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PREMIUMUrban farmers withstand floods, pests in Jakarta’s surviving paddy fields

first_imgThe sun gently touched paddy in the middle of a dense neighborhood on a Thursday afternoon in Rorotan village, Cilincing district, North Jakarta, highlighting different colors of the paddy — green on some fresh blocks and golden on others that were ready to harvest.“After it rained, it took days to wait for submerged blocks to return to normal. So, as you can see, some plants are only 10 weeks old,” said Abdul Kadir, the Rorotan farmer group leader.Recent floods had caused not only a delay in the rice planting season, Abdul said, but also the abundance of pests in the paddy fields and less efficient rice production.“From 2014, there were always rats in every planting season. But it is only during the flood season like this that plenty of them come out their holes for fear of sheltering in the holes. They only cause trouble in the plantation area,” he … Linkedin Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account urban-farming #Jakarta North-Jakarta farmers #farmers #NorthJakarta paddy-field paddy-farmerslast_img read more

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Has Google’s New Algorithm Really Cleaned Up Search?

first_imgGoogle made a change to its search algorithm last week that it said was designed to help users find more “high-quality sites.” Although Google never described this move as one aimed at tackling the problem of content farms, many observers have viewed the algorithmic adjustments as Google’s attempt to clean up its search results, following a number of complaints about the quality (or lack of quality) of the information in the sites that are retrieved and are highly ranked.Google did say that the change would impact over 11% of sites, but would help surface those “with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”So, is a search via Google better now? Is original content easier to find while content farms are buried on subsequent results pages?SEO consulting company Sistrix has done some number crunching on a dataset of 1 million keywords to identify some of the winners and losers from the change. Using an index calculated from traffic on keywords, rankings and click-through rates, the company identified the biggest losers from Google’s change. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Those with the biggest loss in their keyword positions include associatedcontent.com, suite101.com, ezinearticles.com, and hubpages.com. Interestingly, for an update that many said was aimed at content farms, Demand Media’s ehow.com doesn’t make the list of biggest losers.But on Sistrix’s list of the 300-some-odd domains impacted are several sites that might raise eyebrows, including Technorati, PR Newswire, Songkick and Slideshare. Obviously these sites aren’t the creators of original content, but it’s hard to imagine that they’re viewed as quite the same sorts of scourge of search results as content farms. It isn’t clear why they’ve lost favor with the new algorithm, but it may be that these and other useful sites will move up the rankings again. (Although what’s “useful” is in the eye of the beholder and in the eye of Google engineers, one might argue.) It will also be interesting to see how the sites that were dinged respond, as the battle for clicks and the battle against spam rages on. Have you noticed an improvement in search results since Google’s change last week? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#web Related Posts last_img read more

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As it happened: Parrikar, Rane win Goa bypolls

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