to bring the blaze under control,” the publication reported an official as saying.“We’ve received the news of Maersk Honam and the four missing crew members with the deepest regret and are now doing our outmost to continue the ongoing search and rescue operations. This by rerouting our own vessels, with assistance of vessels in the area – most notably ALS Ceres that thankfully acted promptly upon our distress call – and the local authorities,” Søren Toft, chief operating officer AP Moller – Maersk, said.“We are doing our outmost in this tragic situation to care for all evacuated colleagues and continue the intense search and rescue operations ongoing for the four crew members currently reported missing,” Toft added.An Indian national captained the vessel that is carrying is carrying 7,860 containers. The crew consisted of nine persons from Philippines, two from Thailand and one each from the United Kingdom, Romania, and South Africa.Maersk Line earlier posted on the social media that one of the evacuated crew members, a Thai national, died of injuries sustained in the fire.It is with regret that we report that one of the evacuated crew of Maersk Honam, a Thai national male colleague, has tragically passed away. Our thoughts & deepest sympathy is with the families of all the crew members at this difficult time. Full update: https://t.co/pYO5qFYDtc— Maersk (@Maersk) March 8, 2018 Related ItemsIndian Coast GuardMaersk Lineshippinglast_img read more

India Most Vulnerable to Climate Change: HSBC

first_imgIndia is the country that is most vulnerable to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh, according to a report by HSBC released on March 19. The Indian subcontinent has become the most vulnerable to climate change, it said.The Hong Kong-based global bank conducted a survey of 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets on vulnerability to the physical impacts of climate change, sensitivity to extreme weather events, exposure to energy transition risks and ability to respond to climate change.The countries studied account for 80 per cent of the global population and 94 per cent of global gross domestic product.Neighboring Pakistan has also tanked in its response to climate risks. Countries in South and Southeast Asia make up half of the 10 most vulnerable countries. Oman, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa are also in this group.The five least vulnerable countries to climate change risk are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and New Zealand.The areas that are unirrigated and dependent on rain would be hardest hit by rising temperatures and decline in rainfall, the HSBC report said.Among the four most vulnerable countries, India has said in its Economic Survey that climate change can hurt agriculture and hurt farmers’ income by 20-25 per cent in the medium term.In India, agriculture still accounts for 50 per cent of the country’s employment and 18 per cent of its GDP. India also has a high rate of farmer suicides. In the last three decades, almost 60,000 farmers committed suicide and it has a relation to climate change, according to a study by the University of Berkeley, California that was published in July 2017. The study found that increase of just 1C on an average day during the growing season was associated with 67 more suicides in India. An increase of 5C on any one day was associated with an additional 335 deaths.The bank’s survey reiterates something known to India already. Under the Paris Agreement, India agreed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from the 2005 level, Neelu Gera, the deputy director general (Research) at the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), said during an event in Dehradun on Feb. 20, according to the Pioneer. India also committed to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030. Related ItemsagricultureClimate changeEnvironmentlast_img read more

Rare, Brain-damaging Virus Spreads Panic in India as Death Toll Rises

first_imgA rare, brain-damaging virus has killed at least 10 people in southern India, where medical crews are scrambling to manage the spread of the deadly disease – and to minimize panic.Health officials said Tuesday that 10 people who were exposed to the Nipah virus and showed symptoms have died. Two others have tested positive for Nipah and are considered critically ill, and more than three dozen people have been put into quarantine since the outbreak began in the Indian state of Kerala, according to BBC News.“This is a new situation for us; we have no prior experience in dealing with the Nipah virus,” said K.K. Shailaja, health minister of the state, according to Reuters. “We are hopeful we can put a stop to the outbreak.”Shailaja had said earlier the outbreak had been “effectively” contained and that there was no need for the public to panic.But the virus’s spread – and the rapidly rising death toll – have prompted concern in the outbreak’s epicenter, Kozhikode, a coastal city in Kerala, where people have been “swarming” hospitals with fevers and other illnesses to ensure they do not have the virus, a local government official told Reuters.“We’ve sought the help of private hospitals to tide over the crisis,” said the official, U.V. Jose.Gulf News reported that Kerala “is in a state of panic after many cases of the killer Nipah virus were detected.”The Hindu reported that some ambulance drivers even declined to take a victim’s body to the crematorium for fear that they would contract the illness.There is no clear preventive or curative treatment for Nipah, a newly emerging disease spread by bats, pigs and people who have become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.The outbreak is suspected to have been spread by infected fruit bats.India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Tuesday that public health crews found numerous bats in a water well that had been used by three family members who were among the victims. The crews have since sealed the well with florescent nets, according to BBC News.A nurse who treated some of the victims died Monday from the disease, according to the BCC.In her final days, Lini Puthusheri (which has also been spelled Puthussery) wrote a note to her husband from a hospital isolation ward, asking him to take care of their two children.“I think I am almost on my way. I may not be able to see you again. Sorry,” Puthusheri wrote, according to the Associated Press. “Take care of our children.”The Nipah virus was first identified in 1999, after farmers and others who had come in contact with infected pigs in Malaysia and Singapore developed severe respiratory problems and inflammation in the brain in 1999.Nearly 300 people were diagnosed with the disease, and more than 100 of them died, according to the CDC.Symptoms typically present one to two weeks after exposure and can include fever and headache, convulsions, respiratory and neurological problems, according to the agency.The virus has a mortality rate of 75 percent, according to WHO.Henk Bekedam, WHO’s representative to India, said the agency is monitoring the outbreak.“WHO has been informed about Nipah virus cases being reported in a family from a village in Kozhikode district of Kerala,” he said. “Both the central and the state health authorities have been quick in responding to the situation and have promptly deployed teams and experts to the village to further assess the situation. WHO is in close contact with the teams of experts deployed to the affected areas. We await the assessment reports of the teams to clarify the situation and guide further action.”Bekedam said the key to stopping the spread of the disease is identifying any potential victims, testing them and treating them as early as possible. The primary treatment is supportive care.Shailaja, the health minister in Kerala, said those who have been in contact with the victims have been put into quarantine.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-origin Company Director Banned for 7 Years in UK

