News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Credit: Olga Maltseva / AFP RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Russia Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing February 14, 2018 – Updated on February 16, 2018 Oligarch uses “right to privacy” to censor Russian media Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Russian court decision ordering websites to immediately remove photos and videos of a meeting between leading Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko on the grounds that they constitute a “violation of privacy.” RSF regards the order as blatant act of censorship.Moving quickly on 9 February, the day after the court’s decision, Russia’s telecommunication surveillance agency, Roskomnadzor, ordered no fewer than seven online media outlets to take down the photos and videos illustrating articles about the supposedly “informal negotiations” between Prikhodko and Deripaska.Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was responsible for drawing attention to the photos and videos when he reposted them as part of an online video report, said their publication was in the public interest but the two influential public figures involved insisted that they invaded their privacy.The media outlets had to respond to a court decision that had not yet been published and to which they could not get access. They complied because they were under threat of being blocked. But some, such as Mediazona, filed a court appeal against the censorship.On 10 February, Roskomnadzor said it had complied with an order issued by a court in Ust-Labinsk, the district in the far south of Russia that is Deripaska’s base. The independent news website The Bell said it was the first time that such urgent measures have been taken in Russia to defend privacy.Going to the source of the content, the court also ordered the blocking of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos. As Russian Internet service providers still lack the technical ability to restrict access to specific web pages, Instagram and YouTube risk being blocked in their entirety within Russia if the offending content is not removed by this evening.“We urge the Russian authorities to lift these disproportionate measures, which prevent information from circulating freely,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The European Convention on Human Rights and related court rulings clearly establish that public figures cannot claim the same privacy rights as ordinary citizens.”The scandal erupted on 8 February when Navalny, who is well known for his anti-corruption investigations, reported that Prikhodko was seen on Deripaska’s yacht off the Norwegian coast in August 2016. His claim was based on publicly availably content including the photos and videos posted on Instagram by a female escort who was with them on the yacht and who has related her experiences in a book. Reposted on YouTube the same day, Navalny’s video account has already been viewed more than 4 million times. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption to go further News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe May 21, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more
Walter Reeves Tired of mice and voles in your yard? In the season’s final episode of “Gardening in Georgia” Oct. 25 and 28, host Walter Reeves shows how to rid your yard of voles and meadow mice naturally, by building a home for a family of screech owls.Reeves also tells how plant labels are like footnotes for your garden. He demonstrates how to make labels from plastic knives, stones and aluminum cookie sheets.Finally, Reeves shows off a great way to prevent weeds under shrubbery. He spreads a weed-preventing landscape fabric underneath and covers it with mulch. Reeves shows how easy the task can be.Wednesday, Saturday on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It’s produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.
May 26, 2020 The school made the announcement on Tuesday.Big 12 presidents and chancellors met last Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.Oklahoma football has chosen a careful approach. The athletic department’s medicine staff coordinated with the OU Health Sciences Center, Norman campus student health officials, independent in-state and out-of-state infectious disease experts and public health specialists before making the decision.“Our medical personnel have told us that the safest thing we can do is keep our players off campus for as long as possible,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We chose the latest point that we could bring them back and still have enough time to prepare.”The school said other student-athletes will return later this summer in a phased approach. Athletes will be evaluated for clearance by the Oklahoma medical staff and will be continuously monitored and expected to adhere to several safety protocols and guidelines. All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___ Counsell and Attanasio both noted that the shortened schedule would make it more important than ever for teams to keep their players healthy. Counsell noted how that might impact his managerial approach.“It’s going to be important that we’re, I think, prudent with how much with how much usage all our players can have early in the season,” Counsell said.___Ravens second-year receiver Miles Boykin plans to join quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other teammates in Florida for informal workouts while waiting for word on the NFL’s next move during the coronavirus pandemic.“I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened,” Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. “But next week I’ll be down there training with those guys.” Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.” McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses.The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.”___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia. The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”___Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak.It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon.Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field.There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NHL Commmissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is moving ahead with a 24-team expanded playoff format if it’s able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup. Associated Press — David Ginsburg___Defending America’s Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand has its first race boat back after it was shipped to Europe for two preliminary regattas that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Te Aihe (The Dolphin) returned to Auckland early Tuesday morning after being away for nearly four months. Team New Zealand last sailed Te Aihe on the Hauraki Gulf on Jan. 15. It left the base on Feb. 2, accompanied by 16 containers full of workshops, chase boats and everything else needed to support the team at America’s Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, in late April and Portsmouth, England, in early June. Those regattas were canceled in March as the coronavirus spread around the world.The boat traveled on four ships and visited 15 ports, including loading on and off in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, transhipped in Singapore each way and loaded off and on in Gioia Tauro, Italy. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.The schedule foresees league games finishing July 19 with a European qualification playoff ending 10 days later.According to UEFA rankings, Ukraine will be the second strongest league in Europe playing, behind only Germany.___The leadoff event to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating has been canceled by Skate Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic. Conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension to next week’s deadline for determining the broadcast schedule for college football’s early season games.The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences issued a joint statement Tuesday along with ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks. The statement said only that the game times would be set “at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.” The deadline typically falls on June 1, which is Monday.___ The event was scheduled for Aug. 26-29 in Richmond, British Columbia. It is the second competition of the seven-part series that has been canceled, with the Slovakia event the following week also not taking place.“Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators,” the organization said Tuesday. “Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travelers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.”No decisions have been made on the other competitions, nor on the senior Grand Prix events.___ “It is good to see her back sooner than expected,” logistics manager Andy Nottage said. “She has been on quite the adventure, but it is good to have her home in one piece thanks largely to the ongoing support of Maersk.”Nottage said Te Aihe was shipped in a relative state of readiness, so it won’t take long to get it sailing again.”The final ACWS regatta is set for just before Christmas in Auckland. The Prada Cup for challengers is set for Jan. 15-Feb. 22, with the winner advancing to face the Kiws in the 36th America’s Cup March 6-21.___The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore.“The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge,” Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida.“We’re still finalizing it. There are going to be a lot of guys down there,” Boykin said. “There’s only so much you can do in (virtual) meetings without being able to go out on the field.”Drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame, Boykin had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. ___Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says he would prefer that his team hold preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than its spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to resume its season.Attanasio said it would be a “real boost for everyone” to “bring the boys back in town” as he joined Brewers general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in a Zoom session with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a group of area business leaders. Attanasio acknowledged the team first would have to go through the “medical protocols” and assure local and state officials that the preseason workouts can be done safely at Miller Park.Also during the session, Stearns discussed the Brewers’ COVID-19 testing plans and said that Counsell would have his own assigned seat in the home dugout as part of the team’s social distancing guidelines. The Miami Dolphins are turning their field into a drive-in theatre.The team announced plans for a theater inside the stadium that will accommodate up to 230 cars. In addition, a new open-air theater on the stadium plaza will host small groups. Classic movies and commencements will be among the events shown, and social distancing will be observed.“We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement Tuesday.___Oklahoma will re-open its facilities for voluntary football workouts on July 1 — about two weeks later than the Big 12 Conference has allowed. The Latest: Bettman: 24-team playoffs if NHL able to resume The plan was approved by the NHL’s board of governors, and comes days after the NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee gave the plan a green light.Bettman stresses the plan’s approval doesn’t guarantee the resumption of games. The league and players must still determine safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in a best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose.___
