Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma attend Yuvraj Singh’s dazzling wedding ceremony

first_imgStar Yuvraj Singh’s wedding with model-turned-Bollywood actress Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, has been a star-studded affair so far. The couple and their families completed a second round of their marriage, this time according to Hindu rituals, today in Goa.Virat Kohli, accompanied by his girlfriend Anushka Sharma, and Rohit Sharma with his wife Ritika, were among the host of other celebrities who attended the second wedding ceremony. Brotherman down! Best wishes to my older brother @YUVSTRONG12 ! All eyes on @ImZaheer now ??? pic.twitter.com/kYYyqSSCMc Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 2, 2016While the first ceremony took place according to Sikh customs at a Gurudwara in Fatehgarh Sahib, which is 50 kms from Chandigarh, on Wednesday, the couple tied the know this time in a typical Hindu wedding at a beach-side resort in north Goa.Yuvraj, who wore a red sherwani in Chandigarh, graced a gold brocade sherwani for his Goa wedding while Hazel went for a Banarsi saree.Earlier, Yuvraj’s Chandigarh wedding function included family and very close friends. However, the Indian team, including skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, were present at a star-studded mehendi and sangeet ceremony a day before the wedding.The reception will be held in New Delhi on December 7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the reception in the capital.last_img read more

OPS sworn in as TN CM after Jayas death

first_imgChennai, Dec 5 (PTI) In his third stint in the top office, O Panneerselvam was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu hours after his predecessor and party supremo J Jayalalithaa passed away after a prolonged illness.A grim-faced Panneerselvam, who was also seen sporting a beard, was sworn in around 1.15 AM by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan amidst a scene of gloom.After he took oath of office, a total of 31 Ministers, all of them members of the previous Jayalalithaa cabinet, took oath in a simultaneous swearing-in.Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Rao, who air-dashed here from Mumbai yesterday after Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest.Panneerselvam (65), often hailed as Jayalalithaas Man Friday, took oath in the name of God.This is the third time he is helming the state, acting as a stop-gap arrangement on earlier both occasions when Jayalalithaa was convicted in two separate corruption cases in 2003 and 2014.Earlier, AIADMK MLAs elected him as their Legislature Party Leader, paving the way for his elevation as Chief Minister. PTI SA VIJ TVS APR VS SMNlast_img read more

Sarri dissatisfied with Chelsea performance

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was unimpressed with Chelsea’s ponderous performance against BATE despite a 1-0 win securing his team’s passage to the Europa League knockout rounds.Olivier Giroud’s first goal in 794 minutes of club football was one of few positives from a lethargic display that could well have cost the Premier League side.BATE were denied by the woodwork three times, including once in stoppage time as the hosts went within inches of rescuing a result in frosty conditions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea ultimately clung on to move within a point of confirming their status as Group L winners, although their coach was left concerned.”We didn’t play very well. I didn’t like the first half because we moved the ball only slowly,” Sarri told reporters.”It was very difficult to be dangerous, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half. We didn’t manage the last 15 minutes well.”The best thing is the result. It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here, with the conditions.”Giroud’s well-judged header from Emerson Palmieri’s cross in the 52nd minute did provide Sarri with the rarity of two strikers in scoring form following Alvaro Morata’s brace in the weekend win over Crystal Palace..@_OlivierGiroud_ #BATEvCFC pic.twitter.com/GhY786y8uC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2018The goal opened Giroud’s account under the Italian and was his first for Chelsea since May.”I am pleased for him. He is very important for us,” the Blues boss said.”I know very well a striker wants to score. For his confidence it is very important.”France striker Giroud insisted he lost no belief in his ability during the drought.”I maybe lacked a bit of efficiency and a bit of luck sometimes, but you always need to keep working hard in training and keep the faith,” the 32-year-old told BT Sport. “That’s what I did tonight.”last_img read more

Copa Conquistadors: Madrid move an insult to 58 years of history

first_img“You will see me fly through the city of fury, where nobody knows of me and I am (part of everyone). “With the sunlight my wings melt. All I find in the darkness is that which joins me with the city of fury “You will see me fall, like a wild arrow. You will see me fall among fleeting flight Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Buenos Aires looks so vulnerable. This destiny of fury is what persists in their faces.” The late, great Gustavo Cerati summed up perhaps better than any other single person the rage and passion of his hometown in Soda Stereo’s seminal rock classic, ‘En la Ciudad de la Furia (In the City of Fury)’.And while Cerati may have penned that track 30 years ago, the events of the past week surrounding River Plate and Boca Juniors’ farcical Copa Libertadores Superclasico final have proved that the sentiments that so moved the genius musician continue to define Argentina’s chaotic capital.CONMEBOL, for one, have apparently tired of the ‘City of Fury’. There were two attempts to stage the final’s second leg at River’s Monumental, marred by a despicable act of stone-throwing against the Boca coach that left two players injured. There will apparently not be a third.South America’s biggest club competition, a tournament with almost 60 years of history – good, bad and ugly – is heading away from its home continent for the first time. Spanish capital Madrid will now host the second leg of the final, meaning the latest edition of a tournament named after the patriots that liberated South America from imperial Spain in the 19th century may go down in history forever dubbed as the ‘Conquistadors’ Copa’.The story of how it all came to this is long and convoluted. Any easy conclusion is likely to miss the mark. There is nothing inherently “sick” about Argentine society, as observers both inside and outside the country have opined in infinite soul-searching columns over the past week.The cancer of the barra brava hooligans – violent elements more often than not on the payroll of clubs and even politicians – also looms menacingly in the backdrop of this sad tale, but has only a passing connection to the specific events of November 24 and need not be repeated here.Pablo Perez Boca Juniors Copa Libertadores 24112018Football has its troubles in Argentina, as it does in dozens of countries plagued by regular outbreaks of fan violence and over-arching, visceral hatred between supporter groups. What made the Monumental different, however, was an act of aptly monumental incompetence by those entrusted with Boca’s safety.No less than two security forces – the Buenos Aires city police force and Prefectura (Coast Guard) – ran a mammoth operation involving more than 2,000 armed officers to keep the peace. Why, then, was Boca’s coach led straight down a tight one-way street to be greeted by a horde of impassioned enemy supporters?Why were the protective screens and fences usually set up to protect the away vehicle conspicuously absent when the stones and beer bottles started flying?Perhaps most tellingly, the only person arrested and charged in connection with that failed final was a woman filmed strapping flares around a young child’s chest.The Buenos Aires government boasted beforehand of facial detection cameras that would pick up any troublemakers: how, then, has not one of the crowd responsible for ruining the big event been found over a week since the game was called off?Boca Juniors River PlateThe resignation of local security minister Martin Ocampo the following Monday suggested responsibility largely lay with the catastrophic police operation. However, by that point CONMEBOL, FIFA and others at the top of the football pyramid had already glimpsed the chance to turn crisis into opportunity.Out of the ashes of Libertadores shame arose a multi-million dollar auction for South America’s most coveted, internationally famous football fixture. Miami and Doha were both in the running, as were South American sites such as Paraguay, before Madrid’s Bernabeu behemoth was chosen.Just 5,000 fans from each club in Argentina will have the privilege of attending – if, that is, they can afford air fare, accommodation and tickets that combined could cost the equivalent of two or three months’ average salary in the Rioplatense nation – while Real club members will be afforded special priority to gawp at their counterparts from across the Atlantic.“We have to make this a festival of South American football,” FIFA chief Gianni Infantino said from the G20 in Buenos Aires – an event, it bears mentioning, that passed off without violent incidents, unlike the previous edition in the supposedly ‘civilised’ climes of Hamburg, Germany.“It will be played in Madrid, which is a little South American.”Gianni Infantino Copa Libertadores PSOne can understand the temptation to make this most local and visceral of rivalries a global showcase. A River-Boca match has an undeniable mystique and frequently pops up on click-baiting sporting bucket lists as a must see. What could be better, then, than watching such a game far from the wilds of Buenos Aires, allowing punters to experience all the passion without any of the danger?This is footballing safari tourism, a chance to peer through the reinforced windows of one’s Jeep and watch the lion go for the wildebeest’s throat, safe in the knowledge that the occupants of the vehicle are unlikely to be the big cat’s next meal.Football, however, does not work that way. Club football is not like its international equivalent, which can pack up every four years and head to the World Cup accompanied by thousands of fans cheering for a single cause.Club football is tribal, parochial, mean-spirited, all-encompassing. It is the battle between neighbourhoods, cities, even colours. And while that spirit has been all but extinguished in Europe amid the tide of corporate, globalised sterility that has covered the game in a sheet of grey commercialised tedium, it is still cherished in South America and among millions of River and Boca fans.Take the Buenos Aires pair out of their home and they become just two more teams playing rather mediocre football perhaps punctuated by the odd on-pitch scuffle and red card.Players come and players go in Argentina, usually the latter due to the economic supremacy of the biggest clubs on the other side of the Atlantic, but the clubs and fans keep fighting and supporting each other, generation after generation.River and Boca both understand that, which is why one of the few areas of agreement these adversaries can find is their total rejection of a final in a foreign land.Carlos Tevez Boca RiverBetween them, the two clubs have hosted and organised more than 200 official derbies; some with both sets of fans present, others with only home support allowed, and a minority with the doors closed to all.Overall, though, thousands of clasicos have taken place in Argentina, some even more hostile and chaotic than River and Boca, without the need to relocate to a neutral nation.While the events of November 24 were disgraceful, it is hard to escape the conclusion that there are more than a few people who are not upset to see this game leave its rightful home.Sunday’s final, if it does in fact go ahead – it is never wise to plan too far ahead in these cases, especially when each side has filed its own appeal against relocation – will leave a healthy deposit in the bank accounts of CONMEBOL, sponsor Santander and a plethora of other commercial interests. It may even open the ‘Copa Conquistadors’ up to a new audience, reassured by the familiar surroundings of the Bernabeu.But it is not South America, it is not truly River-Boca and it is an insult to 58 years of Libertadores history.If necessary, play this game behind closed doors at the Monumental, at the ends of the earth down in Tierra del Fuego, or in third-tier Atlanta’s three-sided Villa Crespo home ground with the entire Argentine military waiting outside on the neighbouring train tracks to ward off trouble – but do not take it out of Argentina.We have become accustomed to football authorities sacrificing everything they can to the gods of marketability over the years but who would have thought that in one fell swoop – and aided by those responsible for that botched second leg – they are taking the Super out of the Superclasico, leaving Buenos Aires with nothing but an even greater feeling of fury than usual.last_img read more

Pochettino joins Sarri in criticising VAR implementation

first_imgSpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino joined his opposite number Maurizio Sarri in criticising the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) despite profiting from such a call in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win.Harry Kane gave Tottenham a slender advantage to take into the second leg at Stamford Bridge in two weeks’ time after he dispatched a 26th-minute penalty.The England captain was brought down by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but only after the linesman had flagged for offside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Referee Michael Oliver consulted his video assistant, whose pictures showed Kane to be level with Cesar Azpilicueta, and proceeded to book Kepa and award the spot kick.Sarri later claimed that Chelsea’s own images suggested the Tottenham striker was offside , although his main complaint concerned the early offside flag as he argued that stopped his defenders from retrieving the situation.Despite being the beneficiary of the game’s major talking point, Pochettino sounded a similarly cautionary tone to Sarri – the ex-Espanyol boss having not enjoyed what he has seen from VAR in La Liga.”I don’t like, I don’t like,” he told Sky Sports . “Today we get the benefit but watching another league like La Liga, no one is happy.”For me the benefit is nice, but I am not happy doing it like this”I prefer the technology but in a different way – being clear about how we are going to use.”I am pro-technology, you cannot stop evolution. But waiting how we wait for the benefit like this…”I think it is not clear how we use the rules. The photos we use, we have to be clear how we use them.” Mauricio: “We were very competitive, but we can do better. Of course we need to be happy but the second leg is going to be completely different.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/9da0BkIn8Z — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 8, 2019 Pochettino added: “I am watching La Liga every week and no one is happy – the big clubs or the small clubs. That is a good example for us.”We still have six months to improve that system.”last_img read more

Formula One waits for Mercedes’ driver announcement

first_imgThe time for talking is fast approaching as Mercedes start a new year with Formula One waiting for a big announcement about who is going to replace retired world champion Nico Rosberg alongside Lewis Hamilton.The team made clear before the Christmas break that they would have nothing to say before the full return to work on Tuesday.There is evidence, however, to suggest the decision is all but made. (Also read: Mercedes to wait until 2017 on Nico Rosberg replacement)According to the motorsport.com website, Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas was at the Mercedes factory at Brackley before Christmas to meet team engineers and try out the cockpit of the 2017 car.Bottas has raced for Mercedes-powered Williams since his Formula One debut in 2013 and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, a former Williams shareholder, has also been involved with the 27-year-old’s management team. (Also read: Nico Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell)The Finn is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Rosberg, who quit unexpectedly last month only five days after winning his first title, but other elements may need to slide into place before a deal can be announced.One would be for Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa to agree to abandon his announced retirement and return to Williams as Bottas’s replacement.Claire Williams, deputy principal of the team founded by her father, indicated last month that Williams would be open to Bottas leaving if “an experienced, credible alternative was available” – such as the 35-year-old Massa.Pascal Wehrlein, the 22-year-old Mercedes reserve driver who might have expected to take Rosberg’s place but lacks experience, is another piece of the jigsaw.advertisementThe young German raced for tail-enders Manor last year, scoring the only point for a financially-challenged team whose future remains uncertain, but is expected to join Ferrari-engined Sauber alongside Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson.Wolff, in his final words to the team before the break, gave no clues but emphasised that Mercedes’ best interests would always come first.”Our position in the spotlight puts every decision taken and every word spoken under an intense microscope,” said the Austrian. “They are debated passionately among our fans and interpreted by the media.”But there has been enough talking, now. This is the period for calm and considered reflection, to savour our achievements and prepare for the next campaign.”With testing due to start in Spain late next month, ahead of the opening race in Australia on March 26, the factories are now entering their busiest period. The time for reflection is coming to an end.last_img read more

Actress Trisha in Jallikattu row, says never opposed the sport

first_imgChennai, Jan 14 (PTI) Targeted by pro-Jallikattu groups for her association with animal rights group PETA which opposes the bull taming sport, actress Trisha today said she has never spoken against Jallikattu.Some Jallikattu supporters yesterday briefly picketed the site of the shooting of Tamil film “Garjanai”, starring Trisha, in Sivaganga district, though the actress was not present there at that time.Abusive text messages accompanied with images of Trisha wearing a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) T-shirt have gone viral on social media.The actress today asked if such an attitude was in line with Tamil culture.Supporters of Jallikattu have, while opposing the ban on the sport, maintained that it is part of their tradition.”Disrespecting a woman and her family is Tamil culture? You should be ashamed to call urself a Tamilian or even speak about Tamil culture,” the actress said in another tweet.”Secondly, I have never spoken against Jallikattu at any given point. Thank u @iam_str for making my stand clear and talking up for me as always (sic),” she tweeted.She thanked Tamil actor Simbu (@iam_str) for standing up for her. Actor Simbu had said Trisha did not know that PETA will oppose Jallikattu. He had said it will be appropriate to talk about her good work in adopting homeless street dogs.Trisha is an animal lover and advocate of animal rights. She had appeared in PETA advertisements supporting adoption of homeless dogs.PETA had been opposing Jallikattu and yesterday wrote to the President and the Prime Minister arguing against any ordinance for holding the bull taming sport in the state as demanded by the state government and others. The group has come under severe attack from Jallikattu supporters who even demanded that PETA be banned. PTI VGN BN RTadvertisementlast_img read more

Australia’s 1987 World Cup winners to receive their medals 30 years after triumph

first_imgThe first Australia squad to win the ICC Cricket World Cup (ICC CWC) will receive the winners’ medals on Sunday, almost 30 years after their triumph.Allan Border’s side won the fourth edition of the tournament in India and Pakistan in 1987, beating England by seven runs in the final in what was then known as Calcutta.But although they were presented with a trophy, the 14 players, together with coach Bob Simpson, team manager Alan Crompton and physiotherapist Errol Alcott, never received any commemorative medal to mark their achievement.That omission will be corrected on Sunday when the squad is presented with the medals during the break between innings in Sunday’s One-Day International (ODI) Series match between Australia and Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The presentation, to be made by Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman and International Cricket Council (ICC) Director David Peever, follows a decision of the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee in June 2016 to award medals to players and support staff of all World Cup-winning squads who did not receive them at the time of their successes.Until 2003, host Members were responsible for the staging of World Cups and the ICC was not directly involved.The ceremony in Sydney is part of a 30-year reunion celebration for the squad and their partners which also includes a private dinner, hosted by Peever, CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland and Pat Howard, CA’s Executive General Manager Team Performance.The group will also be hosted at the Sydney ODI before receiving their medals.Commenting on the award of the medals and CA’s staging of the 30-year reunion, Peever said: “The members of the 1987 ICC Cricket World Cup-winning squad were trailblazers.advertisement”They made the country proud, created a belief and restored the winning culture that successive generations of players who followed were able to build upon.”They were worthy winners of a hard-fought tournament, beating India in India, Pakistan in Pakistan and England – then, perhaps, the best ODI side in the world and one that had beaten Australia in two separate limited-overs tournaments less than a year earlier – in the final.”The victory enjoyed by Allan Border, his players and the support staff truly was the start of a wonderful era of success for Australian cricket, an era that can be traced back to that month in the subcontinent, so it’s wholly appropriate they are recognised in this way.”Following its triumph in 1987, Australia subsequently won the ICC World Cups in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015, making it the most successful country in the history of the tournament.Allan Border said: “I’m so proud that the players and support staff of our 1987 win have been recognised in this way.”We never thought about medals or anything like that at the time it was just about winning the tournament but to get this acknowledgement now is a recognition of what we achieved during that month in India and Pakistan and we’re grateful to Cricket Australia and the ICC for this being done.”It’s terrific to get together again as a group, relive those days and have a laugh but also realise what it was we achieved in becoming the first Australia side to win the World Cup.”It’s an achievement that binds all 17 of us together and something we all look back on with not just pride but also a great deal of satisfaction.”It was agreed at the June 2016 CEC meeting that the ICC would provide the medals for squads lacking them, while the winning ICC Member in Sunday’s case, Cricket Australia would organise the commemorative ceremony.The ICC has established that the winning men’s squads from 1975 (when the West Indies beat Australia) and 1996 (when Sri Lanka beat Australia) also failed to receive medals and will supply them to the two Boards, whose responsibility it will be to distribute them to their past players and support staff.last_img read more

Australian Open: Stan Wawrinka consoles himself in defeat to “greatest ever” Roger Federer

first_imgStan Wawrinka bowed out sore, sad and a semi-final loser at the Australian Open on Thursday but consoled himself that it was “the greatest player ever” who pushed him out the door after a classic five-set duel.Two sets down and facing a stinging defeat by compatriot and friend Roger Federer, fourth seed Wawrinka roared back into the match in a furious assault of power hitting before surrendering 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.With Federer the sentimental favourite and the crowd firmly in his corner, Wawrinka held break points at 1-1 and 2-2 in the nerve-shredding final set but the chances went begging. (Australian Open: Bring on Rafael Nadal, says excited Roger Federer, ahead of final push)Under pressure on his own serve, Wawrinka crumbled in the sixth game with a double-fault that gifted Federer the decisive break, and the 35-year-old marched on to a sixth final at Melbourne Park.”I don’t know what to say. I mean, I cannot just be happy to win two sets against Roger,” Wawrinka told reporters, his bid for a fourth grand slam title crushed. (Australian Open: Expect little neutrality in Swiss civil war)”I’m proud of myself, of the fight I gave tonight and all the tournament. I think there are a lot of positives from this tournament, from Brisbane, from the month already.”For sure I’m really sad and disappointed …But at the end I know I tried everything on the court.”Wawrinka carried a knee injury into the match and had it strapped during a medical timeout after smashing his racket in a rage on losing the second set. (Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka to reach final)advertisementBut the straight-talking Swiss said it had played no part in the match.He was also up against the crowd, but could hardly begrudge them for rallying behind the veteran Federer, who will bid for a record 18th grand slam singles title on Sunday more than four years after winning his 17th.”Yeah, I think the fact that he was out for six months also, fans and people in general missed him on the tour. So the fact that he come back, that he’s playing, for sure,” Wawrinka said. (Australian Open: Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka advances to semifinals)”Everyone wants even more to see him play, to see him win… He’s flying on the court. He’s playing amazing tennis. He’s the best player ever.”last_img read more

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney could miss League Cup final with muscle injury

first_imgManchester United skipper Wayne Rooney could miss Sunday’s League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley after manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the striker was still struggling with a muscle injury.Rooney, United’s all-time top scorer, has not played since the start of February and missed Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Blackburn Rovers. (No one will beat Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United record, says Sir Alex Ferguson)”I don’t know,” Mourinho told reporters when asked if Rooney would be fit to face Southampton in the final.Mourinho also ruled Rooney and defender Phil Jones out of United’s Europa League last-32 match at St Etienne on Wednesday. United have a 3-0 lead from the first leg of the tie. (Wayne Rooney sets Manchester United scoring record; Manchester City, Tottenham draw)”Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover,” the manager added. “Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday.”United, who have won the League Cup four times before, beat Hull City 2-0 at Old Trafford before losing 2-1 away in the semi-final to progress to the final with a 3-2 aggregate score. (Man United captain Rooney justifies benching)Southampton beat Liverpool 1-0 both home and away in the semis to book their first major Wembley final since losing to Nottingham Forest in the 1979 League Cup final.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Dwayne Bravo’s injury big concern for Gujarat Lions ahead of auction

first_imgSuresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions are praying hard for their star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s speedy recovery as they prepare for the Indian Premier League player auction scheduled in Bangalore on Monday.Bravo suffered hamstring injury in December last year during the Big Bash League in Australia. He underwent surgery last month and is still on the road to recovery. (IPL 2017 auction: Focus on Ishant Sharma and Afghanistan players )”We are keeping our fingers crossed. Bravo may not be available for the full season. I am in constant touch with him as he is undergoing the final phase of rehab in Miami,” Keshav Bansal, owner of Gujarat Lions, told India Today a day before the auction.With his extremely effective death bowling, Bravo played a big role in taking Gujarat Lions to the playoffs in their very first season in 2016. He took 17 wickets from 15 matches and along with Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and fellow West Indian Dwayne Smith, provided a perfect mix of Indian talent and foreign experience to his franchise.With over Rs 14 crore in their balance purse, Gujarat Lions are hoping to go into the auction with the main aim of strengthening their bowling line-up. The team has already released star South African pacer Dale Steyn this season.”That’s an area we are looking at in particular,” says Bansal. “Everyone knows that spinners have a big role to play in the IPL. I have a few names in my mind which I would not like to reveal right now. The team management will take the final call.”advertisementThe teams can have a maximum of 27 players, including nine overseas players.Gujarat have brought in former India player Mohammad Kaif as a deputy to head coach Brad Hodge this season.”We have always believed in honing Indian talent not just when it comes to selecting players but also the coaching staff. Kaif is a big plus to our team. We are looking forward to see him make a valuable contribution,” said Bansal.last_img read more

Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his comments on Indian skipper’s injury

first_imgFormer Australia batsman and current coach of Gujarat Lions IPL team, Brad Hodge, has apologised to Virat Kohli and Indian fans for his nasty comments on the Indian skipper’s shoulder injury. (Virat Kohli missed Dharamsala Test to save himself for IPL? Brad Hodge thinks so)Kohli had pulled out of the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia as he was not 100 percent fit after injuring his shoulder during the third match in Ranchi. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s dream season comes to an abrupt end in Dharamsala)ALSO WATCH: IPL 2016 Throwback: When Virat Kohli shattered IPL records with 973 runs  Reacting to Kohli’s injury, Hodge had said it would be “pretty dirty” of Kohli if he turns out for the IPL opening match as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. (Virat Kohli doubtful for start of Indian Premier League season 10)”You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing,” Hodge was quoted by ‘Daily Telegraph’ as having told Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)”Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, Bangalore, at Chinnaswamy Stadium – you’d be pretty dirty if you did not front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia – which has been pretty spiteful as well,” said Hodge who played five Tests and 25 ODIs between 2005 and 2008. (Virat Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’)advertisement”You would think that your captain would get out there and get among the fight and get in there.” (Virat Kohli has ensured India won’t ever back down: Michael Clarke to India Today)Hodge hoped the Indian skipper would not turn out to be like the many cricketers who have “limped” into the lucrative IPL. (Stats: Seven successive Test series wins for Virat Kohli’s Team India)It’s happened before. Not just Virat but there’s many players that have come up to IPL time and again. look, we know it’s a cash rich tournament, there’s some money up for grabs. He (Kohli) gets paid a helluva lot of money anyway, so it does not matter, but there are certain players that will limp in, to IPL time, to make sure they get there and perform well, because it is an important tournament for everyone around the world.”The Australian’s comments drew the ire of many including that of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who criticised Hodge on social media.T 2477 – Brad Hodge says ‘Virat skipped 4th to play IPL’ .. RUBBISH ! he did it to tell you that his team can wallop you even without him ! pic.twitter.com/FVxFpYcgEq- Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2017Hodge on Thursday posted an apology letter on his Twitter account. He said he never wanted to hurt anyone and were just light hearted comments.pic.twitter.com/JHtVhXH7FH- Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) March 29, 2017Kohli meanwhile, is doubtful for the start of the tenth edition of the IPL, beginning April 5.After India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 against the Steve Smith-led side, Kohli revealed that he needs few more weeks to be back in action.”It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100% on the field.But these things happen in your career. You have to take it in your stride and move forward,” he said in a post-match presentation.Kohli has missed only one game for the RCB, which was way back in the inaugural season in 2008.last_img read more

IOC denies covering up 2008 Olympic doping cases

first_imgThe IOC denied Monday that it covered up doping cases from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a German TV program revealed that positive tests by Jamaican sprinters were not prosecuted.German documentary maker Hajo Seppelt said “several” of the Caribbean island’s athletes had traces of clenbuterol, a banned muscle-building substance, in recent re-tests of 8-year-old urine samples.No athletes were identified. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three gold medals in world-record times and was the star of the Beijing Games.The IOC said on Monday it concluded there was no pattern of organized cheating, after consulting the World Anti-Doping Agency.”After careful consideration, WADA informed the IOC further to the pattern analysis that the IOC had conducted that WADA could not find any significant and consistent pattern of abuse of clenbuterol in these cases and that it would be appropriate not to take these cases any further,” the IOC said in a statement.The low levels of clenbuterol found, “below 1ng/ml,” was in the range to suggest “potential meat contamination cases,” the IOC said.China has a reputation for using clenbuterol in livestock farming to increase animals’ muscle, and Olympic athletes were warned of contamination risks before going to Beijing.Without naming Jamaica, the IOC said the number of clenbuterol cases in the re-tests was widespread.”During the re-analysis of the stored urine samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, the laboratory found in a number of cases of athletes from a number of countries and from a number of different sports, very low levels of clenbuterol,” the IOC said in a statement.advertisementThe World Anti-Doping Agency cited a legal precedent when FIFA did not prosecute more than 100 positive tests for clenbuterol among players at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011 in Mexico, which also has a reputation for using the drug in farming.”We acknowledge that the clenbuterol meat contamination issue is unsatisfactory,” WADA director general Olivier Niggli said in a WADA statement. “We will continue to invest in scientific research to try to solve this issue as quickly as possible.”Seppelt and German network ARD have consistently revealed and reported on doping scandals, including working with whistleblowers to expose systematic cheating in Russian track and field.Clenbuterol is best known as the substance that cost Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador the 2010 Tour de France title. Contador claimed his positive test was caused by contaminated beef brought to France from Spain. A Court for Arbitration for Sport panel judged that he did not intend to dope, and had ingested a contaminated supplement. Contador served a two-year ban and was stripped of the 2010 Tour win.last_img read more

