Probe opened in France over radioactive water rumours

first_imgParis: After the panic, the prosecution: investigators in Paris have opened an inquiry to track down the source of false reports last week that drinking water in the French capital had been contaminated. In a viral message spread on the WhatsApp messaging app last week, a woman presenting herself as a nurse from a hospital in Paris can be heard telling people not to drink water from the tap because of the presence of radioactive “titanium”. Other rumours spread that authorities were asking people to stop drinking from the tap. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAlarm reached such levels that hospitals and public health bodies were inundated with calls, while the water authority in Paris put out a public message on social media at the weekend reassuring Parisians that “drinking water poses no threat”. “There is no problem with the water, it is excellent for everyone,” the head of the health body for the capital region, Aurelien Rousseau, added on Saturday in an interview with AFP. Investigators in the Paris prosecutor’s office have now opened an investigation into the crime of “publicising, spreading and reproducing false information intended to cause public disorder”, a judicial source told AFP on Monday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAnyone found guilty risks a fine of up to 45,000 euros (USD 50,000). Like many rumours spread on the internet or messaging apps, the story contained a kernel of truth that was distorted or deliberately manipulated to raise alarm. Last Wednesday, a small environmental charity called the Association for the Control of Radioactivity in the West (ACRO) published a report claiming low levels of the radioactive isotope tritium had been found in drinking water. The group said in an alarmist statement that “6.4 million people are supplied with water contaminated with tritium”, which is a byproduct of the nuclear power stations that provide the majority of France’s electricity. But the group itself acknowledged that none of the readings it had seen for tritium were above the European guidance level of 100 Becquerels per litre — a Becquerel is a measure of radioactivity. The World Health Organization sets 10,000 Becquerels per litre as a maximum level. The public water provider in the Paris region, SEDIF, said that the average of its readings showed a level of 9 Becquerels per litre. David Boilley, a physicist who heads the ACRO environmental charity, said that his intention was to raise awareness about low levels of tritium pollution which could indicate the presence of other unspecified radioactive pollutants.last_img read more

DARLENE MORRISON IS SEEKING ASPIRING TALENT – NEW eBOSS COLLABORATION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement eBOSS Canada is proud to announce a collaboration with Darlene Morrison.As most of you know, eBOSS has been shining a spotlight on established Canadian personnel (Talent, Casting Directors, Agents, Producers, Directors, etc.)Click here to view the eBOSS Talent Spotlight PageDarlene has been writing articles about aspiring talent in the Canadian industry.Examples:– Q & A with Actor Michael Alexander Robinson– Chatting with Actor Joseph Simon– Getting To Know Spencer Barbosa eBOSS Canada will be sharing some of Darlene’s articles on our website.Welcome aboard Darlene! Oh … and Happy Birthday!(Yes … today’s her birthday) 🙂If you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured …Contact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.).ABOUT DARLENEDarlene Morrison is a Fundraising Professional/Mom of 4/ Mom-ager to an aspiring 13 yr old actress daughter, Social Media Manager and CEO of Morrison Media Social. She has learned a lot about the entertainment industry, especially during the time her daughter has been pursuing acting. Darlene would like to give all aspiring talent an opportunity to be recognized.DARLENE’S LINKS:Website:  http://www.darlenemorrison.com/Facebook Business: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonmediasocialFacebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/darlenewoodsmorrisonTwitter: https://twitter.com/darlenemorrisonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/darlenemorrisonABOUT eBOSS CANADAeBOSS is an acronym for Entertainment Business One-Stop Shop. eBOSS Canada is a digital resource for the Canadian Entertainment Industry. You post it – we share it. Post your news, events, announcements, videos, etc. on eBOSS.eBOSS LINKS:Website: https://www.ebosscanada.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebosscanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ebosscanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ebosscanada LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Head of UN refugee agency travels to Middle East to discuss plight

2 February 2007With the exodus from strife-torn Iraq now the largest population movement since Palestinians were displaced after the creation of Israel in 1948, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today left for a mission to the Middle East focussed on strengthening cooperation and assessing the agency’s programmes for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres will start his weeklong visit in Saudi Arabia, before travelling on to Kuwait then Jordan and Syria, a spokesperson told reporters in Geneva, adding that it will be the agency chief’s first visit to the Gulf region since he assumed office in June 2005.“The High Commissioner is extremely concerned about the continuing violence and displacement in Iraq and the impact it’s having on the region. UNHCR and its partners estimate that out of a total population of 26 million, some 1.8 million Iraqis are currently displaced internally, while up to 2 million others have fled to nearby countries and further afield,” said spokesperson Ron Redmond.“While many had fled before 2003, increasing numbers of Iraqis are now fleeing to other areas inside their country. An estimated 640,000 Iraqis became internally displaced over the past year, particularly since the Samarra bombings in February 2006, and up to 50,000 people continue to flee each month.”During his meetings in Saudi Arabia and then Kuwait, Mr Guterres is particularly interested in discussing the expanded involvement of Gulf Cooperation Council States in the overall governance and activities of UNHCR. During his visit to Jordan, he is also scheduled to meet Iraqis who have fled their homeland.On Wednesday evening, he will travel to Syria, where he will hold meetings with several senior officials, members of the UN Country Team, diplomats and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners on Thursday and Friday. He will also visit Iraqis who have fled their country and view humanitarian projects and plans by UNHCR and its partners.Estimates of Iraqis displaced in neighbouring States include between 500,000 to 1 million in Syria; up to 700,000 in Jordan (including about 250,000 from before 2003, many of whom enjoy permanent residency); between 20,000 and 80,000 in Egypt; and up to 40,000 in Lebanon. Turkey has a few thousand Iraqis, according to UNHCR. Some of those in nearby countries also fled before 2003, but tens of thousands are leaving Iraq every month, mostly to Syria and Jordan. The current exodus is the largest population movement in the Middle East since Palestinians were displaced following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.Mr. Guterres’ visit comes less than a month after UNHCR issued a $60 million appeal to fund its work for Iraqis displaced inside their country, for non-Iraqi refugees in Iraq, and for Iraqis and others who have fled to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iran. read more

