Graham left out of AMA roster; coach says top pick still needs to ‘submit papers’

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais AMA faces off against Wangs Basketball-Letran in its season-opener next Tuesday at Pasig City Sports Center. Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Herrera went to as far as comparing his prized recruit to San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, saying, “He’s hardworking on defense plus he can score.”Graham has already suited up for AMA in collegiate leagues like the NCRAA this past season.READ: AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known GrahamDespite the unwelcome development, Herrera is just keeping his fingers crossed that AMA’s legal department will find a way to resolve the issue and allow Graham, a product of Humber College North Campus in Toronto, to see action in the first conference of the eighth season.The Titans will now bank on the leadership of Andre Paras, holdovers Mario Bonleon and Genmar Bragais, as well as newcomers JK Casiño, Philip Manalang, and Michael Cañete in their campaign this conference.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netWhere in the world is Owen Graham?That’s the question everyone had when the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft was conspicuously left out of AMA Online Education’s roster for the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It turns out, the 6-foot-4 forward may not even play for the Titans after all as he is still reportedly lacking the necessary papers to play in the developmental league.READ: AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick OwenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“He still needs to submit papers,” bared AMA coach Mark Herrera, who refused to divulge what  documents the Fil-Canadian still needs.AMA pulled off a shocker back in draft day when it picked the little-known Graham as the top selection over famed applicants like Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter. MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

AB de Villiers plans reduced workload to ‘stay fresh’

first_imgTalismanic South African cricketer AB de Villiers wants to reduce his workload to keep himself fresh after several years of fulfilling a punishing international schedule.The 31-year-old De Villiers is regarded as the backbone of the top-ranked Test team’s batting but the player plans to cut back on his participation in all forms of the game.”There are a lot of rumours flying around but for the last two or three years the only talk I’ve been doing is (about) keeping myself fresh and having a bit of rest here and there,” De Villiers said on Monday after the Afrikaans-language Rapport newspaper claimed he was retiring from international cricket.”The most important thing for me is to just enjoy my cricket. Moving forward, it’s important to look at my schedule. That’s the talk in the camp, maybe for me not to play all kinds of cricket,” he said in a television interview before the start of the third day’s play in a Test against England at Kingsmead.”If I play all the IPL (Indian Premier League) games, I do get tired towards the end of the season and so that’s the only thing I’ve been talking about over last while – to keep myself fresh and to keep enjoying the game. I love representing my country and nothing has changed.”De Villiers’ workload increased with his selection as a wicketkeeper in the ongoing Test series against England to allow for an extra batsman in the line-up. He had previously given up the gloves to concentrate on his batting.advertisementDe Villiers, who scored 49 against England in the opening Test on Sunday, averages 51.39 at Test level, 54.21 in one-day internationals and 31.15 in Twenty20s, in which he is seen as a flamboyant entertainer with an astonishing array of strokes.In the ICC world rankings, De Villiers is the top one-day batsman and third on the list for Test players.last_img read more

Boo! Why Are Americans Spooked to Spend on Halloween 2013? (infographic)

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

2030 Champions Brings Together Business and Government to Cut US Food Waste

first_imgThe inaugural class of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions includes:Ahold USA, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Campbell Soup Company, Conagra Brands, Delhaize America, General Mills, Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Unilever, Walmart, Wegman’s Food Markets, Weis Markets and YUM! Brands. Food loss and waste is one of those challenges that is just as local as it is global. Every corner of the earth wastes food, and every nation feels the effects of a warming planet, in part caused by methane released from  the 1.3 billion tons of food that go uneaten every year  And yet, the specifics of food loss and waste vary by country—and to be effective, the solutions have to be local.Recognizing this, in 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the nation’s first-ever goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Between 30 and 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is lost or wasted annually, accounting for 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food.The responsibility of achieving the national goal does not simply fall to the federal government. It’s shared by cities, private companies, farmers, consumers and just about every part of our economy and society. From the home kitchen to the factory floor, there’s an important role for all. That’s why the newly formed 2030 Champions, a coalition announced this week by USDA and EPA and made up of American business leaders committed to meeting the national food loss and waste reduction target, is so needed. Because of their ability to reduce waste from their vast supply and value chains, major companies are particularly well-placed to create large-scale change.Members will strive to reduce food loss and waste in their operations by 50 percent by 2030 through activities aimed at preventing food from being lost or wasted in the first place; recovering still-good, otherwise wasted food for donation; and ensuring food that’s lost or wasted can be recycled as animal feed or compost or used for energy generation. They are also encouraged to use the FLW Accounting and Reporting Standard to measure food loss and waste.The initiative is inspired in part by Champions 12.3, a coalition of nearly 40 leaders around the world from government, business and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action and accelerating progress to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3. This target calls for halving food waste and reducing food loss worldwide by 2030. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy are both members of Champions 12.3, as are leaders of several companies including Campbell Soup Company, Kellogg Company, Sodexo and Unilever, which are part of the new 2030 Champions coalition.With 14 years left to meet the UN and U.S. targets, it may seem as though we’ve got time. But the truth is, the impacts of food loss and waste take far too big a toll on the economy, food security and the environment to move slowly.  In the United States, food is the single-largest component of waste ending up in landfills, making landfills the third-largest source of methane emissions in the country. Food waste in households and restaurants costs an average of $1,500 per year for a family of four in the United States, money that could instead be put toward child care, covering unexpected healthcare costs, booking a much-needed vacation or any of the countless other needs families have.But arguably the most urgent reason to address food loss and waste is because 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, don’t always have enough to eat. Imagine if we could ensure every person went to bed nourished, with food in bellies and not in landfills. Food loss and waste is an issue with dire impacts for people. 2030 Champions will ensure the United States continues to make progress toward reducing food loss and waste. The path forward will be led by the many leaders who champion the global importance of acting locally.last_img read more

