Six more Maoists killed in Maharashtra

first_imgInflicting another massive blow to the Maoists within 48 hours, the Maharashtra police claimed to have gunned down six Maoists in Gadchiroli district on Monday.“Six Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Rajaram Khandla area of Gadchiroli this evening,” Sharad Shelar, Inspector-General of Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit, told The Hindu.This is the second such encounter in Gadchiroli in 48 hours. On Sunday, the security forces had gunned down 16 Maoists in Kasansur area of the district.last_img

Indian Wins USD 4.08 Million In Raffle Draw In UAE

first_imgAn Indian man has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping USD 4.08 million in a monthly raffle in the UAE, a media report said Thursday.Sarath Purushothaman, who is based in Dubai, was contacted on the phone, but he first thought it was a prank, Gulf News reported.Read it at Daily Pioneer Related Itemslast_img

San Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Carmelo Anthony takes a new outlook to his new team Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “The management of the San Miguel Beermen has decided to indefinitely suspend Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong, and Ronald Tubid, following a tussle that broke at team practice last November 17,” San Miguel said in a statement.“While the conflict has been resolved, and the incident occurred away from the public eye, the San Miguel organization does not tolerate unsportsmanlike behavior.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSThirdy Ravena blazes own trail toward UAAP greatnessThe team, however, did not say what caused the fight.“Basketball is a physical game where emotions can run high, but we believe that PBA players have to be held to a higher standard of professionalism and sportsmanship at all times.” What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer on Wednesday announced it has suspended Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid for their involvement in a fight that broke out during practice last Sunday.The announcement came just hours before the Beermen’s crucial clash against the TNT KaTropa at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “It is for this reason that we’ve come to this decision, even if it impacts our bid for a second franchise grand slam. Our commitment now, moving forward, is that we will work doubly hard and play our very best, for our fans and for the organization.”Santos has been instrumental in the Beermen’s championship runs and he continues to play a key role for his team, averaging 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds 1.5 blocks in 30 minutes through 10 games in the ongoing Governors’ Cup.San Miguel Beer is currently in fifth place in the standings with a 6-4 record.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

9 Jobs Where You’ll Earn More Than You Did Last Month

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h See more Construction Laborer jobs If you feel like you’re not earning what you’re worth and salary negotiations have already fallen flat, finding a new job may just be the best way to boost your paycheck. Jumping ship is a big decision to be sure, and it can be intimidating. But when the incentive is finally making what you deserve, it’s worth investigating.Fortunately, the jobs market is strong right now. Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports show that there are now a wide variety of positions that have been seeing big increases in pay from year to year (and even month to month). Below are a few positions with rapidly growing salaries — apply to these hot jobs now to reap the full benefits!1. Customer Service ManagerMedian Salary: $50,526Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 7.4 percent Are you a people person who loves helping others? Then a Customer Service Manager position is right up your alley. While you can find Customer Service Manager positions in a wide variety of companies and industries, they’re all tasked with the common goal of ensuring that customers are happy.[Related: How to Negotiate Your Salary As A Customer Service Representative]2. Construction LaborerMedian Salary: $38,321Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 9.4 percentGreat news for those that enjoy good old-fashioned handiwork — Construction Laborers have one of the fastest-growing salaries out there right now. Whether you’re building a cozy home for two or a twenty-story office building, you’ll get the satisfaction of working with your hands and collaborating as a team.[Related: Jobs That Have Seen The Least Growth In Salary]3. Product ManagerMedian Salary: $94,391Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 6.3 percentCalling all former editors-in-chief, team captains, and student body presidents: Product Manager might just be the next great career move for you to explore. Organized, deadline-driven professionals with strong leadership skills thrive in this position, which combines management, tech savvy, and creativity in order to make sure product innovations are well-built and on-time. [Related: The 10 Biggest Leadership Mistakes To Avoid]4. Pharmacy TechnicianMedian Salary: $31,290Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 5.2 percentIf you’re the kind of person who needs meaningful work in order to be happy, look no further. Pharmacy Technicians offer a critical service by assembling and providing prescriptions, as well as educating patients about their medication.  5. ProducerMedian Salary: $51,799Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 6.4 percentDoes the silver screen call to you? If so, it’s time to look into production jobs. Producers touch nearly every point of the creative process, from casting to story development and beyond. Put in a few years, and who knows? You may just wind up as the next Spielberg.  [Related: What’s the Median Pay In America? You’ll Be Surprised]6. RecruiterMedian Salary: $51,833Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 6.7 percentJust because you’re the type of person who could sell water to a whale doesn’t mean you have to go into sales. Recruiting is a natural fit for outgoing folks who love interacting with others and closing a deal. Whether you’re scouring the web for the perfect candidate, conducting a phone screen or sending out an offer letter, recruiting is an immensely rewarding job.7. Machine OperatorMedian Salary: $38,558Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 7.6 percentEver dream of being behind the wheel of a big yellow excavator as a child? With over 110k Machine Operator jobs currently available and rising salaries, now’s your chance.[Related: 40 Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Ask & Answer]8. Data AnalystMedian Salary: $59,127Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 5.7 percent As data detectives who look for trends and stories from raw information, Data Analyst is an exciting and strategic job in itself. But it’s also a great stepping stone on the path to becoming a Data Scientist, rated the Best Job of 2016. Jump start your career by applying now![Related: See Open Jobs Hiring In Your Area Now!]9. Retail Key HolderMedian Salary: $32,264Year-over-Year Salary Growth: 5.4 percentIf you’ve been in the retail scene for a while, it’s worth applying to be a Retail Key Holder, a retail worker with additional management responsibilities. Retail Key Holders earn a solid salary that’s only trending upwards, so there’s no time to apply like the present. 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The Secret To A Stellar Performance Review

