Saturday, 31 March 2012
Andre Amougou believes four wins from the remaining seven games will be enough to keep Bristol City in the npower Championship.
Signed on loan from Burnley earlier this month, the Cameroon international is determined to help the Robins stave off the threat of relegation back to League One.
City go into today's home clash against Derby just one point and one place above the drop zone and Amougou and his new team-mates are rapidly running out of games.
Today's showdown with the Rams is followed by crucial back-to-back fixtures against fellow-strugglers Nottingham Forest and Coventry over the Easter weekend, after which City complete their programme with games against Birmingham, West Ham United, Barnsley and Burnley.
Amougou is targeting four wins and reckons another 12 points will see the Robins finish clear of Doncaster, Portsmouth and Coventry.
He said: "All the fans will be looking at the table and the remaining fixtures and trying to work out how many points will be needed to stay up.
"As players, we look at the table and see the same things. In the situation Bristol City are in, it is clear we badly need points now.
"I think four wins from the last seven games will keep us up and, looking at the fixtures, that is achievable.
"If we can win four of the next six and not go into the final game of the season needing to win or draw to stay up, that would be even better."
Amougou feels the Easter holiday double-header against Forest and Coventry will define City's season.
He said: "Both are games against sides around us in the table and will be crucially important.
"I don't think it is going too far to say those two games will determine whether we stay up or are relegated."
Meanwhile, City midfielder Stephen Pearson insists he and his team-mates do not fear what promises to be a nerve-racking run-in to the campaign.
"We have to face up to the situation we are in and not hide from it," said Pearson, who is today expected to line -up against his former club at Ashton Gate.
"There are a lot of strong characters in our dressing room and we do not fear it.
"Of course, there is pressure and tension, but we cannot allow that to get the better of us."
Although Pearson claims he has nothing to prove to Derby boss Nigel Clough, who allowed him to leave Pride Park and join City on a short-term contract earlier this year, he admits pride will be a spur.
He said: "I enjoyed my time at Derby and there are certainly no hard feelings.
"I don't feel I have a point to prove to anyone there, but it would be nice to play well and show the Derby fans what I am capable of.
"I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends and colleagues but, once the game starts, I will be focused on doing a job for Bristol City."
He added: "My knowledge of the Derby players could come in useful if the manager (Derek McInnes) asks me.
"But knowing the gaffer and how thorough he is, he will almost certainly know a lot more about them than I do!"
On-loan Hogan Ephraim, meanwhile, could be the creative midfielder Bristol City have been crying out for since Paul Hartley made the return journey to his native Scotland in the summer of 2010.
Not only did Ephraim demonstrate a refreshing willingness to take on defenders and provide a steady flow of possession to lone striker Jon Stead when making his debut in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, his ability to time his arrival in the penalty area to perfection enabled him to register City's first away goal in eight games since December 30.
McInnes handed him a central role on his debut and Ephraim did enough to suggest he will line-up in a similar position against Derby.
"I think playing in behind the main striker is my best position and it was one I always played growing up as a youngster at West Ham," said Ephraim. "I also played there for England in the various youth teams and it is where I feel most at home.
"Of course, I'm happy to do a job on the left wing if it means helping the team out, but I prefer to be in the middle.
"I tend to see more of the ball in the middle of the park and that role enables me to attack the penalty area more often."
For the first time in history, a U.S. military base will play host to an event aimed at service personnel and their families who don't believe in God.
Friday, 30 March 2012
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Digital sports media property Perform has added new syndication partners for its video player including Los Angeles Times, Sporting News on AOL, New York Newsday, and others, and those additions will help keep the now-public company on pace for more growth in 2012, the company's Juan Delgado, Managing Director of Americas, told Beet.TV during a recent interview. The U.K.-based Perform licenses sports programming and then syndicates it via an embeddable video player to more than 1000 sites worldwide, including TV stations, newspapers, radio stations and others. With more than 14 million unique viewers in the U.S. across its syndication sites, Perform ranked as the 3rd-largest property in the online sports category, behind ESPN and Cinesport, according to comScore's December 2011 Video Metrix ranking.In its lineup, Perform has sports including Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and most college sports. The company also launched a college sports highlight program last summer as part of its video syndication content.Delgado said the company was on track for 50% revenue growth in 2011 and expects that pace to continue this year. "Before [these sites] weren't really monetizing sports video. We give them premium content monetized at premium CPMS," he said. Perform sells the ads in the video player and splits the revenue with distributors.
This is for Google Play, a place Google sells content, games, music and more directly to consumers. As Danny said...
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Not just any pizza, it has to be plain pizza as she is terrified of eating anything other than tomatoes and cheese.
Forrester expects that 112.5 million adults, or one-third of the adult population, will own a tablet by 2016, a revision of its previous forecast of 82.1 million. That's a huge jump, but it's not just from the iPad3 announced last week. The increase is due to the success of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet too, Forrester says. But what do these figures mean for online video? For more details on how tablets may usher in an era of high engagement and completion rates for online video, check out this week's New Media Minute.-Daisy Whitney
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
At this point, we've salivated all we can salivate over this year's Easter Jeep Safari Moab concepts. The J-12 and Mighty FC will always hold a special place in our hearts, and now Chrysler has released a video describing how the vehicles will help shape future Jeep product development. While it's no surprise we won't see a new Forward Control lounging on dealer lots any time soon, Jeep may shift some of the paint options shown on the concepts to production. Jeep famously brought the portal axles found under the Mighty FC concept to the Mopar accessory catalog after receiving such a strong reception at last year's East Jeep Safari, and other elements of the concepts may become a reality as well.
The biq question, of course, is whether or not Jeep will ever make the leap to building a legitimate small pickup. The company's executives have repeatedly acknowledged consumer demand for a diesel-powered model of that ilk in the past, and the company says that it is currently taking those views into consideration as it develops the next generation Wrangler. That means that we won't be seeing the J-12 on the street any time soon, either. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The L.A. Dodgers were in dire straits last year but former L.A. Laker Earvin "Magic" Johnson has swooped in to save the day!
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
As demand for display advertising rates remains soft, rates for pre-roll video ads are up by 18 percent. Despite the rise in rates, publishers are finding it difficult to provide enough inventory to meet the surging demand, says Michael Lombardi, director of business development for Taboola.The New York/Tel Aviv-based video recommendations company creates video thumnails of "related videos" for publishers to display on their pages -- and pages on other publishers sites.This is the second of two segments with Lombardi. Here is our first.Andy PlesserNote: Taboola is a sponsor of Beet.TV and is presenting the Beet Executive Retreat in Vieques this weekend. Very pleased to have Taboola CEO Adam Singolda a s featured speaker. Also, Beet.TV uses Taboola as its video recommendation engine.
It's not just the talent we can't take our eyes off of when we watch The Voice on Monday nights. Christina Aguilera's "girls" — as she likes to call them — are hard to miss, but despite what people say, that's the way she likes it!
Monday, 26 March 2012
LONGWELL Green Girls Under-13s clinched the league title in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 away victory over Backwell Athletic.
They went into the match knowing that only three points would overhaul second-placed Bromley Heath Girls, who eased to a 4-1 away success against bottom side Frampton Rangers.
After a goalless first half, the all-important breakthrough came when Abbie Woodley picked up possession in midfield and used her skill and strength to beat three opponents before sending a superb dipping shot into the net.
Longwell continued to pile on the pressure, with Jordan Putterill, Becki Sullivan, Louisa O'Hare and Abbie Woodley creating chances for Bella Wherry-Alimo, Anisa House and Amelia Graham. But it was substitute Amelia Fowles who clinched victory. She came on for Putterill and immediately headed home a left-wing corner from O'Hare.
Backwell managed to break through a tired Longwell defence to score late on, but the jubilant hosts held on for title victory.
Amelia Mathews, Reanna Nutland, Lauren Green and Evie Dorrington also played their parts on a famous day for Longwell.
Bromley Heath had to settle for runners-up spot, a point behind, despite their victory over Frampton.
Frampton took a surprise lead, but goals from Chloe Fuller, Jess Jefferies, Lauren Penny and Rhiannon Fowler secured Heath's win.
Paige Botta, Lauren Chaplin, Nat Lewis, Rosie Williams, Ellie Todd, Maddison Buss, Jefferies, Fowler, Fuller and Penny all had excellent games.
Mendip Girls Under-14s had a little too much in the end for brave Brislington as they secured a 4-2 away win.
A Laura Hearn goal for Mendip was the only difference between two even teams in the first half.
After the break, a Mia Williams brace, from two Ellie Bidgood assists, put Brislington in front, only for Hearn to level the scores with a fantastic header from Amy Clark's corner. Clark then netted direct from a corner before Chloe Williams sealed the win for Mendip.
Bristol Rovers JSC Under-11s are off the mark at last after winning 2-0 at AEK Boco to register a deserved first win of the season. Hermione Russell was magnificent in midfield and her tireless work-rate was rewarded when she gave Rovers the lead.
Her team dominated possession against a hard-working Boco side and player-of-the-match Phoebe Hird added a second goal to seal the three points.
Triplets Hannah Price (4), Sophie Price (2) and Madison Price all scored as Lawrence Weston Colts Under-11s raced to a 7-1 victory over Longwell Green.
After Hannah had opened the scoring in the first few minutes, Colts were always in control, with Charity Morris, Emma Anderson and Madison Wickings performing superbly at the back and Abigail Price, Molly Bosa and Mia Reed all playing their parts.
Sunday, 25 March 2012
WASHINGTON -- Politico, the fast-growing Web site for U.S. politics, which has been expanding its live Web programming, is expanding its footprint on cable with its programming being carried by CSPAN for the first time, tonight (3.6) for Super Tuesday coverage.This afternoon in Politico's newsroom, we spoke with executive editor Jim VandeHei about the live show and how he values the the on-camera contributions of Politico's staffers. He says "authenticity" is essential Some 17 staffers will take place in the Webcast.Politico's live programming is done in a sophisticated broadcast format on the set of its parent company's WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
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Thursday, 22 March 2012
Posted by Takeshi Young
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My name is Takeshi and I'm a Technical SEO Analyst for the in-house SEO team over at Become.com. During my spare time I like to work on my own projects, and lately I've stumbled across a technique that's been working surprisingly well for me involving memes. I hope you can take some ideas away from this post that you can incorporate into your own SEO and viral marketing campaigns!
How To Use Memes to Build EASY Backlinks & Traffic
Link building. Social engagement. Viral marketing. These are all topics that we grapple with as SEO professionals and inbound marketers, and it can be difficult to come up with strategies to achieve all this from project to project or from client to client. But what if I were to tell you that there's a simple strategy that you can follow to achieve all of these objectives, an easy formula where all you have to do is fill in the blanks, and watch the backlinks and social media traffic roll in? Interested? Read on.
An Introduction To Memes
1) Memes Are Viral
2) Memes Are Easy To Make
The Meme Creation Process
5 Tips For Creating Memes
- Know your subject - The better you understand your niche, the easier it will be for you to create memes that are funny for your audience.
- Study the experts - Before I begin creating a meme, I like to immerse myself in that meme by browsing through 50 or so of the most popular memes of that type. Doing so gives me an idea of what others have done that's worked, and allows me to grok the particular joke formula and create my own variation.
- Make several drafts - If you've stumbled across a funny idea, it's helpful to come up with several versions of the joke to get just the right wording. Memes are a little like poetry: word choice is very important. When in doubt, go with the shorter option: brevity is the soul of wit.
- Ask for feedback - Sometimes it can be helpful to ask others for feedback on lines you've created to get another perspective on them. They may even have suggestions for alternatives that may be funnier than the original. However, use your own judgement to make the final call: everyone has a different sense of humor, if it's funny to you be confident and go with it.
- Have fun! - If you're having fun while creating your memes, it will help keep the creative juices flowing, and chances are your audience will have fun too once they read them. Don't take memes too seriously, they're meant to be silly
Finding Trending Memes
Spreading Your Memes
Where Are The Backlinks??
It Gets Better
- Submit your content to ALL of the social networks mentioned above. Once you have something good, seed it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Reddit, and Tumblr. By spreading your memes wide, you have a better chance of going viral
- Feel free to explore other social networks beyond the ones I mentioned in this article to further your social reach
- If you create video related memes, you can submit them to YouTube, another massive traffic source
- Beyond social networks, use traditional outreach like e-mail and blogs to build solid backlinks
- Try not to overuse this tactic. Like anything else, the novelty wears off if everyone does the same thing over and over again (infographics, anyone?). Be original, be funny, create something of value, and make memes just one of the tools in your link building and viral marketing toolbox
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