President, Sir John Dawanincura, says he believes this vision can be achieved.“With the Pacific Games, we had a vision to win 17-20 gold medals. We won 13. But our lifters did their best and the rest is history,” said Dawanincura.He said the country’s weightlifters will have a good lead up to 2018 with major international events such as the Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Championships in India this October plus the 2015 World Championships later in the USA.“These events will be a stepping stone to 2018.We are aiming for five gold medals. We have the athletes here to do it.“That is our vision and we must always have a vision to work towards achieving what we want,” said Dawanincura.
The game will kick off at 3pm at the PNG Football Stadium, Port Moresby.“We need to cut down on our errors because teams score off our mistakes.“The Gurias have a different style of football. They have the speed and we have to contain that,” said Wigmen coach, Roderick Puname.“We just have to go back to basics. We have to make sure to defend, hold on to the ball and keep attacking,” said Gurias coach, Steven Nightingale.The winner of tomorrow’s game will go on to play the Lae Snax Tigers on September 9 in the grand final in Port Moresby.
It would appear that at long last, there is a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel of darkness created by the refusal of the PNC-led coalition government to obey instructions of our Constitution that were so pellucid, the CCJ declared it needed “no gloss” or explanation. This was Art 106 (6), (7) declaring that with the passage of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) in the National Assembly, the “President and Cabinet shall resign” and that “the Government shall hold an election within three months”.In his desperate rear-guard battle to stave off those elections, President Granger resorted to a variety of cynical stratagems, the last of which has finally run out. Even though Art 61 gives him the sole authority to “proclaim” a date for elections, Granger insidiously foisted that responsibility onto GECOM, which is merely responsible, via Art 162 (1) for “registration of electors or conduct of elections”. GECOM is funded annually so that it should be in a state of perpetual readiness to conduct elections three months after the President has dissolved the National Assembly and declared a date for elections. This is the tradition of the “snap” elections that is part and parcel of parliamentary democracy. According to Art 162 (2), the only time GECOM can become involved with the date of an election is if “on the day appointed therefore would be attended, either generally or in a particular area, by danger or serious hardship”.But Granger placed the cart before the horse and insisted that GECOM must “declare its readiness for a credible elections” before he would announce a date. This was a most transparent ploy since he had already connived with his illegally, and unilaterally appointed first Chairman to order a time-consuming H2H Registration as part of the “readiness” regimen. In all of this foot-dragging, the Opposition PPP showed superhuman restraint as one red herring after another – such as “merging of lists” – were dragged along the path to elections. But finally, the new GECOM Chair, who has the casting vote, announced on September 19 that GECOM would be ready to conduct elections by “end February 2020”.Granger, however, had overplayed his hand. In his resort to the Courts as part of his rear-guard battle, the CCJ had determined on June 18 that the clock on the three-month timetable for elections which was on “pause” has started to run on that date. Consequently, elections should have been scheduled by September 18, 2019 or the Government thereafter becomes illegal, being violative of the Constitution. In fact, this point was so obvious that the western diplomats of the US, UK and EU – the three most important allies of Guyana – eschewed the usual diplomatese and issued a most pointed statement on the PNC-government’s illegality:“…we deeply regret that, by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders.This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs.We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s Constitution”.Guyana is now in unchartered waters constitutionally dealing with a de facto but not de jure Head of State. The Opposition PPP has continued to show tremendous restraint and political maturity to accept the attenuated elections date suggested by the parameter set by the GECOM Chair. As was once said in an analogous context, Granger can run but he can no longer hide. He must set a date for elections immediately and face the democratic verdict of the Guyanese people.Until then, he should be guided at a minimum by the “Caretaker Conventions” extant in other parliamentary democracies for “lame duck” administrations.
With ‘big fighting heart,’ PH volleyball team vows to go all out View comments LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption MANILA, Philippines–Cherry Nunag erupted with 10 points as PetroGazz picked up an easy 25-21, 25-14, 25-12 win over Chef’s Classics late Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown The Angels also took a step closer to outright semi-finals berth with their seventh straight victory for a second-running 8-2 record.The Red Titans, here for the experience of San Beda’s collegiate core, absorbed their 14th defeat in as many matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 MOST READ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna
Aubameyang has scored 98 Bundesliga goals since his debut in 2013 1 Arsenal may have sold some very good goal scorers in Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez this month, but just look what they’ve bought instead.On Wednesday morning it was announced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had joined the club from Borussia Dortmund where he scored 141 times in 213 games in all competitions, with 98 of them coming in the Bundesliga.And Opta have kindly explained where each of those league strikes have come from. 98 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 98 Bundesliga goals:Inside Box – 97Outside Box – 1Penalties – 10Headed – 13Right Foot – 64Left Foot – 20Other Body Part – 1Poacher. pic.twitter.com/iXHx1rFuDJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2018
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.But this year, a waning gibbous moon, which turns full Wednesday, will hang low in the sky like a gleaming lantern near Perseus. Instead of a meteor shower, viewers in remote areas might see around 20 to 25 meteors an hour, So said. Because of haze and light pollution, city night owls would only see 10 to 15 an hour. The Perseids – which will peak at 4 p.m. Saturday – are visible from Friday night to early Saturday morning, and best seen just before dawn. “We’re not going to get up; it’s not worth it,” said Bob Alborzian, a Burbank lecturer with The Sidewalk Astronomers, Los Angeles chapter. “It would be useless. You may see one or two meteors if they are large, but the majority, nothing doing.” Next year, a moonless sky is expected to give Northern Hemisphere sky buffs a clear shot at the Perseids. Stargazers hoping to be awed by the summer’s largest meteor shower will be mostly moonstruck instead. Astronomers say the annual Perseid meteor shower – seen Friday and Saturday – will be all but obliterated by a nearly full moon. “It will light up the sky, so the only meteors people will be able to see are just the very brightest ones,” said Patrick So, an astronomer for the Griffith Observatory, who has decided not to set his alarm for the event. “All the lesser ones will be drowned out.” A favorite of summer campers, the Perseid meteor shower has wowed sky-watchers for eons. Each August, Perseids radiate out of the constellation Perseus at a rate between 60 and 80 an hour. On Nov. 16-17, the Leonid meteor shower is expected to rain shooting stars at 15 to 25 per hour. But shooting star fans are pointing toward the annual Geminid meteor bonanza, expected to peak Dec. 14 at 100 meteors per hour. email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Damien Hoyland also gets a run on the wing. It is exciting to see talent come through the ranks and push for a place in the starting team.“He was with us pre-World Cup and trained well. He kicked on from there, credit to him. He could have sat back and been disappointed but he did the right thing, worked hard and improved his game.“He is with us now and it’s a great opportunity for him. He has a lot to work on but he has good feet and does score tries, he is a good attacking player as we have seen through sevens. He will provide line breaks and give us go-forward.” Vern Cotter has made five changes to his Scotland team for Saturday’s test match against Japan.Four of those players are unavailable through injury, but Jonny Gray returns at lock after missing the final Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin.The big surprise came with Damien Hoyland handed his first Scotland start, replacing Tim Visser who dropped out of the side with a hamstring problem. “I just saw my name up on the screen, just paused, looked for a bit and thought quickly about when I first started playing rugby and my ambitions to represent Scotland,” Hoyland said. “Now it is actually happening – I am getting my first start and I can’t believe it. It is very, very surreal. “It will definitely be emotional. I don’t like to cry, so I will be holding it in, I imagine. I have to keep my head down, try not to get caught up in it too much and just focus on the game.”Fly-half Duncan Weir, who started in Ireland, was not included in the tour squad and Finn Russell suffered a bad facial wound playing for Glasgow in the Guinness PRO12 semi-final against Connacht, so Ruaridh Jackson will start against Japan.Vern Cotter said: “I thought ‘Jacko’ did some good things during the Six Nations and deserved an opportunity to turn out at 10.
Share This!It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents. Bonus Video: Rope Drop at Disneyland Paris FantasylandA park is much more than the sum of its rides, an there’s no better time to get a feel for a theme park than at rope drop. Watch the following video, and follow along as I am among the morning’s first guests to pass through Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris and explore Fantasyland. Disneyland Mark Twain Riverboat vs. Disneyland Paris Molly BrownThe Rivers of America in Disneyland’s Frontierland will soon shut down for over a year during Star Wars Land construction, and the Mark Twain riverboat will be temporarily grounded. So get in your last voyages on this vintage craft while you can.When Disneyland’s riverboat returns, it will be on an abbreviated waterway, but I’m betting there will still be better sights along the way than in Disneyland Paris. The Molly Brown is the only boat plying the rivers of Frontierland there, since their Mark Twain has rotted into retirement and their keelboats are closed.Paris has an exceptionally spectacular Big Thunder Mountain for the Molly Brown to make her way around, but the riverbanks are practically barren of animated animals, and the once-stunning geysers don’t even spritz anymore.Winner: Disneyland Disneyland Jedi Training Academy vs. Disneyland Paris Jedi Training AcademyThe Jedi Training Academy shows in Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are charming but modest productions that take place on an outdoor space using limited props and special effects.The new Jedi Training Academy show that recently opened inside the former Videopolis theater in Disneyland Paris takes most of the script and structure of the stateside show, and amps it up with an elaborate indoor set, spectacular lighting and sound, and some superb effects — like a floating animatronic R2-D2! The young padawans in Paris even get light-up lightsabers to train with, instead of the cheap plastic toys used in the U.S.The American Jedi Training Academy shows are currently undergoing refurbishments, and will feature characters from Star Wars Rebels in time for the upcoming Season of the Force promotion. In the future, they may see a wholesale overhaul when the new Star Wars lands debut; if so, we hope they resemble the remarkable Paris production.Winner: Disneyland Paris Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de FeesOne of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.And while Disneyland’s version has been updated with Frozen’s Arendelle, the Paris sets are stuck in the past (Return to Oz, anyone?) and plastered with cobwebs.Winner: Disneyland Disneyland Autopia vs. Disneyland Paris AutopiaAnother survivor from Disneyland’s early days, Tomorrowland’s Autopia in Anaheim actually takes many of its current design queues from the Discoveryland version in Paris, which pioneered the “retro agri-future” aesthetic later applied (and largely later removed) from the California park.Both attractions have similar stylings, from the futuristic billboards to the colorful car bodies, and both boast a far better track design than the comparatively boring Tomorrowland Speedway in Walt Disney World.Disneyland’s version has a slight edge in its animated queue displays, and brief off-road track section. But Paris doesn’t have FastPass for this ride, making the line move much faster. Too close to call!Winner: TIE Super Bonus Video: Buzz Lightyear In FrenchThe Buzz Lightyear shooting dark ride in Disneyland Paris is practically identical to the version found in Anaheim, except for one important difference. Have you ever wanted to hear a Buzz Lightyear audio-animatronic deliver his preshow spiel in French? Prepare for your life to be complete!
By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Tiger softball team scored seven runs in the first four innings, and then held off a late rally to beat D.C. Everest, 8-5, in a Division 1 Regional Final in Schofield on May 23.The Tigers scored a run in the first inning, three in the second, two more in the third, and another in the fourth to grab a 7-2 lead. The Evergreens rallied for one run in the sixth before Marshfield got another run in the seventh. Everest fought back with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was too little too late, as the Tigers beat an Everest team that twice defeated them during regular-season play. The Tigers advanced, earning a May 28 game with Chippewa Falls.Courtney Donahue picked up the win. She pitched all seven innings, and gave up three earned runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out six. Jenna Jakobi led the Marshfield offense with two singles, a home run, and three RBIs. Jordan Pretsch singled, doubled, and knocked in a run. Maddie Mews added three singles.The Tigers got to the regional final by defeating New Richmond 16-5 on May 21 at Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. Donahue got the win in that game as well. She gave up two hits in three innings of work, struck out two, and walked two. She also drove in three runs at the plate. Mews had two singles and two RBIs, while Jenna Jakobi doubled and drove in a run. Madalen Bornbach, Loryn Jakobi, and Sandra Costa each had a single and two RBIs.With the wins in the regional round of the postseason, the No. 6 Tigers improved their record to 16-9.
For paid search managers, developing an effective branded keyword strategy is nothing new. When it comes to Shopping ads, however, the picture gets a lot murkier – Shopping is not keyword-based, and Google only offers negative keywording. Especially in large, granular accounts, the workarounds needed to execute a brand/non-brand split can be quite challenging to implement and maintain.Is a brand/non-brand split worth it?This benchmark report excerpt analyzes brand vs. non-brand traffic specifically in Shopping campaigns to shed some light on this topic. To produce this data, we ran a script to parse brand traffic for 750+ European accounts in eight key retail industries for the period from January 1 to June 30, 2019. The data clearly demonstrates the significance of branded traffic for merchants – both in terms of performance and budgetary planning.Let’s take a look at:Overall brand/non-brand ROAS differentiation per industryAverage brand/non-brand cost share per industryAverage brand/non-brand differentiation for CPC and conversion rateWhy you should care and what to do nextAverage branded ROAS is twice as high as non-brand in most industriesReturn on Ad Spend (ROAS) is a sometimes controversial but nevertheless widely accepted metric for assessing the overall performance of Shopping campaigns. (Sidenote: I recommend combining ROAS with margin information for a better assessment of profitable growth).It might come as no surprise, but what our benchmark data proves is that branded traffic delivers a much higher ROAS than non-branded traffic. This is because Google search users who enter branded queries are typically further down the buying funnel than those who don’t: They are already brand-aware and their query implies a brand preference or interest. Specifically, when I dug into other KPIs, I discovered that this increased ROAS performance is due to two primary factors associated with purchasing intent: on average, higher conversion rates and higher average order values (AOV). Lower average CPC also helps.For example in Furniture & Home Decor, the whopping +236% ROAS for branded traffic is due to massively higher AOV, while in Health & Beauty, an improved conversion rate is the main driver of efficiency. Both of these influences are discussed in more detail below.While ROAS is a popular and rather flashy metric, it alone is not sufficient to determine if advertisers in a given industry should implement a brand/non-brand split in their campaigns. The performance difference needs to be weighted by a financial metric – for example, revenue share or cost share. Here’s a look at how much budget advertisers are spending on branded traffic in our eight sample industries. Average branded cost share ranges from 16% to 56%Let’s return to the above example of Furniture & Home Decor merchants, who might on average see a 236% higher ROAS for branded search terms compared to non-branded ones. It’s a mouth-watering number, but what is the impact? By looking at the average branded cost share in this industry, you can see that this performance difference impacts 20.5% of their budget, or 1 out of every 5 euros spent on Shopping ads. So yes, absolutely, that cost share seems significant and worth attention.Even the lowest-ranking cost share – observed in the Generalist category, where we have assortments covering numerous and diverse product categories – is still affecting nearly 16% of the budget. But why, of all industries, are Generalist merchants spending the lowest percent on branded traffic? A couple of reasons jump to mind. First, it could be that their audience makes either more generic queries with no brand term or more specific queries with product-related terms – or that Google’s algorithm matches them preferentially to more generic traffic. A second possibility could be that their data feeds are just structured or maintained differently. Our script searches the brand attribute in the merchant data feed and then cross-references the terms found there against the account’s search queries. It’s possible that for some Generalists, this data lives in different attributes, like one of the product type levels. Also, this data might tend to be missing or incomplete in their feeds, which are among the most complex to manage. On the other side of the spectrum, Sporting Goods advertisers have a huge 55.6% cost share of branded traffic – the only industry to have a majority of costs triggered by brand terms on average. For the brands themselves, one could argue that this indicates a triumph of overall marketing efforts ranging from sponsorships to TV and display advertising yielding a strong internalized desire among shoppers to have branded fitness experiences. Yet my personal hypothesis is that it could be too much of a good thing: This heavy volume of brand traffic has among the lowest conversion rate uplifts of any industry and also relatively flat AOV between brand and non-brand. Instead of a smaller group of brand searchers who are highly motivated to buy and who generate larger basket values, this high-volume but low-productivity