first_img Also on Glassdoor: Performance reviews can be downright nerve-wracking. Most people get anxious because they go all year without speaking to their manager about their performance or progress. Or worse, they never had a goal-setting conversation in the first place.But you can change that. Don’t let an assessment of your performance rest on one conversation. It’s not fair to anyone and will only impede your growth. Try to establish an open-door policy with your manager and have conversations about your development throughout the year. When everyone is on the same page in terms of goals, it enhances both the work product and relationship. The key to a stellar review is ample preparation long before the meeting itself. Here are my tips for success:1. Schedule semi-annual performance reviews with your boss.You make time to keep your manager up to date on your projects; likewise, you should take the initiative to ask if you can put time on their calendar to have professional development check-ins once a quarter. These can serve as informal touch points throughout the year to ensure you’re on track. You don’t want to wait for a once-a-year discussion, only to be surprised that you’re not on the same page.If your manager is resistant, scale back the frequency to two times a year or ask if you can submit a memo and get their feedback in writing. Either way, at least you’ve established that you’re serious about your growth and contributions. And, if an opportunity for promotion or recognition comes up, you’ll have the receipts to show why you’re ready.How To Handle Any Kind of Manager2. Come prepared.You should always prepare an agenda to send at least two days in advance of the meeting to see if your manager wants to add anything. You’ll also want to know your talking points… big wins, quantitative figures, anecdotal support, etc. I keep a folder in my inbox of any praise I receive from colleagues and external partners, from which I draw quotes (and inspiration).If you’re having a formal review that involves feedback from other colleagues, you should send your manager a list of names you’d like to be tapped for input and what projects they worked on with you. You should also prepare a self-evaluation and send it in advance to give your manager time to react to it and prepare their response. You can attach those “praise reports” from your saved folder and any official recap documents of successful projects to round-out the materials.3. Set goals you know you can meet.Firstly, your goals should always align with the immediate goals of your boss and the department as a whole. Then, think about dividing your goals into a few buckets: team-wide contributions, individual contributions (projects you own), and professional development (improving your leadership).For me, the most important characteristic of a S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) goal is that it’s actually achievable. I’ve been put in numerous situations where I’ve had to question if a plan is set up for failure. You want to avoid these at all costs. Although a big lofty goal will be impressive once it’s done, you don’t want to sign on for a project that will realistically take six months if you only have three. Be honest about limitations so that your manager/team can plan accordingly.Set no more than three to five goals that are time bound with specific outcomes. For example: “Relaunch e-store with new vendor and five new products by June 1.” Avoid goals that aren’t specific or measurable, like “manage e-store.” That’s harder to track and report.4. Feel out the right time to ask for a raise.Look for cues from your manager and/or department head to determine whether or not salary increase discussions or bonuses will be part of the formal evaluation. Some companies have ratings systems that are already baked into performance reviews that will automatically trigger salary discussions. If that’s not the case for you or if this is your first review cycle, it’s okay to ask trusted colleagues how those talks have been approached in the past. First ask someone in HR if a raise structure exists and do your own research within the written policies of your company to gain a primary understanding of the tone and timing for these conversations.If you’ve done the steps above and have had ongoing talks about performance with your manager, a request for greater compensation should not be alarming. You will have already made it clear that you are building towards advancement, inclusive of earning more money and more responsibility. If it’s still an uncomfortable subject, put your request in a memo. In a former role, I asked for a raise twice. I was told “not now” the first time, so I set a mutually agreed upon date for it to be revisited. I addressed the memo to my manager (who knew it was coming) and copied the CFO. As I was given more and more responsibility, I added the justifications to the document and, because my request was in writing, it couldn’t be ignored. I successfully negotiated a substantial raise during my review (even when it was announced that all salaries would remain flat), because I had already put the wheels in motion.10 Dos & Dont’s of Salary Negotiation5. Look beyond just the money.Even if a salary adjustment is not in the cards, identify meaningful professional development opportunities that align with your work. Your review is the time to get feedback on the types of trainings your manager thinks will enhance your skills and add to the department, along with the approval and funding to pursue them.6. Learn from negative feedback.If you get any negative feedback, make sure you’re respectful in receiving it and ask your manager for their recommendations on how you can best address areas for improvement. If you disagree with your manager’s assessment, that’s not really the point, so don’t get hung up trying to defend yourself.For whatever reason, they’re not seeing you and your work in the best possible light, so it’s up to you to improve the work product and/or perception. It could just be a matter of communication, but either way, as a professional, you are responsible for figuring it out. Coming out of the review, work with your manager on a written development plan and start letting him or her know the gains you’re making and where you could use their help at future check-ins. The trick is not to wait till the next review to get feedback.This piece originally appeared on The Well, Jopwell’s editorial hub. Image courtesy of Jopwell. Search For A New Job Todaycenter_img How to Negotiate Your Salary at Your First Joblast_img read more

How Multitasking Slowly Erodes Productivity

first_img Also on Glassdoor: Lewis Robinson is a business consultant specializing in assisting small/medium businesses and start-ups streamline their business processes. You can reach out to him through his LinkedIn profile. QUIZ: Is Your Company Toxic?center_img On the surface, multitasking seems like a winning proposition. After all, if you work on two projects at once, then you’ll finish twice as quickly, right? It’s a perfect situation! How can you lose?Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. When you try to focus on two different projects, you divide your attention, and your brain has to expend additional energy each time you switch from one task to the other. Often, it will actually end up taking you longer to get the work done.Negative Effects of MultitaskingMultitasking is not only an inefficient use of your time; it can actually have a negative impact, both on your work and your personal well-being. Let’s take a look at a few of the problems it can bring about:1. Diluted FocusIf you’re splitting your attention between two, or three, or even more tasks at once, that means that you’re not able to focus on any one of them. The brain is an incredible tool, but it can only go so far before it starts to experience diminishing returns. Guy Winch, a PhD and author of the book Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries posits that we’re not really “multitasking” at all. Instead, we’re “task-switching.”“When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount,” says Winch. “It’s like a pie chart, and whatever we’re working on is going to take up the majority of that pie. There’s not a lot left over for other things, with the exception of automatic behaviors like walking or chewing gum.” You’re never really able to focus on one task enough to get “in the zone.”2. Lower ProductivityThis may seem counterintuitive, but the more tasks you work on at a time, the less work you will get done. Most people resort to multitasking as a way to get more done, not less. But working distracted can lead to slower performance and more mistakes. In fact, shifting back and forth between two or more tasks create mental blocks where your brain has to shift its focus. These blocks can cost as much as 40 percent of your regular productive time.3. Health ComplicationsMultitasking increases stress, which isn’t always bad in the short-term, but can lead to serious complications if it goes on for too long. Chronic stress causes your body to produce more cortisol, which can bring on physical complications, such as heart issues, high blood pressure, and a diminished immune system.What to Do About ItEven when you recognize the negative effects multitasking can have on your work, it’s still tempting to try to work on several jobs at once.1. Delegate as NeededInstead of splitting one mind among several tasks, try the opposite tactic. Spread the load out a bit and assign certain jobs to other team members who may be able to lend a hand.  Put a work structure in place with the goal of keeping any particular employee’s queue from filling up too much. 2. Manage Your (and Your Team’s) WorkflowThis is essentially just another way of saying, “Plan ahead.” Keep an eye on what projects you and your team have coming down the pipeline. If you know there will be a huge project that you will need to focus all of your attention on in the next month, do what you can to clear other tasks from that time. Prepare yourself and your team members for any eventuality. CEO Rob Nelson and his team at Grow used to suffer from the sheer amount of work they tried to tackle each day. “Our leadership team used to come to stand-ups with 5+ priorities for the day,” says Nelson, “but dividing our focus often yielded very little progress. Now, we discuss the one thing we’re focused on for that day, and it’s dramatically changed our effectiveness”. This also means setting priorities. If everything you send to your team is marked “ASAP,” then they have no way to know which tasks to tackle first. This usually leads to employees bouncing back and forth between each task, trying to get them all done quickly. Eventually, instead of everything getting done immediately, nothing ends up getting done.3. Take Regular BreaksOddly enough, taking breaks can actually lead to more getting done. If you are constantly working, with no end in sight, it’s easy to get burned out. Shorter bursts of work are more productive, so you and your team should take a break anywhere between every 50 minutes and every 90 minutes. This will give you the occasional moment to unwind from the constant focus, leading to better results over the long term.last_img read more

16 Google Calendar Hacks That’ll Make You More Productive

first_img Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 3.5★ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ See More Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 3.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA Pest Control Technician United Pest Solutions Seattle, WA Some things you think will be simple actually end up getting really complex.Like those DIY fro-yo places. You walk in thinking you’ll just get a scoop of a single flavor and a spoonful of your favorite topping… but you always walk out with a full bowl and at least three toppings — because how could you get Oreo crunch without getting gummy bears, too?Or, ya know, your Google Calendar. Your Google Calendar comes with your personal Gmail address, and you can’t believe how simple it is to use and set up. Then, you might start at a company that uses Google Apps, and suddenly you’ve got to figure out how to remember your best friend’s birthday, find out when your boss is free for that meeting you need to reschedule and set deadlines for that blog post you have coming up — all at the same time.With the out-of-the-box features in place, Google Calendar starts to feel a lot less simple.Luckily, there are some cool hacks and under-the-radar features that you can use to make your life in Google Calendar much easier to organize. Below are 16 of our favorites. (Got others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below.)1. Create New Calendars for Different Parts of Your LifeWhen you first start out on Google Calendar, you’re given one calendar to start with — it’s the one with your name under “My calendars.” So if you want to use your calendar for multiple things (ex: managing your actual schedule, planning periods of heads-down working and scheduling repeating reminders), you only have one place to do it. But when you’re only working with one calendar, all of those things get treated equally — meaning you can’t quickly and easily pull up the non-repetitive, important tasks you have for the day.To combat this, just create a new calendar for each part of your life you’d like to keep track of on your Google Calendar.To create a new calendar, click the little arrow next to “My calendars,” and you’ll see an option to “Create new calendar.” Select that, choose your desired calendar options, and then voilà! You’ve got yourself another calendar.Pro Tip: You can even color-code each calendar to make it easy for you to pick out what you’ve got to do each day.6 Amazing To-Do Lists To Help You Maximize Productivity2. Schedule Meetings With Groups Using “Find a Time” or “Suggested Times”Ever need to schedule a meeting with several people who have busy schedules? It can be really annoying to try to figure out when you’re all free. Thankfully, Google Calendar actually has two features that can do the heavy lifting for you: “Suggested Times” or “Find a Time.”To use either, make sure you’ve added everyone to the event who needs to attend.If you’d like Google to suggest a time for you to meet, simply select the “Suggested Times” link below your names. A pop-up will show up with some times you can meet. (In my experience, these suggested times tend to be very early in the morning or very late at night, especially if you have busy people on the invite. But some people prefer to use this feature.)Or, you can choose the tab next to “Event details” called “Find a time” to have Google help you find a time. In this option, you’ll see everyone’s schedules side-by-side. Find an open spot? Claim it with that blue-dashed box and send off your invite.Side note: you can also use a free product like HubSpot Meetings to easily schedule meetings without back-and-forth emails.3. Add a Google Hangout to Your EventNeed to easily set up a face-to-face remote meeting? Just click the link to “Add video call,” and Google will set up hangout for your event attendees to use. (Learn more about Google Hangouts here.)4. Add AttachmentsI don’t know about you, but I often find myself attending meetings that require me to reference a relevant document. Maybe we’re all working off one Google Doc, or perhaps we’re pouring over an intricate spreadsheet. Regardless, it’s best to make sure that all attendees have the materials they need before the meeting begins.Google Calendar can help. Using a feature in Google Calendar Labs, you can actually attach files directly to your event, so people don’t have to go hunting in their inbox for relevant info. Here’s how you set it up:First, you have to enable this feature in Google Calendar Labs. Click the “Settings” sprocket in the top right-hand corner of the main Google Calendar page, then choose “Labs.”Then, find the feature “Event attachments” and choose to enable it. Click “Save” at the top, and you’ll have the option to attach files to your event using Google Drive.5. Set Up a World ClockDo you work with teammates who live around the world? You might find it’s difficult to figure out what time is appropriate to schedule meetings with them. Fortunately, you can — by enabling “World Clock” in Google Calendar Labs.Once it’s enabled and set up to include your preferred time zones, you can easily see what time it is in other time zones, or click on any event and see what time it will take place in your selected time zones. Get 1:1 Meeting NamesWant to know who you’re meeting for lunch without having to click into the event? Enable the feature “Who’s my one-on-one with?” in Google Calendar Labs. To set it up, use the same steps as above.7. Email Event GuestsRemember the time you tried to email a large group of people about an event? Maybe you were trying to coordinate a team outing — or just let everyone know they should bring their laptops to the all-hands meeting. Regardless, I bet it was annoying to try to figure out who was actually going to the event and ensure you didn’t forget anyone.Well, this Google Calendar feature will come in handy next time. As long as you’ve added everyone to the event that needs to go, you can easily email everyone in the group by going into the event details and choosing “Email Guests,” which is located above the attendee list.Then, an email compose box will come up. Simply type in your message and hit send!8. Add Specific Meeting LocationsI wish I’d known about this feature the last time I got coffee with someone in downtown Boston. We agreed to meet at Starbucks… but thanks to the multitude of Starbucks locations in Boston, our conversation went something like this:“Okay, so let’s meet at the one on State Street,” I said.“Oh, the one by the Court House?” he asked.“Well, it’s kinda by the Court House, but further down State Street,” I replied.“Oh, you mean the one by Downtown Crossing?” he clarified.Logistics can get fuzzy without a specific address. Thankfully, Google Calendar has a feature that’ll fix all that. Instead of having the back-and-forth, I could’ve just sent my friend a calendar invite with the specific address in the “Where” box. It integrates with Google Maps so it’s super easy to figure out where you’re meeting and how to get there.9. Use Gentle Notifications.As you probably can tell by now, I love Google Calendar… but there is one feature I absolutely hate.If you have your Google Calendar open as a tab in your browser when it’s 10 minutes before your next event, the 10-minute notification interrupts everything you’re doing and takes over your screen. Forget about what you were working on — Google Calendar will suddenly surface its tab with a big pop-up alert coupled with an annoying sound. It’s the worst.Luckily, there’s a Google Calendar Lab feature that you can use to make notifications much less annoying: it’s called “Gentle Notifications.” Instead of interrupting your work, you’ll just get a satisfying *ping* and the page title of your Google Calendar tab will flash the name of the event. (I’ve also got the desktop notification enabled and would highly recommend it.)10. Arrange Appointment SlotsEver thought about instigating “office hours” so other folks in your company can book time with you? Or are you a part-time consultant with limited hours to book meetings? Or do you want to limit the times your team can book time with you to certain times of day?If you said “yes” to any of the above, then you should definitely think about using Google Calendar Appointments.Basically, this feature lets you carve out Appointment slots on your calendar and then share the Appointment calendar link with select people. When they click your Appointment calendar link, they can choose from any of your available options. If they find a time they like, all they have to do is select it — and voilà, it’s booked right on your private calendar with the information you need for the meeting.To set up your Appointments, click on a slot you’d like to carve out, just like you’d do for a typical event. But before you start filling out the event details, click “Appointment Slots” (it’s next to “Event” at the very top of the pop-up). New options will appear.If you’d like more control over your Appointments, click “Edit Details,” and you’ll be taken here:Want more tips on integrating Appointments into your typical workflow? Check out this great post by Likes & Launch.How to Establish a Meeting-Free Day Every Week11. Browse Interesting CalendarsWant to make sure you’re keeping track of holidays in other countries, your favorite sports team’s schedule, or just know when the sun’s going to rise and set each day? You’ll find these calendars (and more) by heading over to “Interesting Calendars.”To do that, click the arrow next to “Other calendars,” and choose “Browse Interesting Calendars.” From there, choose the calendars you’d like to subscribe to.12. Implement a Custom ViewWhen you first set up your calendar, you’ll have the option to view it as a week, month, the next 4 days or as an agenda. That “4 days” option? You can switch that out with something else by heading over to your “Settings,” and switching your “Custom view” options.13. Share Your Calendars With OthersIf you’re using Google Apps for your company, you can also control who sees your calendar, what they see and whether they have permissions to edit it. (If you have an assistant, this tip will be very important to remember.) You can also make your calendar public, if you wish.To change your sharing settings, click on the arrow next to the preferred calendar and choose “Share this Calendar.”Then, you’ll be taken to this page. Here, you can choose to do any of the following:Make the calendar public.Choose to show event details to everyone in your company, or just free/busy information.Add someone to your calendar and choose their individual permissions settings (see all details; make changes to events; make changes to events and manage sharing; hide all details). 2.5★ 5.0★ 2.8★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h When you’re done, be sure to hit “Save.”14. Use Keyboard ShortcutsAre you looking to really streamline your Google Calendar efforts? Google Calendar’s got a ton of keyboard shortcuts to use, such as:t = Move your calendar view to todayc = Create an eventq = Quick Add an eventCheck out the full list here.15. Sync Meetings With Your CRMUse a CRM daily? It can be annoying to go back and forth between your Google Calendar and your CRM. Instead, dive into your CRM settings to see if there’s an existing integration with Google Calendar.HubSpot CRM users, you’re in luck — it’s quick and easy to set up this integration. Learn more here.16. Sync Your Calendar With Your Marketing SoftwareAnd if you want to make your Google Calendar align even more with your marketing activities, you can even integrate it with your marketing software.For HubSpot customers, you can use Zapier to set up some pretty nifty workflows, such as creating a social media message every time an event starts. Check out this page for more on how you can set up that integration, as well as some ideas for ways you can integrate the two.This article was originally published on HubSpot. It is reprinted with permission. All images are courtesy of HubSpot.Browse Open Jobslast_img read more

