Spurs end Newport’s Cup run at the second attempt

first_imgBut it was a different story at Wembley where, with South Korea’s Son Heung-Min impressing for Tottenham, Dan Butler’s 26th-minute own goal and an Erik Lamela strike eight minutes later put Spurs 2-0 up before half-time.Tottenham will now travel to third-tier strugglers Rochdale for a last-16 tie on the weekend of February 17-18.“It’s the FA Cup and it’s difficult,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC. “But I am happy because we wanted to be in the next round.“Son Heung-Min is doing fantastic this season and he feels important.“It is important to keep going and winning games. We are going to be very busy in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup but we want to keep this run.”Meanwhile Newport manager Michael Flynn praised the visitors’ performance.“It was a good start in the first 25 minutes, but the manner of the goal, the way it went in, it took it out of the boys and deflated them,” he said.“I am very proud of the players. They put in a huge amount of work and they have done themselves and the club proud.”But not even the lure of a fixture at Wembley, Spurs’s temporary home while a new ground that will replace White Hart Lane is constructed, could stop Newport midfielder Sean Rigg quitting between the two ties to become a tattoo artist.The FA Cup has been a huge financial boost for Newport, with their run to this stage earning them at least £700,000 ($972,000, 792,000 euros).But the concern for the Welsh club was that the chance of an upset had come and gone at their Rodney Parade ground, where a goal from Irish striker Padraig Amond put them on course for a famous giant-killing.Newport were far from overawed in the replay and they were unlucky when a cross from Moussa Sissoko deflected off Butler and past stranded goalkeeper Joe Day to put Spurs ahead.It was not long before Spurs had their second goal, when Lamela, getting on the end of a well-weighted through ball from Son, scored for the first time since finding the net against Gillingham in September 2016.Spurs were comfortable in the second half but late in the game Amond had a chance to add a Wembley goal to his one at Rodney Parade in the original tie only to shoot at Michel Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring against Newport County at Wembley Stadium in London, on February 7, 2018 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Tottenham Hotspur finally ended lowly Newport County’s brave FA Cup run with a 2-0 win in a fourth-round replay at Wembley on Wednesday.Eight-time winners Spurs were just eight minutes away from a humiliating exit when England striker Harry Kane scored to salvage a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport last month.last_img read more

