Sisters from Sylva Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Prison On Drug Trafficking Charges

first_imgOn Tuesday, September 6, 2016, U.S. District Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced two sisters to 87 months in prison and five years of supervised release on drug trafficking charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Melissa Sigmon, 29, and Shana Sigmon, 26, both of Sylva, N.C. each pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.According to filed court documents and yesterday’s sentencing hearings, from about September 2014 to about January 2015, Melissa and Shana Sigmon were members of a drug network responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine in Georgia and Western North Carolina.  Shana Sigmon ’s fiancée was running the distribution ring from inside a Georgia prison, where he was serving time for a narcotics trafficking offense.  According to court records, Shana and Melissa Sigmon accepted multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine and then re-distributed the drugs to wholesale customers throughout Georgia and Western North Carolina.  According to court records, over the course of the investigation Shana Sigmon was responsible for trafficking more than 14.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and Melissa Sigmon trafficked more than 12.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.The defendants are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.U.S. Attorney Rose thanked the DEA, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Swain County Sheriff’s Office, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for handling the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Reddit ‘white labels’ its software to Slate

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Communitynews site Reddit is integrating its software, the venerable Webzine currently owned by Washington Post. The goal is to giveSlate readers “a new way to find and discuss its best content.” Slate.reddit recently went live, “as the first step inbringing the reddit format to Slate readers (integration with the Slate website is on theway).”Slate.reddit is populated automatically via’s RSS feeds – so there are nomanual submissions, as on the original All that Slate readers need to do isvote and comment.I asked Alexis Ohanian what led to the deal. Alexis told me that “the relationship with Slate began when their articles started popping up on reddit shortly after we launched last June.” That was followed by numerous other front page stories on reddit, at which point emails were exchanged between Reddit management and Slate.Reddit’s Recommendation EngineWhat I like about Reddit is that it aims to be a ‘recommendation engine’. As it statesin the Help section:“reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the web — personalized for you.Your votes train a filter, so let reddit know what you liked and disliked, because you’llbegin to be recommended links filtered to your tastes.”Personalization is of course the holy grail for Web apps, which we’ve establishedbefore on R/WW is a difficult thing to achieve. But it does seem to be a point ofdifferentiation for reddit, from digg and Netscape – both of which focus more on communityrecommendations rather than reddit’s personal recommendations. And reddit does have somesmart people working on this. Aaron Swartz announced today the new version of reddit’s recommendationsystem:“One major improvement is that it’s faster than ever before — it’s practically live.Head to your recommended page and vote on something and the recommender should whisk itaway and give you a new recommendation within seconds.”I’ll have to test that out! In any case, it strikes me that at the very will get to understand what articles on their site appeal to readers the most (provided the new reddit tool gets sufficient take-up over time).That extra feedback loop, via reddit, will be a valuable source of data for Slate.Alexis from Reddit told me there are some other similar white label projects in the works, but this is their first announcement. Personally I think it’sgreat to see these community news apps being white labeled to media organizations, whereI’ve always felt they belonged. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanuslast_img read more

More Adults Than Ever on Social Networks

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The share of adult internet users who are involved in social networking online has more than quadrupled in the past four years in the U.S. In 2005, only 8% of adults had a social network profile. As of December 2008, that number was 35%. What motivates those in older generations to go online? Is it the opportunity to professionally network with their colleagues? The answer may surprise you.More Adults Than EverA majority of teens, percentage wise, join social networks, but it’s the adults that still make up the bulk of these web sites. That’s because adults make up a larger proportion of the U.S. population than teens, reports Pew Internet & American Life Project. So the 65% of online teens actually represents fewer users than the 35% of adults who participate online. Of course, out of that 35%, the adults that tend to join social networks still skews younger: 75% of those 18-24 use these networks, but only 7% of the adults 65+ do. It’s Not About Professional Networking After AllYou may think that many adults have joined the online trend mainly to network professionally with others in their field. However, that turns out not to be true. Instead adults, like teens, are there to socialize with their friends and people they already know. Nearly nine in ten social network users (89%) say they use the networks to stay in touch with friends, and 57% say they use it to make plans with friends. Under half (49%) use the sites to make new friends. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Surprisingly, those on social networks for professional purposes are not as common as you may have thought. Only 6% of adults use LinkedIn, the online social network dedicated to professional networking, but 72% use other social networks (50% use MySpace, 22% use Facebook) for both professional and personal networking purposes. The most interesting finding is that less than a third of social network users are using them for professional purposes, regardless of which site they use. More Tidbits: DemographicsSome other findings confirm what we’ve heard before about social networks: MySpace users are more likely to be women, Hispanic, black, and have a high school education or some college experience. The median age is 27. Facebook users are more likely to be male and have a college degree. The median age there is 26. LinkedIn, however, tends to be comprised of more older, white men with a college degree and median age of 40. The prevalence of men on these networks could be explained by the fact that men are more likely than women to have two or more online profiles (54% vs. 47%).What It All MeansIt appears that the trend of using social networking sites for professional purposes is not quite as common as we may have thought. Although there are portions of the population both young and old that do so, it isn’t the main reason people join social networks. It’s more common for people to go online to use the networks as they were originally intended – to socialize. That’s not a bad thing, we suppose, but it will be interesting to see what this means for sites like LinkedIn, whose main purpose is to cater to the professional crowd.We’ve already seen LinkedIn attempt to expand their network in new ways not too long ago. Just this past year, we’ve watched as LinkedIn added LinkedIn applications, an effort to make their network more interesting and dynamic. They also added helpful features for business-minded folks like the events section, which debuted last November. But it was only a month ago that the company brought in a new CEO, or rather, an old one – the company founder Reid Hoffman. Perhaps that means LinkedIn is planning to shake up their site and make it more relevant and popular among online users than it is today. Tags:#Facebook#NYT#social networks#Trends#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

eBay’s GAP Team Partners with Feds to Catch Stolen Goods Seller and Tax Evader

first_imgA federal grand jury indicted a married couple from North Carolina for tax fraud, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing false tax returns. The government alleges that the couple failed to report gross receipts on their tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – an amount the government estimated totaled over $1 million from the period of 2005 through 2011. The indictment also alleges that the couple stole merchandise from LifeWay Christian Stores and Hobby Lobby and then knowingly sold the stolen merchandise online at prices less than retail value, and were charged accordingly.TaxGirl columnist Kelly Phillips Erb said “That’s right. [they] went to Christian-oriented stores, stole Christian-oriented merchandise and then sold it online without reporting the sales to the IRS. That would literally be a multitude of sins.”For more information about eBay’s GAP team, click here- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

New 5 Billion Page Web Index with Page Rank Now Available for Free from Common Crawl Foundation

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Data Services#web Related Posts A freely accessible index of 5 billion web pages, their page rank, their link graphs and other metadata, hosted on Amazon EC2, was announced today by the Common Crawl Foundation. “It is crucial [in] our information-based society that Web crawl data be open and accessible to anyone who desires to utilize it,” writes Foundation director Lisa Green on the organization’s blog.The Foundation is an organization dedicated to leveraging the falling costs of crawling and storage for the benefit of “individuals, academic groups, small start-ups, big companies, governments and nonprofits.” It’s lead by Gilad Elbaz, the forefather of Google AdSense and the CEO of data platform startup Factual. Joining Elbaz on the Foundation board is internet public domain champion Carl Malamud and semantic web serial entrepreneur Nova Spivack. Director Lisa Green came to the Foundation by way of Creative Commons.The Foundation explains the scope of the project thusly.“Common Crawl is a Web Scale crawl, and as such, each version of our crawl contains billions of documents from the various sites that we are successfully able to crawl. This dataset can be tens of terabytes in size, making transfer of the crawl to interested third parties costly and impractical. In addition to this, performing data processing operations on a dataset this large requires parallel processing techniques, and a potentially large computer cluster.“Luckily for us, Amazon’s EC2/S3 cloud computing infrastructure provides us with both a theoretically unlimited storage capacity coupled with localized access to an elastic compute cloud.”The organization was formed three years ago, just now started talking about itself publicly and believes that free access to all this information could lead to “a new wave of innovation, education and research.”Open Web Advocate James Walker agrees: “An openly accessible archive of the web – that’s not owned and controlled by Google – levels the playing field pretty significantly for research and innovation.”last_img read more

Marketing Day: Facebook Messenger gets Instant Articles, Instagram advertising & more

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Marketing Day: Facebook Messenger gets Instant Articles, Instagram advertising & moreYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Valassis announces new service to trigger mobile coupons from TV/radio ads or videosJul 14, 2016 by Barry LevineMarketing services firm says Audible Offers is the first such widescale effort connecting ads or videos heard through speakers to a mobile wallet.Facebook brings Instant Articles to MessengerJul 14, 2016 by Tamar WeinbergA more instant article experience is coming to your Facebook Messenger app.Mobile marketing AMPlification: Content, performance and measurementJul 14, 2016 by Jim YuWhat’s the deal with Accelerated Mobile Pages, and how do they relate to micro-moments? Columnist Jim Yu discusses the connection and explains what brands need to know to stay ahead of the curve.Suffered a rankings drop? Use this checklist to diagnose whyJul 14, 2016 by Ian BowdenColumnist Ian Bowden has created a checklist for SEOs to help troubleshoot losses in rankings and organic traffic.Domain Level Metrics’ dashboard aggregates metrics from Moz, SpyFu, SEMRush & othersJul 14, 2016 by Barry LevineThe new product, free during its beta phase, displays everything from the tools’ APIs.Introducing the “Influencer Marketing Technology Landscape”Jul 14, 2016 by Travis WrightHow do you know which influencer technology platform is right for you? Columnist Travis Wright summarizes a new guide that aims to demystify the influencer martech space.How to conjure big PPC profits with a few hundred dollarsJul 14, 2016 by Larry KimSearch engine marketing for generic terms in competitive industries can be costly, but columnist Larry Kim has a better way. Learn how to combine RLSA with social ads for high impact at a low cost.Marketers must learn hard lessons of mobile to succeed with IoTJul 14, 2016 by Josh ManionAs the Internet of Things gains traction, are marketers ready? Columnist Josh Manion takes a look at what we can learn from mobile and what marketers must do to prepare.How Pokémon Go will level up local advertisingJul 14, 2016 by Adam DorfmanContributor Adam Dorfman discusses how local businesses may be able to capitalize on Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game for mobile that’s become an overnight success.Graphing trends can make you better at calling A/B testsJul 14, 2016 by Brian MasseyHow do you know when to keep an A/B test running or to stop it before it costs you revenue? Columnist Brian Massey walks you through the nitty-gritty of trend graphs.With third EU antitrust complaint, Google confronts $20 billion in potential finesJul 14, 2016 by Greg SterlingAdSense for Search contracts with publishers are the focus of the new charges coming from from the European Commission.Why talent was the elephant in the room at Cannes LionsJul 14, 2016 by Penry PriceHow can marketers find and retain talent? The question was a hot topic at this year’s Cannes Lions, and columnist and LinkedIn VP Penry Price was on hand to reveal what he learned.Ready to step up your game with Instagram advertising?Jul 13, 2016 by Digital Marketing DepotExplosive user growth. Rapid platform expansion. Expanding brand opportunities. There are countless reasons to bring your brand to Instagram. But do you know what it takes to drive success once you’re there?Recent Headlines From Search Engine Land, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Search News & Information:Report: US Google search spend was flat, but mobile spend jumped 55 percent in Q210 factors that may be impacting your organic trafficWhy you cannot ignore practitioner listings on Google My Business (case study)Online Marketing News From Around The Web:AnalyticsMeet the Newest Marketing Acronym: What Is UMIA, and Should You Care?, www.martechadvisor.comPinterest Analytics, www.verticalresponse.comThese 4 Engagement Metrics Proved HouseLogic’s Content ROI, contently.comBlogs & Blogging10 Insanely Good Reasons You Should Publish On Medium, www.wordstream.com5 Killer Tips for Small Businesses to Generate Better Blog Traffic, smallbiztrends.comHow to Optimize Old Blog & Website Content for a Bright Future, blog.crazyegg.comBusiness IssuesPinterest acquires the team behind mobile apps Highlight and Shorts, venturebeat.comYahoo Is Said to Collect Final Bids as Auction Nears Its End, New York TimesContent Marketing5 Tips to Map Content to the Buyer’s Journey, blog.marketo.comHow creating a content calendar can help you #DrawTheCrowds, adsense.googleblog.comHow to Overcome the ‘Three-Month Slump’ of Branded Content, contently.comHow to Use Retroactive Interference for a Winning Content Strategy, www.convinceandconvert.comStorytelling 301: Site Content as Story, moz.comWhat’s the Difference Between a Writer and a Content Marketer?, www.copyblogger.comWhy Automation is the Future of Content Creation, contentmarketinginstitute.comConversion Optimization21 Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Tools to Increase Your ROI, www.toprankblog.comCRO Breakthrough: Bounce Rates Are Lying To You, www.goinflow.comFree Pre-Publish Landing Page Optimization Worksheet, unbounce.comCopywriting, Design & UsabilityDoes Swearing in Copy Make You More Persuasive?, conversionxl.comPlanning your website like your holiday, yoast.comThe Elements of a Seamless Customer Experience, www.cmswire.comThe Style Guide for Progressives That Will Make You Rethink Your Language, contently.comDisplay & Contextual AdvertisingWhy do UK display-ad-viewability rates keep sinking?, digiday.comDomainingNearly 4,000 Pokemon Domain Names Registered, www.domaininvesting.comE-Commerce5 Opportunities To Increase Average Order Value, www.searchenginepeople.comAmazon is developing a 3D modeling system to solve online clothes shopping’s biggest problem, qz.comAn Amazon seller’s secrets of success, www.internetretailer.comConsumers’ Preferred Retail Shipping Options, www.marketingprofs.comGen Z lacks brand loyalty, seeks social engagement, open to loyalty programs, www.mobilecommercedaily.comHow to market to consumers as they move from one device to another, www.internetretailer.comSMB Ecommerce Shippers Diversifying Carrier Services, multichannelmerchant.comEmail Marketing5 steps to emails that reach the inbox, myemma.comEmail marketing can destroy brand loyalty, www.branded3.comHow Pet Supplies Plus Boosted Open Rates with Video + Email, movableink.comGeneral Internet MarketingAn Ever-Expanding Marketing Funnel Creates More Opportunities For Personalization, adexchanger.comCampbell’s CMO Is Taking Over Its Digital Marketing. Why Other Brands May Not Follow Suit, www.adweek.comHow to Structure Your Digital Team: 15 Critical Roles, www.cmswire.comKeeping Your Business And Clients Safe With Digital Policies, www.smashingmagazine.comThe Rising Cost of Influencer Marketing: How Much Is too Much?, www.adweek.comThree Tips for Building Internal Support for Influencer Marketing, www.marketingprofs.comInternet Marketing IndustryAkamai Appoints Monique Bonner as CMO, www.akamai.comThe first tool to track revenue from your social media marketing efforts, www.zoho.comVerse Redefines Storytelling with Launch of Revolutionary Interactive Video Player, www.prnewswire.comWidening the Window: How Additional Opportunities Give a View of a Larger Audience, www.nielsen.comMarTech6 Tools for Automating B2B Social Media Marketing, www.komarketingassociates.comHow hiring a marketing technologist can be made easy, www.martechadvisor.comMobile/Local MarketingCutting through the noise around location accuracy, www.mobilecommercedaily.comFacebook Messenger Adds 3D Touch Support on iOS, www.adweek.comFacing email’s limitations, Clover Letter branches out with an app, digiday.comWhat you need to know about messaging app Line in 6 charts, digiday.comWhy Consumers Download, and Delete, a Retailer’s Mobile App, www.emarketer.comOther ItemsPromoting gender equality through emoji, Official Google BlogTumblr: Now you can send pictures in messaging, staff.tumblr.comReputation ManagementAds on Premium Publishers’ Sites Are 3 Times More Effective at Boosting Brand Favorability, www.adweek.comSocial Media10 Snapchat Hacks to Make Your Snaps Stand Out, www.socialmediaexaminer.comAn Award-Winning Social Intranet Encourages a New Organizational Culture, www.cmswire.comBest practices: Using Sign in with Twitter to link customer accounts, www.Twitter.comFacebook and Instagram Ads – What Every Marketer Needs to Know, www.socialbakers.comFacebook and Twitter are getting rich by building a culture of snitching, qz.comHow Facebook Sees How Thousands of Devices React to Code Changes, www.adweek.comInstagram and Facebook: A Tale of Two Feeds, the Facebook SDK for Swift Beta, developers.facebook.comSnapchat Branded Geofilters Get a Boost From Startup Yext, adage.comThe Biggest Facebook Publishers of June 2016, www.newswhip.comThe Complete Guide to Instagram Marketing, blog.bufferapp.comThree reasons why you should localize social media posts, www.econsultancy.comTwitter signs a live-streaming deal to bring Pac-12 university sports to its service, techcrunch.comWinners of Facebook Innovation Spotlight Real Results Category Announced, www.facebook.comVideoEssential Tools and Tactics for Video on Social, www.newswhip.comGoogle’s Programmatic Video Biz Is Growing Like A Weed, adexchanger.comHow Google’s YouTube Business Is Tuned In, www.wsj.comMarketing Video: Personalize Your Outreach With Account-Based Marketing, www.marketingprofs.comWatch the Conventions live on YouTube, youtube.googleblog.comWho will win the live-streaming battle: Facebook Live or Periscope?, econsultancy.comFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook Messenger gets Instant Articles, Instagram advertising & more HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook Messenger gets Instant Articles, Instagram advertising & more Posted on 15th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

NJC Pays Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – Officials of the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Wednesday (October 4, 2017) paid a Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (centre), at the Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.The NJC officials updated Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe on a number of the new initiatives they have planned for the upcoming Junkanoo season at both the Junior Junkanoo and Adult Parades levels. Junkanooers are “in the heart of their seasons” preparing for the upcoming parades.Pictured (from left) are: Ellery Deveaux, Cultural Officer, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Adrian Carter, Director of Communications and Public Relations, National Junkanoo Committee; Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe; Kishlane O’Brien, Co-Chairperson, National Junkanoo Committee and Dr. Dwight Marshall, Co-Chairman, National Junkanoo Committee.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)Press Release: BISlast_img read more

Pedro delighted with Kantes new Chelsea deal

first_imgChelsea forward Pedro is thrilled that team-mate N’Golo Kante has committed his long-term future to the clubThe French midfielder signed a new five-year contract on Friday morning, amid reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.Kante has proved himself to be a valuable member of the Chelsea team and the news couldn’t have been better timed with the club in danger of being hit with a transfer ban in the near future.Speaking ahead of their game at Spurs today, Pedro revealed his delight with the news.“I’m really happy to play with him, and for this news, because he’s a fantastic player,” Pedro told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s also a good person and a great example for the younger players, so I’m very happy and the club has made the best decision.”Pedro added: “He runs a lot during training and in the game, and recovers a lot of balls.“But it’s not just recovering the balls and running, he’s also a clever player inside the pitch, he’s always in a good position to give balance to the team so he’s very important here, he’s crucial.“He’s shy, quiet, calm and humble. He’s a very good guy, he doesn’t speak a lot but he’s a really good person.”The Chelsea-Spurs game at Wembley will begin at 18:30 (CET).last_img read more