Sri Lanka sports minister calls for report on Test series loss

first_imgColombo, Aug 16 (PTI) Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has called for a report from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the hosts were whitewashed 3-0 by India in the recent three-match Test series. “This teams capability is not a question but we must know the reasons for the defeat,” Jayasekera told reporters, adding that he also had a two-hour meeting discussing the defeat. “We also have to remember that India is the top team in the world, so the defeat has to be seen from that view point too,” he said. Sri Lankan fans are lambasting the team for the series loss with most of the criticism levelled at the Thilanga Sumathipala administration at SLC. The Chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya has also faced stinging criticism in social media. The former world cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who is also Jayasekeras Cabinet colleague, had called for Sumathipala to step down as SLC boss. “We cant change an elected body, that can be done only at the next election,” Jayasekera said. Jayasekera said Ranatunga was someone who had lost the SLC elections. “When there were interim committees which ran Sri Lanka Cricket for 8 years, no one complained. It was only this government which took action to hold elections (for the SLC),” Jayasekera said. Jayasekera said he would soon sit down with the players to discuss the way forward. This is amidst criticism that inconsistent selection policies and politics reigning at the cricket administration had led to the current downfall of Sri Lankas fortunes. PTI Cor ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Mbappe: I’m no copy of Henry

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe honoured by Henry comparisons but is no ‘copy’ of anyone Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 21:35 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) KylianMbappe - cropped Bongarts Kylian Mbappé PSG Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 While the 18-year-old is grateful to be likened to the Arsenal great, he wants to forge his own identity in the years ahead Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is honoured by comparisons with France great Thierry Henry, but urged people to not see him as a “copy” of the Arsenal legend.Mbappe announced himself to the world with Monaco last season, playing a starring role as Leonardo Jardim’s men won the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.Mbappe 22/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Monaco’s talent pool was raided by a number of Europe’s leading clubs ahead of the 2017-18 campaign and Mbappe was the biggest name to depart, joining PSG in a loan deal which will be made permanent for €160 million (plus bonuses) next year.Kylian Mbappe PSGHis style of play and obvious ability have seen him likened to ex-Arsenal superstar Henry and, although he is grateful for such praise, the 2017 Golden Boy winner is adamant that he has a lot to improve.”It’s an honour to me,” he told Tuttosport. “But it does not impact on me.”I want to be known as myself, not as someone else’s copy. I know people expect a lot from me, but I’m not that player who leaves a mark on every game.”I have to work so hard. My young age will never be an excuse.”Mbappe has also already made a serious impression on the international stage with France and, barring a serious injury or major dip in form, he will surely be a certainty for their squad next year’s World Cup.@KMbappe receives his Golden Boy award tonight in Monaco !— PSG English (@PSG_English) October 23, 2017France will be among the favourites to lift the famous trophy, though Mbappe knows that will only happen with maturity.”For France, the talent is not lacking,” he said. “But you need to think about the chemistry of the team.”We are a young group and this can allow us to grow and mature at the same time as such an important tournament.”last_img read more

Former No. 1 Recruit Jaelan Phillips Might Be Hinting At Commitment

first_imgformer ucla defensive lineman jaelan phillipsPASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Ross Bowers #3 of the California Golden Bears reacts as he is sacked by Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins on fourth down during the third quarter at Rose Bowl on November 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former No. 1 overall recruit is on the move, though where he wants to go is reportedly still up in the air. Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips announced his plans to move on from the UCLA football program after two seasons with the team.Earlier this week, college football insider Bruce Feldman reported that Phillips scheduled a visit to Miami. That visit is expected to take place this weekend and Phillips appears to have confirmed the news with his latest Twitter post.Phillips took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to tease college football fans everywhere with a three-letter tweet. “TNM,” Phillips said on Twitter: which means “The New Miami.”It’s a phrase recruits have been using when discussing visits to Miami.TNM— Jaelan Phillips ;??® (@JJPhillips15) January 23, 2019Phillips could join a string of transfers to sign with Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes since Diaz took over the program earlier this year.Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his transfer to Miami using the “TNM” hashtag signifying he wants to be a part of the new Miami Hurricanes program.Early reports indicated Phillips was interested in a transfer to USC or Stanford, but it appears the Hurricanes are also squarely in the mix. Chigozie Nnoruka, Phillips’ teammate at UCLA recently announced his transfer to Miami as well.Stay tuned.last_img read more

