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Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-1

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first_imgValladolid (Spain): Real Madrid came back from an early deficit to trounce Valladolid on the road in a La Liga match that was a good bit tougher for the capital squad than the 4-1 score would seem to indicate. The home team on Sunday dominated the match during most of the first half, keeping Madrid off-balance with numerous attempts and finally getting on the board first – thanks to Anuar Tuhami – in the 29th minute, although Ruben Alcaraz had missed a penalty kick in the 11th minute and Sergi Guardiola had two goals disallowed, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSantiago Solari, Real Madrid’s coach, had all the necessary ingredients in his line-up, but the capital squad could not seem to get anything going against their hosts early on due to a lack of rhythm and slow reflexes on the recoveries. Alvaro Odriozola fouled Guardiola in the box, and the striker’s nice tap of Keko’s crossing shot seemed to have given Valladolid the lead until the VAR consultation disallowed the goal. Just a few minutes later, Guardiola, who has not yet notched a La Liga tally, had a header cancelled on an offside call. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenReal Madrid – who was without the injured Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos, on suspension – was on the ropes, it seemed, until Raphael Varane hit the equalizer from short range in the 34th minute, and that’s where the score stood at halftime. After the break, however, Madrid started to get the hang of the game, with Valladolid’s Oscar Plano fouling Odriozola inside the box and Benzema getting Masip to jump the wrong way on the penalty kick for the lead. Then, it was Benzema again, heading in Toni Kroos’s shot to send the capital boys up 3-1. Casemiro was sent off on a second yellow card in the 80th minute when he stood in the way of Plano on the hosts’ free kick and Madrid had just 10 men on the pitch for the last minutes of the match, but the game was already sewn up. Croatia’s Luka Modric scored Madrid’s fourth superfluous goal in the 85th minute after slashing into the box on a pass from Benzema. The loss now forces Valladolid to win four or five matches of the 11 that remain to avoid relegation, while Madrid’s win gives a little oxygen to Solari and provides a bit of calm after a hectic week. Barcelona continues to lead the La Liga table with 63 points, followed by Atletico Madrid with 56 and Real Madrid with 51.last_img read more

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HRW Report on Moroccan immigration policy ‘Clearly Unfair’: Govt. Spokesperson

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first_imgRabat – The report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), accusing the Moroccan authorities of mistreating African and sub-Saharan immigrants, is clearly unfair and flouts Morocco’s new migration policy, communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi told BBC channel.The minister said that the report by the NGO does not include any assessment of this new policy, which is a first at the African level, as Morocco is the only country that have announced a migration policy with a human and social dimension, which the Kingdom fully assumes despite the fact that migration is everyone’s responsibility. The new Moroccan immigration policy does not precede certain allegations and alleged cases cited by the HRW which make them outdated, said El Khalfi, adding that in case of violence, a complaint is filed with the judicial authorities which will open an investigation, including in cases of death when trying to storm into the occupied city of Mellilia.  After reviewing the provisions of this new policy and statistics concerning illegal immigrants in Morocco, which are between 25,000 and 40,000 as estimated by the Ministry of the Interior, the Minister noted that some 10,000 cases of regularization were filed in less than a month.last_img read more

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Markets update

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On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 39.85 points to 15,174.85.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 16.40 points to 21,569.49.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 4.40 points to 2,452.23.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 18.40 points to 6,292.83.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.80 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 78.47 cents US.

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Five injured in bus accident

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Five people were injured when a passenger bus overturned in Galewalle early this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the bus which was heading to Colombo had overturned near the Beligamuwa, Mahakade junction. The driver and conductor of the bus were among those injured in the accident.The Galewalle police are investigating.

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Annan hails Irish Republican Army announcement on disarmament

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“This decision is a watershed in the history of Northern Ireland, and also addresses one of the critical challenges of post-conflict peacebuilding – specifically, control over and the disposal of weapons,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released at UN Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General calls on all parties concerned to seize this unique opportunity to consolidate the Good Friday Agreement further, and on those who had left the process to re-enter Northern Ireland’s devolved government,” the statement said.

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On eve of UN summit progress made on global information tech agreements

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In his opening remarks to the press on the eve of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held from 16 to 18 November, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Yoshio Utsumi, announced that by this morning, 23,000 participants had registered with 12,000 arrivals recorded so far.About 173 countries are represented at the Summit and over 50 heads of State and Government are expected to attend.While the first phase – held in Geneva in 2003 – established the principles of the Information Society and outlined an action plan, the Tunis phase is the “Summit of Solutions,” Mr. Utsumi said. He hailed progress in the negotiations toward that end, especially the headway made this morning on Internet governance. Consensus seems to be emerging on forming a forum to discuss the future of the world-wide network. “This management should be more democratic and multilateral,” he said.Compromise had yet to be reached on how to implement the action plan, he said, but he was pleased to have achieved nearly 80 per cent of the goals. New ideas have been forthcoming from scientists, and in five years the outlook would be quite different. He was quite confident of connecting the world by 2015, including the 800,000 villages that remain disconnected from information and communication technologies. “In order to connect these villages we need about $1 billion,” Mr Utsumi said. “Every year about $100 billion is invested in the mobile telephone system, so only 1 per cent of this amount is needed to achieve the target.”Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has arrived in Tunis, has been meeting on information issues with local officials, as well as Israel’s Foreign Minister and heads of UN agencies attending the Summit.Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, expressed concerns over what he called the “content divide” and freedom of expression, at a press conference on the World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF) taking place in parallel with the Summit.What passed for global media remained, in reality, the media of the developed West, where most of the world’s Internet hosts were, he said.“Access to the Internet is growing but is of little value if the bulk of the information that it reveals is in a language you don’t understand or if it fails to deal with life and death questions that affect your family or your society,” he said.On the issue of press freedom, Mr. Tharoor acknowledged that Internet, the “medium without a passport” posed challenges to all governments as they sought to find a legal environment that fostered freedom of expression without trampling on other legitimate rights. read more

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Handle unsolicited private infrastructure proposals with care feds advised

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by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Handle unsolicited, private infrastructure proposals with care, feds advised OTTAWA – An internal federal document is raising red flags for Ottawa over unsolicited, non-government proposals for infrastructure projects.The warning comes as the Trudeau government designs a new arm’s-length infrastructure bank that will seek to lift the country’s economy by using billions in public dollars to attract billions more in private investment.The Finance Department briefing note describes unsolicited infrastructure proposals as the kinds of offers presented to governments from outside public authorities, typically from the private sector.And it says that from a public-interest perspective, such bids can create a number of real and perceived concerns.While unsolicited proposals are generally designed to mesh with a government’s long-term infrastructure goals, the note warns they are often driven by private-sector interests.The memo also says proponents usually seek government approval for construction as well as the access to the project’s revenue streams, such as tolls.It listed potential “key areas of concern” related to unsolicited bids: a lack of transparency in the selection and implementation of projects, avoidance of competitive and due-diligence processes and the acceptance of poor quality projects — either in design or execution.“Unsolicited bids have become common internationally,” reads the “secret” September briefing addressed to deputy finance minister Paul Rochon. It was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.“The federal government currently lacks a clear policy on unsolicited bids for federal projects.”The caution comes as the government prepares to launch the infrastructure bank.The Crown corporation will seek to leverage $35 billion of public funds that the Liberals hope can lure three or four times that much in private capital for new projects in three key areas: trade corridors, green infrastructure and public transit.It will play a key role in the Trudeau government’s strategy to boost big-ticket infrastructure investments as a way to amplify Canada’s long-term economic growth.The new bank will have to grapple with how best to assess unsolicited proposals and navigate the concerns.A spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said that, should legislation for Canada Infrastructure Bank pass, its CEO and board of directors will be tasked with guiding the government “on how best to set up a framework for receiving and managing these unsolicited proposals.”Brook Simpson wrote in an email that unsolicited proposals also present upsides for governments.Several examples of the potential benefits are also outlined in the federal document.The positives include the use of private-sector resources to make up for shortages of financial and human capacity within governments. Those private resources can help the public sector identify, prioritize and procure infrastructure projects, the memo said.It said user fees that stem from unsolicited proposals can also have a positive effect, such as improving the fiscal sustainability of public infrastructure.The document also says governments can benefit from the private sector’s innovative ideas.“We want to encourage the innovation that comes with these types of proposals while ensuring that we get the best price for taxpayers,” Simpson said.“There are many models from around the world that could be used to guide this work that the government and CIB would look at closely.”The document highlighted how some countries, including Chile and the United States, have developed successful approaches to dealing with unsolicited proposals.As a case study, the briefing note also examined the funding deal announced in January 2015 between the Quebec government and the province’s massive public pension fund manager. The parties agreed to build a $5-billion electric light-rail network connecting Montreal to its suburbs and its international airport.While the agreement may present a commercial interest for the pension-fund manager, the document said the deal also establishes the parties’ roles, responsibilities as well as cost- and revenue-sharing rules.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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In phone call with South African President Ban expresses hope country will

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In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.In a readout issued by his office, Secretary-General Ban recalled the key role that the Government of South Africa had played in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC and as one of its first signatories. Mr. Ban also noted his appreciation for the continued and unwavering commitment of the South African Government to justice and accountability and expressed hope that it would reconsider its decision before the withdrawal takes effect in twelve months’ time. Further in the conversation, he also acknowledged South Africa’s leading role in addressing pressing global issues, particularly those related to peace and security in Africa as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Secretary-General also expressed his preoccupation with the situation in the South Sudan, and urged South Africa’s support in calling for an end to hostilities and a return to an inclusive political process, the readout added. read more

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From Peyton Manning to CocaCola ads Ohio State students excited about the

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning scans the field during the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots Jan. 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver won, 26-16.Courtesy of MCTEvery year, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Super Bowl, the biggest game of the season for the most popular sport in the country.Super Bowl XLVIII is no exception, and Ohio State students are preparing to take in all that comes with the big game this year.The Denver Broncos and their No. 1-ranked offense are set to take on the battle-tested Seattle Seahawks Sunday, who boast the league’s best defense. The strengths of both teams are sure to test the will of all players and coaches involved as they look to capture the sport’s ultimate crown, The Vince Lombardi Trophy.According to Wallethub.com, about 169 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl, spanning 180 countries and more than 30 languages. But, along with the game itself, there are plenty of other reasons for people across the world to tune in.Erin Ponting, a second-year in chemistry, said she has a rooting interest in the game but is looking forward to another part of the broadcast.“I am really excited to see if (Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning can win another ring, but am thrilled to watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with Bruno Mars,” Ponting said, referring to the halftime show. “I am a fan of both artists and think they will put on a good halftime show.”Coupled with the halftime show, the commercials have become a spectacle in their own right. One 30-second ad this year is expected to cost advertisers more than $4 million, a rate only justified by the amount of viewers who watch the game. Each year, advertisers compete to see who can have the best commercial and vie to outspend one another for airtime.Charlie Cataline, a fourth-year in art, said he does not have a favorite team in either the Broncos or Seahawks, but thinks the commercials will be a fun break from the football action.“The commercials are usually pretty good and entertaining,” Cataline said. “People expect to see great commercials and I look to Budweiser, Coke and new movie trailers to entertain me between plays.”In the end, between the halftime entertainment and the commercials, there is still a game being played. This Super Bowl, as with any other game, is likely to create or define legacies for all the players and coaches involved.Callie Roney, a second-year in exploration, said she is cheering for a Broncos win because of her admiration for Manning.“I will be pulling for the Broncos to win because I love Peyton Manning,” Roney said. “I have always been a big fan of his and this victory will help him catch up with his brother in the number of Super Bowl titles won.”Kickoff between the Seahawks and Broncos is set for 6:30 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. read more

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AusIMM conferences for 2016

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first_imgThe AusIMM conference program for this year includes the following:Project Evaluation, InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, March 8-9, contact Stephanie Addamo, saddamo@ausimm.com.au.The Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining (MassMin2016), will be held at Australian Technology Park, Sydney, May 9-11, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.The AusIMM International Uranium Conference 2016, Adelaide, June 7-8, contact Sara Muggeridge, smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.The Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference, Pan Pacific Perth, June 15-17, contact Rachel Magill, rmagill@ausimm.com.au.International Mine Management 2016, Sofitel Brisbane, August 22-24, Sara Muggeridge smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.The AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference 2016, Pullman Brisbane King George Square, September 19-20, contact Sara Muggeridge smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.Life-of-Mine 2016, Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, September 28-30, contact Rachel Magill, rmagill@ausimm.com.au13th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2016, Pan Pacific Hotel Perth, October 10-12, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.Ninth AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference 2016, Western Australian School of Mines Conference Centre   Kalgoorlie, November 15-16, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.last_img read more

