A Tory leadership contender left her job as work a

first_imgA Tory leadership contender left her job as work and pensions secretary without answering key questions from an MP about links between her department and the deaths of benefit claimants, her former department has confirmed.Esther McVey (pictured) resigned her position last November in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.But she left more than three months after receiving a letter from Stephen Lloyd, then a Liberal Democrat and now an independent MP, about claims of a possible cover-up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He had written to her after Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP was refusing to say if it showed key documents linking the deaths of claimants with the work capability assessment (WCA) to Dr Paul Litchfield, the independent expert the government hired to review the test in 2013 and 2014.He carried out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has refused to say if he was shown two letters written by coroners and a number of secret DWP “peer reviews”.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last June’s birthday honours, published his two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of his reports mentioned the documents, which all link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.In his letter to McVey, Lloyd said he found it “astonishing” that Litchfield appeared not to have been shown the documents.He added: “In light of Dr Litchfield being awarded a CBE, could you please confirm whether or not he was shown the documents linking the government’s WCA program with the deaths of benefit claimants?”Weeks later, having failed to receive a reply, the MP wrote a follow-up letter to McVey.He never received a reply.This week, DWP claimed it could not comment because McVey was no longer with the department, while McVey’s office claimed it was for DWP to answer any questions about the failure to reply.A DWP spokesperson said: “As his letter was sent to Esther McVey I can’t say why a response wasn’t sent.”But a spokesperson for McVey said: “Although the letter was addressed to Esther, the ministerial correspondence team will have forwarded it to the correct person to respond.“In this case, it would not have been the secretary of state.“I am sorry I am not able to provide further information, it would be a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions to address.”Lloyd said this week: “It’s absolutely deplorable that Esther McVey, when she was secretary of state at the DWP, simply didn’t bother to respond to my letter which was first sent on the 2nd of August last year.“My office even followed her up twice, but still nothing.“This showed a total reluctance by her and the DWP to engage on what were and are shocking allegations.“To think that she’s now trying to become the new Conservative leader and even, god help us, prime minister, beggars belief.”Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that senior DWP civil servants and ministers deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on disabled people.The admission that McVey failed to respond to Lloyd’s letter adds weight to calls in the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police.It also calls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.The cover-up over the benefit deaths documents appeared to be confirmed earlier this month when DNS revealed how DWP had finally admitted failing to send Litchfield’s review team the coroners’ letters and the internal reviews.The admission came in DWP’s response to a complaint lodged by DNS with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the department’s failure to confirm if it passed the information to Litchfield.A senior ICO case officer told DNS: “Consultation with the ex-review team elicited statements that no such information was received from DWP nor were any physical files sent to stores.”The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013; they were sent to DWP in the spring of 2010 and early 2014, each warning of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by DWP civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”, as well as other deaths and serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.One of the aims of a peer review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.But neither of Litchfield’s reviews mentioned either the peer reviews or the coroners’ letters, although the second coroner’s letter was not written until he had begun work on his second review.Professor Malcolm Harrington, who carried out the first three WCA reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter nor any WCA-related peer reviews.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

MIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his si

first_imgMIKE Rush was understandably delighted with his side’s tenacity as they held on to beat Catalans 20-15.Despite having Tony Puletua sent off for a tackle on Gregory Mounis and receiving a big slice of luck with a no-try decision at the death, Saints rose to third in the Stobart Super League table.“Yeah, I would have had complaints if that decision had gone against us,” he said. “But I’m not going to moan too much, because the decision has gone our way!“It was nice for us to get a win after we threw away two points at home against Catalan. We might not have been in our best form but we’re picking up some points.“It is always tough to come away from home and we had a long day travelling on Thursday and a long day waiting for the 9pm local kick off time too. We showed courage, determination and a lot of heart.“There were some contentious calls throughout the game and I’m sure both coaches will feel aggrieved. TP’s tackle looked ok from where we were sitting, but we’ll wait until we see the video, and Trent (Robinson) won’t be happy with that no try.“But it would have been heartbreaking to come away with nothing with the amount of effort we put in.”As some fans will have seen, Rush celebrated the dramatic win with great emotion at the final hooter.“Yeah, it was good! You get caught up in the emotion,” he added. “In the stands we were surrounded by passionate fans and when something went wrong it wasn’t the ref’s fault, it was mine, Keiron (Cunningham’s) and Kel’s (Coslett).“It is a hard environment to coach in, something I have never known. It means so much to get something out of this environment and our fans were superb weren’t they?”last_img read more

PAUL Sculthorpe has received an MBE in the New Yea

first_imgPAUL Sculthorpe has received an MBE in the New Year Honours List.The double Man of Steel who won countless accolades in a glittering career was given the award for services to Rugby League and Charity.Sculthorpe is currently in a Business Development role at the club and is pictured here with another League legend and fellow MBE holder Steve Prescott.last_img

SAINTS will take on Warrington at the Magic Weeken

first_imgSAINTS will take on Warrington at the Magic Weekend on Sunday May 18 (5pm) and tickets are now on sale.The two sides will lock horns at the Etihad Stadium in what is sure to be a mouth-watering clash.Tickets are now on sale from the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 b455 052. They will be online at www.saintssuperstore.com laster today.Super League club season ticket holders can purchase their tickets at the specially discounted price of just £20 for the full weekend and £12.50 per day when purchased through their club.Regular prices start at £40 for the weekend and £20 per day*Daily TicketsCategoryTypeRegular Price Season Ticket PriceAdultConcAdultConc1Reserved Seating£27*£22.50  £22.50£11.252Unreserved Seating£30 £15 £15£7.503Reserved Seating£20* £12.50 £12.50£6.25*If bought before 5pm on March 5, 2014Weekend TicketsCategoryTypeRegular Price Season Ticket PriceAdultConcAdultConc1Reserved Seating£60£30 £30£152Unreserved Seating£45 £22.50 £22.50£11.253Reserved Seating£40 £20 £20£15last_img read more

Man accused of setting uncles house on fire

first_imgGebriel Jermaine Shipman is in jail after officials say he intentionally try to burn down a relative’s home that he was staying in. (Photo: CCSO) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man is in jail after officials say he intentionally try to burn down a relative’s home that he was staying in.Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit and Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a joint investigation of a structure fire that happened at 166 Johnny George Road in Whiteville. As a result, Gebriel Jermaine Shipman has been charged for intentionally setting the fire.- Advertisement – On April 12 at approximately 6:30 a.m., the Columbus County Deputy Fire Marshall was dispatched to the home on Johnny George Road. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified to assist with the investigation.The home belonged to Thomas Baldwin of Whiteville. Baldwin allowed his nephew, Shipman, to live at the home. Shipman reported that he came home from work that morning, to find that the interior of the house had been burned.During the investigation, tips led investigators to consider Shipman a person of interest. Shipman obtained a renter’s insurance policy in March 2018. However, throughout the investigation, Shipman allegedly lied to investigators about having an insurance policy. Shipman contacted the insurance company the same day as the fire, to initiate a claim.Related Article: 13 charged in Myrtle Beach prostitution stingInvestigators learned that the mortgage payments for the property were past due. Shipman was paying the mortgage payments directly to the lender. Therefore, Baldwin was unaware of any issues with the mortgage. On March 7, a representative from the mortgage company met with Shipman concerning the late mortgage payments. At that time, the home was fully furnished with Shipman’s belongings. Investigators found the home to be minimally furnished when they responded to the fire. The investigation revealed that Shipman had removed his personal belongings prior to the fire.On April 11, Shipman used available materials to ignite the furniture, window coverings, and various other items inside of the residence. He then left the residence to burn. When he arrived home from work on the 12th, he dialed 911 to report the fire.On June 13, Gebriel Shipman was arrested without incident at 105 Covey Run Apartments in Whiteville. He is in the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $10,000 unsecured bond.Charges:1 felony count of Insurance Fraud1 felony count of Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretense1 felony count of Fraudulently Burning a Dwelling.last_img read more

New Brunswick Co program to get rid of dilapidated homes

first_img “The benefits are that it will be helpful to the public or the neighborhood from property value stand point,” said County Planning Director Kirstie Dixon. “From a property crime stand point… from a perception view point as well…as well as from tourism to improve Brunswick County.”The program is strictly voluntary and requires that the residence have an active violation case related to an oridnance, code or nuisance.The average cost of mobile home removal $2,500 and wood framed structure is $5,700.Related Article: Sources say Vertex closing its Wilmington plantBut, although some homes may look tattered from the outside, some people say the homes still have history.George Irving, who has lived on the same street all his life and owns a dilapidated building on his property says these aren’t just old buildings.“[This building] was a weight station that used to pick up cucumbers, cotton, any kind of merchandise like that on the train station and it went from Wilmington to Bolivia to Southport so it was called WBS railroad line.”Brunswick County has 32 homes that they have already planned to begin work on by the end of the year. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Home is where the heart is in Brunswick County.Leaders are trying to find ways to keep the area looking its best as more people look to live in the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

After Florence what to know about your insurance coverage

first_imgAs homeowners in the Carolinas recover from Florence, it’s important they know how insurance may or may not help.Damage to a property from wind is covered under a standard homeowners policy. Damage from flooding covered by a separate policy, typically purchased from the federal government.- Advertisement – Many homeowners’ policies can help cover costs beyond damage to structures or belongings. They may, for insurance, cover the cost of evacuation and temporary housing.Also, a homeowner should contact their insurer before signing a contract for repairs to their home.And those who missed days at work due to the storm should talk to their employer. Some businesses have insurance that allows them to pay workers for a number of days missed due to mandatory evacuation.last_img read more

Republicans Democrats disagree on election fraud investigation in Bladen County

first_img Unofficial totals have Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. But the state elections board refused to certify the results last week because of allegations of “irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities” involving mail-in ballots in the district. The board is meeting later this month to hear evidence, but it’s unclear whether the race will be settled then.North Carolina GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse texted a statement to The Associated Press saying that the GOP would back a new election if the state’s elections board were to show that absentee ballot issues changed the outcome of the 9th Congressional District race.“If they can show a substantial likelihood it could have changed the race then we fully would support a new election,” he said.Related Article: Pirro’s show not on Fox lineup, week after Omar commentsHowever, he said that if the investigation shows that the outcome would not have been changed, Republican candidate Harris should be certified the winner.Entertaining the idea of a new election represents a significant change from last Thursday, when state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes issued a statement saying: “Democrats are throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the wall to try and steal an election.” On Sunday, Hayes said there weren’t enough questioned ballots to change the race’s outcome, and the next day he accused a Democratic member of the state board of “score-settling.”At issue is who can handle completed ballots. North Carolina law allows only a family member or legal guardian to drop off absentee ballots for a voter.In affidavits offered by the state Democratic Party, some Bladen County voters have described that people came to their homes to collect their absentee ballots, whether or not they had been fully completed or sealed in an envelope to keep them from being altered.The revelations and ensuing national news coverage have put pressure on Republicans and attracted attention from top Democrats.Pelosi, who’s nominated to become House speaker when Democrats take control in January, said Thursday that “any member-elect can object to the seating and the swearing-in of another member elect.” She also noted the investigative power of the House to determine race winners.It’s “bigger than that one seat,” she said, pointing to the overall “integrity of elections.”A state election board spokesman confirmed Thursday that subpoenas seeking documents had been sent to the Harris campaign, the firm serving as Harris’ chief strategist and the campaign committee of the sitting Bladen sheriff. The board released documents showing that McCrae Dowless, a contractor hired by the firm, seems to have collected the most absentee ballot request forms in Bladen County this fall.In North Carolina, several state Senate Republicans whose districts overlap the 9th called for further scrutiny of voting irregularities going back to 2010 and urged Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to create a bipartisan task force — separate from the state elections board — to investigate irregularities beyond this year’s election.They point to unusual outcomes in the mail-in ballot totals in previous elections that appeared to benefit Democrats or Republicans, depending on the race and the year. They said neither election boards, appointed by governors from both parties, nor prosecutors have adequately addressed recurring issues in Bladen.“What we cannot have going forward from this point is an investigative and enforcement effort or process that has a partisan taint that could dramatically worsen the situation,” said Sen. Dan Bishop, a Charlotte Republican. But he and his colleagues were cautious about saying whether a new election is necessary.“If there are not enough votes to overturn the election, then we probably need to go ahead and certify,” said Sen. Tommy Tucker of Union County. “If we find the irregularities and the vote count being where it is, then (a new election) certainly is an option.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party would support a new election in the state’s unresolved congressional race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome, its executive director said Thursday, softening the organization’s stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount.Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House “retains the right to decide who is seated” and could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election if the winner isn’t clear.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bladen County man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

first_img The seizure of approximately 237.5 grams of heroin along with cash and an AK-47 (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) Monte Williams (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) Monte Williams (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorneys Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man will spend up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin.Monte Williams, of Bladenboro, was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.- Advertisement – According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, Williams was investigated by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 2018.An undercover purchase from Williams was conducted during the investigation. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office also executed several search warrants on July 26, 2018. These search warrants led to the seizure of approximately 237.5 grams of heroin along with cash and an AK-47. An analysis conducted by the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory found that the heroin was laced with fentanyl.center_img 1 of 2 Related Article: Standing naked in window draws charges of indecent exposurelast_img read more

Watch 29 killed in Madeira bus accident

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint At least 29 people, most of them German tourists, were killed and 27 others injured on Wednesday when their bus veered off a steep narrow road on the Portuguese island of Madeira, authorities said.The white tourist bus — which was carrying 55 passengers and a tour guide in addition to the driver — overturned in a residential area in the coastal town of Canico at around 6:30 p.m. (1730 GMT), its mayor, Filipe Sousa, told reporters.TV images showed the vehicle on its side on a bank next to a small road and surrounded by rescuers.The driver reportedly lost control of the bus on a sloping road and the vehicle plunged down, overturning next to a house, according Portuguese news agency Lusa.“I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people,” Sousa told SIC TV.He said the tourists on the bus were all German but some pedestrians might have been hit by the bus.Germany’s Bild daily reported that many of the tourists were retirees, and those killed included 18 women and 11 men.The German foreign ministry had set up a hotline and embassy staff were in close touch with local officials about the accident, a spokeswoman said.Other members of the same group of German tourists were travelling on another bus, which was not involved in the accident, a regional civil protection spokesman told a news conference.Those injured were taken to a hospital in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira.From the 28 injured initially taken to the hospital, one German tourist did not survive the injuries, bringing the death toll to 29, a hospital spokesman told a news conference on Wednesday evening.Three of the injured underwent surgery, 23 were under observation and two were discharged. There were no children among the victims, the hospital confirmed, adding that two of the injured are from Portugal while the others are foreign nationals.Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told SIC TV that some of the victims were from Madeira but most were German.A regional civil protection official said the tourists involved in the accident were aged between 40 and 50 years old.Portugal’s public prosecutor’s office plans to open an investigation into the accident, said Lusa.Madeira is a popular tourist destination. The peak season is during the summer but it also gets many visitors around Easter.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa sent a message of condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.“It was with deep regret that I learned about the tragic accident in Madeira,” Costa said on Twitter. “To all families involved I send the deepest condolences.”The spokesman for the German government Steffen Seibert also expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Our deep sorrow goes out to all those who lost their lives in the bus, our thoughts are with the injured,” he said in a tweet.Three days of mourning have been declared by Madeira’s regional government.WhatsApplast_img read more

Bernat joins PSG on transfer deadline day

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Paris Saint Germain have completed the signing of Spanish left-back Bernat for €15m. The 25-year-old has decided to leave Bayern Munich so as to seek a new challenge in the French capital.Bernat joined the Bundesliga side from Valencia in 2014 and managed to win four league titles while scoring five goals in 113 appearances. The left-back stated that on his new club’s official website that the possibility of working with Thomas Tuchel was important to his decision-making;“I am also looking forward to working under Thomas Tuchel, whose work in Germany was remarkable. I am truly excited to be taking the next step of my career with Paris.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Turkey targets Rwandas ICT sector

first_imgAdvertisement The surge in Turkish interest in the country follows the opening of a Rwandan consulate in the Turkish capital Istanbul in September last year.Other countries are also eyeing the opportunities in Rwanda’s ICT sector.Early this year, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) signed a $6.7 million contract with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited to provide 1.244 Gbps of internet bandwidth. – Advertisement – The RDB hopes that these inputs, together with other ICT related investments, will make Rwanda East Africa’s ICT hub as it reduces its dependency on agriculture.Rwanda has transformed its economy since the 1994 genocide, to become East Africa’s preferred investment destination for foreign investors.The World Bank’s 2012 Doing Business Report ranks Rwanda in 45th position for ease of doing business worldwide and the 1st in East Africa.The country’s ambitious plan to become a middle income country by 2020 is gaining momentum, and being driven mostly by the private sector.Other than the Governments own investment in developing ICT infrastructure, the RDB has over the last three years attracted more than $ 500 million towards the ICT sector.Some of the investments that are likely to transform Rwanda into an ICT hub include its $93 million worth 2,500 kilometre fiber optic cable throughout the country, with 9 regional links to neighboring countries, Wireless Broadband in Kigali, an ICT Park to incubate start-ups and implementation of the One Laptop per Primary School Child that is aimed at increasing the use of ICT in education.Last year, the RDB’s mobile ICT buses which seek to bridge the digital divide, especially among the rural population, reached over 1,500 .Rwanda is also investing $24 million in Regional Communication Infrastructure to connect the country to the global network.By Dinfin Mulupi, ITWebAfricalast_img read more

Twitter to start tailoring trends to individuals

first_imgAdvertisement If you’re a journalist who uses trends as a valuable reporting tool, don’t panic. If you don’t wish to see tailored Trends, but instead want to see a more general list of Trends, just change your location on twitter’s website.You can still select individual countries and cities to see trends in those locations.Tailored trends start rolling out 25th June. – Advertisement – By Nur Bremmen,MemeBurnlast_img

Yahoo acquires automated video slideshow company Qwiki

first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo has announced it acquisition of Qwiki, an automated slideshow compay describing it as one “that uses awesome technology” for storytelling by bringing together pictures, music, and video.Yahoo will continue to support Qwiki’s app, but the team behind it will be moving to Yahoo’s New York city office. The Qwiki app automatically takes pictures and videos that you already have on your iPhone and turns them into movies with transitions and a soundtrack.[related-posts] – Advertisement – It is only available for Apple’s iOS, and now that Yahoo bought the startup, it’s unclear if the app will ever arrive on Google’s Android.Yahoo did not disclose how much it paid for Qwiki, but estimates have been flying around for a while. All Things Digital estimated $40 million to $50 million, and it is sticking by that estimate.Yahoo’s acquisition spree appears to be far from over. We’ll keep you posted as it continues as well as what the Qwiki team ends up building.Source: TNWlast_img read more

How to Create a Successful Social Media Profile

first_imgWhen it comes to wired personal or business branding, the conception of social media profiles is absolutely essential. Whether you are just trying to get more revelation online, connecting with your fans or customers, or working to purify your online reputation, social networking profiles are the way to go. Image Credit: SeoTwist Advertisement When it comes to wired personal or business branding, the conception of social media profiles is absolutely essential. Whether you are just trying to get more revelation online, connect/ with your fans or customers, or working to purify your online reputation, social networking profiles are the way to go as they will rank highly in search engine results when people search for your name. It’s a very common trend in Uganda and world over today for people to look out for News and latest happenings from the different brand Social Media Accounts Hence the need for a professional social media profile set up.I want you to think of each social media profile you create as a landing page for your brand. This landing page is possibly the first encounter that someone is going to have with your brand, and you will want that first impression to be golden and make the visitor want to know more about you. You do not want those looking out for your brand or business online to start having questions as soon as they take a glance at your social media profile, that’s why it’s important to fully understand the different cardinal parts of creating a successful Social Media Profile.[related-posts]The following are the most important elements that are recommended during the setup of a brand of Business Social Media profile. They are crucial elements that must be put into consideration if brands are to create prosperous profiles; – Advertisement – Profile Brand NameFor a while, I thought that your username or the name that usually shows up in the URL (such as http://twitter.com/Ugaman01 ) was extremely important in getting your profile to rank in search results. I found, however, that unlike usual website SEO that says that the URL counts in ranking, the real ranking for social media profiles happens with your name. So be sure to enter the name you want to be found under. Ensure that your business or brand name used on your Social Media profiles is the same across all the various social media platforms where you have established your presence. Do not ever alter your brand name while establishing a social media profile irrespective of the social web platform.Profile UsernameA username is an identification used by a person or Brand with access to a computer, network, or online service.  So where does the username emanate into play? Some people who can’t find your social media links may just assume it is something obvious and type it in directly. Ruminate about what people would search you under, and make sure that your username that is included in the URL. Be sure to think of brand supremacy when it comes to this part, otherwise you’ll end up being hard to discover on the web. Take note that your name can still be used as your username but not the other way round.Profile PictureThere is a boundless debate when it comes to profile photos / avatars on social networks in terms of whether you should go with your brand logo or the face of a person. My usual thought is that if you are a big enough brand or business with a well-recognized logo, definitely go with the logo. If you’re building a personal brand or you are a public figure like a blogger, politician, musician, artist, etc., go with the personal picture. Despite the fact that people are more likely to want to engage with a person than a brand logo. Business Social media profiles must use the business logo for clarity to all those looking for the brand not individuals behind the brand. Once you have selected your default photo, be sure to stick with the same picture as your default photo from one network to the next, that way people easily recognize you across all social networks. Another thing that helps in SEO value is naming your photo file appropriately before uploading it. Be sure you have named it yourname.jpg or yourbusiness.jpg as opposed to uploading IMG0153.jpg.Web page LinkHow and where you place the link in your social media profile differs from one platform to another, however most of the platforms allow users to situate their website link within the profile bio.  Another good idea for your links is to create a social network specific landing page so you can track which profiles are bringing your site the most traffic. You can use these pages to offer a special discount for people who have found you on Twitter, or share information that is specific to a network, like recent blog posts you have written about Facebook.Brand/ Company BioYour main social profile’s bio is usually just a sentence or two about yourself or your business. Think of it as a perfect place to put your elevator pitch and include your main keywords. I don’t mean in a salesy way, but just if someone were to ask you to tell them briefly what you or your business is about, what would you say? Be sure to fill out your bio to its full potential. While some networks allow you to only have a limited amount of characters, others encourage more robust and lengthy bios. Take advantage of this to share only the best about yourself and your brandInterestsSome profiles permit you to have additional protracted information about yourself in the form of favorite books, television shows, movies, and so on. A lot of people skip over this, especially when it comes to business profiles, but that is a big mistake.  Businesses can fully discuss their passions, values and interests to all those following their profiles.  Look at these fields as an additional place to get some great keyword value. BackgroundAlthough this one is limited to select networks, such as your Twitter and YouTube channel profiles, this is one to invest in for those networks that allow it. A customized background will allow you to share additional information that may not fit in the fields of your profile, as well as share additional links and icons to other networks so people know your brand can be found elsewhere. Cover images are a great channel to communicate more details about your brand.Profile Privacy SettingsSo after you have all of your profile filled out, pictures uploaded, and backgrounds designed, the next thing that you will need to take a look at are your privacy settings. These vary from network to network, but you will want to make sure that the information you would like to be public is viewable.Online ActivityOnce your profile setup is complete, your on-going mission will be to maintain a healthy level of activity on your main social networks, which for most will be Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest  and LinkedIn. These are three open ended yet imperative guidelines to follow on any network.Don’t just add friends – engage with them!Don’t just join groups – participate in them!Don’t just post updates to update – think about what your connections want to see and share!Promote Your Brand Finally, there is nothing like a little health promotion of your social network profiles to help more people find and connect with you, giving you more people to engage with! Be sure to add your social networking profile links to:Your website.Your email signature.Your forum signature.Your business card.Also, don’t fail to recall interlinking your profiles to each other. If you can share multiple links on a social profile, make sure some of those are to your main social profiles!last_img read more