Trump’s Birthright Citizenship Proposal Is at Odds With Legal Consensus

first_imgThe words of the 14th Amendment are plain, and the scholarly and judicial consensus about what they mean is nearly uniform: Children born in the United States automatically become citizens of the United States.In an interview released Tuesday, President Donald Trump proposed a different reading of the amendment, one he said denies birthright citizenship to the children of immigrants in the country illegally. Trump said he was preparing to issue an executive order to that end.The statement sounded more like a political stunt than a reasoned legal argument, and its timing, coming a week before the midterm elections, was suspect. Nor was it clear what the executive order would say, or how it could change the meaning of the Constitution.But there was little question that any action by Trump to try to alter birthright citizenship would be met with immediate legal challenges.“The president cannot erase the Constitution with an executive order, and the 14th Amendment’s citizenship guarantee is clear,” said Omar Jadwat, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “This is a transparent and blatantly unconstitutional attempt to sow division and fan the flames of anti-immigrant hatred in the days ahead of the midterms.”The citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War, says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”The meaning of that clause is plain, said Peter J. Spiro, a law professor at Temple University. “The conventional understanding is absolutely clear that children born in the United States are citizens of the United States, with the insignificant exception of the children of diplomats,” he said.A main purpose of the clause was to overrule Dred Scott, the shameful 1857 Supreme Court decision that said black slaves were property and not citizens. The decision said the Constitution barred Congress and the states from granting citizenship to the descendants of slaves, and it helped prompt the Civil War.“In its most monumentally erroneous decision, the Supreme Court created a monstrous exception to the common law rule that birth on American soil to a free person was sufficient for American citizenship,” Walter Dellinger, then the head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, said in congressional testimony in 1995. “The court held that no persons of African descent — including free persons of African descent — and none of their descendants for all time to come could ever be citizens of the United States regardless of their birth in America.”In congressional debates about the 14th Amendment in 1866, lawmakers said its sweep should be wide.“Is the child of the Chinese immigrant in California a citizen?” Sen. Edgar Cowan of Pennsylvania asked on the Senate floor.Sen. John Conness of California said the answer was yes.“The children of all parentage whatever, born in California, should be regarded and treated as citizens of the United States, entitled to equal civil rights with other citizens,” Conness said.The Supreme Court confirmed that understanding in 1898 in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruling that a child born in San Francisco to Chinese parents was a U.S. citizen, even though the parents were prohibited by the Chinese Exclusion Act from ever becoming citizens.“To hold that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution excludes from citizenship the children, born in the United States, of citizens or subjects of other countries,” the court said, “would be to deny citizenship to thousands of persons of English, Scotch, Irish, German, or other European parentage who have always been considered and treated as citizens of the United States.”James C. Ho, a conservative legal scholar recently appointed by Trump to the federal appeals court in New Orleans, has written that the message of the decision is unmistakable. “This sweeping language reaches all aliens regardless of immigration status,” he wrote in 2006.The 1898 decision did not specifically discuss unauthorized immigrants. But in 1982, in Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court ruled that undocumented children were entitled to free public education. The court relied on another part of the 14th amendment, its equal protection clause, and it interpreted language similar to that in the citizenship clause.“Although the court splintered over the specific question of public education,” Ho wrote, “all nine justices agreed that the Equal Protection Clause protects legal and illegal aliens alike. And all nine reached that conclusion precisely because illegal aliens are ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the U.S., no less than legal aliens and U.S. citizens.”In asides in later decisions, too, the Supreme Court has assumed that the children of unauthorized immigrants born in the United States are citizens.Two of Trump’s appointees sit on the Supreme Court, and it is more conservative than it has been in decades. But there is little reason to think a majority of the justices would be inclined to adopt Trump’s understanding of the 14th Amendment, as the constitutionality of birthright citizenship is not an issue that tends to divide lawyers along ideological lines.“According to the best reading of its text, structure and history, anyone born on American territory, no matter their national origin, ethnicity or station in life, is an American citizen,” John Yoo, who served in the George W. Bush administration and is now a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote last week.“The 14th Amendment settled the question of birthright citizenship,” Yoo wrote. “Conservatives should not be the ones seeking a new law or even a constitutional amendment to reverse centuries of American tradition.”A few prominent scholars have dissented, notably Peter H. Schuck, an emeritus professor at Yale Law School. “The argument against any birthright citizenship is that these children are here as a result of an illegal act and thus have no claim to membership in a country built on the ideal of mutual consent,” he wrote in 2010.Trump did not say whether his executive order would attempt to apply his understanding of the 14th Amendment retroactively. Revoking citizenship, the Supreme Court has said, poses special concerns.“The very nature of our free government makes it completely incongruous to have a rule of law under which a group of citizens temporarily in office can deprive another group of citizens of their citizenship,” the court said in Afroyim v. Rusk, a 1967 decision that struck down a federal law canceling the citizenship of people who voted in foreign elections.“We hold that the 14th Amendment was designed to, and does, protect every citizen of this nation against a congressional forcible destruction of his citizenship, whatever his creed, color, or race,” the court said. “Our holding does no more than to give to this citizen that which is his own, a constitutional right to remain a citizen in a free country unless he voluntarily relinquishes that citizenship.”There may be good policy arguments for doing away with birthright citizenship, but most legal scholars say it would take a constitutional amendment to do so. In his 1995 testimony, Dellinger said that a federal statute would not do, meaning that the executive order discussed by Trump would certainly not suffice.“Because the rule of citizenship acquired by birth within the United States is the law of the Constitution, it cannot be changed through legislation, but only by amending the Constitution,” he said.He added that history has lessons to teach. “From our experience with Dred Scott,” Dellinger said, “we had learned that our country should never again trust to judges or politicians the power to deprive from a class born on our soil the right of citizenship.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

May It Please Your Honor

first_imgA Chicago attorney is facing disciplinary proceedings for soliciting sex from job applicants to his firm. Samir Zia Chowhan of Chowhan Law is accused of demanding “sexual interaction with me and my partner” from a woman seeking a position as legal assistant at his firm.In May 2009 Chowhan posted a vacancy for “Loop lawyers hiring secretary/legal assistant” on Craigs list’s “Adult Gigs” in which he asked applicants to submit a “few pictures along with a description of your physical features, including measurements.” When Debbie Dickinson, submitted her application, Chowhan responded in an email: “As this is posted in the “adult gigs” section, in addition to the legal work, you would be required to have sexual interaction with me and my partner, sometimes together sometimes separate. This part of the job would require sexy dressing and flirtatious interaction with me and my partner, as well as sexual interaction. You will have to be comfortable doing this with us. If you think you’re comfortable so far, please let me know and we can proceed with the process…Lastly, we’ve actually hired a couple of girls in the past for this position. But they have not been able to handle the sexual aspect of the job later. We have to be sure you’re comfortable with that aspect, because I don’t want you to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. So since that time, we’ve decided that as part of the interview process you’ll be required to perform for us sexually (i didn’t do this before with the other girls i hired, now i think i have to because they couldn’t handle it). Because that aspect is an integral part of the job, I think it’s necessary to see if you can do that, because it’ll predict future behavior of you being able to handle it when you have the job.“Dickinson forwarded the email to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which charged Chowan with misconduct. Related Itemslast_img read more