Gory details of terror charges stun listeners in Canada court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2An eight-page document prepared by the prosecution, summarizing the charges against all the suspects, was not read in open court or distributed to the media, making it difficult to assess how sophisticated the alleged plot was. But the allegations of a plot to take political leaders hostage and behead them, unless Muslim prisoners were freed and Canada pulled its 2,300 troops out of Afghanistan, added a chilling dimension to a case that has prompted U.S. authorities to toughen security along the border and has unsettled Canada’s large Muslim community. Other defense attorneys declined to discuss the detailed charges. Batasar told AP that other suspects were facing similar allegations. “It’s just generally speaking that the allegations are against my client as well as the other parties,” he said. “That’s what all the parties are facing.” “The only reason I’m coming out and saying this is that my client is innocent of the charges,” Batasar added. “He protests his innocence, and that’s not being heard.” BRAMPTON, Ontario – The same friendly looking young man who blew a kiss to family members in court stands accused of wanting to lop off the head of the Canadian prime minister. The suspect, Steven Vikash Chand, also allegedly plotted to take over media outlets, including Canadian Broadcasting Corp., his attorney revealed Tuesday after a brief hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice. Spectators and family members of some of the 17 male Muslims – 12 adults and five juveniles – accused of plotting terror attacks in Canada were stunned Tuesday when they heard allegations of plans to storm Parliament, take hostages and behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Specifics of the charges against the other suspects were not released, but Chand’s lawyer, Gary Batasar, asked that the allegations against his client be read in court. He told The Associated Press later that others face similar accusations, but he did not say who or how many. Police say they expect more arrests, and intelligence officers are probing whether the 17 arrested over the weekend had any ties to Islamic terror cells in the United States and five nations in Europe and Asia. Chand, a 25-year-old restaurant worker from Toronto, was one of 15 suspects who made brief court appearances Tuesday. They were brought in groups of four or five, chained together in ankle shackles and handcuffs, and then held behind a glass enclosure. Chand, with a beard and shoulder-length hair, blew a kiss to supporters as he was led away after formal bail hearings for him and 14 others were postponed – at least until Monday. “There’s an allegation apparently that my client personally indicated that he wanted to behead the prime minister of Canada,” said Batasar. “It’s a very serious allegation. My client has said nothing about that.” Speaking outside the courthouse, Batasar said the charges were based on fear-mongering by government officials. “It appears to me that whether you’re in Ottawa or Toronto or Crawford, Texas, or Washington, D.C., what is wanting to be instilled in the public is fear,” he said. In Ottawa, Harper appeared to take the alleged beheading threat in stride. “I can live with these threats as long as they’re not from my caucus,” he joked. The Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, a small city just west of Toronto, had said earlier that the suspects faced charges including participating in a terrorist group, importing weapons and planning a bombing. The specific details were made public Tuesday. Lawyers and family members said they were being given too little information about the case, and they charged that the suspects’ rights were not being respected. Rocco Galati, a lawyer for suspect Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, told the judge that his client’s constitutional rights had been violated because he was only able to interview him in the presence of an armed guard. “The right to private counsel was afforded even at Nuremberg,” Galati said. Outside the court, Donald McLeod, a lawyer for Jahmaal James, 23, also complained of restricted access to his client, including only being allowed to speak to James through Plexiglas and not being allowed to have private discussions. Arif Raza, who represents Saad Khalid, 19, said he had never been allowed to speak to his client or even slip him his business card so Khalid could attempt to call the lawyer from the Maplehurst Correctional Center outside of Toronto. U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins praised Canadian authorities. “We appreciate the swift and effective action taken by Canadian law enforcement officials,” Wilkins said in Montreal. “They stepped in decisively and, I think, helped defuse a very dangerous situation. No country is immune to terrorism, and we frankly applaud their swift, decisive, heroic efforts.” The U.S. Border Patrol, meanwhile, put agents on high alert along Canada’s 4,000-mile southern border and stepped up inspections of traffic from Canada. Some American commentators and politicians have accused Canada of having a lax immigration policy and suggested building a fence along that border. But Harper told Parliament on Tuesday that most Americans admire Canada for “our shared concern about the security of this continent.” The arrests stunned many Canadians, who have not experienced such a major anti-terrorism case since security measures were intensified after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. “It’s breathtaking that this is going on in Canada,” International Trade Minister David Emerson told the CBC. “To see the homegrown nature of it is shocking to me.” Police say there is no evidence the suspect group had ties to al-Qaida, but describe members as sympathetic to al-Qaida’s violent jihadist ideology. Officials are concerned that many of the 17 suspects are about 20 years old and became radicalized very quickly. Officials announced the arrests on Saturday, saying the sweep was ordered after the group acquired three tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be mixed with fuel oil to make a powerful explosive. One-third that amount was used in the deadly bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. The 12 adult suspects are each charged with one count of participating in a terrorist group. Three of them – Fahim Ahmad, 21, Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24 – also are charged with importing weapons and ammunition for the purpose of terrorist activity. Nine face charges of receiving training from a terrorist group, while four are charged with providing training. Six are charged with intending to cause an explosion that could cause serious bodily harm or death.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Filing opens for city

first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster’s election season is officially under way with the opening Monday of the candidate filing period for the April 11 municipal election for the mayor’s post and two council seats. The 2006 election is guaranteed to see at least a couple of new faces because Mayor Frank Roberts is not seeking re-election. Roberts, who has been elected mayor five times, is endorsing his longtime friend and council colleague, Henry Hearns, for the post. The two council seats up for election are the ones held by Hearns and Ed Sileo. Sileo, who was elected to his first term in 2002, is seeking re-election and was the first person to take out nomination papers Monday. The filing period for the election was to end Jan. 13. However, when incumbents do not file to run for re-election, which will be the case with the moves by Roberts and Hearns, the filing period is extended five days. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The only other declared candidate thus far is Ron Smith, the city’s Planning Commission chairman, who is running for a council seat. Smith, a former sheriff’s deputy and court bailiff, is a graphics-design instructor at Antelope Valley College and has served on the Planning Commission since 2001. So far, 11 people have made appointments to take out nomination papers, said City Clerk Geri Bryan. Hearns, who has been elected to the council four times, served as Lancaster’s mayor in 1991 under the city’s old system of rotating the post among council members. During most of his years on the council, he has served as vice mayor. Hearns, who serves as bishop of First Missionary Baptist Church of Littlerock, is endorsed by all four of his council colleagues for the mayor’s post. Roberts said he intends to remain very politically active, but declined to say whether he would seek another elected office. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Let’s Get [Thankful for the] Physical

