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first_img Jamalco proved they will be difficult to beat when they opened the 2017 Clarendon Netball season defeating Team R of Mandeville 10-2 in the final of the opening rally of the Jamalco-sponsored Open League. The opening day rally followed a dress parade of 15 teams as well as the sponsors’ presentation. Newcomers Dynamic Star won a cash prize for being adjudged the best outfit but they did not feature significantly when play began on court at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre. Jamalco played unbeaten in the preliminary rounds before defeating Holmwood A 11-3 in the semi-finals. Team R who have shown significant improvement over the last two years proved no match for Jamalco who now have the services of Annakay Griffiths. Griffiths is a former Cable Pro player. Jamalco led 4-1 at half time in the eight minutes final. The league begins tomorrow at the same venue starting at 2 p.m. Avadean Ellington scored twice to lift Old England to an important 2-1 win over New Green on Wednesday to take the lead in the Jamalco- sponsored Manchester Division One competition. They now have nine points and are ahead of Los Perfectos and Mandeville United who have seven points each. The last two teams have played a game less. Jamalco start netball season with rally win The former flag bearers of Manchester Football, Los Perfectos, will journey to St Ann tomorrow for the first staging to the one day Champion of Champions Masters Football Tournament. Drax Hall Sports Complex will host the tournament beginning as early as 9 a.m. The slated end time for the day’s activities which will involve other entertainment is 8 p.m. Los Perfectos will join three other teams in Park Rovers – the Kingston & St Andrew Master’s League Knockout champions; Constant Spring, the Kingston and St Andrew Masters League champions and from the western region, Violet Tourers of Montego Bay. Los Perfectos, the mid-island champions, are expected to field former stars such as Orville ‘Nose’ Smalling, Shawn Newman, Chris Powell, Cheddi Grant and James Sampson. Entry to the venue is free. Sporting Central, Tru Juice maintain form Bridgeport Primary, by virtue of topping the Portmore group with maximum nine points, advanced to the semi-finals of the Scotia Bank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket at the Bridgeport ground last Monday. Independence City Primary placed second in the group with six points from three games, but will not progress in the competition as only the group winners are assured a semi-final berth. The Jamaica Cricket Association also hosted a cricket seminar for administrators of Portmore schools with operations officer Oneil Cruickshank, the main speaker. Gregory Park Primary are the defending champions of the Portmore Cricket Association Primary Cricket League which is now in its third year. Henriques dominates The Faith “Steppaz” for the Lord Lapathon 2017 is on today, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Dubbed “Living the Word: Faith Steppaz for God!” It is hosted by Caribbean Christian Publications (CCP) the region’s primary provider of Sunday School literature. This year marks the seventh annual staging of the Lapathon, which is open to runners, walkers, joggers and rollers (persons with physical disabilities who use wheel chairs). Other activities to be hosted at the Lapathon will include an aerobics marathon, egg-and-spoon competitions and sack races. Proceeds from Lapathon 2017 will help to finance CCP’s yearly Writers’ Conference for the development of the new Sunday School curriculum. Old England lead in Manchester Division One Semi-final bound teams in the Magnum/JB Rum/SCC Super league competition threw down the gauntlet on the struggling teams with a heavy downpour of goals last weekend. Sporting Central showed no mercy on relegation bound Kemps Hill, hammering them 8-0. Two players in Javier Brown and Tajay Reid scored twice with four players netting once. St Catherine’s Tru Juice drubbed Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 8-2 courtesy of four second half goals by Sevion Thompson. The rout had started with Gawaine Smith’s first half brace. Tru Juice led 3-2 at half-time. Blackstars continued the rough patch for Clarendon-based teams handing them a 7-0 defeat. However, the first half had ended only 1-0 with Akeem Higgins’s 12th minute strike. Thereafter, Xavier Harvey netted a hat-trick as the second half was a one-sided affair.center_img Manchester’s Los P in Masters Football tourney Alligator Pond in Manchester Major League semis Eradication stay perfect Faith Steppaz Lapathon 2017 Bridgeport qualify for semis in Kiddy Cricket The central region’s best shooter, Orville Henriques, triumphed over 21 shooters to win the tournament dubbed “A Minor Affair” last weekend at the at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club Range. Henriques finished on 650 points from seven stages to win ahead of guest shooter Christopher Fung-Chung who tallied 554 points at 85 percent. He won four of the seven stages. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques turned in a superb performance to nab third place with 509 points at 78 per cent. There were other remarkable finishes down the field. Junior shooters in terms of experience, Lyle Swaby and Alvin Amore, copped fourth and fifth to lock out senior pro Thomas Jones (6th), Owen Campbell (9th) and Evan Grant (10th). Eradication continue to the way in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ COK Cooperative Credit Union after they chalked up their 10th win in as many matches with a solid 300-281 victory over Correctional Services last Sunday. Second place teams, Waterhouse United and Fort International kept close to the leaders with 300-296 wins over Ken’s Wildflower and Naggo Head respectively. In other games Soursop stunned Passagefort United 300-296; Masterpiece upset high-flying Spring Village 300-291; Felluchi Strikers shocked Right Stuff 300-290; Exceptional down Chedwin Strikers 300-287; Memory Lane beat Garveymeade 300-291; Links United slammed Mechanical Strikers 253-181 and Braeton All Stars defeated Frazsiers Whip 300-253. Alligator Pond are firmly in charge of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Manchester Major League after spanking Porus 3-0 at home. Kenji Thomas opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Dane Seaton’s brace effectively made the three points safe. With a four-point lead on second place Comfort and two more games to complete the preliminary round, Alligator Pond have sealed a semi-final spot. Comfort clipped Mile Gully 1-0 in another match with Geimel Muirhead getting the winner in the 73rd minute.Villa United who complete the seven-team table, were not involved this week and will have to wait for the next round at the end of the month to decide their semi-final fate.last_img read more

