May 27

Gardai in Donegal warn residents of spike in marine theft at this time of…

first_img WhatsApp Gardai in Donegal warn residents of spike in marine theft at this time of year Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – July 15, 2016 Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Gardai in Donegal are urging residents in coastal areas and boat owners to safe guard their boats and marine equipment from theives.Gardai say that the summer months are peak time for this kind of theft, with 113 marine items stolen across the country last summer alone.Donegal Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Paul Wallace outlines the importance of keeping a vivid description of the equipment at hand should it be stolen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleFrank McGlynn chasing a fourth Ulster Championship crown.Next articleMEP visits Donegal today to discuss Malin Head tourism & meet with Donegal Action for Cancer Care admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

December 18

Bridging the gap

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1854, it was estimated that more than 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City. That year, a movement to find these children, and others from large cities, a home was born. Its name: The Orphan Train.The aptly named Orphan Train brought orphans cross-country, primarily to the Midwest. The most notable stop, as featured in books and plays, is the state of Minnesota. To this day children of the Orphan Train who were adopted by Minnesota families still gather annually to remember this important catalyst in their lives.With this history, it’s no wonder that the state of Minnesota is consistently first in the nation in adoptions per capita. Given this statistic, it makes sense that a local Minnesota credit union, like Firefly, would lead the way for a nation-wide, pro-family adoption loan that breaks down today’s biggest barrier for families – the expense.Today a staggering 107,918 foster children are awaiting adoption in the U.S. alone, with more than 20,000 aging out of foster care without being placed in a permanent home. The problem is drastic and according to two Minnesota adoption agencies, the biggest reason is a lack of funds to cover the costs of the adoption process. This massive gap between potential adoptive families and waiting children, is a great opportunity to remind the nation why the credit union movement is so special. The credit union philosophy is “people helping people” and that is the foundation of this loan. continue reading »last_img read more

September 18

Jamaica to host CONCACAF Gold Cup double-header June 17

first_imgJAMAICA stands to benefit economically from its historic hosting of two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches on Monday, June 17.That was the assessment of CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani on Tuesday, shortly after he announced at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston that for the first time in 15 tournaments, a Caribbean country will host matches in the Caribbean.Two Group C matches, featuring two-time finalists Jamaica, Honduras and two other teams that will become known during the Gold Cup draw on April 10 in Los Angeles, will be played inside Kingston’s National Stadium.Moreover, beyond making history, the land of the Reggae Boyz will enjoy other benefits as well.“Well, first you’re going to have a lot of eyeballs on the matches from all over the world, not just a confederation audience but also an international audience. You’re going to have fans coming in, obviously the teams and their delegations coming and then you have VIPs,” he said.“I don’t have the exact number, but the economic impact to the region, to the city, to the country is quite significant because they will be here for three days, four days leading up to the match and so it’s not just the matches, there are training sessions, media sessions, so the impact is quite significant.”He said the idea to award Jamaica the matches is also in keeping with the mandate to reward the growth of the sport in the region, plus the country’s burgeoning reputation as a football power.“The first decision as soon as I became CONCACAF president was I felt we had the quality in the region to increase it (the Gold Cup) from 12 to 16 teams.“I saw some of the results. I saw some of the results from the last Gold Cup by some of the debutants, Curacao being one of them. And now what has happened in the Nations League, we saw some of the teams that qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time, like Bermuda, my intimation of that was correct,” Montagliani said.“The second was I always thought the way to increase the level not just on the field but off the field was to bring events.“Events that build capacity are the bigger events. That is where you get the attention of governments, of commercial partners, the corporate sector and so I thought it was important to bring the Gold Cup to the Caribbean. It’s never been done before. We know Jamaica’s long history, not only in the region but in the world. It was just a natural fit to bring the Gold Cup to Jamaica.”last_img read more

August 29

PL on Citi: Manchester City beat Liverpool to Premier League title

first_imgManchester City are 2018/19 Premier League champions, beating Liverpool to the prize in one of the most thrilling title races in years.The battle for silverware went all the way down to the final day, with City entering their match against Brighton one point clear of Liverpool in second.The Reds hosted Wolves in their season finale, and did what they had to do, beating Nuno’s side 2-0 at Anfield.However, City’s own victory kept them ahead of Liverpool, ensuing Pep Guardiola’s side claimed a second successive Premier League title.Liverpool were given hope of a potential upset at the Amex when Glenn Murray headed Brighton in front, but City were professional enough to overturn the deficit and seal a 4-1 comeback win.Sergio Aguero levelled proceedings shortly after Murray’s opener, before Aymeric Laporte put the visitors in the lead before half-time.The three points were wrapped up just after the hour mark, with Riyad Mahrez firing a thunderous shot past Mat Ryan to guarantee City the win – and the title.Ilkay Gundogan’s stunning free-kick which made it four was the cherry on top for Guardiola and his players.t was a remarkable title race which lasted until the final day, yet was oddly bereft of twists and turns as City and Liverpool relentlessly racked up win after win after win.As it turned out Liverpool won their last nine but City’s 14-match winning streak, a record end to a top-flight season, ensured the Reds’ wait for the title will tick into a 30th year.Over nine months and 38 games each, the two juggernauts clocked up 195 points between them as they disappeared over the horizon.Liverpool’s final total of 97 would have seen them take the title at a canter in every other Premier League season, barring the last. Yet they still could not catch this incredible City side. Source: talkSPORTlast_img read more

August 13

Bolt fires to win, Van Niekerk stars, as Uganda’s Toroitich clinches third

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (2ndL) reacts after he crossed the finish line head of USA’s Justin Gatlin (R), Canada’s Andre De Grasse (L) and France’s Jimmy Vicaut to win the Men’s 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.Ostrava, Czech Republic | AFP |  Usain Bolt racked up a straightforward 100m victory on the European bow of his farewell season, but likely successor Wayde van Niekerk stole the headlines in Ostrava with a world record in the little-run 300m.Bolt struggled with a stiff back and a pedestrian start to beat a weak field. For the briefest of moments, Cuban Yunier Perez thought he might have got the better of the towering Jamaican.But Bolt turned on the after-burners to win in a modest 10.06sec, leaving him another outing over 100m at next month’s Monaco Diamond League before his swansong at the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London.“I have always loved coming to Ostrava,” Bolt said. “The great fans make this meeting a really unique one.”Bolt, 30, said his back had been playing up “as always. It’s always an issue”.“My doctor told me over the years that the older I get, the worse it’s going to get, so I just have to really try to keep in check which is why I need to go and see him to make sure everything’s smooth because it feels a little bit tight, but I didn’t get injured so that’s a key thing, I’m happy about that.”The build-up to Bolt’s race was nothing short of electric, with the Jamaican’s self-appointed successor Van Niekerk making good on his promise to get “ridiculous” by setting a new best in the 300m.The 24-year-old clocked an outstanding 30.81 seconds, beating the previous world record of 30.85sec set at altitude in Pretoria in 2000 by American Michael Johnson.It was the second time the South African has usurped Johnson, having broken his 17-year-old 400m world record when racing to victory at last year’s Rio Olympics.“It’s a real honour to twice beat Johnson’s records,” said Van Niekerk.“I hope I can continue to make babysteps to be better day by day.”Van Niekerk’s time also shattered the meet record of 30.97sec — previously the second fastest time ever run — set by Bolt in 2010.10,000m leading results POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARK 5Benard KIMELIKEN28:09.46 2Mathew Kipkorir KIMELIKEN27:14.43 4Nguse AMLOSOMERI28:08.58 8Belay BEZABEHETH28:10.50 3Timothy TOROITICHUGA28:02.23 1Mohamed FARAHGBR27:12.09 6Alexander Mutiso MUNYAOKEN28:09.47 7Leul GEBRESILASEETH28:10.15 Farah on form Britain’s Mo Farah marked his last circuit outing over 10,000m with victory in 27:12.09.Since winning silver over 10k at the 2011 world champs in Daegu, Farah is on an unbroken streak of nine global final wins (the 5000m in 2011, and the double at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and the 2013 and 2015 worlds). 9Sondre Nordstad MOENNOR28:15.12 But he will retire from the track to focus on road racing after the world champs on home soil in August.The 34-year-old held off Kenyan Mathew Kimeli for a smart win just 4sec off Abadi Hadis’ world leading mark.“It was my last 10km race and I enjoyed it,” said Farah. “I honestly hoped I could run a bit faster but the wind slowed me down even though we ran quite a fast pace from the beginning.”Uganda’s Toroitich has eyes on LondonUganda’s Timothy Toroitich,28, came third in a slow 28:02.23. Toroitich has in the past two years concentrated on the cross country circuit since running 27:44.90 and finishing 8th at the 2015 World Championships.Wednesday’s result shows he is firmly back to make a track assault, as he has a personal best of 27:31.07 under his belt.He has already qualified for the August World Championships having finished among the top 15 athletes at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 in March. He was Uganda’s best finisher at the Kampala event at 9th, and should form a strong partnership with Joshua Cheptegei.Uganda is yet to name a team to the World Championships.There was, however, no joy for David Rudisha, double world and Olympic champion and world record holder in the 800m, as he aimed to break the meet record for the 1000m, another little-run distance.The Kenyan was beaten into fourth as compatriot Nicholas Kipkoech held off local hopes Jakub Holusa and Filip Sasinek to win in 2:18.51.Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto’s bid for victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase floundered with a fourth place finish behind fellow Kenyan Benjamin Kigen, winner in 8:11.54.American Christian Taylor claimed victory in the triple jump with a best of 17.57 metres, while Anzhelika Sidorova, the Russian who won European gold in 2014 but is now competing as an independent in the wake of the doping scandal that has rocked the country, romped to victory in the women’s pole vault.Sidorova managed a best of 4.70m, beating out Alysha Newman of Canada, but bombing three times at what would have been a season best of 4.80.VIDEO: 10,000mShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 13