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Wonders of the human body continue to pour forth from scientific research, providing more reasons to give thanks.Cartilage sensor:  Football players should give thanks that their cartilage can sense forceful injury.  “We live with the same cartilage—the tissue that connects our joints—for a lifetime,” Medical Xpress says.  “And since we can’t readily make new cartilage cells, we had better figure out how to keep what we have healthy.”  Researchers at Duke were pleasantly surprised.  “The most exciting thing about this study was that it shows that cells in your cartilage, which people don’t think of as a typical sensory cell, have multiple sensory systems,” one said. Another commented, “These cells are very complex in their ability to sense their mechanical environment.”  Physical activity is actually good for cartilage, the article says.  Use it or lose it.Fallopian one-way tube:  How do female fallopian tubes know which direction to send the egg?  Scientists know that cilia beat inside the walls of the tube, creating a unidirectional flow.  But how do those cells arrange in the right direction to begin with?  When the tissues grow in the embryo, there is no preferred direction, Japanese researchers found, according to Medical Xpress.  Over time, a preferred orientation arises, thanks to a protein named Celsr1.  The process amazed one of the researchers:The research fellow Dongbo Shi, the first author of this article, said: “It was a hard job for me to line up the cellist’s chairs on stage in the right direction before a classic concert, even though there are less than ten chairs. It is very surprising that our organs consist of millions of cells and these cells are aligned accurately and efficiently. I hope to uncover the intriguing mechanisms of how cells are properly lined up”.Bone self-repair:  Babies can do a trick adults would like to learn: how to self-repair their bones.  Nature says, “Infant bone fractures heal without any medical intervention, thanks to muscle contractions and tissue growth that together move the bone fragments back into place.”Tick off the old clock:  “Human existence is basically circadian,” a piece on PhysOrg begins. “Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. Body temperature, metabolism, and hormone levels all fluctuate throughout the day, and it is increasingly clear that disruption of those cycles can lead to metabolic disease.” But how does our circadian clock work?  Research at the University of Pennsylvania shows a new role for proteins called enhancers. Along with corresponding transcription factors, the enhancers allow different cycles to switch on and off independently of other cycles, so that you don’t fall asleep which eating a Thanksgiving meal.Why skin color?  It can be a racy subject, but Ann Gibbons wants to shed light on why human skin varies from light to dark.  In Science Magazine, she explores various hypotheses, mainly those of anthropologist Nina Jablonski, who thinks skin faces a tradeoff between UV protection and Vitamin D absorption.  “Although skin color is a poor way to classify humans, Jablonski says it does have real implications for health.”  Trying to place the adaptive tradeoff in an evolutionary context, though, is fraught with emotion and storytelling, as Jablonski learned in 2000:In that paper, Jablonski proposed an evolutionary scenario for dark skin: Like chimpanzees, our ancient ancestors in Africa originally had fair skin covered with hair. When they lost body hair in order to keep cool through sweating, perhaps about 1.5 million years ago, their naked skin became darker to protect it from folate-destroying UV light.This idea is still controversial. “It’s a valid theory and it’s intriguing, but it’s obscure to the folate community,” says Robert Berry, a pediatric epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “There’s virtually no evidence to prove it or disprove it.” …Jablonksi is spreading an evolutionary perspective that many still haven’t quite absorbed, says Harvard University immunologist Barry Bloom. “The message that people still don’t understand that just knocks your socks off is that we were all born white on the planet and then we all became black,” he says. Then “some of us got to Europe where being black wasn’t a great advantage, and we became white again.”Maybe it’s best to leave the evolution out of it and just recognize that people have the genetic ability to adapt to the amount of sunlight they normally live in.  Obviously, dark- and light-skinned people are doing fine in all kinds of environments.  They also have the wisdom to wear clothes, make sunscreen, and take Vitamin D supplements.  Too much speculating could foment old fights about racial geopolitics.A little help from our friends:  What’s your first emotional reaction to the words “bacteria” and “virus”?  Actually, our lives probably depend more on these passengers than we like to think.  Science Magazine says that the body’s bacteria may keep our brains healthy.  Even more surprising, in another piece by Science Magazine‘s writer Elisabeth Pennisi, “viruses help keep our gut healthy.”  How many knew that the gut biota we have become accustomed to treating with respect includes viruses?  Noroviruses, for instance, have a bad rap for causing diarrhea on cruise ships.  Experiments on mice, though, show that infected mice were better able to recover from disease and antibiotics.  It will be “hugely controversial” to consider noroviruses as beneficial (New Scientist recommends still washing your hands), but your digestion of a Thanksgiving meal might just depend on all your tiny helpers.A gene for long life?  Medical Xpress tells about a “favorable variant” in the CETP gene that confers on its carriers a higher probability of living past 90 or even 100, partly by raising the level of good cholesterol (HDL).  The carriers not only live longer; they live healthier, too.  Can you get this “longevity gene”?  No, but some day you may be able to buy a longevity pill.  “Drug companies have already begun working on CETP inhibitors, with the hope of mimicking the process by which the gene raises HDL.”Designed selection:  Try to design a hoop that can let basketballs in but keep ping pong balls out.  That’s what the nuclear pore complex does, researchers at University College London found.  Science Daily says that because of this ability, the filter keeps “unwelcome visitors” from invading the cell nucleus.  How does it work?  The pore has strands outside that look like spaghetti.  The strands trap unwanted small invaders.  “Larger molecules, like messenger RNA, can only pass when accompanied by chaperone molecules. These chaperones, called nuclear transport receptors, have the property of lubricating the strands and relaxing the barrier, letting the larger molecules through.”  How fast does this work?  Oh, a leisurely several thousand times per second.Make like a bat:  Philosopher Thomas Nagel famously asked, “What is it like to be a bat?” (see ENV).  Well, ask a blind person.  Science Magazine says that people have the ability to learn to echolocate a bit like a bat, using “batlike sonar.”  This should be a fun experiment for the kids at home.  Maybe they should wear a helmet, like Daniel Kish, a blind boy who uses echolocation to ride his bike.  Emily Underwood says that “the entire body, neck, and head are key to ‘seeing’ with sound—an insight that could assist blind people learning the skill.”  The skill is much more highly developed in bats and dolphins, of course.Smell that turkey aroma:  At Thanksgiving, think about what PNAS says: “The mammalian olfactory system is capable of detecting and discriminating a vast and diverse array of small organic molecules or odorants. Complex blends of these chemicals are finally perceived as a unified odor object—for example, a rose contains dozens of active compounds.”  The sense of smell is so complex, it is one of the final senses to submit to detailed understanding.  One thing we know; the smell of Mom’s cooking can create pleasant memories that last a lifetime.There are more wonders going on inside us than we can imagine.  The more the detail, the more incredible to think they are the result of blind, unguided natural processes.  We hope you will be thankful for your equipment this season, and treat it with care.last_img read more

