Expat Voice: Manga And More

first_imgJapanese comic artist Shohei Emura came as a tourist to India 17 years ago, when he was seeking change. Emura, then aged 22, was soon convinced that India was a good place to fill the cultural gaps in his life.“I learnt in India that there are many lifestyles of people, who come from different backgrounds, within the same society,” Emura, 39, who hails from Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, tells Little India. “That always excites me and keeps me aware of new things in daily life.”He enrolled in Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2001 to pursue a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. After graduating in 2005 he traveled around the country for two years, finally deciding to live in Delhi for comic book publishing.The sheer size of India makes it a country that’s nothing like Japan, says Emura, who has been involved in promoting the Japanese manga art, exploring Indian forms of story-telling, and strengthening a community of artists in the country. He tells us more about keeping his passion alive in India:Manga in IndiaI often used manga-based techniques for left to right horizontal panel placement, which is how English and some other languages are read. It’s because my comic script is set in English by the script writer or myself when I’m writing for Indian and international audience. I recently started using digital drawing mixed with texture painting and classic analog drawing for manga drawing.Traditional Indian Story-telling FormatsI worked with Vidyun Sabhaney on a story Chilka, which is a part of PAO anthology Volume-1, which was published in 2012. We planned to travel and research on story telling forms with visual elements in India to learn more about the authentic way of story-telling. We thought that will help us compose Indian-style manga hybrid comics later.I was excited to see how myth and folktales are told and depicted. This turned into a little larger project with the help of the India Foundation of Arts NGO and some private supporters.We spent a year traveling in Rajasthan, West Bengal and Karnataka for research on three different traditions — Kaavad, Bengali pattachitra and Karnataka shadow puppetry. We did follow-up trips and research for a few more years while publishing comics from our self-publishing brand, Captain Bijli Comics.Comic CultureWe published a small zine called Mice Will Be Mice, which was based on the script of shadow puppetry that we created for a children’s workshop at Nizamuddin Basti in New Delhi. Then we started more comics related activities. We collaborated with an indie publishing NGO called Authors Upfront, and American comics researcher Jaromir Stoll and Sabhaney, who edited the DOGS! anthology. It’s a comic book anthology on dogs theme. I wrote Oye! Chhotu, a story of stray dogs in Mehrauli forest.I have made wall-printed comics for Japanese restaurants Kofuku and Kanpai in Mumbai. I also hold manga workshops and have been a guest lecturer at various institutes.I made programs which are specific to manga publishing, based on the method of how I made manga-based comics in English. This kind of information is a little rare in books, and even on the internet right now.My aim is to help more amateur comic book artists, and organize a bigger movement of zine culture and major mass comics publishing. The market in India is still tiny as compared to the population, and I expect it to expand in the near future.Barter ArtI didn’t have much cash during the demonetization phase. I made paintings of the things I needed, such as medicines, food items and everyday products, titled the painting about what I wanted, such as “Olive oil,” and exchange it for real olive oil. I exchanged about 15 paintings in two runs of this event. It was very interactive and fun. I want to continue and develop this activity.Shohei Emura during a Barter Art sessionI also sold and accepted barter portrait made in different manga styles. It picked up initially, but most of the orders got cancelled as demonetization happened.Working for Indian ChildrenI made mural paintings at classrooms in government school in Dilshad Garden in New Delhi, using educational and informative design.I think there is a big demand for children to be able to stay in better educational environments, besides their studies, such as clean air, water and toilet facilities. Proper care needs to be taken for their school life in India. I would like to create valuable content for them.Shohei Emura’s murals at a government school in Dilshad Garden, New DelhiFuture PlansMy next ideas are an experimental ecology game comic for social networking sites and reintroduction of folktale web-comic series. I am moving to online comic format for better stability, as I’m not sure whether I will be staying in India or Japan, and for reaching new audience across the world. I may take to blogging or YouTube, or gather funds from crowd sourcing.The Traveler WithinI like many places in India. Delhi is great to see the change of society and urban life in India. Kolkata would be a good place to work as well if I was not into publishing. Baroda is my second home.Stability ConcernsThere are always issue with the visa extension and I am currently in Japan for my next application. It is not very easy to plan for a long stay in India. My parents are often worried about that stability, even though they did not object to me moving abroad as many from my family have pursued this path. However, I still have to convince them about my future plans. It has been harder and harder after big incidents like riots, demonetization, etc.The interview has been condensed and edited.Expat Voice is regular column on expats in India. Email us at expat@littleindia.com to nominate yourself or another expat for the column. Related ItemsComicsJapanMangalast_img read more

Qatar’s Exit Visa System Ends; Workers Can Leave Without Permits

first_imgQatar has enforced the exit visa reform which allows migrant workers to leave the country without obtaining permission from their employers. Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced the implementation of this reform on Oct.28. The ministry announced this on Twitter, where it said that certain provisions of Law No.21 of 2015 are amended by Law No.13 of 2018. These amendments are related to entry, exit, and residency of the expat workers in the country, and are being implemented from Oct.28, 2018.Law No. 13 of 2018, which amended certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates is being implemented starting today, Sunday 28 October 2018. #MoIQatar— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) October 28, 2018 The ministry said, “As per the amendment, the expatriate workers that come under the Labor Law can leave the country without obtaining a prior permit, while the employer can restrict up to 5% of his workforce to obtain a prior consent because of the nature of their work.” While the amendment allows migrant workers to leave the oil-rich Kingdom without taking any permission from their employers, it also gives companies the right to keep up to five percent of their employees in the list for whom permission or no objection certificate is still needed for leaving the country. For these employees, the employers will have to give a justification based on the nature of their work. The ministry said that “the employers can upload such list of employees who require prior consent to exit the country, through the website of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA).” It also said, “The expatriate workers, who are unable to leave the country for any reason, can approach the Expatriate Exit Grievance Committee, which will look into the complaint and take a decision within three working days.” Welcoming this move, Houtan Homayounpour, Head of ILO project Office for the State of Qatar, International Labor Organization (ILO), Doha, said in a video message on Twitter, “As of October 28, most workers covered by the labor code in Qatar will no longer require an exit permit. This will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of migrant workers in Qatar.”Great news! As of today, exit visas no longer needed for the majority of workers in Qatar. @ADLSAQa @MOI_QatarEn @Houtan_ILO pic.twitter.com/sVuZ5tJ67U— ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar (@ILOQatar) October 28, 2018Qatar had announced the Labor Law reform in September this year. After meeting Qatar’s Prime Minister and Labor Minister, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) had said on Oct.8 that Qatar’s reformed exit visa system will be implemented by the end of October.This relaxation in exit policy will benefit thousands of migrant workers from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh who work in the country.Qatar has been constantly facing criticism by human right groups for its stringent labor laws. As the country is hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2022, this labor reform is being seen as an attempt to remove negativity associated with its name. It was also announced in April this year that the country will increase the minimum wages by the end of 2018. Related Itemslast_img read more

Perpetual prexy cries foul over Altas’ game forfeiture

first_imgLATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bong Ravena thought son Kiefer was bound to become a coach Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Prince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPerpetual president and CEO Antonio Tamayo broke his silence and backed up his team’s claim that the NCAA committed a huge mistake when it decided to allow the game between the Altas and the St. Benilde Blazers to push through on July 11 despite already acknowledging the former’s problems with their uniforms.“They were wrong to allow our team to play and penalized us twice by slapping us a technical foul and gave the other team a free throw before the game started and then forfeit it later,” Tamayo said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Perpetual were meted a technical foul for wearing its dark uniform despite it being designated as the light team for the tiff.The game ended with the Altas winning, 69-65, but the NCAA management committee (Mancom) decided to overturn the game and handed the victory to the Blazers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTamayo acknowledged that his side was also at fault for not having its white jerseys in time, but the game should have resulted in a forfeiture right from the get-go.Perpetual has already filed its counter-protest over the Mancom’s decision on Wednesday. Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian and the rest of the Board are still convening on Monday afternoon to find a resolution for the issue.But for Tamayo, the power should have been vested on commissioner Bai Cristobal to make the necessary action.“The league should empower Commissioner Bai Cristobal and let him decide anything related to basketball matters,” he said. “I believe they should not forfeit the game under the process undertaken by the commissioner.”The Altas are currently at the cellar with a 0-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READlast_img read more

Football: Neymar says he couldn’t look at a football after the World Cup

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBrazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation’s quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup, he couldn’t look at a ball and didn’t want to see any of the remaining matches.It was evident that a lot of responsibility and hope rested on Neymar’s shoulders at this year’s World Cup at Russia after he was taken out of the 2014 World Cup midway, due to an injury.“I wouldn’t go as far as to say I didn’t want to play again but, I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” 26-year-old Neymar told AFP in an exclusive interview on Saturday.“I was in mourning, I was really sad about it, but sadness passes, I have my son, my family, my friends and they don’t want to see me moping around. I’ve got more reason to be happy than sad,” said Neymar, reflecting on his team’s 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium.When asked about reports in Spain linking him with a transfer to Real Madrid the forward said: “that’s all speculation from the press.”The Brazilian superstar, who moved to PSG for a world record 222 million euros last year, insists that the burden of expectation on his shoulders – whether with his club or country – does not weigh heavily.“No, all the great players feel pressure,” he said.“It’s true that when it comes to me, there are double standards. I have been aware of this responsibility, not only for Brazil but also in club football, since I was 17, 18 years old.“I have prepared myself to handle this pressure and I know that when the results are not what they should be then that pressure increases.”Read also: Football : Reds boss Jurgen Klopp interested in Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic.Football: Anthony Martial backed to succeed by Ander Herreralast_img read more

360i Press Release: SUBWAY® Selects 360i as Social Agency of Record

first_imgNEW YORK — 360i has been named the Social Agency of Record for SUBWAY® Restaurants, following a competitive review. The agency is charged with developing and executing the brand’s overall social strategy, inclusive of creating socially-driven campaigns and content designed to drive engagement and conversation, as well as ongoing community management, word of mouth marketing and social listening.“360i impressed us with the depth of their expertise in social media as well as their thoughtful strategic and integrated messaging recommendations,” said SUBWAY Chief Marketing Office, Tony Pace. “They will help us navigate this rapidly evolving and highly competitive global landscape.”“Tony and his team have an incredibly integrated approach to social marketing, viewing it as a marketing mindset and a vital component of their marketing mix, not a siloed channel,” said Bryan Wiener, Chairman & CEO of 360i. “We’re honored to work with such a progressive team and brand, and look forward to elevating the impact of social on their brand equity and customer relationships.”last_img read more

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Tips: Join Mint and POPSUGAR Smart Living Live on Twitter!

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How to Use Grains for Hearty, Healthy & Cheap Meals

first_img Post navigation Welcome back to the collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! I’m here to give you tips on living a healthy, happy life on a budget.When I am at the end of my produce and my budget, I turn to my pantry staples. More specifically, I turn to my cheap grains (and other meal-bases) to create a hearty meal from nothing. Having cheap dried grains and pulses in your pantry will assure that you ALWAYS have a healthy meal ready to go. You can just cook your grain in water, top it with refrigerator scraps and add a sauce. VOILA, a meal is born.I highly recommend keeping bags of frozen vegetables and protein, like veggie burgers or frozen chicken breasts, around so that you can always make a healthy and filling meal even if the fridge is empty. This will prevent you from ordering in or going out to eat when “there’s nothing left to eat in the house.” It’s your back-up reserve of food that will protect your wallet from hanger-based food choices.The list I have put together is mostly grains, and they all cost under $3 per pound. So I suggest finding somewhere to buy in bulk, and stocking up on each of these. They can be stored in airtight containers for a year, so you aren’t at risk of them going bad.Brown riceThe most common of the cheap grains, brown rice is a whole grain high in minerals and fiber. It’s great in stir-fry, salads, soups, burritos, and so much more.RECIPES TO TRY: Masala Chickpeas with Coconut Rice or Oven Baked Masala Chicken SkewersBarleyBarley is a whole grain, heartier and chewier than rice. It’s packed with protein and fiber, making it a great option for grain bowls or stews. It also cooks pretty quickly, so I like that about it!RECIPES TO TRY: Sweet Potato Barley Stew or California Barley BowlFarroFarro looks like rice, and is packed with protein and fiber like barley, but it is nuttier and heartier than both. I highly recommend adding this versatile grain to your pantry!RECIPES TO TRY: Beet Farro Mediterranean Salad or Grilled Summer Buddah Bowl SaladOatsOats are great for breakfast, they can be used in baking, or you can make a savory dish with them. They’re very versatile and totally filling.RECIPES TO TRY: The Creamiest Apple Pie Oatmeal or Savory Oatmeal with Garlicky KaleMilletIs a small grain that looks and tastes similar to quinoa. It’s not the most popular because it can be temperamental to cook with and isn’t as nutrient-packed as some other grains, but it is probably the cheapest of the grains. So for that reason, I love it.RECIPES TO TRY: Spicy Curried Cauliflower and Millet Bowl or Chickpea Shwarama with MilletBuckwheat GroatsDespite the name, buckwheat groats are gluten free and they’re actually a seed rather than a grain. However, you can cook them and use them in a similar way to any grain, or you can make them into a nice porridge. They’re very versatile!RECIPES TO TRY: Customizable Nourishing Buckwheat Bowl or Golden Raisin Buckwheat Breakfast PorridgeCouscousCouscous is not gluten free and not even a grain. It is made of flour and water – similar to pasta, so it makes a great base for a meal. I love couscous because it cooks VERY QUICKLY, so it’s always ready when I want it to be.RECIPES TO TRY: 30-Minute Crispy Tofu & Squash Autumn Bowl or 10 Minute Winter Couscous SaladLentilsLentils are a pulse (a small seed), not a grain. However, they are cheap, protein-packed, and contain tons of fiber so they make a great base for a meal. That’s why I’ve included them in this list!RECIPES TO TRY: Lentil and Sweet Potato Vegetarian Chili or Lentil Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet PotatoUse this list as a guideline for stocking your pantry, so that when time and money is tight you always have a healthy base for a meal. I find having a well-stocked pantry helps me avoid eating out and keeps my food budget down. Hopefully it helps you too!Follow along!Over the next few months I’ll be covering a variety of ways to be healthy on a budget. Keep an eye out for those and head over to Brewing Happiness for healthy recipe inspiration in the meantime!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

Chocolate IS good for you: Why a bit of cocoa every day really does boost your mind, heart and mood

first_imgSource Chocolate (made from the Theobroma cacao tree seeds) is thought to date back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica over 3,000 years ago. Ever since, demand for chocolate has boomed with billions indulging in its sweet rich taste. It is often considered to be the ultimate comfort food, mood changer and romantic gesture, and has recently been touted as a health food.But is any of this really healthy – especially since overindulging in chocolate and other sweet foods can cause weight gain and instill a sense of guilt in some people?Here, Rob Hobson, a leading registered nutritionist and author of Cheats & Eats, takes a look at how much good chocolate will do for our health this Easter – and how to make it even healthier. Health benefits of chocolateIt’s not all about self-indulgence, guilt and overweight as research suggests there may be many positive health benefits to eating chocolate, which includes your heart and brain.The health benefits stem from cocoa and not chocolate as such, which is made by adding sugar and fat.The rawest forms of cocoa are cocoa powder and raw cacao, which contain the greatest concentration of goodness without the added sugar.Attributing any health benefits to chocolate means sticking with dark varieties that contain more than 70 percent cocoa.Cocoa is a rich source of minerals including magnesium (helps to maintain healthy bones and promote muscle relaxation), iron (helps to maintain healthy red blood cell production) and zinc (helps to make new cells in the body).You’ll also find more antioxidants in cocoa than almost any other food on the planet.These antioxidants are called flavanols and are at the root of many of the findings from research linking cocoa to disease protection, some of which has shown to be promising.Advances in innovation have seen a rise in functional chocolate products with added health benefits, adding ‘super fruit’ acai and even probiotics.How does it affect… mood?Cocoa increases the levels of several chemicals in the brain that are linked to mood.Phenylethylamine (PEA) is one such chemical that has been shown to boost mood as does tryptophan that is converted to the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin.Cocoa also contains theobromine, which is similar in effect to caffeine but without the jittery side-effects.These three chemicals together may explain why chocolate is considered to be so addictive.How does it affect… heart disease?The flavanols in cocoa are thought to dilate the arteries, which improves elasticity and may reduce the risk of heart attack.The effect of these antioxidants is also thought to be similar to aspirin in that they help to thin the blood and prevent unwanted clots with research showing that the effect after drinking a cup of cocoa lasting more than six hours.Findings from a large analysis of seven studies carried out by researchers at Cambridge University found that both men and women with the highest intake of cacao/dark chocolate were 37 percent less likely to suffer with coronary heart disease and 29 percent less likely to experience a stroke compared to those with the lowest intakes.How does it affect… blood pressure?Research around blood pressure stems from islanders of Kuna that don’t appear to develop high blood pressure as they get older, which is in part attributed to the high amounts of cocoa they consume on a daily basis.It was noticed that once thy left the island and consumed less cocoa they lost the protective effect on blood pressure.The link between cocoa and blood pressure is that the flavanols it contains increase the availability of nitric oxide in the blood, which dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.Researchers from Adelaide University found that drinking cocoa (rich in flavanols) significantly lowers blood pressure when compared to a flavanol-free placebo drink.How does it affect… brain health?According to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine, countries with the high consumption of chocolate produce more Nobel Prize winners per head of population than those eating less but this doesn’t mean chocolate makes you brainy!Various studies have shown that drinking cocoa at least five days of the week boosts the flow of blood to the parts of the brain that help with cognition and can improve performance and alertness.The antioxidants in cocoa also help to neutralize the low-grade inflammation associated with ‘foggy’ thoughts.Studies of older people that are mentally impaired have found that those who regularly drank cocoa had greater improvements in memory and verbal reasoning than those who did not.It’s for this reason that cocoa has been of interest to researchers investigating dementia.Revealed: How you can squeeze cocoa into everyday foods to make them HEALTHIERAdding cocoa powder or raw cacao to foods is a great way to boost your mineral and antioxidant intake.Both these ingredients have the highest concentration of nutrients and are a sugar-free way to add an intense chocolate hit. Try these few ideas for inspiration:Add 1 tbsp to your protein shake.Add 1 tbsp to porridge.Make homemade energy balls by blending cocoa or raw cacao powder, dates and chopped hazelnuts to a food processor.Combine 1 tbsp with hot milk of choice for a warming evening drink rich in magnesium that helps to promote muscle relaxation and has been shown by research to induce sleep. Try adding cinnamon, ground cardamom or chili for extra flavor.Add cocoa or raw cacao powder to chili con carne for richness and intense flavor.last_img read more