The second set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed on Tuesday — with a slightly different top four.The order now sees LSU in the top spot after the Tigers beat Alabama 46-41 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (the Crimson Tide fell to No. 5). Penn State also fell out of the top four, to No. 9, after losing 31-26 at Minnesota (now ranked No. 8). Perhaps the biggest surprise of the rankings is Baylor’s ranking: The Bears come in at No. 13, despite their 9-0 record. MORE: Who will push Bama out of final spot? The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 8.The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Dec. 28 at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.With that, the full Week 11 College Football Playoff rankings:College Football Playoff rankings 2019Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 11?RankingTeamRecord1.LSU9-02.Ohio State9-03.Clemson10-04.Georgia8-1Who are the first two teams out of the CFP after Week 11?RankingTeamRecord5.Alabama8-16.Oregon8-1CFP top 25 rankings after Week 11RankingTeamRecord1.LSU9-02.Ohio State9-03.Clemson10-04.Georgia8-15.Alabama8-16.Oregon8-17.Utah8-18.Minnesota9-09.Penn State8-110.Oklahoma8-111.Florida8-212.Auburn7-213.Baylor9-014.Wisconsin7-215.Michigan7-216.Notre Dame7-217.Cincinnati8-118.Memphis8-119.Texas6-320.Iowa6-321.Boise State8-122.Oklahoma State6-323.Navy7-124.Kansas State6-325.Appalachian State8-1
20 June 2008A senior official from the Department of Minerals and Energy has urged members of Parliament to approve the construction of a new multi-product pipeline between Durban and Gauteng province in order to avoid future liquid fuel shortages in the country.The department has also recommended to Cabinet several changes to improve South Africa’s capacity for streamlining its oil demand, which could involve costs of up to R1-billion – much of which would have to be carried by the fuel industry.Addressing the media in Cape Town this week, deputy director-general for hydrocarbons and energy planning in the department, Nhlanhla Gumede, warned that the costs to the economy would be far higher if the recommendations were not implemented, as South Africa could end up facing a liquid fuels shortage.He pointed out that by 2025, South Africa’s energy demands were likely to have doubled, with the country importing far more than it currently produces. The country had run out of surplus refining capacity by the end of 2006, he told Parliament.Fuel reservesOutlining a number of factors placing pressure on supply ahead of the completion of a new pipeline from Durban to Gauteng by 2010, Gumede said South Africa currently had capacity for only about eight to 10 days’ of fuel storage.In the case of airlines, the storage times were even shorter, with OR Tambo International Airport, for instance, having only five days’ of storage capacity. The international best practice standard is 30 days’ of stored fuel supply.Proposed solutions to this tight supply situation include enforcing obligatory stock holding levels in the airline industry, with every “customer group” being made to pay for its own stock holding.If nothing is done about the current situation, road freight would be severely over-utilised, said Gumede, outlining a scenario by 2010 where road tankers carrying fuel from the port of Durban to the country’s industrial heartland of Gauteng would be at the rate of more than 10 an hour.By the third quarter of 2009, South Africa would not be able to supply inland demand unless major changes were made, he said.The new pipeline being laid between Durban and Gauteng will have an initial capacity of 1 100 cubic metres of fuel per hour, rising to about 3 000 cubic meters of fuel per hour by 2025, when all pump stations along the Durban-Gauteng route are completed.Improving rail freightHowever, the rail system would have be to be improved in the meanwhile to ensure security of supply, with a proposal for a consolidation of the network by using, for instance, block trains as well as route substitution.The turnaround time for a container travelling from Durban to Johannesburg and back is currently around 14 days, said Gumede, adding that this needed to be reduced to four days, with an ideal of two days over the longer term.The country currently had “no choice” but to reduce this turnaround time down to four days at the most, he said, adding that investments in infrastructure such as rail sidings would have to be made to make this possible, with the additional costs to be carried by the oil industry.Other solutionsOther changes would also be needed, such as increased overtime and weekend work, while the government would need to examine the question of a more efficient rail system in the light of the country’s competition law.Outlining other possible solutions to refining capacity, Gumede said that while South Africa had a substantial capacity to manufacture coal-to-liquid fuels, a new coal-to-liquid plant – such as those operated by Sasol – would be needed every three to four years to supply 85 000 barrels of fuel per day.The Department of Minerals and Energy has also recommended that at least 30% of the country’s petroleum products be made from indigenous raw materials, be it from gas-to-liquid technology, biofuels or coal-to-liquid technology.In the meantime, the approval and implementation of the Multi-Product Pipeline Project was “a matter of urgency”, Gumede told members of Parliament.Source: BuaNews