India Has The World’s Most Toxic Air

first_imgAsia’s largest economy, China, has long had a reputation for smoggy skies. But these days, neighboring India is fighting the far bigger battle with pollution: The South Asian country is home to the world’s 10 most polluted cities.Outside India’s capital, New Delhi, Kusum Malik Tomar knows the personal and economic price of breathing some of the world’s most toxic air. At 29, she learned that pollution was the likely driver of the cancer growing inside in her lungs. She had never touched a cigarette. Her husband Vivek sold land to pay for her treatment. They borrowed money from family. Their savings slowly disappeared.“The government is thinking about the economic growth of the country, but people are dying of diseases or suffering from diseases,” Tomar said. “How can you grow economically when, within your country, your citizens are facing economic problems because of the air pollution?”India has long struggled to pull together the type of coordinated national approach that’s helped China reduce pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is now pushing new initiatives it says are starting to curtail hazardous air. But any gains would have to be enough to override other facets of India’s rampant growth, from the dust left by thousands of new construction sites to exhaust from millions of new cars.In the coming weeks, the Modi government’s policies on pollution will be put to the test as winter descends on the dusty plains of north India. Crops are burned during this season and millions of fireworks go off during the Diwali festival, usually pushing air pollution to hazardous levels.If strict policies to battle smog were successfully implemented, India’s citizens and government would be much richer. By the World Bank’s calculations, health-care fees and productivity losses from pollution cost India as much as 8.5 percent of GDP. At its current size of $2.6 trillion that works out to about $221 billion every year.While India is currently the world’s fastest growing major economy, China’s $12.2 trillion economy is five times larger. The South Asian country is still trying desperately to promote basic manufacturing, which could cause pollution to worsen, said Raghbendra Jha, an Australian National University economics professor.“It’s too simplistic to assume a smooth transition” to clean economic growth in India, he said.When Arvind Kumar of New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital started as a chest surgeon in 1988, 90 percent of his lung cancer patients were middle-aged male smokers. Now, he says, 60 percent of his cases are non-smokers, while half are women. Tiny airborne particles have been linked to ailments from asthma to heart disease and lung cancer, contributing to the deaths of more than 1.1 million Indians in 2015, according to the nonprofit Health Effects Institute.Meanwhile, after two decades of expansion that reshaped the global economy, China is orchestrating a shift to less-polluting services and consumption. So while its cities still see smoggy days, they’ve also seen improvements.The number of “very unhealthy” days or worse – when levels of dangerous particles called PM2.5 crossed 200 – rose to 84 in New Delhi in 2017 from 66 in 2015, according to analysis of air quality data from AirVisual, which tracks air quality. In Beijing they dropped to 20 days from around 43 over the same period.“The major challenge is that people are not consistently demanding improvements in air pollution, as happened in China,” Michael Greenstone, director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, said via e-mail. “This is because the extent to which air pollution is causing people in India to lead shorter and sicker lives is not yet fully recognized.”India’s government has said some international studies linking air pollution to mortality “may not be realistic” and that the “number of deaths due to air pollution needs to be further investigated and supported by indigenous studies.”The country’s environment ministry says it’s also making headway in reducing bad air, citing its own calculations for this September when it says levels of PM2.5 came down in Delhi. The ministry has introduced an early warning system to help it take preemptive action before pollution spikes and it’s planned other measures like deploying more road sweeping machines.The government acknowledges that more needs to be done, said Harsh Vardhan, the federal minister responsible for the environment and climate change. “We are not claiming that everything is fine now, we can relax now. We’re not relaxing even for a moment.”Modi’s government has also promoted solar power, improved emission standards and handed out millions of cooking gas canisters to reduce kitchen fires inside homes. Officials have also tried to ban farmers from burning crops. But environmentalists are still waiting for more concrete targets from a national clean air plan that has yet to be officially launched.“Any plan at this stage requires reduction targets,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, who’s advocated on air pollution for more than 20 years at New Delhi’s Centre for Science and Environment. “And there has to be a clear compliance strategy.”There’s an additional challenge. In India’s chaotic democracy, where poverty and unemployment are often seen as bigger concerns, different branches of government run by competing political parties sometimes have little incentive to collaborate on pollution.Raghav Chadha, a spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party that runs New Delhi’s local government, complains his party has limited powers on pollution, and can only take small steps like temporarily banning construction. “What is required is coordination between various states governments under the leadership of the central government,” he said, adding his party has “serious differences” with Modi’s administration.China, by contrast, had Premier Li Keqiang declare a national war on pollution. The central government also told local officials they wouldn’t get promoted without meeting air quality targets, and the country has sought to move away from polluting industries. Government policies forced millions of homes and businesses to switch from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas.Concentrations of PM2.5 plunged 33 percent in Beijing, Tianjin and 26 surrounding cities in last year’s fourth quarter from the previous year.“Beijing has the capacity to act speedily and decisively, and certainly more efficiently than democracies like the U.S. and India,” says Daniel Gardner, a history professor at Smith College who has written a book on pollution in China.China continues to battle a cancer epidemic, and its efforts on pollution have had their own problems. In some cases, China simply closed down polluting industries in key cities and shifted them to western regions, said Kristin Aunan, a senior researcher at the Center for International Climate Research. Still, China later followed up with an updated plan that extended pollution targets to other cities.In India, businesses are already feeling the effects. Billionaire entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who founded the digital payments firm Paytm, worries about losing talent.Former banker Krishna Hegde relocated from Singapore to Bangalore to develop new products for Paytm, but said he quit mainly because he couldn’t take trips to the firm’s headquarters near Delhi. “By the end of the first day my energy levels would be coming down, and by the end of the second day I’d have a proper headache,” Hegde said.Sharma has teamed up with a venture capitalist to invest in local and global startups that could help reduce smog. Other companies are attempting similar projects. Tractor manufacturer Sonalika Group donated machinery designed to encourage farmers in Haryana to stop burning old crop.In New Delhi, Tomar, who was diagnosed six years ago with stage four lung cancer, can no longer work. She spends her days resting in the apartment between medical tests and chemotherapy appointments.“Sometimes I break down that my family is bearing so much – mentally, physically, emotionally, but financially also,” she said.Bloomberg’s Hannah Dormido and Manish Modi contributed.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Expat Voice: Live Like a Local

first_imgIndia was a transformative experience for Susanna Di Cosimo on her first visit to the country in 2011: “It was such an overwhelming experience that when I went back to Italy my life was not the same anymore.”Back in Naples, she resolved to move to India permanently. She gave up her job as a managerial secretary at a law firm and headed to India in 2013. She hasn’t looked back since, and even found love. She currently works as a travel designer, developing itineraries for Italian tourists.Moving to IndiaOnce I decided to move to India, I left my rented flat in Naples, sold every piece of furniture I owned, got all the possible money to face the first few months in India. I knew that I would not be able to get back on my feet and start supporting myself financially for at least some time. My family didn’t think so too and for the first few years, they hoped I would change my mind and come back. But, I just couldn’t leave.Life as an ExpatVery often, expatriates are like walking wallets for the Indians. It is always assumed that an expatriate is rich, which is not always so; not all of them are. And sometimes, we are charged much more for everything just because we are “expats.”There are a lot of difficulties to go through to find your place in the society and language is one of those. Learning Hindi for me is quite difficult and English is not spoken everywhere.Finding her PartnerWhen I started living in Delhi, I found a house, which I shared with four other people, who were from different parts of the world, one from Africa, Columbia and two from France. We always had different people over from our workplaces and one time at one of my roommate’s birthday parties, I met Gaurav (Sharma), who is now my husband.We both had our own sets of prejudices and insecurities, but we overlooked that and went out for a cup of coffee. And ever since, we have been together and got married in 2016.What I like the most about my relationship with Gaurav is that he didn’t like me for my looks or my “white skin” but the fact that we both could connect beyond that.The Cross-Cultural WeddingBoth Gaurav and I belong to two different nations and cultures, so we decided to keep one of our ceremonies in India and one in Naples in Italy, where both families could reunite and celebrate the occasion.Adjusting to IndiaTo be honest, in these four years, I never had to “adjust” to India. I’ve always felt comfortable. Every time I had to go back to Italy, I felt like I was going abroad and not “home.”Living with my mother-in-law is something I am still getting used to. There is a lot of love that I receive every day, not just from her, but from my husband’s whole family, which I have never been used to, so I feel overwhelmed at times.Best Thing About IndiaIn India, you can get everything you want or need; it’s just a matter of money. But more than that, In India there is always something that you cannot find anywhere else, whether it is going to an ashram or to meditate on a mountain or just opening your heart to new experiences, without any fears.The one thing I would change about IndiaThe lack of respect for the ecosystem, and people’s attitude toward it. I live in a very beautiful area in Delhi, Mehrauli, which is near the Qutub Minar and unfortunately to go home I have to pass through a dump of garbage thrown away by people who simply don’t care.Most surprising thing about IndiaThe most beautiful and surprising thing about India are the women here. From the big cities to the small villages, I think the whole of India relies on the shoulders of their women. Not only do they work hard, but they do not complain, move ahead, and support their husbands, children and parents. I have never seen this anywhere in the world.Obviously, there is a down side to it, because their patience is infinite and unfortunately there are those who take advantage of it. For this reason, often the condition of women in India is certainly not enviable.Wedding in Italy.Socializing with ExpatsI like to socialize with the expats, especially with the ones who are from Italy. I am heading an expat group on Facebook, where I organize monthly meetings for Italian expats. A portal where they could get access to all the help that they need while moving to India, or if they are in India.Missing homeSometimes I really miss my family, the food, the blue sky, the drinkable water and the clean air back in Italy.Best Advice for ExpatsLive like a local. Integration is the key. Expat Voice is regular column on expats in India. Email us at to nominate yourself or another expat for the column. Related ItemsExpatItaliantravellast_img read more

Young people should come into sports administration: Maken

first_imgSports Federations should not be headed by politicians but by those having sports background, the new Sports Minister Ajay Maken said on Wednesday, vowing to work in this direction on a priority basis.He said he will try to “firmly convince” the sports bodies to ensure that younger people take control of the federations for the upliftment of sports in the country.”We need to ensure that sportpersons get more responsibility in sports bodies. I will see to it that it happens”, Maken said after he was given independent charge of the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry.Maken, who will take over on Thursday, said that he was of the view that politicians should not head the sports bodies unless they are young and have the background in that particular discipline.”If age is on their side and they have played the game, then only politicians should head the federations of any sports”, said the young Minister, adding that he would carry forward his predecessor M S Gill’s ideas in this context.When referred to some federations where old people were still refusing to go, he said he will try to firmly convince them rather than fight about the need to give chance to youngsters.About the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, Maken said that he would like the investigations to get over as soon as possible. “If anybody is found guilty, he should be punished severely. We want to move ahead”.Maken said he will work for promotion of sports in the country and lay special emphasis on scouting talent in the rural areas as his aim would be to ensure that India gets more medals in the 2012 London Olympics.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane contributes to Swachh Bharat campaign

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle)Indian Test cricketer Ajinkya Rahane who is commonly referred as Jinx’s in the team took to the streets of Mumbai today to take part in the Swachh Bharat campaign.Rahane who is currently not with the national side tried to give his hand in the cleanliness campaign that was organised by the Indian Oil.TryIng to do my bit in a cleanliness drive organised by the Indian oil team ! Let’s all join hands in making our country clean ! #SwachhBharat— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) July 5, 2018He also urged everyone to play a part by joining this actively growing campaign.Rahane is currently in India practicing hard for the upcoming Test Series vs England. The Rajasthan Royals captain who led his side to the qualifiers of the IPL will look to take his form into the test series and stabilize the middle order.Also Read:Cricket: Anderson to rehabilitate his injured shoulder ahead of India test series Advertisementlast_img read more

We can change Indian boxings destiny: Sarita Devi

first_imgKolkata, Feb 20 (PTI) Former world champion L Sarita Devi today lamented on the long-dragging administrative mess in Indian boxing but said it is up to the countrys boxers to rise above this crisis with their performance at the Rio Olympics. India does not have a national federation after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) terminated Boxing India last year. The sport is being administered by an ad-hoc committee. “At this moment, boxing can go either way, we cant say which way. Its at crossroads but the destiny is in our hands. If we do well and put India on top at Olympics, the future will definitely be shining again,” the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist told PTI here today. “No doubt its frustrating for the young boxers that they dont have any tournaments. Theyre training hard but clueless about their competitions. Hopefully things will be fine soon,” she added. Having served a one-year ban for her infamous emotional outburst after a controversial semifinal loss in the 2014 Asian Games, Sarita returned to the competitive arena during a training-cum-competition trip to China last year and now won a gold in the recently-concluded South Asian Games in Shillong. “It was my first major competition after the ban and winning gave me a huge confidence ahead of the Olympic qualification (Zonal qualifiers in Qianan from March 23-April 3). It was great to win in front of the home crowd,” Sarita, who was here to take part in 4km Run For A Champ Who Refused To Give Up, organised by International Institute of Hotel Management, said. In a stiff final bout during the South Asian Games, Sarita prevailed over Sri Lankas M Vidushika Prabadhi amid loud cheers and she described the atmosphere better than the World Championship win in Delhi in 2006. “It was a lovely atmosphere, I could say even better than it was in Delhi,” said Sarita. During the one-year ban by AIBA, Sarita underwent a surgery on her right wrist, which she said is “perfect” now. “Its perfect now and I dont feel any pain during my bouts at the SAG. We have been training hard and its time to earn the Olympic berths. Thats the main focus,” she said. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Monthly Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgIt has been quite an exciting start to the new year for the 360i team – being named to Advertising Age’s A-List for the fourth year straight – an honor we received hot on the heels of 360i being named an Advertising Age ‘Best Place to Work’ and honored as MediaPost’s OMMA Agency of the Year.We’re also sporting this new neon sign in our New York office – powered by curiosity, just like us – and expanding our workspaces around the country to make room for more top-talent to join our team and create digitally-led (but not digitally limited) work for clients such as Canon, Lean Cuisine, Red Roof Inn and Toyota, to name a few.If you embody passion, purpose and perseverance, and are interested in becoming a part of our team, apply at one of the links below or visit our careers page to view more openings.SEO Analyst (New York, NY) – We are looking for an SEO Analyst to join our growing team. This person will consult client IT groups to customize, support and implement an ongoing array of SEO solutions and deliv       erables, and provide  ongoing evaluation of client web technologies/systems and their configurations for SEO visibility. The SEO Analyst requires a deep understanding of organic search engine optimization, a natural sense of curiosity, and a web technology background that’ll help them fuel client solutions and SEO innovation.SEM Media Manager (Chicago, IL) – We are seeking an experienced SEM Media Manager to join our team. The SEM Media Manager will largely contribute to the overall success of client businesses as they will own the day-to-day management of accounts and help develop strategies to drive account performance. This person must be organized, well-spoken and have leadership qualities.Account Supervisor (Atlanta, GA) – We are looking for an Account Supervisor to lead integrated marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands. This person will be responsible for supervising the planning and execution of detailed, custom media programs, as well as for the implementation of integrated marketing strategies across multiple digital channels. The ideal candidate is a skilled project manager, loves learning something new every day, and wears their passion for advertising on their sleeve.Human Resources Manager (New York, NY) – We’re seeking a Human Resources Manager (HRM) to join our team. The HRM will be responsible for providing strategic Human Resources support to assigned business groups by partnering with business leaders to deploy talent management, organizational development and total rewards policies. The HRM should have an in depth experience functioning as a business partner, with specialty experience in Human Resources analytics or compensation, and thrives  in a fast paced and highly matrixed working environment.Social Strategy Summer Intern (Chicago, IL) – We are looking for a Social Strategy Intern to provide support for a leading retail client, assisting with research and support responsibilities while getting first-hand exposure to the strategy behind the work The ideal candidate should have the ability to synthesize large sets of data from multiple sources and a strong interest in digital technology.View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more