Forests Could Be Casualties in a U.S.-China Trade War

first_imgAs the threat of a trade war between the United States and China looms and rhetoric escalates, an ominous side effect has been left out of the discussion: the potential impacts on forests and the climate.Recently, China announced that it would impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. agricultural products including soybeans, wheat, corn, cotton, sorghum, tobacco and beef. While China has not yet announced a date for the action, its proposed tariffs on U.S. agricultural products could increase demand for soy and other agricultural products in South American countries. While this is an opportunity for Brazil and other countries to increase revenue and promote better land use practices, without the right precautions taken by governments, the private sector and the international community, a shift in soy production could put some tropical ecosystems, particularly Brazil’s Cerrado, at risk for deforestation from agricultural expansion.   China imports over half of its soybeans from South America—a total import value of $19.5 billion, with $15.6 billion from Brazil alone. And it has already started shifting its soybean demand from the U.S. to Brazil: Brazilian soybean exports to China have more than doubled since September 2017, due in part to Argentina’s drought.With high tariffs on U.S. products, Brazil could be the main beneficiary of the trade war through preferential pricing. Analysts believe this could have long-term impacts on soy production and permanently shift demand to South America. This assumes high elasticity of soy production and price. If increased demand from China leads to increased soy production, soy could encroach on forests if proper safeguards and agricultural practices are not used.How Soy Prices Accelerate DeforestationAccording to a meta-analysis of the drivers of deforestation, agricultural prices are the strongest factor in increased deforestation. Land-use changes with respect to price are much more elastic in Brazil than the U.S. Put simply, this means that if prices increase, soy production in Brazil would tend to expand, as it did when Brazilian soybean prices rose in the early 2000s. Conversely, lower prices could facilitate certain political and environmental shifts. For example, Brazil’s 2006 soy moratorium, a voluntary zero-deforestation agreement by the soy industry, was possible in part because it came at a time when soy prices were low.The possibility of a trade war between China and the U.S. has already sent Brazilian soybean premiums soaring, rallying to a 21-month high. And the risk of deforestation extends beyond the Brazilian Amazon to other ecosystems such as the Cerrado (a savannah biome with a mix of forested areas and grasslands), and beyond Brazil to neighboring Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia. In addition to having the potential to impact Brazil’s forests, greater cultivation of soy could also affect Brazil’s emissions and its ability to reach its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement. Land-use changes and forestry combined with agriculture contributed 28.6ktCO2e of Brazil’s emissions from 1990–2014, 74 percent of the national total. Further deforestation from increased agricultural production would push Brazil’s total emissions even higher.Here we can embed emission data from Climate Watch: Limiting Deforestation from Expanded Soy ProductionIf a trade war results in soaring demand for Brazilian soy, what should policymakers and companies do to counteract the potential damage to forests? The answer may lie in past efforts to de-couple commodity production from deforestation.The Brazilian government has had success in limiting soy-driven deforestation through high-tech satellite monitoring of forests, paired with muscular enforcement of forest conservation laws.  Moreover, companies have nearly eliminated deforestation from key soy supply chains through the Amazon Soy Moratorium. They could strengthen this policy further by expanding protection to forested areas in the Cerrado and other biomes. Companies have already made progress by committing to halt deforestation. This commitment was inspired by the Cerrado Manifesto, a call to action by 60 leading Brazilian researchers and social and environmental organizations for companies that purchase soy and meat from within the biome to eliminate deforestation within the biome. Companies can also utilize innovative technology solutions to implement their deforestation commitments—for example, the deforestation and soy-related data on Global Forest Watch and soon, GFW Pro, a new application to manage deforestation risks in commodity supply chains.Climate finance could help buffer forests against commodity price fluctuations by providing incentives for conservation. But the finance to support deforestation-free trade is missing. In 2016, less than 2 percent ($3 billion) of $141 billion in public climate funding was assigned for land and forests—even though it’s estimated that conservation and restoration could deliver 60 percent of the emissions reductions needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in Latin America and the Caribbean. With greater focus on the land use sector, countries could reach their NDC commitments, and international climate funds and donor nations could get a great return on their investment.Brazil and other South American countries may see some economic benefits from a trade war between the U.S. and China, but the potential costs are high. A soy boom could come at the risk of forests, which underpin vital local services such as water supply and essential global services such as carbon storage. There’s a better way. Trade wars have winners and losers, but if Brazil’s forests are conserved, we will all benefit.last_img read more

Women’s T20 Challenge: We threw away wickets, says Harmanpreet after Supernovas defeat

first_imgSupernovas captain Harmanpreet Kaur was visibly disappointed as her team got off to a losing start in the four-match Women’s T20 Challenge tournament in Jaipur on Monday.Batting first the Trailblazers posted 140 for 5 on the board with captain Smriti Mandhana top-scoring with 90 off 67 balls. The Supernovas in reply, fell short by 2 runs as they were stopped at 138 for 6 in 20 overs despite a quickfire 46 not out off 34 balls by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.Harmanpreet and Sophie Devine (32 off 22) were then involved in a brisk 48-run partnership as their side approached the target but Sophie Ecclestone cut short the latter’s stay, dismissing her in the 13th over.Harmanpreet then single-handedly fought the contest and kept the scoreboard ticking, taking her side on the verge of victory but her side fell short of just a couple of runs.#WIPL pic.twitter.com/SRXwfc8qp0IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 2019″I knew if I played till the end, I had the confidence I can win the game. But Sophie bowled really well in the 19th over, and that changed the game. We bowled really well in the first 10 overs, but in the last 10, we didn’t execute our plans,” Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation.Harmanpreet was not happy with the batters in her team as she felt they gave away their wickets after getting set in the middle.”No doubt, Smriti also batted really well. When we were getting runs, we threw away wickets too, and that was the reason we didn’t win. I’m really happy both teams played really well, that’s what we wanted,” Harmanpreet said.advertisementA nail biting finish as the Trailblazers clinch a thriller here in Jaipur, win by 2 runs. pic.twitter.com/xHUAUovR7VIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 2019The Trailblazers will next take on Velocity, led by Mithali Raj, on May 8 while the Supernovas will face Velocity on May 9. The top-two teams with the maximum points will play the final on May 11. All matches will be played at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Also Read | Mandhana 90 powers Trailblazers to 2-run win over Supernovaslast_img read more