Three Reasons You Resist Coaching

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

Improve Activity or Increase Effectiveness

first_imgLet’s say your sales results are off by 50 percent. You are literally producing half of your number. There are a few things you can do to improve your results and close the gap.First, you can double your activity. You can do twice as much work, which for many people may be exactly what is necessary.Second, you can double your effectiveness. You can double the size of the opportunities and double your win rates. This recipe will also produce an improvement, and it may also be a good choice.The first choice begins with an assumption that sales is strictly a numbers game. In this view, there is nothing but activity. More activity leads to more opportunities leads to more wins, and there is no reason to do anything except double up your prospecting efforts, which, again, may not be a bad idea for those who do too little to create the results they need.Choosing only to increase activity leaves out too many other factors to make it the only thing that one might do—or should do—to improve their sales results.The second choice begins with a different assumption than the idea that activity is the only thing necessary to producing results. Instead, this view is biased toward improving the effectiveness of the sales force or salespeople who are struggling. The training, development, and coaching that increase one’s ability to target their dream clients and create bigger opportunities isn’t easy to provide and it doesn’t produce results as fast as one might hope. But the upside of working on effectiveness is that it also improves win rates, and a higher percentage of wins against bigger opportunities improves results exponentially, almost invariably more than activity alone.The truth of the matter is that some people need more activity to produce the better results they need. Others need to improve their effectiveness to close the gap between their results now and the results they need, especially if they already have good activity.Some, however, need to improve their activity while they work on their effectiveness. The increased activity solves the problem that is low activity, and the additional reps provide them with the opportunity to practice the new mindsets and skills that will—eventually—lead to greater effectiveness. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’

first_imgCone apologizes to Black for handshake snub Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.” Khristian Ibarrola /ra Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Less than a month later, his win was overturned and he got stripped of the title after testing positive for Turinabol, a banned anabolic steroid.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpeaking during an interview on The TSN MMA Show, UFC President Dana White couldn’t help but express his disappointment with the promotion’s former poster boy.[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports,” the UFC boss described Jones, as relayed by MMA Fighting. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”Aside from being practically undefeated—with his lone loss coming from a disqualification—Jones holds the prestige as the youngest fighter to hold UFC gold.His reign included eight-title defenses, but he’s also been stripped of the title on three separate occasions—another UFC record.Jones is currently awaiting a hearing at the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regarding his latest drug failure, which could earn him a possible four-year suspension.Regardless of Jones’ verdict, White made it clear that he won’t be losing sleep over it anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, Saturday July, 29, 2017.  (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)Disgraced mixed martial artist Jon Jones has been given plenty of chances by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but his latest conundrum seems to be the final straw.After a string of run-ins with the law, the two-time UFC light heavyweight champion returned to glory last July, knocking out Daniel Cormier in UFC 214.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

CWG, Asiad gold medallists Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar fail dope test

first_imgThe doping scandal in Indian athletics grew in proportion on Monday with two more athletes, including the country’s new golden girl Ashwini Akkunji, testing positive for anabolic steroids hours before the departure for Japan for the Asian Championships.Apart from Akkunji, quartermiler Priyanka Panwar also returned positive for anabolic steroids in the dope tests conducted on June 27 by NADA at NIS Patiala, taking the tally of dope offenders to eight in the last few days.The development is all the more shocking as Akkunji, who had won gold in Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, and Panwar were to leave for Japan for July 7-11 Asian Championships by an 11:30 pm flight from Delhi along with 35 other athletes.Athletics Federation of India has provisionally suspended both the athletes pending a hearing by a NADA disciplinary panel.”It is sad to announce that two more athletes — Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar — tested positive for anabolic steroids. We have provisionally suspended them. Next, they will be called for ‘B’ sample tests and then the necessary procedure will be followed,” Dogra told reporters.Akkunji and Panwar were named in the 4x400m relay team for the Asian Championships and Dogra said two other athletes in the 37-member team will take their places.”We cannot send any replacement of the two athletes now but we will field a relay team in Japan. Two other athletes (besides Tintu Luka and Mrudula Korada) from the team will run in the relay,” he said.Both Akkunji and Priyanka tested positive for metabolites of methandienone, which were found in the samples of other CWG and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet members Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose as well another qaurtermiler Jauna Murmu.advertisementAnother qaurtermiler Tiana Mary Thomas had tested positive for anabolic steroid epimethandiol.Long Jumper Hari Krishnan Muralidharan and shot putter Sonia were the other athletes who have tested positive in the last few days.Interestingly, Akkunji and Priyanka’s dope flunk came from the tests on 30 samples conducted by NADA for the Asian Championships bound athletes on the request of AFI.Ashwini was a member of the 400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth Games. She had returned with two gold in the Asian Games, winning the yellow metal in 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.Panwar’s best international result was the bronze she won in the South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka last year. She had won a bronze in the 100m sprint in the National Games in Ranchi in February. She made it to the relay team after finishing fourth in the National Inter-state meet in Bangalore.With the dope flunk of Akkunji, three members of the Indian 4x400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games last year have tested positive.Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose had returned positive for the anabolic substances in the tests conducted by IAAF on May 25 and by NADA during the National Inter-state Meet in Bangalore this month respectively. Only Manjeet Kaur remained out of the dope net.There had been speculation that Akkunji and Panwar could test positive as they shared the same vitamin supplements used by Mandeep and Sini.Today’s dope results will further put Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodonik under the scanner as he is the coach of the 400m and 400m relay teams with two other Indians.Mandeep, Sini and Murmu had said that they had used vitamin supplements bought from the market on the recommendation of their coach and without approval from the AFI.Stating that the food supplements could be the reason behind their dope flunk, they had written to the AFI Anti-Doping Committee to test the supplements.Earlier in the day, Sini Jose also demanded that the vitamin supplements be tested by the NADA.”We want the vitamin supplements to be tested. I have not taken any banned substance knowingly. I will prove that I am innocent,” said Sini who was here to receive the letter notifying that her ‘A’ sample had tested positive.The ‘B’ sample tests of all the five athletes who had tested positive on June 30 will be done of Wednesday.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

How to Split-Test Your Facebook Ads to Maximize Conversions

first_img Facebook Advertising Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jan 18, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: It’s tough to nail down a successful Facebook advertising strategy unless you do some testing. However, testing Facebook ads, with all their nuances and constant updates, might seem scary. In this post, we’ll walk you through the basics and functions of Facebook ad split-testing.Understanding Facebook Ad CampaignsIn the Facebook Ads Manager, you arrange your ads into campaigns. A campaign is a group of similar ads that have the same purpose but slightly different variations. The chart below is just an example of how you can arrange your campaigns. The ads belonging to each campaign will be split-testing different variables. For instance, you can test different versions of an image or a title to find out the most effective one to use in your ad.6 Split-Testing Tips for Facebook Ads1. Change One Variable at a TimeYour main variables are the title, the picture, the copy, and the targeting.2. Keep Similar Ad ConditionsSame time of the day, same bid (although bid prices vary), same length of time, etc.3. Watch the ReportsIt may look like one ad did better than the other, but check the actual ‘Likes’ (fans) generated.4. Always Create a New AdDon’t try to tweak one that didn’t perform well. Facebook makes it easy to click on “Create a Similar Ad” so you preserve your settings.5. Try Split-Testing Your Destination Landing PageWhere do people land after they’ve clicked on your ad? Make sure the page is congruent with your message. If it’s your website, do you have the promised offer on the page? If you have the resources, you can also design two landing pages on your website where you send the traffic. In that way you, can optimize for a higher visitor-to-lead conversion rate.6. Rotate Your Ads OftenEven a well-performing ad will wear out its welcome. The ads are often served to the same audience several times, and if you aren’t rotating them every few days or when the CTR drops to 50% of its original value, you will be wasting your money.Here Is a Real-Life ExampleSome easy mistakes to make when split-testing Facebook ads is not testing the ad for a sufficient amount of time or letting it run too long and wasting your ad budget. A good comparison usually requires at least 20 clicks and requires that the ad run for at least two days. But clicks may not always be the best measure, depending on your targeting. You may want to run them for the same amount of impressions.Would you like to read more about advertising on Facebook? Download our free ebook, How to Create Epic Facebook Ads.last_img read more