10 Signs You’re Healthy – Regardless of What the Scale Says

first_imgWhen most of us think about our health, we seem to focus on our weight alone and where we may fall on the BMI index. Or oftentimes, we judge ourselves by the most demanding of critics, the one in our own mirrored reflection. However, there are numerous signs that can safely gauge your health that have nothing to do with the numbers on the scale or amount of cellulite on your hips. Here are some overlooked ways to assess the state of your health and hopefully find something you can both improve and feel better about!You’re regular: Having healthy and regular bowel movements is pretty important not just for your digestive system but also your entire body. When you go every day, toxins are eliminated and you ultimately avoid inflammation from spreading through your body. We won’t say much about the appearance of what ends up in the toilet, but make sure it’s not bloody or loose. ‘Nuff said.Your urine is clear: When you’re hydrating properly, your urine will be light yellow or clear, and that’s a good sign that your kidneys are functioning as they’re supposed to. Anytime you see dark urine, you need to chug a glass of water, quick.Regular menstruation: The typical period cycle can range anywhere from 21 to 35 days, so if your period isn’t coming regularly between those times, you may need to get that looked at. Regular, monthly periods that last two to seven days are a good indication that your reproductive system is working optimally.You can handle emotional stress: This is so easy to overlook because we’re always working under the duress of stress so we don’t notice when our reactions become automated and unmanageable. Using the help of a therapist totally counts as managing your emotional burden, by the way.You have clear skin: Adult acne aside, if you’re having hormonal acne outbreaks or other skin-related issues, you may have some underlining health concern. Skin is our largest organ, and if it doesn’t show signs of distress, it’s a great indicator of good health.You move your body regularly: Whether you’re running marathons or doing a 10-minute foam roller stretch every morning, as long as you make the effort to move your body in a meaningful way every day, you’re doing great!You eat mindfully: Eating mindfully doesn’t mean you have to be on a strict diet. It just means that you eat until you’re full and then you stop. Also, you are conscious of eating your fruits and veggies while avoiding processed foods.You have good friends: Studies show time and time again that friends are incredibly beneficial to our health. So make time for those girls’ nights!You rarely get sick: It’s normal to catch a virus or a cold every now and then, but if you’re constantly battling something or other, chances are your immune system is crying out for help. If you can’t remember the last time you got sick, you must be doing something right!You sleep peacefully: If you’re not having trouble falling (or staying) asleep most nights, consider yourself lucky. Irregular sleep patterns can indicate serious issues like as sleep apnea, insomnia, or gastroesophageal reflux disorder.Sourcelast_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Articles to Start the Week: The Myth of Marketing Magic

first_img Author: 4. 3 Ways to Kill and Reinvent Your About Page 1. Photo by Kevin O’Mara using video to share your personality Dedicate the time. Marketing Takeaway: word-of-mouth culture His 5 best practices are: By focusing on the simple, yet important point that there is no single tactic that will garner marketing success every time, Jay’s short article emphasizes that Consider the qualities that make companies referable. Can you instill any of them in your company to attract new business from referals? of Marketing Takeaway: Brian’s article identifies some best practices businesses should be aware of when undertaking social media participation. He recognizes the benefits of engagement, which include expanding market opportunities, building brand awareness, stimulating demand, and engendering loyalty and advocacy. , etc. , Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Author: , think about testing smaller, cost-effective changes. You may be surprised at the results. on Conquer your fears. Topics: Inbound Marketing 5. recognizes that the businesses that get the most out of referals possess certain, similar qualities.  It’s not that they’ve implemented a better process for getting clients/partners to refer them, it’s just that they’re more referable. John’s guest article, an excerpt from his new book, Listen and research to learn and contribute. Don’t overlook low-hanging fruit to improve your site visitors’ experience. ProBlogger he believes small businesses shouldn’t forget about: how many website visitors end up your “About Us” page.  While the “About Us” page is often overlooked by marketers (though not by your site visitors), he thinks it offers an important opportunity to share your company’s backstory. Rohit Bhargava 2. Influential Marketing Blog and leveraging slide presentations. The Referal Engine Use engagement as the new customer service and marketing. Originally published May 17, 2010 7:00:00 AM, updated July 19 2013 Rohit’s article focuses on one of the more neglected, yet valuable Before you decide to John Jantschcenter_img Jay specifically gears his article toward entrepreneurs, who he believes share a common misconception that there exists a magical marketing formula that will attract customers no matter what your business is, what you have to offer or how much effort you exert.  Instead, marketers should keep in mind that there are no one-size-fits-all marketing programs, and that initiatives need to be individualized and targeted depending on a number of factors. Marketing Takeaway: What’s Your Referability Factor? You can’t put your marketing on autopilot and expect results. Effective marketing requires hard work. inbound marketing James Dunworth on Marketing Takeaway: OPEN Forum . Download the Webinar Now on John also identifies and describes the qualities that make companies more referable, which include building trust, treating staff as customers, hiring ideal employees, emphasizing a Social Media Best Practices for Business Establish an attractive and expansive presence. 3. social media marketing makeover your entire website effective marketing The Marketing Spot mindset for the week reminds us all of a simple truth: there is no magic marketing formula that will work for you every time. Our top choice of articles to put you in the Jay Ehret Understand general best practices before you dive headfirst into Author: Small Changes That Lead to Big Results Brian Solis While James recognizes these changes may not work for everyone, he encourages readers to test and track new, small changes to their sites to see how they perform.  Can you do something minor that might have the potential for major results? Sometimes a small change can make a big difference. James’ article expands upon this concept, pointing out three changes he implemented on his own site, each in under an hour, that made a big impact on profits and revenue. takes work.  There is No Magic Marketing Formula He also offers a few tips for improving and reinventing your company’s “About Us” page, by creating better and more human writing, Author: and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. on Author: metrics Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing. Marketing Takeaway: 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

