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Beaches Near You in Slidell, LA – YP.com – Yellow Pages …

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Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Second Amendment Rights

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May 192016
 

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Does the Second Amendment prevent effective gun regulations? What is the right to bear arms? Second Amendment litigation has become a critical battleground since the U.S. Supreme Court held, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess a firearm in the home for self-defense. This decision created a radical shift in the meaning of the Second Amendment, but it doesnt prevent smart gun regulations. In fact, since Heller, courts nationwide have found a wide variety of firearms laws constitutional because they can help prevent gun deaths, injuries, and crimes in communities across the country.

The Law Center not only tracks the extensive Second Amendment litigation currently happening nationwide, but also analyzes the trends, to bring you the latest developments in the courts.

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What is SEO (search engine optimization)? – Definition from …

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May 172016
 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an area of website development that seeks to improve the way content is ranked by search engines in organic search results. Various approaches are taken to achieve that goal, including making sure the website architecture makes it easy for visitors to find content and that pages are mobile-friendly and load quickly.

Although there are legitimate companies that help Web sites improve their rankings, according to Google’s page about SEO, most such offers that arrive in e-mail messages are of little-to-no value. The search engine’s own Webmaster often gets SEO marketing offers suggesting that Google doesn’t show up well in search results (which is quite unlikely). Google’s recommendation for Webmasters? “Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited e-mail about search engines as you do for “burn fat at night” diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.”

Instead of trying to game the system, sites should focus on providing visitors with useful content and a good user experience (UX). Partly because of the proliferation of bogus offers, the term search engine optimization has gotten a negative reputation in some circles. To put the focus on the website visitor, it has been suggested that acronym SEO should stand for search experience optimization.

Before starting an SEO project, site owners should carefully read through the webmaster guidelines that each search engines provides and follow recommended best practices. Not only will doing so help pages rank better, but failure to follow recommendation could result in the site being improperly indexed. Worse still, the site could be completely blacklisted from the search engine. Certain black hat SEO techniques, such as keyword stuffing, are considered to be the SEO equivalent of spamming, and search engines will penalize them.

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Beaches – Kissimmee Florida Vacations

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May 172016
 

Relax. Feel the white sand between your toes. Listen to the splash of waves. Build castles close to the ocean’s edge. Isn’t that what you’ve been dreaming about for what seems like forever? You just know that the cool breeze gently caressing your skin while the water laps at your feet will wash away all that stress you’ve been carrying around. You’re probably beginning to relax even now as you imagine sunsets along a broad horizon dotted with seagulls and billowing sails. You can have it all, just a short drive from your Kissimmee, Florida vacation destination.

A family or romantic seaside beach getaway is almost a must for a Florida vacation. Just an hour’s trip from the Orlando area are some of the best east coast beaches of theAtlantic Ocean, the ideal setting for lounging, surfing or deep-sea fishing. To the west, theGulf Coastis about a 90-minute drive from Kissimmee, offering sprawling beaches and blue waters where colorful shells arrive with every splash of the surf.

It doesn’t matter if you want to indulge your playful side with some water sports on a Spring Break retreat or just relax with the kids beneath the Florida sun, some of the top beaches in the world are delightfully within reach when you stay in Kissimmee.

Explore our guide map below for ideas on where you can enjoy Central Florida’s beaches.

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SEO New Jersey | SEO NJ | SEO Services Company in NJ

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May 152016
 

SEO New Jersey is a Digital Marketing division of EXPRESEO, SEO Company in New Jersey. With 11+ years of experience in the Search Engine Marketing industry, we have seen it all. Search Engines are moving targets because they change the rules every month or so. When they do this it can shake up the rankings. They do this to make sure that you are getting the most relevant result when doing a Search. They do their best at being the best Search Engine for the user experience. Google is always trying to get it right for people who type in questions looking for specific answers. If Google has the answer, why would anyone look any further? Our Google SEO Experts are here to help you.

Our Inbound Marketing campaigns take into account both Sales and Marketing, leading to higher overall conversions and faster sales for the client. Our knowledge of Internet Marketing paired with a solid background in Sales provides a unique perspective on Search Engine Marketing strategies that we implement for all our clients.

Things have really changed in the Search Engine Marketing world and being ranked on the first page isn’t good enough anymore. You need to be ranked on the top for your keywords to can get the most of Search Engine Traffic. Our clients are ranked on top of Google for their main keywords. Feel free to do a search for our clients main keywords in red listed under Testimonials and you can see for yourself. Our Online Marketing programs are design to fit the budgets of large, medium or small business in New Jersey.