group could be an indicator of brand commoditization, where less intentful shoppers want a brand instead of your brand.Brand CPCs are cheaper, but this depends heavily on industryWhenever you see lower CPCs on better-performing traffic, it’s a great opportunity: this means you’ve got headroom for more aggressive bids and – if you’ve got the budget – you should use it. True, you might dent the ROAS slightly, but it’s a prime area for revenue growth.This opportunity is brilliantly displayed in the Fashion industry, where branded clicks are purchased 23% cheaper than non-brand clicks on average. With 210% higher ROAS in branded fashion searches, there is plenty of room for aggression and revenue expansion. Fashion merchants advertising via Shopping ads would be well-advised to split their traffic and increase their CPCs to dominate those search results. This will ensure competitive placements above other merchants who lack the capability or the strategy. The picture is also quite rosy in the DIY & Hardware sector.Several industries (Electronics, Health & Beauty, Sporting Goods, Furniture) exhibit poorly differentiated CPCs, with clicks running less than 10% cheaper for brand traffic. The takeaway here is not that these industries are lacking potential, but rather that you are the driver of your bidding strategy – by implementing a brand/non-brand split, you can get the control needed to address these traffic segments differently. There is simply less visible headroom here, but you’ll need to have a look at your account and your budget to decide how aggressive or defensive you want to be with CPCs, and in which segments.Conversion rates are significantly lower for non-brand Shopping trafficAs mentioned above, inclusion of a brand term in a search query is an indicator of purchasing intent and suggests that a given shopper is likely in the mid-funnel of their buying journey. That’s why it is no surprise to see higher conversion rates for branded traffic. Two of the big winners in this regard are Health & Beauty merchants and Generalists – with Health & Beauty seeing branded conversion rates twice as high as non-brand on average. What’s noteworthy, though, is that in both of these industries we see large ranges in the data. In other words, the experience of individual merchants varies a lot, and the averaged numbers should be regarded carefully when setting expectations. I mention this in particular for this metric because conversion rate is especially dependent on merchant-specific factors and not just channel or auction factors: on-site user experience and conversion rate optimization are key challenges for any merchant.I’d also like to call special attention to Furniture & Home Decor: The conversion rate delta of 8% is notably flat, and this retail sector also faces the flattest CPC differentiation between brand and non-brand. However, at the ROAS level, Furniture has the highest differentiation for branded traffic. So what’s going on here? On average, basket values (AOV) for branded searches are a stunning 200% higher in that industry, while all the other industries range between +7% and +23%. It’s no surprise since the price of a coffee table can range from €40 to €4000 depending on the designer – but of course, for furniture retailers focused more on commodity product lines, this trend won’t be observed.Why these numbers matter and what you should do about itA core limitation of Google Shopping is the lack of keywords, which limits the options available to merchants for setting strategies at different stages of the buying funnel. Worse, Shopping is not only reaching maturity in many markets, but even a saturation point – all while Amazon swallows more product searches and intrudes more in the auction environment. The channel is still growing to be sure, but many merchants are facing slowing year-over-year revenue volume and denser competition.That’s why strategic differentiation has never been more important. To accomplish this, I would encourage every merchant with enough conversion volume to consider the following measures:setting bids per productsplitting campaigns by deviceintegrating margin data and other signals for profitable growth (not just ROAS)and of course, setting goals and bidding behaviors by query type (e.g. brand vs. non-brand) HomeDigital Marketing2019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping 2019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google ShoppingYou are here: Posted on 12th December 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019ML 2019121111th December 2019 As a final note, let me mention that non-brand traffic is not the same as generic traffic. In fact, there can be highly valuable queries that feature intent signals other than brand terms – for example, product terms, color terms, alphanumeric patterns, and much more.Connect with us to learn about the right query patterns for your account and how to automate query funneling.The post 2019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 2019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping