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Tiger battles back stiffness as US PGA playoffs begin

first_imgWoods, the reigning Masters champion, has played a limited schedule this season in hopes of keeping himself healthy at age 43, but admits he has days when he faces major back issues and others when he can drive the ball with golf’s best.“This is how it is. Some days I’m stiffer than others,” Woods said. “I was out there hitting it great. Driving it out there with Brooksy and DJ (long-hitters Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson).“Today I’m stiff. Hopefully I’m not that way tomorrow.”Woods, a 15-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has 81 career US PGA titles, one shy of matching Sam Snead’s all-time record.Woods tees off alongside fellow Americans J.T. Poston and Scott Piercy on Thursday morning at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.At 28th in the season points standings, just behind his playing partners for the first two days, Woods is in danger of failing to qualify for a chance to defend his Tour Championship crown.He must be in the top 30 after next week at Medinah to reach the season finale at Atlanta’s East Lake. Playing all three would be his longest run of events since last year’s playoffs, when he was testing his recovery from a spinal fusion.“I learned a lot last year by playing too much,” Woods said. “Coming back from my procedure and not really knowing what to expect, I pushed it pretty hard. I vowed I would never do that again.“Now we have a more condensed season and it’s trying to figure out how to stay sharp, practice and also have my back feeling good all the time. It’s a challenge.”– ‘It takes a toll’ –Woods hasn’t played back-to-back weeks since February.“There’s concern, hopefully because of the pressures I’m going to be facing,” Woods said. “I’m trying to get myself where I’m in contention, where it takes a toll on you.”Woods won for the first time since 2013 last year at East Lake, then captured his first major title since the 2008 US Open at the Masters in April at Augusta National.Since capturing a fifth green jacket, Woods has played only four times — missing the cut at the British Open and PGA Championship, sharing 21st at the US Open and ninth at the Nicklaus-hosted Memorial, a US Open tuneup.Woods was twice a runner-up at the Northern Trust at Liberty National, in 2009 and 2013. The latter loss, to Adam Scott by a stroke, was one of the first places where Woods was severely nagged by back spasms.Woods was at Liberty National in 2017 as a Presidents Cup assistant captain to Steve Stricker. This year, Woods will captain the American squad that will travel to Australia to defend the trophy at Royal Melbourne.Woods ranks 12th in the standings for making the Presidents Cup team with two events remaining but says his being there as a player is not assured.“The top eight after next week. That’s what’s guaranteed,” Woods said.Woods will make four captain’s picks to complete the US lineup, his decision not coming until the WGC HSBC Champions.But for now, Woods is trying to become the first player to win the US PGA playoff title three times in his career.“He’s Tiger Woods. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” said four-time major winner Rory McIlroy. “He doesn’t need to prove anything else to himself. He can put the clubs away tomorrow and live happily ever after.“But he wants to compete. He’s a competitor. I think it shows a lot that he still turns up to some events and wants to play.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods smiles during a practice round the day before the start of the 2019 US PGA Northern Trust starts © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike LawrieNEW YORK, United States, Aug 8 – Tiger Woods struggled with a stiff back Wednesday, limited to chipping and putting on the back nine of his pro-am round on the eve of the US PGA playoff opener.World number five Woods tees off in Thursday’s opening round of the Northern Trust, the first of three tour playoff events culminating with the Tour Championship, where Woods is the defending champion.last_img read more

Cech trashes Arsenal link

first_imgWenger is said to be keen to improve his goalkeeping options at the end of the season, with Lukasz Fabianski having recently ousted Wojciech Szczesny from the starting XI.But the 30-year-old former Sparta Prague man has dismissed the reports out of hand and insists he “can’t even imagine” the thought of playing for the Blues’ London rivals.“It is an interesting piece of news but it is such speculation that I think it’s not even necessary to comment on it,” Cech told“I know of nothing, nobody has contacted me and, to be honest, I can’t even imagine it.“I don’t even normally notice such rumours. But when it does get to me, I naturally look at it to know what to say about it later.“There are players who do read newspapers. Some players read match reports to know what was written about them and where.“I don’t do this, I don’t read newspapers because of such things. I don’t take rumours like this seriously.”-Football365.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 20- Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has rubbished suggestions that he could be set for a shock summer move to Premier League rivals Arsenal.There had been speculation that the Czech international, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Rennes in a £7million deal in June 2004, was a transfer target for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

‘Misplaced passes:10, Nudes sent to blackmail Jose: 17’ – Chelsea fans slam Branislav Ivanovic after Porto defeat

first_img Branislav Ivanovic 1 Branislav Ivanovic is not the most popular man in west London at the moment.His torrid personal start to the season continued with an unconvincing display as Chelsea fell to a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Porto.It was a miserable return for Jose Mourinho to the club he led to Champions League glory in 2004 – and Ivanovic’s performance contributed to a chastening evening for the Premier League champions.Mourinho rang the changes prior to kick off, dropping the likes of Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic, but Ivanovic somewhat surprinsgly retained his place and, to the dismay of Blues’ fans, was even handed the captain’s armband.Many Chelsea supporters took to Twitter to blast the Serbian defender, and some of the best reactions can be found below:last_img


first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTES Week ending Friday 8th June 2012 10 YEAR CELEBRATIONS The Family Resource Centre’s 10 year celebrations come to an end on Tuesday 26th June with a number of events taking place leading up to and on the day to mark the occasion:-Balloon Release:National Carers Week takes place from the 18th-24th June. The Family Resource Centre is inviting carers to join with us in releasing balloons in the Diamond, Raphoe on Friday 22nd June at 11.00am. Each carer in attendance will also receive a card thanking them for what they do. Those family carers who cannot be in attendance due to their caring role will be sent a thank you card in the post. If you would like to nominate a family carer to receive a card please contact 074 91 45796.In 2011 there 274,000 family carers in Ireland, of these 10% were women and 6%were men. A full time family carer performs 110 hours caring per week –that’s 5,720 hours per year! In contrast the average worker performs 1,664 paid hours per year. 26th June:11.00am-12.00pm –Teddy Bears Picnic on the green at Castle Grove (beside Springboard)1.00pm-3.00pm –Donegal Citizen’s Information Service will be in the Family Resource Centre to answer your queries on back to school allowances, medical cards etc. No appointment necessary. This is a free and confidential service.2.00pm-4.00pm –Tea Dance in the Family Resource Centre6.30pm-9.00pm –Outdoor Car Boot Sale in the Diamond. This will be an excellent chance to clear out your attic or garage of unwanted items, such as homeware, bric-a-brac, toys, games, electrical equipment, second-hand books etc. Home baking, homemade jams and fresh produce are also welcome. It will also be a great opportunity for local community groups to raise funds for their organisation. There will be a limited number of tables which will cost €10.00 to hire. For further information and to book a table please contact 074 9145796. It is the policy of Raphoe Family Resource not to promote or support the sale of any items or goods which are unauthorised or which breach copyright or trading standards. 7.00pm –Live music in the Diamond with local artists, Fox ‘n’ Crew Dance Showcase, Balloon Sculpting, Face-Painting, Lucky Dip and Novelty Games!! 7.30pm -5K Road Race and Fun Walk in association with Lifford A.C. The 5k is part of Donegal Co. Athletics Board’s Grand Prix event. Registration will take place in the Family Resource Centre from 6.00pm onwards. You can also register by sending us an e-mail to Registration fee £8.00/€10.00. Tony McDaid from the Family Resource Centre (running his first ever 5k), Jane Stowe and Ann Graham will be running to raise funds for the North West Simon Community’s Tenancy Sustainment Programme. If you would like to sponsor Tony please contact 074 91 45796. To sponsor Jane or Ann please contact 0863588642.A number of people will be taking part in the Fun Walk, which begins as soon as the runners have set out, to raise funds for Raphoe “Meals on Wheels” so if you would like to sponsor any of these walkers please contact Rose Lynch on 0868338728 for more details.The 5K and the Fun Walk will take a different course from last year. The starting line will be outside the Presbyterian Church Hall, Meetinghouse Street with the race proceeding down through the Diamond towards Lifford, taking in 2 laps of the “Racecourse” and finishing outside the Allied Irish Bank in the Diamond. We would ask motorists to please co-operate with stewards who will be on traffic management duties. Good Luck to all the runners and walkers! STUDENT GRANT INFO SEMINAR  Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will hold a Student Grants Information seminar for parents and young people in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Thursday June 21st. The seminars will have information and guidance on how to apply for third level grant assistance for young people and parents of those who recently completed their Leaving Certificate, or those who are entering the third level system as mature students. The Student Grant process has seen significant changes this year, with all new applications now having to be completed online. The grant is now administered nationally through Dublin VEC’s Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), meaning Youth Information Centres will now provide vital mentoring support at local level for those who need help in filling out the online application. The seminar gets underway at 7pm. ANTENATAL CLASSESAntenatal Classes will continue in Raphoe Family Resource Centre onWednesday 13th June -Physiotherapist -2.30pm -4.30pmTuesday 19th June -2.30pm -4.30pmEnquiries: Rose Lynch, Public Health Nurse, Raphoe: 074 91 45108 TEA DANCESThe Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.  Little Smiles with big DreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre.  We are open every Wednesday morning from 10.30 – 12 noon.   Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults.  It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.AFTERNOON TEA DANCEAn Afternoon Tea Dance will be held in the Highland Hotel, Glenties on Thursday 28th June from 12.00pm- 3.00pm. Music by Eamon Brogan and light refreshments will be served. It is only €5 and all proceeds are in aid of Dementia Aware Donegal. Contact Diane Donnelly on 087 2770103. RAPHOE KURLING CLUBRaphoe Kurling Club hosted a very enjoyable and successful social evening recently in Raphoe Presbyterian Church Hall. Representatives from Killen Women’s Group, Woman together Leckpatrick, Castlefinn Seniors, C.A.K.E. Killygordon, and Lifford 50+Tuesday joined with Raphoe for an evening of Dance, Storytelling, Poetry and Song with music by Leslie Matthews. “Mystery Guest” was a very talented young singer “Simon Peters”. Light refreshments were served. Door prize was won by Elizabeth Willkie. The event was supported by Donegal Local Development Company. SUMMER PLAYSCHEMEMonday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 2012.Registration for Summer Playscheme is taking place on Friday 8th June from 7.00-9.00pm and Saturday 9th June from 11.00am- 1.00pm. Fee: €15 per child.  BOXERCISE Mixed Boxercise Fitness Class in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Thursday 6-7pm.  Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups (16+). Female Instructor. Excellent all over body workout, which burns between 400-900 calories in one hr session? For more information contact 086 3238437. RUNNING GROUPA new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm.This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. SELF MANAGEMENT COURSEHSE are providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours.  Courses are being provided across the county.  If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email All enquiries are welcome. RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB: Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.  Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at or to Lisa at Thank You.  Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Altered Handgun

first_imgFriday at approximately 10:40 p.m., Trooper Ian Portteus observed a black passenger vehicle with expired plates at Wabash Avenue and 22nd Street. Trooper Portteus activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop at this location. Arrested and Charges were:   Altered Handgun, Class 5 FelonyPossession of Handgun Without Permit, Class A MisdemeanorPossession of a Schedule V Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor  Travis J. Fagg, 34, West Terre Haute, INOperating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Class A MisdemeanorOperating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person, Class C Misdemeanor Trooper Portteus proceeded to speak to the driver and the passengers in the vehicle.   During his conversation with the occupants, Trooper Portteus immediately detected criminal indicators.  The driver was identified as Travis J. Fagg, age 34, of West Terre Haute, Indiana. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Neil A. Kraemer, age 38, of Shelbyville, Indiana.   A free air sniff was performed on Fagg’s vehicle by Indiana State Police K-9, Czar, who gave a positive indication for illegal contraband. A search was then performed on Fagg’s vehicle, where a loaded handgun with the serial number filed off was found. During the course of the investigation, the handgun was found to belong to Kraemer, who did not have a valid gun permit.  He also attempted to destroy contraband located in his underwear by urinating in his pants. Kraemer was taken into custody and was transported to the Vigo County Jail where he is currently being detained.  The investigation also revealed that Fagg was driving under the influence.  Fagg refused to submit to a certified chemical test and was also taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County Jail.  Assisting:  Senior Trooper David Petrowski and Trooper Brad Fyfe of the Putnamville State Police Post. Neil A. Kraemer, 38, Shelbyville, IN last_img read more

New Holiday Magic to be Introduced at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

first_imgShare This!Nothing says the holiday season like May 21, right? But this news makes me very happy, because I’ve always thought that Disney’s Animal Kingdom lacked a lot in the holiday decor. Sure, they’ve had a gorgeous Christmas tree that’s filled with unique animal masks, but really, other than that, there hasn’t been a whole lot. This year, however, there will be some great new additions and new entertainment in every single land to help get you in the holiday spirit.First, walking into to Discovery Island, you will see that the village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations. There will be colorful, animal-inspired luminaries that will line the rooftops of the surrounding buildings, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. And during the day, Discovery Island will also included a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Guests will see reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more who will be able to interact with Guests, accompanied by serenading musicians.©DisneyThen, once evening approaches, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island will light up and glow. In addition, the Tree of Life Awakening will include a series of wintry tales.Moving over to Dinoland U.S.A, for Donald’s Dino-Bash! Guests will be able to get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and pals, and at night, you’re invited to gather ‘round Truck-O-Saurus for the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale.In Asia, the theatre district has been decorated in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage. It is also expected that there will still be the celebration of Diwali included in the Up! A Great Bird Adventure Show.Africa’s village of Harambe will offer a new holiday presentation that blends the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. Harambe performers will introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music. Finally, inside Tusker House, Mickey and his pals will spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.Last but not least, in the newest land of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar, the ex-pats who are living and working here will bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.The holiday fun will begin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on November 8.last_img read more

SA ready for Rea Vaya

first_imgThis Rea Vaya station in Johannesburg will start operating at the end of August. Commuters will now have affordable, safe transportation in and around the city. School children will also benefit immensely from the BRT system as it will cover a number of stops around the city. (Images: Rea Vaya)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa’s transport system is set for a major boost when phase one of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system comes into effect on 30 August in Johannesburg, Africa’s leading economic hub.Named Rea Vaya – meaning “we are going” in township slang – the project will start operating at 23 of its 27 stations across greater Johannesburg.About 3.5-million trips are made in the City daily. Of these, 47% are made by public transport including minibus taxis, trains and busses.The system, however, has not been upgraded or improved over the years, resulting in public transport becoming increasingly unreliable and unsafe to use.But, according to Head of Transport in the City of Johannesburg, councillor Rehana Moosajee, the current state of transportation in the City, and the country as a whole, will soon be a thing of the past.“Johannesburg’s commuters will have a first taste of their own world-class public transport system.“We must never forget that BRT is … for the elderly and school children to travel safely, for mothers that need to reach their children speedily and for people with disabilities to have access.”Phase one A, will consist of a main route, known as the trunk route, which will run from the Regina Mundi station in Soweto to Ellis Park East in Johannesburg’s central business district.Supported by four complementary routes, the 143 busses included in the roll out plan will make stops at several key places in the City including University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus, the fashion district, the City’s cultural hub Newtown, the City library and the Johannesburg art gallery.At a media briefing on the progress made on BRT, Moosajee revealed some facts and figures of phase one A of the project;25.5km of dedicated lanes have been constructed, which will serve an estimated 69 000 passengers on a daily basis.3 300 jobs were created during the building phase of Rea Vaya.It’s expected to generate R158-million (US$20-million) in its first year of operation and will use a smart card system, which passengers can reload at approved vendors’ kiosks.One of the attractive features of BRT is its affordability. Bus fares will range between R8 ($1) for a full trip using both the trunk and complementary routes, and R3 (39 cents) for the complementary routs running within the city.Buses will arrive at stations every three minutes during peak hour and every 10 minutes during off peak hours.SA transport new lookThe BRT system is part of the South African government’s plan to overhaul the public transport system in the country, ahead of the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.BRT has been designed on similar types of public transport models developed in Columbia, France, Australia, Equador and Brazil.In the countries where the system has been tried and tested, BRT benefits cited have been its efficiency and reliability, its friendliness to people living with disabilities and the elderly, as well as its decreased energy consumption and vehicle emissions.Cape Town, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will also be rolling the BRT system concurrently, and in Cape Town, the system is expected to be operational in March 2010.Roping in the taxi industryOne of the biggest challenges in rolling out the BRT system has been the resistance from the minibus taxi industry, currently Johannesburg’s majority means of transport.The taxi industry’s concerns have been the anticipated major job losses and collapse of the industry when the new BRT system is implemented.  The industry is also concerned with how the new system would fall in line with the government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, which is already underway.The taxi recapitalisation programme, approved in 1999, was set up to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road, as well as introducing a new non-cash based system.Government partnered with the industry to remove old, unroadworthy taxis by offering operators a “scrapping allowance” to replace ageing and unsafe minibus taxis with newer models.According to a survey conducted in 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles in South Africa.Most of the vehicles were at least 10 years old and no longer fit for road use as public transport.Government had planned to spend R7.7-billion ($56-billion) over seven years to finalise the system.In the wake of confusion over the future of the taxi industry, on 24 March, Johannesburg was brought to a standstill when taxi drivers staged a major protest against the new BRT system.Taxis blockaded major highways around the City, causing traffic standstills on various key roads to and from the City.In the wake of the unprecedented move by the taxis, President Jacob Zuma pleaded with the council that Rea Vaya should be put on hold, to give the new administration a chance to acquaint themselves better with the project and the grievances of the taxi industry.Fortunately, significant progress has been made with the industry, represented by the National Taxi Association, Top Six and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council.After a steering committee was set up, both the City of Johannesburg and the steering committee have been able to reach some agreements with regards to the future of the taxi industry in Johannesburg. Local taxi operators have now been offered a stake in the new bus operating company as well as a stake in the station management companies.Some taxi drivers will be employed as bus drivers, as well as station managers.Those previously in the taxi industry will also have the opportunity to invest and own companies linked to the BRT system.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesCape Town’s new bus systemNew infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupFirst glimpse of the GautrainUseful linksRea Vaya City of Johannesburg Scrap Taxilast_img read more

More Lotto funds for social development

first_imgIt also includes sports and recreation for talent development, education designed for early childhood, adult literacy and vocational training. “Any misuse of funds intended for development of communities will not be tolerated,” she said. “We call upon the National Lotteries Board and the Distribution Agencies to deal severely with people found to be misusing funds, including referring them to the police for appropriate action to be taken.” Priority funding areas They will also streamline the processing of applications by the National Lotteries board, all the way from application point to payment, in order to make the process more transparent and efficient. Organisations that received funding before from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund will still be required to produce such audited statements, as required in the Lotteries Act. Removing barriers to access Over and above this, there were concerns that the funds were not being distributed to development of communities that really needed them. Public, beneficiary concerns “This requirement was onerous and excluded a number of deserving beneficiaries,” the department said. “It is important that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund be distributed in a manner that addresses developmental needs in rural, poor and under-privileged communities,” the department said. Having considered the accessibility of the fund to smaller non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations, Davies has decided to do away with the compulsory requirement for first-time applicants to produce audited financial statements when applying for funds. “These funds must benefit rural development and educational needs in a meaningful manner,” the department said.center_img 23 July 2010 The regulations, which fall under Section 60 of the Lotteries Act of 1997, seek to improve the efficiency and distribution of resources of the National Lottery Distribution Fund. In order to minimise the risk that may arise with the removal of this requirement, the DTI’s deputy-director general for general, consumer and corporate regulation, Zodwa Ntuli, said that thorough checks would be done on applicants, including site visits and reference checks. As a result, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has directed that at least 50% of the funds available for distribution must go to priorities that include the expansion of home-based care services, development of facilities for disabled people, and substance rehabilitation and treatment services. The new regulations come into effect on 30 July 2010. Specific attention would be given to organisations that have a history of failing to account for funds received from other donors and those whose members were previously involved in misusing donor funds. Thorough checks on applicants According to a statement by the department this week, a number of concerns were raised by the public and beneficiaries of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund that the funds were not reaching its beneficiaries on time, and that there were no effective measures in place for expedient distribution of these funds. South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has introduced new regulations that will see National Lottery resources being used increasingly for community and rural development, while also making it easier for first-time applicants to access funding. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Meet Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder for AMP landing pages

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMeet Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder for AMP landing pages Unbounce has built a drag-and-drop feature for creating AMP landing pages that removes the need for HTML or JavaScript coding expertise.Why you should careAccelerated Mobile Pages effectively reduce mobile page load times and optimize the overall user experience on mobile devices, but creating AMP content can be time-intensive and usually takes the expertise of a developer. Unbounce’s new feature is designed for marketers who are in need of AMP landing pages, but lack the time, resources or developer skills to invest in AMP initiatives.The drag-in-drop tool makes it possible to create AMP landing pages using templates or a fully customizable page offered in Unbounce’s Premium and Enterprise paid plans. Marcel Heymuth, the senior performance marketing manager for Exporo, said his team was thrilled with the new offering: “All of our landing page specialists can build AMP pages quickly and easily without having to resort to IT resources.”Unbounce recently reported only 40 percent of 750 consumers it surveyed were willing to wait more than seven seconds for a page to load. This is a conservative number compared to Google’s findings last year that 53 percent of mobile site visits result in a bounce if it takes longer than three seconds to load. The primary benefit of Unbounce’s feature is that marketers and website owners can create an optimal mobile experience without having to rely on a developer to create AMP content.More on the newsUnbounce’s drag-and-drop feature for building AMP pages is included in the Premium plan that costs $159 a month or the Enterprise plan which is $399 a month. (The company does offer a free-trial.)The feature includes a “Validate” function to verify the landing page meets all of Google’s AMP requirements.The feature is designed to simplify the AMP landing page creation process, but marketers do have the option to add AMP-compatible HTML, CSS or JavaScript elements.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post Meet Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder for AMP landing pages appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Meet Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder for AMP landing pages Meet Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder for AMP landing pagesYou are here: Posted on 2nd March 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more