DaVinci Resolve: THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video Editor

first_imgFind out everything you need to get started in DaVinci Resolve with this complete, six-part video guide to the best free video editor on the market.I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had a chance to master DaVinci Resolve yet. There are a lot of small details and techniques about Resolve that I’ve picked up from various videos over the years, but I haven’t been able to just sit down and take the time to learn the thing.DaVinci Resolve has always amazed me — what was once the industry-leading color grading software that only a small group of filmmaking professionals could use (or afford) became the industry’s best free editing software, and it is still the industry-leading color correction software.Image via Blackmagic Design.Yes, that’s right, DaVinci Resolve is a completely free download, and if you don’t have a copy of it on your machine, click here: DaVinci Resolve Download. (You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the page).It can be daunting to learn an entirely new NLE. Luckily, Lewis McGregor has our backs. Lewis is a certified Blackmagic trainer. So, just for you, he made a six-part video series that teaches you everything you need to know to get started. After you watch this series, you’ll be using the industry-standard color correction and editing software in no time.How to Organize and Import Media In ResolveOne of the first snags I always hit when I hop into Resolve is that I don’t really know the right way to get my media organized and into a bin. I’m so very used to the Premiere workflows — and previously Final Cut, from way back, which was relatively similar.Resolve is a bit different, but as McGregor shows us in this first episode, it’s not as different as it might initially seem. Creating a project and getting all of your media is very straightforward. There is a lot you can do with metadata and proxies, but it can also be simpler than that. It just depends on how you intend to use the software.After this video, I felt empowered to hop into Resolve and get started immediately.How to Use The Edit Page In ResolveAs someone who previously only used Resolve for color correcting a completed edit, I always had a little bit of trouble navigating the Edit Page.In this episode, Lewis explains everything about the Edit Page from a layout standpoint — and how to get everything in an interface that makes sense to you. He also covers the various parts of the page and what their purposes are.How to Edit Your Video In DaVinci ResolveNow we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. In this episode, we learn about the various tools for editing and fine-tuning directly on the timeline.In Resolve, it’s easy to find all of your favorite editing tools — trim tools, roll edit, ripple edit, slip edit, slide edit, and (of course) markers and flags.Once you get comfortable with the selection methods and the various edits, you’re pretty much on your way to doing everything you need editing-wise in Resolve.How to Edit Audio In DaVinci ResolveAudio is always one of the first reasons I don’t switch NLEs. Editing and controlling audio is a very nuanced process, and I feel like it’s one of the hardest things for an editor to master. You get used to doing it a specific way, and you start getting good results with your program of choice.In this episode, Lewis shows us how to edit audio in Resolve easily and effectively. As you’ll learn, Resolve actually offers one of the best sets of audio editing features of any NLE — the Fairlight audio page.After watching this video, you’ll be able to find all of the audio tools you need in Resolve — like the track mixer, EQ settings, pan mixer, etc.How to Render or Export In DaVinci ResolveNow that your edit is done, you need to know how to export it.In this episode, Lewis walks us through the Delivery Page. This is where you’ll find all of your rendering options. Resolve has included handy presets for various social platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), which stay up to date with the respective platform’s suggestions.Aside from that, the render settings and options are exactly what you’re used to in any other editing software.How to Set Up Basic User Settings In DaVinci ResolveResolve gives you a lot of control when it comes to GPU usage and memory settings. There are also a lot of settings for playback and audio input and output. As you are probably used to with other editors you’ve used, these settings are all among the basic user settings.In this episode, Lewis covers all of these various settings. This way, you can put everything you’ve learned to good use — with all of the right settings for your machine.How to Color Correct and Color Grade in DaVinci ResolveAs an added bonus, we didn’t forget the thing we all know DaVinci Resolve for the most — color grading! In this video tutorial from RocketStock, Lewis shows us the ropes with the color side of Resolve. Check it out!Looking for even more information on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles and tutorials.Using the Track Select Forward Tool in DaVinci Resolve 15Color Grading Tips: The Ins and Outs of Correcting for a Pink SkyColor Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveRevive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster ToolsHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How To Use Optimized Media In DaVinci ResolveRemove Unwanted Shot Features With Resolve 15’s Patch ReplacerGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureYour Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Govt Appeal Against DACA

first_imgThe U.S Supreme Court on Feb. 26 dismissed the Donald Trump administration’s bid to bypass two federal appeal courts’ injunctions that stopped the government from discontinuing the Obama-era DACA program on March 5, AP reported.Federal judges in San Francisco and New York, in January and February 2018 respectively, made Trump’s deadline to end the program that protected the Dreamers from deportation, and for legislature to come up with an alternative, temporarily moot. The courts issued nationwide injunctions ordering that the DACA policy be kept in place while courts consider legal challenges to its termination. The Trump administration went to the Supreme Court to fight the injunction.The court’s refusal to hear the bid means that the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which affects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants called “Dreamers,” will now work its way through the lower courts, as is traditionally the process, before any Supreme Court intervention is possible.Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said: “While we were hopeful for a different outcome, the Supreme Court very rarely grants certiorari before judgment, though in our view, it was warranted for the extraordinary injunction requiring the Department of Homeland Security to maintain DACA. “He added that they would continue to defend the Homeland Security Department’s “lawful authority to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.”White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement: “We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail.”Shah also called the program “unlawful” and said the decisions by lower courts to re-impose the program “that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority.”He added: “The fact that this occurs at a time when elected representatives in Congress are actively debating this policy only underscores that the district judge has unwisely intervened in the legislative process.”The administration had argued in September 2017 that former President Barack Obama exceeded his executive powers when he made the program in 2012. The Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene in the matter also relieves the pressure off Congress to come up with an alternative for DACA by the mandated deadline. The Congress had come to a stalemate on the matter two weeks ago.DACA protects about 700,000 young people who came to the United States as children and stayed on, of which them around 8,000 are said to be of Indian origin. Related ItemsDACAdreamersUnited Stateslast_img read more

Karnataka Elections See Fractured Verdict

first_imgThe positive performance displayed by India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the recently-held Karnataka Assembly elections has once again shown the effect that Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds over the electorate in the country. The BJP won 104 of the 222 seats for which elections were held on May 12 in the state, according to results declared on May 15. The Congress, the ruling party in the state, won 78 seats while the third largest party, the Janata Dal (Secular), got 38.Though the BJP emerged as the single largest party, it fell slightly short of the 113 seats needed to form a government in the state on its own.The results nevertheless serve as a huge boost of confidence for the BJP in the lead up to the general elections in 2019, especially after the scare it received during the Assembly elections in Modi’s home state of Gujarat where it won by a narrow margin last year, and the defeat it suffered in by-elections in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Most exit poll figures had, after all, predicted the party to remain confined well within a 90-seat mark in Karnataka.The results on May 15, considered by many as a precursor to the general elections next year, are being seen as a sign that Modi’s stock of public goodwill remains undamaged in the country, despite incidents such as the Punjab National Bank scam and the Kathua rape case getting it widespread criticism. Modi had aggressively promoted his party in Karnataka, home to India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, during the last leg of the campaigning. The state is not the party’s traditional base, although it was in power in Karnataka in 2008, and the recent results are being seen as a further consolidation of its pan-India strength.Modi’s presence clearly did not let the taint of corruption charges against state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa affect the voters’ minds about the party, which won only 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly elections held in 2013, as opposed to the 122 won by the Congress. The current tally of 104 seats is thus being taken as a clear thumbs-up to the prime minister’s leadership, despite the Opposition parties’ criticism of his moves such as the demonetization of high value currency notes, and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).The Karnataka results are also being perceived as a sign of the waning influence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had tried to counter the BJP’s campaign in the state with what his critics called a “soft Hindutva” campaign — he visited a series of temples, and large mutts or seminaries. The 41-year-old scion of the grand old party of India was said to be finally showing the confidence needed for him to come to his own as a leader, but the steps taken by him have obviously not proved enough.The Karnataka state election was a “do or die” moment for the Congress heir, senior leaders of the party were quoted to have said, the Huffington Post reported. The results were to give a good idea whether Gandhi can lead a front that will be a viable alternative against the right-wing BJP in the 2019 general elections.“If this election was fought on development then Congress will come to power. If this election was fought on anti-corruption then the Congress will come to power. If this election was fought on communalism then it is a challenge,” Madhu Goud Yakshi, a leader in charge of Congress campaign in Karnataka, was quoted by Huffington Post as saying earlier. “But let me tell you this, the silent majority even in the coast, does not like communalization. The BJP will learn that.”The outgoing government’s Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, tried populist measures too — offering a minority status to the Lingayats, a community that traditionally supports the BJP. They, however, stuck by the BJP, making Modi’s quip of reducing the Congress to PPP (Punjab, Puducherry, Parivar) come closer to reality in the run-up to the 2019 elections.A huge part is said to have been played in this elections by WhatsApp, the Washington Post reported. The service is providing an unfiltered platform for fake news and religious hatred in India, the publication cited activists and observers as saying. Both the major Indian political parties — BJP and Congress — claimed that they each amassed over 20,000 WhatsApp groups, from where they could reach more than 1.5 million loyalists within minutes.The messaging platform, which is reportedly being used to heighten tension between religious groups, is posing a great challenge to democratic elections, even as its parent company Facebook is bogged down by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. According to activists, it can be difficult to correct misinformation spreading between private groups.“It is getting out of hand, and WhatsApp doesn’t know what to do about it,” Nikhil Pahwa, a digital rights activist, told the Washington Post. “The difficulty with WhatsApp is that it’s impossible to know how this information is spreading. It’s very easy for a political party to spread misinformation and no one can trace it back to them.”The states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — three states with the BJP in power currently — will be going to polls later this year, and their results would show how much the right-wing sentiment is still deciding votes in the country. Related ItemsbjpCongressKarnataka Electionslast_img read more

