The Evil Darwinians Do, Cont.

first_imgYou will know them by their fruits.Last time, we looked at three evils rationalized by evolutionary theory. Individual evolutionists might certainly despise needless killing, but their worldview cannot really call anything evil if it evolved by natural processes; it is what it is, neither good nor evil. But to fail to condemn evil is to condone it, and to condone it is to encourage it. We continue with more examples that routinely show up in evolutionary science news. The first one is just silly, but has tragic ramifications.Killjoy DarwinismDo you enjoy laughing with friends? You shouldn’t, according to evolutionary theory proposed by Jordan Raine on The Conversation. He argues that “The evolutionary origins of laughter are rooted more in survival than enjoyment.” You’re not really having fun; you’re just exercising survival of the fittest. As part of secular science’s obsession to explain everything in Darwinian terms, Raine has just taken the fun out of life. In a flourish of just-so storytelling, he illustrates how Darwinism makes human beings pawns of evolutionary forces. What does that do to your friendships, if you think your selfish genes are using you as their pawn? It’s no laughing matter. It is kind of funny, though, that Dr. Raine doesn’t see that the joke is on him. Evolutionary forces drove him to write this article, didn’t they? Therefore: he doesn’t really mean what he says.PromiscuityThere’s no moral reason to be faithful to your spouse. There are just evolutionary forces keeping you from straying, so that sexually transmitted diseases don’t drive humanity extinct. In “How sexually transmitted diseases might have driven the evolution of monogamy” on The Conversation, Rob Knell again uses the just-so storytelling habit of Darwinians to suggest that monogamy is a blind effect of evolutionary forces. What does this theory do to marriage? It trivializes the honor that civilization gives to weddings. It implies that otherwise it would be perfectly fine to have sex with anyone and everyone. Racist overtones can be seen in his choice of photos of modern African hunter-gatherers, some of whom condone plural marriage. The Darwinian theory of monogamy, promoted by two evolutionists in Nature Communications, was picked up uncritically in the press (Science Daily, New Scientist), showing that once a Darwinian just-so story gets going, few are the reporters willing to confront it. Once again, though, a critic could ask these Darwinians whether natural selection drove the evolution of Darwinian just-so storytelling.HomosexualityThere’s hardly a more un-Darwinian phenomenon than homosexuality, since practitioners cannot pass on their genes, as Science Daily struggles to explain in Darwinian terms. Isn’t it odd, therefore, that as soon as the LGBT agenda became trendy, evolutionists were quick to join the political correctness bandwagon? Another piece on Science Daily, for instance, proudly reports that there is no difference between same-sex parenting and traditional parenting. Even if that were true (which could rightly be doubted according to the questionable methods used in the study), is it science’s responsibility to rationalize it? Traditional parenting by a mom and a dad has been considered the ideal for thousands of years around the world. Now, just when gay marriage has a achieved a sweeping cultural coup in western countries, science is right on top of it, throwing in its support by rationalizing it as OK for children. Coincidence?New Scientist threw in another bouquet for the LGBT crowd by telling the truth—with intent to convey a message. Reporter Jessica Hamzelou headlines her article, “No excuse for doctors who refuse to treat transgender people.” That’s right. God commanded us to love one another as ourselves. Even those we disagree have rights and deserve respect. But why the focus on possible discrimination against this group at this time by a scientific news service? At most, LGBT people constitute 4% of the population. People who disagree with the LGBT agenda, however, are a large majority. Do they have any rights of conscience? Where is a science report about those supporting traditional marriage who cannot, with good conscience, participate in weddings that contradict their morals? Where is the headline, “No excuse for judges who punish those believing in traditional marriage and God-given sex roles”? Why not?CommunismLove for Darwin by the founders of communism (Marx, Engels, and Lenin) is well documented. One might think that science would respect the economic system that actually works: the free market. Liberty in commerce rewards success for those who satisfy the most customers in win-win transactions (see Prager University). Conservatives believe in honest labor and would consider it immoral to reward slackers by redistributing wealth. So what are we to make of this headline by David Tuffley on The Conversation? He proposes, “What to do when machines take our jobs? Give everyone free money for doing nothing.” He actually defends his radical thesis with ideas of Karl Marx! Yet communism wrought untold evil in the 20th century (and even today, in Cuba and North Korea), leading to the deaths of 164 million civilians.Taxation Without RepresentationSamuel Adams would be appalled: “Sugary drinks tax would offer big benefits” (Science Daily). If there is anything freedom-loving people should fear, it is rule by a scientific oligarchy telling governments how to control their citizens.Shades of Gray“No one is naive enough to expect that all moral beliefs are universal,” Rebecca Saxe smirks in PNAS with extreme examples (card stacking). This half-truth masks the reality that some moral issues, like honesty, must be universal or else science is impossible. Evolution champions moral relativism which it cannot defend (see 4/03/16). But true to their habits; evolutionary psychologists, discussed by Science Daily, apply Darwinian theory to explain why humans tend to believe in moral absolutes. Infatuated with game theory, they love to pose moral dilemmas to survey participants to see why their brains think in black-and-white terms. Evolutionists would, of course, totally deny the existence of a God-given conscience. Posing ethical challenges most people are unlikely to ever face, the psychologists seek to tease out “whether our default reliance on moral rules has an evolutionary basis.” Their methods guarantee that whatever they find will please Darwin, who believed morality