India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane Williamson

first_imgIndia were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane WilliamsonIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped six between them as India restricted New Zealand to 157 on Wednesday. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisement Akshay Ramesh NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:57 IST India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami won the Man of the Match Award as he finished with figures of 3/19 in Napier (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia, who were asked to bowl first, restricted New Zealand to 157 in NapierMohammed Shami removed New Zealand openers cheaply and finished with three wicketsKane Williamson conceded New Zealand should have got more than 250 to put pressure on IndiaIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson conceded the Black Caps didn’t come up with their best effort and suffered an eight-wicket thrashing in the first ODI of a five-match series at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.Kane Williamson said the hosts had expected India to play good cricket but pointed out that the visitors were on top of their game.Following their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia earlier this month, India had headed to New Zealand with a lot of confidence. A close contest between two explosive sides was expected it turned out to be a one-sided match in Napier, thanks to India’s all-round effort.Mohammed Shami, who picked up three wickets and bagged the Man of the Match award, rattled the New Zealand top order by removing dangerous New Zealand openers, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill cheaply. India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then ran through the middle order, picking up six wickets between them.Certainly wasn’t our best effort: WilliamsonCaptain Kane Williamson, who had won the toss, waged a lone battle and made 64 but it wasn’t enough against a top-quality Indian batting unit. Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 75 as India, without even getting past their second gear, gunned down the 156-run target (DLS) with 14.1 overs and eight wickets to spare.advertisement”Certainly wasn’t our best effort. India, we expected them to be good and they really were on top of the game,” Williamson said on Wednesday.”Their whole bowling unit contributed well and they need credit for that. We also did well with the ball, showed enough intent and will hope to take those things forward,” he added.”The surface wasn’t as traditional as we thought it to be. India bowled well, particularly the lengths hit by their slower bowlers were really good. Getting to just 150-ish on a pitch where 250-plus was needed, doesn’t help. I think we didn’t adjust well enough to the surface, don’t think it was the lack of match practice that cost us.”While New Zealand suffered a disappointing defeat, days after crushing Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series at home, India’s win on Wednesday was also their first win in ODI cricket against the Black Caps in New Zealand since 2009.India have now won three of their four matches to start the World Cup year on a high. The Asian giants are still experimenting with their playing XIs in order to settle in on a solid combination in the lead up to the World Cup.With India having the early upper hand in the five-match series, the two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, January 26.Also Read | Sun stops play and Sunrisers captain Williamson can’t help it: Napier delay cracks up fansAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsAlso Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 1st ODIFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Napier ODIFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more

Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to attend 19th SCO meeting

first_img Geeta Mohan New DelhiJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 17:48 IST Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on sidelines of SCO meeting | Photo from Twitter/PTIHIGHLIGHTSImran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi AbylgazievThe invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay JeenbekovPakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member statesPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.Imran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to Imran Khan Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar are accompanying the Prime Minister.Imran Khan is visiting Bishkek on 13 and 14 June, 2019, to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).PM Imran Khan arrives at Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.The PM was received by Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.#SCOSummit2019 (@PTIofficial) June 13, 2019Besides Pakistan, SCO’s membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.SCO observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia.The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of the SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the organisation.The invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would chair the CHS meeting.The leaders of the SCO member and observer states as well as representatives of important international organisations will attend the meeting.A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields.Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the meeting.advertisementThe SCO is among the major trans-regional organisations.Pakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member states.The SCO’s multi-sectoral cooperation agenda is in line with Pakistan’s policy of promoting regional peace and stability and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres.Pakistan offers critical overland route for trade and energy and supports the SCO’s efforts for regional integration through linking CPEC with the six land routes of the SCO.Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, education and healthcare, S&T and innovation, youth and women empowerment, justice, agriculture, culture and sports, tourism and media.Also Read | Pakistan allows PM Narendra Modi’s plane to fly over its airspace to BishkekAlso Read | Imran Khan follows PM Modi’s footsteps, asks countrymen to pay taxesAlso Watch | PM Modi, Imran Khan to be at same venue in BishkekGet 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Imran KhanFollow KyrgyzstanFollow Bishkek Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to attend 19th SCO meetingPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.advertisementlast_img read more

CMA CGM Cuts Zeebrugge, Dalian from FAL 1 Rotation

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM plans to change the port coverage of its French Asia Line 1 (FAL 1) service by no longer calling Belgium’s port of Zeebrugge and China’s port of Dalian.As from MV CMA CGM Jules Verne voyage 115 FLE, the service will no longer call the port of Zeebrugge. Last vessel calling this port will be MV CMA CGM Vasco De Gama, on August 29, 2016.In addition, as from MV CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt voyage 109 FLE, FAL 1 will stop calling the port of Dalian. Last vessel calling Dalian will be MV CMA CGM Magellan, with the estimated time of arrival of September 16, 2016.With the two changes implemented, FAL 1 new rotation will be the following:Southampton (UK) – Dunkirk (France) – Hamburg (Germany) – Rotterdam (Netherlands) – Le Havre (France) – Malta (Malta) – Khor Al Fakkan (UAE) – Jebel Ali (UAE) – Shanghai (China) – Tianjin Xingang (China) – Busan (South Korea) – Qingdao (China) – Shanghai (China) (westbound) – Ningbo (China) – Yantian (China) – Port Kelang (Malaysia) – Algeciras (Spain) – Southampton (UK).last_img read more

Faith Goldy ordered to pay Bell Media more than 43000 in legal

first_imgTORONTO — A controversial figure who ran as a Toronto mayoral candidate has been ordered to pay more than $43,000 in legal fees to Bell Media after her lawsuit was dismissed by the Ontario Superior Court.Faith Goldy had sued Bell over its refusal to air her campaign advertisements on a local television station, but the suit was tossed in October. In a decision on Wednesday, Justice Peter Cavanagh ordered Goldy to hand over $43,117.90 to cover Bell’s legal fees.Goldy — who did not immediately respond for a request to comment — is a former journalist whose mayoral campaign included anti-immigrant policies. She finished third in the Oct. 22 election that returned John Tory to the mayor’s office.Goldy had asked the court to order Bell Media to run her ad on its CP24 channel. Her lawsuit alleged that the broadcaster broke national broadcasting rules and breached her right to free expression by refusing to air it.In his written decision, Cavanagh said Goldy’s complaint should be addressed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission — not the courts.Bell Media had told the court that it had received over 80 written complaints and requests from a number of groups not to run Goldy’s ads.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ProLTTE groups to protest when President visits UN

Pro-LTTE groups are preparing to stage a protest when President Maithripala Sirisena visits the UN next week.President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to speak at the UN during the UN General Assembly on September 25th. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) said it will be holding a protest rally against President Sirisena outside the UN General Assembly in New York City, on September 25th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. The TGTE has accused the President of being responsible for the deaths of approximately 70,000 Tamils during the war. “President Sirisena has admitted that he was the acting defense minister during the war when large numbers of Tamils were killed, including thousands who surrendered. The surrendered also included several babies and children. Almost 10 years have passed since their surrender and they still remain disappeared,” TGTE said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WestJet load factor improves to 805 per cent for November traffic up

A pilot taxis a Westjet Boeing 737-700 plane to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in on February 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WestJet load factor improves to 80.5 per cent for November, traffic up by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 7:28 am MDT CALGARY – WestJet Airlines said its flights took off with slightly fewer empty seats in November compared with a year ago, even as it increased capacity.The Calgary-based airline reported a November load factor of 80.5 per cent, up from 79.7 per cent a year ago.The improvement in the percentage of seats filled came as the airline increased capacity measured in available seat miles by 6.9 per cent.Traffic measured by revenue passenger miles climbed 8.0 per cent.“We continue to be very pleased with our strong traffic growth as we achieved our second-highest load factor in November, even as WestJet Encore, which operates at lower load factors similar to most regional airlines, continued to expand,” WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said in a statement.WestJet (TSX:WJA) launched its Encore service last year in Western Canada and has been expanding the service with the recent addition of a route between Thunder Bay, Ont., and Toronto.The airline has said Encore hopes to double its fleet of 14 Bombardier Q400 turboprops by 2016.Analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said November’s traffic numbers point to continued strong demand that support higher prices and profit growth through the rest of 2014 and into 2015.He added falling fuel prices should improve margins even though the airline recently said that it would offset the lower costs with reduced fares.“We anticipate given the strength in forward booking curves, with substantial bookings priced in light of higher input costs as well as the tendency for the industry to capture gains in a falling price environment, that margins should continue to expand,” he wrote in a report.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said he expects strong demand will continue in December as its airfare survey suggests WestJet is focusing on higher load factors at the expense of prices to manage its revenue per available seat mile.“We do expect some of the lower fares to be recovered through recently introduced first bag fees, however,” he added.WestJet expects to add up to $100 million per year in baggage fees following the Oct. 29 introduction of the new charges.Last week, WestJet’s flight attendants voted to reject a tentative agreement.The deal was reached between the airline and the WestJet Flight Attendant Association Board. WestJet’s flight attendants are not unionized, but represented by an employee association.The airline said it would meet in the coming weeks with the association board and focus on understanding specific concerns, following the steps outlined in a dispute resolution process. read more

China export growth falls in November imports contract in sign of weak

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China export growth falls in November, imports contract in sign of weak domestic demand by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2014 8:16 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China’s export growth tumbled in November and imports contracted unexpectedly in a new sign of weakness in the world’s second-largest economy.Exports rose by a weaker-than-expected 4.7 per cent, down from October’s 10.6 per cent, trade data showed Monday. Imports were forecast to post a small increase but instead contracted by 6.7 per cent from a year earlier.China’s economic growth slowed to a five-year low of 7.3 per cent in the latest quarter. The ruling Communist Party is trying to cool growth to a more sustainable level but cut interest rates last month in an apparent effort to reverse the deepening slowdown.The decline in export growth probably was due in part to a crackdown aimed at ending misreporting of prices by traders as a way to evade Chinese capital controls, but also indicates the underlying activity is weakening, said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.“The magnitude of the fall suggests that underlying export growth has weakened too,” said Evans-Pritchard. As for imports, “the sharp fall also hints at a further cooling of domestic demand.”Weaker domestic demand will frustrate Chinese planners who are trying to reduce reliance on trade and investment and nurture more self-sustaining growth based on retail spending and other domestic consumption. read more

What its like to run the London Marathon carrying a fridge

Extreme marathon runner Tony ‘The Fridge’ Morrison is best-known for taking on challenges with a 6st 10lb (42kg) fridge strapped to his back. As 40,000 runners take on the 26.2-mile course, some of the most extreme runners who have tackled the iconic event the hard way – dressed as deep sea divers, rhinos and even carrying a fridge – recall their experiences of taking on marathons in extraordinarily punishing conditions. Outlandish fancy dress outfits are a staple of every London Marathon, with many runners pulling on eye-catching costumes to raise a smile and money for their chosen charities.   Tony ‘The Fridge’ Morrison In 2013, the 53-year-old ran 800-plus miles from John O’Groats in Scotland… read more

Vale invests R60 million in innovative technologies for iron ore rail and

first_imgEnergy efficiency, higher productivity and improved safety are the main benefits of a new Vale program. In 2010, the logistics department will invest approximately R$60 million to develop and implement innovative technologies in its heavy haul railroads – the Vitória-Minas (EFVM) and Carajas (EFC) railroads – and ports. These investments include new equipment to operate locomotives using remote control and ‘dynamic helpers,’ extra engines designed to couple with moving trains to help them up steep hills – never before used in Brazil.“We look for the best possible technology on the market to modernise our railroads and ports and, unusually for the industry, we adapt it to the specific characteristics of our heavy haul railroads,” explains Humberto Freitas, Vale’s Director of Logistics Operations.In order to operate locos by remote control, Vale is testing two sets of equipment on the Vitória-Minas Railroad (EFVM). The equipment allows drivers to leave the cab and carry out switching manoeuvres remotely, from a vantage point with a full view of the operation. The trials are taking place at the Engenheiro Bandeira and Ouro Branco rail yards in Minas Gerais, both on the EFVM. “Train drivers can manoeuvre without needing to talk on the radio with switchmen. The switching process is quicker,” explains Gustavo Mucci, General Manager for Rail Innovation and Development at Vale. By the end of the year, the company will have tested another two such systems on the same railroad. Total investment in the scheme is R$4.6 million.Vale’s has also invested R$9 million to develop an artificial intelligence system at Ponta da Madeira seaport in Sâo Luis, Maranhâo. The system enables all of the terminal’s stackers and reclaimers – used to move ore from the stockyard onto conveyor belts, which then take it to the ship – to be operated remotely. The system uses a software program allowing the machinery to be operated from the port’s control centre. Vale is the first company in Brazil to have equipped all the stackers and reclaimers at a port terminal with a remote control system.At the control centre, operators each have their own command terminal. As a result, when they need to operate a different machine, they only have to activate a command rather than switch to a different terminal. The terminals’ operational system and layout is the same as that adopted at major European ports such as Rotterdam. “Using cameras and sensors installed in the machines, operators can control the machines at a distance, from where they can see the stockyard as a whole,” says Freitas.last_img read more

6th Greek Australian Short Film Festival

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 6th Greek Australian Short Film Festival taking place later this year is calling for submissions. This is an exciting event, supporting filmmakers from around the globe who are Greek or of Greek decent and covers all genres including animation. Set to screen as part of the Greek Film Festival in Australia, the event runs in all major cities and so is a great opportunity and platform for filmmakers to share their work with a large and wide ranging audience. There will be a National (Australian) and an International category, with each recipient of Best Film in their respective sections receiving a cash prize of $1000. Films will be judged by prominent Greek Australians from the media and entertainment industry. To be considered for the festival the short film must meet ONE of the following requirements:– One or more of the line creatives (writers, producers, directors) are Greek or of Greek heritage – The film is thematically Greek in nature – A lead actor is Greek or of Greek heritage. To submit your submission, visit…For further enquiries, email or visit Submission deadline is Friday 31 July, 2015Where: Nationally and worldwidelast_img read more

What Makes a GoodLooking Site Click

first_imgFor, it meant killing “deks” on the homepage. “One of the things we came to realize was that the way people browse the Web has evolved into a ‘quick-scan’ mindset, which is very different from how they read print media,” says Sean Villafranca, design director, “This is why we decided to do away with story summaries and designed with headlines only.”With editors and writers, Villafranca says managing editor Josh Tyrangiel “put the impetus on them to create more compelling and concise headlines, so that they wouldn’t have to rely on a dek to make it more interesting.”Wiping the Slate CleanFor’s most recent redesign, launched last October, Villafranca and his team took inventory of the existing site, then established a hierarchy of how the content would be presented. “We moved blocks of content around different areas on the page to see how a user’s eye would track.”Ultimately, a modular design offers flexibility down the road. “If we feel that the multimedia module should go higher on the page, we can easily do that.” MacKenzie agrees: “If you are a content site, make it easy to keep it fresh. You could have the best looking homepage in the world—if it’s static, it’s useless.”Striking a BalanceAnother challenge is striking a balance between the needs of ad sales and editorial.“The biggest challenge we had, and will continue to have, is balancing the needs of the business side of the operation with the creative/editorial side,” says MacKenzie. “We often have very different ideas about the homepage and how it should represent the brand as a whole. But the business side recognizes that the creative/editorial side is what truly differentiates the site from any other in the space—it defines the Motor Trend brand.”This is important, he says, because the lead generation side of the business is largely becoming commoditized. “The brand adds value because it creates a community of interest that will come to the site regularly,” MacKenzie says. “We have seen clear evidence this recently—lead gen has been hit by the economic downturn, but the number of visitors to the homepage”—in other words, visitors who have not come to the site through search engines—“has remained strong.”’s traffic has grown gradually since an initial major redesign of the site in 2006, from approximately one million unique visitors and six million page views per month to more than three million uniques and 17 million to 18 million page views. “It is hard to know what effect the design has had on the overall numbers,” MacKenzie says. “Stories that reach the top of the home page flash box tend to perform better than stories that do not make it there.” Adding the “Wide Open Throttle” box to the homepage—a blog-style content aggregation piece with 15-20 posts a day—has resulted in 600,000 additional page views per month. SIDEBAR5 Web Site Design Mistakes to Avoid• Don’t let designers design in a vacuum—solicit opinions from stakeholders as early in the process as possible.• Don’t get stuck on one design—try/solicit new ideas.• Don’t let ad folks dictate the direction.• Don’t get too carried away with bells and whistles.• Don’t strip away too much editorial in an effort to de-clutter the site. Much attention is paid to what content management system or other back-end architecture a Web site should have—and with good reason.But a smooth-running site that looks terrible won’t win readers or advertisers.For Motor Trend, designing a homepage with eye-catching visual effects (MT users are big on photos, as automobiles are, inherently, a very visual subject) and, of course, space for ads, was no exception.“The challenge is trying to get as much editorial content out on the homepage as possible without overwhelming the design and making it too cluttered,” says Angus MacKenzie, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief.last_img read more

Reports Salesforce to Acquire Buddy Media for More Than 800 Million

first_imgIn a deal said to be worth over $800 million, CRM provider and cloud computing company Salesforce will purchase social media software provider Buddy Media. Originally reported by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka, it’s believed Buddy Media accepted Salesforce’s bid over an offer from Google.Another report from TechCrunch says the $800 million price tag may be an underestimate, as Anthony Ha writes, “Now our sources say the price may be considerably higher depending on the equity component of the deal. That may put it more in the neighborhood of $1 billion.” The deal follows an overhaul of Buddy’s products, including a unified social data API; conversion, campaign and goal tracking across paid, owned and earned social media efforts; and a new mobile content development platform. The company also now offers a social application for Pinterest, as well as social media analytics through a partnership with comScore.The acquisition is drawing comparisons to Oracle’s recent acquisition of social media marketing group Vitrue, a deal valued at $300 million. The purchased companies both bring a social media component to businesses known for other services (Salesforce’s CRM is used by sellers throughout the publishing industry, while Oracle is best known for its software offerings). It also brings former Salesforce SVP of industry verticals Susan St. Ledger back to the company, as she now serves as Buddy Media’s president. This deal marks the second major acquisition for Salesforce in just over a year: The company purchased social network monitor Radian6 for $326 million in March 2011. Buddy Media is used throughout the magazine industry, with major players such as Rodale and Hearst signed on to its services. Prevention tapped Buddy to add sweepstakes and newsletter registration to its Facebook page, while Hearst partnered with the company to produce branded social media applications (“sapplets”) for several of its titles.last_img read more

Big cow tests animal store Petcos all leashed pets are welcome policy

first_imgPetco has since responded regarding the steer’s visit. “We mean it when we say ALL leashed pets are welcome in our stores,” the company said on Facebook Tuesday. Good to know Petco doesn’t have a beef with leashed farm animals stopping by. Badass animal GoPro photos More animal news 31 Photos Sci-Tech Tags African Watusi steers don’t look like the typical cow. They weigh an impressive 1,000 to 1,600 pounds (454 to 726 kilograms).Their unusually large horns have the largest circumference found in any cattle breed. The largest horns have been measured as 37.5 inches (95.25 centimeters) by the Guinness World Records in 2003.”We decided to take a chance and call Petco’s bluff on the ‘All leashed pets are welcome’ policy; the awesome crew at Petco – Atascocita did not disappoint!” Browning posted on his Facebook page. “They welcomed Oliver the African Watusi with open arms,” Browning continued. “The staff members here are always super friendly and courteous to us.”center_img This docile African Watusi steer named Oliver receives a very warm welcome at a Texas Petco store. Shelly Lumpkin/Facebook Adoring pet owners who love taking their cats and dogs wherever they go know they can bring their furry friends inside retail pet food store Petco. But two Texas ranchers decided to test Petco’s policy that “all leashed pets are welcome in the store” by bringing in their beloved bovine. Ranchers Vincent Browning and Shelly Lumpkin put a leash on their African Watusi steer and took him into their local Petco in Atascocita this week, according to news reports. Browning’s steer, named Oliver, is famous in his own right, having a Facebook page of his own with 34,817 followers.  2 Comments Curious koala in Australia sneaks inside a parked car to cool off Watch a kangaroo attack a landing paraglider in Australia Romeo, the ‘world’s loneliest frog,’ finally gets a crack at love Share your voicelast_img read more

Egan worries about political paralysis procrastination

first_imgJuneau Sen. Dennis Egan talks about his expectations for this year’s legislative session in his office at the Alaska State Capitol. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said he expects that the $3.5 billion budget deficit will dominate the agenda during this legislative session. But will anything be accomplished to fill that gap? That’s a different story.“I’m worried that it’s an election year, and all 40 members of the House are running,” Egan said. “Half of the Senate has to run this time because of reapportionment stuff.”Egan expects election-year politics will paralyze most lawmakers, and he said some will be in a big hurry to campaign in their home districts when April adjournment approaches.“I just hope that we don’t kick the can too far down the road,” Egan said.Egan thinks Gov. Bill Walker’s latest budget proposal is a good starting point with the combination of borrowing, restructuring the Alaska Permanent Fund and imposing new taxes. But he said some elements should’ve been rolled out earlier to get the discussion going sooner.Egan favors an income tax over a statewide sales tax since many municipalities generate their own revenue from sales taxes. “So, the best way to do it that I can think of is to raise some sort of an income tax again,” Egan said.The state repealed an old income tax in 1980 as the Alaska Permanent Fund was established.Earlier this month, Walker announced a formal hiring freeze to reduce the size of state government, although many departments already had an informal freeze on hiring new employees when he took office in December 2014. Egan is concerned that the hiring freeze will hurt Juneau without putting much of a dent in the deficit.“A vast majority of our community’s economy is through the state government and federal government,” Egan said. “But when one area cuts back, there’s a tendency for everybody to cut back somewhat.”Egan worries that education will be targeted for deep budget cuts this session.The Alaska Marine Highway System has already been hurt by last year’s cuts. Sitka, in particular, has had their service severely curtailed for this summer. The latest version of this summer’s schedule appears to restore part of that service. But Egan is not very optimistic.“You know, the issue is: ‘Cut the other guy, but don’t touch me.’ Perfect example is the marine highway system,” Egan said. “I just want to make darn sure that we’re not gutting the marine highway system so that it loses its functionality.”Egan complained that other lawmakers — especially those in the Railbelt — just don’t understand what the ferry system is designed to do and why it is so important to coastal communities.As was the case last year, Egan’s top legislative priority for this session involves giving public employees a choice of pensions.New employees are currently limited to a defined contribution retirement system that is flexible and portable from one employer to another. The legislation would restore a defined benefit pension that could share the risk of rising health care costs and guarantee a monthly benefit. Egan believes his bill will pick up steam this year. He said the big hook is the potential savings of $70 million over the next 10 years.“Believe it or not, I do have some Republican cosponsors on that,” Egan said. “We had two hearings on that last year, and we have promises from different committee chairs that we’ll have hearings again. Hopefully, we’re going to make some headway.”The Juneau Democrat, who is a member of the five-member minority in the Senate, hopes for a return someday to a version of the old bipartisan working group. He said its members were able to put partisan differences aside and get things done by working together.“Everyone has a good idea. It’s just how to implement it,” Egan said. “But there are some bad ideas out there.”Egan’s Senate District Q seat includes Juneau, Douglas, Gustavus, Haines and Skagway.The second regular session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is scheduled to adjourn April 17.last_img read more

As Waiver Requests Are Considered Energy Sector Feels Impacts of Steel Tariffs

first_imgCourtesy of TenarisSteel pipe manufactured in Bay City, TX for use in the oil and gas industry 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Share As the Trump Administration slogs through more than 20,000 requests for waivers from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the tariffs are already impacting the energy sector.Case in point: Bill New’s South Louisiana company New Industries, a specialty steel fabricator that builds things like huge pressured tanks for oil and gas companies.At a hearing last week, New told top U.S. trade officials how his 90-person company, which he calls “tiny” compared to oilfield service giants Halliburton and Schlumberger, has struggled with a 25 percent increase in raw steel costs.In an interview, New also said steel supplies have dropped, he presumes mostly because of “panic buying” when the tariffs were first announced.And how do the companies he sells to feel about all this?“Well, they’re not happy about having to pay more,” New laughs. “You know, because I’m certainly passing those increases on to my customers.”The industry group American Petroleum Institute also spoke to officials about the administration’s trade moves last week, telling them the existing tariffs are hitting about 100 products used in oil and gas production, and that future tariffs under consideration would cause more pain.Meanwhile, API adviser Aaron Padilla told officials the industry is worried about how further retaliation from China and the two countries’ strained relationship could hinder oil exports, which are a big part of the administration’s own goal of “energy dominance.”“China receives about 20 percent of total U.S. crude exports but can easily turn to other countries,” Padilla said, according to a transcript of the hearing.  Listenlast_img read more