Igesund’s plea to Bafana’s ’12th man’

first_img22 January 2013 South Africa’s boisterous, colourful supporters are very special to the national team, coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday, urging the public to carry the spirit they showed in Johannesburg over to Durban, where Bafana Bafana face Angola in a must-win game on Wednesday. Addressing journalists in Johannesburg on Monday, Igesund said the crowd at the National Stadium on Saturday had been “brilliant” in their effort to lift the team in very challenging playing conditions. “We now need the public to go to Moses Mabhida Stadium in their numbers and give the boys the support and work as the 12th player. “We will do our best to make our amazing supporters happy,” Igesund vowed. “They have been fantastic throughout and they need to be rewarded with performances that warrant their unwavering support.” He said the dream of winning the tournament was still very much alive, and that it was only a matter of time before Bafana turned their chances into goals. South African Football Association (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani said Bafana Bafana still had an excellent opportunity to progress further in the tournament. “We urge the public to continue supporting and encouraging our boys to regain their winning mentality.” Bafana will face Angola at the Moses Mabhida stadium at 5pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, in a thrilling Group C match, Ethiopia held reigning champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Collins Mbesuma scored for Zambia, but Adane Girma equalised for Ethiopia, who were down to 10-men after their goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 25th minute. In the second Group C match, Burkina Faso struck a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Nigeria, leaving Group C all square. On Tuesday evening, a star-studded Ivory Coast will face a Togolese team led by Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternburg, followed by a clash between North African giants Algeria and Tunisia at the same venue. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Checkpoint Systems Adds Alpha OptiLok XD to Line of Specialized Anti-Theft Eyewear Tags for…

first_imgCheckpoint Systems has recently added the Alpha OptiLok XD to its line of specialized tags to protect against retail eyewear theft.The new hard tag follows the introduction of the OptiLok line earlier this year and offers optical retailers an extra-deep version of the same product for thick plastic eyewear frames.Key features of all OptiLok tags include:- Sponsor – Available in AM or RF technologyDurable constructionQuick application and removalEasy to recycle and reuseUnobtrusiveAvailability:OptiLok XD is available immediately. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How Not to Use Apache Hadoop

first_imgRelated Posts Sometimes best practices and practical tips can obscure mistakes that you should avoid. Sometimes what you really need is a list of worst practices.Iwona Bialynicka-Birula has written a post organizing things not to do in Apache Hadoop into three categories: efficiency, scalability and reliability.Bialynicka-Birula writes:The problem with Hadoop is that it is relatively easy to get started using it without an in-depth knowledge of what gives it its powers and without this, you are more likely than not to design your solution in a way which takes all of those powers away. So let’s take a look at the few key features of Hadoop and what not to do to keep them. Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Big Data#hack See also:HBase Dos and Don’tsMongoDB Gotchas for the Unaware User. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Alabama ~ Corporate Income Tax: Apportionment Rules Repealed and Replaced

first_imgThe Alabama Department of Revenue has repealed and replaced its apportionment rules for corporate income taxpayers, effective June 25, 2016. The new multistate tax rules are promulgated to reflect the correct LRS numbering format, amendments to the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) rules as approved by the MTC executive committee, technical corrections, and statutory changes. Some of the changes are set forth below.Business income. The definition of business income has been up updated to reflect legislative changes by Act 2001-1113, providing that business income is income arising from transactions or activity in the taxpayer’s trade or business.Payroll factor. For purposes of determining a taxpayer’s payroll factor, a leased employee is an employee of the client (lessee) organization. A leased employee is also treated as an employee of the employee leasing company. The rules also provide guidance for temporary employees by specifying that compensation paid for personal services provided to client companies by employees of temporary help agencies is included in the payroll factor of the temporary agency and is generally excluded from the payroll factor of the client company. Finally, in order to prevent distortions in the payroll factor, the Commissioner may require compensation paid to a related member’s employee to be included in the payroll factor of a taxpayer regardless of which entity actually paid the compensation.Property factor. Intangible drilling and development costs are included in the property factor whether or not they have been expensed for either federal or state tax purposes. Also, for purposes of the valuation of rented property, “annual rent” does not include royalties based on extraction of natural resources, whether represented by delivery or purchase.Sales factor. The rules are updated to reflect statutory changes including double weighted sales and market based sourcing. Special rules address liquid assets. Also, the provision that excludes, from the sales factor, substantial amounts of gross receipts that arise from incidental or occasional sale of a fixed asset used in the regular course of the taxpayer’s trade or business has been removed.Petition for alternative method. Specific guidance is provided for a taxpayer that petitions to use an alternative method of allocation or apportionment. Petitions must be in written form and submitted directly to the attention of the Department Secretary. A petition attached to an original or amended return will not be considered a valid petition. If the department processes a return that uses an unapproved alternative method that does not mean the department has accepted the taxpayer’s proposed alternative method. The department will notify the taxpayer, in writing, that an alternative method has been approved. The taxpayer may then file an amended or original return utilizing the approved alternative method. Proposed alternative methods not approved within 90 days of the post mark date of the petition are denied unless the taxpayer and the department agree in writing to extend the time period. In order to appeal the denial of a petition, the taxpayer should file an amended return using the proposed alternative method. If that return involves a petition for a refund the taxpayer may appeal its denial or deemed denial of its petition for refund either to the Alabama Tax Tribunal or Circuit Court.Special industry rules. The MTC special industry rules, including airlines, construction contractors, publishing, railroads, television and radio broadcasting, trucking companies, and telecommunications and ancillary service providers have been adopted.Rules 810-27-1.01, 810-27-1.02, 810-27-1.09 through 810-27-1.19, Alabama Department of Revenue, effective June 25, 2016last_img read more

A few kind words could help politicians win elections

first_imgPublic approval of the U. S. Congress has been at an all-time low in recent years, hovering around 15% in opinion polls. What could representatives do to boost their numbers? A new study suggests that a few kind words towards fellow citizens could make all the difference. Researchers’ computers analyzed all 123,927,807 words spoken during sessions of the House of Representatives between 1996 and 2014 using publicly available online transcripts and matched them against a dictionary of 127 words or word stems with “prosocial” meanings—that is, words that connoted kindness or cooperation. The team found that the more members of Congress who  used such words overall, the higher the approval ratings Congress received in polls 6 months later. And, as the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, even a little nastiness could be devastating to congressional popularity. Thus, a 19% decrease in prosocial language routinely led to a 75% drop in approval ratings. (The researchers controlled for external events that might affect the results, such as the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks or the economic crisis of 2008.) The team suggests two possible ways that the public learns how nice their representatives are being: Directly, by watching C-SPAN (which 57% of the voting population does at least once per week), or indirectly, through news media coverage of congressional sessions. Which words led to the biggest approval increases? Gentle, involve, educate, contribute, concerned, give, tolerate, trust, and, of course, cooperate. Politicians, take heed!last_img read more

REVEALED! Batsmen favour personal milestones over team’s objective

first_imgOver 2,000 Test matches from 1880-2014 were analysed for the studyBatsmen who were close to reaching personal milestones were likely to alter their strategy in a way which, at first sight, seems detrimental to the team, new research suggests.”We found clear evidence that the behaviour of batsmen is affected by their personal rewards in the game,” said Professor Lionel Page from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who collected data on more than 3,500 one-day matches between 1971 and 2014.Professor Page and researcher Romain Gauriot from QUT business school examined the behaviour of batsmen reaching landmark scores in ODI matches.The research found that players were likely to bat more conservatively as they approached a half-century or century to maximise their chances of reaching it.”We found players react to individual-specific incentives in ways which can be detrimental to the team as a whole. For example, if a batsman is close to making 50 or 100, he will play more conservatively and hence score at a slower rate,” Page added.This increases his chances of reaching the landmark score, but at the cost of the team’s winning chances.”That is because in ODIs, batsmen should adopt a relatively high strike rate, taking the risk of losing their wicket to score more quickly,” Page pointed out.Contrary to the belief when batsmen reach the “nervous nineties” – the idea they are more likely to be dismissed as they approach a century – the researchers found adopting a conservative style at that stage reduced their chances of dismissal.advertisement”We observed that while batsmen are conservative on their way to a milestone, they switch to a more aggressive strategy straight after reaching it, possibly to catch up with lost time,” the authors noted.The data showed the batsmen’s strike rate jumped more than 40 percent after reaching a century compared to the period leading up to it.”This leads to a sharp increase in the rate of dismissals,” they wrote.Analysing more than 2,000 Test matches from 1880-2014, professor Page found captains were far more likely to declare an innings when a batsman had reached a landmark rather than when he was just below one.”One of the most interesting finding from this study shows that team captains also react to individual-specific incentives by accommodating them,” he said.The evidence suggests that team captains are willing to trade a cost to the team in favour of a substantial reward to a particular player – for example eating up valuable time and delaying a declaration so a batsman can reach his individual milestone.The research is forthcoming in the journal American Economic Review.last_img read more

Help! No One’s Searching For My Products and Services

first_imgExcept… nobody’s actually searching for that phrase (except you, when you’re checking your keyword rank). You’re not getting any traffic or leads or customers – so who cares that you’re the #1 result? First, you’re optimizing your website for the wrong keywords. “But we sell [insert your esoteric term of choice here]”. Yes, but no one knows what that is and no one’s searching for it. At this point we say, you need to go through a full . They know they need to do this “Internet marketing stuff”. process to identify the best keywords for you business – those that have a high number of monthly searches, are relevant to your business, and are actually within your reach to rank for in the first 10 organic search results on Google. We still call ourselves an inbound marketing system. But we know it requires explanation. We recognize people are looking for an Internet marketing solution and so that’s where we meet our market in the middle. We go to them, understand their problems and needs, and explain how what we do solves their problems. The focus here is changing from yourself to your customers. Because otherwise you’re just standing alone on that soapbox of yours shouting to a nonexistent crowd. keyword research and start blogging generate leads online ” meant? Still, a lot of people say, “inbound market-wha?” It takes some education. But what we did is we took the perspective of our buyer. He knows he needs to and SEO get found in search engines inbound marketing Topics: The second problem is, well, these words we found – the high volume, less difficult, somewhat relevant phrases – aren’t exactly what you sell, that’s not how you would describe what you do. This is a tricky problem. Your customers don’t know they need your product, but you know it solves such-and-such problem that they have. Well, in this case you need to educate your customers on what you do. Six months ago do you think anyone knew what ” to grow his business. She knows she needs to Photo Credit Thomas Hawk Originally published Aug 28, 2008 9:10:00 AM, updated July 08 2013 monitor her company’s web presence There are two problems here. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Secret to Building Your Blog: Think of It Like a Job Search

first_imgSo you started a blog, you’ve been writing good posts for a few months, and you still don’t have the traction you want — subscriptions, comments and inbound links are all below your targets. What can you do to build your blog? Follow conventional wisdom, and focus harder on writing great posts? Bad idea. Instead, think of the process like a job search. If you were looking for a job, would you focus exclusively on improving your skills? Or would you be pounding the pavement, looking for new opportunities while you’re improving your skills? When you’re looking for a job, you need to be aggressive about getting in front of the right people — only you can’t be so aggressive that you annoy people. You need to find the same balance when you’re building your blog. You need to share posts on Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. (1) Network — Facebook Originally published Jun 5, 2009 7:40:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 (2) Spread the Word — Blogs are no different. Just as you wouldn’t sit back and wait for employers to offer you a job, you shouldn’t sit back and wait for readers to find your blog. Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and make sure all your friends and contacts know you’re blogging. But you can’t overwhelm or bore them. A good way to handle this balance is to use these channels for more than just broadcasting your blog. to learn how to create a thriving blog.center_img If you’re looking for a job, a good way to get your foot in the door or get noticed is to do a high-profile project — maybe an event, a video or a software application — that gets attention. In the blog world high profile, potentially controversial posts are a good way to get attention. Try publishing something that’s a little spicy that people will react to. If it’s well-written and thoughtful, people will pass it around, more people will be exposed to your blog, and it will grow. Twitter Bloggers understand the value of a link, so they’re usually willing to do an interview in order to get some exposure and a link back to their site. Find prominent bloggers in your industry and ask them for an email interview. People are far more apt to do an email interview than a guest post because it’s an easier format. Instead of coming up with their own original article, they’re just responding to your questions. When you publish the interview, send them the link and encourage them to spread it via their own channels. To help you get started, here are five specific steps you can take to pound the pavement for your blog: Find high-quality, high-traffic blogs related to your industry that are willing to accept guest posts and write a post or two for them. Assuming they’re willing to include a prominent link back to your blog, this is a great way to introduce new people to your blog and build subscribers. Be careful not to commit to too many guest posts, because you’ll start to get fewer new subscribers after a few posts. What do you think? What am I missing on this list? (3) Guest Posts — (4) Email Interviews With Prominent Bloggers — Download the free webinar (5) Grab Attention — When you’re looking for a job, you talk to old friends, attend industry events, show up at community meetups, scan LinkedIn for potential connections and build relationships on Twitter. It’s not much different when you’re looking for readers for your blog. You go to Google Blog Search, Technorati, Twitter Grader and Twitter Search and type in the keywords for your industry. Figure out who in your industry you respect, who the influencers are, and make connections with them. Comment on their posts and, when it adds value, include links to your posts in the comments. Write posts on your blog that respond to their posts. Mention them in your posts. Above all, do you what you can to build relationships and get them to notice that you’re creating thoughtful, interesting content on your blog. andlast_img read more

Happy National Candy Cane Day, Marketers!

first_img inbound marketing kit special day Your Marketing Takeaways: 2.  Decorating the tree with candy canes became fashionable during the 1850s when a resident of Ohio,  August Imgard, hung them on a Christmas tree to augment his homemade decorations. What type of “sweet” data points can you find in your business? 4. The modern candy cane was invented by Bob McCormack of Atlanta.  He started the curved candy trend sometime in the early 1920’s with handmade versions.  As the original candy cane maker in the United States, Bob’s Candies manufactured about two million each day in 2009. ,  ,  . Inbound Marketing Kit 1. The original candy cane did not have stripes.  Before the red stripe was introduced, a candy cane was simply a white, mint-flavored stick. 3. Some Christians believe the candy cane has a symbolic meaning with the “J” shape representing Jesus’s initial, and the red/white stripes representing Christ’s purity and blood.  Others view the candy as the shape of a shepherd’s hook.  , and a  6. Candy canes are made with sugar, corn syrup, and starch – a super-solid sugar rush.   Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. Download our 7. Candy canes were once considered “medicine”.  The soothing peppermint and sugar combo was used as a pacifier for children. Other flavors – including anise and cinnamon – were used by apothecaries to help soothe and calm their patients (probably the parents of the kids that needed a pacifier).center_img Two billion candy canes, about $214 million worth, were purchased this holiday season by consumers with a sweet tooth.   tweets . YouTube videos Facebook application history Here are some fun facts to help you celebrate the sugary day of December 26.  And, if on this day after Christmas, you are looking for ways to creatively use your leftover candy canes, here’s a video to give you some helpful tips.   Finally, once you have utilized this information for your own marketing efforts, the content will be picked up over and over again by others in your industry, creating the thought leadership every CEO looks for!   Every product has something interesting to say about it. Even an innocuous product like candy canes has its own  Originally published Dec 26, 2009 9:19:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Using metrics or specific data points such as number sold, revenue generated, introduction of, or timeline/history, any company can create content that will resonate with its customers and prospects. You would be amazed at the number of statistics you can pull together once different angles are considered.  And, some of them can be fun! 5. The mass-produced version of the candy cane made the scene in the 1950s when Bob’s (see #3 above) brother-in-law figured out how to cut, pull, twist and package the confection in a factory setting.    , Twitter  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Next Big Thing for Marketers: Social Magazines

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack We now live in a world in which every tablet owner has become the editor of their own personal digital magazine. , meaning they sold almost as many iPads as Mac computers. The success of the iPad has also led to an accelerated amount of competition. HP is planning to release Our challenge as marketers is to create interesting content for our perspective customers and provide simple methods for them to include it in their own social magazines. – Many large companies still publish magazines and distribute them to their B2B customers as a method of nurturing and educating potential buyers. Social magazines allow potential buyers to create their own magazine that is most relevant to them. This relevancy means that potential customers are more likely to read the magazines they create instead of the magazines that marketers print and mail to them. Marketers will need to shift focus and make it easy for content to be included in social magazines by providing RSS feeds and aggregating content through social media. multiple tablet computing devices that will run Windows 7 that runs Google’s Android operating system. Social Media The iPad’s success has likely solidified the tablet as a consumer device category. This new device category that fits between a smart phone and a personal computer presents both challenges and opportunities for marketers. Originally published Jul 21, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated October 01 2013 Today, 1. Noise Reduction 3 Reason Social Magazines Are Important to Marketers Flipboard Pulse As marketers, we need to examine what we are currently doing and determine what we can stop doing to make time and resources available for marketing on tablets and mobile devices. . 2. A Return to Visualscenter_img as their operating system, while Topics: , a social magazine that allows people to curate important news from 20 different sources has already become one of the most popular paid iPad apps. The Next Big Thing for Marketers: Social Magazines Robert Scoble The iPad has become the poster child for a new emerging device category: tablet computers. Much debate about this new device and category exists, but the numbers don’t lie. In the third quarter, Apple Inbound Marketing , a new social magazine application for the iPad, launched and has created sweeping buzz and conversation on the web. In less than a day, it has become the second-most popular free iPad application.  Flipboard turns an iPad into a social magazine. It creates different magazine sections from online news sources, Twitter, Facebook and curated content from online thought leaders like Flipboard organizes tweets, links, blog posts and news articles into a digital magazine that readers can flip through with a flick of the wrist. Flipboard isn’t the first social magazine to be available for the iPad. 3. Social Segmentation Dell has released a tablet called the Streak sold more than 3 Million iPads – Successful traditional print and offline marketing has been dominated by great visuals and tight copy. Today Twitter streams, RSS readers and online news sources are dominated by catchy headlines and bullet points. Social magazine prioritize the value of powerful images in online storytelling. Blog posts with powerful images that help illustrate the message of the post will translate well to this new method of media consumption. Pictures now have a greater impact on who reads your content. Tablets provide a new way for people to consume and interact with media.  If it is easier for users to consume text, audio and video while on the go, marketers have new opportunities to reach and interact with prospective customers. The problem is that most marketers already have a full plate of tasks, and adding another screen to the mix will be a daunting task. Tablets Are Here to Stay – Many marketers today are working to get social opt-ins on Twitter and Facebook in hopes of getting their content included in the information stream of prospective customers. The problem is that, for many people, their social streams are filled with too much content, and much of it gets lost in the crowd. Because social magazines help to filter and better display social streams, it is likely less content will be lost to noise and companies will have better opportunities to connect.last_img read more