Monday, September 20, 2010
Leonard Skinner, the namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at the age of 77. Skinner was a gym teacher and basketball coach and taught members of the group. His death was announced by his son, also named Leonard Skinner, who also said that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Skinner died at the St. Catherine Laboure Manor nursing home in Riverside at 02.30 a.m. His son said that he had a bowl of ice cream shortly after midnight. He had been at the home for about a year.
The coach taught the members of the group in the 1960s and was reportedly hard on the students. He later said in a 2009 interview that “he was just following the rules”. He disputed the rumours that he was extra tough on them or that he kicked them out of school.
In later years he opened up his own bar and became friends with some members of the group and even introduced them at one of their concerts in Jacksonville.
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Articles are normally submitted to e-zines (also called article warehouses and article submission sites). These are places that other webmasters go to find good articles to put on their websites. If an article is poorly written, this may be the only place it will be published – if even they accept it. (Many places have a human review of the document before publishing it.)
If it is well written, several other webmasters will find it at these e-zines and use it on their website without any extra effort on your part. They may do it shortly after it is published, or even a couple years later.
Carefully review these article submission guidelines and bookmark this page! This will give you guidelines on how to write good articles, how to submit articles, and give you a starting point of where to submit articles.
START WITH A GOOD ARTICLE TO SUBMIT:
The first half of the battle is to write a good article. DO NOT neglect this! You don’t have to be a professional author or an English professor. But you do need to pay attention to details and follow good article submission guidelines. You may see websites that encourage you to write about anything and ignore the importance of writing a quality article. Usually these sites are trying to sell you some article submission service or article submission software.
Many webmasters are picky about what they choose for their websites. If I was to choose an article for any of the websites I manage, it would have to be relevant to my site, have keywords that I am trying for, be well written, and most of all – be of interest to my customers.
WHEN WRITING YOUR ARTICLE:
- Write about what you know and what interests you. Most people have expertise in some field. Leverage this. If you are writing articles to promote your site, write articles on subjects that your visitors would also be interested in. If a visitor finds this article – and a link to your site – they will more likely be a potential customer. Also, make sure it is something that you feel other webmasters would want. An article on your particular product will have a very limited audience. However, comparing a few similar products in a non-biased fashion would be of value. “How to” articles are also good candidates. Also, your professional opinion on a related subject would be good.
- Use a spell-checker on the article. You would be surprised at how many articles have spelling mistakes. If necessary, copy and paste it into Microsoft Word. I would normally reject any article with spelling mistakes since it would make my site look less professional.
- Have a friend proof-read it. This is just to pick out any obvious shortcomings.
- Make sure that the title is really catchy. A good title will make or break your article. If you have a really good title, more people will read it – and more will click on the links embedded within.
- Limit the links in the body of your article to the minimum necessary. Some e-zines have restrictions on the number of links you may have. A link to your site is normally done in another section called the author biography. Some e-zines have restrictions on the amount of links within the body of the article, or on self-promotion links. Also, many have a policy of prohibiting “affiliate” links. (Affiliate links are links to sites that give you a commission of some sort – per click or per sale.) Be prepared to remove these if necessary.
- Limit the amount of formatting in the article. Several e-zines only accept plain text for the articles. Some allow you to use only a few HTML tags for paragraphs, page breaks, and lists. Never format the text fonts or colors when preparing the article. These are normally rejected because each webmaster that publishes your article wants to have tight control of the font and color schemes of their particular website. I would recommend that you start with two versions (one text and one html formatted) . Make special tailoring for different article warehouses as needed.
- Make it easily to scan and get the main points. Use subheadings in your article – formatted in bold or capital case to highlight main points and making it easy for the user to scan. Also, use bold and italic formatting to bring out points within the text. For those submission places that allow limited formatting – this will be an enhanced article. For an example, quickly scan this article. See if you can pick up a lot of great points within 30 seconds.
Personally, I like to start by writing my articles in a blog. Then, once it is refined, I publish it at different article submission sites. Having it in a blog essentially gives me one more place where the article is published on the internet. And it is formatted exactly how I like!
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS:
Normally, after signing up for an author account, you will be filling in a form for your article submission. You need to prepare the following sections that many article submission sites ask for:
1) Article Body
Of course, you obviously need to write the body of the article. Normally, as stated above, I write it initially in a blog like Blogger. Its structure is uniquely suited since it has sections to fill in your title, your biography, and the text of the article (the Blogger posting). The body of the article should not contain the title since this is normally filled in a separate field during article submissions.
Try to restrict it to the following HTML tags:
- <a>tag for links
- <p> or <br> to separate paragraphs *
- <b> for bold formatting **
- <i> for italic formatting **
- <ul>, <ol> and <li> for lists
* Some e-zines allow a normal page beak to separate paragraphs using a special CSS trick. Be aware of this, since you may need to remove the “p” or “br” to make it display properly on their website. Wherever possible, use the “p” and “br” in case the webmaster who uses this article doesn’t use that CSS trick to separate paragraphs.
** You may have to remove bold and italic formatting for some article submission sites. You may want to use capitalization in your text version of the article for the subheaders. This keeps your text version easy to scan.
Then I like to copy and paste it into Microsoft Notepad, since this will remove the formatting automatically. This gives me a text-only version of the article. (You may still need to modify it – but this is the best starting place.) Both types of articles are needed. Wherever you can, you publish a HTML version. Where you can’t, you publish the text version. Having 2 versions that are different in this manner reduces the possibility of duplicate content. If you additionally modify the article somewhat for each article warehouse – that would be even better.
Try to keep the article body between 800 and 1800 words. If it is much longer, consider breaking it up into two or more articles.
DO NOT use images. Almost all article submission sites forbid images. There are several technical reasons for this – but this is outside the scope of this discussion.
2) Article Title
This is very important! It should lead visitors into reading your article. It should arouse curiosity or otherwise motivate them to read the rest. It should also give an idea of what the article is about. Some places publish a list of articles showing only the title – or the title and the short description. Keep this in mind. You want them to read the full article down to the biography.
Do not make this all capital. Capitalize the first letter of each word. (You don’t have to capitalize “the”, “a”, and “an” and other such words if you don’t want to.)
Do not end the title with a period. It is OK to end with an exclamation point or a question mark though.
3) Short Description
This is a 1-2 sentence introduction to your article. It is a lead into your article, and not necessarily a non-biased description. Make the visitors eager to read the rest (and don’t give everything away here).
If someone was doing a search for an article about your topic, what words or phrases would accurately match your article. This is used in searches and is often put in Meta-Tags of the page with your article. Ideally you should have these words or phrases in your article as well – at least once.
Do not repeat any words here unless you are trying for variations of a keyword phrase. Do not repeat any word more than 3 times for any reason. Make sure that all your keywords show up in your article somewhere at least once.
5) Author Biography
This is VERY VERY IMPORTANT! Do not neglect this! This is where you tell a little about yourself and where you get links to your website. These links help the search engines recognize your popularity on the web. The more popular you are, the better. Normally I put my expertise relative to the topic I am discussing. Also I put 1-3 links. These are HTML formatted links with my keywords embedded in them.
I recommend preparing 3 links for the biography. But only put in as many links as the specific article warehouse allows. If you want to maximize the value of this process, edit the link text slightly each time you use the biography while keeping your keywords in there. That way your links won’t be so cookie-cutter and will fare better in the search engines.
THE STEPS TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE:Normally you would start by visiting each article warehouse that you want to publish at and create an account. (If you have already created an account, you can skip this step and just sign in before submitting your article.)
You will next need to fill in the forms to submit your article. These forms are normally pretty simple and self explanatory and involve the data mentioned above. Of course, the more you submit to, the better.
WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE:The following is a short list of places to submit to. There are many others – some that only publish articles in specialized fields, but these are the e-zines I like to start with.
You can find a much bigger list of submission sites here: http://www.pro-marketing-online.com/submit-articles.html. You can also do a search on article submission for your particular nitche to find places that only submit articles on a particular subject. For example, you may do a search on “article submission real estate” or “submit article real estate” for places to submit your real estate articles.
You may find services that will submit your article to hundreds or thousands of places. However, this will normally only submit a text version of the article and a text version of the biography. As you have learned, the biography is the most important part of this. You want a HTML-formatted links in the biography – with your keywords in the link text. The plain link is only 1/100 of the value as a carefully formatted link with your keywords.
Your best submissions will be the ones you do yourself using these article submission guidelines.
ADVANCED ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – MAXIMUM EFFECT:
If you really want to maximize the amount of webmasters who use your article, select about 3 keyword phrases to promote within your article. Many webmasters who are searching for articles want to publish text that is
- relevant to their site
- interesting to their visitors
- IS KEYWORD RICH
Some webmasters want timely interesting articles for their customers – to keep them coming back. Some webmasters are using your article to help increase their search engine rankings for that keyword term by having more pages about it. These would want their articles to have keywords that are requested a lot. Others are using your article to generate revenue by putting Google Adsense advertisements on the page. Keep this in mind when selecting keywords.
I would recommend that you use the following tool to help you choose commonly used keywords: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal. You can use this to check the search popularity and the AdSense competition for that keyword phrase. Also, use a keyword density analyzer to check your article (like your Blogger version) to see if this is too high or too low. A general rule of thumb is to keep your keyword density around 2.5- 3.5% for your targeted keywords. However, you really just need to check who is coming up number one and two for your keywords and do a slightly higher density than they do. If your article is too dense for a keyword, it may look like keyword spam. Don’t go overboard and keep it natural.
You should also put the most important keyword phrase in the article title. Additionally, your keywords should be in the first few sentences of your article body, somewhere in the middle, and near the end. Also, put them in the list of keywords that you are collecting for searches.
If you can make the time, modify your article somewhat for each submission. Add a few sentences, change a few phrases in the first paragraph and possibly the last paragraph. Also, modify the link text of your links in your biography for each submission.
After you submit your article by hand to about 10 or so e-zines, you may consider using an article submission service to get a better reach. http://www.isnare.com/ has a paid service to assist with that. But do the hand submission first and get the text variety and higher quality links.
Lastly, if you started by writing your article in a blog, don’t forget to submit your new blog posting to the search engines. And if you activated AdSense for the blog, you may even get a tidy profit from those finding it. I sometimes even do a minor link-building campaign for my blog – such as using it as a resource in another article. This enhances the pagerank of the blog, and the value of the links that point to my site.
Friday, July 7, 2006
A 36-year-old man, who is yet to be named, is undergoing surgery after an attacker lodged a knife through one cheek and out the other. The handle broke off, leaving the 15-cm (about 6 inches) blade inside him. The man was rushed to hospital today, July 7, at about 2 a.m. NZST. The attack occurred last night after a domestic row in Albany on Auckland‘s North Shore.
John Chaplin, head and neck surgeon said, “the man could be treated relatively simply. The major blood vessels of the head were further back in the neck and the knife could be relatively easily removed in an operating theatre where bleeding could be controlled.”
The police have issued an arrest warrant for Vance Paraki Tuheke, 31-year-old, in relation to the attack.
The victim may suffer from some facial numbness.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Israel has purchased two more Dolphin class submarines which have the capacity to carry nuclear warheads. Israel already has three older nuclear weapons-capable Dolphin submarines but the new Dolphins have propulsion systems that allow them to remain submerged for longer periods of time, according to the Jerusalem Post, making it harder for them to be tracked by satellite. Experts view the purchase as a clear signal to Iran that Israel can retaliate if subjected to a nuclear attack.
“The Iranians would be very foolish if they attacked Israel,” said Paul Beaver, a British based defence analyst, speaking to the Washington Post. According to Beaver, the submarines would provide Israel with both first strike and second strike capability.
Israel already has land-based nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in the form of the Jericho I and II missiles.
German officials confirm that the contracts for the new submarines was signed July 6. The Jerusalem Post reports that they will be operational shortly.
Israel has never confirmed nor denied that it has nuclear weapons but is believed to have the world’s sixth largest stockpile of the devices, with most outside estimates putting their stockpile in the low hundreds. Israel’s possession of nuclear arms has often been a locus of bitter controversy in the Middle East, especially among countries who believe that the world community, and especially the United States, is hypocritical in its tolerance of Israeli nuclear arms while decrying the efforts of other Middle Eastern nations to develop their own nuclear capabilities.