Tips to tackle your football crazy employees this FIFA World Cup 2018

first_imgIn 2014, the final match of the FIFA World Cup was watched by an estimated 1 billion viewers and the complete tournament clocked a viewership of 3.2 billion, globally!Consequently, the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is estimated to become one of the most watched sporting events of the world.In India alone, the tournament’s broadcast viewership is expected to exceed 200 million. With Russia’s emphatic 5-0 victory in the opening match, it’s an unstated fact that a large population of the world of work will look forward to a month filled with football indulgence, cheering and supporting their favourite teams.Revealing the extent of the effects on worker/employee productivity, when asked how the football World Cup would impact work, 74 per cent of interviewees in a recent survey conducted in the Middle East said they would forego their sleep to report to work on time. 7 per cent would go to work late, while 8 per cent would avail their annual leaves, and 1 per cent would simply, call in sick. So, how do you tackle situations where your football-crazy workforce from the APAC region show-up to the office after match night being passive, bleary-eyed and fuzzy-brained?When faced with such a question, most companies think of restrictive or prohibitory measures – This premise in itself is, flawed. Smartphones boosted by affordable data and compelling speeds will only augment the world cup following by employees regardless of the measures put in place.It is for this very reason that an HR department and managers should realize that this is an opportunity to enhance the qualitative impact of their employee engagement policies.advertisementSo, here are a few tips to tackle the football-fever and meaningfully engage employees at work:1. Flexi-time not extra-timeAn opportune interval for companies to introduce a ‘flexi-time policy’ ensuring employees can comfortably balance their work and life needs. This grants employees a control over their time and managing the work efficiently.However, companies need to be articulate with such policies clearly defining and outlining what can and should not be done. This way, employees graciously embrace this privilege while understanding the associated expectations.2. Captain accountable wins the game Teams like any workforce are influenced by the way their captains/leaders perform. So, if your management leads the way by demonstrating meeting targets and goals while still taking time to watch matches, there is no reason why employees won’t emulate.And thus, it’s important to remember that an engaged individual who understands the demonstrated boundaries and expectations of the company is much more likely to be a winning bet.3. Substitutional solutions Employers can authorize leave applications on a first come first serve policy. This will maintain the actual staff requirement while still allowing people to take the time to watch a match or celebrate an outcome.Some experts who are involved in employee engagement believe employers need to allow employees to clear their annual leave during this period.4. Work, play, watch and win togetherManagement can organise a ‘Football Night Out’ that includes food and drinks, offering staff a chance to mingle and bond beyond the realms of work.Employers can hold internal polling sessions and get their staff to submit a vote for their favourite team. Winners can be rewarded with gift vouchers or bestowed with interesting company perks! (Picture courtesy: Petar Stojanovski)Employers today need to move beyond employee satisfaction which refers to how employees feel about their compensation, benefits, work environment, career development and relationship with the management.Employee engagement has become critical today as the crème of any industry’s talent including millennials, feel the need to be emotionally connected with their company.And this should be encouraged as it fosters a spirit of endearing loyalty, more passion for their work and a greater drive to succeed!- Article by Devaashish Savant, Head, Marketing and Communications, Adecco, India)Read: Want to brush up your skills? This is how internships can kick-start your career Read: 5 challenges you face in today’s world due to lack of leadership skillslast_img read more

Facebook Says These Are the 15 Best Brands on Facebook

first_img Topics: On April 29, Facebook announced the winners of the third annual Facebook Studio Awards — Facebook’s way of recognizing brands and agencies from around the world creating great campaigns. With 1.28 billion monthly users and access to a trove of consumer data, companies of all shapes and sizes have integrated the social media platform with their marketing in an attempt to attract and engage today’s digital consumers. The winners of this year’s Facebook Studio Awards were selected based on three criteria:1) Craft & ExecutionQuality of visuals, aesthetics, and copywritingImpact in peoples’ News FeedsRelevance to audience and brand2) Scale & ExecutionDid the campaign reach the intended audience?Did you reach people where they spend the most time on Facebook’s News Feed and mobile?Use of Facebook marketing products to extend campaign reach3) ResultsCampaign impact on overall business goalsThe ROI of the campaignSo, without further adieu, here are the companies and agencies who created the most engaging and successful campaigns on Facebook in the past year …Blue Awards: The Best of the Best 1) If We Made ItAgency: Droga5Client: Heineken USAThis year, the average 30 second advertisement slot during the Super Bowl cost four million dollars. The “If We Made It” parody campaign was Newcastle Brown Ale’s creative way of stealing the spotlight at a fraction of the cost. Newcastle’s “If We Made It” Campaign satirically showed the world what their Super Bowl campaign would have looked like, if only they could have afforded to actually create it.The campaign featured teasers for the ads they would have made. They announced actress Anna Kendrick and football Hall of Famer Keyshawn Johnson as the stars they would have used in their commercials. Newcastle even released the storyboards and the footage of the focus groups that would have been, for the campaign that never was. Facebook StatsOver 5.6 million impressionsOver 1.3 million engagements1.16 million video views69,000 Likes16,000 shares8,000 commentsThe Big PictureBrand awareness grew 5%Purchase consideration grew 19% among their target2) Facebook for Good Blue Award: Trial by TimelineCompany: Colenso BBDOClient: Amnesty InternationalAmnesty International is a New Zealand-based human rights organization committed to the civil liberties of every person on Earth. The purpose of the Trial by Timeline campaign was to highlight that a person’s civil liberties should never be taken for granted.Trial by Timeline analyzed Facebook users’ personal profiles, looking at who you were friends with, everything you had ever Liked, posted, or written, as well as all of your personal information. Then, taking into account everything that you had ever said or done on Facebook, Trial by Timeline sentenced Facebook users to hundreds of punishments that they would have received in various parts of the world.The campaign has attracted 340,000 unique visits with an average visit duration of 7:27 minutes, and increased the Amnesty International New Zealand Facebook community more than 500%.Gold Awards: The Best of the Rest1) Facebook for Good Gold Award: Bentley BurialCompany: Leo Burnett Tailor MadeClient: ABTO — Brazilian Association of Organ TransplantThe Bentley Burial campaign was designed to draw attention to the problem of burying healthy organs that could be used to save lives. In order to achieve this goal, Brazilian millionaire, Count Chiquinho Scarpa, posted on his Facebook Page that he was planning to bury his half-million-dollar Bentley. Scarpa then used his Facebook page to convince Brazilians he was serious by posting pictures of the preparation for the burial.The campaign drew remarkable media coverage. On the day of the burial, Scarpa announced in front of all of Brazil’s major media outlets that he would not actually bury his car. He then used the opportunity to draw parallels with the car burial, and organs being buried when they could be used to save lives.The campaign reached more than 172 million people through social media and organ donations increased by 31.5% in a single month following the Bentley Burial campaign.2) Try My HybridCompany: Saatchi & Saatchi NorwayClient: Toyota NorwayTry My Hybrid is a service featuring real Norwegian Toyota hybrid owners who allows strangers to test-drive their cars at no cost. Toyota then turned to their Facebook page to promote the campaign and to recruit hybrid owners to take part in the Try My Hybrid service.The campaign resulted in 1.65 million unique visitors to the Try My Hybrid website as well as hundreds of PR stories and a number of awards. Silver Awards: Tier Three1) FootifyFMCompany: Clemenger BBDOClient: National Australia BankThe NAB, a major sponsor of the Australian Football League, noticed that despite being the third most multicultural country in the world, their biggest sporting events were still only being broadcast in one language.FootifyFM culminated in a live broadcast of the 2013 AFL Grand Final in Australia’s 10 most popular languages. The site used Facebook to find commentators for each of the 10 languages and to build awareness of their initiative to bring Australia’s national sports everyone.2) Léon VivienCompany DDB ParisClient: Musée de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War)The Léon Vivien campaign was carried out entirely using a Facebook company page. However, rather than create a typical company page, the page focused on telling the personal story of Léon Vivian, a man who lived through WWI. The page was treated as if it were 1914 again and Léon was updating the page himself discussing his thoughts and sharing images with the world.The Facebook page attracted 50,000 fans in just two weeks as well as 7,500 shares and 6,500 comments. The Museum of the Great War saw a 45% increase in museum visitors following the Léon Vivien campaign.3) Social FlyerCompany: North StrategicClient: FGL Sports Ltd.For decades, Sport Chek’s promotions were featured exclusively on their paper flyer. The company realized that people were no longer reading the paper flyer and that their target market of 18-34 year olds was consuming most of their media online. In order to reach this demographic, Sport Chek created the Social Flyer — a digital version of the paper flyer — on Facebook. Sport Chek has engaged an audience of more than 700,000 fans and saw a 1.6x positive return on their Social Flyer campaign.4) Facebook for Good Silver Award: The Most Powerful ArmCompany: Finch, Havas Worldwide AustraliaClient: Save Our SonsTo raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a disease suffered by young males that results it loss of motor function in the arms and legs before the age of 13, Save Our Sons created “The Most Powerful Arm Ever Invented.”The mechanical arm signs signatures on a petition to the government asking them to match all donations dollar for dollar. Anyone can sign the petition by going to and allowing the website to access their basic Facebook information. People can then watch as the robotic arms signs their name on the petition via live stream. A picture of their name is then immediately posted to their Facebook timelines to help spread awareness about the campaign and to encourage others to sign the petition as well.The campaign generated over 6.5 million Facebook impressions and, more importantly, resulted in over 32,000 signatures. 5) The Smart Phone LineCompany: Colenso BBDO/AIM ProximityClient: Samsung New ZealandSamsung used Facebook and Twitter in order to get their fans to launch the new Galaxy S4 smartphone for them. Rather than have customers wait in line outside of their stores for the new product, Samsung had their fans wait in a virtual line on Facebook and Twitter.Every day for the last two weeks leading up to the launch, Samsung gave people who had signed up for the virtual line features of the new product to promote via their social media accounts. The more engagement people’s posts generated, the further ahead they would move in the virtual line.The campaign resulted in 51,728 Facebook stories and the total number of people reached through organic sharing on social media was 15,345,413.6) Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt on BriocheCompany: VMLClient: Wendy’sWhen tasked with selling the new burger, the advertising agency realized that the biggest problem would be to convince people to order the new burger despite its challenging name.To spark conversations and awareness about the new burger online, the agency decided to butcher the pronunciation of the bun in their own advertisements. As expected, the ads received thousands of comments from people eager to criticize the advertisers for their mistake.  The campaign resulted in 1.7 million total engagements and Wendy’s attracted more than 50,000 new Facebook fans.Bronze Awards: Tier Four1) Made By YouCompany: FoxyMoronClient: Worldwide MediaThe magazine Femina India created the first fully crowd-sourced magazine issue by giving Indian women the chance to run the magazine themselves.The ‘Made By You’ Facebook application was then launched and focused on the simple idea that the magazine offered women the space to share their own stories. The application was used to collect basic information about the women and their personal stories. The company also used Facebook ads and promoted Facebook posts to grow awareness. The campaign reached a total of 2.97 million Facebook users, 12.1 million Facebook impressions, and resulted in 41,435 new fans.  2) Playland Hot SeatCompany: Rethink CommunicationsClient: PlaylandPlayland sent eight teenagers to Vancouver’s premier amusement park for free. The catch: Playland’s Facebook fans controlled their experience, selecting the rides. All of the action was captured using GoPro cameras and relayed to the Facebook audience via live stream. By engaging with the Playland site and content, fans were given more control over the teens and fans could also play trivia games to win prizes. The campaign reached 266,775 Facebook users and generated 566,914 total impressions and 28,961 fans in the process. 3) Reclaim Your AngusCompany: 72andSunnyClient: CKEWhen McDonald’s discontinued their angus burger, their customers took to social media to voice their discontent. Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s saw this as an opportunity to go after some of the McDonald’s customer base. The company created videos featuring CKE’s CEO responding directly to fans and uploaded them to Facebook as sponsored stories. CKE also used the Facebook Power Editor to target angry McDonald’s fans. 4) The Hornbach HammerCompany: HEIMAT BerlinClient: Hornbach Baumarkt AGHornbach announced on its Facebook page that it had purchased a tank, but did not reveal what the tank was actually for. Through Facebook posts highlighting the transformation, Hornbach slowly revealed that the tank was being transformed into a new product, the Hornbach Hammer.There were only 7,000 Hornbach Hammers created and the first sales were limited to Hornbach Facebook fans. The awareness created on Facebook caused the hammer to sell out just two hours after it officially went on sale in stores and online.5) The Longest Bench In The WorldCompany: ContextaClient: SO Appenzeller Käse GmbH (Appenzeller cheese)Appenzeller cheese advertises their famous Swiss cheeses with three herdsmen on a bench in Appenzellerland Switzerland. The company used their Facebook page to invite their fans to participate in the attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest wooden bench.Through Facebook, Appenzeller fans could reserve their own personal seat on the bench and view step by step images of the construction. Within just a few days, 660 meters of seating on the virtual bench had already been reserved by fans. Throughout the course of the campaign, Appenzeller attracted more than 6,000 new fans, a 150% increase, as well as half a million people from 66 countries around the world that became aware of Appenzeller cheese as a result.Which of these campaigns is your favorite? Brand Awareness Originally published May 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 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

10 Quick Tips for Generating Leads From Twitter

first_imgStarting slow can be the smartest way to develop your @twitter lead gen programs #twitter25— Rebecca Ferrell (@rferrell01) June 26, 2014 If you use an image, don’t put it right after your lead gen link – your link won’t stand out #Twitter25— Caitlin Shanly (@CaitShanly) June 26, 2014 2) Treat lead-gen tweets differently. Topics: 3) Keep hashtags to a minimum in lead-gen tweets. Awesome tweets for lead gen: Short, clear CTA, one link, and interesting copy. Do NOT use hashtags, mentions, multiple links. #Twitter25— Kelvin (KC) Claveria (@kcclaveria) June 26, 2014 Look at engagement rates, clicks, cost per engagement to measure success of tweets #Twitter25— Caitlin Shanly (@CaitShanly) June 26, 2014 Twitter isn’t just for getting followers, retweets, and replies — it’s also a valuable marketing channel for generating qualified leads. But when you’re trying to generate leads on Twitter, your tweets have to be a little different than normal. With a few tweaks, your tweets can be transformed into lead generation machines — you just have to know what those little tweaks are.Recently, Twitter’s Anne Mercogliano and HubSpot’s Kipp Bodnar teamed up to share their top tips for generating leads on Twitter in just 25 minutes a day. (You can click here to access the recording now.) In case you missed it or don’t have time to watch the recording, below are the top ten tips they recommended for getting leads from Twitter.1) Allocate time each day to your Twitter tasks. Want to share these tips? Here’s a ready-made tweet:Click to tweet: 10 Quick Tips for Getting Leads from Twitter – by @DianaUrban at @HubSpot #TwitterTip #twitter25 5) Space out the link and image in lead-gen tweets. You don’t have to be on twitter #24hours a day to be successful. Find your “hot spot” times and determine your largest reach #twitter25— Chris (@live_tweetin) June 26, 2014 Originally published Jun 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 7) When creating Twitter ads, segment your audience. Target your audience on Twitter with content relevant to: – Keywords they’re using – Interests – Geography – Gender #twitter25— Diana Urban (@DianaUrban) June 26, 2014 8) Measure the performance of each lead-gen tweet. It’s good to have a balance of organic & paid tweets. Evaluate your goals. Use paid to supplement your organic reach. #Twitter25— HubSpot (@HubSpot) June 26, 2014 Hashtags are great for accessing conversations surrounding a specific topic, but may distract someone from clicking on a link. #Twitter25— HubSpot (@HubSpot) June 26, 2014 #socialmedia | Lead gen tweets do not have to be boring! Spice up your tweet copy with adjectives, questions, and variety. #Twitter25— TriCelerate (@TriCelerate) June 26, 2014 Don’t forget #inboundmarketing and following up with your leads! This will LEAD to huge success! #twitter25— Joel Szymanski (@wildtrek) June 26, 2014 10) Follow up with the leads you generate quickly. 9) Don’t burn through cash too quickly. 4) Don’t assume that lead-gen tweets need to be boring. 6) Supplement your organic reach with paid tweets. Twitter Marketing 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

UX vs. UI: What’s the Difference?

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Jun 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated July 12 2019 Understanding the difference between UX and UI can get confusing — the roles work closely together, and sometimes the terms are used too ambiguously to firmly understand either one.To understand the difference between UX and UI, let’s start with an example: YouTube.Take a look at the YouTube home screen. Everything you’re seeing — the search bar at the top, the “Trending” and “Subscriptions” and “History” categories on the left, the “Recommended” videos below — is all the work of a UI designer.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. At its most basic level, UI is the presentation and interactivity of a product — where’s the sign-up button, is it easy to navigate, where’s the logo and if I click the logo where does it take me?Now, imagine every YouTube video you click loads slowly. Imagine you search “cats” and nothing comes up. Imagine you can’t search account user’s by their username, so it’s hard for you to find that girl who sang an acoustic rendition of that Ed Sheeran song.With those actions, you’re having a less-than-ideal user experience. You don’t enjoy engaging with the product, and it isn’t offering you what you want. Those problems are the responsibility of a UX designer.Cognitive scientist Don Norman, who first coined the term UX in the 1990s, and Jakob Nielsen, co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, explain the difference of UX versus UI this way:“Consider a website with movie reviews. Even if the UI for finding a film is perfect, the UX will be poor for a user who wants information about a small independent release if the underlying database only contains movies from the major studios.”In this example, both UX and UI are critical components for the user to enjoy the product, but a user can’t appreciate the interface of a product if the product itself doesn’t deliver what the user wants.Let’s define UX and UI in more detail now, to further clarify the difference between the two.What’s UX?UX, which stands for user experience, is the process of researching, developing, and refining all aspects of a user’s interaction with a company to ensure the company is meeting the user’s needs. A UX designer must ensure people find value when they interact with a company’s products or services.A UX designer is responsible for all aspects of a user’s interaction — this means a UX designer is not solely responsible for the technology behind a product. They’re responsible for how a user interacts with a company both on and offline, including customer service and other facets.Essentially, a UX designer must answer the question: “How can my company’s product best meet our user’s needs?”Now, what’s left for a UI designer to do?What’s UI?A UI designer’s responsibilities are more cosmetic than a UX designer’s — a UI designer is responsible for the presentation of a product. But that doesn’t mean a UI designer just picks some pictures and a logo and calls it a day.A UI designer is responsible for how everything on a page aligns in relation to each other. The visual elements you see on a page, such as buttons and icons, and the interactivity of a product, falls on the UI designer.Have you ever visited a website and thought, “Wow, this company is really cool and has a great product, but what really sold me was their website’s intuitive and sleek layout?”That’s largely due to their UI designer.How do UX and UI work together?Now that we’ve explored UX and UI separately, let’s see how they function collaboratively.Let’s say your company wants to develop a running app, so your CEO hires a UX designer. The UX designer is first going to do some research into competitor’s apps and your user’s pain points.With this information, she will decide the core features of the app (“must monitor heart rate and mileage”), and explore user personas in-depth to create a site map and initial prototype.From there, a UX designer will create wireframes, test and refine them, and convert those wireframes into mockups. Then, the UX designer will conduct research and refine the product for the market. Throughout all stages, the UX designer is focused on the structure and value of the product and how that product is or isn’t meeting user’s needs.Towards the end of development, a UI designer will then take control over the app’s appearance, including on-screen forms, images, buttons, links, and icons.As you can see, the primary difference between UX and UI is goals: a UX designer is focused on the users’ experience, including anything that might motivate or frustrate them, why they would or wouldn’t enjoy the product, and what the product needs to include to delight the user.A UI designer is given those constraints — she’s told what the app must include and exclude, and how it’s going to work. Using those constraints as a guideline, she works on the design and interactivity to ensure the user understands the product and enjoys the presentation of it.You can’t create an exceptional product without both UX and UI. Without a UX designer, YouTube would appear beautiful and appealing but completely unusable. And, without a UI designer, YouTube would be a great idea in theory but would be difficult and confusing to navigate on the screen.  User Experience Topics:last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s backing gives me lot of self belief: Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgFast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said he and his pace-bowling counterparts are being able to experiment and express themselves because of the backing they get from captain Virat Kohli.Jasprit Bumrah also said that there is brilliant camaraderie among the India fast bowlers and he, as a youngster, constantly keeps asking questions and learns from the likes of senior campaigners in Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.Jasprit Bumrah’s comments come after India finished Day 3 of the 2nd Test against West Indies in a commanding position. Having set West Indies a target of 468, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami struck once each to leave the hosts at 45 for 2 at Stumps.India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 3: Highlights | ReportNonetheless, it was Jasprit Bumrah’s heroic first innings spell that broke the back of West Indies’ batting line-up and thwarted any chances of a comeback from the hosts who had lost the 1st Test by 318 runs.Bumrah ran through the West Indies batting order, picking up 6 wickets, including his maiden Test hat-trick. It was also his second successive 5-wicket haul as he had jolted West Indies in the 2nd innings of the Antigua Test in which they were bundled out for 100.”The captain has a lot of confidence in you that gives you a lot of self belief. When you bowl, you can express yourself and try whatever you want to do. Not only me, each and every bowler is being backed by him so much. As a bowling unit, we are very happy and have the freedom to do whatever we want,” Jasprit Bumrah told reporters in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday.advertisementVirat Kohli’s support was evident when the skipper went for a review during the dramatic hat-trick ball on Day 2 of the Jamaica Test. Bumrah did not even appeal after hitting Roston Chase on the front pad but Kohli took the review that eventually sealed the hat-trick after on-field umpire Paul Reiffel ruled it not out.Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah also said that the fast bowling group has put in a lot of hard work and looks to improve with every single outing.”We have done a lot of hard work. Last year, we played a lot of away matches. Lot of camaraderie is there, we back each other. Even if things are going well, we discuss how to get better. We have a good relationship, all of us. We want to get better every year,” Bumrah said.The fast bowler added: “Ishant has played a lot more cricket than all of us. Shami has also played a lot of cricket. I am the new guy and I try and ask them a lot of questions. I get to know what works in different conditions. If the wicket is not doing anything, what should we do. All this communication goes on, including the captain and the vice-captain.”Start to my Test career has been good: Jasprit BumrahJasprit Bumrah also added that he is happy with how his Test career has begun but maintained he has a lot of work to do while pointing out his upcoming challenge in India.Bumrah, who made his Test debut in 2018, has not played a single match in India yet. The right-arm pacer, who has picked up 61 wickets from just 12 Tests, has 5-wicket hauls in each of the overseas nation he has played so far.”It’s been just 10-12 matches. My career has just started. I am learning everyday and trying to improve. I have to play in India as well. This has been a good start,” Bumrah said.”I always look a team goals. If we win the match, it’s fine even if I don’t get a wicket. I always think about how I can contribute to the team’s success. Be it taking wickets or creating pressure.”Also Read | Virat Kohli ends West Indies tour with his 4th first-ball duck in Test cricketAlso Read | 1st T20I: Ross Taylor shines as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wicketsAlso See:last_img read more