first_imgA pizza company director of Indian origin has been banned for seven years in the United Kingdom for making ‘unreasonable’ payments to a company he had a personal interest in. Balwinder Singh, 58, was found to have paid at least £205,000 to a partnership that was of personal interest to him.Singh’s Charnwood Foods Ltd. in the WestMidlands region of England had the franchise for Papa John’s Pizza in Bromsgrove from March 2014 to March 2015, according to Times of India. The company went into liquidation in August 2015, and had no assets. It also owed about £358,816 in total to creditors, including £308,233 to a bank in respect of loans.The Case Against SinghThe Insolvency Service in the country then launched a probe, which found that Singh “unreasonably caused payments” worth at least £205,000 to the partnership of personal interest to him. Singh, who was the only appointed director and shareholder of the company, failed to produce adequate records to show that the payments were reasonable. He accepted that he breached his fiduciary duties as director of Charnwood Foods Ltd. since the payments in question made by him were at the risk of, and to the detriment of, Charnwood Foods Ltd and its creditors, the report added.Insolvency Service OrderSingh now will not be able to manage or control any company until July 30 2024, according to the “disqualification undertaking” presented by the Insolvency Service to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The order means that the disqualified person will not be able to, without specific permission of a court, act as a director of a company; take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership; or be a receiver of a company’s property.“Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency,” Aldona O’Hara, investigation leader — Insolvent Investigations Midlands and West at the Insolvency Service, said in a statement this week. The Insolvency Service comes under the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).“Without a full account of transactions it is impossible to determine whether a director has discharged his duties properly, or is using a lack of documentation as a cloak for impropriety,” the statement added. “This disqualification will prevent a repeat occurrence of this and act as a deterrent to any other directors who are thinking of putting their own interests before that of their company’s creditors.” Related ItemsBalwinder Singh Charnwood Foods LtdBalwinder Singh Papa John’s PizzaBalwinder Singh UK insolvencyCharnwood Foods liquidationLittle IndiaUK NRI insolvencylast_img read more

Phone calls to Pakistan from Bangalore jail ring alarm

first_imgSomething fishy seems to be going on in the Bangalore Central Jail.Inmates of the jail, located in Parappana Agrahara on the city’s outskirts, have made as many as 151 calls to Islamabad, Karachi and Muzaffarabad (PoK) since January. The reason for such a high number of calls is not clear.The police, who recently stumbled upon the calls originating from a high security jail where use of all kinds of communication devices is banned, are baffled. During a recent routine inspection, the police found cell phones and SIM cards of leading cellular operators in the jail premises.”It is clear that cell phones and SIM cards are being supplied to the inmates by hoodwinking the jail authorities. We are also ascertaining whether some of the jail officials are colluding with the inmates. This is a serious violation and a cause for concern,” a senior police officer said.According to the police, there have been instances of the inmates flushing the cell phones and SIM cards into the toilets after use. Considering the security threats posed by the use of cell phones inside the jail, home minister R. Ashoka has ordered the installation of mobile communication jammers in and around the prison.”We are aware of the problem. The government has already released `9 crore to install cell phone jammers near the Bangalore Central Jail. The work has already started,” he said.It is not just the mobile network or the availability of the cell phones that is worrying the police. They are more concerned about the calls being made to Pakistan.advertisement”It means there is already a nexus between the inmates of the jail and unknown people in Pakistan. We are trying to establish the link,” a senior police officer said.The profile of the inmates at the Bangalore Central Jail is diverse. Of the 4,500 convicts and inmates under trial, there are 15 terror suspects. They include Abdul Nasser Madani – prime accused in the Bangalore serial blasts (2008) – Indian Mujahideen members Badruddin, Adbul Sattar, Sarfraz Nawaz, Shafaz and Nazir.The jail also houses two Pakistani nationals – Mohammed Fahd and Mohammed Ali Hussain, members of the terrorist outfit Al-Badr, arrested in Mysore in 2006.”After we found the cell phones and SIM cards in the jail premises, we checked the call records of the numbers. Interestingly, the calls were made to various cities in Pakistan. We are trying to investigate the matter,” the officer added.Though there are the usual suspects (alleged terrorists in the jail), the police are also questioning some of the underworld elements lodged in the prison.”When we interrogated one of the convicts linked to the underworld, he cracked under pressure and revealed he had made calls to his relatives in Pakistan. But he does not have any relatives in Pakistan.Besides, what is the need to call his relatives in a distant country from the jail? We are now questioning his family members,” the officer said.The matter has become a grave cause for concern, as the Union home ministry had warned the Bangalore police about calls being made from the jail to Pakistan.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

