Here’s Proof That Google Must Really Need More Google+ Local Reviews

first_imgRelated Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos All images by Fredric Paul All About The Prizes?Or maybe they were all about trying to win the cheesy premiums Google was giving away. Post those 40 reviews and you get an umbrella – a big draw on the rainy Tuesday when I was there. But I could only manage to do one (Museum of Modern Art: great collection but looooong lines and indifferent customer service), and all I got was a Google+ sticker.Other prizes included Google-branded t-shirts, socks (15 reviews each), gloves, headbands, pens, cups and even what looked liked swizzle sticks.Will this be enough to help Google+ Local catch up to leading local-review sites like Yelp? I doubt it. No matter how many Google Lounges there are, they can’t possbibly give out enough tube socks to make a difference.But if I get caught in the rain near the right mall, you may suddenly find 40 new reviews attached to my Google+ account. fredric paul Tags:#Google#small business As Google tries to make Google+ a viable place to learn about local businesses, it seems to be having trouble getting enough reviews of local businesses. At least in New York City, anyway. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Google+ Local Needs Reviews?That’s the only explanation I could come up with for the awkward, uncomfortable and bizarre Google+ Lounge on the second floor of the posh Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle just off Central Park.The Google+ Local Lounge, which is just a half-heartedly cordorned-off area of the second-floor lobby, has some card tables, some folding chairs, some brightly colored stools, a few Chromebooks and a handful of preternaturally cheerful Googlers (or contractors, who knows?) encouraging passers-by to sit down right there and start writing reviews on Google+ Local.Some folks, including me, clearly just wanted a comfortable place to sit for a few moments, but one of those scarily perky attendants told me that they often get dedicated reviewers who come and bang out 40 reviews.“They get caught up and don’t realize the time,” she said. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

‘In principle’ nod for EWS quota in M.P.

first_imgThe Congress government in Madhya Pradesh told the Assembly on Wednesday that it has “in principle” agreed to provide 10% reservation in jobs and education to the economically poor in the general category. Making an announcement of this effect, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said a Cabinet sub-committee will be constituted on the issue. The announcement came after main Opposition BJP demanded implementation of 10% quota in jobs and education for general category poor candidates. A law in this regard was enacted by the Centre last month.‘Cong. discriminating’ BJP members alleged the ruling Congress has been discriminating against the youths of unreserved category by not providing them reservation. Just after the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava asked the State government to clarify its stand on the issue and sought implementation of the quota law for economically poor in accordance with the 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill passed by the Parliament. Reacting to Mr. Bhargava’s demand, Mr. Nath announced his government has “in principle” agreed about giving reservation to the poor from the general category. Saying this was a part of the Congress manifesto, Mr. Nath said a Cabinet sub-committee will be formed to look into the upper-caste quota law implementation in the Sate. However, this announcement did not satisfy BJP members. Narottam Mishra (BJP), a former Minister, said this is an important issue associated with the youths of the State. He alleged the Congress government has been discriminating against the general category youths under a “conspiracy”. Speaker N.P. Prajapati tried to pacify Opposition MLAs by saying the issue will be discussed separately. Talking to reporters later, Mr. Bhargava said several States have implemented the 10 per cent reservation law for economically weaker sections, but it seems the Congress government is not interested to extend this benefit to the youths in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

Estrella shines as Mapua stuns Perpetual in battle of also-rans

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NU, UP dominate their way to finals berths in UAAP badminton For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The senior guard fired nine of his 22 points in the payoff period, to go with four rebounds, four assists, and a steal in the win.“During our last huddle, coach was telling us that this is for JP (Nieles). He gave his all and that happened, so we didn’t let this game go,” shared Estrella as the team dedicated the win to their teammate JP Nieles, who hurt his left knee with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMapua faced a 64-57 deficit halfway through the fourth quarter, but Estrella scored seven of the Cardinals’ last 11 points, none bigger than his go-ahead trey at the top of the key with 20.6 seconds to go to give his side a 74-71 lead.GJ Ylagan tried to tie the game, but his trey went in-and-out, which led to Leo Gabo scoring the dagger layup with 10.6 ticks on the clock. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Scores:MAPUA 76 – Estrella 22, Buñag 19, Victoria 14, Aguirre 9, Gabo 6, Raflores 6, Jimenez 0, Nieles 0, Orquina 0, Pelayo 0.PERPETUAL 71 – Ylagan 22, Pido 18, Eze 15, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Dagangon 2, Clemente 0, Coronel 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 22-17, 38-42, 55-55, 76-71. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christian Buñag chimed in 19 markers and 14 boards, while Laurenz Victoria got 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Mapua.The Cardinals moved up to ninth place in the team standings with their 3-12 card.Perpetual suffered its fifth straight defeat and fell down to 4-11 in the battle of also-rans.Ylagan topped the Altas with 22 points and six rebounds, while Keith Pido got 18 markers and six boards.Prince Eze tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Mapua’s Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith nothing to lose, Mapua pulled off a 76-71 stunner over Perpetual to nab its first streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Andoy Estrella once again didn’t shy away from the spotlight, drilling the game-tying floater and the go-ahead trey in the final minute to hand the Cardinals their third win in 15 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

