This interview is the fourth in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June. In this interview we speak with Garry Sonda.To view the video please follow the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage www.austouch.com.au
CAIRO: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has rejected comments that the global soccer body has taken a “colonialist” attitude towards African football and its governing organisation CAF (Confederation of African Football). FIFA last month took the unprecedented move of announcing it would jointly administer African football with CAF and would send it its Senegalese secretary general Fatma Samoura on a ninth-month secondment to overhaul the African body. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe move followed corruption allegations against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad which he has denied. Some African officials have opposed the move while former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, in a recent interview with the BBC, described it as a “new aspect of colonialism”. Blatter has been banned from football for six years for ethics violations during his presidency. He denies wrongdoing. “I have heard about colonialism, that FIFA is colonising Africa again,” Infantino told CAF’s general assembly on Thursday, adding that he was “puzzled” by the remarks. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”What does it mean, colonialism? I don’t know. It’s not part of my vocabulary. “I know what it means to work, to team up, to roll up your sleeves, to go on the pitch and help and that is what we are doing,” he added. “(Samoura’s) heart is beating for Africa and we all suffer when we see what is going on here.” Infantino said that it was important that African football had competitions where “people trust the organisation, where the stadium is secure and it is safe, where matches are not manipulated, where people trust the referees — these are some of the issues that African football is facing.”
BANFF, Alta. – Three cubs found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park have been returned to the wild.The black bears, now yearlings, were found in April 2017 and sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario.Officials with Parks Canada said the three sisters were released in the Banff backcountry on Tuesday.“The bears were in excellent condition,” Bill Hunt, manager of resource conservation with Banff National Park, said at a Wednesday news conference.Each bear has grown to about 50 kilograms from the three kilograms they weighed when they first went to the wildlife sanctuary.Officials there said the cubs were initially fed formula with a bottle before contact with humans was limited.“One of the most important aspects was to try to maintain minimal contact to allow for a successful transition back in the wild,” said Howard Smith, the sanctuary’s managing director. “We cared for them initially as they were very young.“Once they transitioned to a more solid food, we moved them into larger accommodations.”They were kept in a larger enclosure at the facility in the Muskoka area, he said.Parks Canada said that one of its wildlife workers flew out to Ontario earlier this week to pick up the bears.The animals were transported in three separate crates by vehicle to Toronto before being flown early Tuesday morning to Calgary, where they hit the road for the Rocky Mountains in a horse trailer.The bears were then slung in a crate under a helicopter into an unidentified location in the Banff backcountry.“As soon as the doors opened, the bears stepped out, had a look around and actually began foraging on some nearby vegetation,” said Hunt. “They looked happy and healthy in their new environment.”It’s still unknown how the bears ended up in the roadside bathroom last year.“We certainly believe they had some help from a person or persons,” said Hunt. “We would really encourage anyone who knows anything more about that to please contact us. We would like to resolve that.”The bears were sent to Ontario because no Alberta facilities were permitted to take them at the time. The province lifted the ban on private rehabilitation of orphaned cubs in April.Under Alberta’s new protocol, the bears must be fitted with monitoring devices and tracked by scientists to make sure the animals reintegrate into the wild.Hunt said the bears have GPS collars and ear tags, but he noted that survival of young bears in the wild isn’t always great without their mothers.“We’ve done everything we can to set them up for success.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
Rabat – The online boycott has called into question the amount of profits and the quality of the products provided by the three “monopolizing” companies in the Moroccan market: Sidi Ali-Oulmes, Centrale Danone and Afriquia gasoline.The bottled water sector has significantly evolved in recent years. Experts explained the growth by the emergence of new services, such as hotels, restaurants, and cafes that have grown popular among Moroccans.Differences in the taste and mineral content between bottled water and public tap water is also a factor that has contributed to increased consumption of mineral water, because many Moroccans believe that it can be used to get rid of kidney stones. But doctors recommend using a filter with tap water rather than buying bottled mineral water. So, the question is: is there a real difference between bottled water and public tap water?One of the fundamental differences, theoretically, is the rate of nitrate allowed per liter of water. Fifteen milligrams of nitrate is the maximum in bottled water, while tap water can contain up to 50 milligrams per liter.Pediatricians, meanwhile, are increasingly advising parents to avoid giving babies public water for fear of poisoning, leading to further demand for bottled water.Read Also: Boycott: Woman Reverses Sidi Ali Story, Claims She Was Pressured by MediaSidi Ali-Oulmes, the monopolizing companyAccording to Alyaoum24, one billion liters of bottled water is consumed per year. That yields 28 liters per person, up from an average under 10 liters a decade ago.Increased demand has incentivized companies to compete for market shares. The main actors in the mineral water sector