Virat Kohli to Ben Stokes: 5 most expensive players in IPL history

first_imgThe Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to keep hold of their and India captain Virat Kohli and at what cost? Well! Rs 17 crore.This amount made Kohli the highest paid player in the history of the tournament toppling what Delhi Daredevils paid for Yuvraj Singh in 2015. Kohli was the first retention for RCB this year and according to the IPL salary caps — it was supposed to be Rs 15 crore — however, the RCB has paid two more and made him the most valued player in the history of the 11-year-old tournament.Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also retained by the returning Chennai Super Kings and so was Rohit Sharma by the Mumbai Indians in the top salary cap category of 15 crore each — making them the joint second highest paid players in the league.Here is a list of the highest-paid cricketers in the IPL.WATCHVIRAT KOHLIRetaining Kohli was a no-brainer for the Royal Challengers and it turned out to be a costly move. But what comes with it is more or less assured peformances.Kohli was in tremendous form in 2017, hitting 2818 runs across all the formats for India before flying off to Italy with Anushka Sharma to tie the knot.Kohli has played for RCB since the inception of the league and has hammered 4418 runs from 149 matches at an average of 37.44. He also became the fastest player to reach 4000 runs in IPL history and his best season was 2016 when he smashed 973 runs including four hundreds at an average of 81.08.advertisementAlong with Kohli, RCB retained AB de Villiers and young Sarfarz Khan for 11 crore and 1.74 crore respectively. The duo are set to form the backbone of the team going into the 2018 season.YUVRAJ SINGHBCCI PhotoDelhi Daredevils paid a whopping Rs 16 crore for the swashbuckling all-rounder back in 2015 — making him the record buy in the history of the IPL then. Incidentally, he was also the record the year before, when RCB paid a 14 crore to get his services but released him the following year because of his bad form and fitness.Yuvi scored just 376 runs from 14 games and took five wickets for Kohli’s team and the following year he just hit 248 runs and took one wicket for the DD and was released again. Since then, he has played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has scored 236 and 252 runs respectively in 2016 and 2017.Yuvraj was released by the Sunrisers for this year’s auction and he is currently out of the Indian set-up and is struggling to pass the Yo-Yo Test but his past exploits, experience and flamboyance is a bonus for any team and he is expected to fetch decent amount in the auction.MS DHONIBCCI PhotoMS Dhoni’s return to CSK was written in the stars and that did happen on Thursday when the IPL 2018 player retention took place.CSK kept him for a whopping Rs 15 crore — the base salary for the first retained player. Along with him CSK retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.But Mahi’s return has got the fans excited the most and him as well. Dhoni has led CSK to two trophies and four finals in eight years of the tournament.Dhoni, who played for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the last two seasons has scored 3561 runs from 159 matches in the IPL. He has hit 17 fifties.For CSK, Dhoni has smashed 2987 runs from 129 matches in the first eight seasons.His form in the shorter formats was questioned toward the end of 2017 but he rescued his team and played some crucial knocks for India in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka to squash all of them.He is now expected to lead the line as usual and take CSK back to where they belong according to the Whistle Podu loyalists.ROHIT SHARMABCCI PhotoMumbai Indians retained Rohit for the same amount as CSK did with MS Dhoni – Rs 15 crore.Retaining Rohit was a no-brainer for Mumbai just like Kohli was for RCB. He has led them to thre  IPL titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017 — the most by any team in the tournament.The Mumbaikar has been playing for them since 2011 and took over the captaincy in 2013 and has never looked back since.He has a total of 4207 runs from 159 IPL matches and one hudnred. Out of which, out of which 1170 runs have come during his time with the Deccan Chargers from 2008 to 2010. He played 45 matches for them.Rohit was retained alongside Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah and the trio will form the core of the squad. He recently captained India to ODI and series victories against Sri Lanka and is fully expected to help Mumbai defend their title in 2018.advertisementBEN STOKESBCCI PhotoHe was the star-attraction in 2017’s IPL auction and it was evident right from the beginning. He was priced at Rs 2 crore and was expected to go big and he did. So much so, that Mumbai Indians were holding the baton even before the auctioneer Richard Madley could name his base price. All eight franchises were after him and there was an aggressive battle between Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD).Later Sunrisers Hyderabad joined in but he was at last bagged by the RPS for a whopping fee of Rs 14.50 crore. He has now become the second costliest player in the history of the IPL auctions behind Yuvraj Singh, for whom the DD paid 16 crore in 2015.Stokes has been in brilliant form since last year and was one of the star players for the England team in their recent series in India.And he didn’t disappoint his buyers. The mercurial all-rounder hit 316 runs and 12 wickets from 12 games for the RPS. He guided them to the qualifiers before joining national duty.He is again expected to go big as all-rounders of such calibre are going to come far and wide and teams will jump on the opportunity of having him on their side.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Djokovic Beats Delbonis in 3rd Round at Miami Open

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete.He lost his temper, but not the match. Annoyed after squandering a second-set lead, Djokovic regrouped and beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open.Djokovic appeared on his way to an easy victory when he led 3-1 in the second set, but he dropped serve twice in a row. He then steadied himself to win a succession of long rallies and sweep the last five games.“We were very close in the beginning of the third set,” he said. “It could have gone a different way.”The top-ranked Djokovic is trying for his seventh title at the Miami Open, which moved this year to the Dolphins’ complex.On the women’s side, defending champion Sloane Stephens lost to Tatjana Maria 6-3, 6-2. Venus Williams, who is a three-time Miami champion but unseeded, beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1.Defending men’s champion John Isner was broken in the first game but he held the rest of the way and hit 16 aces to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 7-6 (6).Isner, now 33, won the biggest title of his career in the tournament a year ago. Seeded No. 7, he’ll next face No. 19 Kyle Edmund, who beat No. 12 Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4.Djokovic’s fourth-round opponent will be No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut, who eliminated No. 15 Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4.“I’m hitting the ball well,” Djokovic said. “I just need a little more consistency to hold that level of play the entire match.”Crowds on the outer courts were again large and festive, but the atmosphere in the vast stadium was more subdued, with the stands only half full for Djokovic’s match.“It’s a unique stadium in tennis,” he said. “It’s obviously different from anything we’ve experienced before. It’s not a tennis venue. We’re guests here of the Miami Dolphins.”Williams advanced to the fourth round of the tournament for the 16th time. She lost serve four times against Kasatkina but won every return game, going 8 for 8.“I’ve never had a match like that before in my life,” she said. “There’s always a time for a first. I’m returning really well.”Williams won the title in 1998, 1999 and 2001. She’s unseeded at Miami for the first time since 2012 but seems to be enjoying herself, smiling often — including when Kasatkina hit a shot between her legs.“I never smile on the court, and this week I’ve smiled a lot,” Williams said. “There’s a lot to smile for. That’s all I can say.”She next faces No. 2 Simona Halep, who outlasted Polona Hercog 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2.“I was running like crazy for three hours,” Halep said. “If I keep doing this, I think I have a chance to be back No. 1.”A loss Saturday by top-ranked Naomi Osaka opened the door for Halep to reclaim the top ranking if she reaches the final.Stephens, seeded No. 4, was beaten by a player outside the top 50 for the third time this year. Another American, No. 25 Danielle Collins, lost to Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-1.By: Steve Wine, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India to name squad for West Indies Tests after clarity on Virat Kohli’s injury

first_imgThe BCCI selection committee will announce the squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies and are awaiting an update on Virat Kohli’s injured wrist.”Virat is carrying a wrist niggle. Tests have been done and selectors are awaiting the medical update from the National Cricket Academy’s support staff. It is not clear how he sustained the wrist injury. It could have been during the England Test matches or training sessions,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI on Saturday.In case Virat’s injury is not serious, then the selectors will announce the squad for the two Tests or else they will name the team only for the first Test. The squad is likely to be announced either Saturday evening or on Sunday.According to sources in the board, the selectors will also rest both Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Test matches.READ – Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies seriesIn case of Bumrah, he has been bowling non-stop from the third Test against England in Trent Bridge, followed by four games in the Asia Cup.”Jasprit has bowled 133 overs across three Tests in England and nearly his full quota in all matches in this Dubai heat. He needs a bit of rest to be rejuvenated for the tour of Australia. Also Bhuvi needs to be preserved for the tour Down Under,” the official said.READ – Indian team for West Indies Tests to be named after Ishant, Ashwin fitness testsadvertisementHowever, there was some good news for the Indian camp as senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has cleared the fitness test and is available for selection.”Ashwin is fit and has completely recovered from the hip injury,” he added.READ – India to host West Indies for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs & 3 T20Is from October 4One of the major decisions will be whether Shikhar Dhawan, a fantastic player on flat sub-continental tracks is selected with the Australia tour ahead.Prithvi Shaw is expected to be in the squad while Mayank Agarwal has sent a timely reminder with another 90 for Board President’s XI against West Indies.The opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4 to 8, followed by the second Test from October 12 to 16 at Hyderabad.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

30-Day Blog Challenge Tip #9: Start With an Outline

first_img2. Create your blog domain.Next, you’ll need a place to host this and every other blog post you write. This requires choosing a content management system (CMS) and a website domain hosting service.Sign Up With a Content Management SystemA CMS helps you create a website domain where you’ll actually publish your blog. The CMS platforms available for you to sign up for can manage domains, where you create your own website; and subdomains, where you create a webpage that connects with an existing website.HubSpot customers host their website content through HubSpot’s content management system. Another popular option is a self-hosted WordPress website on WP Engine. Whether they create a domain or a subdomain to start their blog, they’ll need to choose a web domain hosting service after choosing their CMS.This is true for every blogger seeking to start their own blog on their own website.Register a Domain or Subdomain With a Website HostYour own blog domain will look like this: www.yourblog.com. The name between the two periods is up to you, as long as this domain name doesn’t yet exist on the internet.Want to create a subdomain for your blog? If you already own a cooking business at www.yourcompany.com, you might create a blog that looks like this: blog.yourcompany.com. In other words, your blog’s subdomain will live in its own section of yourcompany.com.Some CMSs offer subdomains as a free service, where your blog lives on the CMS, rather than your business’s website. For example, it might look like “yourblog.contentmanagementsystem.com.” However, in order to create a subdomain that belongs to a company website, you’ll need to register this subdomain with a website host.Most website hosting services charge very little to host an original domain — in fact, website costs can be as inexpensive as $3 per month. Here are five popular web hosting services to choose from:GoDaddyHostGatorDreamHostBluehostiPage3. Customize your blog’s theme.Once you have your blog domain set up, customize the appearance of your blog to reflect the theme of the content you plan on creating.Are you writing about sustainability and the environment? Green might be a color to keep in mind when designing the look and feel of your blog, as green is often associated with sustainability.If you already manage a website, and are writing your first blog post for that website, it’s important that your blog is consistent with this existing website, both in appearance and subject matter. Two things to include right away are:Logo. This can be your name or your business’s logo, either one helping to remind your readers who or what is publishing this content. How heavily you want to brand this blog, in relation to your main brand, is up to you.”About” page. You might already have an “About” blurb describing yourself or your business. Your blog’s “About” section is an extension of this higher-level statement. Think of it as your blog’s mission statement, which serves to support your company’s goals.4. Identify your first blog post’s topic.Before you even write anything, you need to pick a topic for your blog post. The topic can be pretty general to start with. For example, if you’re a plumber, you might start out thinking you want to write about leaky faucets.Then, as you do your research, you can expand the topic to discuss how to fix a leaky faucet based on the various causes of a faucet leak.You might not want to jump right into a “how-to” article for your first blog post, though, and that’s okay. Perhaps you’d like to write about modern types of faucet setups, or tell one particular success story you had rescuing a faucet before it flooded someone’s house.If a plumber’s first how-to article is about how to fix a leaky faucet, for example, here are four other types of sample blog post ideas a plumber might start with, based on the five free blog templates we’ve offered to you:List-based Post: 5 ways to fix a leaky faucetCurated Collection Post: 10 faucet and sink brands you should look into todaySlideShare Presentation: 5 types of faucets that should replace your old one (with pictures)News post: New study shows X% of people don’t replace their faucet on timeFind more examples of blog posts at the end of this step-by-step guide.If you’re having trouble coming up with topic ideas, check out this blog post from my colleague Ginny Soskey. In this post, Soskey walks through a helpful process for turning one idea into many. Similar to the “leaky faucet” examples above, she suggests that you “iterate off old topics to come up with unique and compelling new topics.” This can be done by:Changing the topic scopeAdjusting the time frameChoosing a new audienceTaking a positive/negative approachIntroducing a new format5. Come up with a working title.Then you might come up with a few different working titles — in other words, iterations or different ways of approaching that topic to help you focus your writing. For example, you might decide to narrow your topic to “Tools for Fixing Leaky Faucets” or “Common Causes of Leaky Faucets.” A working title is specific and will guide your post so you can start writing.Let’s take a real post as an example: “How to Choose a Solid Topic for Your Next Blog Post.” Appropriate, right? The topic, in this case, was probably simply “blogging.” Then the working title may have been something like, “The Process for Selecting a Blog Post Topic.” And the final title ended up being “How to Choose a Solid Topic for Your Next Blog Post.”See that evolution from topic, to working title, to final title? Even though the working title may not end up being the final title (more on that in a moment), it still provides enough information so you can focus your blog post on something more specific than a generic, overwhelming topic.6. Write an intro (and make it captivating).We’ve written more specifically about writing captivating introductions in the post, “How to Write an Introduction,” but let’s review, shall we?First, grab the reader’s attention. If you lose the reader in the first few paragraphs — or even sentences — of the introduction, they will stop reading even before they’ve given your post a fair shake. You can do this in a number of ways: tell a story or a joke, be empathetic, or grip the reader with an interesting fact or statistic.Then describe the purpose of the post and explain how it will address a problem the reader may be having. This will give the reader a reason to keep reading and give them a connection to how it will help them improve their work/lives. Here’s an example of a post that we think does a good job of attracting a reader’s attention right away:7. Organize your content in an outline.Sometimes, blog posts can have an overwhelming amount of information — for the reader and the writer. The trick is to organize the info so readers are not intimidated by the length or amount of content. The organization can take multiple forms — sections, lists, tips, whatever’s most appropriate. But it must be organized!Let’s take a look at the post, “How to Use Snapchat: A Detailed Look Into HubSpot’s Snapchat Strategy.” There is a lot of content in this post, so we broke it into a few different sections using the following headers: How to Setup Your Snapchat Account, Snaps vs. Stories: What’s the Difference?, and How to Use Snapchat for Business. These sections are then separated into sub-sections that to go into more detail and also make the content easier to read.To complete this step, all you really need to do is outline your post. That way, before you start writing, you know which points you want to cover, and the best order in which to do it. To make things even easier, you can also download and use our free blog post templates, which are pre-organized for five of the most common blog post types. Just fill in the blanks!8. Write your blog post!The next step — but not the last — is actually writing the content. We couldn’t forget about that, of course.Now that you have your outline/template, you’re ready to fill in the blanks. Use your outline as a guide and be sure to expand on all of your points as needed. Write about what you already know, and if necessary, do additional research to gather more information, examples, and data to back up your points, providing proper attribution when incorporating external sources. Need help finding accurate and compelling data to use in your post? Check out this roundup of sources — from Pew Research to Google Trends.If you find you’re having trouble stringing sentences together, you’re not alone. Finding your “flow” can be really challenging for a lot of folks. Luckily, there are a ton of tools you can lean on to help you improve your writing. Here are a few to get you started:Power Thesaurus: Stuck on a word? Power Thesaurus is a crowdsourced tool that provides users with a ton of alternative word choices from a community of writers.ZenPen: If you’re having trouble staying focused, check out this distraction-free writing tool. ZenPen creates a minimalist “writing zone” that’s designed to help you get words down without having to fuss with formatting right away.Cliché Finder: Feeling like your writing might be coming off a little cheesy? Identify instances where you can be more specific using this handy cliché tool.For a complete list of tools for improving your writing skills, check out this post. And if you’re looking for more direction, the following resources are chock-full of valuable writing advice:The Marketer’s Pocket Guide to Writing Well [Free Ebook]How to Write Compelling Copy: 7 Tips for Writing Content That ConvertsHow to Write With Clarity: 9 Tips for Simplifying Your MessageThe Kurt Vonnegut Guide to Great Copywriting: 8 Rules That Apply to AnyoneYour Blog Posts Are Boring: 9 Tips for Making Your Writing More InterestingThe Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Successful Blog in 20199. Edit/proofread your post, and fix your formatting.You’re not quite done yet, but you’re close! The editing process is an important part of blogging — don’t overlook it. Ask a grammar-conscious co-worker to copy, edit, and proofread your post, and consider enlisting the help of The Ultimate Editing Checklist (or try using a free grammar checker, like the one developed by Grammarly). And if you’re looking to brush up on your own self-editing skills, turn to these helpful posts for some tips and tricks to get you started:Confessions of a HubSpot Editor: 11 Editing Tips From the TrenchesHow to Become a More Efficient Editor: 12 Ways to Speed Up the Editorial Process10 Simple Edits That’ll Instantly Improve Any Piece of WritingWhen you’re ready to check your formatting, keep the following advice in mind …Featured ImageMake sure you choose a visually appealing and relevant image for your post. As social networks treat content with images more prominently, visuals are now more responsible than ever for the success of your blog content in social media. In fact, it’s been shown that content with relevant images receives 94% more views than content without relevant images.For help selecting an image for your post, read “How to Select the Perfect Image for Your Next Blog Post” — and pay close attention to the section about copyright law.Visual AppearanceNo one likes an ugly blog post. And it’s not just pictures that make a post visually appealing — it’s the formatting and organization of the post, too.In a properly formatted and visually appealing blog post, you’ll notice that header and sub-headers are used to break up large blocks of text — and those headers are styled consistently. Here’s an example of what that looks like:Also, screenshots should always have a similar, defined border (see screenshot above for example) so they don’t appear as if they’re floating in space. And that style should stay consistent from post to post.Maintaining this consistency makes your content (and your brand) look more professional, and makes it easier on the eyes.Topics/TagsTags are specific, public-facing keywords that describe a post. They also allow readers to browse for more content in the same category on your blog. Refrain from adding a laundry list of tags to each post. Instead, put some thought into a tagging strategy. Think of tags as “topics” or “categories,” and choose 10-20 tags that represent all the main topics you want to cover on your blog. Then stick to those.10. Insert a call-to-action (CTA) at the end.At the end of every blog post, you should have a CTA that indicates what you want the reader to do next — subscribe to your blog, download an ebook, register for a webinar or event, read a related article, etc. Typically, you think about the CTA being beneficial for the marketer. Your visitors read your blog post, they click on the CTA, and eventually you generate a lead. But the CTA is also a valuable resource for the person reading your content — use your CTAs to offer more content