10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Search for Denny Poole this Thursday

first_imgWhistles, bear bells, bug spray, reflective vests, water and snacks will be supplied by Horne.Horne is hoping someone can help with Walkie-talkies and an elder that could help smudge the group and say a prayer before the search.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Jessica Horne shares she would rather have a search party than a Birthday party this Thursday, July 25, 2019.Horne shares further the search party will meet at the brake check on the Dawson side of the Kiskatinaw Bridge at noon and will proceed to search until 5 pm.last_img

What The Hells Gotten Into Daniel Murphy

When theretofore ordinary second baseman Daniel Murphy turned into the reincarnation of Babe Ruth during last year’s playoffs, it was a fun story. Murphy was with the New York Mets through their lean, mediocre post-Madoff years, and he was suddenly the driving force behind their surprise World Series run. It seemed proof that in a handful of baseball games, damn near anything can happen.But for the sabermetrically minded (which presumably included the Mets’ front office), Murphy was still the decent-but-not-great player that his overall record said he was, and at age 30, he was likely on the downside of his career. So during the winter, the Mets moved on from Murphy to Neil Walker at second base — which, according to the stats, was basically the right call. Murphy signed with the Washington Nationals instead, and although projections suggested that he would have a solid season, there didn’t seem to be any way that he would build on his outlier postseason performance.Those projections have turned out to be flat-out wrong. Instead of reverting to his previous form, Murphy has looked an awful lot like the guy who went on that postseason tear: He currently ranks third in the National League in Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)1A measure of a player’s runs generated per plate appearance, relative to the league, where average is 100 and higher numbers are better. and fourth in wins above replacement. (Murphy has also hit Mets pitching especially hard this year, delivering what already ranks as the most RBIs by a player against a team he played for the previous season since 1960.)For a guy who has never ranked higher than 37th in WAR, Murphy has taken a quantum leap forward. If Murphy maintains his current wRC+ for the entire season, it will be the 21st-biggest single-season improvement by a hitter over his previous career wRC+ at age 31 or older2With a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before the season in question and at least 350 plate appearances during the season itself. since 1901: Willie Stargell1971.398.628186.341.503134+52 PLAYERYEAROBPSLGWRC+OBPSLGWRC+WRC+ CHANGE Barry Bonds2002.582.799244.418.585164+80 Joe Morgan1976.444.576184.396.430138+46 Many of the people atop that list — including (but not limited to) Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Caminiti and Mark McGwire — have admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, were named in the Mitchell Report or were otherwise implicated in baseball’s steroid scandal via leaked test results. But nothing so sinister has been mentioned to explain Murphy’s rise, and some players outside the steroid era experienced similar (presumably natural) leaps in performance.Murphy has always credited Mets hitting coach Kevin Long with making several key adjustments to his approach at the plate in an effort to help him hit for more power. Here’s Tyler Kepner of The New York Times last October, on Murphy’s swing changes:“Long believed Murphy should harness [his] power by driving more with his legs, moving closer to the plate, getting his front foot down sooner and bringing his hands lower and closer to his body.”The numbers bear this out: Murphy’s 2016 isolated power is 115 points higher than his previous career average, and he’s hitting the ball authoritatively in new areas of the strike zone. Murphy was always a solid hitter on pitches up and on the inner half of the plate, but his new approach has him driving the ball more on pitches in the middle of the plate and even ones low and away: Paul O’Neill1994.460.603171.341.443115+56 Ken Caminiti1996.408.621169.328.402102+67 Barry Bonds2004.609.812233.433.602171+62 Roy Cullenbine1946.477.537182.402.422132+50 Luis Gonzalez2001.429.688173.355.460114+59 Only includes players with a minimum of 3,500 career plate appearances before season and 350 in season.WRC+ = Weighted Runs Created PlusSource: Fangraphs Lonnie Smith1989.415.533166.362.401116+50 Of course, it’s still unlikely that Murphy has morphed into a hidden superstar after seven big-league seasons. Players in their 30s who improved on their previous career wRC+ by between 40 and 60 points in one season tended to lose 36 points of batting average, 38 points of on-base percentage and 80 points of slugging percentage the next year. But, on average, they were still better than they’d been before. Even a year after the initial breakout, they hit for a wRC+ 15 points higher than their career average had been beforehand.That means Murphy probably is a better hitter now than he was in New York. And considering the damage he’s already personally inflicted on the Mets in head-to-head competition, it also means he may well end up being the key to an NL East title for the Nationals. Not bad for a player most thought would turn back into a pumpkin after his Cinderella story last October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Dixie Walker1944.434.529168.369.434115+53 Mike Schmidt1981.435.644198.375.526145+53 Javy Lopez2003.378.687170.332.478107+63 Jermaine Dye2006.385.622151.334.469104+47 Sammy Sosa2001.437.737186.333.523119+67 Roberto Clemente1967.400.554170.348.455118+52 Biggest hitting improvements at age 31 or older, 1901-2016 Brady Anderson1996.396.637155.349.393103+52 Barry Bonds2001.515.863235.411.567159+76 Mark McGwire1998.470.752205.382.556152+53 SEASONPREVIOUS CAREER Jimmy Dykes1929.412.539143.356.40496+47 Daniel Murphy2016.387.598157.331.424109+48 J.T. Snow2004.429.529153.353.426104+49 Rickey Henderson1990.439.577190.400.429136+54 Victor Martinez2014.409.565167.369.464120+47 Bret Boone2001.372.578149.313.41388+61 Eddie Joost1949.429.453136.332.32187+49 read more