Alabama’s first and only GeoTour, A Dash of the Unexpected, is home to 31 geocaches spread out along popular BBQ sites, graceful waterfalls, scenic state parks, and eight lakes. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the mighty Tennessee River highlight the nature of Northern Alabama, but the GeoTour doesn’t stop there. Many of the caches are in historical areas, small towns, and nature centers making it perfect for an epic road trip.To kick this GeoTour off right, here’s three facts about Alabama that you likely didn’t expect:Alabama introduced Mardi Gras to the western world. Alabama workers built the first rocket that put humans on the moon.The world’s first electric trolley system was introduced in Montgomery in 1886.Who knows, maybe you will stumble upon something that you’ve never experienced before or never knew about navigating around this GeoTour.This GeoTour also has special scoring and fun initiatives to learn prizes along the way. Check out the passport and familiarize yourself with the prizes and rules. Great geocaches on this GeoTour include:North AlABAMA Civil War Trail Alabama Veterans MuseumGC65XJ7 See all kinds of military artifacts and learn about the history of the region and military involvement at the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens.North Alabama Civil War Trail General Joe WheelerGC66CZHGeneral Joe Wheeler was a general in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War, and made his home at Pond Spring in Hillsboro, Alabama. Joe Wheeler State Park is set on the 652-mile (1050 km) long Tennessee River, and the cache is located right on the water’s edge. North Alabama Civil War Trail 1818 FarmGC669BM1818 Farms is a quaint little farm in Mooresville, which was an incorporated town before Alabama became a state. There is a petting zoo is onsight with lots of fun-loving animals that enjoy back scratches from geocachers.5 Reasons to visit Northern Alabama:U.S. Space & Rocket CenterGorgeous waterfalls and parksFun festivals and events throughout the yearMouth watering BBQUnique craft breweries and wineriesWhat geocachers are saying:On an awesome adventure with our best caching friends, to complete the “Dash of the Unexpected”. Fantastic! Bit chilly today but still…awesome place! Thanks for placing and maintaining this cache.” -Nurse 1The amazing, outstanding, demanding, commanding and downright awesome Team Bald Mob has taken on yet another Geotour!! We came, we saw, we kicked its well you know. We left our mark for all to see!! Thank you NorthAl for giving us another opportunity to show just how great we are!! Maybe now we can get one in the southern part of Alabama!! TFTC and as always Roll Tide!!!” -GeoACT3This was the last cache in the series for us. Well the last we found. The challenge is complete and the coin in collected. Thank you to the north Alabama mountain and lakes travel bureau. So much fun competing this series. Went all over the state and had so much fun. Thank you for all of the great caches.” -The4LollyGaggersCombine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour (GT7B)January 11, 2018In “GeoTours”Houma Travel GeoTourFebruary 5, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”
Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Related Posts I’m Ben Aston, a digital project manager and founder of The Digital Project Manager, one of the fastest growing online resources for digital project managers. I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years at top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. I’ve delivered everything from video virals to CMS, flash games, banner ads, eCRM and eCommerce sites across automotive, utility, FMCG, and consumer electronics brands. 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Building an exceptional marketing team has always been a trying task unto itself. Happy marketing teams will come to the table with invigorating ideas, thought-provoking questions, and a ready-to-hustle attitude. As a project manager, you want to keep your “big ideas” people happy so that they continue to produce the best work possible.Leading a top-notch marketing team with a fleet of remote, or partially remote, workers adds a host of new challenges to the mix. CNBC reports that up to 70% of employees now work remotely at least once a week. That means on top of daily face-to-face issues present in any place of work, you must also consider distance-specific problems like communication, daily task management, and the sharing of resources.That being said, your company will actually benefit by making your team happy. The American Psychological Association did a study that found that happiness actually leads to success. Similarly, a Stanford study notes that positive emotions make you better at motor control, memory, problem-solving, focus, and attention. Knowing this, you can’t afford an unhappy team.How to go about managing a remote marketing team and making them happy isn’t an exact science. Experimenting with different strategies and digital solutions will eventually reveal the formula that works best for you and your team. In saying that, there are some basic steps you can take to get the ball rolling.1. Foster CommunicationIf you want to keep your remote marketing team happy, make sure communication is convenient and seamless. Make sure everyone knows one another by name and face, even if they work across the world from one another. There are different avenues of communication you need to consider for remote marketing