Indian Voters Sour On Modi’s Party In State Polls

first_imgVoters in India delivered stinging defeats to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in state elections on Tuesday, a sign of growing dissatisfaction with his government as it looks ahead to national elections next year.Just months remain before the world’s largest democracy holds its general election, a once-in-five-year effort to seat a new parliament. Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory in 2014, but Tuesday’s state election results indicate that he could face a fight to retain power in 2019.Modi remains popular, but after four years in office, discontent with his tenure has increased. Farmers say they are being squeezed by rising costs and growing debts. Job creation is lackluster. Meanwhile, the BJP’s embrace of a muscular brand of Hindu nationalism has emboldened extremists, who have sometimes engaged in violence against Muslims.Voters in two major states – Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh – were poised to eject the BJP from the leadership of the state governments, according to running vote counts by the Election Commission of India. The Congress party, India’s main opposition, appeared set to take power in both states. It also held a smaller lead in a third state, Madhya Pradesh, with counting still underway.The setbacks for the BJP came in Hindi-speaking states in north India, the region that has formed the bedrock of the party’s political success. Recent history indicates that state elections are an accurate bellwether for voting trends in national polls, according to an analysis by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.Tuesday’s results are a “major embarrassment for the government,” said Satish Misra, a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi who has written extensively about Indian domestic politics. It sends “a dangerous signal” to the BJP that it is losing its grip on states that were crucial to its victory in 2014.The results are likely to boost the fortunes of the Congress party, which has sought to present itself as a credible rival to the BJP and a potential leader of a broad anti-Modi alliance. The Congress is led by Rahul Gandhi, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister of India.During the state election campaign, Modi and other members of the BJP ridiculed Gandhi, 48, as the callow scion of a political dynasty. But the Congress leader can take credit for engineering what appears to be the most significant defeat for Modi since he came to power in 2014. Gandhi “may not be a match for Modi yet, but there’s certainly more acceptance of him,” said Neerja Chowdhury, a political analyst in Delhi.Television networks showed Congress party workers exulting at the results, dancing and setting off firecrackers. “All those people who were confident of a clear victory for Narendra Modi [in 2019] should now reconsider their positions,” said party spokesman Pawan Khera. In the state polls, the Congress party fought “against the divisive campaign of the BJP and stayed focused on the relevant issues,” such as distress among farmers and unemployment, Khera said.In the run-up to the polls, the BJP deployed one of its most controversial leaders, Yogi Adityanath, a radical Hindu monk who serves as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state. Adityanath addressed dozens of rallies – far more than Modi – where he attacked the Congress party as soft on terrorism and too attentive to Muslim voters.In Rajasthan, farmers and members of one of the state’s dominant castes were displeased with the government, generating a strong anti-incumbency sentiment that pushed the BJP out of power. But the party’s defeats in Chhattisgarh and, apparently, in Madhya Pradesh were more surprising. The BJP has governed Madhya Pradesh, a large agrarian state in central India, for 15 years.The BJP sought to play down the significance of the results, arguing that the party performed well given the tendency of Indian voters to punish incumbents. Sambit Patra, a party spokesman, rejected the idea that the polls were a harbinger of things to come. “To say that this is going to affect the national scenario is absolutely bunkum,” he said in a television interview.Because Indian elections are such massive logistical undertakings, they often unfold in stages, and results may not be counted immediately. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh voted in November, while Rajasthan held its election last week.Two other states also voted in the most recent round of elections. In Telangana – India’s youngest state, carved out of the larger Andhra Pradesh four years ago – the regional party that led the push for statehood notched a convincing victory. And in the tiny northeastern state of Mizoram, a regional party allied with the BJP won the election.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

Migrant Couples from India, China Choosing to Abort Unborn Girls in Australia: Report

first_imgIndian and Chinese migrant couples in Australia are opting for termination of pregnancy after finding out that the fetus is female, according to a recent study. Advancement of technology in Australia has made it possible for would-be parents to know the gender of the fetus as early as 10 weeks into the pregnancy, giving them a chance to have selective pregnancy, it said.The number of baby boys born is expected to be 105 per 100 girls born if natural birth processes are left un-interrupted, according to the study. However, the analysis found a huge difference in the figures, which indicated that a selective approach is being adopted to select the gender of the upcoming baby.About 1.2 million births in Victoria between 1999 and 2015 were analyzed in the research, conducted by La Trobe University, Melbourne. The analysis showed that mothers within some key migrant communities, such as Chinese and Indian immigrants, are giving birth to sons at rates of over 120 for every 100 daughters in later pregnancies.The study found that during 2011 to 2015, China-born mothers gave birth to 108 boys to every 100 girls. If they already had two or more children, the said rate was 125 to every 100 girls, showing that pregnancy after having two or more children increased the bias towards a baby boy, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.Similarly, India-born mothers gave birth at a rate of about 104 boys to 100 girls, if it was their first child. Rate of birth of boys increased to 122 boys to every 100 girls after their second child.The findings showed that gender bias is persistent in the country, despite laws banning people from choosing the sex of their child, except in case of medical complications, according to Dr Kristina Edvardsson from Melbourne’s La Trobe University, the lead researcher of the study.“We believe that some women may be terminating pregnancies after discovering they are expecting a girl and in other cases are travelling overseas to access non-medical sex selection services through assisted reproduction,” she said, the publication reported.The findings have also raised questions about whether it is necessary to provide parents with early gender information.There is no regulation for ultrasound providers in Australia about when the information regarding the sex of the upcoming baby should be shared, according to the Daily Mail. The Australasian Sonographers Association doesn’t want to get involved in this debate, the Age reported.If the sonographer is confident about the baby’s gender, they would provide the details upon asking, Jodie Long, chief executive of the association, told the publication. “What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine,” she added. Related ItemsAustraliawomen’s rightslast_img read more