Governments industry team up on pipeline research

At least three governments and two energy industry groups are leading what they hope will be a “pan-Canadian” approach to find ways to improve the country’s pipelines.As three controversial megaprojects generate headlines across the country, the Canadian Pipeline Technology Collaborative is to look for ways to make the system safer and more efficient, said industry spokeswoman Brenda Kenny.“The program objective is, number one, technology development,” said Kenny, who is with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. “We think we can do better on the technology innovation curve.“(But) if we achieved nothing but leverage, clear priorities, replace duplication with going harder and faster on things that matter, that sort of opportunity would itself boost the outcome.”Alberta, British Columbia and Natural Resources Canada, as well as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the pipeline association are setting up the collaborative, which is expected to be operational by late fall. Universities, environmental and aboriginal groups are likely to be invited to the table eventually, said Kenny.The Saskatchewan government has also been approached.“We’re hoping this will be a pan-Canadian approach,” said Richard Wayken, vice-president of Alberta Innovates, the provincial agency that first proposed the idea. “This is something that everybody feels is needed and it feels like the right time.”The group’s goal is to sponsor “targeted” research at universities and other institutions using public and private dollars.“If we can get a clear organizing framework with clear players involved and clear strategies and priorities, the money will follow,” Kenny said.“Industry is investing heavily already. Next-generation breakthrough improvements that maybe have a longer lead time are maybe better done in a public setting.”The new group also plans to spread information about current research. Kenny notes one Alberta program is spending more than $4 million on better leak detection methods.“What we need to change is the fact that that project has happened in a three- or four-way conversation and other folks across the country don’t even know it’s going on.”The group could also help develop new regulatory standards.Wayken said the ultimate goal is to bring together everyone from scientists to suppliers to improve the pipeline industry’s performance.“To bring technology to market and to use, you need to engage across a broad spectrum.”He said competitive pressures will impel industry to adopt good ideas.“Technologies will naturally have an uptake.”Kenny acknowledges controversy around pipeline proposals such as the Northern Gateway to the B.C. coast, the Keystone XL into the U.S. and the recently announced Energy East project has had a part in the collaboration’s formation.“This does play in to the fact that as Canada moves to increase the movement of energy, we need to redouble efforts to ensure there is no stone left unturned,” she said.“There’s clearly a whole new conversation happening about energy and environment and economy in Canada today. Our central duty in that is to do everything we can to assure a safe and socially and environmentally responsible pipeline industry for Canadians.”Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said it’s telling that no environmental or aboriginal groups have been invited to help determine the group’s goals and objectives.“Industry says, ’Oh yes, of course we’ll engage people — after we’ve set everything up.’ The people who have been expressing concerns aren’t getting any say on setting terms of reference, the types of things that are going to be looked at, how it’s going to operate.”Wayken, who’s been working on the proposal for almost a year, said broader involvement will come.“We’re just not there yet. We need to start somewhere.”Noting Alberta has yet to release a long-awaited report on pipeline safety, Stewart suspects the collaborative may be aimed more at public opinion than anything else.“We’ve see this around the world, where companies who are under fire launch these types of initiatives to try and allay public concern and avoid new regulation,” he said. “They treat it as a public-relations problem rather than an operations problem.”Improved technology and better practices already exist in other jurisdictions and Canadian companies just have to be compelled to adopt them, said Stewart.“Researching these things is good. But implementation is key and it usually requires government to enforce implementation of better safety measures.” read more

Cayuga girl raising money for children in Haiti in memory of

A 12 year old Cayuga girl is carrying on the memory of Benjamin Cole Brown, a local humanitarian who was killed in a plane crash in October. The girl is raising money to allow children in Haiti to go to school and she’s already achieved one of her goals.“Cole” as he was known in Haiti, helped build a school in the impoverished country with the humanitarian group “Live Different.” While on a supply run in October, the plane Cole was in crashed during a storm, off the coast of the dominican republic and there were no survivors.12 year old Madison Domjancic has vowed to carry on Cole’s work. She’s already raised $4800 in raffle ticket sales, and is hoping to raise the same amount fundraising on-line. Cole’s family was on hand at the Cayuga Secondary School today, and are excited that Madison is doing this in Cole’s honour. Benjamin Cole Brown went to this highschool in Cayuga along with Madison’s parents. Madison is only in grade 7 at a nearby school, but she says she’ll continue to give back to others as she gets olderMadison’s is using the on-line fundraising site Canada Helps and her campaign is called “We Can Live Different.” and by this afternoon she had already raised over $2000. read more

UN will do utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence

She said MONUSCO was “sparing no effort” to protect civilians and to support FARDC and national police units. Following recent attacks against Ebola response centres in Butembo and Katwa, MONUSCO has redeployed additional personnel for security assistance and to address community resistance to the response, she told the Council.Meanwhile, preparations continue in the area for upcoming national and provincial elections at the end of March: “We will be doing our utmost to prevent and mitigate any risk of violence throughout this politically sensitive period” spelled out Ms. Zerrougui.Turning to South Kivu, she noted that clashes have “flared up” between community-based militias, “resulting in significant displacements of the population, with the potential of further deterioration”.To address this, she said MONUSCO was supporting a reinforced Government presence in addition to “our own Standing Combat Deployment, and our intercommunal mediation efforts”. Ms. Zerrougui noted that while the Government has shown “a genuine willingness” to respond quickly, its national security forces need bolstering.“In North and South Kivu”, she lamented, “structural violence is profoundly entrenched, and conflict dynamics related to identity, access to land and resources, and regional issues have taken deep root in the fabric of everyday life”.To sustainably address this, the UN envoy asserted that “concentrated engagement will be needed in the period ahead”.Shocking violence in western Yumbi region In briefing the Security Council on Monday, Leila Zerrougi said that in North Kivu the ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the Grand Nord region, was the second-largest in history; and militias continued to attack civilians and Government forces – known by the French acronym FARDC – as well as humanitarian workers and personnel from the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), which she also heads. Ms. Zerrougui also updated the Council on the mass inter-communal killings around Yumbi in the west, on the banks of the Congo, which took place in mid-December, with her office and UN human rights workers later documenting 535 deaths, 111 wounded, 19,000 displaced and destruction of many homes and livelihoods. It was “a troubling reminder of how quickly violence can escalate”, she said. She said the Government needed to be encouraged to better prevent and address potential causes of violent conflict overall. The MONUSCO head encouraged the Council to continue supporting what has been achieved in the country, as well as to assist the DRC in addressing its remaining threats to peace and security.‘Decisive step’ toward democracyDespite protests by some parties and politicians who lost out, over the conduct and results of elections held on 30 December, Ms. Zerrougui told the Council that it was the first peaceful handover since independence, and “most Congolese citizens were pleased to welcome the inauguration of President Tshisekedi”.Calling it “a decisive step to establish democracy and rule of law” in DRC, the MONUSCO head acknowledged that the reactions of “certain political parties and their supporters” to the outcomes of senatorial elections last week “are a concern”, as “they reveal the fragility of the political process in the country”.Ms. Zerrougui confirmed that the President Felix Tshisekedi’s commitment to work towards consolidating peace, the rule of law, democracy and human rights, was being bolstered by “tangible actions”, specifically in his efforts towards “allaying tensions”.I remain concerned about several developments in the eastern DRC – UN mission headShe noted the recent release of some political prisoners, adding that politicians had been meeting freely throughout the country “without obstruction” and the return of political exiles was expected.In conclusion, Ms. Zerrougui urged the Council “to support the Government in its efforts to honour the expectations of the Congolese population; to advance political dialogue and collaboration; and to seize the opportunities which we are now seeing for a sustainable reduction of armed groups in some areas”.The plight of womenBriefing by teleconference from the capital Kinshasa, Anny Tengandide Modi, of UN Women’s African Women Leaders Network updated the Council of the “situation and plight of women and girls in the DRC”.She noted the Council’s commitment in acknowledging the leadership of African women in the peace and security field by adopting resolution 2457 last month and spoke at length on the elections.Ms. Modi voiced a number of concerns, including the detention of protestors “on flimsy grounds”, a lack of awareness-raising on the electoral process and “many obstacles to the participation of women”.“Despite these shortcomings”, she pronounced the DRC elections “a benchmark for the region and the DRC is at a historical and decisive juncture”, underscoring the importance “that women, particularly young women, are engaged not just in voting, but on consultations in peace” to support the political process and guarantee the country’s stability.She updated that “the DRC has put provisions in place for the representation of women in the security sector in particular to boost the number of women in the armed forces and the police” as part of ongoing reforms. read more

Beside The Points For Monday Oct 9 2017

NFL See more NFL predictions See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe rob:scoring is crazy so far this postseason. The regular season average was 9.3 runs per game for both teams. So far we’ve had 12, 19, and now at least 6. And it’s usually harder to score runs in the postseason.(As of this morning: Teams are averaging 5.21 runs per game in the 2017 postseason, versus 4.65 per game in the regular season)Predictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetDumb bet alert: the starting QB for the Jets-Browns contest on Sunday was a rich mystery back in July. Things That Caught My EyeThings that won’t catch their eyesBased on rosters from the 31 NHL teams, only 34 players will not use a visor on their helmet this season. This breaks down to about 94 percent of players wearing the extra protection. [The Associated Press]Smooth move JetsCongratulations to the New York Jets for beating the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but even more congratulations are in order for… the Cleveland Browns, who at the time of the loss had a 55 percent chance to earn the #1 pick in the NFL draft, compared to the now less than 1 percent chance of getting the top pick for the Jets. [ESPN]40-year CycloneOklahoma was favored to beat the Iowa State Cyclones by 30.5 points Saturday but instead lost 38-31, shaking up the college football playoff situation and causing the worst upset for Oklahoma in 40 seasons. [ESPN, Stats & Info]USMNT still could screw this upThe U.S. men’s national team, after beating Panama, is now in good position to make the 2018 World Cup — but they still have an opportunity to screw this one up. A win against Trinidad & Tobago on the road Tuesday gets them in; a loss opens the door to not qualifying based on what Panama and Honduras do in their matches. [SB Nation]Giants broke BeckhamOdell Beckham Jr. sustained an ankle injury Sunday in a game against the San Diego Chargers, putting his season in doubt. His play-by-play performance since he entered the league in 2014 has translated to about 2.3 points added per game, which is huge for a non-quarterback. [ESPN, ESPN]BREAKING: Scandinavian Country Leads Way On ThingNorway will double the remuneration for its female soccer players to even the field when it comes to compensation for its players regardless of gender. [Reuters]Big Number7 OTWestern Michigan beat Buffalo on Saturday 71-68. The first quarter finished 10-14, Buffalo, then went to 17-14 at the half, 24-14 at the end of the third, and finally 31-31 at the end of the fourth. This, dear readers, this is where the trouble started. The first overtime ended with each team getting a touchdown apiece, 38-38. The second overtime went about the same, finishing 45-45. The third overtime was scoreless; the fourth overtime each team got a touchdown and two-point conversion, 53-53. The fifth overtime and sixth overtime both had each team get a touchdown and miss the two-point conversion, making it 59-59 and then 65-65. But the seventh overtime! That’s when this business was finally settled: Western Michigan responded to a Buffalo field goal with a touchdown, ending the unholy event and tying the FBS record for most overtimes. [ESPN, h/t Holly Anderson]Leaks from Slack All newsletters read more

NFL draft Raekwon McMillan selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) takes the field with the Buckeyes before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round with the 54th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The former OSU captain manned the middle of the defense the past two seasons and was named an Associated Press second-team All-American.A five-star prospect from Hinesville, Georgia, McMillan enrolled early at OSU and played in all 15 games as a freshman in 2014 during the team’s national championship-winning season. The linebacker split snaps at middle linebacker with then-senior and current New York Giants linebacker Curtis Grant, racking up 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown.The next two seasons in Columbus, McMillan took sole possession of the starting middle linebacker position. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker led the Buckeyes in tackles the past two seasons with 102 tackles in 2016 and 119 tackles in 2015. As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and, as a junior, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.The 20-year-old early entry to the draft picked up 18 career tackles for loss as a Buckeye, tallied six sacks and defended 10 passes.At the NFL combine, McMillan ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, the third-fastest time by any linebacker, behind former Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers (4.46) and former Florida linebacker Duke Riley (4.58). This marks the third of four years that an OSU linebacker has been drafted. Former Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier was drafted with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL draft. Darron Lee, McMillan’s former teammate, was drafted by the New York Jets with the 20th pick of the first round in 2016.NFL.com’s Mike Mayock ranked him as the ninth best linebacker in the draft. ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the seventh and fourth best inside linebacker in this draft class, respectively.McMillan will play his first NFL game in Miami when the Dolphins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Hard Rock Stadium on September 10. He will return to his home state in the sixth week of the season when the Dolphins take on the Atlanta Falcons on October 15. read more

Dundalk wellplaced to pull off greatest European achievement yet

first_img WITH TWO GAMES to go in the Europa League group stages, Dundalk have given themselves every chance of remaining in the competition beyond Christmas.The first-timers exceeded expectation by earning four points from their opening two games — a last-gasp draw away to AZ Alkmaar followed by the home win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv — before suffering narrow back-to-back defeats to top seeds Zenit St Petersburg.Those results have left Stephen Kenny’s side with everything to play for in both tonight’s sold-out clash with AZ at Tallaght Stadium (8.05pm) and the final Group D encounter away in Israel on 8 December as they attempt to progress to the last-32 by clinching the runners-up spot.Playing beyond the first weekend in November is an unusual situation for the Lilywhites and with no competitive matches since the FAI Cup loss to Cork City, they’ve kept themselves busy with training and last week’s friendly against the Brentford reserves.With over 50 matches under their belt already in 2016, the break has given them an opportunity to rest those who needed it while nursing the injured players back to full fitness.Both Ronan Finn and Chris Shields have been troubled by persistent groin injuries in recent months, while captain Stephen O’Donnell has had to deal with hamstring and calf problems meaning he is also doubtful but Dane Massey (calf tear) and Robbie Benson (hamstring) have recovered.It was announced this week that Darren Meenan has signed a pre-contract to join Shamrock Rovers next season and he isn’t included in the matchday squad.“It’s a great opportunity and we’re in a position that we would’ve wanted to be in,” said Kenny at yesterday’s press conference. “Being realistic, Zenit St Petersburg were the best team in the group and the highest ranked team in the competition.“We could easily have got a result in one of the two games and it wasn’t to be but we can still take confidence from the three home games here.“We have been outstanding — BATE Borisov 3-0, a convincing 1-0 win against Maccabi and Zenit St Petersburg, where we went toe-to-toe for large periods of the game.“Those three performances have been up there with any of the performances out of any Irish team. Tallaght has been good to us in that regard.” Kenny oversees yesterday’s training session. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOOn four points with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Dundalk hold a two-point advantage over their Dutch opponents, who need a win to keep their hopes of progression alive.They are currently fifth in the Eredivisie table with one win from their last seven in the league and come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with bottom-placed Roda JC, but Kenny explains that he has huge respect for John van den Brom’s team.“AZ Alkmaar are a terrific club,” the Dundalk boss added. “People travel the world to view the Ajax academy — nearly every coach wants to go see it. And yet, AZ has been voted the best academy in Holland the last few years.“That gives you an indication of their strength and depth. In recent weeks, they have been able to leave (Dabney) dos Santos and (Joris) van Overeem — U21 Dutch internationals and future senior internationals — out of the team.They won the Eredivisie in recent history and have been one of the four big teams with Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV.”Assuming Zenit get the better of Maccabi tonight, a draw for Dundalk would leave them second heading into the final fixture.“A draw could be a very good result,” said Kenny. “That’s what the maths tells us, depending on results elsewhere. We will go to try and win the game, as we do, but a draw could be a very good result.“We need to results — tomorrow and in Israel — regardless, to qualify.” AZ Alkmaar manager John van den Brom. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOAZ boss Van den Brom, who has a full squad to chose from with the exception of injured defender Rens van Eijden, appeared calm as he spoke to the media on Wednesday evening.Ahead of what is a crucial game for the club, the 50-year-old praised Dundalk’s style of play and insisted that they will be ready for the threat of Daryl Horgan on the break.“I think they’re a very good team who want to play football,” he said. “They never kick the ball away like in British football, it’s not the game they play. They like to pass, that is a little bit Dutch style and in the first game they had a very good mentality.”“We are ready for that, he shows it almost every game,” he replied when asked about Dundalk’s star player. “That’s how they like to play — with passing and on the counter-attack with high intensity.“It’s not a surprise to me that they are champions of Ireland so it won’t be easy for us.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Ciaran Kilduff reels away after scoring the equaliser when the teams last met in September. Image: Karel Delvoije/INPHO http://the42.ie/3098120 Share31 Tweet Email2 Dundalk well-placed to pull off greatest European achievement yet The Premier Division champions welcome Dutch opposition to a sold-out Tallaght Stadium for their penultimate group game tonight. Nov 24th 2016, 8:00 AM ‘We’ve come from nowhere and now we’re on the verge of qualifying for the last-32′Showbiz, baby! Eamon Dunphy’s new football podcast starts this Friday 4 Comments center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:00 AM Image: Karel Delvoije/INPHO 14,798 Views By Ben Blake Ciaran Kilduff reels away after scoring the equaliser when the teams last met in September. Short URLlast_img read more

Theres a bid to let Swedish workers go home and have sex

first_img Share Tweet Email6 http://jrnl.ie/3252475 SWEDES SHOULD TAKE a one-hour paid break from work to go home and have sex with their partners, a local councillor suggested.The proposal from Per-Erik Muskos is aimed at improving people’s personal relationships.“There are studies that show sex is healthy,” Muskos, a 42-year-old city councillor for the northern town of Overtornea, told AFP after presenting the motion.He said couples were not spending enough time with each other in today’s society.“It’s about having better relationships,” he said.He noted there was no way to verify that employees do not use their hour for other purposes than spending time with their partners or spouses.“You can’t guarantee that a worker doesn’t go out for a walk instead,” Muskos said, adding that employers needed to trust their employees.Muskos said he “saw no reason” why the motion wouldn’t pass.After the Finns and the French, Swedish full-time employees worked the least in Europe with only 1,685 hours on average in 2015, according to a study by economic research institute Coe-Rexecode.Irish full-time employees worked an average of 1,809 hours compared to 1,874 for Brits and 1,845 for Germans.© –  AFP 2017 with reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Research reveals ‘highly unusual’ behaviour of male monkey trying to have sex with female deer >Read: My body was her gearstick’ – The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize has been revealed > Feb 26th 2017, 8:15 AM By AFP 58 Comments 39,199 Views Short URLcenter_img Man behind it sees “no reason” why the motion wouldn’t pass. Man behind it sees “no reason” why the motion wouldn’t pass. Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There’s a bid to let Swedish workers go home and have sex on their break A councillor is proposing a paid sex break for workers to spend with their partners. Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 8:15 AM Image: Shutterstocklast_img read more

What Publishers Can Learn from Eat Drink Luckys EMail Success

first_img Britt: Well, the concept always was three tips. Each Eat Drink Lucky has a tip for the category Eat, which could be a bakery, an entrée at a restaurant, or a lunch, but it’s always something to eat. Drink, likewise, is always something to drink. Then Lucky serves a couple of different purposes: it could be a long lead for an event that you should know about ahead of time and prepare yourself for, buy tickets for, or it can be a special dinner, or it could be as simple as a great place to pick up items for a picnic and a great spot to take that picnic. It really serves as a reminder of what makes where you live so great. So it’s where we also put cultural events, like museum openings, gallery exhibits, concerts, symphonies, things like that. Britt: We work with a team of freelancers. They cover their markets and then submit it to a managing editor. All of the content is reviewed and then it’s reviewed by me one more time before we send anything out. We have a calendar that tracks upcoming holidays and events, things that we want to be aware of. Right now its Negroni week, and I think all 10 of our markets have written about Negroni week in some way. If they haven’t yet, they certainly will this week. Then holidays—we want to make sure we are preparing people in advance for those as well if there’s something that they need to think about. Often you want to give somebody a longer lead. For example, Mother’s Day is always big for brunch, so we would want to remind people at least a week before that they need to make their reservation, so they’re not left stranded. FOLIO: So did that influence your decision to include three tips per email? Co-founded by Gillian and Jim Britt of gBritt PR and Kevin Phelan, a former partner at Gutenberg Communications, EDL targets ten markets across the U.S. Each email contains three tips, one for each category (Eat, Drink, and Lucky), and typically ranges between 70 and 200 words. FOLIO: How did you select the markets you’re currently in? Britt: If you look at the way people are using their smartphones now you know that most people are getting their news that way. It’s a trend that has continued to grow and, in fact, we know that 56% of our readers or more are reading it on their phones. So if you think about that trend as being something that’s only going to continue, then obviously you would want to create something that was mobile friendly. Once you start thinking about what works really well on the phone and how you share content on it, then logically you want it to be designed in a way that would be easy to read. It scrolls from top to bottom, it has the images at the top and then the copy below, so visually we think about how it’s going to appear. Then the content itself also has to be short, because when something is really long and it’s on the phone, it isn’t an easy read any longer. Britt: I think they’re hungry for it because it makes it easier for them. I think the curiosity for food information is already there, but right now there are a lot of different sources that you have to weed through. So we’ve created something that really makes it easy, comes right into your inbox. As I said, it’s really short and it’s mobile-first. We’ve had people say it’s like theSkimm. There are a lot of people too that say it reminds them of Daily Candy. It’s not a format that has never existed before, it’s just that we’ve taken it and made it a little more modern. FOLIO: Anything else to add? FOLIO: How is your content developed; is it just staff writers or do you reach out to freelancers? Gillian Britt: There are a lot of websites you can go to, and you can read magazines and newspaper sections [dedicated to food], so there’s a lot of food news out there. But there wasn’t really anything that had a local voice and was super short, and designed specifically to be read on the go. [Eat Drink Lucky is] definitely designed to be read on your phone. So it has that kind of mobile-friendliness to it. The length of it is also very different. But Eat Drink Lucky (EDL), a daily e-newsletter launched in January 2015, saw a way to differentiate itself from other food news brands by modernizing the platform, focusing on mobile-first, short, and localized content.  Email newsletters have long been attractive to publishers because they allow for direct interaction with their audience, which is typically comprised of readers who are very attuned to the brand’s message, choose to receive content daily, and are thereby often more engaged than other audiences.  FOLIO: Why did you choose to be mobile-first, and how does this platform impact the type of content you produce? FOLIO: What are your plans for future growth? Folio: had the opportunity to sit with Gillian Brit, co-founder and executive editor, to discuss the inspiration for the brand, its unique format, and future plans.center_img Britt: We have had some advertisers and we’re working on hiring a sales person now; it’s kind of been sporadic to date. We have a couple ideas we’re working on that we haven’t unveiled yet. But definitely advertising would be one of the methods for revenue. A more recent trend, food and drink related content, has taken off across different platforms over the last few years, from Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos to Time Inc.’s launch of Extra Crispy, a brand focused entirely on breakfast, just last week. Britt: We do have a blog there. It’s nice to have the blog, it definitely does add another layer for people to see longer pieces if they’re looking for more information. It’s been great, too, for round-ups, because we do see a lot of trends in our different markets. FOLIO: What are the ways in which Eat Drink Lucky is monetized? Is it mostly ad-supported? FOLIO: What are some of the ways that, in a short period of time, you’ve been able to cultivate authority for your brand and the trust of your audience? FOLIO: What was your inspiration for launching Eat Drink Lucky? Did you see a particular demand or a void in the market for the brand? FOLIO: Your content has been featured on The Huffington Post, is that something that is ongoing? Britt: Our writers are really great and they have a lot of knowledge about food and the industry. We do also have a Facebook account, Twitter, Instagram, and we are able to share food news that way. The food community overall is really great. First of all, there’s a huge audience for food and just being able to reach so many people who are curious about something right now is great. Then the fact that it is local content, it really resonates with people. We’re not only focused on what’s new, so it also serves as a reminder. Everything else is always so focused on what’s new, what’s opening now. We want to have a mix of those really standard classics that you don’t want to forget. So when you’re building that food audience and that reader base, it really does connect with people. FOLIO: Is that part of why you think consumers are hungry for localized, sort-form, mobile content? By modernizing the format, EDL becomes more appealing in today’s on the go culture and cultivates a loyal subscriber base. In conjunction with the recent boom in food and drink content, it’s no wonder that the brand has already launched a blog on The Huffington Post and worked with celebrities like Anna Kendrick.  Britt: Well, there are a lot of cities that we’re really curious about. Right now, we’re really focused on the 10 we have, but there are cities that are definitely on our radar that we would like to introduce ourselves to or launch in. We’ve also talked about some coverage abroad as well—international editions—but that’s quite a ways off. The fact is that it’s really something that could be started by us anywhere because we have the content management system built; we have the whole model in place. You find a really good food writer, make sure that person is knowledgeable about their region, and we can be up and running. But we want to stick with what we have for now. Britt: There was a lot of research. Portland, Maine is the smallest population, but we looked at population size, food news, restaurant coverage, and what kind of foodie markets they are. We picked 10 really strong food-centric cities. The reason Portland is there is because Portland has been growing a lot in food recognition, and it’s also where we’re based. Britt: I think that email is one of those really great ways of connecting with readers. When you’re reaching somebody and you’re in their inbox seven days a week, you really do become a kind of trusted friend. You become a very familiar sight and it’s nice to have that relationship with readers. They are very loyal. It’s a low unsubscribe rate, which has been really great to see because it’s a lot of email to be reaching out with. But we hear routinely from people that because it’s so short, they really enjoy it. They read it in the morning—it takes them a minute to read—and then they go on with their day. The tone is fun, which also lends to that.last_img read more

State Agency Turns Ft Devens into Burgeoning Town

first_imgIn the decades since Fort Devens closed, the reuse project has taken on the many of the attributes of a town, with a business park focused on manufacturing and biotechnology, recreational uses including a golf course, hotels, a museum and a growing population of more than 1,800.Since the post was shuttered in 1996, MassDevelopment has attracted more than 90 companies to Devens, creating almost 5,000 jobs adding $2.5 billion to the state economy in 2015, reported the Telegram. One of the property’s biggest selling points is the expedited permitting process the state economic development agency set up. The project also is next to a highway linking it to Boston, which is about 35 miles away.One of its largest tenants is Bristol-Myers Squibb, which brought together biologics drug development, clinical trials and commercial manufacturing onto one campus in an effort to accelerate the development and launch of new medicines. New England Studios, one of the few film studios in the Northeast, also is located at Devens.Some of its residents live in refurbished officer lodgings, with others living in newly built neighborhoods that recall a bygone era. A new subdivision under construction will add 124 units for families of different sizes, according to the story.But there is still more work to be done. The property’s three host towns — Ayer, Shirley and Harvard — have yet to agree on plan to redevelopment Vicksburg Square, a huge barracks complex. The towns have rejected three proposals already.And in 17 years, the three towns and MassDevelopment will need to craft a recommendation to the state Legislature on how Devens will be governed when the state agency no longer is responsible for running it. Devens could become its own town, or its land could be allocated to its three host towns.“We are about 16 years away from when we are supposed to be working on this report and submitting something to the Legislature,” said Harvard Selectman Lucy Wallace, “and knowing the rate of which things happen, it’s not too soon to starting thinking about it.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5G Moto Mod gets FCC certification

first_img JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags 2 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $210 at Best Buy Rylo Read the Rylo camera preview $999 $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $60 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Boost Mobile Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Comments TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Phones Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54)center_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags $59 at eBay 5G 4G LTE Motorola Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Turo The Cheapskate $520 at HP Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy The Moto Z3 will be the first 5G-upgradable phone, thanks to the 5G Moto Mod. Juan Garzon/CNET The Federal Communications Commission has certified the 5G Moto Mod, suggesting that the attachment offering 5G capability could be on the market soon.Motorola announced in August the Moto Z3, a phone with magnetic backings that attach to Moto Mods, or modules. The mods, which were granted FCC approval on Friday, would make the Verizon exclusive the first phone to be upgradable to 5G. When the 5G modular attachment is snapped on, Motorola says that its Z3 phone will deliver data 10 times faster than other 4G LTE devices at speeds up to 5Gbps (5 gigabits per second). Right now, the Z3 contains only technology to access 4G data speeds. The importance of getting a leg up on 5G before 5G networks even exist can’t be overstated. 5G, the next generation of wireless data technology, will increase upload and download speeds by an order of magnitude, and will help devices talk to each other almost instantaneously. Industry leaders are confident that 5G will change the way cities are run, classrooms operate and companies do business. The wireless networks and devices that can secure an early lead in providing reliable 5G networks and devices can draw more customers who are hungry to for ridiculously fast data. Turo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 7 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.last_img read more

Governor Walker discusses his prospects for 2017

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker talks about the state’s budget on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 during a press conference in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)Governor Bill Walker wants a budget plan and expressed frustration during his State of the State address with critics who don’t offer other ideas. What does he think he can get done during the current session and how long does he think it will take to get the state back on firm fiscal ground? We’ll ask when he joins us.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Alaska Governor Bill WalkerAlaska Lt. Governor Byron Mallott Statewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Prof Jayashankar remembered

first_imgHyderabad: District Minorities Welfare Office (DMWO), Hyderabad staff members celebrated the birth anniversary of Prof Jaya Shankar on Tuesday. On this occasion, Mohammed Khasim, the District Minority Welfare Officer, recalled the vision of Prof Jaya Shankar for the all round development of Telangana. AMWO M Kanakaih, Mohammed Younus, Grade-II Urdu Officer, Mirza Nasair Ali Baig-Sr Asst and other staff members were present.last_img

Over 2m Muslims on hajj pilgrimage

first_imgMuslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches on 10 August 2019. Arafat is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon about 14 centuries ago after leading his followers on the pilgrimage. The ultra-conservative kingdom, which is undergoing dramatic social and economic reforms, has mobilised vast resources for the six-day journey, one of the five pillars of Islam. Photo: AFPMore than two million Muslims began the annual hajj Friday under sweltering conditions, as the Saudi hosts sought to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions.The hajj, one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives.It consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia.“All of the arms of state have been deployed (and) we are proud to serve as ‘God’s hosts’,” said security forces spokesman Bassam Attia.“We feel cleansed by achieving this pillar of Islam and meeting people from across the world. It’s marvellous,” said Mohamed Jaafar, a 40-year-old Egyptian pilgrim.‘A golden opportunity’ “It’s an indescribable feeling. You have to live it to understand it,” said an Algerian in his fifties completing the pilgrimage for the first time.“It’s a golden opportunity and moment,” said his female companion.Built in a desert valley, Mecca is home to the Kaaba, a cube structure that is the focal point of Islam and draped in a gold-embroidered black cloth.Muslims around the world pray towards the Kaaba, which is located in the Grand Mosque, and pilgrims walk around it seven times.Earlier on Friday, worshippers took part in Friday prayers at the mosque.Pilgrims from around the world then headed on foot or on buses to Mina, a rugged district of Mecca at the base of Mount Arafat, where the faithful will spend Friday night.A total of “350,000 air-conditioned tents have been pitched” in Mina, a Saudi official said.Cooling mist sprays were deployed across the area as temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).Mobile clinics and ambulances were on standby along the route, while Saudi Red Crescent helicopters monitored the pilgrims’ progress from the sky.“The whole world is here… being here in Mecca is the best feeling,” beamed Mohamed Barry, a pilgrim from Britain.Saudi officials said that 2.26 million pilgrims had arrived in Mina by late Friday, of which 1.86 million were from abroad, the state-run SPA news agency reported.On Saturday worshippers will climb Mount Arafat, also known as the “Mount of Mercy”, for hours of prayers and Koran recitals.After descending, they will gather pebbles and perform the symbolic “stoning of the devil”.That marks the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, marked on Sunday.Pilgrims then return to the Grand Mosque to perform a final “tawaf” or walk around the Kaaba.‘Politicising the hajj’ This year’s hajj takes place to a backdrop of Gulf tensions following a series of attacks on tankers, the downing of drones and the seizure of ships.Riyadh blames regional foe Tehran for the attacks on commercial shipping, accusations Iran vehemently denies.Despite the absence of diplomatic ties between the two countries, some 88,550 Iranian pilgrims are due to take part in the hajj this year, according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.As in previous years, Saudi authorities have been at pains to stress that the hajj is a religious event and have sought to prevent its politicisation.Riyadh insisted its two-year embargo on Doha —which includes restrictions on Qataris travelling to the kingdom — would not affect the pilgrimage.But hajj official Hassan Qadi acknowledged “very few Qataris have come to Mecca for the pilgrimage”.Saudi Arabia’s hajj ministry accused Qatar of “politicising the hajj and creating obstacles for Qatari pilgrims,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.The scale of the pilgrimage presents vast security and logistical challenges, with tens of thousands of safety officers deployed.Riyadh faced strong criticism in 2015 when some 2,300 worshippers were killed in the worst stampede in the gathering’s history.last_img read more

Caller ID for Your Website

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you think you need online forms to collect contact information from your website visitors, think again. Some website analytics technologies enable you to attach phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other company information to anonymous visitor information like IP addresses, log files and exchanges of JavaScript code. Combine that with behavioral information such as page views, repeat visits and keyword analysis, and website visitor identification becomes a powerful tool for engaging prospects and customers during the buying cycle.Collecting company information from everyone who shows enough interest to browse around your website is obviously a useful strategy, but as you dig for more insight into visitors identities, the potential to make people uncomfortable about their privacy increases.The company that claims the trademark on “caller ID for your website” is Netfactor, and CEO Chris Jeffers knows how to walk the line between yielding good customer service and showing a healthy respect for privacy. Despite the potential for crossing boundaries and creepy interactions, I found myself involved in several customer-pleasing scenarios which also had profit potential during a recent test drive of Netfactor’s VisitorTrack technology.It’s worth noting that website visitor identification technology is more valuable to business-to-business companies than business-to-consumer companies because the technology bases the identity of website visitors on network information. Network information is tied to a company, not an individual, so individual contact information is suggested by automatically matching the network information to internal and external databases of key decision-makers or contacts with whom a prior relationship and database profile exists.The result is that sometimes you know exactly who visited your website, but most of the time the data provides only a highly qualified occasion to connect with someone inside a particular company. Either scenario presents an opportunity to strike while the iron is hot by engaging with visitors in a variety of more targeted ways than traditional analytics allow.The first step is to prioritize follow-up activities based on visitor actions that demonstrate heightened levels of interest. Examples include multiple page views, multiple visits over a short period, visits from the same company in multiple geographies and downloads of white papers or brochures.The VisitorTrack version I tested allows you to set up e-mail alerts for a variety of behaviors. Each time a visitor completes a goal, such as visiting five web pages or more, you can receive an e-mail with the words “hot lead” in the subject line that contains all the known contact information for that visitor. Leads can also be downloaded to CRM applications such as SalesForce for lead management and tracking by a sales department.Once leads are identified as having above-average interest, you call, send e-mails, send postal mail, or just continue tracking and use the company information to analyze your conversion metrics more intelligently based on industry, company size or sales cycle analysis.If you decide to proactively reach out, carefully consider what you will say and how you will say it. Follow-up is only appreciated when the nature of your engagement matches the nature of your relationship. Getting too personal too soon is unwelcome no matter how you obtain contact information. Here are some acceptable, engaged-marketing possibilities for reaching out to prospects.Scenerio: A new prospect visits your website and spends significant time browsing around.Engaged-marketing response: You call the company to introduce yourself and ask for the decision-maker with no mention of the website visits. If they ask whether you’re a mind-reader, humbly admit that your company prides itself in identifying good prospects and serving them promptly.Scenerio: A known prospect that has been out of touch for months suddenly visits 10 web pages.Engaged-marketing response: You call and offer to bring the key decision-makers up to speed on new product developments and ask if they would like copies of your latest white paper.Scenerio: Your website visitor identification shows a drastic increase in visits from medium-sized health-care companies, which are searching for your products using keywords.Engaged-marketing response: This requires some research. For example, if you discover that new legislation is going to require medium-sized health-care companies to use a product you manufacture, you should begin focusing your marketing and outbound calls on medium-sized health-care companies.Scenerio: A prospect browses a category of clearance products discounted 40 percent but doesn’t buy.Engaged-marketing response: You send a gift certificate for 50 percent off that product category for new customers only.Scenerio: A current customer spends significant time browsing through customer support pages.Engaged-marketing response: You call the company to check in, to answer any questions about the products they currently own and to see if they would like to hear about new upgrade options.Following up with total strangers requires more prudence than following up with familiar prospects or repeat customers. It’s a good idea to consult with an attorney to familiarize yourself with CAN-SPAM and other privacy laws to make sure your follow-up tactics stay compliant. The service agreement of your website visitor identification service provider will likely have additional restrictions. Reputable providers do not allow spamming, selling information to third parties or using their services to try to obtain personal financial information.When deciding which engaged-marketing tactics to employ, it’s important to remember that behavior, preferences and past purchase history are better determinants of purchase intent than even the most personal contact information. To make sure your company values privacy over profit, adopt the golden customer rule: Do unto others as they would have you do unto them. March 3, 2010 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Mexico posts investigation into 43 missing students online

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexico’s attorney general published online on Sunday the 54,000 pages of documents from the much-criticized investigation into last year’s disappearance of 43 students.The massive file, divided into 85 tomes and 13 annexes, was posted on Attorney General Arely Gomez’s office’s website, fulfilling her promise to open up a case that has bedevilled President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration.Several names and paragraphs in the documents are redacted. Journalists have in recent weeks been allowed to view the files at the attorney general’s office or obtain paid copies. Consulta el expediente del Caso #Iguala aquí: http://t.co/ZK5J5FaHSv #Transparencia pic.twitter.com/i5S4hWNQ1u— PGR México (@PGR_mx) October 11, 2015 Related posts:Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco Elena Poniatowska: Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration camps Mexico’s feeble police vetting ended in 43 vanished studentscenter_img Gomez’s predecessor, Jesús Murillo Karam, concluded that police in the southern city of Iguala attacked the students on September 26, 2014, after they had seized buses for a protest in Mexico City.Murillo Karam said the officers took 43 students and handed them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which confused them with rivals, killed them and incinerated their bodies at a garbage dump.But parents of the students have never accepted the official version, and international human rights groups said Murillo Karam had rushed to declare the 43 young men dead.Last month, independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights tore apart the official investigation, saying there was no scientific evidence that the 43 students were burned to ashes at the landfill.The commission urged the government to open a new line of investigation into the possibility that the students were attacked because they inadvertently hijacked a bus loaded with heroin.Read the investigation (in Spanish) here.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Saudiled airstrikes killed 20 Yemeni civilians this week

first_img“People were afraid to come to the rescue of those injured because of the airstrikes,” added Salami, who had seen the remains of the victims as he drove by the bus on Wednesday. He said bodies of some of the children were still in their seats.The highway is used by Houthis to send reinforcements to Aden, witnesses said, adding that there were at least 10 vehicles carrying fighters that were also hit in the airstrikes, not far from the bus that was struck. The number of Houthi casualties remained unknown and the witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.In Sheikh Osman, another war-torn area on the outskirts of Aden, at least five other vehicles carrying Houthi fighters were set ablaze when missiles hit them Monday, officials said. Two people in the private car and the farmer also were hit and killed by airstrikes Monday in a nearby area, officials and witnesses said.And in Aden, a nearly empty residential building in a northern district was hit by missiles Wednesday, killing two civilians, the officials said.In the southwestern city of Dhale — which anti-rebel forces recently captured from the Houthis — at least 20 of the anti-Houthi fighters were accidentally killed as Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted the rebels there Tuesday, several fighters said. The casualties underscore the losses and dangers faced by Yemeni civilians, increasingly caught in the crossfire as the Saudi-led coalition targets the country’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a bid to stop their advances. The Saudi-led campaign and ground fighting have killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced more than a million people since mid-March, according to UN estimates.The latest incidents were confirmed by a senior military official running an operations room in Aden allied with the Saudi-led coalition. He told The Associated Press over the phone that he had complained to the Saudis about the incidents.The Iranian-backed Houthis seized the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, last year and much of northern region. The U.S.-backed coalition launched its airstrikes campaign on March 26.The Houthis have been joined by soldiers loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in battles pitting them against tribesmen and fighters in southern provinces.The bus was struck Tuesday on the highway between Aden and the city of Taiz. The bodies of the passengers lay strewn by the roadside in the area of al-Rabat for a whole day, before they were retrieved and brought to Aden, said a resident in the city, Walid Salami. There were children and women among them, he said. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Shiite rebels known as Houthis wearing army uniforms stand guard in front of Yemen’s Defense Ministry building after it was damaged by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A series of airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition on Tuesday struck the building, which is under the control of Shiite rebels who last year seized the capital, Sanaa, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The officials and anti-Houthi fighters spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike earlier this week hit a public bus on a highway in southern Yemen linking the city of Aden with the north, killing at least 20 passengers, witnesses and officials said Thursday.Another set of airstrikes hit a family traveling in a private car, a farmer driving a pick-up truck loaded with potatoes, also near Aden this week, as well as a group of anti-rebel fighters in a southwestern city. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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