Teenage girl gangraped in Punjab’s Fazilka dies

first_imgA teenage girl has died in Fazilka district of Punjab after she was allegedly raped by three-youth on her way to home from school, few days ago.Police said that the 17-year-old girl, who died on late Saturday night was allegedly raped on October 25, however, the victim’s family did not initially disclose the incident and it was after the death of the girl that few fellow villagers informed the police.The police has registered a case of gang rape based on the complaint received from victim’s family. As per the complaint three youth gang raped the girl in the fields, while she was on her way to home from school in Jalalabad.Deputy Superintendent of Police of Jalalabad, Amarjit Singh said that the girl has died of excessive bleeding.“We have filed a case of rape and murder based on the complaint against unidentified persons and investigation was being conducted. We are looking for the culprits,” he said.last_img read more

Indians no longer wary of South African pitches: Dhoni

first_imgIndian cricketers are no longer wary of South African pitches after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament hosted here, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told an Afrikaans daily.Dhoni, who spoke to the newspaper after beating local team Warriors in the final, said that pitches in South Africa are no longer alien in nature for the senior India players.”Most of our players played here during the second edition of IPL and now also in the Champions League Twenty20.”The experience of playing on these pitches has been invaluable,” Dhoni said. The Indians will be touring South Africa during the end of this year.The Indian players in the CSK ranks such as top-order batsmen Murali Vijay (294 runs) and Suresh Raina showed their mettle in the league games, as did spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 wickets.Dhoni described Ashwin as an “aggressive character” who is up for any challenge.”He is a very smart bowler who does not need much guidance and knows what is expected of him,” Dhoni said, adding that he believed Ashwin would be a key player in the South African tour.Despite winning the biggest prize in world cricket of 17 million rands, Dhoni said the victory on Sunday was tinged with sadness because some of the players would play for different teams during the next edition of IPL — courtesy fresh auctions.”After being together for three years, the core won’t remain the same as few of the players will play for different teams. That’s why we badly wanted to win this tournament.advertisementThat’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ having enjoyed playing together for the past three years,? Dhoni told the newspaper not forgetting to mention that Wanderers was very special for him as he led India to victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.last_img read more

Mahela Jayawardene joins Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara on 34 Test tons

first_imgMahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th Test century against South Africa to match the record of Gavaskar and LaraMahela Jayawardene smashed his 34th test century as Sri Lanka overcame an early hiccup and scored a healthy 305-5 on day one of the second test against South Africa on Thursday.Jayawardene made a splendid unbeaten 140 off 225 balls with 16 fours and a six on a flat pitch at Sinhalese Sports Club and raised his 11th test century at the venue – the most by any batsman at one venue.Dale Steyn (2-55) had Sri Lanka reeling at 16-2 when he snared wickets off successive deliveries before Jayawardene put on 99 for the third wicket with Kaushal Silva (44), and another 131 with captain Angelo Mathews, who scored 63.Jayawardene, who will retire from Test cricket next month, showed brilliant form at his favorite venue as Sri Lanka bid to level the two-match series after losing the first test at Galle.Earlier, Mathews won the toss but a charged-up Steyn had early success when Upul Tharanga couldn’t get his glove out of the way while attempting to leave a short ball and very next ball Kumar Sangakkara top edged an easy catch off another short delivery.But Jayawardene and Silva combined for an attractive stand at a healthy run-rate before J.P. Duminy (2-58) had Silva caught by A.B. de Villiers in the slips in the last over before lunch.South Africa could have removed Silva while he was on 10, soon after Steyn’s double strike, but Alviro Petersen missed a catch at third slip off fast bowler Vernon Philander.advertisementJayawardene completed his 49th test half century off 58 balls and continued to dominate the bowlers after lunch – especially legspinner Imran Tahir. He completed his century by sweeping a full toss of Dean Elgar in the last over before tea and ran for two.Mathews completed his half century off 100 balls soon after the break before Duminy broke the stand when Mathews tried to cut the spinner but got a faint edge to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Morne Morkel finally had his lone success of the day when nervy looking Kithuruwan Vithanage (13) fended at a short pitched delivery and got the shoulder of the bat to de Villiers in the slips.Sri Lanka made three changes to its lineup and brought in Dickwella, replacing Dinesh Chandimal, while another youngster Vithanage came in place of Lahiru Thirimanne.Ajantha Mendis replaced injured fast bowler Shaminda Eranga as Sri Lanka expected the pitch would aid three spinners.South Africa kept faith in its three fast bowlers – Steyn, Philander and Morkel – with Tahir its specialist legspinner.last_img read more

