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Combining a Man United and Liverpool XI from recent glory years

first_img 3 It’s Liverpool v Manchester United, but not as we know it.The Premier League rivals play each other in a pre-season friendly in America on Saturday evening, with plenty of tickets remaining as of Friday night.These are two of the biggest football teams in the world who have had some of the biggest names wear their red shirts.United dominated English football in the 90s, but Liverpool started to throw their weight around once again in the noughties, so after looking at a combined line-up of their current players, talkSPORT.com looks at a combined XI using star names from the previous decade.MAN UNITED AND LIVERPOOL 00s COMBINED A combined Liverpool and Man United team of the noughties ATTACKGoals are guaranteed with Ruud van Nistelrooy. In 219 Man United games he scored 150 goals between 2001 and 2006. Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years lighting up Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009 and eventually became the best player in the world, with Real Madrid paying £80m for him. Ryan Giggs’ Man United career spanned two decades and 963 games in a variety of positions, including winger and midfielder. Even when he could no longer count on his speed to beat his opponent, his brain would usually outwit them and he could always see things others couldn’t. MAN UNITED HONOURS (2000-2010): Premier League x 6, Champions League x 1, FA Cup x1, League Cup x 3,LLIVERPOOL HONOURS (2000-2010): Champions League x1, FA Cup x2, League Cup x2, UEFA Cup x1, Super Cup x 2 GOALKEEPERIn goal, it was difficult not to pick Edwin van der Sar but Pepe Reina played nearly 400 games for Liverpool. He was a vital part of the side from 2005 until 2013, winning three successive Premier League Golden Glove awards for most clean sheets kept. 3 DEFENCEUnited had a strong defence throughout the last decade, which grew stronger when Nemanja Vidic arrived in 2005. A formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand was formed, while Gary Neville was at one point considered the best right-back in Europe. Patrice Evra, meanwhile, was a menace to any opponent who tried to get past him or got in his way on the left.MIDFIELDThere was a lot of choice in the middle of the pitch, but Xabi Alonso and Roy Keane aren’t bad choices to protect the defence, are they? They could break up attacks and start their own and are probably necessary with the amount of attacking players in this team. Steven Gerrard is Steven Gerrard. Keane and Ronaldo played together at Manchester United Steven Gerrard is one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players 3last_img read more

Woman’s belly cut open in attempt to steal baby

first_img Conner and Oskin had a close friendship, Wilks said. “It was getting closer as the days went by. They were pregnant together. They were helping each other out.” Andreassi said Conner hit Oskin several times with a bat Wednesday morning, then put Oskin and Oskin’s 7-year-old son in her car, dropped the boy off at a family member’s house and drove the pregnant woman about 15 miles to a secluded area. In that area, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Conner cut Oskin about six inches to eight inches across her abdomen with a razor knife, authorities said. “She was sliced over an old (Caesarean) scar and severely bleeding,” Trooper Jonathan Bayer said. A 17-year-old boy on an ATV spotted Conner kneeling next to the pregnant woman on the ground, Bayer said. He quoted the boy as saying Conner told him they didn’t need any help and everything was OK. Andreassi said the teen saw the women about 5 p.m. and drove home to tell his father, who returned with him to the scene and found Conner and Oskin still there. The father and son left and at about 7 p.m. called police, who arrived a short time later and arrested Conner. Andreassi could not explain why Conner remained at the scene for two hours even after she was spotted, or why it took so long for the boy and his father, whose identities were not released, to alert authorities. Bayer, however, said Oskin “probably would have bled to death if this young boy had not discovered her when he did.” A call to Conner’s home went unanswered Thursday afternoon. State police said they did not know whether she had a lawyer. Last December, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, was strangled in her Missouri home, and her baby was cut from her womb. Prosecutors said Lisa Montgomery showed the baby off as her own before her arrest. She is awaiting trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PITTSBURGH – A woman clubbed her pregnant neighbor over the head with a baseball bat, drove her to the woods and cut her belly with a knife in an attempt to steal her baby, police say. Police said Wednesday’s attack on Valerie Oskin was stopped before her baby was taken because a teenager on an all-terrain vehicle had seen the women. Oskin, 30, later underwent an emergency Caesarean section at a hospital. State police on Thursday said she was in critical condition and her baby was in stable condition. She was believed to have been eight months pregnant, authorities said. Peggy Jo Conner, 38, of Ford City, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and was jailed without bail. “It would appear from the defendant’s statement that her goal was to get the victim’s unborn child and take it as her own,” District Attorney Scott Andreassi said. Investigators found a bassinet, a baby swing and other baby-related items in Conner’s trailer, authorities said. “Clearly, she was expecting a child coming in shortly,” Andreassi said. “There’s nothing to indicate she was pregnant.” Thomas Wilks, who says he is Conner’s husband but is separated from her, called the allegations against her “impossible” and said she truly was pregnant. “I got a sonogram saying she is pregnant,” Wilks told reporters. “I felt the baby kick in her stomach.” He added that Conner is the mother of three children, ages 16, 14 and 11. last_img read more