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Jobs at risk as Barratts goes into administration for third time in

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first_imgBARRATTS SHOES, WHICH has stores in Ireland and the UK, is to enter administration, placing over 1,000 jobs at risk.Management at the company, which is headquartered in Bradford, say they were left with no option after an investor pulled out of a multi-million euro plan to finance the firm last week.Philip Duffy and David Whitehouse of global financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps were appointed joint administrators on Friday.They are seeking to sell the business on as a going concern. According to a statement from the administrators, redundancies and/or store closures “cannot be ruled out”.The company operates 75 stores and 23 concessions across the UK and Ireland employing 1,035 people, of which 521 are part-time workers.It has fifteen Republic of Ireland stores, including outlets in Dublin city centre, Blanchardstown, Cork, Dundalk, Galway and Kilkenny.There are also 14 Barratts outlets in Northern Ireland.Read: Thirty-six jobs lost as Barratts closes all Irish concessionsRead: Energia to create 100 jobs in residential power movelast_img read more

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Psychiatrists need support dealing with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act IMO

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first_imgTHE PRESIDENT OF The Irish Medical Organisation has written to the Minister for Health James Reilly asking that guidelines be put in place to help doctors dealing with cases under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.Dr Matt Sadlier told the minister that guidelines were needed for psychiatrists who are required to determine if there is a real and substantial threat to the life of a patient by suicide.Sadlier also wants guidelines developed for GPs who have a conscientious objection and must refer a patient onto an alternative practitioner.The IMO president told the minister that it was “very regrettable” that guidelines were not put in place to accompany the law as it was enacted.“Guidelines are even more important where cases are expected to happen rarely such as cases where there is a risk of loss of life from self-destruction,” said Sadlier.Under the act, if there is a substantial risk to a pregnant woman’s life due to suicide and it is deemed by two psychiatrists and an obstetrician that this can only be averted by a termination, the procedure is lawful.But Sadlier has complained to the minister that psychiatrists have been given no help to make this determination.“There are no guidelines available for psychiatrists who are expected to certify if there is a real and substantial threat to the life of a patient by suicide,” he explained. The aim of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 is to provide clarity to both women and medical practitioners, however, in the absence of clinical guidelines, medical practitioners are faced with continued uncertainty.Sadlier said that the aim of providing these guidelines is all about ensuring that patients get the most appropriate care.“Failure to comply with best-practice guidelines can lead to the rapid deterioration of a patient’s condition and/or death. All the cases provided for by the legislation are rare and therefore guidelines are required to ensure safe, quality and timely care,” he explained.In advance of guidelines being put in place, the IMO say that urgent arrangements are needed to support medical practitioners in the interim.Read: What the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 contains >Read: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act comes into force today >last_img read more

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Watch Mexicos Popocatépetl Volcano Erupts Spews Ash Into Air

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first_img ‘Extinct’ Russian Volcano Has Woken Up, Scientists SayWatch: Bali Volcano Spews Ash 18,000 Feet Into the Air During Eruption Stay on target Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano exploded early on Monday, launching a cloud of ash, gas, and smoke over 4,000 meters high into the morning sky.On June 17, the National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) tweeted a warning about the brief eruption, which occurred at 6:44 a.m. CDT (7:44 a.m. EST), El Financiero reported. The tweet noted that the explosion was about 4,000 to 5,000 feet high and issued a Yellow Phase 2 alert for residents, urging them not to approach the volcano at the time.#Volcán #Popocatépetl. A las 06:44 h, se detectó una explosión con una altura entre 4 y 5 km. Elde alerta se encuentra en #AmarilloFase2. Se exhorta a no acercarse al volcán. pic.twitter.com/WUCr7USwxX— ProtecciónCivilSeguridad (@CNPC_MX) June 17, 2019A follow up tweet by the CNPC said that the states of EdoMex, Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala haven’t recorded signs of ash fall, however, the CNPC said they will monitor these areas.#Actualización #Popocatépetl.Monitoreo específico por posible caída de ceniza:En relación al evento registrado a las 06:44 horas, los estados de #Morelos, #Puebla, #Tlaxcala y #EdoMex (excepto municipio Ozumba), no tienen registro de caída de ceniza al momento. pic.twitter.com/QpeL91CWOo— ProtecciónCivilSeguridad (@CNPC_MX) June 17, 2019Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) said a total of 185 exhalations from the Popocatépetl volcano were identified and each came with gas, water vapor, and light amounts of ash. In addition to the 6:44 a.m. CDT explosion, there was another one recorded at 7:04 a.m. CDT (8:04 a.m. EST), followed by a 3.1 magnitude volcanotectonic earthquake at 7:07 p.m. CDT (8:07 p.m. EST).This isn’t the first time the Popocatépetl volcano has exploded this year: On March 18, the massive volcano erupted at night, sending ash into the night sky and launching incandescent rock roughly 1.5 miles down its slopes. The eruption, which was one of the volcano’s largest over the years, was loud enough to shake doors and windows in the nearby city of Puebla.More on Geek.com:Watch: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes in One of Largest Eruptions in Years ‘Extinct’ Russian Volcano Has Woken Up, Scientists SayWatch: Italy’s Mount Etna Volcano Erupts, Spews Lava Into Night Skylast_img read more

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MustHave Metrics

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first_imgSIDEBAR:Defining Your Web Analytics StrategyBy Eric T. Peterson, founder, Web Analytics DemystifiedGenerating pretty reports won’t help you better leverage an increasingly important online channel, at least not for long.There are any number of small plans, easy actions and short-term goals that can be considered “well-defined strategies.” The problem is that small plans, easy actions and short-term goals don’t get the job done and won’t help your online business take advantage of the rich tapestry of information your site visitors leave behind as they traverse your online properties.A well-defined Web analytics strategy requires governance from senior management and a mandate to use Web data in the same way companies have long used customer data to segment lists, design products, and expand into new markets. A well-defined Web analytics strategy depends on a team of individuals with specific talents—analysts, technicians, and managers—working in concert to produce reports and analysis designed to improve the whole company’s understanding of the online channel.More importantly, a well-defined Web analytics strategy requires a willingness on the part of the entire company to embrace both the whiz-bang technology du jour (social commerce, anyone?) but also the measurement of that technology to confirm that the investment actually provides value back to your whole business. There is almost no end to what you can measure and track from your online properties. Yet if you have no formal Web analytic and reporting structure in place then you’re flying in the dark and making two critical errors: Ignoring your readers and under delivering to your advertising partners. Beyond the basics of tracking unique visitors, page views, and average depth of visit, among others, publishers are focusing on content category and format performance, social media traffic and engagement, and the variety of relationships between traffic and revenue.Understanding Bounce RateJason Revzon, VP of interactive at Taunton Press, counts the bounce rate as one of his top metrics. Calling it the “pulse of engagement,” Revzon parses out visits with bounce rates and visits without bounce rates. “If your site has an average of five pages per visit, the non-bounce rate version of that could be 25,” he says. “You want to segment the people into two groups—those who leave and those who don’t.”From there you can drill down to where people are leaving and diagnose the potential problem. For example, is the content missing the mark? Is the traffic coming from a social bookmarking site, where visitors are simply doing a quick drive-by? At IDG, Alexa Wriggins, director of online marketing for Macworld and PCWorld, keeps close tabs on referral traffic, which can lead to content partnerships. Almost all of the metrics Wriggins tracks are broken out under the eight top product categories on the sites—laptops, cell phones, and so on. “We’ll look at referral traffic by product category,” she says. “We also look at referral channels—Google, Google News, Digg, Facebook and Twitter. Those change over time, and Twitter and Facebook are emerging. We need to keep an eye on what’s on the top but also what’s on the bottom so we can look for opportunities for a syndication partner.”Tracking RevenueTraffic’s impact on revenue is another key metric—and not just for CPMs. Guideposts.com VP of digital media Phillip Charles-Pierre benchmarks the site’s engagement metrics against the site’s e-commerce section and subscription pages. “We want to see if we’re doing a good job of promoting who we are and the kinds of products we have,” he adds. “It helps us understand how we’re driving traffic back to the organization. If we’re not getting enough traffic to the shop there are other things we can try to get them there. Or if we have enough traffic and aren’t getting any orders, then it might be a conversion issue or a revenue per order issue. We measure that as a percentage of our total visits to the site. And then we measure the people who convert to total orders and revenue.”Taunton has several online revenue streams—paid memberships, ads, affiliates, and Google AdSense. Revzon measures revenue per visitor and revenue per page. “We can look at one section and have a per-unit KPI looking at what the revenue is per page or per user and if that’s going up as we add more traffic.”last_img read more

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New power plant will keep lights on in Togiak

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first_imgWelder Carl Hefty works on Togiak’s new power plant on Aug. 3. The four new diesel generators should be supplying the village with power by mid-September. (Photo by Austin Fast, KDLG – Dillingham)It’s not rare for the lights to go out in Togiak. But that could all change in September when a new power plant should be up and running.Listen nowElectrician Joel Elson pointed out the features of the spotless new building across the street from the old, rusting plant and fuel tank farm.“We’re stepping into gen(erator) bay two, right now. These are the big generators that will be powering the village and keeping the lights on,” Elson explained. “They’re brand new, beautiful Cat engines, and they’re just top of the line. They’ve really done a great job putting them together here.The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, or AVEC, is a nonprofit electric utility providing power to 58 communities, including Togiak.Constructing the new plant comes at a cost of $14.8 million, most of which comes from the federally funded Denali Commission. AVEC and Togiak Natives Limited each kicked in a portion of funding as well.Project manager Joseph Earsley said the old plant and tank farm just can’t keep up with the village’s needs anymore.Electrician Joel Elson points out features of Togiak’s new power plant on Aug. 3, 2018.(Photo by Austin Fast / KDLG)“It’s like trying to go up a hill with your car in too high of gear and there’s too much load and your car can’t chug up the hill,” Earsley said.Togiak is home to two seafood processors. These regular blackouts completely halt production, so fishermen and processors are excited for the new plant. Copper River Seafoods Manager Michael Gilbert is managing to process the catch from this summer’s record-breaking sockeye run, but it isn’t easy.“It’s an every two or three day thing that the power goes down and we got freezers going and machines running, and it kind of puts a damper on things if you know what I mean,” Gilbert said. “It’s a task to get freezers to cycle back up again (and) ice machines. It takes a good hour to get back on track.”Even though the loss of power is frustrating, the situation could be worse. Fisherman Martha Fox remembers years ago when power went out for days instead of hours.“It was when it was cold, and people don’t have firewood,” Fox said. “And the water pipes freeze with some houses, and then they’re stuck without water for the rest of until it thaws out.”Back at the plant, Earsley said the four new diesel generators and new fuel tanks will be more reliable and reduce the risk of leaking contaminants into Togiak’s soil and groundwater.Earsley says everything should be up and running by mid-September.The new tank farm increases fuel capacity to 630,000 gallons of diesel, meaning they can bring down costs by barging it in less often. That’s in addition to cost savings from the top-of-the-line generators workers are now putting the finishing touches on.Earsley said the rusted, old equipment will be cleaned up and hauled off to a safe disposal site near Togiak.Going forward, the Alaska Energy Authority plans to install a transmission line from Togiak’s new plant to provide reliable energy to neighboring Twin Hills by the end of 2019. Twin Hills currently operates its own electric utility and will turn operation over to AVEC once that project is completed.last_img read more

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Wipro to acquire Israeli aerospace machine manufacturer H R Givon

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first_imgWipro is set to acquire an Israel-based aero component manufacturing company for an undisclosed amount.The hydraulic solutions provider, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN), has signed an agreement to buy H. R. Givon Ltd., a manufacturer of metallic components for the aerospace industry, in an all cash deal, according to a press release by Wipro.The acquisition is expected to be completed by September this year.”This acquisition will help WIN broaden its product portfolio, expand global footprint and strengthen its ability to forge deeper customer relationships in the Aviation and Aerospace industry.” WIN, which manufactures products for mining and defence, among other industries, plans to strike partnership with leading companies in the aerospace engineering and develop multiple product lines focused on the sector.WIN counts JCB, a British equipment manufacturer, and US-based Caterpillar, mining and construction equipment manufacturer, among its clients.”We see cross-synergies in customer relationships, products and technology that can be leveraged to strengthen our presence in the growing Aerospace sector and become a partner of choice for global OEMs and Tier-1s,” Sunil Rajagopalan, business head (Aerospace) of WIN, said.In 2013, Wipro’s engineering unit set up India’s first aerospace manufacturing facility at the Devanahalli Special Economic Zone, near the Bangalore International Airport.”We are delighted with the opportunity to join hands with Wipro and this gives us an opportunity to bring to the market an expanded range of offerings,” Ronen Givon, CEO of Givon, said.last_img read more

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Juba League man killed in Bogra

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first_imgA local Juba League activist was stabbed to death by some miscreants in Latifpur Colony area in Bogra district on Friday night, reports UNB. The deceased is Abu Sayeed, 30, a member of ward-12 Juba League of the district town and son of Eshak Ali of Chak Farid Colony.Witnesses said a group of miscreants, numbering 7-8, swooped on Sayeed at Munshipara intersection around 7:30pm over a previous enmity and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured.Locals rescued him and took him to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Ashlam Ali, inspector (Investigation) of Sadar police station, visited the spot and the body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img

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Government Watchdog Report Says Trump Admin Should Respond To Climate Risks

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first_img Listen REUTERS/Adrees LatifA man walks through floodwaters after surveying his property in Rockport, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.An internal government report said the Trump Administration should respond to the economic risks of a changing climate.The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the government is facing “significant” climate risks. Over the last decade, extreme weather and fires have cost the federal government more than $350 billion. That’s according to the president’s own budget proposal. The GAO said climate-related costs are likely to rise.The studies reviewed for the report identified risks that could be of particular concern in Texas.“One of the studies estimated that from 2020 through 2039, between $4 billion and $6 billion in annual coastal property damages from sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms,” said Alfredo Gomez, Director of Natural Resources and Environment at the GAO.The report said the president’s executive office should use this information to take what Gomez calls “initial steps” to respond.“These responses could be as simple as identifying and prioritizing and guiding federal investments to ensure that there is resilience against future disasters,” Gomez said.Follow-up reports on the issue are planned. The GAO noted that neither the White House nor the Environmental Protection Agency offered to comment on the report’s findings. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:06last_img read more

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How Does Your City Stack Up

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first_imgHow Does Your City Stack Up? April 3, 2018 515 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News For those who’ve ever mulled moving to another city but were unsure if they could foot the bill for a new view, Wahrheit Ventures has a way to do the math. The company’s recently rolled-out mobile app, City vs City, crunches cost-of-living numbers by comparing gross incomes needed to afford the same standard in 253 different U.S. cities. First, the process: The Wahrheit research team established a subject city and ZIP code and plugged in realistic spending habits for that location. After tackling that task, they tweaked the after-tax spending and savings until the gross income amounted to $100,000. They set the baseline for a married couple living in a two-bedroom house within the 33rd most costly ZIP as determined by median home price in the metro Denver area.So which cities have the highest cost of living?Manhattan tops the list, with a gross income of $303,600 needed to enjoy the same lifestyle that $100,000 would net in Denver. Coming in at No. 2 is San Francisco where you’d need $209,000 in after-tax income to live a similar lifestyle as Denver. Rounding out the top 10 rankers: Silicon Valley, $181,900; Brooklyn, $173,000; the Coastal area of Los Angeles, $168,100; Boston, $155,800; California’s East Bay, $149,300; Honolulu, $147,900; Nassau County (New York), $147,000; and Central Los Angeles, $143,400. As for the next batch of cities requiring the most cha-ching, cha-ching: Washington, D.C. comes in at No. 11 with $141,400 gross income needed, followed by Westchester (New York City), $138,800, Monterey Bay (California), $137,700; Boston’s West Suburbs, $133,400; California’s Wine Country, $131,300; Long Island (New York), $130,400; Seattle, $128,700; Orange County South (California), $127,800; Central San Diego, $127,600; and Carlsbad-Temecula (California), $127,300.If you think you’re noticing a trend here, you’re correct. The top 20 cost-of-living cities hail from just five places: California, New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C.Click here for the full list of the 253 U.S. cities ranked by cost of living.center_img Share City Cost of Living homes House Income lifestyle relocate Spending Spending habits 2018-04-03 Alison Richlast_img read more

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October 15 1997 Eleanor Jonathan and Monica

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first_imgOctober 15, 1997Eleanor, Jonathan and Monica.last_img

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