Wolves beat City on penalties to win Asia Trophy

first_imgShanghai: Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the hero for Wolves, saving three spot-kicks after their Asia Trophy final against Manchester City went to penalties on Saturday in Shanghai. Wolves won the exhibition tournament 3-2 on penalties after the game against the Premier League champions ended 0-0 after 90 minutes. It was a story of missed penalties for Pep Guardiola’s City. Raheem Sterling missed a first-half penalty for City, who dominated at a full Hongkou Stadium but were blunt in attack without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenPre-season games are notoriously poor barometers for the season to come, especially when played in stifling heat like in Shanghai. But both sides fielded close to their full-strength sides and Guardiola and counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo will be glad to escape without any serious injuries to their squads. Leroy Sane, the German winger wanted by Bayern Munich, started for City and won the Sterling penalty, but otherwise had a quiet game before being substituted on the hour. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryKevin De Bruyne was Guardiola’s captain for the night — the City armband is up for grabs following the departure of talisman Vincent Kompany. Sterling should have put City in the lead but instead blasted his 20th minute penalty over the bar to let Chinese-owned Wolves off the hook. The England international forward, playing through the middle, then fluffed a golden chance from close range with only goalkeeper Patricio to beat. In the third-fourth playoff, Newcastle United beat West Ham United 1-0 to give Steve Bruce victory in his first match as head coach. The Premier League proper begins on August 9.last_img read more

Imperial Oil reports firstquarter profit up from year ago increases dividend

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit improved compared with a year ago.The company said it would pay a dividend of 19 cents in its second quarter, up from an earlier payment to shareholders of 16 cents.The increase came as Imperial reported it earned $516 million or 62 cents per share, up from $333 million or 39 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $7.9 billion, up from nearly $7.2 billion.Imperial says its upstream business, which includes its oilsands operations, lost $44 million compared with a loss of $86 million a year ago.Meanwhile, its downstream operations, which includes its refining business, earned $521 million, up from $380 million in the first quarter of 2017.Imperial’s chemical business earned $73 million in the quarter, up from $45 million in the same quarter last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO)last_img read more

Ban presses Bolivians to ensure recall referendum is carried out peacefully

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was closely following the political developments in the Andean country, where the referendum concerns the mandates of President Evo Morales, Vice-President Álvaro García and eight regional authorities, or prefectos.Media reports say two people were killed and several more were injured during demonstrations this week related to the referendum.“In the interest of strengthening democracy and human rights in Bolivia, the Secretary-General calls on all political and social actors to ensure a peaceful climate throughout the electoral process and its aftermath,” today’s statement said.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations system to work with the Government and society as a whole towards generating an environment of tolerance, respect and dialogue in Bolivia.” 8 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides in Bolivia to ensure that Sunday’s recall referendum on the President, Vice-President and regional governors is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere. read more

TNA has had enough calls for foreign intervention

He said the failure by the military to release all occupied private lands in the North will not help the reconciliation process. “Foreign countries must not remain silent anymore. They must intervene,” he said.Sampanthan had expressed these views in letters addressed to the UN and foreign diplomatic missions in the country. (Colombo Gazette) Sampanthan said that the Tamil people have now lost patience. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says enough is enough and the international community must now intervene to address the issues faced by the Tamils in the North.TNA leader R. Sampanthan says the Government has begun to divert from its political goals and so it is time the international community stepped in.

Amid new aid to Iraq UN reports new pillaging of already looted

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (OHCI) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, that Baghdad and its environs remained insecure despite coalition efforts. This might be partly due to the prevalence of ammunition dumps and widespread availability of weapons in the market, coupled with growing frustration amongst the population, spokesman Ali Hamati said.Looting continued as armed groups pillaged facilities that had been re-equipped and repaired, he added. Of particular concern was the severe and consistent looting of the Rustumiya sewage treatment plant. The coalition had been asked to protect the facility but looters were still able to gain access and UNOHCI was pursuing the matter with the United States military command.Waste from three million people, around 60 per cent of Baghdad residents, was being pumped untreated into the Tigris River from Rustumiya, Mr. Hamati said. The plant could not be fully operational and repaired unless security and looting ceased. Armed groups had also harassed workers at electricity sub-stations, he added.In better news for Baghdad’s residents, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced its first medical shipment to Iraq from Iran – 20 tons of high protein biscuits, 100 boxes of oral re-hydration salts and 10 emergency health kits, enough for 100,000 people for three months.The convoy was expected to pave the way for similar ventures, according to Kari Egge, UNICEF Representative in Teheran. “The distance from the Khosravi border point to Baghdad is just 160 kilometres,” she said. “Given that proximity, the route has an important potential as a corridor for relief aid into central Iraq.” Similar convoys would be leaving for Baghdad and other major cities in the coming days and weeks, she added.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the past week saw a concrete re-start of its operations in Iraq with the arrival of four international technical staff in Erbil to resume their duties as part of the Electricity Network Rehabilitation Programme looking into urgent requirements in the three Northern governorates. In the south, the UNDP unit in Kuwait secured power generation equipment and a fuel pump for the emergency needs of water pumping/treatment station in Al-Zubair and a hospital in Nassiriyah, spokesman Pavel Kral said. As a result, Al-Zubair’s population of 400,000 now had access to potable water and the hospital can now store its supplies of vaccines safely.For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that two ships were due to berth at Aqaba, Jordan, today with 38,500 tons of food. Inside Iraq, the first convoy of food since the war started, arrived in Nassiriyah in the south with 880 tons of flour, enough for 100,000 people for a month, spokesman Khaled Mansour said. read more

Darwendale contract imminent for 400 million mining complex

first_imgThe Russian – Zimbabwean Darwendale platinum deposit project in Zimbabwe being implemented by Great Dyke Investments (PVT) Ltd, has nearly finished selection of a general contractor for construction of a mining and processing plant. This plant along with a smelter will process up to 10 Mt of ore to eventually produce up to 855,000 oz (about 27 t) of PGMs and gold per year.“We are going to choose very soon our EPC/EPCM from among those already short-listed to this role. We are talking about the implementation of a full cycle of work: detailed design, procurement of equipment, construction materials, machinery, as well as further organisation and control over the construction of the facility. According to our estimates the investment in the first phase the project construction is US$400 million,” said Dr Hepsina Rukato, Chairman of the GDI Board of Directors.GDI has held negotiations with more than 50 potential contractors, all with the best credentials in implementing such large-scale projects. Concurrently with EPC/EPCM contractor selection process, the Company has completed a thorough examination of issuers related to industrial and environmental safety, production efficiency, performed required testwork, and reached tentative deals for selling its end products.It should be noted again, that over $60 million have been already invested during a preparatory project phase to complete an extensive geological exploration campaign and comprehensive process-related testwork to study ore concentration amenability covering a significant part of the mining lease area, which confirmed current ore resources in accordance with JORC international standards to the amount equivalent to 17.6 Moz (or 550 t) of PGMs and gold. The results of Banking Feasibility Study (BFS) performed in 2017 confirmed available reserves for production at the first project phase equivalent to 7.8 Moz (or 240 t) of PGM and gold (as per JORC).Within a site planned for mining and processing complex, the core facilities of industrial yard and infrastructure for initial mine development have been built: roads more than 6 km long, a modern core storage facility compliant with international standards, a modern accommodation camp and over 2,000 m² of residential and office premises. According to experts, the project, once at full capacity, will create up to 8,000 highly skilled jobs.The project involves a number of internationally recognized consultants with expertise and track record in similar high-profile projects, such as DRA, which prepared the Bank Feasibility Study, and well as Loesche, MSA Group, TOMS Institute and Metallicon specialised in engineering and process design. PwC, SFA Oxford provide analytical support to the project. Cresco Project Finance and EY have been engaged as financial advisers.last_img read more