In response to a high demand for mobile-responsive, search engine and user friendly websites, we launched web design and development services in Hillsborough, NJ in 2015 . We are builders of modern innovative websites and our out-of-the-box digital marketing strategy makes us one of the best web design companies in New Jersey.

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best and worst beaches in Massachusetts – Julie A. left tips …

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May 152016
 

This is my favorite beach on the North Shore. the sand is so soft and fine it’s like powder, and it’s got a lot of mica in it so it’s sparkly and glittery. The beach is kept very clean and for some reason always feels warmer than other North Shore beaches. They have a pretty good consession stand and showers and changing rooms which is a plus if you are traveling a long ways home. The beach has a slow decline, so at low tide you can go out for a mile and still be up to your knees. You can actually bring boogie boards and other ‘floatation devices” and just chill in warm water.

As far as I am concerned the beach is separated into 3 areas. The best part, the Private side. If you are not lucky enough to know someone to get over there, you can always drive your boat to it (because we all have one of those) or walk over at low tide. It’s around the big rocky point on the left. It is way less crowded, even warmer than the public side and goes on for a nice several mile long walk (with a sweet sandbar detour or two) The public side as two areas. The nice sandy area when you first enter the beach. then to the right there are some great rocks and tide pools, marsh area and then a whole other sandy beach area. No one knows about the beach in the back, so no one is ever there! when the sand gets wet it’s turns into quicksand and is fun to walk through. There are 2 weeks in July where the blackheads get a little nasty and annoying, but nothing like at Cranes beach.

This is my favorite beach on the North Shore. the sand is so soft and fine it’s like powder, and it’s got a lot of mica in it so it’s sparkly and glittery. The beach is kept very clean and for some reason always feels warmer than other North Shore beaches. They have a pretty good consession stand and showers and changing rooms which is a plus if you are traveling a long ways home. The beach has a slow decline, so at low tide you can go out for a mile and still be up to your knees. You can actually bring boogie boards and other ‘floatation devices” and just chill in warm water.

As far as I am concerned the beach is separated into 3 areas. The best part, the Private side. If you are not lucky enough to know someone to get over there, you can always drive your boat to it (because we all have one of those) or walk over at low tide. It’s around the big rocky point on the left. It is way less crowded, even warmer than the public side and goes on for a nice several mile long walk (with a sweet sandbar detour or two) The public side as two areas. The nice sandy area when you first enter the beach. then to the right there are some great rocks and tide pools, marsh area and then a whole other sandy beach area. No one knows about the beach in the back, so no one is ever there! when the sand gets wet it’s turns into quicksand and is fun to walk through. There are 2 weeks in July where the blackheads get a little nasty and annoying, but nothing like at Cranes beach.

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Chincoteague Island – Virginia Is For Lovers

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May 122016
 

Chincoteague Island, at the northeastern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is part of Accomack County. It’s known worldwide for wild ponies Marguerite Henry wrote about in the novel, “Misty of Chincoteague,” later made into a film.

Chincoteague Island, a tiny fishing town off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is steps away from the Atlantic Ocean by bridge to Assateague Island. The famous Chincoteague ponies live in the Chincoteague National WildlifeRefuge on Assateague Island, easily reached by bike or car from town. The Chincoteague Refuge is Virginia’s entrance to an undeveloped 37-mile-long beach. The National Park Service and Refuge offer ranger-led programs seasonally. Spring and fall bird migrations are popular events but the biggest event for the area is held each July when the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company’s Pony Swim and Auction brings scores of spectators to the island town. Saltwater cowboys have been rounding up ponies and swimming them across the channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island for auction since 1926.

Visitors to Chincoteague love to dig clams, watch oystermen and compete in saltwater fishing tournaments for cash prizes. “Patriot Oysters,” so named when Abe Lincoln sent a Union ship to protect the island’s seafood trade, are a must when dining on the island. Water lovers enjoy kayaking, charter fishing and nature cruising. The Chamber hosts events year-round and a lively art scene plays out in galleries and at the restored Island Theatre. Next door on Wallops Island you can see rockets launched into space from the NASA Wallops Visitors Center.

With its variety of old-fashioned charms, Chincoteague has been called America’s #1 Beach Town; a “slam-dunk” for grandchildren and one of America’s best island towns.

Coastal Living Magazine voted Chincoteague Island “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”.

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May 122016
 

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Tangier Island Transportation Joyce Marie II – Onancock, Virginia Steven Thomas, Crisfield, Maryland Chesapeake Breeze, Reedville, Va. R L Charters – Ches. Bay Western Shore Sharon Kay III, Crisfield, Md.

Tangier Island Restaurants Fisherman’s Corner Four Brothers Crab House & Ice Cream Deck

Tangier Island Bed and Breakfasts

Tangier Island Escape Vacation Rental ‘A Watermans Hideaway Vacation Rental Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House BB Bay View Inn Bed and Breakfast Island Girl Vacation Retreat Mimosa Cottage

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He was known as “Dr Copter” Mainland Doctor Dr David Nichols

While coming over on the Joyce Marie II or the Sharon Kay III, ask the Boat Captains about the afternoon and evening Tours. Also available tour information at the Fisherman’s Corner Restaurant and Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House.

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Fisherman’s Corner: Variety – Order from Menu Four Brother’s Crab House & Ice Cream Deck – Ice Cream, Pizzas, Sandwiches, Crab Cakes & more.

Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House – Family Style All You Can Eat. (Same Menu Daily) Lorraine’s on Tangier – Variety – Order from Menu – Waterfront Restaurant – Great Sandwiches.

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Miss Mollys Inn Bed and Breakfast Click Here or Above to submit a request for information regarding travel to Tangier, accommodations, restaurants, tours, eco tours, sunset cruises, and more.

Where time stopped-still some twenty years ago! One visitor to Tangier Island states, “The most unbelievable sunsets you can ever imagine; no doubt, the next thing to heaven. It is truly a great experience, getting back to the roots of your being.”

No cars, no trains; the only transportation to Tangier Island is by boat or by small airplane. When you arrive, plan to leisurely stroll around the island. Bike and Golf Cart Rental transportation is available: Contact Tommy@FourBrothersCrabHouse.com or call 757 891 2999. Obtain information regarding boat transportation, restaurants, and Bed & Breakfasts, museum, kayaking, and more by going to: http://www.TangierIsland-va.com/tangier

The Tangier-Onancock Ferry (Joyce Marie), the Steven Thomas open for transportation to Tangier in May of each year thru September and transportation to and from Tangier is available year round via the Sharon Kay III. Also, there is Off-Season Accommodations at the Mimosa Cottage, the Bay View Inn and Doug and Patsy’s Place, the Island Girl Get-a-Way. “Lorraine’s on Tangier” welcomes all to come and join delicious foods all year round. Tangier is a great place to visit even during the tourist “Off Season”. It’s quiet, relaxing, and most enjoyable. Enjoy the museum, kayaking, walks on the beach, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Contact Us

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May 082016
 

NXT Decentralizing the future

Nxt is an advanced blockchain platform which builds on and improves the basic functionality of pioneering cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency and financial systems are the first widely used applications of blockchain technology, but the blockchain and its associated technology can be used for so much more.

Nxt revolutionises the financial technology, crowdfunding and governance industries by providing not only the groundbreaking NXT crypto-currency, but also a powerful, modular toolset to build with in any way Nxt users can imagine. Nxt gives users complete freedom to create their own applications.

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Launch your own digital currency. Trade, share and exchange other currencies supported by Nxt

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NSA Washington

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May 062016
 

Fleet & Family Readiness (FFR) strives to deliver customer-driven, quality of life programs and services for the Naval Support Activity Washington community (active duty, retired military, reservists, DoD employees and family members). FFR programs include Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) and the Visiting Flag Quarters.

MWR is comprised of Fitness and Sports Programs, Navy Community Recreation which includes Tickets and Travel, Special Events and other recreational activites and programsand Food and Beverage operations such as the Catering and Conference Center and Mordecai Booth’s Public House.

FFSC provides on-base social services through counseling and assistance. FFSC currently offers Clinical Counseling, Crisis Response, Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program, Ombudsman Programs and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention. As it continues to grow, more services will be added. Until then this office works with the Military & Family Support Center located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

The VFQ serves as Chief of Naval Operations guest quarters. The quarters provide temporary accommodations to active duty; grades O-7 and above, Senior Executive Service and their spouses.

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NSA | New York City Chapter

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May 052016
 

When you attend an NSA NYC event, you will find a diverse group of professionals who use their passion for the power of the spoken word to create the life and business they love.

This year our programming has been created to support our theme of FUN. As a national keynote speaker on optimism and happiness in the workplace, it is not surprising that FUN would find a way into my leadership style however that theme goes much deeper as we welcome some of the top speaking professionals in our industry to share their tools for success at our monthly meetings.

Here are the 4 aspects of FUN you can expect NSA NYC events to cover this year:

Please have a look around our website to meet some of our successful members, to find out more about professional speaking, and to schedule your visit to our next meeting.

We are thrilled you are here and look forward to you joining us for a warm and welcoming experience filled with engaging content, educational instruction, and some serious FUN.

Whether you are a long time professional or this is your first visit to the world of speaking I say with all my heart

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swimming – Missouri State Parks

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May 042016
 

Whether it’s hanging out in a quiet lake cove, exploring one of Missouris pristine Ozark rivers or plopping in a pool, state parks offer swimming experiences that the entirefamily can enjoy.

Four parks Bennett Spring, Big Lake, Roaring River and Washington have public swimming pools, while others have sand beaches.

The parks located on big impounded lakes offer some of the Midwests top water recreation. Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Wappapello, Long Branch, Pomme de Terre, Stockton, Harry S Truman, Table Rockand Mark Twain state parks all have large lakes perfect for swimming, boating and fishing.

Crowder State Park has swimming in its 18-acre lake and Cuivre River State Park offers swimming in Lake Lincoln. Finger Lakes, Lewis and Clark, St. Joe, Trail of Tears, Thousand Hills, Wakonda and Watkins Mill also are state parks with smaller lakes for swimming. Several of the lakes have sand beaches.

Clear, spring-fed Ozark rivers are great for cooling off in the hot summer months.

Big Creek is a lovely little stream that runs through Sam A. Baker State Park and thecampground is next to a gravel bar along the creek.

Meramec and Onondaga Cave state parks are located along the Meramec River. St. Francois and Washington state parks are on Big River.

One of the states premier swimming holes is at Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park, where the Black River has carved out chutes and pools in the ancient rock of the namesake shut-ins area.

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Liberty, North Carolina – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Apr 302016
 

Originally named Liberty Oak, the town was founded in 1809 near the plantation of John Leak.[3] The first church within the town was the Liberty Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) founded on October 11, 1884. The town’s first school, the Liberty Academy, was founded on May 6, 1885, as a charter school, and helped to foster the town’s early reputation as a place of higher learning. Liberty is home to the mother church of the Southern Baptist denomination (Sandy Creek Baptist Church),

The Liberty Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[4]

Liberty is also home to the famous the Liberty Antiques Festival. Also, the Liberty Showcase has had many famous Nashville recording stars such as Ronnie McDowell, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Exile, and many more. The movies Killers Three (1968) and Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) were filmed in Liberty and the surrounding areas.

One of Liberty’s most noticeable landmarks is the Patterson House Museum, near the town hall; it was originally constructed in 1885 by Dr. Armstead Jackson Patterson as a retirement home for his parents. Other local landmarks are the historical Liberty train station (which is not open to the public), and the Vance York house.

In 2001, Liberty was honored to become one of the few towns on the North Carolina National Historic Register for its rich history and historic architecture, largely due to the efforts of Mrs. Francine Swaim, a local writer, teacher, and historian.

As of the census[1] of 2000, 2,661 people, 1,033 households, and 708 families resided in the town. The population density is 1,020.8 people per square mile (393.6/km). The 1,094 housing units averaged 419.7 per square mile (161.8/km). The racial makeup of the town is 65.69% White, 23.64% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 8.08% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. About 14.2% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,033 households, 32.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% are married couples living together, 14.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% are not families; 27.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the town, the population is distributed as 26.1% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females, there are 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $35,052, and for a family is $44,179. Males have a median income of $27,944 versus $21,462 for females. The per capita income for the town is $16,345. About 12.2% of the population and 9.9% of families are below the poverty line. Of the total population, 12.9% of those under the age of 18 and 16.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Liberty has long been important to the aviation community. In addition to having several private airports in the vicinity, Liberty lies at the intersection of several air traffic routes that serve the East Coast. A Vortac owned by the Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic navigation is based just outside town near Sandy Creek Church. Liberty is also located near the delineation point for the Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center (Atlanta Center) and the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (Washington Center). All planes flying west of Liberty must be directed by Atlanta, while all planes flying east must be directed by Washington.

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Hubble telescope captures sharpest image yet of mysterious …

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Apr 292016
 

A striking new image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope delivers a deep look into a mysterious cosmic object called the Red Rectangle Nebula.

The Red Rectangle, so named because of its bizarre shape and striking color, is a nebula a cosmic cloud of gas and particles. In this case, the nebula is formed by the central star, HD 44179, which is reaching the end of its life and shedding most of its mass into space.

The source of the red light emitted by the Red Rectangle baffled scientists for more than 30 years. The same kind of red emission was seen throughout the Milky Way and in other galaxies, but scientists weren’t sure what created it. The mystery was finally solved in 2007: The glow comes from strange activity at the molecular level inside clusters of dust.

This new image gives scientists the best understanding yet of the structure of the Red Rectangle, according to a statement from NASA. Instead of a rectangle, it appears that the nebula around the star is shaped like an “X,” with ladder-like rungs of glowing gas connecting the four arms.

The star at the center of the Red Rectangle is similar to Earth’s sun and is responsible for those evenly spaced lines as it releases gas and other material to create the nebula and its distinctive shape. NASA experts now believe the star is also a close binary (meaning it has a stellar partner), and is surrounded by a dense area of dust, according to the statement.

The star at the center of the Red Rectangle will eventually leave behind a hot white dwarf that will give off brilliant ultraviolet radiation that will cause the surrounding gas to glow.

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Delray Beach SEO – Internet Marketing – Google Partner

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Apr 242016
 

There are few people in life that get to stare down a shark in its wild environment. There are fewer still that have been bitten by one and survived. That is EXACTLY what happened to our founder and CEO. It was a pivotal turning point in his life. Part of bouncing back with a passion was launching one of Americas fastest growing SEO and Internet marketing firms, Shark Bite SEO.

The changes that Google, as the 800lb gorilla of the market, forced upon businesses with Panda, Penguin, AdWords, and other initiatives have left the waters red with blood. Businesses have been thrust into a kill or be killed competitive environment online. I saw an opportunity to take 22 years of high tech, Internet marketing, and business strategy experience and turn our customers into the apex predators of their markets.

With Anthony navigating the waters, Shark Bite SEO, is uniquely positioned to meet the needs and challenges of multiple industry verticals.

Many of our competitors do not understand the businesses they work with. They are technologists that know a bit about SEO and Internet Marketing. They do not know what it takes to run and build a business. We have built a team of business strategists supported by a very strong team of technologists. We work closely with our clients to create true dominance and business impact. You can only do this if you understand the clients business from the ground up.

Prior to starting Shark Bite SEO, Anthony was the General Manager for the Foreclosure.com family of companies. His years of experience in business strategy, technology and process improvement brought a valued prospective to the products and services. Additionally, Anthony was key in engineering and developing the short sale and offer process management systems in place a several major financial institutions including Fannie Mae.

As a Sr. BRM Architect for Savvion Software (now Progress Software), consulted with companies such as Pepsi North America, Pepsi International and Cingular Wireless / AT&T Analog devices on various ways to use innovative technologies and business process management to improve profitability and to empower management to make proactive business decisions based on key metrics.

Anthony previously served as ERA Boston Real Estate Groups CIO where he developed and implemented a variety of cutting edge technology programs which has placed ERA Boston Real Estate Group at the forefront of information technology and internet marketing in the Greater Boston real estate market. Under his direction, ERA Boston Real Estate Group grew 700% based on dominating all major search engines and generating over 3,000 buyer leads per month.

Prior to joining ERA Boston Real Estate Group, Anthony was chief technology officer at BiT Group Inc. a Boston-based Internet consulting and development firm. During his tenure as CTO, Anthony worked with senior management to set company direction and strategy and the lead architect, designing mission critical applications clients, including Fidelity Investments, EMC2 BJs Wholesale, IDX Systems, and IBEX Process Technologies. He also managed four main functional areas of operation for BiT Group, which included information architecture, IT consulting, engineering and database/system architecture.

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6 Uncomplicated Social SEO Tips for Small Businesses …

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Apr 242016
 

Lets start with what is SEO?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. And the phrase improve your SEO strategy encompasses the actions taken to ensure your website can be found in a search engines results page (SERP) when searching for words or phrases relevant to the content on your website.

What does Social SEO mean?

Social SEO refers to the idea that social media links and interaction play a considerable part in a websites search rankings. It sounds complicated (and, in reality it is) but basically SEO is all about optimizing contentwhether its on your website or on a social media platformin order to appear higher in search rankings.

Here are six uncomplicated Social SEO tips you can easily start implementing today:

The key to an SEO friendly social media profile is to be descriptive as possible. Always fill out the About or Information sections of any social media platform. Use words or phrases that describe your business and are also terms individuals would use to search for your business.

For example, to optimize your Facebook Page for local searches, it is very important to include your address, city, state, and zip. Always include links from your social channels back to your businesss website (and links from your website to your social channels).

Insider Tip: The Category field is often over looked on Facebook Pages but is important for Facebook mobile searches. Check to make sure your business is listed as the correct category while editing your basic information.

To optimize your social content, always include some of the relevant search keywords you determined for your business in your Facebook updates, tweets, pin descriptions, etc. Its important to remember to share content from your website or blog socially to give it an SEO boost too. Sharing new content on Twitter is especially important because it helps Google index it faster (indexing means Google adds this URL to their database).

Insider Tip: Use your businesss name in your social posts. This helps Google associate the keywords you use to describe your business with your businesss name.

A key factor in SEO is link building. Simply put, this means having good website to website relationships through links. When you have more quality sites linking to your website (inbound) and you are linking to other quality websites (outbound) the more authoritative Google determines your website to be. More authority equals a higher SERP rank.

Likes, comments, +1s, repins, retweets, etc., all play into the weight given to your links. If you create content people want to share, you can create more inbound links. Content doesnt always have to be as elaborate as a blog post or whitepaper, content can also refer to tweets or Facebook posts as well. By posting engaging social content, youre improving your SEO value. To review: Quality content equals more shares equals more links equals better SEO value. Simple right?

Insider Tip: A more advanced way to increase shares is to add social share buttons to individual pieces of content on your website or blog.

An easy way to create shareable content is by using Pinterest. Pinterest is great for link building and improving your keyword strategy. Google indexes pages from websites with heavy traffic faster and higher in a SERP. You can increase your contents visibility in SERPs by adding keywords within the title of a Pinterest board, the boards description, and you even have up to 500 characters to describe an individual pin so youll want to include keywords there as well.

Additionally, you can customize the pins link and point people back to your website or blogfurther increasing the opportunity for your content to rank higher in a SERP. From an SEO perspective, Pinterest allows you to do a few things that other networks dont, so take advantage of it.

Insider Tip: Google prefers high-resolution images, so use high-quality images on Pinterest whenever possible.

No one loves Google+ more than Google. Sign up for a Google+ Business Page and complete as many fields as you can in the About section using keywords that describe your business. Google also allows you to add several customized links within your profile, you can use this as an opportunity to link back to your website, blog, and additional social channels. By spending 10-minutes a day sharing your content to your Google+ page, youll be more likely to appear within Googles SERP. There are more reasons you should care about Google+ if youre a Solution Provider.

According to Google, 97% of consumers search for local businesses online. In order to perform well in local search results its critical that you optimize your Google+ Local listing (formally known as Google Places). A Local Google+ page is different from a Google+ Business Page because it allows customers to easily connect with that businesss physical location. Update the details about your businessaddress, phone number, hours, etc.and youre good to go!

Insider Tip: Be sure to keep your information up-to-date on Google+ Local and Facebookit helps!

Improving your SEO takes time and SERP changes dont happen overnight. Always be as descriptive as you can and keep your info up to date. Ultimately, as a small business owner you shouldnt obsess over SEO. Instead, focus on providing a WOW! experience for your customers and your business will benefit through natural word-of-mouth.

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Freedom Tower (1 World Trade Center) – The New York Times

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Apr 222016
 

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Cond Nast is to lease one million square feet in the lead tower at ground zero in a deal worth an estimated $2 billion over 25 years.

The Port Authority has struggled to create an elegant and secure skyscraper while also containing costs.

Larry A. Silverstein, the developer of 4 World Trade Center, is taking up New York City on its commitment to lease one-third of the building.

In 2010, so much progress was made at the World Trade Center that officials saw no need to cook up fabricated milestones, as they had in the past. But in December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey showed that old habits die hard. It announced in a press release (accompanied by this picture) that 1 World Trade Center – the building formerly known as Freedom Tower – had reached “halfway to the top.” Meaning what? That the structural steel had reached the level of the 52nd floor in what will be a 104-story building.

Few people seem willing to question whether building 1 World Trade Center makes any sense.

The Timess David W. Dunlap describes how the new World Trade Center complex is taking shape.

Despite setbacks and public cynicism, the puzzle that is the new World Trade Center complex is being pieced together rapidly.

Photographs from the Timess Fred R. Conrad provide an intimate view of construction at the site of the World Trade Center.

The publishing giant has signed a tentative deal to anchor the skyscraper now under construction.

The Durst real estate family won a hotly contested bidding contest for a stake in 1 World Trade Center and is expected to invest at least $100 million in the tower.

A family that owns 10 Midtown Manhattan office towers is favored by some Port Authority officials, but a deal is not assured.

A Subway restaurant franchise is housed in cargo containers and raised by cranes that rise as the building goes up.

Having the publishing giant as a tenant would bring a particular cachet to 1 World Trade Center.

Mr. Libeskind is best known for his work as the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.

Panoramic views of 1 World Trade Center show the progress of building.

The days when 1 World Trade Center was regarded as an unnecessary exercise in waste appear to be over.

The Port Authority, the city and Larry A. Silverstein have worked out a formula to finance the project.

The Port Authority hopes to raise money for 1 World Trade Center, still under construction, and hand off the job of marketing the space and negotiating leases.

Fresh bread will soon be baking high above ground zero.

The Port Authority says that 1 World Trade Center, the address of the fallen north tower, is the most practical way to market the building. It had been called the Freedom Tower.

Cond Nast is to lease one million square feet in the lead tower at ground zero in a deal worth an estimated $2 billion over 25 years.

The Port Authority has struggled to create an elegant and secure skyscraper while also containing costs.

Larry A. Silverstein, the developer of 4 World Trade Center, is taking up New York City on its commitment to lease one-third of the building.

In 2010, so much progress was made at the World Trade Center that officials saw no need to cook up fabricated milestones, as they had in the past. But in December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey showed that old habits die hard. It announced in a press release (accompanied by this picture) that 1 World Trade Center – the building formerly known as Freedom Tower – had reached “halfway to the top.” Meaning what? That the structural steel had reached the level of the 52nd floor in what will be a 104-story building.

Few people seem willing to question whether building 1 World Trade Center makes any sense.

The Timess David W. Dunlap describes how the new World Trade Center complex is taking shape.

Despite setbacks and public cynicism, the puzzle that is the new World Trade Center complex is being pieced together rapidly.

Photographs from the Timess Fred R. Conrad provide an intimate view of construction at the site of the World Trade Center.

The publishing giant has signed a tentative deal to anchor the skyscraper now under construction.

The Durst real estate family won a hotly contested bidding contest for a stake in 1 World Trade Center and is expected to invest at least $100 million in the tower.

A family that owns 10 Midtown Manhattan office towers is favored by some Port Authority officials, but a deal is not assured.

A Subway restaurant franchise is housed in cargo containers and raised by cranes that rise as the building goes up.

Having the publishing giant as a tenant would bring a particular cachet to 1 World Trade Center.

Mr. Libeskind is best known for his work as the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.

Panoramic views of 1 World Trade Center show the progress of building.

The days when 1 World Trade Center was regarded as an unnecessary exercise in waste appear to be over.

The Port Authority, the city and Larry A. Silverstein have worked out a formula to finance the project.

The Port Authority hopes to raise money for 1 World Trade Center, still under construction, and hand off the job of marketing the space and negotiating leases.

Fresh bread will soon be baking high above ground zero.

The Port Authority says that 1 World Trade Center, the address of the fallen north tower, is the most practical way to market the building. It had been called the Freedom Tower.

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Freedom House in Cleveland, Ohio with Reviews & Ratings – YP.com

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Apr 202016
 

Trilby’s Svengali was a character of fiction. Conversely, Marc Breed, has captivated a generation with such a unique and engaging personality that we’ve allowed him the ultimately luxury of a true freedom. The Art he has created, as a result of this, only seems odd; in that …morewe view it while tinged with envy. That we in Cleveland possess such a close-up look, should be a source of extreme pride. For we may live vicariously through his artistic rampage among us. -Dr. Stanley Workman, Art History, Professor Emeritus http://artistmarcbreed.blogspot.com/view less

Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?

Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.

Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You’ll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.

1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.

2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.

3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don’t simply stay away from the substance that you’ve become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you’re not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.

4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don’t involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.

Consider an Outpatient Program Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.

Painkillers and Therapy Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.

Working With a Sponsor Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment’s notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.

To go through treatment successfully, it’s important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.

Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.

You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.

Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, “Shake your drug addiction in one week!” If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.

Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.

Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don’t receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.

Drug Abuse Facts Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn’t matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.

Helping Your Family Cope You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you’ve received treatment.

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US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims …

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Apr 162016
 

The report singled out British overseas territories such as Bermuda for their popularity with US firms seeking to slash their tax bill by profit-shifting. Photograph: Alamy

US corporate giants such as Apple, Walmart and General Electric have stashed $1.4tn (980bn) in tax havens, despite receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer support, according to a report by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

Related: Tax havens dont need to be reformed. They should be outlawed | Richard Brooks

The sum, larger than the economic output of Russia, South Korea and Spain, is held in an opaque and secretive network of 1,608 subsidiaries based offshore, said Oxfam.

The charitys analysis of the financial affairs of the 50 biggest US corporations comes amid intense scrutiny of tax havens following the leak of the Panama Papers.

And the charity said its report, entitled Broken at the Top was a further illustration of massive systematic abuse of the global tax system.

Technology giant Apple, the worlds second biggest company, topped Oxfams league table, with some $181bn held offshore in three subsidiaries.

Boston-based conglomerate General Electric, which Oxfam said has received $28bn in taxpayer backing, was second with $119bn stored in 118 tax haven subsidiaries.

Computing firm Microsoft was third with $108bn, in a top 10 that also included pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer, Googles parent company Alphabet and Exxon Mobil, the largest oil company not owned by an oil-producing state.

Related: In defence of tax havens: offshore banking is not the same as dodgy dealing | Nigel Green

Oxfam contrasted the $1.4tn held offshore with the $1tn paid in tax by the top 50 US firms between 2008 and 2014.

It pointed out that the companies had also enjoyed a combined $11.2tn in federal loans, bailouts and loan guarantees during the same period.

Overall, the use of tax havens allowed the US firms to reduce their effective tax rate on $4tn of profits from the US headline rate of 35% to an average of 26.5% between 2008 and 2014.

The charity said this had helped firms spend billions on an army of lobbyists calling for greater state support in the form of loans, bailouts and guarantees, funded by taxpayers.

The top 50 US firms spent $2.6bn between 2008 and 2014 on lobbying the US government, Oxfam said.

For every $1 spent on lobbying, these 50 companies collectively received $130 in tax breaks and more than $4,000 in federal loans, loan guarantees and bailouts, said Oxfam.

Robbie Silverman, senior tax adviser at Oxfam said: Yet again we have evidence of a massive systematic abuse of the global tax system.

We cant go on with a situation where the rich and powerful are not paying their fair share of tax, leaving the rest of us to foot the bill.

Governments across the globe must come together now to end the era of tax havens.

Oxfam estimates that tax avoidance by US corporations costs the worlds largest economy some $111bn a year, but said it was also fuelling the global wealth divide by draining $100bn from the poorest countries.

Tax dodging practised by corporations and enabled by federal policymakers contributes to dangerous inequality that is undermining our social fabric and hindering economic growth, the report said.

Oxfam also singled out British overseas territories such as Bermuda for their popularity with US firms seeking to slash their tax bill by profit-shifting.

In 2012, said Oxfam, US firms reported $80bn of profit in Bermuda, more than their combined reported profits in Japan, China, Germany and France, four of the worlds five largest economies.

The charity called on the US government to pass the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, including a requirement for firms to report their tax contribution on a country-by-country basis.

Country-by-country reporting has been recommended by a host of non-governmental organisations and charities to prevent companies from artificially shifting their income out of the poorest countries.

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What is NATO?

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Apr 142016
 

NATO is a political and military alliance of 28 North American and European countries, bound by shared democratic values, that have joined together to best pursue security and defense. In addition to the United States, the other NATO Allies are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The principle of collective defense is at the heart of NATO and is enshrined in Article 5 of the Alliances founding Washington Treaty, which asserts that an attack on one Ally is to be considered an attack on all. NATO invoked Article 5 of the Washington Treaty for the first time in its history following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States.

Founded in 1949, NATO played a unique role in maintaining stability and security in the trans-Atlantic area during the Cold War. Since the end of the Cold War the Alliance has transformed itself to meet the security challenges of the new century, continuing with adoption of a new NATO Strategic Concept at the Lisbon NATO Summit in 2010. Today, NATOs operations include leading the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, ensuring a safe and secure environment in Kosovo through the KFOR mission, and contributing to international counter-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa through Operation Ocean Shield. In 2011, NATO successfully carried out the UN-mandated mission in Libya to protect civilians, enforce a no-fly zone, and enforce a maritime arms embargo. NATO has also provided airlift and sealift support to the African Union (AU) missions in Somalia and Sudan, has engaged in a number of humanitarian relief operations in recent years, including delivery of over 100 tons of supplies from Europe to the United States following Hurricane Katrina, and leads the counterterrorism Operation Active Endeavor in the Mediterranean Sea.

Recognizing that the security challenges Allies face often emerge beyond Europe, NATO has become the hub of a global security network, establishing partnerships with over thirty countries. These ties provide opportunities for practical military cooperation and political dialogue. Partners have contributed significantly to NATO operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, and Libya.

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