Bucks wallop Walsh

The Ohio State men’s basketball team got its 2009-10 campaign off to a strong start, beating the Walsh Cavaliers 86-48 in an exhibition game Wednesday.Junior Evan Turner made his debut at point guard and had little trouble adapting to his new position. Turner finished the night with 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, just four assists shy of a triple-double.Sophomore William Buford also scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half.Buford was six of eight from the field and made his only three point attempt.Junior David Lighty added 11 points and, perhaps more importantly, appeared to be fully recovered from last year’s season-ending foot injury.The Buckeyes officially begin their season Monday against Alcorn State at the Schottenstein Center.

Football JT Barrett named finalist for Davey OBrien Award

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks to throw a pass in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award Monday.Barrett joins Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph as the three finalists for the award, given out annually to the nation’s top quarterback.Barrett, who was named one of 18 semifinalists on Nov. 7, has thrown for 2,698 yards and 32 touchdowns, the fifth-most in the country. He has rushed for eight more touchdowns and 605 yards.Troy Smith won the Davey O’Brien Award in 2006, the only Buckeye to do so.Mayfield, whose Sooners are No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, has thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 scores. His completion percentage of 70.8 is No. 1 in the nation.Rudolph has the most passing yards in the country, with 4,115. He has also tossed 33 touchdowns.The winner will be announced Dec. 7 at the College Football Awards. read more

Javier Hernandez staying at West Ham says Pellegrini

first_imgJavier Hernandez has been assured that he remains a vital part of West Ham United for next season, says new manager Manuel PellegriniAfter a stellar spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez made a return to the Premier League last summer with West Ham in a reported £16m deal.However, what promised to an exciting partnership instead turned sour with Hernandez being close to leaving the Hammers in the winter transfer window after the appointment of his former Manchester United coach David Moyes.After ending his first season at West Ham with a return of eight goals in 28 Premier League games (12 of those coming off the bench), Hernandez’s future at the London club appeared to be set in stone following the arrival of Pellegrini.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while the Chilean continues to add some big-name signings this summer, he has now assured Hernandez that he is a part of his plans for next season.“I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup, when I signed here,” revealed Pellegrini, according to Kumb.“I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”Hernandez impressed at the World Cup this summer for Mexico and managed to score the one goal and add an assist as El Tri impressively reached the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more

Ashley Williams apologizes for insulting Cardiff fans

first_imgWales Captian Ashley Williams has issued an apology after a video surfaced online showing him insulting Cardiff City fans.Williams was caught on camera calling Cardiff fans “mugs” at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, which incurred the wrath of Bluebirds’ fans on social media, who went as far as saying that the 34-year-old should never play for Wales again.The former Swansea defender was forced to apologize and said he meant no ill will to Cardiff City football club.“I think it’s obviously disappointing but it was not meant how it came out at all,” Williams said at a Tirana press conference before Tuesday’s friendly against Albania, via BBC Sport.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“There was a bit of banter with me and Sean Connelly [Wales’ former Cardiff physio] and it was picked up but I didn’t mean to cause offense at all.“We have that banter all the time in the squad and it was just picked up this time.“So apologies if it caused offense to anyone.”last_img read more