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

first_imgCan a nip in the air foretell coming events?As soon as the weather turned cool and crisp in Delhi and women brought out their pashminas, the children knew something wonderful was brewing. And day by day, the big event of the year, the grand 3-D extravaganza of Diwali came closer and closer. It started with a beginning hustle and bustle, houses being repainted, silver being polished, curtains being changed. Slowly the momentum built up, until the marketplaces were studded with myriads of clay diyas and images of Hindu Gods, and brand new metal cooking pots; the sweet shops gleamed with a dizzying array of multicolored mithai; and the jewelry stores were flooded with glittering gold and diamond sets. And oh, the fireworks! Children salivated over the rich arsenal of bichus and anars and phatakas, trying to build up a stock for the big day.Each day the cool nip in the evening air became more pronounced and the delicious feeling of anticipation grew. At the festival of Dusshera, the family would head out to the Ramlila Grounds in Old Delhi, loaded with homemade treats. Swaddled in sweaters, we would see a wonderful dance drama of the Ramayana on an open-air stage, as stars twinkled overhead. Handsome Ram, the beautiful Sita, and the devoted Lakshman – could anything be more dramatic? This was before TV turned Ramayana into a soap, and our unspoiled eyes reveled in classical dancers performing as the army of monkeys, as the giant bird Jatau and the awesome ten-headed demon Ravana. But what we really relished was seeing the fiery demise of Ravana and his notorious brothers Meghnath and Kumkaran. These giant effigies, their huge bellies stuffed with fireworks, stood for days before Dusshera on the open Ramlila grounds in Old Delhi and then on the tenth day, as huge gleeful crowds gathered, were set ablaze. Good had triumphed over evil, and when evil was finished off with such a big bang, it was certainly satisfying in children’s eyes. In fact, it whetted our appetites for the enormous Diwali celebrations that were drawing ever nearer.As the countdown to Diwali began, Delhi lit up like a magical city, which had been switched on by an unseen hand. Neon lights decorated official buildings and literally hundreds of oil-lit earthen lamps covered balconies and ramparts, stairs and yards of homes. I recall a drive outside Delhi on Diwali, and we passed village after village lit up like a fairyland, with hundreds of clay diyas.There were family treks to crowded, neon-lit temples where the bells chimed unceasingly; there were visits from relatives loaded with sweet boxes; there was the Lakshmi puja in my father’s sparkling jewelry store where once the children sat still through the rituals, they were rewarded with a pile of silver rupee coins. A fortune!The puris that ballooned like golden globes, the crunchy fried pakoras of spinach, onions and coriander, the crispy alu-tikkis, and the mellow yellow makhni daal were the traditional foods served at our home at Diwali, along with a plethora of rainbow hued mithais – the chumchum, the barfi, the gulab jamun, the jalebi, gleaming like jewels on the silver plate.From early morning impatient little hands would set off occasional firecrackers, but in the evening it would reach a grand crescendo as thousands of multicolored fireworks lit up the sky, as just about everyone from street urchins to business CEOs, and every child on the block, set their booty aflame.And for the three nights of Diwali, the lights were left on in the hall, so that Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity would enter and bless the house. That was a must – to turn off the lights was unimaginable. And going to bed, with the light flooding the hall, one felt reassuringly close to the heavenly powers.As I squint my eyes and look back, I can feel the October nip, smell the smoke of the extinguished firecrackers and see the blurred lights of the bejeweled city. That’s what I was reduced to doing 20 years later as my immigrant family landed in America, a place where Diwali barely existed.In the 80’s Diwali in America was just another school day and if you wanted sweets you had to generally make them yourself. I would trudge to work in Manhattan and see the thronging masses in the subway all absorbed in reading, chatting, napping. And I would marvel: none of them knew that today is Diwali and none of them cared.We were like lost children, trying to find our way back to Diwali through the frenetic neon-lit maze of America. A few immigrant families, all equally at sea, would meet at each other’s home for Diwali, bringing in potluck dishes, some homemade mithai and would try to reconstruct the magic of the festival back home. How could you when you weren’t even allowed to light a firecracker? A friend recalls how she would purchase small clay pots from the gardening supply store and fill them with oil to make homemade diyas. When she strung the multicolored lights outside her home a month before Christmas, neighbors thought she was a bit strange. But as the Indian population has grown in America, so has the visibility of Hindu festivals. Almost every major metropolis has a temple and Indian Americans from neighboring towns drive in to pray and celebrate the festivals together, from Navratri to Diwali. Ten days before Diwali mark Karva Chaut and Bhai Dhooj, and to celebrate these very personal rituals there are family and friends to join in the revelry.Finally, there is community.Diwali may not be a public holiday – yet – but in some schools Indian parents take in sweets, put up performances and explain the symbolism of the festival. The annual Deepawali Mela at South Street Seaport attracts thousands of people with food stalls, dance performances, music and fireworks. Pop a golguppa into your mouth as you stand surrounded by desis unlimited, and yes, you could be back in Bombay or Delhi.The Jackson Heights merchants also organize a street fair which transforms mundane 74th street into a rousing neon-lit carnival, with eats, music and more. With the explosion of the desi population, there are now also scores of dance parties and private card parties, all geared to Diwali celebrations.All across America there are hundreds of temples where Hindu families can go and celebrate. An immigrant arriving today would feel the ache of nostalgia less because there are so many celebrations here now. Diwali has come into full focus, and friends stand in for missing family members, although as time goes by, and immigrants set roots here, some relatives often join them and life goes on.Hardly has the last gulab jamun been eaten up that the stores are full of Halloween candy and the children of immigrants embark on that delicious American adventure – trick or treating on October 31. As little ghouls and witches take to the streets of suburban neighborhoods and city apartment blocks, all America turns generous host with chocolates and candy for these spooks and spirits. In fact, millions of dollars worth of candy is sold at Halloween, and increasingly Indian Americans are joining in the fun as neighborhood children ring their doorbells for their loot.Hardly is Halloween over that preparations start for that marathon of over-eating – Thanksgiving. Indian immigrants have embraced this purely American festival wholeheartedly, for giving thanks is something plain universal. Families reunite at Thanksgiving and immigrants have given the festival a nice Indian twist, adding spice and pizzazz to the rather bland turkey.Some immigrants even cook the bird in the Mughlai way, smearing it red with tandoori paste; others spice it up with Indian condiments. And yes, there is vegetarian ‘turkey’ too and many desi feasts where purely Indian vegetarian food is served, adding in just the typical Thanksgiving desserts like apple or pumpkin pie. The prayers that are invoked at Thanksgiving are in many tongues, but the sentiment is all the same.For those Indian immigrants whose children are in intercultural marriages, or who have many friends in the Jewish or Christian communities, Hanukkah and Christmas become days of celebration too. As one wraps presents or sips eggnog, one can’t help thinking that celebrating more than one culture is so much more enriching, so much more colorful.The truth is Indian Americans have embraced the mainstream in many ways. There are families with Jewish daughters-in-law or Christian sons-in-law and so every festival is now seen from the inside out, rather than viewing it from the outside as something that other people, strangers, celebrate.And even if one is a new immigrant, all alone in the big city, the festive air at Christmas and the glowing holiday dÈcor of the stores and streets, with powdery snow falling often just before Christmas Day spreads a kind of white magic that is just so seductive that one is happy to just be a small part of this picture perfect postcard. For Indian immigrants the festive season is not just about Dusshera or Diwali, but through and because of their American born children it is also about Thanksgiving, about Hanukkah, about Christmas. Each holiday is a chance to connect and to celebrate life with family and friends.Yes, immigrants’ lives are bittersweet, about loss, but they are also about gain. About new friends made, new experiences shared, new extended families created and about the weaving of new memories to be shared with their children. And if one accepts that life is about change, about not standing still but moving on, then surely one can look forward to this coming holiday season with anticipation, a gift package just waiting to be opened, with all its new possibilities and promise.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Three Indian American Doctors Face 10-Year Jail Term for Alleged Healthcare Fraud

first_imgThree Indian American physicians from Pennsylvania have been charged with healthcare fraud for trying to get Medicare or Medicaid to cover costs of unlawfully prescribed buprenorphine — a medication for opioid addiction treatment.Dr. Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, 73, Dr. Madhu Aggarwal, 68, and Dr. Parth Bharill, 69, work for the Redirections Treatment Advocates, which is an opioid addiction treatment practice with offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Besides them, Dr. Cherian John, 65, and Dr. Michael Bummer were also indicted for similar charges on May 3, PTI reported.According to the indictment, the doctors, who work as contractors at various locations, distributed unlawful prescriptions for buprenorphine, also called Subutex and Suboxone, which is a drug used for treatment of individuals with addiction and is only prescribed in certain doses. Buprenorphine nullifies painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal and lessens cravings. Unlike methadone (which is also used for similar purpose), it can be prescribed in pill form. It does not require the patient to take the medication in a secure medical setting, as per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.The doctors have also been charged with healthcare fraud for submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid, federal insurance programs that cover people aged above 65 years, and people with low income, respectively. They allegedly tried to get them to cover the cost of buprenorphine.The five of them face a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars and a fine of $250,000 for each of the counts of dispensing Schedule III controlled substances illegally. The indictments came into light via the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year, which uses data to target opioid-related healthcare fraud.“It’s incredible but true that some of our trusted medical professionals have chosen to violate their oaths and exploit this crisis for profit,” Sessions was quoted as saying by the news agency. The United States is facing one of its worst drug crisis in history, which kills an American every nine minutes, the report added.Sessions sent a dozen of the top federal prosecutors to focus solely on the problem of opioid-related health care fraud in places where the epidemic was at its worst, including Western Pennsylvania, last year.“These cases cut off the supply of drugs and stop fraudsters from exploiting vulnerable people. Our prosecutors began issuing indictments back in October, and today we bring even more charges against those who allegedly defrauded the taxpayer while diverting potentially addictive drugs,” Sessions said. Related ItemsHealthcare fraudIndian AmericanPennsylvanialast_img read more

