Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMC
The Thane Police’s probe into extortion accused Iqbal Kaskar’s alleged links with political figures has identified at least three corporators from Thane, who are now under the police scanner. Officer said that the number is likely to increase over the next few day.Dawood’s name usedExtortion Iqbal, the younger brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was arrested late on Monday night for allegedly extorting a Thane-based builder by using Dawood’s name. Two others, Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Sayed, were also arrested for aiding Iqbal in the racket.
Slowly clearing out what many consider “dead wood”, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday appointed 75-year-old Mallikarjun Kharge as the party’s general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra, replacing 68-year-old Mohan Prakash.Mr. Kharge’s appointment has come as a surprise for many in the party since he already holds two key positions. He is leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha and also the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee. His appointment has started speculation on whether Congress will be replacing him as leader of the party in Lok Sabha.A question many Congress leaders are pondering over is whether Mr. Gandhi will take the reins in his hands. “That was my first thought too. However, he [Mr. Gandhi] has not spent much time in Parliament. And Leader of House is a position where you have to be present each day, be attentive, stand and fight for the party. Will he want to immerse himself in hot water?” said a senior Congress leader.Maharashtra is an “extra-ordinarily” crucial State since it sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha, second only to Uttar Pradesh (80 seats).“It is a calculated step. [We needed] a person with some political heft and experience,” a State leader said. It also helps that Mr. Kharge speaks Marathi and has handled the State in the past.“I thank Sonia Gandhi ji, Rahul Gandhi ji for giving me the opportunity. I also thank people of Maharashtra and State unit for their cooperation and love,” Mr. Prakash said
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Let’s look at two specific examples. . There is also an So these technologies are all related in the grand sense of making the web more computer-readable. With microformats, you could add a little bit of special text to your web page, telling other computers, such as Google and Yahoo’s search engines, about these reviews. The search engines can show five stars (or whatever the appropriate visual display is) and a link to the review right in the search engine results page. And in a browser, it might look like this: hReview . Try entering one of your events into the free hCalendar creator , put it your event information, and paste its HTML code into your web page. Here’s how it looks: When a user visits this page, they might see something like this: Soon, browsers will be able to add a customized “Add to calendar” link next to this entry. That is possible because the computer now understands the event information. , where you can input your product information and it will give you the text to paste into your web page. More impressively, search engines that index this page will also be able to add an “Add to calendar” link right on the search results page! Imagine your web page standing out of the crowd with some customized, personal links for the user! Microformats are hCalendar Website Design RDF, which stands for The meeting example above uses a microformat called Resource Description Framework The product review example above uses a microformat called Example 2: Product Reviews Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack As another example, let’s say your company has a product that you want to market. The product has been reviewed on your web site and in other places, but right now to see the reviews the visitors have to come in to your web site. Not anymore! a handful of simple technical standards Here’s how this would look: The concept is simple: it’s just like marking certain text as important on your web page by making it bigger or using a bold font, except you can convey more complex information. Used properly, these tools will drive more traffic and more qualified traffic to your web site. Technically, this type of data representation is called XML, and you can view it or edit it in any text editor. The output from the microformat creator tools can simply be copied and pasted into any web page. Originally published Apr 3, 2008 11:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 hReview Creator , and it will give you the right text to paste into your page. , and the are two terms closely related to microformats. Both are approaches to making web pages more readable by computers, not just humans. The idea is to give computer programs, like the search engines, more information so they can better display your web page to their own users. What is RDF? What is the Semantic Web? Are they all related? that let you put information on your web page for other computers, as well as humans, to read. By making the same information computer-accessible, you will improve the user experience for your visitors, and even impact the search engine results pages to make your results stand out more. The result will be more traffic, better qualified traffic, and a higher conversion rate. You are attending a trade show and you want to let people know, so they can sign up as well. All you have to do is go to the free Semantic Web Technical Details Example 1: Putting a meeting on the calendar Topics: Imagine if someone does a keyword search and sees 10 results, but yours is the only one that has product reviews right there in the search engine result page! It’s a free and simple way to get more traffic to your web site, and it’s likely to be more qualified traffic as well. hCalendar Creator tool
Didyou know press releases can also be used to help your website rankbetter in Google, target specific keywords and build links into yourwebsite? 4) Don’t embed multimedia in your press releases. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 2) Don’t forget to use anchor text. Pressreleases can make great company blog posts. Why not take an adaptationand put it on your blog? It’ll reach another audience and it’s a great way to repurpose important content. Anchor text tells Google what a link is about. Take afew minutes to review your press release and look for words that youwant to rank for. Link those words back to related, internal pages as anchortext. We will be announcing those results on our May 20th webinar. Learn what happens behind-the-scenes after you submit a press release. Miss the live webinar? Flickr Photo: RobW Postit on your own website instead, and include a link to it in your release.It’d be a shame if people started linking to the press release insteadof your site. Also, multimedia capabilities tends to be a lot more expensive than regular releases. Why dish out the extra cash? to check. For now, here’s five common mistakes that any marketer or business owner can easily fix when creating press releases. 3) Don’t use Gobbledygook words. Gobbledygook Grader Catch the archive here The mostcommon link in a press release is the company website in theboilerplate. Don’t let this be the only link youuse. Make sure you aretaking advantage of every opportunity to link back to interior pagesthat often don’t receive any links at all. to learn how to best optimize your press releases to get more links. Topics: 5) Don’t forget to post your press release to your blog. They mean nothing to peopleor search engines. Flashy words as headlines also hurt a release’sability to be syndicated, or reposted, on other websites. Usekeyword-rich language that is straight forward. Use free tools like 1) Don’t only link to your main website. Watch the Webinar: New Research on Creating News Releases That Work HubSpot recently conducted a study to learn how best to usepress releases as a means to help your website perform better in searchengines. ( ) Public Relations Originally published May 15, 2009 8:26:00 AM, updated October 20 2016
