Life for youth for killing teenaged wife

first_imgCoimbatore, Mar 24 (PTI) A court today sentenced a 21-year -old youth to life imprisonment for murdering his two-month pregnant wife in 2014.Mahila Court judge G Raja awarded life imprisonment to Mehboob Ali and also imposed on him a fine of Rs 5,000.According to the prosecution, Ali and his wife Neema, both 19-year-old then, had fallen in love and got married in September 2014 at Kalimpong in West Bengal despite opposition from their families and then shifted to the city.They had frequent quarrels and at one stage Ali had sought divorce from her.On December 30, 2014, Ali called Neema to the sport showroom at Variety Hall Road, where he was working and took her to the terrace, where he stabbed her before strangulating her to death.Later, he informed his relatives about the murder, police said. PTI NVM ROH BN ZMNlast_img read more

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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman slams maiden hundred in only his fourth ODI

first_imgPakistan opener Fakhar Zaman proved his mettle once again with a sublime maiden century against India at the ICC Champions Trophy final.Fakhar reached the three figure mark off 92 deliveries with a four off Ravichandran Ashwin in the 31st over . He has been sensational throughout and he is playing a terrific knock when it matters the most.Fakhar became the second Pakistan batsman after Salman Butt to score a hundred in his maiden ODI innings against India.Fakhar earlier survived a caught behind on 3 when Jasprit Bumrah overstepped for a No Ball.Interestingly, he didn’t play Pakistan’s first game against India, which was won by the defending champions by 124 runs at Edgbaston on June 4.He also became the third Pakistani after Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik to score a century in Champions Trophy.Fakhar made his debut in the ongoing edition of the ICC Champions Trophy against South Africa and has been his captain’s first choice opener alongside Azhar Ali. In his first game at Birmingham, Fakhar scored 31 off 30 balls to keep his place in the remaining matches of the Champions Trophy.High on confidence, the 27-year-old then struck 50 against Sri Lanka in their last league game, then 57 against hosts England in the semi-final and hit a solid 114 against India in the final before falling to Hardik Pandya in the 34th over.Earlier, he also became the second Pakistan opener to hit three consecutive fifties after Majid Khan in the ICC events.Fakhar also became the first Pakistan batsman to score three half-centuries in first four One Day Internationals.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton claims US Grand Prix pole, Sebastian Vettel No. 2

first_imgEvery time he gets behind the wheel in Texas, Lewis Hamilton keeps smashing track records.Hamilton set a third in two days at the Circuit of the Americas and grabbed pole position Saturday for the U.S. Grand Prix, with title rival Sebastian Vettel getting a big push on his final lap to grab second.That sets up a critical Sunday duel as Hamilton chases a possible fourth career Formula One season championship. The Mercedes driver holds a 59-point lead over Vettel with four races to go and Vettel will be desperate to push for the win.”I feel fantastic. I feel fresh and happy,” Hamilton said. “It’s such a fantastic circuit.”72 @F1 poles and counting for @LewisHamilton… #USGP ??º?? #Quali #F1 pic.twitter.com/aZssgCM65j- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 21, 2017Hamilton can feel at ease by the way he’s dominated the Circuit of the Americas not just this week but over the last six years. He’ll be chasing a fourth consecutive win in Austin and a fifth since 2012 when the track opened and the series returned to the U.S.??? END OF QUALIFYING ???TOP TENHAM ??VETBOTRICRAI VEROCOSAIALOPER#USGP ??º?? #Quali #F1 pic.twitter.com/E5KsO5Ad93- Formula 1 (@F1) October 21, 2017Hamilton has rarely even been challenged here. He has never started in Austin from lower than No. 2, he passed Vettel to win in 2012 and has crushed his competition the last three years. None of the wins was more emphatic than 2015 when he chased down teammate Nico Rosberg to clinch his third championship. Last year, the U.S. Grand Prix began a late-season charge that ultimately fell short as Rosberg won the title.advertisement#Iconic pic.twitter.com/IrW3kUtqxs- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 21, 2017If Hamilton can win another championship, he would become the only British driver with four and would join Vettel and Alain Prost as four-time champions. Only Germany’s Michael Schumacher (7) and Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio (5) have won more.Hamilton could finish Vettel’s title hopes if he wins and the Ferrari finishes lower than fifth. Hamilton dismissed that as “highly unlikely.””Sebastian is right there unless he makes a silly mistake,” Hamilton said.Nicely done boys… ?? #USGP pic.twitter.com/AhqVsAqXCn- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 21, 2017It’s happened before. Vettel’s bizarre, cross-track move at the start in Singapore got him caught in a crash that ended his race at the first turn. Two weeks ago in Japan, a spark plug failure stopped him on the first lap.Vettel summed up his options Sunday if he hopes to have any realistic chance of catching Hamilton.”I’ve got to win here,” Vettel said. “I’ve got to win also the others.”Respect ?? @ScuderiaFerrari #USGP ??º?? @F1 pic.twitter.com/CYMlkhFQd8- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017Vettel has four wins this season and at least gave himself a chance at another by getting on the front row. That wasn’t easy. Vettel drove Saturday with a new chassis built overnight after he spun into the gravel in practice and he complained the car felt like “jelly.”Starting No. 2 allows Vettel to chase Hamilton to critical first corner, which requires a 130-foot climb into a tight, slingshot left turn back and down the hill. Vettel’s wild start and crash in Singapore allowed Hamilton to pounce on the opening for a win that grabbed control of the lead for the championshipIf Vettel had to start on the second row, he risked getting blocked out by the Mercedes car and getting left behind. Having an aggressive Vettel next to him might make Hamilton cautious at the start.”I was very happy in the end,” Vettel said. “It was important to get front row. I think our race pace is really good … I knew I had deliver or I might not have been top six, really.”last_img read more

