Hazare’s Fast was a World cup Hangover

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni with World Cup trophy.And So, we did it. We won the cricket World Cup. For us committed fans the matches were as exhausting as they were for our players. I couldn’t sleep properly the night before the quarters, semis and finals. And when they decided to play Sreesanth instead of Ashwin in the final, I was furious. I was convinced this would be our undoing. I almost tore my hair out. But everything worked out in the end. What a relief to have finally won after 28 years. I have vague memories of watching the 1983 final in Bombay at my grandmother’s place. I was eight then. But at best they are fuzzy memories. The only moment that sticks is that of Kapil holding the Cup, and that too only because it has been replayed on television countless times ever since. I think what our generation remembers more-the players, the moments, the celebrations-is the mini ‘World Cup’ we won in Australia in 1985 under Sunil Gavaskar’s captaincy, the one in which Ravi Shastri won himself an Audi car.CricketAs the World Cup progressed, I became strangely possessive of Indian cricket. As someone who follows all forms of the game, I felt irritated by those who latched on to cricket in the final stages of the tournament. It’s just hype really, isn’t it, that makes people, who ordinarily have nothing to do with the sport (apart from watching the IPL), start watching it with the false enthusiasm of the newly converted.advertisementIt’s not something I understand fully. I mean I will not start watching rugby because the Indian rugby team is doing well. I simply don’t like the sport.I like watching cricket by myself in the privacy of my bedroom where I have complete command over my remote control. I avoided going to pubs with their big screen TVs, and fended off friends organising party screenings at their homes. I know that I might sound uptight and a spoilsport but if you are serious about cricket you cannot watch it with twenty other people, all screaming and shouting at the same time. If sport is art, then like all art, it is best consumed one-on-one.Of course, watching it live in a stadium is a different thing but then I have always been terrified of lathi charges, and since in India being lathicharged is almost like a precondition for getting a ticket for a match, I have never watched a match live in India. The only time I did so was in 1999 in Leeds where I watched Pakistan play Australia in the World Cup. Tickets were affordable and easy to acquire, there were no lathi charges, no maara-maari, so I did it.Anti-corruption activist Anna HazareOtherwise, I prefer to watch matches at home and with maybe just a friend or two, the ones I can bully and ask to shut up. I have been accused of being a cricket tyrant, but so be it. If there’s too much shouting and bonhomie, I tend to lose sight of the game (I don’t know how our players manage). Collectively, and impulsively, screaming yourself hoarse is fine, but then you end up paying scant attention to the nuances and details of what is a simple yet extremely sophisticated sport.Anyway, that’s the way I like to watch my cricket, and now, that we have won, I don’t want to sound like a churlish party pooper. What the Indian cricket team has now is the opportunity to do what it never achieved after the 1983 and 1985 victories, use the win as a springboard to achieve an extended period of dominance, much like the Australians and South Africans did.Both those teams dominated the sport, and in all forms, over a period of time. Just winning a match against either of them when they were at their peak, meant a lot to the opposition, even when it had lost the series. Both Australia and South Africa had an air of invincibility about them and India can certainly acquire this over the next few years. True there is too much cricket being played but if we circulate our players intelligently, we should be able to overcome the problems of burnout and fatigue.LinkCricket though in India is not just about cricket. So this victory is seen not as a simple achievement on the sports field. It’s also about the resurgent spirit of a young nation, whose fortunes are tied to a resurgent economy. I also feel that our winning the World Cup also had something to do with the timing of Anna Hazare’s hunger strike against corruption.advertisementWhy did millions of Indians respond to this call for a campaign against corruption, merely a day after we won the Cup? The link between these two seemingly disparate events is worth exploring further.In the last ten days of the competition, especially after the semis and the final, India saw unprecedented public celebrations. Middle India poured into the streets, their children on their shoulders. Strangers mingled on the streets like never before. Clearly some of this frenzy, the submerging of the individual in the collective, the shouting and bonhomie and euphoria, also spilled over into the anti-corruption demonstrations across the country. What else explains the fact that when a similar campaign was launched by a similar rainbow coalition last year, it failed to touch the popular chord, with religious channel Aastha being the only one giving it prominent airtime?With the cricket competition, and the attendant media frenzy, coming to an end, millions of TV-watching Indians were left with a deep and palpable sense of vacuum-this is over, now what? Where do we go from here? Since they were already at India Gate, they said to themselves: why not walk a little further, say, to Jantar Mantar. The Hazare campaign fitted in nicely in the five-day gap between the World Cup ending and the IPL getting underway. A one-day cricket competition made way for a five-day test match with more or less the same team playing, except for one crucial change-Sachin Tendulkar made way for Anna Hazare for the opening slot.CampaignOf course, this is not the way the media has been reporting the protests. ‘Is Jantar Mantar our Tahrir Square?’ asked one channel of its viewers? This linking of local events with international ones is part of the peculiar Indian tendency to appropriate world events as our own. So we proclaimed 26/11 as our very own 9/11, a shooting in a Gurgaon school as our very own Columbine, and when Obama became President we asked ourselves: Is Mayawati our Obama?In Hazare’s case, the flaky movement against corruption was more about the World Cup ending and its after effects, the action simply moving from hysterical Wankhede to even more hysterical Jantar Mantar. The Tweeters too moved effortlessly from one to the other in cyberspace. As for me, I refuse to believe that Baba Ramdev and a bunch of urine therapists can clean up corruption in the country. If that is the extent to which we our willing to suspend our disbelief (blinded by our World Cup win), I’d rather go with Kalmadi as the poster boy of the anti-corruption movement. Let him lead. At least we know he is a straightforward crook. But Baba Ramdev? Only Hindu gods know how crooked he is. Thankfully, the IPL is finally underway. We can forget about corruption and get back to cricket. Again.- The writer is the author of Eunuch Parkadvertisementlast_img read more