Twitter sure has been busy lately. First, Twitter lists . Now they’ve recently rolled out their following On your Twitter sidebar, you’ll notice a new option under your Favorites called “Retweets.” Clicking this will show you three different tabbed options: Retweets by others, Retweets by you and Your tweets, retweeted. Here’s an example of a retweet that appeared in my timeline. Note that I am . Among other issues, users are also concerned about the new Retweet function What is your opinion of the new feature? Will it change the way people tweet? Because most of the credit is given to the tweet’s originator, does it take away from the power of the recommendation? Originally published Nov 19, 2009 1:59:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 seeming invasion to a beta group of users, making it easier to regurgitate others’ tweets. The feature was rolled out to me today, but after testing it out I’ve started questioning, You’ll also notice that when you’re on the page of a user you’re following, you have the option of turning on/off the ability to see that user’s retweets. The feature is on when the arrowed icon appears highlighted in green. To turn it off, click the icon so it isn’t highlighted: Reactions from the Twitterati: Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Perhaps the biggest implication of the new Retweet function from a marketing perspective is the increased importance of creating quality, unique tweets that others will want to retweet. Because retweets are associated with the original user, that user who originated the tweet will have more widespread reach and visibility via the Twitter timelines of others who may not be following them. for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. @SESConf Does the new feature enhance or diminish the quality of the retweet? One of my personal gripes about the new Retweet feature is the inability to add a personal touch to the tweet I’m re-posting. When a user presses the Retweet button, the tweet is re-posted verbatim, with no opportunity to disagree or add any personal flavor. After voicing my opinion on Twitter, I noticed that of their Twitter stream from users they aren’t following, since retweets appear with the avatar of the user who originally posted it, not the user you’re following who retweeted it. Twitter Engagement Explanation of Retweet Features: @Charwebmktg I’m not the only one who feels this way So What Does This Mean for Marketing? , but the tweet appeared because Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? am , who I Download the free webinar not The following is Twitter’s example of a retweet. Retweets appear in a user’s timeline as the original tweet with a note below indicating the user (the person you’re following) who retweeted it: Topics: following, retweeted it. See also Twitter’s explanation bubble: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
The list of data you could gather is endless, but there are a few key online metrics that can give you a clear idea of where your website stands relative to the competition and what you can do to be on top. . HubSpot’s Blog Grader that measures a site’s overall SEO readiness, including a scan for keywords, conversion forms and more. On a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being best, your website grade gives you a snapshot of your overall effectiveness in getting traffic to your site based on inbound marketing best practices. 3) Traffic Rank Originally published Nov 22, 2010 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 This simple metric indicates how many pages the search engines think you have. (Sometimes, based on your site structure, you might have more pages than they index.) More indexed pages generally means more content and more chances to build links and rank online. If your competition is blowing you out of the way on the other metrics, you can be almost certain they have a lot more pages. One of the ways you can easily create more pages is through blogging — every blog article is a new page and a new opportunity to rank for a valuable keyword by providing remarkable content to your audiences. ranking from Alexa . 7) Keywords in Top 100 HubSpot’s free 30 Day Trial to get your own Competitors Report. HubSpot’s Website Grader The lower this number the better. A Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack , this is an indication of how much traffic your site gets compared to all other sites on the Web. If you ranked #1, you’d be the most popular site in the world. Your goal is to have a rank lower than your competition. One way to get similar data online is to check out your Compete rankings Companies just like yours are trying to rank on the first page of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Some businesses rely on consultants, SEO firms or Pay-Per-Click ads to try and get placement in front of the right audiences. If you practice inbound marketing, you know that creating, optimizing and promoting high quality content can help you improve your search rankings. But how do you know what a good benchmark is — or how much work you need to do to move ahead of the pack? On a scale from 1 to 100, your blog grade is based on the level of traffic your blog receives and the quality and quantity of links pointing to it. Compiled by Competition on the web is fierce. score from 1 to 10, 10 being best, is provided by SEOMoz , this report will provide you with actionable recommendations to improve your blog’s effectiveness. This is an overall grade provided by 6) Indexed Pages This is an approximate count of the number of keywords on your or your competitors’ sites that rank in the top 100 search results. That means you are showing up within the first 10 pages. The higher the count, the better, because it means you get more chances to attract qualified visitors to your site. 1) Website Grade Conducting Marketing Research 2) Moz Rank 4) Blog Grade Topics: Is there a competitor that’s beating you in online rankings? Do a little research to find out why and then develop an inbound marketing strategy to improve your position and start winning more visitors, leads and sales online. You can do the work of getting a lot of these stats from the different tools mentioned above — or, consider getting a quick benchmark by using The chart above, featuring a few of HubSpot’s own websites, combines the key metrics you should consider as you develop benchmarks for your inbound marketing strategy: 5) Inbound Links Yahoo’s Site Explorer This This often overlooked metric is one of the strongest indicators of your potential online rank. An inbound link is like an online vote for your content and site: the more votes you accumulate, the more attention search engines give you. To beat your competition online, you need to build more inbound links with higher quality. You retrieve such data from public sources, like and measures link authority and popularity. High quantity and quality inbound links are key to improving your rankings in most search engines.
by giving readers an opportunity to raise their hand and potentially engage in business! Originally published Jun 27, 2011 3:15:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 10) Added calls-to-action on all blog content that led to conversion forms. business blogging using PPC For example, competitors never published information regarding pricing for others to see, but RPS broke the mold and published market prices of pool material on its blog. The post called ” 8) Answered questions publicly that its competitors were afraid to talk about. The company prioritized the questions it received most frequently and considered often-used keywords in prominent components of the blog article–like the headline! 10 Things River Pools and Spas Did Right While Blogging These factors combined helped River Pools and Spas. Have you had similar success? Get any new ideas that you might start implementing on your blog? These CTAs are what helped River Pools’ blog subscribers eventually River Pools knew it was best to target easier keywords when just getting started, and very specific words–or long-tail keywords–worked best. For example, ‘vinyl liner pools’ was a long-tail term the company targeted. filter down the sales funnel 1) Got rid of PPC and decided to focus on earned traffic through blogging. Topics: “, received 20,359 page views and 84 inbound links, the highest numbers for both categories in River Pools’ blogging history. 3) Blogged consistently, writing two posts per week. This consistency held subscribers’ interests and engaged new subscribers. By having an ongoing stream of published content, it also increased the probability the company would get found online. 9) Encouraged conversation by responding to all comments–even negative ones. 5) Optimized for long-tail keywords. successful business bloggers ? Blog Optimization and River Pools and Spas RPS understood that blogging is hard work. Team members compiled a list of topics or questions they could answer and rotated who would publish what article next. This company is a great example of an organization that uses organic search Fiberglass Pool Prices: How Much is My Pool Really Going to Cost? Subscribers noticed the frequency that RPS responded and felt welcome to share their ideas too, creating a collaborative environment. 2) Used its blog to educate many potential customers at once. publishes the most popular blog in the pool industry and is the number one pool company in the United States that specializes in fiberglass pools. The company started blogging in 2008, and to date, it has 760 blog subscribers. In the early days–when pool companies weren’t Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 4) Used questions from prospects and customers as fodder for blog posts. to its benefit. But what were the decisions that RPS made that set themselves up as River Pools blogged on the domain that also hosted its company website so that all inbound links to blog articles also gave SEO credit to the primary domain. That way, non-blog website pages could rank well too. Before blogging, many people would call the company simply to ask for pool information. Without knowing if these people had any intention of buying, these one-on-one conversations were not leading to sales. By educating many potential customers at once through the blog, RPS could now funnel people through the sales cycle. 6) Made sure its blog was on the same domain as its website. 7) Shared blogging responsibility throughout a team. –the cost-effectiveness was relatively high. As more competitors utilized paid search, pool-related keywords became more and more expensive. For River Pools and Spas, this meant it was time to focus on organic content and traffic.
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Image management is about controlling your image to fit public criteria. Personal branding is about exposing what’s true and unique about you. Connect With Dan Online He . scaled the blog Here are the steps Dan took to essentially “own” the first page of Google results for the term “personal branding”: Narrow down your expertise. Don’t be just another social media guru or just another personal finance expert. The more you can narrow it down, the better you’ll social media technologies personal branding myths Originally published Jul 7, 2011 11:30:00 AM, updated July 03 2013 @DanSchawbel when it comes to evaluating candidates. So it’s not just about being out there, but also making sure you’re watching the messages you’re sending via your online activity. It’s more than that. It’s about establishing your career, connecting your passion with your expertise, and creating your own platform on top of that. , and take a look at his book, . He now has a team of writers. 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