Maine Solar Bill, SunEdison Bankruptcy, New England Net Metering

first_imgSunEdison makes it officialAs expected, wind and solar developer SunEdison has officially filed for bankruptcy protection.The clean energy conglomerate started as semiconductor maker MEMC Electronic Materials and entered the solar market only ten years ago. It bought SunEdison in 2009 for $200 million, later changed its name to SunEdison and pioneered the business model of providing solar panels to both business and homeowners with little or no money upfront, according to a post at Fortune. In 2014, the company spent $2.4 billion to buy wind developer First Wind, which allowed SunEdison to call itself the world’s largest clean energy company.It was SunEdison’s aggressive acquisition strategy, including the use of spinoffs called “yieldcos,” rather than any weakness in the renewable energy market that ultimately brought financial chaos to the company. Last year, SunEdison announced its plans to gobble up Vivint Solar in a $2.2 billion deal, and financial backers finally said they’d had enough. Shares began to lose value, prompting the company to back out of many of its deals, Fortune said.“The company’s tale of woe stems from overreaching ambition and core business decisions that led it to try to grow too big, too fast, and in too many directions,” Fortune‘s Katie Fehrenbacher wrote.She wasn’t alone in pointing the finger at misguided business policies. In a statement posted online, Solar Energy Industries Association Vice President Dan Whitten said, “This is a highly competitive industry with a massive upside. As with other rapidly growing and successful industries, not every company in the solar market is going to stand the test of time. SunEdison is just one company and today’s development does not reflect a trend of the broader industry. The solar industry is growing at warp speed. It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations (which we have just done) and it will take us just two more years to hit 2 millio,n and that, I think, illustrates the direction of the solar industry.”The Wall Street Journal reported that SunEdison spent more than $18 billion on acquisitions and raised $24 billion in debt and equity between 2013 and 2016. Shares have lost 99% of their value in the last year, but the company has raised $300 million in loans to get it through the bankruptcy process. Maine Tries to Revise Solar PoliciesAn attempt to rewrite state policy on solar energy and dramatically increase statewide solar capacity appears headed for a gubernatorial veto.According to an article posted by The Portland Press Herald, the bill, now on the governor’s desk, would increase solar capacity from its current level of about 20 megawatts to 196 MW, while adding as many as 650 new solar jobs. The proposal is intended to replace Maine’s current net-metering rules with a new system, and it had the support of solar installers, the Maine Office of the Public Advocate, and both investor-owned utilities in the state.Governor Paul LePage, a frequent critic of renewable energy, was expected to veto the bill and it appears there aren’t enough votes in the legislature for an override.Instead of paying solar customers at the retail rate for excess electricity, which is currently the case, the bill would establish a market-based system in which the Public Utility Commission sets long-term contracts for buying electricity from solar producers, and then aggregates the power and sells it on the open market. Profits from sales would be distributed evenly among all ratepayers, UtilityDive reported. Existing net-metering customers would be allowed to keep their current arrangements for a number of years if they wished.Amendments intended to win over more support in the legislature included price caps and other restrictions. That got a few more votes, but not enough to give the bill a veto-proof margin.Opponents of the bill complain that net metering amounts to a subsidy for solar customers. The chairman of the PUC testified last month the plan would cost ratepayers $22 million on their electric bills in the fifth year of the plan, The Press Herald said. The public advocate’s office, however, said that consumers would actually see a benefit of more than $122 million over the period of the 20-year contracts that the plan originally envisioned.The proposal was developed over a six-month period in talks involving just about everyone in the state with an interest in solar energy, and the latest version had bipartisan support. Backers of the legislation worry that if the bill is rejected, it will fall to the Public Utilities Commission to decide new net-metering rules. All three members of the panel were appointed by LePage. Net-metering caps raisedAs Maine struggled to rewrite its rules on net metering, two other New England states have approved changes in their solar energy policies.In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill earlier this month raising net-metering caps for both privately owned and municipal photovoltaic systems while lowering reimbursement rates for commercial projects by 40%, according to an article posted by the National Law Review.The cap for privately owned PV systems went from 4% to 7% of peak load and from 5% to 8% for municipally owned systems. Small residential systems continue to remain exempt from caps.The law lowers the reimbursement rate for commercial arrays by 40% but makes no changes to rates for small residential systems. Rates for existing installations will stay in effect for the next 25 years. The bill also gives electric utilities the right to seek a “monthly minimum reliability contribution” to help pay for providing grid services to solar customers.In New Hampshire, the Law Review said, legislators have voted to double the state’s net-metering cap, to 100 megawatts, just as the state was rapidly approaching the old cap.The bill also directs the Public Utilities Commission to come up with a new net-metering system that does a better job of accounting for the costs and benefits of net metering than a simple reimbursement at the retail rate. The bill gives the PUC 10 months to come up with a replacement plan.last_img read more