Shaifali Nagpal gives an amazing makeover to this acid attack survivor Video

first_imgShaifali Nagpal and acid attack survivorInstagramShaifali Nagpal, who is a fashion and beauty influencer on social media, was thrilled when an acid attack survivor approached her for a makeover. She used this opportunity to show her talent.Shaifali Nagpal has glammed up many women with her fashion and styling. She aspires to do more than make-up and beauty tips on her blog. She recently had opportunity to do something different, when she came across an acid attack survivor. She grabbed this chance and gave an amazing makeover to the women. She was all thrilled to share the makeup video on her Instagram page.Shaifali Nagpal also wrote, “Makeover very close to my heart, for the strongest girl I hv ever met, dear NASREEN @jahanasreen u r a fighter girl❤❤ m so glad I could meet u and got this opportunity to do ur makeover #acidattacksurvivors #mtvroadiesx4#mtvroadies @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh #chaapaak ➡ song — @lalala @nehakakkar @arjunkanungo.”Her fans were amazed to see the video of Shaifali Nagpal giving a makeover the woman and they could not stop going gaga over her work. A follower named Jhankar2117 replied, “Fantabulous wrk Mam. She is bful indeed. Although U made her luk more bful.”These days, Instagram has proved to be a boon for a lot of people, who are successfully running their business or getting an exposure for their art and talent. Shaifali Nagpal is one of those people. she has made sure to use it to show her spectacular make-up and fashion work to the world.Shaifali Nagpal has more than 72.7K followers on her Instagram page and she often interacts with her fans. With her passion and love for beauty, make-up and fashion, she truly wants to make sure she makes a remarkable contribution to help women make themselves look more stunning.She is one of the most followed and trusted fashion bloggers on the internet. People are in awe of her work and how convenient she makes it to don different looks and make-up tricks. She personally loves doing challenging makeovers and comes up with more challenging makeups, which leave everyone surprised.Shaifali wishes to come up different make up and skin care tricks and tips. She also plans to start sharing international ideas for bridal and engagement makeovers. Considering her popularity and following, she is sure to rule the world of beauty and fashion soon.Watch the video of Shaifali Nagpal giving a makeover to the acid attack survivorlast_img read more

UPDATE US Withdraws From Historic Paris Climate Agreement Mayors Say They Will

first_img “This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States”, Trump said. The agreement, the president said, gives “countries an economic edge over the United States,” adding, “that’s not going to happen while I’m president.” He added that he is seeking to create a “level playing field” and establish the “highest standard of living, highest standard of environmental protection.”And, he stressed: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”National reactionsThe announcement fulfills one of Trump’s top campaign pledges. But it also undermines world efforts to combat global warming.The U.S. had agreed under former President Barack Obama to reduce emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 — about 1.6 billion tons.Obama said right after the announcement that the Trump administration is joining “a small handful of nations that reject the future” by withdrawing from the Paris climate change pact. APPresident Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)The United States will no longer be part of the landmark 190-nation agreement to reduce earth-warming gases,  but will begin negotiations to re-enter the agreement, President Donald Trump announced Thursday at the White House.“We are getting out but we will start to negotiate and see if we can make a deal that’s fair”, Trump said, as he highlighted that although the U.S.  is pulling out from the agreement, the country will look to modify the accord to re-enter it. The president said that the nation would stop adhering to the emissions reductions standards immediately. The agreement was nonbinding. Trump painted the original deal as “unfair” to American workers and taxpayers, suggesting that other countries had more favorable agreements.Meanwhile, the U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposes Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris  accord and vowed that the nation’s mayors will continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Houston is one of the cities sticking to the climate accord, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.  Only few hours after the president’s announcement, Turner confirmed that Houston has joined over 60 so-called climate mayors from across the U.S. in vowing to honor the Paris Agreement’s goals to fight climate change. “Cities are front and center in the fight against climate change and we have to take action.  We must not let the President’s decision today slow our efforts.  As the energy capital of the world and the nation’s largest municipal purchaser of green power, Houston is leading by example and living proof that large, industrial cities can have a robust economy and also fight climate change”, Turner said in a statement. The mayors had previously released a statement immediately after the news stressing that the U.S. and other nations need to address climate change to become energy independent, self-reliant and resilient.New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the group’s vice president, called climate change a grave threat to coastal communities, the nation and the world. He said that if unchecked, sea-level rise caused by climate change could mean that New Orleans and other coastal cities “will cease to exist.”Landrieu said withdrawal from the Paris agreement “is shortsighted and will be devastating to Americans in the long run.” Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, said his city won’t stop fighting climate change.The Paris agreement, considered the framework convention on climate change, requires that all parties report regularly on their emissions and on their implementation efforts. It entered into force on 4 November 2016, 30 days after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55  per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions signed in. .@realDonaldTrump, you’re leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness. Today, you’ve surrendered the hopes and future of a nation.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017He accused Trump of “leaving a dark legacy just to satisfy your greediness” and surrendering the nation’s future.Fox concludes: “United States has stopped being the leader of the free world. @realDonaldTrump, single handed, took care of that.”The European Union’s top climate change official also reacted to say that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord makes it “a sad day for the global community.”The EU’s climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete , said in a statement Thursday that the bloc “deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration.”Canete says the 2015 accord is “ambitious yet not prescriptive.”The #ParisAgreement will endure. The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change.— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) June 1, 2017He says the agreement will endure, and he pledged that “the world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership.”Canete also predicted that the EU would seek new alliances from the world’s largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as U.S. businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.He added: “We are on the right side of history.” Share In a separate statement, mayors of the world’s megacities also committed to addressing climate change despite the U.S. move. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said climate change “poses a unique threat to the future of our planet, and puts in peril the health, prosperity, security and the very survival of our children and grandchildren.” Hidalgo said she’s urging the Trump administration to reconsider the decision.Former Vice President Al Gore, who has been extremely active on educating about climate change in the last decade, called the decision to exit the Paris agreement “a reckless and indefensible action.”Gore said the move “undermines America’s standing in the world.” He released the statement as President Donald Trump was speaking at the White House Rose Garden.My statement on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement: https://t.co/eDEFv5b1nS pic.twitter.com/SzHJU3D0Mr— Al Gore (@algore) June 1, 2017The former vice president has defined his postgovernment life as a climate champion. He urges mayors, governors and the business community to take up where Trump is leaving off, especially by focusing on clean energy.Gore says: “We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president.”International reactionsFormer Mexican President Vicente Fox  harshly criticized President Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement.Fox has clashed with Trump since last year’s presidential campaign, and he let loose Thursday with a series of tweets saying the decision “condemns this generation and those to come.”Fox tweets of Trump: “He’s declaring war on the planet itself.”Withdrawal from #ParisAgreement, @realDonaldTrump condemns this generation and those to come. He’s declaring war on the planet itself.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) June 1, 2017last_img read more

Govt aiming to eradicate child labour says Moloy Ghatak

first_imgKolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Tuesday said the state government is gradually moving towards eradicating child labour in the state.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, right from the day she took guard of the state in 2011, has brought in a number of people friendly schemes that cover a child’s right from his/her birth to death. Almost the entire population of the state is reaping benefits of these schemes initiated by the Chief Minister in some way or the other. Education is free in the state schools. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBooks, exercise books, dress and even shoes are being provided at free of cost.The number of drop outs have come down drastically. This has contributed in bringing down child labour and the way we are progressing, it will come down to zero in the next few years,” Ghatak said at a programme to mark the occasion of World ChildLabour Day.It may be mentioned that the Centre has acknowledged the role played by Bengal in eradicating the instances of child labour. A report presented by the concerned Union Minister in Parliament on March 27 states that over the last three years there has been an appreciative decrease in crimes related to child labour only in Bengal. The State-wise list of the number of crimes concerned with child labour from 2014 to 2016 was presented, according to which, during this period, the law has been moved against only 42 people Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedin Bengal. Significantly, during the above-mentioned period, there have been 1,131 operations in the state to rescue children illegally engaged in labour. “The emphasis of the government has been to render all possible assistance to those who hail from the economically weaker section. The Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY) scheme is a major stride in this matter,” the minister said.The department has set a target to include 1.2 crore beneficiaries within the schemes, aiming to provide income security and various social benefits to the people engaged in unorganised sectors.last_img read more