High Steaks Obsession: A Visual Guide to How Much Americans Spend on BBQ

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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional: The Financial Impact on Same-Sex Couples

first_imgGetting physically fit takes discipline, effort, and more than a little energy to get to where you want to be. Regularly moving your body and sticking to a fitness plan isn’t easy, and doing so is certainly commendable—and comes with… Full Story,Table of Contents Benefits of Working During Retirement Phased Retirement Types of Employment Recommended Jobs for Seniors  Resources for Seniors  Retirement looks different for everyone. Some people dream of playing golf and visiting their grandchildren, while others see it as… Full Story,A study conducted by Charles Schwab just last year found that three in five Americans live paycheck to paycheck, yet only one in four has a written financial plan. In fact, the majority of Americans are hesitant to receive any… Full Story,Life is unpredictable. Some days aren’t all sunshine, like when your car breaks down or your house needs a repair. These situations happen to everyone. That’s why it’s important to save while things are going well, so you can cover… Full Story,Structure is the key to growth. Without a solid foundation – and a road map for the future – it’s easy to spin your wheels and float through life without making any headway. Planning allows you to prioritize your time,… Full Story,Car accidents are not only scary but also a monumental hassle. That’s largely thanks to what comes after the accident itself.   After an accident, you’ll likely have to spend ample time on the phone with your insurer. Then there’s dealing… Full Story,If you’re a furloughed government employee, you are likely feeling a good deal of stress and uncertainty about how to manage your finances during the government shutdown. While missing a paycheck is a financial moment no one wants to experience,… Full Story,Buried underneath paying bills, digging out of a debt hole, and saving for your kids’ college is the marathon of money goals: retirement. Cue the fantasies of spending your days at a leisurely pace, working on The Great American Novel—at… Full Story,When I’m on top of finances, I’m all up in my money management apps, checking my balances and the swift progress I’ve been making on my savings goals. But when things aren’t going so hot? I’m like an ostrich with… Full Story,With all of today’s home-based tech gadgets and virtual personal assistants, smart homes are quickly becoming ubiquitous. And with high demand for connected products, so too comes ease of use, accessibility and affordability.   But as with all expenses, it’s important… Full Storylast_img read more

9 easy things Reese Witherspoon does to make 41 look like 25

first_imgJudging by her Instagram, Witherspoon loves to take advantage of the great outdoors when it comes to staying fit. Whether it’s jogging, hiking, or kayaking, she makes sure to enjoy fresh air while enjoying that rush of endorphins.4. She works out with a buddy.“I like to run for about an hour, and I’m big into working out with girlfriends. It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children, and friends — all while you’re running! But we have mastered it,” Witherspoon told Good Housekeeping.The “Wild” actress is certainly onto something with this trick. Studies show that having a workout buddy can help motivate you and keep you accountable. Reese Witherspoon, one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses, is 41 years old — but maintains her youthful glow with a number of healthy habits.The “A Wrinkle in Time” star lathers on sunscreen, does lots of yoga, and stays hydrated with green juices and smoothies.She also works out with a buddy in order to stay motivated.Most importantly, Witherspoon leads an overall healthy lifestyle — without crash dieting or trendy fitness fads — and loves herself for who she is.We all know that Reese Witherspoon’s beauty is far more than skin-deep. She’s a talented actress, a devoted mother, and an inspiration to powerful women everywhere.We would be remiss, however, not to point out that Witherspoon looks amazing. At 41 years old, she remains one of the most fresh-faced actresses in Hollywood. You would only need to take a look at her lookalike 18-year-old daughter or her tribute to “Legally Blonde” on its 15th anniversary to know that Witherspoon appears to be years younger than she actually is. “I don’t believe in crash dieting or anything like that,” Witherspoon told Us Weekly.As a true Southern girl, Witherspoon loves fried chicken and hearty meals. She also never says no to a good slice of pizza or an irresistible craving like ice cream. She is constantly seen with water, a smoothie, or pressed juice in-hand — especially post-workout.Most notably, she touts the benefits of a green smoothie created by her nutritionist, Kim Snyder. It blends spinach, romaine lettuce, celery, an apple, pear, banana, cilantro, and parsley into a fiber-packed, nutrient-dense concoction. Witherspoon is dedicated to taking care of herself, and often gives fans a peek into her healthy lifestyle. Below are nine of her most important — and surprisingly easy — practices that vitalize her skin, body, and confidence.1. She is adamant about staying hydrated. 9. Witherspoon loves herself for who she is.The Oscar winner knows that an essential — yet somehow oft-ignored — aspect of self-care is to nurture a sense of confidence and clarity.“She always seems to be pretty happy. She has an amazing inner confidence of who she is. She isn’t trying to change things about herself. She has admirable self-acceptance,” Stern told Yahoo! Lifestyle.Witherspoon knows her worth and makes it a point to stand up for herself. Her feminism and activism are well-known — and she even posts empowering photos on social media, advising fans, “be kind to yourself.”Although it sometimes may seem like Witherspoon is an ageless, mythical creature, her secrets to lasting youth and beauty are, as it turns out, not very secret at all. Sourcecenter_img “I start every day with a Glowing Green Smoothie and so does my whole family,” Witherspoon is quoted as saying on Snyder’s website.2. She relies on her favorite beverage, coffee, for morning fuel. Witherspoon’s love of coffee is well-documented on her social media pages. Along with about 83% of Americans, she seems to kick off every day with a cup of joe.Not only does caffeine give the actress energy to power through her busy schedule, she is also probably aware of its various health benefits, such as reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.3. She doesn’t confine herself to treadmills and gym sessions. “If you know a friend is waiting for you at the gym or won’t pound the pavement without you, it’s tough to bail,” psychologist Dr. Thomas Plante told Fitness magazine. Even Witherspoon’s habit of chatting while jogging has major health benefits. Plante told Fitness that it’s a “genius way to decompress and multitask.”5. She incorporates strength training into her routine.Witherspoon is an advocate for Body by Simone, a celebrity-favored regime created by Simone De La Rue, one of Khloe Kardashian’s “Revenge Body” trainers.“It incorporates dance, strength training, and stretching, and it’s all in an hour, which is perfectly doable for me. I do that a couple times a week,” Witherspoon told Women’s Health. “Physical strength is important.”A mix of cardio and strength training — such as hiking with dumbells — is the best way to get in shape like Witherspoon, according to her former trainer Michael George. When they worked together, he even had her doing martial arts moves to help tone her glutes and thighs, PopSugar Fitness reports.“Do not dismiss the strength training as well, which is the activity that fires up your metabolism,” George told Shape. 6. She practices yoga to help her body and mind stay strong and focused.Witherspoon has been photographed with a yoga mat countless times — oftentimes with friends like Naomi Watts and Molly Stern.The Time’s Up activist takes classes at Yoga Hop in Santa Monica, California, which is a studio that combines poses with high-energy music, according to Shape.“Reese looked more toned after just one month of sessions,” instructor and studio co-owner Matthew Reyes told Shape. “Now she can do full push-ups, and she never sits out a set. Side-angle pose strengthens Reese’s legs and stretches her chest.”Last year, she even took friends to a yoga retreat in New Zealand, which included workouts as well as spa treatments and vegan meals. 7. She takes care of her skin.Even while channeling her iconic “Legally Blonde” character and basking in the sun, Witherspoon makes skincare a top priority. In fact, she told People that sunscreen is one of her “must-have desert island products” (along with tequila). Stern, her friend and longtime makeup artist, also swears by ReVive and Natura Bisse’s skincare products.“They’re rich with nutrients. They don’t clog pores,” Stern told Yahoo! Lifestyle. “I do like luxury skincare. That’s the stuff you save up for. We get dryer as we get older, so keeping the skin moist is important.”8. She eats relatively clean, but doesn’t restrict herself from indulgences.Witherspoon often opts for fruits, nuts, and vegetables for meals and snacks. George told Shape that he advised Witherspoon to “eat clean and healthy with small meals and snacks daily” and minimize alcohol consumption.While it’s unrealistic for anyone to eat completely clean all the time, the mom of three makes sure to balance her meals with salad and greens.That said, Oprah Winfrey’s alleged best friend knows better than anybody that cutting out certain foods and depriving yourself of treats is no way to live.last_img read more

