Michael Vick might be old in NFL football years, but he can still run like a track star. Just ask speedy Philadelphia Eagle teammate LeSean McCoy.Vick beat the running back in a 40-yard dash at practice after the running back had been calling him “old.”Vick, who will turn 33 next month, outran the 24-year-old McCoy and then tweeted about it after several teammates posted about the race on Twitter.“So today at the field 1 of my teammates called me old,” he wrote, adding that the teammate begged him to race the 40-yard dash. “Anybody want to guess which player?”“Beat him by a few yards too lol,” he wrote, adding #SpeedKILLS to the tweet.ProFootballTalk.com, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that McCoy had been giving Vick a hard time for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging him to a race. Vick reportedly had laughingly dismissed McCoy’s challenges until Thursday.According to the report, Vick asked Chip Kelly whether he would allow the two to race, and the coach granted them permission.Eagles teammates buzzed about the race through their own Twitter accounts.Tight end Clay Harbor wrote: “The rumors are true… Vick dusted McCoy in the 40yd dash.”Defensive end Clifton Geathers marveled at Vick’s win and took the opportunity to inform some of his former Cowboys teammates about the result. He tweeted: “Never seen a QB beat a runner back by 4yards until today Vick is a fast as mug @JayRat90 [Jay Ratliff] @hatcher97 [Jason Hatcher] @Fast_Teddy [Teddy Williams].McCoy took the loss in stride, joking on Twitter that Vick “cheated.”He gave Vick credit, however, writing that Vick was “Top 3 fastest man on the TEAM.”Vick made sure to let McCoy and his followers know there are no hard feelings between the two players.“Love you Lil bro @CutonDime25,” he wrote.
This general view shows dwellings under mud after a landslide in Rangamati on 13 June, 2017. Photo: AFPA municipality mayor of Rangamati district said as many as 95 per cent of the households destroyed in the landslides were illegal.”Less than 5 per cent of the houses destroyed in landslides were legal,” said Akbar Hossain Chowdhury, the Rangamati municipality mayor.The municipality mayor also said the district council actually gave permission to different individuals for settlement. He had no involvement with that, the mayor added.Recently at least 115 people were killed in a series of landslides in the hilly districts of southeast Bangladesh.Rangamati additional deputy commissioner Prakash Kanti told Prothom Alo that landslides killed at least 56 people in the municipality area alone.More than 150 houses were destroyed after landslides hit the areas.Authorities concerned said, according to law, anyone wanting to build a house in the area, must have deeds of the land, soil test reports, and architectural and building permission. That means the authorities only permits pucca (brick and cement) buildings.In reply to this, he said, “Most of the houses were either tin-sheds or of mud. The houses were built without our permission.”You will find a small number of houses there are pucca, Akbar Hossain added.Rangamati district council chairman Brishketu Chakma said, “The mayor can blame us, but we did not give permission for settlements there. He’s wrong.”Local people said some of the pucca buildings also collapsed in the landslides.Asked about it, the Rangamati municipality executive engineer Atikur Rahman said, “The entire hill is 80 feet but, engineers test soil up to 30 feet and submit their report.”On the other hand, some people build houses inside the hills. “Thus, it becomes tough for us to monitor the places.”Hill Tracts Citizen Committee’s president, Goutam Dewan blamed the municipality authorities in this regard.The former chairman of Rangamati municipality and district council said there is lack of coordination between municipality and district council authorities.It is high time to remove the lack of coordination, he added.*The article is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam
Photo via Twitter @OfficialWebzineThe latest judicial ruling on the termination of the Obama-era DACA program is just one part in a bigger legal puzzle that has been building up since the Trump administration announced its termination last September.DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and allowed immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, known as ‘dreamers,’ to stay and work legally under renewable permits.Tuesday’s ruling from federal judge John Bates categorized the government’s plan to terminate the program as “arbitrary and capricious” and gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 90 days to “better explain its view” that DACA is illegal.If the government fails to produce a more convincing argument in the three-month timeframe, the DHS “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” the judge said.So far, Bates is the third judge that has ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to end the program.Here are some thoughts on last night’s big victory for DACA in the federal district court in D.C.— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) April 25, 2018The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), which is headquartered in Los Angeles, is one of the organizations that are closely monitoring the ongoing litigation around DACA.NILC is counsel in one of the cases, specifically one that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and that is currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.According to a document compiled by NILC, more than ten lawsuits have been filed challenging the government’s termination of DACA and the plaintiffs in the cases that have gained the most traction brought claims which are primarily based on the Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection clauses.Besides the case in which NILC is a counsel, which is ‘Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen,’ another lawsuit which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.Additionally, two nationwide injunctions that were issued earlier this year applied only to renewal requests for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.SkepticismJudge Bates’ ruling has been welcomed by the ‘dreamer’ community but, at the same time, some of its members are skeptical about how helpful it will be for their future.Daniel Candelaria, advocacy organizer for United We Dream (UWD) in Texas, said they are being “cautious.”“We know how long these court decisions, these situations from the court, take given our previous experience,” noted Candelaria, who added that such decisions “can go in either direction.”Also on behalf of UWD, Sanaa Abrar –who works as advocacy and policy manager for the organization—, underscored in a written statement that “DACA has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth and their families.”“We will not stop fighting until every single person in our community is able to live with safety and dignity,” Abrar added.Houston-based Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (commonly known as FIEL, by its Spanish acronym) categorized Bates’ ruling as a “victorious decision for undocumented youth.”In a statement and referring to the 90-day period the government has provide Bates with the explanation he has requested, FIEL added the organization hopes that “in the end the Trump administration either waits out the allotted time or does not respond,” which, the statement adds, would allow DACA “to move forward.”The Texas Democratic Party also reacted to the latest ruling.Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement that “the judicial branch has rejected Trump’s cruel and unconstitutional actions.”Call for clean DREAM ActNonetheless, Hinojosa added that “the fight for DACA is not over,” and that Congress should pass a so-called clean DREAM Act.The Trump administration, which contends DACA is a misuse of executive power, reacted negatively to Bates’ ruling and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday it is “good news” for smuggling organizations and criminal networks and “horrible news for our national security.”You can read the National Immigration Law Center’s document on litigation regarding the termination of DACA here: Share
Kolkata: With trucks going off the road due to the all-India strike protesting against the steep hike in diesel price, there are apprehensions of essential goods becoming expensive. But according to the experts, its effect can only be realised if the strike continues for more than 48 hours.Truck owners have gone for the strike, protesting against the Centre’s indifference towards bringing down the price of diesel. There are around 45 lakh trucks in the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith trucks going off the road, both export and import of goods have come to a stop. There are several goods including fish and onion which need to be imported from other states. There will not be much effect if the truck strike is withdrawn within the next 48 hours. But the prices of essential commodities, mainly of the ones which need to be exported from outside, would go up if it continues even after 48 hours. Most importantly, the stock of the commodities that need to be imported would run out if the strike continues. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSince there should not be any effect on the prices of essential goods in the next 48 hours, there will be strict vigilance at all the markets in the city to ensure that prices of commodities do not go up unnecessarily and lead to inconvenience of common people. There are some occasions in the state as well, on Tuesday. So, the steps have been taken to ensure that prices of goods do not go up.The state government has also taken necessary steps to ensure that middlemen do not get the opportunity to increase the prices of essential goods in this span of time. It may be mentioned that the last meeting of the task force took place on June 6 and the concerned officials were directed to take necessary steps so that prices of essential goods do not go up without any valid reason.In the same meeting, directions were given to ensure that the prices of potato and onions, a large quantity of which have to be imported from Nasik, do not go up.Stress was also given to increase the state’s production of the commodities that have to be imported from other states.Representatives of the truck owners have, however, claimed that they would continue with their strike if the demands are not met.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of those things a lot of people talk about — it’s something that not only can increase your traffic and your website rank in keywords, but eventually will lead to more sales. And who doesn’t want more sales?Related: 10 Tips for Combining SEO and Content MarketingThe problem is, with so many people talking about SEO, there are many strategies floating around as to what is the best way to go about implementing SEO on your website.Sure, the task at hand sounds very easy at first, but using the wrong strategy will lead you to waste time and money and possibly get you in trouble with Google — which is something you definitely do not want.To make things easier for yourself, below is a guide that essentially explains what you should be looking for in an SEO strategy. What makes one strategy better than another? Why should you ignore some strategies completely?Here is the first step to becoming an expert at discerning what strategy may work over another.What are the main features of any SEO Strategy?When it comes to SEO, you need to be aware of two main components:On-page SEOOff-page SEOOn-page SEOThis type of SEO is done to your website directly; basically, it involves multiple parts of your website in determining search engine rankings. For the most part, you can make on-page SEO changes yourself, using the following list:Page contentTitle TagsMeta descriptionsHeadingsURL structureLoading time on pagesInternal linkingSchema* (I highly recommend adding this into your website)The purpose of on-page SEO is to ensure that your website is readable by search engines; the easier it is to read the structure and content of your website, the better you will ultimately rank.Related: 5 Ways to Optimize Local Search Results and Compete With the Big GuysSchema is important for your on-page SEO, and you will probably hear the word in conversation with anyone that works with SEO; if you don’t, show him or her the boot! You will also likely be confused as to what Schema really is (outside of sounding really cool): Schema is a specific vocabulary of tags that you add to your HTML to improve how your page is represented in search engine result pages (SERPs). By adding Schema to your website’s HTML, you’ll be enhancing how the snippets of information will be displayed in SERPs. You’ll also make it easier for Google, Yahoo and Bing to understand what your website/page is about.Making it easier for the search engines gives you a better chance of ranking higher.Major TipsMake sure your website loads within three seconds.Make all your images web friendly.Activate Gzip Compression and implement a content delivery network (CDN) into your website.Make sure that the first word in your title tags is a keyword.Off-page SEOOff-page SEO occurs off your website, hence the name. It includes:Link buildingSocial media sharesThere are a few more tactics employed in off-page SEO, but the two mentioned are among the more popular methods, with link building being by far the most important strategy.Off-page SEO, especially link building, is something that needs to be done right, but a lot of people take shortcuts which negatively impact their website. In life, there are no shortcuts, and the same rule applies to SEO.In fact, link-building quality is extremely important, more so than the quantity of links. Therefore, creating high-quality content is important, in order to draw in users from other websites, to link to you.You should not be buying links; that will be only a temporary solution. And Google will ultimately penalize you for trying to manipulate the system. To avoid any problems with the search engine giant while trying to improve the SEO for your website, grow your network organically. This involves reaching out to various contacts you have in your industry. When you reach out to people, they may agree to point a link toward your website.You can also have people do guest posts on your site, and do the same on their sites, filling your articles with keywords that will ultimately direct back to your website. En route, remember that you do not want to guest post or have links pointing from just “anywhere.” The website of origin needs to be reputable for the effort involved to have a positive effect.There are other link-building strategies outside of guest posting and reaching out to your contacts. Another one involves directory submissions. But I say that with some trepidation, ever since Google began going after directories. Specifically, it went after spam-like directories. Fortunately, Google does like directories edited by humans. In this context, directories like JoeAnt, Yahoo Directory and DMOZ are all worth submitting to.Local Directories, otherwise known as local citation, present another great strategy. So, submit your business on local directories like:Google My BusinessBing Places for BusinessYelpYP.comThere are many more great local directories to use. They are all a great way for the search engines to learn more about you.How to calculate ROI on your SEO expenditureAs with any marketing effort, it all comes down to whether or not you can make money. With SEO, calculating your ROI comes down to directly knowing how much your SEO efforts are costing you, and how much the total value of your sale(s) has been.To begin the process of checking your ROI, and assuming you use Google Analytics (the most popular analytics tool online), first go to the acquisition tab (sidebar) in Google Analytics. Next, select “channels” to view the traffic generated by each channel.You will want to view organic results, as that will consist of the traffic from all search engines. Now, if you have Google Goals active, you will be able to see revenue/lead conversions directly generated from the organic search. If you don’t have that feature active, you will have to manually calculate the results.You can use the simple formula below to calculate your ROI as well:ROI = (Revenue from SEO Efforts – Cost of SEO Project)/ Cost of SEO Project x 100 percentROI = ($25,000 – $10,000)/ 10,000 x 100 percentROI = 150 percentThis means that the return is 2.5 times the investment. Realistically, for any SEO project, you want to see at least 2 times the return on your investment.So, there you have it: a comprehensive guide on to what to look for in identifying the best SEO Strategy. Hopefully, when you look into SEO for your own business, these tips will help you determine whether or not your SEO specialist knows what he or she is doing.Related: Do Keywords Still Matter? November 11, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read