Sick of the same old scrambled eggs Here are some unusual incredible

first_img Source: Full Fork Ahead6.  Overnight French toastGot friends coming over for brunch? You can make this overnight French toast the night before, and it all comes together in about 10 minutes flat. Handy. Source: Picasa 3.07. CilbirTurkish-style eggs poached with yoghurt, sprinkled with smoked paprika. Unusual, but tasty. Imagine how cultured you’ll look. Eggs and yoghurt like it ain’t no thang. Source: Home Cooking Montana8. Golden chocolate eggPerfect to make and eat with kids for a special occasion or in the run-up to Easter. You blow the eggs out of the shell using a needle and a straw, clean the shells, then pour in chocolate to set. Of course, you can paint them any colour you want – but the gold is deadly, isn’t it? Source: The KitchnRead: Fed up with the full Irish? Check out these amazing uses for black pudding>Read: Wrecked? Hungover? Here’s how to hack your breakfast> LAST WEEK, WE were all about black pudding.But this week, it’s the turn of the unassuming but brilliantly versatile EGG. The star of the fried breakfast show. The unsung hero of the morning hours. Fried, scrambled, boiled, poached – we all know the old reliables.But why not think outside the box? Or, um, shell?1. Baked egg in avocado (with bacon)Eat this straight from the skin, or else dig it out and spread it on toast. Warm avocado divides people, but you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Source: whiteonricecouple.com2. Chinese tea eggsMarbled tea eggs are a traditional Asian food, usually a snack. You make a tea egg by pre-boiling it, cracking up the shell and boiling it again in tea, sauce or spices. Five-spice powder is commonly used, giving the eggs a salty, savoury taste.Do you like tea enough to dare trying a tea egg? Source: bezajel3. Huevos rancherosHas the burrito popularity surge in recent years piqued your interest in Mexican food? Then huevos rancheros are for you. This dish is popular on rural Mexican farms as a mid-morning meal. You’ve got your eggs in there, some tortillas, salsa, rice, and it’s even been known to come with some refried beans, sour cream, jalapenos or guacamole. Source: jeffreyw4. Arancini eggsArancini are little ball of risotto rice fried. This recipe substitutes sausage meat for an egg instead, making it almost more of a twist on a Scotch egg. Source: Crave DFW5. Egg, cheese and bacon tartNot quite a quiche, not quite a souffléd egg. But definitely the best of both worlds. Recipe here. Incredibly handy, because each little tart serves one person.Or all of them all for you, depending on how you’re feeling.last_img read more

Man who wrote hatefilled articles about MP found guilty of raciallyaggravated harassment

first_imgSarah Jennings, a lawyer from CPS London, said:“The highly offensive, hateful and racist articles written by Bonehill-Paine in his online campaign against Ms Berger are indefensible.He claimed that the posts were appropriate within the bounds of free speech and freedom of political expression. However, the whole point of his posts was to aim anti-Semitic hostility towards Luciana Berger.“Everyone has the right not to be harassed or subjected to racist abuse, no matter what position they hold in public life.”Comments are closed for legal reasons.Read: At least 97 dead and hundreds injured in Indonesian earthquakeRead: Tánaiste seeks legal advice on Garda whistleblowers report Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 11:04 PM By Órla Ryan Share6 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3126728 Dec 7th 2016, 11:04 PM Labour MP Luciana Berger speaks outside the Old Bailey in London today. Image: Jonathan Brady PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img Man who wrote ‘hate-filled’ articles about MP found guilty of racially-aggravated harassment One of them was called The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew B***h. Image: Jonathan Brady PA Wire/PA Images Labour MP Luciana Berger speaks outside the Old Bailey in London today. A MAN WHO posted “highly offensive” and anti-Semitic articles relating to Luciana Berger, a Labour MP, has been found guilty of guilty racially-aggravated harassment.The jury at the Old Bailey in London heard Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 24, had engaged in an online hate campaign against Berger.Bonehill-Paine, from Yeovil in Somerset, began posting the articles on two websites in 2014 following the conviction of another man who had posted similarly hateful content about Berger.The articles were described in court as “littered with hate”. One of them was called The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew Bitch.Bonehill-Paine will be sentenced at a later date and the Crown Prosecution Service will apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order to restrict his access to the internet. No Comments Short URL 12,948 Views last_img read more

SYRIZA ahead with 149 seats 2 short to rule outright

first_imgA seven-party Parliament has emerged from the 2015 elections, according to the results, as released by Singular Logic’s CEO Michael Cariotoglou.The Greek interior ministry predicted earlier that SYRIZA would achieve 36.5 per cent of the vote and win 150 seats – one short of a majority. SYRIZA is with the lead but still at 36.08 per cent and 149 seats. Nevertheless, this is considered to be a landmark win of the left, as the party is set to change Greece’s political order. “SYRIZA’s victory marked an end to the vicious cycle of austerity,” said Alexis Tsipras, the party’s leader slamming the ‘neo-liberal’ conditions set by the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.“The verdict of the Greek people renders the troika a thing of the past for our common European framework.”Golden Dawn and ‘To Potami’ are the two parties vying for third place returning 17 representatives to the Greek parliament. The extremist fascist party thriving on the back of anti-immigrant sentiment though, seems to be advancing despite 7 of the party’s 17 members of parliament being in jail or under house arrest. Kinima on the other hand, George Papandreou’s new party, with less than 3 pct of the vote, will not be entering Parliament.Singular Logic’s Official results released by the Interior Ministry (88 percent of votes counted) as follows:SYRIZA: 36.08%, 149 seats New Democracy: 27.87%, 76 seats Golden Dawn: 6.31%, 17 seats POTAMI: 6.02%, 17 seats KKE: 5.48%, 15 seats ANEL: 4.72%, 13 seats PASOK: 4.69%, 13 seats KINIMA: 2.44%, 0 seats Enosi Kedroon: 1.79%, 0 seats Teleia-A.Gkletsos: 1.78%, 0 seats La.Os: 1.03%, 0 seats Ant capitalist Coalition of the Left M.Ar.S.: 0.63, 0 seats*Singular Logic is the company in charge of collecting and transmitting Greece’s national election results. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Women sign letter calling for change at state Capitol

first_imgOLYMPIA — More than 170 women — including lobbyists and lawmakers — signed a letter Monday calling for a culture change at the Washington state Capitol dealing with sexual harassment.The signers, who include more than 40 lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle, say that as “women serving and working in the legislative and political realm, we add our voices to the chorus of ‘enough.’ ”The group said its members “stand together to change a culture that, until now, has too often functioned to serve and support harassers’ power and privilege over protection of those who work with them.”The fallout from sexual harassment and assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein and others in Hollywood has stretched to Legislatures, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants across the nation calling the problem pervasive. Accusations have also emerged in Oregon, Rhode Island, Illinois and California.The letter in Washington comes a week after four women said publicly that former Democratic Rep. Brendan Williams sexually harassed them. Also last week, leaders at the Washington state House acknowledged for the first time that the reason for former Rep. Jim Jacks’ sudden resignation in 2011 was because of allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female staffer.last_img read more

Zaha has received death threats after Sundays match

first_imgThe Ivory Coast international won the penalty that allowed Crystal Palace to get a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the English Premier LeagueCrystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha won a penalty on Sunday’s match between his club and Arsenal, giving his club a 2-2 draw.But since then, he has received racist abuse and death threats.“For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family, I wish your families the best too,” he wrote on Instagram according to Goal.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“P.S My life is still very good despite your hate.”“It’s difficult. I think it’s a clear penalty,” he said. “I touched him in the knee.”“The referee gave a penalty. That’s football.”last_img read more

Vancouver man located in Italian hospital after mugging

first_imgA Vancouver photographer who disappeared late Tuesday during a vacation in Rome has been found in an Italian hospital.A friend of Mark Galligan said he’d been “drugged and mugged and abandoned.” Galligan’s condition was not immediately known. Galligan, 30, was sightseeing in Italy with his sister, Shyla, who is also a photographer. He went out on his own Tuesday and never returned. Friends and family learned today that Galligan had been located. The Italian Embassy and the state department helped in the search for Galligan.last_img

Baby boom Davie Fire Rescue welcomes 9 babies in 10 months

first_imgA baby boom has extended the family of Davie firefighters.Davie Fire Rescue took to Twitter to mark a very special milestone: Nine babies have been born to the firefighters’ families over the last 10 months. Baby Boom! 9 babies were welcomed to our fire family over the last 10 months! We had the opportunity to get the all of the firefighters (mother or father) together with their infants for a quick photo shoot. pic.twitter.com/VNnEJB18nC— Davie Fire Rescue (@DavieFireRescue) June 8, 2018Crew members celebrated the special moment with a photo shoot. They got together for the cameras after the family grew over the last 10 months.The three photos tweeted pout by the department shows the nine babies posing for a picture with their parents.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Neural Network Ruins Disney Songs Forever

first_img In humans, short-term memory allows unrehearsed recall for a period of several seconds to a minute. In neural networks, it introduces hilarious effects.In her latest AI experiment, research scientist Janelle Shane adjusted the length of her computer’s memory, making it “really, really short.”Therefore, when the network looks back over generated content, it sees only a couple of words at a time, instead of full phrases.AdChoices广告“Here’s how this plays out when I train a neural network to write lyrics to Disney songs,” Shane teased in a blog post.Starting with a list of 224 tunes (about 8,200 lines), the system displayed a “modest” memory length of 50 letters, which looks a little something like this:“ow you the worldShining, shimmering, splendidTel”Children of the ’90s will instantly recognize those choppy sentences as the opening lyrics of “A Whole New World,” the beautiful ballad sung on high (from a magic carpet) in Aladdin.And just like you’re now singing along with Jasmine and her prince, the neural network can memorize whole lines of songs. Though, with a degree of randomness built into the system, it doesn’t always land on the right chord.“A whole new world (A whole new world)A new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where we will live”I personally like the rebellious twist on Tim Rice’s lyrics.The song continues, launching into a repetitive chorus of “let it snow” (the original tune written in 1945, and recorded for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album), before eventually settling into a Pocahontas theme:“With the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the wi”Repeating lines in the original dataset (as Pocahontas does as she and John Smith frolic through the forest) creates a broken-record effect: the neural network simply learns that one line is followed by the same line.“What it doesn’t know, however, is how many ‘colors of the wind’ lines it’s already seen at a given point,” Shane explained.With limited hindsight, the network doesn’t know whether to move on to the next line, or keep singing the same one.“Usually, like Dory, it just keeps singing,” she said.With each trim of characters—from 50 to 20 to 10 to five—the network’s functionality begins to dwindle.Sign up online to relive your childhood and get more bastardized versions of Disney songs from Shane’s neural network. And, help an AI out by entering the first line of a novel to help beef up the NaNoWriMo dataset attempted earlier this month. MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New study of Iceman reveals oldest known example of red blood cells

first_img Explore further Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface The Iceman as he has come to be known, (also known as Ötzi) has been the object of intense scrutiny ever since being found embedded in an Alpine glacier back in 1991—he is believed to have died approximately 5,300 years ago. Attempts to find examples of actual red blood cells within his body have failed in the past, but in this new effort, the researchers used a new technique—a nano-sized probe they moved very slowly over parts of the mummified body that had been wounded, leading to open cuts. Because it moves, the probe allows for capturing 3D imagery—it revealed the clear doughnut shape of red blood cells. To confirm that the images they were seeing represented real red blood cells, the team shone a laser on the same material and read the wavelengths that were reflected back—that revealed that the molecular makeup of the material matched that of red blood cells—a finding that marks the oldest known preserved instance of a red blood cell.Scientists believe the Iceman was approximately 46 years old when he died—other research has led to the discovery that he suffered from a variety of illnesses and injuries and his skin was decorated with many tattoos, most of which are believed to have been applied as a means of alleviating joint pain, possibly due to arthritis or inflammation caused by Lyme Disease.Also, by using Raman spectroscopy, the researchers found traces of fibrin, a clotting agent the body makes immediately after an injury occurs, which suggests very strongly that the Iceman died shortly after he was wounded—it is generally absorbed shortly after an injury occurs as other agents take over. Because it was still present near the Iceman’s wound suggests he died shortly after it was inflicted, likely from a blow to the head. Citation: New study of Iceman reveals oldest known example of red blood cells (2015, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-iceman-reveals-oldest-red-blood.html © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img New scientific analysis shines a light on Otzi the Iceman’s dark secrets (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the European Academy of Bozen (EURAC) aka, the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, has found examples of the oldest known samples of red blood cells. In their paper uploaded to the open access site, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team explains how they found the red blood cells and why they now believe the Iceman died very quickly. More information: Preservation of 5300 year old red blood cells in the Iceman, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0174AbstractChanges in elasticity and structures of red blood cells (RBCs) are important indicators of disease, and this makes them interesting for medical studies. In forensics, blood analyses represent a crucial part of crime scene investigations. For these reasons, the recovery and analysis of blood cells from ancient tissues is of major interest. In this study, we show that RBCs were preserved in Iceman tissue samples for more than 5000 years. The morphological and molecular composition of the blood corpuscle is verified by atomic force microscope and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The cell size and shape approximated those of healthy, dried, recent RBCs. Raman spectra of the ancient corpuscle revealed bands that are characteristic of haemoglobin. Additional vibrational modes typical for other proteinaceous fragments, possibly fibrin, suggested the formation of a blood clot. The band intensities, however, were approximately an order of magnitude weaker than those of recent RBCs. This fact points to a decrease in the RBC-specific metalloprotein haemoglobin and, thus, to a degradation of the cells. Together, the results show the preservation of RBCs in the 5000 year old mummy tissue and give the first insights into their degradation. AFM images of red blood cells (RBCs). (a,b) Single RBCs from recent human tissue. (c) An assembly of RBCs. (d,e) Single corpuscles found in Iceman sample A and sample B are shown. An assembly of several randomly distributed corpuscles, similar to those found within the recent sample (c), are displayed in image (f). The imaged corpuscles (d–f) feature the characteristic discoid and concave surface of RBCs. Credit: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0174last_img read more

4 Ways to Generate More Money From Your Website

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 16, 2015 Whether you are a product- or service-based business, you will most likely have a website or are in the process of creating one. While I teach entrepreneurs how to create their own DIY website, I’ve noticed that once they have mastered the steps, there is always one question that follows:How do you make money from your website once it’s up?It can seem like an obvious question. However, I believe that a successful website is broken down into two elements: the visual and the strategic. While having a visually appealing website is important for any entrepreneur, knowing how to have it grow your business is just as essential.I’m going to share with you four things that you can implement on your own website (even with little traffic) to help generate more income to support your business online.1. Affiliate links.Becoming an affiliate for your favorite products or services (relevant to your business) is a great way to increase revenue while building a trusting relationship with your audience. Not only are you gaining a commission for every purchase that came from your referral but by recommending products that will help your audience get results, you are also increasing your credibility.Related: How Often Should You Update or Rebuild Your Website?One of the best ways to promote these affiliate products is by offering a “Toolkit” or “Resource” page on your website. (Patt Flynn is an excellent example of this). However, it’s extremely important to be genuine and disclose that you are offering affiliate links. People appreciate honesty and if your recommendations help them, they will likely come back and support you in the future.2. Sequenced opt-ins.If you are offering something of value in exchange for your web visitors’ email addresses, are you clear on your end goal?While regularly blogging or publishing content for those subscribers is a great way to add value, try to plan out a sequence that can lead to promoting your product or service at the end of it. This could be in the form of a challenge (i.e., a 21-day challenge to help improve something or gain a result for your audience) or even a three-part video series, as used by many entrepreneurs such as Jeff Walker and David Siteman Garland.3. Hold workshops.It can take people some time to build trust with your business. Rather than simply listing how people can work with you on your website (or purchase your products), why not try giving value first to establish your credibility?Related: 6 Tactics to Generate More Revenue From Increased Holiday Website TrafficGreat ways of doing this can be in the form of webinars and online workshops relating to your business. Some tools that you can use to easily create this include WebinarJam, Easy Webinar and WebinarAlly.4. Stop focusing on numbers.While the concept of building 1,000 true fans is not new, it couldn’t be more relevant today. We can often get sidetracked with the number of people who are following us, but, as Kevin Kelly’s article explains, quality will always beat quantity. The key is focusing on building relationships with your audience and constantly giving value no matter what you do. These true fans will then effortlessly want to start sharing your work and supporting your business. Another example of someone who has thrived from creating these types of fans includes the dubstep violinist, Lindsey Stirling. As of 2015 she has generated $6 million according to Forbes’ list of the world’s top-earning YouTube stars. She is even able to sell out her tours and albums without the help of a record label. While this is done on YouTube, she still regularly gives value to her followers, which is something you can apply on your website too.These are just some ways to help generate more money from your website, but I hope you can see that there is so much more behind it then just a few quick tricks or listing your products online. It may seem like a bit of work initially but the pay off will be much greater in the long run.Related: 3 Steps to Get Prospects Coming Back to Your Website Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Staffordshire rail crash that claimed the lives of 11 people is remembered

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThis weekend marks the 50th anniversary of a rail tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 people – and the disaster will be remembered at a nearby church. The rural village of Hixon, near Stafford, hit national headlines in January 1968 when an express train heading from Manchester to London collided with a heavy road transporter, which was carrying a 120-ton transformer from Stafford’s English Electric factory, over an automatic level crossing. The accident happened on January 6. There were around 300 passengers on the 12-carriage train and eight were killed in the crash, along with the train driver, the second man and a spare driver in the locomotive. Bill Jeynes was one of the first firemen on the scene following the crash on January 6 1968. And he is due to attend a ceremony at the nearby St Peter’s Church at noon on January 6, where a plaque commemorating the disaster will be unveiled. Read MoreSneyd Pit and the 1942 disaster that claimed 57 lives Based at Stafford Fire Station, his crew were used to dealing with high speed road crashes on the new motorway nearby as well as emergencies in industrial and rural areas – but they were not familiar with rail crashes. And many of his memories of January 6 1968 remain vivid today. The 77-year-old, who now lives in Meir, said: “Then, as I am sure they would be today, the crew were apprehensive as to what we were going to find. “That apprehension turned to shock as we saw a 120 ton electric transformer straddling the railway line and carriages scattered like toys with the engine impacted into the transformer. A passenger is gently lifted to safety by rescuers from the wreck of the Inter-City train which crashed into a giant transformer on the level crossing at Hixon near Stafford “The first moments went quickly as we split and helped passengers out of the accessible carriages, moving seats and luggage to do so. The second stage was harder with passengers trapped. Read MoreThe tragic tale of Nick the circus elephant “People were shouting. Other emergency services were there all trying to assist, but it was a confused situation. Regular calls for silence were made by a senior officer by blowing a whistle so we could hear cries for help and locate people.” A British Rail worker dispenses tea to rescuers and police officers at the site of the Hixon rail disaster. A public inquiry, launched just days after the disaster, found “the immediate cause of the accident was that the driver of a huge transporter vehicle, 148 feet long, carrying a load of 120 tons, failed to comply with a notice erected near the stop line on the approach road directing him to telephone the signalman before attempting to cross, and drove the vehicle across the railway at two miles per hour when the arrival of an express train at 75 miles per hour was imminent.” The transporter driver did not know the notice existed, nor of the need to phone for permission to cross the line, the inquiry report said, but “he or his statutory attendant ought to have seen it and complied with it.” Read MoreMemorials pay tribute to the 156 men and boys who lost their lives in pit disaster 100 years ago The transporter driver’s employers were “gravely at fault for failing to discover the proper procedure for their heavy vehicles when using automatic crossings and to instruct their drivers accordingly”, the report continued, and the two police officers escorting the transporter “were almost wholly ignorant of automatic crossings and the way they worked”. The report added that Staffordshire Police had “failed to instruct their constables about the working of automatic crossings, and especially of the need for drivers of heavy vehicles to use the telephone procedure, because they themselves were ignorant of those matters.” But there were also failings on the part of British Railways to inform the transporter firm of the need “for drivers of heavy transport to comply with the telephone procedure” and the Ministry of Transport to “consider the need for special precautions for the abnormal slow-moving vehicle”, the report said. Read MoreSneyd Colliery disaster: ‘Knowledge of the pit workings saved my life’ A number of recommendations were made in the wake of the Hixon tragedy to improve level crossing safety across the country. They included compulsory signs at crossings requiring drivers of large vehicles, or vehicles unable to cross at over 10 miles per hour, to telephone the signalman. It was also recommended that the time between the lowering of the crossing barrier and the arrival of the fastest train be extended from 24 to 32 seconds. In more recent years a railway bridge was constructed to take traffic over the crossing at New Road. The wreckage of the Intercity Manchester to Euston express that collided with a 150 ton transformer that was to crossing the line at the the level crossing close to the village of Hixon in Staffordshire “As we approached over the field passengers could be seen wandering the field, some standing some sitting some lay; all were in shock. A crew member had to walk in front of the appliance in case we ran over someone lying in the grass. A victim of the Hixon rail disaster is stretchered away from the crash site to a waiting ambulance. There were 45 people injured that day as well as the 11 deaths, Bill said, but there were also many heroes from the police, fire, ambulance and medical services, including a young doctor and a nurse who were “relentless in their efforts to help people”. “Add to that the Red Cross and WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service), who came later with a canteen wagon giving sustenance to people who had worked and continued to work tirelessly for many hours”, he said. “My thoughts are, as they were then, with all the families that were affected by this disaster.” The crash happened less than a year after the automatic level crossing half barrier at Hixon was installed. Automatic crossings had begun to be installed in England in 1961 and the first was at Spath, near Uttoxeter, but they were already commonplace in Europe at that time. last_img read more