CWG chief expresses concerns over Games village preparation

first_imgCGF president Michael Fennell wants immediate steps to fix the condition of Games Village.Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell has expressed concerns over the Games Village preparation, saying that the condition of the residential zone there has “shocked” many contingents.”The condition of the residential zone has shocked the majority,” Fennell wrote in a letter to Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar.With just 12 days to go for the sporting extravaganza, the Federation chief has expressed doubts over the state of the Games village which he said has been “seriously compromised”.”The Village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition.”Fennel’s comments came after New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland have objected strongly to the condition of the accommodation given to them in the Village.The contingent had said that the living conditions “unliveable” and had asked the Games organising committee to put their officials and athletes in hotels if they could not set apartments right.last_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan enthralls fans with his latest Formula car in Chennai

first_imgNarain Karthikeyan on Friday gave a sneak peak of what to expect when the MRF Challenge 2012 begins its inaugural season at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), this October.The Hispania Racing Team (HRT) driver enthralled hundreds of motor racing enthusiasts as he drove the powerful 2000cc MRF Formula car around the Express Avenue mall here.The brand new MRF Formula 2000 cars will be seen going full throttle around the BIC in Greater Noida as a support race to the Indian Grand Prix.One of the most sophisticated cars ever assembled in the country, the MRF Formula 2000 has been built by Jayem Automobiles in Coimbatore under a technical collaboration with Italys Automobili Dallara.The powerful 210BHP racing engines, with a six-speed sequential gearbox, have been supplied by Frances Renault-Sports.The two litre engine carbonfibre marvel matches the latest FIA specifications for Formula 3 cars.MRF wanted to make a car that should be world class. So, it decided to go for F3 type which is ideal in Indian scenario to showcase the talent of the Indian drivers, said J Anand, who has put the car together at the Jayem Automobiles.Narain took it as an opportunity to fulfill the wish of driving his HRT car on the streets of Chennai, which, however, had to be cancelled after it hit a legal roadblock.Indias first F1 driver was pleased with the final product and said that the engine is at par with European championships.It will be the fastest singleseater series in Asia and would provide opportunity to the Indian drivers, said Narain.The inaugural season of the MRF Challenge 2012 will kick off with its first round on October 27 and 28. Round two will be held on December 1 and 2 as a support race for the FIA GT1 championship.For the final two rounds the race will come back to Chennai with the penultimate round on February 1 and 3.The championship will conclude at the same circuit on the 8th and 10th of the same month.The organisers have kept the championship as a winter series and hope to attract European drivers during that period. We will operate it as a winter series so that it would be easier for some of the European drivers to be part of it, said Arun Mammen, managing director, MRF. We are in talks with some European drivers as well and some of the names have already been forwarded to the government for clearance, he added.The organisers also plan to take the series abroad from the second season but a lot will depend on how things pan out in the season opener.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: England-Brazil semi-final shifted to Kolkata

first_imgThe FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final between England and Brazil was on Monday shifted to Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on account of the poor ground condition at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, following heavy rain.The date for the match would remain the same — Wednesday, October 25.Kolkata will now host all but one of the four remaining games in the tournament.While the ground is already slated to host the final as also the third-fourth place matches on October 28, the Brazil-England marquee pre-summit clash comes as a big bonus for the football crazy city.Navi Mumbai’s D.Y. Patil Stadium is the venue for the other semi-final between Spain and Mali on October 25.Fans with a valid ticket for the semi-final originally planned to take place in Guwahati will be able to request a refund for the purchase value of their tickets, and will also have priority access to purchase tickets for the semi-final in Kolkata.Tickets for the rescheduled semi-final match in Kolkata can only be purchased online on the ticketing section of FIFA.com from 8.30 p.m. on Monday.”All purchasable tickets for this FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final fixture in Kolkata will be priced at INR 100 and will be made available on a first come first served basis,” FIFA said in a statement.”FIFA and the LOC regret that unforeseen circumstances have led to this decision, which will deprive football fans in Guwahati of this semi-final encounter.”Both FIFA and the LOC would like to sincerely thank the city of Guwahati and the state government of Assam for their excellent cooperation throughout the competition,” the statement added.advertisementlast_img read more

