Dortmund in make or break clash with Stuttgart

first_imgDortmund are now level on points with defending champions Bayern Munich (Agency Photo)Lucien Favre’s moment of truth as Borussia Dortmund manager has arrived. The Swiss born manager won plaudits for assembling a title challenging outfit within weeks of his appointment. But the Signal Iduna Park outfit has witnessed a seven point cushion atop the Bundesliga standings wiped out in two months of repeated setbacks.The Black and Yellows latest setback came on Tuesday in a Champions League rubber against English opponents Tottenham Hotspur when they failed to convert territorial supremacy into a tangible result as they fell 0-1 to tumble out of the competition.That defeat came just four days after Favre’s side fell 2-1 to Augsburg.Favre must therefore be on top of his wits and at his motivational best for the visit of relegation haunted VFB Stuttgart. At least he can count on his side’s commanding home form which has seen Dortmund remain unbeaten in front of their fans. Visitors Stuttgart will be no pushover and signalled strong intent ahead of this tie by hitting relegation rivals Hannover for dead last weekend.Should Dortmund trip up again, Robert Kovac’s serial champions Bayern Munich will take outright lead atop the standings with victory at home to Bruno Labbadia’s energetic Wolfsburg.The Bavarians are in fine fettle, having dispatched traditional rivals Gladbach 5-1 at Borussia Park last time out. Not even the forced retirement from international football of home trio Jerome Boateng, Matt Hummels and Thomas Muller will dampen spirits at the Allianz Arena.With Eintracht Frankfurt not in action until Monday away to surprise package Fortuna Düsseldorf, Ralf Ragnick’s Leipzig can cement their third position with victory over Augsburg at the Red Bull Arena. Dieter Hecking’s faltering Borussia Moenchengladbach will meanwhile be hoping to get back on track at Mainz.Werder Bremen get this weekend’s action underway on Friday night at home to struggling Schalke. Patience is running thin for the Gelsenkirchen outfit’s boss Domenico Tedesco after last season’s Bundesliga runners up suffered a humiliating 0-4 reverse at the hands of newcomers Fortuna Düsseldorf.THE BUNDESLIGA FIXTURES THIS WEEKEND:FRIDAY.-Werder Bremen v Schalke @10:30pmSATURDAY.-Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart @5pm-Freiburg v Hertha Berlin @5pm-Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg @5pm-RB Leipzig v Augsburg @5pm-Mainz v Borussia Moenchengladbach @8:30pmSUNDAY.-Hoffenheim v Nuremberg @5:30pm-Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen @8pmMONDAY:-Dusseldorf vs Frankfurt @10:30pmComments Tags: Allan SsekamateGerman Bundesligalast_img read more

Students urged to put mental health first ahead of Leaving Cert results

first_imgStudents in Donegal are being urged to put their mental health first ahead of Leaving Cert results on Tuesday. The Samaritans is making the call, as nearly 60,000 Leaving Cert pupils prepare to get their marks.Over the last five years, Samaritans volunteers have answered almost three million calls for help, with demand on email and text message increasing month on month.The charity said their mental health is more important than grades, and they should ask for help if they are unhappy with their results.Director of the Waterford branch of Samaritans Anne Woodworth is urging them to think of how much they have achieved. She said: “Read them positively because they have been working towards this for six years and it’s a big-time in their life.“If we only look at the things that didn’t happen, we tend to see things negatively and it’s terribly important for all of us…to look at the things that have been achieved.”Students urged to put mental health first ahead of Leaving Cert results was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Durban’s plan to offset COP 17 footprint

first_img15 November 2011An estimated 15 000 tons of CO2 is expected to be produced during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, but Durban has a plan to offset the event’s carbon footprint in full – and then some.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.The estimate of the event’s footprint is based on the assumption that 25 000 people will visit the city during the conference, along with related factors like accommodation, conference venues, transportation and waste removal logistics.Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba)The response takes the form of an initiative called Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba), a joint venture between the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the eThekwini municipality. Ceba focuses on the link between communities and the ecosystems and ways in which they can be supported.According to eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection deputy head, Debra Roberts, the Durban Ceba Initiative is one of the most exciting elements of the city’s broader COP 17 greening programme.Delegates at COP17 will be able to buy “Ceba credits” to offset the carbon footprint of the event.“It has been adopted as the official voluntary offset mechanism for COP 17,” said Roberts. “Delegates, corporates and residents of Durban will be able to contribute towards the project by buying ‘Ceba credits’ to play their part in helping offset the environmental impact associated with hosting COP 17.”National government is said to be focusing on the other aspects of the carbon footprint, such as international air travel. The city has been more concerned with the impact on energy and water resources.uMbilo River catchment projectThe first Ceba project will be the restoration and reforestation of the uMbilo River catchment.Adaptation will be prioritised to counter the effects of the carbon footprint. Ceba will focus on communities restoring their natural ecosystems, creating cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.Each Ceba credit will cost about US$10 (between R80 and R100), and the money raised will be used for the uMbilo River catchment project.Roberts said unemployed people from the neighbouring communities will then be employed as “green collar” workers to first remove alien plants and trees. The project also involves the planting of indigenous plants and trees and restoration of the riverine, wetland and grassland systems.Initial funding for the project will come from the city, the corporate sector and through the Wildlands Conservation Trust.“We want this project to not only benefit the ecological sustainability of the river, but the social sustainability of poor communities along it,” said Roberts.For more information, visit BuaNewslast_img read more

Stone Park Jamshidieh GC2QDY1 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 30, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Vietnam, with Geocache of the Week: Ghost ParkOctober 16, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsCroatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News” View of Tehran from near the cache locationStone Park Jamshidieh (GC2QDY1) is one of only 32  active geocaches in all of Iran. The country boasts the combined size of the western U.S. states of California, Oregon , Washington, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada . With just over 30 geocaches in the entire country, that’s only one geocache for about every 50,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles).The geocache “Stone Park Jamshidieh” helps make up in quality what Iran lacks  in geocache quantity. The geocache delivers adventurers to a location of deep importance. The stone park was once a private garden. It’s now a public park with restaurants, a zoo, and a small lake. But the payoff for many comes when they look  down on the city below. The view shimmers at night with countless city lights.Karolos hid the cache just over a year ago. He writes, “The stone park Jamshidieh, situated in the north of Teheran is one of the most beautiful parks in Tehran. From a small lake inside the park you can easily walk up a stairway to the summit up to 2100 m.” The summit offers the view over the city.Geocachers near the cacheGeocachers logged the first find on the geocache four days after it was published. They used the treasure hunting experience to introduce others to geocaching, “Together with two Iranian cache newcomers — Leila and Said — we started our first caching tour in Iran. Fortunately, the traffic was not bad. The cache itself was well hidden but not too difficult. Thus, we managed our first FTF.”A sculpture at Stone ParkContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to read more

Anton Asistio, 1Bataan beat Pasig Grindhouse anew to rule another leg of Chooks 3×3

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Taylor Statham, who struggled all game, tied the game at 18 but 1Bataan, which played without Sean Manganti, was quick to regain the advantage with Pasaol splitting his free throws to get back the lead.“We had to adjust there for a while because we’ve been playing with Sean since the pre-season but it was easy to play with Kuya Chito,” Assitio said about his veteran teammate Chito Jaime.The Risers, who lost for the first time in group stage no thanks to a Gerald Anderson-led effort from Marikina earlier in the day, won another P100,000 for the third leg crown.“We need to bounce back in the next leg, no excuses,” said Pasol.The President’s Cup returns to the SM Megamall Events Center on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Anton Asistio leads 1Bataan. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines— Solidifying the newest rivalry in street ball, Pasig Grindhouse Kings and 1Bataan Risers faced off in the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 finals for the third time this season.But the Risers pulled ahead in the race to the top of the standings, escaping the Kings, 21-19, in an intense final battle Friday in the third of the five legs of the 3×3 tournament at SM Fairview Events Center.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory shored up the output of 1Bataan, led by Anton Asistio, Santi Santillan, Alvin Pasaol and Chito Jaime, to 280, 20 ahead of the Pasig Grindhouse, which won the last leg.The two sides were neck-and-neck until the final seconds but with Pasig Grindhouse missing all of their attempts from downtown for a walk-off win, the Risers pounced on the chance as Santillan nailed the game-winning freebie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We always expect that facing them will be tough because they’re bigger than us, “ said 5-foot-8 guard Asistio of the Kings composed of Dylan Ababou, Taylor Statham, Troy Rike, and Joshua Munzon.Pasig Grindhouse trailed by 10-15 then 14-18 but always found a way to storm back into the match, which is being played at half court with only 10 minutes on the clock. MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Mining, Quarrying and Construction Main Growth Sectors Last Quarter

first_img The figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined” Mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining, quarrying and construction were the main sectors recording growth during the April to June quarter.Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, who made the disclosure during the institute’s quarterly media briefing at its New Kingston offices on Tuesday, August 27, said mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent, while the building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per cent.These sectors stood out during the period, which saw real growth gross domestic product (GDP) declining by 0.4 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2012.Mr. Bullock said the figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined”.“Alumina production increased by 8.6 per cent, reflecting an increase of 1.1 percentage points in the alumina capacity utilisation rate, reflecting higher output from a major producer,” he explained.Crude bauxite production, the Director General pointed out, declined by 4.4 per cent due to lower global demand, resulting in a 4.1 per cent decrease to 88.6 per cent in the bauxite capacity utilisation rate.Mr. Bullock attributed growth recorded under the building component of the construction sector to increased residential developments by major housing developers, reflecting higher housing starts, which went up 219.6 per cent; and housing completions, up 37.4 per cent. Correspondingly, he said the volume of mortgages for the period increased by 17.7 per cent, with the value going up by 25.3 per cent.Other sectors which recorded growth were the wholesale and retail trade; and repair and installation of machinery industry, up by 0.4 per cent, which he attributed to “higher levels of domestic demand.”“Increased activities in the industry were supported by higher automated banking machine (ABM) and point of sale transactions with volume up 11.2 per cent and value, up 15.5 per cent respectively; and improved performance by the construction industry,” he informed.Also recording growth was the hotels and restaurants sector, which Mr. Bullock pointed out, grew by 0.2 per cent. This, he informed, was mainly influenced by growth of 0.3 per cent in stopover arrivals, consequent on an increase in visitors from Canada, Europe, and Latin America.He noted, however, that total visitor arrivals declined by 4.6 per cent, due to a fall-off in cruise passenger arrivals, down 13.7 per cent, while adding that “total visitor expenditure is estimated to have declined by 0.5 per cent to US$502 million.The Director General said the 0.4 per cent decline in GDP for the April to June quarter largely reflects the impact of adverse weather-related conditions, specifically the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy on crops; the impact of drought conditions, which prevailed during the period; a continued weak global economic environment; and the impact of the National Debt Exchange (NDX) on the investment income of financial institutions.Sectors recording declines included: agriculture, forestry and fishing, down eight percent; finance and insurance services – 2.5 per cent; and electricity and water supply – 0.1 per cent.“For January to June 2013, real GDP is estimated to have declined by 0.8 per cent due to declines of 3.2 per cent in the goods producing and 0.2 per cent in the services industries. The industries, which recorded the largest declines during the period were agriculture, forestry and fishing, down 9.8 per cent; mining and quarrying, down 2.4 per cent; and electricity and water supply, down 1.6 per cent,” he outlined.The Director General said the main source of growth was construction, up 1.1 per cent, while the transport, storage and communication; wholesale and retail trade; repair and installation of machinery (WRTRIM); and real estate, renting and business activities industries each recorded growth of 0.2 per cent. Story Highlights The building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per centlast_img read more

Ryan Gosling Pens Article On Pigs In Small Cages

first_imgRyan Gosling has spoken out about keeping pigs in small cages in an article he wrote for The Globe and Mail.“Currently, mother pigs are kept in these cages called “gestation crates” for four months while pregnant, moved to another cage to give birth, reimpregnated and put back into a gestation crate for the cycle to repeat,” he wrote. “It adds up to years of immobilization and millions of smart, inquisitive animals relegated to iron maidens.“The process has been criticized by veterinarians, animal protection advocates, consumers and even major food retailers as inhumane and unnecessary. Tim Hortons, for example, announced recently that it is working – alongside 60 other major food companies – to eliminate these cages from their supply chain entirely.“Pigs in tiny crates suffer beyond anything most of us can easily imagine. They are unable even to turn around for weeks at a time, so that their muscles and bones deteriorate. And these extremely social and intelligent animals lose their minds from being denied any social or psychological stimulation at all.“I applaud NFACC for working to improve life for Canada’s pigs, and I join Farm Sanctuary and Humane Society International in asking that it close this dangerous loophole by prohibiting the pork industry from confining pigs for weeks at a time – something I would never dream of doing to George, and that no compassionate Canadian would ever do to any animal.”To read Ryan’s full article, click here.last_img read more

Niche Media Launching Magazine for Austin Market

first_imgNiche Media Holdings, LLC announced that it’s expanding into the Austin, Texas market with a new magazine, AUSTIN WAY. The bi-monthly title will debut with a September issue and is targeting a 50,000-copy circulation.AUSTIN WAY joins a nationwide stable of regional titles at Niche Media, which includes GOTHAM (New York), BOSTON COMMON, VEGAS and more. This is Niche Media’s first new title since it introduced MICHIGAN AVENUE (Chicago) in 2008. And this is the company’s first attempt to tap into a Texas market.The new magazine will be targeted to an affluent Austin audience, and will be strategically distributed to local thought-leaders, cultural centers, hotels and high-profile events. “We are beyond thrilled to be going to Austin, a market that has inspired the nation with its growth over the past several years,” Niche Media president and COO, Katherine Nicholls says in a release. (To quantify the growth Nicholls mentions, Austin has nearly doubled its population since 1990 and is quickly approaching one million, according to U.S. Census data.) Speaking of growth trajectories, the company reports that it’s increased ad paging and revenues by more than 20 percent in the past four years throughout its portfolio of magazines.last_img read more

18th Kolkata edition of Stylefile to be held on Sat

first_imgKOLKATA: The 18th edition of Stylefile, Kolkata’s eagerly-awaited lifestyle exhibition, will be held on Saturday, November 17 at ‘The Old Bungalow,’ 7/6 Burdwan Road in Alipore. A galaxy of leading designers, sculptors and painters, jewellers and accessory-makers, will showcase their creations along with promising new names.Preeti Goenka, co-founder and organiser of the exhibition said: “This year’s Stylefile is essentially about celebrating fashion, art and design and instilling innovation and imagination to make our everyday lives inspiring. Each of the products on display at Stylefile is hand-picked and exclusive. The creations often transcend geographical boundaries and distinctions between fashions and art; rendering styles that are quintessentially unique and stunningly elegant.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSumedha Saraogi, the other co-founder and organiser, said: “We have put in a lot of effort to curate this year’s Stylefile with an unprecedented collection of fashion, accessories and art. We also have an interesting assortment in men’s fashion. Among the participants, there are stalwarts who are always there with us and at the same time we are having many new designers, as well as a few who are coming back after a long time.” There will be the Khanijo collection for men which is about relaxed silhouettes, functional handloom fabrics complemented with classic menswear tailoring. Keeping in sync with the festive spirit this collection includes marigold oranges, lush greens, rustic browns, classic ivories and sunrise yellows. Arjan Dugal’s designs will reflect a subtle sartorial sense, pioneering innovations in design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA central art installation by a very renowned artist will be unveiled on the day of the exhibition. There will also be many smaller art installations adorning the venue. The event will be on from 3 pm to 11 pm. In the art segment, David Gerstein, internationally-renowned painter and sculptor from Israel, will bring in paintings made out of handmade cut-out steel. Delhi-based Mousumi Biswas will display her realistic paintings and fibre-glass sculpting.last_img read more

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an SEO Consultant

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowcenter_img If your website doesn’t show up on the first page of search results on Google, Bing or Yahoo, your potential customers might not even know you exist. Better search engine visibility can be critical to boosting visits to your website, which can lead to increased brand awareness and higher sales and profits.But what if you lack the time and technical expertise to improve your site’s search engine ranking? It might make sense to hire an experienced, reliable search engine optimization (SEO) consultant.Here are 10 essential questions to ask when considering prospective SEO consultants:1. May I have a list of current and past clients? A reputable SEO consultant should be open to sharing a brief list of current and former clients and his or her contact information, says Vanessa Fox, author of Marketing in the Age of Google (Wiley, 2012) and founder of Nine By Blue, a Seattle-based SEO software provider.These references can help you gauge how effective the candidate is, as well as verify that the person did indeed work on specific SEO campaigns. Clients may not provide specific analytics, Fox says, but they should be able to at least tell you if they saw a positive impact on their search ranking, especially in conversions and in gaining an audience, as a direct result of the consultant’s efforts.2. How will you improve my search engine rankings? Steer clear of SEO consultants who won’t freely discuss their methods in detail, cautions Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, a Seattle-based internet marketing software company and co-author of The Art of SEO (O’Reilly, 2012). They should explain the strategies they would use to drive up your website’s search engine ranking, as well as estimate how long it could realistically take to achieve the SEO campaign goals you agree on.Make sure the candidate’s proposal includes an initial technical review of your website to weed out any problems that could lower your search engine ranking, including broken links and error pages. Consultants also should provide “on page” optimization, a process to make your website as search engine friendly as possible. It involves improving your website’s URL and internal linking structure, along with developing web page titles, headings and tags.Also, ask consultants if they provide “off page” SEO strategies to raise awareness of your content on other websites, often via blogs, social media platforms and press releases.3. Do you adhere to search engines’ webmaster guidelines? You want a consultant who strictly abides by Google’s publicly posted webmaster best practices, which specifically prohibit 12 common SEO tricks, including automatically generating spammy content and adding bogus hidden text and links. If a candidate doesn’t follow those guidelines, your website could be relegated to a dismally low search results ranking. Or, worse yet, Google could ban it from search results altogether.Bing and Yahoo also post webmaster best practices that consultants should confirm they follow.4. Can you guarantee my website will achieve a number-one ranking on Google, Bing and Yahoo? If the candidate answers yes, Fox warns, “Turn and run in the other direction as fast as you can.” Although it’s impossible to guarantee a number-one ranking on any search engine, she says, some unethical SEO consultants do make such bogus guarantees.Consider it a red flag if the candidate claims to have an insider relationship with Google or any other search engine that will get you priority search results rankings. Only Google, Bing and Yahoo can control how high or low websites appear in their search results.5. Are you experienced at improving local search results? Appearing in the top local search engine results is especially important to small brick-and-mortar businesses trying to attract nearby customers, Rand says. You’ll want a consultant who has expertise in local SEO techniques.If your website is optimized for what’s known as “local SEO,” it should appear when someone nearby is searching for keywords that are relevant to your business. To achieve that, a consultant should add your business’s city and state to your website’s title tags and meta descriptions, and get your site listed on Bing, Google and Yahoo’s local listings, which are online directories of businesses that cater to a specific geographical area.6. Will you share with me all changes you make to my site? Search engine optimization will most likely require a number of changes to your existing web page coding. It’s important to know exactly what adjustments the consultant plans to make and on how many web pages. If you would like the candidate to get your permission before accessing and altering your website code, be sure to say so.For example, will consultants add new title tags to your existing HTML code or modify the existing ones? Will they provide additional copywriting content highlighting your products and services to beef up the number of visible, on-page keywords relevant to your potential customers? And do they plan to redesign all or some of your website navigation or add new pages to your site?7. How do you measure the success of your SEO campaigns? To gauge the success of SEO efforts, you must track exactly how much traffic is being sent to your website and where it is coming from. Consultants should be experienced in using Google Analytics to track improvement in your site’s search engine rankings, the number of links from other websites driving traffic to yours, the kinds of keywords searchers use to find your site, and much more.Be sure to ask how often they plan to share these important analytics with you and how they would use the data to continually improve your search engine rankings and website traffic.8. How will we communicate and how often? SEO consultants’ communication styles and customer service standards vary. You need to find someone whose approach best fits your needs. Ask if the candidate prefers to talk in person or via phone, Skype, texting or email. And find out how often will he or she reach out to you with status updates.9. What are your fees and payment terms? You need to know how much you’ll be charged, of course, and also whether the consultant gets paid hourly, by retainer or by project. Project-based payments are the most common in the SEO consulting industry, and they can vary widely, depending on a project’s size and complexity. Most contract projects ranged between $1,000 and $7,500, according to Moz’s 2011 pricing survey of more than 600 SEO firms.The study also found that the most common retainers ranged between $251 to $500 a month on the lower end and $2,501 to $5,000 a month on the higher end, while the most common hourly rates ranged from $76 to $200. Fox said consultants who specifically serve small businesses often charge less per month and hour.Other important payment-related questions: How often are invoice payments due — every 30, 60 or 90 days? Is there an interest charge for late payments?10. What happens when we part ways? When your contract expires or if you terminate it early, you should still maintain ownership of all of the optimized web content you paid the consultant to provide, Fox says.Accordingly, you’ll want to make sure the contract states that when you part ways, consultants will not change or remove any of the content they added, modified or optimized on your behalf. You also should ask consultants whether they charge any fees for early contract termination, and if so, to specify them in the contract. last_img read more