6 Signs That You’ve Found Your Soul’s Other Half

first_imgTwin souls or twin flame is a term used to describe two individuals with unique perspectives, energies, and power that attracts one another. In essence, a twin soul is literally the soul’s other half that is destined to be together and complement each other in every regard.Those people who are lucky enough to find their other half of their souls find their lives to be significantly more rich and fulfilling.When a twin soul is reunited in this world, they complement each other in their lives, protect and augment each other’s energies and spirituality, and move together as a unified power that can accomplish anything.Many of us question how we could possibly know if we have found our twin flame. Although this can be quite subjective, the following are some of the commonalities most twin souls share.Hopefully, this will help you understand if you too have found your other half.1. A Surreal ConnectionMany people who have a living twin sole will have dreams or visions of that person or their energy. They probably wouldn’t have even met that person in their life, yet they will be aware of each other’s existence.Such a connection is so strong that it transcends what we believe to be the limitation of reality. It is a unique experience that only a few fortunate souls will be able to experience.When you finally have the pleasure of meeting your twin flame, it will feel as if you are meeting a familiar presence — a part of you that got lost somehow and its memory got distorted over time, but never really forgotten.2. A Sense of OnenessYour partner might become a reflection of yourself. You’ll have similar imbalances, concerns and issues, but together you complement each other’s shortcomings in a way that enhances your capacities.Whenever you are together, the two of you give off the ultimate feeling of yin and yang and an embodiment of oneness.You two could be of opposite genders, cultures and even religions, and yet there will be an incredible sense of unity, understanding, and oneness.3. A Transcending ConnectionA twin soul will have a special connection with you, one that is unnaturally strong and rare.For example, you will be able to sense your twin flame’s state of mind or condition and even their emotions without any communication. You would be able to sense the sorrows experienced by your other half or their pain if they get sick.Whenever the two of you have to part from each other, your longing for your partner will render your functioning impaired to some degree.4. Unconditional Love and NeedBeing together with your twin soul makes you feel like your life and your existence are in perfect balance. It facilitates your mental and physical states to the point that you feel stronger and more confident in your approach.You two share a similar calling but need each other’s presence to make a difference. You feel a form of love that is slightly distinct. It is an unconditional form of love that makes you do things you would, otherwise, never do for the sake of your relationship or the happiness you two share.5. The Resistance and AcceptanceMost people meet their twin flames when they are least expecting it, hence storming their lives. However, their strong soul-connection will eventually bring them together.The emotions involved by the union can make one feel overwhelmed and even scared to the point of resistance or avoidance. This happens as most people don’t want to feel vulnerable and connecting on such a deep level can make even an iron-clad person feel completely naked and weak.If one of the partners does run away, the avoidance is usually futile and most give in to the attraction of a twin flame and, eventually, reunite and commit to each other.No matter how many times twin flames separate or break up, the mysterious forces of life tend to bring them together again and again.6. Personal GrowthThe few people, who are lucky enough to experience this, learn that being together with their spiritual counterpart makes them a better person and facilitate their growth in a way that they simply couldn’t understand before.This growth is so significant because it is extremely rapid and transformational. The more time you and your twin flame spend together, the closer you get to achieving spiritual enlightenment or awakening. Each of you helps each other achieve a higher sense of consciousness.Sourcelast_img read more

