Premier League: Forget quadruple, focus on Cardiff, says Manchester City coach Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told his players to put thoughts of a potential quadruple to the back of their minds and focus on Wednesday’s game against Cardiff City in the Premier League.With the League Cup already in the bag, Guardiola’s side are second in the league, two points behind Liverpool but with a game in hand, and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.While his side have every chance of claiming all three remaining titles still up for grabs, Guardiola said they could just as easily come away with nothing.”In one week or three days we can lose all three titles,” he told a news conference on Tuesday. “Why talk about the quadruple when in this country – a legendary country – it has never happened before.”Legendary teams like Liverpool, the period (of Manchester United) with Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger with Arsenal – no one did it. So why should we do it?”#mancity #FULMCI pic.twitter.com/3cxicWU9TtManchester City (@ManCityCatala) March 29, 2019Victory over Cardiff would lift City back above Liverpool before they face Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semis on Saturday. They then face Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.”I’m not in the minds of my players and the fans to tell them what to think,” Guardiola added. “If they want to dream and think about winning everything, I’m not a guy to say anything.advertisement”Of course we are there but I said to the players, ‘Forget about it, don’t think too much. In one week or three days we can lose all three titles, that’s the reality.”I know in your heads we can win all the titles, but for now it’s Cardiff.'”Also Read | Zinedine Zidane wants Rafael Varane to stay but is ambiguous about Gareth Bale futureAlso Read | Premier League: Arsenal climb to third spot with 2-0 victory over NewcastleAlso Read | Manchester United appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent managerAlso Watch | What is wrong with their culture? Sangakkara, Styris discuss RCB’s poor start to IPL 2019last_img read more

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families

first_img Posted: August 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Federal judge encouraged by government plan to reunite families KUSI Newsroom, August 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A federal judge in San Diego said Friday he is encouraged by the government’s plan to locate parents who were either deported or released into the United States after being separated from their children at the border as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said he was very impressed with the government’s plan to reunify removed parents, which will be headed up by key members of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services.DOJ attorney Scott Stewart told the judge that federal officials have been in contact with 299 out of 386 parents who were removed from the country.“That is a very, very encouraging number,” the judge said.Sabraw told attorneys for the government and the American Civil Liberties Union that it was “very important” for the parties to continue to look for 26 removed parents who they have not been able to find.“That is a very significant statistic,” the judge said.Sabraw ordered the government to provide a number of updated lists by Wednesday, including a list of parents removed from the country with their children and a list of children who agreed to take voluntary departure to be reunited with their parents.Last week, Sabraw said finding parents and reuniting them with their children was “100 percent the responsibility of the (Trump) administration.”In June, the ACLU won a nationwide injunction in its class-action lawsuit requiring reunification of children under age 5 by July 10 and all children by July 26.Even though the government missed both deadlines, Sabraw said he was pleased with the progress the government was making to reunify separated families.The judge said he was pleased that the ACLU has formed a steering committee to coordinate the location and reunification of class members who have been deported or released into the interior of the United States.The judge’s comments came two days after he upheld a previous order barring the government from deporting recently reunited parents and children who were separated at the border.Sabraw, considering a request for a temporary restraining order in a case transferred from the District of Columbia, said Wednesday that an order he issued three weeks ago prohibiting the government from removing reunified families from the United States before they’ve had a chance to discuss their immigration status is still in effect for both cases.Plaintiffs in the case of M.M.M. v. Sessions received assurances from the judge that the order halting deportations applies to both parents and their children who may be seeking asylum hearings.Another status conference on the San Diego case is set for next Friday. last_img read more

Two killed three injured in road accident

Two killed three injured in road accident

first_imgBarasat(WB): Two persons were killed and three injured when a car carrying them overturned after hitting a road divider in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district early today, police said. The speeding car hit a road divider and then turned turtle near Belghoria on BT Road killing the driver on the spot, they said. The injured were rushed to hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries, the police added.last_img

Acrobat 9 Aims to Reinvent PDFs

first_img Adobe’s Acrobat software has evolved beyond merely reading Adobe’s Portable Document Format files. With the new Acrobat 9, Adobe adds features that elevate Acrobat to a potential must-have application for business and individuals alike.You can choose among three flavors of Acrobat: the $299 Standard (which includes the cool new PDF Portfolio feature), the $449 Pro (which adds additional options to Portfolio), and the $699 Pro Extended (which now bundles Adobe Presenter for automating PowerPoint presentations with audio and video–previously a separate $500 application–and can convert various video file types to Flash video and has a 3D mapping overlay so you can create PDF maps). I looked at a late beta of the Pro Extended version.Portfolio is one of the most useful additions to Acrobat in years. With Portfolio, you have the ability to very easily create a suite of related files and documents–complete with their own intro screen. Conceptually, this almost reminds me of how Apple’s OS X 10.5 lets you group files and documents into related “Spaces.” The difference here is that you can create a single document that you can send to others, too. The Portfolio can be read by the free Adobe Reader 9.Creating a Portfolio is simple: Choose from among the existing file templates, and then choose the behavior and presentation within a file template (for example, you can opt for files to be lined up, or to revolve around in an iTunes CoverFlow-like fashion) for the welcome screen. Then you drag and drop what you want to be in this Portfolio into the container. Portfolios remain organic documents; you can add files and folders to an existing portfolio as needed. A Portfolio outputs as a .PDF document.Since Acrobat 9 integrates support for Flash video–a first–you can even integrate an .swf Flash application for viewing within the Portfolio. If you want to edit a file that’s within a portfolio, no problem: Clicking on the file opens it in the appropriate application; you can then save the file and it closes back into the Portfolio.Another nifty feature (in Pro and Pro Extended): the ability to compare two .PDF files, with the text and image differences highlighted so you can what’s different. This document comparison could be useful for deciphering changes between versions of a document. Adobe has added a whole connected element to Acrobat (all three versions) as well; for on Acrobat.com, see “Adobe’s Acrobat.com Document Collaboration Service.”PRO: Can handle Flash videoPRO: Creates useful Portfolio document groupingsCON: Pro Extended edition’s high price for business onlyPCW Rating: No rating (preproduction software)Bottom line: Portfolio document groupings and inclusion of Flash video are useful additions Brought to you by PCWorld 3 min read June 1, 2008 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Why You Get What You Pay For in SEO

first_img 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 23, 2017 “You get what you pay for” is an adage most of us are familiar with, though its practical usage varies. For most consumer products, there is some degree of correlation between price and quality, but of course exceptions exist to every rule: There are cheap products that work perfectly well, and expensive products that are overpriced garbage.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an SEO FirmWith search engine optimization (SEO), you’ll be paying for a service — not a product — and because commodities aren’t involved, pricing has much more room for variance and fluctuation. But, in my experience, the adage definitely holds true; you get what you pay for when you purchase help with SEO.Why is this the case? Why do cheap SEO agencies and providers consistently underperform the top professionals in the industry? Here are a few reasons why.Experience and strategyIn SEO, along with any other area of professional service or work, you’re going to pay more for an experienced candidate. Dedicated professionals have spent years honing their skills and refining their approaches, and the strategies they bring to the table are the product of those trials and lessons. An amateur may be able to bluff his or her way through the basics but won’t be able to build you a custom-fitted strategy the way someone with years of experience will.If you go with the amateur, you’ll spend countless hours running back to the drawing board, ultimately compromising your results and making your amateur’s total bill costlier than an experienced professional would have been.Staffing and customer careThough not always the case, more expensive agencies tend to hire a more robust, experienced and diverse staff than do their less expensive counterparts. With a more expensive agency, you’ll likely get your own dedicated account representative and have more individual specialists working on your account, rather than one or two generalists. This can help you get better results — and better service if and when something goes wrong.Quality contentFrom the time you come up with new topic ideas to the final publication of content to your site, the higher your quality, the better it will be for your campaign. You’ll need to find the best topics to write about, optimize the headlines both for click-throughs and for search engines and spend time researching and writing a well-thought-out and detailed original piece. Then you’ll need to optimize it for search engines, find multimedia content to go along with it (at least occasionally), then publish and distribute it.If you couldn’t tell already, all of that takes a ton of work: After all, anybody can throw a “decent” article together, but it takes a true professional several hours to complete a landmark piece — and those hours cost money.Quality linksLink-building isn’t nearly as simple as it used to be. Google looks at the quantity and quality of links pointing back to your domain to loosely evaluate how authoritative — or trustworthy — your site is, then ranks it accordingly. The problem is, you can’t just go around posting links wherever you feel like it. Your links must be natural, which usually means you have to establish relationships with external publishers, produce truly amazing content to be published on those publications and work hard to increase the visibility and value of those pieces (while constantly scouting for new opportunities).If someone offers to build a link for $5, you know that someone is taking shortcuts. This is a lengthy, intensive process, and there are no “tricks” to make it cheaper — at least, not without the prospect of a penalty. For help understanding what good link building looks like, see this link-building guide.Related: Should You Handle Your SEO Internally or With an Agency?TroubleshootingEven seasoned SEO professionals are going to run into problems: disappearing links, drops in rankings, visibility issues and so on. The question is, will they know what to do about it? One of the most important lessons experience teaches you in SEO is how to troubleshoot problems, and only a veteran — or a team of professionals working together — will be able to do so effectively.Troubleshooting isn’t a service you can expect when you’re paying a trivial monthly rate for ongoing work.Survival of the fittestAll of these factors are evidence that cheap SEO solutions are usually gimmicks that don’t work — or worse, leave you facing penalties. But what about inexperienced SEO practitioners masquerading as seasoned experts? Wouldn’t they be able to charge exorbitant amounts for their services and fool people into believing they’re better than they actually are?This is a legitimate possibility, but don’t worry too much. When one person falls for a scheme like this, he or she usually reports it, or leaves a negative review. All it takes is a quick search of the company name, and you should be able to get a reasonable idea about its history and performance potential. The “bad” services tend to weed themselves out eventually.How much should you really be paying? You’re going to hate me for this, but . . . it depends. No two businesses are going to have the same needs or goals. A small business will have a much lower budget than a big one, and businesses in different niches will need SEO for different things (e.g., needing local SEO visibility vs. promoting specific ecommerce product pages). If you have in-house workers with SEO experience, that will also factor into your decision.Still, no matter whether you seek an agency, a freelancer or a full-time worker, you should expect to pay at least a thousand dollars a month — any less and I’d be dubious of the potential results. For mid- to large-sized businesses, several thousand dollars a month is a minimum. A few years ago, I published this article at Search Engine Watch, which goes into more specifics.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring an SEO ConsultantNo matter what, you’ll need to do your research in advance. Ask for references. Ask for proof of results. Ask about methodologies, and educate yourself about what SEO truly entails. The more you know, the better decision you’ll be able to make, regardless of the specific price points involved.last_img read more