UK Industrialist Sanjeev Gupta Launches $1 Billion Clean Energy Plan in Australia

first_imgIndia-born British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has launched a renewable energy facility worth $1 billion in South Australia. The one-gigawatt project will feature 780,000 solar panels and generate electricity for 96,000 homes.The first of the many renewable energy projects planned for the upper Spencer Gulf region in the country would be the Cultana Solar Farm. The venture, by Gupta’s energy farm company Simec Zen, was launched recently by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer, and Simec Zen Energy Chairman Sanjeev Gupta.The new venture, construction for which will begin in early 2019, will employ 350 workers, Gupta’s global GFG Alliance said in a statement. The solar project, with a 280 megawatts capacity, will generate 600 gigawatt hours of power per year, which is equal to around 1 percent of Australia’s annual power needs, Reuters reported.It will be set up in 1,100 hectares, about 550 times larger than Adelaide Oval, the statement added.“Today’s event is symbolic of our desire to develop and invest in new‐generation energy assets that will bring down Australia’s electricity prices to competitive levels again, as well as our commitment to local and regional Australia,” Gupta said at the site near Whyalla on Aug.15.The project, together with Simec Zen’s upcoming second solar project nearby, will make this one of Australia’s largest solar farms, Gupta added.The other projects in the pipeline include a cogeneration plan at GFG’s Whyalla Primary Steel plant using waste gas, the world’s largest lithium‐ion battery, and pumped hydro projects at Middleback Ranges mining operations.“All of these projects will not only improve reliability and greatly reduce the cost of electricity in our own operations, they will also provide competitive sources of power for other industrial and commercial users, while at the same time playing a key role in the market’s transition towards renewables,” Gupta added, according to the statement.“We have a strong conviction that traditional carbon‐intensive generation sources do not have a long‐term future as the predominant source of power in Australia and globally. We believe the world is undergoing a momentous transition to renewable power as the cost of renewables drops dramatically and quickly,” he said, adding that it is important to acknowledge and support the critical role that coal and other traditional fossil‐fuel‐based power would play in this transition.Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer welcomed the solar farm plans for Whyalla. “We congratulate SIMEC Zen Energy on this project and we are proud to contribute towards it with the lease of this land which will help create more jobs and more prosperity in Whyalla,” she said. “We are becoming the renewable energy hub of South Australia with these sort of projects.”London-based Gupta acquired a controlling stake in the Adelaide-based Zen Energy for an undisclosed sum last year. SIMEC Energy, the energy division of GFG Alliance, struck an agreement to buy 50.10  percent shares of Australian solar company Zen to power its mining business and to meet the growing domestic energy needs in September 2017. Related ItemsAustraliaEnvironmentSanjeev Guptalast_img read more

Four Indian Americans Re-elected to U.S. House in Midterm Elections

first_imgIn the just concluded mid-term elections for U.S. Congress, four Indian-American Congressmen from the Democratic Party were re-elected to the House of Representatives and over a dozen others Indian-American candidates won various other races across the country in midterm elections held Oct. 6.The four re-elected Indian Americans are Raja Krishnamoorthi from the 8th District near Chicago in Illinois, Ami Bera from California’s 7th District, Pramila Jayapal from Washington’s 7th Congressional district and Ro Khanna from California’s 17th District.Krishnamoorthy defeated his Indian American Republican opponent J D Diganvker by a margin of more than 30 percentage points, PTI reported. He was previously elected on Nov 8, 2016 for the first time, Outlook India reported.Krishnamoorthy had introduced a bill to reform and streamline the H-1B visa earlier this year, to allow visa holders to easily switch jobs without losing legal status while increasing investment in American Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.The Indian-American lawmaker, a graduate from Harvard Law School, who met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Apr 6, said that he would work with his counterparts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.According to a CNBC TV18 report, at least 100 Indian Americans stood for public office this year and twelve Indian origin members stood for Congressional seats (out of these, four were up for re-election).Dr. Ami Bera, who acquired 52.7 percent vote in the elections, said, “It’s been an honor serving the 7th congressional district as your Congressman and I am grateful to serve again.” He added, “If we are truly going to heal this country, we must start by rebuilding our trust in government, working across party lines and putting people before politics.”India-born Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from the Washington State Senate, won against Craig Keller of Republican by securing 84 percent votes.“The American people voted to put the Democrats back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, we are primed to restore the balance of power between the branches of government and push back even more strongly against the Trump administration’s deeply destructive policies. Our communities are sick and tired of the corruption and injustice,” Jayapal said in her victory speech, PTI reported.84%!!!!Thank you Washington’s 7th District, for re-electing me – a proud immigrant, strong woman of color, and fierce progressive – to the U.S. House of Representatives.Oh and this time, I’ll be serving in the majority!! pic.twitter.com/RjCZ7NCgrd— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) November 7, 2018Ro Khanna, who stood against Ron Cohen of the Republican Party, won with 44 percentage point in the 17th Congressional District of California. “Tonight was a great night for our campaign and for Democrats across the country. I’m grateful to the voters of #CA17 for giving me the opportunity to continue to represent you in Congress. This has been the honor of my life,” PTI quoted a victorious Khanna as saying.He continued, “With Democrats in control of the House, we will push for economic and foreign policy populism.”Almost a dozen members of Indian American community secured seats in the additional races including state assemblies. Gautam Raghavan from the Indian American Impact Fund said, “It was a good night for Indian American candidates. We re-elected every incumbent, including all four members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and also elected at least six new state legislators, four of whom will be the very first ever elected to that office in Kentucky, New York, Illinois, and Arizona,” PTI cited. Related Itemslast_img read more