are Oulmes Mineral Water and Sotherma, which is known for its subsidiaries Ain Saiss and Sidi Hrazem. Other companies include Coca-Cola, Cobomi, and AlKarama.All reports and studies point to the monopolization of the sector. Given Morocco’s shockingly high tariffs of 25 percent on imported water, the established companies are deprived of any kind of outside competition. In addition, foreign companies would struggle to access the Moroccan market and establish an effective distribution network.Oulmes is the major shareholder of the market, dominating 72 percent of the market. Oulmes’ profits have reached MAD 1.5 billion, in comparison to less than MAD 300 million for its closest competitor, Sotherma, which holds 17 percent of the market share.Are taxes to blame for Oulmes’ prices?Three weeks after the boycotts began April 20, Sidi Ali-Oulmes released a detailed statement, ending their silence by focusing on the taxes and fees included in the cost of their products.Oulmes said that in 2017 it paid a total of MAD 657,072,912 in taxes, which includes VAT, the water resource utilization fee, a local domestic consumption tax, the environmental tax and tax mark fees. The 2017 tax burden represented an increase of 9.8 percent in comparison to 2016.The tax paid to the Oulmes locality increased to MAD 99,056,958, while the water abstraction fee amounted to a total of MAD 48,288,916.Sidi Ali-Oulmes pointed out that Sidi Ali’s profit margin, after deducting all expenses, is 7 percent, or MAD 0.4 per liter.According to the company’s data, released in fiscal year 2017, its profits exceeded 195 million, a growth of 16 percent compared to 2016, which generated an MAD 165 million profit, which is explained by its good business performance.
“The Secretary-General calls on Israel to respect international law and to ensure that its actions are proportionate and do not put civilians at grave risk,” his spokesman said in a statement.“The Secretary-General is fully cognizant of Israel’s legitimate security concerns in light of continuing rocket fire, which endangers Israeli civilians, and calls on the Palestinian Authority to do all in its power to halt such actions,” the statement added.
by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2012 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft’s ‘major’ announcement in Los Angeles could be a new tablet NEW YORK, N.Y. – Speculation is building that Microsoft will unveil a tablet computer on Monday.The company was secretive when it invited media to an afternoon event in Los Angeles, saying it would be a “major” announcement and would not divulge the location until Monday morning.In an email, the company had said, “This will be a major Microsoft announcement â€” you will not want to miss it.”Several media outlets, including The New York Times, cited unnamed sources saying that Microsoft will launch its own tablet to boost its new Windows 8 operating system and counter Apple’s hot-selling iPad.Microsoft declined to comment.Microsoft is preparing to release its new operating system, Windows 8, which works across laptop computers, tablets and even televisions.
“For the sake of the country’s future, corruption in Afghanistan must be addressed and eliminated,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said in Kabul. He said the UN welcomes the progress already made, and fully supports the Government’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption in the interest of ending impunity, ensuring accountability and transparency, and restoring integrity to the management of public services, finances and natural resources. In its report entitled Afghanistan’s Fight against Corruption: The Other Battlefield, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), highlights the country’s progress in addressing corruption. Drawing on internationally recognized best practices, it provides recommendations for how the Government, with the continued support of the public and the international community, can build on those achievements. “It is my sincere hope that the progress made so far in the fight against corruption and the recommendations contained in our report will serve as a platform to achieve greater policy coherence and coordination in Afghanistan,” said Mr. Yamamoto, who also heads UNAMA. The report, which the Afghan ministries and judiciary received for input and endorsement prior to release, points out that corruption has affected all aspects of life in the country – undermining public trust and confidence in Government institutions and hindering efforts to bring lasting peace and prosperity to the State. The report serves as a stark reminder that the fight against corruption cannot be won in the short term, and that the battle requires sustained commitmentA key component of Afghanistan’s fight against corruption is the Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC). Its dedicated police and prosecution units, and a new national primary and appeals court, was established by Presidential Decree to operate with jurisdiction over the broad range of corruption offences specified in the current penal code. The Justice Centre’s scope also includes money laundering, destruction or selling of cultural and historical relics, crimes against internal and external security, illegal extraction of mines and land usurpation. In addition to outlining the advances made by the ACJC, which is actively investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating cases, the report indicates that Afghanistan is showing progress in restoring institutional control over the delivery of essential public services and management of public finances. Recognizing that the Government’s ongoing anti-corruption efforts have yet to impact the lives of most Afghans, the report makes several recommendations and concludes that – notwithstanding the many legal and policy reforms that have been undertaken – corruption remains a substantial obstacle to Afghanistan’s long-term peace and prosperity.“The report serves as a stark reminder that the fight against corruption cannot be won in the short term, and that the battle requires the sustained commitment on the part of the government and the general public, and full support from the international community,” concluded Mr. Yamamoto.
August new car pre-registration figures Today, SMMT releases figures for August pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in August 2001 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis. Notes to Editors The Supply of New Cars Order 2000: Pre-registered car A new car which a supplier has caused to be registered before the terms and conditions of its supply to an end-user have been agreed, but does not include: (a) a car so registered because its certificate of conformity with a vehicle type-approved under the EC Vehicle Type Approval Scheme is about to become invalid (b) a car retained for a period of at least three months. Supplier A person that manufactures cars for supply within, or imports new cars for supply into, the UK, who had a market share of one per cent or more of the total supply of new cars in the UK in the preceding calendar year. Pre-registrations data The attached table shows the pre-registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Fans wave a flag on the field after the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Big Ten Championship game will come and go without a glimpse of the No. 2 Ohio State football team. As the Buckeyes watch and wait for the outcome of the matchup between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State, the situation might be more favorable than meets the eye for OSU. After falling to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0, and have averaged a margin of victory of 25.2 in the last five weeks. Penn State is hitting its stride at the perfect time as well, giving up an average of 86 rushing yards per contest, and have given up a total of 12 points combined in two weeks.However, an extremely tough Wisconsin team lies in wait for coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. The Badgers gave OSU a run for their money, forcing overtime in Madison. While the Buckeyes have struggled with both units, neither side seems to have the upper hand.Even with all eyes on Indianapolis this week for who will wear the Big Ten crown, OSU might just be finding themselves in a spot that has already given them a playoff berth. Here are a few of possible scenarios for the Scarlet and Gray and the postseason.Penn State loses in blowout fashion to WisconsinGiven how both teams are playing right now, it would seem unlikely to see one team rollover the other. However, this scenario is a little more realistic when one thinks about other performances by the Badgers this season.Wisconsin not only pushed OSU to the brink, but was just a touchdown away from pushing Michigan to overtime. While the Badgers lost 14-7, Penn State was on the wrong end of a 49-10 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines.Wisconsin lost by a touchdown to two, top-five ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, have lost to Pitt. The Panthers, even with a win over Clemson, are far from an excusable loss, as their 8-4 record has been padded with wins over the likes of Villanova and Marshall.If Penn State were to be blown out, it would boost the resume of Wisconsin, making a convincing case for a playoff spot. However, that overtime loss in primetime to the Buckeyes would be looming over Wisconsin, and gives OSU a spot in the final four.Wisconsin loses in blowout fashion to Penn StateThis creates a bit more of a problem for the Buckeyes, as the red-hot Nittany Lions would most likely be out of the top 10 with a blowout loss to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions, representing the lone loss for OSU, picking up a win over a team OSU struggled with at times would shed a bad light on the Buckeyes, considering Wisconsin would fall from the top 10.Penn State isn’t known for blowing out quality teams, but has picked up some solid wins and stayed competitive with tough, competitive units. A gritty team always creates some tension in games, and would create some drama that always drives up television ratings.With a win over OSU, and a win over the Badgers by a margin greater than seven, Penn State would be a tough team to leave out of a playoff spot. This scenario seems the most likely to keep the Scarlet and Gray from the playoffs.Neither team impressesRemember Iowa’s win over Michigan? A drawn-out, gritty game that ended with a last second field goal and neither side being relatively impressive on offense was the outcome. A flat Big Ten title game is one of the best possible scenarios for OSU to make the playoffs.With neither side showing much in terms of life, the College Football Playoff committee would be reluctant to put in such an uninteresting team just to get them destroyed by a superior opponent.If Wisconsin and Penn State put forth a disappointing show, expect to see OSU in either Phoenix or Atlanta.One of the other potential playoff teams loses this weekNo. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are all going to be playing in conference title games this weekend. The Crimson Tide face No. 15 Florida, Clemson faces No. 19 Virginia Tech and Huskies square off against No. 9 Colorado.All games have the potential for fireworks, with stiff competition throughout. Although Alabama appears to be an invincible force at this point, teams like Clemson and Washington have been swapping places with other teams for the last few weeks in the No. 4 spot.A loss by one of these two teams would cause No. 5 Michigan to rise back into the top four spots, and OSU will not be dropping below a team they beat just a week prior. This scenario would be the best chance for OSU to reach the playoffs.Only time will tell where the Buckeyes end up. The final selection show by the College Football Playoff committee will air on Sunday on ESPN at noon.
Oiseaux de mer : Bruxelles tente de limiter les captures accidentelles de pêcheEurope – Si les oiseaux de mer servent souvent de guides aux pêcheurs pour les mener vers des zones de pêche productives, la pêche est un véritable fléau pour nombre d’espèces, prises accidentellement dans les filets. Pour résoudre, ou du moins limiter ce problème, la Commission européenne va proposer un plan d’action. “Les filets de pêche ont tué au cours des dix dernières années 2 millions d’oiseaux marins. Ce chiffre est nettement supérieur au nombre de victimes impliquées dans toutes les marées noires en Europe depuis 1967”, déplore l’organisation de défense des oiseaux BirdLife.Pour élaborer son plan d’action, la Commission européenne a demandé au Conseil international pour l’exploration de la mer (Ciem) de lui remettre un rapport sur la situation dans les eaux de l’Union européenne. Ce rapport recense les principales zones concernées comme les principaux types de pêche responsables de la mortalité des oiseaux de mer, tels que la pêche à la palangre, un filet muni d’hameçons, ou la pêche au filet maillant. Se basant sur l’étude du Ciem, c’est dans un premier temps sur la mer Méditerranée, la mer du Nord et la mer Baltique, ainsi que les eaux du sud-ouest de l’Irlande, que la Commission va se concentrer.Cette volonté de protéger les oiseaux de mer et surtout les espèces menacées touchées par les prises accidentelles de pêche fait suite à une pétition déposée à la Commission par l’association BirdLife le 8 juin dernier. Selon l’association, ce sont quelque 90.000 oiseaux marins qui se noient chaque année en mer du Nord et en mer Baltique, après avoir été piégés par des filets. Un chiffre qui pourrait en réalité être deux fois plus élevé souligne BirdLife. L’association réclame la mise en place d’un plan d’action d’ici à la fin de l’année, et demande des moyens financiers pour poursuivre les recherches sur d’autres méthodes de pêche. Afin d’élaborer le plan le plus efficace possible, la Commission a lancé une consultation publique lors de laquelle les parties prenantes seront invitées à donner leur avis sur les différentes propositions retenues par la Commission et à proposer d’autres mesures. Une étude sera parallèlement menée “pour dégager des recommandations sur les meilleures pratiques et examiner les conséquences économiques, sociales et environnementales de mesures visant à réduire les captures accidentelles”. Le plan d’action devrait être adopté et mis en place d’ici 2011.Le 19 juin 2010 à 19:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
The new Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming in 15- and 17-inch versions; the bigger model has a lot of empty space around the keyboard and bigger bezels around the display. Lenovo Lenovo finally launches its own everyday-gamer laptop line with the IdeaPad L340 Gaming, a variant of its budget thinnish-and-lightish 300 series with discrete graphics. It joins Acer Nitro, Dell G series, HP Pavilion Gaming, Asus X series and more in the ever-lengthening line of companies to expand beyond their traditional gaming lines.In this case, it means a slim black slab with blue accents and illumination, in 15- or 17-inch models, starting at $870 and $920, respectively. Inside you’ll find up to a Core i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 and a 16GB Intel Optane option, among other things. Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits or 60% NTSC (52% sRGB) TN 220 nits Display Size GeForce GTX 1650 late June Availability Now playing: Watch this: late June Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1×1 or 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2 Weight 2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio The Legion Y740 also updates with an i7-9750H, but the 15-inch model gets a display-option update: a 1,920×1,080 144Hz IPS display with 100% sRGB color, G-sync and 500-nit brightness.Finally, the Legion Y7000, Lenovo’s basic gaming laptop, looks like the 15-inch will get the same processor and display options as the Y540 15, and the same GPU choices with the exception of the GTX 1050. The Y7000p is the Optane-optional model with some other slight configuration differences. Up to 16GB DDR4 14.3 x 10.0 x 0.9 in / 363 x 255 x 24 mm Share your voice $919.99 Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane Networking Memory $1,269.99 Tags 1:39 2 x USB-A 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x USB-C 3.1 (5Gbps), 1 x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, combo audio 1,920 x 1080 IPS 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits 144Hz or 60Hz Screen May 2019 GeForce GTX 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060 4.8 lbs/2.2kg Laptops Gaming Starting price $869.99 Up to 1TB SSD, 2TB HDD, 16GB Optane Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg 17-inch 17 inch (17IRH) GeForce GTX 1650 Processor 15-inch Up to 16GB DDR4 Up to Core i7-9750H 1,920 x 1080 IPS at 144Hz, 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 72% NTSC (100% sRGB) 300 nits, 60Hz 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) 250 nits Core i7-9750H or i5-9300H Enlarge ImageThe L340 Gaming in profile. Lenovo How did Lenovo manage to price the L340 Gaming so low with that hexacore i7? By using the ultra-blech narrow-gamut (39% sRGB), dim, TN-technology displays like the one we disliked in the Legion Y530. The 17-inch model’s base option has a slightly bigger gamut, but probably not enough to make a difference and it’s still dim. They will also offer an easy way to switch between “Quick” and “Quiet” modes, which is likely a manual discrete vs. internal GPU setting to control Nvidia’s Optimus technology.The company has also taken the opportunity to refresh its Legion Y-series gaming laptops with options for the new Core i5 and i7 and Nvidia graphics. In addition to the ninth-gen and latest Nvidia bumps, it also gets better display choices, because as I mentioned earlier, the Y530’s display was really not good. 