Late goals sink exhausted Sharks in loss to Maple Leafs

first_imgTORONTO — Playing their third game in four nights and once again having to kill one penalty after another, the Sharks simply had nothing left for the third period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Sharks allowed three goals in the final 20 minutes, including the game-winner to Morgan Rielly with 5:29 left in regulation time in a 4-1 loss at Scotiabank Arena, putting a damper on Patrick Marleau’s return to Toronto in what was his 1,500th NHL game in a San Jose uniform.Marti …last_img

Agricultural fertilizer certification training offered before Sept. 30 deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers who still need to get fertilizer certification before the Sept. 30 deadline will have more than 20 opportunities to attend training sessions offered by experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The training, provided by Ohio State University Extension, fulfills the educational requirements of Ohio’s 2014 agricultural nutrients legislation which requires individuals who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017.Already, more than 17,000 Ohio farmers have gone through Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, or FACT, which offers information on best management practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yields, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.FACT was developed by CFAES field specialists and is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The training provides research-based tactics to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops while increasing stewardship of nearby and downstream water resources.The training sessions will be held across the state into mid-September. The three-hour programs are all free. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.“The certification training will help farmers learn better practices to use fertilizer efficiently, improve yields and prevent the loss of nutrients,” Rose said. “There has been a lot of environmental concerns with fertilizer runoff from fields, with a particular focus on phosphorus.”The certification requirement is in response to concern that nutrients from farm fields contribute to algal blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. The training focuses on growers applying fertilizer at the correct rate, time and location in the field.According to the nutrients law, fertilizer is defined as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid form. Use of manure, start-up fertilizer applied through planters, and non-crop uses of fertilizer such as for lawn and landscape maintenance are exempt from the fertilizer certification regulations.In order to gain the Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification, farmers need to attend the FACT program in person and complete the necessary Ohio Department of Agriculture forms.Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend training to become certified for fertilizer applications, Rose said. However, those with a CCA or CLM exemption for training must still contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 to complete the exemption paperwork and pay for the fertilizer certification if the applicator does not already have a pesticide applicator license.Information on where the trainings are being held can be found at nutrienteducation.osu.edu/trainingopportunities.The Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program provides training, education and outreach to pesticide applicators about the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses and public agencies to protect human health and the environment and serves as a critical part of job training and business growth in Ohio.last_img read more