Wed me good

first_imgStyle fileTrendy twistSashi VangapalliSashi Vangapalli The new-age bride in 29-year-old Sashi Vangapalli’s lookbook is all about drawing from the endless possibilities of modernity, while being deeply connected to one’s roots. Customary reds have been replaced by beautifully embellished whites and demure pinks, contrasted with bold cuts to create subtle drama.,Style fileTrendy twistSashi VangapalliSashi Vangapalli The new-age bride in 29-year-old Sashi Vangapalli’s lookbook is all about drawing from the endless possibilities of modernity, while being deeply connected to one’s roots. Customary reds have been replaced by beautifully embellished whites and demure pinks, contrasted with bold cuts to create subtle drama. Known for her richly detailed and intricately embroidered ensembles, this season Vangapalli offers brides flared lehengas teamed with shoulder-baring crop tops or longsleeved peasant style blouses. Pretty pastels and intense blues are her colours, “for a carefully curated trousseau featuring diverse looks for the various festivities of a wedding,” she says. The same intricacy of detailing and richness of colours are used in sherwanis and bandgalas for grooms. At Mugdha Art Studio; Tel 9010906544; Details facebook.com/mugdhaartstudioRefashion reuseSeema DoshiPhoto: Krishnendu HalderBring her a sari stashed away in your cupboard for years, and Seema Doshi, 33, will turn it into a classic of another kind-an outfit nothing short of a bold pleasant surprise. Specialising in reinvention, she will pep up an old sari or tone down something that might be too jazzy for a contemporary wedding, spinning cocktail dresses from out-of-vogue fabrics or traditional lehengas using equally traditional handlooms. “The idea was born a couple of years ago when my mother was cleaning up her cupboard and found old Kanjeevarams that she didn’t know what to do with,” says Doshi, showing us a sangeet lehenga made from a traditional patola silk sari. Another old-fashioned sari that someone got her turned into an evening gown. She retained its motifs and added stonework “to make it shimmer under the lights at the wedding reception,” what with brides opting for traditional weddings and western-themed receptions. The possibilities are quite endless, she says, “with the addition or removal of bootas,tassles, hangings, embroideries and embellishments.” At Reinvent Studio, Doshi Crest Towers, Hyderguda Tel 9849003535 Details facebook.com/thereinventstudio/advertisementActor Samantha Ruth Prabhu wearing an outfit from his bridal collection Vintage charmShravan KumarPhoto: Krishnendu Halder Dressing up brides for over two decades, Shravan Kumar, 40, has come to value sentiment over all else in creating his bridal couture, with every endeavour to recreate “the look worn by your mother or grandmother at her wedding.” The old-school style is rather in, he says, with a heritage and heirloom feel to saris or lehengas. With minimalist embroidery and rich weaves on jamdani fabrics, he insists on sari borders that are artfully distinctive. According to him, flared lehengas in Benarasi weaves with elaborate hems and long blouses are classics. In colours, deep vermillion maroons and burgundy are good picks for an evening look, while shades of bright tinted orange work well for a morning wedding. “Showing too much midriff or a western silhouette is not a trend of late; the focus instead is on artwork created with motifs and embroidery,” says Kumar. At Shravan’s Studio, Shree Venkateshwara Hotel, Lakdi Ka Pul Tel 23210255 Details facebook. com/shravansstudio/The look bookRadiant skinTamanna RoozPhoto: Rohan Kumar Beauty expert and makeup artist Tamanna Rooz, 40, has plenty of suggestions for the brides-to-be, and shares that a healthy, hydrated and glowing skin is the perfect base for one’s wedding makeup. “Sipping on watermelon juice or eating hydrating foods such as grapefruit, cucumbers and tomatoes makes skin supple and beautiful.” Keep your skin oil-free to avoid acne and pimples by gently dabbing blotting paper on oily spots. Get rid of dark circles too by simply dabbing a cotton ball soaked in chilled potato juice under the eyes for a week. “Often, brides do not focus on areas such as the elbows or back. Use a salt scrub with sodium bicarbonate in your bath for your elbows once a week to get rid of dead skin and dry patches,” she says. If after all the care and attention, a pimple breaks out just a few days before the wedding, do not panic. “A quick fix solution is to apply benzoyl peroxide gel, which will enable the pimple to quickly heal and dry,” says Rooz. At Tamanna Makeup Studio, Zaib Arcade, Above Ritu Kumar, Road No 10, Banjara Hills; Tel 9866121121; Details tamannamakeup.comTamanna Rooz (left) doing makeup for a bride Beautiful inside-outKaren Campos BhatiaPhoto: Krishnendu Halder The nutritionist and lifestyle consultant advises detoxing before the wedding, “but drastic measures in any form are not recommended.” Bhatia, 38, suggests starting a detox diet five days before the wedding. “Make a smoothie with a cupful of papaya, kiwi or pineapple with some berries mixed in and a couple of spoons of yoghurt for breakfast, followed by a cold-pressed juice of pomegranate, beetroot, carrot celery and ginger as a mid-morning snack with a small fistful of nuts. Keep lunch and dinner light, with vegetables and some simple protein in a quantity suitable to your bodyweight. Teatime can be another fresh fruit smoothie,” says Bhatia. This regime will ensure your diet is rich in antioxidants, simple protein and vegetables and low in starch and whole grains, thereby ensuring your skin looks healthier and you feel fresh from within. Getting to your optimum weight is important too, “but this starts months before the wedding and needs a balanced approach rather than crash dieting.” At Vigor Health Consulting, Road No 12, Banjara Hills; Tel 96185 60111; Details facebook.com/VIGOR-Health-ConsultingadvertisementOff the rampBridal packages by Lakme SalonInspired by the Lakme Salon Show Stopping Bride Show by Mumbaibased designer Nachiket Barve at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, Lakme Salon backstage experts have created stunning bridal packages with eight distinct looks to pick from for the new-age bride. Subdued gold glittery eye shadow for the wedding to dramatic bold burgundy hues for a cocktail sangeet, and fuchsia lip colour for a contemporary bride-all feature in the Lakme Salon lookbook this season. Details lakmeindia.com/runway-servicesmodel sporting a bridal look from Lakme Salon Jewels of desireQueen’s ransomPadmavati collection by TanishqNecklace from the Padmavati collection by Tanishq Add a touch of grandeur to your special day by selecting your bridal jewellery from the Padmavati collection by Tanishq. Recreating traditional Rajasthani jewellery, this grand array features fine craftsmanship and intricate designs in opals, emeralds, kundan and more, made by 200 artisans out of 500 kg of gold. Besides heavy chokers, bangles and elaborate chandelier earrings, choose from traditional Rajput wear such as mathapattis and hathphools to look like a resplendent bride. At Tanishq, Himayatnagar Main Road Details tanishq.co.inArtful soireeSuhani PittieSuhani Pittie Suhani Pittie’s creations are an artsy departure from the conventional with bespoke pieces crafted out of silver or gold plated copper. Her ideas translate into stunning artworks in her collection Dakshinam, which draws inspiration from the beautiful motifs of southern Indian temples and architecture. Multi-strand neckpieces and statement earrings in striking patterns make up this unique collection, with motifs of peacock, the moon and temple idols inviting subtle interest. She calls this collection a “travel-friendly and practical alternative to vintage traditional jewellery.” At Suhani Pittie, Above Elahe, Road No 10, Banjara Hills Tel 9014089000 Details suhanipittie.comRock jazzSarafaPhoto: Krishnendu Halder An interesting blend of conventional and modern designs, the creations at Sarafa by Sangeeta Malpani Gupta, 37, and Priyanka Agarwal, 35, are perfect accompaniments for bridal wear, but more importantly, for later wear as well. “Do not choose jewellery that is so heavy that it mostly lies in your locker after your wedding,” suggests Gupta, adding that it is a good idea to invest in evergreen designs. Select a variety of pieces, “so you will always have a choice between plain gold, diamonds or kundan to pick from. These are also neutral shades that can be paired with any outfit.” Choose from beautifully crafted dangler earrings and bracelets or statement finger rings. Besides these, a good pair of solitaires can never go out of vogue. Tel 9866115151 Details facebook. com/sarafastudio/advertisementVenue wiseGrand affairChowmahalla PalacePhoto: Krishnendu Halder Tucked away and beyond the Laad Baazar off Charminar in the old city of Hyderabad is the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace that comes alive in all its royal splendour in the evenings, with chandeliers lit up outside the Khilwat or the grand durbar hall. A backdrop as resplendent as this is simply perfect for a wedding reception to impress one and all. Built more than 200 years ago, the monument is infused with the rich past and the culture of the Nizams. With live music and stunning visuals everywhere, it is easy for an evening to turn magical. At 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat Tel 24522032 Details chowmahalla.co.inRoyal rendezvousTaj Falaknuma Palace Make your wedding a truly memorable affair at the erstwhile royal guesthouse of the Nizams. There is a slice of history to behold in every wall and pillar- from exceptionally unique art to the world famous 101-seater dining table and the breathtaking venetian chandeliers. Tie the knot at the gold-hued Durbar Hall richly detailed with an aura of the past or have an outdoor wedding in the sprawling Rajasthani gardens, supposed to have been conceived and designed by the Nizam himself. With 60 striking guestrooms and suites, the best of international cuisine and traditional Hyderabadi fare on offer, your dream wedding could just turn into a stunningly beautiful reality. At Taj Falaknuma Palace, Engine Bowli Tel 66298585 Details facebook.com/TajFalaknumaPalaceHyd/last_img read more

Würth Elektronik eiSos promotes the future network

first_imgWürth Elektronik eiSos is partner of the renowned Digital Life Design (DLD) conference. DLD is an interdisciplinary network and innovation platform covering all aspects of digitization. With this partnership, Würth Elektronik eiSos promotes the exchange of opinion leaders and leading personalities on trends and visions of the future worldwide.Since 2005, DLD has developed into one of the two most important innovation conferences in Europe according to “The Economist”. Outstanding speakers such as Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Paolo Coelho have spoken at the conferences in Munich, New York, Beijing, London, Moscow, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Singapore. The aim is to create a global conference network on digitization covering the fields of business, society, education and culture.For the globally active manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components for the electronics industry, DLD’s commitment serves to consistently develop its own corporate philosophy:Alexander Gerfer discussed the future of ‘Made in Germany’ with Hans J. Langer from the EOS Group and Stefan Vilsmeier from Brainlab at the Digital Life Design (DLD) Future Conference in Munich on January 21, 2019. The panel discussion, which followed directly on from the keynote speech by the German Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, highlighted the need to catch up in terms of infrastructure and agility. Here, Alexander Gerfer referred to the manifold activities of Würth Elektronik eiSos, with which out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged in the company’s own organization and the targeted activities of start-ups in the company’s environment.Würth Elektronik eiSos also sees itself as an enabler for new technologies beyond specific partnerships: The wide-ranging support for developers with samples and high-quality components even in small quantities, as well as practical support in design and EMC questions, are one aspect, the other is involvement in committees and networks. Würth Elektronik eiSos is committed to eMobility, IoT and additive manufacturing, for instance. To illustrate this: in October 2018 Alexander Gerfer was guest speaker at DLD Singapore with the focus on 3D printing and an insider’s view of the new eiSos Competence Center in Berlin. He made it clear that the additive manufacturing processes will almost certainly transform the foundations of established manufacturing methods over the next ten years.DLD stands for Digital, Life, Design and examines how the digital age is fundamentally changing our lives, society and business. DLD was founded in 2005. Since then, it has developed into an interdisciplinary, internationally networked platform for those who have changed or are set to change the world – with their creativity, their business model, their research results or their personal commitment to something close to their hearts. DLD was recognized by The Economist as “one of the two most important innovation conferences in Europe”.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Kithara: mobile real time with ThunderboltNext Minimizing energy consumption in Amazon FreeRTOS applicationslast_img read more

7 Blogging Bloopers Your Business Will Want to Avoid

first_imgAs content marketing continues to prove itself in the digital marketing realm, an increasing number of business owners find themselves balancing precariously at the edge of the blogosphere, building up courage to take the plunge.But if you’re new to the practice, you need to be extra careful not to make any rookie errors. A few simple blogging mistakes can turn an otherwise stellar content marketing strategy into an embarrassing, sticky mess. Thankfully, these blunders are easy to avoid when you know exactly what you shouldn’t be doing.Here are seven common blogging mistakes your business will want to stay away from…far, far away:1) Typos, typos, typosTypos are one of the biggest – and most unforgivable – blogging mistakes. They show a lack of attention to detail, imply sloppy work, and ultimately put off prospective customers. Would you really want to work with a business that lets mistakes slide on their own work? We didn’t think so.2) No conversion pointsNot having conversion points in your content undermines your entire digital marketing strategy. Readers who resonate with your blog will probably be interested in premium content like an ebook, which can further guide them along their buyer’s journey. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to convert them into a lead by not including a call to action within your blog.3) No imagesA blog without images is like a video without sound. And while an image might not always be essential to understand the point of your article, it will make the experience a lot more enjoyable. Inserting images into your blog will hold your audience’s attention for longer, add value to the content, and increase your chance of converting the reader into a lead.4) Rambling on and on (and on)We hate to break it to you, but unless someone is a hard-core fan of your content then they probably aren’t going to read your entire 800+ word blog. Writing unnecessarily long posts is a common blogging mistake, as writers confuse quality with quantity. Keep it short and sweet to around 500 words and you’ll be flying. Your reader’s time is valuable, and they’ll appreciate it being treated as such.5) Sales-speak overloadThink about why your company has a blog in the first place – to attract potential clients with informative and intrinsically valuable content. Don’t undermine this strategy with transparent attempts to push your product on digital passers-by who’ve yet to indicate any interest.Even if you’re writing a bottom of funnel blog that describes your offering in detail, try to frame it as a solution instead of a direct sales pitch. Your reader is smarter than you think, and will see straight through any attempt to underhandedly force your product on them.6) Clickbait titlesClickbait is the scourge of content. Even though shamelessly exploiting human curiosity might get you a few extra clicks and page views, it just isn’t worth it – your reader will lose respect for your company and brand. Your goal should be to build a following of readers who find value in your writing and content – not to become Buzzfeed Wannabe 2.0.7) Unprofessional contentYour tone should always reflect that you’re writing on behalf of your company. If your culture allows for satirical posts and celebrity gossip, by all means go to town. Just be wary of being overly casual and driving away potential clients looking for serious solutions to their serious problems.Most readers respond infinitely better to fact-driven blog posts that address their pain points effectively. And if you are overcome by the urge to Biebs it up do everyone a favour and confine it to a personal blog or Tumblr.At the end of the day, avoiding blogging mistakes only addresses one part of an effective content marketing strategy and a successful business. If you’d like to learn more about content marketing strategy download our ‘5-step plan to generating leads from content marketing’ today! Originally published Nov 22, 2016 1:30:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Blogging Mistakes Don’t forget to share this post! Topics:last_img read more

14 of the Best Slack Apps, Integrations & Bots to Try

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! These days, teams of all shapes and sizes — from NASA to charity: water — are using the real-time messaging app Slack as a tool to better collaborate with their colleagues and better communicate with their customers.Over the past few years, however, Slack has become robust enough to work directly with the other platforms your business knows and loves — thanks to many fun and useful integrations folks have built on top of it.From polling your teammates, to tracking bugs, to fielding questions from potential customers, there’s more to Slack than meets the eye.The Slack App Directory is the best place to find apps and integrations you can connect to Slack. But with so many available, finding the best of the best can seem like a bit of a crapshoot. That’s why we created the list below of 14 of the best apps and integrations on Slack today. Check ’em out, and consider implementing the ones that make sense for your team.Find out how to be really good at Marketing in 2020 here.Before we get into the apps and integrations themselves, let’s quickly make sure we all know how to add an app or integration to our Slack teams.(P.S. We’d love for you to join HubSpot’s open Slack team, #inbounding. Request an invite here.)How to Add an App or Integration to SlackYou can add an app or integration to Slack either through the Slack App Directory or by clicking on an individual app’s “Add to Slack” button.To add via the App Directory: Either click here, or open Slack and click your team name at the top left-hand corner, and choose “Apps & integrations.”To add apps via an “Add to Slack” button: Look for these “Add to Slack” buttons around the web to add your favorite apps in one click. They look like this:If you’re having trouble adding apps and integrations to your team’s Slack, it may be because you don’t have the proper permissions. Team owners and administrators can limit who can add apps to a Slack team, so talk to one of them if you have questions.Note: Want to see which apps and integrations your team is currently using? Check out the Slack App Directory and click “Configure” at the top right. You can filter this list by app name, who added it, or the permissions it uses.Best Slack Apps, Integrations, and BotsSimple PollGrowthBotTroopsMarkerGiphyDiggbotTettraGoogle DriveGoogle+ HangoutsStatsbotTomatobotMonkey Test ItLunch TrainTrello Productivity Apps Topics: 1. Simple PollPoll people easily right within Slack.Simple Poll is a polling app that’s super easy to use. It’s easy to create a poll, for your team members to respond, and to figure out which answer got the most votes.Once you add the app, all it takes to poll your team is a simple slash command. Type /poll “Poll question?” “Option1” “Option2” “Option3” and a poll will be created for you and sent out by a bot, without any specific team member’s name linked to it.For example, a poll written in Slack like this:/poll “where should we have lunch?” “chipotle” “2nd street cafe” “that new hummus place”… Will end up looking like this:By default, it’ll add the “1,” “2,” and “3” icons to the bottom of the post so folks can easily respond by clicking on the number emoji that corresponds with their preference, instead of having to fish for it in the “Reactions” option.2. GrowthBotAsk questions about marketing, sales, and growth.Here’s a Slack app from the desk of HubSpot Founder & CTO Dharmesh Shah. Slack users who work in marketing, sales, and other growth-focused organizations can ask GrowthBot simple questions about different systems, analytics, and trends.To ask GrowthBot for help, users can either:Start a private message by chatting @growthbot.Use Slack’s “slash” command to chat with GrowthBot by typing /growthbot.Here are some examples of questions GrowthBot can answer:3. TroopsManage your sales pipeline in team conversations.Troops is a task manager specifically for salespeople, allowing every member of a sales team to collaborate, manage, and report on their sales pipeline. The tool’s most unique feature is its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, which notifies the salesperson as tasks approach or need to be changed.Because the sales process moves so fast, it can be difficult to make sure every tool the sales staff is using is kept updated with new leads, calls, deals, and close dates. Troops’ integration with Slack allows sales staff to manage their pipeline while collaborating with the rest of their team at the same time.By receiving Troops’ chat-based alerts within Slack — and creating Troops tasks in Slack conversations — salespeople can make sure the whole team is on the same page at all times.4. MarkerSend annotated screenshots directly to Slack.If your desktop is anything like mine used to be, it’s flooded with screenshots that you take — which are tedious to look through and move later. But the process of saving screenshots, annotating them, and sharing them with your team doesn’t have to be so manual.Enter Marker, an incredibly useful Chrome extension for folks who regularly find themselves sharing screenshots with teammates on Slack. (It also integrates with Trello, GitHub, and other apps.) Once you install the extension and the app, you can capture your whole screen or a selection, annotate it, and send it to a person or channel on Slack.On top of letting you annotate the screenshot with arrows, text, and emojis, the app automatically attaches the URL of the page where the screenshot was taken and sends it along with the picture.Here’s a video showing how it works:Although the main use case the folks at Marker talk about is bug-tracking, you can use it for a lot more than that: reporting small typos, capturing parts of interesting articles, sharing ideas for where to go to lunch, and so on.5. GiphyAdd fun, random GIFs to your conversations.Ever wanted to share an emotion or a reaction that would be better described with images rather than words? Enter Giphy.In Giphy’s Slack app, all you have to do is type in the slash command /giphy and any phrase — from “awesome” to “bagels for days” to “WHAT IS HAPPENING.” (Yes, they have GIFs for pretty much everything.) Then, the app will use that phrase to call in a random GIF from their gigantic library of GIFs, and it’ll post it along with the command.Image Credit: GiphyUse it to express yourself, to lighten things up, and to set a maturity rating for your team.What’s fun — and sometimes weird — about the Giphy app is that you never quite know what you’re going to get. You could type in /giphy need pizza ten times and get ten different GIFs. So if you’re looking for accuracy, here’s a pro tip: Use the /giphy command a few times in direct messages to Slackbot, then save and share the GIF you like best.6. DiggbotDiscover great web content curated by Digg.If you’re looking for a way to discover new content like news and video right in Slack, Diggbot is the best app for it.Every day, Digg aggregates 10 million RSS feeds from virtually all publishers, and collects 200 million tweets daily — 40 million of which include links. Their algorithms process all of these links in real time (about 7.5 million per day), and then human editors come in and cherry-pick the best stories and videos.Diggbot sits on top of all this data and gives you the resulting stories and videos right within Slack. They’ve done it in a way that feels natural and conversational. You can use Diggbot to search for the latest news on any topic or from any publisher, get trending news alerts, and get the twice-daily Digg Edition right to your Slack channel.Image Credit: Gary LiuHere are a few of the top slash commands from Digg CEO Gary Liu:/digg: Gives you a cool, fresh link. Simple./digg (keyword): Lets you search content by keyword./digg (domain): Lets you see top trending stories for a domain (e.g., “/digg nytimes.com”)./digg trending: Gives you a list of stories that are trending on the internet./digg fun: Gives you something fun.7. TettraOrganize and share important knowledge in an internal wiki right within Slack.When you have a small team, it’s easy to keep in touch with one another by way of in-person chats, quick one-on-one Slack conversations, and so on. But the larger your team gets, the harder it is to keep everyone in the loop. That’s where having an internal wiki for folks to document updates — everything from new ideas to experiments you ran to important team updates — can be so important to both keeping everyone informed and scaling the culture of your team.If your team is already on Slack, why not have your internal wiki right within that app? Tetra is an internal wiki for teams that use Slack. It’s a simple team collaboration tool with a great design that can help your team organize and share important knowledge in one place. You can even search the wiki right from Slack if you want to.For example, let’s say you wanted to update your company’s website. You can use a simple slash command to ask the question right within Slack — and it’ll search Tettra for internal information related to your question. Here’s what that might look like:8. Google DriveShare Google Drive files in Slack, and find them easily later.A lot of people use Google Drive to store files securely online, access them from anywhere, and collaborate with others. If you’re one of these people, the Google Drive app is a great way to make sharing files among teammates a lot easier.First and foremost, the app lets you share Drive files right in Slack. All you have to do is paste the shareable link in a Slack conversation, and it’ll import the files in Slack. Here’s the message you’ll get the first time you share a Google Drive file in Slack:If you haven’t already connected your Google Drive to Slack, then Slack will guide you through the quick process of letting it “read” the file. (It’ll only read and index files you decide to import.)Once you have everything set up, you’ll be able to share the document right in Slack. The message will look like this:The best part about this app is that the files you import are easily searchable. Note, though, that they won’t be actually stored in Slack — they’ll continue to be stored in Google Drive. (Read this blog post for more Google Drive tips.)9. Google+ HangoutsEasily start a Google+ Hangout with team members in your Slack channels.Here’s another great Slack integration for those times when you want to take a conversation face-to-face on a video conference call with a team member who isn’t in your office. To do so, simply type /hangout to launch a Google+ Hangout in a new window:That command will provide you with a link that you can use to quickly hop on a video call.10. StatsbotGet analytics updates for specific metrics on-demand.If you use analytics tools like Google Analytics, New Relic, or Mixpanel, then Statsbot is a great app to add to Slack. Quite simply, Statsbot integrates with these tools and monitors your metrics. Then, whenever you want an analytics update, all you have to do is ask Statsbot for the number and you’ll get it instantaneously.This saves you the time of opening up a new browser window, signing in to your analytics application, and searching for that number manually. Plus, you can ask for an unlimited number of data requests, reports, and alerts and the app stays free.In the example below, you’ll see the user opened up a conversation (either with his or her team, or with Slackbot) and @-mentioned Statsbot. He typed in: @Statsbot: new users this week. Check out the conversation that follows to uncover some of the bot’s capabilities.Image Credit: Statsbot11. TomatobotSet work and break timers to boost productivity.Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It’s a productivity technique where you work for 25 minutes, followed by a five-minute break. This is more effective than forcing yourself to commit to long periods of uninterrupted work, which can often have an adverse effect on your productivity.When you add the Tomatobot app to Slack, you’ll be adding a few useful tools that’ll track your work using the Pomodoro Technique. For example, you can chat the Slackbot and tell it when you start working with the simple slash command /startwork, and you’ll receive a message when it’s time to take a break. Use the command /completed to indicate when you’re done with a task.You can also record any reminders that might distract you so you can forget about them until your next break by typing in /distraction. (Learn more about the slash commands for this app here.)Note: Without adding the Tomatobot app, you can set up manual reminders using the native /remind command, kind of like you would with Siri on your iPhone. For example, type in /remind me to take a break in 20 min and you’ll get a message from Slack that says:Twenty minutes later, you’ll get another message that says:12. Monkey Test ItTest your website for common bugs.Here’s a great Slack app for smaller organizations. Monkey Test It offers what they call a “hands-off approach to automated testing,” which tests for common issues like broken links, missing images, and JavaScript issues. It sends out “monkeys” to click every element of your page and look for any common errors that pop up.Normally, you’d go to their website, plug in the URL of your website, and click “Test now” — but if you use Slack anyway, why not trigger a test using the free integration?With the Monkey Test It app installed, anyone in your organization can test your website for common bugs using the simple slash command /monkeytest (http://www.your-website.com). From there, the results will show up right in your chat window, no code required.Image Credit: Product Hunt13. Lunch TrainPlan group lunch outings without spamming your channels.Use Lunch Train to plan group lunch outings with the help of one simple Slack message. Instead of asking a large channel to lunch, then proceeding to pester them with notifications as people chime in, users can kick off a group outing by typing /lunchtrain. The bot will send one Lunch Train invitation that other users can “board” without the Slack channel itself receiving multiple notifications whenever another user joins the lunch plan:Lunch Train only sends users notifications when they join a Train and when the Train is leaving the “station” (get ready for funny train puns): Source: Lunch Train14. TrelloWork on your team’s collaborative to-do list without changing tabs.If your team shares to-do lists using Trello, try this Slack bot to easily share and add Trello cards and approve users. You can authorize Trello for Slack by typing /trello help and one-click logging into your Trello account. Here are some examples of how you can use the Trello bot for Slack:Find a Slack app integrations that would suit your company? Tell your marketing or customer service team. There’s no better time to make your business more accessible to the people trying to reach you. Originally published Sep 23, 2018 9:03:00 PM, updated March 01 2019last_img read more

Is CTR Dead? Why Email Marketers Are Tracking CTOR Instead

first_img Email Marketing Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Ever since email marketing became a legitimate marketing channel in the 1990s, email marketers have largely measured their performance against two metrics — open rate and click-through-rate.Open rate measures the percentage of recipients who opened your email, which helps you gauge the performance of your subject line. Click-through-rate measures the percentage of recipients who clicked through to your website, regardless if they opened the email or not.This means that a low open rate can dilute your click-through-rate, even if a large percentage of the recipients who opened your email clicked through to your website. With this in mind, it’s logical to assume that click-through-rate isn’t the best indicator of engagement. So how do you accurately measure your email campaigns’ true level of engagement?Cue click-to-open rate or CTOR.Download Now: Email Marketing Planning Template Click-to-open rate (CTOR)Click-to-open rate or CTOR measures the percentage of unique recipients who clicked through to your website after opening your email. Most email marketers prefer measuring engagement against CTOR because the metric only accounts for the recipients who opened and read their emails.At HubSpot, our email marketing team measures their campaigns’ engagement against CTOR because it’s a clear indicator of resonance. “CTOR helps us understand and measure how our email message and CTAs are resonating and performing with our audience,” says Ari Echt-Wilson, the Experiment Head of HubSpot’s Global Messaging Team. “Since the only people who see the message are the ones that open the email, it makes sense for us to measure clicks based on those who opened the email.”According to Ari, CTOR is arguably the best metric for measuring an email campaign’s resonance. But CTOR can reveal even more insights about your email marketing — it can also help you understand how to improve your campaigns. “If an email is never opened, then it’s hard to grasp how we can move the needle in terms of engagement,” says Tova Miller, a Demand Generation Marketing Manager at HubSpot.Click-through-rate, or CTR, is still a valuable metric to track, though, especially when you need a holistic view of your email’s performance. “I look at click-through-rate to get a high level understanding of how my email performed overall,” says Jordan Pritikin, a Senior Nurturing & Automation Marketing Manager at HubSpot. “Since CTR accounts for deliverability, subject line performance, and how your email’s content performed, it’s a good metric to look at when I need a quick glance of how my email performed overall.”Email Marketing Is Always AdaptingEmail marketing might be one of the oldest and most established marketing channels in the digital era, but it’s always adapting, just like every other digital marketing channel. Click-through-rate or CTR reigned as the superior engagement metric for most of email marketing’s history, but click-to-open rate is the new sheriff in town — and it can be a lot more revealing and insightful than its predecessor. Originally published Mar 20, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019last_img read more