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Ill Peng Out: Williams-Wozniacki Final

first_imgNEW YORK — Overcome by heat and humidity in the second set of her U.S. Open semifinal, China’s Shuai Peng paused between points to clutch at her left thigh and put her weight on her racket as if it were a cane.Still, she tried to continue against Caroline Wozniacki.One point later, Peng dropped her racket and grabbed at her right knee, then staggered toward the wall behind the baseline and leaned against it, wiping away tears, until a trainer ran to her side.Others arrived, too: a doctor, the chair umpire, a tournament official, a security guard, a ballkid with an umbrella to offer shelter from the sun.Fighting pain in both legs and her back, a limping Peng was helped over to a hallway adjacent to the court, where it was determined she had heat illness and needed treatment.In all, it was a 10-minute delay, which Wozniacki used to practice serving. Yet again, Peng tried to play on. She stuck it out for six more points, before collapsing to the ground, resting on her hands and knees as Wozniacki walked around the net to check on her. Peng stopped while trailing 7-6 (1), 4-3, allowing Denmark’s Wozniacki to reach her second Grand Slam final.At a news conference more than four hours later, Peng said she was feeling better. She was not sure whether, in the end, she was the one who said she had to retire or was told to (although tournament director David Brewer said it was Peng’s decision).Peng, who is 28, did recall how she reacted when the doctor suggested it might be a good idea to quit.“I said, ‘No, no, no. I don’t want to give up. I want to try one more time,’” said Peng, who was playing in her first semifinal in 37 career major tournaments. “I knew I’m not going to stay maybe too long, but I just want to try, you know. I just wanted to challenge her one more time.”Eventually, Peng was taken away in a wheelchair, closing the scary and surreal scene.“It was really hard to watch,” said the 10th-seeded Wozniacki, who lost the 2009 U.S. Open title match. “To see her struggling out there — I just wanted to make sure she was OK.”In the Sept. 7 final, Wozniacki will face good pal Serena Williams, who overwhelmed 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 20 matches. If she can make that 21 in a row, the No. 1-ranked Williams will become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three consecutive titles at the tournament.“I can say: Yes, she’s much better than everyone,” Makarova said, when asked to compare Williams to today’s other top players.Seeking a sixth U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title overall, which would tie her with Evert and Martina Navratilova, Williams has won all 12 sets she’s played these two weeks. While warming up for her semifinal — in which she won nine straight games and 22 of 24 points in one stretch — Williams saw on TV what was happening to Peng.“I was really, really, really saddened by it. She’s such a great person. We train sometimes at the same academy,” Williams said. “You never want to see anyone go out like that.”Peng, who spoke during the tournament about nearly being forced to quit tennis after having heart surgery at age 12, began showing signs of distress early in the second set, rubbing her legs between points.When things got really bad, she said, she felt cramping that made it hard to breathe.Players are not allowed to get medical treatment from a trainer or doctor in the middle of a game if all that is wrong is cramping. If that’s what makes them take a break during the course of play, they can be docked a point — or even a full game — for taking too much time.But a broader diagnosis of heat illness does make a player eligible for treatment. “It was determined that it would not be physically harmful for her to go back out and try to play tennis again,” Brewer said.Wozniacki did not complain — while all of this was happening or later at her news conference — about the lack of a penalty for time violation.She was, however, thrown off a bit by the whole scene.“First of all, you want her to be OK,” Wozniacki said. “Then you also are thinking she might still be able to compete, so you have to kind of … try and think about yourself as well and just say, ‘OK, she might just go out there and start to hit winners.’ So you have to be ready for everything.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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22 Influencer Marketing Ideas From Influential Marketers [Infographic]

first_img Topics: Originally published May 26, 2014 7:00:00 PM, updated October 02 2019 In the beginning, the concept of influencer marketing was really simple: Make friends with the most respected people in your community and they, in turn, would talk about you in a positive way and (ideally) recommend you to potential customers looking for the service or product you offer.This concept is not new. In fact, it dates back to ancient Rome, when power was heavily dominated by the senatorial class, particularly a small group of noble families. If you wanted to advance in the Roman Empire, you needed the influence of a select few to make your business thrive. The favor of one high-ranking aristocrat could make you a very wealthy person.Download Our Guide to Influencer Marketing EssentialsFast forward 2,000 years and the concept of influencer marketing hasn’t changed that much — just in scope and scale of influencer opportunities.We’ve known all along how important influencer marketing is in shaping the opinions and behaviors of our ideal customer. The challenge for most has been how to cultivate a tribe of influencers to make an impact in your business.To find out more about this powerful form of marketing and to illustrate influencer marketing in action, I decided to collaborate with Barry Feldman and ask 22 of the most influential marketers around for their best influencer marketing ideas.The resulting infographic from my team at Placester is a treasure trove of tips and insight that you can start using today to grow your influence on the web.Just remember: influencer marketing is all about relationships. When done right, those relationships can become the best advocates for you and your brand. They can shape the opin­ions and behav­iors of your target audience before that audience even speaks to you. The key is knowing who your ideal customer is, how they buy, and who can influence them during that process. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Influencer Marketinglast_img read more

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The Right Way to Reduce Your Churn Rate

first_imgIf you’re dealing with a churn issue, you’re not alone.According to HubSpot’s 2018 State of Inbound report, 61% of respondents noted “generating traffic and leads” as their number one marketing challenge — and that top priority has stayed consistent over the last three years.Free Download: Customer Service Metrics CalculatorNow, I’m no mind reader, but I’m willing to bet that the struggle to generate new demand for a business can be easily tied back to the struggle to keep existing customers around.And while reducing churn sounds like a big undertaking, it’s one that’s definitely worth prioritizing: A 5% increase in customer retention can increase profits by 25% to 95%, according to research from Bain & Company.We’ll walk through a few strategies for reducing churn below. But first, let’s start by defining the term to establish some common ground.Customer ChurnCustomer churn refers to the percentage of customers that ended the use of your company’s product or service during a set period of time. It’s typically calculated by dividing the number of customers you lost in a quarter by the number of customers you started that quarter with.Customer churn — also known as customer attrition — refers to the rate at which customers who purchase or subscribe to your product or service offering end their relationship with you and stop bringing in revenue for your business.Let’s say, for example, that you started the quarter with 500 customers and lost 25. That would leave you with a churn rate of 5%.In most cases, this number is noted as a percentage, but as Nadav Dakner of InboundJunction suggests you should state the number in a way that makes the most sense for your business.In his article for Kissmetrics, Dakner notes the following as alternative ways to demonstrate customer churn:Number of customers lostPercentage of customers lostValue of monthly recurring revenue (MRR) lostPercentage of MRR lossCauses of Customer ChurnReasons for customer churn can be personal and unique to each customer, but they usually fall under a few common categories:1. PricePrice is a common objection for salespeople and customer success managers alike. If customers find a more cost-effective solution to the problem they want to solve, they may churn. This is why it’s important to establish value and customer onboarding and education so customers feel that the purchase is worth the cost.2. Product/Market FitPoor product/market fit is a common reason for customer churn, and speaks to the need for close sales and customer service alignment. If salespeople are hustling to hit quota and aren’t incentivized to sell to good-fit customers, the result will be churn within a few months of purchase when the customer realized they can’t achieve their goals using your solution.3. User ExperienceIf the user experience with software or applications is buggy, glitchy, or otherwise difficult for them, they’ll be less likely to use it on a regular basis and build expertise with it, making it more likely that they’ll stick around.4. Customer ExperienceFinally, if a customer’s experience connecting with other aspects of your brand — your marketing content, social media channels, customer support team, and account managers — isn’t positive, they may be likely to churn. Customers want to feel welcomed and valued by communities they support, and if they don’t have positive experiences interacting with your company, they won’t want to stick around.How to Reduce Customer ChurnLean into your best customers.Be proactive with communication.Define a roadmap for your new customers.Offer incentives.Ask for feedback often.Analyze churn when it happens.Stay competitive. Topics: 1. Lean into your best customers.For a lot of businesses, solving for churn means identifying a pool of customers that are most likely to cancel, and refocusing your efforts to keep them on board.However, Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, suggests that this strategy is lacking.Rather than redirecting time and resources to retaining any customers on the brink of churning, Gupta recommends businesses focus their attention on the most profitable customers on the brink of churning.”If I offer an incentive to customers most likely to churn, they may not leave the company, but will it be profitable for me? The traditional method is focused on reducing churn, but we contend the goal should be maximizing profits, rather than only reducing churn,” explains Gupta.In addition to refocusing your efforts towards the most profitable customers, Gupta suggests you consider the likelihood that a customer will respond to your reengagement initiative — whether it is a phone call, email, or larger promotional package.2. Be proactive with communication.By reaching out to your customers before they need you, you’re demonstrating that you’re invested in helping them get the most out of your product or service.But not any old outreach will do. The type of message or resource you send to them should be directly tied to their product or service usage.For example, if someone signs up for your product or service and you notice that they aren’t leveraging all of what’s available to them, you might send them a friendly nudge.After signing up for SEMrush, I received the following email, encouraging me to check out a whole bunch of features I hadn’t explored yet:By surfacing these features early, SEMrush was able to ensure that I wasn’t overlooking the tool’s capabilities — helping to keep me both interested and active.3. Define a roadmap for your new customers.Getting started with a new product or service can be overwhelming. And if a customer can’t figure out how to navigate your product or service right out of the gate, they’ll likely lose interest — fast.To ease the transition, it’s helpful to set up a new customer onboarding process or roadmap to guide new customers through your product or service’s features, functionality, and process. This approach makes it easier to manage customer expectations, while giving you complete control over the pace in which you’re surfacing more information to them.Customers that feel empowered to achieve success with the help of your business are less likely to leave, so it’s important that you’re constantly monitoring and iterating on your onboarding process, keeping an eye out for snags or blockers.Looking for inspiration? Here are a couple onboarding emails I received from Grammarly — after signing up:Welcome EmailNotice how the welcome email introduces a bunch of popular features to help warm me up to the tool.New Products + Features UpdateThis email, sent about a week after I signed up, details all of Grammarly’s latest updates and improvements. By sending this to new users, Grammarly is able to communicate their commitment to improvement, while introducing a handful of new ways for users to use its services.  4. Offer incentives.Give customers a reason to stick around by offering them something special — a promo, discount, loyalty program, etc. This small effort can go a long way when it comes to showing your existing customers how much you value their business.When determining when to surface these incentives, there are a few things to consider. For one, you’ll want to think about the customer’s timeline: If they are approaching the end of their contract and you’re worried they might not renew, providing a discounted renewal rate could be the push they need to stick around.Another thing to consider is the customer’s needs. If you predict that a customer is going to cancel after realizing that your product or service isn’t what they were looking for, incentivize them to stay onboard while you work on building out a feature or strategy that will help them accomplish their goals.The latter is a strategy that the folks at Baremetrics employed after receiving feedback from customers who were ready to cancel due to lack of features.”We’d offer a discount on their next month of service to tide them over while we finished up what it was they looking for,” explains Baremetrics’ Founder Josh Pigford. The impact? This small effort helped them save 15% of the accounts that were ready to cancel.5. Ask for feedback often.Customer frustration, which can ultimately lead to customer churn, surfaces when there is confusion around a product or service or lack of effective support around a particular issue.But those concepts are vague. And getting to the root of the specific issues plaguing your business requires you to take the time to collect feedback early and often.Depending on your business needs, creating a customer feedback loop can be as easy as setting up a survey or feedback form and sending an email. Let’s check out a few examples of how this has been done by brands in the past:Dollar Shave Club↓Wayfair↓PayPalThese surveys and rating requests show the customer that you’re committed to getting better — that you’re always improving.Another way to source feedback and insights surrounding your customers’ experience with your product or service? Live chat.If you have a live chat feature enabled on your website, you can monitor those conversations to surface trends, FAQs, and common roadblocks that could be preventing your customers from seeing the full value of your product or service.6. Analyze churn when it happens.If you’re waiting until a customer leaves your business, you’re already too late to do anything about it. Instead, you should be using data before customers churn in order to build strategies to proactively prevent it.No matter how much effort you put into the steps above, churn is a part of any business, and it will happen. The key is to use your churned customers (and your happy customers) to predict key signs of customer happiness and customer dissatisfaction so you can engage with customers and salvage the relationship before they churn.First, start with analysis. When are customers most frequently churning? Is it 30, 60, or 90 days after they first start using your product or service? Does churn happen if customers go a specific number of days without using the product or service? Figure out how and when churn occurs for your typical customer.Then, get feedback as outlined in Step Five above. Are customers leaving for specific reasons? What are their objections that led them to cancel or stop purchasing? Figure out why churn usually occurs.Then, put these trends together so you can forecast churn before it happens, and reach out to those at-risk customers with tailored incentives and offers to re-engage them.For example, here’s an email my colleague, Sophia Bernazzani, received after taking a few SoulCycle classes in a row, then didn’t book any others for three months:SoulCycle most likely determined that a three-month gap in workout class attendance signaled churn, so they offered her a free class — which got her back in the door for a few more classes.7. Stay competitive.Market conditions are constantly changing — and as new software and technologies enter the space, the needs and demands of your customers will inevitably shift.Businesses focused on what’s next — trends, technology, and product advancements — position themselves in a good spot in terms of avoiding disruption or “the next big thing.”And while keeping your product or service on the cutting edge is important, it’s also important that your customer success and support efforts remain relevant. To ensure your competitors aren’t lapping you, make note of their customer success initiatives. Are they responsive to questions on social media? Do they have live chat enabled on their website? Do they have an extensive knowledge base? Taking cues from their strategy can help your business better serve customers and retain their loyalty. Stop Churn In Its TracksChurn can really take a toll on your business — but only if you allow it to. Reroute your company’s trajectory today by applying the tips we outlined above.To learn more, read about how to calculate customer churn rate. Originally published Dec 21, 2018 4:42:00 PM, updated October 30 2019center_img Customer Retention 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

