Is it possible for Cyprus to qualify for the World Cup?

first_img“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” Michael Phelps“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it”. Michael JordanAs the World Cup 2018 draws to a close in Russia, you can see kids everywhere have again caught the ‘footie bug’ and just want to kick a football.Fast forward four or eight years in time and imagine Cyprus competing on the World Cup stage.Am I talking nonsense or is it possible for Cyprus to qualify for the World Cup in future?How? Cyprus needs to have a plan and to learn from other successful European models.1 Upgrade existing and provide new stadiums and training facilities (centres of excellence) to meet the latest UEFA and FIFA standards, in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos regions.2 Reassess technical coaching at youth level, inviting top European coaches and elite players to participate in a programme of elite coaching sessions and seminars.3 Encourage and incentivise the top Cyprus football clubs to build cooperation and partnership agreements to develop and exchange talent with top European football clubs in the major leagues; the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga or the French Ligue 1.4 Look for opportunities for the elite Cyprus youth players to gain experience playing at the highest possible level in the European leagues.The World Cup has come at the right time to rescue and rejuvenate Cyprus football just as in recent times fans have been voting with their feet in increasing numbers and staying away from matches.A start must be made by knocking on the door of Prez Nic as Cyprus needs better facilities with more FIFA standard pitches and stadiums. The new stadium proposed for Limassol is taking far too long. Top clubs such as APOEL, Apollon, AEL and Omonia really should have their own stadiums and Limassol teams shouldn’t have to travel to Nicosia or Larnaca to play European matches.A revised programme of elite technical coaching is the essential foundation for the development of future Cyprus football talent. Northern Ireland (a country of similar population to Cyprus) is a perfect model for the CFA. There isn’t even a fully professional football league in Northern Ireland, so how did the country manage to qualify for three World Cups and one UEFA European Cup?The IFA focus heavily on technical coaching and then encourage the elite youth talent to try to play in the English Premier League, or Championship, or Divisions 1 or 2 as well as the Scottish Leagues. I once asked a Dutch football coach from the Johan Cruyff era what he considered to be the most important elements to starting a youth football academy and he replied: “it’s simple – technical, technical, technical!”I had witnessed some elite coaching sessions in the past which helped to convince me that no matter how many coaching manuals a coach had swallowed or badges they have qualified for, that for example they cannot coach the striking technique as well as a top striker such as Thierry Henry.Iceland (a country of circa 330,000 population) team has competed in the World Cup 2018 and the UEFA European Cup in 2016 and presently has a squad of players playing in leagues throughout Europe; England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Israel amongst others.Looking at football in Europe, leagues dominated by one football club are presently being scrutinised by their own football associations to try to increase competitiveness and improve quality; German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich, French First Division – Paris Saint Germain, Scottish Premier League – Glasgow Celtic.Cooperation partnerships established between top Cyprus football clubs and elite European football clubs makes sense as there are benefits for both parties. Top European clubs can have first team squads of up to 40 players but generally only 23 players can be registered for the league and European cup competitions leaving a large number of unregistered players. The benefits for top European clubs would be that their fringe players and/or young talent could get experience ‘on loan’ playing for the top Cyprus clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League cup competitions, a ‘win win’ situation.The World Cup has seen standards rising at the highest level and Cyprus must take steps not to get left behind.Some smaller country statistics appropriate to Cyprus as follows:FIFA World football rankings 07/2018 Population22 Iceland 337,00029 Northern Ireland 1,810,00087 Cyprus 1,170,00091 Trinidad and Tobago 1,365,000FIFA World Cup (and UEFA European Cup) Appearances1x Iceland 20183x Northern Ireland 1958, 1982, 1986(1x UEFA European Championship 2016) Cyprus ????1x Trinidad and Tobago 2006Hail, rain, snow or sunshine you will always be guaranteed a full house at Windsor Park, Belfast when Northern Ireland play qualifying or friendly matches at home. It would be good to see the Cyprus supporters turn out in numbers to cheer on the national team when they are playing at home.last_img read more

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Premier League managers call for severe punishment for racism

first_imgPremier League managers have called for racism in football to be severely punished to act as a deterrent.The problem has arisen again this week with Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi subjected to monkey chants during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica.UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro, including a charge of racist behaviour, and there have been calls for the punishments to be harsh.“I think that all those things that happened, my feelings are that the punishments must be very hard,” said West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.“If you give a hard punishment then it is difficult to repeat. The media must not give time to three or four stupid people, it is a huge problem.“But the time it happens, the punishment must be very, very hard.“Not one player must accept this but for me, the best way is for players to keep playing and not give importance to these things and the people in charge must give big punishments.”Everton boss Marco Silva was in complete agreement.“Racism has no place in football or in society,” he said.“It is completely wrong and if they have to punish, they have to be strong in this situation.“When you do something you have to try to stop it so it doesn’t happen again.”This week’s incident was not an isolated one with Chelsea’s lodging a complaint with UEFA regarding the alleged racist abuse directed at Hudson-Odoi during their 5-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian capital on March 14.Watford manager Javi Gracia expressed his surprise that incidents were still occurring in football.“I think it’s incomprehensible that nowadays these things happen.“It’s a very big lack of respect,” he said.Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert felt there was, however, plenty of effort being put into eradicating the problem on home soil.“First of all I appreciate everyone is working against it. Racism should not be tolerated at all and I appreciate the Premier League’s position on that,” he said.“This is an important thing for me.”last_img read more

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Round 2: Pacquiao scores a knockdown

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, knocks down Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. APChallenger Manny Pacquiao put the champion Jessie Vargas on the mat for the first time with around 30 seconds left in the second round.Pacquiao’s left cross landed directly to the chin of Vargas to score the knockdown as the challenger started to find his offensive groove.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Round 1: Vargas starts things off against Pacquiao PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underwaylast_img read more

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Another look at that statement flushing out all “PPP moles”

first_imgDear Editor,I read with great disquiet, the asinine statement made by David Hinds about flushing out all PPP moles from the public service. He made those remarks after Minister Sarabo-Halley fired members of her workforce at the Public Service Ministry. According to her – and Hinds is in full agreement – once you are a whistleblower you should be given the boot even if you are right.Their asinine assumption is that once you whistle blow on any wrongdoing done in the public domain using taxpayers’ money, you should be fired immediately, fired even without a hearing. This is the servile mentality David Hinds is exhibiting in this 21st Century and wants everyone to buy into it.Hinds’ servitude is not only apparent, but his statement is also empty and base because he is also assuming that once you oppose corruption, you are immediately classified as a PPP mole. This is very serious business because I am tempted to ask the question of what makes Hinds believe that the information of the corrupt transactions by a Minister came from this Ministry, and who gave him the impression that these folks are PPP members?For a man who claims to have the interest of The Race at heart, this is the foolishness he is pushing down our throats. Now I see why the PNC treated this man and his party the way they did because they knew what mettle these jellyfishes are made of.So, if Hinds is a modern-day slave of intellect, I can tell him we are not, our thoughts are not conditioned by anyone, far less by another man.These fired individuals are all upright good citizens of Guyana who were duty bound to do their civic duty in exposing corruption wherever and whenever it occurs. They are honest well-meaning citizens, irrespective of their race. According to these idiots, being Black means that you should uphold corruption just as Cathy Hughes asserted in that public press interview she had. She too is of that non-emancipated mentality like Hinds.So, if it is not bad enough that these people can make these vile remarks, even more distressing is the fact that they are trying to “herd” us into that school of thought!So, my message to Hinds and company, is that all Blacks are not like Pavlov’s Dog, we will not, and I repeat, we will not be conditioned into that retrograde thinking. And for Hinds’ information and most indelible records, we are emancipated Blacks of the highest order.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Tottenham linked with surprise swoop for LaLiga forward

first_img Cedric Bakambu has impressed for Villarreal Tottenham are interested in snapping up in-demand Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu, according to reports.The DR Congo international has been in red-hot form in LaLiga this season, netting 14 times in 21 appearances for the Spanish giants.His magnificent form has attracted the interest of several of Europe’s biggest clubs ahead of next month’s transfer window.And, according to Marca, Spurs are the latest club to be linked with Bakambu as they desperately attempt to lift the burden on star striker Harry Kane.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are not expected to have it all their own way in the January window though with Newcastle, West Ham and West Brom all linked with the Villarreal star too. 1last_img read more

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Bush signs border fence bill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush wanted an exchange of workers with Mexico to bring order to the border, but wound up signing a law Thursday that approves partitioning 700 miles of the United States from its southern neighbor. The administration once talked of “orderly migration” – workers entering the United States and returning to Mexico or other countries when their jobs were finished. But political realities have replaced phrases like that with “border security” and plans for fences, surveillance cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles and watch towers. Bush still wants a guest-worker program. But the toughest resistance to that idea has come from his own Republican Party – and has intensified as the midterm elections have drawn near. His White House signing ceremony for the new fence law – just 12 days before the Nov. 7 elections – gave Republicans something to point to as they try to convince voters their party would do a better job of cracking down on illegal immigrants and keeping criminals and terrorists out. “We’re modernizing the southern border of the United States so we can assure the American people we’re doing our job of securing the border,” Bush said. The new law also gives the Department of Homeland Security up to 18 months to achieve “operational control” of the border, defined as preventing all illegal entries into the U.S. by land or water. The bill didn’t come with any new funding, and the $1.2 billion that Congress previously approved is not enough to build the full 700 miles of proposed double-layer fence. A 14-mile stretch under construction in the San Diego area is estimated to cost $126.5 million. Costs differ depending on terrain, environmental issues and whether private property is involved. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Congress will add more money each year to erect the fence. “Within about three years, we should have about 370 miles,” said Kyl, whose state would be virtually sealed from Mexico through fencing and other barriers. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Ralph Basham said the fence could take many forms, from chain link to solid wall, depending on where it is placed. The shape will be determined with the help of Boeing Co., which was awarded a $67 million contract to install a high-tech “virtual fence” along 28 miles in Arizona. “There is a will to get operational control of the borders and I believe they (lawmakers) are serious about this,” Basham said. “It’s going to mean Congress is going to have to stay serious about this and continue to fund it.” Skeptics say the money to build the full 700 miles will never materialize and the bill signing was merely a political gesture. “The president and this Congress had a historic opportunity to pass a tough but fair immigration reform plan this year, but instead that chance was squandered by those Republicans who are more concerned about the ballot box than actually providing real solutions,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass, a chief architect of the Senate legislation Bush had supported. Bush continues to promote a temporary guest-worker plan. His administration had been negotiating the proposal with then-Mexican President Vicente Fox but shoved it into the background after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The public thinks Democrats can do a better job of handling immigration, by 44 percent to 37 percent, according to an AP-AOL News poll released Thursday. But when people are asked specifically about putting a fence along the border with Mexico, a majority in another recent poll supported the fence. Polls over the past year show people have mixed feelings about immigration: They oppose providing illegal immigrants with easy access to the country but favor providing immigrants fair treatment once here. A bill passed by the Senate would have allowed immigrants to remain and eventually become citizens after working, paying fines and back taxes and learning English. The House approved a separate bill that focused on enforcement measures such as subjecting those in the country illegally to felony prosecution. The two chambers failed to meet to negotiate a compromise before recessing for the elections. The legislation Bush signed was a small portion salvaged from the House version. Many Texas farmers and ranchers have land that touches the Rio Grande, the natural boundary, and fear a fence will cut through their properties and create an irrigation obstacle. Bobby Sparks, who owns farm land that touches the river in the town of Progreso, said he’s fed up with thieves coming across the river to steal batteries and other equipment. “If they put it right on the bank of the river it would cut us off from our water, we don’t want that. Other than that, if they gave me access to my water, I’m for a fence,” Sparks said. Rick Glancey, executive director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition, said he hopes law enforcement officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are in charge of determining where the fence goes. “Many bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., have never seen the rural border and don’t understand the unique problems we face,” Glancey said. “Please don’t let a policy wonk in D.C. decide.” Associated Press Writer Lynn Brezosky in Harlingen, Texas, contributed to this report. The fence law is HR6061.last_img read more

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LAC’s Farren and Breslin take the honours at New Year Fun Run

first_imgLETTERKENNY AC duo Pauric Breslin and Oisin Farren won the 5k and 3k events respectively at the LAC New Year fun run, organised by Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure this morning.Farren led home the 3k field in 10 minutes and 48.7 seconds, ahead of Declan McGill of Foyle Valley in 11:14.5 with LAC’s Ciaran McBride coming back in 11:20.3. City Of Derry’s Hammah McGowan was the first female home in the 3k, finishing in 11:27.9.Breslin won the 5k in 16 minutes and 26.3 seconds. LAC team-mate Mathew Johnston was second (16:48/5) with Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon’s Gavin Crawford in third. LAC’s Irene McFadden was the leading female in the 5k event.Here are the full results: LAC New Year Fun Run3k1.218Oisin FarrenmMOLetterkenny AC10:48,72.264Declan McGillmM40Foyle Valley11:14,53.289Ciaran McBridemMOLetterkenny AC11:20,34.200Hannah Mc GowanfFOCity of Derry11:27,95.202Drew DohertymM50Finn Valley AC11:36,46.172Natasha KellyfFO24/7 Triathlon11:49,77.263Shannon McLaughlinfFOFinn Valley12:19,58.244Sinéad PeoplesfFOLetterkenny AC12:21,19.243Manus PeoplesmM5012:21,510.273Michael MurphymMO12:50,111.183Nuala BosefJFOlympian13:07,912.284Brian McBridemM60Letterkenny AC13:11,413.272Laura MurphyfFO14:26,514.238Siobhán BoylefF40Shape up Fitness14:38,715.262Ciaran McGettiganmMO24/7 Tri14:45,016.271Emma MurphyfFO14:55,417.305Ruairi McFaddenmMOLetterkenny AC15:26,118.260Daniel McGettiganmMO24/7 Tri15:27,819.261Eugene McGettiganmM4024/7 Tri15:27,920.185AlishafJFLifford Strabane AC15:29,121.246Jack Mc DermotmJMLetterkenny AC16:11,022.322Eithne DugganfFO17:58,723.288Nicola IrwinfFO18:10,024.281Declan BlackmM40Run for Fun Lk19:34,325.325Roisin DugganfFO21:13,226.324Laoise DugganfFO21:51,827.321Eileen DugganfF4021:54,528.180Naomi FocfFO23:47,329.177Avril FoxfF5023:48,930.179Debbie Lee GaffneyfFO23:50,331.178Jason FoxmMO26:50,232.252Rebecca GamblefFO27:24,633.254Maureen GamblefFO27:27,034.253Noreen DuffyfFO27:27,1LAC New Year Fun Run5k1.293Pauric BreslinmMOLetterkenny AC16:26,32.196Matthew JohnstonmJMLetterkenny AC16:48,53.250Gavin CrawfordmMO24/7 Triathlon17:03,64.176Aidan CallaghanmMO24/7 Triathlon17:25,35.192Conor Mc DevittmMOFoyle Valley AC17:28,36.235Ben CarrmJMFinn Valley AC17:34,37.249Eoin HughesmMOLetterkenny AC17:36,88.194Adam SpeermMOFinn Valley AC17:42,79.223Paul Mc FaddenmMOLetterkenny AC17:50,610.269Michael MurphymM40Fermane AC17:54,911.208Karol McGinleymMOFinn Valley18:17,712.199Zachary Mc GowanmMOCity of Derry18:23,013.279Paul DillonmM40Lifford Strabane18:24,814.245Paul DohertymMO24/7 Triathlon18:25,515.285Paul RussellmMOMilford Ac18:32,216.224Martin DunleavymM50Foyle Valley AC18:39,817.232John AtchesonmMO18:44,818.291Martin GormleymM50Letterkenny AC18:45,819.213P DuffymM4018:47,220.222David RussellmMO18:48,921.278Sean McGinleymMOOlympian18:52,822.227Donnchadh ParkinsonmJMFinn Valley AC18:52,823.193Gary Mc FaddenmM40Foyle Valley AC19:01,824.220Colly O DonnellmM40Sweeney Spar19:05,225.205Marcus Mc ClintockmM40Letterkenny AC19:30,126.258Marty RossmM4019:33,227.204Barry MackeymM50Letterkenny AC19:33,928.298Irene McFaddenfFOLetterkenny AC19:33,929.251Paul GamblemMOInishowen AC19:40,530.239Kieran CoylemMOLetterkenny AC19:41,431.221Michael GalvinmM40Letterkenny AC19:59,832.297Garvan MulliganmMO20:00,833.248John HughesmM50Letterkenny AC20:02,234.225Monica Mc GranaghanfF40Letterkenny AC20:20,835.228Michael HoustonmJMCity of Derry20:37,536.219Rodney OrrmM4020:39,537.275Rory GrantmMO20:40,938.214John FealtymM5020:47,539.203Pauric Mc GinleymMO20:50,440.201Stephen ShielsmMOLetterkenny AC20:54,341.242Ben GeorgemM40Letterkenny AC21:13,442.292Shaun WoganmMO21:18,143.181Brendan DelapmM6021:29,744.209Marie BoylefFOLetterkenny AC21:46,345.184Christopher CuskellymM40Lifford Strabane AC21:54,046.280Richard RaymondmM60Letterkenny AC22:07,247.229Kevin O MalleymMOLetterkenny AC22:12,148.267Jimmy McBridemM60Letterkenny AC22:14,649.216Anthony FarrenmM50Letterkenny AC22:34,750.301Sam BoganmM4022:39,051.306Leigh CrerandmMO22:49,652.198shane DeerymMO23:05,253.217Dara DunnefF40Letterkenny AC23:08,354.314Paul WalkermM50Run for Fun Lk23:09,255.241Enda CarrmM4023:09,856.300Darren TolandmMO23:21,257.212Colin McNiholasmMO23:25,158.240Declan CallaghanmMO23:37,259.282Tommy DohertymMODrumoghill Running Club23:59,860.270Shauna McGeehanfFOLetterkenny AC24:00,561.266Liam McLaughlinmM5024:00,562.309Paddy PaulmMO24:01,663.312John Paul McFaddenmMO24:07,464.195Desireé CasburnfF4024/7 Triathlon24:08,865.310Ciaran GallaghermMO24:20,366.276Sean BlackmMO24:24,067.313Ciaran McIntyremMO24:51,568.182Anne Marie BosefF40Olympian25:03,969.188Eddie SweeneymMORay Men on the Move25:25,270.318Clement BonnarmM5025:53,571.197Joey O’LearymM4025:58,872.175Joseph CaseymM5026:01,373.233Hugh WardmM5026:21,174.320Paul QuinnmMO26:48,075.171Mel Mc KinneymM4026:48,776.259Sam FaulknermMORun for Fun Lk26:51,977.211James BrownemMO27:08,678.311Jean McGlincheyfF5027:09,379.283Sean McAuliffemM50Speer Perf27:16,980.317Mary BonnarfF5027:22,481.299Noreen SharkeyfF6027:28,282.236Anne SweeneyfFOShape up Fitness27:45,683.174Steven SheridanmM5027:53,984.287Ronan IrwinmMO28:03,185.296Tony McNamemM5028:26,586.277Liam HaugheymM50Pieta House28:26,787.234Geraldine FloodfF40Shape up Fitness28:42,288.189David BarnardmM4029:14,689.191Izak SwanebodmM5029:14,890.187Mick DohertymM6029:17,491.186Liam CrossanmMO29:17,492.190Marlene BarnardfF40Durbanville RSA29:20,793.226Michael ParkinsonmM50Finn Valley AC29:30,094.286Katrina DohertyfFO29:30,495.315Anna McDonaghfFO29:30,596.302Rachel McKennafFOLetterkenny AC29:30,997.207Mary GallagherfF5029:38,298.206Brian FerrymM50Letterkenny AC29:38,599.307Suzane BoganfFO29:53,3100.316Sinead SkellyfFO30:34,1101.319John StokesmMO30:34,2102.210Margaret DohertyfFO31:46,7103.237Anne Marie SweeneyfF50Shape up Fitness33:07,1104.230Aoife JordanfJF33:19,6105.231Maureen JordanfF4033:20,3106.295Audrey BonnerfFO35:01,3107.294Emer McGlynnfFO36:47,9108.255Michael MurphymMO41:35,0109.265Josie GallaghermM6041:35,2110.304Sharon McDaidfF4042:40,1111.308Dana McDaidfF4042:40,9112.323Chloe HollanfFO44:30,3113.274Orla WeldonfFO44:30,8114.247Bridget ScanlonnfFO44:31,4LAC’s Farren and Breslin take the honours at New Year Fun Run was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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 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Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.2

first_imgAnthony Horton has released his popular Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual this week, with updates for WordPress 4.2. The manual includes over 130 pages to help you learn about WordPress features and how to manage your website. The latest Easy WP Guide version covers the new features released in WordPress 4.2, including the extended Customizer functionality, header, Press This, and plugin updates.I’ve been a fan of Easy WP Guide for years, sharing it with our Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group members and with others asking for an easy to understand WordPress guide. Horton has made the manual available online as well as PDF, mobile (MobiPocket and ePub formats), and brandable version (for a small fee). If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to add and publish content, install plugins and themes, and manage your site, Easy WP Guide is for you. Here are some of the topics covered in the guide:DashboardPosts versus PagesAdding your Site ContentAdding HTML LinksFullscreen EditingDeleting ContentSaving and Publishing ContentSettingsToolsKeeping Your Site UpdatedYou can read the guide online or download the PDF version for free from the Easy WP Guide website. The mobile version has adjustable fonts and can be purchased for $4.00 (Australian dollars). For $7 (Australian dollars), you can purchase the brandable version (available as a Microsoft Word document). The brandable version is available in English and Spanish. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedEasy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.7Just in time for the holidays, Anthony Horton of Maddison Designs has released Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual for WordPress 4.7. The manual includes 148 pages to help you learn about WordPress features and how to manage the content on your website. What You’ll Find in Easy WP Guide Whether…In “WordPress”Latest Easy WP Guide Updated for WordPress 4.6As co-leader of Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup, I get asked a lot of WordPress questions from members. I need to add a contact form on my site, what form plugin do you recommend? Deborah, can you tell me where I can find a free WordPress theme? Sure, check out the…In “WordPress”Easy WP Guide Released for WordPress 4.4An early holiday present was released yesterday for WordPress users. Anthony Horton published his 4.4 version of the popular Easy WP Guide WordPress Manual. The manual includes 138 pages to help you learn to update and manage your WordPress website. The guide is ideal for users, content strategists, digital marketers,…In “WordPress”last_img read more

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Photo of the Week: Peonies in Bloom at Nichols Arboretum

first_imgOne of the few unknown peonies at The Peony Garden at Nichols ArboretumOh my, what a difference a week makes! This spring I’ve had the pleasure of visiting parks and nature areas on multiple consecutive weeks, and have had a time-lapse experience for spring bird migration and spring flowers. It’s been amazing! Last week I took a spring hike at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan and saw the tree peonies in bloom, the White Dogwood in full flower, and rhododendrons in bud. ‘Klondyke’ Rhododendron budsThis week, the Dogwood flowers lay spent on the ground, the tree peonies were done blooming, and rhododendrons were a brilliant blaze of color next to The Peony Garden. Here’s what the rhododendron bud I shot last week looked like when I returned to Nichols Arboretum last night.‘Klondyke’ Rhododendrons in bloomAnd The Peony Garden? The herbaceous peonies were just starting to bloom, and the fragrance was heavenly!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Tree Peonies in BloomWith the warm weather over the past couple weeks in southeast Michigan, our gardens are filled with color from mid-to-late spring flowers, including gorgeous deep purple lilacs, brilliant orange poppies, and the soft pink of crabapple flowers. One of my favorite spring flowers in bloom is the peony, and there’s…In “Garden”Photo of the Week: Spring Hike in Nichols ArboretumUsually I head to the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum in early May to catch the spring migration of birds, before the trees leaf out. Or I visit the arboretum in late May/early June when the herbaceous peonies in the internationally known Peony Garden are in bloom.  But somehow I’ve…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Peony Garden, Nichols ArboretumThe Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is an amazing site in the spring and early summer when the nearly 800 peonies are in bloom. I love strolling through the garden, but somehow I’ve missed visiting the past couple years. When I stopped…In “Garden”last_img read more

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