About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich veteran Robben: Van Dijk should be proud of his developmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk deserves great praise for his career progress.Van Dijk kicked off his career at FC Groningen and is now regarded among the world’s best centre-halves.Robben says his countryman should be proud for what he’s achieved.”He has made great strides lately, just look where he came from, and I think we should compliment him on his development,” said Robben.”Facing Van Dijk and Liverpool (in the Champions League) could not be more difficult.”
Eight member associations in race to host women’s FIFA World Cup in 2023Bidding member associations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea, which is interested in a joint bid together with North Korea.advertisement Reuters LuasanneSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 23:22 IST Reuters PhotoEight member associations will continue their bid to host the expanded women’s World Cup in 2023, soccer’s world governing body FIFA confirmed on Tuesday.FIFA agreed to increase the number of participating teams for the 2023 event from 24 to 32 following this year’s edition in France, and it subsequently reopened the bidding process.Bidding member associations include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea, which is interested in a joint bid together with North Korea.Belgium, which registered its interest last month, as well as Bolivia were not on the latest list.”FIFA has dispatched updated bidding and hosting documents to all eight member associations, which will have until Dec. 13 to submit their bid book, the signed hosting agreement and all other hosting and bidding documents,” FIFA said in a statement here”Up until the deadline for bid submissions, any member association wishing to join an existing bid will be permitted to do so provided it also submits a bidding registration to FIFA.”The tournament’s expansion was pledged by FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the end of this year’s World Cup, which was won for a record-extending fourth time by the United States.Interest in the women’s game has arguably never been higher, with broadcast records broken all over the world in the June-July showpiece.Almost 59 million people watched France beat potential 2023 hosts Brazil in the last 16, becoming the most viewed women’s soccer match of all time.FIFA will conduct official inspections for relevant member associations in January and February 2020, and the hosts are expected to be named in May.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Women’s World Cup 2023Follow FIFA women’s World Cup 2023 Next
Who, the President or the Prime Minister, in accordance with the provisions of the Indian Constitution, commands more power? An academic discussion advocates that it is the President who is supreme and more powerful than the PM. If one fundamentally ponders over, before actually going into the niceties, the President is elected by people’s representatives of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and the state legislatures whereas the PM is just the leader of the majority party in the Lok Sabha! Thus, certainly, the President is more representative in character. Also Read – A staunch allyThe constitutional provisions have nowhere stated that the PM is more powerful than the President. Most of the constitutional pundits often quote the system of Britain – the model which India adopted. But the fact is that India did not, in toto, adopted British model and the quintessence is that it is a partly parliamentary form and partly presidential form. The real “functionary” according to the Constitution is President and not the PM. Article 74 of Constitution of India speaks about “Council of Ministers to aid and advise President”. It reads as: There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister at the head to aid and advise the President who shall, in the exercise of his “functions”, act in accordance with such advice. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe President of India is the head of the State of the Republic of India. He is the formal head of the executive, legislature, and judiciary and is also the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Article 53 of the Constitution of India states that the President can exercise his or her powers either directly or by a subordinate authority to him in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. The more controversial and debatable legislative power of the President, however, has always been the power to make ordinance. Thus, the President possesses enormous power. The President has the power to appoint all important offices including those for the post of PM and other central ministers, governors, judges of the Supreme Court and the high courts and even election commissioners. He has the authority to appoint commissions with respect to the administration of scheduled areas. Most importantly, the President is vested with extensive powers during Emergency under Article 352 to 360 of the Constitution including suspension of fundamental rights. Moreover, every bill comes to him for his assent and he can either refuse to give his assent or send it back for reconsideration. The office of the President is very august and the Constitution attaches to it many privileges and immunities. In practice, the President’s role is comparable to those of a constitutional monarch. The powers and functions that have been vested in the President of India may be classified as the executive, legislative, military, diplomatic, judicial, financial, and emergency. The executive power includes the power to appoint and remove the high constitutional authority of the country. Under this power, the President appoints the PM and other members of the Council of Ministers and distributes portfolios among them. He also appoints the judges of the Supreme Court and the high courts in the states. He also enjoys the power to remove the PM and other ministers and all of those whom he gives an appointment. The President of India is an integral part of the Union Parliament. The Parliament cannot function without involving him. President shall, before entering upon his office, make and subscribe in the presence of the Chief Justice of India, an oath or affirmation saying that he or she will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the function of the President) of India and will to the best of his or her ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law and that he or she will devote himself or herself to the service and well-being of the people of India. Article 75 of Constitution of India says that the PM shall be appointed by the President and the other ministers shall be appointed by the President upon the advice of the Prime Minister. In the Constitution of India, there are no special provisions specified to choose a Prime Minister. It is purely the President’s discretion. The President is the head of the State whereas the PM is the head of the government. The head of the State has an absolute right and absolute discretion to choose the head of the government and Britain has several examples of this. In 1894, Queen Victoria, by using her discretionary power, appointed Lord Rosebery as Prime Minister contrary to the advice given by outgoing PM Gladstone. Again in 1957, Queen Elizabeth imposed her own choice and appointed Harold Macmillan as PM instead of Butler who should have actually been made the PM. This she did even before the Conservative Party elected its leader. In India, an occasion for the real exercise of the power to appoint Prime Minister arose for the first time when Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was President. According to Michel Brecher, in his book Succession in India, the President exercised his discretion and appointed GL Nanda as PM even before Congress could indicate its choice following Jawaharlal Nehru’s death. Radhakrishnan again followed the same procedure and appointed GL Nanda when Lal Bahadur Shastri died. However, on both the occasions Nanda turned out to be a mere caretaker PM. After Indira Gandhi’s assassination, President Zail Singh, even before Rajiv Gandhi was elected as Congress’s Parliamentary leader, appointed him as PM. Consequent to 1989 general elections, President Venkatraman, while inviting VP Singh after Congress refused to form the government and then after VP Singh’s resignation in inviting first Rajiv Gandhi and then Chandrashekhar, exercised his discretionary powers. If, in the above case, it was a discretionary role played by President, in 1979 it was a prominent role. Inviting YB Chavan after Morarji’s resignation by President N Sanjeeva Reddy and later denying Morarji to give yet another chance but finally preferring Charan Singh over Morarji after checking the lists of supporting MPs for both of them could be termed as President playing a prominent as well as discretionary role. Charan Singh however, was asked to seek the vote of confidence of the House which happened for the first time in India. Within 25 days Charan Singh resigned without facing Lok Sabha and recommended for its dissolution. He was allowed to continue as caretaker PM and elections were held. Though the President became a target of attack from several corners nothing could be done against him. All because the President was powerful than the comments! President, in asking Charan Singh to continue as PM, arose out of the Constitutional obligation that there shall be Council of Ministers to aid and advise him in the exercise of his functions. Thus, it could be clearly seen that during Sanjeeva Reddy’s time, the President proved to be more powerful. He had his choice of appointing PM, dissolving Lok Sabha and setting guidelines for the functioning of Charan Singh government. This is ample proof that the PM and his Council of Ministers hold office at the pleasure of President. The President may also exercise his discretionary power, which is inherent in the Constitution, in dismissing a PM even if he or she enjoys a majority in Lok Sabha, though there is no precedent and that remains highly unlikely in future. If the President does not exercise his discretion when the situation demands, then, it is a failure on his or her part to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and the law. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, – An Amber Alert for a three-year-old girl from the Bighorn reserve has been cancelled after she was found safe and unharmed.Mounties in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., say their colleagues in nearby Sylvan Lake found the girl in a vehicle within a few hours of the alert being issued.They say no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.Earlier on Friday night, they issued the alert saying the girl had been reported abducted.They said the girl was believed to be in the company of her 35-year-old aunt and possibly a 33-year-old male companion.
Isabel Lucas, Barry Watson and Natasha Wagner are among the stars gearing up for this weekend’s 2nd Annual Ruby Red Fundraiser, benefitting Red Bucket Equine Rescue.Denim and Diamonds, with a bit of “Ruby Red” flair, help set the stage for an evening of music, fine food, and of course, horses. The November 15th event will begin with a VIP tour of the ranch and cocktail reception, followed by dinner, silent and live auctions and live music and dancing. Guests will gather for an unforgettable evening benefitting Red Bucket’s efforts to help rescue desperate and deserving horses, and provide the care, rehabilitation and training necessary to permanently re-home them in forever, loving homes.Also expected to come out to the event at Red Bucket Ranch on Saturday are Kaliena Cordova, CJ Valleroy and Stephanie Katherine Grant.Red Bucket Equine Rescue a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses, restore their trust in humankind, and find them safe, loving, permanent adoptive homes. More information on the organization’s work and how to buy tickets is available at www.redbucketrescue.org.
New Delhi: Heavy-duty desert coolers and ‘toofan’ fans are out and energy boosters such as glucose and ORS are stocked up in Delhi’s zoo to help its 1,200 animals beat the scorching heat. It’s 11.45 am and the sun is beating down on the 176-acre National Zoological Park without mercy. As the mercury rises to 43 degrees Celsius, Vinod Kumar, 28, picks up a hosepipe and walks into the night house, where Tipu, Sita, Geeta and their 8-year-old mother Kalpana are kept in separate steel cages. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”It’s time to give them a bath to keep their body temperatures down,” the contractual employee, tasked with taking care of the family of white tigers, says. Even as mercury soars to 47-48 degrees Celsius in peak summer, inside the night house, where the big cats are kept in steel cages, two large, heavy-duty desert coolers and four ‘toofan’ fans whirl non-stop to maintain the ideal temperature — between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius — for the animals, he says. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”It’s comfortable 30-32 degrees Celsius in here, while it could be 40-41 degrees Celsius out in the open,” Kumar says, as Sita saunters into a large wire mesh cage, ready for the bath. The father, Vijay, a 11-year-old white tiger who shot to notoriety in 2014 after he mauled a man to death, ambles in the shade near an artificial, V-shaped pond. “I bathe them three-four times a day. Besides, I take care they are not overfed as a light stomach helps deal with the heat,” Kumar says. “Their food is rationed, only 10 kg red meat per day in summer. Normally, the felines get 12 kg,” the caretaker says.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan expressed “concern over the increasing tensions” in the Korean Peninsula.”He urges the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and not to undertake actions that could further complicate matters,” the spokesman said.The Secretary-General called on all parties concerned “to make every effort to resolve the situation in accordance with international norms.”
Serota is chairman of Arts Council England and former head of the Tate galleriesCredit:PA “I think there are quite often writers and other artists whose careers somehow become becalmed.“They may set off well out of college, they may even win a prize or get something published, but then getting the second novel published or second exhibition can often take a long time.“So buying someone some time and giving support during that moment when their career in a way is becalmed is a very useful thing to do because it not only gives them financial support but it gives them psychological support too.”Asked whether the lack of age range for the fun was intended as a corrective to an art world focused on youth, Serota said: “I think it’s a recognition definitely.“I would say it is a slight corective. There are lots of ways that young people do get support and get attention, and people in their 30s, 40s and 50s often find it much more difficult to get that attention, particularly if they’re not working in London.“I think this will help that process.“I think it will give a sense to people that it’s not just a young person’s game. We all know there are great writers who started late in life, and great painters.”The “Developing your Creative Practice” fund was created after consultation with artists, who suggested that financial support to “buy time” would be the most valuable thing they could be offered.A spokesman for the Arts Council said: “The programme is unlike any other current Arts Council fund, because it will give practitioners time to work on ambitious and innovative projects, without the immediate pressure of showing their work publicly.”While it will not be open to “everyone who would like to write a book or paint a picture”, the organisation has not ruled out helping first-time novelists if they can explain why an award would make a difference to them at that particular moment.“Inevitably people who have got some sort of a track record or indication of their work having been admired, is bound to have a slight advantage,” Serota said.“To win an award of this kind, when you are not in the public eye, will be an incredible boost to people’s confidence and sense of recognition.”The fund, which will total £3.6m per annum for four years, is open to “creative practitioners” including dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.Applications open in April.“Every creative person needs time to breathe, to broaden their experience and to develop their ideas,” erota said.“Nurturing talent and supporting careers at a critical moment is a small investment that will help sustain our world-class cultural sector for years to come.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Creativity is not just a “young person’s game”, Sir Nicholas Serota has said, as he launches a special fund that could help older people to finally make it in the art world.Serota, chairman of Arts Council England and former head of the Tate galleries, said it was harder for artists and writers to win support and attention once they left their 20s, and the excitement of their first work stalled.Saying he hoped to provide a “slight corrective” to the art world’s fascination with youth, he argued it is important to “give a sense to people that it’s not just a young person’s game”.The Arts Council has now allocate a new £14.4m fund to “cultivate individual talent”, explicitly underlining it is open to artists of all ages.Over four years, it will offer grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 to writers, artists, actors, musicians and other creatives to buy them the necessary time to work on projects.Unlike other funds, it will not require immediate proof of success or stipulate that it must benefit a wider community, and can be used to give successful applicants breathing space to knuckle down to perfect their book, exhibition or show alone.Serota said: “I think that both artists and performers and probably particularly writers quite often find themselves beginning to become creative in their 30s or 40s rather than in their 20s
Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, said: “The rise in new seller asking prices reflects growing activity as the market builds momentum, egged on by the arrival of Easter.” House prices are soaring because homeowners are “bored of Brexit” and want to get on with their lives, a new report says.The average asking price on a home jumped by nearly £3,500 in April – marking the biggest month-on-month uplift in over a year – according to Rightmove property website.It said across Britain, the average price of new-to-the-market properties increased by an average of 1.1 per cent – the biggest month-on-month increase since March 2018.Estate agents said that “bored of Brexit” home buyers and sellers cannot keep putting their lives on hold and want to get on with moving.The average asking price on a home is now £305,449 – which is still 0.1 per cent lower than a year ago despite the spring bounce in April.Rightmove said it is usual to see prices increase at this time of year, but this is still the biggest increase seen for the month of April since 2016.But it said the uncertain political backdrop continues to hold back the market, with new seller asking prices, the number of properties coming to market and the number of sales agreed all below this time last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a leader in the treatment of industrial waste water, has come to an agreement with Minera México, a subsidiary of Grupo México, to provide water treatment solutions that support Minera México’s commitment for the sustainable development of its mineral resources. The two companies have agreed to develop projects where BioteQ’s technologies can be employed in the recovery, recycle and treatment of industrial waste, waste water and by-product management.The framework agreement provides the commercial basis to develop waste treatment projects that are technically and financially attractive using BioteQ’s technology while meeting Minera México’s sustainable development objectives. Under the agreement BioteQ will provide process design and commissioning services as well as plant equipment on a process fee basis, in return for a license to use BioteQ’s technology for each treatment project. Minera México will provide for construction of the treatment plants.The companies have initiated the review of the first ten potential treatment projects at three of Minera México’s sites in Mexico with the objective to develop waste recovery and recycle projects focused on existing waste management opportunities in smelter dust treatment as well as copper, molybdenum and zinc recovery from historic waste water sources. Updates for individual projects will be provided as details are available and definitive commercial agreements for each site are completed.Minera México is Mexico’s largest mining company with very large copper reserves and is a leader in low cost production. Grupo México operates 19 sites in Mexico, the US and Peru with fully integrated operations in mining, smelting and refining to produce copper, molybdenum, silver, gold, zinc, and lead. The company is committed to sustainable development of their mineral resources with a strict respect for the environment while striving for the advancement and development of the people.BioteQ creates custom water treatment solutions to recover dissolved metals and remove sulphate from water impacted by mining, energy and industrial activities. The company’s clean technologies convert wastewater into a useful resource while delivering lower life cycle costs for water treatment. BioteQ has designed and built 14 plants at sites in Canada, the US, Mexico, Europe, Australia and China, with additional projects in development.
← Previous Story Gorazd Škof to PSG Handball! Next Story → Nikolaj Jacobsen about “black German spring”: Barca, Kielce, Veszprem and PSG favorites for Final4 Polish Vive Tauron Kielce beat Hungarian PICK Szeged in another very interesting “middle-European” handball encounter at the end of VELUX EHF Champions League Preliminary round.Vive Tauron Kielce TV crew made an interesting video before, during and after the match, just good as match was on Sunday.Take a look… Pick SzegedVive Tauron Kielce
TACOMA — Britni Atwell clutched her prize in her hand, squeezing hard, almost as if she were testing it, to see if it was real.Then the senior from Heritage tried to come up with the best way to describe her joy at the Class 4A state high school gymnastics championships. “This, this, I worked for four years for this,” Atwell said, holding back tears. “To get it my senior year, I don’t know, I don’t know.”Atwell knows she is the Class 4A state all-around champion, the top honor in her sport.“It’s everything I’ve worked for to this moment. Everything is right here in a blue ribbon and medal.”Atwell shined in all four disciplines Friday morning — qualifying for each individual event final — to post a total of 37.375, easily outdistancing Candace Ho of Newport, who scored 36.700.“I did it!” she said. “I came in wanting to do my best, and I did.”It is the seventh state title of Atwell’s career. She is the three-time defending champion on the vault and three-time defending champion on the floor exercise. Saturday, she will have a chance to win those events again and also has a chance to earn titles on the balance beam and uneven bars.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Port San Antonio named Jim Perschbach, the reuse project’s executive vice president of business development, as interim CEO on Wednesday one week after accepting the resignation of its previous president and CEO, Roland Mower. Mower will stay on through the end of the year as a special adviser to the board of directors, reported the San Antonio Express-News.Photo courtesy of Port San Antonio
Blank and Setters critics reviewTwitterTwo Bollywood movies – Blank and Setters coming up together this Friday. While the first film is based on the issue of terrorism, the other one deals with education mafia. Both the movies are action thriller with ensemble cast.Blank features Sunny Deol, debutant Karan Kapadia, Ishita Dutta and Karanvir Sharma among others. on the other side, Setters cast include Aftab Shivdasani, Shreyas Talpade, Pavan Malhotra, Vijay Raaz, Sonnalli Seygal among others.Critics review for Blank and Setters has come out. While Blank received mixed response from the critics, Setters appears to have an upper hand as far as reviews are concerned. It is being said that Blank holds a strong storyline but it fails to impress on its execution. However, there are some who opined that it is worth a watch. Karan apparently has made an impactful debut.On the other side, Setters have also been watched by many who appreciated the crime thriller. The performances are being appreciated and so is the plot.Here’s is what critics said about Blank:Mumbai Mirror: Writer-director Behzad Khambata seems to have a healthy appetite for police procedurals and is aware of the basic construct required to make them tick. But in 2019, sticking to tropes can hardly trigger an exciting watch and the supposed turn in the climax seems more ridiculous than rational to be palatable. The film’s title possibly refers to the protagonist’s compromised mental state. Having endured this one, it’s a debilitating condition you will share with him. (2*/5*)Zee News: Blank must be seen for its tightly clustered almost suffocating narrative pattern. We are in it till the exacerbated end for better or worse. (4*/5*)Filmfare: Summing up, given its premise, the film had the potential to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, if only the writing and execution could have been better. (2.5*/5*)Times of India: This action movie is helmed by first-time director Behzad Khambata and the inexperience shows in many portions where the filmmaker’s choices aren’t top-notch. The decision to play an emotional track called Himmat Karja just before and during a critical fight sequence kills the mood completely. And that is the way the film’s narrative plays out throughout. The movie has flashes of promise but just as many, if not more, moments of amateur execution. There’s also a special track called Ali Ali, featuring Akshay Kumar. Thankfully, it plays during the end credits and doesn’t really add to plentiful woes of the film. (2.5*/5*)Here’s is what critics said about Setters:DEFINITE WATCH????????#Setters very relevant, well researched, smart film by @DhoopAshwini Edge of seat thriller abt Examination Mafia with superb performances @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #PavanMalhotra #VijayRaaz @SonnalliSeygall @ishidutta @iammanurishi @ActorJameel— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 2, 2019All The Best Team #Setters!!! A brilliantly made film with superlative performances by @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #PawanMalhotra #VijayRaaz @SonnalliSeygall @ishidutta @iammanurishi @ActorJameel. An edge of seat thriller by @DhoopAshwini. @VManiT @nh_studioz @SunnyBakshi4— Atul Mohan (@atulmohanhere) May 2, 2019#Setters A well researched film by @DhoopAshwini which unearths the dark side of education system in New India. #PawanMalhotra steals the show with @AftabShivdasani @shreyastalpade1 #IshitaDutta #ManuRishi pic.twitter.com/SS9GM3v8ai— Nishant Bhuse (@nishantbhuse) May 1, 2019
Road Accident logoA couple was killed and their two daughters critically injured as a truck hit a three wheeler on Rajshahi- Chapainawabganj Highway in Hatnabad area of Godagari upazila on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Abdul Karim, son of Mojammel Haque of Narayanpur area of the Upazila and his wife Sharmeen Akter.Officer-in-charge of Godagari police station Hifzur Alam Munsi said a Chapainawabganj-bound truck knocked down a three wheeler around 2:00 pm leaving Mojammel dead on spot and three others injured.Later, locals took them to Chapainawabganj Sadar Modern Hospital where on-duty physicians declared Sharmeen dead, he said.Among their two daughters, one was referred to Rajshahi Medical College as her condition deteriorated, the OC added.
March 1, 2016 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The introduction of Google’s Panda algorithm left webmasters and online business owners alike scrambling. The change was designed to lower the rank of low-quality or “thin” sites and return higher-quality sites to the top of the search results. But that change left business owners anxious, as they searched furiously for new and innovative ways to create the consistent and exceptional content that would protect their search rankings.Related: 10 Smart Ways to Earn or Build Backlinks to Your WebsiteThe result is that it’s no longer as easy to rank online content as it once was. But, here’s a tip regarding one of the most overlooked ways to generate content: You should be replacing dead resources, often referred to as the dreaded “link rot.”What Is link rot?”Link rot” refers to hyperlinks that point to servers, web pages or other resources that have become permanently unavailable — in other words, links that lead nowhere. For example, if another site has a link to your website, and then that website goes down, changes its URL or deletes your post, the link to your site will no longer work.Link rot is actually worse than it sounds. At first glance, it may seem like little more than your site appearing unpolished, but it has become a serious problem for both businesses and bloggers. A couple of years ago, an NPR post described it as a virtual epidemic. “It’s extraordinarily bad for the long-term maintenance of the information we need, say, to understand the law,” Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, told NPR.Link rot is particularly common with older websites, because the average web page is online for only 9.3 years and only 62 percent of sites are actually archived. Just think, then, of how the existence of so many bad links means crucial information getting lost to online users.Why does link rot happen? Here are some reasons:The content has been moved to another folder in the content management system.The webmaster switches to a new CMS that changes the entire link structure and naming convention of the post or page.The website domain has expired.Whatever the cause, link rot is a frustrating experience that can cause users looking for content to abandon a website altogether and search elsewhere. And the last thing you want is for yours to be the site at the end of one of these broken links! Now, think of how you could also benefit from these scenarios by filling in those gaps and offering better resources instead. Related: Google’s Latest Search Update is a Reminder to Focus on QualityYou can leverage link rot.You can boost your brand authority and earn quality backlinks by leveraging link rot to your advantage. Comb through influential websites, online journals and even your competitors’ websites to look for broken links and 404-error pages. Then create a similarly-themed resource and turn it into an epic, stand-alone post. Use graphs, statistics, research and interviews with influencers to really fill out your content.To find the content of a missing page, use a tool like Internet Archive, which also calls itself the “Wayback Machine.” Use this site to browse over 10 million online documents, even many that are no longer published on the web. Simply enter the URL into the search field and Internet Archive will give you snapshots of the pages you’re looking for over a set period of time.Not all domains will yield results using Internet Archive. To offer useful results, the website that you’re researching must have a solid digital footprint with a fair number of backlinks, while older sites with multiple posts and pages will have more archived content. If a site was removed shortly after it was launched or if it never built any backlinks, it’s also less likely to be archived.What happens if the content can’t be found? You could go the extra mile and track down the original author, or look for another outlet that has written about the topic. Google the name of the page or any other info you have, to see what other sites have referenced it.If you come up empty, get inspired by the theme of the lost article and create a lengthy post on the same topic that influencers are likely to share.Create extraordinary content.Once you have your list of link rot articles, start brainstorming ways to recreate and improve upon these lost pages. Remember, the goal isn’t simply to republish the archived content on your own site. The author of the original content still retains the rights to the work, even if his or her website is no longer on the web. It’s best to figure out the most important points of the document and then build on that with your own expertise.Visit online forums in your niche and ask what types of content people are looking for and what types of information they need. Getting information directly from your target market keeps your posts laser-focused, but also gives you a fan base to start with. So, reach out and let everyone know it’s ready to go — and be sure to thank all the people who helped!You can also find inspiration by looking at what some of your competitors are posting. If they’re offering lots of statistics and graphs, think bigger and add a video component with interviews. The idea is to blow their posts out of the water so that even their own readers can’t help but link back to your resource.Include the resource name in your title for search traffic.Many people who stumble across a page that no longer exists try to find a duplicate of it elsewhere. They’ll usually start by Googling the document name in quotes, so give them exactly what they’re looking for by using the same, or a similar page title as the one that had the link rot. If you do that, anyone searching for that broken page will find your resource easily.After all, it’s a waste of time to create phenomenal new content if no one is there to read it. Work on your promotional strategy from day one by reaching out to influential bloggers and thought leaders.Ask what kind of content they would consider including on their sites, or just check in and let them know that you enjoyed their recent article. Send a follow-up email to let them know that your new post is ready and you thought that they might enjoy it. Let them know you’d appreciate a share. You’d be surprised how often people are willing to do what you want — as long as you ask nicely.Promote your new content.Next, find out who’s linking to you, and why. A tool like SEMrush can tell you how many backlinks you have, and what kind. For example, according to SEMrush, my digital marketing agency, SingleGrain.com, recently had 3,900 visits in organic search traffic and more than 1,000 backlinks. I can even see what keywords people used, like “digital marketing agency” and “marketing funnel.”Scroll down further and the site details who has backlinked to me. If I had link rot, my competitors could find out who linked to my post or page, write to them directly, and tell them about the broken link. They could then conveniently share their new URL with an amazing new resource with which to replace the link.Related: 5 Affordable Ways to Get Your Business Noticed OnlineDo the same yourself, and the benefits to your brand and your website could be immense.Have you ever tried taking advantage of link rot as part of your content marketing strategy? Please share your thoughts in the comments below: Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Cancun, Q.R. — Owners of the Sandos Hotel Group are being investigated for irregular credit operations linked to investments in Dominion Republic and Riviera Maya.Juan Ferri and José Baldó, owners of the Sandos hotel group, are under investigation for alleged irregularities linked to hotel investments. Authorities are focused on the pair’s credit operations between the extinct Mediterranean Savings Bank (CAM) and the company Valfensal, which is owned by the old cashier and the two entrepreneurs.The investigation is aimed specifically at the acquisition of hotels and parcels of land in the Caribbean and Tenerife for a value of just over 100 million Euro. Investigators are seeking answers for alleged crimes against the Public Treasury after they detected payment transactions through companies located in so-called tax havens.The claim says that between 2004 and 2011, Juan Ferri and José Baldó, along with Francisco Climent, benefited from a series of loans granted by CAM, headed by former Director General Roberto López Abad and the former CEO of Empresas Daniel Gil.In Mexico, the project under investigation is Hotel Caracol and an annexed plot in Riviera Maya for 60 million euro after loans from the savings bank.According to a report by news agency Preferente, in 2013, Juan Ferri and José Baldó were imprisoned for misappropriation and unfair administration and left prison after paying 7 million euro.In 2015, the agency reported that the pair were sent to the Soto del Real prison in Madrid after testifying before Judge Juan Pablo González at the Audiencia Nacional. The judge ordered unconditional imprisonment without bail for the supposed deviation of 115 million euro in credits granted to them from Bancaja and its subsidiary BdV for the Grand Coral project in Mexico.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Australasia’s third annual Cruise Week has been called a phenomenal success by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its member cruise lines and agents, with positive feedback flooding in.Cruise Week ran from 1 – 8 September in the lead up to another record cruise season, showcasing exclusive CLIA member cruise lines deals and for the first time, also included strong mainstream print coverage and an AUD $100,000 promotion.“Each year, Cruise Week is making a bigger splash and with a focus on new-to-cruise this year, the campaign helped spread awareness among a broader range of consumers,” CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said.“When we launched the event in 2012, we knew it would take a few years for the industry to get onboard with the concept but the vision is a lot stronger now than two years ago and we still have a lot of room to grow, and as cruise lines and retailers make a greater effort to support the national campaign, we’ll see more and more positive results.”Cruiseabout reported a dramatic increase in enquiries, with 30 percent more traffic to its website during Cruise Week as well as an increase in bookings and record attendance to events, deeming Cruise Week as a great promotion.CLIA member cruise line Princess Cruises experienced Monday as one of its biggest booking days on record, while Uniworld Boutique River Cruises reported a great number of enquiries and bookings.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Phil Hoffmann Travel at Cruise Week 2014
Wyndham Worldwidewyndham-worldwide-logoWyndham Worldwide announces plan to become two public companiesWyndham Hotel Group to Become Pure-Play Hotel CompanyWyndham Vacation Ownership Will Be World’s Largest Publicly Traded Timeshare BusinessWyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) today announced plans to spin off the company’s hotel business resulting in two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group, with headquarters in Parsippany, NJ, will become a new, publicly traded pure-play hotel company with a portfolio of renowned brands. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, will be the world’s largest publicly traded timeshare company and will be joined with Wyndham Destination Network, home to RCI, the world’s largest timeshare exchange company. The Company will also explore strategic alternatives for its European rental brands.The two public companies intend to enter into long-term exclusive license agreements to retain their affiliation with one of the industry’s top rated loyalty programs, Wyndham Rewards, as well as continued collaboration on key inventory sharing and customer cross-sell initiatives. The corporate names of the post-spin public companies have not yet been decided.The transaction is expected to increase the fit and focus and strategic flexibility of the two post-spin companies, allow each company to maintain a sharper focus on its core business and growth opportunities, facilitate future capital raising as needed for the two companies, and position each to be better able to make the changes necessary to respond to developments in its markets. Following the planned separation, both companies will have significant scale and leadership positions within their industries, strong cash flows, rich portfolios of trusted brands, and the existing relationships in place to drive attractive growth and shareholder value.“After a comprehensive review process, the Board of Directors has determined that a spin-off of the hotel business and the combination of Wyndham Vacation Ownership with RCI is the best structure to unlock shareholder value and enable strong growth across the businesses,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We will work with the leadership of our European rental organizations, which have outstanding brands in their regional markets, to explore options to fully realize their future growth potential.”Holmes added, “Over the past decade, we have attracted incredible teams of dedicated professionals who have built these businesses and brands into industry leaders which are now connected by the industry’s top rated loyalty program. With this strong platform in place, our businesses are now able tomove forward individually, each positioned for a very strong future, based on a shared history and culture and an ongoing affiliation with Wyndham Rewards.”The transaction, which is expected to be tax-free to Wyndham Worldwide and its shareholders, will be effected through a pro rata distribution of the new hotel company’s stock to existing Wyndham Worldwide shareholders. Wyndham Worldwide expects the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2018.MANAGEMENTAs two separate public companies, the vacation ownership company and the hotel company will have separate boards of directors. Holmes will serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for both companies.Geoff Ballotti, current CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, will continue to lead the hotel company as President and CEO. With more than 30 years’ experience, Ballotti is well positioned to continue advancing Wyndham’s leadership in the economy and midscale hotel segments, while growing the company’s upscale portfolio and management business.Michael Brown, current CEO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, will continue to lead the timeshare company as President and CEO. A 25-year industry veteran, Brown was appointed to lead the timeshare business earlier this year, bringing a strong combination of strategic vision, people-centric focus, and industry knowledge.Gail Mandel, CEO of Wyndham Destination Network, will continue to lead that business through this transition, and Tom Conforti, CFO of Wyndham Worldwide, will move into an advisory role, working with the Company through the transaction.“Tom has worked closely with the Board and me to get to our announcement today. He has been a passionate leader for our business and a vocal champion of our culture and values. His contributions to the Company and for our shareholders are significant, and our gratitude to him runs deep,” said Holmes. “As we begin this next chapter, Tom and I agreed that now is a good time to make this change to support a seamless transition to the leadership of the new companies.”David Wyshner will assume the role of Wyndham Worldwide CFO and will become CFO of the hotel company upon spin. Wyshner was most recently President and CFO of Avis Budget Group, the global vehicle rental service provider, and served as Avis Budget’s CFO for more than ten years. Prior to that, Wyshner served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Cendant Corporation, a global diversified services company with approximately $20 billion in annual revenues, where Wyshner led the execution of that company’s separation into three publicly traded companies.Michael Hug will serve as CFO of the timeshare company. Hug has been Executive Vice President and CFO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership since 2005. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Controller. Prior to joining Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Hug spent 11 years with EY.HOTEL COMPANYWyndham Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel businesses, with a global portfolio of 18 brands and over 8,100 hotels – more than any other company in the world – with approximately 705,700 rooms in over 80 countries and 2016 revenues of $1.3 billion.The pure-play, publicly traded hotel company is expected to have:A strong and resilient, fee-for-service, global franchise model High margins Significant free cash flow A growing pipeline of 150,800 rooms A proven and experienced management team“We have spent the past three years on a transformation focused on improving the quality and awareness of our hotel brands, moving our legacy hotel and central systems to cloud based technology on an unprecedented scale, and building one of the top-rated hotel loyalty programs in the world,” said Ballotti. “We are excited about moving forward as one of the largest pure-play hotel portfolios anchored by iconic hotel brands in the economy and midscale segments. With a proven asset-light, fee-for-service model and attractive opportunities to grow and further diversify our brand portfolio, we are well positioned to drive value for our shareholders.”VACATION OWNERSHIP COMPANYWith over $2 billion in gross timeshare sales in 2016, Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the world’s largest developer and marketer of vacation ownership products. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops and operates a portfolio of over 220 resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific, managing vacation ownership sales, marketing, consumer financing operations and property management.RCI is the world’s first and largest vacation exchange network, which introduced trading flexibility to vacation ownership more than 40 years ago. With over 4,300 affiliated properties in more than 100 countries, RCI members can choose from a variety of accommodations and vacation experiences.The post-spin, publicly traded timeshare company is expected to have: Unprecedented scale as the largest timeshare company in the world with a strong sales and marketing platform The largest timeshare exchange network Significant free cash flow A diversified timeshare business model A proven and experienced management team“By joining the largest timeshare company in the world with the largest timeshare exchange network and connecting them seamlessly to the Wyndham Rewards platform, we will be positioned to provide the widest variety of vacation opportunities to our owner base and network affiliates,” said Brown. “Wewill focus on building on our proven strengths and unmatched scale to meet evolving consumer vacation needs while continuing to drive value for shareholders.”ADDITIONAL TRANSACTION DETAILSWyndham Worldwide will disclose more details of the proposed separation upon the filing of a Form 10 registration statement with the SEC, including financial and other details. The separation is subject to final approval by Wyndham Worldwide’s Board of Directors, execution of intercompany agreements, arrangement of financing facilities, the effectiveness of the registration statement, and other customary conditions. The Company intends to seek a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service with respect to certain aspects of the transaction. The separation will not require a shareholder vote. Wyndham Worldwide expects to complete the separation in the first half of 2018 but there can be no assurance regarding the timing of the separation or that the separation will ultimately occur.ADVISORSDeutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are acting as financial advisors to the Company, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal advisor.SECOND QUARTER RESULTS AND CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATIONWyndham Worldwide Corporation will issue its second quarter 2017 earnings release post market on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 and will hold a conference call with investors to discuss today’s news as well as the Company’s second quarter 2017 results, outlook and guidance on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at8:30 a.m. ET. Listeners can access the webcast live through the Company’s website at http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/investors/. The conference call may also be accessed by dialing 800-862-9098 and providing the pass code “WYNDHAM.” Listeners are urged to call at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An archive of this webcast will be available on the website for approximately 90 days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2017. A telephone replay will be available for approximately 10 days beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2017 at 800-695-2533.ABOUT WYNDHAM WORLDWIDEWyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of nearly 130,000 places to stay across more than 110 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcomes people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are those that convey management’s expectations as to the future based on plans, estimates and projections at the time Wyndham Worldwide makes the statements and may be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expect,” believe,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “future,” “outlook,” guidance,” “target,” “estimate” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Wyndham Worldwide or the post-spin companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include statements related to the Wyndham Worldwide’s current views and expectations with respect to the spin off and related transactions, as well as the post-spin companies’ future operating, financial and business performance.You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include general economic conditions, the performance of the financial and credit markets, the economic environment for the hospitality industry, the impact of war, terrorist activity or political strife, operating risks associated with the hotel, vacation exchange and rentals and vacation ownership businesses, uncertainties that may delay or negatively impact the spin off or cause the spin off to not occur at all, uncertainties related to the post-spin companies’ ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the spin off, uncertainties related to Wyndham Worldwide’s ability to successfully complete the spin off on a tax-free basis within the expected time frame or at all, unanticipated developments that delay or otherwise negatively affect the spin off, uncertainties related to Wyndham Worldwide’s ability to obtain financing for the two companies or the terms of such financing, unanticipated developments related to the impact of the spin off on our relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees and others with whom we have relationships, unanticipated developments resulting from possible disruption to our operations resulting from the proposed spin-off, the potential impact of the spin-off and related transactions on Wyndham Worldwide’s credit rating, uncertainties relating to Wyndham Worldwide’s exploration of strategic alternatives for its European rentals brands and the outcome and timing of that process, as well as those factors described in Wyndham Worldwide’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 17, 2017, and inWyndham Worldwide’s subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Except for Wyndham Worldwide’s ongoing obligations to disclose material information under the federal securities laws, it undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements, to report events or to report the occurrence of unanticipated events.Source = Wyndham Worldwide
“The energy he’s going to bring to the table I would hope wakens everybody up a little bit and bring a little bit more life to the offense.”Still, as Goodwin reminded everyone, it’s not going to matter who’s running the football if the offensive line doesn’t perform better. And to date, they haven’t, especially in the ground game.Through five games, the Cardinals have the worst rushing offense in the league.At the same time, Peterson, listed at 6-foot-1 and 220-pounds, is a physical running back who is not afraid to run over or through whoever is standing in his way. Even his own teammate.“I just know one thing, if I’m not blocking my guy, he’s running full steam ahead and he might run up my back so I want to block my guy and get out of the way,” Goodwin said.Another big difference with Peterson now in the backfield is the respect he commands.“I don’t think many guys, that are in our room now, thought they’d be blocking for a future Hall of Famer and a guy like that,” Goodwin said. “I think it puts a little bit more pressure on them just to come through because, I think, he’s the type of guy if it’s not going well and they’re not blocking, he’s going to say something. And I look forward to do that. If it’s not up to his standard that he wants or we want, other than me [complaining] all the time, let it be him to put more pressure on them to do better to give him better running lanes and better opportunities to get him down the field.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact How many opportunities Peterson gets to run the football, beginning Sunday against Tampa Bay, has been a big topic of conversation this week.Will the Cardinals, specifically head coach Bruce Arians, stay committed to the run?Yes, according to Goodwin, though early success in the run game is important.“That way you know (Peterson) is going to get more touches. If they don’t go, then it becomes more of a passing game,” he said. “I feel like with the addition of him and what he brings to the table I think B.A. would hopefully lean on him a little bit more, seeing that this is the reason we brought him here to help us out of the basement of the rushing deal, of being 32nd in the National Football League. Hopefully, it goes that way. I’ve got my fingers crossed.”OFFENSIVE LINE HEALING, POSSIBLY SHIFTINGNow the other question looming over the Cardinals, as it relates to Peterson, is what five offensive linemen will be charged with blocking for the former MVP, seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro.Both left tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and guard Alex Boone (chest) practiced Thursday. They each were limited, as they were on Wednesday. Humphries has not played since the season opener, while Boone has missed two straight weeks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – The excitement over the addition of running back Adrian Peterson can be felt, not just in the locker room, but throughout the Arizona Cardinals organization. And yes, that even includes offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, who admittedly is a hard coach to please.Goodwin, however, was all smiles as he met the media on Thursday.“He’s still got it,” he said, referring to Peterson. “For him, the style of runner he is, no matter how we block, I think he’s going to come out on the other side for at least two-to-three more (yards) on his own, and that’s the exciting thing about having him. He looks fresh, he looks in shape. Never in my wildest dreams did I think the guy would be on my team but he is, so I’m excited. Top Stories 9 Comments Share New Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson walks to a practice field during practice at the NFL football team’s training facility Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Among the bigger third downs the Eagles converted was a 3rd-and-19, when the Cardinals blitzed, on the direction of Arians, and Philadelphia threw a 72-yard touchdown pass.“I love his input,” Bettcher said. “I’ve worked at seven, going on eight places now, worked for double-digit defensive coordinators and each one of those coordinators always have good conversations with their head coach. That’s part of the game. I love his input. I do.”LATEST INJURY REPORTNo changes to the Cardinals’ injury report.Defensive lineman Olsen Pierre missed a second straight day of practice after hurting his ankle at Philadelphia, while the same 12 players who were limited the day before were once again limited in Thursday’s padded practice. “I think last week he wanted to play,” Goodwin said, referring to Boone. “I just told him it’s not smart. If it’s not 100 percent, don’t do it so I advised him really not to.”Boone, if he does play, would play left guard. The right guard spot, however, may see a new face.Goodwin opened the door for Earl Watford to replace starter Evan Boehm.“That’s been a thought process,” Goodwin said, adding about Boehm. “He’s still a work in progress. He’s a guy that played center and we forced him into playing guard. He’s done a decent job at times but it’s not consistent enough and it showed in our play up front, so we’ll go with whatever the best option is.”DOWN WITH THIRD DOWN DEFENSEUp until last week’s game at Philadelphia, the Cardinals had been fairly good at getting their opponent off the field on third down. The Eagles, however, converted nine of their 14 third-down opportunities, including three of which that resulted in touchdowns.“The common theme, in all the third downs, is the coverage and the rush have to matchup,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. “If you’re rushing four, the four-man rush has to create some pressure so the ball is not held. If you’re bringing five or six or seven or whatever the pressure is, it’s got to get home but the other end has to happen, the coverage has got to hold up.”