Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. MOST READcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal gone at Australian Open

first_imgFirst Rafael Nadal, now Roger Federer. Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was knocked out of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday by 2008 champion Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer waves after his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic. APThe talk before the tournament was a blockbuster final between Nadal, going for his fourth straight Grand Slam win, and Federer, who was aiming for his fifth Australian title and perhaps the only player who could stop him.Instead, after Nadal was eliminated by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in an injury-induced straight-set loss Wednesday, and now Federer heading home, it will be Djokovic in the final against either Andy Murray or Ferrer – they play their semifinal on Friday.It will be the first time since 2003 that Federer will not hold any of the four major titles.The finals scenario could open the door for Murray to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when the final is played Sunday night at Rod Laver Arena.”It’s really one of the best matches I’ve played in a while,” Djokovic said.Rafael Nadal during his quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer. APIt is the second straight Grand Slam that Djokovic has knocked Federer out in the semis. At last year’s U.S. Open, the Serbian player saved match points before beating Federer in five sets to advance to the final against Nadal.The last time Federer was beaten in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament was here in 2008 – against Djokovic.advertisementFederer won 11 of 14 points to come back from a service break down to take the lead in the second set after the two traded tit-for-tat booming forehands and chip backhands during the opening set. But Djokovic broke back later in the second set and took his power strokes into the third set to win in an even three hours.It was the 20th meeting of the pair, with Federer still holding a 13-7 edge.last_img read more

Oxigen bags title sponsorship of Gujarat Lions

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Oxigen Services has bagged the title sponsorship of Intex Technologies-owned Gujarat Lions for the upcoming season of IPL.The digital payments company has also earmarked a budget of Rs 100 crore for sports marketing activities this year.”Oxigen wallet has a huge tech savvy and young consumer base, who are deeply connected with cricket and technology, thus, it was logical for us be associated with a young IPL team and Intex,” Oxigen Wallet Director and Chief Mentor Ankur Saxena said.As the newest entrant in the league, the team will be guided by Captain Suresh Raina and coach Brad Hodge.”We are very happy to have a leading brand like Oxigen to be associated with Gujarat Lions as the title sponsor. Considering the synergy between the two leading brands in consumer technology space, it is indeed a value addition to the Gujarat Lions,” Keshav Bansal, Gujarat Lions Owner and Intex Technologies Director, said.Oxigen has already signed Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador.In the recent past, Oxigen has sponsored tournaments like Masters Champions League 2020, UAE; Cricket All Stars, USA; the South African Proteas #Proteafire & the New Zealand Blackcaps, #Backupblackcaps, for World T20.Besides cricket, Oxigen has also been associated with other sports like football (Kerala Blasters) and hockey (Hockey India League). PTI SR ANUlast_img read more

2nd Test, Day 3: Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal lead Sri Lankan fightback against England

first_imgSri Lanka held England at bay – for now – as captain Angelo Mathews’ 80 helped it to 309-5 in its second innings in the second test on Sunday.Sri Lanka was 88 behind England’s 498-9 declared after being forced to follow on, but showed some fight on Day 3 with half-centuries by Mathews, Kaushal Silva (60) and Dinesh Chandimal, who was 54 not out.England was still closing in on a series victory after firing Sri Lanka out for 101 in its first innings at the Riverside Ground, another collapse after the tourists were bowled out for 91 and 119 in an innings defeat in the first test.Sri Lanka will at least take this test to a fourth day, better than its loss inside three days at Headingley.last_img read more