8 Finance Jobs With The Biggest Pay Growth

first_img4. AccountantMedian Salary: $57,160Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 2.8%Companies Hiring: Cognitive TPG, Avitus Group, Express Services Inc., Gigabyte Technology, Vanguard Properties Inc., and more.Browse Open Jobs N/A 7. Tax ManagerMedian Salary: $91,276Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 0.1%Companies Hiring: Houlette & Garland, Metcalf Hodges P.S., Coker James & Company, Elliott Davis, Blue & Co., Forbes & Company, and more.Browse Open Jobs View More Jobs 5. Financial AnalystMedian Salary: $63,863Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 2.5%Companies Hiring: Lightspeed Systems, The M.K. Morse, Lumos Networks, NBS, Newfield Exploration, SunOpta, and more.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 3.6★ 8. Insurance AgentMedian Salary: $39,008Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: -7.2%Companies Hiring: The Nolan Group, State Farm, American National Insurance Group, Allstate, The Leazer Group, Acceptance Insurance, and more.Browse Open Jobs 4.8★ Restaurant Manager The Saxton Group Irving, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Manager Gourmet Burger Restaurant Las Vegas, NV 4.2★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Kitchen Manager New Italian Restaurant Ocala, FLcenter_img 3. Loan OfficerMedian Salary: $47,479Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 6.1Companies Hiring: Edward Jones, Increase Financial, Capital Financial Group, Bank of America, Grow Financial, Artifex Financial Group, and more.Browse Open Jobs Culinary Manager Mimi’s Cafe Tustin, CA Kitchen Manager Hojeij Branded Food Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ 2. Financial AdvisorMedian Salary: $55,242Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 7.5%Companies Hiring: Bank of America, Ascent Wealth Management, Edward Jones, Increase Financial, Capital Financial Group, and moreBrowse Open Jobs N/A 2.8★ Hot, New Jobs For You Service Manager Rush Enterprises Carol Stream, IL Finance Manager OYSTER COVE BOAT WORKS & YACHT BROKERAGE, INC Gloucester, VA 6. Claims AdjusterMedian Salary: $53,401Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 1.2%Companies Hiring: California Casualty, Progressive Insurance, Gallagher, Safelite, FCCI, McLarens, Liberty Mutual, and more.Browse Open Jobs Manager In Training Crew Carwash Bloomington, IN 23 hours ago 23h Store Manager Meineke Williamsburg, VA Case Manager Kindred Healthcare Houston, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Just because you work in the financial sector with money doesn’t mean you a make a lot of money—nor does it mean you can expect big bumps in your salary each year. But there are jobs in the industry that show pay growth year over year, according to Glassdoor’s annual Local Pay Report. Here are eight finance jobs that offer raises—plus the companies hiring. 1. Bank TellerMedian Salary: $30,872Year-Over-Year Growth Rate: 7.5%Companies Hiring: BNB, Pearl Capital, Wells Fargo, Citizens Bank, Dollar Bank, and more.Browse Open Jobslast_img read more

​Newcaste, Brighton benefactors put them ahead of Burnley says Dyche

first_imgBurnley boss Sean Dyche explains that his side do not even have the same spending power as the three promoted clubs to the Premier League this season.Burnley managed to avoid relegation last term in quite comfortable fashion and it is expected that the Clarets will spend significant amounts in the transfer market this summer to consolidate their top flight status.With the large influx of TV money pouring in, one would expect Burnley to have strong spending power in the transfer market.But manager Sean Dyche has quashed such assumptions and has revealed that his club is not even as financially strong as the promoted trio of Newcastle United, Huddersfield and Brighton & Hove Albion due to an absence of a wealthy benefactor.”Newcastle are coming up, we’re not going to catch them, they’ve got the owner’s money, same with Brighton. Brighton’s wage bill is above ours already,” said Dyche.”Then you’ve got Huddersfield. I believe their owners’ wealthy but are running it steady, they want to run it more like a concern. So two of the three coming up are going to be above us immediately financially.”A fan said to me ‘we’re the same as Newcastle now, because we get the same TV money’. They’ve got a fella behind them who is a billionaire, on 50,000 attendances and all the corporate and shirt sales.”But that’s how fans sometimes think, why are they spending more than us what we get the same TV deal? But often they have a benefactor who says ‘go for your life’.”last_img read more

Barcelona ready to test Man Utd resolve for Ander Herrera

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera remains on the radar of Barcelona.Sport says Herrera is viewed by Barca as an alternative to €100 million-rated PSG midfielder Marco Verratti.The midfield schemer produced the best football of his career last season under United manager Jose Mourinho and has been tipped for the club captaincy next term.However, United’s resolve will be tested by Barca if PSG refuse to do business over Verratti next month.Herrera’s signing has been endorsed by new Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who worked with the midfielder at Athletic Bilbao.last_img

Are you a social capitalist? Tell Fast Company.

first_imgMy colleagues over at Fast Company asked me to share this announcement:Announcing the 5th annual Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards—recognizing the top social entrepreneurs in America. Nominate yourself or a deserving organization by June 4 here! ( New this year: awards for for-profit enterprises as well as not-for-profits. For more information, email Keith Hammonds at are a lot of smart readers on the blog, I hope some of you will enter.last_img

Infineon and XAIN to collaborate on bringing blockchain into the car

first_imgInfineon Technologies and XAIN have agreed to work together on bringing blockchain technology into the car. The goal of the collaboration is to test possible applications and develop suitable ones to market maturity. A first demonstrator shows how access rights, e.g. for car sharing, can be granted decentrally with a smartphone app.A blockchain is a decentralized database that enables speedy transactions and particularly secure, tamper-free storage. In connection with cars, feasible applications for this technology include automated payments, keyless access for car sharing schemes, on-demand services, tuning protection and automated driving functions. Essentially, it is all about the granting of access rights – to the car itself or to specific data in the vehicle. An example involving specific data is when insurance companies offer low rates for car owners with good driving habits.All of Infineon’s 2 nd generation AURIX microcontrollers can provide support for blockchain functionality in cars already today. This support is based on an embedded hardware security module that complies with the highest level of the EVITA security standard. An HSM consists of special computing and storage units within the microcontroller. It performs the cryptographic operations and is protected by a dedicated firewall of its own. The 2 nd generation AURIX microcontrollers thus have a secured memory for the digital key used for identification in the blockchain and are able to perform blockchain operations, such as hashing or digital signing, swiftly and securely. Certified security controllers such as the OPTIGA TPM 2.0 from Infineon for automotive applications allow even higher security levels to be reached.However, the creation of new data blocks still represents a challenge for the conventional microcontrollers used in cars. Due to the enormous amounts of required computing power, the so-called mining as used in the context of cryptocurrencies, up to this point in time has been executed by high-performance processors. XAIN, however, is working on a new process that can also be performed on devices that need to be economical in their use of energy – such as microcontrollers in cars.At the Infineon Automotive Cybersecurity Forum, Infineon and XAIN are presenting their first demonstrator. It shows how access rights can be granted decentrally, swiftly and securely by means of a smartphone app. An application for this would be a car sharing scheme without a platform or back-office in which all participants are able to spontaneously share their cars with others.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ROHM: automotive-grade buck-boost power supply chipsetNext IBASE: expandable Panel PCs for harsh factory automation applicationslast_img read more

Santiago Solari handed Real Madrid manager contract till 2021

first_imgSantiago Solari has made the progress from an interim manager to being the permanent coach as Real Madrid handed the former Castilla coach a contract till June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.Solari was brought in as interim coach after Real Madrid sacked former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui after just 140 days in charge of the club.Under Lopetegui, Real won four and lost four matches in the La Liga and drew two. In the Champions League, they won two and lost one. The poor form culminated into a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of rivals Barcelona in El Clasico, after which Florentino Perez had had enough.After the 42-year Argentine Solari took over, Real Madrid have got four wins in as many matches. Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.Solari played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane, who was the club’s coach and won three Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month, who only managed 14 games at Real, the second least since Jose Antonio Camacho in 2004, who managed six games.Lopetegui, therefore, became the coach to serve the least amount of time as Real coach since the turn of the millennium. Vicente Del Bosque served the most with 1,315 days to his name. The closest to Lopetgui in terms of least days served is Juande Ramos, who served as Real coach from 2008 to 2009. He was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, who served a year from 2009 to 2010.advertisementSolari, on the other hand, has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Fleetwood Town’s Nathan Pond: ‘Jamie Vardy helped get us where we are today’

first_imgFA Cup “I hope so because Danny, our kitman, and Ted, who makes our brews, are really looking forward to seeing Jamie again,” says Pond. “Training and playing with him you could always see Jamie had a lot of quality. He had great speed – we played lots of long balls to maximise it – and he was also very aggressive. He was always a very good player and the money our chairman got for him has helped get us where we are today.”Pond, Uwe Rösler’s key defender, has also played a significant part in Fleetwood’s rise. A one-club man, the 32-year-old has entered the Guinness World Records after playing in seven divisions, winning six promotions as the team ascended football’s pyramid.After being deemed not good enough to play for Preston North End, his hometown club, and having abandoned hope of signing for Manchester City, his boyhood heroes, Pond arrived at Fleetwood, then in the North West Counties League, as a 17-year-old midfielder.“I didn’t turn professional until I was 26,” he says. Before that he worked full time as a driver’s mate for a delivery company, supplying bakeries with 25kg bags of flour and sugar. Night matches at away grounds sometimes meant returning home as late as 2am but the day job dictated he had to be up at 4.30am. “It’s the non-league mentality,” says Pond. “It’s not pleasant, it’s hard when you’ve got back from games in the early hours and when you’ve got to train in the evenings after work, but it’s just what you do to keep playing.” Liam Rosenior Share on Messenger Reuse this content Jamie Vardy FA Cup is where even the smallest of teams are afforded chance to dream Topics Happily he benefited from an equally dedicated chairman and owner, in the local businessman Andrew Pilley. Aided by the Vardy transfer fee, Pilley transformed Fleetwood from non-league also-rans to a team that came within touching distance of promotion to the Championship last spring. After finishing fourth, Rösler’s side lost a play-off semi-final to Bradford City and, although they are mid-table, promotion remains this season’s principal aim.“When the chairman took over, I remember him sitting all the players down and telling us about his plans,” says Pond. “At the time we didn’t really believe he’d be able to do it. But Andy put his money in and everything he predicted has happened.”Back in the early North West Counties days, let alone the interludes when he was loaned out to Kendal and Grimsby, Pond would hardly have dared believe he would be captaining Fleetwood against the 2016 Premier League champions.“This club has never reached the fourth round of the FA Cup so beating Leicester would be a great achievement,” he says.As part of the preamble to a tie selected for live BBC television, the trophy has arrived at Fleetwood’s Poolfoot Farm training ground on the Fylde coast and Pond joins Rösler in holding it aloft for countless photographs. By now, the captain has answered so many questions about a certain former team-mate that the name Vardy is echoing in his ears.“My journey’s been very different to Jamie’s but we both appreciate where we’ve come from,” says Pond. “It’s a dream for me to be a full-time professional so I don’t take it for granted; I want to make sure I make the most of it because I’ve seen the other side.” Share via Email Leicester City Share on Twittercenter_img Read more ‘The atmosphere was incredible. Imre Varadi was hit square in the face by a pie’ Share on Facebook “I expect you’re going to ask me about Jamie Vardy,” says Nathan Pond. “The whole day has been Vardy, Vardy, Vardy.”Not that Fleetwood Town’s captain and centre-half is really complaining. Indeed Pond seems slightly amused by the media circus surrounding the League One side’s FA Cup third-round meeting at home against Leicester City at Highbury, Lancashire, on Saturday.After a day spent regaling assorted reporters with his memories of playing alongside Vardy at Fleetwood he greets the news the England striker is struggling to overcome a groin injury in time for the game with an air of slight disbelief. Whether or not Vardy plays – and that seems unlikely – it will be a major surprise if he does not watch from the stands at the club he helped into the Football League before joining Leicester for £1m in 2012. Read more Share on LinkedIn features Share on WhatsApp Fleetwood Town Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Do Schär and Ospina incidents show football has a concussion problem?

first_imgComparable controversy recently surrounded the collapse of David Ospina, the Arsenal goalkeeper on loan at Napoli, during a Serie A game against Udinese. Ospina had played on, with head heavily bandaged following a collision, before fainting and being taken to hospital where scans mercifully proved clear.It is hard to envisage similar scenarios unfolding at St James’ Park where – in common with other Premier League clubs – Newcastle have not only a tunnel doctor augmenting club counterparts but operate a live video and audio feed linking the pitch and dugout to the club’s treatment room. From it medical staff offer frontline colleagues advice, typically helping assess the severity of injuries using a red, amber and green traffic-light system.Newcastle’s manager, Rafael Benítez is happy to cede autonomy in this sphere to Catterson, a highly qualified trauma expert who fully appreciates that, like Schär, players are often reluctant to be replaced after head injuries. He and Benítez became embroiled in extraordinary scenes involving the club’s former striker Aleksandar Mitrovic during the 2016 Tyne-Wear derby. With the score 1-1 in a vital relegation home match against Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland and all substitutes used, Mitrovic briefly lost consciousness following a blow to the head and was sidelined. Undeterred, the Serb swiftly attempted to return to the pitch and had to be restrained by a combination of Catterson and Benítez. Facebook Pinterest Newcastle United Share on WhatsApp features Unfortunately Fabian Schär seemed to become an exception to this zero-tolerance approach when the Newcastle defender completed Switzerland’s 2-0 win against Georgia in Tbilisi, despite having briefly lost consciousness during a first-half clash of heads.Schär said he had been “knocked out for a few minutes” and added “my skull is buzzing”. Switzerland’s failure to withdraw him appeared so completely out of step with concussion guidelines Newcastle’s medical team, led by the club doctor Paul Catterson, were sufficiently alarmed to make urgent calls to Tbilisi.A “joint decision” was taken and Switzerland announced they were withdrawing Schär from Tuesday’s game with Denmark but the real puzzle was why the Uefa protocols had not been immediately activated. As with the FA and the Premier League there should be a minimum six-day rest period before a player “returns to play” following a suspected concussion. Non-professionals lacking “enhanced care” should wait 19 days.Uefa protocol states: “In the event of a suspected concussion, the referee stops the game for up to three minutes to allow the player to be assessed by the doctor. A player will only be allowed to continue playing on specific confirmation by the team doctor to the referee of the player’s fitness to carry on.” In Schär’s case there was a five-minute break before the referee was reassured, with everything apparently hinging on Switzerland’s team doctor.Although a third, independent, “tunnel doctor” must be present at Premier League games to support and advise their two club counterparts, this rule is not mandatory elsewhere and there have been calls – notably from the former Newcastle and England captain Alan Shearer and the global players’ union, Fifpro – for a third “neutral” physician to be present at internationals and given the final say on head injuries. Such a presence could have altered the outcome in Georgia.Switzerland have defended themselves, saying Schär was examined in accordance with the “sport concussion assessment tool” and “no neurological deficits could be detected”. Moreover, post-game checks highlighted “no abnormalities”, they said. Share on LinkedIn Risk is part of life’s fabric and a big part of football’s attraction but when it comes to suspected concussion, even the most calculated gambles have no place in the game.Stringent protocols adopted by the Football Association perform a largely excellent job in protecting players with possible head injuries, while Fifa and Uefa competitions fall under the umbrella of separate, but broadly similar, guidelines.Unfortunately all such safety nets harbour one key flaw: there is no accurate diagnostic tool for concussion and assessment is determined on the judgment of individual doctors reliant primarily on potentially unreliable balance and memory checks.Although a Birmingham University research team are close to a breakthrough and have a saliva test on trial in the Premier League, the mantra is to err on the side of extreme caution. In the words of the FA’s concussion guidelines: “If in doubt, sit them out.” These samples are exposed to the groundbreaking “Birmingham concussion test” developed by the academic neurosurgeon professor Tony Belli, which seeks molecules acting as biomarkers indicating whether the brain has suffered injury. The hope is a handheld saliva monitor will be introduced, possibly within two years.“This is a really big breakthrough and it’s been developed in Britain,” Belli said. “Sports around the world have been looking for a more reliable and objective assessment for concussion than the current balance and memory tests. They are just not very accurate.” Share on Pinterest Football needs to get house in order over concussion, and it is not alone Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email ‘Dereliction of duty’ – Fabian Schär plays on for Swiss after being knocked outcenter_img Football Concussion in sport Switzerland Twitter Read more Napoli Topics Share on Twitter If Headway, the brain injury campaign group, was suitably unimpressed, its chief executive, Peter McCabe, was shocked by the Schär case. “What is it going to take to make football take concussion seriously?” he asked. “Put simply, the decision to allow Fabian Schär to return to the field of play after suffering a clear concussion was not only incredibly dangerous but also a clear dereliction of duty.”Headway has urged Uefa to open an inquiry into Schär’s head injury but on Wednesday European football’s governing body said it had no update on whether such an investigation would be forthcoming.The Premier League Doctors’ Group hopes to simplify the enforcement of concussion protocols courtesy of a diagnostic trial running in conjunction with Birmingham University throughout this season. Welcomed by the Professional Footballers’ Association, it involves the collection of saliva, blood and urine from injured players and uninjured “control” teammates. Read more Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina collapsed after sustaining a blow to the head in a collision with Udinese’s forward Ignacio Pussetto. Photograph: Carlo Hermann/AFP/Getty Images Sean Ingle Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

OSU Target Israel Antwine Decommits from Ole Miss

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. One of Oklahoma State’s top targets for 2018 is back on the market.Three-star defensive tackle Israel Antwine announced on twitter last night that he was rescinding his commitment to Ole Miss.“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. However I would like to thank my family and coaches for helping me through this recruiting process and plans for my future. I want to thank the Ole Miss staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career as a student athlete, but due to recent events I will be re-opening the recruiting process and will re-evaluate where I will continue my collegiate career… I will not be open to immediate interviews due to me preparing for the start of my Sr. season however I will not prolong the recruiting process either. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. thank you.”AdChoices广告Antwine’s decision to decommit from the Rebels isn’t surprising. He said himself he was reconsidering his commitment just last week. Considering what Ole Miss is dealing with involving potential sanctions and head coach Hugh Freeze stepping down, you can’t blame him.You have to expect Oklahoma State to be in the running for the talented defensive tackle, though their stiffest competition may come from a late contender. Texas made an offer to Antwine on July 26, when it looked like he would eventually decommit. Now, 247Sports has the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorites to land the Oklahoma City area prospect from Millwood High.If OSU is going to land him, they might not have long to swing his favor in their direction. Antwine says he won’t draw out the recruiting process, which makes me believe he has a short list of landing spots he’s leaning toward.last_img read more

Class of 2022 Lineman Kelvin Banks Commits to OSU

first_imgOklahoma State picked up a huge win on the football field Saturday night, then a big win on the recruiting trail less than 24 hours later. Class of 2022 offensive line prospect Kelvin Banks Jr. committed to the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, pledging his allegiance to the Pokes over offers from Texas, Arizona State, Florida State and Houston.Banks is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound recruit from Humble, Texas and Summer Creek High School — a mammoth prospect for just a sophomore. 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. COMMITTED ‼️— Kelvin (@Kelvinbanksjr12) September 29, 2019Banks is huge for OSU as it lays the foundation for the future of the program. The Cowboys don’t even have a commitment in the 2021 class yet, but already have Banks to build on for 2022. Getting him to commit early could certainly help in OSU’s early pursuit of skill talent in the class with five-star running back Raleek Brown and other blue-chippers at quarterback likely to emerge in the near future.last_img read more

Going viral for Earth Day

first_imgLast week, I heard the best presentation on marketing that I’ve ever heard in recent memory. I was listening to Frank Luntz, the famous former Republican message strategist who brought us terms like the “death tax.” He talked about how nonprofits can express themselves in more compellng terms, drawing heavily from his book, Words that Work. He was presenting right after me at Spitfire’s Communications Leadership Institute. Thank goodness I went first — following that session would have been like being a grad student sharing the stage with Stephen Hawking. I’m going to blog about what Luntz said all this week, because he understands better than anyone how to cut through the communications clutter, speak to an audience’s values, and seize people’s attention.One of the questions posed to Luntz was how to get young people interested in environmental causes. He said if they were not paying attention with awareness of global warming at such a high, they probably wouldn’t ever care. What is needed now, he said, is a clear call to action. A few days later, a lot of well-intentioned but poorly positioned Earth Day email was clogging my inbox. Most of it lacked a clear, Luntz-style call to action. He was right.There was one notable exception. My friends at Care2 sent me a link to their petition page. Nice, vivid video (I’ll never forget the five arms). Simple action (sign the petition). Room for user-driven content. 10,000 signatures and thousands of personal notes in a few days. Well done.Remember: Ask for something simple, clear and compelling or don’t ask at all.last_img read more

WA State Championships

first_imgOver 40 teams will compete at the premier event on the WA Touch Football calendar, with teams coming from all over the state, including from Fremantle, Peel, Tompkins Park, Geraldton, Perth, Brighton and Rosalie. The teams will compete across eight divisions including: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open (two divisions), Women’s 27’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s.The tournament commences at 11.50am on Friday, with the last timeslot of the day to be played at 5.40pm. Saturday’s games commence at 9.00am, while finals will be played on Sunday, with grand finals to commence at 10.45am.The Women’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s finals kick off the finals campaign, before the Women’s 27’s grand final at 11.55am. The Men’s 30’s final will follow at 1.05pm before the three Open’s grand finals. The Mixed Open will commence at 2.10pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 3.25pm, with the Men’s Open final to conclude the tournament at 4.35pm. Perth Brothers will be looking for back to back titles in both the Men’s and Women’s Open’s division, while Bunbury will be aiming for consecutive wins in the Mixed Open division. For more information, please visit the following read more

Neymar & Brazil stars given rough treatment by Swiss

first_imgWorld Cup Switzerland give Neymar the rough treatment to frustrate Brazil Stefan Coerts Rostov on Don Last updated 1 year ago 03:55 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Neymar Brazil Switzerland World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho Brazil v Switzerland Switzerland The PSG attacker was unable to make much of an impact as he got little space to create something at the Rostov Arena The name on everybody’s lips heading into Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday was an unsurprising one: Neymar.The Paris Saint-Germain star was a doubt for the tournament in Russia not too long ago after fracturing his metatarsal in the Ligue 1 encounter with Marseille back in February and only recently returned to full training.Neymar’s injury problems did not stop him from scoring both in his return to action against Croatia as well as against Austria, but Brazil boss Tite admitted during his pre-match news conference that the 26-year-old was not in peak condition yet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Neymar is not 100 per cent,” he stated at the Rostov Arena. “But he is very privileged physically, his sprinting capacity and his speed is really impressive, he hasn’t lost that. He’s not 100 per cent yet, but he’s good enough to play very well.”Both parts of Tite’s message had clearly registered with the Swiss as they did everything within their power to keep the PSG man quiet.Valon Behrami needed a mere four minutes for his first foul on Neymar, only to repeat the trick 10 minutes later, much to the annoyance of the Brazil No.10.Referee Cesar Ramos took action at the half-hour mark when Stephan Lichtsteiner brought down Neymar on the edge of the box, but Switzerland continued to bully the former Barcelona man at every opportunity, with Fabian Schar and Behrami both going into the match official’s book too.Neymar Valon Behrami Brazil Switzerland World Cup 2018Vladimir Petkovic’s men’s focus on Neymar – who was fouled 10 times across 96 minutes – allowed his team-mates a bit of extra space and Philippe Coutinho took the opportunity to show what he is capable of in what was his World Cup debut.The ex-Liverpool man was involved in Brazil’s first moment of danger when he set up Neymar down the left, with Paulinho eventually scuffing a shot wide from a close range.Coutinho then decided to take matters into his own hand midway through the first half. The 26-year-old picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a stunning curler into the top corner.10 – The last player to be fouled more in a #WorldCup game than Neymar v Switzerland (10) was Alan Shearer in 1998 (11 v Tunesia). Down.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018His attacking influence was not Coutinho’s only contribution on the evening, however, as he happily tracked back when needed, often finding himself in a deeper position than Barcelona team-mate Paulinho. But the 26-year-old’s strike eventually was not enough as some unconvincing defending from Miranda allowed Steven Zuber to level the scoring early in the second half after a Ricardo Rodriguez corner.Coutinho came close to restoring Brazil’s lead when he chested down a long ball from the left before blasting a volley toward the far post, but he was unfortunate to see his attempt sail wide.Brazil thus had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their opening game, with Sommer pulling off a superb save late on to save Switzerland, as they got their campaign off to an underwhelming start, much like fellow favourites Spain, Argentina and Germany.Costa Rica now await on matchday two, before they lock horns with Serbia in their final game of the group stages on June 27 as they continue the chase for their sixth-ever world title.last_img read more