Ben & Jerry, theSkimm & Apple: The Inspiring Stories of 10 Famous Co-Founders

first_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 Topics: Marketing Case Studies Originally published Mar 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 “Choose co-founders the way you would choose a spouse,” advises entrepreneur and author Danielle Newnham. “The reality is that you will, at least in the early days, spend far more time with your co-founders than your partner.”The co-founder relationship is perhaps the most personal of all business relationships. Co-founders are like the parents of a newborn business, and as such, they spend countless hours working (and arguing) together in order to see that business become successful.Some of the world’s most successful co-founders have had drastically different outlooks and skill sets, but it was often those differences that made the relationships work. Combine a sales-minded dreamer with a genius engineer, or combine a punk rocker with a hip-hop pioneer, and — as you’re about to discover — the sum can often be greater than its parts.The Inspiring Stories of 10 Famous Co-Founders1) William Procter & James Gamble (P&G)Source: P&GTalk about a co-founder relationship being personal: William Procter and James Gamble, co-founders of what would become one of the world’s largest companies, were brothers-in-law. Procter, a candle maker, was married to Olivia Norris, while Gamble, a soap maker, was married to Olivia’s sister Elizabeth. It was Olivia and Elizabeth’s father who convinced Procter and Gamble (his sons-in-law) to merge their candle and soap-making operations, citing that they were competing for the same raw materials (namely, animal fat and oil). So in 1837, they took their father-in-law’s advice and Procter & Gamble was born. Today, P&G is a multinational consumer goods company that employs more than 100 thousand people and has a market cap north of $200 billion. Some of its most successful brands include Crest, Charmin, Gillette, and Head & Shoulders.And to think it all started with a father-in-law’s simple suggestion. The moral of the story here: Always listen to your in-laws. (Or at least try to tolerate them the best you can.)2) Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard | HPSource: HP Memory ProjectIt’s unclear how Procter and Gamble decided on the order in which their names would appear, but for Bill Hewlett and David Packard, we know how they figured it out: They flipped a coin.The original garage entrepreneurs (garagepreneurs?), Hewlett and Packard became friends in 1934 after they had both graduated from Stanford University with degrees in electrical engineering. In 1938, they rented a garage in Palo Alto and started working on their first product: an audio oscillator for testing sound equipment. In 1939, they formalized their partnership and held their infamous coin flip to determine whose name got top billing.Hewlett and Packard both took an employee-centric view of management. And as a result, HP became one of the first U.S. companies to offer flexible work hours, profit-sharing, and several other employee benefits. As Bill Hewlett once noted, “What I’m most proud of is the fact that we really create a way to work with employees, let them share in the profits, and still keep control of it.”As partners, Hewlett and Packard always had each other’s back. When Hewlett went to serve in the Army during WWII, Packard ran the company on his own until Hewlett’s return. And similarly, when Packard stepped down as HP’s CEO to serve as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, Hewlett stepped up to take his place. Together, the two entrepreneur/patriots developed a company culture at HP that has persisted for decades.Today, the Palo Alto garage that Hewlett and Packard started out in is a California State Historical Landmark. It bears a plaque that reads “The Birthplace of the Silicon Valley.” 3) Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin | theSkimmSource: ForbesBoasting 1.5 million+ subscribers, theSkimm is an email newsletter phenomenon that’s changing the way people consume the news.TheSkimm co-founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin met while studying abroad in Rome, where — according to their About Us page — they bonded over “a mutual love of fried artichokes.” Both ended up as producers at NBC News in New York, and after listening to their friends constantly ask them for the latest headlines, they realized that the news media landscape was shifting.To capitalize on this shift, Weisberg and Zakin quit their jobs, moved in together, and launched theSkimm from their couch. “For two girls who grew up more ‘Morning Glory’ than ‘The Social Network,’ it took a lot of guts, and white wine, for us to make theSkimm a reality,” they wrote on their About Us page.Note: For a more in-depth look at how Weisberg and Zakin launched (and grew) theSkimm, check out our interview with them on The Growth Show.4) Bill Gates & Paul Allen | MicrosoftSource: ForbesNot all co-founder stories have fairy tale endings. And while Microsoft’s founding duo Bill Gates and Paul Allen both ended up multi-billionaires, their relationship didn’t exactly go up and to the right.Gates and Allen started out as childhood friends. Both attended the private Lakeside School in Seattle, where they bonded over a mutual passion for computers and BASIC programming. By the 1970s, both had moved to the Boston area — Gates to attend Harvard, and Allen (three years Gates’ senior) to work at Honeywell. It was there that Gates and Allen first learned about the Altair 8800, one of the world’s first personal computers. With the arrival of the Altair, Gates and Allen began to sense that writing (and selling) software for personal computers could be a big business. (Spoiler alert: They were right.) In 1975, the two formalized their partnership under the name “Micro-soft” and created their first product: a BASIC programming language for the Altair. Even in the early days, however, there was some strain on the co-founder relationship. Gates was adamant that they split ownership of the business 60/40 (in Gates’ favor), citing that he was still a student while Allen was able to earn a salary. A few years later, Gates fought to tip the ownership scales even more (to 64/36). And perhaps most egregiously of all, Allen once overheard Gates complaining about how unproductive he (Allen) had become, and how he wanted to dilute Allen’s ownership in Microsoft even more. Allen was battling cancer at the time.Allen resigned from Microsoft in 1983, but would remain on its board of directors until the year 2000.5) Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak | AppleSource: The Next WebThe story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founding Apple in the Jobs’ family garage is perhaps one of the best-known co-founding stories ever. So for the sake of saving paper — errr, pixels — here’s the tl;dr version: Jobs and Wozniak met through a mutual friend. They were exposed to the latest personal computing technologies by way of the Homebrew Computer Club in Silicon Valley. The first product they collaborated on was a “blue box” for making free long-distance phone calls. Then, in 1976, they launched their first computer: The (retroactively named) Apple I.Unlike the Gates/Allen partnership where both founders were technologically savvy, with the Jobs/Wozniak partnership, the former was more of a sales-minded, “big picture” guy, while the latter was an electronics guru. Needless to say, that combination of skill sets worked out rather well for Apple’s co-founders.And while Hollywood might portray Jobs and Wozniak as constantly butting heads, that’s not how Wozniak remembers their co-founder relationship. “We never had a fight or an argument,” he told the Milwaukee Business Journal back in 2014. “We were always friends.”6) Rick Rubin & Russell Simmons | Def JamSource: NPRIt’s one of the more unlikely partnerships on this list: A 21-year-old NYU student who plays in punk rock bands (Rick Rubin) joins forces with the 27-year-old manager of the hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. (Russell Simmons). The result? One of the world’s most successful record labels, Def Jam.The year was 1984, and Rubin had just started dipping his toes into the world of hip-hop. He had produced the track “It’s Yours,” by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay, which got the attention of Simmons. After meeting at a party, the two instantly hit it off and start running a record label together out of Rubin’s dorm room. A year later, they released the first album under the Def Jam banner: LL Cool J’s “Radio.”By the end of 1986, “Radio” had gone platinum, Def Jam had released the Beastie Boys’ debut album, “Licensed to Ill” (which would go on to become the top-selling hip-hop album of the decade), and they had signed Chuck D.’s new group, Public Enemy.It was a good year. And it was a year that marked Def Jam’s transformation from a startup to a major music industry player. While Rubin would end up leaving Def Jam in 1988 to launch a new label, the original Rubin/Simmons partnership will always be remembered as a pioneering force in the music world. Perhaps their most notable contribution was folding the intensity of rock music into hip-hop music … something that had never really been done before. As Rubin once explained, “So up until the time of Def Jam, pretty much most of the rap records at the time were R&B records with people rapping on them. And then I think one of the things that separated our records from the ones that came prior was that they had more to do with what the actual hip hop culture was … the goal was to capture the energy that you felt at a hip hop club.”7) Linda Avey & Anne Wojcicki | 23andMeSource: BloombergIn some cases, the social impact a business could potentially have is more important to a founder than the business itself. That was the case with Linda Avey when she set out to found the genetic testing company 23andMe.As the story goes, Avey’s original business partner was on board for selling 23andMe’s testing kits, but was against Avey’s bigger plan: to build a massive genetics database for researchers, which could help lead to medical breakthroughs.As Avey was pursuing funding for the project, she learned about Anne Wojcicki, a biotech analyst at a hedge fund. Avey invited her to dinner. “She showed up in jeans with a backpack slung over her shoulder (loved that!),” Avey wrote about Wojcicki on Quora. After meeting with Avey several more times and learning more about the project, Wojcicki came to a decision: She wanted in. Avey was happy to have her, and the two worked together in a shared office to get 23andMe off the ground. 8) Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield | Ben & Jerry’sSource: One Life SuccessRemember: Building a successful company is a marathon, not a sprint. And this saying is especially relevant in the case of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, considering how they met. As Cohen explained back in 1995, “I met Jerry running around the track in seventh grade gym class. We were the two slowest, fattest kids in the class. I liked him because he was funny and smart, and you could count on him.”While Cohen and Greenfield remained friends through high school and college, their business partnership almost never came to be. Cohen had his heart set on becoming a potter, while Greenfield was planning on becoming a doctor. Fortunately for ice cream fans everywhere, no one would buy Cohen’s pottery, and no medical school would accept Greenfield. So after debating between starting a bagel business or starting an ice cream business, they chose the latter based on the lower start-up costs.Having grown up together in New York, Cohen and Greenfield eventually made their way to Vermont in search of a suitable location for their first homemade ice cream parlor. In 1978, they landed on a dilapidated gas station, which they fixed up themselves. By 1983, they were franchising Ben & Jerry’s stores and selling their signature ice creams (like Chunky Monkey) via independent distributors. By 1984, they had already topped $4 million in annual sales, and by 1985, they were donating 7.5% of their annual pre-tax profits to charity via the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.”When we first started, it was just a lark. We never expected to have anything more than that one homemade ice cream shop, but now Jerry and I are millionaires,” Cohen once said. “Our relationship hasn’t changed at all … Food has always been our binding tie – food and our girth.”9) Larry Page & Sergey Brin | GoogleSource: The GuardianIn 1995, a 22-year-old Larry Page visited Stanford as a prospective computer science doctorate student. His tour guide? A 21-year-old Sergey Brin, who was already working on his computer science doctorate at the school.The two didn’t become friends right away, as both were very opinionated and considered each other “obnoxious,” according to a Wired interview. But as Page began researching how websites link between one another, and started building out technology that could identify all of those millions of connections, Brin became fascinated.By 1998, Page and Brin had joined forces, dropped out of Stanford, and — like Jobs & Wozniak and Hewlett & Packard before them — set up shop in a garage. In the early days, their Google search engine pulled in 10 thousand queries a day. Today, it’s estimated that Google receives 3.5 billion searches per day.10) Julia Hartz & Kevin Hartz | EventbriteSource: Vator.tvJulia had a great job working at FX Networks. Her Hollywood office even came with a view. But then she met her future husband, Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur Kevin Hartz. First he asked her to marry him (she said yes), and then he asked her to co-found a company with him (to which she also said yes).Eventbrite, a self-service ticketing platform, was born in a wiring closet in 2006. Julia was in charge of customer experience and business operations, while Kevin — with the help of a third partner, Renaud Visage — worked on the product. Today, Eventbrite has a valuation north of $1 billion.As a husband and wife co-founding team, the dynamics of the relationship were obviously a bit different compared to the entrepreneurial norm. However, as Kevin said in an interview back in 2013, “When you’re working with founders, your fellow founders, that relationship is fundamental whether it’s romantic or not.”In that same interview, Julia commented on how the two were able to preserve their relationship as the business grew: “We had this law that we would divide and conquer, and wouldn’t work on the same thing at the same time. It just so happened we had complimentary skills so that was an easy thing to do.”Any other great co-founding duos out there that we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section below!last_img read more