Survey: 0% of Internet Users Would Pay for Twitter

first_img research Topics: Download the ebook now! — Not surprisingly, Internet use continues to increase as age decreases, with 100 percent of those under age 24 going online.  However, a surprisingly high percentage of Americans between 36 and 55 are not Internet users: among respondents age 46 to 55, 19 percent are non-users; among those 36 to 45, 15 percent are non-users. Free Download: Marketing Data: 50+ Marketing Charts and Graphs “Twitter has no plans to charge its users, but this result illustrates, beyond any doubt, the tremendous problem of transforming free users into paying users.” The survey of 1,981 Internet users also found that half “never” click on web advertising, with 70% saying they find it “annoying.” However, 55% said they would rather see web advertising than pay for content.” The USC survey also examined how United States residents accessed and used the Internet. Major usage findings include: — The average time online has now reached 19 hours per week.  Although more than two-thirds of Americans have gone online for a decade, the largest year-to-year increases in weekly online use has been reported in the two most recent Digital Future studies. : Percentage of U.S. on the Internet Originally published Jul 27, 2010 7:27:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 — Although new media is used by large percentages of Internet users age 24 and under, overall large percentages of Internet users never go online to do instant messaging (50 percent), work on a blog (79 percent), participate in chat rooms (80 percent), or make or receive phone calls (85 percent).  to have access to these charts for use in your own presentations Twitter Marketing A recent study shows that Americans are not willing to pay for online services such as Twitter. The study was conducted by the University of Southern California at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. Weekly hours online Expectations and usage on the Internet are different than with other forms of communication. Online, people expect a balance of free and paid information and services. As a marketer, is it important to understand how you can provide free content to drive business transactions. Additionally, as Internet usage continues to increase across all demographics, it is important to adjust your strategy and resources to improve your online marketing efforts. “Although nearly half of those polled in a new USC survey said they have used free micro-blogging sites like Twitter, 0% said that they would be willing to pay for such a service. “Such an extreme finding that produced a zero response underscores the difficulty of getting Internet users to pay for anything that they already receive for free,” said Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for Digital Future at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. HubSpot has compiled over 50 original marketing charts and graphs on topics including Lead Generation, Blogging and Social Media, Marketing Budgets, Twitter and Facebook Gaps in Internet use in age groups Low adoption of new media Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack — For the first time, the Internet is used by more than 80 percent of Americans — now 82 percent.   Marketing Takeaway From thelast_img read more

Why You Should Measure New and Mature B2B Blogs Differently

first_img Topics: Blog Optimization Originally published Oct 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 With blogging, success doesn’t happen overnight.I know, right? How many times have you heard that little nugget of blogging wisdom?But seriously — a B2B business blog is a huge time investment. It can take a while before you’ve grown it into a truly valuable marketing asset. In the past, we’ve written about the blogging metrics you should be tracking to report on your blog’s success. But we’ve never really talked about the strategy behind blog measurement. Yes, there’s a strategy. And it all depends on the maturity of the blog you’re measuring. You see, blogs that are new and blogs that have been around for years are totally different beasts — and they should be treated that way.These days at HubSpot, we’re dealing with both: our mature Marketing Blog (the one you’re reading right now), which has been around for 8 years, and our much newer, one-year-old Sales Blog (which you should also be reading ;-)In building our Marketing Blog from nothing to the more than 1.5 million monthly visitors and over 300,000 subscribers it has today, we’ve learned a few things about growing a blog — and how you should measure success at every step along the way. These are not only things we’re applying to our growth strategy for our Sales Blog; they’re also things you can apply to the growth of your own business blogs as well.New B2B Blogs: Focus on Traffic and Subscribers (Not Leads)Launching a brand new business blog can be extremely daunting. You’re starting from scratch on so many levels — creating an arsenal of blog content from nothing, leaning on little to no previously garnered search engine authority … not to mention building readership from diddly squat. And that last one is important, because you’ll never get significant business results from your blog without eyeballs on your content. As a result, for new blogs, building an audience should be your primary goal. This means your measurement focus should be on traffic and subscribers first and foremost. This also means that, when a blog is in its infancy, lead generation shouldn’t be a priority just yet. I know, right? It almost sounds blasphemous.But put those lead gen calls-to-action (CTAs) up on a shelf for a while. Before you can even think about converting blog visitors into leads, you need to build up a critical mass of dedicated readers — fans of your content who will share and evangelize it to new visitors. This is how you continue to grow your readership over time.Let me explain using data from our more mature Marketing Blog as an example. Consider this: Approximately 70% of the initial traffic we attract to a new post on HubSpot’s Marketing Blog comes from email subscribers. This provides an initial base of traffic to our new blog content. And even though it’s mostly made up of repeat visitors, that initial surge of traffic leads to views, social shares, and inbound links that translates into organic search traffic growth over time. And that’s vitally important, because organic search traffic is the most sustainable source of traffic to a blog — and it’s often made up of brand new visitors who have never even read your blog before.In other words, building up that dedicated mass of subscribers is critical to a blog’s long-term traffic growth.So for newer blogs, trade in those lead gen CTAs for subscriber CTAs, and make subscriber generation your conversion focus for a while. To help you get started, check out this post for some great tactics for converting visitors into subscribers. Mature B2B Blogs: Continue Focusing on Traffic & Subscribers, But Add Leads to the Mix Time to dust off those lead gen CTAs! For a more mature B2B blog, lead generation should absolutely be your goal. So once you’ve built up that critical mass of subscribers, your primary goals (and thus measurement focus) can switch over to traffic and leads.Exactly when you make the shift will depend on a number of things like your business model, your marketing strategy, how aggressive your lead generation goals are, and how much traffic you’re generating to your blog. As a general rule of thumb, make sure you’re seeing steady month over month traffic growth to your blog for many months (primarily from organic search) before you start thinking about optimizing your blog for leads. And once you start incorporating lead gen CTAs into the mix, that doesn’t mean your traffic and subscriber goals should get kicked to the curb. After all, without a continuous supply of new visitors to your blog, you’d run out of people to convert into leads — and attracting more and more subscribers will continue to help power the growth of your blog overall. Keep traffic as a primary goal, and simply downgrade subscriber generation to a healthy secondary goal so you can focus your conversion efforts on lead generation.How else should you shift your measurement focus as your blog grows and matures? Don’t forget to share this post! 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5 True Stories of Email Marketing Nightmares

first_img Topics: Originally published Nov 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated November 12 2014 Email Marketing Mistakes This post originally appeared on The Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to The Agency Post.We’ve all been there. You craft a marketing email, complete with clever wording and amazing benefits for the specific buyer persona, and you’re seriously impressed with yourself.So your mind starts to wander … you think about all the leads you’re going to generate and how you’re going to spend your bonus. But suddenly, a paralyzing fear washes over your entire body.“No, NO! Did I … did I really just hit send on that!!! HOW DO I STOP IT?!”But it’s too late. You have to make the call. Should you hold your head high and admit fault? Or do you run for the hills?The following five marketing agencies have made catastrophic email mistakes that almost cost them their clients. But they’ve taken the high road, admitted fault, and are here to share their stories so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes.1) The Mystery of the Multiplying Emails”With great intentions of making life easier for one of our clients, we set up a lead nurture email workflow for their new web leads. However, we did this without asking if that was how their sales process worked — a hazardous mistake. We simply assumed this was something that they’d want. As you can probably guess, this was absolutely not what the client wanted and they almost fired us immediately — a gruesome end. As it turned out, the client’s process was to follow up personally with each lead, and between getting our nurture emails and the client’s personal emails, these leads were getting very confused. It sent the client into a fit of rage with us, and we were terrified we were going to lose their business. Thankfully, we were able to talk them around by begging for mercy.”  How to Avoid This NightmareOne word: smarketing. If we knew that our client’s sales process was to follow up with leads personally and right away, we could have planned his lead nurturing campaigns better. Now we always connect with the client’s sales team first to understand its process, and we get approval on any emails that go out with their signature on it. Lesson learned!– Kelly Kranz, OverGo Studio2) Can You Hear the Music?”As the Inbound Manager at Increnta, I was sending our most important customer an email with the annual report. I decided to include a YouTube video to make the email a little more fun. And boy, did it! The video I included featured my favorite guilty pleasure song, ‘La Macarena,’ on repeat.”I soon realized I had just sent the ridiculous video to the customer. My heart started racing immediately, my hands started getting all clammy, and I could feel the sweat trickling down my forehead. I thought ‘Dear God! We’re going to lose our biggest account!’”While writing a letter of apology, the most important email of my life arrived in my inbox. It was the customer, congratulating me on the campaign and adding that ‘La Macarena’ was his favorite song. My sigh of relief was audible from three streets away!How to Avoid This Nightmare”Always check your emails before hitting send if you don´t want your dreams to become nightmares. Remember that messages via email can easily be misinterpreted, and you never know how someone might react. Important communications should always be made in person or via telephone if possible to avoid this kind of mishap.”– Roberto Moragon, INCRENTA3) Prospect Profiling Prevents Project Paralysis”Back in the olden days of our agency, we were approached by a high profile client to undertake some SEO work. The client kindly sent us some reports from his current agency with a list of some of the issues he was having. We spent hours crafting the perfect proposal, referencing all the issues the client faced, how bad the current situation was, and how a new strategy was desperately needed. However, due to whatever wickedness was at play that day, our emails got mixed up … and we accidentally sent it directly to the client’s current agency. It felt like Halloween had come early! No email retraction was going to save us from this mess! It was like a vampire had come along and sucked the life out of us.”How to Avoid this Nightmare”Five years on from this unfortunate error, not only do we make sure we never mix up email addresses, but we also take care to profile each prospect carefully to stop any potential horror stories. We discuss level of inbound knowledge, size of team, buy-in from the board, parties who will be involved, growth plans for the company, if the client is detail- or big-picture oriented, and most importantly, if there anyone we should not contact.”– Guy Levine, Return on Digital4) Is That You, Laura?”In the early days of setting up a customer re-engagement email a couple of years ago, we had somewhat of a mishap. It could have been a complete freaking nightmare had it not been for how cool the customer remained, even as some interesting and sinister responses to our unfortunate mistake poured in. Here’s what happened.”We’d gone through all of the work defining a key persona for our client. We’ll call her Laura, OK? Well, as I was copywriting the re-engagement email, I was considering exactly what matters to Laura, how would she be thinking about things, how would this offer be best received by her.”As I was thinking about all these things, I wrote ‘Hi Laura’ at the top of the email, fully intending to replace it with first name personalization later. And yes, I sent it! I called more than 2,500 people Laura. To this day, I break out in a cold sweat just thinking about it.”There were a fair few good-humored replies along the lines of “I’m only Laura on the weekend.” And, of course, there were some that were not so good-humored. I still have nightmares about it. (And for a while, I think my wife thought I was having an affair as I groaned ‘no Laura, no Laura’ in my sleep).”How to Avoid This Nightmare”Of course, it’s obvious but oh-so-easy to overlook if you are rushing at deadlines, and ultimately, cutting corners. Never, ever send anything without proofing properly, ever. Today, we always ensure we have a second person in the agency check the work of a colleague before anything is sent out, and I’m delighted to say, nothing like that has ever happened again … has it, Laura?”- Jeremy Knight, Equinet Media5) He Who Shall Not be Named”I’ll tell you a story that left me quaking in my boots, a story that haunts me to this day. We’ve all made mistakes when it comes to dabbling in a little bit of HTML or CSS to add personalization or a favorite color. Oh, I wish it had been a meaningless string of code that I sent! Instead, I sent a ghastly, unpersonalized email for a client that unfortunately referred to everyone as ‘Hey, First Name.’ Needless to say, the client was pretty unhappy with that result. I was sure that was going to be the day I met a grisly end!”How to Avoid This Nightmare”This mistake can be avoided by not only having someone look over your emails, but also having them sent to you as a test as if you are a contact in your system.”- Laura Hogan, OverGo StudioMistakes can happen to anyone. The best we can hope for is to learn as many the easy way, rather than the hard way.We asked more than 20 marketing agencies across the world what their biggest mistakes were and how others can avoid making them. You can read all 22 horror stories by downloading our ebook here.Want more content like this? Subscribe to The Agency Post. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Win More Proposals by Interviewing Your Prospects