Cranking Up Your Email Marketing for Fall Fundraising

first_imgGet more tips here: “10 Surprisingly Easy and Startlingly Effective Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit E-Newsletter” And check out Kivi’s weekly webinar schedule for real-world, affordable training on a variety of nonprofit marketing topics.© 2006-2008, EcoScribe Communications Presentation OutlineCrank Up Your Email Marketing: Six Steps for a Successful CampaignWhether your email campaign is about grassroots outreach, advocacy, or fundraising, the basic steps you need to take to pull it off are the same.Get an email newsletter service provider.This is a must-do. There are several affordable services for nonprofits, including Network for Good’s EmailNow powered by Emma. You shouldn’t use Outlook or your regular email account for many reasons, including the potential that you’ll be labeled as a spammer.  Email newsletter service providers will also save you tons of time (and money too) and give you lots of extras, like sign-up forms and open/click-through reports.Get your current mailing list into shape.Do you know who is on your mailing list? Understanding the typical person on your list will help you develop great content that works for your supporters.  Also consider ways to segment your list. For example, do you have two or three distinct audiences who really aren’t interested in the same types of articles and info from you? Carefully managing your list is the best way to avoid spam filters. Send what people want only to the people who really want it. Cull out bad, bouncing addresses and import email addresses you have collected offline with permission.Make it really easy for people to join your list and manage their own subscriptions.Put your sign-up form on your website in a very obvious place – ideally in your template so it appears on every page. Offer incentives to encourage people to sign-up (explain what goodies come in your newsletter, offer special downloads, etc.). Consider letting people segment themselves on the sign-up form by interest or how often they’d like to be emailed. Encourage people to change their email addresses themselves (if your system allows it) and respect all opt-outs. It’s better to lose a subscriber than to have that person tag you as a spammer.Create an editorial calendar a few months at a time.Think about what’s going on in the next few months, not only in your organization, but in your community and on the calendar (e.g., holidays, changing seasons). Pick a schedule that works for you and the people on your list based on past experience, such as monthly, twice a month, or weekly. If you aren’t sure where to start, try every two weeks and adjust from there. Plan out some topics, mixing good information with advocacy calls to action and fundraising appeals. Be prepared to adjust your topics based on what’s happening in the headlines (that shows you are timely and current, which are big bonuses in email marketing).Write and design your email messages – always with your readers in mind.Pay very close attention to your subject line – make it benefit-laden or intriguing for the reader.Talk directly and personally to your readers. Write articles that are timely, helpful, and interesting to them. Also makes sure readers understand how important they are to your success.If you aren’t comfortable with HTML, start with a template from your service provider. Design for the preview pane (those first few inches at the top of your message are vital), and use mostly text with a few good images. Remember to appeal to skimmers: use headlines, subheads and short chunks of text.Measure the results and track over time.How many people are opening the email? How about clicking on links and which ones? Who is following through on calls to action, like donating? How many people unsubscribed and which addresses bounced? Analyze your results and adjust accordingly in future emails.Read the full version of this article with additional tips here:http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/resources/email_newsletters/emailsteps/ Kivi Leroux Miller is president of www.NonprofitMarketingGuide.com and hosts a real-world, affordable weekly webinar series for do-it-yourself nonprofit marketing staff. Scroll down below to download the transcript and slides.Does your email newsletter have what it takes to turn casual observers into gung-ho supporters, and supporters into generous donors? Do they check their inboxes fervently and religiously chomping at the bit in anticipation of your organization’s next email? Or, rather than cracking open their wallets in search of the ATM card, are your email subscribers “filing” your emails away in the “read later” folder?During this Nonprofit 911 call, Kivi Leroux Miller, president of EcoScribe Communications and Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com, will cover the basics of effective e-newsletters, including answers to those pesky questions about what to send and how often.In addition the basics, what next-step topics can you expect?Segmenting your listsUsing auto-responders (trigger emails) to get your supporters more deeply involved with your causeWriting calls-to-action that get your readers clickinglast_img read more

Flat is the new up: Philanthropy this year

first_imgMy Silver FLATs, by Joey 989 via FlickrIs giving up or down? Lucy Bernholz has the answers here. As she noted, flat may be the new up. (She was quoting a Tweet there.)Read her whole post. The highlights:1. Giving was down in 2008 from 2007 by 2%, the first decline since 1987. This year, a third of nonprofits say their budgets are down, but 1/3 say they’re up, probably due to stimulus dollars.2. Expect more scrutiny of your nonprofit at all levels, thanks to scandals, budget pressures and the new 990.3. The Foundation Center and Guidestar are both projecting 2009 foundation and individual giving to drop between 9-13% each over 2008 and again 2010 over 2009. 4. We don’t know how many nonprofits are going under, but some predict 10% could this year.So if you’re flat, congrats. That’s pretty great in this climate.last_img read more

The Next Chapter

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faisal Siraj, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faisal Siraj, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.This month went very quickly. I am really happy that finally I got a chance to talk to all the Young Champions through a conference call. It was a very nice experience, where we got an opportunity to talk, share and listen to each other. I got disconnected mid-way through because the electricity shut down but I am still I happy I met all the Young Champions virtually.This month took me a bit longer to complete my task because I got a virus in my laptop and my files disappeared which took me quite a while to retrieve. I completed chapter 8 of safe motherhood practices for health workers and traditional birth attendants. Following is an outline of the chapter.The First Stage of Labor: Monitoring and ManagementObjectivesWhen you have completed this unit you should be able to:a. Monitor and manage the first stage of laborb. Evaluate accurately the progress of laborc. Know the importance of the alert and action lines on the partogramd. Recognize poor progress during the first stage of labore. Systematically evaluate a patient to determine the cause of the poor progress in laborf. Manage a patient with poor progress in laborg. Recognize patients at increased risk of prolapse of the umbilical cordh. Manage a patient with cord prolapseDilationIt is the diameter of the opening of the cervix in labor. It is expressed in centimeters or finger breadths; one finger breadth is approximately 2 cm. At full dilation the diameter of the cervical opening is 10 cm. Generally it is seen that the examiner makes mistakes in assessing whether patient is fully dilated or not. I tried to focus on how to avoid those mistakes during assessment.Assessing the Presenting PartThe presenting part is usually the head but may be the breech, the arm, or the shoulder. This section describes correct assessment of the presenting part on vaginal examination.Determining the Position of the Presenting PartIt is generally observed that the traditional birth attendants find difficulties in the positioning of the presenting part of baby during labor. This section is specifically addressing this issue.This month is going to be busy because I am preparing for Nigeria and I am really very excited. Hope everything goes well.Share this:last_img read more

New MHTF-PLoS Collection and Call for Papers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 1, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In collaboration with the editors of PLoS, we have launched a collection of papers on maternal health and issued a call for papers:While there are many approaches to take, the MHTF–PLoS Collection in 2011–12 will focus on quality of maternal health care, as it is clear that such a focus is now a global imperative. The quality of maternal health care is highly variable and often extremely poor, even in locations where there is a commitment to improving maternal health through increased access to skilled care, for example. The coverage and reach of maternal health services have increased dramatically in some high-burden countries, but the content and quality of those services (both institutional and at the community level) have not improved at the same pace.For more information, read an editorial by Samantha Lattof, Mary Nell Wegner, and Ana Langer on the topic.Share this:last_img read more

How to have an absolutely fabulous landing page

first_imgWhen you direct supporters to your site, do they land on a great page?This is a terrific summary by Formstack showing the essential elements of a wonderful landing page. A bigger size of this graphic is at their site here.If you want more on great websites, read these five ways to wow your website visitors.last_img

