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Another vehicle bursts into flames

first_img…mechanic points to contaminated smuggled fuel channelled through gas stationsIn just over one week, four vehicles have mysteriously burst in flames; the most recent being on Wednesday, where a father and his child barely managed to escape unhurt.The car that was damaged by flamesThe incident took place at Oronoque and Charlotte Streets, Bourda, Georgetown.Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder told Guyana Times that the engine of the red Toyota Allion car which bears registration number HC 8512 was badly damaged.According to him, the owner’s daughter complained of smelling a burning scent. The owner later observed smoke coming from under his bonnet and upon checks, discovered that the engine of the car was engulfed in flames.Holder noted that an investigation has been launched into the recent fiery destruction of vehicles. He noted that the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) is in the process of issuing advisories on the proper maintenance of vehicles as this has been found to be a major area of concern, in light of the recent fires.“So yes we have launched an investigation and I guess at some point in time in summing up the causes of all these vehicular fires, the Fire Chief will make a statement,” he said.Holder also explained that the GFS has not ventured into investigating the fuel being used by the vehicles as preliminary investigations point to poor maintenance of the vehicles.Owner of the car assessing the damageThis option has however not been ruled out, he said, but expressed willingness to explore this area, if other vehicle combust under similar circumstances.He however admitted that the fire department is incapable of running tests to verify the quality of fuel being used by the vehicle owners.“The Fire Service in itself we are not equipped to test the fuel to see if it is something about the fuel causing these fires, but rest assured that if this continues to happen definitely we will have to examine that possibility,” Holder noted. On Thursday last, a minibus in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), mysteriously caught fire. Prior to that on Wednesday last, two vehicles in Georgetown also faced the same fate in separate incidents.Meanwhile, this newspaper contacted several experienced mechanics for an opinion on the recent incidents and was told that it is not normal for vehicles to burst into flames even if servicing is not done on time. One mechanic who works for a major mining company pointed to the possibility of contaminated fuel being the source of the issue. He added that in Guyana’s case, he will not be surprised if contaminated smuggled fuel has been channelled through pump stations.Reports are the first fire occurred at High Street and Brickdam, Georgetown. The driver of that car saw thick smoke emanating from under the bonnet and existed the car. The vehicle subsequently burst into flames.The Guyana Fire Service was called and the situation was brought under control. No one was injured.Minutes later on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, a similar scenario unfolded when a minibus contracted to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) erupted in flames.According to information received, the minibus was crossing David Street, heading in the direction of the Rupert Craig Highway when the driver, Tameshwar Mullin, noticed smoke coming from under his seat. After exiting the vehicle, he lifted the seat and saw flames.Efforts to save the minibus proved futile.last_img read more

I am not leaving Tottenham, says Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama made Tottenham return against Swansea. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 24- Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfield maestro Victor Wanyama has dismissed reports that he might be thinking of leaving the club, saying he is happy in North London and is not departing anytime soon.There have been silent murmurs that the Wanyama is being courted by several clubs, but Wanyama who has three years to run on his Spurs contract has treated all those as rumors. “Rumors are just rumors. There’s no offer from anyone and I am very happy at Spurs. I have not even thought about leaving,” affirmed Wanyama.The midfielder joined Tottenham at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season for Sh1.5bn (£11mn) from Southampton.Meanwhile, despite missing close to four months of action due to injury, Wanyama says he still counts it a successful season and will be hoping for better tidings in the new campaign.Victor Wanyama. Photo/COURTESYWanyama had a paltry 24 appearances for Spurs across all competitions in the 2017/2018 season having missed a huge chunk of action after aggravating a knee injury picked up during pre-season.“It was perhaps the toughest time of my career because I have never been out for so long. But on the positive, it has helped me learn a lot and I am happy that I overcome and I at least came back to play a few matches. It could have been worse,” Wanyama said.Spurs weren’t as compact as they were last season but the North London club still managed to finish at third spot, securing a UEFA Champions League spot for next season on top of reaching the FA Cup semi-final.The Kenyan skipper has heaped praise on his Spurs team-mates for their grit and fight and is hopeful in the new campaign they will be in a position to challenge for trophies to spice up their performance on the pitch.“I can say the season has been successful because we have played all 38 games away from home and it is never easy. I am proud of the team and how we played and I am also proud of myself for coming back stronger. Hopefully next season we do well,” Wanyama noted.He added; “We also had some good performance in the Champions League and the target next year is to improve and go further.”-Back to White Hart Lane-Victor Wanyama wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018.Spurs will have the prestige of going back to their home ground at the White Hart Lane which had been closed for expansion, thus forcing them to play their home games at the Wembley Stadium.Perhaps what was Wanyama’s biggest moment was when he unleashed a ferocious shot infront of the Kop End beating Loris Karius as Spurs played to a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a league fixture.Wanyama had just come on as a substitute with his side 1-0 down from a Mo Salah goal but barely 60 seconds on the pitch, the midfielder picked the ball from 20 yards out and rifled it into the top right corner.The goal was voted as the Spurs goal of the season.Wanyama cracker“That was my first game after injury and I had just come in. I saw the ball ahead of me and I just decided to let it fly and it ended up in the net. It was a good goal and I was happy scoring especially against Liverpool infront of their fans,” Wanyama noted.He joked that nonetheless, his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League with Celtic remains his best ever.“That was my best ever. The Liverpool one was good, but against Barcelona, we didn’t have the ball at all. When it came, I scored!” joked the midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Murakami wins mile in Dream run

first_img Not a bad outing for her first time on a well-worn, 160-yard wooden, banked track on loan from the defunct L.A. Invitational. Murakami had never before seen an indoor meet in person. “I just wanted to come out and have fun to take a break from running long distance every day,” she said. FRESNO – Shannon Murakami on Monday finally got her chance to run on an indoor track. The Saugus High junior can’t wait for another chance to compete indoors after winning the mile in 5 minutes, 8.10 seconds in the inaugural Run for the Dream track and field meet at Fresno State. The performance came two hours after she ran a 2:19 leg on the Centurions’ 4 x 880-yard relay team, joining sophomore Katie Dunn and freshmen Keri Mott and Grace Vaziri. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Although Murakami, in her last trip to Fresno, won the state Division I cross country title last November at nearby Woodward Park, her cross country season didn’t end on a particularly high note. She finished a disappointing 12th place in the Foot Locker West Regional Championships a week after the state meet. All doubts about her fitness were answered when she ran 10:37.6 for two miles in the Long Beach Distance Carnival at Long Beach State in December. There will be high expectations this high school season for Murakami, who ran 4:50.59 in the 1,600 meters and 10:34.75 in the 3,200 meters last season, the state’s second-best marks by a sophomore. “I didn’t really worry about time today,” Murakami said. “It was more for the experience, but it showed that I am in pretty good shape.” In the college-open competition, Cal State Northridge’s Rolando Felizola won the long jump at 22 feet, 7 inches, and USC’s Alexis Weatherspoon (Grant High of Van Nuys) was fourth in the invitational 55 meters in 7.06. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ IN BLITZ ON DONEGAL DRINK DRIVERS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ have targeted drink drivers in Donegal as part of a nationwide crackdown.The Mandatory Alcohol Testing Checkpoints – part of Operation Surround – have been taking place over the past few hours in Donegal Town with Gardaí on every route into and out of the town.It follows similar operations in Buncrana and Ballybofey in recent weeks. Officers are also targeting other areas of the county with patrols.They say the emphasis of these checkpoints is to target and intercept intoxicated drivers through the use of Mandatory Alcohol Testing, by surrounding specific locations in each Garda Region.The Donegal Town checkpoints took place earlier.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau, said: “In the first three months of the year, a total of 1,926 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving. The vast majority of drivers act responsibly and don’t mix driving with drinking alcohol. “However nearly 2,000 drivers so far this year have behaved in a totally irresponsible manner. Drink driving is totally unacceptable and we will continue to intensively target these selfish drivers who think that it won’t affect their, or others safety on the road.“All members of An Garda Síochána are out all around the country, day and night, targeting intoxicated driving.”Assistant Commissioner Twomey went on: “Even if you don’t meet a checkpoint, you could still be breath tested if you run a red light, enter a bus lane, speed, or if you’re involved in a road traffic collision. Never take the chance, it could prove very costly…the least of which are penalty points, a fine or the loss of your licence. If you’re drinking alcohol, forget about driving.The Mandatory Alcohol Checkpoints involve Traffic Units and Regular Units from each Garda Division across the country.Assistant Commissioner Twomey reminded those celebrating this weekend to allow adequate time before driving again. See the Morning After campaign page on drinkaware.ie. This page explains the definition of standard drink and the length of time it takes the body to eliminate it.http://www.drinkaware.ie/hints-tips/the-morning-after-time-is-the-only-cure/BREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ IN BLITZ ON DONEGAL DRINK DRIVERS was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:checkpointdonegalDonegal Towndrink driversGardaMATlast_img read more