Opportunist! Hockey India secretary general hits back at Kapil Dev

first_imgKapil Dev-led selection committee recently ignored seven hockey players for Arjuna AwardDisgruntled Hockey India (HI) secretary Narinder Batra Wednesday launched a tirade against cricket legend Kapil Dev, who headed the Arjuna Awards selection committee, calling him an opportunist and said the World Cup-winning captain settled an old score with him by ignoring seven hockey players for the Arjuna Award.Batra’s comments came a day after the Arjuna Awards selection committee reviewed the list of the 15 players, who were chosen for the honour and decided that there was no need for additional names.Batra, in a statement, said Kapil was trying to get even with him after his recommendations denied the former all-rounder’s company Dev Musco some contracts in installing floodlights in Bhubaneswar and Haryana.Batra took offence to Kapil’s ‘Who is Batra?’ comment and said: “Kapil Dev approached ‘Who is Batra’ during the period Ferozshah Kotla Cricket Stadium was being rebuilt to ensure that Dev Musco gets the order for high mast lights. Then ‘Who is Batra’ told him that lowest bidder amongst GE, Phillips, Bajaj and Dev Musco will get the order. He even got messages sent to ‘Who is Batra’ through a common friend from Manchester called one Mr. M. Bhatia who is also from Chandigarh, to help Dev Musco and give order to Dev Musco.”Batra also said that when Hockey India League (HIL) was started in 2013, the broadcasters wanted better quality lights for high definition telecast and when HI approached Dev Musco they quoted 10 times higher than others.advertisement”When we started Hockey India League (HIL) in 2013, the broadcast and production wanted to ensure that the lux levels of lights in all stadiums are sufficient for high definition production and telecast. We approached Dev Musco, the rates they quoted were 10 times higher that others, hence we got it done through others,” said Batra.Batra also said that Dev Musco wanted favours from him in installing lights at hockey stadiums in Bhuvaneshwar, Jind, Hissar and Rohtak, which he politely refused.”Kapil Dev is a respected elite athlete and has selective amnesia, and if he had any grudge or score to settle with me, then he should not have taken it out on the seven hockey athletes, who were all rated as incompetent and ineligible based on the views of fraud hockey expert Anupam Ghulati in the committee,” he said.”Elite athletes come at India level after years of hard work, shame on you Kapil Dev for handling your responsibilities as chairman of the committee with such petty thoughts and unfair and biased attitude,” he said.Batra branded Kapil as a rebel of Indian cricket and called him an opportunist.”You started a parallel cricket league and from an elite athlete became a rebel and criticised BCCI and made good money out of it. You have every right to make money and why not. The BCCI announced handsome prize money for 1983 World Cup winners and monthly/annual pension for ex-India players. You being a rebel might not have got the money from BCCI. I know where you went and cried to get back into the BCCI fold… For you we say ‘Moukatarian’,” he said.Batra also filed petitions under the Right to Information Act seeking information from the sports ministry about the details of the selection procedure of the Arjuna Awards and qualifications and achievements of a member Anupam Gulati.last_img read more

Is Bing Gaining? For Our Customers, Google Is Still 85% of Search Traffic

first_imgThere has been a lot of speculation since the launch of Bing earlier this year about whether the new Microsoft search engine could take a meaningful amount of search traffic away from Google.Now that Bing has been up and running for almost four months, it’s a good time to measure its progress. Is Bing sticking it to Google? Is Yahoo catching up? The short answer is no. comScore recently released its August 2009 rankings for search engine Market Share. The results showed that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Bing) have market shares of 64.6%, 19.3% and 9.3%, respectively. A study of HubSpot customers shows even more Google dominance, as you can see in the chart below.Search Referrals for HubSpot CustomersJune -August 2009  This data came from a sample of 40 HubSpot customers across industries for the 3-month time period from 6/1/09 to 8/31/09. Google had over 85% market share versus Yahoo, Bing, AOL and Ask.com for this customer group. The results were fairly consistent for each industry with Google market share ranging from 82% for construction firms to 87% for software companies. While Google’s astronomical market share for these customers is much higher than what comScore reports, it’s consistent with what we’ve been seeing anecdotally over the past year with other HubSpot customers.More research would be needed to definitively know why Google holds such a strong position as the referrer to these customers relative to the other search engines. It could be the sample set, a significant difference in characteristics of HubSpot customers versus the sites measured by comScore, or a difference in the way the data was analyzed by HubSpot and comScore. Regardless, the takeaway is the same from both studies: Focus your SEO and traffic efforts on Google. SEO for Lead Generation Kit Learn more about how you can optimize your site to get found online in search engines to generate more leads for your business. Download our search engine optimization for lead generation kit. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Measuring SEO Topics: Originally published Sep 29, 2009 7:58:00 AM, updated March 21 2013last_img read more

Your PowerPoint Sucks

center_img Topics: But it’s not the applications fault, it’s ours. The real issue is that our usage of PowerPoint sucks. To understand why, we first have to understand a key difference between two common desktop applications: Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint Presentations Duarte also recommended thinking in a more cinematic way about presentations and decks, a great gallery of gorgeous slide decks (although many of them use bullets, so view them as visual design examples). , the message seems clear: “Powerpoint sucks.” And we’ve all been stuck in a dark conference room, sometime after lunch, drilled into a coma by a monotone speaker dryly reading his own slides at us. It’s easy to hate Powerpoint. you should to the president’s own Duarte began the section of the workshop on design by pointing out that there’s one, underused slide template (in my opinion the only one you should ever be using): the blank slide. Remember that your audience can read your slides faster, than you can say them, so planning scenes and acts Now, I want to hear your best PowerPoint tips. Originally published Apr 28, 2010 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 . In fact one of the exercises we did involved planning a presentation with stick notes on a storyboard layout, something you’d never do for a flat document. Ignore PPT’s demand for bullets and text. You don’t need a logo at the bottom of every slidelast_img read more

LinkedIn Launches Personalized Ad Platform, Makes Ads Even Sexier

first_img LinkedIn Advertising Topics: Originally published Jun 23, 2011 5:26:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 LinkedIn took personalization to a whole new level today with the announcement of its newly enhanced social advertising platform, which is currently being rolled out to select members and will be released in phases over the next few weeks.In a nutshell, the new platform personalizes the ads you see on LinkedIn using timely information from your LinkedIn network. The platform will include such social information as recommendations, connections, and company follows to deliver more useful and relevant ads to users.What exactly does this mean? LinkedIn was kind enough to share a preview of a couple of sample ads to highlight its new layer of personalization:Left: In the recruitment ad on the left, job seekers are presented with connections within their network who could serve as possible referrals.Right: In the general product advertisement on the right, the LinkedIn user is also shown network connections who are following the company displaying the ad in addition to the company’s total follower count.Worried about what this means for your LinkedIn privacy? Don’t worry — they’ve got you covered. Users’ names or images are never shown to advertisers, and by opting out of the ads, LinkedIn users can rest assured that their name and photo are never used in advertisements to other users.Implications for MarketersMy first thought was that this is a pretty cool move on LinkedIn’s part that could really benefit a lot of marketers. A deeper look, though, reveals some bittersweet takeaways.The Positive: For many marketers, the power of advertisements on LinkedIn just got better. The fact that third-party endorsements are now within actual advertisements could greatly serve to counteract the fact that they are advertisements and that marketers paid for them to be there. In the traditional world of marketing vs. public relations, public relations was always thought to have a greater impact over purchasing decisions because it resulted in earned coverage, which is perceived to be more credible than paid coverage or promotion. With LinkedIn’s new ad platform, the lines are a little bit more blurred. Paid advertisements will now be backed by the credibility of third-party endorsements. Even better — these third-party endorsements are from people the user actually knows and is connected with, making them even more trustworthy. The power of referalls in marketing is huge, and tying them to ads could help make them even more effective.The Negative: LinkedIn’s new ad platform should incentivize marketers on LinkedIn — especially those who are using LinkedIn’s ad service — to also focus attention on building their business’s organic presence on LinkedIn. With such information as follower counts now being displayed directly on ads, an ad from a company that has spent time to increase its LinkedIn follower count will likely be viewed in a much more favorable and effective way. Think of it this way. Which ad would you be more likely influenced by: one from a business with 25 followers, or one from a competing business with 250 followers?What do you think of LinkedIn’s new social enhancements to its ad platform? Will you start experimenting with LinkedIn ads? 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

7 Great Ways to Promote and Track Offline Events

first_img get the word out Topics: 3. Use Event Hashtags WhenTweeting seen us decry the classic trade show HSBLOG10 about face-to-face events. What other ideas can you share? If you want to learn more about how inbound marketing ideas can help you in all aspects of your business, consider joining us on HubSpot User Group Summit (#HUGS2011) Ten Marketing Takeaways From 10 IMS Speakers Event Marketing to get 10% off one or both events! We’d love to meet you in person! Got a Facebook Page The event team isn’t the only group that should be promoting. In fact, your whole team can help if you make it easy for them. Sharing a pre-created ‘lazy tweet’ with them so they can help spread details to their networks is ideal, and if you keep it under 100 characters, it’s easier to retweet. share something socially, be sure to create and include your event’s hashtag to start generating brand association and buzz early. Folks who can’t make the live event may follow it that day, and you could even (we believe there is much to be improved there), we do think there is a lot of value in face-to-face gatherings. Nothing beats cementing an online relationship with a real live conversation, interaction, or new experience. To wit, we’re in the throes of planning the largest-ever global gathering of inbound marketers in Boston this fall. The Whenever you , which will feature scads of amazing speakers like Guy Kawasaki, Dan Heath, and even popular author Ben Mezrich, will be the best possible way to first get inspired and then learn how to apply inbound marketing hands on! become a trending topic As it happens, getting folks to register for an event that’s not free versus, say, a free webinar or ebook, takes a lot of effort. Luckily, all the and our partner event, the Inbound Marketing Summit that folks loved and shared, knowing they’d walk away with more in-depth knowledge from the live event. Then we gave participants a unique code to register so we could track our success.last_img read more

The 10 Best Marketing Infographics of 2012 (So Far)

first_imgVisual content has taken 2012 by storm, and leading the pack is the much beloved (and sometimes bemoaned) infographic. What on earth is an infographic, you ask?Ha, just kidding. You know what infographics are! They’re this, and this, and this. But those are all so 2011. What has 2012 delivered marketers in the way of awesome infographics? This post has rounded up the best of the best — the ones that are chock full of information, excel at data visualization, and deliver brand new data to marketers. Take a look at our favorite marketing infographics so far in 2012!Seriously Awesome 2012 Marketing Infographics1) The Inbound Marketing Process From IMPACT Branding & Design2) 6-Step Cheat Sheet to the Facebook Business Page Timeline Design From HubSpot3) Social Networking Bill of Rights From Background Check4) How Social Media Links Help Email Marketing From GetResponse5) How Mobile Is Being Used in 2012 From Milagro Mobile Marketing6) Should You Hire or Contract Your Marketing Team? From Mavenlink7) The History of Marketing From HubSpot8) How LinkedIn Works From Infographic Labs9) 2012 Social Media Marketing Report From World View Editing10) Impact of Online Reviews From Marketing Tech BlogWho else has created amazing infographics this year?Image credit: takingthemoney Topics: Originally published May 7, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Infographics 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