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MOPI invites bids for sea defence works in six regions

first_imgAmidst controversy over whether or not Government should be passing new bills in Parliament and inviting new projects, the Public Infrastructure Ministry recently invited bids to upgrade sea and river defence structures in six administrative regions in Guyana.The Ministry, in an advertisement, said that it was accepting invitations for the bid for the upgrading of structures in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The Public Infrastructure Ministry pointed out that works will be done in 25 different lots of which one bid can be submitted for a single lot or for multiple lots of the project.“Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures, specified in the Procurement Act 2003 and is open to all bidders, subject to provisions of Section III (Eligible Countries) of this document. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from the Chief Sea & River Defence Officer, Work Services Group at Fort Street, Kingston, Georgetown and inspect the Bidding Documents at the same address between the normal working hours from January 8, 2019 to January 31, 2019,” the Ministry stated in a release.The major project will come up at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on January 31, 2019.A few of the areas which will be bid on by major contractors include maintenance works to the concrete structures at Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two; maintenance works to the earthen embankment from Andrews to Cozier, Essequibo Coast, Region Three; maintenance works to the river embankment along the Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two; maintenance works to the river embankment along the Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two and Timber Revetment River Defence Works along the Supenaam River in Region Two as well.Boulder face protection works will also be conducted in Regions Two and Three along the Essequibo Coast and Wakenaam Island respectively.Maintenance works are also scheduled for the earthen embankment in Wakenaam and Leguan along with Boulder face protection works in Leguan.Meanwhile, gabion mattress river defence works are expected for Region Three along with concrete river defence works.In Region Four, the nation’s most populated region, the Ministry said concrete river defence works at Unity, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) as well as concrete repair works to existing structures between Melanie and Paradise, ECD, are expected.During an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) last year, Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, Kevin Samad stressed the importance of sea and river defense, as most of Guyana’s population reside in communities that lie below sea level.Samad noted that over the years, it has been a challenge to maintain or preserve the mangrove vegetation. It is especially challenging with the advent of various illegal activities such as cattle rearing and the cutting of mangroves for various reasons.Nevertheless, “we are aware of the impacts of climate change and sea level rise and we have factored in sea level rise in our designs of all coastal and riverine structures,” the Sea and River Defence Officer explained.It has been argued that since the Government collapsed with the recent passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, no project should be initiated unless it is of utmost importance.last_img read more