6 ways to be more persuasive

first_imgIf you’re not succeeding at winning someone over, it’s probably because you’re more focused on your agenda than your audience. Here are six steps to being more persuasive.1. Listen first. You need to know where someone is now before you can lead them somewhere else.2. Tell a story. Tap into that person’s perspective and tell an emotionally compelling story about your agenda that is tied to his or her interests and priorities.3. Paint a vision. Describe what is possible if you work together.4. Provide a clear call to action. Make it a simple, easy first step to the destination you described — and make sure your environment is conducive to taking that action.5. Seek pre-commitment. Ask the person to indicate they intend to take that first step with you.6. Once they take a step in your direction, provide lots of positive reinforcement.last_img read more

Two tips on strategy to strengthen your organization – and its partnerships

first_imgI attended the Chief Strategy Officer Summit this week in New York, and I heard two things over and over again from chief strategy officers from every type of company:1. You find your strategy in solving the current and future pain points of those your serve2. A good strategy takes into full account competitive and market contexts – and, increasingly, embraces a higher purposeBoth of these observations are highly relevant to our sector. First, just as a company can thrive by focusing like a laser on the needs of their consumers, nonprofits do best when they are operating with a keen sense of the best way to serve their beneficiaries. Second, nonprofits are well served by focusing on where they can add value (rather than in doing what other organizations already do well). As for the fact that corporations are waking up to the need to have a higher purpose, that’s great news for us.Jennifer Scott, the strategy director of Virgin Media, said 90% of people feel companies need to do more good, not just less bad, and she quoted Michael Porter, who has said: “Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy or even sustainability but a new way to achieve economic success… the next wave of transformational business thinking.”She added, if a company’s only goal is to make profit, the only way customers can evaluate you is price and the only way employees can evaluate you is on what you pay them. As companies realize they need to do some good in the world in order to make a profit, we have an unprecedented opportunity for deeper partnerships with them. And so tapping into that interest should be part of our own strategies in 2012.last_img read more

2011: The year I kept a resolution

first_imgAt the beginning of 2011, I resolved to post on this blog every single day, for the whole year. I think this is the first time I’ve ever kept a resolution! I did actually d0 it, as of this post, without missing a day.Lest I sound too smug, I can assure you that I didn’t keep any other resolutions, including ones that involved exercise, finishing a novel and being more patient with my children (they can back me up on that). So what was the difference and what did I learn? Since it’s resolution time again, I thought I’d pass on my own thoughts, based on where I succeeded and failed.1. Make your resolution public. I committed to posting daily on this blog, in public. If I’d only done it privately, I am sure I would have never made it. 2. Have a buddy. I made the resolution because the wonderful blogger Kivi Leroux Miller inspired it with her own pledge. Having a buddy makes you try harder.3. Make your resolution very specific. I didn’t commit to blogging “more,” I committed to every day. In other areas of my life, I promised myself to do “more,” which wasn’t as inspiring or galvanizing.4. Try to stick to your resolution for a few weeks. Then it becomes a habit, and it gets easier.5. Tie it to rewards you care about. I really want to become smarter, more reflective and better at writing. I thought of blogging with those goals in mind (rather than as a burden), and it kept me energized. I focused as much as I could on what I was gaining from the experience rather than what it cost. If I’d seen this as an obligation, I would have failed. I (mostly) enjoyed it, and that made all the difference.I plan to keep going in 2012! My only question is whether to continue blogging on weekends. I see less traffic on the blog then. So I thought I’d take a poll.Please weigh in.If you can’t see the poll below, view it here.last_img read more

Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event’s Missing Ingredient

first_imgWe’ve all been there: You’re at a nonprofit fundraising event, and someone gives an amazing speech. There are tears in your eyes, and right at that moment, you’d do anything for that person or their cause. You sit there, rubber chicken growing cold in front of you, feeling deeply moved and inspired. Then the moment passes and there’s nowhere to put that energy.If you have a great speaker at your event, ask them to issue a CALL TO ACTION that people can heed in the next 5 minutes. Make it something people can do right away to translate their emotion and support into tangible help.Send a text or email on their handhelds to a policymaker.Sign a pledge to help you.Give you their email address.Donate.Give you their address. (So many nonprofits wonder how to build an email list. How about by asking people tearing up at the great speech for their address so you can keep telling them amazing stories?)People want to help. Help them help you. Help them translate inspiration into action. They want to.Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 30, 2012 and has been updated.last_img read more

a month agoWhoah! Wenger admits Man Utd ‘the dream job’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Whoah! Wenger admits Man Utd ‘the dream job’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has opened the door to taking the job at Manchester United.Wenger was asked about the post when speaking on Fox Sports Asia.“As I said before, Manchester United is the dream job,” stated the Frenchman. “For any coach. “I have confidence, determination … And yes, you are right, I have ideas.”Wenger has been out of management since leaving the Gunners 18 months ago. last_img read more

WatchThe temperature of Torontos cooling housing market just fell another couple of

TORONTO — The Bank of Canada’s interest rate hike could prolong the cooling-off period the Toronto housing market is experiencing following the implementation of a provincial foreign buyer tax, a prominent economist said Wednesday.But the recent drop in the number of home sales in the Greater Toronto Area — down 37.3 per cent in June from the year prior — is not expected to last long-term, said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist with CIBC World Markets.A similar slowdown occurred in the Vancouver area — another hot housing market — following the implementation of British Columbia’s foreign buyer tax a year ago, but Tal said the measure hasn’t deterred non-resident buyers and the market is rebounding.Consumers feel pinch as banks pass on full BoC hike, but not all the cutsToronto, Hamilton continue to fuel record gains in Canadian home pricesUninsured mortgages biggest risk for Canadian finance, DBRS warns“We haven’t seen a significant decline in foreign investment activity in Vancouver following the tax,” he said. “What led to the slowdown was really more domestic buyers waiting to see what the tax will do.”While Toronto should follow a similar trajectory, there are two other factors now at play, Tal said.“We also see interest rates going up and the regulators are talking about introducing more measures to slow down the market,” he said. “That’s why it’s possible the slowdown in Toronto will be more durable than the slowdown in Vancouver.”The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has proposed tighter rules that include requiring a qualifying stress test for all uninsured mortgages.While Tal said he supports the changes, he cautioned it might be prudent to reconsider the timing of their implementation, which is currently set for the fall.“Just not to shock the market too much, maybe we have to think twice about the timing of the changes,” he said.That advice doesn’t apply to Bank of Canada’s decision Wednesday to raise its key interest rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, he added, considering the many different economic agendas at play.The Ontario government released new data Wednesday that show foreign buyers were involved in seven per cent of residential real estate transactions in Toronto and nine per cent in York Region, a suburb north of the city, between April 24 and May 26, the month following the introduction of the foreign buyer tax.Tal said the figures show foreign homebuyers are having “non-trivial” impact, pushing up home prices in Toronto and surrounding areas, but added Canadian demand remains more dominant.“They also impact, indirectly, other regions, like Hamilton, Kitchener and even Barrie, because you have all those Toronto refugees who are impacted by that inflation caused by foreign buyers,” he said.The foreign buyer tax was one of 16 housing affordability measures the provincial government announced in April, including expanding rent control, allowing Toronto to impose a tax on vacant homes and using surplus provincial lands for affordable housing. read more

Darfur UN Council imposes sanctions on four individuals urges peace accord

Addressing the continuing atrocities against civilians in Darfur, Sudan, caused by fighting between rebels, the Government and allied tribal militias, the United Nations Security Council today urged that the parties reach a peace accord by the end of this month and imposed sanctions against four individuals considered a threat to the region. In a resolution favored by 12 Members of the 15-Member Council, with three abstaining, restrictions were placed on the assets and international travel of Major General Gaffar Mohamed Elhassan, Commander of the Western Military Region for the Sudanese Air Force. The measures were also directed at Adam Yacub Shant, Commander of the Sudanese Liberation Army rebel group; Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, the Field Commander of another rebel group, the National Movement for Reform; and Sheikh Musa Hilal, the Paramount Chief of the Jalul Tribe in North Darfur.In a separate statement read out by the Council’s April President, Wang Guangya of China, the body urged that the talks taking place in Abuja, Nigeria meet the African Union’s 30 April deadline for a peace deal for Darfur. Sanctions have been the subject of much debate in the Council since fighting flared again earlier this year in Darfur, where over 180,000 people have already died and millions have been displaced. In December, 2005, the Council imposed an arms embargo on Sudan and paved the way for targeted sanctions against individuals. At the time, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States said the purpose of the targeted sanctions mechanism “is to apply pressure – and I don’t think we should be ashamed to say that – to people who are violating the arms embargo, not contributing to our effort to establish an effective peace process in Darfur and to restore the deteriorating security situation there.” Today, the representatives of the three countries that abstained from voting on sanctions – China, the Russian Federation and Qatar – said that the measures would have a negative impact on the Abuja peace negotiations, which are in their final, critical week before the African Union deadline. Both in the Sudanese context and in broader terms, said representative Konstantin Dolgov of the Russian Federation, the implementation of sanctions should be closely linked with the task of assisting and facilitating the resolution of the conflict and ensuring regional stability – not disrupting peace negotiations at such a critical time. In a third action on the region today, the Council echoed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s previously expressed deep concerns over the instability along Chad’s border with Sudan and over the situation of refugees from Darfur and the Central African Republic as well as internally displaced persons in Chad. The body called on all States in the region to cooperate on preserving their common stability, urging Sudan and Chad to abide their obligations under recent agreements and “refrain from any actions that violate the border.” read more

