Beside The Points For Thursday Feb 22 2018

All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetIs this the secret to ice dancing? We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeTeam USA did it!In a thrilling finish to what’s become one of the greatest rivalries in international sports, the Americans beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout after overtime to win the gold medal in women’s ice hockey. Four years ago, Canada beat the U.S. in Sochi 3-2, and in this game, the Americans had to overcome a fierce Canadian power play with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime to win. [SB Nation]Russia, not so muchRussia has never won a gold medal in Olympic ice hockey. Naturally, the Soviet Union was an international ice hockey juggernaut, but the Russian Federation hasn’t had their luck, winning only a silver and a bronze over the past six games. Moreover, while the Russians at this games are playing great, they aren’t actually playing for Russia, more just the Olympics in general. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?U.S.A. not so much eitherThis is poised to be a rather disappointing games for the United States, with the Americans (as of Tuesday) coming in 10.8 fewer medals than we’d expect at this point given the team’s historical performance in the winter games. Norway is sucking up all the gold in the room, with 9.3 medals above expectations. [FiveThirtyEight]Louisville actually didn’t win that time it turns outThe Louisville men’s basketball program’s 2013 national championship — and it’s 2012 appearance in the Final Four — will be wiped from the books, as the team was ordered by the NCAA to vacate the wins in light of penalties levied against the school. The allegations that lead to the penalties include a report that “a former Louisville staff member arranged for striptease dances and sex acts for players and recruits.” [ESPN]Try out our brand new super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!The mom did it!Cross-country skier Kikkan Randall, the only mom on the U.S. Olympic Team, gave birth since her last appearance at the games in Sochi but still managed to not only return to the Olympics but win gold as part of the women’s team sprint race with Jessie Diggins. It’s the first time an American woman won a medal in cross-country skiing, and Randall’s trip back to competition can tell us lots about work-life balance. [Anchorage Daily News, FiveThirtyEight]U.S. curling makes the finalA 5-3 upset over defending world champion Canada puts the United States in the final against curling juggernaut Sweden. The team never beat Canada before and hasn’t made the podium since 2006. [ESPN]Big Number56.3 percentThe percentage of 2017 MLB revenue that went to players in the form of overall compensation, including MLB player compensation, benefits, postseason payments and minor league signing bonuses, salaries and benefits. Looking strictly at the majors, that figure is 50.1 percent of revenues, down about a point since 2010. [The Ringer]Leaks from Slack: walt:HAHAHAHAHAHhttps://twitter.com/TMortimerFtbl/status/965539277911285760kyle:yes that story rules she’s a criminalPredictions NBA See more NBA predictions read more

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Nations independence is at stake under Modis rule says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday that the country’s independence is at stake under the rule of Narendra Modi and in the same breath, urged the people of the nation to shun their narrow self-interests and vote to oust the saffron party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.”I am very optimistic about the people’s front. The country is in a volatile situation under the rule of BJP. I will urge all the people of the country not to be carried away by self-interest and vote for toppling the Narendra Modi government at the Centre,” Banerjee said at Kolkata Airport, while leaving for Visakhapatnam to attend a United India rally. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has invited Banerjee to address the rally. “They are trying to create fear psychosis among the people who have lost the right to express their independent opinion. An autocratic government is running at the Centre. The country’s democracy is at stake,” Banerjee asserted. She further slammed the Centre for taking over control of the investigating agencies, disinvestment in the public sector and pushing the farmers of the country into a disastrous situation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The Opposition should unite to oust the saffron party for saving the democracy of the country,” she reiterated. Banerjee will return to the city on Monday morning and will address an election meeting at Cooch Behar on April 4. She will campaign at Dhubri in Assam on April 5 and then will be speaking at 100 odd meetings in Bengal, in connection with the Lok Sabha polls. The state, which will be going to polls in seven phases, has 42 Lok Sabha seats. TMC has fielded candidates in nine out of 14 LS seats in Assam. It may be mentioned that it was Banerjee who had initiated the move to set up the United India front to oust Narendra Modi. On January 19, the historic United India rally was held in Kolkata, where leaders of 21 political parties took part. The rally was addressed by political veterans like Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Mallikarjun Kharge. There were youngsters like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and Hardik Patel in the rally as well. M K Stalin had also addressed the rally. She was the first political leader to criticise the note ban announced by the Prime Minister on November 8, 2016. Over the years, economists of both national and international acclaim have pointed out the disaster which had hit the Indian economy due to the decision of the Narendra Modi government. In the 2014 election BJP had bagged three seats in Andhra Pradesh, but experts feel that the party has a slim chance of retaining them in 2019.last_img read more

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Its 2016 But Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Dont Have

first_img Listen Now 3 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 19, 2016 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer It’s hard to imagine the world without the Internet.For some of us, that is: It may be 2016, but 46 percent of  U.S. small businesses still don’t have a website for their company, according to a report released by business-to-business research firm Clutch.Of the more than 350 small businesses surveyed — the majority of which have less than 10 employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue — cost was listed as the second-most popular reason for not having an online presence. Lack of technical know-how and the need for upkeep were other popular reasons, while 12 percent said that they use social media in place of a static site.Image Credit: ClutchRelated: 5 Essentials for Building a Lucrative Ecommerce SiteThe most popular justification for not having a website, however?Nearly a third of surveyed respondents said that they didn’t have one because it wasn’t relevant to their business or their industry. That could be a problem. As Max Elman, the founder of Razorfrog Web Design, said in a statement released with the report:“No matter what type of business you run, if you have customers, it’s necessary to have some sort of information online, at least a page describing who you are and offering contact information. It’s essential to have this information indexed and shown to those looking for you.”Image Credit: ClutchThe founder of a company that builds websites, Elman is perhaps not the most objective source. But he has a point: More than 80 percent of Americans say they do online research before making a purchase.Related: How to Market Brick and Mortar to the WebFor the 64 percent of small businesses that do have a website, many could use a technological upgrade: Nearly a quarter of these businesses said their websites weren’t compatible with mobile platforms. Of the online improvements business owners planned to make, search-engine and social engagement topped the list with 40 percent each, followed closely by improvements in content and design.Image Credit: ClutchImage Credit: ClutchThe report concludes, as expected, that all small businesses in every industry can benefit from a website, be it a single page or more elaborate setup.In other words, if your business doesn’t have a website, it’s probably time to change that. And if your business already has a website, particularly one that works on mobile, you’re further ahead of the game than you likely thought.Related: ‘Li-Fi’ Will Make Your Internet 100 Times Fasterlast_img read more

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