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MOSCOW NATO said Wednesday that it had intercepted a large number of Russian aircraft flying close to European airspace in the past two days, in an unusual series of incidents that brought Russian bombers as far afield as Portugal.

The aircraft at least 19 in all offered reminders of Russian air power at a time of the worst relations between the West and Russia since the Cold War. Russian military aircraft have significantly increased their activity in Europe since the conflict in Ukraine began earlier this year, with NATO scrambling to intercept aircraft more than 100 times in 2014. But a NATO official said the scale of the latest incidents was the most provocative this year.

Over the Atlantic Ocean and the North, Black and Baltic seas, Russian bombers, fighter jets and tanker aircraft were detected flying in international airspace, NATO said. There were no incursions into national airspace, a violation of sovereignty that would have significantly amplified the seriousness of the four incidents, three of which took place on Wednesday.

Were raising it as an unusual level of activity, said Lt. Col. Jay Janzen, a spokesman for NATOs military command in Mons, Belgium. The flights weve seen in the last 24 hours, the size of those flights and some of the flight plans are definitely unusual.

U.S. officials regard the flights as a show of force by the Putin government. Its concerning because its moving in the wrong direction, said one U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the air activity publicly. Its not helping to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine. Its not helping to improve relations between NATO and Russia. Its not helping anybody.

Smaller-scale incidents have also increased this year, approximately tripling from the same period in 2013, Janzen said.

In at least one of the four incidents, the aircraft had switched off their transponders and had not filed flight plans with civilian air traffic controllers. That means that civilian air traffic control cannot track them, potentially creating a risk for civilian planes.

That incident took place around 3:00 a.m. in Western Europe on Wednesday, when four Tu-95 long-range strategic nuclear bombers and four Il-78 tanker aircraft flew over the Norwegian Sea. Norwegian F-16 fighter jets scrambled to intercept them. Six of the planes returned to Russia, but two of the bombers skirted the Norwegian coast, flew past Britain sending Typhoon fighter jets to scramble in response and then finally looped west of Spain and Portugal, attracting Portuguese F-16s. Then the two bombers appeared to return to Russia, Janzen said.

The Tu-95 bombers are not commonly seen close to Europe, Janzen said. Nor are the MiG-31 fighter jets that were intercepted along with other aircraft above the Baltic Sea in two separate incidents Tuesday and Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents above the Baltic represented the same group of seven planes entering and departing a Russian military base at Kaliningrad.

There was no immediate reaction from the Russian government.

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A Norwegian F-16 shadows a Russian air force Tupolev Tu-95 in a photograph released by the Norwegian air force. Photograph: Norwegian air force/EPA

Nato aircraft have been scrambled to shadow Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and fighter planes over the Baltic in what the western alliance called an unusual burst of activity as tensions remain elevated because of the situation in Ukraine.

In all, Nato said, its jets intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and some were still on manoeuvres late on Wednesday afternoon.

These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European air space, the alliance said.

A spokesman stressed there had been no violation of Nato air space, unlike a week earlier when a Russian spy plane briefly crossed Estonias border. But so many sorties in one day was unusual compared with recent years.

In the biggest exercise four Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers, the 1950s equivalent of the US B-52, flew out over the Norwegian Sea in the early hours of Wednesday, accompanied by four refuelling tanker aircraft.

Norwegian F-16s tracked the formation, which eventually broke up, with six planes heading back toward Russia and two Tu-95s flying on south over the North Sea where they were intercepted by British Typhoons. Portuguese F-16s later tracked them in the Atlantic before they turned for home.

A Norwegian military spokesman said: We see Russian aircraft near our air space on a regular basis but what was unusual is that it was a large number of aircraft and pushed further south than we normally see.

In a second incident two Tu-95s accompanied by two fighter jets were being tracked by Turkish aircraft over the Black Sea on Wednesday afternoon, while flights of seven Russian warplanes were monitored on Tuesday and Wednesday over the Baltic Sea.

On Tuesday German and Danish planes were involved in tracking them as well as aircraft from non-Nato states Sweden and Finland. On Wednesday Portuguese F-16s posted in the Baltic intercepted a similar group of fighters and fighter-bombers.

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The current trends in the Bitcoin show that while progress is slow, its constantly building momentum. Last week, Andreas Antonopoulos went before the Canadian Senate and gave an amazing 2 hour talk, this week Gavin Andresen went to Reddit and gave amazing answers.

The public comments period for the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) regulatory proposal BitLicense have ended and numerous heavyweights in the Bitcoin community and Internet free-speech have weighed in including BitPay, Coinbase, Reddit, the Internet Archive, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, Reddit AMA

Yesterday, Gavin Andresen, notably the best-known Bitcoin Core developer and Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). AMAs are a proud tradition on Reddit that allow experts, celebrities, politicians, etc. a chance to speak their mind to a multitude of people and have their thoughts recorded.

As of writing, Andresens AMA has reached 931 comments and he has actively participated in a large number of threads.

When asked what would be needed for Andresen to believe Bitcoin is established, he replied, We need regulatory clarity, ease of use, and no-single-point-of-failure security. The world is still waking up to Bitcoin and its effectsalthough business is slowly tuning inits going to be more regulatory questions like New Yorks infamous Bitlicense.

On the subject of the increasing value of individual Bitcoins (currently at $388) he showed a favor for speaking more often of Bits, or millionths of a Bitcoin. A Bit, as a result, would be $0.000388 approximately, meaning 100 Bits would be about 4 cents.

Apparently, he changed his name from Bell (his birth surname) to Andresen because his wife did not want to be known as Michele Bell.

Overall, reading Andresens responses to questions shows a solid foundation of a programmer who is passionate about Bitcoin. He sounds forthright, thoughtful, and knowledgeable and at the same time extremely sanguine about the future of Bitcoin itself.

If this sparks a readers interest, many could do worse than to peruse the comments in the AMA and pick out Andresens responses. CoinDesk has also picked out what they feel are the 12 best answers from his AMA.

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Revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of large-scale surveillance by the NSA showed that we were living in a golden age of surveillance,Bruce Schneier said. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian/Handout via Reuters

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has turned the internet into a giant surveillance platform, a leading security specialist has said.

Bruce Schneier, who has written extensively on digital security and privacy, told an audience in Dublin tonight that the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of large-scale surveillance by the NSA showed that we were living in a golden age of surveillance.

In a lecture for the human rights group Front Line Defenders, Mr Schneier said the NSAs role changed completely after the 9/11 attacks, when US intelligence agencies were given an impossible mission: never again. The only way to ensure something doesnt happen is to know everything that is happening, he said.

This desire to collect everything coincided with changes in technology, notably the spread of smartphones, the rise of cloud storage and the fact that it became cheaper for individuals to store data and thereby leave deeper digital footprints for the state to pursue. The NSA has turned the internet into a giant surveillance platform, he said.

It did this largely by piggybacking on corporate capabilities, and in an environment where the public largely acquiesced. If the government said you have to carry a tracking device with you 24/7, we would never agree to that. Every morning we put a cellphone in our pocket, which tracks us 24/7. If you were told, every time you make a new friend, you have to inform the police, you would laugh. But you do that on Facebook.

Mr Schneier warned that by making the internet less secure, states were making it easier for criminals and hackers to compromise systems using similar methods. And while the US was in a privileged position, as a hub for internet communications and home to a large number of technology firms, similar things were being done in countries such as China and Russia. We have to make a choice here. We have built an insecure internet. We have enabled everyone to spy… We have broken the fabric of trust on the net.

Human rights organisations feared that nothing could be done to counteract state surveillance, but this wasnt true, Mr Schneier said. There is a lot that can be done, technically, to make ourselves safer from all attackers, all eavesdroppers. But this is a political problem, because we are building an infrastructure where surveillance is possible. We need everyone to realise that a secure internet is in everyones interest.

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Under the microscope: 86 multinationals are being investigated by the ATO. Photo: Andrew Quilty

A special unit within the Australian Taxation Office is looking into the affairs of 86 ‘high risk’ multinationals with operations in Australia, as part of its efforts to stop companies shifting profits overseas to avoid tax.

ATO deputy commissioner Mark Konza told The Australian Financial Review that 233 companies initially flagged for review had been narrowed down to 86 “high-risk” cases, which may result in audits down the track.

“We have identified an initial 86 cases where we will review structures and arrangements to see if they represent an inappropriate shifting of profits outside of Australia,” Mr Konza said.

The ATO program is believed to have a team of about 100 staff across the country.

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The companies identified cannot be named but are operating in Australia, with significant cross-border transactions. The four-year program to address “international structuring and profit-shifting” comes amid the global fight to stop multinationals, such as Apple, Google and Amazon, shifting profits to avoid tax.

An investigation earlier this month found Apple shifted an estimated $8.9 billion in untaxed profits to Ireland over the past decade, despite earning $26.7 billion through sales of its products in Australia over the same period. Ireland is a low-tax jurisdiction but not a tax haven.

“We are focusing on a large number of companies that have undertaken international restructures,” Mr Konza said. “This work is supported by additional funding from the government [in the May budget].” The then treasurer, Wayne Swan, had announced an extra $109.1 million for the ATO to look into areas such as marketing hubs that facilitate profit-shifting.

The ATO is concerned about companies using complex structures to shift profits through tax havens. It is also looking at multinationals using “thin capitalisation” the loading debt into high-tax countries and profits to low-tax.

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Beaches in danger of losing Blue Flag status

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A number of the countrys best known beaches are expected to lose their Blue Flag status as a result of the devastation caused by recent storms.

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There are serious concerns for some candidate Blue Flag and Green Coast Award beaches that have been devastated by the recent storms particularly where infrastructure such as access roads, car parks and other amenities have been destroyed, said Annabel FitzGerald, manager of An Taisces coastal programmes.

These are among the 32 imperative criteria required to achieve Blue Flag status. The application deadline for applying for Blue Flag status was last December, before the worst of the storms hit.

Starting next week, we will be visiting a large number of beaches and it is likely that a number of them will have to have their applications for Blue Flag status withdrawn, said Ms FitzGerald.

This is the first time we have to do this but these storms are unprecedented. Every year there are some issues raised with one or two beaches, but never to this extent.

While she was reluctant to name any beach likely to lose its flag, she said she had written to local authorities nationwide, asking them to fill out a register of infrastructural damage.

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Are the islands of Andaman and Nicobar potential terror hubs?

Yes, feels the administration of the Union Territory, which has said the possibility of left out LTTE cadre trying to make them a safe haven cannot be ruled out.

The administration has also conveyed to the government that foreigners from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand and Sri Lanka often intrude into the archipelago.

The Home Ministry has told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs that according to the Union Territory Administration, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have settlers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar and possibility of these settlers being used “by elements from their erstwhile countries” cannot be ruled out.

“The UT government is of the view that left out LTTE cadre may look for safe havens in the near vicinity and may take advantage of our uninhabited islands for their temporary hideouts,” the Home Ministry told the panel.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are situated in the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 1200 km from the mainland. These islands are spread over an area of 8249 sq km. This group comprises 572 islands of which only 38 are inhabited.

The island authority has conveyed that the local Tamil population in the islands, like other parts of the country, is also sympathetic to the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Further, sympathy of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who were brought and settled in these islands during 1960s and 1970s may be easily gained for abetting, aiding and assisting the LTTE outfit in providing temporary shelters under the thick forest covers in the islands.

“In fact the geographical locations and conditions make these islands an ideal place for providing safe havens for terrorist groups for jungle warfare training and even dumping grounds for arms and ammunition,” the Standing Committee on Home Affairs has been informed.

Owing to its proximity to Myanmar (which is only 45 km from the northern most point of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Indonesia is just 160 km from CampbellBay), Thailand and Indonesia, a large number of foreigners intrude into Indian territory for poaching of marine resources.

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Members of the Chinese elite, including some of the countrys most politically connected figures, have set up a large number of offshore companies that allow them to conceal billions of dollars abroad, according to a new report released Wednesday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington-based group that works with a number of news organizations around the world.

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The reports authors say it is based on leaked documents concerning tens of thousands of tax-haven clients.

The report names more than a dozen of Chinas wealthiest people, as well as relatives of top officials, including those of the countrys leader, Xi Jinping; the former premier, Wen Jiabao; and the descendants of the ruling Communist Partys revolutionary founders.

The report was released at an awkward time for Mr. Xi, who has made cracking down on corruption and reining in officials displays of wealth among his top priorities since taking charge of the Communist Party in 2012. The combination of wealth and power illustrated in the report could become a political liability for the government at a time when the Chinese public is increasingly concerned about official privilege.

During a regular news briefing, a Foreign Ministry spokesman who was asked about the report dismissed it as hardly convincing, and suggested that those who leaked the documents had ulterior motives. Censors blocked access to the consortiums online report in much of China on Wednesday, and Chinese media made no mention of it.

Offshore bank accounts, trusts and shell companies are not in and of themselves illegal, and individuals and companies who move wealth overseas are not necessarily seeking to launder money or avoid tax liability. The Chinese government allows Chinese investors and executives to hold stakes in domestic companies like the Internet giants Baidu and Tencent through offshore investment vehicles. And foreign banks and private equity firms have often encouraged Chinese investors to hold some assets offshore, especially stakes in companies that plan to list their shares in Hong Kong or New York.

But offshore companies can also be used to launder money, dodge taxes and hide an individuals stake in a company.

The potential for embarrassment is likely to grow as the consortium releases more data and analysts tease apart the strands of previously opaque financial arrangements. The consortium said it would publish a database of tax-haven documents Thursday.

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Liberty Global plc (Liberty Global) (Nasdaq: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) announced the winners of its 2013 Vendor Awards at the Liberty Global Technology Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Senior management from over 100 key vendor partners attended the event together with Liberty Global’s senior management in the areas of technology, IT, product development and procurement.

Liberty Global recognized its partners achievements in three categories: Best Product & Service Quality’, ‘Best Support & After Sales and Best Innovation/Breakthrough at the Liberty Global Technology Summit.

The award for Best Product & Service Quality’ was won by SeaChange, while Cisco won the ‘Best Support & After Sales award. The award for Best Innovation/Breakthrough Supplier went to Alcatel-Lucent.

The winners of the three Liberty Global Technology Awards are selected based on input from a large number of senior executives across the entire Liberty Global group. It is the sixth time that Liberty Global has acknowledged its relationships with its partners and suppliers in this way, especially those relationships that have structurally supported the high level development and innovation of Liberty Globals business.

With the dedicated support of its partners, Liberty Global is constantly delivering great products and services, including Horizon TV. This revolutionary media and entertainment platformwas successfully launched last year and has now been rolled out in four of our markets, said Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Liberty Global. With these awards we express our appreciation for the outstanding work of our partners who are key on our journey to further innovation. The best is yet to come.”

About Liberty Global

Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading triple-play services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 24 million customers subscribing to 48 million television, broadband internet and telephony services at June 30, 2013.

Liberty Globals consumer brands include Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our content division, Liberty Global Business Services, our commercial division and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more information, please visit http://www.libertyglobal.com.

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Although there are varying ways to destabilize the organic visibility of a website on Google, this article will focus on the most common attack: when a competitor buys and points low-quality links to website to diminish the rankings of the said website by causing it to be filtered or receive a manual action (penalty) from Google.

Let’s look at some common features and distinctions of link-based negative SEO attacks, illustrative examples, and preventative steps and ideas for what to do if your site is affected.

Although negative SEO is a well explored and controversial topic, there is some vagueness about low-quality link buying as a negative SEO tactic. The fact is, low-quality link buying to a competitor actually takes a number of different forms and there are several important distinctions to be aware of. Here are a few:

Some aggressive agents will only seek to take down a certain page. In this case they will build the low-quality links to a subpage. Generally speaking, subpages have historically had a greater tolerance for anchor text rich links, so generally more links are built into subpages to try to take them down.

Often times, spam attacks tend to be in the form of single attacks. A single attack occurs when a large number of low-quality backlinks with a single phrase as an anchor are pointed to a website on one day. However, multiple attacks also occur. These are cases where for about 3 – 6 months, a homepage or subpage gets thousands for backlinks for a single phrase as an anchor.

Is your website new and does it have just a few natural backlinks? Or is your website well-established and does it have a healthy backlink profile with thousands of natural links? More established website tend to have more established backlink profiles and are much harder to successfully target with a negative SEO attack than a new website.

Taking down a competitor website isn’t the only motive for building low-quality links to a website. Occasionally, spammers will build low-quality links to help boost the equity of links pointing to their site from your site.

Negative SEO link attacks that are focused on diminishing the organic search visibility of a website tend to be targeted to the homepage, low-quality backlinks tend to point to the homepage. Conversely, negative SEO link attacks that are targeted for boosting existing links on a page tend to appear deeper on a website, low-quality backlinks tend to point to deeper of a website, often areas where there is user-generated content.

In the interest of being comprehensive on our discussion of this topic, we would be amiss not discuss Google’s position on link-based negative SEO. Google’s position on negative SEO is that it is possible, but difficult, according to Matt Cutts, head of the Google webspam team:

Last year, Google revised its official wording about negative SEO, saying “Theres almost nothing a competitor can do to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index” to “Google works hard to prevent other webmasters from being able to harm your ranking or have your site removed from our index.”

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Texas State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) tweeted on Twitter today: “Some days u r extra thankful we still have the right 2 protect ourselves & the 2nd amendment. Today is 1 of those days.”

Many observers believe that Stickland’s tweet was a veiled threat against a large number of non-violent, pro-choice protesters at the Texas capitol on Sunday.

Pro-choice protesters have been demonstrating daily since Thursday, when the group formed a peoples filibuster of SB 5, which could close all the abortion clinics in the state, notes RawStory.com.

SB 5 failed during regular sessions, but Republicans have introduced it during a special session because they need fewer votes to pass it.

If the bill were to become law, abortion clinics would have to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, doctors would have to give abortion-causing medicine in person instead of a prescription and the doctors themselves would need hospital admitting privileges.

Later, Stickland wrote on his website that his Second Amendment tweet was actually about voting and the ability to protect himself.

My [Twitter] reference this morning to being grateful for the ability to defend myself is coupled with the knowledge that there are those among us who cannot defend themselves,” he wrote. “Through my vote today I will be defending the rights of those who cannot speak for their own rights.

He added: Only liberals would take a mention of the Second Amendment and my gratefulness for my ability to protect myself from threats and twist it into absurd accusations that I am going to attack people today at the Capitol.

He also claimed the legislation aimed at closing abortion clinics “increases the standard of care women are receiving in health clinics,” but did not explain how.

Stickland also said: “Liberals would like to create certain categories of human beings who in their minds, are not worth protecting,” but did not explain what these “categories” supposedly created by “liberals” were.

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Road repairs, upcoming projects, the Second Amendment and more are slated for discussion at Tuesday’s regular Town Council meeting.

The council will take time to consider passing a resolution “Affirming the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” an item suggested by members of the Paradise Tea Party. The resolution would have the councilmen reaffirm their oaths of office and promise to oppose “any provision infringing upon the Second Amendment or any other constitutional rights granted the citizens of our nation.” It would also have the council recommend that state and national leaders refocus their efforts in gun control to issues of mental health.

Grant money will play into a large number of budgeted items for council approval Tuesday: town staff prepared a finalized disbursement of $22,495 from Community Development Block Grant; the Paradise Police Department issued a request for refurbishing two police cruisers for $51,687 of COPS grant money; and a proposed bid from town staff for a $20,083 contract for quality assurance services in the Pearson Road/Recreation Drive Signalization Project.

Town Council will also evaluate multiple items concerning roads in Paradise, such as a proposal to use Prop. 1B road funds to do “microsurface” repairs to portions of Skyway, and Pearson and Clark roads.

There will also be discussion of whether the council will automatically re-appoint Planning Commissioner Jody Jones at the June 11 meeting or open her position

The Town Council meeting begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Town Hall, 5555 Skyway. The agenda packet can be found at Town Hall or online at http://www.townofparadise.com.

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Search marketing agency, SEO Consult, have published the findings of new research which resulted in the discovery of some worrying loopholes found with two popular content management systems.

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What began as a routine keyword monitoring test by the team of SEO Programmers, as part of on-going SEO Consult research and development, soon became a much more complex exercise when it was found that the UK Payday Loans industry had an incredibly high turnover of websites ranking at the top of search engine results for generic keyword searches. John Doyle, an SEO Consult programmer, looked into some of these top ranking websites and discovered that two main methods, or CMS loopholes were being utilised by many of these sites, some of which were using domain names just a few days old, but were already ranking at or near the top of search engine results, seemingly regardless of the quality or reliability of the companies in question.

Doyle has published his detailed findings in a comprehensive blog post, which includes an explanation of which CMS he discovered were vulnerable to being exploited and instructions for worried webmasters on what they can do to help ensure that their own sites are not hosting this malicious code or unwittingly linking to other websites and essentially giving credibility to these brand new sites in the eyes of search engines and helping them rank well.

We were shocked to discover the widespread use of these hacks by a large number of the sites we investigated and I’m amazed by how successful they were, at least in the short term, in convincing search engines that these websites were worthy of top rankings in such a short space of time and in such a competitive industry, said John Doyle, SEO Programmer at SEO Consult. The tricks we discovered these sites using boil down to a hidden link being places on many thousands of innocent websites. The result is that these sites are unwittingly helping all kinds of potentially unscrupulous websites manipulate their search engine ranking position and make buckets of cash. Thankfully, since I first started the investigation, it seems steps are being taken by some of the CMS involved to prevent this issue, and many of the site owners I contacted have also been able to remove the malicious code. My blog on the subject gives more information to anyone worried that their website could also be involved.

For more information about this investigation or any of the services that the agency offers, visit the SEO Consult website http://www.seoconsult.com or call 0845 205 0292.

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Located in North West England, SEO Consult is the dedicated search marketing division of UK leading company Click Consult. Founded in 2003, Click Consult offers internet marketing solutions to over 350 clients across the UK. With a highly skilled team of professionals, Click Consult has seen significant web design and development success amongst other achievements. Other services include social media marketing, reputation management and pay per click advertising.

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More than two million tourists visit Langkawi every year, lured for the most part by the promise of sun, sea and sand. The island boasts a large number of beaches to choose from, each with its own character. Heres a roundup of the best beaches on Langkawi, some very busy, others well off the beaten track:

Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah

The vast majority of tourists who comes to Langkawi stay at two adjacent sweeps of sand in the south west of the island, Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah.

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PITTSBURGH, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America, and Bridgestone Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, will highlight the innovative benefits of rubberized asphalt on February 27, 2013 with an event called “Recycle NASHVILLE: 2013.” The event will be held at Bridgestone Americas’ headquarters (535 Marriott Drive, Nashville) and will gather transportation and environmental professionals, civic leaders and policymakers to learn more about scrap tire management in Tennessee and rubberized asphalt materials and applications. Speakers will include experts from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and local industry professionals, including the Tennessee Road Builders Association.

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“Locally sourcing recycled tire rubber for asphalt projects is a win-win for Tennessee at both the state and municipal levels,” said Jeffrey Kendall, CEO of Liberty Tire Recycling. “Rubberized asphalt provides a sustainable outlet for scrap tires and contributes to improved infrastructure in the form oflonger-lasting, less expensive roadways.”

The sessions at Recycle NASHVILLE: 2013 will consist of presentations on topics including “Scrap Tire Management in Tennessee,” “Scrap Tire Processing and Uses,” “Tennessee Asphalt Industry Overview,” “Tennessee Experience with Rubber and Modified Asphalt” and “Rubberized Asphalt Materials and Applications,” which will provide an overview of the advantages of rubberized asphalt, from enhanced safety and reduced tire noise to better crack resistance and cost savings.

“More than 300 million tires come off the roads annually, and while they may no longer be of use on a vehicle, they are still a valuable resource,” said Tim Bent, environmental director for Bridgestone Americas. “Our company is working to ensure that for every new tire we sell in the U.S., one spent tire a tire that has been removed from use is sent to another valuable purpose. If we are to succeed in reaching that goal, we must create, promote and encourage the use of spent tires in secondary markets, and rubberized asphalt has enormous potential for utilizing a large number of those tires that are discarded each year for an incredibly important product.”

Rubberized asphalt is a low-cost, high-performance alternative to traditional paving mixes that reduces dependency on oil and limits carbon dioxide emissions. Added to traditional asphalt, crumb rubber comprises 8 to 22 percent of the binder and increases tensile strength. For more than 40 years, rubberized asphalt has proven to diminish maintenance costs and provide a smoother, safer ride. Plus, recycled rubber provides a reliable and consistent supply of material.

“We encourage state and municipal engineers and road maintenance supervisors to take rubberized asphalt specifications from this event and put them into practice in Tennessee to save money without sacrificing performance,” Kendall added.

For more information about Liberty Tire Recycling, visit http://www.libertytire.com.

To learn more about Bridgestone Americas and its environmental commitments, visit http://www.OneTeamOnePlanet.com.

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This summers Safeswim beach water quality monitoring is underway with more than 60 beaches in the region included in the programme.

Samples from 69 beaches stretching from Hatfields Beach in the north to Sandspit Beach, near Waiuku, in the south are now being collected and tested for specific bacteria.

Results from Auckland Councils weekly monitoring will be available online and via an 0800 Safeswim number. The programme will run to 26 March next year.

Environmental Services manager Janis McArdle says the Safeswim programme ensures the water at the regions key recreational beaches is regularly tested and the public advised if it is safe to swim at the monitored sites.

“If the tests indicate there is any potential public health risk, Auckland Council will promptly erect warning signs in the relevant locations. These will only be removed once the water quality is assessed to be safe.”

Water samples are collected on a Tuesday or Wednesday, using a helicopter to help the team cover a large number of sites quickly and cost-effectively. The test results are available by the weekend via 0800 SAFESWIM (0800 723 379) and online at http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/safeswim.

Generally, the water quality at Aucklands swimming beaches is very good and meets New Zealand heath guidelines. However, if there is heavy rain, or if pollutants enter our waterways, this can quickly change.

People should wait 48 hours after heavy rain before swimming at the beach. They should also avoid swimming near stormwater outflows, stream and river mouths at all times, she says.

Remember, if you see any pollution please report it to the councils pollution response team via 09 301 0101 or directly on our Pollution Hotline 09 377 3107.

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There is a firestorm over a Virginia marketing firm that allegedly flooded mobile devices with political text messages. But lost in the media coverage is the price some consumers might pay if they lack unlimited texting plansand whether free speech will keep the practice alive.

TextingThe controversy is about a large number of text messages originating from websites tied to a marketing firm called ccAdvertising. On October 30, Washington, D.C., residents received the messages in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The messages werent storm updates: They were short missives attacking Barack Obamas presidential campaign and his stance on same-sex marriage and abortion. And they were showing up on mobile phones apparently at random.

Enough messages were received by reporters in the D.C. area to cause them to look up the owners of the websites and link them to ccAdvertising.