Tensions across Palestinian territory as locals flee Israeli attacks fire rockets –

Almost 2,000 Palestinians are already being sheltered by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the agency is opening an additional facility to deal with more people fleeing the violence and also overnight Israeli air strikes, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters.“An IDF (Israeli Defence Force) incursion around the Gaza International Airport is continuing… [also] there have been two IAF (Israeli Air Force) air strikes in Gaza City overnight following earlier phone calls received by the residents warning that their homes were going to be targeted by the Israeli air force.”“Eight homemade rockets were fired by Palestinians towards Israel in the last 24 hours,” he added.Turning to the other part of the occupied Palestinian territory, the West Bank, Mr. Fawzi said “heightened tensions” were continuing and security forces are still preventing most people from entering Israel, even if they have the correct paperwork.“On the West Bank the external closure has continued for a fifth day – that is, since 31 July. Palestinians with West Bank ID cards and valid permits to enter Israel have not been allowed to enter Israel, including workers and traders.”“Our Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) field officers have reported continued heightened tensions throughout the West Bank, including more protests about the situation in Lebanon.”Yesterday, UN humanitarian agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory issued a statement sounding alarm about the ongoing fighting there and reminding all parties of their obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians. read more

Police offer tips for preventing mail theft during holiday season

first_imgFederal, Portland and Vancouver law enforcement are ramping up efforts to combat the theft of mail packages.The goal for postal inspectors and police departments includes prevention and education. Authorities reported having already made multiple arrests during the first three days of the initiative, and said they expect to catch additional would-be thieves moving forward.Postal Inspector Adam Sale said the best method for preventing shipped goods from being snatched is ensuring packages aren’t left outside overnight.Mail thieves tend to operate at night, Sale said, continuing to look for easy targets until about 6 a.m. There is also no difference in socio-economic factors among the affected neighborhoods, he said.“Mail thieves are opportunistic,” Sale said. “They simply look for clustered mailboxes and mail left on porches.”“You don’t just leave valuable items lying around the outside of your home, so don’t do it for parcels,” he said.Police are increasing their presence in hot spots, locations previously hit by mail theft and identified using crime mapping technologies.According to the postal inspector, the volume of mail making its way across the county significantly increases during the holiday season, but that’s not the case for the number of thefts. There’s a slight increase, but it’s a crime that affects people year-round.Last month, Vancouver police reported hearing increasing concerns from Vancouver residents about mail theft and damage to mailboxes, but police said there didn’t seem to be a marked changed in the problems, at least beyond the normal late-year increase.The Postal Inspection Service’s 2016 report says an analysis of mail theft complaints identified a surge in mail theft in the western states last year. Nationwide, postal inspectors initiated 1,348 mail theft cases and made 2,437 arrests, resulting in 2,039 convictions in fiscal year 2016, according to the annual report.last_img read more

Jesus welcomes Firmino rivalry

first_imgGabriel Jesus has welcomed the competition that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino provides him for a spot in Brazil’s national team ahead of the World Cup in RussiaThe Manchester City forward captained his country in their 2-0 win over Croatia in a friendly at Anfield, despite being at least two years and 10 months younger than any other player in the squad at 21 years old.Yet, Jesus chose to congratulate Firmino for his goal and is positive that their rivalry will be a “great thing” for Brazil“I’m very happy for him, for the national team and for all of us Brazilians,” said Jesus, according to the Manchester City website.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s good to have healthy competition. He had an excellent season I had only a good season due to my injury. But that happens and I congratulate him.“I am very happy that he could score and it is like this if he is doing good, I will work to be even better.“That’s a great thing to have, this healthy competition for the national team.”Brazil will now face Austria next Sunday before starting their Group E campaign against Switzerland on 17 June.last_img read more

PDA tells Ewing Administration not to pass the buck deal with illegal

first_img“The PDA is appealing to the Premier and his seemingly impotent administration to forthwith grab the bull by the horns and effectively deal with this dangerous and out of control jitney operations.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe third political party, the Progressive Democratic Alliance or PDA is crying shame on the Rufus Ewing led Government for inaction when it comes to the illegal jitneys. “The recent public appeal in a press release issued by the ministry of Tourism advising our visitors against using jitney services is simply a cop-out as government attempts to shift the responsibility on unwary visitors instead of the Government undertaking its responsibility.”  Party Leader, Oswald Skippings in a media release said he is deeply distressed by the reports reaching his desk, “…reports of abuses by illegal jitney operators on their passengers continue to surface as these operators are becoming increasingly bold and conspicuous on the roadside and at the resorts. In fact, these jitneys are openly embraced by some hotels to the extent of front desk workers calling them and giving jitney drivers hotel guests as passengers in preference of legitimate licensed taxi operators.”  This boldness led to the Minister of Tourism issuing a release to denounce the service; Mr. Skippings said the PNP Administration is shirking responsibility. center_img Skippings said the illegal and dangerous business should be regulated, and he had some stern words for the Premier.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Magazines Lean into the Royal Wedding Across Platforms

first_imgWhat is presumably the last prominent royal wedding out of the House of Windsor until four-year-old Prince George ties the knot, the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is a topic of intensive coverage for nearly every media outlet from news organizations like CNN to wedding-specific publications like Brides. But the coverage differs from publication to publication, each brand working to find an angle that sets them apart.Unlike past royal weddings, even ones as recent as Prince William and Kate Middleton, media has never had more platforms, from special print editions to live social media posts. Instantaneous information sharing will surround this international event in a way that it never has before, and publications recognize the power of this new information-delivering, audience-engagement tool. The only caveat being, how can they leverage their many platform options to stand out among the hundreds of other brands that are competing for the same audience’s attention?Standing out on newsstandsTown & Country, who dedicated almost its entire homepage to the royals, in addition to building a separate section called “The Royal Wedding,” is one of the several publications who decided that the royal wedding was a worthy topic for creating a special edition print issue. Partnering with Hearst Specials, the magazine set out to create not one, but two bookazines dedicated to the wedding and to the future princess. “Successful collector’s editions require that the subject have some longevity on newsstand and the story of Markle is here to stay,” says Jacqueline Deval, VP, publisher of Hearst Books. She continues that in addition to having a long tail, other criteria behind selecting any given subject for a bookazine includes having a compelling narrative arc that appeals broadly to multiple demographics.T&C’s first bookazine, “American Princess: Meghan Markle,” hit newsstands just over a month before the big day on April 12, with a cover price of $13.99. And while this special edition hit shelves first, it was a last minute addition to the brand’s coverage plan, which initially included only one special edition called “Royal Wedding,” also priced at $13.99, that is set to hit newsstands one week after the May 19 wedding.Deval tells Folio: that the decision to include advertisers in special editions usually depends on timing. “Given the super-fast deadline on ‘American Princess,’ we decided instead to put our focus on leveraging the ‘Wedding’ bookazine, in which there is advertising,” she says. Yet deciding to not include advertising doesn’t limit the brand’s revenue stream. Newsstand sales alone can being in a few million per edition, depending on the sell-through rate.Other glossies, like Vanity Fair and People, are also known for featuring the royals on their covers, if not producing special editions about the family. “For the last 10 years, any time a member of the royal family was on the cover of Vanity Fair, the issue sold at least 20 percent more than the average issue in that particular year,” says Monica Ray, EVP of consumer marketing for Condé Nast.Noticing a similar trend for their brand, People has featured the royals more than any other one subject in their history. “Princess Diana is actually the person that has been on the cover of People magazine the most,” says Susanne Mei, general manager of PeopleTV. “As of last year that was in fact true, so People’s readers and People’s reporters have always covered the royals in a pretty in-depth way.”Instantaneous coverageWhile print has driven revenue for a variety of brands, digital coverage has been a key player in grabbing views for the past month.“April was our best month ever. Our comScore was 6.1 million, up 170 percent over the previous year,” says Elizabeth Angell, digital director of Town & Country. “Royals coverage accounts for about 40 percent of our traffic and is a huge part of that growth. Our readers have responded enthusiastically and it’s helped us to grow our audience on Facebook and Instagram considerably as well.”For brands who find their audience, and thus themselves, entangled in the royal romance, providing a platform for their readers and viewers to watch the wedding live is a no-brainer for gaining more traction on the story. But with the availability of dozens of live streams on the internet and on television, finding a way to provide a unique take on the wedding is essential.Meredith’s coverage of the live event will come through PeopleTV, an advertisement-supported free TV streaming service from People magazine, with collaboration from Martha Stewart Weddings. Leveraging People’s decades of royal family expertise to report from the ground at Windsor Castle, “the royals are really the sweet spot for the People brand, and they have been for a really long time,” Mei tells Folio:.The collaboration with Martha Stewart Weddings comes during PeopleTV’s live coverage. Darcy Miller, editor-at-large of Weddings, will be serving as a correspondent and will provide another sort of expertise on the goings on of the wedding.Beyond knowledgeable reporting, PeopleTV also integrated Meghan and Harry’s wedding into its newly-annual “Wedding Week,” a franchise it created last year as a cheerful take on the Discovery Channel’s widely-popular “Shark Week.” The week of programming in the past showed exclusive access to celebrity weddings as well as featured wedding-themed shows. This year, the week started out with the wedding of one of the Property Brothers before diving deep into the lead up and the livestream of the royal wedding.Mei says that Wedding Week has been very popular with viewers and advertisers, alike. “There are some topics, like crime for example, that readers and viewers are interested in, but a lot of times advertisers don’t necessarily want their content associated with that,” she says. “But a wedding, and particularly a royal wedding, is a great opportunity with positive feelings and beautiful pictures and happy people and it’s really perfect content for the advertisers to align themselves with.”Furthermore, using the royal wedding live stream as steady access to its audience, PeopleTV plans on integrating promos for other unique programming in hopes to bring viewers back after the wedding.“If the traffic to People.com is any indication of what we can expect of PeopleTV’s coverage is that it’s going to be pretty high,” says Mei. And for those viewers without cable subscriptions, she hopes that after downloading the app, they will come back to find other original shows that are appealing to them. “Royal wedding is like our Super Bowl,” says Lisa Gooder, executive editor of editorial for Brides, who is taking a different approach to live streaming the wedding on Brides.com.Partnering with Condé Nast Entertainment, Brides is bringing in celebrity hosts and guests to a swanky suite in the Plaza Hotel in New York, and having an intimate viewing party, sponsored by brands that are familiar with wedding coverage. With only one reporter on the ground in London, the bridal publication is viewing the watch party as a way to pour over every detail of the wedding as it unfolds, from the dress designer to the food at the reception.  Unlike People, Brides’ expertise revolves around the wedding itself and will bring the conversation back to the elements of the wedding, as that is what appeals to their audience of primarily brides and grooms-to-be. “I think we have really great experts lined up,” says Gooder. “I feel like a lot of [brands] are streaming and commenting on this, but Brides has a level of expertise as it related to the actual wedding.”Both PeopleTV and Brides are offering the only live video coverage of the event for both of their respective parent companies, Meredith Corp. and Condé Nast. “Other brands here in the Condé Nast building are going to be sharing our stream,” says Gooder. “This content is of interest to their audience too. They’re covering it but perhaps not as deep as Brides, so they’ll be picking up our feeds.”What follows the royal wedding?After the last special wedding editions are on the newsstands and the features in next month’s issues have gone to print, how will publications supplement the influx of views they received over the past few months?“Hopefully, they’ll have some children, and then there will be some good coverage there,” says Mei. “Obviously not quite the live event, but we’ve gotten a few special shows around the lives of William and Kate’s first two children.” “It’s been seven years since Will and Kate and we were all thrilled when this happened, but it’s not like anyone was really waiting for it,” says Gooder. “There was always another wedding or another trend or something happening that we’re covering.”last_img read more

DJ Khaled Unleashes Top Off With Beyoncé JayZ Future

first_img Facebook News Twitter DJ Khaled Unleashes “Top Off” With Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Future DJ Khaled Is Back With All-Star “Top Off” dj-khaled-unleashes-top-beyonc%C3%A9-jay-z-future Email New drop “Top Off” brings the “We The Best” warmth of spring as Beyoncé, Future and Jay-Z join DJ Khaled to heat things up Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 4:52 pm DJ Khaled has done it again as the first single from his upcoming Father Of Asahd album, “Top Off,” arrived March 2, with Jay-Z setting things off, Beyoncé impressive as ever and Future bringing juice to the track’s sticky chorus.This is DJ Khaled’s second collaboration with the first family of music. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were previously featured on the 2017 single, “Shining.” And of course, DJ Khaled helped make summer 2017 special with “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. His growing reputation as collab-maker has long shined, and the power of his knack brought them to the GRAMMY stage for the 60th GRAMMY Awards where he called out the haters who told him he’d never get there.While there’s still no word on a release date for Father Of Ashad, “Top Off” gives fans something to look forward to in the meantime.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more