Help for São Paulo’s Complex Water Woes: Protect and Restore Forests

first_imgThe Cantareira Water Supply System sustains around half of São Paulo’s metropolitan region. As its watershed is deforested and degraded, the Cantareira’s reservoirs are increasingly inundated with sediment that muddies their waters and must be dredged out in order to make the water drinkable. The accumulating sediment wears down the treatment infrastructure, necessitating more frequent, expensive repairs. These costs add up: SABESP, São Paulo’s water company, already spends about $22 million annually managing sediment pollution in the Cantareira.Root systems of healthy forests can manage sediment by holding soil in place, preventing erosion. SABESP, no stranger to these benefits, has planted over 1,000 hectares (about 2,500 acres) of trees on its property to reap the benefits of forests for water.Looking beyond company fence lines, restoring trees further upstream would yield the greatest water benefits for São Paulo. Reforesting 2 percent of the watershed at random would reduce sediment pollution by only 8 percent. On the other hand, restoring 2 percent of São Paulo’s forestland in priority areas—chosen using geospatial analysis—would generate a 28 percent return on investment over 30 years, by removing a third of sediment pollution, reducing turbidity by half and slashing water treatment costs. Restoration of this scale would cost $37 million over 10 years—only about 1/6 per year of what SABESP is already spending on removing and treating sediment pollution.Unlike restoration of trees on the property that SABESP owns, this strategy necessitates partnering with farmers, rural landowners, and other surrounding stakeholders to implement. Fortunately, SABESP and other water-dependent companies would not have to build relationships with these groups from the ground up: several nonprofit and government-led programs already study and invest in natural infrastructure for water in the Cantareira. Joining forces and following the roadmap set out in our report can make investing in natural infrastructure less risky for both water companies and local stewardship programs in São Paulo.Restoration Can Boost Water SupplyFor a city still reeling from drought, steady water supply is of utmost importance in São Paulo. By filtering water, healthy forests will help ensure that reservoirs are filled with less sediment, and more precious water.But the forests themselves can increase water supply, too. A forest’s root system acts like a sponge, helping soils store water during wet seasons and releasing it during dry seasons, when the city needs it most. Much is still unknown about the magnitude that this “sponge effect” has on Latin America’s waters, but the cloud forests around São Paulo seem to have higher potential to raise the water supply. In cloud forests, leaves intercept fog, collect its moisture and cause it to drip onto the ground below, which eventually makes its way to rivers and streams. Emerging science is beginning to find that cloud forests’ ability to capture fog can sometimes be a primary source of water, especially in parts of the world with low rainfall. In 2014, São Paulo nearly ran out of water. Schools closed, crops faltered and reservoirs were left at a tiny 5 percent of their capacity for the city and its surrounding population of 22 million. It was the worst drought in eight decades.The dry season of 2018 raised fears of another water crisis. And in coming years, warming temperatures will heighten Brazil’s water extremes, making both water scarcity and intense rainfall more common.Managing alternating droughts and floods alongside threats to water quality will be a challenge—one that the city’s existing infrastructure isn’t equipped to handle. São Paulo already loses over 20 percent of its treated water due to leaking pipes before it reaches the taps of its residents.A surprising and often overlooked solution can play a significant role in addressing these complicated threats. The forests surrounding São Paulo’s main drinking water system filter water and help buffer against the impacts of droughts and floods—but over three-quarters of these forests have been degraded and destroyed. This means that the water utility brings in dirtier water, driving up treatment costs and diverting resources from other needs, such as fixing leaks.Our new report, Natural Infrastructure in São Paulo’s Water System, finds that restoring 4,000 hectares (nearly 10,000 acres) of these forests could reduce sediment pollution by 36 percent within 30 years, reducing turbidity by almost half and potentially boosting water supply when it’s most scarce. (Turbidity measures sediment pollution suspended in the water that must be removed to be safe for drinking). All it takes is planting trees in the right places.Healthy Forests, Cleaner Water, Lower Costs WRI’s new study estimates the impact that forest restoration could have on dry season water flows, when water supply is most tenuous. The findings illustrate just how powerful trees are for water supply: according to our model, if São Paulo’s watershed was 100 percent forest, dry season water supply could be as much as 50 percent higher than it is now. But if the watershed was all pasture (the most prevalent land use in the region) dry season water flow would be 35 percent lower. Even the smaller scale of restoration examined in this report (restoring 4,000 hectares/nearly 10,000 acres) would likely increase dry season water flows, and could have a higher impact if restoration of cloud forests were prioritized.There’s still so much for us to learn about how forests regulate the waters that make their way into cities around the world. Water managers of São Paulo can use this new research to understand the role that natural infrastructure can play in enhancing water supply, especially during dry seasons.As Forests Mature, Benefits AccrueThirty years is a typical timespan for water utilities in Brazil to measure returns on investment on water treatment systems. Natural infrastructure is clearly a viable solution within this timeframe. But forests continue to grow and mature over decades, meaning benefits will accrue beyond this period. In other words, planting a seed today could pay off for years and years to come.Cleaner water is just one of the benefits of forest restoration. Restoration of São Paulo’s watershed will also capture carbon, increase on-farm productivity from due to reduced erosion and conserve biodiversity.Given the benefits natural infrastructure could yield for just one water management objective–sediment reduction—the case is clear that SABESP and related agencies should integrate nontraditional infrastructure such as forests alongside pipes and pumps. Forest restoration can boost São Paulo’s resilience to growing water crises while benefitting the water company’s bottom line.The City of São Paulo is taking steps towards integrating natural infrastructure into urban strategy by becoming one of the 45 founding Cities4Forests. Through this new coalition, cities pledge to conserve and restore forests to provide their residents with benefits such as cleaner water and resilience to the impacts of climate change.Visit the Natural Infrastructure for Water project pagelast_img read more