I played the perfect match: Ashleigh Barty after French Open 2019 triumph

first_imgAshleigh Barty, the Australian who ditched tennis to play professional cricket for a year, smashed Marketa Vondrousova for six on Saturday to lift the French Open crown at Roland Garros.Boasting a bewildering array of shots and spins, the eighth seed crushed her Czech teenage opponent 6-1 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, and Australia’s first French women’s singles crown in more than four decades.”It’s unbelievable… I played the perfect match today. I am so proud of myself and my whole team… it has been a crazy two weeks,” said Barty, the ninth different female champion in the last 10 grand slams.”This is a special place for Australian players… it has been a magical two weeks.”Not since Margaret Court’s triumph in Paris in 1973 has an Australian won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen but this victory was in very little doubt from the moment the final began.In a match-up where guile and artistry always trumped power, Barty was simply smarter throughout.Producing angles so sharp they might have come with a health warning, the 23-year-old carved apart Vondrousova in the opening set, clinching it in half an hour.While the match was no classic, those fans who had taken a break after the conclusion of the Dominic Thiem-Novak Djokovic men’s semi-final which had caused the women’s final to run more than an hour late, missed some of the more thoughtful tennis played on the Roland Garros clay this past fortnight.Vondrousova, who herself has bamboozled a succession of opponents here, repeatedly found herself outfoxed by Barty, whose doubles excellence was always on display with her net-play and cleverly angled serving.advertisementBarty, who returned to tennis in 2016 after a successful stint with the Brisbane Heat in Australian cricket’s Women’s Big Bash League, took nary a backward step, breaking instantly in the second set to deprive her 19-year-old opponent any foothold.Cracking a stiff-armed, two-handed backhand, in the manner of Jim Courier, Barty was able to counter Vondrousova’s attempts to pull her wide with her loopy left-handed backhand, and the Czech rapidly ran out of ideas.Vondrousova turned to ever riskier strategies – her drop shots became finer, her drives more firmly struck – and she earned a little breathing space, holding serve three times after that early break.But the irrevocable damage had been done and when Barty slammed a short smash high into the stands it was all over and she raised her arms in triumph.The victory lacked drama but lifts Barty to number two in the world – a feat last accomplished by an Australian woman in 1976 by Evonne Goolagong.Considering her goal at the start of the year was to break into the world’s top 10, it has been a remarkable rise.”I think it’s just been an amazing journey we’ve had over the last few years,” she told reporters.”I just tried to say to myself today on the court: ‘I may never get this opportunity again, so enjoy it, try and grab it with both hands and go out there and smile’.”Australia was smiling with her.Also Read | French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty clinches historic Roland Garros title in one-sided finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic streak to reach finalAlso Seelast_img read more

