Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For September 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, September 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.Next Door: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington and the rest of the the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts, is holding a Town Hall from 1:45pm to 2:45pm at Tewksbury Town Hall (1009 Main Street, Tewksbury).Next Door:  The Tewksbury Public Events and Celebrations Committee (TPEC) will host its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival from noon to 5pm at Livingston Fields. TPEC is bringing a variety of food, fun and entertainment for this year’s harvest festival. If you have attended in years past, you will see some familiar faces in Rattlesnake Alley, Wicked Cornhole, and Wicked Cheesy. In addition to live musical entertainment and a couple of wicked Tewksbury businesses, the festival will include a number of craft and food vendors. Carnival rides include round-up, super slide, train ride, and moonwalk. Unlimited-ride bracelets can be purchased for $10 per person — cash only. Kids can ride any ride as often as they like with these bracelets. There will also be pie-eating contests, kids’ crafts, and additional live entertainment. Parking is available at Tewksbury State Hospital with free shuttle buses to the festival. Parking on Livingston Street is limited to vendors, volunteers, handicapped-placarded vehicles.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Stop attacking lets work together Khaleda tells AL

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves Chittagong Circuit House for Cox`s Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday condemned the attacks on her motorcade in Feni and alleged that the attackers are known to the government, reports UNB.”We’ve come here to visit Rohingyas and give them some assistance, but on our way, my convoy came under attack leaving many journalists injured,” she said.The BNP chief further said, “I would like to say the government knows it very well who made the attack. Their photographs have already been published…”She came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after distributing relief materials among displaced Myanmar nationals at Moynargona Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila.Khaleda urged the government to stop this saying that such incidents will not bring any good to the government. “Instead, it’ll make you completely isolated from people. So, stop such acts.”She urged the government to come forward to work together for the welfare of humanity.On Saturday morning, Khaleda set out for Chittagong and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.The attackers damaged a good number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, Ntv and Baishakhi Television, and beat several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar.last_img

3 killed in Belgium in suspected terror attack

first_imgA police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA gunman on a police watchlist for contacts with Islamist extremists launched a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, shooting dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander.The bloodshed in the gritty eastern industrial city of Liege began around 10:30am (0830 GMT) Tuesday when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two officers before using their own firearms to kill them, prosecutors said.Federal prosecutors said they had launched a terror investigation into the incident.Amateur footage aired by Belgium’s state broadcaster showed the gunman shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as he walked through the streets during the rampage.In another video, a short and intense burst of gunfire is audible, after which the man lies on the ground.“Armed with a knife, the suspect followed and attacked two police officers, and used their own firearms to kill them,” prosecutor Philippe Dulieu told a news conference.“He continued on foot, attacking a parked vehicle where he opened fire on a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat. The young man died.“He then continued and entered the Leonie de Waha school. He took a woman working there as hostage. Police intervened; he came out firing on the police officers, wounding several before he was killed.”Belgium remains on high alert after a string of attacks including twin suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016 claimed by the Islamic State group.A source close to the investigation told AFP that the gunman was on a special police watchlist because of his contacts with radical Islamists.The source named the attacker as Benjamin Herman, born in 1982, saying he had past convictions for robbery, violence and drug dealing.Herman was “already on the run” after committing another murder on Monday night in the town of On, in southern Belgium, the source said, though local prosecutors said they have not yet established a link with the Liege incident.He was reported by Belgian broadcaster RTBF to have been released from prison on Monday.“He is suspected of having been radicalised (in prison)… He has been reported or presumed to be belonging to the entourage of an Islamist recruiter,” the source said on condition of anonymity.Liege police chief Christian Beaupere said it was “clear that the assassin’s objective was to attack the police”, He added that one of the four officers wounded in the attack had suffered a serious leg injury.Liege, a major city in Western Europe’s former industrial heartland, was the scene of another bloody shootout in 2011.In that attack a former convict armed with grenades and an automatic rifle killed six people and wounded more than 120.‘Cowardly violence’Prime minister Charles Michel denounced what he called the “cowardly and blind violence” of Tuesday’s attack.“All our support for the victims and their loved ones. We are following the situation with the security services and the crisis centre,” Michel tweeted.There was support from other European countries, with French president Emmanuel Macron condemning the incident as a “terrible attack” and expressing the “solidarity of the French people”.British prime minister Theresa May said the UK “stands resolute with our Belgian allies against terror”.A major security cordon was set up around the area, while panicked parents came to collect their children from the school complex.The governor of Liege province said all the children and staff were safe and unhurt.“All the children are fine, those of the primary and kindergarten saw nothing, they were evacuated through the back of the school,” Julie Fernandez, mother of a seven-year-old at the school, told AFP.“They were cared for by staff and psychologists and high school students were cared for in a nearby park,” added Fernandez, who is also an MP.Terror alertBelgium has been on high alert since authorities in January 2015 smashed a terror cell in the town of Verviers that was planning an attack on police.The cell also had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.Belgium further raised its terror alert level after the Paris attack and placed the capital Brussels on lockdown for a week.The country was then hit itself by IS suicide attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station, which killed 32 people in March 2016.In August that same year, a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked two policewomen in the industrial town of Charleroi before being shot dead.The country’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence services came under intense scrutiny for apparently missing a series of leads after the Paris attacks that could have led to the Brussels bombers.last_img read more

US gay mayor to launch presidential bid

first_imgSouth Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on 8 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:AFPPete Buttigieg, the gay, liberal mayor of a small American city in the conservative bastion of Indiana, was expected to officially launch his presidential bid Sunday, joining a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in 2020.The 37-year-old Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan war veteran is the two-term mayor of his hometown of South Bend — a left-leaning bubble in America’s so-called “Rust Belt” region, where the decline of industries such as steel and automobile manufacturing has hurt local economies.Voters in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin helped hand Republican US President Donald Trump his victory in the 2016 election.Buttigieg, who is credited with helping turn South Bend around, has couched himself as a can-do reformer who can speak to voters across the political spectrum.”Here you have this moment, probably the only moment in American history, where it just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial Midwest, non-federal, different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet The Press” last weekend.Buttigieg was expected to officially launch his candidacy Sunday afternoon in South Bend, giving his already surprisingly strong campaign an additional boost.In the three months since he declared an exploratory committee to test a presidential run, he has gone from relative obscurity to drawing large crowds at campaign stops.He has raised $7 million dollars, more than most other candidates, and jumped to third place in the latest polls of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire — the earliest states to vote in next year’s primary elections.Buttigieg versus PenceThe popular mayor who speaks eight languages and plays classical piano has been the focus of countless news stories and profiles.The fascination has been in no small part due to his background: he would be the youngest, first openly gay, first millennial, and first mayor to become president.He has had headline-grabbing moments, the most recent being his faith-based challenge of Vice President Mike Pence’s views on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.Former Indiana governor Pence, a religious conservative, infamously supported a 2015 law that was widely interpreted as codifying discrimination against LGBT people. It was quickly changed after nationwide outrage.”Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if being gay was a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said in a 7 April speech.”And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”It was a soundbite-ready moment — like several others he has enjoyed — that replayed throughout the week in American media.Destined for national politicsButtigieg’s Sunday launch event was scheduled to take place at an expansive South Bend building that once housed an assembly plant for defunct auto manufacturer Studebaker.The plant’s closure in 1963 still reverberated in the city in 2011 when he was elected mayor. He set out to tear down decaying, abandoned homes and restore the blighted Studebaker complex to make it suitable for new high-tech companies.In an unlikely feat, the city has reversed decades of population decline and attracted new businesses and development, with the mayor’s popularity growing in the process.”His appeal, for many people in South Bend, is his ability to look forward and to focus on better days ahead,” South Bend-based political science professor Elizabeth Bennion of Indiana University told AFP.”Once people looked at his resume and heard him speak, many started talking about the fact that he was destined for national politics.”last_img read more

New Performance Space Unites Cultural with Casual

first_img Share X 00:00 /02:36 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Stephanie Wittels WachsRec Room cast members (L-R) Gerardo Velasquez; Tasha Gorel; Rachel Rubin; Dano ColonA few things you may see in the audience before a performance at Rec Room: Someone pulling a bottle of beer from their mini Igloo cooler, another person taking a picture and posting it to Facebook, and someone else wearing yoga pants and eating a sandwich they picked up on the way over.However, you may also see all of these things during the show and that’s how the venue’s founders want it to be.“Stephanie and I sat down about ten years ago, talking about this dream we both had,” says Matt Hune, who co-founded Rec Room with Stephanie Wittels Wach. “And then we kind of put it to the side for a while.”Adds Wach, “We were like, ‘What if we created a space where we could have performance events, but the environment didn’t come with a lot of rules and regulations?’”Chloe GonzalezRec Room co-founders Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Matt HuneHune and Wachs made their dream a reality in June when they opened Rec Room. The concept is to create an environment that’s casual, comfortable, and accessible. It’s no big deal if you’re late. People don’t have to dress up or put their phones away, as long as they’re silenced.By the looks of the audience, most range from Gen-Xers to Millennials. This was 33-year-old Tiffany Hamilton’s first visit.“I was a bit nervous in a way that it would be too distracting to have people taking photos and stuff,” Hamilton says. “But I definitely enjoyed the ability to take photos and send Snapchats. I think it’s a good way to market the show because it’ll get more people interested and involved.”Stephanie Wittels WachsCast members of “My So-Called Mondays,” their staged reading of the 1990s TV show, “My So-Called Life.”The downtown performance space occupies part of an old warehouse just a few blocks from Minute Maid Park.  Inside, a freshly-painted black brick wall lines the long, narrow space converted into a theater.On this night, the cast is performing a staged reading of the 1990s cult TV show, My So-Called Life. They even give copies of the script to a few people in the audience, who call out lines at the proper cues.  The episode transcriptions are taken from a tribute site for the show, so there are some typos – which become a part of the performance. At one point, an actor shouts his line, “What difference does it makes?”Even though the atmosphere is anything but formal, that’s not to say the founders don’t take theater seriously. Both have long careers in the industry and are currently Houston-based theater teachers. But they also say theater must change in order to stay alive.“We have this huge respect for theater,” Wachs says. “We also acknowledge that it is not something that typically brings in a young crowd.”They’re hoping to change that.Later this month, the Rec Room’s cast will present their first Dead Rockstar Sing-a-Long Club, honoring late musicians Prince and David Bowie.Stephanie Wittels-WachRec Room cast members Darnea Olson (left) and Rachel Rubin Listenlast_img read more

Could Democrats Really Turn Texas Blue In 2018

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ/KUT NEWSA town hall at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, hosted by Indivisible TX 25 East. U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25) was not present but members of the community carried on with the town hall asking questions of local policy experts and a stand-in forThe last time a Democrat won statewide office in Texas, grunge rock topped the music charts. The state has been solidly red ever since Republican George W. Bush took over from Democrat Ann Richards in the Governor’s mansion. That was more than 20 years ago.Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder is making a bold prediction. She thinks 2018 will be the year Texas turns blue again. She says the election of Donald Trump as president has a lot to do with it.Grieder says the very fact the Republican Party has been in power for so long, and focused so much on keeping its conservative base happy, will likely lead voters to consider Democrats.“We’re seeing discussions of bathroom bills and constitutional carry and sanctuary cities,” she says. “It’s not a kind of a focus on infrastructure, roads, schools.”Grieder says that even though moderates like House Speaker Joe Straus have been frozen out of the GOP, members of the party tell her they think a good year for Democrats would be helpful to Republicans who are less identified with the far-right.“For Democrats to gain a significant number of seats in the legislature or in Congress, will kind of be a wake up call to other Republicans. That they can’t keep doing this,” Grieder says.Grieder says even a single statewide Democratic win could energize the party and its voters toward further gains. She says Democrats have fielded large numbers of candidates for 2018, and she sees more enthusiasm on that side of the aisle.Written by Shelly Brisbin. Sharelast_img read more

Acupuncture to reduce excessive crying in babies

first_imgAcupuncture may have the potential to effectively reduce incidences of excessive crying in babies with infantile colic, researchers say.Infantile colic, also known as baby colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.Excessive crying in babies is an issue for up to one in five families, causing pain for the baby and stress for the parents, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings showed that needling twice a week for a period of two weeks significantly reduced the crying time in babies.“For those infants that continue to cry for more than three hours each day, acupuncture may be an effective treatment option,” said Kajsa Landgren from Lund University in Sweden.Previous studies have associated acupuncture with relieving pain, restoring gut function as well as inducing calm.In the study, the team compared two types of acupuncture in 144 babies aged between two and eight weeks of age and randomly allocated each child to one of three groups (A-C). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Group A received standard minimal acupuncture at one acupuncture point, group B were given tailored acupuncture at a maximum of five acupuncture points and group C received no acupuncture.The results showed that the amount of time spent crying excessively fell in all three groups, which is not unexpected as colic tends to clear up by itself eventually.But the magnitude of this reduction was greater in those given either type of acupuncture than it was in those given standard care alone, suggesting that the babies tolerated the ancient method fairly well, the researchers said.“Fussing and crying are normal communications for a baby, therefore a reduction to normal levels (rather than silence) is the goal of treatment,” Landgren noted.The research was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at factory in N 24Pgs no casualty reported

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a plastic goods factory near Ghola in North 24-Parganas on Sunday morning. As the factory was filled with inflammable materials the fire took a devastating shape.About 25 fire tenders were pressed into action. According to local residents, the fire was brought under control around 9 pm on Sunday, but fire fighters could not enter the factory as some of parts of the unit were still ablaze. Also due to the heat, getting inside the factory was impossible till Sunday night. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 11:30 am on Sunday, thick black smoke was seen coming out of the factory. Due to panic staff and labours rushed out of the factory. Later, it was found that some of the labours were trapped inside. The New Barrackpore police station and fire brigade were informed. Primarily 10 fire tenders were pressed in to action. But soon fire fighters realised that the fire is spreading fast. Immediately more fire tenders were requested. By 2 pm, 15 more fire tenders were sent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the fire already took a devastating shape, fire fighters had no other way than to spray water from a safe distance. Upon receiving the news, fire minister Sujit Bose rushed to the spot. According to the fire fighters, as inflammable materials were on fire, the unit would be ablaze till these materials melt. Thus the fire fighters had targeted to prevent the fire from spreading fast. Around 9 pm fire was brought under control but fire fighters could not enter the factory due to the heat. Fire fighters are continuously spraying waters to douse the flames. As the building got seriously damaged due to the fire, it is feared that it may collapse anytime. It is suspected that an electrical short-circuit might had triggered the fire. Till Sunday night no one was found dead or alive in the factory as none could enter the premises. According to fire fighters if anyone is trapped inside, chance of survival is nil.last_img read more