…wants Nandlall to show evidence PNC using State resourcesIn the aftermath of allegations that Government has been using State resources for party activities, eyebrows have again been raised when the People’s National Congress (PNC) annual bursary awards exercise was held at State House on Thursday.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonCommenting on why the event was not hosted at Congress Place, where it is usually held, State Minister Joseph Harmon posited that President David Granger is allowed to make decisions that are convenient to his schedule.“Well, that’s a decision which His Excellency the President made. He is the President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and depending on what is convenient to him, based on his schedule, the President will determine where he holds any activity,” Harmon told reporters on Friday.The hosting of a party event on State property comes days after Opposition Parliamentarian Anil Nandlall accused the PNC of utilising State resources to fund its events.Opposition MP Anil NandlallIn a Facebook post on Sunday, the former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister claimed that the PNC, whose leader is President Granger, is using the National Treasury as a piggy bank. His comments were occasioned by that party holding its 60th anniversary celebration at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday.According to the Opposition MP, all the amenities of the state-owned facility were utilised, and not a cent was paid by the PNC.“Everything was paid for by the taxpayers,” he said, while adding that persons were flown from across the country and from overseas to attend the event. He claimed that even public servants and army officers were “forced” to attend the anniversary celebrations.“All these expenses are going to be passed off as expenditures of the Investiture Ceremony, which took place the day before. The proximate cost is about $10 million,” Nandlall alleged.However, asked by reporters to comment further on allegations made, Harmon called on the Opposition to produce evidence that the Coalition Government is indeed utilising State resources to facilitate party activities.“Well, I would like to know where Mr Nandlall got that information from. (But) let him produce the evidence, because, like I said, the PPP is in the habit now of throwing out these wild assertions without any evidential basis. Let Mr. Nandlall come and produce the basis,” the State Minister said.
Bournemouth have completed the signing of goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a free transfer.The Poland international spent the majority of last season on loan at the Goldsands from Southampton, and played a key role for the Cherries as they clinched the Championship title.Having been released by the Saints, he has now penned a one-year deal with the Premier League new boys, with the option of a further 12 months.Boruc is the first signing made by Eddie Howe this summer as the club prepare for their debut season in the top-flight.The 35-year-old, who made 39 appearances for Bournemouth after his arrival in September, told the club’s official website: “I didn’t think that (promotion would be possible) when I signed the contract.“But, as soon as I came here, I saw a bunch of lads who were really working hard and they had their minds on football.“They knew what they wanted to achieve and the manager has put in some great work. After a couple of games I realised we could do something and we had the belief to achieve it.“In my life, I’ve never seen a group who have worked so hard and been as professional as possible.“It’s probably the first season I’ve seen what it is to be a professional footballer from the way they are on the training ground to everything else.” 1 Artur Boruc
More than 1,000 people filled the Wooden Center on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus to cheer Saturday for their favorite scholars. Lincoln High brought its tiger mascot; Marshall High brought its “Johnny Barrister” mascot. Fans waved pennants, held up signs, and one Palisades Charter parent even played the “Star Wars” theme on a harmonica as his son passed. The Academic Decathlon consists of multiple-choice tests in art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music and science, plus the Super Quiz oral relay and written contests, as well as interview, speech and essay competitions. Winners of the various regional competitions will go on to the California Academic Decathlon on March 17-19 in Los Angeles. The state champion will compete at the U.S. Academic Decathlon April 26-29 in San Antonio, Texas. California has won 12 of 24 national championships, with eight of those won by LAUSD schools: Marshall has won two national championships, Taft has won two, and El Camino Real, last year’s national champion, has won four. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three San Fernando Valley high school teams placed in the top five Saturday in the oral relay Super Quiz portion of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Academic Decathlon competition. Los Angeles High School had the top score with 57 points out of a possible 60, followed by Marshall High School with 52 points. Woodland Hills’ Taft High School and Garfield High School tied with 51 points. Woodland Hills’ El Camino Real High School and Granada Hills High School tied with 49 points. Palisades Charter scored 48 points. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It never gets old,” said a gleeful Los Angeles High coach Jim Hatem, whose team has won the combined oral and written Super Quiz event the previous eight years in a row. “You wait all year for this. I’m so proud of these kids. This bodes very well for us.” The oral portion of the Super Quiz accounts for less than 10 percent of the total scores, but is the only portion of the competition that is open to the public. The overall winner of LAUSD’s regional competition won’t be announced until the district’s awards dinner Friday. Last year, Taft won the LAUSD regional competition. Lissa Gregorio, an El Camino Real coach, and Taft coach Art Berchin both said they were pleased with their teams’ scores, and look forward to the final tally. “They did really well against some tough competition – Los Angeles, Marshall, Taft, Granada Hills,” said Gregorio. “We’re happy to be up there with them.” Teams from Ventura County, Los Angeles County and area private schools also completed their regional competition Saturday. Ventura County will announce its regional winner today. Los Angeles County will announce its winner Thursday. Private schools will announce their champion Feb. 12.
Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after securing a last gasp win over Preston North End at Deepdale.Olivier Giroud’s strike in the last minute of normal time helped Arsene Wenger’s side avoid a dreaded replay and leave their plucky opponents devastated.Callum Robinson had given the hosts an early lead before Aaron Ramsey equalised for the Gunners within 51 seconds of the restart.The Premier League side managed to see their way past an impressive Simon Grayson outfit, who more than held their own against a near full strength visiting starting XI, with fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles the only irregular squad member to feature.Preston marked their bright start with an opening goal as Robinson put the Championship side ahead after seven minutes.Aiden McGeady created space in midfield with a wonderful roulette-turn outside the penalty area before attempting to slip in Jordan Hugill. A combination of Nacho Monreal and Gabriel challenges saw the ball ricochet kindly for Robinson, who tapped home from six-yards out.Midway through the first half, the hosts were pushing for a second and nearly doubled their lead through another Robinson effort.Robinson’s over-hit pass still found its target in Hugill, who managed to pick out his teammate with a lovely floated cross. Robinson directed a header downwards from close range, but Shkodran Mustafi blocked the ball with an unintentional outstretched arm.Simon Grayson’s side were firmly on top as they wasted yet another glorious chance to stretch their advantage over a woeful Arsenal side.Robinson and Hugill were once again heavily involved as the former tried to pick out his teammate with a low and dangerous cross. But the goal scorer applied too much force to his delivery, leaving Hugill frustrated on his back in the Gunners penalty area.Arsenal could count themselves extremely lucky to be within striking distance of their Championship opponents, as they provided their first genuine threat on goal approaching half time.Fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles raced clear down the right flank before centring for Ramsey to steer a header on target. But unfortunately for the Welsh midfielder, his effort was easily held by a grinning Chris Maxwell in goal.The visitors would survive another scare before the break as Monreal was forced to clear the ball off his line.Mustafi committed two errors in quick succession as Paul Gallagher took advantage and proceeded to lob the ball over David Ospina. The Scottish forward’s effort looked destined to end up in the back of the net before Monreal managed to hack the ball clear.Having been thoroughly outplayed in the first half, Arsenal drew level within 51 seconds of the restart as Ramsey finished expertly.Alex Iwobi found his teammate on the edge of the box, leaving Ramsey with the opportunity to sidestep his markers and caress the ball into the far corner. The accuracy of his strike earned a thumbs up from his manager Arsene Wenger, who casually retreated back to his dug-out.The away side managed to seize the imitative and were claiming for a penalty just past the hour mark for a challenge on Giroud.Granit Xhaka dinked a free-kick into a crowded penalty area, where Giroud was competing with Gregory Cunningham to get the vital first touch. The Preston defender wrapped his arms around the striker’s neck before heading back to his goalkeeper, but referee Bobby Madley was left unconvinced.Arsenal continued to push and nearly went ahead after Mustafi’s clever touch from a corner forced Preston goalkeeper Maxwell into action.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s delivery found the German international, who raced towards the near post, before skimming an effort towards goal. But Maxwell showed impressive reflexes to react and catch the defender’s effort and calm any home nerves.But Arsenal managed to avoid a dreaded replay after Giroud tucked home from close range in the last minute of normal time.Mustafi’s angled pass found Giroud in the box, who exchanged passes with teammate Lucas Perez before finding the back of the net via a deflection off defender Alan Browne, leaving Preston’s players disconsolate after missing out on a trip to the Emirates. The Gunners avoided a dreaded replay to book their place in the fourth round 1
The Black Cats have until April 10 1 Sunderland and David Moyes have been given more time to provide observations to the Football Association regarding the manager’s threat to “slap” a female reporter.The Scot’s behaviour has come under scrutiny this week after video emerged of an exchange with BBC journalist Vicki Sparks following the 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.He has apologised, and Sunderland issued a statement on Tuesday stating their commitment to Moyes but agreed that his suggestion he might slap the reporter was “wholly unacceptable”.The FA contacted the club on Monday seeking observations about the matter and had wanted a response by the close of business on Thursday.However, it is understood the governing body has granted Sunderland’s request to extend the deadline, and they now have until April 10 to respond – the day after the embattled Black Cats host Manchester United.Moyes’ side languish bottom of the Premier League and are 10 points from safety after losing 2-0 at Leicester.“I think it was great to get that support from the club and I expected it,” the Sunderland boss said after Tuesday’s match.“I’ve been surprised in many ways but I’ve done my job with the players, prepared them and organised them.“The world of football is a great business now, it employs an incredible amount of people, whether it be in the media or at the training grounds, and for that reason football is a big talking point.“It (preparing for the game) was not difficult at all, I said and did all the things, prepared the players and did the same things we would do for any other game.”Sparks has maintained a dignified silence since the footage was released by the Daily Star.The video appears to show Moyes unhappy when asked whether owner Ellis Short’s presence meant he was under more pressure during Sunderland’s relegation fight.At the end of the interview, the Scot said: “You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.“Careful the next time you come in.”Both Moyes and Sparks were laughing during the exchange and the reporter did not make a complaint, although colleagues were unimpressed when they heard what had been said.Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Clare Phillipson, director of domestic abuse charity Wearside Women In Need, have been among those wanting a more serious response.Dr Allin-Khan tweeted: “David Moyes cannot get away with these sexist threats – the @FA must take action immediately.”Phillipson said: “It is for the FA to set a clear standard about what they think is acceptable. It was dreadful, absolutely appalling.”FA chairman Greg Clarke said Moyes’ comments to Sparks were “regrettable, distasteful and showed a complete lack of respect”.Speaking to reporters Tuesday in Helsinki, Clarke said: “It was regrettable, it was distasteful and I think it showed a complete lack of respect. And we in the game stand for respect.“But I don’t think it undermines football’s desire to be inclusive and respectful. Every now and again, we will have to remind people of the high standards we need to observe in football.”When asked if it was sexist, Clarke said: “It could have been interpreted as such.“I think it’s doubly bad to use such a term to a woman because there is a lot of violence against women in society and terms like that aren’t just disrespectful, I think they are bad examples.“I regret that it happened and I’m sure that David Moyes regrets that it happened.”
Joe Hart could be heading to the MLS RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 2 Getty Images IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on Joe Hart may quit the Premier League for Major League Soccer after struggling to regain his place in the Burnley side.The 31-year-old made 19 league appearances at the beginning of the season with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope both out injured. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Columbus Crew need a goalkeeper because Manchester City are signing Zack Steffen in the summer.There is no rush for them to sign a replacement, though, as the transfer window in MLS does not shut until May.Burnley are likely to let him go if his wages are covered as they have Arsenal target Nick Pope to compete with Heaton for the rest of the year. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 targets Hart last played on Boxing Day LATEST But the former England number one has not played since their 5-1 Boxing Day defeat to Everton after Heaton returned from injury.Heaton’s recall has coincided with an upturn in Burnley’s form and they have gone from occupying the relegation places to 14th.As a result, Hart’s name has reportedly been put to clubs in the American league, according to The Sun. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manager Sean Dyche said at the time: “It was a tough one on Joe, but Tom is a great pro and his professionalism has paid him back.“I must say, though, Joe was the first one jumping off the bench when he made that save at the end [against West Ham], which tells you a lot about the group.”
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers#news Very few of the service providers she looked at have an SLA for compute or storage performance. They do have SLAs for network availability and other service requests, however. This is an important point to keep in mind. And some of the providers offer less-than-stellar agreement levels, too. Customers do not usually save money by using cloud IaaS. In case you didn’t read the above bullet point, Leong emphasizes that it is agility, not costs, for which the cloud is currently used by enterprises. Very few of the service providers offer availability and performance monitoring, visible in their customer portal, as part of their self-service IaaS offering. That surprised me. I wish she would have included a few screenshots in the report, but then Gartner is still learning how to do this hands-on thing. A new Gartner Magic Quadrant report is available this week covering the public cloud computing vendors. Not surprisingly, AWS received top honors, although Terremark, Savvis and CSC were also praised. Bluelock, a smaller vendor, also got props. The report is very detailed in the usual Gartner manner and is a must-read for enterprise IT architects who are evaluating players in this space.We can’t reproduce the graphic, but we did review the entire report, written by Lydia Leong and blogged about by her here.Leong looked at simple and multiple workloads, both managed and unmanaged, from 20 cloud providers. Each provider had to offer services in at least two separate data centers and have more than $10 million in IaaS revenue in 2010. The PaaS vendors weren’t covered, even though it is getting harder to distinguish what is a platform and what is an infrastructure service. It is Gartner’s first-such MQ evaluation of this set of vendors.What was unusual, and Leong admits this in her post, is that she actually got her hands dirty and tried each of the services out personally. To my knowledge, this is new for Gartner (hands-on testing). I mean, she actually had to use her personal credit card to spin up an account on each provider! Good for her. Here are some of the highlights:More aspects of IT operations management are being automated, so that IaaS offers value beyond self-service provisioning. “For companies with reasonable access to capital and which already have an IT operations team, today’s IaaS offerings may not represent cost savings for typical business workloads.” Very few also offered a standardized architecture across their public and private cloud offerings. GoGrid and CSC are ones that do offer this feature, should that be important to you.On the whole, I give Gartner high marks on this MQ. Leong takes pains to distinguish the many different IaaS flavors, and to try to delineate when you would want to use one or the other with her different providers. Related Posts
There are few things more important for conversion rate optimization than your landing page copy. If your landing pages are struggling to turn visitors into leads, there’s a very good chance it’s because of your copy. More often than not, marketers are guilty of making several copywriting mistakes, and they don’t even know it.In this post, I’ll show you three copywriting mistakes you are probably making on your landing pages — and how to correct them.1. Your copy focuses on features, not benefitsFeatures tell your audience what your product is about.Benefits tell them what your product can do for them.Although features are important — they educate customers about your product’s specifications — they are purely informational. They don’t really persuade users or tell them how their lives will change by buying your product.To understand why this works, you need to understand how your customers make purchase decisions. While we’d like to assume that we make rational decisions after careful analysis, the truth is that for most of us, purchase decisions are driven by emotion, not logic. Humans make decisions emotionally, then look for logical reasons to back these decisions up.For example, a customer might decide to buy an iPhone because its design appeals to him emotionally. But to justify his decision, the customer might look at the iPhone’s features — the battery life, camera quality, processor speed and so on.This is why, rather than telling your customer what they can have, tell them why they need it and how it can help make their world better.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: 3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dry 3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dryYou are here: Posted on 23rd July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital Marketing3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dry Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019
Thanks to my friends at Spitfire, if you need help planning your next big campaign, you’re in luck. Spitfire Strategies and the Communications Leadership Institute (the people who brought you the Smart Chart and Discovering the Activation Point) have just unveiled their newest tool: The Just Enough Planning Guide. It’s a free online resource that for the first time gives nonprofits and foundations a process for planning successful campaigns. Whether your organization is planning to pass a law, win popular support for an issue or organize a boycott, the guide gives groups a clear sense of where they are going, the best way to get there and what to expect along the way. Visit justenoughplanning.org to download a free copy.Thanks Spitfire!Here are steps it covers:1. Confirm That a Campaign Is Possible. This is the time to step back and assess the viability of a campaign. Are the stars aligned for this effort to be successful? 2. Set a Clear, Measurable Goal That Is Achievable. Your plan needs to be focused on achieving a very specific goal. Your goal is your raison d’Ãªtre. Are you trying to make something happen or stop something from happening? There is a difference. 3. Chart Your Course. Much like a road trip, there are likely many ways to get to your goal. You will use your knowledge of the field and the external environment to determine the best steps to your goal. 4. Anticipate Conditions. Visualize all possible scenarios – the good, the bad and the ugly – so your plan includes strategies for leveraging opportunities and mitigating challenges, including identifying your opposition.5. Know How to Make Headway. What will propel you down your path? What major campaign activities can help you get from point A to point B? 6. Prioritize Your Target Audiences. Now that you have a strategy, stay focused by prioritizing who you need to engage to win, and when. 7. Put a Public Face on Your Campaign. Give the effort a name and a personality that is memorable and easily understood. You want people to recognize what you are about and not have to guess. 8. Operationalize Your Campaign. Based on the activities you think will help you make headway, determine which campaign tactics you will need: from intellectual knowledge to government relations to public mobilization to communications to coalition building to fundraising. 9. Stay on Track. Build evaluation mechanisms into your plan that will tell you when you are making progress and when you need to stop and make a mid-course correction. Meet regularly with your team to discuss your progress.