teams:E-CommunicationKnow your e-communication strategies and convey the best way for remote marketing teams to reach you and reach one another. Teams that can’t communicate will be unhappy for various reasons. They may feel isolated and uninspired, on one hand, and on another, they may feel frustrated that they keep hitting communication roadblocks while trying to manage complex task lists. In order to keep your team happy, come up with some basic communications guidelines, like what kind of messaging system is best for what kind of message. Is email better for longer queries, while in-app comments are best for quick updates? Make sure your remote marketing team doesn’t feel like they are running in circles or repeating themselves ad nauseam when trying to post a project status, update, or question.Face-to-Face CommunicationWhile this might mean the occasional in-person work retreat or meeting, it doesn’t have to be so drastic (or expensive). Tools like Skype and Google Hangouts are the new “face-to-face.” There is no real replacement for face-to-face communication and your remote marketing teams will be happy that you’ve made an effort to be present. We can be doing a thousand things while firing off another email or text-based communication, but face-to-face communication asserts that all of your attention is on them. Your remote marketing team will be happy to know that they can reach you (or one another) in this manner when back-and-forth emails are ineffective or cumbersome.Emergency CommunicationSomething went wrong, it’s the middle of the night, and your team needs to start working on a fix pronto. What’s the line of communications for taking action fast? You need to set your remote marketing team up for success in order to maintain a level of happiness and wellbeing even in times of crisis. In fact, remote teams will be particularly put to the test when under pressure. Keep your team happy by putting emergency protocol into place before there is an incident, not during.You will also want to clarify the best modes of communication should part of your team need an unexpected few days off due to medical issues or a family emergency. Making sure your team is taken care of both at their best and at their worst moments will make them feel supported, secure, and therefore happier. Setting your team up on Slack or Hipchat could be just what everyone needs to feel prepared.2. Provide Job ResourcesAny marketing team needs a host of different software, free and paid, in order to succeed at their job. They might need research tools, analysis tools, project management systems, communication software, and a host of other things. When working with a remote marketing team, you’ll need to invest in ways that keep your projects connected and organized. This will keep your remote marketing team happy—as well as yourself.Marketing Project ManagementMarketing project management tools, like 10,000ft or Clairzen, will keep your marketing team happy because everything they need to get the job done is found in one place. This prevents tab-hopping between different products that each do a tenth of what your marketing team needs. By cutting out unnecessary administration, like copy-pasting the same data across different disconnected elements, your team will be freed up to focus on more important tasks. What kind of software your teams needs depends on their day-to-day agenda, which only you and your team know. Do you need time and expense tracking? Project management? Reporting dashboards? Resource management? Invoicing? Something else altogether? Do your own marketing project management software comparison to decide what your team needs most to keep them happy, efficient, and productive.Use Portfolio Planning ToolsYou want your team to keep growing and succeeding, obviously. And most of them probably want that, too. But an ever-scaling portfolio of projects and programs can get unwieldy and overwhelming, particularly when managing a remote team that can’t pop into your office with questions and concerns as the business grows and develops. In order to keep your remote marketing team happy, you may need to invest in portfolio planning tools in order to navigate growth and new projects in an accessible, trackable manner. This is like taking a high-level view of all the projects and programs that are in your network. Being able to “see the big picture” is important for making your remote marketing team feel like they are an integral part of the company and not just another brick in the wall.Professional Development Opportunities Investing time, resources, and training into your remote marketing team will emphasize that you see them as a cohesive whole. Remote workers may feel disconnected to the company because they aren’t in the office every day, using desk space and drinking the free coffee. It’s important to offer them training and development options, just as you would an in-house worker. While there are many benefits to being a remote worker, it also means giving up your personal space, computer or laptop, cell phone, and so on, for work, which would otherwise be provided by the company if you were on-site. Acknowledge this by offering different development resources to your remote marketing team. They will be better employes for taking a digital marketing course or going to a conference in their area of expertise. Webinars are another way to bring everyone together for a learning session that can make them feel happier and supported as employees, no matter the distance. Encourage Work-Life BalanceWork-life balance can be tough with remote marketing teams because hours are often flexible, personal technology is often tied to work (work email on a personal smartphone, for