similar to the subject of the post they just finished reading.In the blog post, “What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration,” for instance, readers are given actionable ideas for creating valuable Instagram content. At the end of the post is a CTA referring readers to download a comprehensive guide on how to use Instagram for business:See how that’s a win-win for everyone? Readers who want to learn more have the opportunity to do so, and the business receives a lead they can nurture … who may even become a customer! Learn more about how to choose the right CTA for every blog post in this article. And check out this collection of clever CTAs to inspire your own efforts.11. Optimize for on-page SEO.After you finish writing, go back and optimize your post for search.Don’t obsess over how many keywords to include. If there are opportunities to incorporate keywords you’re targeting, and it won’t impact reader experience, do it. If you can make your URL shorter and more keyword-friendly, go for it. But don’t cram keywords or shoot for some arbitrary keyword density — Google’s smarter than that!Here’s a little reminder of what you can and should look for:Meta DescriptionMeta descriptions are the descriptions below the post’s page title on Google’s search results pages. They provide searchers with a short summary of the post before clicking into it. They are ideally between 150-160 characters and start with a verb, such as “Learn,” “Read,” or “Discover.” While meta descriptions no longer factor into Google’s keyword ranking algorithm, they do give searchers a snapshot of what they will get by reading the post and can help improve your clickthrough rate from search.Page Title and HeadersMost blogging software uses your post title as your page title, which is the most important on-page SEO element at your disposal. But if you’ve followed our formula so far, you should already have a working title that will naturally include keywords/phrases your target audience is interested in. Don’t over-complicate your title by trying to fit keywords where they don’t naturally belong. That said, if there are clear opportunities to add keywords you’re targeting to your post title and headers, feel free to take them. Also, try to keep your headlines short — ideally, under 65 characters — so they don’t get truncated in search engine results.Anchor TextAnchor text is the word or words that link to another page — either on your website or on another website. Carefully select which keywords you want to link to other pages on your site, because search engines take that into consideration when ranking your page for certain keywords.It’s also important to consider which pages you link to. Consider linking to pages that you want to rank well for that keyword. You could end up getting it to rank on Google’s first page of results instead of its second page, and that ain’t small potatoes.Mobile OptimizationWith mobile devices now accounting for nearly 2 out of every 3 minutes spent online, having a website that is responsive or designed for mobile has become more and more critical. In addition to making sure your website’s visitors (including your blog’s visitors) have the best experience possible, optimizing for mobile will score your website some SEO points.Back in 2015, Google made a change to its algorithm that now penalizes sites that aren’t mobile optimized. This month (May 2016), Google rolled out their second version of the mobile-friendly algorithm update — creating a sense of urgency for the folks that have yet to update their websites. To make sure your site is getting the maximum SEO benefit possible, check out this free guide: How to Make a Mobile-Friendly Website: SEO Tips for a Post-“Mobilegeddon” World.12. Pick a catchy title.Last but not least, it’s time to spruce up that working title of yours. Luckily, we have a simple formula for writing catchy titles that will grab the attention of your reader. Here’s what to consider:Start with your working title.As you start to edit your title, keep in mind that it’s important to keep the title accurate and clear.Then, work on making your title sexy — whether it’s through strong language, alliteration, or another literary tactic.If you can, optimize for SEO by sneaking some keywords in there (only if it’s natural, though!).Finally, see if you can shorten it at all. No one likes a long, overwhelming title — and remember, Google prefers 65 characters or fewer before it truncates it on its search engine results pages.If you’ve mastered the steps above, learn about some way to take your blog posts to the next level in this post. Want some real examples of blog posts? See what your first blog post can look like, below, based on the topic you choose and the audience you’re targeting.Blog Post ExamplesList-Based PostThought Leadership PostCurated Collection PostSlideshare PresentationNewsjacking PostInfographic PostHow-to Post Originally published May 6, 2019 7:30:00 PM, updated October 25 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: Topics: Free Templates: How to Write a Blog Postcenter_img 1. List-Based PostExample: 10 Fresh Ways to Get Better Results From Your Blog PostsList-based posts are sometimes called “listicles,” a mix of the words “list” and “article.” These are articles that deliver information in the form of a list. A listicle uses subheaders to break down the blog post into individual pieces, helping readers skim and digest your content more easily. According to ClearVoice, listicles are among the most shared types of content on social media across 14 industries.As you can see in the example from our blog, above, listicles can offer various tips and methods for solving a problem.2. Thought Leadership PostExample: What I Wish I Had Known Before Writing My First BookThought leadership blog posts allow you to indulge in your expertise on a particular subject matter and share firsthand knowledge with your readers. These pieces — which can be written in the first person, like the post by Joanna Penn, shown above — help you build trust with your audience so people take your blog seriously as you continue to write for it.3. Curated Collection PostExample: 8 Examples of Evolution in ActionCurated collections are a special type of listicle blog post (the first blog post example, described above). But rather than sharing tips or methods of doing something, this type of blog post shares a list of real examples that all have something in common, in order to prove a larger point. In the example post above, Listverse shares eight real examples of evolution in action among eight different animals — starting with the peppered moth.4. Slideshare PresentationExample: The HubSpot Culture CodeSlideshare is a presentation tool owned by the social network, LinkedIn, that helps publishers package a lot of information into easily shareable slides. Think of it like a PowerPoint, but for the web. With this in mind, Slideshare blog posts help you promote your Slideshare so that it can generate a steady stream of visitors.Unlike blogs, Slideshare decks don’t often rank well on search engines, so they need a platform for getting their message out there to the people who are looking for it. By embedding and summarizing your Slideshare on a blog post, you can share a great deal of information and give it a chance to rank on Google at the same time.Need some Slideshare ideas? In the example above, we turned our company’s “Culture Code” into a Slideshare presentation that anyone can look through and take lessons from, and promoted it through a blog post.5. Newsjacking PostExample: Ivy Goes Mobile With New App for Designers”Newsjacking” is a nickname for “hijacking” your blog to break important news related to your industry. Therefore, the newsjack post is a type of article whose sole purpose is to garner consumers’ attention and, while offering them timeless professional advice, also prove your blog to be a trusted resource for learning about the big things that happen in your industry.The newsjack example above was published by Houzz, a home decor merchant and interior design resource, about a new mobile app that launched just for interior designers. Houzz didn’t launch the app, but the news of its launching is no less important to Houzz’s audience.6. Infographic PostExample: The Key Benefits of Studying Online [Infographic]The infographic post serves a similar purpose as the Slideshare post — the fourth example, explained above — in that it conveys information for which plain blog copy might not be the best format. For example, when you’re looking to share a lot of statistical information (without boring or confusing your readers), building this data into a well-designed, even fun-looking infographic can help keep your readers engaged with your content. It also helps readers remember the information long after they leave your website.7. How-to PostExample: How to Write a Blog Post: A Step-by-Step GuideFor our last example, you need not look any further than the blog post you’re reading right now! How-to guides like this one help solve a problem for your readers. They’re like a cookbook for your industry, walking your audience through a project step by step to improve their literacy on the subject. The more posts like this you create, the more equipped your readers will be to work with you and invest in the services you offer.Ready to blog? Don’t forget to download your six free blog post templates right here. How to Write a Blog Post1. Understand your audience.Before you start to write your first blog post, have a clear understanding of your target audience. What do they want to know about? What will resonate with them? This is where creating your buyer personas comes in handy. Consider what you know about your buyer personas and their interests while you’re coming up with a topic for your blog post.For instance, if your readers are millennials looking to start their own business, you probably don’t need to provide them with information about getting started in social media — most of them already have that down. You might, however, want to give them information about how to adjust their approach to social media from a more casual, personal one to a more business-savvy, networking-focused approach. That kind of tweak is what separates you from blogging about generic stuff to the stuff your audience really wants (and needs) to hear.Don’t have buyer personas in place for your business? Here are a few resources to help you get started:Create Buyer Personas for Your Business [Free Template]Blog Post: How to Create Detailed Buyer Personas for Your BusinessMakeMyPersona.com [Free Tool] You’ve probably heard how paramount blogging is to the success of your marketing. But it’s important that you learn how to start a blog and write blog posts for it so that each article supports your business.Without a blog, your SEO can tank, you’ll have nothing to promote in social media, you’ll have no clout with your leads and customers, and you’ll have fewer pages to put those valuable calls-to-action that generate inbound leads.So why, oh why, does almost every marketer I talk to have a laundry list of excuses for why they can’t consistently blog?Maybe because, unless you’re one of the few people who actually like writing, business blogging kind of stinks. You have to find words, string them together into sentences … ugh, where do you even start?Download 6 Free Blog Post Templates NowWell my friend, the time for excuses is over.What Is a Blog?A blog is literally short for “web log.” Blogs began in the early 1990s as an online journal for individuals to publish thoughts and stories on their own website. Bloggers then share their blog posts with other internet users. Blog posts used to be much more personal to the writer or group of writers than they are today.Today, people and organizations of all walks of life manage blogs to share analyses, instruction, criticisms, and other observations of an industry in which they are a rising expert.After you read this post, there will be absolutely no reason you can’t blog every single day — and do it quickly. Not only am I about to provide you with a simple blog post formula to follow, but I’m also going to give you free templates for creating five different types of blog posts:The How-To PostThe List-Based PostThe Curated Collection PostThe SlideShare Presentation PostThe Newsjacking PostWith all this blogging how-to, literally anyone can blog as long as they truly know the subject matter they’re writing about. And since you’re an expert in your industry, there’s no longer any reason you can’t sit down every day and hammer out an excellent blog post.Want to learn how to apply blogging and other forms of content marketing to your business? Check out HubSpot Academy’s free content marketing training resource page. Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Templates Free Blog Post Templateslast_img read more

A Simple Guide to Optimizing Your Landing Pages [Infographic]

first_img Landing Page Optimization Writing and designing a valuable offer is only the first step of getting leads out of that offer — next, you’ve got to set up landing pages so you can actually get those leads. That’s why it’s so critical to make sure your landing pages are properly optimized. Every tweak you make, big or small, could have a huge impact on the number of visitors that convert to leads.So how do you actually optimize your page? Which parts should you choose to change up to get the best results (the headline, the form, the copy itself, etc.)?Never fear: This infographic from the folks at QuickSprout sets out to answer these very questions. In it, you’ll learn the nine elements of high converting landing page design, how to maximize SEO and usability, and how to test effectiveness and calculate ROI.473Save Originally published Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM, updated August 08 2017 473SaveWant to learn more about optimizing landing pages for lead generation? Check out our free ebook on landing page optimization.center_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 SlackSlacklast_img read more

Don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what Prithvi Shaw is at 18: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli lavished praise on young Prithvi Shaw, who impressed everyone on his debut series against the West Indies, which India won 2-0 without breaking a sweat.Shaw, who became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in Rajkot, scored 70 and 33 not out in the second Test in Hyderabad and finished the series with 237 runs from three innings, thus, earning the man-of-the-series award.And, Kohli, who much like Shaw, won the U-19 World Cup with India (in 2008) and then slowly made the rise to international cricket, was extremely impressed with how the 18-year-old has approached the game and played without fear.”He looks like someone who can get you off to the kind of start that you require, especially to make the first mark in any series that you play. It’s great to have a guy who is so fearless, and he isn’t reckless, he’s very confident about his game.Also read – Hyderabad Test: Prithvi Shaw is born to play cricket, says Ravi Shastri”You might feel like he might nick off one now, but he hardly nicks the ball. And that we saw in England as well, when he was batting in the nets. He was attacking but he was in control throughout, which is a very rare quality against a new ball. You know, to play so many shots and be in control of all of them. It’s a great sign. I don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what he is at 18-19. But he has to build on that,” Kohli said.advertisementThe Indian captain also went on to add that there are areas to improve on but both Shaw and Rishabh Pant have been extremely good and have taken a big step towards solidifying their place in the playing XI ahead of the Test series versus Australia, which starts on December 6 in Adelaide.Also read – Prithvi Shaw cherishes man-of-the-series award in debut Test series”The youngsters, we were looking for them to play with a lot of freedom, which they did. Prithvi was outstanding. Rishabh was really fearless. Areas they need to work, they will obviously be spoken to in that regard. But overall both those guys were really, really good. Solidifying their place in the team and understanding how to play at this level.”I know the conditions might not be as challenging as they might get in future, but in Test cricket, the first and the most important thing is confidence and understanding that you can score runs at the Test level. From that point of view, I’m very happy that these guys have taken their chance so well.” said Kohli.Also read – Sky is the limit for Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, says Sunil Gavaskar Rishabh Pant smashed 184 runs in the two-match Test series vs West Indies (AP Photo)Pant much like Shaw did extremely well in the two innings he got to play in the series. The 21-year-old, who looks like is set to be the No.1 keeper in Test cricket at least in the first Test Down Under, scored 184 runs from two innings in the series. He managed to score 92 each time and missed out on centuries while trying to manufacture shots but he did enough to impress former captain Sunil Gavaskar and Team India coach Ravi Shastri.”Looking at the way Rishabh Pant has settled in the team, I wouldn’t disturb the combination at all. He can be someone like Adam Gilchrist or Quinton de Kock to come down the order and if four wickets have fallen early, to take the game away from the opposition. So, that has to be encouraged. He can be destructive. If there is an Ajinkya Rahane or Virat Kohli at the other end, that’ll be an absolutely deadly combination.Also read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home”His wicket-keeping is improving every day, the more he keeps wickets to Ashwin and Jadeja the better. He hasn’t kept wickets to them before. He will get better with time and the more he keeps wickets to them, he will get used to their spin, varieties and he’ll be that much better with every game he keeps to them. Unfortunate for Wriddhiman Saha but with current form and performance, he slots into the XI straight away,” Gavaskar told India Today.”He’s such a good batsman and is good with the gloves as well. We have to go on according to the present form for team selection in Australia,” Shastri said after the end of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.advertisementFor Pant, his next assignment will be the first two ODIs versus West Indies while Shaw is likely to go back to domestic cricket before returning to the Indian side, which will travel to Australia late in November for the Test series.last_img read more

Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasons

first_imgIndian cricket is replete with sagas of player-related controversies but the ignominy faced by Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul — being sent back from an overseas tour — is only the second such instance in 82 years.Way back in 1936, the legendary Lala Amarnath was sent back from India’s tour of England by the erstwhile captain Maharaja of Vijianagaram or ‘Vizzy’ for alleged insubordination during a first-class game.While there had been disciplinary issues on a lot of tours but in the history of Indian cricket, this is the first time that the Board has taken action and called back errant players.Lalaji’s (as the fraternity called him affectionately) tiff with Vizzy was more to do with team politics, and the general belief was that the ruler of a princely state under British India got captaincy because of entitlement and not ability.According to an article ‘Right Royal Indian Mess’ written by Martin Williamson in ESPN Cricinfo on July 28, 2007, Amarnath was a victim of petty politics, unlike the entitled duo of Pandya and Rahul, who paid the price for their loose talk about women.”Amarnath had been carrying a back injury for a few games but had not been allowed to rest. At Lord’s he was asked to pad up and then forced by Vizzy to sit as a succession of other batsmen were sent in ahead of him.”He (Amarnath) eventually got his turn minutes before the close, and clearly angry, when he returned to the changing room he made clear his anger, throwing his kit into his bag and muttering, in Punjabi, ‘I know what is transpiring’.”advertisementAccording to the book, Lala Amarnath: Life and Times, written by his youngest son Rajinder Amarnath, his father was a victim of canard.”Many of the squad, including Vizzy and Major Jack Brittain-Jones, the manager, did not speak Punjabi, but versions of the story spread. Amarnath was sent for and handed a letter signed by several team-mates demanding action. Jones told him he was being sent home.”There has been another incident of an Indian player coming back midway but unlike this time, Navjot Sidhu left the 1996 tour of England on his own after a heated exchange with skipper Mohammed Azharuddin.He left without informing anyone, paving the way for Sidhu’s roommate to make his Test debut.That roommate was Sourav Ganguly and the venue was Lord’s, where he scored a debut hundred, and the rest, as they say, is history.While Ganguly seized the opportunity, Siddhu did come back and played two more years for India.Also Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul suspended, likely to return home after Koffee with Karan rowAlso Watch | Harbhajan on Koffee with Karan row: Hardik, Rahul have lost their reputationslast_img read more

Vidarbha-Rest of India Irani Cup game was called off after two captains agreed

first_imgEyebrows may have been raised when the Irani Cup was called off with Vidarbha needing just 11 runs for an outright win, but one of their senior players Sunday insisted that the decision was mutually taken.Rest of India skipper Ajinkya Rahane and his Vidarbha counterpart Faiz Fazal settled for a draw after the dismissal of Ganesh Satish on 87, when the hosts were 269 for five, in pursuit 280.Vidarbha became the third side after Mumbai and Karnataka to retain the Irani Cup for the second time, on the basis of their 95-run first innings lead.The decision, which seemed incomprehensible, left everyone wondering if the on-field umpires faltered in calling off the game, but the Vidarbha player, said nothing like that had happened.When asked by PTI whether it was the umpire’s mistake, the player replied in the negative.The player also claimed that the hosts decided to settle for a draw after Ganesh Satish failed to reach a three-figure mark.”No, no it was nothing like that. We (Vidarbha) had taken the first-innings lead. The mandatory overs had started and we were waiting for Ganesh Satish to get his hundred, but unfortunately he got out. So (after that) both the captains agreed and the game was called off,” the player said on conditions of anonymity.Asked specifically whether Rahane approached Vidarbha to settle for a draw, another source from the Vidarbha Cricket Association replied, “No, there were no talks (over it).”An experienced umpire, affiliated with a state cricket association, also said that after the mandatory overs start and if the two captains “mutually agree”, then the umpires cannot intervene.advertisementThe umpire, though, said that ethically the match should have continued.According to BCCI law 16.1.6, “On the final day, if both captains (the batsmen at the wicket may act for their captain) accept that there is no prospect of either side achieving a victory, they may agree to finish the match after (a) the time for the commencement of the last hour has been reached OR (b) there are a minimum of 15 overs to be bowled, whichever is later.”Also Read | Vidarbha, the new powerhouse of domestic cricketAlso Read | Vidarbha join elite company after defending Ranji Trophy and Irani Cuplast_img read more