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Breaking Down Virality: An Analysis of 4 Posts That Went Viral

first_img3 Quick Tips for Creating More Sharable Content1) Emotional content strikes a chord.Emotions play a big role in our decision-making, but there’s a fine line between piquing interest and being misleading. Readers are wary of clickbait, and an over-the-top headline can feel like exploitation. However, when used properly, emotional content serves as a way to provide value. Your audience wants to feel a connection to content, and as long as it’s relevant, emotional content can help you establish just that. The emotion you choose to tap into is entirely up to you. While the video from Faithtap demonstrates how to leverage feel-good emotions, content that makes people feel uneasy can also have an impact — as demonstrated by the terrifying advertisement from AT&T shared by Creativity-online.com.2) Know your audience.There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for creating highly sharable content. In fact, what you create will have a lot to do with who you’re creating it for.For example, a list of celebrity quotes like the one published on Mic.com might not fare as well on a website with an older audience and a more serious focus. But for their audience, it was a perfect fit: Mic’s audience is primarily made up of women between the ages of 18 and 44, and Poehler, known for her roles on “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” is something of a millennial icon.3) Breaking the rules isn’t always a bad thing.When it comes to viral content, don’t be afraid to think and work outside of the box.The AT&T film mentioned earlier is nearly four minutes long — a risky move when 33% of video viewers lose interest after just 30 seconds. Yet, the video had a profound impact on its hosting website: Three days after it went live, the site’s reach skyrocketed sevenfold, and page views increased eightfold.And what about the “No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong” article? Pretty edgy and controversial title, wouldn’t you say? Well, it worked: The 1,200-word opinion piece was shared more than 36,000 times on Facebook.Moral of the story: Think boldly, but be sure to act accordingly. When you’re creating content, always keep your audience’s best interest in mind. Don’t deceive them. And don’t offend them. Instead, focus on creating something they can connect with — something they’ll want to share with a friend, or two, or three …What tips do you have for creating “viral” content? Share them with us in the comments section below. Originally published May 24, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Trying to go viral? It seems like everyone is these days. That’s because having a post take off can benefit your brand’s reputation tremendously — just look at how the blue and black dress (or was it white and gold?) affected BuzzFeed’s traffic.While the success of a viral post often hinges on chance, my team at Alexa set out to uncover some of the common characteristics of viral content to help others inform their content strategies. In doing so, we examined four “viral” posts using our competitive intelligence tool to analyze website traffic, and BuzzSumo and SharedCount to analyze total social media shares. It’s also worth mentioning that we chose to focus on smaller sites for the sake of this analysis to get a better idea of how one viral post can affect traffic, reach, and page rank.Here’s some of what we learned …Measuring the Effects of Virality: An Analysis of 4 Unique Viral Posts1) “Dad Sings Anti-Bullying Song to Daughter”Faithtap.com — a social website with interesting and inspiring videos — shared a video of a dad singing an anti-bullying song to his daughter. Within a couple of months, the site’s global ranking had jumped by 43%.Takeaways:Including a strong emotional hook in your content can help increase the chance for viral success.Knowing which emotional themes resonate most with your audience and weaving those into your content is important.Utilizing videos will help grab the audience’s attention fast and create a strong emotional response. Viral Campaigns Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 3) “A Mom’s Social Media Post Shatters Lives”Creativity-online.com — a sibling of Advertising Age that showcases creative content — posted an AT&T advertisement about the dangers of texting and driving. Over the next couple of months, the site’s global ranking increased 29%. Takeaways:Utilizing an element of surprise is extremely effective for grabbing the audience’s attention.Incorporating current cultural and social issues into your comment will add interest.Including a broadly understood and relatable topic will ensure extensive audience reach. 4) “No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong”HoustonPress.com — a Houston-based entertainment source — shared an opinion piece about how, well, you just might be wrong. More than 36,000 people shared it on Facebook.Takeaways:Surprising and shocking audiences can help to ensure success.Controversial and polarizing content often sparks discussion.Making sure your content topic appeals to a wide audience will increase viral potential. 2) “14 Quotes That Prove Amy Poehler Gives the World’s Best Advice”Mic.com– a media site geared to millennials — shared a list of empowering quotes from Amy Poehler. The site’s reach nearly tripled two weeks after the article went live.Takeaways:Writing catchy and compelling headlines can pique curiosity in social audiences.Placing pop culture references in your content can help boost virality.Sticking with universally popular topics is a great bet.last_img read more

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Direct BCCI to ensure Sourav Ganguly relinquishes his interests: Ethics Officer

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer D.K. Jain has made it clear to the board that former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has tractable conflict and must relinquish his interests and must not continue in more than one position.In the mail accessed by IANS, Jain has given the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president the benefit of doubt, but has also gone on to explain that he must not hold more than one position.”In the instant case, having regard to the afore noted stand of Mr. Ganguly, viz (i) that if it is found by the Ethics Officer that his presence in the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) has resulted in a “conflict of interest” situation, as envisaged in Rule 38 of the Rules, his Reply in these Complaints may be treated as his resignation there from immediate effect and (ii) that his involvement with the IPL Franchise has come to an end in May 2019, I declare that in the present case the “Conflict of Interest” is tractable.”Although it is trite law that the ignorance of the law is no excuse and, Mr. Ganguly was obliged to disclose the requisite information as stipulated in Rule 38(2) of the Rules, but bearing in the mind the fact that the Rules have come into existence only after August 2018, I am inclined to give benefit of doubt to Mr. Ganguly that perhaps he may not have realised that his occupying the said three posts did involve “Conflict of Interest”.advertisement”Accordingly, I direct the BCCI to ensure that Mr. Sourav Ganguly relinquishes his interests, which give rise to “Conflict of Interest” and does not continue to occupy more than one post as enumerated in Rule 38(4) of the Rules at any given point of time,” he wrote.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The OvalAlso see:last_img read more

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Will focus on overall development if I win: BJP candidate Babita Phogat

first_imgBJP candidate and wrestler, Babita Phogat on Monday asserted that her prime focus will be on the overall development of Dadri assembly constituency if she wins the seat in the Haryana elections.Babita, who is contesting on Dadri assembly constituency, arrived at a polling booth in Balali with family, to cast vote.Speaking to ANI, Babita said, “Development in the region has been on a standstill. If I win, my focus will be on the overall development of the region be it to meet the basic necessities of the people, encouraging sports participation, improving services, health and education. I want to serve the people.”Recalling the criticism she faced, Babita said, “When I entered politics, people taunted saying I won’t get the same respect as I received in wrestling.”She continued, “When I reached out to the people, I received immense love and respect from everyone. So much so, that I did not even realise when the transition from wrestling to politics occurred.”Meanwhile, Babita’s wrestler sister, Geeta Phogat also cast her vote and said, “There is love and respect towards my younger sister Babita. She was a shy person, so it is a surprise to me how well she was reaching out to the people before the elections. We are sportspersons, so we don’t know how to do twisted politics. We will do whatever the people need.”Voting began on 90-assembly constituencies of the state at 7 am today and will continue till 6 pm. The counting of the votes will be held on October 24.The BJP has fielded three high-profile sportspersons in Haryana Assembly elections, including Commonwealth gold medalist Babita Phogat, Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh.The sportspersons are contesting from Dadri, Baroda, and Pehowa Assembly constituencies respectively.ALSO READ: Haryana Assembly polls: Khattar travels by train to Karnal, then rides bicycle to cast his voteALSO WATCH: Voting underway in Haryana & Maharashtra: BJP banks on Modi wavelast_img read more