BJP needs communal riots fake patriotism lies to survive

first_imgBatanagar: Coming down heavily on BJP, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the party needs communal riots, fake patriotism and constant lies for survival. He was addressing a rally here on Sunday afternoon.Banerjee said the saffron party has tried to create confusion throughout the country by circulating lies. “BJP gives false data and figures to create confusion among people. But their leaders have understood that they cannot confuse people in Bengal by spreading lies. They are scared of Mamata Banerjee because she raises her voice against the BJP for telling lies constantly,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said that after failing to counter him politically, BJP has tried to harass him on one pretext or the other. “But they have failed because I have protested against their attempts to malign me,” he said. In the history of India, no political party has spread hate politics more violently than the BJP, Banerjee said. “They try to weaken the society by dividing people and by spreading hate politics. They incite one group against the other for their gain. We should work together to oust them in the ensuing election,” he added. Addressing party workers, he said: “We are grateful to Mamata Banerjee for she has given us the opportunity to work for the people. We can express our gratitude by working for the people tirelessly.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said more development will be carried out in Diamond Harbour and it will be upgraded into an important tourist centre. “In terms of expenditure of MPLAD funds, Diamond Harbour constituency stands first and it will maintain this trend in future also,” he added. Banerjee said he will stay in Diamond Harbour from May 11 to 17 and will visit every booth in the area. “We will have to work in a united way to oust BJP from power,” he told party workers and leaders.last_img read more

Ramp up Your Redesign

first_imgGet more from your business’s websiteWebsite Maintenance Musts 6 Website Fixes to Make Now8 Tips for Working With Web Designers13 Website Marketing Turnoffs Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 1, 2009center_img Confronted with a dumbfounding 90 percent drop-off in revenue at his high-end, custom bicycle business in San Antonio, Texas, Kevin Saunders could easily have closed his shop and resumed a career in finance or aircraft component design. Or he could have put KGS Bikes into retrenchment mode, suspending its marketing and promotional activities until the economy rebounded, and with it, the market for bikes priced more like cars–in the $10,000 to $30,000 range.Instead, Saunders did just the opposite–he came out swinging.”I could have taken a breather,” he says. “But instead I saw this as an opportunity to jump ahead of competitors who are crying in their beer. I decided to turn the website into a world-class site, to make the internet the center of the business and to really focus on social networking to attract people from around the world to the site. That, I believe, is what is going to put me ahead of the competition when things do turn around. Plus, I’ll have a really strong social network and a world-class web site.”Saunders knew he needed to spend money to revamp the KGS Bikes site. But unlike many small to mid-size businesses, which overhaul their sites under the cover of darkness, with little to no fanfare, he recognized an opportunity to turn the relaunch of his site into a “happening.” By making it an event, he could leverage the dollars spent updating the site to attract additional attention, traffic and ultimately, paying customers.Using traditional and non-traditional public relations and marketing channels, he created a buzz around the site’s June relaunch. What’s more, he did it with no additional cash outlay beyond the $15,000 he spent to improve the site.Turning the relaunch of a web site into a public happening–by making a dedicated public relations and marketing push to tout new site features, or by packaging the relaunch with a special promotion or the roll-out of a new product or service–is an often-overlooked but potentially rewarding undertaking for small businesses seeking new ways to get noticed.”It’s a positive opportunity to engage your partners and the public,” says Rob Davis, vice president of business development at Akavit, an interactive marketing firm in Denver. “In most cases, though, it’s a nonevent, because the average entrepreneur is so focused on everything else happening in their business, it’s one of the last things that gets attention.”For Saunders, the relaunch, plus all the time he invested in the preceding months to build a presence and a following via his blog, an e-zine and social media vehicles such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, are paying major dividends. “Last year, I had this massive website that nobody saw and I was somebody nobody had heard of. Now, people who follow cycling think I’m some sort of rock star.”Saunders says his goal is to convert that newfound name recognition into a three-fold increase in site traffic within a year of site relaunch.”As a business owner, you want to always be doing what you can to get people to your web site,” explains Jay Bower, president of the Crossbow Group, a marketing and communications agency in Westport, Conn. Trumpeting the relaunch of a web site “is a good context in which to do that. You can do it with very simple tweaks to a site. Usually there’s no need to fully reinvent your site or its navigation system, for example. So a relaunch can have a huge impact at a very low cost.”Ajay Goel figures the superficial site redesign his e-mail marketing software company, Chicago-based JangoMail, unveiled in June has already paid for itself with the additional leads it has generated. Simply incorporating a “free trial” button on each of the site’s pages has helped yield a 30 percent increase in leads during the first month following relaunch. Bundling the relaunch with the unveiling of a new feature on the company’s e-mail marketing platform also has helped the cause, he says.Packaging a site relaunch with a product launch or a promotion can effectively enhance the impact of the relaunch “event,” asserts Bower. “If you’re a retailer, offering discounts on whatever you sell, or doing something like a one-week sale [timed with the relaunch] can draw people to the site. Really, whatever your business is, some kind of promotion makes sense.”There’s no shortage of channels through which to create a buzz around a relaunch. For consumer brands in particular, says Bower, “you probably want to lean more on new Web 3.0 social media tools,” such as by setting up a Facebook storefront or page dedicated to the site relaunch. Tirelessly working social media channels proved fruitful for KGS Bikes. First Saunders focused on creating a following on networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Then, having succeeded in building a solid following on each, he announced the site relaunch to his followers. “I think the social networking can be the difference between wasting your money and time and being successful [with a site relaunch]. The Internet is the great equalizer,” Saunders says.In a similar social vein, entrepreneurs looking to maximize the impact of a web site relaunch should consider using a communal approach to revamping the site, says Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.”Most launches go about it in the wrong way, where they try to emulate the opening of a restaurant,” he says. “That might create curiosity, but it doesn’t build community. A really powerful way to build community, and the customer loyalty that comes with it, is to involve existing customers in the process. Make it a communal design of the site, where you ask them a few questions about how to improve your site, so they feel like they have a stake in the outcome. It not only gives you a chance to communicate with people, it establishes instant loyalty if their suggestions are implemented.”Further, Michalowicz says, don’t be shy about leveraging that community good will by asking Twitter followers, Facebook friends or allied bloggers to help spread the word about a site relaunch.Social media may be sexier, but don’t overlook traditional PR, marketing and media tools–print advertising, search-engine-optimized press releases issued on the Web and sent to media outlets via e-mail, etc.–in efforts to create buzz for a site relaunch. “There are plenty of sites you can use to send out a press release at little or no cost,” Bower says, “and local newspapers are dying for content right now.”Search engine optimization is vital not only to drawing attention to a press release announcing a site relaunch, but to attracting traffic to the site itself once it’s relaunched, says Davis. That puts a premium on consistently updated site content and key words. Goel says that one of the goals in redesigning the JangoMail site was to “show the search engines we have dynamic content.”Will it be worth your while as a business owner to take the extra steps to transform a humdrum web site relaunch into a “happening?” The determining factor in that decision usually is not money but time, Michalowicz says. “You don’t have to break the bank, but you definitely need to break a sweat.” 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Taiwans largest telecom operator Chunghwa Teleco

first_imgTaiwan’s largest telecom operator, Chunghwa Telecom, has selected content security specialist Verimatrix’s Video Content Authority 3 solutions for an IPTV and multiscreen upgrade.TV and telecom technology giant Ericsson was chosen by Chunghwa to lead the deployment of this upgrade, with Verimatrix solutions addressing all aspects of content protection and revenue security for the project. The deployment will feature the Verimatrix VCAS for IPTV and VCAS for Internet TV security solutions, which integrate security techniques for video over managed and unmanaged networks with a single security authority head-end.The solutions are integrated components of Ericsson’s Multiscreen TV and Media Connect platforms that will help extend Chunghwa Telecom’s brand and subscriber relationship beyond the set-top box.“Chunghwa Telecom represents a significant upgrade in the video industry as it marks a major network transition to offer more advanced multi-screen video services,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer for Verimatrix. “We are seeing other top-tier IPTV, satellite and cable operators also evaluating their network migration strategies in order to stay competitive in this new world of pay TV. Verimatrix is focused on helping these services providers implement a flexible rights management strategy across a combination of managed and unmanaged video delivery networks.”VCAS provides an integrated suite of solutions to secure video delivery to traditional set-top boxes and a wide variety of TV- connected using adaptive streaming, according to Verimatrix.last_img read more

Amazonowned streaming service Lovefilm has inked

first_imgAmazon-owned streaming service Lovefilm has inked a deal with Fox International Channels for mega-hit zombie series The Walking Dead.The scripted show set ratings records on AMC in the US and has been made available in the UK from today.The deal with FIC gives Lovefilm season one of the horror drama and the subsequent two runs will be made available over the next 18 months.Commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has the free-to-air rights in the UK and Fox has it on pay TV and will launch season four this autumn. Lovefilm will be the only subscription on demand service in the UK to have the show.Chris Bird, director of film strategy at Lovefilm said: “It is seriously impressive that the show has become one of the most-watched drama series in basic US cable history, and a real testament to its quality. We are thrilled to bring this great content to our members, especially as we are the only subscription service in the country to do so.”last_img read more

Canal has selected Nagras content protection sol

first_imgCanal+ has selected Nagra’s content protection solution, Nagra Connect, to secure its new 4K Ultra HD offering in France.Launched this week, the new Canal+ service offers 4K Ultra HD content via satellite broadcast and over-the-top delivery to viewers through its new G9 set-top box.The 4K offering also lets viewers access premium TV in every room, offers improved user experience performance and stability, and makes live and recorded content available on other devices via a user’s home WiFi network.Nagara Connect is part of the Nagra Security Services Platform and the partnership comes after Nagra and Canal+ Group agreed to renew and expand content protection partnership in September.“We are very excited to bring this new service to our viewers and deliver a world of high-quality content in amazing 4K Ultra HD that they can enjoy across devices,” said Philippe Rivas, CTO, distribution, at Canal+ Group.“By deploying Nagra Connect to secure our newest service, we are able to seamlessly deploy one solution on multiple networks while meeting the security requirements for high-value content.”last_img read more

Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing poli

first_img Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing police in Derry while towing caravanDonegal International RallyMolly MalonesNorthland roadPSNI FOYLE Writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook page, an officer wrote: “Fast & the Furious 9 this was NOT “Ballyarnett NPT were out in force for the Donegal Rally at the weekend. “We saw this dodgy car with different plates on the car and the caravan and decided to pull it over. “To our absolute shock the car failed to stop and made off at speed. ShareTweet “I don’t know what he thought he was driving but he wasn’t going to get far towing a caravan . “We pursued him down backroads before he jackknifed the car at Molly Malones on Northland Road.“The two occupants fled but were caught by LPT and the driver arrested for Dangerous Driving, Driving whilst Disqualified, No Insurance, Theft, Failing to Stop and Drink Driving.“This was a great catch which was only sullied by the fact that when the suspects ran off a member of the public came over and told us that he had seen the two occupants jump into a taxi and flee the area. “In reality they were actually hiding round the corner and this random guy, who didn’t know them, was lying to us to help them get away. “The suspect ended up being 3 x over the drink drive limit so I hope that dishonest, lying eejit feels really proud of himself.”Dangerous drink driver arrested after fleeing police in Derry while towing caravan was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: HAWK-EYED police on patrol over the Donegal International Rally at the weekend made a spectacular catch.They arrested the driver for drink driving after he fled Ballyarnett NPP in this silver Peugeot 405 estate whilst towing a caravan.He now faces a day in court before the local district judge for not being three times the drink drive limit but also for driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving to name a few of the offences detected.last_img read more

It will be interesting to hear what Helicopter B

first_imgIt will be interesting to hear what “Helicopter” Ben has to say for himself…and how the precious metal markets will react, or be allowed to react.As has been the case for some time now, the gold price didn’t do a lot during the Far East trading session on Tuesday…and was down about four dollars when London opened at 8:00 a.m. BST.  From the open, the gold price rallied slowly but surely…and spiked right at the London p.m. gold fix.  From that spike high of the day [$1,650.50 spot] the gold price then got sold down immediately…and from noon onwards in New York, gold traded flat into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time.Gold closed at $1,641.50 spot…down $3.20 on the day.  Net volume was very light…around 98,000 contracts.Silver’s price path was pretty much the same as gold’s…except for the fact that the sell off after the London p.m. gold fix took the silver price down into negative territory on the day.  The high price tick was $31.25 spot.Silver closed at $30.83 spot…down 4 cents from Monday’s close…and well off its spike high price at the fix.  Gross volume was monstrous, but once all the spreads/roll-overs out of the May contract were subtracted, the volume dropped down to a net 22,000 contracts, which is very light.The dollar index opened around the 79.35 mark in early morning trading in the Far East…and struggled to maintain that right up until minutes before 9:00 a.m. in New York.  Then, in the space of an hour, the dollar index fell 25 basis points…with its low price tick coming at precisely 10:00 a.m. in New York.  Gold and silver’s high tick of the day came about ten minutes after that.From there, the dollar index gained back a bit of its decline in rather erratic fashion…and finished down about 15 basis points on the day.The gold stocks didn’t rally much going into the London p.m. gold fix…and quickly got sold off after that.  From there they chopped around the unchanged mark for the rest of the Wednesday trading day…and the HUI finished flat, showing no change…0.00%…on the day.The silver stocks finished mixed…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up/down a tiny 0.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME Daily Delivery Report was another quiet one…as it will probably be for the rest of the April delivery month…as only 25 gold and 16 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.The Zürcher Kantonalbank had an updated report on their gold and silver ETFs at the end of trading last Friday.  Their gold ETF showed a small decline of 2,586 troy ounces…and their silver ETF showed a decline of only 62,761 ounces.Monday was pretty quiet over at the Comex-approved depositories as well.  They reported receiving only 38,009 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 3,002 ounces out the door.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column…and I hope you have time to go through all of them.The entire world economy rests on the consumer; if he ever stops spending money he doesn’t have on things he doesn’t need, we’re done for. – Bill BonnerWith volume being as low as it was yesterday, I wouldn’t read too much into Tuesday’s price action in either gold or silver.  But it’s tempting to fantasize how high both silver and gold would have risen if both metals hadn’t run into a willing seller once the London gold ‘fix’ was in at 10:00 a.m. New York time.Yesterday, at the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  All of Monday’s price action in both gold…and particularly in silver…will be in this report.  Both Ted and I were speculating about how much of an improvement we would see in the Commercial net short position in silver…and if JPMorgan et al were able to trick a bunch of the technical funds into going short during Monday’s engineered price decline in that metal.  In two days we’ll have our answer.Far East price action on their Wednesday was absolutely dead.  Volumes were the lowest that I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching the overnight markets.  Gold volume, up until the London open, was under 7,000 contracts…and silver’s net volume was still well under 800 contracts thirty minutes after trading began in London!  I would guess they would be record low volumes.  And as I hit the send button on today’s missive at 5:17 a.m. Eastern time, I note that neither gold nor silver are doing much price-wise.  Although trading volumes have picked up substantially in both metals, they’re still incredibly light.It’s eerily quiet out there…and I’m not exactly sure what to make of it…and I certainly have no idea which way prices are going to go from here.  But if I was forced to bet ten bucks, I’d say that we saw the lows for both gold and silver during the Comex session on Monday.  And as I said yesterday, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it, as a ten spot is all I would care to lose if I’m wrong.If we do go lower from here, it will have nothing to do with what’s happening in the real world of supply and demand…or the current goings-on in the fiat currency world…it will all have to do with the what ‘da boyz’ are up to.  That’s the long and the short of it.Today is the last day of the FOMC meeting…and it will be interesting to hear what “Helicopter” Ben has to say for himself…and how the precious metal markets will react, or be allowed to react to whatever he says.  So I await the Comex trading session in New York today with special interest.Before I close, I would like to remind you one last time that, starting on Friday, Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100.  To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.See you on Thursday. Sponsor Advertisement Complete Audio Collection Recovery Reality Check – Save $100 Now!New from the Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit: Listen to the insights and advice of famous fund managers John Hathaway and Lacy Hunt… former US congressman and director of the Office of Management and Budget David Stockman… Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Great Crash Ahead… resource investors Doug Casey and Rick Rule… John Williams, editor of Shadow Government Statistics… End of America creator Porter Stansberry… and many more.Get 20 hours of insights, timely investment advice, and specific stock recommendations on these information-packed audio recordings (on CD and MP3) – pre-order now and save $100 off the regular price.last_img read more

The news is just out that a company called Red Eag

first_imgThe news is just out that a company called Red Eagle Mining (RD.V) has received the final permit it needs to build its San Ramon Gold Mine in Colombia. We don’t own Red Eagle shares, but this very good news is important to us, because there has been increasing skepticism of Colombia as a mining jurisdiction in recent years. Decades of war and terrorism had pretty much halted modern exploration in Colombia, so when that wound down in the early 2000s, there was an exploration boom. Many stocks soared simply on the basis of acquiring properties to spend money on in the country. Then reality set in, progress was slow, the market turned down, and environmental opposition to mining in the country ramped up. The skepticism was not unreasonable. That makes it all the more important that Red Eagle’s final license was granted in full, without conditions. This shows that Colombia is indeed open to responsible mining, and that’s just what we needed to know regarding our own investments in the country.last_img read more