Rashid Khan joins Imran Khan and Shakib Al Hasan after rare double feat vs Bangladesh

first_imgAfghanistan captain Rashid Khan, on Saturday, became only the 4th cricketer in history to pick up a 5-wicket haul and score more than 50 runs on his captaincy debut. During the ongoing Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram, when Rashid dismissed Bangladesh tailender Nayeem Hasan to wrap up the innings, his figures read 19.5-3-55-5. He had already boosted Afghanistan’s 1st innings total to 342 by scoring a quickfire 51 off 61 balls – an innings which included 3 huge sixes too.Former England captain Sheldon Jackson (1905), Pakistan legend Imran Khan (1982) and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (2009) are the only other players to have scored 50-plus runs and take a 5-for on their captaincy debuts.Rashid is now also the youngest captain to achieve the rare double of a 5-for and 50+ in the same Test. At 20 years and 352 days old, the Afghan captain beat the previous record-holder Shakib Al Hasan, who was 22 years and 115 days old when he realized the rare performance in July 2009.This happens to be Rashid Khan’s 2nd 5-wicket haul after his match-winning 5/82 against Ireland in March earlier this year. This was incidentally, Afghanistan’s maiden Test victory and it arrived in only their 2nd match after being granted Test status a couple of years ago.Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test in Chattogram, Rashid’s effort helped Afghanistan bundle out their opponents for 205 in their 1st innings, thereby handing the tourists a hefty 137-run lead. But Afghanistan were in trouble early in their 2nd innings as Shakib removed Ihsanullah (4) and 1st innings centurion Rahmat Shah (0) off successive balls in the very 1st over of the innings. Afghanistan were jolted again in the 15th over when Nayeem Hasan removed Hashmatullah Shahidi (12) to leave the tourists precariously placed at 28/3.advertisementHowever, former captain Asghar Afghan (16*) and opener Ibrahim Zadran (24*) have since avoided further blemishes and took their side safely to Lunch with the score reading 56/3. With a possible 8 sessions still remaining in the game, the chances of a result are pretty high as Afghanistan lead by 193 runs with 7 wickets remaining at Lunch.Also Read | Lasith Malinga takes historic hat-trick after becoming 1st bowler to 100 T20I wicketsAlso Read | I have lost a good friend: Pakistan PM Imran Khan mourns Abdul Qadir’s deathlast_img read more

Wenger moans about Arsenal’s Christmas schedule

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger moans about Arsenal’s Christmas schedule: Chelsea get one more day of rest! Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 20:18 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League The Frenchman is not happy that his side are playing just three days after their draw with West Brom and believes the Blues have an unfair advantage Arsene Wenger has expressed his frustrations at Arsenal’s busy festive fixture schedule, complaining that rivals Chelsea are getting an extra day of rest.The Gunners face Antonio Conte’s side in the Premier League on Wednesday, three days after their frustrating 1-1 draw at West Brom.Conte’s Blues, meanwhile, will get an extra day to recover compared to the north Londoners, with Chelsea having thumped Stoke City 5-0 on Saturday. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Wenger, who has never been shy in discussing his grievances over the Premier League’s hectic Christmas period, has once again made his feelings known.Speaking after the draw with the Baggies that saw Jay Rodriguez net a controversial late equaliser from the penalty spot, Wenger told reporters: “Maybe we haven’t played well enough but that’s down to you to judge.”These are two things. You cannot have… West Brom had five days to prepare for a game like that, we had three.”I’m ready to play every day as long as our opponent has had the same time for recovery over Christmas. It’s not normal.”We have the same problem again against Chelsea. They played yesterday [Saturday], we play on Wednesday. They have one day more [rest] again.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and six behind Manchester United, who currently occupy third spot.last_img read more

Palace to ask Loftus-Cheek question of Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Barkley benefit for Palace? Chelsea deal could free Loftus-Cheek for permanent switch Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 1/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ruben Loftus-Cheek Crystal Palace Getty Transfers Crystal Palace Chelsea Premier League With the Blues having bolstered their ranks with another creative midfielder, Roy Hodgson is ready to explore a move for a Selhurst Park loan star The arrival of Ross Barkley at Chelsea could help Crystal Palace to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently, says Roy Hodgson.Antonio Conte has completed the £15 million capture of one England international midfielder.That deal could edge another Three Lions star through the exits, with Loftus-Cheek having been loaned out amid fierce competition for places. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 21-year-old has found regular game time at Palace, allowing him to force his way into the senior international fold, and Hodgson admits he will be asking questions of Chelsea during the January transfer window.He told reporters on Loftus-Cheek’s future: “He’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that.Roy Hodgson Ruben Loftus-Cheek interest“Ruben’s a player we like very much. We’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here. I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.”It could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.”I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.”While being open to discussing one deal during the winter window, Hodgson has reiterated that no talks will be entered into regarding the possible sale of Wilfried Zaha.Wilfried Zaha Crystal PalaceThe Ivory Coast international has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City amid a fine run of form, but the 25-year-old is not looking for a move and remains very much off the market.Hodgson added: “People who make offers for Wilfried Zaha are basically wasting their time.”I’m certainly not expecting it. I have it on very clear authority from the chairman and owners of the club that they have no interest in selling Wilfried Zaha: quite the opposite.”Our job is to keep all of the players we’ve got, who’ve been doing reasonably well for us in the past few weeks, to keep all of them, keep them fit, and add to it, and make ourselves stronger.”I would advise people thinking of making offers to save it, because they’re going to be turned away, and might just be wasting the price of a phone call.”last_img read more

Despite Surgery, Mason Rudolph Expected Back for Sugar Bowl

first_imgGundy on Rudolph: “I would expect him to play. He had a procedure. I would expect him to practice in a couple weeks.” #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 6, 2015It does appear that Rudolph is still in his walking boot (wait, is that Trevor Knight?!) but I’m glad Gundy thinks he’ll be back. I’m not sure I want to face Ole Miss’ defense with only J.W. (great as he is) and no backup plan after that.@pistolsguy what is going on here??? pic.twitter.com/PstwIXPxsL— Garrett Reed (@ReedGarrett3) December 6, 2015 QB1 is back!Maybe!We had heard that despite an injury, Mason Rudolph was expected to start Bedlam. However, this seems a little more straightforward. Mike Gundy told the Tulsa World No. 2 was expected back pretty soon and should be ready for OSU’s New Year’s Day bowl game against Ole Miss.“I’m confident (that Rudolph will start in the bowl game). I feel pretty good about it,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “He doesn’t have as severe an injury as a lot of guys (who have comparable injuries). I think he’ll be practicing in two weeks.AdChoices广告“I think (Rudolph) will rally enough where he can practice in a couple of weeks,” Gundy said. “We have J.W., and he’ll practice hard and practice well, and we’ll try to keep the same (routine) we’ve had all year. If it gets to the last week before the game (and Rudolph isn’t ready), then we go on down the road.”He reiterated this in his press conference on Sunday and also noted that some other missing Pokes would probably be back for New Orleans.#OKstate Mike Gundy says he expects Mason Rudolph, Blake Jarwin, Jeremy Seaton and Chris Carson will be healthy for the Sugar Bowl.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 7, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Clemson Graduate Transfer Cornerback Lists OSU in Final 3 Schools

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is one of three teams in position to land Clemson graduate transfer cornerback Adrian Baker, according to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter.Before Baker missed all of the 2016-17 football season with an ACL tear, he was set to take on a larger role in the Clemson defense after a breakout of sorts as a redshirt sophomore. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games and made three starts for the Tigers, including two interceptions and 15 tackles in a reserve role.The 5-foot-11 cornerback will graduate this spring and be eligible for one final season. Baker has a chance to be the next big impact grad transfer for OSU, joining Lenzy Pipkins and Tyler Patmon among cornerbacks who have blazed a similar path. Baker made a visit to Stillwater on March 4 and has already made visits to his two other finalists — Houston and UCF. The Hollywood, Fla. native intends to make a final decision in May.last_img read more