2020-21 season English Premier League to start on September 12

first_imgThe last round matches of this season’s Premier League are scheduled to play on Sunday. Liverpool has clinched their first top-flight title in 30 years after 31 games before Manchester City confirmed a second-place finish this season with three games remaining.The Premier League said it would continue to consult the FA and EFL regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions.Share on: WhatsApp London, UK | XINHUA | The 2020-21 season Premier League will start on September 12, announced the English football top flight on Friday.“Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020-21 Premier League season on 12 September 2020,” the Premier League said in a statement. “The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May 2021.”last_img read more

January 12

Govt urged to build more airstrips in interior

first_img– MP says it has potential to advance eco-tourismOpposition Member of Parliament Africo Selman has urged the coalition Government to build more airstrips in the hinterland region, so as to create a wider market for international visitors interested in experiencing Guyana’s rich fauna and flora, and advance the eco-tourism drive.Selman told the National Assembly recently that despite little attention being paidOpposition MP Africo Selmanto tourism by the current Government, this sector has the potential to boost the Guyana economy.“This Administration robbed Guyana of its opportunity to become a top tourism destination by scrapping the Tourism Ministry. What we now have is a Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business. Both of these areas have vast potential for economic growth, and should not be paired. The rationale for this move will never be understood,” she argued.While noting the figures quoted in the National Assembly, which show that the growth of tourism is continuing at a steady pace, with visitor arrivals totalling 170,322 between January and September, a 5.7 percent increase over the same period in 2016, she described it as “total deception”.“Returning Guyanese are not tourists. That is the part that was left out. How many of these arrivals are Guyanese? What statistics does this administration have to convince us that all these visitors, when they come, visit historical sites?” the Opposition MP questioned the Government.Selman noted that while a majority of the tourist sites are located in the hinterland, people can get there by boat, road or plane. However, she suggested that Government invest in building proper roads close to these sites, building more and better airstrips, and even creating resorts.In his presentation to the National Assembly, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said several key hinterland roads would be upgraded to facilitate gold miners and loggers, but there was no talk about improving the road network to benefit tourists.“The state of bridges in the hinterland is another downside to tourism. Which tourist would be comfortable driving across an unstable wooden bridge with no guard rails? None! People want to see our wildlife, our birds, our flora and fauna,” she added.According to the Opposition MP, one of the biggest obstacles to tourism in Guyana is the state of the roads. She noted that when it rains, many of the roads in the interior are impassible.“The tourist from London, the tourist from Canada, the tourist from Australia does not want to be in a small plane flying from one place to the next. He wants to be on the road seeing and experiencing nature, virgin terrain. That is how we sell our tourism product,” she opined.Another huge obstacle to tourism is security, Selman added. “It is well known that we have a lawless interior fuelled by the rough terrain and lack of an adequate fleet of security personnel. I would suggest that the Ministry of Public Security and the Department of Tourism work together to formulate a comprehensive plan to treat with these issues. The Guyana Police Force, first of all, must be brought up to strength. The availability of ranks and resources is of paramount importance to ensure that tourists are safe and they feel safe. Security officials accompanying tourists to far-flung destinations should be taken into consideration,” she further suggested.Apart from that, Selman said that, in an effort to have a sound tourism development plan which prioritises regular, safe, and affordable airlift to Guyana, Government would have to start looking at ways to improve collaboration with, and improve receipt of assistance from, private sector companies here.“Expanding the international airport without adequate, reliable and affordable airlift to encourage the Guyanese diaspora and tourists interested in our tourism product to visit Guyana will be a lost opportunity for this nation. I urge this Government to spend some time focusing on securing adequate, reliable, and affordable airlift services to this country,” she added.last_img read more

January 11

Election ennui

first_imgBut still, it’s sobering to know that while Angelenos are taking their democracy for granted three times a year, Europeans are showing us up in a big way. Hey, this is the country that made democracy famous. On Tuesday, Los Angeles has another election – and another opportunity to be humiliated again by those democracy-loving Europeans. The stakes may not make the difference for the future of an entire country, but they are high on a local level. The two Los Angeles Unified School District races in the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay could very well change the course of public education in Los Angeles. That’s not an overstatement. If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s two reformers – Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic – prevail over their challengers, the mayor will have the majority he needs to start implementing real structural changes in both the governance and the bureaucracy of LAUSD. And even in the city races where there is virtually no competition – such as the 39th Assembly district, where Felipe Fuentes, the candidate hand-picked by local political honchos, is the shoo-in; or the Los Angeles Community College board – it’s important to vote. THE French, it seems, love democracy more than Angelenos. How else to explain that while 85 percent of citizens of France turned out to choose a new president last week, fewer than 8 percent of registered voters voted in Los Angeles’ last municipal election in March, with the future of public schools at stake? Sacre bleu. Granted, France was electing a president, and not just school board members or state Assembly members. And, unlike most races for California’s elected seats, the Nicolas Sarkozy-Segolene Royal match was a highly competitive race. If people don’t vote, then the political machine has won, and it’s empowered to continue working to depress future voting. Politicians have continued to promise redistricting reform, but until they see that the voters are serious about voting, it’s unlikely they will jeopardize their own job stability. That’s not good for the city, for California, for the country. And it doesn’t look well from abroad, where they are actually exercising their right to vote. Don’t let election boredom hijack democracy. Vote on Tuesday. It’s your right. It’s your responsibility. Vive la democratie.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 18

Quotes from the 2016 Budget

first_imgMinister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered his 2016 Budget speech to the National Assembly in Parliament on Wednesday, 24 February. He emphasised that together, South Africa was capable of facing, and overcoming, economic challenges. Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivers his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on 24 February 2016. (Image: GCIS Government ZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• Full text: South Africa’s 2016 Budget• South Africa’s women in politics• Powerful women shape Africa• Remembering the voices of the women of 1956• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture Compiled by Priya PitamberMinister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget speech was one of hope despite the global economic conditions and local challenges South Africa is facing. He repeated that as a nation, we were robust and were able to achieve the country’s goals as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).We look back on some of the more memorable quotes from his address.His introduction set the tone immediately:We do so in a spirit of frankness, both about our challenges and the opportunity to turn our economy’s direction towards hope, confidence and a better future for all.I have a simple message. We are strong enough, resilient enough and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges.On what South Africans want:All of us want jobs, thriving businesses, engaged professionals, narrowing inequality, and fewer people in poverty.All of us want a new values paradigm, a society at peace with itself, a nation energised by the task of building stronger foundations for our future society and economy.We want our government to function effectively, our people to work in dignity, with resources for their families, decent homes and opportunities for their children.We want to see progress throughout our land, in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, construction, tourism, science and research, sport and leisure, trade and commerce.It is within our grasp to achieve this future.On the trials we face:We are conscious of the difficulties we face. Our resilience as a nation, black and white, can propel us to a better future if we make the right choices.On the Budget:The Budget tabled today is guided by the NDP. It is a budget for inclusive growth, it emphasises partnerships amongst role players in our economy, it prioritises education and infrastructure investment, it supports employment creation and it contributes to building a capable, developmental state. The bulk of the 2016 Budget will go to economic affairs, agriculture, and basic education. (Image: 2016 Budget Guide, Sars and the Department of Treasury)On working together:Our faith communities, non-governmental organisations and community volunteers all demonstrate daily that basic needs can be met with dignity. Initiatives like Operation Hydrate and Gift of the Givers have led the way in responding to the impact of the drought.On the growth of South Africa and other countries:It is notable that faster growth is being achieved in countries which have undertaken bold structural reforms, such as India’s scaling back of subsidies for industry and opening up of trade opportunities, and the promotion of skilled immigration, urban investment and labour-intensive manufacturing and agro-processing in South-east Asian and several African economies. These efforts have helped boost investor sentiment and reduce economic vulnerabilities.Our own structural challenges and reforms are articulated in the National Development Plan. Our economic recovery depends on our ability to convert the plan into actions that deliver on the promise for a better life for all.The Treasury currently expects growth in the South African economy to be just 0.9% this year, after 1.3% in 2015. This reflects both depressed global conditions and the impact of the drought.Our working partnership with business leaders and social stakeholders, under President Zuma’s initiative, is about implementing these and other aspects of the National Development Plan.This year’s Budget… is focused on fiscal consolidation. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow beyond our ability to repay. Until we can ignite growth and generate more revenue, we have to be tough on ourselves.On new taxes:Introduction of a tyre levy to finance recycling programmes, increases in the incandescent globe tax, the plastic bag levy and the motor vehicle emissions tax.Introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.On the health of the nation:Our policy commitment is to achieve universal health coverage and comprehensive social security. These contribute to the broader framework for inclusive growth, decent work, income security and social protection that forms part of the National Development Plan.We can turn today’s adversity into opportunities.On working with our strengths:We can address the weaknesses that create policy uncertainty, we can build on the strengths that are our resource base, our institutions and our workforce. We can do things differently where we need to innovate.On thanking key role players: Allow me to thank you, Mister President and Minister Deputy President, for your leadership and support. I must also thank Cabinet colleagues for your contributions to addressing the challenges before us.Members of the Ministers’ Committee on the Budget, including Deputy Minister Jonas, have provided sterling support.I thank our provincial premiers and finance MECs, and municipal mayors, who share our fiscal and financial responsibilities.Please allow me to express appreciation to:Minister Nene for his valuable contribution to our government and Treasury;Director-General Lungisa Fuzile and officials of the National Treasury;Governor Kganyago, the deputy governors and staff of the South African Reserve Bank;Commissioner Moyane and staff of the South African Revenue Service;Commissioners and staff of the Financial and Fiscal Commission;The chairpersons, boards, chief executive officers and staff of the DBSA, the Land Bank, the Public Investment Commission, the Financial Services Board, the Financial Intelligence Centre and the Government Pension Administration Agency;The staff and constituency representatives of Nedlac, and particularly its Public Finance Chamber;Judge Dennis Davis and members of the Tax Committee;I am especially grateful to the chair of the Finance Committee, the honourable Carrim, acting chair of the Appropriation Committee, honourable Gcwabaza and chairs of the Select Committee on Finance and Appropriation, honourable De Beer and honourable Mohai, who have responsibility for facilitating the consideration of the Division of Revenue Bill and the Appropriation Bill, and the revenue bills, which will be tabled later in the year.In conclusion:We are resilient. We are committed. We are resourceful.Looking back on his extraordinary life of resilience, and of commitment, former President Mandela said this:“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”last_img read more

December 16

Home Builder Tips for Increasing Web Site Traffic

first_imgIn her book Loyalty is Love, internationally acclaimed speaker and business trainer Beverly Koehn explains that home builders are in the retail business and should ensure that every single contact with home buyers, from the very first interaction, is memorable.With consumers being increasingly active on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, home builders should pay attention to the first contact and “user experience” that potential home buyers will have with their company. In this era, that first contact is usually conducts studies on online shoppers’ behavior. In their latest survey with data from May to July 2010, Compete found that 31 percent of those surveyed are checking out retailers’ Facebook fan pages or Twitter feeds. This number is up from 17 percent in the third-quarter 2009 study.Facebook ranks as the #2 most trafficked Web site, according to Alexa and Compete, with close to 123.7 million unique visitors in the month of May 2010. Google ranks #1, with 149.6 million unique visitors during the same month.iStrategy Labs finds that over 30% of Facebook users are 35 years of age and older. (Hmmm, aren’t there potential home buyers in this group?)View more details in the article Facebook Stats That Can’t Be Ignored.These numbers should cause any business owners, especially in the home industry, to raise their eyebrows and really pay attention to what’s going on in the social web.You should start by making an honest assessment of your presence on the Web, and execute any necessary changes to boost your brand online and maximize your Internet presence.During this difficult time in the housing industry, when social networks are so readily available, home builders, remodelers and other professionals in the home building industry can really increase their Web traffic, and that could produce more leads which potentially convert into sales.As a home builder or remodeler, you should not miss this great opportunity to expose your content to the world.So what should you be doing?1. Have a BlogConsumers love content, and so do search engines like Google. I’ve studied many builder Web sites and find that a huge number of them lack this very important social web element. Your blog is the central hub of information to share with your audience.Use your presence in social networks like Facebook and Twitter to engage with your audience and also to drive traffic back to your site. Don’t make the mistake of just using a Facebook fan page (aka business page). Build your Web content on your own blog and refer your followers and fans to it.2. Get on FacebookWith Facebook ranking #2 in the social media sphere, take advantage of this tool. Engage with your audience by asking questions. Don’t make it just about you. Share different things and links to other sites with information that could benefit them.Some great examples of good usage of Facebook are: Green Building Advisor’s fan page, Fine Home Building magazine, Lennar, and smaller custom builders such as Garabedian Properties.The neat thing about Facebook fan pages is that you can customize the tabs to really enrich your fan page. For example, you can add a “welcome” tab, a “videos” tab, and even a “specials” tab to announce any promotions.Here are some great examples of how you can customize your Facebook fan page to make it easy for your visitors and potential clients to get information hassle-free and fast with the click of a button:Lennar – Welcome tab set as defaultLennar – Markets tab Pulte Homes – Blog tab Pulte Homes – YouTube tabMimi’s Cafe – special promotions tabCan you grasp how powerful social media tools can be?Go beyond just having the standard “Photos” tab. You’ll need an expert to help you customize your Facebook fan page but the effort will be well worth it.The point is to bring all of your information and make it available to your visitors on a silver platter, right under their noses and at their fingertips.Don’t forget to include links back to your Web site where they can find more information (that’s why having a blog is so critical!)Linking tipWhen linking back to your Web site use the direct URL to the page you’re referencing. Avoid sending your visitors to your home page as this will cause frustration and extra work for users to search your site for the content.Wouldn’t it be extremely frustrating if I had sent you to the home page of some of the links I’ve shared on this post, leaving you the arduous task of digging through those sites to find the information I referenced?Make it easy for your users to obtain information. They’ll love you for it!3. Get on TwitterMany business owners find Twitter a nuisance, but if your audience is using it or checking you out on it, you probably need to re-evaluate it. With automation applications available, you can do the following:Write your blog postSet an automation process to automatically do an entry on your Facebook fan page and Twitter profileProvide answers to comments or questions received as a result of your post.Green Building Advisor’s Facebook fan page and its Twitter profile are great examples of how to take advantage of these automation tools such as Twitterfeed to auto-magically feed your news to both platforms.You can drive more traffic to your Web site by really making it easy for people to find you and the helpful information you’re posting.What social media tools are you using that have produced positive results?last_img read more