Since the June 1 re-launch of InternetRetailer.com, 54.2 percent of visitors are spending between five and 30 minutes on the site, more than half of them spending at least 10 minutes on each visit. In addition, impressions have increased three-fold from about 450,000 to 1.5 million per month. Forty-eight percent of visitors return to the site in less than 24 hours. Time spent per visit increased 39 percent, average page views per visit rose 16 percent and homepage bounce rate improved 29 percent. While magazine Web sites are starting to take a back seat to other channels that reach readers on a daily basis (such as Facebook and Twitter) they remain the centerpiece for many publishers’ digital strategies. Launched in 2001, InternetRetailer.com decided that its original Web design was outdated and required a significant update to offer the latest must-haves (video, rich media, social media), along with an easy-to-use navigation path. InternetRetailer.com set about reworking the entire site, with a priority on making relevant content easier to find. “We changed the entire site,” says InternetRetailer president Molly Love Rogers. “We now invite visitors to explore more content and guide them through the process. Visitors are no longer required to hunt-and-peck for things that interest them. Instead, we surface relevant content, products, videos, polls, and user comments alongside all editorial.”Design firm Alexander Interactive tackled the site taxonomy by identifying subjects and categories most important to visitors. While InternetRetailer.com always enabled visitors to search its archive of more than 35,000 stories, they weren’t always able to find articles quickly, and when they did find the article, related links were often missing. AI began wireframing (identifying and prioritizing the ways visitors use InternetRetailer, and mapping pathways through the site’s content), including identifying more than 500 potential user experiences.
HPM ArchiveThe Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan for the San Jacinto Waste Pits.The Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to remove sediments laced with highly toxic dioxin from a partially submerged Superfund site near Houston damaged during Hurricane Harvey, officials announced Wednesday.The announcement comes two weeks after the federal agency said an unknown amount of dioxins — which have been linked to birth defects and cancer — may have washed downriver from the San Jacinto Waste Pits after floodwaters jarred loose a protective cap of fabric and rock designed to keep them from spreading.The EPA said in a statement that it planned to excavate 212,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the site along the San Jacinto River that was a paper mill in the 1960s. It estimated the cost at $115 million.The statement said a small, unspecified amount of material would stay on the site and that temporary barriers would be built to hold back the river during excavation and removal.The agency did not specify a timeline and one of the companies responsible, Waste Management subsidiary McGinnis Industrial Maintenance Corp., said Wednesday that it would oppose the removal, adding that it provides less protection to affected communities than the existing cap.“We disagree with EPA’s claim that the local or downstream areas can be protected during removal,” McGinnis said in an emailed statement.On Sept. 28, EPA announced that sediment samples collected by an agency dive team from the exposed area underwater showed dioxin levels more than 2,300 times the threshold for triggering a cleanup.Dioxins do not dissolve easily in water but can be carried away with any contaminated sediments and deposited over a wider area.Local residents said contaminated mud might have washed into neighborhood homes that flooded during the late August storm.At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded last month in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped.About 16 acres of the San Jacinto site were covered in 2011 with the cap — three years after it had been placed on the Superfund National Priority List.The cap has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with sections becoming displaced or going missing. Share
Watch Next Video will play in The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Share this video Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.orgWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, April 11. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 23:10End of live reportingAnd that is the end of today’s live blog. The live news feed will resume tomorrow morning.22:52Stone theftPolice officers are appealing for witnesses after a large piece of stone has been stolen from a dry stone wall.Congleton Police say a three-foot by two-foot piece of stone was stolen from a wall in Dark Lane, Henbury, between 2.30pm and 4pm on Monday (April 2). Read more.22:31Crewe ‘traffic incident’Flowers Lane near Crewe has been closed by police officers (Image: Google Maps)Police officers have closed a rural lane behind one of south Cheshire’s largest hospitals.Cheshire Police closed Flowers Lane, Leighton, near Crewe, at 9pm this evening (April 11).Officers revealed the road was closed because of a ‘traffic incident’ and the road, which runs behind Leighton Hospital, has been closed for more than an hour. Read more.22:14M6 southboundThe M6 southbound between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent, and junction 14, Stafford North is closed for resurfacing. The carriageway will reopen at 5am and drivers are told to expect delays. A diversion is in place via the A500.21:07Fire updateThe city’s major fire stations have tonight reported no major incidents.21:04Crewe incidentPolice officers in Crewe have closed Flowers Lane, Leighton, because of an incident. Motorists are being told to avoid the area.20:12Man, 42, arrested and charged after £4,000 equipment stolen from schoolPolice have arrested and charged a 42-year-old man after £4,000 of electrical equipment was stolen from a school.Officers launched an investigation to hunt down the thieves who’d targeted St Maragaret Ward Catholic Academy, in Tunstall, on March 11.The equipment stolen was needed for pupils’ GCSE exams.Read the full report here. Burglars targeted St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy 19:34Family distraught after grandad’s 60th birthday presents stolen from car – before he opened themA family have been left distraught after a grandad’s 60th birthday presents were stolen – before he even had the chance to open them.Danielle Mazzocchio had helped organise a special party at Florence Tennis and Bowling Club to celebrate her father Leo Mazzocchio’s milestone.But the celebrations came to an abrupt end the following morning when they discovered thieves had smashed their way into Danielle’s Nissan, which had been left on the car park overnight, and taken Leo’s gifts and cards.Around £400 in cash, several bottles of alcohol and a number of other gifts were stolen, along with £100 of sweets from the Danielle’s sweet cart business.Read our full report here.The damage caused to Danielle’s car18:44Carer, 30, jailed for stealing rings from elderly woman… now can you help her family get them back?Carer Rozaul Ahmed stole two gold rings and cash from an elderly woman while visiting her home to look after her husband.The 30-year-old visited the couple’s Smallthorne home on 14 occasions over three months when the victim complained to the police that two pieces of jewellery had disappeared along with £20.It later transpired the defendant had pawned the rings at Cash Converters in Longton but they were sold on and the victim has not had them returned.And in a bid to throw detectives off the scent, Ahmed arranged for a heroin addict to tell police he had found the rings and he had sold them on for him.Now Ahmed has been jailed for 25 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.Read the full story here. Rozaul Ahmed was jailed at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after he stole rings from an elderly woman and sold them at a pawn shop18:35Police warning as FOUR distraction burglaries reported in one dayPolice are urging residents to remain vigilant when answering the door to cold callers.It comes after FOUR distraction burglaries were reported across the south of Stoke-on-Trent in just one day.All these incidents reported yesterday involved offenders claiming to be from the water board, so they could gain entry into the properties. Read our full report here. 17:39Everything you need to know about Stoke-on-Trent’s newest lottery – and there’s a £25k weekly jackpotStoke-on-Trent’s newest lottery launches next month – and there is a £25,000 weekly jackpot up for grabs.Tickets for Potto Lotto cost just £1 and each ticket has a one-in-50 chance of being a winner.Each ticket has six numbers from zero to nine and one six-digit winning combination will be selected every Saturday night.Any player who matches the first two or last two digits on their ticket wins three extra tickets. There is then £25 for three matching numbers, £250 for four matching numbers, and £2,000 for five matching numbers in a sequence.Read our full report.Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Dave Conway at today’s Potto Lotto launch (Image: Stoke Sentinel)17:22Traffic hotspots this rush hourWatch out for these roads:A50 Northbound at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot)A50 Wedgwood Street in both directions around B5051 Market PlaceA500 Southbound before M6 J15A52 Kingsley Road Eastbound at A522 Leek RoadA52 Leek Road in both directions between A50 Lichfield Street (Joiner’s Square) and Station RoadA53 Elder Road in both directions around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights)A5006 Broad Street in both directions around A5008 Potteries Way / Robson Street, HanleyA527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank), Tunstall16:54These are the shops and eateries in Stoke-on-Trent with a food hygiene rating of 1 or lessEating out this week? Even if not – and you’re just nipping to the shop – it’s worth reading the latest food hygiene ratings.We’ve looked at the scores for all the shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways across Stoke-on-Trent over the last six months (October 11 to April 11, 2018).A food hygiene rating of 1 means ‘major’ improvement is necessary, and a score of 0 means the establishment requires ‘urgent’ improvement.See the full list here. A mouldy sandwich15:53Traffic build-up on Leek RoadTher’s slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions between A50 Lichfield Street (Joiner’s Square) and Station Road. 14:43Queueing traffic in CreweAs usual, there are traffic hold-ups on A5020 University Way Northbound, at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. Problems on nearby roads A534 Haslington Bypass and A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound have cleared however.14:16Mum, 25, waited SEVEN years for diagnosis of condition causing extreme pain, heavy periods and infertilitySchool yard bullying, seven years for a diagnosis and job discrimination are all reasons why Claire Milner is calling for more understanding of endometriosis.Claire’s condition – which can cause extreme pain, heavy periods and infertility – is one that effects one in ten women.The symptoms are caused by the endometrium (womb lining) growing in other parts of the body.Read more about her story in our latest health feature. Claire Milner is part of an endometriosis support group (Image: Stoke Sentinel)13:42Latest weather forecastThe Met Office said:A grey day in store with outbreaks of showery rain throughout much of the day. The cloud will be low giving extensive hill fog, mist and murk and under this it will feel fairly cold. Maximum temperature 10 °C.” 13:42Traffic queuing on A534Queueing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 11:37Debris causing delays on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane blocked and heavy traffic due to debris on road on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane four (of four) is blocked. Gantry signs are display messages informing of debris on the carriageway. Camera shows traffic reducing speed.11:32Accident on A50 involves HGV and carThe accident on the A50 invovles a HGV and a car. Live updates here. (Image: Inrix)11:15Live: Delays due to accident on A50The accident has taken place at the junction with the A521 in Blythe Bridge. More here.11:03Accident in Blythe BridgeA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:We are currently attending a road traffic collision on the A50, at the junction of the A521 Blythe Bridge roundabout. There is currently a high build-up of traffic, so please find an alternative route where possible.” 10:56More Syrian refugees arrive in StaffordshireSeven more families have arrived and been placed in the Moorlands, East Staffordshire and Lichfield. More here.09:54Two men sentenced after assaulting paramedicsParamedics were trying to treat one of the men when the assaults took place. More here.08:58Some congestion on Bucknall RoadUsual congestion on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.08:54Vandals damage heritage railway carriagesVandals have targeted carriages at a heritage railway – causing ‘substantial damage’ to several. More here.Graffiti on one of the carriages (Image: Staffordshire Police)07:54Congestion on the A527 Queueing traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 07:54Congestion on the A500Usual congestion on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.07:42Congestion on Waterloo Road Usual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place).07:12Stoke City fan?Our Sports Team will be keeping you up to date with the latest toke City team news, transfer rumours and Potters opinion throughout the day on their dedicated Stoke City Live feed – you can visit that here.Matty Etherington shows old club West Ham a clean pair of heels back in the day (Image: Getty) THE PLACE TO BE SENTINELShort film celebrating everything that is great about Stoke-on-TrentVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/2:31Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:31 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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