first_imgI’ve been writing proposals for over a decade, and it’s probably fair to say that I loathed the entire process for the longest time. I worried that I was just “making it all up.” I’d second guess every word I wrote, and of course, I was petrified of the inevitable rejection. Unfortunately, many creative folks feel the same: “If I’m not a veritable Shakespeare with the quill and ink, then I don’t stand a chance”.Download Now: Free RFP Templates Fortunately, this simply isn’t true.Over time I came to realize that my writing prowess wasn’t the deciding factor in winning projects. Actually, 90% of my proposals were accepted because of something much simpler: prospect interviews. Proposals Start Way Before You ProposeI still remember getting those “dear designer” emails. You know the type: The ones where the sender swaps out your name before sending to another 20 agencies. Upon receiving one of these, I’d get over-excited and jump straight into proposal mode. After all, I had all the information I needed in their initial email: They needed a website!Of course, this is a poor way to find great clients and an even worse way to win meaningful work.To consistently win projects, you need to invest time in learning about your clients and their problems. But this creates a dilemma: Should you invest time upfront before writing a project proposal? That all depends on if the payoff will be worth it.If you’re going to spend the time writing the proposal, then you should commit to spending the time to discover what your clients really want. Why You’re Not Winning Enough ProposalsSo let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons a project proposal might fail in the first place:You were one on a list of many, and the client was just looking for the best price. (This is not a good client anyway.)You only spoke about your skills and all the great things you’ve done with them. You failed to mention how you can specifically help the client. This can loosely be seen in many proposals as: web design = $15,000. Where’s the value?You sent off a veritable novel of a proposal. No one is ever going to read your 50-page masterpiece. Ever. During the past two and a half years of growing Nusii, we’ve seen that more than 80% of accepted proposals contain between 5 and 8 sections or pages. That’s a quick read in anyone’s book.You wrote a shoddy proposal. It happens; you’ll get better.You didn’t relate to the client’s business. To them, your services just seemed like “total costs,” not added value.Anyone with a decent command of language and the desire to work with better clients can write a winning proposal. Why You Should Interview Your ProspectsInstead of jumping at the next email from a random prospect, take the time to build a relationship — even just a minor one — before even thinking about a writing a proposal.Some say you should never do anything for free. But you’re not going to work for free, and you’re not going to tell your client how to move ahead without you. You are going to find out as much about their business as possible to see whether you can actually help. Why? The more you know, the more value you can provide, and the more value you can provide, the greater your chances of winning that project.But before you set up an interview with a potential client, you should do your due diligence by qualifying them as a lead. You don’t want to jump on a call with any Tom, Dick, or Harry. You want to talk to someone at the company with the power to make decisions.Once you’re convinced that your potential client would be a good fit for your services, ask them if they would like to set up a time to chat — either in-person or using a product such as Skype. If they’re not keen or they downright refuse, then your decision on whether to move forward with a proposal has just been made for you.So what questions should you ask your prospect to determine if they’re a good fit? Here are a few suggestions based on a typical website redesign, which you can adapt to suit other project types as well.1) Why do you need your website redesigned?Fail to ask this question, and you will most likely fail to write a compelling proposal. You should dig deeper, and get to the root of the website redesign request. Personal insecurities — such as the launch of a trendy new competitor — are not the same as deeper operational issues, e.g., “We’re losing sales to a poor checkout system that was designed 10 years ago.” Best case scenario? You win the project, but leave the client disappointed because all they got was a sharp looking website. This is not a long-term win if you want to build a name for yourself. None of your client’s personal or business goals can be reached if you don’t know what they are.2) How will not working with us affect your business?This is kind of a presumptuous question, but let’s put it another way: If your client was to leave their website as it is, what would it mean for their business? The answer will give you an idea of how much value you can potentially provide.Many clients will be a little vague with their answers: “We’ll continue to lose money,” or “Sign-ups will continue to drop.” That’s OK. Once they give you the glossed-over version, dig deeper. If sign-ups are an issue, ask where they’re dropping and by what amount. Do they have any thoughts on why this is happening?You can be sure that very few agencies will be as thorough. Asking this question can set you up as a serious contender for the contract. RFPs Originally published Aug 1, 2016 5:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics:center_img 3) How will you know if working with us has been a success?More ego-inflating questions, right? Wrong. One way or another, everything you do for your client needs to be quantifiable. Why? Because you both need to know whether you were a cost or investment. Let’s face it: Sometimes creative services are seen as a risk.Ask about their goals for the project. What will a home run look like? An increase in trial sign-ups? More time spent on page? A reduction in email bounce rate? The more specific the better since you can focus on their specific goals in your proposal.Knowing what a win looks like will give you something clear to aim for in your proposal, and at the risk of sounding icky, it will also give you something to sell.4) What do you like about your current website design?If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Designers like to leave their mark (I’m allowed to say this). This is normal. However, sometimes in our desire to tear everything down and make it pretty, we fail to take into account that sometimes certain stuff already works. You may be here to fix a poor checkout experience, but that doesn’t mean that everything else is garbage.Ask your potential client if there’s anything about their current website that works well. If they can give you an example, ask why it works.I’m sure you can see a pattern emerging with these questions — what initially seems like a broad question can lead to another more focused one (and another, and another).It’s very hard to do this sort of thing via a written questionnaire or a form. You’ll miss out on facial expressions, specific language used to describe a problem (that you can later use in your proposal), and of course, the hope of any kind of relationship. Email isn’t the best place to make friends.5) If your website could only do one thing, what would it be?This is all about priorities. No doubt your client will have an idea of how they want their business to improve. But by asking this question, you are asking them to — once again — dig deeper.If your client doesn’t have a primary goal for their project, this question will help them define what’s important and what’s not. This will help you make informed design decisions down the line.Interview to Win More New BusinessClient interviews are an important but often overlooked part of the proposal process. To make sure you’re winning the maximum number of proposals, go the extra mile and discover what your client really needs to improve their business. Ask questions that others are afraid to ask, and don’t work with people whom you can’t truly help. Discuss design as a vehicle for solving problems, not the solution. And remember to keep your proposals concise and based around how you can provide value to the prospect and increase trust. You won’t always get what you need from one conversation with a prospective client. If after reviewing your notes and listening back to your interview, you decide you still need more information, jump on another call. Don’t write or send the proposal until you are confident there’s no better choice than your agency.   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

Andy Murray overcomes determined Coppejans in Antwerp opener

first_imgFormer world number one Andy Murray began his European Open campaign with a battling 6-4 7-6(4) victory over unseeded Belgian Kimmer Coppejans in Antwerp on Tuesday.The 32-year-old Scot, who is continuing his comeback after having career-saving hip resurfacing surgery in January, was stretched by the wildcard in the second set but held his nerve to prevail in an hour and 44 minutes.Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray won 75% of points on his first serve and converted four out of six break points to overcome his opponent, who is ranked 158 in the world, for his first ATP level victory in Europe for 16 months.Up next for Murray is either eighth seed Pablo Cuevas or Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, who meet in the first round on Wednesday.Murray, who won his first ATP Tour matches since his surgery during the Asian swing and reached the quarter-finals of the China Open, is hoping to regain full match fitness before he makes his much-anticipated Grand Slam return at next year’s Australian Open.South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo earlier rallied past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 1-6 6-3 6-4 while Feliciano Lopez beat Cameron Norrie 7-6(2) 6-4.Also advancing were Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, France’s Gilles Simon and Italy’s Jannik Sinner.Also Read | My heart decided I would love to play Olympic Games again: FedererAlso Read | AITA may send team to Pakistan for Davis Cup, will begin visa process soonAlso See:last_img read more

Donation Buckets to be Passed Around for Homecoming Parade Victims Saturday

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.AdChoices广告 Oklahoma State announced Wednesday they will pass around donation buckets on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium to raise money for the homecoming parade tragedy victims.The funds donated during the game will be distributed to the victims through the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation.You can also make a $10 donation to the Stillwater Medical Foundation’s #StillwaterStrong fund by texting STRONG to 50555.last_img read more

10 Thoughts on the 2016 Sugar Bowl

first_imgThe good news is …8. This happened to Ole Miss 366 days agoI believe this was mentioned on the telecast, but the solace here is that Ole Miss got beaten down in almost exactly the same manner by TCU in the 2014 Peach Bowl. It’s not like OSU has to revamp its entire program. You need a couple of offensive linemen and some help here and there on defense.The best news is that you already have the thing that’s most difficult to obtain (a lights out QB1).9. J.W. Walsh went out rightIt was a big night for the Walsh truthers. Why wasn’t he out there the whole dang time? But the reality is that Walsh shouldn’t have been out there until Gundy put him out there.And when he did, No. 4 went out the way he came in: ballin’ at a level he shouldn’t have been ballin’ at.Remember the mini documentary ESPN made about that 2011 season when Brandon Weeden told everybody that Walsh couldn’t go in practice because his arm was sore? Walsh thought he could roll with the big boys then just like he does now. And he did it throughout his entire career.Kyle Boone wrote nicely about this on Friday as Walsh touched off one of the more memorable careers in Oklahoma State football history.  He was never the best or the fastest or the most capable. But he always went the hardest. And that’s a hell of a thing to have said about you.10. This year was still a good oneI was texting with my buddy Amilian during the game, and he made a really good point that I think I knew deep down but haven’t expressed publicly. This is similar to what I wrote about Michigan State on Thursday night after Nick Saban exposed them.This is going to be a tough thing to swallow for some, but Oklahoma State was probably a 9-4 team that somehow managed to go 10-3. Ole Miss was a 11-2 team that somehow managed to go 10-3. That was clear on Friday night.And that’s an OK thing. Heck, it’s a great thing. It’s an enjoyable thing. This season was a blast. But our expectations were skewed by the win-loss column. Like I said after the OU loss, Oklahoma State has to start crootin better if it wants to roll with teams in these big boy games. If that wasn’t clear after OU/Baylor, it was abundantly clear after the Landsharks had their way with anyone who got in their way in New Orleans.In some ways, however, this makes me appreciate the season even more. OSU was the overachiever who landed a great job, talked the girl out of his league into marrying him and built something. Sounds like the entire career of somebody else I know. J.W. Walsh, in so many ways, was a microcosm of this season’s team.So you can look back at the final three games with angst and say, “we suck, we got some work to do” and you would be right. Or you can look at the whole season and say, “how cool that we got to play those final three games with something on the table AND we got some work to do.”Both are true. Both are probably correct ways of looking at it. It’s a matter of perspective.Speaking of perspective, that’s something you’re going to need a lot of when Oklahoma State tips conference play tomorrow in GIA against TCU.Until then … BOX SCOREFirst things first. That I even get to write that headline is a good thing. Don’t forget that. Amid the defensive disaster on Friday night, dropped passes and Laquon Treadwell heroics, don’t forget that.OK, now we can talk about the more frustrating stuff.Oklahoma State got absolutely destroyed by Ole Miss 48-20 in a Sugar Bowl that didn’t feel nearly that close. Laquon Treadwell showed us all why we recruited the hell out of him a few years ago as he put up six catches for 71 and three disgustingly easy touchdowns. I have many thoughts. Let’s get to it.AdChoices广告1. OSU’s run game did not improveThere was talk from Mike & Mike that maybe the offensive line went back to some of the basics in the space between the OU game and the bowl game. They might have found something, we were told. What they found was an Ole Miss defensive line that looked like it couldn’t have cared less about missing its best player.OSU hovered around 0 yards for the majority of the game until a couple of late J.W. Walsh runs bumped it up to 63 yards on 30 carries (not that that’s a lot better). The fact that Walsh sitting in the backfield for three seconds and picking a hole is by far our best option on the ground is telling. It’s a borderline miracle that OSU won 10 games this season without ever finding a groove on the ground (more on this in a minute).2. Emmanuel Ogbah was good not greatOgbah was going against a top five pick on Friday night, and it felt like he held his own. I wasn’t watching No. 38 on every single play, but he was disruptive enough that I at least noticed him on pretty much every Ole Miss drive. Ogbah only finished with three total tackles, but he had a number of near sacks on Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly. In a game like this, that counts as a win.3. Mason Rudolph was great not goodOne of my favorite Twitter follows is Chris Brown of @smartfootball. He’s, well, smart and insightful. That’s why I found it odd that he wondered aloud on Twitter on Friday whether Mason Rudolph was a good QB (a tweet he has since deleted).If you look at the numbers, no, he wasn’t. But I’m pretty sure Rudolph just had the best 18/31 for 179 yards and 0 TDs game in the history of college football. He was pumping seeds all night (many of which his receivers dropped and some of which got called back because of penalty).Any dissatisfaction I had with the loss was largely overwhelmed by the fact that it truly felt like I was watching a slightly more mobile version of Brandon Weeden dicing up an Ole Miss defense only rushing three (and at times two!) defensive linemen (because why would they rush more than that?)Rudolph’s pocket presence may be his best attribute. Incredible vision. #Okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) January 2, 2016Get that man any semblance of an offensive line and even 150 rush yards a game and he’s going to have an All-Big 12 year in 2016.4. Did OSU watch film?There’s arrogance. There’s Baker Mayfield. And then there’s “we watched Ole Miss’ defensive line on film for a month and we’re still going to try and run it down their throats inside the red zone with a broken offensive line and J.W. Walsh.”The first few possessions (when this game was still, you know, a game) make me question OSU’s ability to put together a plan. What about anything Ole Miss and OSU have done all season made anyone on OSU’s sideline think that was going to work?5. Have Mercy, LaquonThe biggest bummer on Friday was watching Mason Rudolph’s dimes roll all over the Superdome turf while Laquon Treadwell caught balls one-handed with ease and waltzed to and fro in OSU’s secondary while thinking about how No. 1 could have been catching passes from Rudolph.https://twitter.com/tomfornelli/status/683113812267020288He was unbelievable all night. Kevin Peterson has shut down a lot of dudes. Treadwell is not a lot of dudes.Laquon Treadwell only needs one hand. https://t.co/vdaicTPpz1 #SugarBowl pic.twitter.com/8dD4iyLdgM— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 2, 2016Get that money, Quon. You deserve it.6. Maybe fatigue wasn’t OSU’s issue on defense#RealTalk time. Oklahoma State’s defense wasn’t that good this year. Glenn Spencer is a fun meme and OSU had a couple of studs, but this defense compared statistically to last year’s (yikes!) and wasn’t even on the same planet as that salty 2013 defense that was probably the best of the Mike Gundy era.Here’s a look at Ole Miss’ drive chart on Friday:INTPuntFGTDTDTDFGTDMissed FGPuntTDTDPuntTo pile on, the Rebs averaged 7.69 yards per play and I’m not sure Chad Kelly could tell you what the Superdome roof looks like. So yeah, maybe OSU’s defense was just average to maybe slightly above average and its issue wasn’t that it played like 2,000 plays this season.7. The Big 12 needs helpCarson and I have some podcasts to erase. Between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the last week has not been pretty.More problematic for the Big 12 than these bowl results is it currently has one top-20 recruiting class: Baylor— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 2, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Move to the Coaches Box Could be Permanent

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State was missing some sideline flair on Saturday against the Horns. And no, Mike Gundy didn’t cut his mullet. The always animated Glenn Spencer, who coordinates Oklahoma State’s defense, moved from the sideline to the booth for the Longhorns for the first time this season. A move that was made by Mike Gundy after the Cowboy defense was gashed a week ago in Waco to the tune of 387 yards through the air and nine plays of more than 30 yards.“With the style of play that we see in this league,it’s much easier to get a feel for what the offense is doing if you look down and see it,” Gundy said after the Cowboys win on Saturday.Through the first half on Saturday, though, it was Spencer with an aerial view of his defense giving up a number of big plays that gave up 25 points at the half.Perhaps the biggest benefit from his birds eye view was his ability to see things unfold from a high-level perspective. If so, it certainly worked. Oklahoma State’s defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just 6 second half points.“It’s a lot more calm,” Spencer said of his new view in the box. “There are advantages and disadvantages to both and an argument for either. Last week (at Baylor) with so much going with personnel, Coach (Gundy) said let’s get you up there and see if you can see better and you can. You can see things better. I have to have confidence in my guys on the sideline thought, for the emotional part. They have to keep the juice up.”Although Spencer’s exuberant personality will surely be missed, the move to the box could be a permanent one if the results continue.On if the move was permanent for him, Spencer thinks it likely will be. “If I had to guess, we’re 1-0 right now so yes. Coach (Gundy) is right, it was his idea because a couple times last week I was bumping into people and it was chaotic. But, you give up something for more advantages.”last_img read more

WATCH: Justice Hill Breaks off 30-yard touchdown against Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State jumped out to a fast start against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, thanks to contributions from the running game on the first drive by Barry J. Sanders and Justice Hill. The true freshman Hill capped off a huge scoring drive with this incredible run showing off his burst and speed to put the Pokes up early 7-0.last_img read more

Watch: Gundy, Rudolph Talk About OSU Football Culture, Facilities

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. Mike Gundy’s won 100-plus games and counting as the head coach in Stillwater, including three 10-win seasons in the last four years. Outside of last season, they’ve done it all without any mullet magic or butch wax to lube up the offense.So what’s the secret behind the success?In an interview with OSU’s Orange Power Studios, both Gundy and Rudolph attributed it to the culture Gundy and his staff have established and nurtured in Stillwater over the years.“We’ve created a culture here at Oklahoma State that’s second-to-none,” said Gundy. “We have a great family atmosphere with our football team. Our coaches treat our players like they would their own sons. We have open door policies, they can talk to us. We want to be their second home away from home.”Talk about a recruiting pitch, folks. Waxed mullet and all, Gundy pitches recruiting into a football family — something recruits consistently get the vibe of when they visit Stillwater — because it’s comfortable. As soon as a mother or father of a recruit hear they’ll be taken care of and treated like a family member, it’s enough to at least perk the ears up a little.Don’t just take it from Gundy, either. Quarterback Mason Rudolph says he’s felt the family atmosphere from Gundy during his stint with OSU, and feels Gundy is a very relatable and personable person to everyone — including himself.“He’s not just a CEO mentality,” said Rudolph. “He’s a guy that will come up and speak to you personally. Whether you’re in the hallway at the facility or watching film or on the practice field, he’s very outgoing. He’s a guy that cares about you not only as a player, but as a person.”“The culture now is success … I think people from coast to coast respect #okstate football.” – @CoachGundy pic.twitter.com/sN2uOO5V0g— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) May 30, 2017last_img read more

Join IDEAS December 18 for This Month’s Web Seminar: Maternal, Perinatal and Child Death Reviews

first_imgPosted on December 16, 2013August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This Wednesday, December 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will host this month’s edition of its monthly web seminar series.  This month’s seminar will focus on the issue of maternal, perinatal and child death reviews, drawing  on PMNCH Knowledge Summary #27, which IDEAS developed earlier this year, and covers different types of death review processes, as well as their uses and benefits for efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health in diverse settings.  The web seminar will be led by IDEAS’ Dr. Boika Rechel and use case studies in the discussion of success and challenges for implementing maternal death review processes, different perspectives on the use of death reviews, and recent developments in the area of maternal death reviews and responses.The seminar will begin at 9:30 am GMT on December 18. To take part in the seminar, you will need a headset with a microphone and headphones, an internet connection and the latest Java update.  The seminar will be available at this link.As with past seminars, this month’s discussion will be recorded and made available on IDEAS resources page.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma Players Taunt Texas With ‘Horns Down’ After Win

first_imgOklahoma football player does "Horns Down" gesture to troll Texas football.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: Running back Mossis Madu #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners gives a downward “hook em horns” sign while walking to the field alongside the Texas Longhorns band at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Before the Oklahoma Sooners kicked off against the Texas Longhorns, Lincoln Riley told his team to avoid throwing the ‘Horns Down’ gesture during the game. Once the final whistle blew, the Sooners lifted that ban.Oklahoma didn’t play its best game of the season, but Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb made just enough big plays to lead their squad to victory.Prior to kickoff, the Sooners and Longhorns were involved in a pregame scuffle. The refs decided to hand every player an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.Since the officiating crew made that harsh of a decision, it left both teams with little margin for error. Another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty would result in an ejection. The officials inadvertently stopped Oklahoma from throwing the ‘Horns Down’ at any point during the game. However, all bets were off when the game was over.Multiple players were seen taunting the Longhorns after the win.Here is a photo of E.J. Ndoma-Ogar throwing the ‘Horns Down’ for the cameras:The “Horns Down” ban has been lifted after Oklahoma beats Texas 34-27. https://t.co/DKjIWUI8ri pic.twitter.com/PT0HP8bYwj— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 12, 2019This was a huge win for Oklahoma as it keeps its undefeated season alive.As for Texas, any hope of making the College Football Playoff was crushed this afternoon. Nonetheless, Tom Herman’s squad could get revenge later in the year.We could see a rematch between the Longhorns and Sooners in the Big 12 Championship.last_img read more

ESPN Names A New Heisman Trophy Leader After Week 7

first_imgLSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates huge college football victory against Texas.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The Heisman race has gotten a bit more interesting over the last few weeks. For a while, it looked like Jalen Hurts might run away with things, but Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow continue to make strong pushes.Hurts remains incredibly impressive, scoring four total touchdowns and putting up 366 total yards in a win over Texas. It was his least accurate day at Oklahoma as a passer, but he still led OU to its biggest win of the year so far.He’s going to get a run for the award though. Earlier today, one online sportsbook put out new Heisman odds with Tagovailoa on top.ESPN is going in a different direction. In the latest “Heisman Watch” piece, Hurts has been displaced at No. 1, not by his former teammate at Alabama, but by Burrow. It is the first time this season that Hurts has not come out on top of Heisman Watch. Burrow did so with five first-place votes, ahead of Tagovailoa (four), and Hurts (1). Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb round out the players who received votes.Adam Rittenberg on why he has Burrow No. 1:“Burrow is the surprise superstar leading the most surprising offense in college football. As good as Tagovailoa has been for Alabama, Burrow’s big-play brilliance makes it hard to put anyone else atop the Heisman candidate list.”Against a super-talented Florida defense that locked down Auburn the week before, Burrow was 21-for-24 for 293 yards and three touchdowns. He added 43 yards on the ground.On the season, he’s completing just under 80-percent of throws for 2,157 yards (11.6 per attempt), 25 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also has 103 yards and two scores on the ground.We’ll see if he keeps it up when teams like Alabama roll around, but so far Joe Burrow has passed every test with flying colors.[ESPN]last_img read more

Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019 for Yantrik post begins @ joinindiancoastguard.gov.in: Direct link to apply

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 14:23 IST Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019 for Yantrik post begins @ joinindiancoastguard.gov.in: Direct link to applyIndian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: The Indian Coast Guard has released an official notification inviting diploma holders to join as Yantrik 01/2020 Batch, (Course Commencing in February 2020). All the interested, eligible can apply for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019 on or before August 17 on the official website, the link for which is joinindiancoastguard.gov.inIndian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: Vacancy detailsYantrik Technical (Mechanical)Yantrik Technical (Electrical)Yantrik Technical (Electronics and Telecommunication)How to apply for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019:Log on to www.joinindiancoastguard.gov.inOn the homepage, click on opportunities buttonSelect the advertisement for Yantrik01/2020 Batch (Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical/Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)Then, select the post you wish to apply forEnter all the required informationPay the application fee and upload all the relevant documentsClick on submitIndian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019: Educational qualificationThe candidate should be matriculate (Class 10) pass or equivalent and Diploma in Electrical/ Mechanical/Electronics and Telecommunication (Radio/Power) Engineering approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) with 60 per cent in aggregate. (5 per cent relaxation in above minimum cut off will be given for SC/ST candidates and outstanding sports person of National level who have obtained 1st, 2ndor 3rd position in any field sports events at the Open National Championship/ Interstate National Championship. This relaxation will also be applicable to the wards of Coast Guard uniform personnel deceased while in service).Age limit criteria for Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019Minimum 18 years and maximum 22 years i.e. born between 01 Feb 1998 to 31 Jan 2002 (both dates inclusive, upper age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC category candidates).advertisementSelection procedure:All the candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained in written examination followed by Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and initial medical examination.Details of written test:The written test will be objective type. The question paper will contain questions from their respective branch (Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunication) and will also include some questions of general knowledge, reasoning, aptitude and English.E-admit cards:Applicants to take printout of the e-admit card through URL (joinindiancoastguard.gov.in/reprint.aspx) from September 1 to September 8 post short listing of the online application.Important dates to remember:Last date to apply: August 17About Indian Coast GuardThe Indian Coast Guard is a multi-mission organization, conducting round-the-year real-life operations at sea. Despite being relatively small, it has a wide range of task capabilities for both surface and air operations.The organization is headed by the Director-General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) exercising his overall command and superintendence from the Coast Guard Headquarters (CGHQ) located at New Delhi. At CGHQ, he is assisted by four Deputy Director Generals of the rank of Inspector General, and other senior officers heading various staff divisions.Direct link: Official notificationGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow Indian Coast GuardFollow Indian Coast Guard JobsFollow Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019Follow Indian Coast Guard Recruitment Indian Coast Guard Recruitment 2019 for Yantrik post begins @ joinindiancoastguard.gov.in: Direct link to applyThe Indian Coast Guard has released an official notification inviting diploma holders to join as Yantrik 01/2020 Batch, (Course Commencing in February 2020).advertisementlast_img read more

England can’t become the Man Utd of international football

first_imgToo good for the bad teams, too bad for the good teams. That has long been England’s status in the international pecking order. The game on Saturday night against Bulgaria might well be another opportunity for Gareth Southgate’s team to rack up five or more goals but, in reality, it will do very little to prepare them for the bigger challenges coming down the line.England over the past two or three years have not been the kind of team to slip up. They win, and win handsomely, against teams they are expected to beat, especially at home. At Wembley back in the spring they had far too much for the Czech Republic with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win. A few days later they went to Podgorica and took Montenegro apart.Bulgaria have played a match against each of those two countries in this phase of Euro 2020 qualification and won neither. Added into the bargain are a pair of winless matches against Kosovo, including a home defeat in June. They are unlikely to trouble England in London at the weekend and will instead try to resist as best they can until the inevitable happens. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The problem for England is that these types of matches are inadequate. They can of course play a certain way against the Bulgarias, the Montenegros and the Czech Republics of this world but it’s another thing altogether when the bigger teams have to be faced. It’s there that England revert to type, struggle to retain the ball and struggle too to eradicate the individual errors that blighted their UEFA Nations League semi-final against The Netherlands in Guimaraes.There is now a prevalent football identity across the England national teams – from youths to seniors – and it’s implemented to good effect most of the time. Under Gareth Southgate, England have developed a definitive style of play; they use the ball from the back, playing through defence and midfield until an opportunity to spring the likes of Sterling or Marcus Rashford materialises. It works, as evidenced by the sheer number of goals they get against lesser lights.There is, however, another battle to be had against more illustrious opponents; the battle is for the right to own the ball and to impose the will. That’s where England can still fall down. Look at their decisive losses over the past few years – in the World Cup against Croatia and in the Nations League against The Netherlands – and you’ll see England fail to retain the ball, to play their natural game. The ball comes back time and again until such an occasion that England concede cheaply or else are otherwise undone.When push comes to shove England can’t dominate the ball against the likes of Croatia and The Netherlands. They find themselves ill at ease because their mode of operation is to have the ball, not simply to resist. When they have to, errors occur or quite simply the frequency of the opportunities ceded to the opposition begins to tell.Their best result over the last year was achieved against the odds and against the run of play. The 3-2 win in Seville against Spain last October was got on the break. The game followed the kind of pattern we have become accustomed to when watching England play the big teams. On the balance of play, Spain were unlucky to get nothing from the fixture.Taken on its own merits, the game demonstrated that England in those situations are not that dissimilar to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. With Sterling and Rashford, not to mention Jadon Sancho, they are well equipped for counter-attack football. United’s opening-day defeat of Chelsea at Old Trafford was earned in similar circumstances. The difference is that the smaller teams are quite happy to give the ball to United in the knowledge that they won’t do anything with it. England on the other hand will cut you to ribbons.But they are going to have to learn if these bigger challenges are going to be surmounted. There is little point in playing one way against certain teams and another in different surroundings, particularly for a team like England who have a DNA running right through all their teams. The only solution is by trying to get more confident in those matches against the top teams, more comfortable, more familiar in testing environments.They have got to carry on and implement that style of play no matter what, with a focus on eliminating errors and ensuring that chances stick whenever they come. For now, they should enjoy fixtures like the one upcoming. It’s a chance to boost confidence and to score goals. This group won’t trouble England at all, but they will need to already have one eye on the finals next summer when tougher challenges are in store.last_img read more

Coutinho doesn’t have a magic wand – Van Buyten

first_imgFormer Bayern Munich centre-back Daniel van Buyten has insisted that his old club must focus on teamwork in order to win the Bundesliga and compete for the Champions League.Bayern strengthened their squad by signing Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona – and the Brazilian scored his first goal in Saturday’s 4-0 triumph over Cologne.Van Buyten, though, has warned his old club not to rely too much from Coutinho’s individual talent if they want to fight on multiple fronts this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “For me, it is always a work of the whole team. You have top players like [Robert] Lewandowski and many others, but you can’t think that if you hire a player like Coutinho, he has this magic wand to do something special,” Van Buyten told Omnisport.”I think it’s teamwork and you have to get a top performance every time. No matter which team you have to play on the weekend, it’s always the same process. If you ever think that it’s easy, it’s a negative process.”It’s about your mentality and from my time back then, I know very well that we had a lot of players as far as the character was concerned, they were very concentrated and really had the focus in their heads to win the championship, and also to go far in the Champions League.”They’re all top teams [in the Champions League] and it’s not easy to make your way there. Bayern already needs a team at the top level.”Van Buyten also believes Borussia Dortmund still must prove they can stay the course in a potential Bundesliga title race, despite strengthening their squad.After a busy close season that included the return of Mats Hummels from Bayern, Dortmund are tipped to push the reigning champions all the way in the 2019-20 season.Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz have also arrived to bolster Lucien Favre’s options, with Van Buyten impressed by the way they performed in the 0-0 Champions League draw against Barcelona last week.However, while he expects them to challenge Bayern once again after finishing second in the previous campaign, the Belgian needs to see if BVB have the depth required to cope when their resources are stretched.”Borussia Dortmund made very good transfers and they are a good team on the pitch,” he said.”They will definitely be a team that will fight for the championship in the Bundesliga until the end. But there are still one or two other teams that will also play for the title.”Against Barcelona they [Dortmund] have also shown in the Champions League that they can play good games there – but they have to show that in Barcelona as well.”As I said, things are looking good at the moment, but you have to see how things go from there.”If there are injuries or illnesses, then you have to show that the squad is there and that the other players can also be successful.”last_img read more