Dancing with Google

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. A high ranking on search engine Google is an important objective for any charity promoting its Web site online. But will you retain your ranking when Google updates its index?Given Google’s dominance in the Web search engine market, it’s worth spending time tweaking your charity’s Web site’s design and link promotion to ensure that you have a high ranking on the site. A new free tool can help you track your ranking over time and perhaps even indicate how your ranking will perform when Google next updates its index.Some Web site owners believe that it is possible to view upcoming Google updates on the servers www2.google.com and www3.google.com. These are assumed to be test servers indicating the content of the next updates. Advertisement The Google Dance tool is a free Web-based tool that lets you view the search results on up to seven of these servers. This will help you assess whether your charity’s rankings are in danger of dropping, perhaps because of the improvement in ranking performance of a rival.The software is in beta test at the moment so makes no claims for its accuracy or reliability. But it’s still probably worth checking. On some days, like today, there appears to be no movement, but on several times that we have checked it against key words such as “cancer uk”, “blind uk” and “charity uk” we spotted noticeable movements in the rankings.If this doesn’t quite make sense, try searching for your own charity using its name or perhaps a generic keyword on the Google Dance. Dancing with Google  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 November 2002 | Newslast_img read more

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Russia: Yury Dolgoruky to Perform Bulava Salvo Launch in October

first_img View post tag: Russia View post tag: Perform Russia: Yury Dolgoruky to Perform Bulava Salvo Launch in October September 1, 2011 View post tag: Naval Training & Education Seventeenth test of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) R-30 Bulava is scheduled in the first half of Oct 2011, reports Interfax referring to a source in Russian Navy Main HQ.Expectedly, it would be a salvo launch. Project 955 Borei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yury Dolgoruky will launch two missiles at a short interval. If the Bulava salvo launch happens to be successful, the missile will be subject to commissioning.Previous 16th test launch of SLBM Bulava (second in 2011) was carried out on Aug 27, 2011. The missile was tested for maximal flight range which turned out to be 9,300 km. The test was found successful. Generally, 9 out of 16 launches were effective. As was earlier reported, 4-5 tests would be carried out in the current year; upon their results, Bulava can be commissioned into Russian Navy. SSBN Yury Dolgoruky will be put into service along with the missile.In prospect, SLBM Bulava will become the core element of Russia’s naval nuclear shield and be basic weapon of Project 955/955A/955U Borei submarines. The missile is capable to hit targets at the range up to 8,000 km and carries 6-10 nuclear warheads with yield of 150 kt each.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, September 1, 2011; View post tag: launch Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Yury Dolgoruky to Perform Bulava Salvo Launch in October View post tag: Navy View post tag: Bulava View post tag: October View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Salvo View post tag: Yury View post tag: Dolgoruky Share this articlelast_img read more

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World War Z with Brad Pitt playing at the Wellington Regent Theater

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “World War Z” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday at 7  p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13, 1 hour, 55 minutesMovie Synopsis: The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) ParamountRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 67%. Audience review: 77% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:July 19: Despicable Me2.July 26: The Lone Ranger.last_img

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Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge National Final

first_img Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2013 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf. They won their titles on Saturday, 28th September, at The National Golf Centre, Woodhalll Spa, where the facilities are among the best in Europe. The event was contested by 32 young golfers, who were among 1400 youngsters who started out in the competition. The finalists had all taken part in two official challenge events at their golf clubs earlier in the year and then won through one of four regional finals. They showed off some fantastic putting, chipping, bunker, pitching and long game skills, with some great scores achieved on the challenging set-up on the famous short game academy. The 2013 champions (image © John Thomson) are: Rookie 8 years and under Boys’ winner – Jack Dart of Churston Golf Club, Devon Girls’ Winner – Chloe Brown of Faversham Golf Club, Kent   Rookie 9 to 11 years Boys’ winner – Drew Mackinnon of Southampton Golf Club, Hampshire Girls’ winner – Bethany Fletcher of Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire   Tour 12 to 14 years Boys’ winner – Scott Parker of Royal North Devon Golf Club, Devon Girls’ winner – Chloe Rose of Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, Essex   Tour 15 to 17 years Boys’ winner – Charley Mycock of Bakewell Golf Club, Derbyshire. Girls’ winner – Megan Cullen of Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire The National Skills Challenge, which aims to make practice fun for young golfers, is one of a host of England Golf initiatives which support junior golf. It is now in its eighth year and continues to progress with 850 clubs registered and over 7000 juniors involved nationwide. England Golf are delighted that FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has continued to support the National Skills Challenge in 2013 and kindly donated products and prizes to the qualifiers and winners. Russell Lawes, FootJoy’s European Marketing Manager, said: “Grass roots golf is immensely important in making golf more accessible to individuals and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow. “This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game in an extremely well organised, enjoyable and relaxed environment. “2013 has been another extremely successful year and we at FootJoy would like to congratulate not only just the winners but all junior golfers who participated in this fantastic event. We are proud to assist such a great programme”. Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager, said: “Every year we are amazed and impressed by the golfing talent shown by our finalists. “The Skills Challenge is a great way for clubs to inspire young golfers to improve and we’d like to see even more clubs represented, giving their juniors an opportunity to take part and potentially qualify for the regional and national finals.” For more information on the National Skills Challenge visit www.getintogolf.org/skills    The following players qualified for the 2013 National Final: Rookie 8 years and under Will Bradfield – Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club, Norfolk Jack Dart – Churston Golf Club, Devon Chanon James – Kenilworth Golf Club, Warwickshire Thomas Rogerson – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire Chloe Brown – Faversham Golf Club, Kent Carys Morris – Portmore Golf Club, Devon Holly Waterfield – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire Ayane Butterworth – Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club, Yorkshire Rookie 9 to 11 years George Fricker – Ufford Park Golf Club, Suffolk Drew Mackinnon – Southampton Golf Club, Hampshire Archie Davies – Spalding Golf Club, Lincolnshire. Robert Hillier – Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Yorkshire Molly Dixon – Betchworth Park Golf Club, Surrey Shannon Parfitt – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Kati Powell – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire Bethany Fletcher – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire Tour 12 to 14 years William Smith – Ufford Park Golf Club, Suffolk Scott Parker – Royal North Devon Golf Club, Devon Luke Turbutt – Robin Hood Golf Club (Solihull), Warwickshire James Swash – Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Yorkshire Chloe Rose – Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, Essex Jessica Francis – Churston Golf Club, Devon Charlotte Voysey – Wharton Park Golf Club, Worcestershire Lauren Green – West Lancashire Golf Club, Lancashire Tour 15 to 17 years Chay Robinson – Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, Essex Connor Aitken – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset Charley Mycock – Bakewell Golf Club, Derbyshire. Matthew Bargh – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire Khadejar Khan – Fairlop Waters Golf Club, Essex Rebekah Nicholls – Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon Clare Wilkie – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire Megan Cullen – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire 30 Sep 2013 Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge National Final last_img read more

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Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election _ many others, too

first_imgHarold Baines (AP Photo/File) LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines answered the phone and learned he was a Hall of Famer.“Very shocked,” he admitted.So were many others around the baseball world.In fact, in the hours after his selection by a Hall-picked panel was announced Sunday at the Mandalay Bay resort, a lot of conversations at the winter meetings started the exact same way: “Harold Baines?”No one doubted Baines was a top player — a six-time All-Star with 1,628 RBIs, 384 home runs and 2,866 hits.“I had a great career. I’m very proud of it,” he said.But a couple other numbers stood out, too. Baines never drew more than 6.1 percent in five elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required. In the key WAR stat compiled by baseballreference.com, Baines’ lifetime total was tied for 545th.Yes, 545th.Behind the likes of Placido Polanco, Jim Sundberg and Rafael Furcal in wins above replacement, not to mention Gil Hodges, Dick Allen, Don Mattingly, John Olerud and dozens more.The vote by the Today’s Game Era Committee was sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown. Especially because the 16-member panel appointed by the Hall board included longtime Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.“I’m glad he was on that committee this year to help to get into the Hall of Fame,” Baines said.Baines spent nearly all of his first 10 seasons with the White Sox and currently serves as a team ambassador in their community relations department.“So happy for Harold. He’s a great player and a great human being,” Reinsdorf praised in a statement. “I am so honored that I was a member of the committee. He deserved to be in long ago. I am just so excited.”“Not only was Harold one of my favorite players to watch, but I have nothing but admiration for him as a player and as a human being,” he said.Tony La Russa, Baines’ first big league manager, also was on the panel that elected him.In the past, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski were among the players who benefited from friendly faces on Veterans Committees to reach the Hall. That panel has been revamped over the years, and the Today’s Game Era group was created as part of changes in 2014.“The era committees were established as a sort of a court of appeals for an opportunity in the event that over time it was felt that maybe somebody slipped through the cracks,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “And in the case of someone who received 6 percent of the vote in the BBWAA election, the reason that may have happened could be for many, many reasons.”It took 12 votes for election by the panel — longtime reliever Lee Smith was unanimous, Baines got 12 and former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just short with 11.George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes.Baines, now 59, had a smooth, consistent, left-handed stroke. But he never finished higher than ninth in an MVP vote, and never was among the top five AL hitters in the yearly batting race. His single-season high was 29 home runs at a time when lots of players hit more.As this vote approached, his name drew little-to-no buzz in debates over who might be selected.“I wasn’t expecting this day to come,” the career .289 hitter said.Baines became a designated hitter after knee trouble ended his days in the outfield, and DHs have struggled to gain backing from Hall voters.Baines joined Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall who spent more than half his games as a DH.“Everything I hear or read is DH is really not part of the game, I guess. But I disagree. But maybe this will the open up the doors for some more DHs,” Baines said.Both closers and DHs could see the numbers increase again very shortly.Mariano Rivera is eligible for the first time and big-hitting DH Edgar Martinez will be back on the ballot when results of the next BBWAA election are announced Jan. 22.Induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 21 at Cooperstown, New York.Between now and then, there’s certain to be more discussion about who else should be in the Hall. Drug-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on the upcoming BBWAA ballot, influential players’ union head Marvin Miller has been denied seven times by various committees, and steroids user Mark McGwire wasn’t among Sunday’s candidates.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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