Trump Ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson In An Unexpected Move

Rabat – After months of reported policy difference between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the rift reached a point of no return this week, with Trump publicly announcing at a press conference that he has decided to outs Tillerson from his post as the U.S.’ top diplomat.“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said in his statement, praising his new man’s professional and academic records, and saying that he will be “a great Secretary of State.”Trump nominated, in the same move, Gina Haspel as the replacement for Mike Pompeo’s previous position, therefore elevating Haspel as the first ever woman director of the CIA. So Tillerson, who recently brought his Africa visit to an abrupt end to fly home, had after all been recalled home in order to be ousted from his position. Sources close to the White House reported calling Secretary Tillerson to advise him to rush back as he would soon be replaced.And while Trump said at today’s press conference that he had discussed his decision with former Secretary of State, Tillerson’s spokesperson Steve Goldstein is adamant that he [Tillerson] is “unaware of the reason” that motivated Trump’s move, as “he did not directly speak to the president.”But Trump later explained why he “sacked” Tillerson, pointing towards their differences on various policies and strategic issues: “It was a different mindset,” Trump said. He added: “When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. . . So we were not really thinking the same. With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. I think it’s going to go very well.” Rexit?However, Trump’s abrupt move, as always, met with some harsh criticisms, accusing the president of hunting down difference of opinions and those committed to high standards in his administration, favoring “men and women” who see the world as the president does, and who would almost never challenge or disagree with him.Some on the internet are already using the nickname Rexit to refer to how rapid and unforeseen and quite out of sense the whole process was unfolded to the public.Tillerson was an unapologetic critic of a scores of Trumps’ foreign policy positions, including, among others, the Iran deal, the Paris climate deal, and most recently Trump’s breakthrough towards holding negotiations with North Korea, and as Trump prepares to see through his North Korea plan, Tillerson became a possible hindrance to quickly sideline. read more

Jordan Ambassador Visa Policy on Moroccan Women Has Been in Place

Rabat – It is official: young Moroccan women cannot visit Jordan without a male guardian, called a mahram, unless they have a Jordanian invitation.The Jordanian ambassador to Rabat, Hazem Al Khateb Attamimi, acknowledged that Moroccan women aged 18 to 35 are subject to stricter rules when applying for visas to visit Jordan.Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the ambassador said the visa regulations “have been applied for many years and have not been modified.” The ambassador added that the policy “is governed by regulations related to the legalization and protection of the labor market in Jordan.”Read Also: Moroccans Condemn Jordan’s Denial of Visas for Young Moroccan WomenAttamimi said the policy only “restricts and limits the entry of certain age groups, and does not prohibit them.”Earlier this month, a group of Moroccan human rights activists condemned the discriminatory policy after their visa requests were rejected by the Jordanian embassy in Rabat.The women, who spoke with Morocco World News, intended to represent the international human rights organization Oxfam in workshops in Jordan.Mounia Semlali, one of the Moroccan women whose visa request was rejected, said that the embassy verbally told her that she could not visit the country without a mahram.“Why must Moroccans between 18 and 35 years old be accompanied by a mahram to have the right of entry in Jordan? Why Moroccans in particular?” she asked.She added that not all Moroccans are “prostitutes” and that the policy should be applied to all nationalities world instead of just singling out Moroccan women.Read Also: Moroccans Can Travel to 67 Countries Visa-FreeThe ambassador argued that Jordan does not “prevent Moroccan citizens from entering its territory, provided they submit to regulatory measures to specify the workplace or to indicate the reason for the visit.” He noted that “our Moroccan brothers are welcome, as has always been the case, in their second country, Jordan. “Attamimi gave no explanation for why Jordan applies the rule only to Moroccan and Tunisian women.After his response, Semlali wrote a letter to the ambassador.In her message, which she shared with Morocco World News, Semlali sarcastically thanked the ambassador for his indirect response.She also mentioned she was unable to meet the ambassador directly  because she did not get an answer to her request.“First, I would like to apologize for this response on my Facebook page, but as you know, you have not responded to my invitation to meet you.”She noted the ambassador’s strong “will in facilitating the visa application process for the citizens of both countries” and for his “respect” for both genders.“I tried to believe you because Her Majesty Queen Rania is one of the greatest figures in the world who supports the cause of women. I tried to believe you, and to deny my story with your esteemed embassy, ​​I tried hard to believe you, and to deny the hundreds of letters you have received that confirm this qualitative discrimination and verbal insults against my country’s women,” she wrote.Questioning his side of the story, the activist asked: “Is it reasonable, Ambassador, that all this exists, and you are not aware of it ?????”Asmaa Fakhoury, another Oxfam employee who faced the same issue, talked about the stereotypes that some Jordanians hold against Moroccan women.Read Also: EU: Morocco Has Made Significant Reforms in Migrant Rights, Women’s Rights, Justice SystemFakhoury shared a Facebook post condemning the comments she received from a policeman at the airport of Amman during her visit for work.“Do you know what Moroccan [women] do here in Jordan?” a policeman asked, implying they are prostitutes.When she said, “Yes,” the policeman’s colleagues laughed.He then rhetorically asked her: “What do they do?”Fakhoury then said that women work in international organizations and run projects and programs aiming to end poverty. “They travel more than 16 hours to attend workshops but they are insulted because they are Moroccans.”Despite her firm words, the policeman laughed and said, “I promised myself that my second wife would be a Moroccan. I like wild women.” read more

Commitment and funding key to eliminating HIV infections among children – UN

28 September 2011The goal of eliminating HIV/AIDS infections among children and ensuring that infected mothers stay healthy throughout pregnancy and after delivery can be met by the 2015 deadline with sufficient political commitment and adequate resources, the head of the United Nations agency spearheading the global response to the pandemic said today. “Mother by mother, clinic by clinic, and country by country we can reach pregnant women with HIV services to ensure their babies are born free from HIV and to improve their own health,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) who is currently visiting South Africa.According to UNAIDS, an estimated 90 per cent of new HIV infections among children occur in 22 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and India.A global plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keep their mothers healthy and alive was launched during the UN high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York in June. It was developed by a global team co-chaired by UNAIDS and United States President’s Emergency Plan on AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).Mr. Sidibé visited Zola clinic in the Johannesburg suburb of Soweto, where 15 pregnant women are seen each day. South Africa has an ambitious HIV testing and counselling programme that has reached more than 13 million people since April last year.Representatives from the 22 most affected countries will meet in South Africa next week to assess country plans. The two-day meeting will focus on country gap analysis and how to boost momentum in the campaign against HIV infections among children.“South Africa has shown visionary leadership in the AIDS response in recent years,” said Mr. Sidibé when he met with South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday.“In such a short period of time real results for people can be seen across the country. I am looking forward, over the next few days, to meeting the men and women who are making this happen and the families which are seeing the benefits.” read more

Ravana Balaya summoned before FCID to record statement

The Ravana Balaya organisation was summoned before the Police Financial Crimes investigations Division (FCID) today to record a statement.Members of the Ravana Balaya were to be questioned on the alleged misuse of a Government vehicle when the former Government was in power. Convener of the Ravana Balaya Movement Ithakande Sadhatissa thera and other members of the organisation arrived at the FCID this morning to make a statement on the allegations. (Colombo Gazette)

Ottawa is giving BlackBerry 40 million to help develop selfdriving cars

OTTAWA — BlackBerry is getting $40 million in federal funding to help it develop technologies for self-driving cars.The company is putting $300 million of its own money into the initiative, expected to create 800 jobs over the next decade at BlackBerry’s campus in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, as well as support 300 existing jobs there.The one-time smartphone leader is now working on advanced software for autonomous vehicles and will use federal money for software development and skills training for workers.BlackBerry says its QNX software is already in tens of millions of cars, guiding systems related to driver assistance, hands-free features and entertainment consoles.During an event this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the money is a sign the government has the backs of Canadian tech companies who want to lead in a new economy.Trudeau says his government will support companies both large and small looking to take risks in a growing and transforming global economy. read more

Narcotics supply and demand reduction strategies must work together report at UN

The 2004 report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), introduced at UN Headquarters by Board member Melvin Levitsky, says, “Illicit drug supply and demand are, in fact, inextricably linked components of a single phenomenon. The demand for drugs stimulates the supply; the availability of drugs, in turn, creates demand as more people become dependent on drugs.”Government action to reduce drug use all too often focuses on supply, it says.”While that may produce results, even dramatic results in the short term, including large seizures of illicit drugs, it does not and cannot have a long-term effect because new sources soon emerge to meet continuing demand,” the report says.On the other hand, only sustained intervention can reduce demand. “It is therefore essential to develop comprehensive strategies, combining action to reduce both supply and demand,” the INCB report says.Afghanistan has become the supplier of three-quarters of the world’s heroin and a major source of cannabis resin, as well as a destination for smuggled psychotropic substances.To fulfil its responsibilities under the international drug control treaties, the Afghan Government has adopted a 10-year strategy to reduce illicit crop cultivation and illicit production and smuggling of illegal drugs, it says. While the international agencies can help the Government work towards that goal, the Government must protect its people from the drug scourge.The effort to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS should not promote or facilitate drug abuse, “which is, after all, the root of the problem,” the INCB says.”The primary and overriding focus of all interventions must be to prevent drug abuse because it is a dangerous and damaging practice in its own right and has the potential to create even more havoc by contributing to the spread of HUIV/AIDS and other serious infectious diseases.”Meanwhile, the illicit Internet sales of controlled substances contravene the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances in three ways. Internet pharmacies are not licensed to deal in internationally controlled substances, they should not advertise to the general public and they ignore the requirements for import and export authorization.If laws are strengthened and enforced in one country, the Internet pharmacy is readily relocated to another country. “Investigators cannot obtain information on subscribers from Internet service providers” or prevent the drug traffickers from purging customer information, the INCB report says.The Board’s 13 members may be nominated by their countries, but serve in their personal or expert capacity, providing information to the general public and experts around the world on matters of drug control, both from the standpoint of illegal drugs as well as the standpoint of ensuring the availability of drugs that are controlled, but also legal and medically useful.Although an independent body, the Board was established by the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention against the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball drops 2 against Minnesota and Wisconsin

Coming off of its first two wins since early October, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was unable to keep its streak alive over the weekend.The Buckeyes (16-12, 4-12) fell 3-0 at No. 11 Minnesota Friday before losing a four-set decision against No. 14 Wisconsin Sunday.OSU came out strong against the Badgers, taking the first set 25-23, but was unable to maintain momentum from there.After falling behind 4-0 in the match’s initial set, the Buckeyes fell further behind as the set went on, finding themselves down 17-10. OSU pushed back, bringing the score to 19-18, before eventually taking the set.The next three sets were more comparable to the first half of the opener, as the Buckeyes fell 18-25, 21-25 and 21-25.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary notched her 12th double-double of the season, leading the match with 17 kills and adding 12 digs, but the Buckeyes tallied 24 attacking errors and 10 service errors as a team.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe chipped in with 13 kills of her own and sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell added eight kills on 14 swings for a .429 attacking percentage.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin finished with 43 assists while senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo had 18 digs.While some Buckeyes put up strong numbers, it was not enough to overcome the balanced attack form Wisconsin. Four Badgers finished with double digit kills, led by junior outside hitter Courtney Thomas and redshirt-junior middle blocker Dominique Thompson with 13 each.The loss to Wisconsin came on the heels of a match against Minnesota in which the Buckeyes failed to reach 20 points in any set (19-25, 19-25, 15-25).Just as she did two days later in Madison, Wis., Leary led all players in kills, finishing with 15 and only three errors. No other Buckeyes reached double digits, but sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits provided a strong showing with eight kills on 15 attempts with just a single error for a .467 attacking percentage.Sherwin led the team with 26 assists and 11 digs while Mandolfo reached double-digits as well, finishing the match with 10.Senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman and junior middle blocker Adrianna Nora led the Golden Gophers with 13 and 12 kills, respectively.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Columbus Friday to kick off their final home stand of the season. OSU is set to face No. 25 Illinois Friday as the team celebrates senior night. The Buckeyes will be honoring seniors Leary, Mandolfo and defensive specialist Davionna DiSalvatore.OSU is set to host Northwestern after the Fighting Illini, but the day and time has yet to be decided due to a 3:30 p.m. start for the Ohio State football team Saturday. read more

De Beers and UN Women to support women microentrepreneurs in Botswana

first_imgDe Beers Group and United Nations (UN) Women, in collaboration with Botswana’s Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, have announced a BWP8 million, three-year investment in capacity-building programs to support women micro-entrepreneurs in select villages in the Okavango Delta and Kweneng District.The announcement was made at the W Summit in Gaborone, convened by De Beers, which focuses on the advancement of women business leaders in Botswana and southern Africa. In the Okavango Delta, De Beers and UN Women will work with the NGO Adore Little Children Botswana (ALCB), which provides support to women and children in Ngarange Village. The partnership will extend ALCB’s existing women’s economic empowerment programmes, which focus on improving livelihoods through permaculture programmes that produce fresh vegetables for local communities. In Kweneng District villages, De Beers and UN Women will work with local partners to advance existing micro-enterprises that include leatherworks, pottery and livestock businesses, as well as identifying and developing opportunities for new small, medium and micro-enterprises.The programs, to be launched in early 2018, will equip women micro-entrepreneurs in the target regions with business management skills, an understanding of access to markets and marketing, and technical skills, especially in agricultural activities. In addition, the programs will help build life skills and confidence to support effective decision-making, communication and negotiation. The Okavango Delta and Kweneng District are some of the poorest and most remote areas of Botswana and were selected as the initial focus due to the strong potential to deliver tangible, positive outcomes that support entire communities through the increased economic empowerment of women micro-entrepreneurs. Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “Botswana has achieved a huge amount of development through prudent use of diamond revenues, but challenges remain and programmes such as these can have a real and lasting positive impact. Advancing women’s economic empowerment in two of the most disadvantaged areas of Botswana will not only support the women micro-entrepreneurs that participate in the programmes, but also their communities through increased employment opportunities and skills development.”Anne Githuku-Shongwe, Representative, UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office, said: “This initiative is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 to ‘Leave No One Behind’, targeting one of the most marginalised communities in Botswana to invest in women’s economic empowerment and create long term sustainability for families in this region.”De Beers and UN Women are working with local stakeholders in the target areas to finalise the implementation approach. More information on how to participate will be provided early next year.The programs are part of De Beers’ three year global partnership with UN Women and its commitment to stand with women around the world. De Beers is investing $3 million to advance women micro-entrepreneurs and STEM students in its diamond producing countries of Canada, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In addition, as one of seven UN Women HeForShe Thematic Champions, De Beers has committed to achieving parity in the appointment of women and men into senior leadership roles in its own organisation, as well as ensuring the company’s brands are a positive force for gender equality through all its marketing campaigns.UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit www.unwomen.org. Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the ‘HeForShe’ solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. For more information, visit http://www.HeForShe.org/en The HeForShe Thematic Champions Initiative is a growing cohort of select world leaders who are lending their influence and conviction to UN Women’s efforts. This group of leaders are known as HeForShe Thematic Champions. They are designated a focus area as outlined in the UN Women Strategic Plan, and actively leverage their unique resources, networks and specialized skills to drive for the concrete change that is fundamental to achieving gender equality. For more information, visit: http://www.HeForShe.org/en/thematic Emails are not secure and cannot be guaranteed to be error free as they can be intercepted, amended, lost or destroyed, or contain viruses. Anyone who communicates with us by email is taken to accept these risks. 30 global leaders recently convened to share groundbreaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe Movement.last_img read more

Researchers find Ecoli on 1 in 6 cell phones

first_imgThis story is a bit of a stomach turner, almost literally.  Scientists in England spent time in 12 different cities, testing people’s cell phones for germs. What they found will make a person want to wash their hands (and phone). Now.The results of the testing revealed that 1 in 6 cell phones that were tested had E. coli on them. Put in layman’s terms, 1 in 6 handsets had fecal matter on them from people failing to wash their hands after using the rest room. Here is a protip: don’t be eating any cell phones.The danger here of course is that throughout the course of a day, people are shaking hands, interacting with different mobile devices, and taking photos while eating or other activities where hands are close to mouths. How many times has a baby been seen gumming the heck out of their parents cell phone? It is enough to make one shiver.For those who do not know, E. coli  is a bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of healthy animals and people. Most E. coli, when contracted through contact and ingested will cause brief bowel issues, but there are a few particularly wicked strains that will make a person very ill indeed. The most famous strain, E. coli O157:H7, is actually deadly to young children as it will cause a serious kidney problem. Adults will usually recover from this strain in a week.The moral of this story is that hand washing habits need to drastically improve, as do phone cleaning habits. Remember that the next time your are out and about, and the next time there is an urge to handle someone else’s cell phone. Use the rule of singing the “ABC” song through twice when soaping up the hands. Please.via: Cnetlast_img read more

Scrutinising distribution of wrong question papers Dipu Moni

first_imgDipu Moni, the education minister. File photoEducation minister Dipu Moni on Sunday said the allegation over the carelessness during the distribution of wrong question papers on the first day of the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations is being scrutinised.The minister came up with the remarks while visiting an examination centre at Bakshibazar Alia Madrasa in the city.”Strict surveillance has been made sure to stop question paper leaks, and it will continue until the examinations end,” she said.”Social media platforms are also under close observation to this end,” she added.Talking to the reporters, the newly appointed minister said, “If any candidate needs to go out of the exam centre, he/she must have to leave the question paper in the hall room so that its spreading through internet can be prevented.”Dipu Moni also sought co-operations from the media as well as the guardians of the candidates to stop leaking.On Saturday, this year’s SSC and equivalent examinations commenced with the Bangla first paper starting at 10:00am.However, gross mismanagement reportedly marred the first day of the examinations as candidates at various centers across the country were given the wrong question paper sets according to a different syllabus.This year, a total of 21,35,333 students — 10,70,441 boys and 10,64,892 girls — from 28,682 institutions, have registered for the exams. The number of examinees rose by more than 103,000 from last year.last_img read more

Syria building collapse kills 11

first_imgA man walks amidst the rubble and debris of a destroyed building as Syrian people return to their homes after the area was freed from IS (Islamic state) group members in Hajin on 2 February 2019. Photo: AFPFour children were among at least 11 people killed when a war-damaged block of flats collapsed in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Saturday, state media said.One child was pulled out alive from the rubble of the five-storey block after rescue teams toiled, many of them with their bare hands, to remove the shattered breeze blocks that had buried him, AFP photographers reported.He was the sole survivor of the collapse in the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood of Salaheddin, the official SANA news agency reported.Saleheddin was heavily bombed before the army overran rebel districts with Russian support in late 2016.What little reconstruction there has been among the ruins has been carried out privately. The state has limited public works to the restoration of basic infrastructure.Many of the buildings around the block that caved in still bear the scars of the ferocious four-year battle for the northern city, with several on the brink of collapse.Washington has estimated the costs of rebuilding Syria’s devastated housing and infrastructure at between $300 billion and $400 billion.But it warned last month that, while overthrowing president Bashar al-Assad was no longer a goal of US policy, it would contribute no reconstruction funds without fundamental reform in Damascus.last_img read more

CPM vote bank plummets to near nonexistence in Paschim Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: At a time when CPI-M is holding its Party Conference in Hyderabad to determine the future course of action, the party’s erosion of vote bank has hit rock bottom in Paschim Burdwan – once a stronghold of the party.Burdwan, then an undivided district, was a stronghold of CPI-M for decades. The Burdwan lobby used to control the party in Kolkata. There were great leaders from Burdwan, which included Benoy Chowdhury, Hare Krishna Konar, Rabin Sen, Mansoor Habibullah and Meheboob Zahedi. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsNow, the top leaders of the party from Burdwan are Madan Ghosh, Nirupam Sen, Mrinal Banerjee, Jiban Roy and Bansagopal Chowdhury among others. After bifurcation of the district, agrarian Burdwan falls under Purba Burdwan, while industrial Burdwan, which includes Asansol, Durgapur, Ranigunj and Andal, are parts of Paschim Burdwan.In Gram Panchayat, there are 833 seats. For these, CPI-M has fielded 337 candidates, with Congress fielding 26 candidates. CPI, which is a Left Front constituent, has fielded 20 candidates. Trinamool Congress has nominated 971 candidates, while BJP has nominated 253 candidates. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn Panchayat Samity, there are 161 seats. CPI-M and Congress have nominated 77 and 8 candidates respectively. BJP has fielded 56 candidates, while Trinamool Congress has fielded 196 candidates.In Zilla Parishad, there are 17 seats. CPI-M and Congress have fielded 15 and 6 candidates respectively. BJP and Trinamool Congress have nominated 19 and 17 candidates respectively.Political experts feel that the indifference of party leaders has failed to stop erosion of the mass base in Burdwan district. Congress has virtually become non-existent, with the party fielding 26 candidates in the 833 member Gram Panchayat, 8 candidates in the 161 member Panchayat Samity and only 6 candidates in the 17 member Zilla Parishad.CPI-M could not fill up even half of the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity seats.There is a mass exodus from CPI-M to BJP. In industrial Burdwan, BJP has consolidated its base over the years. Though Trinamool had lost both the Durgapur seats in the 2016 Assembly election, CPI-M had failed to use the situation in its favour and now, BJP has developed its contacts in the grassroot level.last_img read more

Soup Up Your Social Sales Channels

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We get it. You’re already juggling scads of operational, sales, tech, administrative and marketing tasks, and you’re not totally sold on the value of social networking spaces. Are they gigantic time wasters or strong brand-building sales drivers? Multiple experts opine on the benefits (or lack thereof) of social networking portals like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook with gusto, and if you take a poll of your peers, you are likely to gather ardent differing opinions as well. Before you invest any time or money in social networking platforms or campaigns, here’s what you should know.Fact one: There are fabulous success stories of intrepid entrepreneurs who have immersed themselves in one or more of these venues. Take, for example, Massachusetts-based Laura Fitton–aka Pistachio on Twitter–a single mom who went from obscurity to being quoted in The Wall Street Journal and meeting with Google gurus as a result of her creative and insightful tweets on life and social media use.The other side of the social networking coin–lots of wasted time, aimless (and inaccurate) ranting and wheel spinning–all done by seemingly earnest folks looking to leverage these portals. The reasons vary as to why so many people are not seeing results from playing in the social networking sandbox. As with other marketing campaigns that fall short, many have no defined strategy or objective, and others are flailing because they are poor communicators. Still others have no idea what they are doing–and it shows.According to Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and keynote presenter at a recent Search Engine Strategies conference, one diverse group of multitaskers (who “met” in a chat room via a shared admiration of Josh Groban) quickly racked up $16,000 toward a 21st birthday present when they started to talk about making a donation to a charity in the popular warbler’s name. This quickly grew to more than $75,000 in donations–all because of the availability of a Grobanite social networking platform, which enabled a diverse fan base to connect, communicate and act.An expert on collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing and collaborative filtering, Shirky says the power of social networks lies in their ability to allow diverse groups of people to coordinate (which many times leads to action).”What we did not have (prior to the internet) was a medium for people to gather and communicate . . . so the internet and social networks have become the medium for organization without organizations.” Shirky also observes that tools only change society when accompanied by motivation that gets people to change their behavior.To put this into perspective in your own world, think about the number of app-obsessed people who are net-connected almost 24/7. Then think about any tween- to college-age kids you know. For better or worse, most are in a constant state of connection. Even when watching TV, they chat with multiple friends on a laptop and tweet with lightning speed about the show they are watching–all seemingly at once.A cursory review of shoppers, commuters and restaurant patrons at any time of the day or night will turn up diverse demographic markets that are tweeting, instant messaging, texting and/or net surfing via a variety of mobile technology instruments.And while my 84-year-old mom may not choose to be that connected, she does toodle around Facebook and Skypes on a regular basis to see what her grandchildren and extended family are up to, rather than just pick up the phone. That’s a huge behavioral shift that cannot be ignored by any business owner.Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell and another keynote presenter at SES San Jose, presented evidence about how national brands are tapping into this behavioral communications shift, saying Southwest Airlines has 50 people who write blogs. A guy writes about adding Milwaukee to its roster, and Southwest gets 98 posts from readers all over the country.According to Li, Twitter is also being used by Southwest to drive sales. Southwest’s PR person spends 20 percent of her time on Twitter posting specials, resulting in $3 million in sales through a unique URL. Now that’s measurable ROI that can’t be argued with, but Li says there’s more than that. When Southwest got angry feedback from a twitterer, that twitterer got an immediate response in a very public, searchable arena. And because there was swift interaction and closure, the result was a happy customer instead of an irate one. Li’s point: Social networking portals allow engagement that did not happen before because, in most cases, the consumer had to jump through hoops to reach a live body. Twitter allowed this kind of immediate dialogue to happen in a public forum with unlimited news expansion/sharing possibilities.Li cites a personal example about Comcast instituting Comcastcares via Twitter. She pings on her phone that she’s having a problem. Li made no call to Comcast, but someone named Frank is there to write back to her . “Can I help??” According to Li, Comcast is facilitating dialogue and new ways to build relationships, replacing the frustrated caller who’s put on hold and has to talk to computerized voices. Because of this people-centric focus and viral sharing, lots of people, in addition to Comcast’s current customers, noticed what was happening. The result: blogosphere and major media coverage. Now that’s customer service on steroids, and a major ka-ching for Comcast.So we all agree it’s a brilliant sales portal, right? But what can a time- or tech-challenged small-business owner do with all this data?Adapting Social Networking to Fuel Small-Business Web Traffic and SalesYou can expand your brand reach and drive sales by using social networking for several reasons:The way the internet has facilitated new behaviors and connectivityHow major search engines categorize informationThe plethora of niche-specific public forums that have developed in a variety of social networking platforms.All of these allow for direct contact with rich target pools in a trackable way.The good news is that you can take advantage of all the promotional pluses these viral networks offer at your own speed. The best news is that, right now, all these interaction portals are free.It doesn’t matter whether you are connected every waking hour or you’re someone who dabbles several hours a week, like Amanda Steinberg, founder and CEO of DailyWorth, an entrepreneurial venture that sends out a daily e-mail offering fiscal advice for women.Steinberg, who posts four to five times a day on Twitter and Facebook, says Twitter alone is the third greatest contributor to her web traffic (which includes tweets, retweets and following new people). “My only strategy is to be authentically and consistently engaged, and to participate on a regular basis. People will be naturally interested in you when you talk to them or retweet their words. For me, it’s simply that real engagement translates. I’m not that calculated about it (as calculated as I am on, say, how much I will pay for an ad).”Then there’s Juliet Johnson, who decided to stand in front of “traffic” instead of trying to create her own. After Johnson implemented intensive activity in a variety of online venues, including establishing and working business profile identities on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, Juliet Johnson Staging, her high-end home staging firm in northern New Jersey, yielded first-page search engine rankings and almost doubled its sales. Johnson’s “publish, share, discuss” approach in social networking and other online spaces pumped precious “Google juice” into the net and put her on the radar screen of numerous prospects. Mixing business and lifestyle facets (in addition to her staging expertise, Johnson is a mother, a red wine lover and a Giants fan), she researched and participated in various social networking mom groups, moms who work from home, etc.Before you jump into the social networking scene for your business, take a tip from Groundswell’s Li, who says you need to decide what you’re trying to achieve in your social activities, based around one of four goals: listening, having dialogue, supporting your customers, or innovating in response to customer feedback. Your ultimate actions should tie directly into your goals.While you might personally not “get” what the fuss is all about, odds are that more and more of your target markets are playing in social networking spaces. With authentic, savvy “chatting,” you can to tap into, and benefit from, all that social networking has to offer. Li’s formula for beefed-up web traffic and social networking success: First listen to what people are saying. Armed with the right knowledge, you can develop strong relationships, and then sales will come. February 5, 2010 8 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgages fixed mortgage rate Freddie Mac PMMS Primary Market Mortgage Survey Sean Becketti 2017-10-19 Dean Terrell The 5-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.17 percent with an average 0.4 point. This is up from last week’s average of 3.16 percent. A year ago it averaged at 2.85 percent.Methodology:Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points. The PMMS report defines discount points as the total charged by the lender at settlement. One point equates to one percent of the loan amount.  Borrowers may still be required to pay closing costs which are not included in the PPMS. For full definitions visit the Freddie Mac blog here. October 19, 2017 658 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies Share Mortgage Market Update: Freddie Mac’s Latest Stats The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.19 percent, down from 3.21 percent last week. The mortgage point averaged at 0.5. Freddie Mac released its Weekly Primary Market Mortgage Survey (PMMS) Thursday ending October 19th, showing that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate (FRMs) decreased by 3 basis points to 3.88 percent. According to Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac: “Rates came down slightly this week, ending a brief, two-week streak of increases.” Let’s look at this week’s most recent data:The 30-year FRM averaged at a 0.5 mortgage point. The 30-year FRM averaged 3.52 percent the same time last year. The 10-year Treasury yield dipped 6 points.last_img read more

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first_imgSydney, Australia – Reported by Emily Misencik for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineZicasso’s new Australian vacation package combines pristine beauty with a rare, natural phenomenon, making for a once in a lifetime luxury getaway. The 14-day customizable trip to Sydney, Melbourne, Port Douglas and The Great Barrier Reef includes a viewing of the 2012 total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon fully blocks the sun, from either a hot air balloon or sea cruise.The Australian adventure begins in Sydney with a four night stay at the luxury Four Season Hotel, which overlooks Sydney Harbor. During their stay in Sydney, guests have the option to explore the city’s major shopping center and UNESCO Sydney Opera House, climb to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, cruise the harbor waters, or take a day tour of the Blue Mountains.The next three nights will be spent at The Grand Hotel Melbourne on the shores of Philip Bay. Melbourne is known as Australia’s cultural capital and is home to numerous art galleries, museums, parks and gardens. Guests can also take advantage of Yarra Valley’s wine offerings, the coastal scenery and spend some time penguin watching on the beaches of Philip Island.Guests will then head up north to Port Douglas and spend four nights at the five-star Shantara Resort & Spa, just a short distance from Four Mile Beach and the famed Macrossan Street. While in Port Douglas, guests can explore The Great Barrier Reef by catamaran, visit the Kuranda Scenic Rail, or get a quick history lesson from the aboriginal Kubirri Warra brothers.The total eclipse, which will not occur again until March 2020, will serve as a highlight of the trip. Guests opting for the hot air balloon ride will enjoy a pre-departure breakfast before soaring above the Atherton Tablelands. The large balloons will allow guests to have a premier view of the eclipse occurring at 6:38 a.m. Those opting to view the eclipse via sea cruise will depart off the coast of Port Douglas at 5:30 a.m. Guests will cruise along the Four Mile Beach and have the added bonus of seeing the eclipse and its mirror image in the Coral Sea.www.zicasso.comlast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Aug. 10, 2016, file photo, Michael Weatherly participates in the “Bull” panel during the CBS Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Weatherly is a fixture at CBS. He played Anthony DiNozzo on “NCIS” from 2001 until 2016, when he left to star in his own CBS series called “Bull.” It’s that history with the network that Weatherly says makes it difficult to comment on Les Moonves’ resignation earlier this month as chief of CBS amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) CBS star Weatherly says Moonves situation is ‘complicated’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – Michael Weatherly is a fixture at CBS. He played Anthony DiNozzo on “NCIS” from its premiere in 2003 until 2016, when he left to star in his own CBS series, “Bull.”It’s that history with the network that Weatherly says makes it difficult to comment on Les Moonves’ resignation earlier this month as chief of CBS amid sexual misconduct allegations.“Not to get into any of the ifs, ands or buts about what is right or wrong and where it comes from,” Weatherly said in a recent interview. “Professionally I owe a great part of my career to the decision-making of the higher-ups at the company. It’s a complicated place to be.”Season three of “Bull” premieres Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Weatherly plays Jason Bull, a psychologist and trial consultant. The show is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, who is an executive producer.Weatherly says he’s learned there’s a leadership role that comes with being first on a call sheet of a TV series.“It’s been very illuminating and given me a great deal of insight and regard for what Mark Harmon was doing all those years (on ‘NCIS’), when I was like, ‘How come he doesn’t have as much fun as the rest of us?’” he said with a laugh.“On (‘NCIS’) I was doing a little bit as Steve Martin in every episode and so that kept it very fresh for me for a very long time. But being the central character — I think I found this in season one — you have to limit the range of stuff that you’re doing because otherwise you just look like a crazy person.”Season two ended with Bull suffering a heart attack on the courthouse steps.The character is now committed to being healthy, which led Weatherly to improve his own fitness during the show’s hiatus. He lost about 25 pounds but jokes that he’s since “found about eight.”Weatherly believes the series’ concept keeps it ripe for storytelling.“As long as human beings remain mysterious and contradictory and paradoxical, I think we will have episodes to explore those ideas.”___Online:https://www.cbs.com/shows/bull/center_img by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2018 9:41 am PDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the primary goals of a new platform launched on Friday by the Cyprus investment and promotion agency (Cipa) is to bring Cypriot professionals back to their home country by connecting them with companies offering jobs on the island.Dubbed ‘Invest Career’, the initiative stemmed from the realization that companies wanted to recruit local talent but despite the country’s unemployment, applications simply weren’t coming in.“There was a company recently that wanted to hire 800 staff. They advertised, got about 50 applicants of which 20 were actually eligible,” member of Cipa’s board of directors Kyriacos Kokkinos said.The platform, for which any professional, university graduate or student in their final year can sign up for, is free.It allows members of the public to create their own profile listing their expertise, current location, if they wish to relocate to Cyprus and by when, as well as the payment they seek. They can upload their CV and include links to their social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.Companies can filter through profiles by drilling down fields of work and skillsets as well as opting for weekly updates.The platform, Cipa’s chairman Michalis Michael said, is aimed at investing in Cyprus’ intellectual capital and serves several purposes.It is open for anyone of any nationality and location to register.  Investors will be able to see the human capital available in Cyprus and assess it with their needs.Firms will also be able to connect with Cypriot professionals living abroad, as well as non-Cypriots seeking to come to the island.Kokkinos stressed that many of Cyprus’ graduates go abroad, enhancing their careers and taking their academic and professional credentials with them, building on them away from their home country.“It is time to give them an opportunity to come back,” Michael said.‘Invest Career’ also allows professionals to network amongst themselves.Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou hailed the initiative, saying one of the long-standing problems in Cyprus was unemployment and in particular, youth unemployment.“Today, unemployment is less than 10 per cent which is hopeful but doesn’t mean efforts stop here.”“This initiative is very important. It puts the onus on businesses and people abroad looking for work.”The most important element of the platform for the government however, is the opportunity it gives to bring people back to Cyprus.According to Kokkinos, Cyprus’s digital economy and social index for 2017 was below the average, and where human capital was concerned the island was fourth from last in 24th place.This is despite the number of people graduating with degrees, he said, and ‘Invest Career’ aims to tackle this problem.“We have to fight and bring back our talent to our country,” Kokkinos said.Michael added that due to Cyprus’ geostrategic position, a large number of international companies are moving their headquarters to the island, with many expanding their activities, opening new offices and creating new jobs. He said Cipa’s efforts through the platform were in line with efforts to provide existing and potential investors with the best of what Cyprus has to offer.The platform can be found at https://invest.career/.You May LikeOnline classes | Sponored linksOnline Courses You Can Take To Improve Your CareerOnline classes | Sponored linksUndoWMN Pretty10 Phrases Said by Men When They Truly Love YouWMN PrettyUndoFlight Prices | Search AdsFlight Price from Rowland Heights to New York Might Surprise YouFlight Prices | Search AdsUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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he became determined to capture a portrait of a young man suspended between two worlds: that of the family farm where his aunt and uncle raised him after his mother’s death and that of the Hollywood into which he would soon be embraced Stock pitched a photo essay to LIFE magazine and—though it was not an easy sell given Dean’s anonymity—got the green light to move forwardThe photos Stock made of Dean in Fairmount New York and Hollywood—which are the subject of a new book DENNIS STOCK: JAMES DEAN out Oct 26—paint a picture of a young man still more comfortable in his old farm clothes playing his bongo drum to cows than he was on a red carpet In Fairmount Stock captured Dean’s brotherly relationship with his young cousin Markie and his fondness for the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley In a series of eerie photographs that seem to foretell his death in a car accident just eight months later Dean hops in and out of caskets at a local furniture store beseeching Stock to take his pictureThese days spent together by Dean and Stock are the subject of a forthcoming movie Life starring Robert Pattinson as Stock and Dane DeHaan as Dean Director Anton Corbijn a photographer himself has explained that as much as the film was inspired by Dean’s iconic status and Stock’s ability to capture the truth behind it the story at the core is a simple one of “two males that bond to create a friendship”For Stock who died in 2010 the power of the images was in the transition they depict the crossing of a bridge that can never be traversed in reverse “For Jimmy it was going home” he writes in the book’s introduction “But it was also the realization that the meteoric rise to fame that had already begun that night in Santa Monica had cut him off forever from his small-town Midwestern origins and that he could never really go home again”LIFE Photos NewsletterReceive the week’s top galleries of rare classic and utterly unexpected pictures ViewSampleUsing a mirror might actually help you stop eating junk food per a new study How Researchers at Cornell Universitys Food and Brand Lab found that eating unhealthy food in front of a mirror can make it seem significantly less delicious Healthcom: 3 Totally Free and Easy Ways to Lose Weight To get these results researchers conducted a taste test with 185 undergraduate students The students were asked to choose either chocolate cake or fruit salad After selecting their food half the participants ate in a room facing a mirror while the other half ate in a reflection-free setting Afterward they were asked to rate the taste of the food for the researchers Among the cake-eaters those who ate in the presence of a mirror enjoyed their cake less than the participants who didnt have to watch themselves eat However the people who ate fruit didnt record any difference in tastiness due to setting TIME Health Newsletter Get the latest health and science news plus: burning questions and expert tips View Sample Sign Up Now "A glance in the mirror tells people more than just about their physical appearance It enables them to view themselves objectively and helps them to judge themselves and their behaviors in a same way that they judge others" lead researcher Ata Jami an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Central Florida said in a news release Healthcom: 57 Ways to Lose Weight Forever According to Science In other words having to actually watch yourself eat something unhealthy triggers discomfort brought on by deeply ingrained social standards (in this case that sugar is bad for your health) However after conducting a related experiment Jami found this phenomenon only applies if you opted to eat the unhealthy foodbecause then youre actually responsible for the choice In that case could mirrors be a secret to making healthier food choices Researchers believe the answer is yes So if youre seeking an easy way to boost your weight-loss goals you may want to consider picking up a new decorative mirror for your dining room or kitchen It could help you (quite literally) watch what you eat This article originally appeared on Healthcom Contact us at editors@timecom is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal."The ideas don’t just stay on the table,爱上海Nathen, All it will take is a training data set that is large enough, yesterday sent 12 names to the Senate for confirmation as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. which the U. 64 and the Powerball number 4. and the National Weather Service’s warning forecast winds of up to 80 miles per hour for southern Beltrami County. If there is no resentment, Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Third Eye Blind declined to play its more popular hits at the concert hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and AT&T to benefit nonprofit group Musicians On Call including “Semi-Charmed Life.

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