Harry Kane threatens to transcend Tottenham as Ronaldo showdown looms

first_imgWhen Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as “the Harry Kane” team, there were people at the London club who did not know whether to laugh or cry. The Manchester City manager, after all, had been in charge of the Lionel Messi team at Barcelona.Behind the scenes at Tottenham, amid the pot-and-kettle bitching, came a recollection from last season. Had they not beaten Guardiola’s City convincingly at White Hart Lane without the injured Kane? Bruno’s blunder is a Brighton body blow as Everton escape with a 1-1 draw Manchester City Share on WhatsApp Harry Kane’s slick hat-trick smooths Tottenham’s path past Apoel Nicosia Read more Tottenham Hotspur features Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Topics Pep Guardiola Read more Share on Twitter Mauricio Pochettino almost always keeps his thoughts on this type of thing out of the public domain. Not this time. Last Friday the Spurs manager gave Guardiola both barrels, describing his comments as “disrespectful, sad and unnecessary” and making the point that his rival “struggles to be a gentleman” when on a winning roll. In other words, Guardiola can look down on others when he is riding high – as he and City are, at present.Pochettino said he had never called Guardiola’s Barcelona “the Messi team” but, privately, he is under no illusions as to who was the orchestrator of their success. Barcelona have continued to win the major trophies with Messi and without Guardiola.Yet, whichever way Tottenham dress it up, they are now at a juncture where the talismanic Kane has threatened to transcend them. Back when Michael Jordan was ruling the NBA, his Chicago Bulls team-mates were often referred to as his supporting cast, which felt a little harsh on the likes of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant. Tottenham have Dele Alli (as the fans never tire of singing) and Christian Eriksen, among others, and Pochettino will promote the team ethic until his dying breath.Right now, however, it is Kane’s Tottenham, just as it was Jordan’s Bulls or it is Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. The labels are the consequence of outstanding individual performance and they chime with these hype-driven times even if – from his side of the fence – Guardiola probably ought to have known better than to promote them.From the moment that the final whistle blew on Apoel Nicosia 0 Kane 3 in the previous round of Champions League fixtures, it was obvious what would follow. Tottenham’s visit to the Bernabéu to face Real, which looms on Tuesday night, would be Kane versus Ronaldo.The are plenty of other plot lines. It will be a sight for sore Tottenham eyes, for example, to see Luka Modric in a Real shirt, the midfielder having swapped clubs in 2012. Tottenham were, at least, able to secure a partnership agreement with Real at the time, although the most obvious product of that appeared to be Gareth Bale’s move from White Hart Lane to the Bernabéu in 2013. Bale is a major doubt because of a calf injury.For Kane, however, the opportunity to share the Bernabéu stage with Ronaldo will allow him to gauge his progress because everyone knows that the Portuguese is the benchmark – along with Messi. Moreover, Kane has made no secret of his ambition to rival the Big Two at the pinnacle of the game.Pochettino sees certain similarities between Kane and Ronaldo, specifically in terms of their mentality. Pochettino has described Kane as “the best player in the world in terms of mental strength, willpower and endeavour”. Like Ronaldo, he is driven to better himself; to link his seasons; to use the previous one as the basis to improve the next. What has delighted Pochettino is how Kane refuses to be satisfied. Some players might get distracted after one or two great seasons. Not Kane. He is always looking to finesse the finer details, such as recovery or nutrition – he revealed earlier in the month that he had hired a chef to cook his meals.The result has been consistency and upward trends, with highs – such as his current 15 goals in 11 games for Tottenham and England hot streak – and no severe lows.At Tottenham they say that Kane is in the best physical shape of his career and they know that because of the numbers. Pochettino and his coaches are obsessed by data, which is collated from training sessions and matches, and the detail of it is mind-boggling. With Kane, for example, they will monitor the volume and intensity of his accelerations, decelerations and sprints, together with many other things.They can even determine if he has an imbalance in one leg. Kane might be above the required levels in both legs but if he can produce more power in one, there could be a problem. Pochettino and his coaches do not share the data with the players. It is for them alone and it allows them to judge how hard they should push the various members of the squad.In training, where there is an emphasis on instilling patterns of movement in small, medium or large areas, the buzz phrase is practising the final ball or shot “under fatigue”. To Pochettino, the ability to repeat these decisive actions time and again, when tired, is all-important. He puts on drills that simulate the fatigue that a striker, for example, will feel at the end of a run and when he must gather himself to finish.This is where Kane excels. He has built up such fitness and balance in his body that he feels he has the platform to score in the first or last minute of a game. There is even the belief at the club that Kane has come to look quicker because the efficiency of his movement and decision-making has improved. He also spoke after his hat-trick against Apoel of how “the more I play, the more I get a sense of what defenders will do at certain times”.Kane was a 17-year-old hopeful, on loan at Leyton Orient, when Tottenham last visited the Bernabéu. It was April 2011; the tie was the Champions League quarter-final first leg and Ronaldo scored in a 4-0 Real win. This time, Kane intends to make his mark. Mauricio Pochettino Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share via Emaillast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth rout

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with his goalscorers for victory over Bournemouth.A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other.Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth.The manager said, “I think Marcus has been different class since I have come in. He has scored two goals now in three games. His work rate is unbelievable. He closes down, chases, runs in behind and his skill for the first goal for Paul today was [brilliant]. The first thing is he holds up the ball up and hasn’t got the right to go past the first defender, but then to go past the second defender… he has got all the potential in the world to be a top, top striker.”On Lukaku, he also stated: “He is a good, good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he will never face the goal. Today he was side on, so he could go in behind or go towards the ball and he has got the attributes of a top striker, but we need to work on his fitness because he has had a few days off, but I am delighted for him even though he was half a yard offside, but it was still a good finish.” last_img read more

9 months agoSouthampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton, Man City target Leeds youngster Jack Clarkeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have warned suitors off teenage starlet Jack Clarke.Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has joined Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola in showing interest in the 18-year-old Clarke because of his storming debut campaign for Leeds.But Leeds are adamant academy-product Clarke is not for sale and want the winger to grow with them, hopefully next season in the Premier League, reports the Mirror.Leeds have shown their faith in Clarke by handing him the biggest contact for an Under-18 player in their history and his deal has three years left to run. last_img

Jim Harbaugh Is Getting Crushed For What’s Happening At Ohio State

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State and Michigan met in one of the best rivalries in college football. Although sloppy play dominated much of the first half, the end of the first half delivered fireworks late.Michigan scored two touchdowns in a six-second span to cut Ohio State’s lead to two points. A late field goal just before the half pushed the Buckeyes’ lead to 24-19.Midway through the third quarter, it all started to unravel for the Wolverines. Ohio State used a blocked punt to score its first touchdown of the second half. Not long after, a Shea Patterson interception led to yet another touchdown for the Buckeyes.A quick search for Jim Harbaugh’s name on Twitter yields interesting results in the wake of the last few minutes of action.This has been stunningly embarrassing for Jim Harbaugh.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 24, 2018Ohio State leads 41-19 at the end of the third quarter. It looks like the Buckeyes are headed for their seventh-straight win over the Wolverines.last_img read more

Why You Should Use a Beard Brush and the 7 Best Beard Brushes to Buy

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster You’ve hop out of the shower with your beard washed and conditioned. You’ve applied your favorite beard oil and beard balm to your whiskers and now you’re free to go — well, not quite.Before you leave the bathroom, it’s time to properly finish the job by brushing your beard.A brush for your beard is not the same as using your partner’s brush or even your own hair brush (for you long-haired fellas). Owning a quality beard brush is an essential part of keeping your beard hairs tamed, softened, and ultimately looking its best. There are beard brushes and then there are the best beard brushes.Choosing The Best Beard Brush For YouNot all beard brushes are created equal. The shape of the beard brush handle, bristle type,  the layout of bristles, and the size of the brush all go into determining how effective the brush is for detangling and softening your beard. Keep this sturff in mind when testing which brush is right for you: Handle: The different handle shapes of beard brushes don’t entirely matter when it comes to how effective it detangles your beard, but shape does matter when it comes to personal preference. Some handles are extended from the brush, much like you’d see with a hair brush, and some are oval shaped for your palm. Our recommendation is to go with what fits and feels best in your own hand. Aim for a beard brush that you can control with a light touch. Size: Size matters, especially when considering a beard brush and its intentions. Some beard brushes are big and these are great for those who have a long beard that they’ve been growing out for quite some time. If you don’t have a massive beardscape, and you don’t plan on growing one to rival Merlin’s, there is no need to grab a huge brush. Small brushes tend to be more affordable and are ideal for travel, too, not to mention they provide for more precision strokes.Material: The material of your beard brush in regards to the handle doesn’t make a huge difference for how effective it is; however – like everything you own – appearance means a lot when it comes to being satisfied with your purchase. With that being said, some materials are more durable than others. The best beard brushes are made with a bamboo or wooden handle since they are usually higher in quality but don’t disregard something with a little more flavor like bone or horn.Bristles: We’re going to cut to the chase. Natural bristles, such as boar hair or horsehair bristles, are better for your skin, perform better when applying products evenly, and have more softening power because of its firm bristle hairs and conditioning capabilities. Although synthetic bristles might get the job done, they don’t do it as well and they don’t do it for very long, either.Considering the aforementioned qualities, just because it fits the mold doesn’t mean you should overpay for a brush. We’ve put together a list of the best beard brushes below that won’t break the bank and will make your beard look, and feel, great.7 Best Beard BrushesKent Beard Brush – $75The Kent beard brush might hold a steep price tag, but it’s for good reason. This brush is absolutely stunning in both design and versatility. It looks great on the bathroom counter and works effectively from start to finish on your journey to a long, lavish beard. Crafted with a gloss-sprayed, cherrywood palm handle, the Kent beard brush features natural boar bristles to give your beard an incredible shine, while also helping distribute oils evenly for both thin and thick beards.Shop NowZilberHaar Beard Brush – $18ZilberHaar’s boar bristle beard brush sports a beautiful pearwood handle that offers the strength and stamina you need to pull all the way through your waterfall of whiskers. The boar bristles help for conditioning and exfoliating your skin, giving even the thickest beards a healthier appearance. Brushing also helps to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and itchiness. And, if for some reason the ZilberHaar beard brush doesn’t fit your fancy, they’ll provide you with a full refund for your troubles. That alone speaks volumes to how much confidence the brand has in its beloved beard brush.Shop NowBeard Captain Beard Brush – $9This beard brush from Beard Captain has dropped in price, but not because of its effectiveness. Its palm held handle is constructed from eco-friendly bamboo with a carved fingertip groove for ultimate control and it boasts an optimal size for short-to-medium length beards. It’s compact frame also makes it great for travel so you don’t have to look like a scrub in Scarborough. It features a great mix of both rough and soft bristles, which gives you great shaping ability to go along with detangling your beard and distributing both your natural hair oils and whatever product you may be applying.Shop NowKingston Beard and Hair Brush – $25The Kingston brush doubles as both a hair and beard brush, but it still manages to utilize natural boar bristles with medium stiffness that are reinforced for durability and longevity. Its solid, beechwood handle flaunts a contoured design that provides maximum contact to your face and head, and they take it one step further by supplying you with a handy travel case to protect your beard brush when not in use.Shop NowZeus Beard Brush – $20Zeus also offers a sleek pearwood boar bristle brush, which comes with either a palm-friendly or handle design. Regardless of which style you choose, you’ll be given boar bristles to help tame the unruly whiskers on your face with ease. This brush is best for longer beards, as the bristles are quite coarse and could be rough on those with sensitive skin and shorter beards. But, as they say, no pain, no game, guys.Shop NowBadass Beard Care Beard Brush – $20Our friends at Badass Beard Care offer a stunningly unique handle design that makes it look like you’re ready to kick ass in ping pong. Aside from its large stature and game-ready appearance, this beard brush is crafted entirely from bamboo, from its handle to its bristles. The bamboo bristles may seem strange at first, but there is a reason behind it. These bristles are anti-static, bowed out, and placed in an air pocket to provide flexibility, which allows you to untangle and brush your beard without ripping out any of your hair. Better yet, this brush is large but incredibly light, which gives you more control than heavier-handled options.Shop NowAbbeyhorn Ox Horn Brush – $27We absolutely love the look of this ox horn brush by the Abbeyhorn brand. Beginning with a handmade oval construction crafted out of a pearwood frame, natural boar bristles, and an authentic ox horn backing, this unique beard brush fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for ultimate taming control. It’s a smaller, lightweight brush that sports firm enough bristles to effectively untangle and exfoliate your beard, but soft enough to tidy your facial hair without doing damage. If we had to pick a favorite from our list of best beard brushes based on affordability, appearance, and overall effectiveness, this would be our boy.Shop NowNow that you’ve got the brush to ensure your beard is beautiful, make sure the general shape of your whiskers is right in the first place. How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Nowlast_img read more

Taking Flight: How to Tell a Good Airline Consolidator from a Bad One

first_imgWritten By: Stephanie Knight, Copywriter – Sky Bird Travel & Tours  Working with an airline consolidator is an excellent way to grow not only your sales, but also your career as a travel agent. The ability to set your own markups, find lower fares than ones published online, and have 24/7 support are just some of the many benefits you’ll get when you book with a consolidator. However, when choosing a consolidator to work with, it’s crucial that you do your research. We’ve identified the qualities you’ll want to see and some red flags to watch out for. What is an airline consolidator?If you’re unfamiliar with the term, airline consolidators are companies who purchase bulk airline tickets and, in turn, resell them to travel agents at a discounted rate. In doing so, agents can earn a hefty commission for themselves while providing clients with a great deal on airfare. Before you settle on a consolidator, it’s paramount to find a trustworthy company. Good air consolidators will have:AccreditationAnyone can claim their service is the best, but that doesn’t mean it’s really the case. There are several reputable associations and organizations dedicated to upholding quality within the travel industry. If a consolidator is a member of the following organizations, you can rest assured they’re trustworthy. USACAThe United States Air Consolidators Association requires all members have at least two years of uninterrupted service to travel agencies, a good history of working with travel agents, and meet specific financial and business requirements. ASTAThe American Society of Travel Advisors is the largest group for travel agents in the world and its mission is to “facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism.” Association with ASTA proves a consolidator is committed to helping their clients not only secure airfare, but also succeed in other aspects of their career. USTOAThe United States Tour Operators Association’s primary goal is to promote integrity within the tour operator industry, especially when it comes to presenting information on tours and prices. Consolidators that are members of USTOA should therefore be upfront about taxes and fees when you book through them. Longstanding relationships with airlinesAny consolidator worth its salt with have well-established, plentiful partnerships with airlines. If the consolidator only does business with a couple airlines, you should consider someone else. Otherwise you’re limiting things like destinations and frequent flyer programs. Many years of experienceAs in length of time the consolidator has been around. The longer they’ve been in business, the more experience and knowledge they’ll be able to offer travel agents who work with them. For instance, Sky Bird Travel & Tours has been in business for over 40 years and has been awarded by several airlines for their commitment to quality. As we said before, anyone can claim they’re the best, but good consolidators will have awards from airlines to validate their statements. Bad Consolidators will have:Outdated websiteIf a consolidator’s website makes you think, “Hello, 1998!” keep searching. You want a consolidator whose site reflects the current year and the current airlines. Any outdated airline logos (or logos of airlines that no longer exist) is a big red flag. It tells you that in the digital age, this company is either unwilling or unable to update their own site. If they’re unwilling, that tells you something about their character. Are they lazy? Ignorant? And if the company is unable to update their site, that tells you something about their finances. If they can’t afford to update their website – the very face of the company – will they be able to afford your commission checks? No Physical officesIf a consolidator exists only on the world wide web, that’s not a good sign. What happens when you need to meet with someone in person? How can you go to their office if it doesn’t exist? If they do have a physical office, make sure to verify it’s not a PO box, a personal residence, or a UPS store. Good consolidators will have at least one physical office – great consolidators will have multiple. No personal contactsWhen looking for a consolidator, you should be able to make contact with a fellow human being and their email. If your only interaction with the company is through a generalized, info@website.com address, that’s a sign to keep searching. A good consolidator will be able to provide you with personalized emails of different agents and departments. Not many options to choose fromAs a travel agent, you know there are some clients who want the cheapest coach seat available and others who insist on flying first or business class. In order to keep their business, you need to be able to accommodate any and all seating requests. If a consolidator only has coach tickets, that’s a red flag. In addition to seating options, you should be on the lookout for the types of destinations they fly to. If they only offer fares to common vacation sites, this could pose a problem for you. What happens when clients desire to visit somewhere less conventional? A good consolidator will be able to accommodate all manner of client preferences and have dozens of airlines to choose from. The TakeawayWorking with a consolidator is an excellent means of boosting your commissions and your career as a travel agent, but you should make sure to do thorough research. Keep an eye out for red flags and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. A worthy consolidator will be more than happy to make sure you feel at ease working with them.last_img read more

G E Shipping Takes Delivery of Kamsarmax Newbuilding

first_imgzoom Mumbai-based Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has taken delivery of Jag Amar, a Kamsarmax dry bulk newbuilding, from Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding in China. The 82,000 dwt vessel was ordered in December 2013.With a gross tonnage of 44,000 tons, Jag Amar features a length of 229 meters and a width of 32.3 meters.Including Jag Amar, G E Shipping’s fleet currently stands at 39 vessels, comprising 24 tankers and 15 dry bulk carriers, with an average age of 9.45 years and an aggregate fleet tonnage of 3.02 million dwt.Additionally, the company plans to buy two secondhand Aframaxes and three secondhand Suezmaxes.last_img

UNSC to hold close consultations on Kashmir on Friday

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN Security Council will meet here on Friday to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan wrote a letter on the issue to the world body. China, the closest ally of Pakistan, asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which will meet at 10 am (7:30pm IST) to discuss the matter. A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President,” the diplomat said. The Council’s schedule said “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan”, listed for 10 am. Closed meetings are not open to the public and no verbatim record of statements is kept. Consultations are informal meetings of the Security Council members and are not covered in the Repertoire. The Repertoire, mandated by the General Assembly, provides comprehensive coverage of the Security Council’s interpretation and application of the United Nations Charter and its own Provisional Rules of Procedure since 1946. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Its primary purpose is to provide Member States, including those elected to serve on the Security Council, the United Nations system, academics and others with a source of information regarding the evolving practice of the Security Council. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1964-65. Then, by a letter dated January 16, 1964, the representative of Pakistan had requested the President of the Council to “convene an immediate meeting” of the Council to consider the Kashmir situation. India had asserted that the Pakistani request was “a propaganda move.” The issue of Kashmir was also raised under a separate agenda item ‘Situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent’ in 1969-1971. Following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan formally called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. Qureshi has sent a formal letter to the president of the Security Council, Polish Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, through country’s Permanent Representative Maleha Lodhi to convene the meeting. Qureshi said the letter will also be shared with all members of the UNSC. Qureshi had air-dashed to Beijing for consultation with the Chinese leadership on the issue of raising the Kashmir issue at the UNSC. He had also said that China backed Pakistan on the issue and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang told him he believed “China will stand up for justice on the Kashmir issue”. During his bilateral meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday in Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conveyed that the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter for India. He said the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. Jaishankar noted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. “India was not raising any additional territorial claims. The Chinese concerns in this regard were therefore misplaced,” he said. Jaishankar told Wang that these changes had no bearing on Pakistan as it was an internal matter. After India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and announced the bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan announced that it will approach the UN Security Council against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to “accept the reality .last_img read more