Facebook Business Manager: The Ultimate Guide

first_imgAds Manager ToolsNow that we’re all set up, you might be curious about some of the additional benefits of creating an ad inside your Business Manager.When creating an ad in Ads Manager, one of the best advantages (as you’ll soon see) is the ability to create a highly-targeted core demographic group with the “create new audience” feature.You can choose a gender, age, region, and language to reach, and even dive into specific interests you want your audience to share.Then you’re given estimates based on your audience and budget, like how many people you’re expected to reach daily, and how many people will click your link. Those performance evaluations are critical to deciding whether to increase or decrease audience size, or whether your budget is big enough.Here’s how to create an ad in Ad Manager:1. Click the “Business Manager” three line icon in the top left, and then select “Ads Manager”. 2. Select “Create New” under the “Ad Account” category on the left-hand side, and input basic information, like country, currency, and time zone for your ad. Then click “Continue”. 3. If you’ve already created an audience for another ad, you could “Use a Saved Audience”. If not, you will input information about your new desired audience here — you don’t need to include all the information, but the more you include, the more likely you are to reach your target demographic with your ad.4. As you fill out the information, you’ll see an “Audience Size” chart on the right. This gives you estimates for how many people you might reach daily, and how many clicks you’ll get. While it’s not guranteed, it’s a good tool for evaluating whether you should narrow your audience or, if possible, increase your budget. 5. Once you’ve created an ad, you’ll find it in your Ads Manager homepage by clicking “Ads Manager” or searching facebook.com/adsmanager. Along with your ads, you’ll also find Ad Sets, Campaigns, or a general Account Overview. The Ads tab in particular provides you with analytics such as reach, impressions, cost per result, and relevance score. Facebook Business Manager AnalyticsLastly, here’s a general overview of your “Analytics” tab and what the Analytics page looks like:We won’t go too in-depth with analytics, since it’ll vary drastically depending on your business’s advertising goals, budget, and audience.However, it’s important to note a few major components of Business Manager’s analytics, to ensure you understand the tool’s most impressive functions.5 Business Manager Analytics Functions You’ll Want to Know About It’s likely you’ve heard of Facebook Business Manager, which Facebook describes as their tool to “manage ad accounts, Pages, and the people who work on them — all in one place.”If you haven’t heard of it, or if you don’t know much about it, Facebook Business Manager is a useful tool if you have more than one ad account, if you need to track separate clients’ ads or pages and create reports for them, or if your company uses Facebook for different services related to your business.Watch Now: Interviews on Advertising Best Practices from Facebook, Google, HubSpot, and LinkedInWhat is Facebook Business Manager?Facebook Business Manager is a tool to help you create, publish, monitor, and report on various business-related assets, including your business’s Facebook Pages, or your Facebook advertisements. Business Manager allows you to grant partial or full access to different employees, and assign them different roles within the platform.Essentially, Facebook Business Manager helps your team stay organized and focused while monitoring, creating, and publishing ads, pages, and other business assets on Facebook.Here, we’ll delve into how to create a Facebook Business Manager account, how to add your business pages, ads, and people, how to use the analytics tools in your account, and how to extract the most value from the ads manager tool.For the purpose of keeping this article easy to follow, we’re going to assume your business is interested in using Business Manager for your own pages and ads, rather than for your client’s pages and ads.Is Facebook Business Manager different from your Facebook account?Facebook Business Manager isn’t tied to your personal account. You don’t need a personal Facebook account to use Facebook Business Manager, and Facebook Business Manager only shows you your business assets, including ad accounts, pages related to your business, and advertising or social media analytics. It doesn’t have a newsfeed and won’t send you notifications from your personal account.How to Set Up Facebook Business ManagerHow to set up Facebook Business ManagerGo to business.facebook.com and click the blue “Create Account” button in the top right cornerFill in your business name in the pop-up screen, and click “Continue”The pop-up screen will then ask for your email. Type it into the box, and click “Finish” Originally published May 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated October 14 2019 How to delete Facebook Business ManagerGo to “Settings” in Facebook Business ManagerSelect “Business Info”Click “Permanently Delete Business” on right side of page Facebook Pixel: If you install Facebook Pixel, your website can reach people with ads on Facebook after they’ve visited your siteSplit testing: Use A/B testing to figure out which ads lead to the highest conversion rateConversion lift: Use this tool to ensure your ads are actually generating conversions and salesMobile SDK: If your business has an app, use Mobile SDK to see what actions people are taking within your app, and use that information to improve ad campaigns across devicesBrand lift: Find out how your ads are impacting your brand image to optimize ads for better brand awareness Check out Facebook Business’s advertising information page to learn more about Facebook ad functions, read success stories for industry-specific businesses, and get inspiration and ideas to improve your own ads.center_img When you’re setting up your Facebook Business Manager account, it doesn’t matter whether you already have a personal Facebook account or not. The Facebook Business Manager account is a different set-up process, and simply requires your business name and email to begin. It’s an easy three-step process that took me approximately two minutes.Here’s what you do:1. First, go to business.facebook.com and click the blue “Create Account” button in the top right corner. 2. Next, fill in your business name in the pop-up, and click “Continue”. 3. The pop-up screen will then ask you for your email in the box. Type it into the box, and click “Finish”. This is your Facebook Business Manager account. If it looks intimidating at first glance, don’t worry, it’s actually pretty intuitive.Let’s delve into how to add pages and ad accounts to your Business Manager account.How to Add Facebook Business Pages to Your Business Manager AccountOn your Facebook Business Manager homepage, you’ll immediately see the buttons to “Add Page”, “Add Ad Account” or “Add People”.1. First, let’s click “Add Page”. 2. Click “Add Page” on the pop-up screen. 3. On the next page, type your page into the search bar. If it’s a pre-created Facebook business page, it should pop right up. Click the blue “Add Page” botton. 4. If you see this pop-up with a green check mark, you’re all set! Your page is successfully added. How to Add Your Facebook Ad AccountsAdding your Facebook ad account is an almost identical process to adding a page, but I’ll walk you through the steps here so you can see them in action.It’s important to note you can only add one ad account at first, and then you’ll be able to add additional ad accounts once you start spending money in your first ad account.However, you can’t host more than five ad accounts at any one time.1. Click the blue “Add Ad Account” button on your homepage. 2. Select “Add Ad Account”.3. Enter your “Ad account ID” into the box. When you’re finished, click “Add Ad Account”.How to Add People to Your Business Manager AccountFor this example, we’ll focus on adding internal employees to your Business Manager Account, not clients or external advisors.Adding people to your account is easy, and you can limit the amount of access each employee gets.Limiting access to “employee only” is useful if, for instance, you want to assign one employee to handle your Instagram account and monitor those analytics, but then you want another employee on the team to handle your ad accounts and those analytics.1. First, go to your “Settings” icon in the top right corner. 2. Next, click the blue “Add” button, highlighted below. 3. Type in an employee’s email address (so Facebook can send them an email with access permissions), and then select “on” for either “Employee access” or “Admin access”. Then, click “Next”. 4. Here, you have a couple different options. You can assign your employee to any of the assets on the right (Pages, Ad Accounts, or Catalogs). Then, check off the box of the Page, ad, or catalog you want them assigned to. Next, select a role for your employee (like “Page advertiser”). Once you’re satisfied, click “Invite”.5. Now, your employee has been sent an invite, granting her permissions to 1 account and tool. Topics: Facebook Marketing Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

