Canadian scalpers multimilliondollar StubHub scheme exposed in Paradise Papers

first_imgWhen Adele fans went online to buy tickets to the pop superstar’s world tour last year, they had no idea what exactly they were up against.An army of tech-savvy resellers that included a little-known Canadian superscalper named Julien Lavallée managed to vacuum up thousands of tickets in a matter of minutes in one of the quickest tour sellouts in history.The many fans who were shut out would have to pay scalpers like Lavallée a steep premium if they still wanted to see their favourite singer. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: An investigation by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star, based in part on documents found in the Paradise Papers, rips the lid off Lavallée’s multimillion-dollar operation based out of Quebec and reveals how ticket website StubHub not only enables but rewards industrial-scale scalpers who gouge fans around the world.CBC News obtained sales records from three U.K. shows that provide unprecedented insight into the speed and scale of Lavallée’s ticket scam.Despite a four-ticket-per-customer limit, his business snatched up 310 seats in 25 minutes, charged to 15 different names in 12 different locations.The grand total? Nearly $52,000 worth of tickets at face value. Adele’s world tour sold out in record time, with scalpers buying up a big percentage of the seats. One of them was a Canadian named Julien Lavallée, who managed to vacuum up thousands of tickets in a matter of minutes. (Matt Sayles/Associated Press)center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Trustea verifies 46 pc of India’s total tea production

first_imgKolkata: A sustainability code and verification system for the country’s tea sector Tuesday said it has verified 608 million kgs of tea till February 2019, which is almost half of the total tea produced in the country annually. The program – trustea is currently convened by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and supported by Indian packaged tea majors Hindustan Unilever Limited, Tata Global Beverages Limited and Wagh Bakri Tea Group. It is working with smallholder tea growers, bought leaf factories, estates and packers to address some of the key challenges in the industry including poor working conditions, health and safety of tea workers, water pollution, food safety, soil erosion and contamination, trustea said in a statement. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It has been trying create a positive impact on nearly 49,000 smallholder tea growers, three lakh women workers and 2.5 lakh male tea workers certifying over 460 estates and bought leaf factories. “A rising demand for food safety and sustainable produce is making trustea increasingly relevant to the Indian context. The code ensures long-term sustainability of the industry,” trustea general manager Rajesh Bhuyan said. The company, he said, has verified 608 million kgs of tea out of the total 1325 million kg, or 46 per cent of the beverage produced in the country annually till February 2019. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA), United Planters Association of South India (UPASI), Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and over 460 verified producers across the country are also part of the initiative. Tata Global Beverages, one of the key partners of the trustea program, has committed to source 100 per cent of its tea as trustea-verified for the Indian market, Tata Global Beverages marketing head Puneet Das said. “India produces about 1,325 million kg of tea annually, making it the most consumed beverage. Competition in the domestic market, shortage of labour in the plantations and adverse effects of climate change are the major concerns for maintaining tea quality, which is essential for consumer health,” Tea Board director S Soundararajan said. Rainforest Alliance, an international body that certifies tea in India since 2007. International certifications help in fetching better price from exports.last_img read more

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Little Ballers Documentary Shows To Black Boys The Value

From “LIttle Ballers.”A 2013 documentary about youth basketball offers more than a showcase for the talent of 11-year-olds boys. “Little Ballers” delivers emotional insight into young minds who have NBA aspirations, but learn about so much more along the way.The documentary, which is being shown on Nicktoons, centers on an AAU team in New York called New Heights. It is directed by Crystal McCrary, who co-wrote the novel Homecourt Advantage with Rita Ewing, the ex-wife of Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing. McCrary was once married to former NBA player Greg Anthony.Her son is among four kids highlighted in the film, and they offer interesting perspectives on basketball, life and their goals.McCrary said the notion of developing a documentary started with her filming her son’s games. But when the idea struck, she moved ahead.“I didn’t know where the story was going to go,” she told The Huffington Post.Turns out, the story went everywhere, much of it McCrary’s doing. McCrary gets into socio-political issues and how Black males are perceived in America, areas that have become talking points to African-American parents.New Heights was comprised of more than Black youths, but the film focuses on them.“It’s about these four boys that come from diverse family and economic situations,” McCrary said.One of the kids, Tyriek, lives with his single mother in the gang-ridden Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the former home to Mike Tyson.“Typically, when society sees a kid like Tyriek walking down the street in his community, he’s immediately written off as some sort of statistic or some sort of other, so the kid is not destined to achieve,” she said to HuffPost.“Just because you are being brought up in poverty, that doesn’t make you a criminal,” McCrary added. “It also doesn’t mean you’re not brought up in an environment that’s filled with love, just as much as that kid that lives in the suburbs with two parents and a white picket fence, who also is brought up with love.”“Little Ballers” director Crystal McCrary.The film, co-executive produced by recording artist Lupe Fiasco and NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, took McCrary to emotional places she did not expect, she said.“Since the boys hadn’t had any real disappointments in their 11-year-old lives, they believed they could scale Mount Everest, they believed that they are going to make it to the NBA, despite the fact that the odds are overwhelmingly against them,” she said.“And that’s inspirational.”It was also inspiring to see the young players grow close.“I also found inspiration in the bond that they developed as brothers,” she noted. “For these young men, race, class and culture really meant nothing, but what did mean something was the brotherhood they developed playing together as teammates and getting to know each other off the court.”So, the film’s value is in more than watching kids play basketball.“I’m not one of those people that says basketball replaces education, nor am I trying to sell a pipe dream,” McCrary said. “It’s just important to show that there are so many attributes that kids can acquire by being on an organized team.” read more

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Ohio State professors organization making waves in sports research

Trevon Logan, an associate professor of economics at Ohio State, poses for a photograph inside his office at Arps Hall. Logan is one of the head researchers involved with the recently created Sports and Society Initiative at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Trevon LoganA newly formed organization of Ohio State professors and other distinct faculty are challenging the traditional views of sports through in-depth research.The Sports and Society Initiative at OSU performs data analytics research to look at the way sports interact with the economy and society. The collective, which is composed of professors from five different majors, began in October. Despite being just five months old, SSI is already making headway through its multiple areas of expertise. Its members work toward developing new findings in the realm of sports research. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the divisional dean for social and behavioral sciences in the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, is one of the driving forces behind SSI. Her role is to support the ideas and research done by professors, as well as galvanize outside donors, public officials and OSU alumni about this newly thriving organization.“(SSI) wants Ohio State to be the place to go for research on sports,” Box-Steffensmeier said. One of the leading professors on the forefront of SSI’s research is Trevon Logan.Logan, an economics professor who has been at OSU for more than 10 years, is the group’s main member that is deeply examining the correlations between sports and economics.“There are social science and policy aspects to sports,” he said. “They are just never brought up in the public sphere and talked about.”That is where SSI comes in. Its goal is to challenge the conventional wisdom of sports, as well as provide a platform in which research and discussion of sports issues can take place.“We want to make Ohio State sports-related research as prominent as the sports themselves,” Logan said.His recent research dove deep into the issues of compensation for student-athletes. The professor began delving into years of OSU data in order to analyze the effects the school’s recruits have on the number of wins and bowl game appearances.Thereafter, Logan took that information of wins and appearances and reviewed their connections to the university’s football-related revenue. The research revealed, based on revenues and expenditures, that a five-star recruit is worth about $900,000 for a university, Logan said. That number dips to $400,000 for a four-star recruit.“If you think about that number based on a five-star and four-star recruit’s salary in the NFL, those are honestly not too crazy of numbers,” Logan said.Next, Logan examined the data around transferring and the frequency of players departing early for the professional ranks across FBS schools.This research found that 15 percent of college football players will transfer to another university. The most common transfer position, Logan said, was the quarterback position. Additionally, the professor found that 11 percent of players will leave early for the NFL draft.“When these numbers were generated, I was shocked,” he said.SSI members will present this research — and more — in the coming months at a multitude of events regarding policy and economics in the world of sports.One of these events includes a forum centered on the pay-to-play model in high school athletics. The event is titled, “Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?” and it is set to be held at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26 in Pfahl Hall room 202.Discussing the issue, Logan said, will be a panel of professors and politicians, such as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, State Sen. Cliff Hite, Scott Grant, a professor at the University of Findlay and Ohio University Professor David Ridpath.“The goal of this forum is to discuss ways to increase participation in high school athletics without increasing the costs,” Logan said.A separate gathering is slated to be held on April 15 to dissect compensation for collegiate student-athletes. This function will present sports experts and OSU alumni from across the nation to examine this subject, Logan said.  Arguably the crown jewel of the panel will be Vince Doria, an OSU graduate and senior vice president and director of news at ESPN.Research SSI has conducted concerning this issue will be presented at the forum, too, Logan said.“(SSI and the panel) want to discuss the implications of compensation for student-athletes and what it would mean for the future of college athletics,” he said.Box-Steffensmeier possesses similar goals for these cutting-edge gatherings. Her hope is to further dialogue about these important national issues while promoting the faculty involved with SSI and the research it has performed.Additionally, she said she also wants to intrigue students who have a passion for sports and encourage them to contact those involved with SSI. She said she believes that students doing this could spark new ideas and issues to research.She said she holds big aspirations for the future of SSI. “I would love major news outlets to have a hot sports topic and know that we have an outstanding roster of faculty and students to call upon about the issue,” Box-Steffensmeier said.SSI might be in its early stages, but the collective is taking giant leaps, reaching new, unexplored heights in the vast expanse of college athletics. “Ohio State is on the move in regards to sports-related research,” Logan said. And with the passion, intelligence and ability of this small group of faculty members, there is no telling just how influential its work might be. read more

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Tiger Woods expected to play in next weeks Memorial Tournament in Dublin

Tiger Woods will play in the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, which begins on June 3, according to the Golf Channel.Woods was suffering from an inflamed joint in his neck and withdrew on the seventh hole of the final round of the Players Championship earlier this month. He recovered quickly with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medicine.Woods has played in the Memorial 11 times, has taken four wins and is currently the defending champion.Since the controversy surrounding Woods’ extramarital affairs, he has played in three tournaments, finishing fourth at the Masters.Woods is expected to commit to the tournament later this week. read more

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Ohio States Troy Montgomery a nightmare for opposing pitchers

OSU sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery squares up to swing during a game against Louisville April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern reporter“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball. He can change the game with his speed, power and glove.”That’s what senior pitcher Trace Dempsey had to say about the Ohio State baseball team’s sophomore outfielder, Troy Montgomery.Montgomery has had a massive impact in the Buckeyes’ 24 wins and serves as a consistent player at bat with a .322 batting average. He has almost doubled his runs from last season with 31 on 39 hits and has more than quadrupled his 2014 stolen base total with 18 on 20 attempts this season.“Montgomery’s a nightmare on the base paths for pitchers,” Dempsey said. “He’s really come through for us in the leadoff spot while making a lot of fantastic plays in the outfield to save us some runs.”For the sophomore, the word “athlete” has always been a part of his life. But after beginning to play baseball at the age of three, his father encouraged him to pursue the sport more seriously at the age of eight.“He really wanted me to play baseball, so I did and I love it,” Montgomery said. “My dad has been my biggest supporter my whole career and he pushed me the entire way.”Starting in Fortville, Ind., as a young child in T-ball and working his way up through the Indiana Bandits and Indiana Bulls travel leagues, Montgomery said he didn’t become confident till late in his career.“I really didn’t find myself in baseball till my sophomore year of high school. I got a little bit bigger and things just started to click for me,” Montgomery said.Things have been consistently clicking for Montgomery since he went into his freshman year at OSU as the No. 11 prospect according to the Prep Baseball Report. He played in 49 of the Buckeyes’ 58 games that season. Now in his second year in Columbus, Montgomery has earned the position as leadoff batter and continues to flourish on the field.“He’s matured from last season. Troy Montgomery is a really talented kid,” coach Greg Beals said. “He’s got pop in his bat, he can run, he can play defense and he can throw. He may be the best professional prospect on our team. He’s a full package player, he has it all.”Regardless of future potential, Montgomery said he’s focused on doing his part to help the Buckeyes win games.“My job is to get on second base and steal bags,” he said. “My job is to be on second base and allow (Connor) Sabanosh, (Pat) Porter and (Ronnie) Dawson to score me at some point in the inning,” Montgomery said.Beals said Montgomery is confident in his ability, but added he’s not a finished product.“That’s a kid that’s learning the game, that’s understanding the game,” Beals said. “And that’s the difference between playing hard and competing and right now he’s competing. He’s starting to figure out the little things that make a difference in how good you can be.”Montgomery said success is all about “believing and trusting yourself, your hands and your swing to get the job done.”But the main goal of winning games comes from a confidence and belief throughout the entire Buckeye roster and staff, he said.“Our team chemistry is unreal right now. People aren’t selfish, they’re going to work their hardest to get the job done for the team, to win as a team,” Montgomery said.The 2015 Buckeyes set their goal this year at 40 wins, a Big Ten title and a shot in the NCAAs, and for Montgomery, the success of OSU comes from the Buckeyes’ preparation and teamwork.“Preparation, working day in and day out, that’s how you find success,” Montgomery said. “You can’t win the game by yourself, baseball will not allow you to do that. So when you have a good group of guys that can back you, it makes everyone’s job so much easier.”As the Buckeyes prepare for another Big Ten series this weekend against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Montgomery stressed the importance of focusing on the task at hand.“We just have to continue to take one game at a time and know our roles in the box and know our roles on the field,” Montgomery said. “And just continue to click on all cylinders and trust ourselves to get the job done and get these three wins.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Neb., with the three games set for Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. read more

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Softball No 17 Ohio State returns from spring break with 83 record

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 17 Ohio State softball team returns from its 11-game stretch in California with an 8-3 record with two of its three losses coming to No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 Oklahoma. Ohio State now enters Big Ten season with a 19-4 overall record.The Buckeyes competed in both the Louisville Slugger Invitational from March 9-11 and the Easton Invitational from March 16-18 with a pair of games on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount and one game against California State University, Northridge Wednesday that were not part of either invitational.The nine-day stretch of play began with the Buckeyes winning three of the four games that they played in the Louisville Slugger, beating every team but UCLA. In total, Ohio State outscored their opponents a combined 16-14, a number that improves to 16-4 not counting the 11-0 loss to UCLA in five innings.Ohio State then followed up that series with three wins, the first two coming in a double-header against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday and the third coming against California State, Northridge on Wednesday.Two of the seven games lasted eight innings, bringing the total of extra-inning games played by Ohio State this year to six out of the 23 total games played.The Buckeyes won the San Jose State matchup by three runs scored in the top of the eighth that San Jose State was not able to respond to.In Ohio State’s first game against Loyola Marymount, senior catcher Taylor White had a triple in the top of the fifth to put the Buckeyes on the board. Loyola Marymount tied the game at one in the bottom of the seventh, but junior infielder Emily Clark homered in the top of the eighth to put the Buckeyes ahead and secure the Ohio State victory.Ohio State split the Easton Invitational, dropping the series opener to Grand Canyon and the series finale to Oklahoma. It defeated both California State Fullerton and California State University, Northridge in the middle two games.The team as well as head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly foreshadowed that reigning national champion Oklahoma would provide the Buckeyes with a challenge. The Sooners, did just that, holding the Buckeyes to only two hits and winning 5-0. Standouts Starting in all 11 games, junior shortstop Lilli Piper recorded 19 hits and 16 RBI with a batting average of .500. The pitching staff combined to record 59 strikeouts and post a 2.82 ERA.Looking ForwardOhio State open conference play when it heads to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday to take on the Hoosiers in a three-game series. read more

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Juventus success is because of work at the club

first_imgFor the team’s director of sport Fabio Paratici, the good results are not just thanks to the transfer marketMany have said that Juventus is “buying” its way to the top of the Italian Lega Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.But for director of sport Fabio Paratici, this is a lie since the team is working hard for success.“Juventus results are not just thanks to the transfer market, but the work of this great club. We have been together for seven or eight years now and this season has started in the best possible way,” he was quoted by Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It’s very early to tell who the title contenders will be, but the usual suspects are Napoli, Inter, and Milan.”“It wasn’t just an intuition for me, but also Pavel Nedved, Marotta, and president Andrea Agnelli. Cristiano’s arrival was simple really because he is a great champion both on and off the field. It was all very simple,” he explained about signing Ronaldo.“Dybala has shown over the years that he is a great player and you can’t evaluate him on just one goal. He hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to play football. We evaluate his overall performances, the way he acts with teammates and in training.”“It’s difficult to say whether this is the strongest Juventus squad we’ve had in this era, as there have always been great players like Gigi Buffon, Carlos Tevez, Dani Alves, Arturo Vidal, and Pogba. I will say we are very competitive,” he added.last_img read more

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New lawsuit targets Prevagen challenges claims that the supplement to improve memory

first_img March 13, 2019 New lawsuit targets Prevagen, challenges claims that the supplement to improve memory Updated: 1:48 PM Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A popular supplement that claims to boost memory is the target of a new lawsuit. The supplement called Prevagen is sold in nearly every major retail store in the country, but critics say it’s worthless.In advertisements on TV and online, the manufacturer of Prevagen says the product will support a “sharper mind,” “clearer thinking” and “healthy brain function.”The product label says that clinical tests demonstrated some improvements in cognitive function in as little as 90 days.However, the plaintiffs in a class action suit fled in Texas in late February said those claims are false, deceptive and designed to “dupe consumers ” into buying a supplement that has no effect on the brain.Prevagen contains a synthetic protein called apoaequorin, modeled on a protein found in jellyfish.Dr. Neal Devaraj, a biochemist at the University of California San Diego said a protein taken orally would be broken down in the digestive process before it could reach the bloodstream. Since apoaequorin is a large water soluble protein, Devaraj said it would be unlikely for it to pass the barrier from the bloodstream into the brain.Even though many may question the scientific basis for Prevagen’s claims, the manufacturer is still permitted to make its claims through its commercials, on the product package and on the bottle itself. Miro Copic, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University said that products marketed as dietary supplements face much less regulatory oversight.“The dietary supplement space is kind of the ‘Wild, Wild West,’ ” Copic said. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, Prevagen isn’t subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration.The supplements are covered by a 1994 law that’s less protective of consumers.In the stores we visited, we found that the product was nearly sold out. A bottle of the extra strength formula sells for $60 a bottle, for a 30 day supply.Two years ago, the company that makes Prevagen was sued by the Federal Trade Commission. In its defense, Quincy Bioscience, based in Madison, Wisconsin argued that it had performed clinical trials to support its claims.The FTC countered that the initial studies were inconclusive. However, the judge hearing the case ruled in Prevagen’s favor, after the supplement maker went back to the data, and selectively picked data subgroups to support its marketing claims.While Prevagen prevailed in that 2017 case, last month a federal appeals court overturned the decision, setting the stage for the latest lawsuit. Copic said the suit poses challenges for the plaintiffs.“You’re not being forced to buy this. It’s not a prescription.They’re making no claims that it will help you specifically. That’s why a lot of times, lawsuits in this arena are really hard to win,” Copic said.Quincy Bioscience declined our request for an interview about the lawsuit.A company spokesperson told us, “Nevertheless, we believe the claims are baseless and we will continue to fight these allegations on behalf of the millions of consumers who take Prevagen every day to improve their memory.”The class action lawsuit filed several weeks ago is seeking reimbursement for the amount the class members spent on Prevagen and the difference between Prevagen and the market price of generic protein pills of a similar quantity and type. Posted: March 13, 2019last_img read more

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Trump Defeats Clinton Ed Gonzalez is the New Sheriff of Harris County

first_imgDonald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to “Make America Great Again,” NPR reports.In Harris County:Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Harris County Ed Gonzalez won over incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 percent of the vote.Kim Ogg won a rematch of the Harris County District Attorney race against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state’s largest school district into uncharted waters. Sharelast_img read more

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Harris County Property Values Will Be Based On Post Harvey Appraisals

first_imgDavid J. Phillip, APGaston Kirby, right, and Juan Minutella leave Kirby’s flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, in Houston.State officials estimate that nearly 100,000 residences suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey. Harris County says it will take that damage into account when assessing property values that will be used to apply property taxes for 2018.Property taxes are based on the appraised market value of homes or businesses on January 1 each year.Jack Barnett is with the Harris County Appraisal District. He says damaged properties will be appraised on their values post Harvey for next year.“It’s definitely going to be more challenging for us because we’re going to really have to look at values after Harvey and look at whether property has been damaged.” he says.Barnett doesn’t expect the Harris County Appraisal District to inspect every home in the county following Harvey’s destruction, but he does believe they will view every neighborhood that suffered flood damage.As always, a property owner can contest the value placed on a home or business, which leads to a review board to determine property value. “They’ll hear both the Appraisal District’s information as well as the property owner’s information.” Barnett says. HCAD recommends people have photos and documentation to support any dispute of appraisal values.In 2017, about one-in-four appraisals were protested.View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

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10 Questions to Ask When Using Google Analytics

first_imgSeptember 23, 2013 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img In a lot of ways, Google Analytics is like the eyes and ears of your website. The popular free tool automatically collects helpful data for you, so you can better understand, serve and build your online audience — and your customers.Having a website but not knowing how people use it is like talking without listening. Whether you’re selling products, driving customers to offline stores or building your brand, Google Analytics takes the guesswork out of measuring how well you’re achieving your website goals.We spoke with Daniel Waisberg, anayltics advocate at Google, who provided some useful tips about how to use the popular tool. Here are 10 essential questions to ask when using Google Analytics to track and improve your company’s website:1. Why is it important to gauge my website metrics in the first place? Knowing precisely what your website visitors — who are often current and potential customers — like and dislike about your site can help you reach your overall business goals.”Once you understand your customers’ preferences and tastes, you are in a much better position to create a better experience for them,” says Waisberg, who is author of Google Analytics Integrations: Centralizing Digital Marketing (Daniel Waisberg, 2012). “And a better website experience will inevitably lead to a happier customer.”2. How can I connect Google Analytics to my website? If you’re not already using Google Analytics, getting started is relatively easy. First, visit the Google Analytics website. Next, click on “Create an Account” and follow the basic account configuration steps.You’ll then be supplied with a snippet of Google Analytics HTML to insert into the source code for your website. This code is essentially how Google Analytics taps into and captures your website’s usage statistics. If you don’t have immediate access to the back end of your website to insert the tracking code, you should ask your website administrator to do it for you.3. What are Google Analytics ‘Goals’ and why should I use them? After installing Google Analytics’ tracking code, your next step is to identify what key website visitor actions you want to monitor. Google Analytics refers to these as Goals, which you should use to measure which types of content trend well with visitors and which don’t.There are four basic types of Goals:Destination. A specific location within your website.Duration. How long individual website visits last.Page/Screens Per Visit. Which pages and screens visitors view during a single visit.Events. Actions visitors take during a visit, including ad clicks, social media shares and video plays.4. How can I find out how people discover my website and keep them coming back? Google Analytics’ Keywords report shows you which search engine keyword search terms deliver traffic to your site, and just how effective your search engine marketing (SEM) efforts are.Pay special attention to Google Analytics’ Referrals reporting. Referrals represent visits to your website from other websites that link directly to yours.You can use referral and keyword data to improve your site’s search engine rankings and to increase your awareness of who is linking to you when, where and why. Understanding what draws people to your website can help you give them more of what they want, which should increase engagement and encourage repeat and longer visits.5. Can I track my Google Adsense campaigns with Google Analytics? Yes, Google Analytics does measure the success of your Google Adsense. If your objective is to generate revenue through AdSense initiatives, Waisberg recommends using Google Analytics’ Pages report. It provides a detailed view of which website page performed best in terms of generating AdSense revenue and more.”If you find that posts about celebrities generate more revenue than posts about soccer, you might consider writing more about celebrities,” Waisberg says.6. Can I gauge the success of my Google AdWords initiatives? You can also leverage Google Analytics to find out which of your Google AdWords campaigns work and don’t work, and why.To find out, create an advanced Google Analytics Pages report segment that includes only AdWords visits that did not finish any conversion. Once you do that you can check the Landing Page report to look for those pages that have the highest bounce rates, Waisberg says. Culprits for bounces might include poor website content copywriting or design and underperforming browsers and devices.7. How can I track and improve e-commerce sales? You can use Google Analytics’ handy but somewhat technically advanced Goal Funnel feature to analyze the overall success of your e-commerce efforts — right down to individual shopping cart transactions, if you like.Waisberg recommends taking advantage of the Goal Funnel option to find out where in the online shopping process your customers abandon their purchases. Knowing when and where shoppers get cold feet and back out of a buy could help you fine tune your online shopping experience and, ideally, increase your sale completion rate.8. How can I see which browsers and devices people view my website on? In Google Analytics’ Audience section, you can view a complete list of all of the web browsers, operating systems and devices your visitors use to access your website.If a significant number of people are viewing your website on smartphones and tablets, for example, perhaps it’s time to consider developing a mobile app or optimizing your site for mobile to better serve them.9. How can I know what is sending my website visitors away? Google Analytics’ Exit Pages feature shows you the individual pages within your website that users are on when they navigate away from your site.If your main homepage URL is the top exit page on the list, chances are you’re losing visitors right there on the first page they see. If that’s the case, perhaps it’s time to redesign your main landing page for optimal engagement. Or, if the page users exit on the most is buried deep within your site and isn’t particularly useful, consider deleting the page altogether.10. How can I share key Google Analytics data with my clients, colleagues and stakeholders? You’ll likely want to, or might even have to share all the beneficial user data Google Analytics gathers with people who have a vested interest in your site. Luckily there are several ways to do this, even automatically, if you wish.To email a report, simply look for the email button just above the Google Analytics chart you’d like to share. Next, you’ll be prompted to choose contacts to email it to and which file formats to send the data as (exe., .pdf. .csv, etc.). You can also allocate how often to send the information (once, daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly) and pick which days of the week to send reports.  Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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HR Mobile Technology Will Make You Rethink Your Strategy

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The use of mobile technology is on the rise, with employees using their smartphones on a regular basis. And, if you’re an employer, this increase isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketWrike’s 2016 Mobile Productivity Report found, for instance, that 44 percent of the more than 850 professionals surveyed said they checked their phones for work more than 20 times per day.Ninety percent said they believed that their use of mobile technology was critical to getting their work done.Advancements in tech are inspiring businesses to use tech to improve productivity, engage their employees more and streamline processes to save time and labor. Here’s how mobile technology can be used to augment your human resources function, as well:1. Put opportunity in everyone’s pocket.Make it easy for job-seekers to find opportunities within your company. Some employers are failing the mobile generation by sticking with clunky, awkward interfaces, which turn off many candidates.A September 2014 Jibe report found that 20 percent of the 1,000 job seekers surveyed said they would give up on an online job application if they couldn’t complete it on a mobile device. Yet, in spite of 70 percent of job-seekers looking to apply for a job via smartphone, only about a quarter of large companies surveyed said they had optimized their hiring process for mobile devices.Don’t let this be you: Instead, invest in a mobile-friendly application experience to attract good talent. Mobile technology should be a main focus for a social recruiting strategy as well. When investing in expanding outreach through social media, keep the candidate experience in mind.Optimize for mobile devices, and use social media to connect with people. A 2015 LinkedIn report found that 47 percent of the 3,894 HR professionals surveyed called social media an effective employer branding tool.Don’t make people who are interested in your company dig deep to find important information. Use a social-recruiting strategy that targets relevant audiences, with social media posts about the company, the culture and any opportunities available.2. Hire with confidence.When focusing on social recruiting, you’ll also find it useful to create an employee-referral program. Since social recruiting and employee referrals are among the most successful sources of hire, use these channels with confidence.The influx of millennials into the workforce makes it imperative that employers use mobile technology to appeal to them. Create an employee-referral program that allows each participant to access the web-based portal anywhere with any device that connects to the Internet. This will encourage staff to participate in the referral program.  Additionally, implementing an internal interface for HR professionals will help simplify collaboration. This should be a space for quick, web-based document-sharing, where everyone can weigh in on important candidate information to make decisions faster.Ultimately, allowing employees and HR professionals to access information on demand will simplify the process of submitting and tracking referrals, screening candidates and making hiring decisions.Related: 5 Technology Roadblocks Costing You Great Talent3. Onboard new hires.Welcome candidates with a digital experience. Paperless processes reduce waste and automate document-management, offering convenience to HR staff and the new hire alike.Deliver onboarding information and documents directly to the new hire’s hands with an internal employee portal where he or she can find all company resources regarding processes, policies and the like. No more bulky employee handbooks! Branded portals will engage the new employee with the message and essence of the company in an instant.A talent-management platform will enable your human resources managers to pull reports and share them with their teams, enabling management to measure the quality of onboarding, review performance metrics and identify the overall quality of hire for the talent acquisition program.4. Provide real-time recognition.Mobile technology allows for instant communication. That means employers can target employees who are exceeding expectations, and issue a reward immediately. Even if the reward is a simple recognition, like a personal thank-you message, the gesture will motivate all team members and make them feel valued.Provide real-time feedback with performance-tracking so employees know how they stack up against expectations. This keeps everyone on task, so projects can be advanced in an efficient manner.When members of a team can see the progress of their entire project — from the small tasks to the big picture — by accessing the project- management feature on their mobile device, they become more aware of their personal impact.Related: 4 Ways to Use Technology In the Workplace to Motivate EmployeesRewards are also appropriate for strong referrals. The secret to any successful employee-referral program is a strong incentive system. When employees can track the status of their referrals in real time on their phones, they are more likely to participate and join in to help the company attract qualified talent. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 7, 2016last_img read more

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Driver arrested after car crashes through wall

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorist has been arrested after a car was driven through a wall tonight. Police in Congleton were called to the incident this evening. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Male arrested for drink driving in Congleton after crashing through a wall.” Police in the Cheshire town have been carrying out breath tests at checkpoints around the area in recent days. Across the border in Staffordshire there have been a number of accidents in the past few hours – including on the A518 in Stafford – with motorists being advised to take extra care on the roads due to heavy rain in the area. Additional police officers are on patrol this evening (Friday December 21/Saturday December 22), to deal with ‘Mad Friday’. Emergency services traditionally see a surge in demand on the last Friday before Christmas, usually known as Black Eye Friday or Mad Friday, due to the large number of people heading into town after finishing work for Christmas. Read MoreSpeeding BMW driver JAILED after claiming his car had been cloned to avoid a £100 fine Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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January 24 2007 This continues the report on t

first_imgJanuary 24, 2007 This continues the report on the new wall behind the Crafts III building from 1/22/07. [from upper left] The first four panels have been welded to the underlying retaining wall. Three panels sit on the north-east corner of the recycling slab. One panel sits parallel to the visitors passenger bridge. Steel reinforcement has been installed next to this panel in preparation for a column to be poured in this location. [Photos & text: sa] Two additional panels will complete the wall. One of the panels [in front] will have an opening for a door. This panel will connect with the north wall of Crafts III next to the back entrance to the bakery. Crew chief David Tollas, with his group of volunteers, prepares the steel reinforcement cage. Again, fine silt has been spread on the slab, to help separate the panel. Steel weld plates are connected to the inside of the steel form. [Photos & text: sa] [from upper left] Concrete has been poured into the prepared forms and construction staff Brandon Scott screeds the wet concrete to smoothen the surface of the wall panel. These last two wall panels now have to cure for at least two weeks. This report will continue with the placement of these panels. [Photos & text: sa]last_img read more

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COLUMN Federal government needs to do its part to address PFAS contamination

first_img Categories: Rendon News 27Feb COLUMN: Federal government needs to do its part to address PFAS contamination At least 14 communities across the state, including the Camp Grayling area, are dealing with potentially harmful chemicals found in drinking water sources families have relied on for years. This is a public health issue we’re taking extremely seriously at the state and local levels, and it’s time we see more urgency from the federal government, as well.Michigan has taken a number of important steps in the last year to address the issue, including a $23.2 million spending plan I voted for in December. These funds are for testing, monitoring and technical assistance in areas where PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have been identified or are suspected.The money will also pay for critical improvements to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s water testing laboratory, which is not currently equipped to test for PFAS. Water samples taken from homes here are currently shipped out of state for analysis, leaving people waiting up to eight weeks to hear the outcome. Upgrading the state’s lab will give Michigan families timely, reliable results.Additionally, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) was formed last year to ensure employees from Michigan’s various state departments are working cohesively in the continued mitigation efforts of PFAS across Michigan.In February, the Legislature passed a resolution, which I supported, providing a framework to ensure public tax dollars spent addressing PFAS are used in an impactful way. The resolution calls for the creation of an advisory committee made up of qualified experts who will help MPART focus on the scientific aspects of this issue. Moving forward, we expect to learn a lot of new information about PFAS contamination in Michigan. This team of experts will focus on the scientific aspects of the issue and offer non-biased recommendations to help guide our response.MPART, with the help of the scientific advisory committee, will also be responsible for evaluating the Environmental Protection Agency’s current PFAS drinking water health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion and conducting a non-biased scientific risk assessment to determine the extent of contamination and who is responsible for its presence.Unfortunately, the federal government has been slower to act. Last year, Congress authorized a $7 million study to examine the health effects of PFAS on military service members and their families, but the study is on hold until the federal government appropriates money for the research.While the effects of human exposure to PFAS are mostly unknown, some preliminary studies have linked the contaminants to higher occurrences of cancer, high cholesterol and thyroid diseases in adults. Conducting a health study will go a long way toward identifying and taking care of people exposed to the contaminants.Taking care of veterans and families exposed to PFAS and ensuring they have access to clean water should be a priority. It’s time for the federal government to follow Michigan’s lead, show some urgency, and put forth the funds needed to conduct this study.###(487 Words)State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, represents the residents of Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties in the Michigan House of Representatives.last_img read more

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Lagardère Group has named Sebastien Liefferinckx a

first_imgLagardère Group has named Sebastien Liefferinckx as director of programmes at kids channel Gulli.Liefferinckx, who will also have responsibility for Lagardère’s range of youth and family-oriented channels, comprising Gulli, Canal J, TiJi and La Chaîne du père Noël, will report to Lagardère Active channels chief Laurent Micouleau. He replaces Ariane Suveg, who has decided to leave to take a new career direction.Liefferinckx has served in a number of kids and youth programming roles for international channels, most recently as director of programmes and acquisitions at Disney Television France, before taking a consulting role with Lagardère on Gulli earlier this year.last_img read more

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Dailymotion has signed an agreement with Turkish m

first_imgDailymotion has signed an agreement with Turkish media group MCD to launch Dailymotion+, a new subscription video-on-demand service for the country.Dailymotion+ will be launched in the next few months, offering a mix of advertising-free and premium content including Turkish and international films, TV series and kids programming.The service will be available on a wide range of devices including computers, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.Dailymotion said it would look to introduce other new services in the coming months as it sought to position itself as a major international player in VOD and SVOD, including in France if regulations governing the availability of content are relaxed.“Dailymotion is taking a new step in its development. We have chosen Turkey to test this new service as it is one of our largest markets in terms of audience and a promising territory for new video services,” said Martin Rogard, executive vice-president of global content.“In Turkey, many international films are not available in theaters, and there is a real demand for a service like Dailymotion+. After the launch of Kids+, our SVOD service for children in France, we are progressively implementing our strategy for premium content with an approach adapted to each territory,” said Amandine Durr, premium content manager for Dailymotion.Separately, Dailymotion is to make live streaming available to creative partners free of charge internationally. The French video-sharing site will allow any ‘Motionmaker’ partner with material such as press conferences, concerts, sports events, or fashion shows, to stream their footage live to Dailymotion’s 106 million users.This tool has hitherto only been available to premium users outside of Frane but will now be extended to Motionmakers, independent video producers who have Dailymotion’s official seal of approval. Applicants who satisfy Dailymotion that they are producing genuinely valuable independent content can sign up and create a link for any live event. Dailymotion provides the broadcasting channels for free via its servers.Partners can also enter a relationship with Dailymotion whereby they can build bespoke platforms for their events that can include a revenue sharing advertising agreement.Marc Eychenne, Head of Content at Dailymotion, says: “In our first year of live-streaming, until now exclusively focussed on official partners, people tuned in to watch more than 50 million hours of live video on Dailymotion – that’s more hours that have passed since the stone age. Demand has been exceptional. We believe opening up this service to smaller producers will provide them with a genuinely valuable tool to share their content and provide more quality content that our viewers want to watch.”last_img read more

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