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Gul Panag in tank top and mini shorts flaunts her washboard abs for a gym selfie. Seen it yet?

first_imgGul Panag is major goals. Be it slaying rigorous workout sessions at the gym or making incredible sartorial choices, Gul Panag keeps her followers inspired always.The diva recently took to Instagram to update her followers about her workout session and the picture is motivating us to hit the gym as soon as possible.She posted a selfie as her Insta story with the caption, “Slowly and steadily SWEAT.” In the image, the mother of one can be seen posing in front of a mirror inside her gym and taking a selfie. Gul opted for a blue tank top and black and white trainer mini shorts for her rigorous workout session. The 40-year-old flaunted her post-workout glow in the gym selfie by going bare face and tying her locks in a sleek ponytail.She paired her workout ensemble with pink Nike trainer shoes. She also flaunted her abs by tucking her shirt inside sports bra and we are totally inspired.Apart from motivating us to stay fit, Gul also took the internet by storm recently when she posted back-to-back pictures of her repeating old ensembles and preaching the mantra that “anyone can repeat outfits”.She had worn three ensembles; a swimsuit, an evening dress and a brocade suit for three different occasions.While the swimsuit was 20 years old, the dress was 18 years old and the brocade suit she donned for Diwali was after a gap of 14 years. The diva surely knows how to keep her followers inspired.ALSO SEE | Gul Panag fits into 18-year-old outfit her husband gifted: Who says you can’t repeat a dressadvertisementALSO READ | New mommy Gul Panag makes acting comeback with Manoj Bajpayee’s The Family ManALSO WATCH | ‘Banning plastic difficult, but needed’last_img read more

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Wilshere: ‘We weren’t good enough’

first_imgArsenal ‘We weren’t good enough’ – Wilshere pulls no punches after Arsenal’s Ostersunds defeat Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 07:47 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Jack Wilshere - cropped Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK Despite his side qualifying for the last-16 of the Europa League, the midfielder acknowledged the Gunners were “nowhere near it” on Thursday Jack Wilshere felt Arsenal were guilty of underestimating Ostersunds after the Premier League club flirted with an embarrassing exit from the Europa League on Thursday.Arsene Wenger’s side appeared to be in complete control of the last-32 tie after cruising to a 3-0 win in the first leg on Swedish soil, giving them a comfortable cushion ahead of the return fixture in north London.However, Ostersunds scored twice in the space of 70 seconds in the first half at the Emirates Stadium to suddenly put the tie back in the balance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp While Sead Kolasinac’s goal shortly after the break ended the visitors’ hopes of completing an improbable comeback, Wilshere knows the home side had turned in a below-par performance ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City.”We were nowhere near it, especially in the first half,” the England international told BT Sport.”We weren’t good enough. To be honest, we did improve in the second half but it still wasn’t good enough.”We’re through and that’s all that counts, so we will see who we get in the draw. We have a big game to come on Sunday too, so we can focus on that.”But when you’re 3-0 up in a two-legged tie you still have to go again — it was only half-time. Maybe we underestimated them a little bit, but the main thing is we’re through.”Despite suffering a 2-1 defeat at home, Arsenal triumphed 4-2 on aggregate to secure a place in the last-16 of the tournament, with the draw for the next round taking place on Friday.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Liverpool make Jorginho approach

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Liverpool make Jorginho approach Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:54 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jorginho Napoli Getty Images Transfers Premier League Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Liverpool make Jorginho approachLiverpool have made an approach to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho as a possible replacement for Emre Can, claims UOL Esporte.With Germany international Can tipped to join Juventus on a free transfer in the summer, Liverpool are looking at midfield options, with Jorginho a leading candidate.Jorginho, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is considering whether it is time for a new challenge and is the latest Brazil-born star to be targeted by Liverpool after Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Juve target Bellerin as he considers Arsenal exitHector Bellerin, ArsenalJuventus are ready to make a renewed push for Hector Bellerin in the summer, with the player seeking a new challenge, reports the Guardian .Bellerin has been targeted by the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona in the past, and Juve know it would take a bid of at least £45 million for the Gunners to consider a sale.And the Spaniard could well be interested in a switch to the Serie A champions as he considers his career direction at Arsenal, amid the north Londoners’ recent struggles.Mourinho expects Ibra to leave Man UtdZlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho says the decision over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic rests with the player, but the veteran striker is expected to leave Manchester United at the end of his contract.Mourinho handed Ibrahimovic a one-year deal in August despite his knee problems and the United manager conceded the forward is expected to depart at the end of the season, with a move to MLS mooted .Read the full story on Goal! Balotelli sees transfer door opened by RomaMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018A return to Serie A could be on the cards for Mario Balotelli after Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco confirmed his desire to coach the Nice striker, whose contract expires at the end of the season.The 27-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola claimed on Thursday he will be heading back to England or Serie A, with Roma interested.Read the full story on Goal! Jose unsure on Fellaini renewalMarouane Fellaini Man UtdJose Mourinho does not know if Marouane Fellaini will be persuaded to sign a new Manchester United contract.Fellaini’s deal expires at the end of the season, with Roma and Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce reportedly keen on the midfielder.Read the full story on Goal! Cavalieri back in the Premier League at PalaceDiego Cavalieri - FluminenseCrystal Palace have confirmed the signing of former Brazil international goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a deal to the end of the season.The 35-year-old, who won three caps for his country and was a member of the Confederations Cup-winning squad in 2013, was a free agent after leaving Fluminense in his homeland last year.Cavalieri will provide competition for Palace’s two senior goalkeepers, Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey, as Roy Hodgson’s side battle against relegation from the Premier League.Read the full story on Goal! Lewandowski told to focus on BayernRobert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski has been urged to focus on Bayern Munich by coach Jupp Heynckes amid reports of a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.Lewandowski’s future at Bayern has been the focus of speculation in recent weeks after he appointed Pini Zahavi as his new representative.Zahavi’s reported involvement in brokering Neymar’s world-record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year added fuel to the reports that the Poland international wants to leave the Allianz Arena.Read the full story on Goal! Sessegnon dreams of Premier LeagueRyan Sessegnon Fulham 2017In-demand teenager Ryan Sessegnon is dreaming of the Premier League, with Fulham battling to finish in the Championship’s play-off places.Sessegnon, considered one of the hottest properties in English football, has hit 13 league goals this season for Fulham, who sit fifth in the table.The 17-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid, as well as Premier League giants including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, with many comparing the versatile left-sided player to Gareth Bale.Read the full story on Goal! Ibrahimovic hints at MLS moveZlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedZlatan Ibrahimovic has suggested that he could move to MLS from Manchester United.The Sweden striker is currently sidelined with a knee injury, having played just seven times in all competitions this season.Ibrahimovic’s contract at United expires this summer, and it is currently unclear if he will be offered an extension by Jose Mourinho’s side amid reports he is wanted by the LA Galaxy.Read the full story on Goal! Tottenham wait on Reus contract situationMarco Reus Borussia DortmundTottenham are keeping an eye on Marco Reus as the German international stalls on a new deal with Borussia Dortmund, reports the Mirror .Reus recently returned from injury for Dortmund and after this season will only have one year left on his contract.But Spurs may have to battle Liverpool and former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, who remain a fan of Reus’ ability.Arsenal looking for three players on small budgetJonny Evans West BromArsenal are looking to add players at three positions this summer but will not have much of a budget to work with for it, according to the Mirror .The Gunners are looking for head of recruitment Sven Mislintat to bring in a goalkeeper, centre-back and defensive midfielder.After the massive outlay for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, however, Arsenal will have to find those players on a substantially smaller budget, with Jonny Evans an option due to a low release clause should West Brom be relegated.Real Madrid enter Can sweepstakesEmre Can LiverpoolA new face has entered in the hunt for Emre Can’s signature, with Real Madrid looking to land the Liverpool midfielder, according to Don Balon .Can, whose contract expires in the summer, has been linked to a move to Juventus since the summer, but has yet to sign a deal — either with the Serie A holders or Liverpool.And Florentino Perez may swoop in to add the German international, intrigued by the fact he will not cost a transfer fee.Man Utd & Liverpool ready to pounce on WanyamaVictor Wanyama, TottenhamManchester United and Liverpool are interested in taking advantage of any contract discord between Victor Wanyama and Tottenham, according to the Mirror .Wanyama, who has three years left on his current deal, wants fresh terms from Spurs.And Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea could be in the frame to secure the defensive midfielder’s signature should he wish a departure from Spurs.Whitecaps to sign Premier League midfielderJordon Mutch Crystal Palace; Eden Hazard ChelseaThe Vancouver Whitecaps have landed Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch on loan, according to ESPN FC .Mutch, who has not played in the Premier League for Palace this season, would move to the MLS side on a 12-month loan.Previously, Mutch was linked to a move to Championship side Bolton, but stayed put through the close of England’s January transfer window.€100m Balotelli in Italy & England talks – RaiolaMario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018Mario Balotelli is worth €100 million and set to return to Italy or England, according to his agent Mino Raiola.The 27-year-old forward is out of contract at Nice at the end of the season, having scored 21 goals in 29 games in all competitions this campaign.Read the full story on Goal! Marotta accepts Can may not join JuveEmre Can LiverpoolJuventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta would be happy if Emre Can joined the Serie A giants, but accepted the Liverpool midfielder could sign elsewhere.Can, 24, is out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season and is yet to make a decision on his future.Read the full story on Goal! Milinkovic-Savic better than Pogba – agent Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Atalanta LazioMateja Kezman believes Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is now better than Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as he tipped the in-demand Lazio star to become the most complete player on the planet and challenge for the Ballon d’Or.Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought-after players in Europe amid links with Premier League giants United and Champions League holders Real Madrid.Read the full story on Goal! Barcelona meets with Gremio over Arthur Arthur Melo GremioRepresentatives from Brazil side Gremio have flown to Barcelona to meet with the La Liga side over the sale of Arthur, Goal can confirm.Though no agreement on a transfer was made in January, Gremio now are ready to make a deal, having received an apology from Barcelona after Arthur was pictured in December wearing a Blaugrana shirt.Read the full story on Goal! Raiola says time for Donnarumma to leave MilanGianluigi Donnarumma AC MilanSuper agent Mino Raiola believes his client Gianluigi Donnarumma should leave AC Milan.While he respects that the teenage sensation has committed to remain at the Serie A side, Raiola added he would immediately work on securing a move for Donnarumma should he change his mind.Read the full story on Goal! Ronaldo picks Lewandowski over KaneRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichCristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid to sign Robert Lewandowski over Harry Kane this summer, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol .The Blancos No.7 allegedly believes that Kane would overshadow him at the Santiago Bernabeu, so he has called on the Madrid giants to move for the Bayern Munich forward instead.Lewandowski’s change in agent last month led to a surge in reports that he wants to move, while Kane’s outstanding form at Tottenham has turned the heads of most elite European scouts. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Report: Juventus 2 Atalanta 0

first_imgJuventus 2 Atalanta 0: Higuain, Matuidi open four-point gap to Napoli Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:54 15/3/2018 Gonzalo Higuain - cropped Getty Images Juventus brushed past Atalanta courtesy of goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi. Juventus eased four points clear at the top of Serie A with a straightforward 2-0 win over at Atalanta at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday.Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi netted either side of half-time as the Bianconeri took full advantage of their game in hand on title rivals Napoli.Scoreless in his two previous league outings, Higuain made the breakthrough just prior to the half-hour mark with his eighth goal in 10 top-flight games against Atalanta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The hosts never looked like surrendering that lead, encountering few concerns on their way to a ninth consecutive Serie A clean sheet.Atalanta’s chances of a late rally became even more remote when Gianluca Mancini was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes.And Matuidi immediately made the advantage count with a second in the 81st minute, putting the seal on a 12th straight league win. Of course it’s Pi-pi-ta on #PiDay2018!   #JuveAtalanta pic.twitter.com/psnr3qCSDV— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 14, 2018Juve welcomed Mario Mandzukic back into the starting XI after the forward returned from a thigh problem as a late substitute in the weekend win over Udinese.Matuidi also came in as one of six changes to that team and might have opened the scoring if not for Jose Luis Palomino, the defender throwing himself in front of a goal-bound shot after the France international had brought down Miralem Pjanic’s corner.Higuain dragged the next opening well wide, but the striker found his radar with a carbon-copy chance in the 29th minute.Brazil forward Douglas Costa sliced through the midfield from within his own half before laying the ball right to Higuain, who fired low and hard across Etrit Berisha to open the scoring.The Argentina international went close to a second before the break, curling a fine effort around the far post as Atalanta survived to the interval without further damage.8 – Gonzalo Higuain has scored eight goals in 10 Serie A games against Atalanta. Pitiless. #JuveAtalanta— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 14, 2018Both teams had opportunities within five minutes of the restart, Paulo Dybala first drawing a save from Berisha before Mancini headed a corner wide.Costa should have killed off the contest when he was put through by Higuain in the 64th minute, but the winger lacked his team-mate’s conviction in front of goal.Atalanta’s chances of taking something from the game were all but ended by Mancini’s sending off, the defender booked for a shirt pull on Higuain and a trip on Giorgio Chiellini in quick succession.Matuidi then kept a cool head to cap off unselfish work from Dybala and Higuain to wrap up a potentially crucial victory in the context of the Scudetto race. Key Opta facts:- Juventus have won their last 12 Serie A games – their longest run in the competition since February 2016.- Juve have not conceded goals in their last seven Serie A home games, their longest run since May 2016.- Gonzalo Higuain has scored eight goals in 10 Serie A games against Atalanta – he has scored more only against Lazio (12).- Juve have scored in their last 12 Serie A games, the longest current run. read morelast_img read more