35 Office Costume Ideas for Marketing Nerds & Tech Geeks

first_imgGroup Office Costumes28. The Sales LifecycleAt HubSpot, we love embracing team costumes. In 2018, a handful of HubSpot employees grabbed some T-Shirts and wrote the stages of the sales lifecycle on them. Then they lined up accordingly and passed a fake prospect listing around to symbolize the process of making a sale. This was such an easy costume to coordinate that the team could even include an out-of-office employee over a video call. Source: Maggie Bomze, Principal Customer Success Manager of Strategic Accounts at HubSpot29. Social Media ChannelsWhile this Pinterest image shows classmates posting as the major social media networks, this could easily be modified to fit the office setting. Simply pick out a solid list of the hottest social networks, then by blank T-Shirts that match the colors of each platform. From there, you can either draw, tape or glue the logos on to each shirt. If you’re not interested in the tutus worn below, you could also find matching pants, or just wear jeans and keep things simple.Source: Pinterest30. Google Algorithm UpdateFind a couple of office buddies for this one — one panda, one penguin, and one pigeon. You might be thinking, “what the heck is the pigeon algorithm update?” 1) It’s a thing, and 2) we checked Amazon for hummingbird costumes and there aren’t any cheap ones available.Source: Opportunity Max31. Black Hat and White Hat SEOThis is another SEO-related costume, and I think you can figure this one out on your own. I recommend wearing a black hat for one, and a white hat for the other, and having “SEO” embroidered on each one — which you can easily custom order.Source: SEO-Hacker32. Snapchat FiltersHere’s another group costume idea that pays tribute to Snapchat’s filters feature.There are numerous options that you and your team can choose from to embody this costume. You could dress up as vomiting rainbows, cat and dog ears, a flower crown, or a face swap, and this could be as DIY or store-bought as you’re interested in pursuing. For example, here’s some inspiration for a couple of the dog filters:Source: PopSugar33. Snapchat GhostsPut a marketing spin on a classic Halloween costume by arriving as a Snapchat ghost. You’ll all need a white sheet and to pick which ghost you like the most.Source: YouTube34. PAC-MAN and CompanyHere’s yet another awesome ghostly costume idea your whole team at work can get in on. Have your team lead wear the yellow pie-shaped garb of PAC-MAN, with each team member dressed as the multi-colored ghosts that roam the screen in this vintage arcade game.Just make sure the team lead doesn’t actually try to eat the ghosts — you’re in an office, and you’re all technically on the same team.Source: Meningrey35. Instagram FiltersFor this group costume, you’ll need white t-shirts and fabric markers. Draw an Instagram photo frame on the front of your shirts, and each team member can write a different Instagram filter’s name inside the photo frame. Or, create frame props with different filters on them like the group did below:Source: Nails MagazineThe clothes don’t make the marketer, but the costume can certainly make the culture at your company. Find out what it takes to hire and train the best fits for your open roles in the free ebook, available below.Editor’s Note: This post was originally published October 21, 2018 but was updated in October of 2019 for comprehensiveness. Topical Office Costumes19. Fully VestedAt work, “fully vested” usually refers to one’s ability to earn all matching funds of a 401(k) retirement plan. But for some, you just can’t help but picture someone wearing lots of sleeveless jackets at the same time. Now’s the time to personify that image.If you work in a company where people would get the joke, put on a bunch of vests (at least three, but even more is encouraged), and that’s about it. You’re fully vested.20. NerdWhat I love about the nerd costume is that it’s effortless and always unique — there are many ways to be a nerd in this day and age. Are you a tech nerd, a video game nerd, or a book nerd? The sky is the limit with this costume. Show up wearing glasses with your favorite accessories, such as a magic wand, book, or lightsaber, to complete the effect.Source: Pinterest21. A Solar EclipseLast year, the solar eclipse took over the internet — and the country. As millions of people flocked to the path of totality to (hopefully) catch a glimpse of this rare event without burning their corneas, millions more made jokes about it on social media.To dress up as a solar eclipse for Halloween, you’ll need a work pal to dress up as the sun and the moon with you. One of you wears black, the other wears yellow, and you both wear dark sunglasses. Then, at the Halloween party, the one dressed in black spends the whole time standing in front of the one in yellow.Source: Pinterest22. The ‘Evil Kermit’ MemeIf you haven’t heard of this mega-popular meme this year, you’ve probably seen it somewhere: It features Kermit the Frog, face-to-face with his evil twin, Evil Kermit. Evil Kermit looks identical, except for the black cloak.For this costume, you and a coworker can keep it simple: You both wear green shirts, and one of you wears a black hoodie or jacket on top. If you really want to commit to the costume, you’ll spring for some green face paint to complete the ensemble. Walk around the party together, facing one another, for maximum effect.23. Fifty Shades of Grey: PG Paint Swatch CostumeWant to do something cheeky, but still office friendly? This is PG pun costume shares the name of a popular romantic novel and film, “50 Shades of Grey.”Go to your local paint or hardware store and buy 50 grey paint swatches. Then, tape them to a black shirt and tell your colleagues you’re, “50 Shades of Grey.” Source: Fox 24 of Kansas City24. The “But That’s None of My Business” MemeIf you love Kermit the Frog, but don’t have a colleague to team up with for the “Evil Kermit” costume, consider going solo with a costume based off of the “But That’s None of My Business” meme, where Kermit is seen judgmentally drinking coffee.All you have to do is stick a pair of eyes on a green hoodie and start sipping your tea or coffee. For an added effect, you can cut a white photo frame to hold in front of you so you can look like an image posted on social media. Source: Pinterest25. Eleven from Stranger ThingsEleven from Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things is universally beloved, and it’s a bonus that her signature look is a comfortable and easy-to-assemble costume. Rock your best Eleven with a dress, a denim jacket, and a box of Eggo Waffles.Source: Business Insider26. Scoops Ahoy Employee from Stranger ThingsWhile Eleven, noted above, is an absolute classic Stranger Things character, 2019’s season inspired another great costume opportunity. During the newest installment of episodes, Stave, a main character played by Joe Keery, worked at an icecream shop called Scoops Ahoy. As a server, he had to wear a goofy sailor uniform alongside his coworker Robin. Since the season aired, the uniform has been regularly worn by cosplayers and at Comic Con as people mimic Steve and Robin.Since it’s a pretty generic sailor uniform, you might be able to easily find one that’s similar in a variety of Halloween shops. This costume could work for both individuals or two colleagues.  Don’t forget to share this post! 8. (Monty) PythonIf you’re into programming code, British comedy, and low-effort costumes, being (Monty) Python is perfect. Dress up in anything remotely snakelike in your closet: olive green clothing, snakeskin accessories, and fake vampire teeth that can serve as your fangs.Then, to amp up the dork factor on this costume, add two coconuts or a gold chalice to embody Monty Python on his quest for the Holy Grail.9. FacebookGrab face paint or eyeliner and write “book” across your cheeks. Just like that, you’re the world’s biggest social network for Halloween.And for your sake, we hope your colleagues actually get it:Source: AndPop10. UnicornHere’s another tech-friendly, double-entendre costume: Be your own version of a tech unicorn. Here at HubSpot, we love this tech icon, and you can easily make your own version of a unicorn horn with help from this article.Source: WikiHow11. Phishing EmailsPhishing emails are nothing to joke about — they can seriously threaten your technology and data security. But on Halloween, you can dress up as a play on phishing emails for an easy DIY costume. All you need are a stick, a piece of string, and an envelope. Bonus points if you own a bucket hat and vest to complete the ensemble. Check out an amusing version of this costume below.Source: Car and Driver12. Copycat”CNTRL + C” is the popular keyboard macro allowing you to copy items from one place to another on your computer. Well, here’s a technology spin on a classic Halloween costume. All you’ll need are cat ears, eyeliner-drawn whiskers, and a sheet of paper. Write “CNTRL + C” on the paper, tape it to your outfit, and you’re a “copycat.”Source: BuzzFeed13. The Blue Screen of DeathYou know the screen, even if you don’t know the morbid nickname the tech world has given it. This classic error screen is known for signaling the end of a computer’s useful life, and you know it when you see it. It causes so much stress on site, in fact, that the color alone is scary enough for October 31.Believe it or not, there are official T-shirts you can get with the blue screen of death copy printed on them. Want to make your own? All you need is a royal blue t-shirt and a printed version of this horrifying error message to pin to it.Source: Spreadshirt14. GPS CostumeThis will work best with two people. You can cut a Point A and Point B pin shape out of cardboard, paint both red, and simply write A and B on it. From there, you can personalize the costume whichever way you’d like. You can even get more intricate by finding a T-Shirt with a map on it. Source: Pinterest15. Dead Battery and Low Wi-Fi Nothing is more terrifying than a dead battery or no Wi-Fi. This costume brings all of techy’s fears to life. It’s also pretty simple to create. Just tape or glue images of dead Wi-Fi and low battery signals on to a black shirt. To emphasize the low-connectivity fears, put on some zombie or skeleton makeup. Although this can work as a couples costume, this could also be a fun option for office colleagues. Since both costumes within the set don’t rely on each other to be understandable, an individual could also wear either the Dead Battery outfir or the No-Wi-Fi suit and still be easily recognized.Source: PinterestEmoji Costumes16. Information Desk GirlThis genius professional found a golden (or, rather, purple) opportunity to be the “information desk emoji, the many gestures of whom we’ve all come to know, love, and use at some point in a text conversation.The best part about this awesome tech reference is that you don’t need to alter your regular attire to make it work. As Naomi shows us below, it’s all in the hand gestures.17. Dancing Girls EmojiIf you’re the owner of one of the nearly more than 1 billion Apple iPhones sold worldwide, you’re probably familiar with the dancing girls emoji, shown below.The easiest version of this costume is to find a buddy and dress all in black together. If you’re committed to emoji authenticity, buy black bunny ears to complete the look.Source: Brit + Co18. Heart EyesAre you just in love with Halloween? Prove it with this passionate emoji face. You don’t have to paint your entire face, chin to hairline, to get the Heart Eyes Emoji just right, but it certainly helps. It’ll also disguise your stress when you’re at your most focused during the day.”This employee just seems to love her job, I can’t put my finger on why,” your manager will think … See how to paint this emoji onto your face below (you’ll need some help for this one). 27. Pokémon GO TrainerPokémon GO had roughly 45 million people walking around in cities glued to their phones last summer (I, among them). To pay homage to the explosion of this tech trend, you’ll need a t-shirt that’s red, yellow, or blue. Using fabric paint or permanent marker, write Valor (for red), Instinct (for yellow), or Mystic (for blue) on your shirt.Spend Halloween walking around pointing your phone at objects, and you’re the spitting image of a Pokémon GO trainer. Gotta catch ’em all, right? Originally published Oct 28, 2019 12:19:18 PM, updated October 28 2019 Halloween is a fun holiday, and it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It doesn’t have recognizable songs or vacation days associated with it, and it falls on a busy time of year for most people in the workforce.But that doesn’t mean you should skip the festivities at your office Halloween celebration.How many days of the year are you encouraged to dress up and goof around at work? Probably just one — Halloween — and even then, it can be hard to know what’s office-appropriate.We want you to have fun this Halloween, so we’re taking the work out if it for you. We’ve compiled a list of DIY Halloween costume ideas that are easy to put together, inexpensive, and perfect for the digital marketer or tech professional.If your family and friends don’t get your costume, your colleagues definitely will.Download a Free Guide and Template to Help You Create a Company Culture Code. 35 Office Costume Ideas for Marketing Nerds & Tech GeeksComputer or App-Related Costumes1. Alt TextAlt text isn’t just the metadata of an image published on the web — you could also say it’s an “alternative” fashion statement with the text to describe the era. This was HubSpot Director of Content Corey Wainwright’s office Halloween costume a few years ago. It’s great because you don’t even look dressed up if you have a casual office dress code, so you can just blend in.To dress as alt text this halloween, break out your best 90s alternative garb — our coworker Corey went with black jeans, combat boots, and a flannel. Then, tape hyphenated text that best describes what you’re wearing, much like an image of your outfit would do online to help search engines read the file.We edited a sash of alt text on to the alternatively dressed girl below, just to help you picture your awesome costume.Source: That’s Life2. SEO NinjaSpeaking of dorking out on SEO, you could be everyone’s favorite LinkedIn title — the SEO ninja. Dress in all black, buy a black ski mask, and tape keywords all over yourself. Voila … you’re an actual ninja — just one much more concerned with search engine optimization than lurking in the darkness.Source: Pinterest3. Mobile AppWander around holding an appetizer — candy, cheese and crackers, chips and dip … whatever you have on hand. Boom. You’re a mobile “app.”This costume also doubles as a great way to introduce yourself and make friends at a party.Source: Opportunity Max4. InstagrammerWant another way to turn handing out food into a costume? Dress up like a hipster and hand out graham crackers. You’re an “instant” “gram” cracker server — or, for short, an Instagrammer. Pun absolutely intended.5. GhostwriterHave you ever written something for somebody else’s byline? Such is the life of a “ghostwriter.” Turn your author-less accomplishment into this year’s office Halloween costume.To dress up as a ghostwriter, grab a white sheet and cut a hole for your head and arms. Dob some black ink spots on the sheet, get a book and one of those feather quills (or just get a feather, I suppose), and boo — you’re a ghostwriter.6. WhitespaceWhitespace on the internet might just denote all the blank space you use to help your design stand out, but on Halloween, “whitespace” isn’t just the absence of space.Dress in all white — add white face paint and a white wig if you’re ultra-committed. Then add a hint of color somewhere on the outfit, like a colored tie or scarf, or even a paint splotch. That color splotch will make the white space more prominent, transforming you into “whitespace.”7. Error 404 CodeYou’ve most likely encountered a funny error 404 page before, and you can make it a funny costume, too. Grab a sheet of paper, write “Error 404: Costume Not Found,” and tape it to your outfit.last_img read more

Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launch on August 20: Quad cameras, 5,000mAh battery and everything we know so far

first_imgRealme is just a few days away from announcing the Realme 5 series. The company is holding an event in New Delhi on Tuesday, August 20 where it will launch the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro smartphones. They are expected to disrupt the market by being the first quad camera phones in their respective segments. The Realme 5 series will succeed to the Realme 3 series by offering upgraded cameras, better hardware and attractive designs.Realme has been revealing some key details about the Realme 5 phones in the days leading up to the launch event. We know that both the phones will feature quad camera systems and we also know that at least one of them will pack a large 5,000mAh battery, both of which are first-time features for Realme.Realme 5 series expected price in IndiaSince the Realme 5 series will succeed the still-fresh Realme 3 line, we expect the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro to be priced in and around the same ballpark as the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth has already confirmed that the Realme 5 will launch in India under Rs 10,000. Past reports suggest the Realme 5 will be priced starting at Rs 8,999, much like the Realme 3.There is no word on the pricing of the Realme 5 Pro, but we expect it to fall under Rs 15,000 for two reasons. Firstly, the Realme 3 Pro was launched at Rs 13,999, so we assume the Realme 5 Pro will be priced around the same figure. Realme says that the Realme 5 Pro will be the first 48MP quad camera phone in its segment.advertisementAs for its availability, Flipkart has already set up a page for the Realme 5 series, which means the phones will be available on the e-commerce platforms. They will also go on sale on Realme.com and are expected to sell via Realme retail stores across India.Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro expected specsRealme has been careful to not reveal too much about the designs of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro. We can’t talk about what the display will look like or the look of the phones, but we do know that they will get vertically stacked cameras and a rear-mounted fingerprint as made evident from the teasers.Cameras are, of course, the USP of the Realme 5 series. Both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will come with quad cameras. The Realme 5 will be the first phone with a quad camera system under Rs 10,000, while the Realme 5 Pro will be the first 48MP quad camera phone. With four rear cameras, the company wants to offer more options for consumers to capture a picture.We know that the Realme 5 Pro will get a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera along with an ultra wide-angle sensor, 4cm macro lens and a portrait camera. The Realme 5 is rumoured to get a 16MP main camera while the other sensors are expected to be the same as the Pro model. While companies like Samsung have offered wide-angle cameras on affordable phones, the added macro lens will definitely give Realme a boost against the competition.The Realme 5 duo will also come with upgraded processors compared to the Realme 3 series. Realme has confirmed that the Realme 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm chipset that has not been launched in India yet. As per a Geekbench listing earlier, it seems the Realme 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC. This will be interesting to see as on August 21, Xiaomi will launch the Mi A3 in India with the same Snapdragon 665 chip.As for the Realme 5 Pro, we have little to no information about its processor. It may get the same Snapdragon 710 SoC that powers the Realme 3 Pro and Realme X or the company may upgrade it to a Snapdragon 712 or Snapdragon 730 SoC as some rumours suggest.Another USP of the Realme 5 is its battery. The company has revealed that the Realme 5 will pack a 5,000mAh battery, which is the biggest yet for a Realme phone. To recall, the Realme 3 comes with a 4,230mAh battery, which means the Realme 5 is getting 770mAh more battery, which should translate to an even longer battery life on a single charge.Coming to the Realme 5 Pro, the battery capacity has not been revealed yet, but the company has confirmed VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. Both Realme 3 and Realme X also come with VOOC 3.0, which can charge the phone to 100 per cent in about 80 minutes. Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will ship with Android 9 Pie based on ColorOS 6.ALSO READ: | Realme 5 price in India will be under Rs 10,000, Realme India CEO confirmsALSO READ: | Realme 3 Pro, Realme 3 and more on discount during Realme’s 73 hours sale on Flipkart, Realme online storeALSO READ: | Realme X, Galaxy A50, Oppo K3: Best phones to buy under Rs 20,000 in Augustadvertisementlast_img read more

Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Quad cameras vs stock Android experience

first_imgOne of the reasons Realme has stood out in the Indian smartphone market this past year is because of how quickly the company has grown by launching disruptive smartphones. The rise of Realme is quite similar to Xiaomi a few years ago, which is why one tends to make comparisons between the two brands and their phones often. Today, we plan to do just that. We are looking at the Realme 5 Pro and the Mi A3, both disruptive smartphones in their own right under Rs 15,000.The Realme 5 Pro was launched in India on Tuesday and Xiaomi launched the Mi A3 a day later, which isn’t surprising at all. The two phones will wvy for your attention under the Rs 15,000 segment. With the Realme 5 Pro, you get a 48MP quad-camera setup, crystal design, Snapdragon 712 chipset and VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The Mi A3 gets a 48MP dual-camera system, premium glass design and Android One software.We take a look at how the phones compare on paper to find out which one offers the best value for money.Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Price in India and AvailabilityRealme 5 Pro price starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. It will also be available in 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB variants that are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively. The first sale of the Realme 5 Pro will take place on September 4 on Flipkart and Realme.com.Mi A3 comes in two configurations. The 4GB + 64GB storage option is priced at Rs 12,999, while the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999. The Mi A3 will go on sale in India for the first time on August 23 on Amazon.com and Mi.com.advertisementRealme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Design and DisplayBoth the Realme 5 Pro and Mi A3 have been designed to look like premium phones. That being said Xiaomi has clearly used more premium materials such as Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and a chrome finish covering the plastic frame. The smartphone comes in three colours – More than White, Not just Blue and Kind of Grey.The Realme 5 Pro, in comparison, lacks that high-end look, but it makes up for it by offering a unique crystal design on its curved plastic rear panel. The diamond-cut pattern shimmers under light to make it stand out in its segment. Realme 5 Pro is offered in two colour options – Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue. Talking about the display is a bit tricky because each phone offers something that the other doesn’t. The Mi A3, for example, sports a 6.08-inch Super AMOLED display but only delivers a standard HD+ resolution, which is a downgrade compared to the FHD resolution on the Mi A1 and Mi A2. So, on the one hand, you have an attractive OLED display with rich and vibrant colours, but the 720p resolution means picture quality will not be sharp whether you stream videos or play games.The Realme 5 Pro brings a larger 6.3-inch display that uses an LCD panel rather than AMOLED, but offers a higher FHD+ (1080p) resolution compared to the Mi A3. It may lack the appealing OLED quality like saturated colours and deep black, but you do get a sharper panel that will deliver good picture quality, especially while streaming content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video as the phone comes with Widevine L1 certification as well.Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Hardware and SoftwareAs for the performance, the Realme 5 Pro does look good on paper. For a starting price of Rs 13,999, the Realme 5 Pro rocks a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 712 chipset, which is marginally faster and more efficient than the Snapdragon 710 SoC that powers the Realme 3 Pro. Pair this with up to 8GB of RAM and Adreno 616 GPU and the phone should deliver a smooth user experience, especially while running graphic-intensive games like PUBG.The Mi A3, which starts at Rs 12,999, runs on a 2.0Ghz Snapdragon 665 SoC which also happens to power the Realme 5 under Rs 10,000. The Snapdragon 665 SoC is based on a 11nm process and is equipped with an Adreno 610 GPU. On paper, the chipset appears to be no match for the Snapdragon 712 SoC, but real-world usage may differ depending on how well the phone is optimised.This brings us to the software, which is perhaps where the Mi A3 arguably looks more attractive. The Xiaomi phone is part of the Android One program and runs on a stock version of Android 9 Pie. This means no bloatware, no added customisations – just good, clean Android OS with native Google apps and nothing extra. Stock Android interface is typically easier to get used to and feels lighter as well. Additionally, as an Android One phone, the Mi A3 will receive regular software updates and at least two major software versions. Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi A3 will be one of the first devices to get updated to Android 10.advertisementIn comparison, the Realme 5 Pro runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie. ColorOS is a fairly thick skin on top of Android as it brings with it tons of bloatware like preloaded apps, heavy customisations and some features that are unique to Realme phones. Preloaded apps can be annoying to see, but ColorOS does get some useful features like lock screen magazine and Game Space.For those looking for a clean Android user experience, the Mi A3 is the default phone to buy under Rs 15,000. But in terms of performance, you are likely to get a better experience with the Realme 5 Pro by spending Rs 1,000 more.Cameras is another area where the Realme 5 Pro looks more exciting on paper. It is the first phone in its segment to bring a 48MP quad camera setup. So, in addition to a 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor, the Realme 5 Pro’s quad camera system also includes an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and 2MP portrait lens. On the front, the phone gets a 16MP selfie camera. The Mi A3 makes do with a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide angle camera and 2MP depth sensor. So, it lacks a macro lens that you find on the Realme 5 Pro, but every other sensor on the back is mostly similar between the two devices. For selfies, the Mi A3 gets a 32MP camera, which looks better than the 16MP selfie sensor on the Realme phone.Both the Realme 5 Pro and Mi A3 should deliver high-resolution and detailed shots in daylight. They both also get dedicated night modes that should help in low-light as well. Both phones offer versatility and various shooting modes thanks to a multi-cam setup, and the only real advantage that the Realme 5 Pro seems to have is in macros. If that’s not a major feature in your wish list, you should be satisfied with either of these phones, although we will reserve a verdict on the camera performance after an in-depth review of the phones.The Realme 5 Pro and Mi A3 come with around 4,000mAh battery, which should be good enough to last a full day. For the Mi A3, it is a substantial upgrade over the Mi A2 which offered an underwhelming 3,000mAh capacity. Realme phones in the past have impressed with their battery life and the 4,000mAh battery with some ColorOS-based battery optimisation features should help the phone last long in between charges.Both the phones support fast charging as well. The Mi A3 supports 18W fast charging over Type-C, while the Realme 5 Pro supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and you get a 20W charging brick in the box.advertisementThese phones by Realme and Xiaomi are some of the best you can buy right now under Rs 15,000. On paper, the Realme 5 Pro gets an edge in the performance and camera department, while the Mi A3 looks better when it comes to design and software. Stay tuned to our in-depth review of the Realme 5 Pro and Mi A3 to find out more about these smartphones.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A3 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Is it worth paying Rs 1,000 extra for Note?last_img read more

US Open: Grigor Dimitrov stuns Roger Federer in 5 sets to move into semi-finals

first_imgRoger Federer gave away a lead against a guy he’d never lost to and was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov in the U.S. Open quarterfinals before a stunned crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 38-year-old Federer took a rare-for-him medical timeout after the fourth set, leaving the court with a trainer. It was not immediately clear what might have been wrong with Federer, although he did appear to be flexing his back after some points.When play resumed after a break of nearly 10 minutes, Federer’s form never picked up. He finished with 61 unforced errors, 33 on the forehand side.Federer had been 7-0 against Dimitrov, taking 16 of their previous 18 sets.Federer would have been the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was 39 at Flushing Meadows in 1991. He also was trying to add to his totals of five U.S. Open championships and 20 major trophies in all.Instead, Dimitrov advanced to his third major semifinal, first in New York. He will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev on Friday.Also Read | US Open: Serena Williams sails into semi-finals with record 100th victory in tournament historyAlso Read | Elina Svitolina knocks out Johanna Konta to reach US Open semi-finallast_img read more

Andy Murray outlasts US Open semi-finalist for biggest win since surgery

first_imgAndy Murray showed all the grit and determination that took him to the top of the world rankings and more recently return from hip surgery as he overcame Matteo Berrettini 7-6(2) 7-6(7) on Tuesday to reach the second round of the China Open.Murray, who won his first ATP tour singles encounter in nine months at Zhuhai last week after hip resurfacing surgery, saved five out of seven break points and converted two of his own to down the U.S. Open semi-finalist in a little over two hours.The 32-year-old, ranked 503 in the world, is stepping up his singles comeback in the Asian swing of the ATP Tour and takes on fellow Briton Cameron Norrie next.Norrie advanced after his opponent Cristian Garin retired from their clash with the score at 7-6(5) 1-0 on Monday.Gael Monfils followed eighth seed Berrettini out of the tournament after the Frenchman was beaten 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 by unseeded American John Isner.Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime later swatted aside Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4 to set up a match with world number six Alexander Zverev.Top seed Dominic Thiem is in action against veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet.Also Read | Naomi Osaka laughs off ‘too sunburned’ comment with plug for sponsor’s sunscreenAlso See:last_img read more

Bigil box office collection Day 6: Vijay film zooms past Rs 200 crore worldwide

first_imgAtlee’s Bigil starring Vijay, Nayanthara and Jackie Shroff released in a grand manner on October 25 in about 3000 screens across the country. The film has been receiving a mixed response from the critics and audience, but the box office collection proves otherwise.For about 24 hours, the #BIGILEnters200CrsClub has been trending on Twitter with several thousands of people posting about the film’s incredible box office feat. According to multiple reports, Bigil’s worldwide box office collection has surpassed Rs 200 crore and is still going strong at the box office.The sports-drama has collected Rs 58 lakh on Wednesday (October 30) in Chennai city, which is a decent number for a weekday. At the end of six days of its theatrical run, Bigil has raked in Rs 8.40 crore and is expected to cross Rs 10-crore mark in a couple of days.58 lakhs Chennai city gross for #Bigil today Wednesday.Tkt rates are down to usual normal levels in most city theaters now.6-days total city gross is 8.40 CRKaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) October 30, 2019Apart from Chennai, Bigil is doing exceptionally well in Singapore, which has a lot of Tamil population. Beating Petta, Viswasam and several other Tamil films, the Atlee-directorial has become the number 1 Tamil movie in 2019. So far, the film has collected Rs 6.50 crore in Singapore.#Bigil is doing very well in #Singapore.. Already, the No.1 Tamil Movie of 2019..4-days total gross is a huge SG$1.25 Million [ 6.50 Crs]Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) October 31, 2019Similarly, Bigil is continuing its strong foothold in Australia and New Zeland as well. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala wrote, “#Bigil Aus/NZ – Total Gross till Oct 30th: # Australia: A$465,143 [? 2.28 Crs] #NewZealand : N$17,255 [? 7.85 Lakhs] (sic)”#Bigil Aus/NZ – Total Gross till Oct 30th: #Australia : A$465,143 [ 2.28 Crs] #NewZealand : N$17,255 [ 7.85 Lakhs]Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) October 31, 2019Bigil is a sports-drama based on women’s football. Vijay has essayed two roles – as that of father Rayappan and coach-cum-gangster Michael aka Bigil.ALSO READ | Bigil Movie ReviewALSO READ | Do not call Vijay’s Bigil a film on women empowerment. It is notALSO READ | The women: What Vijay’s Bigil can learn from Ajith’s Nerkonda PaarvaiALSO WATCH | Vijay’s Bigil is on a roll at the box officelast_img read more