A Marketer’s Guide to the 6 Phases of a Website Redesign

first_imgKeith Moehring is business development manager and consultant at PR 20/20, an inbound marketing agency and HubSpot Partner. You can follow him on Twitter at @keithmoehring . He also actively contributes to http://www.PR2020.com/blog . A website is the cornerstone of any marketing campaign. It is the place where customers, prospects, media, competitors, investors, peers and job candidates turn to first when learning more about your organization and its products or services. Because of this, it’s essential that marketers take a leadership role in any company website redesign project .Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignTo help you avoid any common missteps, we’ve developed a free ebook — “ A Marketer’s Guide to Website Redesign .” The ebook details the six main steps involved in the website redesign process , from the perspective of a marketer who doesn’t have a technology background. 1. The Prep To avoid delays, take the time to gather all necessary information upfront, before it is needed. Items to gather include:Analytics tracking codes.Logo file in a vector format (i.e. .EPS, .AI, or .CDR).Main contact information for current website host.Google Webmaster Central, Bing Webmaster Center and Yahoo SiteExplorer verification codes.Branding guidelines and all relevant collateral documents. 2. Discovery Collaborate with all website stakeholders (i.e. C-level executives, marketing department, sales department, and IT) to define the most important aspects of your new site, including:Buyer personas.Site objectives. Calls to action .Color scheme.Page layout and design preferences.Site features and functionality. 3. Design & Structure To help communicate your vision of the new website, develop a comprehensive creative brief, detailing everything you defined in phase two. Your web team will use this as a guide when designing and building out your new site.At minimum your creative brief should include:Graphic sitemap outlining all pages on your site, including main navigation options.Page layout and design preferences, with screen shots or URLs of examples.Color scheme, including primary, secondary and accent colors.Navigation options you want available on the site. 4. Content & Optimization Visitors don’t come to your site for the cool design or fancy navigation; they come for the content. Develop content that is concise, scannable and engaging. It needs to deliver key messaging quickly and clearly, and then drive visitors to take a desired call to action. To help this content get found, it also needs to be optimized avoid priority keywords.When developing content, consider the following suggestions:Create a keyword map that assigns each page on your site a priority keyword (or two) for which it will be optimized.Define the tone and style of your content.Assign the development of website copywriting to your team’s strongest writer (avoid using multiple authors). Optimize each page after the content has been created. 5. Build Out & Quality Assurance This is the phase where all your hard work comes to fruition. It includes populating the site with all content, setting up 301 redirects, and completing a thorough review of the site to ensure that everything displays and works properly. To streamline the upload process:Create an upload cheatsheet that will serve as a how-to guide for adding content into your content management system (CMS).Before loading content, create all the pages first, and organize them according to your sitemap.Upload all images and graphics into a designated folder in the CMS so they are easy to locate when it comes time to add them to a page.Put together a team internally to upload all content and formatting into the web pages.Perform a quality assurance by checking to make sure all formatting is correct, all links and features work, and that everything displays properly across all browsers. 6. The Launch Finally, launch the new website and ensure it is being indexed accurately by Google and other search engines. To do this, take the time to:Check that all 301 redirects are working.Log into each search engine’s webmaster center to confirm all verfication code is installed properly, and then submit your XML sitemap.Verify that all analytics tracking code is installed.Review Google Webmaster Tools every few days to ensure there are no pages Google had indexed on your old site that it can no longer find. Website Redesign Kit Website Redesign Originally published Jul 14, 2010 6:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Facebook’s Like Button Turns One [Usage Data]

first_imgYesterday Facebook celebrated the one year anniversary of one of its most important product launches, the Like Button. A year ago, Facebook unvieled the Like Button at their Which of these Like Button stats suprises you the most? 1. 10,000 websites integrate with Facebook each day 5. 2. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Apr 22, 2011 2:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 3. 4. Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites Whether you are a B2C or B2B marketer, you need to understand the evolving social Web. Today, people want to be able to easily share information with one another. Tools such as the Like Button act as friction reducers to enable content from a business blog or website to be more social. Yes, Facebook matters but it matters far beyond Facebook.com. When looking at your social media strategy, be sure to make your Web properties more social.center_img While all of the above statistics are impressive, the last one should send a clear signal to marketers. With more than 250 million people enaging with Facebook from other websites, it is clear that Facebook has quickly colonized information sharing and social interaction on the Web. This also illustrates the importance for business to add social plugins such as the Like Button to make their website and blog more social. Media sites that adopt the Like button average a greater than 300% increase in referral traffic from Facebook , marking the true extention of the Facebook platform to third-party websites. f8 conference 5 Facebook Like Button Usage Statistics Marketing Takeaway Over half of the 25 fastest growing comScore U.S. retail sites use Facebook More than 2.5 million websites have integrated with Facebook (including more than 80 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and over half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites) Facebook Advertising Did You Catch That Last Stat? To commemorate the one year anniversary of the Like Button Facebook released some interesting data about the button’s usage in its first year.last_img read more

How to Use Creative Commons to Find Free Images

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Images Topics: Originally published Sep 18, 2018 7:16:00 PM, updated September 19 2018center_img Many beginning bloggers turn to the image search in Google. But pictures found in this way are almost always subject to restrictive copyright terms. Creative Commons was created as an alternative to restrictive copyright laws, and allows authors and creators (of images, animations, music, and more) to license their works for distribution and further use.In this blog post, we’ll explain what each Creative Commons license means, how to search for images under these licenses, and how to attribute images that were published under one of these licenses to the original author.Download the free stock photos you’ve been searching for here, no attribution required. What is Creative Commons?Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization that allows photographers and visual artists to properly label their content for reuse by others. There are six different creative licenses artists can use, each one permitting a different level of sharing and reuse by the end user.So, what do these Creative Commons licenses look like, and what types of permission do they give to those who want to reuse or republish a licensed image?Creative Commons LicensesIf you choose to use a Creative Commons-licensed image on your blog, be sure to check the terms of the license. Most images require only that you attribute the work to the original author, but some licenses include additional restrictions.Here’s a quick breakdown of the different types of Creative Commons licenses available to publishers.AttributionThis Creative Commons license offers the most opportunity for sharing and republishing. Under this license, you are allowed to redistribute, modify, and build upon the original work as long as you attribute the work to the image’s original author (learn how to properly attribute images to their respective authors further down in this article).You must also be careful not to imply that the original author has endorsed you in any way through your use of their item.ShareAlikeUnder the ShareAlike license, you can redistribute, modify, and build upon the original media as long as you attribute it to the original author and publish it under the same license — in other words, the ShareAlike license.The image must not be placed under any different or more restrictive terms for reuse than those established by the original author.NoDerivsThe NoDerivs license is short for “No Derivative Works.” Under this Creative Commons license, only exact copies of the work may be used and shared, but no derivative or altered versions of the work.In other words, there is no modifying, remixing, or building upon the original media under this license.NonCommercialThe NonCommercial license allows you to modify and build upon the original media, but it cannot be redistributed for commercial purposes.Business bloggers: Pay attention to this license. Although blogs by themselves are not a revenue stream, they can support and generate customers for a revenue-generating business. Therefore, it’s best to avoid media under this license if you’re publishing to a company blog, unless the media’s author says otherwise.NonCommercial-ShareALikeThis hybrid license carries the rules of the NonCommercial and ShareAlike licenses at the same time.When reusing these types of Creative Commons images, you can redistribute, modify, and build upon the original media as long as it’s not for a commercial purpose, you attribute the media to the original author, and you republish the image under the same NonCommercial-ShareAlike license as the original.NonCommercial-NoDerivsNonCommercial-NoDerivs is the most restrictive license an artist can use on their work. Under this license, you’re not allowed to modify, remix, or build upon the original work, nor publish it for commercial purposes.If you’re publishing a NonCommercial-NoDerivs image to a personal website, you’re required to display the media as you found it and attribute it to the artwork’s original author.Licenses for images and other works might be designated as simply Attribution, Attribution-NonCommercial, Attribution-ShareAlike, or some further combination of license terms. Always check the terms of the work you are planning to use just to be certain that you’re complying with the specific wishes of the author.How to Give Creative Commons AttributionAs you can tell from the license descriptions above, more often than not you’re required to attribute the original image to its author.1. Identify the license on your chosen image.To do so, start by typing in a search term that describes the image you want. When you find one, take a moment to learn what the terms of the license is for the image and insert it into your post. For images on Flickr, you’ll see this license labeled on the bottom-righthand corner of the image, as shown below (this is the Attribution license).Image by: Emmanuel Huybrechts2. Note how this work was redistributed.Unless otherwise stipulated by the image’s author, there are two ways to appropriately attribute him or her to your redistributed image:”Image by [name of author].” If you haven’t modified or built upon the original image, this phrase — or something like it — suffices to give proper credit.”This image was modified from [origin of image] by [name of author].” If you have modified the image from its original version, it’s courtesy to say so in your attribution note.3. Link back to the origin of the image.Once you’ve identified the license of your image and written out an attribution line that reflects it, all you have to do is hyperlink the author’s name or the origin of the image to the landing page from which you first downloaded it.How to Use Creative Commons SearchImages that have been made available for use through a Creative Commons license can easily be found on Flickr or Wikimedia Commons.You can also search Google for images that carry a Creative Commons license by configuring your advanced search settings the following way:Navigate to Google Images and select “Tools” on the right, just below the search bar.In the options that appear, click “Usage rights.”In the dropdown menu that appears, select the license that suits your needs.Google makes it easy to filter your image results by each of the licenses described above. In Google Images, you have four options:”Labeled for reuse with modification” generally produces images under the Attribution and ShareAlike licenses. “Labeled for reuse” produces every license. “Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification” produces the NonCommercial license, and “Labeled for noncommercial reuse” produces the NoDerivs license.If you’ve read this far, we have one last gift for you: Creative Commons Search. This handy database allows you to set the platform in which you want to conduct an image search and automatically filter by Creative Common license.Now that you have everything you need, get to searching! The author of your next republished image is counting on you. Beth Dunn is a member of the Inbound Marketing Consultant team at HubSpot. Beth also blogs at www.bethdunn.org and An Accomplished Young Lady.last_img read more

BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief orders hosting associations to beef up security for IND, SA players

first_imgWith the first game in Dharamsala on September 15 washed off, the Indian and South Africa team arrived in Mohali on September 16 only to realise that there was no security arrangement made for the players by Chandigarh Police — due to non-payment of dues. While the team hotel provided for security for the teams on the first day, the police were back in charge on the second day. But Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has warned hosting associations against any security lapse — on and off the field.Speaking to IANS, a board functionary said that a mail has been sent to all the hosting associations and they have been told that such a lapse will not be tolerated as it can lead to a dangerous situation.”ACU chief Ajit Singh has written to all the hosting associations and has made it clear that such a lapse will not be tolerated in the future. Lack of security arrangement can be a major issue and can even lead to a dangerous situation because we are all aware that fans can sometimes go overboard in order to show their love for their favourite players,” the functionary said.In fact, in the mail, accessed by IANS, the ACU chief has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in Mohali when two fans invaded the pitch.”To deter pitch invasions, security staff should be positioned between the boundary rope and the public fencing. The security staff should be positioned to face the crowd. The security personnel should be placed at equidistant intervals around the boundary and be placed in the immediate vicinity of traditional boundary fielding positions including long off, long on, deep fine leg, deep third man, deep mid-wicket and deep cover,” the mail read.advertisementThe first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were batting. The invader was chased down by the security guards and taken away.The second incident took place with India skipper Virat Kohli at the crease and a die-hard fan breaking the security cordon to come in and shake hands with the batsman. Kohli was clearly taken aback by the turn of events and before the fan could reach him, the guards caught hold of the fan and took him away.In fact, this isn’t the first time that such a thing has happened in India and the likes of M.S. Dhoni and Kohli often face this when out in the middle. But the BCCI doesn’t wish to take any chance and the ACU chief has made it clear that these lapses should be stopped with immediate effect.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan set ‘squad goals’ with India teammates at NCA gymAlso see:last_img read more

Guardiola: How Conte’s tactics rewrote PL rulebook

first_imgManchester City v Chelsea Guardiola: How Conte’s Chelsea tactics rewrote the Premier League rulebook Dom Farrell 19:02 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City v Chelsea Premier League Manchester City Chelsea Guardiola Antonio Conte Luis Enrique would thrive in the UK, according to his old Barcelona colleague, who also holds the Chelsea manager in high regard Pep Guardiola feels Luis Enrique would be a success in the Premier League but the Manchester City boss maintains Chelsea should be in no rush to sever ties with the masterful Antonio Conte.Luis Enrique served as Barcelona B coach during Guardiola’s celebrated Camp Nou tenure and went on to enjoy a similarly decorated spell in charge of the first team between 2014 and 2017.Chelsea have been regularly tipped to hire the former Spain international, with their Premier League title defence fading in the face of City’s dominance this season, and Sunday’s trip to the Etihad Stadium could provide further complications for Conte. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having been asked to assess Thierry Henry’s capabilities as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger on the back of City dishing out comprehensive 3-0 beatings to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final and the top flight this week, Guardiola gave his old colleague a glowing but qualified endorsement.”It is the same as the question about Thierry Henry managing Arsenal and Arsene [Wenger]. Antonio is the manager to speak about that,” he told reporters.”But [Luis Enrique] has the level to train everywhere, no problem at all. Luis Enrique is one of the best managers I have ever seen.”He is a friend of mine so I know he can do whatever he wants. But Antonio is the manager of Chelsea.”Last season Chelsea beat City home and away, meaning Conte became the first coach to register a league double of victories over Guardiola, and those exploits certainly left an impression.”What Antonio has done here, maybe the people don’t realise,” Guardiola said. “He introduced another way to attack, with five in the back. Another system.”A lot of teams, even Arsenal who never used it, imitated him to do that. Tactically he is a master.”He did amazingly in the national team with Italy and with Juventus. I think Conte is going to give something to English football, I am pretty sure about that.”Antonio Conte ChelseaGuardiola feels any pressure being placed upon the likes of Conte and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is unfair, with the form of the chasing pack cast in an unfair light by City’s scarcely credible points total with 10 matches remaining – a haul that leaves them five victories from being crowned champions.     “We have 75 and Leicester won the title with 81 [in 2015-16]. So in March we have a lot of points and that’s why there is that gap.”We did really well but United, Chelsea and Tottenham, they did good. Liverpool as well. The reason why we [lead] is we did really well.”Asked whether he had sympathy for the misery his players wrought upon Wenger over recent days, with Conte perhaps in line for a similar ordeal, Guardiola recalled his own struggles when the bid for trophies went awry at City last term.”Last season I also had pressure,” he added. “The people said, ‘What is he doing, this guy with his beliefs? He is going to come here to play [in this style] – what does he believe, that guy?'”It’s always the same. What happened to Arsene is going to happen to me. That’s why I said I never understand managers criticising other managers because we are alone. We feel alone when the situation is not good.”Of course I want to beat them. I want to beat Arsene, I want to beat all of them because they want to beat me. That is normal. In football we know that, when we don’t win, what we have done in the past doesn’t really matter.”last_img read more

Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma State Puts on Pads for Fall Camp

first_imgOklahoma State has one full week of practice under its belt for the 2017 season, and this was the last chance for photographers to catch a glimpse. We were in Stillwater on Saturday, and Jackson Lavarnway took some awesome photos for us as we inch closer to the first game on August 31. Hope you enjoy.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Video: Here Is Your First Look At Jonathan Williams In A Full Buffalo Bills Uniform

first_imgBills' Jonathan Williams poses in team uniform for first time.Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.last_img

STX France, Brittany Ferries Sign LNG Ferry Contract

first_imgzoom STX France SA has signed a contract with the French owner Brittany Ferries for an LNG ferry. Due for delivery at the end of 2016, this ship sets major milestones in the field of motorisation and energy storage and opens the way to a new generation of environmental friendly ships.The ship bearing the name code PEGASIS (Power Efficient GAS Innovative Ship) is one of the 34 projects of the New Industrial France and results from ECORIZON programme. She materializes several years of cooperation with Brittany Ferries (BAI). The project which has received also support from GICAN, French Maritime Cluster and Regional Council of Pays de la Loire, exceeds the new regulatory requirements in terms of exhaust gas emissions settled by MARPOL convention which will be reinforced on January 1st, 2015. The“Dual-Fuel” engines using LNG as the main source of energy will cut out her SOx emissions and will reduce her NOx emissions by 80% CO2 by 20%.This contract represents about 2.6 million working hours for STX France and its sub-contractors. Production is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2015. It will be enforced after settlement of the financing issues.Related:Brittany Ferries to Order World’s Largest LNG Powered Ferry Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 STX France SA, January 14, 2014 My locationlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean to Build New Cruise Terminal at Galveston

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Galveston The Port of Galveston has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on the development and operation of a new cruise terminal. The long-term lease negotiations could lead to a 60-year transaction: a 20-year initial term and four 10-year options, according to the port.Based on the details revealed so far, the new terminal will cover approximately 200,000 square feet on ten acres of land in the southeast section of the port known as Pier 10. Improvements to the pier bulkhead and apron will be made to accommodate the cruise line’s largest vessels. The new facility is anticipated to open in fall 2021.“This new cruise terminal to be built by Royal Caribbean allows the port to continue investing in our infrastructure while growing our cruise business exponentially. This partnership will bring both larger class ships as well as more visitors to the City of Galveston and the region,” said Port Director/CEO Rodger Rees.“Over the last 15 years, Royal Caribbean has brought over 2.4 million guests to Galveston driving an economic impact of USD 65 million each year. The development of a new terminal is crucial to our continued growth and expansion of the brand in the region,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.Royal Caribbean currently has two ships that sail out of Galveston, Liberty of the Seas, the largest cruise ship to sail from the State of Texas and Vision of the Seas. The Port expects the new cruise terminal to generate an additional 1.0 million passengers halfway through the term of the contract.last_img read more

Swine Influenza in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe Department of Health Promotion and Protection, working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, has identified four cases of swine influenza in Windsor, Hants Co. “There is no reason for the Windsor community or Nova Scotians to be overly concerned,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for the province. “The individuals affected by this illness have all experienced mild symptoms and are recovering. No one, at this point, has been hospitalized because of this illness. Nonetheless, we remain vigilant and are continuing our surveillance work in the Windsor area and across the province.” Like other jurisdictions in Canada, Nova Scotia became aware of the potential health issue last week. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection immediately contacted the province’s network of public health professionals in districts across the province to ensure all were well informed, and prepared to act quickly. “Nova Scotia is well-positioned to deal with this situation,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We have a strong public health system in this province, staffed by highly skilled and caring professionals. I have the utmost confidence in their ability to manage any public health issue that might arise.” The department will continue its surveillance efforts across the province using established public health practices and protocols. Any additional cases which arise will also be thoroughly investigated. “We took all the necessary steps to ensure we were prepared to handle any situation,” said Dr. Strang. “We reacted quickly, and the fact that we have identified these cases tells me that our extra efforts are working.” Anyone planning to travel to Mexico is advised to get a flu shot. Prevention continues to be the best approach to prevent illness. Nova Scotians are advised to wash their hands thoroughly and often, cough into their sleeves and stay away from the public if they are sick.last_img read more

Tropical bird rescued by British Columbia SPCA dies despite treatment

first_imgVICTORIA – A tropical seabird rescued by a Vancouver Island animal rehabilitation centre last week has died.The British Columbia SPCA’s wild animal rehabilitation centre says the brown booby was in critical condition when it was discovered on the Victoria waterfront last Monday.Spokeswoman Marguerite Sans says despite intensive care by specialized staff, the bird’s health declined dramatically over the weekend.Sans says tube feeding, antibiotics and pain relief were not enough to reverse the bird’s desperate condition, and staff are finding solace in the fact it is no longer suffering.The bird is usually spotted in Mexico, California and Hawaii, where it’s renowned for dramatic 20-metre plunges into the sea to catch food such as squid and anchovies.Sans has it wasn’t clear why the bird ended up so far north, although recent storms could have affected its migration.last_img read more