Some speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of #LFC offloading him. https://t.co/vL1GVH9rDR— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLigue 1 side Monaco are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri. Swiss outlet Blick are reporting that the Ligue 1 side would be willing to pay Shaqiri, 27, a salary of €6million a year. However, the report also suggests Liverpool will not be willing to sell the Switzerland international, who is contracted at the club until 2023. It reads: “AS Monaco are ready to offer the Liverpool star (contracted until 2023) a yearly salary of 6 million euros net.“In Monaco, players pay no taxes, in England that would be worth 12 million euros (gross, before tax deduction). In England, it can be assumed that he earns around 8 million euros gross (4 million net).”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool youngster George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to Feyenoord.The centre-back, 20, captained Liverpool’s U23s for a large part of the 2018/19 campaign, has completed his move to the Eredivisie club. Johnston, who has represented Scotland at Under-21 level, joined the Reds’ academy aged nine and became a regular in the Under-18s during the 2016/17 season. George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to @Feyenoord. Everyone at #LFC wishes George good luck at his new club. 🙌https://t.co/IlThjYknpi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp has heaped praise on ‘sensational young player’ Ki-Jana Hoever. Hoever, 17, signed a new long-term Anfield contract last week and celebrated it with a solid display in a victory over Lyon in a pre-season match. He also made an appearance for the Reds during an FA Cup match in January when he was 16 and is the youngest player to represent the club in the competition. Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensational young player who can learn so much. Especially in the Napoli game when he came on, on the left side, it was maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.“You can from time to time, especially the physical demands were really heavy for him to take. “You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy. But everything will be fine, he’s a fantastic footballer and I’m really happy that we have him for longer.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool defender Nat Phillips has signed a new long-term contract with the club before joining Stuttgart on loan.The centre-back joins the German second tier side for the 2019/20 campaign and becomes the latest departure after Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi’s temporary exits were confirmed on Tuesday.Phillips was part of the club’s tour of the United States last month, however, the signing of Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg has bolstered Liverpool’s defence. FirstPrev1 of 32NextLast5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonOvie Ejaria has joined Championship club on a season-long loan with the move to become permanent next summer. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp responds to questions on whether he was offered Philippe Coutinho this summer. The Liverpool boss said: “No answer, I don’t make big comments on these things. “And it’s not really likely we will do (any business) – if you want more excitement go to Everton!” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeLiverpool legend John Barnes says Manchester City, Liverpool or Leicester should sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. The winger caught the eye of several clubs following a series of impressive displays for the Dutch champions last season.“I think (Hakim) Ziyech, the Moroccan at Ajax would be a great signing for the Premier League,” Barnes told bonuscodebets. “I think he could do very well here.”READ MORE5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson is set to move to Manchester City on a season-long loan. City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to add some experience to his squad for the season ahead. And Carson’s current club Derby are happy to see the ex-England international spend the twilight of his career with the Premier League champions. Carson moved to Liverpool from Leeds in 2005 but never made an impact on the Reds’ first-team and eventually left to join West Brom in 2008. 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeOvie Ejaria could leave Liverpool on a permanent deal today. The midfielder, who has not played for the Reds since January 2017, has had loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading. And The Reading Chronicle claim the Royals are considering making a permanent move for Ejaria.The 21-year-old only signed a long-term contract with Liverpool last summer.5 months ago8th August 2019MarcLatest from talkSPORT sources:– Nketiah agrees to join #LUFC– Luiz arrives for Arsenal medical– Coutinho only wants #LFC move– Austin in talks with #WBAStay tuned to @talkSPORT throughout #DeadlineDay for all the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/MfwEEvUaO4— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcBREAKING: Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Tottenham is now fully dead.Coutinho would only consider joining Liverpool if he came back to England.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/EnldAM4D1j— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcSimon Mignolet has hailed Liverpool as the biggest club in world football after bringing his Anfield career to an end.Asked what Liverpool will mean to him, the Belgian goalkeeper said: “What it means to me is that it’s a big family. It’s a big club in the world, the biggest thing that always struck me the most is when you go abroad and see how the club is being followed. “Not only with the performances on the pitch but also the connection around it, the support it gets, the following it gets. “I don’t think there is a bigger club in the world than that, where the fans are so passionate about being a Red, about following Liverpool and about treasuring Anfield. “I think that’s where Liverpool is very big and it was a big honour to represent this club and I will always treasure that.” “Just stay who you are.”@SMignolet returned to Melwood to say farewell to colleagues and friends at our training ground today 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonXherdan Shaqiri also rejected a ‘lucrative offer’ this summer to play in China.Swiss outlet Blick have also reported that a Chinese club tabled a “lucrative offer” to sign Shaqiri, but the 27-year-old has decided to turn down a big-money move to the Far East.The transfer window in England closes at 5pm on Thursday. 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJournalist James Pearce has poured cold water on speculation linking Xherdan Shaqiri with a move to Monaco, however. Pearce, who has recently become LFC reporter for The Athletic UK, says he’s been told Liverpool will not be offloading Shaqiri this summer. He tweeted: “Some speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of lfc offloading him.” 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonSimon Mignolet has given one last farewell to Liverpool fans. The goalkeeper spent six years at Anfield before moving to Belgian side Club Brugge at the weekend and had one last message to the Kopites. At today’s official unveiling of the impressive @trentaa98 mural commissioned by @TheAnfieldWrap. Just a Trent cross-field pass from the stadium. #LFC pic.twitter.com/MPhmIvDvd3— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp is ‘very positive’ about the introduction of VAR for the new Premier League season. Video assistant referees will be available in the league throughout the 2019/20 campaign. Liverpool get their campaign under way when they host Norwich on Friday night and Klopp has welcomed the introduction of the new technology to the game. He said: “It was good, it was really good when they showed us the process pretty much. “It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved. That’s how it is. But a lot of things will be clear; I think with offside we will not have a lot of problems because that will be extremely clear and all the other things are still interpretation, but that’s normal. I saw it can be pretty quick in the decision-making.“I’ve followed it now for two years in Germany, it was not the easiest start but now it has kind of settled and now you have discussions about other things after the game, but still have the discussions about decisions obviously. So football will not miss anything.“And in the stadium I think it will be fine. Yes, there are moments when a team is celebrating and somebody is telling them it was a bit too early, but these things are part of the deal. Apart from that, I’m very positive about it.”5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp says he’s expecting a lot from Naby Keita this season. The midfielder has struggled to fully establish himself at Liverpool and last season was a campagn disrupted by injury. But Klopp is backing Keita to have a better time of it in 2019/20. Klopp said: “You could see already that he’s much more settled in the team: completely different body language and everything is different. “It was ups and downs last year, still he is building 100 per cent fitness. “It’s good, I was really happy with how the influence of Shaq, Naby and Adam was; we expect a lot and he expects a lot and rightly so.” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeJurgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane ‘could’ be ready to play in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday. The 27-year-old was one of the club’s late returns in the summer due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.Klopp said: “He looks fit. [Thursday] was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely okay. Yes, he’s an option. We will see.” 5 months ago8th August 2019MarcPhilippe Coutinho would only consider spending time on loan at Liverpool, talkSPORT understands.As reported earlier in the week, four Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool – were keen on bringing the midfielder to England as Barca agreed to let him leave.However, he rejected the chance to join Spurs, while Man United would prove to be a tricky deal considering his Anfield past and Arsenal are well stocked in midfield. Ovie Ejaria has today completed a season-long loan switch to @ReadingFC with an agreement for the move to become permanent next summer.Everybody at #LFC wishes Ovie the best of luck in his future career 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson has completed his season-long loan deal top Manchester City. ✍️ We are delighted to have signed Scott Carson from Derby County on a year-long loan deal.Welcome, Scott! 💙🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/XOAbPJqpTP— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonTHE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS CLOSED.A quiet Deadline Day for Liverpool, a quiet transfer window for Liverpool.Just the three signings this summer with Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Adrian moving to Anfield. Liverpool’s focus will now be on their first Premier League game of the season, where they entertain Norwich on Friday night. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFive Liverpool players have been nominated for positional awards at last season’s Champions League. The Reds won the competition after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. And five of their players are in contention to win individual accolades. They are: Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk (Defenders), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder) and Sadio Mane (Forward). You can see the full shortlist for each award by clicking HERE. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonA mural of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has been unveiled on a road near their home of Anfield. Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for the Reds’ first-team in October 2016 and is now their first choice right-back. He played a huge part in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. And local lad Alexander-Arnold has been honoured with this mural on Sybil Road, which is a five-minute walk from Liverpool’s home ground. Nathaniel Phillips has today signed a new long-term contract with #LFC and immediately joined @VfB on a season’s loan.Good luck for the season ahead, Nat 👊https://t.co/q3hB3IFj6l— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJoe Gomez credits the Liverpool supporters for helping them go unbeaten at home in the Premier League for two seasons. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t lost a match at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 and kick off their 2019/20 campaign at home to Norwich on Friday night. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com about the club’s impeccable home record, Gomez said: “It’s weird, it’s sort of just flown in the sense that you don’t really take it in.“I think you just see each game as that individual game. But when you look back at that stat, it’s special.“I think it’s a credit to the supporters. The atmosphere they set makes it very difficult for people to come to Anfield.“Hopefully it’s something we can continue. If we do that this year, I’m sure we’ll be in a good place. Obviously [Norwich] will be the first time back since Madrid. It’s always special playing at Anfield, I think that’s one of massive pluses at being at this club.“We know how much of a historic place it is and how good the atmosphere is. All the lads are looking forward to it.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonPhilippe Coutinho will turn down a loan move to Tottenham, talkSPORT sources understand. Former Liverpool star Coutinho has struggled for form since completing his mega money move to Barcelona in January 2018. In a bid to help him get his confidence back, Barca appear happy to let Coutinho go elsewhere on loan. Liverpool have been linked with him as have Arsenal and Tottenham in recent days but talkSPORT understands that the Brazilian will not be joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side. BREAKING: Philippe Coutinho set to turn down a deal to join Tottenham on-loan.– talkSPORT sources understand.Tune in for more big transfer news.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/vgvhV5yoc9— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019FirstPrev1 of 32NextLast
Weather related crashes first started being reported to the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post around 9:15 this morning. The Indiana Toll Road continues to be affected by reports of white-out conditions along with sub-zero temperatures.The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a ‘Blizzard Warning’ for Elkhart, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, and Starke Counties until 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15th. The Indiana Toll Road passes through each of these counties. The NWS advisory warned visibility will be reduced to near zero at times with whiteout conditions. Blowing and drifting snow can be expected along with bitterly cold wind chills, from 10 to 25 below zero. Moderate to heavy lake effect snow accumulations are expected during the span of the warning.Separate from problems on the Toll Road there have been other crashes reported across northeastern Indiana. Some of the more significant traffic related incidents included a crash involving around 20 vehicles that occurred earlier this afternoon in Whitley County. This crash was on US 30, west of Columbia City and resulted in the closure of the east and westbound lanes of US 30 near West Lincoln Way. As of 3:30 this afternoon all lanes were reopened.The foul weather also impacted traffic on I-69 early this afternoon. State police officers, along with county sheriff deputies from Delaware and Grant County, responded to numerous reports of crashes and slide offs on I-69 and adjacent State and County roads. The high winds and snow in this weather system created hazardous driving conditions through the afternoon. These conditions can be expected to continue.State police troopers from the Pendleton and Peru Posts originally responded to the report of a vehicle crash involving 30 or more vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-69, near the 249 mile marker, which is just four miles north of the US 35 / State Road 28 exit. Deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department also responded and investigated a four vehicle injury crash in the north bound lanes of I-69. Among the vehicles involved in the crash there was one school bus, five semi-tractor trailer vehicles and more than 20 passenger vehicles involved in clusters of crashes over a quarter mile area around the 249 mile marker.At least six people were transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, in Muncie, with unknown injuries. Though not injured, all the students aboard the school bus were transported to the hospital to remove them from the crash scene and get them out of the inclement weather.INDOT and Delaware County EMA responded to shut down both directions of I-69, northbound at State Road 28 and southbound at State Road 26. The northbound lanes opened after 3:30 this afternoon and one southbound lane was reopened late this afternoon with expectation that all southbound lanes should be open by 9:00 this evening. The major complication at this scene has been the lengthy time required to offload a crashed FedEx truck.All told, the Indiana State Police report that from 6:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening there were 48 personal injury crashes, 150 property damage crashes, 50 reports of vehicles sliding off the road and 82 motorists received some form of assistance from state police personnel. Fortunately, thus far, there has been no loss of life. The majority of the reported incidents have been along the Toll Road and Northeast I-69, as well as State and County RoadsPeople living in the area of the NWS Blizzard Warning are encouraged to avoid travel except in the case of an emergency.Avoid calling local law enforcement or the state police to ask about road and weather conditions. Public safety phone lines need to be kept clear for true emergency calls. The BEST source for local weather condition reports and safety recommendations is from your local radio and TV news service.If you MUST travel, check road conditions by visiting INDOT’s website at www.in.gov/indot before you start your trip.
Dons’ Fuerlinger named MSSC Player of the YearBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Marshfield high school boys soccer teams put together impressive winning seasons, and it showed as the teams’ respective conferences recently released their all-conference squads for 2016.Columbus Catholic, which won the Mid-State Soccer Conference with a perfect 12-0 record and finished 20-3 overall before losing in the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, had five first-team and three second-team selections to the all-conference squad.Marshfield finished in third place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 6-5-1 and ended up 12-8-4 overall after losing in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final, just one win away from the state tournament. The Tigers had a pair of first-team and one second-team all-WVC honorees.Mid-State Soccer ConferenceMarshfield Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger was named the Mid-State Soccer Conference Player of the Year and was one of five Dons picked to the all-conference first team.Fuerlinger, Tim Gruenloh, Charles Payant, and Calvin Brown were unanimous first-team selections for the Dons. Ryan Dieringer was also a first-team selection. Fuerlinger and Brown also earned first-team all-conference accolades in 2015.Nadim Torbey, Nick Malovrh, and goalkeeper Bailey Keffer were second-team honorees for the Dons.Columbus Catholic’s Jeff Edwards was also named conference Coach of the Year after sharing the honor last season.“This team was very successful this year in many aspects,” Edwards said. “We set school records in goals scored and assists given, shattering the previous records. We had six players score at least 10 goals and nine players had double-digit points scored. That speaks to the versatility we had on offense. Our defense led the way, though, allowing only 10 goals in the regular season. Everything started from the back and went from there. I’m extremely proud of each and every player for all of the hard work and dedication they put in since June.”Wisconsin Valley ConferenceMarshfield senior midfielder/defender Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection, and fellow senior midfielder/defender Luke McCann also was voted to the first team of the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team.Hinson had three goals and four assists during conference play, moving to defense early in the year due to injuries and necessity.Marshfield senior Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection to the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team, as voted on by the conferences seven coaches.“He is a great communicator and organizer on defense,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “He wins balls in the air and takes great angles on balls. As a defender, Alec always seemed to make the right choice.”Luke McCann finished fifth in the Valley with 21 total points (eight goals, five assists).McCann also moved back to defensive midfielder midway through the season to help the Tigers build up their resistance.“This gave Luke more space to operate, helped our team defensively, and gave us better ability to get the ball switched side-to-side,” Steve McCann said. “Luke has excellent vision on the field and helps our team to be able to maintain possession and control with smart, accurate passes.”Senior Klaus Friedli was the Tigers’ lone second-team pick. He finished seventh in the conference in points with 17 (five goals, seven assists).Senior Collin Nikolai and sophomore Isaac Wellens were honorable mention choices for Marshfield. Nikolai finished with seven goals and two assists during WVC play.“We started to play really well at the end of September when we beat Wausau West 2-0 and ended up winning eight of our next 10,” Steve McCann said. “We ended up leading the WVC in scoring, shots, corner kicks, and fouls. We were really good at creating scoring chances. Our finishing was inconsistent but was definitely improving at the end of the year.”2016 All-Mid-State Soccer Conference TeamFirst team: *Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Tim Gruenloh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Charles Payant, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Calvin Brown, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Harrison Varline, Wausau Newman Catholic; *Connor Molski, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Chris Jensen, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Connor Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Ryan Dieringer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; David Burgess, Northland Lutheran; Jacob Price, Northland Lutheran; Brad Maes, Stevens Point Pacelli; Rhein Zuelsdorff, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Tekoya Cosby, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Second team: Nadim Torbey, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Bailey Keffer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Nick Malovrh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Chamong Lo, Wausau Newman Catholic; Fernando Juan, Wausau Newman Catholic; Corey Baron, Stevens Point Pacelli; Katie Craig, Tri-County; Coleton Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Austin Pagel, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Honorable mention: Andrew Blanker, Stevens Point Pacelli; Grant Faulkner, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Player of the Year: Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.Coach of the Year: Jeff Edwards, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.*unanimous selection—2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer TeamFirst team: *Alex Pagel, sr., D.C. Everest (goalkeeper); *Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest; *Alec Hinson, sr., Marshfield; *Joey Dorgan, sr., Stevens Point; *Pet Hefferan, sr., Stevens Point; *Adam Hahn, sr., Wausau East; *Jonah Bakunowicz, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; *Jack Kiiskila, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Luke McCann, sr., Marshfield; Joe DeLoye, sr., Wausau West; Cullen Stangel, sr., Wausau West.Second team: Matt Altmann, sr., Stevens Point (goalkeeper); Brennan Krieg, jr., D.C. Everest; Seth Jaglinski, sr., D.C. Everest; Austin Zettler, sr., Merrill; Jarett Jones, sr., Stevens Point; Klaus Friedli, sr., Marshfield; McKenon Diekroeger, sr., Stevens Point; Matt Lukasik, jr., D.C. Everest; Nate Napiwocki, sr., Stevens Point; Nick Lange, sr., Wausau East; Dylan Bassuener, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Honorable mention: Brayden McMahon, sr., Wausau West (goalkeeper); Gunnar Yonker, sr., D.C. Everest; Tamirat Knutson, fr., D.C. Everest; Keondre Porter, jr., Stevens Point; Ben Johnson, jr., Wausau West; Keegan Pulchinski, so., Wisconsin Rapids; Collin Nikolai, sr., Marshfield; Colin Lindvig, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Zach Ostrowski, jr., D.C. Everest; Brendan Leahy, so., Stevens Point; Elkin Thao, jr., Wausau East; Isaac Wellens, so., Marshfield; Austin Burgener, sr., Merrill; Mark Raasch, jr., Wausau West; Bryson Einerson, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.Player of the Year: Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest.*unanimous selection
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South African mountain biking fans are in for a treat. Pietermaritzburg has been awarded the opening round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. The announcement was made on Friday after a meeting of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee, and comes on the back of the successful hosting of the opening round of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The report, based on feedback from, among others, technical delegates and riders, was overwhelmingly positive and reflected favourably on the strides made since South Africa first hosted a UCI MTB World Cup event two years ago. There will also be another addition, starting with next year’s 2012 UCI MTB World Cup, which will comprise 10 events in nine countries on three continents, with seven rounds for each of the traditional disciplines: a cross-country eliminator, in which several rounds will go towards a final ranking, will be run over a 2 000 metre short course and add to the action. Those eight days are divided into two: 21 to 25 August and 29 Aug to 1 September. They include trials, which have not yet been held in Pietermaritzburg. The other events are cross country, downhill and four-cross. “The terrain of the region also lends itself to cycling activities,” he added. PerspectivePutting the 2013 event into perspective, Lenferna explained: “The World Champs are about three to four times bigger than the World Cup and take place over eight days.” A report by the UCI on South Africa’s 2011 World Cup event concluded: “In all aspects, the event improved a lot after a first experience in 2009.” Overwhelmingly positive 21 June 2011 “The 2012 World Cup is going to be bigger and will be important as a preparatory event for the 2013 World Championships,” Lenferna said. “Cyclists who haven’t been to Pietermaritzburg before will need to visit in 2012 because it will be their only chance to see the course before the 2013 World Champs.” Rising stars, like Andrew Neethling, who finished tenth in the downhill in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg this year, bode well for the future of mountain biking in South Africa. Stander is also among the world’s elite, having won on the World Cup circuit, and is a former under-23 world champion as well as this year’s Absa Cape Epic winner alongside Swiss legend Christoph Sauser. HotspotWhy has Pietermaritzburg become such a hotspot for cycling in South Africa, hosting UCI-endorsed mountain biking, BMX and road cycling events in recent years? Lenferna says it’s simple – the KwaZulu-Natal government and the city have put themselves fully behind the events. “They went the events,” he said. Of course, the fact that Minnaar remains one of the world’s elite downhill riders is a huge positive, so too is the fact that the country’s leading cross-country rider, Burry Stander, hails from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. ‘Incredibly good advice’“Greg’s always been a strong supporter [of Pietermaritzburg],” he said, “but, more than that, he’s been a point of contact, offering incredibly good advice and ideas of what would work from his experiences at events overseas.” Event organiser Alec Lenferna is the man who was behind the first two World Cup events and will be the man behind the forthcoming competitions in 2012 and 2013. Improvement can be expected every time an event is hosted, he told SAinfo. The fact that Pietermaritzburg has a three-time World Cup overall winner and former World Championship winner in Greg Minnaar has also played a big role in drawing support from local MTB enthusiasts for the UCI MTB World Cup events but, Lenferna let on, Minnaar has done more than be a star for South African mountain bike fans to rally around.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There is an infinite variety of things you can do with RSS feeds and a substantial number of those things can be done with Feed.Informer, which was formerly known as Feed Digest and just relaunched today. This super useful service was acquired in a small, unreported deal earlier this year and today comes out of a dormant period when new account creation was limited.What can you do with Feed.Informer? You can splice feeds together, filter them for keywords and most importantly – display them dynamically on a web page with just a little bit of code. There are other services that do all of these things, but Feed.Informer is so quick and easy to use that a free account is worth checking out and a premium account may be worth paying for.We Love Feed.InformerFeed.Informer is a service I’ve used regularly for years and happily pay for every chance I get. It is the fastest, easiest and most user-centric way to publish items in a feed dynamically on a page. We’ve used it here on RWW in a number of posts, the best to see how it works is Ten Sites to For Finding Wonderful Things. marshall kirkpatrick Why Use This Tool Instead of Others?Much of Feed.Informer’s functionality can be performed better by Yahoo! Pipes but many people find Pipes intimidating and it gives users no control over the styling of RSS output on a page. It doesn’t offer PHP code like Feed.Informer does, so there’s no SEO benefit to using the Pipes “badge” for feed display.SImplePie is a powerful way to parse and display RSS feeds and is probably what you want to use in a production environment, but it requires hosting on your own server and is beyond the technical capabilities of many new publishers.Feed.Informer is simple, fast and powerful. Unfortunately, that’s why a fair number of spam bloggers probably use it. Automated website content by feed? Only recently have reputable publishers discovered good use cases for such technology. Our favorite? Displaying the feed for a user’s tag in Del.icio.us on a web page.There’s a lot of things you can do with this handy little tool. It often throws up errors in the admin section of the site and it’s not as pretty as it could be – it’s not perfect, but day in and day out if comes through for us in powerful ways. Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Feed.Informer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web
Earlier this year, astronomers reported discovering a handful of Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. One of them, a presumably rocky orb dubbed Kepler-438b, orbits a red dwarf star and may be just a bit warmer than Earth, those researchers suggested. Now, another team finds that the planet may be hostile to life because it has no atmosphere, thanks to supersized solar flares that blast the planet every few hundred days, the researchers report online before print in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The flares are about 10 times as powerful as those ever recorded on our sun, the team estimates. And because Kepler-438b orbits just 25 million kilometers from its star (about half the distance of Mercury’s closest approach to our sun), that’s a recipe for disaster for life as we know it, the researchers say: With little or no atmosphere, the planet’s surface would be exposed to harsh x-ray and ultraviolet radiation, not to mention floods of charged particles like those in our solar wind.
… Enable ease of social sharing but adding social sharing links to all your content so those who come across it can easily spread it across their networks. Consider creating content in bite sizes or construct a whole piece of content that can be broken down into smaller pieces. Slide presentations that curate different data points or statistics are one example of this. the next big hit on YouTube Sh*t My Dad Says Justin Halpern, on the other hand, hit the word of mouth motherlode with his ‘ Viral Campaigns or that our little marketing meme ultimately spreads across Facebook and Twitter like wildfire, let’s be honest — the majority of our efforts won’t make it that big. 3. Make Sure It’s High in Quality . Follow these tips, and who knows, you might just get lucky like Justin did. ” web series, Justin shares his story about how he got to where he is today. Creating content that goes viral is no easy feat. While many of us marketers are secretly crossing our fingers that the new video we produced ends up Marketing Takeaway: 1. Make it Easy to Consume One of the reasons Justin’s Sh*t My Dad Says series spread so quickly is because it offered bite-sized content that was easy to consume. People could quickly visit his Twitter feed and read as many or as few of his posts as they had time to. Whether they spent 5 seconds or 5 minutes perusing his Twitter feed didn’t matter. Either way, they still walked away with the same user experience. still have marketing value Marketing Takeaway: As Justin mentions during his interview, when he first starting tweeting the funny mutterings of his father, he didn’t think much of it. “Everyone thinks their dad is funny,” he commented, which led him to believe the sh*t his dad said might not be funny to an audience on a broader scale. Well, turns out his initial skepticism was wrong, since Justin never would have made it as big as he did had the content he created been, well, the opposite of funny. Rise to the Top 3 Key Lessons for Creating Viral Content From Justin Halpern ‘ phenomenon. Originating as a fun, silly hobby he shared with friends, Halpern’s musings have since gone viral and generated over 2.3 million Twitter followers, more than 16k Facebook Fans, and led to two book deals and a TV sitcom on CBS for Halpern. key elements of many successful viral sensations You can create as much bite-sized, easy-to-share content as you want. The bottom line is, if people don’t like it, they won’t want to share it, and it won’t go viral. Put time and effort into creating content to increase the likelihood that it will spread. Marketing Takeaway: While there may be no secret sauce that guarantees you a viral marketing hit, Justin’s success reminds us of a few Topics: Originally published May 16, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 2. Make it Easy to Share In the below interview with David Siteman Garland on his ” While creating viral content is difficult to achieve, there are definitely best practices to observe when it comes to producing something that has the potential to spread. And even if your creation doesn’t become a raging viral phenomenon, it will Similarly, Justin’s phenomenon was easily spreadable. People could quickly share a link to his Twitter feed, retweet their favorite Sh*t My Dad Says tweets, or post them to Facebook and other social networks. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Calls to Action On pages where a call-to-action is the focus, one of the most important features is the conversion button itself. We’ve seen single changes in buttons that can improve conversions by well over 30%. A button sounds like a simple decision, but there are a number of variables that quickly make the decision feel complicated. How big should the button be? What color? What should the text of the button say? Here are a few tips to make your buttons more successful.1. Button size- Make it BIG!A big button gets noticed. It doesn’t have to be huge, but if your button is too small, it can be ignored. We’ve found that a good button size is around 225px wide and 45px high2. Button Location — Put it above the fold!When deciding where to put your button, think about the ﬂow of your page. Does it follow the path of your eye? Does it ﬁt average browser size? Browsersize from Google Labs is a great tool to ﬁnd out what portion of your page most visitors can see without scrolling.3. Button Color – Make it ContrastColor matters. Strong, contrasting, colors generally perform better than colors that blend in with the theme of your landing page. Take this example from Carelogger, who increased their conversions by 34% with a red button instead of a green one.4. Button Text — Include a call-to-actionYour button text should tell people what to expect. Instead, we generally opt for a strong call-to-action. Firefox improved their conversions by 3.6% (over 500 more downloads per test) when they changed their button text from “Try Firefox 3″ to “Download Now – Free.” “Download Now,” “Get Started Today,” and “Free Trial” are all good examples of strong calls-to-action.A Bonus: Test, Test, Test.There’s no universal right answer for what webpage works best, but testing can ensure that your webpage is the best that it can be. Topics: Originally published Jul 25, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Email Marketing Originally published Feb 20, 2012 2:00:00 PM, updated October 30 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email marketing seems like an easy win for your inbound marketing strategy. Write an awesome email, put in some snazzy images, fire it off to your opt-in list, and watch the customers roll in.Even if it all was that easy, though, the step marketers often overlook is just how difficult it can be to actually get your email into a recipient’s inbox in the first place. Seems basic, but there are tons of moving parts involved in email deliverability, and a huge one is the reputation of the email sender. Luckily, there’s a service called Return Path that has a metric called Sender Score, which gives you insight into your reputation as an email sender. Have you checked your Sender Score? If you do know your Sender Score, do you know what it means for your reputation as an email marketer? If you’re interested in your reputation as an email sender, read on to learn everything you need to know about Sender Score.What is Sender Score?A free service of Return Path, the Sender Score algorithm rates the reputation of every outgoing mail server IP address on a scale from 0-100. Gathering data from over 60 million mailboxes at big ISPs like BellSouth and Comcast, Return Path records if people frequently unsubscribe or report spam from certain email senders, and then assigns you a Sender Score based on that monitoring. Your Sender Score will continue to change depending on your email sending habits and the responses of your recipients.It’s a crucial number to stay on top of, because mail servers will often check your Sender Score before deciding what to do with your emails. The lower your Sender Score, the harder time you’ll have getting into someone’s inbox. There are plenty of things that can impact the deliverability of your email, but Return Path reports that 83% of the time an email is not delivered to an inbox, it is due to a poor sender reputation.Even if an email network or ISP doesn’t query your Sender Score to determine whether they will deliver your email, the factors used in determining your Sender Score are similar to those used by email networks and ISPs to determine your sender reputation. As such, the score is a great, free email sender reputation tool to ensure you are aware of and have the opportunity to fix any deliverability problems.How Do I Interpret My Score?To check your Sender Score, visit Return Path’s registration page, and you’ll soon have a report that looks something like this (but with different data, of course!)Scores are calculated on a rolling, 30-day average and represent the rank of an IP address against other IP addresses, much like a percentile ranking. The closer your score is to 0, the worse it is, and if you’re close to 100 like Return Path is in this sample report, well you’re in pretty great shape! Now let’s break down what each of the items you’re being scored on in this report mean:Complaints: How complaints about that IP address compare to all other IP addresses. Complaint rates are calculated as complaints divided by accepted mail, and complaint scores are a rank based on your complaint rates.Volume: While not an indication of a good or bad sender reputation alone, it is an important part of the overall reputation algorithm. For example, an IP address which sends 100 messages and receives 99 complaints is problematic, while an IP address which sends 100,000 messages and receives 99 complaints is probably okay. A higher score equates to larger volume monitored by the Sender Score Reputation Network.External Reputation: How the IP address compares to all other IP addresses on a variety of external blacklists and whitelists.Unknown Users: The rank of the IP address’ unknown user rate compared to all other IP addresses. Unknown user rates are taken directly from incoming SMTP logs of participating ISPs, tracking how often an IP address attempts to send a message to an address which does not exist.Rejected: This represents how often messages are bounced compared to other IP addresses.Accepted: The number of email messages accepted for delivery, this number is expressed as the number of messages seen minus the number of messages rejected.Accepted Rate: The ratio of email messages accepted for delivery compared to email messages attempted. This is the number of messages accepted for delivery, divided by the number of messages seen.Unknown User Rate: The ratio of unknown users, or invalid email addresses, compared to the amount of email seen.So, what’s a good score? If your score is over 90, congratulations! That’s a very good Sender Score. If your score is between 50 and 80, something isn’t right — move on to the next section of this blog post to see what you could be doing wrong that’s impacting your email deliverability. If your score is less than 50, well… looks you’re probably a spammer.What Do I Do If I Have a Bad Sender Score?The first step is knowing, so good job on checking your score. It can take weeks or months to fix a low Sender Score, so the sooner you’re aware of the problem, the better. There are several aspects of your email marketing that you need to check and possibly change to improve your Sender Score and email delivery rates — here are the ones that Sender Score takes into serious account:Inconsistent Volume of Email Sends: See the graph in the top right corner of the Sender Score report? Their email send volume goes up at a pretty steady rate, and as a result, their score maintains a pretty even number. However, if you were to send 5,000 emails on Monday, 200 on Friday, nothing for a week, and then suddenly another 15,000, you would likely get dinged for sending inconsistent volumes of emails.Frequency of Sends: Just as the volume of sends should be consistent, so should the frequency with which you email recipients. Email every day, every other day, every week — whatever your needs are. Just make sure you don’t jump on the email marketing bandwagon, abandon it after a month, then hop back on and expect no deliverability penalties. As you perfect your email marketing machine, you’ll be able to test the optimal email sending frequency for your recipients.Cold IP Address: If you’re new to email marketing, you may have neglected to warm up your IP address. Start email marketing on a new IP address with small batches of the best people on your email list — you know, the ones who love you and won’t mark you as SPAM or unsubscribe from your communications. Progressively increase the amount of people you email to warm up your IP and prove you’re a safe sender.Being Blacklisted: There are about 50 known blacklists out there that denote which IPs are spammers. Return Path has a service that lets you see if you’re on a blacklist. Assuming you’re a legitimate email marketer who just didn’t know some of the rules for good email deliverability, visit the sites of those who have blacklisted you to consult their information for being removed from their blacklist. If you contact them for removal, they will help you understand why you were blacklisted in the first place and what you can do to improve your email marketing methods.Getting Caught in a Spam Trap: A spam trap is an email address that was once valid, but no longer is, and will thus garner a hard bounce notice when you email them. However, when a mail server sees consistent traffic going to the dead email, they can turn the email into a spam trap that will stop returning a hard bounce for the known bad address, and instead accept the message and report the sender as a spammer. The moral of the story here is, if you’re not monitoring your hard bounces and removing them from your active email list, you could be perceived as a spammer.SPAM reports: Finally, if your email recipients think you’re a spammer and identify you as such via a SPAM report, your sender reputation is going to suffer. Check the rate at which your emails are marked as SPAM — an acceptable rate is 1 in every 1000.There are several other factors to getting your email into a recipient’s inbox — the content of your email, email infrastructure, recipients’ personal filtering preferences — more of which you can learn about in this email post about email deliverability. But if you’re looking to start email marketing on the right food, establishing and maintaining a reputable email sender reputation is one of the most important qualities of your email marketing program.Do you know your Sender Score, or have a gauge on how good your email deliverability is?Image Credit: 10ch Topics:
Topics: Images Originally published Apr 5, 2012 2:37:00 PM, updated August 26 2017 Facebook’s new “Timeline” design has been mandatory for all Facebook businesses pages for almost a week now, and you may have noticed your cover photo is now taking up some serious real estate. So even if you don’t take the time to use new features like pinning, starring, and milestones, it’s certainly worth taking some time to make your cover photo stunning, creative, functional, or all of the above.But innovation doesn’t just come out of nowhere … you need a creative spark before you can fan the flames!Free Templates: Facebook Cover Photos for BusinessesSo we scoured Facebook looking for some of the coolest cover photos out there we thought would inspire you. Take a look at how these brands are making the most of their new Facebook cover photo real estate. Then get out there and design a cover image that makes your Facebook page fans and visitors “ooh” and “ahh!”1) Sunrise SignsWe love when our customers get really into their marketing, and Sunrise Signs is certainly showing an interest in the new Facebook cover photo capabilities with this fantastic one that showcases exactly what its product does — without words. They also highlight their clients, a great way to show customer love!2) Old SpiceOld Spice has opted for an Eye of the Tiger meets Diehard theme in its cover photo, also known as the punch you in the face approach. Actually, it seems like their spokesman really might jump out of the computer and punch you in the face, considering Old Spice’s clever cover photo/profile image alignment. But if you’ve seen any Old Spice campaigns in the last couple years, it’s completely on point with their brand. And while it might not be your cup of tea, there’s no denying it captures your attention.3) SharpieSharpie’s cover photo is simple and clean, but also really, really captivating. Look at that detail and artistry! It shows fans how to use this everyday product — a Sharpie permanent marker, and a paper cup — in a creative way. Plus, that pop of red draws your eye in, matches the pop of red in Sharpie’s logo, and reminds us Sharpie actually has colored markers!4) OverGo StudioOverGo Studio is another star HubSpot customer/partner, and their Facebook cover photo is effective because it explains what they do to an audience who may need more information about their services. Yes, they’re using words, but it’s not overpowering! The font is bright and crisp, and the lighter blue words in the background let someone who is really studying the photo learn about their service offerings in more detail without overwhelming visitors with copy-overload. They’re another example of an intriguing, yet subtle use of cover photo-profile image alignment.5) UberUber’s Facebook cover photo is effective because it’s both functional and brand-enhancing. The cars on the map show the cities in which they operate, and the old school map reflects the understated, classic, exclusive feeling of its customers’ experience.6) DropboxDropbox’s Facebook cover photo made this list because it is simply adorable. And you know what? Sometimes the best thing you can do in marketing is just make people smile. Just look at that little guy in the plane! This cover photo also aligns with Dropbox’s Twitter background, and helps make a relatively unsexy service (file hosting) more fun and accessible.7) LivestrongWe featured Livestrong’s Facebook cover photo in a previous post about brands that are making great use of the new features on Facebook’s brand pages. Livestrong’s cover photo is simple, but still artistic and strong. It just goes to show that you don’t always need to get fancy — just be visually captivating. And while we’ve seen a lot of brands play around with the alignment of their cover photo and profile image like we just saw with OverGo Studio and Old Spice, Livestrong cleverly carries its cover photo design into the ‘Views and Apps’ section of its page, where it features the Livestrong blog.8) Murder Mystery CompanyThen again, there’s certainly nothing wrong with a little flash in your marketing! HubSpot customer Murder Mystery Company takes you into their dramatic world with their Facebook cover photo, letting you in on the experience of attending one of their murder mystery performances. Plus, it has a little sex appeal — never a bad thing in marketing!9) McDonald’sMcDonald’s uses its Facebook cover photo to give you sense of the company’s history. Nostalgia is a great approach for McDonald’s — it showcases what I think many would agree is a more enchanting time for the fast food industry.10) Jive SoftwareJive Software’s success with its Facebook cover photo is in the details. When you click on the photo, you see that the caption is “The People are the Network.” What a great sentiment for a social business software company’s social media page! It creates a sense of community, and the image tells us that Jive’s customers are the foundation of the company.11) PhotoShelterUnlike Jive Software, HubSpot customer PhotoShelter lets you actually see the faces of people in its cover photo for a more engaging effect. Including pictures of people in your social media is always a great idea, as long as they look natural and not like stock imagery. These photos both reflect the company’s purpose, and put sympathetic faces behind the brand.12) iStockphotoAnother photo site, it’s no surprise iStockphoto has a spectacular Facebook cover photo — they’ve got a whole website full of them! So it’d be foolish for them not to show off the best of their product. If you look closely, the bottom right corner of the photo gives credit to the photographer, and when you click into the photo, it provides a link to the website where you can purchase the photo. Talk about a subtle call-to-action!13) VerizonVerizon gets their customers involved with their Facebook cover photo. Verizon changes the photo every day, replacing it with an image taken by a real customer. Then they add a picture of the customer in a small call-out, include the name of the customer who took the picture, and the name of the device they used. It not only pays tribute to Verizon’s customers, but it also shows off the capabilities of their products.14) ZipcarZipcar got some clever copywriters involved with their Facebook cover photo! They combined a funny, quippy saying with an image that shows where you can go with a Zipcar. And notice that directive in the bottom right corner? It tells fans what to do — get out, and zip!15) Lawyers.comLawyers.com has gotten around the call-to-action restrictions of the new Facebook design by including an image of their latest piece of content. When you click into the photo, they include a link to the post which then takes you to the full piece of content.16) UrbanDaddyUrbanDaddy’s Facebook cover photo is exceptional at reinforcing their brand, but with subtlety. The photo doesn’t tout their product — which is their content — or their offers. It’s all about the person who reads UrbanDaddy, and the lifestyle they embody.17) HubSpotAnd of course, we wanted to give our own Facebook cover photo a little love! We combined the orange our brand is known for with the Boston skyline — it is our Hub, after all!What creative Facebook cover photos have you seen? Share them in the comments so we can all be inspired!Image credit: Sean Rogers1 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack