Transfers Martial to move on? Man Utd outcast may look for summer switch, says Ginola Chris Burton 15:52 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Anthony Martial Premier League The former France international has seen a fellow countryman slip out of favour at Old Trafford, leading to him missing out on a World Cup spot Antony Martial may “search for another club” this summer, says David Ginola, with a lack of game time at Manchester United stunting his progress.While considered to be an exciting talent and still held in the highest regard by clubs across Europe, the 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at OId Trafford.Jose Mourinho has taken to favouring other options, with Martial’s lack of game time leading to him missing out on a place in France’s squad for World Cup 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Former Les Bleus star Ginola feels the highly-rated forward is now approaching an important career crossroads, with it up to him to determine whether his development is best served at United or elsewhere.The ex-Tottenham winger said in the Daily Mirror after seeing Martial given 17 minutes off the bench in a 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea: “The main reason Anthony Martial is not in the squad is that you need to be a regular in your club before becoming a regular in your national team.”[Didier] Deschamps has so many options and choices – strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who have been consistently good for France – that it’s not as if he has to be in there if he’s not playing.”Players like Martial need to play and score goals for the confidence, they need to be a regular.”If he is not a regular at Manchester United he will probably search for another club and find one if he wants to.”But I think Manchester United is a great club for him and it’s up to him to give more in training and in games.”If Jose Mourinho doesn’t play him more regularly he probably thinks it’s because he doesn’t give his best all the time.”I don’t see a manager like Mourinho not playing a player who can make him win games. It doesn’t work like that.”Amid the uncertainty surrounding his future, with Goal revealing that he has been opened up to offers, Martial has been heavily linked with teams across Europe.Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keen on raiding a domestic rival for a powerful frontman, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are among those ready to offer an escape route from England.
The Headstrong Project is proud to be hosting the first ever “Words of War” event on May 8th at IAC HQ in New York City.This cocktail fundraiser is designed to further support the mission of the Headstrong Project, to help veterans recover from the hidden wounds of war in order to lead full and meaningful lives. Specifically, “Words of War” will support comprehensive mental healthcare for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.The evening will include a war poetry reading by Jake Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Adam Driver (from HBO’s Girls and major motion picture Lincoln) and Joanne Tucker of “Theater of War” will perform a scene from Sophocles’ Ajax. This short presentation of wartime poetry, literature, theater and letters articulate the exuberance and ideals that drive men and women to war, the thrill and horror of combat, the difficulties of returning home, and the experience of family members worried about their loved one at war. Iconic wartime images, by photographers Ashley Gilbertson, Lucian Read and Jonathan Alpeyrie will be projected during the presentation.“Even for those who have fought and served in combat, PTSD can be a tough term to understand,” said Zach Iscol, Executive Director, Chairman of Headstrong Project. “It isn’t accessible and there is a stigma attached to it. This event will speak to how normal and timeless the reactions and emotions felt in and returning home from war can be. Of course you’re going to feel grief over losing a close friend. Of course you’re going to feel shame and guilt about life and death decisions made in the fog of war…any good person would.”The Headstrong Project began treating military veterans in August 2012, and will be using funds raised from this event to expand care to veterans and their families. In partnership with their media partners Google, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and Pixel Corps, Words of War will also benefit Team Rubicon, Team RWB, and Student Veterans of America. These organizations have been incredibly effective at building communities of veterans- a strong antidote to the effects of PTSD and moral injuries.Over 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of PTSD. The VA estimates we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide and the Department of Defense reports 30-50 active duty troops take their lives every month. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particular risk. It has been estimated that for every troop we have lost in combat this year, 25-30 take their own lives. These numbers also do not reflect increases in dangerous and destructive behavior – such as astonishing increases in domestic abuse, substance abuse, and even motorcycle accidents.The evening will benefit the Headstrong Project, Team RWB, Team Rubicon and Student Veterans of America. For more information of the Headstrong Project or to purchase tickets to the “Words of War” please visit www.getheadstrong.org.
Kolkata: At least 15 persons were injured when a van they were travelling in turned turtle after hitting a truck at Kolsara More of Jamalpur in East Burdwan on Sunday morning.The injured were rushed to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. It is said seven persons suffered critical injuries. Police said the van was going to Memari along the Jougram-Memari road when it collided with a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction. The van turned turtle due to the impact of the accident. Some local residents heard a loud thud and reached the spot. They rescued the injured passengers from the vehicle, which was partially damaged in the accident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLocal resident also said the both the vehicles were running at a high speed. The incident caused a huge traffic jam in the area. After being informed the police rushed to the spot and removed the van from the road. The drivers of both the vehicles received serious injuries. Police have seized both the vehicles. Local residents staged a demonstration protesting against rash driving of the vehicles. The villagers said that they had a long-standing demand for setting up speed-breaker to check accidents but no steps have been taken so far. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Accidents have become a regular phenomenon at Kolsara More as the vehicles often ply through the area at a high speed. We had urged the local administration to construct speed-breakers in the area so that the number of accidents can be minimised. But, no steps have been taken so far,” a local resident said. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect the drivers could not control the vehicles as they were moving at a high speed. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.
July 1, 2006 This story appears in the July 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Imagine visitors to your website being greeted by a lifelike animated character that follows their mouse movements with its eyes and even talks to them.Sound far-fetched? It’s not–and it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to implement, thanks to Sitepal from Oddcast, an internet-based subscription service. Sitepal allows businesses to create animated, talking avatars and add them to their websites for a variety of professional and personal applications. They can be used, for example, as intelligent online customer service agents, virtual salespeople to promote products, or even virtual auctioneers for eBay listings.”Right now, at any given moment, there are 10,000 auctions running with Sitepal virtual salespeople selling a specific product on eBay,” says Oren Levy, executive vice president of New York City-based Oddcast, the only company currently offering the technology in an easy-to-use format for SMB websites.There are lots of ways to personalize your character. During the sign-up process, you can choose what you want your character to say and select from 13 languages in 60 different voices. Or you can record a message in your own voice by microphone or telephone. It’s easy to add the character to your site and make changes to it when needed.The avatars aren’t just fun–they can produce real results. “I like the Sitepal application for its ability to give [customers] information they may not be able to get through text,” says Sucharita Mulpuru, senior analyst at Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.And according to Levy, when Oddcast customers add a character next to a specific product, “[they] see an immediate increase in conversion for that product.” He says one customer saw a 33 percent increase in sales after using Sitepal’s animated characters.Talking avatars work best with high-consideration products like computers, large appliances and travel services. They’re also a good choice for products that face stiff market competition. “It’s a great way to differentiate yourself,” says Mulpuru. Pricing starts at $9.95 per month or $99.50 per year.Melissa Campanelli is a marketing and technology writer in New York City. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 2 min read
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 31, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Sure, you have sales leads. But to turn them into actual revenue, you need to efficiently manage them and develop relationships. That means separating real prospects from duds, organizing all the data and tracking your key leads on a regular basis.Sales management apps such as San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, Cupertino, Calif.-based SugarCRM or Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet Sales Pipeline attempt to streamline this, but deploying a big brand-name customer relationship management (CRM) tool can be overwhelming as a first step to developing and using sales leads more efficiently.Luckily, small firms can find simpler ways to boost their sales efforts. Often, it’s as easy as using existing tools, such as email, in a new way, or adding a few carefully selected sales apps.Here are six ways you can use technology to maximize your sales pipeline:1. Equip your inbox for sales duty.Several tools can upgrade popular email services to help you make smarter decisions about your messages or automate time-wasting tasks.San Francisco-based Rapportive and Boomerang, by Mountain View, Calif.-based Baydin, build CRM tools directly into Gmail. Rapportive is a free tool that automatically displays information about contacts from online sources such as Facebook and LinkedIn. For $5 per month, Boomerang can schedule unlimited emails to go out at a specified future date, and it can make important emails you need to be reminded about show up at the top of your inbox.WriteThat.Name by Paris-based Kwaga updates contacts based on email signatures; it’s free for as many as 40 contacts a month. Boston-based SaneBox, which starts at $4.95 per month, is an advanced email filter that categorizes emails by importance.Related: Why Free Apps Can Be Time Wasters, Not Productivity Boosters 2. Look for hidden sales functions.Dig deeper into the features of the apps you already use. For example, with Google Groups, tucked away in Google Apps, you can quickly share contacts and emails with specific groups of employees. Simply create the group within Google — say, everyone working on a specific sales project — and then forward emails or share contacts without adding each member to a new thread. Apple’s Address Book has a useful “notes” function for storing relationship statuses, company Web pages and instant message handles. You just need to fill out the various contact fields. After that, you can share contacts via email and sync with your other Apple devices.3. Capture and track leads and ideas.Make the most of your team’s leads, schemes and brainstorms by keeping them in one place. For example, you can set up a shared spreadsheet within Google Drive or a file-sharing service such as San Mateo, Calif.-based SugarSync. But there are countless document collaboration tools, including WindowsLive, which offers Microsoft Office Web apps, and similar services such as ThinkFree by South Korea-based Hancom Inc. and Adobe’s Online Document Sharing — which offer free versions.Mindmapping software, which turns information and ideas into visual diagrams, is another way teams can store ideas. Two such programs are Mindjet Connect by San Francisco-based Mindjet, which starts at $9 per user per month for businesses, and TeamBrain by TheBrain Technology in Marina del Rey, Calif. which can be used with the TheBrain software, available for a $219 one-time purchase. Related: Six Ideas for Finding New Sales Leads4. Make your smartphone a sales tool.Smartr Contacts, by San Francisco-based Xobni, is a free tool that can make your address book smarter by shifting the focus to managing relationships instead of email addresses and phone numbers. Similar to Rapportive, Smartr Contacts pulls together updates from social media, recent emails and other contact data in one place, letting users get up to speed on who they are communicating with.5. Get a better CRM system.Relying on email and smartphone address books isn’t always adequate to meet the needs of complex sales campaigns. But a number of cloud-based tools can help guide sales efforts. Solve360 by Canada-based Norada Corporation and Capsule CRM by U.K.-based Zestia can potentially track thousands of contacts.Starting at $39, Solve360 can store 10,000 contacts and 50 projects. It includes such features as shared email history and secure project blogs. The free version of Capsule CRM includes 250 contacts and unlimited deal tracking.6. Integrate social media.Social media can be fertile sales ground, but they must be managed properly. You can generate leads by monitoring your company’s social media activity with Web-based tools such as Chicago-based Sprout Social, which starts at $39 per month. You will get a better idea of who is using — or at least talking about — your services and keep track of your list of Facebook friends and Twitter followers.Radian6 by Salesforce is a “social listening” service that can monitor keywords on blogs and social media, as well as spotlight people who might be interested in your product. Prices start at $600 per month. Another option is Providence, R.I.-based Batchbook, a social CRM tool that starts at $20 a month and connects with customers’ Facebook accounts. This kind of built-in social data can help you build rapport with clients and keep that information in a single, convenient place.Related: Seven Essential Apps for Your Sales Team 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
If you work in technology, you may have heard about World Backup Day. Founded in 2011, World Backup Day was designed by Ismail Jadun, a digital strategy and research consultant, to boost awareness for businesses and individuals that may not recognize the importance of regular data backups. The goal, according to the World Backup Day website, is to use March 31 as the date each year to reach those who have never backed up their data, and even people who might not have ever even heard about data backup.”World Backup Day started out when someone on Reddit lost their hard drive and wished someone had reminded them to back up,” said Jadun. “I thought it was a wonderful idea … it’s wonderful to see people and schools around the world promoting the importance of backing up our data.”One of those companies promoting World Backup Day is Datacastle, an analytics and endpoint protection services company. President and CEO Ron Faith said his company endorses the new occasion because he often finds that small businesses don’t truly understand the threats from ransomware, data loss and data breaches. “It is important for small businesses to be honest with themselves that they don’t know what data is on all their company laptops, tablets and smartphones,” he said.What you need to know about data lossDon’t think of data loss as something that only happens to massive companies or to individual employees who drop phones in swimming pools. Jadun and Faith want you to know that any company or individual can fall victim to data loss and theft. Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are incredibly simple ways that hackers target companies, without having a massive army of coders on their side. An excellent example of a BEC attack is a fraudulent email sent from someone pretending to be the company’s CEO to the company’s human resources (HR) manager. Without realizing that he or she is being scammed, an HR manager willingly sends personal employee data to the scammers. Since 2013, more than 7,000 of these attacks have occurred, totaling losses exceeding $740 million according to FBI data.Not protecting your company’s data can be a costly decision. The average global cost per stolen confidential record in 2016 rose from $154 to $158. Last year, there were 38 percent more attacks on companies than there were in the previous year, and most attacks stay dormant within a company’s system for over 140 days before the company even realizes they’ve been infiltrated. Attacks are happening more often, they’re more sophisticated and they’re becoming more and more expensive for businesses. Or, as Faith said, the cost to the company’s reputation “is far greater from an embarrassing data loss or data breach incident than the cost of most [backup and protection] solutions.”How to stay safeFaith advised businesses to create a simple, company-wide, data protection policy that will automatically back up the endpoint data to the cloud. He said the solution “should be friction-free for the employees and not really require the employees to do anything.” If your company doesn’t have the resources to dedicate to a corporate-wide backup, Faith said companies should start with the executives’ laptops. “It is a smaller group with the most sensitive data. This enables the executives to lead by example on protecting endpoint data,” he said.Jadun said it is crucial for companies to audit the data they produce. This includes customer data, product data, HR data and sales data, among many other examples. By doing this, companies can fully understand the stakes of any data loss incident. Once you’ve audited your data, he advised companies to determine the potential ways data could be lost and then create a data protection plan to protect those assets.”Depending on how much downtime your organization can handle, you can then set about looking at various data protection and backup solutions. Your business should strongly consider creating local backups as well as backups in an offsite location. Then, go about setting up protocols to both automatically back up and test those restore regularly.” March 31, 2017 Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals