Vantage Drilling 2Q revenue rises. Net loss narrows

Offshore driller Vantage Drilling saw its revenue rise and net loss narrow in the second quarter of 2018.The Cayman Islands exempted company recorded a 2Q revenue of around $60 million, an increase compared to $53 million in the second quarter of 2017.Also, net loss was $31 million, an improvement from last year’s 2Q loss of $36,6 million.At the end of the quarter, Vantage had $186.9 million of cash, including $5 million of restricted cash.Vantage used some of its cash to fund a $15.0 million down payment for the acquisition of modern jack-up drilling rig.Ihab Toma, the CEO, commented, “I am pleased to report another positive quarter, with industry-leading rig utilization and successful repositioning and deployment of the Topaz Driller in Cameroon. Revenues are up 14% from the comparable quarter in the prior year and operationally we delivered an outstanding 97% uptime during the quarter.”The Topaz Driller rig the CEO has mentioned is being used by New Age for drilling the Etinde block offshore Cameroon.According to data from Bassoe Analytics, the rig has a contract with New Age until mid-September.Bassoe’s data further shows Topaz Driller will then move to Gabon, where it will work for the French oil giant Total. This contract is expected to start on October 1 and will last until June 30, 2016.As seen in Bassoe Analytics chart, Vantage currently has six rigs under contract, two under construction, and one warm stacked unit. See below for more details.Data from Bassoe Analytics read more

Shevchenko to ring changes in Ukraine team against Super Eagles

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko has stated that he will make changes in his starting line-up from the set that defeated Lithuania 3-0 for the international friendly encounter against the Super Eagles. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Tuesday’s encounter at the Dnipro Arena would be the first meeting between both countries at the senior level. Shevchenko’s side defeated Lithuania 3-0 in their European Championship qualifier in Vilnius on Saturday. He said: “We will look at the reaction of the players. “Still, the coverage was completely different. “We will analyze how the muscles of the players react.” Shevchenko, who stated this in an interview published on the official website of the Ukraine Football Federation, added: “After our training in Dnipro, we will decide on the players that will take to the field. “I have the opportunity to give playing time to those players that did not play against Lithuania. “I think you’ll see more of these names in the lineup.” Meanwhile, the Ukraine national team will have an open training session this Monday which will be open to media and fans.Tags: Andriy ShevchenkoSuper EaglesUkrainelast_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital introduce full capacity protocol once again

first_imgOnce again the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy this week.The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED, awaiting a bed.The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. Other actions underway in the hospital to alleviate the waiting times for patients requiring hospital admission include additional reviews and deferral of elective non-urgent procedures.Hospital management say they regret the inconvenience and distress the long delays cause patients and their families.A spokesman said “The hospital prioritises those in most need of care and this unfortunately, may lead to delays for less urgent patients.“Patients who do not require emergency department care should contact their GP or GP out of hours service in the first instance.” Letterkenny Hospital introduce full capacity protocol once again was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEDLUH< busypatientslast_img read more

49ers call audible, change play-by-play voice to local legend

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Greg Papa is in as voice of the 49ers, signaling an end Wednesday to Ted Robinson’s 10-year run.Papa was ousted as the Raiders legendary emcee prior to this past season, and he promptly switched Bay Area allegiances by serving as the pre- and post-game host of 49ers games this past season on NBC Sports Bay Area.“Being in the Bay Area all these years and watching what the 49ers have done, this is a tremendous day for me and I’m honored and thrilled to continue the great history …last_img

Press Release: iEntrepreneur – a Week of Entrepreneurship at Wits

first_imgThe 2017 Wits Student Entrepreneurship Week will explore how entrepreneurship can help overcome South Africa’s high unemployment. (Image: Wits Business School)Johannesburg, 30 August, 2017 – Unemployment among the youth of South Africa has reached an ‘all time high’ and young people need to step out and make their own way in the economy. This is according to various stakeholders at Wits University involved in entrepreneurship.In response to this imperative, Wits is pleased to announce the launch of Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) 2017 in order to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a career. The project is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to combat high unemployment, foster sustainable economic growth and facilitate the development of an entrepreneurial economy.SEW, which will run from the 28 to 31 August, will include a variety of presentations, workshops, discussions and displays, with the aim of making the concept of entrepreneurship accessible and fun.“We want to encourage students to explore the option of entrepreneurship as a career path versus looking for employment,” says Chimene Chetty, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits Business School (WBS). “It takes courage to take the plunge into becoming and entrepreneur, and there are often so many questions. This initiative, involving both Wits and WBS, aims to make entrepreneurship accessible and easy to understand by breaking it down into ‘bite sized chunks’.”Framed as ‘iEntrepreneur’, the programme will focus on the following ‘I’s’:Information – answering questions on where entrepreneurial support exists at Wits and elsewhere, start-up toolkits, compliance guidance and funding options;Ideas and innovations – focusing on business ideas that are making waves at present; simple solutions that have been built into successful start-ups, and national initiatives and agencies that support innovation;Implementation and impact – how to make those ‘out there’ ideas concrete and gain maximum impact in the market.SEW, driven by WBS’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, will include 15 events focusing on all things entrepreneurial, including presentations by entrepreneurs and practitioners, research findings, workshops, pitching sessions, a student market and various displays.SEW will take place at four university venues: The Wits Tshimologong Precinct, the Transnet Matlafatso Centre, Science Park and the Wits Business School.One of the ‘must attends’, according to Chetty, is a discussion with Stafford Maisie, former Google SA CEO and entrepreneur, and innovator of and innovator of Absa Bank’s Payment Pebble.“We started the ball rolling in March after the DHET shared with us its vision of advancing entrepreneurial ecosystems and entrepreneurial education in Higher Education Institutions, at a Legotla. Various partners immediately jumped on board, including the Tshimologong Precinct, the Transnet Matlafatso Centre, Wits Enterprise and the Wits SRC, all sharing the same vision,” says Chetty.“It is imperative that we encourage and support more young people to step into the space of start-ups, considered the weakest link in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This initiative is about creating awareness, demystifying what it means to start a business and to inspire students and increase their appetite for entrepreneurship.”For more information on the Wits Student Entrepreneurship week please contact Sibongile Horo on 011 717 3942 or [email protected] To register or see the programme, visit www.witsew.co.za.Twitter: @WitsUniversitylast_img read more

India to play against Japan in World Group Play-Off

first_imgIndia has been drawn to play an away tie against Japan in the Davis Cup World Group play-off from September 16. India had lost to Davis Cup champions Serbia 1-4 in the World Group first round tie in March, while Japan advanced to the play-offs, beating Uzbekistan 4-1.Rohan Bopanna will spearhead India’s challenge in the Davis Cup tie against JapanJapan has failed three times to break into the World Group since 1998.India last played Japan in 2008 at home in an Asia-Oceania semi-final in Delhi and beat them 3-2. Overall, India is way ahead of Japan on head-to-head count with 18 victories against only three losses. India’s last visit to Japan in 2004 ended in a 2-3 loss, the first time they were beaten by Japan since 1930.Japan’s top singles player Kei Nishikori is ranked 50.The 21-year-old Nishikori has a good Davis Cup record of 5-1 and will compete in a World Group play-off for the first time in his career.Japan’s other players Tatsuma Ito and Go Soeda are ranked 110 and 135 respectively. On the other hand, Somdev Devvarman (65) is India’s highest ranked singles player.Somdev, who has an overall win loss record of 6-8, had scored India’s lone victory in the tie against Serbia, upsetting Janko Tipsarvic.Both Nishikori and Somdev love to play on hard courts, but have never faced each other before.Rohan Bopanna is way down in the singles ranking at 555, though he has given a good account of himself as a singles player against higher ranked players in the last two ties.advertisementThe 31-year-old from Coorg defeated Ricardo Mello of Brazil in the World Group play-off last year. He lost to Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Thomaz Belluci of Brazil in five- set thrillers.India will have an advantage in the doubles with the presence of two veterans Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, who are back playing together on the international circuit since the Australian Open in January.Paes and Bhupathi missed out in the last tie against Serbia in which Somdev and Bopanna combined to give a good fight to Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic. Japan does not have a stable doubles combination.Takao Suzuki and Hiroki Kondo lost against the Philippines and Nishikori and Soeda combined to win against Uzbekistan in their last two ties.Hewitt- Federer Clash On The CardsAustralia will host Switzerland in September’s World Group Davis Cup playoffs, setting up a potential clash between Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer.Switzerland have lost all four previous meetings against the Aussies, including the 2003 World Group semi-finals, where Hewitt sealed the win with a comeback from two sets down against Federer and Australia went on to take the title that year.Meanwhile, Canada, who made a comeback against Ecuador in their Zone Group I tie to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2005, will travel to Israel.With inputs from Agencies.last_img read more

No Website Is An Island: Why and How To Link To Others

first_imgIf you’ve read even a little about search engine optimization (SEO), you probably know that one of the single most important factors used to determine your search ranking is the number and “power” of other pages that link to yours.  The more links the better, and the more “powerful” those links, the better.  Much of SEO is centered around getting lots of good links in to your website. their control the anchor text.  As such, this gives Google an external point of validation around the site content of the external site.  Giving the site a link is a “vote” for that site – and the anchor text you use is a “contextual vote” that helps Google reaffirm the theme of that website. Why And How You Should Give Outbound Links you Google Loves Links:  As we already know, links make the (Internet) world go round.  Without links, the Internet doesn’t make much sense.  Links are also the cornerstone of Google’s PageRank algorithm.  If you haven’t done so already, I’d suggest taking a peek at “ Right way:  We’ve got a previous article on SB2 that talks about how to how you should provide links out to others. out ”.  So, it would stand to reason that since links are so important to Google, it would encourage people to create links (and conversely, discourage websites from not having any links out at all).  The argument is that Google incents behavior that helps it deliver better results to its users.  Nothing is more important than links between related websites to make this happen.  So, I would argue that if your website is overly frugal with outbound links, Google doesn’t like it as much as if you had at least a few strategic links that helps Google help its users.  My advice:  Don’t try to be an island – share some link love. The Importance Of Google PageRank much Link Building search rankings, it will help with your own search engine optimization efforts as well.  And, as long as you’re going to go to the trouble of linking out, take an extra minute and make sure you do it the right way by using the right anchor text for the link.  The sites that you link to will be appreciative and it helps the right circulation of positive search engine karma. to is an important factor in training Google so it can establish context. better (and right) way to do this: The second way is much better than the first for multiple reasons.  First, the link is easier for readers to click on (and know that it’s a link).  But, more important is the fact that we now have the anchor text as “improve your organic search results on Google”.  When the search engine spiders “see” this link, they factor in the anchor text when determining what the target page is about.  The reason that the anchor text is important (vs. the page title that the original article itself has) is that generally when you are linking to external (third-party) sites, Training Google Via Links:  In addition to helping Google out by powering it’s PageRank algorithm, links are also a great “signal” for you to send to Google as to what topics your site is related to.  As you might suspect, if you link out to an interesting article or two on a key topic of interest to your business, Google uses this as one more way to “figure out” what your site is about.  So, in addition to whatever content you have on your page, the content you link Linking The Topics: But, that’s not what this article is about.  This one’s about why and In summary, I strongly advocate making sure that you provide links out to related websites to yours.  It not only helps others by helping them improve to read that article.  here Right Way:  When providing links out to other sites, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.  Let’s first take a look at the wrong (but unfortunately very common) way that people link.   Though none of this should be particularly controversial, if you disagree with any of these points or have some additional thoughts to share, please leave them in the comments.  I’m also happy to answer any questions too. .   See what I did there.  The word “here” is what is known as the “anchor text” for the link.  It is critically important to the search engines when they look at links.  By just making the word “here” a hyperlink, I’m giving Google very little help in terms of hints as to what I think the page I’m linking to is about.  Instead, here is a improve your organic search results on Google Wrong way:  We’ve got a previous article on SB2 that talks about how to improve your organic search results on Google.  You can click Originally published Jan 2, 2007 4:29:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

3 Reasons Every Franchisee Needs Its Own Website

center_img . Originally published Aug 9, 2011 5:05:00 PM, updated July 08 2013 optimized correctly SEO regularly add new content Margaret Ornsby Franchise businesses employ over 7 million people in the U.S. At HubSpot, we speak with franchise companies with hundreds of individual franchisees in their networks, but some do not maintain individual websites for their franchisees. This is a problem, because although potential customers can find your corporate website, often these same potential customers would rather receive information tailored from  It may seem obvious, but maintaining individual websites for your local franchisees or distributors will 3. You Can Amplify Your Local Reach Using Social Media website and . Many franchises think it’s sufficient to simply maintain a corporate social media profile. But simply having a corporate social media profile is not enough these days. If you want to amplify your franchisees’ reach, each individual franchisee should have a social media presence connected to its individual website as well. There are several reasons why each franchisee should have a social media presence. internet marketing strategy Topics: Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and offers to your site. This allows you to create customized information tailored to your local market as opposed to the generic offers often pushed down from corporate.last_img read more

6 Reasons Great Content Fails

first_img Topics: Content Creation Originally published Nov 10, 2011 4:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 That’s right. Sometimes truly great content flops. And to be honest, it’s a big disappointment (and a damn shame). The silver lining is, there’s usually a pretty good explanation for why that particular piece of content failed to spread, and understanding some of the top reasons why great content fails can put you on a righteous path that enables you to succeed with future pieces of great content.And if anything positive can come from failure, it’s a good lesson or two. We’ve come in contact with a few content failures in our experience as content creators, so we’ve nailed down 6 compelling reasons — and lessons to learn from — why great content fails.1. The Topic Isn’t Appropriately TargetedWhen it comes to successful content, the topic/idea is everything. You can write the most amazing piece of content and make it the best it can be, but that doesn’t mean it will be enough. One of the core reasons great content fails is because the topic was the wrong one. It could be “wrong” for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s not a topic that is appropriately targeted toward the audience it’s being presented to. Maybe it’s targeted, but it’s just not a topic your audience would necessarily think is interesting.How to Avoid Failure: Spend the time to make sure the topic and idea has the potential to be successful. A major part of this is truly understanding your target audience and marketing personas, and analyzing the topics and ideas that have resonated with that audience in the past. Your analytics are your best friend here, so leverage them!2. The Title or Headline is CrappyA great piece of content hidden behind a crappy title or headline is just that — hidden. The title of your content is a potential reader’s first impression of that content, whether they find a link to your content in social media, search results, or via email. If you’re headline isn’t enticing enough to get that reader to click on and view your content, it’s doomed to fail.How to Avoid Failure: Put some solid effort into learning how to write awesome titles for your content. A great headline is actionable, brief, keyword-conscious, clear, definitive, and intriguing. Master the art of exceptional blog titles, and you’ll be one step closer to preventing content failure.3. There Is No Attention to DetailThe topic of your content, the ideas you present, and the way in which you present them may all be top-notch, but it’s amazing how simple details like spelling and grammar can easily ruin an otherwise amazing piece of content. Don’t undermine the importance of paying attention to these types of details when pulling together a final draft of your content.How to Avoid Failure: Always, I repeat, ALWAYS have a colleague or teammate (preferably one who has an eye for details) proofread and edit your work. It’s stupidly silly to let a great piece of content go to waste because of a few easily preventable typos.4. It Isn’t PromotedTrust a recovering content marketer –if you build it, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will come. Without any promotion, your awesome content is basically stuck on an island. And the only thing it will have to keep it company is the other lonesome content on your blog or website. Don’t fall victim to the common assumption that great content will just naturally get stumbled across. In order for great content to be truly successful, it needs a little help.How to Avoid Failure: Get your content out there, for goodness’ sake! Send that awesome new ebook you wrote to your email database, and share your latest blog article with your fans and followers in social media!5. It’s Not Socially EnabledSuccessful content isn’t just proactively promoted by its author. It’s also promoted by readers who love the content and want to share it with their networks. Successful content makes it easy for readers and viewers to share in the first place by offering social media sharing buttons in obvious places.How to Avoid Failure: Add social media sharing links/buttons to every piece of content you produce in obvious places. People are lazy. Make it mind-numbingly simple for them to share if they want to. Chances are, if you put the buttons right in front of them, they’ll use them, giving your content more exposure to potentially interested content consumers. Research shows that including a Twitter share button on your content leads to 7x more mentions!6. It’s Not Optimized for SearchOne of the best ways to generate organic visibility for your content is to make sure it’s optimized for search. Your prospects are looking for and finding content via search. If your content isn’t optimized well enough to show up in their search results, it’s not going to get found there. Without proper search engine optimization, your content is at great risk of failure.  How to Avoid Failure: Conduct keyword research to identify appropriate keywords for your business. Then search engine optimize your content by sprinkling those keywords throughout — in page titles, header tags, and throughout the body of your content.What are some other reasons great content fails to spread?Image Credit: Kevin Jarrett Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How to Automate Your Social Media Marketing Like the Pros

first_imgFace it: you’ve heard words like “engagement” and “transparency” used to describe social media so much that they’re more played out than a Lady Gaga song. Whatever adjectives you use to describe it, letting your personality shine through your brand’s social media account is crucial to its success. But there’s a dichotomy in social media–a ubiquitous cloud looming over our online relationships and interactions. The evolution of technology has forced nameless corporations to become human and empowered small organizations to reach audiences on social media like never before. However, as soon as “human business tools” like Twitter and Facebook emerged, we found ways to automate our humanity.Just like you can’t send a robot to a networking event to represent you, humanity can’t be automated, right? Well despite the importance of a personal approach to business, not all automation is sacrilegious . When used appropriately, it’s actually quite good for the health of your business, brand, and online community. Let’s take a look at what your social media automation strategy should include to ensure you’re doing it the right way and not sacrificing the personal element that got your brand the social media success it’s currently enjoying. Use the Right Tools There are some great tools out there that will help you automate your social media marketing, and HubSpot is one of them . Among the free tools available, HootSuite allows you to schedule your Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ updates in advance. If you’re using their paid platform, updates can also be scheduled in bulk. Regardless of the tool you choose, practice before you go hog wild drafting and scheduling your posts. The last thing you want is to make a silly mistake, like scheduling a month’s worth of posts all in one day. Once you get the hang of the tool, set aside time at regular intervals to keep the social media content machine fed by responding to comments and engaging with fans and followers using a human voice. Schedule Content at the Right Times When are your fans and followers primarily active and interacting with you on their social networks? Monitor what times of day people read your content and interact with your brand on social media, and schedule your content for those days and times for maximum exposure .That being said, you have to make sure it’s also a good time for you. Only schedule posts when you can respond to the comments, replies, and mentions in a reasonable amount of time. This is imperative. Scott Stratten ( @UnMarketing ) often tells the story of a friend who scheduled a tweet that garnered a great deal of reaction and response from his audience. Replies on Twitter flooded in, and his audience waited with bated breath for his response. Unfortunately, his response wasn’t coming any time soon, because he was on a cruise without internet access for nearly a week. As a social media community manager , this could be devastating to your brand. Diversify Content Across Social Media Sites Many of your followers are probably connected with you on more than one social media network. So don’t bore them by auto-pushing the exact same content on every network! Instead, leverage what each network is particularly excellent at.For example, Facebook allows more lengthy explanations surrounding content you’ve linked to. Use that space to give some insightful commentary that elicits more click-throughs and comments. Google+ is particularly great for sharing images; leverage that format for your visual content. LinkedIn is a stellar lead generation mechanism , so give people an ebook that only the very niche audience on your LinkedIn group would be interested in. While a little overlap is natural and a-okay, the scheduling mechanisms in social media automation tools makes it so you can and should personalize all of your posts. Stay True to Your Social Media Roots Those who find success in social media do so because they’ve dedicated some serious time to interacting with their community . Using automation to carefully and respectfully supplement your social media activities can pose some obstacles and even result in negative backlash; people don’t want to feel like they’ve been duped by a “fake” you. Set up alerts to notify you when you’ve received a comment, reply, or message. That way, not only is the content you push out from the “real” you, but so is your timely response. Not all automation is bad . Using it in moderation and when appropriate can increase your productivity and offer even more valuable content to your audience. Ensure that no matter when you post, you (or someone on your team) will be at the ready and able to address any responses in a timely manner. Do you use schedule posts on your social media accounts? What are the pros and cons you’ve seen for your social media strategy ? Image credit: Tachimetro Social Media Marketing Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Dec 28, 2011 11:30:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more