Does that Make Cents? Ways to Help Kids and Teens Learn about Money

first_imgBy: Carol Church & David L. Sexton, Jr.PhotoSpin [Boy in a Suit with Red Piggy Bank by Olga Kriger]As parents and those who work with parents know, it can sometimes feel like there’s an overwhelming amount of information to convey to kids before they grow up. They need to know how to have a healthy relationship…how to run a household…how to treat others…how to hold a job…and, oh yes, how to manage money! This last one is, of course, very important, but for many parents, it can be easy to forget, avoid, or put off.Of course, there’s no substitute for the power of setting a good example and talking regularly to children and teens about money-related topics. From an early age, parents should help their kids learn about things like savings and budgeting. That’s why it is so important to ensure that communication lines between you are your children are open and strong. Bryant and Levin (2003) provide tips for parents to open up communication with their kids, specifically about personal finances. One of their suggestions is to avoid engaging in lectures, and instead try to give your kids a “hands on” role in the family finances. In other words, rather than vaguely trying to explain to kids the ins and outs of personal finance, try to engage them by using your own as an example and involving kids in the management process. This gives them the opportunity to learn practically and understand that these particular lessons will be useful in the future.Bryant and Levin also suggest trying to be transparent about finances so your kids can learn early on just how expensive it is to live! In addition to supporting openness in your relationship with your kids and modeling the importance of managing money properly, this will also likely lead to more respect from your kids as they realize how hard you work just to do basic things like putting food on the table. Finally, the next step would be to get them involved in managing their own money! For instance, you can start by having kids designate some of their allowance to saving, some to spending, and some to giving away. And at the store, they can help parent’s comparison shop and think about what makes a bargain. Of course, topics like debt and interest should be brought up, preferably with real-life examples and stories.But for those parents who may feel like they need some more help bringing home these lessons, there are lots of great learning tools out there. And what do kids love? Okay, we all know the answer to that. Apps and the Internet! Read on for a list of useful, educational, and just plain fun sites, tools, and apps for parents and educators who want to help children and teens grow up to be money-smart.Websites Farm Blitz– In another fun web-based game from the same creators, “farmers” try to keep their crops thriving while also watching out for the havoc debt can wreak and learning about the magic of compound interest. Addictive for any age. Motion Math: Pizza– While this app is perhaps somewhat more about math than money, it offers your child a hint of what it’s like to run a business. Kids have to decide which “pizza suppliers” offer the best deals and what prices to set for their pies. StarBanks Adventure– In this app from T. Rowe Price, kids learn about basic financial concepts like diversification, smart spending, inflation, and rate of return while adventuring through an alien world. HowtheMarketWorks– This free stock market simulation site has a vast wealth of resources for kids (and their parents!) who want to learn what it might be like to invest in the stock market. The site allows anyone to set up a virtual “portfolio” and track it in real time, complete with short sales, margin trading…you name it.   They also hold contests and give out prizes! Celebrity Calamity– In this web-based game, kids help animated “celebrities” with poor money management skills get back on their financial feet. Focused especially on wise credit card use! Moneytopia– This very meaty game is not for young  kids, and it’s no Candy Crush. The interface is also dated. However, if you’d like to walk a teen or young adult through a simulation that looks quite a bit like real life on your own, it doesn’t stint on detail or reality. Games Piggybot– Ever had a child ask to borrow money when you were out, then forgotten to get it back? PiggyBot is a simple allowance management tool that helps families keep track of when allowance is earned, distributed, and spent. The app also helps kids set goals—a key part of learning to manage money.center_img BizKids– Know any budding entrepreneurs? This site features tons of info for kids and teens with an interest in starting their own business, as well as clips from a fun show about kids in business. Bankaroo– Billing itself as a “virtual bank for kids,” this multi-platform tool offers another option for parents and kids who want to manage allowances, goals, and expenses across a family. TheMint– This large and comprehensive site covers everything from fun games for young kids and “What Kind of Spender Are You?” quizzes (what teen doesn’t love a quiz?) to meatier tools like a Power of 72 calculator. Though kids may not be motivated to use it on their own, it’s a great jumping-off place for parents who want to explain or illustrate a specific point, such as the power of compound interest and the basics of credit cards. Money Management Tools Allowance and Chores Bot– This app also allows you to keep track of kids’ allowances, but has additional functionality for allowing kids to earn money for various chores and to get chore reminders. This app connects “work” with “money” in an intuitive way. Hit the Road: A Financial Adventure– In this game, kids play the role of friends traveling cross-country who have to budget for food, gas, and other unexpected events, while being tempted to spend. Aimed at younger kids, but probably quite relevant to teens and college students…. Enjoy trying and using these financial learning tools!ReferencesBryant, J., & Levin, M. (2003). Talking to your kids About Money. Black Enterprise, 33(8), 88.last_img read more

Well done Bangladesh! Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Clarke hail Bangla Tigers after historic Test win

first_imgShakib Al Hasan picked up his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket to help Bangladesh beat Australia by 20 runs at Mirpur and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.The southpaw picked up 5/85 in the second innings to script remarkable victory. He had earlier picked up 5/68 in the first innings.Bangladesh posted 260 in their first innings as Australia were bundled out for 217. With a slender but all -important lead, Bangladesh set a 265-run target for Australia to win on a track that was starting to turn square.David Warner struck a commanding century and Australia were firm favourites to win the match on Day 4 but Shakib’s brilliant performance with the ball turned the tides for the hosts.This is Bangladesh’s 10th victory in their 101st Test match. This is also Bangladesh’s first victory against Australia in their fifth-ever Test against the Aussies. The last time the two countries met, Australia hammered the Tigers by an innings and 80 runs at Chittagong in 2006.This is how twitterati reacted to Bangladesh’s historic Test win at Mirpur:2 upsets in 2 days! Inspiring performance by @BCBtigers! Test cricket is thriving #BANvAUS- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 30, 2017Great to see Bangladesh win against mighty Australians. Test cricket still is and always will be the ultimate form of the game @BCBtigers- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 30, 2017Well played @BCBtigers on historical test win. Very good test match. ???- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 30, 2017Congratulations Bangladesh ???? didn’t think I would be writing this tweet but you need to give credit where credit is due. ?????? #testcricketadvertisement- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) August 30, 2017The historic winning moment for @BCBtigers! #BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/yvmh5kWBoZ- ICC (@ICC) August 30, 2017Two amazing Tests in two days! Shows why it is still the pinnacle of the game. Congratulations Bangladesh.- Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) August 30, 2017Well done Bangladesh. Special effort to beat Australia. #BANvAUS- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 30, 2017He took half of the Australia wickets and made a crucial contribution with the bat too – the Man of the Match is @Sah75official! #BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/ANbkuc297X- ICC (@ICC) August 30, 2017Congrats Bangladesh on a special victory. Getting 86/8 when 107 were needed.2 wonderful test finishes in 2 days. A treat to watch#BANvAUS- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 30, 2017Historic.#BANvAUS pic.twitter.com/KjooZENpuT- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) August 30, 2017Congratulations @BCBtigers . Well deserved victory ??? #BANvAUS- Murali Vijay (@mvj888) August 30, 2017Very well done @BCBtigers #BANvAUS Congratulations on a brilliant test win and a hard fought one at that. ????????? extremely happy for you !!!- Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 30, 2017Waking up to splendid news from Bangladesh ….. Morning everyone ???- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 30, 2017last_img read more

Inbound Lead Quality from a Sales Rep’s Perspective

first_img Inbound marketing is like a synchronized rhythm of sales, marketing and prospects. Passing Leads to Sales Inbound Marketing Kit , that’s what happens.  now Topics: Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. Download our Why? What if marketing were able to remove the 97 “bad timing” calls I was making and make all my calls as productive as the remaining 3?  With  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 a sales rep., working for a smaller company and calling a lead that is generated via inbound marketing is far more productive than calling an existing client from a huge brand name company. That’s because timing is everything. Timing is everything, especially in sales and marketing.  The difference between  inbound and outbound marketing is timing. Less than a year ago, I worked for a very large company — a leader in its industry, a house hold name.  I carried a territory of existing clients and I was responsible for up-selling and adding new products and services.center_img Originally published Mar 10, 2009 8:31:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 inbound marketing kit . This means that with inbound marketing, all my calls are the quality of what it used to take 100 calls to generate.  My last company would be considered a safer place to stay considering the state of the economy.  However, after 8 years, I packed up and came to work for HubSpot, a much smaller, venture-capital-backed company.   inbound marketing . Although HubSpot is a smaller company, I’m now calling leads who’ve found us. Furthermore, they found us because they’re looking for help with initiatives they’re dealing with  What sales rep wouldn’t want to make calls to leads that found their company while looking for help with the services their company has to offer   Chances are, what I was offering, wasn’t what they were currently working on. It’s said that for every 100 calls a sales person makes, 3 will be an actual opportunity or the “right timing.”    You’d think the calls I was making into an existing book of business would produce lots of opportunities. But this wasn’t the case. Although I was calling clients, I was still calling at random, not knowing if they were looking to buy the additional services or product I was selling. I was interrupting my contacts from the initiatives they currently had on their plate.last_img read more

Be a Publisher — But Don’t Use the Publishing Industry’s Metrics

first_img But page views are not as useful for business blogs. Business blogs are monetized by readers who convert to leads and sales, so these are far better metrics to track.  Visitors So what measurements should you use to analyze the performance of your blog or website? Why inbound links, comments, visitors, leads and customers, of course! In addition to inappropriate use of page views, many business bloggers use metrics that lack specificity. “Hits” is at the top of this list. Unless you’re playing baseball, a “hit” has no specific meaning. It is a vague term that could refer to visitors, pageviews or clicks. If you are limiting your success measurements to hits, you are not at all thinking about your conversion or customer aquisition.  It is wonderful that new marketers have converted to inbound marketing by becoming publishers; however, many still need to transition away from measuring their success in the metrics of the media industry, page views. Media companies rely on page views because they’re easy to count, and because page views are the metric of monetization — advertisers like to buy blocks of them. can convert into leads. Anonymous visits cannot.  It is also a mistake to use “visits” as a primary success metric. Reporting on number of visits can be very misleading. For example, a single person could have visited your website 300 times. You may have 600 visits from only two people. Instead, focus on visitors.center_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack What do you think? Are there any other measurements that are irrelevant to business?  Originally published Jul 28, 2009 8:22:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 bawoodvine Topics: Marketing Metrics Flickr Credit:last_img read more