Automation and Robots – Trick or Treat

first_imgAdvancements in AI are on a path of reinventing the way organizations work. Last year, we wrote about RPA, which made front-end manual jobs redundant. This year, we have actual robots on the field. Last month, iRobot, the intelligent robot making company revealed its latest robot, Roomba i7+, that maps and stores your house and also empties the trash automatically. Last week, Google announced its plans to launch a ‘Cloud Robotics platform’ for developers in 2019, which will encourage efficient robotic automation in highly dynamic environments. Earlier this month, Amazon announced that it is opening a chain of 3,000 cashier-less stores across the US by 2021. And most recently, Walmart also announced that it is going to launch a cashierless store next year. The terms ‘Automation’ and ‘Robotics’ sometimes have a crossover, as Robots can be used to automate physical tasks while many types of automation have nothing to do with physical robots. The emergence of AI robots will reduce the need for a huge human workforce, boost the productivity of organizations and reduce their time to market. For example, customer service and other front-end jobs can function 24*7*365 without an uninterrupted service. Within industrial automation, robots can automate time-consuming physical processes. Collaborative robots will carry out a task in the same way a human would, albeit more efficiently! The positives aside, AI there is a danger of it getting out of control as machines can go rogue without humans in the loop. That is why members of European Parliament (MEPs) passed a resolution recently on banning autonomous weapon systems. They emphasized that weapons like these, without proper human control over selecting and attacking targets are a disaster waiting to happen.At the more mundane end of the social spectrum, the dangers of automation are still very real. Robots are expected to significantly replace a lot of human labor. For instance, as per the World Economic Forum survey, in 5 years, machines will do half of our job tasks of today as 1 in 2 employees would need reskilling/upskilling. Another study by renowned economist Andy Haldane, The Bank of England’s chief economist says 15 million jobs in Britain at stake with Artificial Intelligence robots set to replace humans at workforce. As of now, having AI for organizations is a treat due to the different advantages they provide over humans. Although it will replace jobs, people can upskill their knowledge to continue thriving in the automation augmented future. Read Next Four interesting Amazon patents in 2018 that use machine learning, AR, and robotics How Rolls Royce is applying AI and robotics for smart engine maintenance Home Assistant: an open source Python home automation hub to rule all things smartlast_img read more

Hill intern arrested entering building with unloaded gun

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Kansas man Monday morning when he tried to enter a House office building with an unloaded gun. The accused, Joshua Wheeler, 25, was an intern with Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a spokesman confirmed.“Mr. Wheeler used poor judgment and was immediately placed on temporary leave,” said Tom Brandt, the congressman’s spokesman.Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in a statement that Wheeler, of Atchison, Kansas, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and taken into custody. She said that a search of Wheeler, required for entry into congressional buildings, allegedly turned up an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 2:53 pm PDT Sandra Oh, Andy Samberg to host Golden Globe ceremony AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Sandra Oh, left, and Andy Samberg present an award at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Oh and Samberg will share host duties at next month’s Golden Globe ceremony. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will share host duties at next month’s Golden Globe Awards.Producers on Wednesday announced the co-hosts for the Jan. 6 ceremony. The Globes are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents awards for film and TV.Oh won a 2006 Golden Globe for “Grey’s Anatomy.” This year, she became the first actress of Asian ethnicity to receive an Emmy nomination for drama series lead, for “Killing Eve.”Samberg won two Golden Globes in 2014 for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” for best comedy actor and as a producer.He was the 2016 Emmy Awards host, while Oh is a newcomer to handling emcee duties for a major ceremony.Nominees will be announced Thursday morning. The three-hour Golden Globes ceremony will air live on NBC from Beverly Hills.The Associated Presslast_img read more