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post reports there is a growing mood among Israel’s defence establishment that the country will have to act independently to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons as the United States is unlikely to do so.
“America is stuck in Iraq and cannot go after Iran militarily right now,” according to an unnamed official quoted by the paper.
A report by the US House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee released on Wednesday asserts that if Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons, Israel would be pressed to respond militarily. “A nuclear armed Iran would likely exacerbate regional tensions. Israel would find it hard to live with a nuclear armed Iran and could take military action against Iranian nuclear facilities,” the report states. Iran has continually maintained that it seeks only to develop nuclear technology for the production of electrical power, though this has been disputed by many nations.
Sunday, April 10, 2022
On Friday, leader of the North Carolina chapter of the Proud Boys organization Charles Donohoe pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to obstruct the United States Congress and assault of an officer of the law, both felonies, on January 6, 2021.
Donohoe’s plea was part of a bargain in which he also agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors’ investigations of the Proud Boys and its leadership. Other alleged leaders, including national chairman Enrique Tarrio, have entered not guilty pleas on charges of seditious conspiracy. According to prosecutors, they were members of an elite group of leaders called the “Ministry of Self Defense” and hand-picked by Tarrio.
Prosecutors’ filings also said Donohoe supplied the Proud Boys with radio transmitters, so they could communicate before and during the 2021 attack on the Capitol. Tarrio was arrested two days before the riot. Immediately after Tarrio’s arrest, Donohoe deleted the group’s messages on the Telegram communication platform and messaged that plans might be compromised. “Well at least they won’t get our boots on the ground plan because we are one step ahead of them,” he wrote in a follow-up.
Donohoe reportedly never entered the Capitol, even though he was in the first wave of people descending upon the building, as he was overcome by pepper spray. Nevertheless, his assault charges stemmed from throwing two water bottles at Capitol Police officers. He allegedly also sent messages stating: “We stormed the capitol unarmed … we took it over.”
The assault on the Capitol took place while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election won by Joe Biden. The Proud Boys were in favor of a second term for former president Donald Trump.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Six workers in the post office in Hueytown, Alabama developed breathing problems and 23 were sent to the hospital after a chemical used in the manufacture of fishing lures leaked from a package.
The post office, located five miles west of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, was evacuated, and Hueytown firefighters in hazardous materials attire inspected the chemical. The chemical was found to have leaked from an inadequately designed package, evaporated quickly leaving a garlicky scent, and discolored the flooring tile in the post office. Workers complained of symptoms ranging from breathing difficulties to vomiting to burning in the throat.
The chemical was later identified as “J.J.’s Magic,” a yellow dye for soft plastic fishing lures which contains garlic oil as a fish attractant. The manufacturer confirmed that a two-ounce bottle of the product was sent to a customer in suburban Birmingham and speculated that the container may have cracked in transit.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Buffalo, New York —The Common Council of Buffalo voted on Tuesday to send the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal “to committee for further discussion”, after citing the need for more public involvement.
The Elmwood Village Hotel is a development proposal by the Savarino Construction Services Corporation, a project designed by the architect Karl Frizlen of The Frizlen Group. The hotel would be placed on the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo.
To make way for the project, at least five buildings located at 1109 to 1121 Elmwood Ave would be demolished. At least two properties on Forest Avenue could also be demolished. The Elmwood properties, according to Eva Hassett, Vice President of Savarion Construction, are “under contract”, but it is unclear if Savarino Construction actually owns the Elmwood properties. Hans Mobius, a former mayorial candidate, is still believed to be the current owner the properties. Mobius also owns 607 Forest Avenue.
The properties 605 and 607 Forest Avenue could also be included in the proposal according to Hassett.
“We would use a Special Development Plan to rezone 1119-1121 Elmwood and 605 Forest to a C-2 zoning category,” stated Hassett. It is possible that Savarino Construction may try to obtain a variance for 605 Forest, which would allow them to enforce eminent domain, should the hotel be allowed to go forward.
The building at 607 Forest was also discussed to be rezoned, but it is unclear what the plans would be for that property. During the February 28 Common Council meeting, Hassett stated that the properties 605 and 607 were “now off the agenda”.
Pano Georgiadis, owner of Pano’s Restaurant at 1081 Elmwood, owns the property at 605 Forest and attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.
“Having a hotel is a bright idea. We all love the idea of a hotel, but the way that it is presented, is wishful thinking. This hotel does not fit. It’s like putting two gallons of water in a gallon jug, it does not fit. At the last meeting, the architect admitted that they are planning to put the undergound parking lot and the hotel, right at the property line. If I open my window, I will be able to touch the wall, that goes fifty feet high”, said Georgiadis.
“There is a problem having a seventy-two room hotel and fifty-five parking spaces. That means that all the other cars will spill all over the neighborhood. The footprint is simply too small. If you have a bigger [parking] lot, and a smaller hotel, I will welcome a hotel. I have a parking lot at my own business, and I am chasing people all day long. Remember, the city says it has ‘zero tolerance [for illegal parking]’. Try telling that to the guy from Albany who came to see his kids, that are going to Buffalo State, who would get tickets totaling over a hundred dollars”, added Georgiadis.
The city’s Planning Board is scheduled to meet on March 14, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. about the proposal. Although a discussion will take place, no vote is expected to be taken.
At the moment, none of the properties are zoned for a hotel. Savarino Construction plans on asking for a C2 zoning permit. If that does not work, they plan to implement a new zoning plan called a “special development plan” which would allow for only a hotel on the site. That zone would not be able to be changed.
“This [project] justifies Mobius’s refusal to invest in any maitenance[sic] or improvements”, on the properties said Clarence Carnahan, a local resident. “Where were the Council persons over the years? Where were the city inspectors over the years, to make sure that he maintained and improved his properties? The government was supposed to be protecting, not being preditorial. I see a predatorial issue here when it comes to this hotel. Over the years: Why has the local government been disfunctional when it came to Mobius’s properties? Refusal to invest in improvements, doesn’t that sound like a slumlord? Maybe I am missing a point here, but what kind of messages does this send to other slumlords that havn’t[sic] been jailed or fined? It’s [the hotel] trying to be pushed through.”
Carnahan also presented signs for residents and or business owners who are opposed to the hotel, that could be placed in windows or on stakes in the yard. Some of the signs said, ‘No tell hotel’, ‘Hans off, no hotel’, ‘It takes more than a hotel to make a village’. and ‘Keep Elmwood free, no hotel’. Carnahan plans on making more signs for a protest to be held on Saturday March 18, at 2:00 p.m. (EST) on Elmwood and Forest. Some signs were given to individuals after the meeting.
“First things first, Hans is the problem, and I don’t think it has been addressed. Let’s roll back the clock on this project. What can we do with Hans? There is such thing as eminent domain, which could be of greater interest to the community, to seize the property at its lowest assessed value”, said Nancy Pollina, co-owner of Don Apparel with Patty Morris at 1119 Elmwood. “There are so many ideas that have not been explored and we are about to give this parcel away, to a big developer.”
Mobius has not returned any calls by Wikinews regarding the situation.
A freelance journalist writing for Wikinews has obtained a letter, exclusively, addressed to one of the five business owners from Hans Mobius stating:
There is a proposal to develop my property which you are currently renting. Because of opposition to this development, it does not look like it will happen. I will let you know if there any changes.
Despite the letter, there have been no plans or decisions made to end the proposal.
To date, none of the business owners or residents of 1119-1121 Elmwood have received an eviction notice.
Business owners and residents gave an indication of what they would like to see happen at the corner; a project similar to one done locally last year. There, developers renovated two buildings on Auburn and Elmwood Avenues, merging the buildings into one thus allowing for more shop space. Among some of the shops to move in after the development were Cone Five Pottery, The Ruby Slipper, and Abraham’s Jewelers. Prior to the renovation work, the left building in the picture was boarded up for several years. Many of the concerned locals would like to see a similar development on Forest and Elmwood.
Rocco Termini, a developer in Buffalo, proposed a similar design at the February 28 community meeting
In an interview after the February 28 meeting, Termini stated, “I will be willing to take a look at this myself, or I would be more than happy to be partners with Sam, Sam Savarino”, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Savarino Construction Services Corp.
So far Savarino Construction has no plans to team up with Termini.