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 45% NTSC (39% sRGB) in IPS 250 nits or TN 220 nits Starting price 5.5 lbs/2.5kg 15 inch (15IRH) 16.3 x 11.2 x 1.0 in / 413 x 285 x 25 mm Processor $1,209.99 Legion Y540 quick specs 0 Lenovo’s Legion Y530 is a classy entry-level gaming laptop Up to Core i7-9750H Graphics Processor May 2019 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) 1×1 or 2×2, Bluetooth 4.2 Graphics processor IdeaPad L340 Gaming Specifications 18 Photos GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 1650, 1660 Ti, RTX 2060 Availability Post a comment Connections Storage Acer Asus Dell HP Intel Lenovo
A suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police on Kushtia-Jhenidah highway in Mahishdanga early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Md Ratan Sheikh, officer-in-charge of the Islamic University police station, said on secret information that a gang of robber was preparing for committing robbery, a team of police conducted a drive around 3:30am.Sensing presence of police, according to the police claim, the robber gang opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight.After 30 minutes of gunfight, police rescued the robber as bullet injuries.Later, the injured was rushed to Kushtia General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Sub-inspector Md Rashedul Islam and constable Md Ahadul Islam received injuries during the gunfight.Police also recovered a pistol and a gun from the spot.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Due This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 20, 2016 With the mobile explosion in full-force, it’s no surprise that companies are embracing mobile. In fact, your users expect your business to be optimized for mobile. This is especially true for an e-commerce site where a poor shopping experience can result in customers jumping ship to a competitor.To prevent that from happening, here are 15 tips on designing a mobile friendly e-commerce site.1. Be responsive.This is an absolute must these days. A responsive design simply means that your content will look the same on a device, browser or operating system. That’s because a responsive web page is able to detect your visitor’s screen size and orientation so that the layout can change accordingly.Thanks to responsive design, the days of creating a separate mobile-friendly site are over. This means that there’s less work for developers and you won’t risk getting penalized by Google for having duplicate content since you won’t have the same content on two different sites.2. Deliver an omnichannel shopping experience.An omnichannel experience is simply a unified shopping experience. This means that if a customer received an email discount code and places items in their shopping cart while using their PC at work, they can complete the checkout process on their smartphone or tablet when they get home.Right now, this is a popular trend among retailers. However, it could still be years before there’s a proper omnichannel experience for customers. In the meantime, it’s important that you’re at least aware of this trend and possibly start tinkering around with omnichannel. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be a pioneer in the e-commerce world.3. Think with your thumb.One of the most important design features for your site is that it’s navigable just by using your thumb, or index finger. If not, this means that users have to pinch to to zoom — which means that either your content is too small or not optimized for mobile devices. Also, this could lead to more touch errors.Smashing Magazine states that since the average width of the index finger is 1.6 to 2 cm (16-20 mm) for most adults, this would convert to 45-57 pixels. This would allow “the user’s finger to fit snugly inside the target.” For thumbs, you would want to go up to 72 pixels.4. Position your CTAs properly.To increase engagement and revenue, your need to have clearly visible call-to-actions — especially a prominent ‘Add-to-Cart’ button. In most cases, these CTAs would be placed above the fold, aka front and center.However, in a Kissmetrics article, that higher conversation rates occur when the button is below the right amount of copy.Here’s what the article concludes:Pre-sold prospects who already want what you’re offering when they arrive. The specifics of your offering are irrelevant here — give prospects a call to action immediately so they can keep their momentum going!Uncertain prospects + an offering that is very easy to understand and immediately see the value of. These prospects will only need a small amount of strong, very clear copy to convince them to hit that CTA. Since not much copy is required, your button will be higher on the page — coincidentally above the fold.Uncertain prospects + an offering that requires some explanation to see the value of. These prospects will need a reasonable amount of copy that is not only clear, but also very well-written to keep their interest from the headline all the way through to the CTA. Just how much copy you need will depend on how much your prospect already knows, how complicated your offering is, how much it costs, and so on — but it could easily be 500 words, or it could be 5,000 (there’s a reason you don’t see calls to action above the first third of long sales pages).5. Keep content short and sweet.Obviously the screens on mobile devices are smaller than PCs. Because of that, you don’t have a lot of real estate to get into lengthy product descriptions, wordy blog posts or hundreds of images cluttered on your home page.Only provide essential content so that it’s clean and uncluttered for your visitors.6. Simplify navigation.Unlike your website, you don’t have the space to include those menus that lists all of your stores’ categories, sections and promotions. You’re going to have to condense your navigation to make it cleaner and easier for mobile users to use.The most convenient way to do this is to include a single menu icon that opens a drop down menu whenever it’s tapped. Make sure that this consistently positioned throughout your site so that users always know where it’s at.7. Include a viewport meta tag.W3 Schools describes the viewport as “the user’s visible area of a web page.” The site adds that the “viewport varies with the device, and will be smaller on a mobile phone than on a computer screen.”With the introduction of HTML5 website owners could now quickly scale down their existing web pages so that they would fit onto mobile devices.It’s suggested that you include the followingviewport element in all your web pages: 8. Accept guest checkouts.This feature makes it possible for your visitors to make a purchase from your site without having to login or signup for an account. Remember, they don’t have the patience to complete multiple steps or fill-out a number of fields. They want to complete the checkout process as quickly and painless as possible.9. “Customers who bought this also bought…”Upselling and cross-selling on your product pages, site searches, and shopping carts will introduce your customers to more of your amazing products, which in turn will increase your revenue. In fact, Amazon has reported that as much as 35 percent of their revenue is from cross-selling.10. Optimize your images.Your customers want to be able to see crystal clear images of your products. They also expect these images to load quickly. To achieve both of those goals, make sure that you use high-resolution images that have been cropped and resized so that they fit onto the screen of the mobile device.In most cases, image sizes range from 240 x 320 to 2560 x 1440. Here is a handy guide that provides a more detailed explanation of image size based on the size of your user’s mobile screen.11. Link your logo to the home page.According to a study conducted by Google, “Users expect to go back to the homepage when they tap the logo in the top-left of a mobile page, and they become frustrated when it isn’t available, or doesn’t work.”To avoid this problem, link your logo to your home page so that visitors can go back to the home page whenever they want with just one tap.12. Avoid Flash and Pop-Ups.The iPhone and Android v4.1 and higher don’t support Flash. So, rely on HTML5 to display your content.Also, stay from including pop-up signup forms or native app advertisements. They’re distracting and hide your awesome content.13. Consider geolocation.Geolocation can be a powerful assist since it can personalize the shopping experience for your customers. For example, if a visitor is shopping your clothing site and they reside in Alaska, then your site would display products that were more winter friendly.14. Make contact information easy to access.User’s want to be able to contact a business — whether if it’s a phone number, business hours, or the closest location to them. The easier it is for visitors to access this information, the better experience that they’re have. Make sure all this information is secure.15. Keep testing.Even after you’ve designed an incredible move friendly e-commerce site, test it over and over. Test it on multiple devices, such as on iPhone, Android and Windows phones, as well as various tablets to make sure that your design is properly working on all mobile devices.(By Franklin Manuel) 8 min read Enroll Now for Free
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The divisions on the issue don’t run neatly along partisan lines. Libertarian-leaning Republicans have joined many Democrats in arguing that a secret intelligence agency should not be storing the records of every American phone call. Some Democrats and Republicans assert that the program is needed now more than ever, given the efforts by the Islamic State group to inspire extremists to attack inside the U.S.The House Judiciary Committee last month overwhelmingly passed the latest version of a bill known as the USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA’s collection and storage of the phone records. Instead, it would allow the agency to request records held by telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations.A NOD TO SNOWDEN?Some were arguing Thursday that the court’s ruling was a vindication for Snowden, who is under indictment in the U.S. and living in exile in Moscow. Indeed, one of the three judges, Robert Sack, authored a separate opinion that appeared to paint Snowden as a whistleblower.Many other people, including senior U.S. officials, sharply disagree. They note that Snowden’s disclosures about NSA activities were far broader than this single program, revealing espionage that had no implication for Americans’ privacy. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell served on a task force in the wake of the Snowden leaks that recommended ending NSA’s bulk collection of phone records. In a new book, Morell calls Snowden’s leak “the greatest compromise of classified information ever” that did “enormous” damage.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The appeals court rejected an argument that since the law allows the government to seize records relevant to a terrorism investigation, it was sufficient to declare all the country’s phone records relevant. The ruling, however, allows the program to continue, since the provisions expire June 1 and Congress is debating their future.All three of the 2nd Circuit judges are Democratic appointees.CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE UNRESOLVEDWhat the court did not address was whether the program is constitutional. Other legal cases have argued that it is not.Opponents say the seizure and search of their records from telephone companies violates their expectations of privacy under the Fourth Amendment because the government failed to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause to believe that evidence of criminal conduct will be found in the records. The program’s backers rely on what is known as the third-party doctrine, under which the Supreme Court has held that personal records people voluntarily turn over to companies, including phone records and email, are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE CONTINUESThe court’s ruling sharpens the focus on the ongoing congressional debate about the program. The Patriot Act provisions in question expire June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Republicans and Democrats in the House have agreed on a bill to do that while also ending the government’s bulk collection of the records. Senate leaders are backing a competing measure that would maintain the status quo, but they are open to compromise. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire.Five things to know about the court ruling, the program and the congressional debate about where to go from here: Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology NOT-SO-SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMAt issue is an NSA program that for years has been collecting and storing data on American phone calls — a closely held secret until it was leaked by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden in 2013. The NSA collects information on the number called and date and time of the call, and stores it in a database that it queries using phone numbers associated with terrorists overseas. Officials say they don’t use the data for any other purpose.The idea is to hunt for hidden domestic terrorists akin to the hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks. But the program has not been particularly valuable as a counter-terrorism tool, and is becoming less so, since, for technical and bureaucratic reasons, the NSA has not been gathering the data on most mobile calls.DEMOCRATIC APPOINTEES AGREEA three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the practice was not legally justified under the law its creators cited to implement it, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. In a unanimous ruling written by Judge Gerard Lynch, the court held that Section 215 “does not authorize the telephone metadata program,” despite years of secret legal rulings by an intelligence court that it could. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Romania is betting on family ties between Dracula and the British royal family to attract more UK visitors to the country. At a recent London tourism trade fair, the European country’s tourist office gained local interest after promoting links between the current British royals and the fifteenth century Prince of Wallachia, Vlad III, who earned the title, Vlad the Impaler, thanks to his fondness of spiking his victims on metal stakes, the Daily Mail reported. The relationship between the two royals was confirmed in a 2011 documentary, where Prince Charles made reference to his ancestral links to Vlad.“The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country,” the Prince said. It is alleged that Queen Mary was related to the slayer, however, what is certain is George V’s cousin, Marie, married the prince of Romania.According to the tourist bureau, the country has already had an increase in Britons travelling to Romania, with a seven percent rise during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year.Vlad the Impaler was also the inspiration behind Bram Stokers’ ‘Dracula’ because of his fondness of eating bread dipped into his victim’s blood. Romania is betting on family ties between Dracula and the British royal family to attract more UK visitors to the country.
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