example), and there are no locked doors to people from “coming in” on a weekend or holiday. While you can’t force your remote marketing team to unplug and take a break, you can do a few key things to ensure that they have a proper work-life balance.Health and Wellness Seeing as you are managing a remote team, having a gym facility “at the office” doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t offer your team some sort of health and fitness benefit. Whether this is through health insurance options or other avenues, make sure that your team can focus on their mind and body wellness when needed. Exercise has a host of positive benefits, one being that it boosts your mood. Making exercise, and other health amenities, readily available to your team encourages them to engage in activities that are natural mood boosters. Other options you can consider include: message coverage in health care packages or expensing standing desks for the staff.Events, Tickets, and PerksAnything that encourages members of your team to take a night off to rest, relax, and have fun, will contribute to them feeling happier. A monthly raffle for concerts, sporting events, or even a simple night at the movie theater, can make people feel valued. Anything that shows you have gone out of your way to treat your team will instill feelings of gratitude and contentment. Not only will they appreciate a free gift but they will appreciate the time you took out of your busy day to organize a fun event. Small gestures like this will not be lost on your team. If your team works in vastly different locations, you can also consider giving away a Ticket Master or Amazon e-giftcard. Let People Unplug Encourage “unplugging” for designated holidays and let people know that it’s okay not to check their email on vacation. Taking breaks to recharge will not only make your employees happier but will result in them doing better work. Put plans into place for appropriate coverage so that team members can take a vacation without feeling pressured to check-in to do tasks no one else can handle in their absence. Like I mentioned in the “Communication” section above, being able to reach one another in case of an emergency is still important. However, know what is an actual emergency and what merits taking people away from their family dinner or holiday plans. Also, don’t forget to lead by example. If you are working around the clock, even weekends and STAT holidays, then your team may be pressured to, as well. ConclusionMost project managers want their teams to be happy. What some people don’t realize, though, is that happiness must be achieved and earned. Big companies like HubSpot, Netflix, and Google have already realized the value of happy employees, as they were rated as the companies with the “happiest employees” in 2018. If these tech and marketing giants see the benefit of boosting employee happiness, then shouldn’t you too? If you still don’t know where to get started, try asking your employees for feedback: What do they need to feel happier and more satisfied in their work life? What can you do to improve their day-to-day workload? What are some things they struggle with as a remote employee, and how can the company help them to overcome these things?Do they have enough tools at their disposal? Are the tools they have working well?How do they feel about their current work-life balance? What is one thing they would change at the company if they could?Do they feel like they are being heard and valued? Use what you learn to build an e-workplace that caters to the needs of its employees, just as it would an important customer or client. Happy remote marketing teams produce better work. Give some of these suggestions a try and watch the boost in morale that they may inspire. CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Ben Aston
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers stands with head coach Dabo Swinney after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners with a score of 37 to 17 to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the best players in college football. He also has an excellent story to match his ability on the field. The ACC Digital Network and Havoline Football Saturdays put together a short documentary about Watson, covering his high school career and rise to five-star recruit, as well as the inspiration that he draws from his mother Deann, who survived a fight with tongue cancer during his high school career.Clemson fans will love this video, but it is worth a watch for all college football fans.
CHILLIWACK, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed a body found at the base of a waterfall near Agassiz, B.C., is that of a missing hiker from Australia.Sophie Dowsley and her partner, 44-year-old Greg Tiffin, were reported missing July 10.The hikers were last seen July 8 in the Fraser Valley.A search was launched after the couple’s vehicle was found unoccupied near Statlu Lake.Tiffin’s body was found eight days later along with some personal belongings of Dowsley’s but it wasn’t until Sept. 23 that her body was found in the same area.Police say foul play is not suspected in the deaths of either hiker.
Maybe you’re not into reading and you skipped our comprehensive breakdown of how EA Sports develops Madden ratings for 2,600 NFL players. Maybe you also passed on my story about what it took to get into the game and just how rough it would be for a normal person out on the NFL gridiron (even a virtual gridiron). We still have you covered with this short video produced by Paul DiNatale, Ryan Nantell and Patrick Smith on the whole process, from my grisly tryout to how I fared playing quarterback for the New York Giants.