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Mike Gundy Not Happy With Slow Start vs. Lowly McNeese

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Here was Spencer Sanders’ reaction when he was asked after the game what Mike Gundy said at halftime after OSU stumbled out of the gate against McNeese.SS1.gif“(He said) we started off a little slow, and we picked it up and we need to keep that up,” Sanders said of the G-rated version of Gundy’s halftime speech. “He wants to see how we should have started coming out in the second half. We proved that and scored on the first play.”After lighting the world on fire in Corvallis last week, OSU averaged 1.5 yards a carry in the first quarter, barely topped the 100-yard mark overall and gave the ball back to McNeese without scoring on three of their first four offensive drives. They righted the ship in the second quarter with a pair of scores and 169 yards, but the first 30 minutes did not engender a whole lot of optimism.“I felt like as a whole we came out kind of slow in the first half,” said Tylan Wallace after his 180-yard performance. “We knew that we had to come out differently. We had to come out like we know how to come out like we play at Oklahoma State. We did that and finished up the game like we were supposed to.”The first play of the second half after a bumpy first quarter and that mostly-good second quarter was a 75-yard TD connection between the two guys quoted above.It was what OSU and its fans are more accustomed to.“I wasn’t very happy with the way our team played in the first half,” said Gundy. “We were flat, we didn’t take care of the football. We had penalties. I told the team at halftime that I was disappointed in the way they were playing. In my opinion, they weren’t focused like they were in Oregon. They went out flat waiting on each other to make a play. In the second half, they came out like they should have started the game.”I said this on Saturday, but a marker of last year’s team was inconsistency. You can afford to come out flat for a quarter or a half or probably even a full game against McNeese and Tulsa and even Oregon State. You can’t afford it against Texas and most of the rest of the Big 12. It costs you games.It’s also emblematic of how OSU has started Big 12 openers. They’re 2-5 in their last seven conference openers. Slow starts, it seems, have at times been a marker for Gundy teams., both on a micro and macro level.That’s not universally true of course, but it’s something to remember and something OSU needs to clean up both within games and with that dismal conference mark if they want to have any kind of dark horse shot at contending for this year’s Big 12 title.last_img read more

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Worst web sites of 2006

first_imgI’m a big fan of websitesthatsuck.com, especially their annual hall of shame. I go there when I feel depressed about my own web shortcomings – nothing like a dose of schadenfreude to brighten the spirit.Here are just a few of the many useful lessons from the list of offenders this year:1. Keep it clean and easy to read — busy is bad.2. Have one, clear focal point (and, I’d add, one clear call to action) or else you’re making it very unpleasant for the visitor. Don’t believe me? Visit the Salt Institute (warning: take two Tylenol first).3. Good navigation is essential and must be from the perspective of the audience, rather than your own.I could go on and on, but they already did. There are more than 100 more tips on their site — check out 148 Mortal Sins That Will Send Your Site to Web Design Hell. Yikes, some of my work may be purgatory bound. But at least I’m not the Salt Institute!last_img read more

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How will El Tri line up against South Korea?

first_imgWorld Cup How will Mexico line up against South Korea? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author In Rostov-on-Don Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andres Guardado Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup South Korea v Mexico South Korea Mexico What changes will manager Juan Carlos Osorio make after El Tri’s tournament-opening victory? Click here for the confirmed starting XI!There’s a report from a Korean news outlet that a source inside the Mexico camp told them Mexico will not make any alterations from the lineup it used against Germany when El Tri take on South Korea on Saturday. Don’t believe everything you read. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio is famous for making alterations to his lineup, and has earned the (usually derisive) nickname “Juan Cambios Osorio” or “Juan Changes Osorio”. El Tri had a fantastic opening game, beating Germany 1-0. Yet you can still expect rotations to be made. Osorio’s philosophy is that each game calls for a different scheme, for different personnel who can best defeat the opponent.It’s also a long tournament. While Mexico has more rest between matches now than it does in qualification, Osorio always takes a player’s physical status in mind. Players like Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno were carrying knocks heading into the World Cup. They may be rested or utilized in a different capacity to keep them fresh for what Mexico hopes is a deep run.As we do before every match, Goal takes a look at three potential starting XIs for Mexico against Korea. Tecatito timeGFX MexKor Corona inThe Koreans are vulnerable on the wings. Mexico will be able to exploit the fact that South Korea is playing its second-choice left back and has a right back that has played well in the domestic league but poorly on the grand stage.To do that, it seems wise to keep Hirving Lozano in the starting lineup on the left side going after Lee Yong. He’s Mexico’s fastest player, as Osorio pointed out after the victory against Germany, and should be able to run at Lee all night. Jesus “Tecatito” Corona has a similar profile and could use his speed to arrive on the right side. Between those two players, I’m projecting Raul Jimenez up top. He came in and put in an excellent effort against Germany. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez also played well, but this is the kind of game where Jimenez may be useful up top, and Chicharito can get a break or come on in the second half to continue toying with the Korea defenders if needed.At the back, Miguel Layun returns to left back in place of Jesus Gallardo, despite the Monterrey man’s excellent World Cup debut. We’re not exactly sure how Osorio plans to use the versatile Layun this tournament. Perhaps Gallardo keeps his place and Layun becomes a day-in, day-out midfielder. If not, Jonathan dos Santos could make a World Cup debut of his own coming into the midfield next to Hector Herrera and Guardado. Center backs Moreno and Hugo Ayala plus right back Carlos Salcedo return from the opening match.Going with threeGFX MexKor343Osorio also seems to be considering playing with three center backs, which could produce this ugly-on-the-graphic but potentially good-in-real-life 3-4-3 with a diamond midfield.Herrera would be at the base of the diamond, largely protecting the back three of Moreno, Ayala and Salcedo – all of whom have played in similar alignments before. Edson Alvarez or even Rafa Marquez could play this role as well after positive substitute appearances Sunday. To the left is Guardado, to the right once again is Layun. That would leave a player like Carlos Vela to come in and work behind the forwards with Lozano and Tecatito once again included to use their speed against Korea.Chicharito comes back in for this projection thanks to his habit of coming back into the midfield to receive passes. Korea also could use a back three to attempt to mask its issues defending wide, so this definitely is a formation to keep an eye out for from one or both teams Saturday.Rotate like crazyGFX MexKor rotateOsorio will make changes. It’s what he does. It’s unlikely he will make this many changes. That said, this isn’t a terrible team.We have a similar back four to the one that played against Germany with Gallardo, Moreno and Ayala keeping their places. Miguel Layun goes to right back to spell Carlos Salcedo. In the middle, Herrera also returns with Marco Fabian on his left and Jona dos Santos entering.Up top, Corona and Jimenez once again feature with Javier Aquino entering for Lozano. Aquino is an interesting player. He’s talented but he doesn’t fit perfectly into Osorio’s system. Despite that, the manager has plenty of trust in the Tigres player. He may see minutes in the World Cup, but you’d expect Osorio to bet on Lozano’s speed over Aquino’s passing ability and skill with the ball at his feet.That said, you never know what the manager has seen that will excite him from a certain player and lead him to make a surprise decision.last_img read more