HubSpot TV – The Face of Social Media in 2009

first_img “Peoplebecome fans of companies and brands on Facebook for two differentreasons. The first is that they want to keep up with the company andlearn more about them. The second is they want to associate themselveswith the company.” Subscribe in iTunes: www.hubspot.tv – Make your business page engaging and exciting. mvolpe Edward Boches to leverage Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to generate leads and customers. “TheGlobal Language Monitor has announced that Twitter is the Top Word of2009 in its annual global survey of the English language.” Grade your business page on What did you write on your first blog if you did not yet had a product to sell? – Inbound.org Intro How to interact on Twitter: @ Headlines Twitter Declared the Top Word of 2009 in your tweet. Check out this ebook for tips & tricks – Is Facebook Losing its Coveted Demographic? Hubspot’sPage does a good job of providing content makes people comment. Thesecomments show up in people’s profiles and with the revised FacebookNews Feed, updates with more comments are more likely to show in fans’information streams. Marketing Takeaway http://itunes.hubspot.tv/ Episode #69 – December 4, 2009 Cisco’s Page does a great job of adding links of other Facebook Pages and other places to find them on the web. Marketing Takeaway Closing . Learn how to use social media for lead generation. DARPA Studies the Social Web with Weather Balloons Originally published Dec 11, 2009 2:38:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 Have you ever caught the live show? We broadcast in real-time every Friday at  , then make changes to make it more engaging. Today’s special guest is “comScoreis reporting that time spent on Facebook by 18-24 year olds is waning.In July 2009, minutes spent on Facebook dropped by 3%. In August, itplummeted 13%. By September, minutes spent on Facebook crumbled by 16%.” Nationwide balloon-hunt contest tests online networking http://facebook.grader.com/center_img http://www.karen-rubin.com/hubspottv-cohost-poll/ Marketing Tip of the Week “…designedto test the the way social networking, crowdsourcing or lesser-knownWeb-based techniques can help accomplish a large-scale, time-criticaltask…in part to give the military new ideas on ways to operate in arange of situations, from natural disasters to combat.” 10 Examples of B2B Facebook Fan Pages NOTE FROM THE PRODUCERS: Top Word of 2009: Twitter   with Marketing Takeaway Video: How to Use Social Media for Lead Generation karenrubin Free eBook: How to Use Facebook for Business “Thetrue dilution is not in relationships, but in how we choose to investin and also manage them. We will eventually need to embrace a “multiplepersonality order” approach as the lines blur between who we arepersonally and professionally.” Click here at 4:00pm ET today to watch the show live. Vote for the New Years Co-Host – Forum Fodder “Ina year dominated by world-shaking political events, a pandemic, theafter effects of a financial tsunami and the death of a revered popicon, the word Twitter stands above all the other words. Twitterrepresents a new form of social interaction, where all communication isreduced to 140 characters,” said Paul JJ Payack, President of TheGlobal Language Monitor.’ www.HubSpot.tv   and @ 10 Examples of B2B Facebook Fan Pages – Twitter continues to grow and take over the world. Download the free video Is Facebook Losing the Young Folk? (Episode Length:  18 minutes, 27 seconds) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Forrester’sPage informs fans about upcoming seminars and other events, in additionto aggregating feeds from their analysts’ blogs. “TheDARPA Network Challenge calls on groups to pinpoint the locations of 10red weather balloons scattered around the country – with a $40,000prize going to the first team to find them all.” , the chief creative officer at Mullen.  Salesforce.com’s Page displays photos and videos, including user-provided ones, from a recent conference. – Facebook is no longer just students. Marketers need to bring it into their overall marketing mix. Focus on the customer problems. What if it was a completely newproduct concept? “Thetrend that isn’t discussed in these doomsday articles is thetransformation in how we forge and maintain contacts in the social web.There’s something to be said about quality over quantity…In manyways, we’re building and joining communities around our online persona.” 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

A Holiday Wish: May All Your Conversions Be High [Video 3]

first_img And more qualified leads! We wish you a high conversion! Webinar: Always Be Testing: 10 Tips For Increasing YourLead Conversion Rate A valued call to action We wish you a high conversion! Lyrics We wish you a high conversion! Originally published Dec 21, 2009 10:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Downloadthe free webinar We wish you a high conversion! We wish you a high conversion! Tweet this Merry Marketing Carol! Topics: Video Creditscenter_img Good prospects you’ll bring for your sales team kin Is a landing page win! Producers: @ repcorand @ shaxxon And more qualified leads! to for tips on testing, measuring, andanalyzing your marketing programs to improve your lead conversionrate. We wish you a high conversion! Conversion Rate Optimization May your 2010 marketing be merry! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Learn how to convert website visitorsinto leads with calls to action and landingpages HubSpot Singers: Common Sound What is on every B2B marketer’s Holiday list this year? An increased traffic to conversion rate while maintaining (or improving!) lead quality, of course!last_img read more