evolved. Naturally, they conclude, “Rather than reflecting erroneous emotional thinking, making moral judgments based on rules may be an adaptive feature of our minds,” implying that people don’t really have free will. Why do these evolutionists never turn that idea on themselves? Why don’t they conclude that writing evolutionary stories is an adaptive feature of their neurons in their brains? Here’s why: they want you to believe their theory is true. But that would imply that truth is a moral quality that is not subjective. Their own actions, therefore, refute their own premises.We have only touched on some of the evil fruits of Darwinism. There’s a great new resource that develops this further with scholarship and full documentation: it’s Dr. Richard Weikart’s newest book, The Death of Humanity and The Case for Life. (Hear Dr. Weikart discuss his research on ID the Future #1, #2, #3.) As with his other books, this UC historian ties undeniable links from Darwin to some of the worst evils in the world since 1859. Along with John West’s magnum opus Darwin Day in America, you will have ample opportunity to see the evidence for yourself without taking our word for it. Jesus said, “A bad tree cannot produce good fruit… you will know them by their fruits.” It’s time to chop down this tree that has killed millions and continues to poison the planet. Also recommended: That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.Which fruit would you cultivate for the kind of world you want to live in? Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 5, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”In full agreement with Paul, the Apostle James seemed to be targeting the Darwinians in the last days when he wrote in James 3, “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Two Cape Town initiatives run for sanitary pads

first_imgTwo initiatives in Cape Town encourage runners and cyclists to take part in races for a good cause — to raise funds for and to collect sanitary pads for schoolgirls and homeless women.Koinonia Baloyi is set to run the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April to raise the profile of Girls with Wiings. The project distributes sanitary pads to homeless women from central Cape Town southwards to Woodstock, Salt River, Observatory, Mowbray, Rondebosch, Claremont, Wynberg, Kenilworth and Lansdowne. (Image: Troy Finch)Melissa JavanCape Town initiatives #Running4Pads and Girls with Wiings both achieved big goals in the past month. #Running4Pads reached its target of collecting 6,000 sanitary pads for school girls, and Girls with Wiings set a new goal of fundraising R20,000 to buy sanitary pads and toiletries for homeless women.Girls with Wiings made its first target of R10,000 through the Thundafund website. Koinonia Baloyi, the founder of the initiative, aims to run the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April 2017. The theme for this race is #ReasonToRun.Several members of the #Running4Pads team took part in the half and ultra races of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 15 April 2017. Before the race, the team did a sanitary pad drive to collect their targeted amount.#Running4PadsAmanda Smith started #Running4Pads in 2016 when she was training for her first marathon.She contacted the non-profitable organisation, Sponsor an African Child, which runs a sanitary campaign. It immediately agreed to partner with Smith. Besides the sanitary pads campaign, the organisation also hosts events such as career days.The #Running4Pads ambassador team consists of eight runners and two cyclists. Amanda Smith, founder of the initiative, says they run sanitary pad drives that usually form part of a larger campaign in the build up to an event. “This is usually a week or two before the race,” she says. (Image supplied)Smith completed Cape Town Marathon in 2016 and collected more than 1,800 packs of sanitary pads. She decided that in 2017 she wanted to go bigger and get a team together to run for pads and raise more donations.The plan for 2017 was to run the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in April, and then to run the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in September, both with a target of 6,000 packs of sanitary pads.Some people get flowers or chocolates placed on their desk anonymously. I get random packets of pads lol. Thanks Ettienne. @running4pads— Janine Smith (@life_in_cmyk) April 11, 2017So proud to work with the @running4pads team . These ladies do amazing things!— Cape Flats Princess (@JustVee1710) April 9, 2017Mandy and Gloria have started their races and are on their way.. #Omtom2017 @2OceansMarathon @running4pads @21mandy— RunPJRun (@peterjohnmoses) April 15, 2017“The #Running4Pads campaign was incredible. [By] 14 April 2017, we had collected 6,004 packs of sanitary pads. We still have some to collect over the next week or so. We will be starting distribution in the next week to schools,” says Smith.About doing the ultra run, she says: “The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was the toughest 56km of my life. I finished in 6h45min and would do it again in a heartbeat!“I felt every emotion from wanting to give up and not believing in myself to the highest of high pride, accomplishment and joy as I was running the last metres towards the finish line.“Throughout the entire race I thought that if we could reach the impossible of collecting 6,000 packs of pads, I could reach the impossible by running 56km. That was my motivation.”Other members of the #Running4Pads team who took part in the Two Oceans ultra marathon were Zamangoma Mtlhare, Emily Lilford and Joseph Thomas. Runners Melanie Vollenhoven, Bridget Wilson, Gloria Chitedza and Pippa Green completed the half marathon.#Running4Pads share posts of its achievements on its Facebook page:Girls with WiingsThe Girls with Wiings initiative collects and distributes sanitary products and soap to homeless women from central Cape Town to Lansdowne each month. “We have been running since May 2016 and we are currently reaching close to 200 women each month,” says Baloyi.“The heart of Girls with Wiings is to sow hope and restore the dignity of homeless women by providing for their basic hygiene needs.”#HumanRightsDay #Sanitary drive #FreePadsAreAHumanRight— GirlsWithWiings (@GirlsWithWiings) March 21, 2017This is the reality of what many homeless woman call home. #HumanRightsDay #Sanitary drive #FreePadsAreAHumanRight— GirlsWithWiings (@GirlsWithWiings) March 21, 2017We r donating #sanitaryPads 2 ppl left homeless by #houtBayFire. 2 donate pls email us:— GirlsWithWiings (@GirlsWithWiings) March 13, 2017The founderGirls with Wiings was founded by Baloyi after she read an article about the monthly challenge faced by homeless women, who had no access to sanitary products.She remembers reading that these women have to make use of napkins, cloth, tissue and other materials during their menstrual period. “I was moved to do more than just feel sorry for them. I decided to make a difference,” says Baloyi.“I have been working to connect a network of people who want to help make a difference.“We collected as many sanitary pads as we could that month for as many homeless women we could reach. And we have been collecting and distributing sanitary pads monthly ever since.”Girls with Wiings consists of a team of 15 people. Founder Koinonia Baloyi says one of the highlights is the initiative’s first Christmas drive in December 2016. “We collected and distributed close to 150 Christmas bags for homeless women. The bags were filled with sanitary pads, soap, underwear, facecloth, a chocolate and a message of hope.” (Image: Troy Finch)Running the London MarathonBaloyi says she enjoys outdoor running. “It is my way of relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature.”She won a charity entry for the London Marathon. “I saw this as an amazing opportunity to challenge myself to finally run my first full marathon (42.2km) and to make a difference in a project in which I truly believe.“There are many sanitary drives, campaigns and projects all over the country, many of which focus on providing sanitary products to high schools to keep girls in school,” she says. “This is amazing, but only a handful of all these projects support and cater for homeless women and especially homeless still living on the streets.“I love Girls with Wiings because this project dares to go where many people don’t go. Each month we go to the train stations, bus stops, taxi ranks, under the highway bridge and so on,” she explains.“We go and find homeless women where they are at and we aim to provide for that need for sanitary pads. A project like this is quite rare, so funding and sponsorship is hard to source. This is why running the London Marathon to raise R20,000 for this project is worth doing.”Going to LondonThis will be Baloyi’s first trip to London; she flew out on 20 April 2017, saying: “I am more excited than nervous.“For the past three months I have been training hard and [we’re] doing a lot of fundraising,” she says. “I am so excited to see all the hard work come together at the finish line, medal in hand of course.“This experience leading up to the marathon has been indescribable! My passion for Girls with Wiings has grown and expanded.“I have fallen in love with running and long distances all over again. Plus, I have a huge expectation to see the end result, the success and the fruits of this fundraising project.“I have really learnt to believe in myself and to push myself to the finish line.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!

first_imgThis Seattle area geocacher is well known for his futuristic, technological, and creative hides. His caches typically utilize electronic elements such as with lights, screens, buttons, and even electronic kick-pedals, originally from a drum set. Creating a special geocache with so many components is a complicated puzzle and Bouncebounce’s ingenuity is the catalyst to put it all together. SharePrint RelatedIt takes THREE — Geocache of the WeekApril 24, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”Thank a geocaching volunteer dayMay 21, 2019In “Volunteers”Help Name the Next Geocacher of the MonthApril 18, 2014In “Community” Since he began in 2014, Bouncebounce has taken the caching world by storm—challenging what defines a cache container. The technical skills and extreme level of detail are consistent characteristics of his hides and leave cache finders in awe.If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, put Bouncebounce caches on your List—they may inspire your own cache creation spirit!Geocaching HQ: What’s your background outside of geocaching?I’m a building engineer. However, I’ve always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together, trying to find new ways to make things work and troubleshoot issues.  Geocaching HQ: How and when did you hear about geocaching?In 2014, we went on a family vacation to Newport, Oregon. While visiting the aquarium we saw on their website that they had three special caches to find. We found those and then cached from Newport to Seattle on the way home.    Geocaching HQ: Which cache got you hooked?While we cached our way home from Newport, we stopped in Astoria. G-7 (GC1B4FP, now archived) took something everyday normal and made a cache out of it. We spent forever looking until a worker asked if we had found it yet. With a little nudge, we figured it out and I spent the rest of the drive home thinking how and where could I do something like that.Geocaching HQ: What is the story behind your username?I leave bouncy balls as swag—my son suggested “Bouncy Ball” which evolved into Bouncebounce.  Geocaching HQ: What is your favorite cache you’ve found?Johnny Islands Throne Room (GC57ZJR). This cache has everything I aspire to include in a cache… puzzles, electronics, details, and FUN!Geocaching HQ: What keeps you engaged with the game?The social aspect. I appreciate the feedback from great logs where people share the excitement I was able to bring to them. Events where people can unlock and discover my puzzle boxes are fun, but I really enjoy just talking with people. Because of all the positive feedback I’ve received, I am always thinking of new ways to create great experiences for future caches.    Geocaching HQ: For you, what makes a quality cache?Anything that you can tell the cache owner put time and effort into creating the cache. Frequently, I get messages from other cachers looking for advice or help, which I’m happy to provide. I believe that quality caches make the game more exciting.  Geocaching HQ: What’s the best approach to creating a geocache?First you need a location that will work well and not get muggled. Try to utilize items in that location that will blend in and create a fun experience for those finding it. Geocaching HQ: If someone reading this was looking for inspiration, what words of advice would you give them?Take your time and build something that is going to last. Anything that is interactive is always fun. Most importantly, it needs to be something you have fun making that will show in the end product. It’s about quality not quantity.  Geocaching HQ: You have a number of complicated and intricate caches. Do you find it difficult to provide maintenance on them?If you take the time to create a good cache, maintenance shouldn’t be an issue. That being said, the environment the cache is in may say otherwise. For my caches, I always try to make sure I have the correct container and power source for the location to prevent those issues.  Geocaching HQ: Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible?Nothing is impossible, but you need to decide how much time and money you want to invest in a cache. Geocaching HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own active caches?520 Travel Bug Hotel, one of my smart gadget caches. I was able to build this cache to blend into its environment so well that I receive messages from cachers asking where it is because it looks so real they don’t want to touch it. One of my favorite details is the warning sign above it, stating that it is indeed a geocache. I’m continually modifying this cache (and others as well) to continue to bring new and exciting experiences to those who find them. Since it’s a clean and secure TB hotel, it gets repeat visitors swapping out TBs frequently.With an endless amount of information, articles, and videos at your fingertips we have the ability to learn anything. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone but our challenge to you is to add something new to your next cache, or to create your first geocache and hide it!It’s always good to try something new, and who knows, maybe you’ll create the next Geocache of the Week!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Retrograding Digital Footage with the Editors of Documentary Now!

first_imgWant to get your DSLR video to look like vintage 16mm black and white? Let’s explore how to retrograde digital footage with the editors of the mockumentary IFC show Documentary Now!There are plenty of reasons for retrograding footage to make it look like it was shot forty years ago and on film. One of those reasons might be because you’re an editor for IFC’s mockumentary television show Documentary Now! starring Bill Hader and Fred Armisen. Another reason might be because you think it looks cool.Regardless of your reason, background, or editing prowess, if you’re curious, it’s actually a pretty fun problem to solve (and surprisingly not that difficult). Here’s a sneak peek into how the Documentary Now! team works.If you’re interested in retrograding your footage, whether in Adobe’s Creative Cloud or organically, here are some techniques to consider.Old Movie Effects in Premiere ProLike the Documentary Now! team shows, you can do some basic retrograding in Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including in their flagship program Premiere Pro. Evan – Creative Tuts gives a breakdown on how to add background scratches and tone tints to manipulate your footage to look like it was filmed on an old-timey video camera. It’s a quick technique for punching up flashbacks or faking old footage.Vintage Effects in After EffectsIf you’re looking for a little more control to stylize your retrograde, working in After Effects will probably be your best bet. Luckily, one of our PremiumBeat contributors has created a tutorial that shows you how to build a couple of different vintage looks into your project. You can view the video above and follow the links in the bio to download the free assets and presets to help you along your way.Vintage Presents in Final Cut ProAlong with presets for After Effects and Premiere Pro, there are also resources available for creating similar retrograded looks in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. This Shutterstock tutorial shows how to install and use ten free presets to quickly upload and retrograde your footage for a variety of vintage and retro looks.Bonus Overlays and PresetsIf you’re still looking for some more assets and presets to overlay on your footage, here are a few more free PremiumBeat assets and tutorials (like the 1980s style logo reveal above). Hopefully, with a little creative inspiration and a good base of resources, you can retrograde your digital footage to mirror the same styles as those seen in the classic clips from Documentary Now!5 Free Camera Overlays20 Free After Effects Color Presets14 Free Lumetri Color Grading Presets Have any other tips or tricks for retrograding footage? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

40 Ways to Get Banned From the Top 5 Social Networks

first_img Social Media Fails Originally published Sep 17, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: It may feel like a fustercluck, but there are actually some rules and regulations that go along with participating in social media. Not the kind that ban people from uploading pictures of their meals (PB&J no crust today guys! #omgsohungry), but the ones that help alleviate things like spamming, bad content, and a poor community experience. You know, the things that help make social media a nice place to be.It’s not a perfect system the social networks have worked out, but it’s important for marketers to know — because believe it or not, lots of marketers are breaking these rules and don’t even know it. And it breaks our hearts to see marketers giving an honest go of social media get banned from the networks … and then not even know why the heck it happened.This post will review the policies the most popular social networks have set up — some more stringent than others — that we think you should be aware of. And we tried to put them in plain English, too, devoid of confusing and boring legal babble. If you’re accidentally breaking any of these rules, at least now you can put the kibosh on your illicit activities before it’s too late!How Marketers Can Get Banned From PinterestIf you’re curious how the newest social network on the block works, we encourage you to read its Terms & Privacy page in full. But for a quick reality check, here are the guidelines marketers should remember when pinning to ensure they stay in Pinterest’s good graces:1) Grabbing another company’s account name. When you open an account on Pinterest, you’re indicating that you are authorized to act on behalf of that company. So if you’re not an employee of that company, you’re not authorized. And if you get caught, you’re not allowed on Pinterest anymore, either.2) Pinning copyrighted content. Any content you post cannot infringe on the rights of the content creator. Make sure it’s either content you’ve created yourself, or content you have a license to share. That means if you’re posting an image from your blog post, that better be copyright-free!3) Automating your Pinterest content. Marketers can’t use an automated service to post content to their pinboards, repin or like other pinners’ content, or create links. All the rewards you reap from Pinterest, in other words, have to come from your own hard work! Note: If you pin a ton of content from one URL all in one sitting — let’s say you just published a blog post with a ton of great images, for example — you may be prompted by Pinterest to verify that you’re not a bot. Just fill it in and keep on keepin’ on.4) Scraping content from Pinterest. On a similar note, you can’t use automation to scrape content from Pinterest. Whether you wanted to use it in blog posts, on your Facebook page, to get a list of links — whatever — you can’t do it. Again, any information or content gathered has to be done manually.5) Scraping for contacts. Any contacts you get from Pinterest have to be opt-ins; as in, they have to come to your site and fill out a form saying they want to hear more from you. Scraping Pinterest for pinners’ personal information so you can market to them later is strictly prohibited.6) Spamming posts. Just like you shouldn’t be spamming the comments sections of blogs, you shouldn’t be spamming the comments sections of pins.7) Putting links in the wrong place. Pinterest wants you to include links in your pins so pinners can follow the links to get more information on a pin. But they only want it in the right place. When you pin an image, click ‘Edit,’ where you’ll find a field labeled ‘Link.’ Put your link anywhere else and you may get banned.8) Don’t get banned. If you’ve been banned once, you’re banned for life. Or as Pinterest puts it, “the Service is not available to any users previously removed from the service by Pinterest.” So, tread lightly.How Marketers Can Get Banned From LinkedInLinkedIn’s rules aren’t as stringent as the ones we’ve seen on other social networks — perhaps the B2B playground hasn’t gotten quite so out of hand. You can read LinkedIn’s User Agreement in full, or just browse these highlights that jump out for marketers:1) Connecting with people you don’t know. Seriously! You have to actually know the people you connect with on LinkedIn, or they can boot ya right off!2) Posting copyrighted content to forums. Whether it’s your LinkedIn Group, LinkedIn Company Page, or on LinkedIn Answers, you can’t publish information that violates others’ intellectual property rights. This one won’t get you banned, but LinkedIn can remove the content and close your group or page. Additionally, LinkedIn will terminate the accounts of users who have been “deemed to be repeat infringers under the United States Copyright Act.” You know who you are.3) Using LinkedIn messages as an ESP. LinkedIn messages are not to be used for mass emailing. This constitutes a misuse of service, and can get you kicked off the network.4) Putting links and email addresses where they don’t belong. You get to fill out your profile however you want, as long as it’s accurate. So if you put, say, a link to your blog in, oh I don’t know, the ‘Name’ field … you’re gonna get shut down pretty fast.5) Selling your LinkedIn presence. Built up a pretty big LinkedIn Group? It might be an asset, but you can’t sell it or monetize it in any way if you want to stay on the social network.6) Using bots to get connections, followers, or members. Just like Pinterest and some other social networks we’re about to cover in this blog post, LinkedIn wants you to grow your reach organically.7) Impersonating another company. Another familiar refrain, brands can’t create a fake profile for a competitor to mess around on. You’ll look stupider doing that than they will, anyway.How Marketers Can Get Banned From TwitterThe full list of Twitter “rules” can be found here: The Twitter Rules. Aptly named, eh? Here are the ones that are most likely to apply to marketers so you don’t get banned by that sweet little tweety bird:1) Impersonating others. If you’re impersonating others in an attempt to mislead other Twitter users, Twitter will not be happy. That means no pretending to be a competitor — that’s a low blow move, anyway.2) Snagging trademarked usernames. Another sketchy move is trying to grab your competitor’s username. If they’ve trademarked the name, Twitter will reclaim it from you on their behalf. Twitter will also suspend you if you’re using trademarked logos on your profile.3) Squatting on handles. Ow, that sounds uncomfortable. This means you can’t grab a Twitter username and not use it. Well, you can, but Twitter will just grab it right back if it remains inactive after 6 months. On a related note, you can’t grab a username for the purposes of selling it.4) Buying or selling Twitter usernames. There can be no transactions made around Twitter usernames at all. The penalty is possible permanent suspension from Twitter — for buyers and sellers.5) Giving yourself an unearned Twitter badge. Twitter has little badges for Promoted Products and Verified Accounts. If you use one of these badges anywhere on your profile — including your profile picture or background image — your profile will be suspended.6) Posting the same thing over and over. If you’re trying to get a tweet visibility, you can’t do it by tweeting it like a maniac, particularly if it’s duplicate content tweeted at specific users. Same goes for links — Twitter will penalize you if they see you tweeting the same link over, and over, and over … and over.7) Following people like a bot would. That means you shouldn’t use a bot to manage your following and unfollowing, nor should you act like a bot when manually following and unfollowing people. Aggressive follow and unfollow behavior — particularly seeing a large amount of people followed and/or unfollowed in a short period of time — will signal to Twitter that something’s amiss.8) Getting followers in sketchy ways. Specifically, those “get followers fast!” schemes. It may get you permanently banned from Twitter.9) Hijacking a hashtag or Trending Topic. If there’s a #hashtag or trending topic blowing up Twitter and you want in on the action, you can’t try to hijack it with unrelated content about your brand. If you do, you could feel the wrath of the mighty blue bird mighty soon.10) Posting links with no context. If your updates are just a slew of links with no personal content to give them context, you’ll not only annoy your followers, but Twitter will also want you off their network.11) Getting ratted out. Sometimes the Twitter community self-polices. If a large number of people are blocking you, or your account has received a lot of SPAM complaints, Twitter will boot you. So play nice out there.How Marketers Can Get Banned From Google+If you’re using Google+, there are a couple surprises in here that you might not have considered. You can read their Google+ Policies & Principles in full here, or catch the biggies below:1) Creating fake pages. Yes, it’s prohibited here, too. Big shock. Moving on.2) Running contests. Ooooh, that’s a new one! You cannot run contests, sweepstakes, offers, or coupons directly on your Google+ page, but you can display a link to those promotions that leads people offsite.3) Aggressive Circling. That’s a … weird phrase. But much like you can’t aggressively follow and unfollow people on Twitter without getting flagged, you can’t Circle a ton of people on Google+ without punishment.4) Altering or adding +1 buttons where they don’t belong. Similar to the Twitter badge rule, you can’t, say, superimpose the Google +1 button on an ad. It’s a misleading way to garner clicks.5) Keyword stuffing. Yes, it can happen here, too! Because Google+ is so closely tied with organic search, the penalties are just as stiff. If you’re trying to rank for a keyword, stuffing it into every Google+ update is not the way to do it.6) Marketing regulated products. If you’re marketing in a regulated industry, such as alcohol, tobacco, medical devices, fireworks, pharmeceuticals, etc., you cannot use Google+ to market those topics.7) Letting your page go dormant. If your Google+ account is dormant for more than 9 months, Google can snatch it right back from ya.How Marketers Can Get Banned From FacebookWe’ve all probably participated in our fair share of complaining about leaving Facebook. But could they force marketers to leave? Maybe, if they start doing any of these things that violate the Facebook Page Guidelines:1) Creating fake accounts. As Forrest Gump said, “That’s all I have to say about that.”2) Using bots or scrapers. Well, almost. Facebook says you can’t use them “without our prior permission.” Which basically means no using bots or scrapers … if you had permission, you’d know it.3) Posting copyrighted content. You’ve heard this one a bunch of times in this blog post, and if you do it a bunch of times on Facebook, they have the right to disable your account.4) Naming your page in goofy ways. Facebook has some pretty stringent naming requirements! Your page name cannot consist of solely generic terms, like “pizza,” must use proper grammar and capitalization, may not be in all caps, and may not include character symbols.5) Collecting user data incorrectly. What does that mean, exactly? It means you have to clearly state that it’s your business, not Facebook, collecting their information, and you will obtain their consent before using their data in any way.6) Including calls-to-action in your cover photo. This includes promotions or discounts, requests to ‘Like’ or share your photo, contact information for your business, or generic CTAs like “Tell a Friend.”7) Running contest or promotions outside of a Facebook app. If you want to run a contest or promotion on Facebook, you can only do it through one of their apps — either a Canvas Page or a Facebook App. You also can’t base participation on a requirement that a user take any action with your brand page, such as uploading a photo to your Timeline, or “Liking” a wall post. The only actions that are allowed as a condition of participation are “Liking” a page, connecting to your app, or checking in to a Place. You can’t use any Facebook mechanism, like the ‘Like’ button, in order to vote or register for the promo, either. Finally, you can’t notify winners through Facebook. So basically … you have to jump through a whole lotta hoops if you want to run a promotion or contest on Facebook.Have you unwittingly broken any of these social media rules? Have we missed any that you think marketers should know about?Image credit: emilyrides Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Cultivate a Content Culture at Your Company

first_img Just because other employees know they Reward your most prolific content creators. Originally published Jan 17, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 create guidelines they can follow contribute content, doesn’t mean they’ll feel comfortable doing so. This might stem from the misconception that they have to write like Shakespeare to get published on, say, your company blog. Let employees contribute to your blog in ways that best suit their talents. That could mean they create a video, an infographic, a SlideShare presentation, present data they’ve researched, or stick with the written blog post we all know and love. For instance, we work alongside a few extremely talented visual content creators, which is why fostered a content culture within their organizations. To create a company culture that celebrates content, it’s incumbent on leaders within your organization to communicate the benefits of being a published author. Explain to employees that having content published under their name will help establish themselves as thought leaders. That’s right, even hand I’ve found that the marketers who are most successful at sustaining a rapid pace of does Being a published thought leader helps them move upward within the company, and grow their careers. , this blog post is going to teach you how you can create a content culture within your company. If your employees can This blog post is written for those experiencing the latter. easily see for themselves how their content is directly contributing To make it easier for everyone to contribute, Creating content shouldn’t be reserved for just Marketing — or even just a couple people within Marketing. It’s natural to want Marketing to have a Encourage different content formats. to important company goals, like hitting Marketing’s leads goal, or Sales hitting their quota, you can bet people will be much more interested in creating content. I mean, how often does someone in, say, Support get to say they had a direct hand in generating new revenue? That’s a pretty good feeling. When I talk with inbound marketers about high quality content While fame is all well and good, sometimes a little friendly competition is all you need to get your company into the content creation spirit. For instance, let’s say you’re interested in getting more content about a particular subject matter on your blog to prepare for a product launch. Hold a contest to see who can write the blog post on that subject matter that gets, say, the most views, and reward the winner with a gift certificate. With a friendly competition like this, you’re winning on all fronts. You’ll get a higher volume of content, from a diverse set of people, on a subject matter that aligns with your goals; employees will get their name in flashing lights, some more thought leadership attached to their name, and maybe, a little moolah, too. In fact, we’ve seen this tactic work well in our favor to encourage contributions to this very blog! Poppycock. The content is a built-in online portfolio they can refer to years down the read. Reward these employees by highlighting their content and the specific results it achieved ( yesterday morning’s blog post was actually a SlideShare presentation Explain the benefit of being a published thought leader. ) in a public way. “Public” could mean your next marketing team meeting, your next company meeting, or even in an internal email or newsletter. Just be sure the content creator is present, and preferably some power players in your company, too 😉 you (Yes! You!) can be a thought leader! Here are a few benefits you can tell them to look forward to, the more they author and publish amazing content: Authoring content gets their name — and how wicked smart they are — visibility with important people, both inside and outside of your organization.center_img ! Because the writer, Ryan Brown, totally rocks at creating visually compelling SlideShare presentations, why force him to write out a 1,000-word blog post when we have beautiful visual content at our fingertips that allows him to contribute to content creation? If they’re in a Sales or customer-facing role, it helps establish credibility with leads and customers. Topics: Finally, remember that your company culture comes from the top down. If you want to foster a culture that encourages content creation, that needs to come from the top down, too. Employees Communicate (and celebrate!) the bottom-line results can While enabling and encouraging content creation will help get people started, it won’t keep people going in the long term. To keep your entire company enthusiastic about the importance of contributing to content creation efforts, use numbers to communicate the impact it has on your business. Think about how much more meaningful it is to share that a blog post generated 10,000 page views, 50 inbound links, 20 new leads — two of which are poised to close this week — than to say, “Rachel wrote a really cool blog post last month. Good job!” content creation content drives. model executives’ behavior. So if the CMO isn’t blogging, some people might still blog; but if the CMO Content Creation If you’re starting your own business, growing your marketing department, starting a job at a new company, or just trying to motivate a shift in your company’s attitudes toward How do you foster a culture of content creators in your company? numbers are your friends here, marketers The first way is an exchange of tactics we’ve both employed to make content creation possible in the long term. The second way is detailing how difficult, sometimes nearly impossible, it is to keep up with the content creation pace they want to live up to. Play into people’s competitive spirit. in the content that goes out, but that doesn’t mean the entire burden needs to fall on your team’s shoulders. Instead, enable anyone in your organization to contribute content, from Sales, to Services, to Development. This is great because you’re getting content that highlights different perspectives and different areas of expertise, both of which make your content arsenal more well-rounded. Lead by example. Their content might lead to future opportunities, like speaking engagements, or being quoted as an expert in other publications. will Image credit: Some content is going to stand out among the rest — maybe it generates an unprecedented number of leads, maybe it gets picked up by a major publication, maybe it even goes viral! Reward the content creator for their innovation and brilliant execution, so you encourage other employees to strive to create this type of content. Enable anyone to contribute. create content on a regular basis, can you imagine how deep any other employee would have to dig to come up with the excuse for not also contributing? Pretty darn deep, I imagine. creation are the ones who have — specifically, how companies can create a sustainable internal content creation model — our conversations usually go one of two ways. content creation Kazarelth to make it more likely their content fits your publishing standards. You can even have content specialists on your team who train those extremely interested in contributing content on the types of editorial guidelines the marketing team follows. These folks — your marketing team’s “editors,” if you will — can be the ones who brush up the content you receive so everything that’s published aligns with the tone, style, and other guidelines you’ve established for your brand. Don’t forget to share this post! 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Our Take on the Most Commonly Cited Shortcomings of Inbound Marketing

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

first_imgTORONTO — An Order of Canada recipient has been found guilty of sexually assaulting children in Nepal after a police investigation and trial his lawyers describe as a travesty of justice.Sentencing for Peter Dalglish, expected in about two weeks, could see the well-known aid worker jailed for as long as 13 years.“This has been like watching a wrongful conviction unfold in real time,” Dalglish’s Canadian lawyer, Nader Hasan, said in an interview Tuesday. “We have deep concerns about the process here, both from the perspective of procedural fairness of the court proceedings as well as certain tactics taken by the police and the state.”The judge, who rendered his verdict late Monday, has yet to release his reasons for the guilty finding. Dalglish, 62, has denied any wrongdoing.Originally from London, Ont., Dalglish has spent years working around the globe. Nepalese police arrested him in the early hours of April 8 last year in a raid on the mountain home he had built in the village of Kartike east of the capital of Kathmandu. Police alleged he had raped two Nepalese boys aged 11 and 14, who were with him.Pushkar Karki, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said at the time Dalglish lured children from poor families with promises of education, jobs and trips, and then sexually abused them. Karki said other foreign men in Nepal had also been arrested on suspicion of pedophilia.“There have been some instances where they were found working with charities,” Karki told the New York Times. “Our laws aren’t as strict as in foreign countries, and there is no social scrutiny like in developed countries.”According to his lawyers, the investigation appears to have originated with rumours at a school in Thailand where Dalglish had been a board member. They say an investigation found no evidence of misconduct.However, a complaint to the RCMP during that time appears to have led to an Interpol “red flag,” prompting Nepalese police to open an investigation.His lawyers say investigators repeatedly approached the older boy at home and school to ask about the Canadian. They allege police wined and dined him, bought him school books and offered other inducements. While the two complainants ended up giving damning testimony in court, they gave several versions of their stories at different times, the defence asserts.Hasan, who said there will be an appeal, said the judge ignored “serious flaws” in the prosecution case.“There ought to have been reasonable doubt,” Hasan said. “The police intimidation tactics and the police bribes and the police threats ought to have been insurmountable evidence of not just not guilty, but of actual innocence.”Hasan said the Nepalese legal system, which operates largely in secrecy, bears little resemblance to anything in Canada — or many other countries. Among other problems, courts do not record proceedings or produce transcripts, leading to confusion about what witnesses actually said.His lawyers say in one incident, a witness helpful to the defence was testifying when the judge excused himself from the courtroom to go eat dinner. They say he told parties to carry on without him and that he would catch up with the court clerk afterwards.Hasan said Dalglish’s family — his ex-wife and daughter live in the Netherlands and his brothers in Ontario — as well as friends have been standing by him. In addition, he has strong support in Nepal, where two young men he had previously mentored have been visiting him twice daily in prison in Dhulikhel near Kathmandu to take him food.“Obviously, (it) was emotionally devastating for him — as it would be for anyone, particularly someone who is innocent,” Hasan said of the guilty finding. “But he’s a remarkably resilient human being and it’s helpful that he has a very strong support system. That helps him stay positive.”Dalglish, who had spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal, co-founded a Canadian charity called Street Kids International in the late 1980s. He has worked for several humanitarian agencies, including UN Habitat in Afghanistan and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in late 2016.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In the Pink

first_img Related Items:breast cancer awareness, in the pink, regent palms Grace Bay Beach #1 in Caribbean again at World Travel Awards In the Pink raises $40,000 for Breast Cancer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Oct 2014 – In the Pink, arguably one of the biggest fundraisers of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is on tomorrow evening at the Regent Palms… it is a shopping bonanza to support the National Cancer Society. Another fundraiser launches tonight at the Provo Golf Club… the tournament culminates Sunday; the funds will go to the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. Recommended for you Many Nominations for TCI Hotels in World Travel Awards Galalast_img

Robin van Persie looking forward to being the coach of his

first_imgFeyenoord striker Robin van Persie revealed how he’s looking forward to his retirement from football but refused to rule out returning one day as a coachThe 35-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable career that saw him star in the Premier League for 11 seasons at Arsenal and Manchester United.Van Persie left the English top-flight in 2015 for Turkish giants Fenerbahce after managing an impressive tally of 144 goals and 65 assists in 280 league games along with one title.As of January 2018, Van Persie has since been playing his football at boyhood club Fenerbahce where he scored in their 3-0 KNVB Cup final win over AZ Alkmaar last season.But the Dutchman announced in October that he will likely call time on his successful career in June and appears to be looking forward to the prospect of being the coach of his own life.“I was on a good holiday in Dubai – 12 days with friends and family,” Van Persie told NOS.“Nemanja Vidic was there as well. He has been retired for three and a half years and said very fittingly: ‘When you retire, you have to be the coach of your own life’.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Everything is arranged for [players], a team manager and a coach tell you what to do, we are just children often going on school trips.“If that disappears, you have to become the coach of your own life. Is that difficult when your whole life is thought out for you? Yes, but I’m going to try it.DOETINCHEM, NETHERLANDS – AUGUST 12: Robin van Persie of Feyenoord looks on during the Eredivisie match between De Graafschap and Feyenoord at Stadion De Vijverberg on August 12, 2018 in Doetinchem, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)“I won’t have to do anything anymore, I’m going to swim, play table tennis, tennis, football. I like that a lot. Then when there is a time I can’t do anything, without thinking: there will be another competition soon.”The former Arsenal star revealed he’s held talks with Dutch Football Association director Eric Gudde over getting his coaching badges.“I think [coaching] is nice, but I don’t know,” added Van Persie.“I had contact with Eric Gudde and he provided options for my eventual trajectory, but nothing has been decided yet.”Despite entering what will likely be his last season, Van Persie shows no signs of slowing down with seven goals and three assists in 13 Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord.last_img read more