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Yerry Mina happy but Barcelona ready to sell

first_imgTransfers Yerry Mina wants Barcelona stay but club listening to offers Ignasi Oliva Gispert 22:23 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Yerry Mina Colombia World Cup 2018 Alex Livesey Transfers Barcelona Colombia Primera División World Cup The defender moved to Camp Nou from Palmeiras in January but is already in danger of being sold on, with Borussia Dortmund and Fenerbahce interested Barcelona are willing to listen to offers for Yerry Mina as they look to move the centre-back on just six months after signing him, even though the player says he never wants to leave.The 23-year-old Colombia international joined the Catalan side from Palmeiras in January and made just five La Liga appearances as they finished the season as domestic champions.But the defender, who scored the opening goal in Colombia’s 3-0 win over Poland in the World Cup on Sunday, will not be given a place in the squad next season, as he is not part of Ernesto Valverde’s plan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Barca are expected to complete the signing of Clement Grenier from Sevilla to provide extra cover in defence for Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique, while the imminent arrival of Arthur Melo from Gremio means there is one more non-EU player position taken up.Barca will try to engineer a permanent move for the centre-back, but are open to an initial loan deal, with Borussia Dortmund and Turkish side Fenerbahce credited with an interest.The centre-back himself, however, feels he has the support of the club does not want to leave Camp Nou just a few months into his five-and-a-half year contract.”For me, Barcelona are the best team in the world. I don’t want to leave and I never do. I like the club, the city, the people, the players here… everything,” he told EFE. “It’s wonderful because I always feel supported. Now I am relaxed, I’ve been doing things in the best way possible, trying to improve, because that’s what I want.” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman stood up for Mina before the World Cup, criticising Barcelona for not playing him.”In the last few months in Barcelona he hasn’t played much and that’s not great, when he had to play they weren’t many expectations,” he said.”Football is very fast, a very fast paced game, we have to decide very quickly what you’re going to do.”I’m sure it was tough with him to cope with that situation, we have no doubts and we have no doubt about him being here.”I think he’s got a great future in world football. We know that the current situation is difficult because it’s a very important club and he joined the club at a moment when they really wanted to play with just one play.”It shouldn’t be like that, football is a team game and when you have a team you have to play the same way.”last_img read more

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Wilshere ‘willing to go abroad’ after Arsenal exit

first_imgTransfers Wilshere ‘willing to go abroad’ after leaving Arsenal as a free agent Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:37 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Wilshere Arsenal 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Arsenal Crystal Palace Fulham Everton Wolverhampton Wanderers Fenerbahçe Premier League The England international is currently weighing up his options, with Fenerbahce, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace among his reported suitors Jack Wilshere has admitted that he is “willing to go abroad” as he weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal as a free agent.The 26-year-old is severing ties with the Gunners after 17 years, with a previously agreed contract extension having been snubbed following talks with Unai Emery.Several clubs are said to be keen on acquiring the England international, with interest from across Europe complementing that being shown in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Goal has revealed that Serie A champions Juventus are not among his suitors, but Turkish heavyweights Fenerbahce are reported to be keen.Quizzed by Sky Sports News on whether he could leave English shores this summer, Wilshere said: “I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up. Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it.”It is literally the best thing that comes up and the best opportunity that we will take. I am not really in any rush, today [Saturday] is actually my last day with my contract at Arsenal, so it’s been a bit of a strange day.”I have played 10 years as a professional there and had 17 years at the club. We are looking at things and I am keeping myself fit. So if something does come up I am ready to go.”If Wilshere ultimately opts against a foreign adventure, then there are plenty of sides on home soil willing to take him on.West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Fulham have all been credited with holding an interest, but the in-demand talent insists he will not be rushing into a future call.”This has been a good opportunity for me to rest and reflect on my life and what I want – I am not going to rush that decision,” Wilshere added.”The transfer window finishes early August, so we still have some time and with the World Cup still going on things happen after the World Cup and during.”Everyone knows what deadline day is like, it’s manic and teams start to panic so we will see. I am not putting a deadline on anything.”Wilshere made 38 appearances for Arsenal last season – his highest tally since 2010-11 – with the all-action midfielder having been able to lessen the impact of niggling knocks on an injury-hit career.last_img read more

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Georgia Star Mecole Hardman Is Not Happy With The Playoff Committee Right Now

first_imgGeorgia football players running onto the field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs takes the field before the game against the Samford Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson was a double-digit favorite over Notre Dame entering today’s College Football Playoff semifinal. The Tigers lead the Irish 23-3 in the third quarter.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins isn’t happy with what is going on, as he thinks this result means the Buckeyes should have made the playoff.It looks like Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman feels the same way.Hardman expressed his frustrations on Twitter.They say the “4 best teams” huh ?— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) December 29, 2018Georgia finished the regular season 11-1 and would have made the playoff had they beaten Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Ohio State, meanwhile, went 12-1 and won the Big Ten, but missed out on the final playoff spot that went to Oklahoma instead.Is Notre Dame one of the “best four teams” in the country? Probably not, but they went 12-0 and looked impressive doing it. Wins and losses have to count for something.The playoff committee will always be criticized for its choices but it is incredibly hard to put a two-loss team in the field, even if it is from the SEC and has tremendous talent.last_img read more

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