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“Illegal Govt” will have dire consequences on investment – PPP/C

first_imgIn light of the constitutional crisis that Guyana was thrown into with an “illegal Government”, foreign investors have already begun to scrap projects that would have provided jobs and much-needed revenues.PPP/C member, Peter RamsaroopThis was according to former economic adviser to the PPP, Peter Ramsaroop, who told reporters on Friday that Guyana has already suffered a major economic decline over the past four and a half years and with the reluctance of President David Granger in announcing an election date, the situation can worsen.“I have spoken to two British companies this (Friday) morning and they were in the process of getting to some funding from the British Government to fund a few projects, they now have to back off because the British Government will not sign any new agreement with an illegal Government. And that is what is going to impact our nation. Granger’s madness needs to stop. We the people are going to suffer and continue to suffer and it is time for him to call elections and demit office as soon as possible.”He stated that Guyana’s economy became stagnated shortly after the APNU/AFC Government took office in 2015, with at least 20,000 persons fired, and having no means of sustaining their livelihoods but that with the present political uncertainty in the country, more negative effects are expected.“You have the international community starting to put their sanctions against him (Granger), the statements by the Americans, British and European Union are very powerful, and what it entails is that they can’t engage with the Government anymore, they have said that they have to now stop all their investors coming in. No one can sign a contract; if you are representing the American Government in the business or the British Government, their advice to those companies is that you cannot sign any contract with the current Guyana Government.”According to Ramsaroop, with the recent release from the diplomatic community, it will have an economic impact on Guyana.“…and for a man like David Granger, an uncaring man that can look into people’s eyes and allow this economic decline to continue and get worse. We have not even gotten to oil money, could oil money come into Guyana if he continues to stay in that seat, in an unconstitutional environment? So we have got to continue to push, the business community is very upset…. the longer he (Granger) waits for a date for elections impacts the businesses which ultimately impacts our people.”He reminded that since the APNU/AFC Government took office, several new taxes were introduced, and this immediately became burdensome on the populace but noted that coupled with the lack of foreign investment, Guyanese would have a difficult time in progressing.“This decision or indecision by him to postpone elections so long and hide behind the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will continue to have an impact on us…we are calling on Mr Granger to call elections and demit office.”On Thursday the United States of America’s Ambassador to Guyana, H E Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, H E Greg Quinn and the European Union Ambassador to Guyana, H E Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó issued a joint statement on the GECOM proposed elections timeframe.“The United States, United Kingdom and the European Union thank the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for devising a proposed elections timeframe for conducting General and Regional Elections. However, we deeply regret that, by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders. This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana.”According to the release, the prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas including infrastructure, education, health, and social services.“It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs. We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s Constitution,” the statement added.last_img read more

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first_imgSHAY Given has splashed out on a new set of wheels…The Ireland goalkeeper found a very Italian way to get around Montecatini where the Irish squad are at a training camp before Euro 2012.“My new club car has just arrived,” he joked as he sat in the Piaggio Ape.  SHAY GETS HIMSELF A NEW SET OF (ITALIAN) WHEELS! was last modified: May 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Piaggio Ape.SHAY GETS HIMSELF A NEW SET OF (ITALIAN) WHEELS!last_img read more



first_imgMembers of the public shouldn’t be afraid to ask their butcher about the origin of their products Letterkenny butcher Joe McGee insisted today.Speaking following the revelation by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) that traces of horsemeat had been found in burgers on sale in some of Ireland’s largest supermarkets, Mr. McGee said shoppers seeking reassurance on the meat products they eat, should look to their local butcher.“Small local butcher stores take great pride in knowing where their products come from, they have full traceability and I have no doubt they can reassure customers on the quality of their produce,” he said. Mr. McGee owns Joe’s Butcher Shop in Letterkenny Shopping Centre who recently underwent a strict audit for the Craft Butchers of Ireland certification programme.“The process involved in that audit included rigorous testing of all our health and safety processes, our traceability, preparation, labeling, storage – every aspect of the business, but we were more than happy to invite the auditors in because we want our customers to understand that we take bringing quality to them very seriously indeed.”Joe also says he makes sure he knows his suppliers, adding that products sold in his store are freshly prepared there as well.“Myself and my staff have peace of mind then that we can reassure our customers, not just on the origin of what we sell, but also on how it has been prepared before it’s brought to the shelves,” he said. Indeed Joe explained that his shop encourages customer questions and interaction with staff.“Sometimes there are fears of the impact a story like this week’s can have on the industry. I’m hoping people will realise the value of a return to basics and the fact that in smaller family-run shops like Joe’s you can get to know the staff, you can ask them questions and you can have them answered.”That type of knowledge and interaction says Joe, could be vital over the coming weeks as concerned consumers begin once again to question the origin of the products they are consuming.“The media attention that this story has received from the time it broke has really raised the public’s awareness on this and I’m sure there will be many consumers with concerns as a result.“I hope that those consumers will realise the level of expertise and knowledge their local butcher has and won’t be afraid to come in and talk about any concerns they might have,” he concluded. LEADING DONEGAL BUTCHER URGES CUSTOMERS TO ASK FOR ADVICE ABOUT MEAT was last modified: January 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burgershorse meatJoe’s Butcherslast_img read more


Drake Volleyball To Add Four Student-Athletes For The 2016 Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball will add four student-athletes for the 2016 season, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Friday, Jan. 8. Joining the Bulldogs will be Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.), Aubrey Boyles (Tempe, Ariz.), Courtney Morehead (Bellevue, Neb.) and Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa).”I am pleased to welcome all four of these young women into our program,” McBroom said. “They all embody the kind of attitude and traits that we believe we need to continue to advance this program.  We eagerly await their arrival in the upcoming year.”Aspinwall is a 5-8 setter from Dayton, Minn., that is a product of Maple Grove High School and member of Northern Lights Volleyball Club. This past high school season she recorded 670 assists, 160 digs and 34 blocks to earn all-conference honors for the second straight season. As a junior, she set the school record with 812 sets for coach Sean Haugen. Paige Aspinwall”What stands out about Paige is her delivery and the power with which she was able to deliver a consistent set to anywhere on the court,” McBroom said. “We are so excited that Drake turned out to be a good fit for Paige.” During the club season, Aspinwall helped Northern Lights to the 2015 Omaha Presidents Day Tournament title and a third-place finish at the AAU National Championships and a ninth place finish at the USJNC Tournament under coach Jackie Richter.”Not only does she possess the physical skill to be a great setter, but she also has the heart and mind to excel as well,” McBroom added. “She has demonstrated great passion for the game, a very competitive spirit and her coaches have praised Paige for her high work ethic.”Boyles is a 6-2 outside hitter from Tempe, Ariz., that was Marcos De Niza High School’s team captain and MVP her senior season. A four-year varsity player, she finished her career with 589 kills, 114 blocks and 391 digs. Aubrey Boyles”Aubrey is a great get for us and we look for her to have an immediate impact on our program,” McBroom said. “She has been a utility player throughout her prep experience playing outside, middle and opposite. It is this versatility that really appealed to us because as our program continues to growth our needs might change, having an athlete like Aubrey who is comfortable adapting and performing any front row position is well suited to our potential needs.” As a senior, she was an all-city selection and recorded the most kills in Marcos De Niza’s section as the team went undefeated in sectional play. She was also a key contributor for her club squad, Revolution Volleyball Academy.Morehead is a 5-6 libero and defensive specialist that joins the Bulldogs from Bellevue, Neb. A future graduate of Bellevue West High School, she is also product of the River City Juniors Volleyball program. “Courtney displays great enthusiasm and passion for the game and for defensive play. However she is not afraid to showcase her offense capabilities as well when the opportunities arise,” McBroom said.  “After attending our camp, our staff knew that she was a student-athlete that could improve our program.”Courtney MoreheadAs a senior at Bellevue West, she recorded 407 digs and 294 kills to help her team to district runner-up honors as the team captain under head coach Christina Reicks. During the club season, the River City Juniors were the runners-up at the AAU National Championships in addition to winning the JVA World Challenge title. Coached by Deb Grafetin, Morehead also helped the team to the title of the Northern Plains Power League.”I think the opportunities that Courtney has had in the past year to play up a division in club volleyball has sped up her development,”McBroom said. “Not only will she add to our team physically, but she is the kind of player who will emotionally add to our program and be a great teammate.”Tubbs joins the Bulldogs as an in-state recruit and 6-2 middle blocker from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa. As a senior, she was named to the Des Moines Register  Iowa Elite 8 team as well as garnering first team all-Metro, all-district and honorable mention all-state honors. She was also the Clinton Herald All-Area Player of the Year and earned an AVCA/MaxPreps Player of the Week honor. On the season, she hit at a .330 clip to help Clinton High School record its best season since 2004.”I am really excited to have Elle joining our program,” McBroom said. “She is an athlete who possess a lot of great qualities that we are looking for as we continue to build this program.  Being 6-2 combined with a great vertical is something that we can’t teach. Those assets will give her a great head start to be an exceptional performer at the collegiate level.”Elle TubbsDuring her junior season, she earned all-conference, all-area and all-metro honors. She competed at the club level for a variety of programs and finished fifth at the national tournament with the Iowa Stars and Iowa Spikes. Her father, Brig Tubbs, played basketball at the University of Iowa.”She has gained exceptional experience last year and will again this year playing for some of the top club teams in Iowa,” McBroom added.  “With two middle blockers graduating this year, we will look for Elle to compete for court time in her freshmen season at Drake.”The four commitments are set to join a roster projected to return 12 student-athletes from last season’s team that recorded the program’s most wins since the 2010 season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_imgPlease help to find PaddyTHE family of a man missing from his home in Dublin have today asked the public in Co Donegal for help in locating him.Paddy Douglas was last positively identified in Dublin on January 5 last. However a good samaritan in Letterkenny three days later believes he may have helped the 64-year-old.The local man says he had a conversation with a man fitting Paddy’s description, got him a taxi to a hostel and gave him money for food. This man looked like Paddy and spoke with a Dublin accent. The man also said he had just arrived in Letterkenny on the bus from Dublin and was trying to find a friend a Gaoth Dobhair.If you have seen Paddy at any stage since January can you call Gardai in Coolock on the number in the poster above or contact your local Garda station.His family has asked Donegal Daily readers for help in locating him.“Please share this story on social media so it can be seen as many people as possible,” said his niece Fran Douglas Hislop. “We would be very grateful for any information no matter how small.” COMMUNITY HELP: FAMILY OF MISSING DUBLIN PENSIONER SAY HE MAY BE IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoolockdublinGweedoreletterkennyMissinmissingPaddy Douglaslast_img read more


Major burst leaves Inishowen homes without water

first_imgUPDATE: 10amThere is now an alternative water supply available at Buncrana Fire Station, Cllr Jack Murray has confirmed.Repairs should now be completed by 2pm. A major water mains burst in South Inishowen has left leave homes and businesses without water today.The outage was first reported in the Buncrana area at around 6pm on Monday evening. Repair works took place late in the evening and were stood down until the morning. Works have resumed this Tuesday morning, however supplies are not expected to be restored until 6pm this evening.The burst has caused significant disruption for families and business owners who were without water during the night.Affected areas include Buncrana, Luddan, Moyle, Hillcrest, Derry Road, Fahan Road, Lisfannon Industrial Park, Laughan, Lock View, Legnatraw, Strandcourt, Sandymount, Logan Close. Irish Water has confirmed that works have an estimated completion time of 6pm. Property owners are being advised to leave 2-3 hours for supplies to fully return to all affected properties.Major burst leaves Inishowen homes without water was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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3 Easy Tools for Crafting a Great-Looking Personal Webpage

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Need an online portfolio in a hurry? Not all of us have the time, energy, or skill to build something from scratch, or the resources to farm out the job to more capable hands. Happily, some great tools are available that make it a breeze to build a good-looking personal website without actually building much of anything at all. Something simple that looks good can serve as a placeholder – and you might end up liking the it enough to keep it around. Whether you need a basic resume page, a photo portfolio, or a springboard to your (or your brand’s) profiles on sites like Twitter and Facebook, these sites get the job done quickly and easily – and free of charge. Fully Flexible and Socially Promiscuous: FlavorsFlavors has a lot in common with AOL-owned, but the former was first and we’ve always been partial to it. Sign up for a free Flavors account and you’ll get access to a social Swiss army knife’s worth of webpage tools. It’s dead simple to make an attractive site – particularly a sparse, modern one; less is more, after all. Add your essential info to a basic landing page and get to work tweaking the background image, fine-tuning the colors, fonts, and alignment, and you’ll have a great looking result in no time.If you spring for the premium version, you can mask the domain with a custom url and no one will be the wiser. Flavors connects to just about every social network we use (and some we don’t), letting you display content from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and many more. Since the content dynamically loads on your new profile page, this is a great way to feature portfolio fodder like writing or photos that you can host externally (and easily). Cherry-pick your best work, publish it on a (less versatile) site like 500px, plug it into Flavors and voilà.Eminently Searchable in a Snap: Google+Google+ is the quick and dirtiest of the quick-and-dirty options. Want to fast-track your name to great SEO? Invest a little time sprucing up your profile page on the social platform crafted by the search king itself. Google tweaks its search secret sauce regularly, but you can bet that putting in the time to flesh out and maintain a Google+ profile page will pay off in search rankings. In our casual testing, we searched for a handful of folks we know, from both within and without our G+ circles, and a Google+ profile popped up in the top five results every time. (If you’re one of the John Smiths of the world, well . . . good luck to you.)Beyond its SEO advantage, Google+ is a pretty solid – if uninspiring – way to funnel people to your links and social accounts. The About section of a Google+ user page includes a tagline, an introduction section (your bio can go here) and a section dedicated to any links you didn’t sneak into your introduction. But be sure to enable the “Profile discovery” option toward the bottom of the Google+ profile edit page (found just above the “Other profiles” link section) to allow search engines to index your G+ profile – that’s how the magic happens. If you’ve got some kind of author page floating around out there on the web, Google+ would be happy to link up your profile with what you publish. You’ll have to jump through a few hoops, but the result is a little pic of you that pops up next to your links in search. Photographers in particular will appreciate Google+’s attractive lightbox view and well-implemented photo sharing and organization features. Related Posts Tags:#Publishing Services#web Social Data Infused with Style: VizifyVizify is the newest tool on this list, the least traditional, and definitely the most fun. If you’re interested in an eye-catching, ultra-modern spin on a traditional landing page, this one will be right up your alley. Vizify is so new on the scene that you’ll need to request an invite. But once you’re in, it couldn’t be simpler to set up. Choose which social networks you’d like Vizify’s engine to cull data from, pick a flattering color scheme and you’ll quickly be met with an elegant array of brightly-colored data nodes arranged into a web of personal info.You can drill down and get as granular as you want, adding individual images from Instagram or highlighting your pithiest moment on Twitter, or just see what Vizify comes up with organically. It’s untraditional, sure, but that’s the point – all of the important stuff is there, from the links you want to highlight to your current position and location . . . it’s just arranged more playfully than you might be used to.Whether you want something flexible, practical or fun, between Flavors, Google+ and Vizify, there’s likely an option here to inspire you to landing page greatness. Got a Web profile creator that didn’t make this list? Let us know and we’ll take it for a spin. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

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Networks and Resources: Military OneSource

first_imgChristopher Plein, Ph.D.  West Virginia University and MLFN Caregiving Team Member.November has been Military Family Month – it’s been a time to recognize and reflect on the contributions made by military personnel and their families, both active duty and those retired.  With the close of the month, it is fitting to discuss some of the resources that are available for today’s military families.  In the MFLN’s Caregiving Concentration Area we seek to provide caregivers and those who support their efforts the resources and information that can be of help.  One very important resource is Military OneSource which serves as both a portal to resources and a platform of important information, services, and training for those in and around the military community.On December 13, we will be offering a webinar on Military OneSource that will be delivered by program staff.  They will review some of the purposes of this federal government program and some of the important developments that have been underway to improve and enhance services and resources to military families.Many Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver Support December 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EasternIn anticipation of the Webinar, this blog provides a brief introduction and overview of Military OneSource – with special focus on caregiving resources.In our age of connectivity, most of us turn immediately to the internet to find out information about things that are both new and familiar.  The hard lessons of searching and hunting down information have taught many of us that some web-based resources are more helpful than others.  One of the most important functions of Military OneSource is to provide quality information that is up-to-date and reliable. This information can help military personnel and families at different stages of life, career, and in the face of new and unexpected challenges and opportunities.  As Military OneSource stresses, “Each person we serve is on a journey through the military life cycle. We’re here to help, with robust online information and resources vetted by the Department of Defense. In addition, Military OneSource connects you to high-quality programs, services and products developed for military life.”A visit to the Military OneSource website reveals the many different resources that are available.  The set-up allows for both general and specific information.  It acts as a portal in identifying trusted resources to link to and access.  A non-exhaustive list of topic areas includes financial and tax consultation; spouse education and career opportunities, wounded warrior and caregiver services; special needs; spouse relocation and transition; and adult disability and elder care.Those interested in military family caregiving and information on healthcare, healthy living, mental health, and wounded warriors will find Military OneSource especially helpful.  It offers a pathway to helpful online resources.Military OneSource is more than just a portal to other online resources, it is also a platform to provide more active and one-on-one services to families.  For example, confidential help is available for non-medical counseling either through an online live chat or by telephone.The measure of any successful network can be found in the strength and ties of the actors, stakeholders, and participants within.  Military OneSource serves as a hub and center of activity to assist military families.  It is tied closely to resources beyond the Department of Defense, offering a level of quality assurance in an information rich age.  It also provides inroads to military support and family readiness, be it Army Community Services, Marine Corps Community Services, Navy Fleet and Family Support Center, and Airman and Family Readiness Centers.  Like the Military Families Learning Network, it serves as a network for information, learning, and action.  We hope that you can join us on December 13 for our webinar – Many Needs, One Source: Navigating Military OneSource for Caregiver Support. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 24, 2017.last_img read more

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