But anyone following the issue of political text messages wouldnt have been surprised at the tactic, since the firms owner said just a week ago such campaigns were just an another example of free speech, and permissible under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Gabriel Joseph told the website Campaigns & Elections on October 25 that he was taking part in an FCC review of the practice, and that any action that banned the mass messaging campaigns was unconstitutional and against the intent of the First Amendment.

Such efforts take away Americans free speech rights that are now protected by current law, FCC regulations and the Constitution of the United States, Joseph told Campaigns & Elections.

What Joseph calls his constitutional right is labeled an FCC loophole by his opponents.

The controversy is about the practice called email-to-text messaging. It uses websites, instead of texting services, to send an outgoing email to someones cellphone number as a text message. It looks like a text message to the person who receives it, and the FCC doesnt bar such messages as spam in its current regulations.

The rub, says Campaigns & Elections, is that ccAdvertising claims people who have unlimited texting plans arent paying for the messages, so they are permissible under the TCPA.

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FCC ‘loophole’ may force mobile users to pay for political text ads

Treacherous surf conditions have seen hundreds of people rescued at Perth beaches as temperatures climbed into the mid 30s and thousands flocked to the sea.

Surf lifesavers were kept busy throughout with more than 200 individual rescues at Scarborough Beach alone.

In one situation, lifesavers had to launch a mass rescue as about 10 people got caught in a rip at Scarborough.

Scarborough surf life saving captain Jody Ballard says that despite the high number of rescues there have been no serious injuries.

“Just getting out to people as quick as we can and getting them back to shore safely,” he said.

“No major injuries, no spinals, no near-drownings, so really a great day on the beach to start the summer with, albeit with a lot of rescues.”

Surf Lifesaving says rescue jet skis were busy pulling people from the water as they got caught up and down the coast.

In an out-of-water incident, police were called after a brawl at Scarborough Beach involving a large number of people.

It is understood dozens of people started fighting on a grassy area above the beach.

Meanwhile, Surf Life Saving WA had to ground its shark patrol helicopter on the first day of its season due to mechanical issues.

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More than 200 rescued from rips at Perth beaches

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Liberty Global, Inc. (Liberty Global) (Nasdaq: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) announced the winners of its 2012 Vendor Awards at the Liberty Global Technology Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Senior management from 80 key vendor partners attended the event together with Liberty Global’s senior management in the areas of technology, IT, product development and procurement.

The company recognized its partners achievements in four categories: Best Product & Service Quality’, ‘Best Support & After Sales, Best Innovation/Breakthrough Supplier and the Best Technology Pitch at the Liberty Global Technology Summit.

The award for Best Product & Service Quality’ was won by Arris, while Technetix won the ‘Best Support & After Sales award. The award for Best Innovation/Breakthrough Supplier went to a group of four partners who jointly contributed to online video platform delivery: Kit Digital, Empathy Lab, thePlatform and Intellicore. The fourth award winner for Best Technology Pitch was MirriAd, as selected by the audience at the Summit, which mostly consisted of representatives from key vendor partners as well as Liberty Global employees.

The winners of the first three Liberty Global Technology Awards are selected based on input from a large number of senior executives across the entire Liberty Global group. It is the fifth time that Liberty Global has acknowledged its relationships with its partners and suppliers in this way, especially those relationships that have structurally supported the high level development and innovation of Liberty Globals business.

In selecting companies to receive our Vendor Awards, we looked for those partners that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality, innovation and an ability to collaborate, said Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Liberty Global. We want to thank our partners for helping us to create the highest quality products and services that frequently exceed our customers expectations. Liberty Globals track record of success is due in large part to our suppliers.

About Liberty Global, Inc.

Liberty Global is the leading international cable company, with operations in 13 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading television, broadband internet, and telephony services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connect 20 million customers who subscribe to 34 million services as of June 30, 2012.

Liberty Globals consumer brands include UPC, Unitymedia, KabelBW, Telenet and VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our content division, UPC Business, a commercial services division and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more information, please visit http://www.lgi.com.

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Liberty Global Announces Vendor Awards 2012



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