Prove your soap works, panel tells companies

first_img Representatives of the soap industry say antibacterials are safe and more effective than regular soap, although they provided little data to support that assertion. The industry contends that killing germs is better than washing them off. “The importance of controlling bacteria in the home is no different than the professional setting,” said Elizabeth Anderson, associate general counsel for the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. “We feel strongly that consumers must continue to have the choice to use these products.” Industry representatives said they would provide more data to the FDA showing the products are safe and effective. FDA officials and panelists raised concerns about whether the antibacterials contribute to the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, and said the agency has not found any medical studies that definitively linked specific antibacterial products to reduced rates of infection. Both kinds of soaps reduced infections in households, but neither one worked better than the other, experts told the panel. Antibacterial products kill most of the bacteria they encounter. Regular soap helps separate bacteria from the skin so the bacteria wash down the drain or transfer to a towel. Dr. Stuart B. Levy, president of the Alliance for Prudent Use of Antibiotics, said laboratory studies have suggested the soaps sometimes leave behind bacteria that have a better ability to flush threatening substances – from antibacterial soap chemicals to antibiotics intended to cure infections. “What we’re seeing is evolution in action,” he said of the process. He advocated restricting antibacterial products from consumer use, leaving them for hospitals and homes with very sick people, where he says they are needed most. “Bacteria are not going to be destroyed,” he said. “They’ve seen dinosaurs come and go. They will be happy to see us come and go. Any attempt to sterilize our home is fraught with failure.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Popular antibacterial soaps and washes offer no more protection than regular soap and water, a federal advisory panel said Thursday, telling companies to prove their products are better if they expect to continue making claims to the public. The independent expert panel, which advises the Food and Drug Administration, said by an 11-1 vote that it saw no added benefits to antibacterials when compared with soapy handwashing. Panelists also said soaps that use synthetic chemicals – as do many products which claim to eliminate 99 percent of germs they encounter – could contribute to the growth of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Those risks, coupled with a lack of demonstrated benefits compared with soap and water, raised the prospect of new limits on an industry that has grown astronomically in the past decade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The experts did not vote to recommend that the FDA take any specific regulatory action against antibacterials, but did urge the agency to study the products’ risks versus benefits. “There’s no evidence they are a good value,” Dr. Alastair Wood, chairman of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee, said after the meeting. Panelist Dr. Mary E. Tinetti said unless antibacterials can show some added benefit, “I think we’re seeing a lot of sentiment against (antibacterials) being marketed to the consumer.” Still, committee members said such products reduce infections as well as soap and water do. The experts also wondered whether antibacterials may provide added benefit to some people who are particularly at risk for certain illnesses. The FDA is not bound by the decisions of its advisory panels, but often follows their advice. The agency has the authority to add warning labels to or restrict the marketing of such soaps and related items, but it has given no indication any such actions are imminent. last_img read more

Chelsea v Scunthorpe: Blues name strong side for FA Cup tie

first_imgChelsea will field a strong side for the FA Cup third-round game at home to Scunthorpe.Keeper Thibaut Courtois and skipper John Terry are on the substitutes’ bench, so Asmir Begovic is in goal, Gary Cahill partners Kurt Zouma at centre-back and Branislav Ivanovic captains the side.Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also among the substitutes for the match at Stamford Bridge, where Diego Costa will lead the Blues’ attack.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Courtois, Terry, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lessons learned from 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.Timely field workWet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative. While it is important to wait for soil conditions to be warm and dry enough for field work, it is equally important to avoid planting right before a cold snap that accompanies excessively wet weather. When planting is delayed growers should also minimize preparatory trips across the field (tillage, etc.) that will further delay planting.Varietal selection and placementThe 2018 growing season demonstrated the importance of varietal selection and spreading out risk across multiple varieties and maturities for both corn and soybeans. One important key to achieving high yields is choosing varieties adapted to each farmer’s unique growing conditions and management programs. The environment put crops through many different stresses this year including: a cool wet spring, excessive rainfall throughout the season, drought during pollination, heavy disease pressures, etc. Although growers have no control over the environmental conditions, they can make varietal selections to maximize yields and minimize risk. Because timing of stress and rainfall is unpredictable but critical to yield during reproductive and grain fill periods, planting a range of maturities in both corn and soybeans will minimize risk associated with major stresses throughout the season. Selecting varieties with strong defensive traits where there is a history of disease or disease infected residue present will offer protection from diseases that can significantly reduce yields. Selecting varieties and placing them in the field or soil type they are adapted to will ensure their best performance. Along with correct placement comes proper management of each variety from timing of nitrogen applications to fungicide applications when disease is present. Working with the sales or agronomic staff to place varieties where they have the chance for best performance will contribute to maximum yields.Field scouting and timely management decisionsThe challenges our customers faced during the 2018 growing season also reinforced the importance of scouting crops. Anyone who walked corn and soybean fields throughout the season saw indications early that several issues could create problems before harvest. Around the time of pollination nitrogen deficiencies were showing up in some corn fields where soils had been saturated and N was lost due to leaching or denitrification. Plants in these fields most likely cannibalized their stalks to fill out ears, resulting in weakened stalk tissue as plants matured and an increased risk of stalk lodging. The presence of diseases early in the season with weather conditions conducive to continued development justified fungicide applications in many areas. Disease pressure was so heavy in these areas that even corn and/or soybean varieties with above average disease tolerance exhibited moderate symptoms of disease. Timely scouting of these fields allowed growers to apply fungicides where warranted and protect their yield potential. Scouting of corn fields where nitrogen deficiencies and stalk rots were discovered allowed growers to make plans on which fields to harvest first to minimize harvest losses. Time taken to walk fields and observe what is going on can allow for timely action and better management of challenges throughout the season. Scouting may take a great deal of time but it is time well spent.Timely harvestAlthough some growers prefer to allow corn to dry as much as possible in the field, 2018 was not the year to delay harvest. With the many disease and agronomic problems 2018’s crop faced, delaying harvest increased the possibility of harvest losses and damage to grain. When stress, disease, and insects have caused damage to corn stalks, ear shanks, soybean pods, etc. harvest should be started as soon as crops mature to avoid losses and further damage. Scouting plays an important role in determining which fields need to be harvested first.Although most of the challenges growers face throughout the year are out of their control, it is important to focus on what can be controlled and prepare for these challenges to the best of their ability. It is impossible to predict when and where we will see a repeat of 2018’s agronomic challenges, but growers who learn from this growing season and use that knowledge in future years will continue to be successful.last_img read more

CITO 2013 – It Takes a Village

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Get Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Ten wonderful Cache In Trash Out® 2018 moments from around the worldOctober 1, 2018In “Cache In Trash Out” Congrats Space Coast Geocachers… 9 events, More than 200 geocachers and 4300 lbs of garbage collected!It’s takes a village to do many things, say, raise a child. It also takes a motivated village to clean up the earth. The village geocachers created with Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events has a population of 11,124. That’s the population of Fredonia, New York. That’s the exact number  CITO souvenirs that have been earned by geocachers who have logged an “Attended” for a CITO event so far.  Geocachers attended hundreds of events in dozens of countries from April 20 through April 22. If each geocacher picked up ten pounds of trash, that’s over 50 tons of garbage removed from geocaching areas worldwide.Geocachers in Montana cleaning the roadside.It’s the same weights as a couple army tanks or say a large metal bridge. But each piece of litter was a crumpled wrapper or an old tire or a  piece of discarded lumber. It’s 50 tons of trash that’s no longer polluting that earth. Well done geocachers, well done.CITO weekend isn’t over yet. It continues today during Earth Day. Expect the final total number of geocachers who earned the CITO souvenir within the next couple of days.Geocachers from around the world posted pictures of their CITO events on the Geocaching Facebook page. We chose a few of the photos posted to feature in this blog.While the CITO weekend occurs only once a year, please CITO every time you geocache. It’s as easy as packing out a few soda bottles or a few pieces of litter. It may not seem like much, but when we all do it, it adds up quick!45 geocachers attended GC494V1  near Suhl, Germany to clean up all this trash.CITO is for all ages. Kids, Caching and Cleaning CITO GC48DD9 in Ontario, CanadaCITO in Costa Dorada, Spainlast_img read more

In A Decade On The Road, I’ve Learned Tech Can’t Fix Everything

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#air travel#business travel#online travel#travel#Trip Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Matt Asay ReadWriteTrip is a series that chronicles the modern challenges of tech-savvy business travelers.For the past 10 years I’ve traveled a minimum of 125,000 miles each year, staying over 75 nights each year in a hotel room. While it would be inaccurate to suggest that business travel has become delightful, in some key ways it has become better.For example, international travel is faster thanks to Global Entry. Security is easier to navigate thanks to TSA Pre. And while luggage sizes have remained constant, far more fits into them than before.Technology, not surprisingly, is cause for both celebration and frustration in all of these changes.Staying Connected At 30,000 FeetEven five years ago, it was hard to stay productive on long-haul flights, both because laptop battery life was minimal and in-flight Wi-Fi didn’t exist. This had upsides and downsides. On the one hand, once my laptop battery died I was free to read. But on the other, it meant that every flight was effectively a productivity dead zone.No more.See also: Wi-Fi Above 10,000 Feet: Which Airlines Provide The Best Connection?Today Wi-Fi is becoming standard on air travel. While coverage varies from airline to airline, the network on my preferred airline, Delta, is exceptional. I no longer have an excuse not to be online while I fly. Alas.Now that you can stay connected on a long flight, we now expect that laptop batteries will last, too. But even if you’re still lugging around an old-model Dell that can’t go more than two hours without topping up on power, airlines have also added in-flight power outlets. Again, availability varies from airline to airline and even plane to plane. Figuring that out used to be maddening, until tech came to the rescue again: You can figure out where to get power on SeatGuru, which uses comments from travelers like me as well as its own research to maintain up-to-date information about seat layouts.Airline And Hotel Monogamy Pays Off … Sort OfOften your choice in airline and hotel will be made for you, through your location or employer or both. If you live in a United hub city like San Francisco, you’re likely stuck flying United. (I’m truly sorry.) But you do want to centralize your flights on one carrier, or one airline alliance if you’re flying internationally. Ditto for hotels.Why? Because it’s your only hope of being treated like a human being. I get upgraded on 90% of my domestic flights (Delta) and 100% of my hotel stays (Marriott). And many airlines and hotels have added perks that relate directly to your trips, like a waiver of fees for checked bags or hotel Wi-Fi.Upgrades, not points, should be your motivator. The points are nice, mind you. I’ve paid for five honeymoons for my wife’s five sisters using points, as well as several personal vacations. But it’s getting harder and harder to actually use points.This is the one big problem with loyalty programs: It has become so easy to earn points through things other than flying (e.g., branded credit cards) that loyalty points are far less valuable today than they used to be 10 years ago. The consolidation of airlines, and along with them their loyalty programs, hasn’t helped: More fliers are now competing for awards and status.If this is new to you, check out The Points Guy’s beginner’s guide—and consolidate, consolidate, consolidate.The More Things ChangeWhich brings me to the things that have gotten worse or stayed the same over the years.International voice and data roaming remain incredibly expensive. I pay $60 per month for 300 megabytes of global data and another $60 each month to be able to text freely while abroad (up to 600 SMS messages). This on top of my domestic data/voice plans. One Google Maps session while walking through London can chew up a significant chunk of that data limit so I tend to use cellular data only as a last resort while traveling abroad.This is slowly changing: T-Mobile now has an “unlimited” international text-and-data plan, though you have to read the fine print: Only 1 gigabyte of data is included at full speed. I’ve been reluctant to switch carriers, though.First-class service on all U.S. airlines has depreciated significantly in the last 10 years. Back in the early days of Pan Am, first class was truly first class. Now it’s simply enhanced coach. Yes, we have lay-flat seats on international or transcontinental flights, but the overall experience—especially on domestic routes—is weak.Even things like TSA Pre, which lets travelers go back to the halcyon days of not having to remove shoes from feet or laptops from bags at airport security, are quickly getting worse. While initially reserved only for serious frequent fliers or those in the Global Entry program, the TSA has opened it up to many others, making TSA Pre lines as slow as other lines. You’d think technology could be deployed to better screen passengers, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.If I had to sum it up, I’d say that the things you can control about business travel—what you pack and how much it weighs—have gotten better. The things you can’t control, like airline loyalty programs or airport security, have gotten both better and worse.The only thing you can truly control is the gear you put in your bag, so optimize for that. Look for more tips on that in an upcoming installment of ReadWriteTrip.Photo by Dan Paluska 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Unbearable Sameness Of Social Networks

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Cover Photos#Facebook#Google#LinkedIn#now#Photos#Same#Twins#twitter selena larson When Facebook rolled out cover photos in 2011, it was a big deal. It was part of the Timeline redesign, the biggest shift in how people used Facebook in years. The large image at the top of your profile was an opportunity to show off something more than your headshot, giving friends (and also strangers) greater insight into your life.Then, Google got on board, and embraced massive cover photos on its Google+ social platform in 2013. While Google’s profile image is different from Facebook’s—it’s a circle, not a square—the similarities were obvious.Earlier this year, Twitter took the cover page out of Facebook’s playbook and rolled out their own design, one that looks, remarkably (or not) like Facebook. See Also: Now Even LinkedIn Is Embracing The Visual WebNow even LinkedIn—notoriously the anti-Facebook—will look like Facebook. Today the company announced users will soon be able to add background images to their profile pages to, as one spokeswoman said, “help members stand out.”What doesn’t stand out? The individuality of these social networks. Now that social networks—professional or otherwise—are beginning to look all alike, the already muddied question of which social network to use for what purpose is even less clear. Can I now connect with my friends on LinkedIn? Do I post baby photos on Twitter? What is Google+ for?To illustrate just how similar all these social networks have become, take a look at the screen caps of social media profiles below.  Lead image by Flickr user U.S. Army, CC 2.0; screenshot images by Selena Larson for ReadWrite; Photoshopped LinkedIn profile page by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more