5 Tricks for Generating Traffic When Nobody’s at Work

first_imgAre you doing anything this weekend to generate traffic to your website? If you’re a B2B marketer, chances are you’ve probably asked yourself at some point: How do I keep marketing effectively when nobody is in the office? You want to continue to drive traffic and leads, but you don’t know exactly how.The wrong thing to do is assume that nobody is listening on holidays or during weekends. Depending on your audience, this could actually be a good time for a new blog post, video release, or email. Data from a recent Xobni survey shows that people are still wired into work during time off: 68% of working adults say they check email while they aren’t working, and 27% of those people will check email more than once.Here are some tips on how you can use this knowledge to the advantage of your marketing program.Be Creative in Your CommunicationsTry something a little zany, and see what happens. Marketing on a day off can sometimes work in your favor because there’s less clutter in people’s inboxes and social media feeds. It could also make your job a lot harder because people don’t want to be bothered. This means you’ve gotta step it up!The email below is a great example of what we’re talking about. Aside from witty copy, the sender has an extra special offer:The result of a creative message like this is not only traffic and leads to your site, but it’s also an entertained email recipient. The readers of this email probably felt lucky even though they were working on holiday. And if your readers feel lucky to be getting an email from you on a day off, that’s a wonderful thing! Think of creative ways you can stand out in your audience’s social media feeds and inboxes during off-times or holidays by playing with witty language and special offers. Test and Measure Your Marketing TacticsIf you’re going to try out some out-of-the-box communication tactics, you’re going to want to walk away from the experience with some lessons learned. The best way to do this is to take a scientific approach through which you can use testing and data to drive future decisions.An excellent example of a company that tried this is Brewer’s Market. The test was featured on subscription site WhichTestWon.com as an example of how to test during the holidays. The goal was to determine which copy was most appealing to gift-buyers. The company did an A/B split test on its homepage and found that its control page performed 61% better than the treatment page from December 16th to the 23rd. The article concludes with an excellent insight: Although in hindsight, it makes sense to adjust your copy length and benefits for your seasonal visitors’ perspective, the idea was a huge point of contention between the site’s execs, some of whom “hated” the winning version… before they saw the results data. Now, their 2012 design plans include tweaked homepage versions for all major holidays from Valentine’s Day on.While this an example of how a business used A/B testing to optimize their homepage for the holiday season, holidays and off-hours are also a safe time to conduct tests in general, due to a reduction in traffic and attention. You’ll just want to make sure you’re still generating enough traffic to make your tests statistically significant.Don’t Quit on Content Just because it’s the weekend or a holiday doesn’t mean your audience will completely stay away from the internet (in fact, we’ve heard of some people even using work as an excuse to take a break from a lot of family time). Maybe your audience just prefers to use Twitter more on the weekends. The only way to find out is to try using a variety of channels and analyze what works best for your individual audience. QuickenLoans, for example, recently used its blog during the quietest week of the holiday season to drive traffic to their site. The company posted a series of timely articles, from what to do with unwanted gift cards, to how to handle post-holiday returns, to fireplace alternatives that will keep you cozy and New Year’s Eve safety tips. The takeaway here is that you shouldn’t stop publishing content when people are out of the office. Instead, you should adjust your content so that it’s timely and promoted using the channels your audience uses during their time off. Use Data to Make Informed DecisionsIf you know a certain segment of your audience is more likely to be working on Sundays (young and hungry entrepreneurs perhaps), you can use that knowledge to drive your decisions and create targeted, relevant content directed toward that segment. Likewise, if you know a certain demographic is going to be annoyed by certain messaging over the holidays, you can avoid a bad situation. The Xobni survey found that younger adults between the ages of 18 to 44 were most likely to feel annoyed or frustrated about receiving work-related emails during the holidays.You can learn more about your audience’s preferences by observing which demographics convert on certain days. If your landing page forms ask the right demographic questions, you can export your lead data, along with the conversion dates, and do tons of great analysis like figuring out exactly who converts on Saturday mornings? Knowing that will help you identify the kinds of people you should hit with your Saturday morning email send, for example.Show Your Brand’s PersonalityHolidays and weekends are the perfect time to lighten things up, have a little fun, and show off the part of your brand’s personality that makes it relatable to your audience. Google is known for doing this and doing it well. Its most recent treat was an interactive Google logo that played “Jingle Bells.” This past Halloween, HubSpot released a video of our very own flash mob, complete with zombies and gore, to the soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s hit, “Thriller.” Not only did we have a blast making the video, but we also managed to give our audience a Halloween treat and show off our brand’s unique personality.Have you had any success with marketing during the holidays or off hours? What worked (or didn’t work) for you? Topics: Inbound Marketing Originally published Jan 27, 2012 6:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 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