Air India set to have ‘Maharaja’ class seats on international flights

first_imgNew Delhi, June 20 (PTI) Passengers on most of Air India’s international flights are all set for a new experience as the airline will soon introduce ‘Maharaja’ business class seats, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew, officials said. The revamped products and services is likely to be unveiled on June 22, which would also come on an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making carrier. “The airline would launch a revamped Maharaja business class,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told reporters here. The existing first class and business class seats on its Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft fleet would be revamped for the Maharaja business class seats. These planes operate short and long haul international routes. Airline officials said the latest makeover exercise would involve overhauling of a section of the first class and business class with an upgraded ambience, upholstery and other new features. The night kits would also come with a new look, they added. Besides, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew would be introduced, they said. “The objective of the revamping exercise is to bring about the much needed change in the airline, make it more customer-focussed with enviable service,” one of the officials said. Another official said the move is part of larger efforts to attract more passengers on its international flights and in turn generate more revenues as well as gain more market share. Currently, Air India has 17 per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week spread across 43 overseas destinations.advertisement According to the officials, the cabin crew of Boeing aircraft flying on the overseas routes would be sporting new uniform with a subtle western touch. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and his deputy Jayant Sinha are expected to unveil the new products. The Civil Aviation Ministry today said the government is committed to strategic disinvestment of Air India and a plan is being prepared to run the airline efficiently, weeks after the flagship carrier’s strategic stake sale failed to take off. “Air India has a very important role to play in the aviation sector of India. Therefore, to keep it healthy, efficient and forward looking airline is an important priority for the government,” Prabhu said today. PTI SAN RAMRAMlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 with 32MP selfie camera coming to India soon, company teases

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Y3 with 32MP selfie camera coming to India soon, company teasesConsidering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 09:53 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain tweeted about the coming of a new smartphone.Redmi Y3 is coming to India soon.Like the Redmi Y2, the Redmi Y3 will also be a selfie focused smartphone.Looks like launching three phones — Redmi Go, Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro — wasn’t enough for Xiaomi India. On Wednesday, Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain tweeted about the coming of a new smartphone. And it is none other than the successor to the selfie-focused Redmi Y2, which launched in the country last year. The company is yet to reveal the name of the upcoming Y series phone but rumours suggest that it will be the Redmi Y3. Similar to the Redmi Y2, the upcoming Redmi Y3 will also be a selfie-focused smartphone.In the tweet, Jain confirmed that the upcoming Redmi Y series smartphone will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera. Now, that a huge jump from the Redmi Y2. Launched last year the Redmi Y2 sports a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Notably, for the Redmi Y2 Xiaomi uses 4 in 1 Pixel binning technique. We believe for the upcoming 32-megapixel Redmi Y3 the same technique will be used. Looks like Xiaomi India is extremely excited about its upcoming Y series phone.In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..”Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front. Some of them are — Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. As of now nothing else is known about the Redmi Y3. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This suggests that the Redmi Y3 will be a much-upgraded version of the predecessor Redmi Y2.advertisementAs far as the specs are concerned, the Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front, the Redmi Y2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The Redmi Y2 is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.In India, the Redmi Y2 3GB+32GB model currently sells for Rs 8,999, while the 4GB+64GB model of the phone comes for Rs 10,999. The Redmi Y2 is available in funky colours like gold, dark grey, blue, rose gold, and black.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone, Nubia Pods to launch in May 2019 along with Red Magic 3ALSO READ | Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 SoCs, aims to offer premium experience in Rs 20,000 phonesALSO READ | Oppo Reno launched: 10x periscopic zoom camera, fullscreen display and Snapdragon 855 from Rs 41,000Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow androidlast_img read more

UN envoy on children and armed conflict begins visit to Côte dIvoire

4 September 2007The United Nations human rights envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children caught up in armed conflict is heading this week to Côte d’Ivoire to assess the situation in the divided West African country. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, will focus particularly on the follow-up of action plans aimed at releasing children from armed groups and reintegrating them into their communities, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. Ms. Coomaraswamy will also examine the issue of sexual violence against children in the aftermath of the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been split between the Government-controlled south and the Forces Nouvelles-held north since 2002. The Special Representative was invited to Côte d’Ivoire by the Government, Ms. Montas added. The UN peacekeeping mission to the country (known as UNOCI) is helping to implement a disarmament process in Côte d’Ivoire as part of a peace deal signed by the country’s leaders in Ouagadougou, capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso, in March. The pact calls, among other steps, for: creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; dismantling the militias, disarming ex-combatants and enrolling them in civil services programmes; and replacing the “zone of confidence” separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI. Last year, a report from the UN Secretary-General found that Côte d’Ivoire was one of at least 12 countries where children are recruited to serve as either government soldiers, rebel gunmen or militia members. read more

Northern Expressway phase 1 to begin

Stage I – total length of Stage I is 42.5 Km. and interchanges are proposed to be constructed at Enderamulla, Gampaha, Veyangoda and Mirigama. The tentative corridor for phase 1 of the expressway has been identified and is proposed to be implemented in three stages as follows: Stage II – total length of Stage II is 35 Km. and interchanges are proposed to be constructed at Pothupitiya, Dampalassa and Pellandeniya.Stage III – total length of Stage III is 44 km. and interchanges are proposed to be constructed at’ Pothupitiya, Polgahawela, Rambukkana and Hedeniya. Construction of phase one of the northern expressway is set to begin with cabinet granting approval to carry out feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments and to prepare documents to invite expressions of interest and requests.The contract for the consultancy services to carry out feasibility studies for the phase 1 of this project is to be awarded to SMEC International pty Ltd, Australia through direct contracting method, the government announced today. read more

Rio Tinto Alcan studies options to further reduce costs amid tough global

Rio Tinto Alcan studies options to further reduce costs amid tough global market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 12, 2012 5:05 pm MDT MONTREAL – Aluminum giant Rio Tinto Alcan is studying options to cut costs, including whether to seek the reopening of collective agreements for about 1,500 Quebec employees, as it moves to offset the challenges of a tough global market.The Montreal-based aluminum division has provided cost reduction targets to each of its facilities around the world, but won’t release them publicly.“We really have to reduce plant costs so they are more competitive and able to survive the current crisis,” said spokeswoman Claudine Gagnon.Rio Tinto Alcan met Thursday with Canadian Auto Workers union representatives to discuss employee concerns about the weak global aluminum market, cost-reduction efforts and the planned closure this year of its cathode facility in Arvida, Que. About 50 employees affected by the closure will be relocated to other facilities.The talks followed a general meeting of union employees about 10 days ago.Gagnon said Rio’s facilities in Quebec and elsewhere around the world have to reduce costs. But the Arvida facility also faces an additional challenge because it will no longer meet Quebec’s environmental standards as of 2015.She said the company hasn’t made any decisions about seeking the reopening of collective agreements affecting Local 1937 at Arvida and several affiliated facilities, including Vaudreuil, Laterriere and the Arvida research centre.“That could be part of the options that will allow us to reduce our costs but that is what we are analyzing now.”Other options include achieving savings over the next 12 to 18 months by changing work rules.Rio Tinto Alcan wouldn’t exclude job reductions at those facilities, but Gagnon said it has no plans to reopen collective agreements at its other facilities, including Alma, Que.CAW officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.Marc Maltais of the United Steelworkers, which represents 786 workers in Alma, said the union has yet to meet with Rio about its demands to reduce costs.While his union recognizes the difficulties facing the global aluminum industry, he said cheap energy makes Quebec one of the lowest cost operations in the world.“The more it goes badly elsewhere the more it demonstrates the importance of the investment in Quebec, so the economic context for aluminum favours us,” the local union president said in an interview.Gagnon said any moves to reduce costs in Alma will be in accordance with the existing collective agreement approved last July.Rio Tinto Alcan’s cost-cutting exercise comes as the London-based parent company Rio Tinto (TSX:RIO) trims US$500 million in annualized costs through reducing capital expenditures, cutting support costs and freezing hirings as it adjusts to a slowdown in Chinese economic growth.“We will make a particular effort to roll back the unsustainable operating capital cost increases we received through the sector over the past couple of years in these current conditions of weak markets and strong local currencies,” CEO Tom Albanese said last week during an investor day.Rio Tinto bought the Canadian aluminum company Alcan Inc. for $38 billion in 2007.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Rio Tinto Alcan could seek to reopen collective agreements at several plants read more

The Razer Wolverine Ultimate Gaming Controller Catches These Hands

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingFinally, Razer Is Making a Gamer Toaster Stay on target Video game controllers may not be getting that different these days, but they are becoming more refined. Gamers, whether they’re professional eSports e-athletes or not, want an elite ergonomic experience and premium performance from their controllers, and they are willing to pay premium prices.Acclaimed PC gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer is about to offer its own solution. As part of the company’s continued push into the console space (with devices like console headphones and arcade fight sticks) Razer has announced its newest Xbox One (and PC) product: The Razer Wolverine Ultimate gaming controller.The Razer Wolverine Ultimate controller is designed to provide $160 worth of precision and comfort while playing Xbox One or PC games. The bevy of customization options include two swappable D-pads, six different buttons and triggers to remap on the controller itself or through Razer’s Synapse cloud software, and thumbsticks with adjustable heights are shapes. This way, you can craft a controller that feels just right in your hands.Various tactile switches and “automatic hair-trigger mode” makes the controller viable for competitive play. Of course there’s a microphone and headphone port with a control panel for voice chat, and the braided fiber Micro-USB cable should eliminate any input lag.The Wolverine also carries over a beloved feature from Razer’s PC products onto consoles: Razer Chroma. The “integrated RGB lighting strip” lets players enhance their controller’s AESTHETICS by cycling through 16.8 million different colors and effects like Spectrum Cycling, Breathing, and Wave.During a recent visit to the Geek.com New York office, Razer actually let us briefly try out the Wolverine Ultimate. We only played a few rounds of Injustice 2 but that was enough to feel the potential of the controller. Too bad Wolverine (the X-Men hero, not the controller) probably won’t be in Disney’s Marvel vs Capcom Infinite because how perfect would it be to main Wolverine using the Wolverine?We can’t wait for the fights to come when the Razer Wolverine Ultimate controller for Xbox One and PC launches this September online and globally this holiday.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Luka Modric rejects Real Madrid offer – Report

first_imgCroatian midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid and is said to be considering an approach from Inter.Diario AS cite a report in local TV station Telemadrid and carried by Football Italia claiming the Ballon d’Or winner has turned down Madrid’s initial offer and there are strong indications that the interest from Inter is huge.Modric has been instrumental in both club and country as he helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and his nation Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Modric is believed to be influenced by the fact that his fellow compatriots Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all play at the Nerazzurri.The midfielder’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs through until 2020 but he is said to be holding out for an improved offer, one which would match or exceed that offered by Inter.last_img read more

A Web Traffic and Engagement Tip Sheet

first_imgEveryone needs a review sometimes. And in the highly competitive and, especially for magazine publishers, make-or-break world of Web content publishing, SEO and engagement are two critical strategies that deserve perpetual oversight and review. So, in that spirit, we’ve spoken with a number of SEO and Web content development experts across the industry and compiled their favorite ways to drive—and keep—traffic to their sites. Optimization and TrafficTopic Pages Are the AnchorsWe’re all creating hundreds of thousands of pages of content that come and go on a daily basis. Topic pages that never change their URLs, however, are like a traffic magnet. Over time, other sites will link to them, building up that all-important “Google juice,” and topic pages tend to be very keyword heavy. “If something has been up over time, you build up more incoming links,” says Kelly Maloni, director of product development at New York. “Google is looking for incoming links, keyword-friendly URLs, and keyword-rich pages. Pages that have those and don’t change over and over again have a lot of weight. It’s about owning the keywords, a simple URL, and owning that space.” Remember Your 301 RedirectsEvery site needs to rebuild its structure at some time or another. If you do have to change a URL to a topic page or a directory page, make sure you alert the search engines with a 301 Redirect command, which tells search engines that the old URL is the same as the new one. “We’re pretty obsessive about the 301 Redirects,” says Maloni, who warns that without it, Google will treat the URL as a brand new one and all the elements built up over time that gave the page a high ranking will be erased. SEO for that section will have to start all over again. “Instead, a 301 Redirect tells Google that the old URL is now the new one, and to consider them the same page and keep the page rank.” Social Media Isn’t Just a Buzz Phrase“It can actually work from a traffic standpoint,” says Jonathon Hills, acting GM of ReadersDigest.com. “We’ve done a lot to ramp up our social media efforts, which now account for a good portion of our traffic.” Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter—they’re all being used, but not indiscriminately. “Social media is a fuzzy area, but if you select the channels carefully and position the content in a way that makes sense to your brand, it can be a powerful traffic driver,” says Hills.Leverage Your Analytics“A lot of my work comes from looking at analytics,” says Alison McPartland, manager of search and discovery strategies at Questex Media. McPartland created a “Top Author” report that identifies which editors and what content brings in the most traffic—and uses it to foster a bit of friendly competition. “It’s the top 30 articles of content per month,” says McPartland. “We pull who the author is and what the topic is and analyze page views, percentage over site, total amount of keywords that were driven to that story, average time spent, bounce rate and exit rate.”The content analytics reveal how visitors find the content (keywords) and what topics are trending high. McPartland then makes sure to share the details with the editors. “It gets them competitive with each other and makes them proactive, rather than waiting to see what works.”Leveraging Syndication’s ResultsFinding other Web sites and portals to syndicate your content is another way of driving traffic back to your site, but it’s what you do with the traffic that’s also important. “We’ve got great partnerships with MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and some smaller sites as well,” says Sean Nolan, Rodale’s VP of online operations. “We assume we’re getting new audiences and populate the article with downstream links. We try to get them around the rest of the site and show them related content—maybe have a subscription or product offer.” The E-mail Newsletter ConnectionCreate and send e-mail newsletters as often as people give you permission to. “It really begins with e-mail,” says Jason Revzon, VP of Taunton Interactive at Taunton Press. “Half of our traffic comes from search, but e-mail is hugely important. It’s your way of reminding people what’s on your site. Depending on the site, we double or quadruple our traffic when the e-mails go out.”Content and EngagementTease Related Content“You want to watch for people viewing multiple pages of content across the board,” says Omid Jahanbin, director of product design and creative strategies, interactive platforms, at Cygnus Business Media. “We want to keep on average four pages of content on the top of our page view line.”Time the Release of Certain ContentPost content when your audience is most likely to read it. “You want to release content when you have a high traffic period,” says Jahanbin. “Typically, 11:00 am is very high for our publishing partners.”The added benefit here, says Jahanbin, is readers are more likely to avail themselves of the sharing functions, too—e-mail to a friend and the social networking buttons. “There’s a reason corporations release news they don’t like on a Friday. It’s lost its mystique by Monday.”Content Packaging and Presentation Don’t just shovel a 2,000-word story into a single Web page. Break it up. Add infographics. Consider changing the format completely. “We’re always trying to turn a full-length magazine article into a seven-photo slide show, for example,” says Hills. “We could take that and break it down and extract pieces and add some relevant images and create a whole new story—that presentation works better than a 1,000-word article. Or we could turn 25 tips into a one-minute Web-exclusive video clip.”Reformat Your Video PresentationConsider breaking up a longer-form video subject into a number of shorter clips that can play in a series. Taunton’s Revzon has introduced “snack-sized” videos that visitors are watching all at once. “We recently went from a single-clip player on a page to a player that has eight clips on a subject that play in order,” he says. “People are watching eight videos on average, and that keeps them there a long time. They’re small nuggets—between 40 seconds and two minutes—but they’re put together in a way that lets you lean back and enjoy them.”Make Your Slideshows Tell a StoryA perennial page-view favorite, it can actually be hard for image-only slideshows to keep readers until the end. At UBM’s Channelweb.com, vice president and editor Larry Hooper says they get 80 percent pull-through on their slideshows by adding some editorial content. “We treat them like stories, not like a bunch of pictures with captions,” he says. “We take a graphic novel approach to pull people through.”Hooper also says that he’ll substitute a slideshow or other visuals for a text-based story where it makes sense. A story about 10 new laptops, for example, could easily be turned into a slideshow. Pull Your Visitors into Guiding Editorial DevelopmentUser-generated content is one thing, but having your site’s most loyal visitors help guide story development accomplishes two things: Your editors have first-hand knowledge of what topics matter most, and your users are pulled deeper into the site experience. “Instead of calling up five or 10 readers, we’re starting the reporting within our community,” says Hooper. “It creates more traction than just commenting. Our reporters have set up private groups and invite experts to join, and those are generating stories on the site.”last_img read more

Stocks mutual funds bought and sold in February

first_img[Representational image]PixabayPlaying the stock market game comes easy to fund mangers, given their experience and professional background. Would you then not like to know stocks that they bought and sold last month in large numbers?To give some broad insights, there are 43 mutual funds (MFs) in India and their combined assets under management (AUMs) stood at Rs 17.89 lakh crore, up Rs 52,000 crore from Rs 17.37 lakh crore at the end of January.Net inflows into ELSS slowed down to Rs 997 crore from Rs 1,166 crore in the previous month while inflows into equity schemes rose to Rs 5,465 crore from Rs 3,717 crore in January 2017.Some of the top-ranking MFs in India include ICICI MF, HDFC MF, Reliance MF, Birla Sun Life MF, Axis MF and SBI MF.IDBI Capital Markets & Securities analyses how MFs shuffled their portfolios in February.Top picksTopping the list of stocks that MFs added to their portfolios in February is private sector lender ICICI Bank; fund managers bought 77.9 crore shares. The stock has been rallying over the past few trading sessions as well and was the top gainer on Tuesday (March 14), ending 5.99 percent higher at Rs 287 on the BSE.Other top stocks that MFs added to their kitty during the month include Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Infosys, ITC, Tata Steel, Federal Bank, TCS, RBL Bank, Sun Pharma and Maruti Suzuki.Fund managers bought 9 crore shares of RIL, riding on the bullish projections for its telecom arm, Reliance Jio’s aggressive 4G plans.Cigarette maker and diversified player ITC was another favourite of MFs, who bought 43.1 crore shares while 18.2 crore shares of IT services company Infosys were added to the MF kitty during the month. Kerala-based private sector lender Federal Bank was a significant buy during the month, with 44.7 crore shares bought.Sun Pharma was another top pick for MFs that added 12.4 crore shares. The stock rose 3.61 percent on Tuesday to close at Rs 708 on news that the US FDA has imported restrictions placed on its Mohali facility.Top exitsThe portfolio churn saw MFs exiting from some of the blue-chip scrips such as HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Yes Bank, BPCL, Coal India, Bajaj Auto and Larsen & Toubro.MFs sold 25 crore shares of HDFC Bank. The private sector lender’s share price spurted to a new 52-week high of Rs 1,450 on February 16 after the RBI lifted the cap on buying by foreign institutional investors. On Tuesday (March 14), it closed at Rs 1,410.Other prominent exits for MFs during the month included Kotak Mahindra Bank, Grasim Industries, Tata Motors, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, Tech Mahindra and Cadila Healthcare.Sensex, Nifty closer higher on TuesdayOn Tuesday, the BSE Sensex closed 496 points higher at 29,442 while the NSE Nifty ended 137 points higher at 9,072 in response to the BJP putting up a good performance in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and managing to outsmart the Congress in Manipur and Goa despite finishing second.The BSE Sensex is just 582 points away from its all-time high of 30,024.Gold, silver edge lowerGold prices drifted Rs 150 lower to close at Rs 28,900 per 10 gm while silver ended Rs 180 lower at Rs 40,800 per kg.last_img read more

Fish enclosure owner stabbed dead

first_imgA fish enclosure owner was stabbed to death by some miscreants in Goshpara bil area of Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district on Friday night.The deceased is Asadur Rahman, 35, son of a certain Abdul Jabbar of Arongaccha village in Kaliganj upazila. Some assailants attacked Asadur while he was going to his fish enclosure around 9:00pm riding a bicycle and stabbed indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured, said Shyamnagar police station officer-in-charge Syed Mannan. Later, the injured was taken to a local clinic where physicians declared him dead on arrival.last_img read more

As Fewer Refugees Settle In Houston Nonprofits Struggle To Maintain Operations

first_img Listen Photo: Courtesy of The AllianceA young refugee mother poses with her children at The Alliance’s spring festival held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston.The Alliance of Houston is historically one of the largest refugee resettlement organizations in Texas. Before Trump took office, the nonprofit resettled roughly 750 refugee families a year. Then the president lowered the cap for refugee admissions, and The Alliance was contracted to take in some 450 families over the course of a year. But Alliance CEO Dan Stoecker said he doubts is organization will even reach that number. He said if refugee resettlement continues at its current rate, he estimates end-of-year numbers somewhere in the 200 range. “When the numbers aren’t even half now of even what the government promised that we should count on,” said Stoecker, “it makes it very difficult for all the non-profit agencies in Houston and across America to really have stable business operations.”Stoecker said when the government doesn’t send families to resettle, his organization loses out on the reimbursements they were anticipating. He’s having to adjust budgets, programs and staffing to balance the organization’s budget. 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Stoecker said he’s disappointed by the administration’s cap to refugee resettlement and is considering offering assistance abroad as an alternative way to address the refugee crisis. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in history, but at the same time America isn’t really doing its equal part,” Stoecker said.  Sharelast_img read more

Harris County Medical Examiner Rules Maleah Davis Was A Victim Of Homicide

first_imgHouston Police Department via APThis undated photo released by the Houston Police Department shows Maleah Davis.The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said on Friday the cause of death of 4-year-old Maleah Davis has been ruled a homicide.Davis had been missing since May 4 and her disappearance was covered by national news outlets. Derion Vence, who was engaged to Davis’ mother, reported her abduction that day.On May 31, authorities found Davis’ remains inside a garbage bag located near Fulton, Arkansas, about 330 miles from Houston. The discovery occurred after Vence allegedly confessed the location to Houston community activist Quanell X.Vence is currently in the Harris County jail under a charge of tampering with a human corpse.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said detectives continue investigating and are still interviewing doctors, other experts, and witnesses.“I know that folks want this done yesterday but our pursuit here is the pursuit of the truth and our pursuit of exactly what happened to Maleah,” Acevedo said.He said HPD is collaborating with the Harris County District Attorney’s office.  “We are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will be able to get this further along and actually be able to give an update with our colleagues at the Harris County DA’s office on the final charges.” Sharelast_img read more

Original BioShock remade as an oldschool isometric JRPG looks amazing

first_imgEven though Irrational Games has been shut down and its staff disbanded, the BioShock series — namely the first one and the more recent BioShock Infinite — are still fresh in our brains, all this time after its inception. Recently, we got a look at what the original BioShock and its famed underwater dystopia of Rapture would look like if it were made in Unreal Engine 4. Now, we’re getting a look at what the game would be like if it were made as an old-school, isometric RPG. Basically, it looks great.Even though Infinite’s campaign DLC — both episodes of Burial at Sea, take place in a portion of Rapture made within the past year — they were created in Unreal Engine 3, albeit a heavily modified version of the engine. When the assets were shoved into Unreal Engine 4, they looked great — though the area into which everything was placed obviously lost the carefully handcrafted atmosphere of Rapture. Thanks to developers The Brotherhood, we’re taking a trip to the past rather than the cutting-edge this time around, and checking out BioShock as if it were an isometric RPG.Click for full size.Aside from generously giving us a bird’s-eye view of our favorite underwater fallen city, The Brotherhood appears to have recreated the locale in order to promote its upcoming game, Stasis. From the skilled representation of Rapture, you probably could’ve guessed that Stasis is an isometric horror game. The art for the game looks great, but the above Rapture scene already made it plainly clear that the developers are skilled at isometric art. The team also made stills of other games transformed into isometric RPGs, such as BioShock Infinite and Assassin’s Creed IV, which you can check out here.If you’re interested in Stasis, which does boast some impressive visuals, head on over here.last_img read more

eTravel Blackboard Oprah special

first_imge-Travel Blackboard has been exclusively selected, amongst hundreds of vying media outlets, to attend the live taping of Oprah’s first show in Sydney on Tuesday 14 December. e-Travel Blackboard will be at the Sydney ‘Oprah’ House, providing our readers first-hand information and news in reference to Oprah’s visit down under.Be sure to check the e-Travel Blackboard website today and over the coming days for exclusive features and breaking news regarding all things Oprah.e-Travel Blackboard will also cover Oprah in a special supplement to be released on Wednesday 15 December, highlighting how the popular television host’s highly anticipated visit will affect Australia’s tourism industry.Fittingly, OBrochure will join e-Travel Blackboard in celebrating Oprah’s visit, whilst catering to all agents and consumer travel brochure needs.For further information and all your travel industry news and updates, visit e-Travel Blackboard today and be sure to stay tuned for exclusive Oprah updates! Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Greece offers help in establishing coastguard

first_imgJustice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has been in Greece seeking Greek expertise in establishing a coastguard in Cyprus, it was announced on Wednesday.Greek Shipping Minister Panayiotis Kourouplis told Nicolaou his department was ready to provide know-how and experience regarding the structure and operation of coastal surveillance.In a written statement, Nicolaou said the two countries decided to cooperate closely on the transfer of expertise and training of the members of the Cypriot marine police “since it will be the backbone” of the coastguard.“The Greek marine unit, through a long tradition on matters of shipping and guarding marine borders, will provide the republic with experience, knowledge and know-how, by offering Cypriot officers the potential of taking part in its training programmes,” the minister said.A permanent committee will be set up to coordinate the training, based on the priorities and the timeframe that was defined.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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