7 Deadly Sins of Website Design

first_imgIs your website a design glutton? Does it lust after unnecessary rich internet applications? Here’s how to get it on the path to redemption.In his epic poem, “The Divine Comedy,” Dante Alighieri outlined — based on earlier religious writings — what Christians call the “seven deadly sins,” a classification of vices to educate and instruct followers due to man’s tendency to stray from the righteous path. Centuries later, these sins — gluttony, envy, lust, pride, sloth, anger and greed — still remain front and center in theology and have also been a source of inspiration for writers, artists and filmmakers.But webmasters as well? Over the years, I have seen my fair share of websites, both good and bad. Interestingly enough, there’s often more to be learned from “sinful” websites — those that violate clear principles of good website design, create frustrating experiences for visitors, drive customers away and damage their overall brands or businesses. Although the consequences of website sins may not include eternal damnation, many businesses are committing these same seven deadly sins online, thereby diminishing their ability to connect with prospects and customers.Let’s take a look at how each sin applies to the fundamental do’s and don’ts of website design.GluttonyGluttony is the overindulgence of anything to the point of waste and is often used in the context of eating. Although web businesses may not have an eating disorder, they often become gluttons of content. All too often, websites feature too much stuff — a cluttered design, too many links or a layout that looks like it was designed by committee.Every page on your website should have a goal — a purpose. If you can’t clearly articulate that purpose, then maybe you shouldn’t have that page. Crowded sites usually distract visitors from getting to that goal, which may be reading the most important information, clicking on the essential link, registering for the email newsletter, buying your product and so on.In most cases, less is more. Identify the most important value statements, and then layer additional content so that visitors who want extra information can click to access. Time and time again, multivariable experiments have demonstrated that reducing the amount of copy, reducing the number of required forms in a field or just generally de-cluttering a site can improve conversion rates.EnvyEnvy is about wanting what others have. In business, this often translates to the temptation to imitate other companies, including competitors. Certainly, there may be sites that you admire, and online design and marketing practitioners should always seek out best practices. However, you need to resist the urge to copy or use similar design principles or incorporate every cool new widget that others are employing. Trying new ideas is always good and should be encouraged, but remember the fundamentals:Who are your visitors?What are they looking for?What content and technology helps them walk down a certain path?Not all companies need to be on the bleeding edge. In fact, we’ve seen instances where companies have added Web 2.0 functionality, only to see their conversion rates actually drop after implementation.It is best to keep in mind that what works for other companies, including your competitors, may not work for your audience. Very often, winning designs and elements are counterintuitive. For example, my company worked with an online retailer that insisted that its order buttons be a certain color — not because of branding reasons, but because of assumed best practices. The company thought green would be the best color because “green means go, and red means stop.” Well, through an optimization experiment, we indeed learned that the red button actually performed better and increased conversions.LustIt’s hard to imagine a website being lustful (assuming you are not in one of those industries). However, sites often attempt to be “sexy” — trying really hard to get your attention, perhaps by being overly flashy. Like the sin of being envious of the next cool technology, we have found that many sites tend to overuse, or improperly use, technologies like Flash and video. Rich internet applications (RIAs) are certainly the wave of the future, and if used well, they can provide a truly engaging and informative experience for your customers.Unfortunately, more often than not, these “rich” applications can distract visitors from the true goal of the site. For example, we’ve seen companies insert video in the middle of the shopping cart path. Imagine standing in a check-out line at the grocery store, anxious to get home and cook dinner, and the clerk tells you to “watch this short movie before checking out.” Before implementing RIAs, ask yourself, “Does this help move the visitor along the intended business path?” Like the “less is more” principle outlined in the sin of gluttony, often simpler navigation and simpler presentation of content maximize conversion rates.PrideIn religious references, pride — the excessive love of self — is often considered the most serious of the seven deadly sins. This is actually consistent with one of the long-time axioms of marketing: understand your customers and speak from their point of view. Yet despite this axiom, many companies have a self-focused web presence that talks about their own businesses, not about their customers’ issues. Successful websites are not purely about the company but rather should speak from the visitors’ perspective.If your mission statement starts with something like, “We strive to be the best at… ,” then you are already off base. Don’t be in love with what you already have, and don’t assume your customers know what you know. Many seasoned web designers would be surprised to learn how often customers claim it is difficult to find crucial information on websites — information that designers always thought was in an obvious location.Another example of pride is a bit more literal. Have you visited a website that prominently displays the CEO’s photo on the homepage? Fortunately, this is not done often, but when it is, the marketer likely has little political recourse. (“Hey boss, you’re great, but let’s get your ugly mug off the website.”). However, in multiple experiments that we have conducted with clients, every time the CEO’s picture was removed, visitor conversions went up. Unless the CEO is famous and recognizable and the association with him or her adds credibility to your business, lose the ego and the photo.SlothAlthough this sin is my personal favorite — particularly on a Sunday afternoon during football season — there are a number of ways sloth manifests itself online and hurts your business. First and foremost is the technical side of sloth:Does your site take a long time to load?Does the design of the site, including the inclusion of rich applications, create a slow, frustrating experience for your visitors?Sloth can also be fairly literal, as in laziness in responding to your customers. Recently, I sent an email to the customer service department of a big online retail chain through a link on their site (a link that was difficult to find, by the way). By the time the company responded, four days later, I’d already deserted its site and purchased my item from one of its competitors.But perhaps most important — and certainly most prevalent — is the lazy tendency of businesses to treat online visitors as if they are all alike. Today, excellent technologies exist to provide a targeted, relevant experience to visitor segments. Visitor segments can be defined by a host of criteria (e.g., how they got to your site, demographics, location, time, day, etc.). It is frankly just slothful not to take the relatively small amount of time, energy and money required to provide the best experience for all of your visitors. Improving customer targeting and engagement alone will make a dramatic improvement in your online business.AngerWhile it is fairly self-evident that a company should not show anger toward its customers, we sometimes see companies patronizing or scaring their visitors. The former often manifests when a company’s site is too pushy or tries to hard-sell its visitors. For example, the website of Lenox Financial Mortgage proudly states, “It’s the biggest no brainer in the history of mankind.” Really? I’d hardly call a mortgage the biggest no brainer in the history of mankind. Even before the current financial meltdown, this was a ridiculous statement. Never talk down to your customer. Once a visitor sees a headline like this, the company immediately loses credibility, and the visitor goes elsewhere.In the context of scaring customers, website optimization experiments have shown that negative assurance language (e.g., “no spam” or “no spyware”) often decreases conversion rates. This negative assurance language may only inform visitors of a problem they didn’t know they had and make them think twice before buying. By the way, our website optimization tests show that positive assurance language like “satisfaction guaranteed” tends to work.GreedIn the movie “Wall Street,” Gordon Gekko famously declared, “Greed is good.” The impact of this mindset may be particularly acute in the context of the current financial crisis, and as you can imagine, greed is often “bad” on the web. This may manifest itself in websites asking their visitors for too much information. For example, we’ve seen many website forms asking for a fax number. Do you really need a visitor’s fax number? If you can cut down on the information you require the visitor to provide, conversion rates will almost always go up. For example, Delta Air Lines made some simple changes to a web form on its site, including removal of the “suffix” name field, and those changes drove a dramatic increase in revenue.Always ask yourself if you are requiring visitors to commit too much before being allowed to work with you. For example, do they really need to register before viewing some of your content?Another way that businesses demonstrate greed online is the obsessive pursuit of search engine optimization (SEO). Although a strong SEO strategy should be a cornerstone of your web presence, very often businesses load up their site with content for SEO purposes. Greed for the Google spider often creates a bad experience for the humans visiting your site.The path to heavenMost companies that step back and honestly evaluate their websites quickly discover that they are bigger sinners than they had realized. Redemption is often only achieved by a comprehensive program of website optimization through multivariable testing and content targeting. This helps you discover what works for each of your customer segments, provides an engaging experience for all visitors and supports your online business goals. Whether you are a religious person or not, walking the righteous road and avoiding these deadly — yet common — sins will ultimately lead to website design salvation.Seth Rosenblatt is vice president of product marketing at Interwoven.Seth’s BioAs Vice President of Product Marketing for Interwoven’s Web Solutions business, Seth leads the team responsible for understanding the intersection between technology solutions and the need for modern businesses to transform and grow their online presence, build and strengthen customer engagement, and drive a truly global business.This article first appeared on www.imediaconnection.com.last_img read more

11 Steps to Social Networking Success (Hampton Roads)

first_imgOn February 6, 2009, I had the honor to present at the 8th Annual Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. At the bottom of this article is a PDF copy of the slides for this presentation.last_img

50 Resources for Getting the Most Out of Google Analytics

first_imgFor BeginnersThe following list of links will help you get started with Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented by Google Analytics.How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo’s how-to guide for beginners.A beginner’s guide to Google Analytics, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – A series of detailed posts walking you through Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented.Getting to Know Your Google Analytics Dashboard – The title says it all! This is a brief post with one goal: to introduce you to the Google Analytics dashboard.Google Analytics for Beginners: How to Make the Most of Your Traffic Reports – This guide doesn’t cover setup, but it does a great job of helping you to better understand the data being presented.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 1: Setup – A video presentation that walks you through Google Analytics setup.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 2: Essential Stats – A video presentation that introduces you to some of the most important data being presented in Google Analytics.Tips & TricksIf you’re already fairly familiar with Google Analytics and you’re ready to dig deeper and learn more about how to make use of the information that is available to you with Google Analytics, this list of tips & tricks is for you.Google Analytics Tips for SEO – This posts looks at how to use some of Googles new features for Search Engine Optimization.8 Useful Google Analytics Tips – This is a great list of tips for someone who has been using Google Analytics and is ready to take it to the next level and/or overcome some of its shortcomings.Web Analytics Demystified – While this post isn’t about Google Analytics specifically, it is a great primer on understanding how to use the data presented by Google Analytics and it uses examples and screenshots from Google Analytics for many of the descriptions.You Cut Quite a Profile – A guest post on the Google Analytics Blog about how to set up multiple profiles in order to filter down certain segments of your data.5 tips for using Google Analytics – A quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.3 Quick Tips to Tag and Track with Google Analytics – A great post on how to segment, track, and tag site visitors.Google Analytics Tagging Demystified – A how-to post on the use of tagging in Google Analytics.5 tips for getting the most out of Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out Google Analytics.Get the most out of your Google Analytics – This post gives you an overall idea of what Google Analytics can tell you by asking some simple questions and showing you how Google Analytics can help you answer them.Getting More out of Google Analytics Goals – A post on the importance of setting up goals in Google Analytics and how to do it.Goal Setting Example with Google Analytics – Another post on setting goals in Google Analytics.Getting the most out of Search Log Analysis and Google Analytics – A post that explains what “Search analytics”, search log analysis and clickstream analysis are and why they are so important.How to analyze results in Google Analytics – As the title suggest this post looks at how to analyze the data that Google Analytics provides.Top Tips for Using Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorials: All Together – A list of several video tutorials that include some of the more advanced features of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tip: Learn How They Found That 1 Page – This post will tell you how to find out how visitors found a single page on your site, which can be useful for figuring out why traffic on your site may have spiked on a certain day, for example.Install Google Analytics Site Search In 5 Steps – This post shows you how to set up the Site Search feature in Google Analytics, which will allow you to analyze your internal search phrases as opposed to those from search engines.Google Analytics Site Search: Working with the Data – A follow up to the above post that explains the data from your internal site searches.Google Analytics Videos on YouTube – A list of official Google Analytics videos that are on YouTube from the Google Analytics Blog.Advanced Use of Google Analytics and the new interface – A great post about some of the more advanced uses of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorial Part 2 – A follow up to the above post that answers questions posed to the author.Tracking social networks with Google Analytics using filters – This post shows you how to set up a filter that will allow you to look at visits from various social networks.The Huge Collection of Google Analytics Tips – A long list of Google Analytics tips and tricks.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part One) – This is the first in a series of posts about advanced uses of Google Analytics. This post covers how to setup and define goals.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Two) – This second post shows you how to set up funnels in Google Analytics.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Three) – This third post explains how to track “things that don’t have a distinct page view associated with them.”Plugins, Hacks & AdditionsWant to learn how to get even more out of and extend Google Analytics by extending it with third party plugins, additions and hacks? This list of links is for you.The Ultimate Google Analytics Plugins, Hacks and Tips Collection – A long list of links and descriptions regarding ways you can get more out of Google Analytics.Using MooTools to Instruct Google Analytics to Track Outbound Links – Shows you how to use MooTools to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.Use jQuery with Google Analytics to Track Clicks on Outgoing Links From Your Site – Shows you how to use jQuery to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.4 Tools to Get More from your Google Analytics – A list of 4 scripts that can be used to enhance Google Analytics using the GreaseMonkey Firefox extension.How to track downloads in Google Analytics automatically – A post on how to track links to documents and outbound links.Google Analytics on iPhone – Shows you how to get your Google Analytics data to display on your iPhone using an web-based application in development by a German developer named Sergej Mueller.7 Google Analytics Plug Ins & Reports You Probably Didn’t Know About – Links to scripts, plugins and reports gleaned from a Google event that the author attended.Google Analytics for WordPress – A plugin for adding Google Analytics to your WordPress blog.New & Advanced FeaturesIn October 2008 Google started to release enterprise-class features to Google Analytics. Some of these features include Advanced Segmentation, Custom Reports and Motion Charts. In November 2008 Google also announced a simplified solution for tracking Flash content. The links below will introduce you to these features and show you how you can use them.More Enterprise-Class Features Added To Google Analytics – A post from the Google Analytics Blog that introduces the enterprise-class features that were added to Google Analytics in October 2008.Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja! – A very detailed post on how to use the new Advanced Segmentation features in Google Analytics.Google Analytics Advanced Segmentation: The Allegory of the Cave – Describes the new Advanced Segmentation features through Socrates The Allegory of the Cave.A deeper look at Advanced Segmentation – Another detailed post about the new Advanced Segmentation features directly from the Google Analytics Blog.The new features are now available in your account! Let’s take a deeper look, starting with Motion Charts – The Google Analytics Blog takes a detailed look at the new Motion Charts feature in Google Analytics.Motion Charts in Google Analytics – A video presentation demonstrating the new Motion Charts feature.Google Analytics Benchmarking: Tutorial, and Things that Make You Go Hmmmmm… – A humorous, yet very useful post on how to set up and use Google Analytics Benchmarking feature.Make a date with data in Google Analytics – While not yet fully implemented, Google has integrated Google AdSense data into Google Analytics and this post from the Google AdSense Blog describes this new feature.Google AdSense Reports to Appear in Google Analytics – A series of screenshots showing Google AdSense data that has been integrated into Google Analytics. This was posted when there was still some speculation around Google releasing this feature, but the screenshots show you what this new feature looks like.Want to track Adobe Flash? Now you can! – Here is the announcement from the Google Analytics Blog regarding the simplified solution for tracking Flash content that they released in November 2008.Source: KISSMetrics Blog,Google Analytics is a very useful free tool for tracking site statistics. For most users, however, it never becomes more than just a pretty interface with intersting graphs. The resources below will help anyone, from the beginner to those who have been using Google Analytics for some time, learn how to get the most out of this great tool. Google Analytics is a very useful free tool for tracking site statistics. For most users, however, it never becomes more than just a pretty interface with intersting graphs. The resources below will help anyone, from the beginner to those who have been using Google Analytics for some time, learn how to get the most out of this great tool. For BeginnersThe following list of links will help you get started with Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented by Google Analytics.How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo’s how-to guide for beginners.A beginner’s guide to Google Analytics, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 – A series of detailed posts walking you through Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented.Getting to Know Your Google Analytics Dashboard – The title says it all! This is a brief post with one goal: to introduce you to the Google Analytics dashboard.Google Analytics for Beginners: How to Make the Most of Your Traffic Reports – This guide doesn’t cover setup, but it does a great job of helping you to better understand the data being presented.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 1: Setup – A video presentation that walks you through Google Analytics setup.Google Analytics Video Tutorial 2: Essential Stats – A video presentation that introduces you to some of the most important data being presented in Google Analytics.Tips & TricksIf you’re already fairly familiar with Google Analytics and you’re ready to dig deeper and learn more about how to make use of the information that is available to you with Google Analytics, this list of tips & tricks is for you.Google Analytics Tips for SEO – This posts looks at how to use some of Googles new features for Search Engine Optimization.8 Useful Google Analytics Tips – This is a great list of tips for someone who has been using Google Analytics and is ready to take it to the next level and/or overcome some of its shortcomings.Web Analytics Demystified – While this post isn’t about Google Analytics specifically, it is a great primer on understanding how to use the data presented by Google Analytics and it uses examples and screenshots from Google Analytics for many of the descriptions.You Cut Quite a Profile – A guest post on the Google Analytics Blog about how to set up multiple profiles in order to filter down certain segments of your data.5 tips for using Google Analytics – A quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.3 Quick Tips to Tag and Track with Google Analytics – A great post on how to segment, track, and tag site visitors.Google Analytics Tagging Demystified – A how-to post on the use of tagging in Google Analytics.5 tips for getting the most out of Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out Google Analytics.Get the most out of your Google Analytics – This post gives you an overall idea of what Google Analytics can tell you by asking some simple questions and showing you how Google Analytics can help you answer them.Getting More out of Google Analytics Goals – A post on the importance of setting up goals in Google Analytics and how to do it.Goal Setting Example with Google Analytics – Another post on setting goals in Google Analytics.Getting the most out of Search Log Analysis and Google Analytics – A post that explains what “Search analytics”, search log analysis and clickstream analysis are and why they are so important.How to analyze results in Google Analytics – As the title suggest this post looks at how to analyze the data that Google Analytics provides.Top Tips for Using Google Analytics – Another quick set of tips for getting more out of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorials: All Together – A list of several video tutorials that include some of the more advanced features of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tip: Learn How They Found That 1 Page – This post will tell you how to find out how visitors found a single page on your site, which can be useful for figuring out why traffic on your site may have spiked on a certain day, for example.Install Google Analytics Site Search In 5 Steps – This post shows you how to set up the Site Search feature in Google Analytics, which will allow you to analyze your internal search phrases as opposed to those from search engines.Google Analytics Site Search: Working with the Data – A follow up to the above post that explains the data from your internal site searches.Google Analytics Videos on YouTube – A list of official Google Analytics videos that are on YouTube from the Google Analytics Blog.Advanced Use of Google Analytics and the new interface – A great post about some of the more advanced uses of Google Analytics.Google Analytics Tutorial Part 2 – A follow up to the above post that answers questions posed to the author.Tracking social networks with Google Analytics using filters – This post shows you how to set up a filter that will allow you to look at visits from various social networks.The Huge Collection of Google Analytics Tips – A long list of Google Analytics tips and tricks.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part One) – This is the first in a series of posts about advanced uses of Google Analytics. This post covers how to setup and define goals.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Two) – This second post shows you how to set up funnels in Google Analytics.Advanced Google Analytics: Conversion Goals (Part Three) – This third post explains how to track “things that don’t have a distinct page view associated with them.”Plugins, Hacks & AdditionsWant to learn how to get even more out of and extend Google Analytics by extending it with third party plugins, additions and hacks? This list of links is for you.The Ultimate Google Analytics Plugins, Hacks and Tips Collection – A long list of links and descriptions regarding ways you can get more out of Google Analytics.Using MooTools to Instruct Google Analytics to Track Outbound Links – Shows you how to use MooTools to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.Use jQuery with Google Analytics to Track Clicks on Outgoing Links From Your Site – Shows you how to use jQuery to track clicks on links to other sites from your site.4 Tools to Get More from your Google Analytics – A list of 4 scripts that can be used to enhance Google Analytics using the GreaseMonkey Firefox extension.How to track downloads in Google Analytics automatically – A post on how to track links to documents and outbound links.Google Analytics on iPhone – Shows you how to get your Google Analytics data to display on your iPhone using an web-based application in development by a German developer named Sergej Mueller.7 Google Analytics Plug Ins & Reports You Probably Didn’t Know About – Links to scripts, plugins and reports gleaned from a Google event that the author attended.Google Analytics for WordPress – A plugin for adding Google Analytics to your WordPress blog.New & Advanced FeaturesIn October 2008 Google started to release enterprise-class features to Google Analytics. Some of these features include Advanced Segmentation, Custom Reports and Motion Charts. In November 2008 Google also announced a simplified solution for tracking Flash content. The links below will introduce you to these features and show you how you can use them.More Enterprise-Class Features Added To Google Analytics – A post from the Google Analytics Blog that introduces the enterprise-class features that were added to Google Analytics in October 2008.Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja! – A very detailed post on how to use the new Advanced Segmentation features in Google Analytics.Google Analytics Advanced Segmentation: The Allegory of the Cave – Describes the new Advanced Segmentation features through Socrates The Allegory of the Cave.A deeper look at Advanced Segmentation – Another detailed post about the new Advanced Segmentation features directly from the Google Analytics Blog.The new features are now available in your account! Let’s take a deeper look, starting with Motion Charts – The Google Analytics Blog takes a detailed look at the new Motion Charts feature in Google Analytics.Motion Charts in Google Analytics – A video presentation demonstrating the new Motion Charts feature.Google Analytics Benchmarking: Tutorial, and Things that Make You Go Hmmmmm… – A humorous, yet very useful post on how to set up and use Google Analytics Benchmarking feature.Make a date with data in Google Analytics – While not yet fully implemented, Google has integrated Google AdSense data into Google Analytics and this post from the Google AdSense Blog describes this new feature.Google AdSense Reports to Appear in Google Analytics – A series of screenshots showing Google AdSense data that has been integrated into Google Analytics. This was posted when there was still some speculation around Google releasing this feature, but the screenshots show you what this new feature looks like.Want to track Adobe Flash? Now you can! – Here is the announcement from the Google Analytics Blog regarding the simplified solution for tracking Flash content that they released in November 2008.Source: KISSMetrics Bloglast_img read more

What Nonprofits Need to Know about Facebook Promoted Posts

first_imgDo nonprofits have to pay to get their content seen on Facebook?  We wanted to get the scoop, so Network for Good’s Katya Andresen turned to Facebook expert, John Haydon. He provided easy-to-understand, practical insight on the most common questions about Promoted Posts on Facebook.Katya: Do you have to pay to play to have success on Facebook these days? Should you do promoted posts and if so, how?John: No, you do not have to pay to play to have success on Facebook these days. But you do have to publish awesome content. Again, Edgerank is nothing new for Facebook Pages. Updates from Pages have never reached all of their fans. But Pages with awesome content reach more of their fans, and some even go further than that, like George Tekai’s page.Promoted posts are certainly an option to reach more fans. However, promoting posts alone will not create success. As you know, you have to do many things right to be truly effective on social media.As Alison Carlman points out in her experiment on using Promoted Posts, you have to have a goal, and you have to measure what works for your organization. They also learned that Promoted Posts did increase engagement and net revenue on posts they promoted.How to think about promoted postsWith promoted posts, all you’re paying for is an increase in reach. There is no guarantee that you’ll get more comments, likes and shares, even though that’s what you want for long-term success (the more comments, likes and shares you get on a post, the more you’re leveraging true word of mouth).So the key to investing your ad dollars wisely, is to ONLY promote posts that are already getting a lot of likes, comments and shares. You do this by ranking your most recent posts by virality within Facebook Insights (the analytics tool every Facebook Page has).Two benefits to promoting high virality posts1. You will get more likes, comments and shares from the promotion.2. You’ll increase organic reach for your Page updates.An example of how this works Let’s say you have a post that 20 people have talked about (liked, commented on, shared) among 200 people total who saw that update (reach). If you pay for this update to reach an additional 2000 people, it’s reasonable to expect that the update will receive approximately 200 likes, comments and shares, when adjusted for affinity.What does “adjusted for affinity” mean? Many people who see this promoted post have a lower affinity for your Page than people who are see this post organically. This is why they’re not seeing your posts in the first place. When you promote a post, remember that you’re promoting it to fans who haven’t talked about your posts much before (low affinity), and that they’re not as likely to talk about your post as someone who sees it organically (high affinity). In the few pages I’ve analyzed (10 pages), this adjustment seems to be about 20%. Using this adjustment with our example, the total number of likes, comments and shares would be around 160.People who hate math should just know one thing: if you promote posts that are already getting a higher number of likes, comments and shares, your promotion will yield much more value than if you promoted posts that have a low number of likes, comments and shares. Another way to say this is this: if you promote posts that are not already interesting, you are throwing money out the window.For more insight, check out John’s video on getting the most out of promoted posts and a blog post on extending your Facebook reach.(This article was adapted from a post that originally appeared on Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog.)last_img read more

Cech wants Arsenal stay as future remains unclear

first_imgPetr Cech wants to stay at Arsenal and insists he is not ‘stressed’ about not receiving a new contract offer.The former Chelsea star, 36, will be a free agent in the summer when his current deal expires, unless the Gunners moves to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.However, talks have not started and Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has recently preferred Bernd Leno as his No.1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Cech joined Arsenal from their Stamford Bridge neighbours in 2015 for £10 million, but Emery last week admitted he was unsure whether the veteran keeper had a future with the club.And the Czech Republic international claims he is relaxed about the situation, telling the  Evening Standard : “I would like to stay but we are in January.“The season is long so you never know what will happen. I don’t feel stressed or pressed about when we sit and when we talk.“I just do my job and in the end we can easily sit and discuss it, so we will see. I haven’t [had an offer yet] and after the transfer window we will talk and see where we are.”Cech has not played a Premier League game since losing his place to summer signing Leno after suffering a hamstring injury against Watford on September 29.He has been used in cup games after starting the season as No.1 and when asked about his future last week, Emery said: “I don’t know now, it has to do with the club and the player.”He started this season very well, very good behaviour, commitment and also performance. And then when he had his injuries, he recovered his position on the bench.”I am very happy with him. We will speak in the future with the player but at the moment I want his focus to be the same in every training and match.”Cech started in goal for Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup win at Blackpool , with the Gunners set to return to Premier League action on Saturday at West Ham.last_img read more

How to handle a time crunch

first_imgYou can buy lots of things in this wide world, but you can’t by time.Sometimes, despite all of your planning and preparation, you get caught in a time crunch. Client 1 needs their draft back TOMORROW – and whoops, so does Client 2!You have 24 hours to do an inhuman amount of work – and nobody wants excuses. It’s not fair, it wasn’t preventable; but you can mourn and rant later, because right now you gotta WORK FAST.You can feel the panic rising as you think of everything that’s on your plate… so how do you manage this time crunch, without losing your mind?1.) Make a planBefore you start working, take twenty minutes to sit down and make a plan.Put your priorities in order: Are there any minor corners you can cut without sacrificing quality? Can you add in finishing touches last, and get fundamentals done first?Laying out your plan of attack will give you perspective on the tasks at hand and reduce the temptation to spiral into a Panic Vortex.2.) Trim the fatAre there any other tasks you need to do within this timeline – and can you put any of them off?When we’re really pressed for time, it can feel like every task is equally important – it’s part and parcel of getting overwhelmed.But odds are something in your life can wait. That bathtub can stay dirty for 24 hours, your friend will forgive you for cancelling a coffee date, and your laundry will not burst into flames because it is left undone.When I’m really pressed, I tend to outsource minor chores like laundry (hello, drop-off service) or food prep (hello, delivery man).Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member3.) Work on the 45/15 methodIf you’re determining your own schedule in your time crunch, work on the 45/15 method. That means that for every 45 minutes of work, you attempt to take a 15 minute break.Yes, I hear your stressed-out little brains cracking from here: “WHO HAS 15 MINUTES?”15 minutes is not much time, actually. It’s about enough time to stretch, walk around a tiny bit, stuff some food in your mouth, and go to the bathroom.This is always important, but ESPECIALLY crucial when your whole body is flooded with adrenaline as you rush to meet your deadline.Taking little breaks allows your brain to calm down a bit; it makes you work more effectively on your 45-minute intervals, and keeps you from getting too overwrought. It’s actually MORE efficient.4.) Leave time to proofread and edit (seriously)Leave time for edits and close proofreading, as well as any ‘emergency’ fixes. If you suspect that you’ll be pulling a late-nighter, schedule proofing for AFTER you’ve gotten some sleep.Consider asking someone to look over your final product; another pair of eyes can be a lifesaver.Remember: Your project is not really ready to send until it’s been looked over at least once.Don’t kill yourself to hit a deadline just to send an error-ridden project because you were too exhausted to function. Build in the time to review!You can’t buy time, but you can do your best within the limits set for you – and the good news is that, 90% of the time, you’ll complete everything successfully by your deadline.We’re all pulling for you, freelance comrade; ready, set, go! Tick… tock… tick… tock….Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more