Jan Lisiecki rescues TSOs Glenn Gould tribute from nonsense

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The evening’s emcee was actor Colm Feore, explaining fluidly in both official languages how the various bits of music consisted of a tribute to Glenn Gould. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Peter Oundjian (conductor), with guests Jan Lisiecki (piano), and Colm Feore. Roy Thomson Hall, Sept. 22 and 23, 2017.Although the music was well performed, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Canadian icon Glenn Gould made no sense whatsoever until pianist Jan Lisiecki had the Roy Thomson Hall stage to himself in the closing minutes of the evening.Lisiecki’s short, solo encore on Friday night conjured up Gould instantly in a way the preceding two-plus hours had failed to do. He played the Aria from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The simple little movement that closes this monumental opus is the window through which Gould continues to step into the hearts of millions of people around the world. Because his last album was a redo of the Goldberg Variations, it was also the window through which Gould exited into the afterlife at the age of 50. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

World support for IsraeliPalestinian peace more vital than ever Security Council told

“I would like to stress here the UN’s concern over Israel’s failure thus far to dismantle settlement outposts and freeze settlement expansion,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said in his latest monthly briefing, citing reports of a Government decision to build at least 3,500 new housing units this year in Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem.“The Road Map states clearly that Israel should dismantle outposts and freeze settlement activity, and the Quartet position is that neither party should undertake actions that threaten to prejudge final status talks,” he added of the peace plan sponsored by the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. The plan calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by both sides leading to two States living in peace, originally by the end of 2005.“We believe that a halt to such action is needed now, to preserve hope for a viable future for the Palestinian people,” Mr. Prendergast declared.He said Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who visited the region last week, strongly believes that active support and encouragement from the Quartet and the international community are more essential than ever.He noted that in talks Mr. Annan had with the leaders of both sides, the Israelis emphasized their overriding concern that the Palestinian Authority bring to justice those who perpetrate terrorist acts, while the Palestinians stressed the need for Israel to ease the closures that cause suffering in the occupied territory.“The respective presentations by the parties impressed on the Secretary-General the immediate and pressing need to rebuild trust and restore confidence. He urged the parties to engage in direct dialogue and negotiations. Peace processes, he warned, cannot afford stagnation,” Mr. Prendergast added.He said Mr. Annan had stressed that Israel’s proposed withdrawal from Gaza was not an end in itself but an important step in a broader process and should be consistent with the Road Map, noting that Palestinian leaders fear it might become “Gaza First and Gaza Last.”He called on Israel to abide by its legal obligations and find alternative ways to address its legitimate security concerns other than the barrier it is building on occupied land in the West Bank, which was declared illegal in an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that called for it to be torn down.“There are many obstacles and challenges. But the deadlock has been broken,” he said in summing up the changes since last month’s summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with the Palestinians vowing to stop acts of violence and Israel pledging to cease military activities.“It goes without saying that continuation of the current process remains primarily the responsibility of the parties. But we, the international community, should stand ready to assist them along the stony path from violence and terror, bloodshed and suffering towards a better life of peace and security.” read more

DR Congo UN mission shelters hundreds of civilians following clashes

“The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) reports that, earlier today, near its base in Kitchanga, North Kivu, heavy fighting took place,” deputy UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told journalists in New York. The situation remains “tense” following the clashes between Congolese armed forces and elements of the Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS), an armed group, Mr. del Buey added. At least one civilian was killed and nine other people injured, MONUSCO reported, including one of its peacekeepers, who was shot in the arm and remains in stable condition. The sheltering of civilians at its base in Kitchanga falls within the Mission’s mandated role to protect civilians, defend human rights and support provisions of humanitarian aid. Nearly a million people have been displaced in North Kivu by clashes between DRC’s national army and fighters from the rebel M23 group, and in recent weeks, more than 300,000 people have been displaced by additional fighting in the south-eastern province of Katanga.The M23 rebels are former DRC army troops who mutinied in April 2012, and named themselves after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented. To assist MONUSCO ‘blue helmets’ in protecting civilians, the UN Security Council is currently considering a military brigade with peace enforcement authorities beyond traditional UN peacekeeping. A decision is expected after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the Council next week on recent developments related to the DRC, including the signing of a UN-backed peace framework on 24 February whereby regional countries honour DRC’s sovereignty, and work in support of its stabilization. read more

Stuntin On Em David Ortiz Breaks MLB Record

David Ortiz has become Major League Baseball’s all-time designated hitter.In a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night, Big Papi smashed a double to left-center field, which earned the 37-year-old Boston Red Sox slugger’s 1,689th hit as a designated hitter. The hit helped Ortiz surpass Harold Baines as the all-time leader among DHs.“It’s good to be mentioned with some of the greatest hitters that ever played the game,” Ortiz said. “I used to love to watch Edgar. He was a wonderful hitter. Wonderful hitters and when I first came up watching those guys. Now for your name to get mentioned next to theirs, it’s a wonderful thing.”