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Amarjit hopeful of India’s chances against Asian champions Qatar

first_imgAhead of India’s vital game against AFC Asian champions Qatar in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, midfielder Amarjit Singh on Monday said that in football ‘it is all about those 90 minutes.'”In football, it’s all about those 90 minutes. Nothing else matters. A year back, did anyone ever think that Qatar would be Asian champions? But they have overcome powerhouses like Japan, Australia, Iran, and the Korean Republic. That was quite unthinkable,” All India Football Federation (AIFF) quoted Singh, as saying.Nursing an elbow injury, Singh was ruled out of India’s clashes against Oman, and Qatar. Now it’s a race against time for him to get ready for India’s match against Bangladesh on October 15. He is currently under rehabilitation for 6-8 weeks.”So, there’s no reason to believe we can’t. I understand Qatar are labeled as ‘Spain of Asia,’ and that too for a reason. They are a very good team. But on the field, no history matters. It’s about fighting face to face, for the ball, and with the ball,” Singh said.”We need to be mentally strong, and not get overawed playing them at their home. I repeat, it isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either,” he added.It’s this attitude of Amarjit that was the hallmark of the India U17 World Cup squad, the Indian Arrows, and the India U19 National Team at present.Even skipper Sunil Chhetri is aware of it. “Amarjit is a livewire. He is somebody who is so honest. If you tell him that you need to punch the wall for three hours, three hours later, when you come back you will still see him punching it. He has been a standout performer in the last 3-4 games for us. I really hope he recovers soon,” Chhetri said.advertisementIndia will play against Qatar in their second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on September 10.Also See:last_img read more

Don’t see anyone winning athletics medal in Olympics in near future: Milkha Singh

first_imgThe legendary Milkha Singh on Friday said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the Olympics in the near future.”Abhi tak toh mujhe koi aadmi aisa nazar nahi aata jo aaney walein Olympics Games ke andar athletics mein medal jeet paye (Till now, I don’t see anyone who can win a medal in athletics in Olympics),” the 92-year-old Milkha, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’ told reporters here.He was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019, which are being instituted by Virat Kohli and RP-SG. Milkha informed that he would be bestowed with an award during the function.”Kid, you have spoken about Olympics, but I will speak to you more about athletics … I, Gurbachan (Singh) Randhawa, P T Usha, Anju Bobby Geroge and Sriram Singh reached the final (in the Olympics) but could not get a medal,” rued Milkha.Milkha is most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, while Randhawa finished fifth in 110m hurdles in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. P T Usha came fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics while Anju Bobby George was fifth in the 2004 Athens Games.”If we have to win a medal in the Olympics, we will have to keep the athletes at one place and train them. Then (only) we can win a gold medal in the Olympics, suggested Milkha.Meanwhile, gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that her “fitness was good” amid her injury concerns.Current and former India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane, Smriti Mandhana, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, chief badminton national coach P Gopichand were among a host of athletes and other celebrities who attended the award function.advertisementAlso Read | IAAF World Championships: Sreeshankar fails to qualify for final in long jump Also See:last_img read more

TCU Fan Loses Bet, Leads Orange Power Chant

first_imgThis is why college football is the greatest. We can get worked up about our team and be too competitive, but ultimately life goes on whether you win or lose. After the Horned Frogs folded against Oklahoma State, this gracious TCU fan lost a bet and lead an “Orange Power” chant right in the middle of Freddy’s.This is what happens when you bet against the undefeated OSU Cowboys. #GoPokes— Nick Rogers (@yaboynickrogers) November 8, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

Work on Section of Highway 103 Continues

first_imgDrivers in Shelburne County will soon have safer roads thanks to the province’s continuing commitment to complete the new Highway 103 section in the Barrington area. The project is intended to fill an 8.3 kilometre gap between the limited access sections of Highway 103, from east of Barrington to west of Oak Park. The work includes two river bridges and an interchange. The $19-million project began in 1997. In April 2004, Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell made a commitment to complete the project in 2006. Work on the bridge over the Willis Branch of the Barrington River and subgrade construction west of Barrington River is underway. An estimated $10 million is needed to complete the project in 2006. “A limited access, uninterrupted 100-series highway will be a big plus for travel on the South Shore,” said Mr. Russell. “The residents of Shelburne have been exceedingly patient in waiting for this next step. Not only will this project improve road safety but it will also be beneficial for commercial traffic and tourism.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more