first_imgNew legislation will prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet introduced point-of-sale legislation, today, Oct. 31, which will discourage Nova Scotians, particularly children and youth, from tobacco use. In addition, exterior signage will also be eliminated. Only government authorized signage will be permitted at the point-of-sale. “A true tobacco free culture is more than just a reduction of use,” said Mr. Barnet. “It is the absence of enticements to start. A normal visit to a convenience store should not provide tobacco companies with free access to our children and youth. The power walls that exist behind most store counters represent the last venue for tobacco advertisers. Effective March 2007, we will pull the plug on these power walls.” Power walls, or point-of-sale advertising, are large, visually appealing displays, located in most gas stations and local stores. Research has indicated these displays are particularly appealing to children and young adults. The legislation will force store owners to conceal cigarettes, and any other tobacco product. The removal of power walls will further restrict the advertising reach of tobacco companies. “Once again Nova Scotia is leading the way in the areas of health promotion and protection,” continued Mr. Barnet. “This legislation is both aggressive and progressive. I believe we will continue to see sharp declines in our smoking rates as a result.” The legislation will take effect March 2007 and will expand the list of establishments that are prohibited from selling tobacco to include recreational facilities where the primary activity is physical recreation. Facilities such as bowling alleys, fitness centres, gymnasiums, pools and rinks, libraries, community colleges and universities, community centres and halls, among others, will be prohibited from selling tobacco products. The only exception to the point-of-sale legislation will be for a tobacconist shop where one hundred per cent of their revenue is generated through tobacco products and accessories. These shops will be permitted to advertise provided that no customers are under the age of 19 and the advertising is not visible from the outside of the store. The province’s tobacco control strategy was introduced in 2001. Since then tobacco use and smoking rates in Nova Scotia have steadily declined. The success of the strategy is due, in large part, to the support and commitment of stakeholders, health professionals and community groups across the province. Point-of-sale legislation is an important addition to the province’s existing tobacco legislation which also includes the Smoke Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Twitter have reacted to calls for more to be done in preventing racist abuse of footballers on social media platforms by agreeing to meet with representatives of Manchester United they announced on Wednesday. United executives were keen for a meeting with Twitter after their French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba was the victim of abuse following his penalty miss in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. His team-mate Harry Maguire demanded that Twitter and Instagram be more proactive in stopping “pathetic trolls”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEngland women’s football manager Phil Neville said football players should boycott social media. Pogba was the third footballer to suffer racial abuse in a week for missing a penalty — the others being Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and second tier side Reading’s Yakou Meite. “Over the next few weeks, Twitter representatives will meet with Manchester United, Kick It Out (anti-discrimination organisation within football) and any other civil society stakeholders interested in hearing about the proactive work Twitter is doing to address online racist abuse towards certain footballers in the UK,” Twitter said in a statement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We have always maintained an open and healthy dialogue with our partners in this space, but we know we need to do more to protect our users. Racist behaviour has no place on our platform and we strongly condemn it. “To this end, we look forward to working more closely with our partners to develop shared solutions together. In the meantime, for Twitter’s part, we will continue to proactively monitor the conversation, and take aggressive enforcement action when content violates our Rules.” Twitter rules prohibit users from promoting violence against, threatening or harassing people on the basis of race, ethnicity or other protected groups. Since 2018, it has increased the number of accounts suspended for evading a previous ban on the service by 45% and tripled the number of accounts suspended within 24 hours after receiving a report.last_img read more

The initiative, which builds on the opening previously of two other centres in Pakya and Mazar-i-Sharif, aims to provide a “one-stop-shop” for law enforcement officials and the judiciary, providing them with a safe environment to learn, work research and conduct criminal trials, according to UNODC.“These new justice support centres will play a vital role in strengthening Afghanistan’s judicial system and will eventually help to bring to book some of Afghanistan’s biggest drug traffickers, aiming to end impunity and prevent the scourge of narcotics from undermining Afghanistan’s progress,” Aleem Siddique, a spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), said today in Kabul.This past March UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told the Security Council that while opium cultivation in the centre-north of the country was decreasing, thanks to improved security conditions and development, in the south, a “vicious circle” of drugs funding terrorism and terrorism supporting drug lords was stronger than ever. In another development, UNAMA also announced today that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed provisions to 4,000 people in support of a food-for-work programme in Kunar, Lahman and Nangarhar provinces, while nearly 35,000 students benefited from school feeding programmes in Nuristan, Kunar and Nangarhar, where over 800 tuberculosis patients are also recipients.The mission said that WFP plans to provide over 520,000 tonnes of food to over 5.4 million needy Afghans through the end of 2008, through both emergency relief and regular distributions. 14 May 2007In an effort to reinforce the ability of Afghanistan’s legal system to bring narcotics traffickers to justice, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today announced the completion of a new justice support centre in the city of Jalalabad. read more

11 February 2008Up to one million people in the Central African Republic (CAR) are at risk from a meningitis epidemic sweeping across the northwest of their country, and overwhelmed local health authorities do not have enough vaccine stocks to meet demands, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. An outbreak was declared after numerous deaths were reported in the districts of Ouham, Ouham Pendé and Nana-Grebizi in the first five weeks of this year, OCHA said in a press statement, and UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the country’s Government are working together to try to combat the epidemic.Following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), some $100,000 has been released from the UN’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF) for the CAR so that enough vaccines can be bought to protect about 80,000 people.John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that “protecting the people in the north of the Central African Republic will prevent meningitis from spreading to the rest of the country and into neighbouring Chad.”Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, said the ERF injection has ensured that aid workers can immediately help many of those who need vaccines.“We count on donors to continue supporting our efforts so that more lives can be saved,” he said.The meningitis epidemic is the latest crisis to hit the CAR, which has been buffeted by deadly fighting between Government forces and armed rebels and also by widespread bandit attacks against civilians. Life expectancy in the impoverished, landlocked nation stands at just 43. read more

From water storage tanks in India to safe delivery kits for pregnant women in the Maldives to fishery experts in Indonesia, the massive United Nations relief operation for the victims of the Asia’s devastating tsunami today continued to address a vast spectrum of needs, both general and specific, giant and small.In what is shaping up as the largest ever UN relief effort for a natural disaster, the world body has deployed five parallel operations to tend to the needs of nearly a dozen countries struck by the catastrophe, which killed at least 120,000 people, injured half a million more, displaced 1 million and deprived up to 5 million of basic services.”The repercussions of this tragedy are so severe that communities are going to require massive international aid for many months to come,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said, noting that the latest carnage capped a year already marked by tragic humanitarian crises such as the conflict raging in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The following is a country-by-country snapshot of some of the latest items in the UN’s multifaceted response to the disaster: India: With contaminated water presenting the greatest threat of deadly diseases in the tsunami’s aftermath, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun moving nearly 2,500 500-litre water storage tanks to relief camps and distributing 3 million water purification chlorine tablets. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is planning disease prevention at district level, guarding against potential measles outbreaks and providing vitamin A and oral rehydration salts (ORS). The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is monitoring fisheries.Indonesia: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is starting an airlift on Sunday of 400 tons of shelter and other emergency supplies for an initial 100,000 people in Aceh province, among the worst and most inaccessible disaster zones. A UN joint logistics centre will be set up at the central level and in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital and a FAO emergency coordinator and a fishery expert have been sent in.Maldives: The UN country team is focusing primarily on the provision of water, food, ORS and transport. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is procuring safe delivery kits for the 4,000 expectant mothers while UNICEF is providing food, shelter and non-food items.Sri Lanka: UNFPA is carrying out reproductive health assessments. UNICEF continues to help ferry the wounded and dead to area hospitals while providing 10,000 bed sheets, towels, drinking water bottles, cooking utensils sets and mats to assist the displaced and stranded. UNHCR has been distributing non-food items.Thailand: UNFPA has deployed mobile clinics while UNICEF has begun assessing the needs of children. FAO is assisting the worst affected sectors of fisheries and agriculture. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is sending 1,000 body bags and 2,000 kilos of formalin to the devastated holiday island of Phuket. The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is focusing on education and their World Heritage Committee will assess damage to relevant areas. The UN International Labour Office (ILO) will focus on longer-term rehabilitation and employment.Somalia: FAO assessment teams have already been mobilized for a food security assessment in the field and the WFP has stockpiled 83 tons of food supplies for the worst affected areas. read more

by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 photo, the Hasbro board game “The Game of Life” rests on a shelf in a toy store in North Attleboro, Mass. The widow of the toy inventor is suing Hasbro and another inventor in federal court, claiming they worked together to cut her out of millions in royalties. The game has sold more than 30 million copies. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Struggle over The Game of Life sparks lawsuit; toy inventor’s widow says she was cut out PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Game of Life is known for turning events such as marriage, going to college and paying for auto insurance into moves on a board. Now, it’s at the centre of a different real-world experience: a lawsuit.The widow of a toy inventor said Hasbro and another inventor worked together to cut her out of $2 million in royalties and possibly much more from one of the most popular board games in history. Lorraine Markham also said her husband, Bill Markham, has been denied his legacy of creating the game after the other man, Reuben Klamer, took full credit for it.Markham is seeking a declaration from the U.S. District Court in Providence that her husband was the sole creator of the game and that the company he left her owns the game outright. The lawsuit, filed last month, also seeks a complete accounting from Hasbro on what is owed.Klamer countersued Thursday, saying he is the sole creator and Markham’s widow has no right to any royalties.A spokeswoman for Pawtucket-based Hasbro did not return emails seeking comment.The game has sold more than 30 million copies. It features three-dimensional plastic board pieces and a clicking wheel. Players are assigned a car, pick up pegs that represent spouses or children along the way and face challenges, such as inheriting a relative’s skunk farm. At the end, the richest player wins.It was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.It has been spun off into endeavours such as a TV game show, an iPhone app and gambling ventures.Lorraine Markham’s lawsuit said her husband invented the game in 1959, a claim Klamer disputes. At that time, Klamer was president of Link Research Corp., a company that was formed by TV personality Art Linkletter to promote toys and other games. Klamer offered to market The Game of Life to board game maker Milton Bradley, the lawsuit says, and they struck a royalty deal, which gave Link and Markham a percentage of sales.Klamer’s countersuit said he developed the game and then hired Markham to make the game board. He said he and Milton Bradley made significant changes to the design of the board before selling it. He said the game has been revised repeatedly since then, and Markham was not involved in that work.Markham died in 1993, and his wife inherited his company, the lawsuit said.Ten years later, in 2003, according to Lorraine Markham’s lawsuit, Linkletter and Klamer’s company struck a secret deal with Hasbro to give the company an option to acquire TV rights to the game. Markham was never alerted and never received royalties from that agreement. Klamer denied wrongdoing.Markham’s lawyer, Lou Solomon, said he has seen no evidence that Linkletter, who died in 2010, was complicit in any wrongdoing or was even actively involved in the business.U.S. District Judge William Smith on Thursday gave Hasbro until Dec. 18 to respond. read more

“The process, concluded today, has come a long way since its launch in February 2012, with the Government and the residents both abiding by the agreement between the UN and the Government of Iraq on the transfer of Camp Ashraf residents to the temporary transit location of Camp Hurriya,” said the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin.Camp Ashraf was comprised of Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran.More than 3,000 residents have been relocated to Camp Hurriya, previously known as Camp Liberty, while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status, and resettle them outside of the country, in line with an agreement signed in December 2011 between the UN and the Iraqi Government.Camp Ashraf has been attacked several times, making relocation a priority for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The latest attack, which took place earlier this month, killed and injured numerous camp residents.“The tragic events of 1st September, when 52 residents lost their lives in a terrorist attack, while seven others are still unaccounted for, was a sombre reminder of the necessity to conclude the final phase of the relocation process without further delay,” Mr. Busztin said. “Resettlement outside Iraq is now the priority, and it is urgent that countries ready to host the residents come forward to accept them, providing them a safe future outside Iraq.”Mr. Busztin also called on the Iraqi Government to abide by its commitment to ensure maximum safety and security for Camp Hurriya residents until all of them leave the country. read more

first_imgHe completed the Glen Moray Marathon around Elgin in Scotland in a still credible three hours, 16 minutes and 11 seconds.Connell, 43, from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, said: “I was only about three miles into it and I could see the lead car was slowing down – I knew something wasn’t right. This man was leading the Glen Moray marathon until he was sent the wrong way. Leaders have done 2 extra miles.— Jonny Muir (@MuirJonny) September 4, 2016 I was annoyed at the time but these things happen. I just got my head down and battled back through.Connell Drummond “I was just jogging on the spot and the driver shouted out the marshal had sent him the wrong way and I better turn round, which was good advice I suppose.”He added: “I was annoyed at the time but these things happen. I just got my head down and battled back through.”A local runner further back in the field realised the mistake and managed to prevent the rest of the 55 runners becoming lost.Marathon co-organiser Paul Rogan blamed a miscommunication between a marshall and the escort car for a wrong turning. He said: “It looks like by the time they’ve realised the mistake about a dozen runners have gone the wrong way. It’s very frustrating.”Everyone has taken it in good spirits though. It was human error, these things can happen.” Connell with his winner's medalcenter_img Connell, 43, went back the same way – together with around a dozen runners who had followed him – and rejoined the correct route in 16th place.And despite going the extra four miles he managed to work his way back through the 55-strong field to win. Connell with his winner’s medalCredit:Brian Smith A runner won a marathon despite going an extra four miles after a marshalling blunder.Super-fit Connell Drummond was leading the race when the car guiding the runners took a wrong turn after just three miles.He went two miles out of his way before the driver realised his mistake and shouted for him to turn back. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

He added: “The British Retail Consortium estimates that 75 per cent of retailers are unaware that this is coming into effect in September and the same is the case with the consumers.The implementation of this is forecast to lead to failure of nearly a third of  e-commerce transactions.“So can I ask the minister whether she will ensure that no enforcement  action will be taken for at least 18 months to give our retail sector breathing space to adapt to these new rules?”Kelly Tolhurst, a business minister, defended the EU measures, saying they would protect consumers and online merchants.She said: “In 2016 there was £309 million in fraud in EU commerce vs £13.6 million in 1998.“The European Banking Authority published an opinion on readiness and implementation. The FCA published a statement in June. They are working with regards to mitigation past the September implementation. They are working with industry. They are working with providers to make sure the  essence of the changes prevails and that is making it safer for merchants and consumers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Online shoppers face chaos and confusion with the introduction of anti-fraud measures which may lead to one in three purchases failing, City watchdogs have been warned.The measures, due to be brought in by the EU from September, will require shoppers to relay passwords sent to their mobile phone or other devices for orders over a certain limit.It means those without a mobile phone or whose signal is poor may have to use card readers or have a message sent to a landline telephone to complete a transaction.The rules, known as “strong customer authentication”, will apply to single transactions of more than £27. In a letter to the Financial Conduct Authority, which is implementing the change, groups which represent shops warned: “Confusion will lead to abandoned purchases, decline of valid transactions and poor customer experiences.”The letter added that three quarters of small online retailers do not have the correct software to allow so-called “two-step verification”.They are calling on the FCA to give them more time to get ready for the change, predicting a third of transactions could fail after September 14, when the measure comes into force.Chuka Umunna, the Liberal Democrat MP, urged the Government to do more to address the issue. Mr Umunna said he was “staggered the Government is not doing more about this ticking time bomb for online retail which is on track to cause major disruption”.  read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Emre Can will not be available for the squad in their trip to Crystal Palace in SaturdayThe midfielder was withdraw from international duty, earlier this week, after struggling with a back problem that he sustained during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford.While ruling out a long absence from the squad for Can, Klopp did admit that his compatriot will be unavailable for his side against the struggling Palace.“Emre is out for the weekend.” said  Klopp, according to club website.“[He is] getting better and better and better, much better. Hopefully he can have a normal session with us on Sunday morning and then should be fine again.”Joe Gomez will also be out with an ankle problem, while Nathaniel Clyne is now ready to return to the senior side for the first time since pre-season.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…“Clyney is back. He played last week for the U23s. One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is. We have Clyney.” said the German.“I said yesterday to the boys that we lost Joe but finally we got Clyney back. He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer. He is a very good option.”The other good news for Klopp is that both Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson are expected to be available for Liverpool on Saturday, as well.“He is fine and will be fine today, I hope. After training I’ll know more about that.” Klopp said on Solanke.And of Robertson, he added: “It was a dead leg, no problem.”last_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 18, 2013- The government seems to be making a tremendous effort in fighting money-laundering in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition, to a recently held anti-money laundering training at Beaches Resort and Spa, the government is now hoping to pump funds into the area in an effort to minimize money-laundering activities in the TCI. At last Cabinet sitting, the country’s leaders advised the governor to approve monies amounting to more than $120,000 to improve the ability of the relevant authorities to detect money laundering, among beneficiaries of the fund are the Marine branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgHowever, hours fished with set gillnets in the Kasilof Section within 600 feet of shore do no apply to the weekly hourly provisions in the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan. The passage estimates of sockeye salmon are increasing in the Kasilof River. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has announced the opening for set gillnetting in the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict within 600 feet of the mean high tide mark on the Kenai Peninsula shoreline from 5:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m., today. According to the DF&G, more than 15,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to have passed the Kasilof River sockeye salmon sonar counter on July 17, and through 12:00 noon today.center_img According to Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan, if the use of bait and the retention of king salmon is prohibited in the sport fishery, commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 24 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday. On July 1,the Kenai River late-run king salmon sport fishery was restricted to no bait and on July 18, the sport fishery was further restricted to no retention in order to achieve the king salmon sustainable escapement goal.last_img read more

first_imgCredit Union Times expects to generate just over $6 million in revenue in 2009. “We’re conservative on projections for print but we’re a little fortunate because vendors who have been focused on banking are now looking at us because we’re in better financial position that many of the banks,” says Greve. “We have given our reps a much higher bogey on digital than print. If I would had thrown them a 10 percent or 20 percent increase on print, they would have looked at me like I was a nut.”The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, which publishes Signal, has used outside reps, including R.W. Walker, since 1987. In the U.S., the association works with three different rep companies. “They handle our print, our Web site and our e-newsletter,” says director of advertising Marsha Carpenter. Reps also handle collections. “With collections, we only ask them to make an attempt for late payment at 90 days,” says Carpenter. “After that, the magazine takes over that responsibility.” Managing Rep ContractsAccording to the National Association of Publishers Representatives, total compensation for an advertising sales team usually amounts to about 25 percent of advertising sales revenues, including their base salaries and expenses. Commissions vary depending on the base salary. Some plans pay a big base while the commission is in the 3 percent to 6 percent range. The alternative is a smaller base and commissions of 10 percent or more. Outside sales rep firms generally charge 20 percent commissions plus expenses.The time a sales rep devotes to the publishing client can be a major bone of contention. Signal is looking to grow internationally (currently about 6 percent of its total revenue comes from international advertisers) and also uses some foreign rep firms, with mixed results. “With some of our foreign reps, we’ve now gone to a zero-day cancellation policy—I can fire them that day, no questions asked,” says Carpenter. “We went to that because having a sales rep who’s not fully representing you is worse than no sales rep at all.“Still, McNeill advises publishers to have realistic expectations, particularly when it comes to balancing the selling and administrative parts of the job. “A lot of times publishers are not used to working with an outside agency,” he says. “And sometimes that means the reporting is over the top. To produce those sales reports means less selling time. You’ve taken that sales person and made them an administrative junkie. It’s a control thing. You want to use an outside rep but you still want the benefits of inside control.”Prospecting new territories may be another sore spot. “We have a lot of publishers who come to us and say, ‘We have all these other markets we want to develop, would you like to come in and develop on a commission basis?’” says McNeill. “The answer is no because there was no revenue to begin with and nothing to sustain it. We’re only getting paid on business you wouldn’t have had.” New Realities for Revenue StreamsThe mission for sales reps is changing. Many rep firms are now moving beyond display and classifieds to sell digital media and event sponsorships. Some, like The McNeill Group, are even moving into custom publishing and magazine production.  “The pressure filters down—when they’re not doing well, you’re not doing well,” says president Ed McNeill. “We’ve been at this for 20 years and today you’re working twice as hard to make less. For firms like ours, we’re really moving toward niche markets where we can offer custom publishing and fee-based business without relying on advertising commission. Twenty years ago, if you sold $2 million in advertising, you might have made $200,000 from it. Today you might be making $75,000 from the same sale. Whereas with custom publishing, on a million dollar account, you might be making $250,000. Like any business, you have to adjust.”For 20 years, the American Bus Association published Destinations internally. Within the last four years, the magazine has farmed out not just sales but also editorial—including its magazine and directory—to The McNeill Group. “The sales commissions for an in-house staff versus outside sales reps were about the same,” says  ABA president and chief executive officer Peter Pantuso. “The major difference was all the rest—by outsourcing it was so much more efficient. In the years we had it, it was a financial loser. In the last two years, we’ve seen a swing of about $300,000.” When the American Translators Association found it couldn’t grow its magazine on its own, they outsourced to  The McNeill Group. “They do all of our sales, both classified and display for the magazine, and also sponsorship sales for our conferences,” says executive director Walter Bacak. “With sales, the commission is so important and we didn’t have ability to do that in-house. If we did, we would have been concerned about morale with compensation for the other employees.” McNeill handles much of the advertising invoicing for the American Translators Association, including collection of conference sponsorships before the event takes place.  “On exhibit sales, they need to sell up front but we have the reps have to ask our approval for that,” says Bacak.  The 360-Degree SaleRep firm R.W. Walker originally focused on selling for b-to-b and association publishers but in recent years has taken on consumer publications such as in-flight magazines and wedding titles (the firm also works with mass titles such as Success and Fortune). “The qualifier for anyone who works here is to understand each of those product lines—print, online or events—and how they fit with the market they represent,” says president Michael Walker. “If you can’t speak to all those items, if an advertiser has to speak to someone else about online, you lose the connection.”While Walker is prepared to sell online and events, he says the majority of revenue remains print-driven. “A lot of publishers are demanding online but advertisers are not really stepping up to plate,” he adds. “On any given day, if I pull a sales report, more than 90 percent of the revenue is coming from print.” Still, Walker says he expects a nice uptick in Webinar revenue in 2009. “For publishers that can provide Webinars properly, there is a lot of potential,” he says. “Advertisers are basing results on cost-per-lead generation. Once you have a rolling idea of what your attendee levels will be, you can promise what you’ll deliver. We haven’t met an advertiser yet who’s been disappointed with results of a Webinar.”Credit Union Times has used R.W. Walker for 15 years (and also uses other rep firms today). “What I need is a company that can sell everything for us,” says publisher Tom Greve. “Don’t break it into different sales channels.” From 2005 to 2007, advertising expenses were the second largest cost (after editorial) for the average b-to-b publication, averaging about $4.1 million per magazine, according to American Business Media’s recently released Financial Trend Report. But while the report says publishers were able to reduce advertising expenses primarily by dropping their reliance on outside reps (by almost 25 percent), the use of reps seems to be exploding among other publishers, particularly associations, many of whom say they can leverage an entire rep firm for the cost of one in-house sales person. ABA Journal tapped rep firm James G. Elliott, which specializes in taking over a publisher’s sales function completely. “Our expenses are significantly lower than when we had ad sales and marketing staffs,” ABA Journal editor and publisher Edward Adams told FOLIO: recently. Meanwhile, American School Board Journal has tapped rep firm Fox Associates. “We’re estimating that outsourcing this function will give us a full, nationwide sales force at about the same cost as salary, overhead and expenses for one high-level, full time staff salesperson,” says associate executive director and publisher Marilee C. Rist. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Blocks Ticket Bots ticketmasters-verified-fan-successfully-blocks-ticket-bots Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan Successfully Blocks Ticket Bots Twitter Email News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: Adele wins Album Of The Year for ’25’ The program to block ticket bots and brokers from buying tickets shows a 90 percent success rateRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 6:12 pm The battle against ticket bots has plagued the ticket sales industry, and especially the live music business. But Live Nation’s Ticketmaster seems to be making strides with their Verified Fan program. Verified Fan separates actual music fans from bots and scalpers by allowing fans to pre-register to order tickets. Once the system verifies an actual human is looking to purchase tickets as opposed to a bot, the fan receives a pre-registration code that “unlocks the opportunity to purchase tickets.”According to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, they’ve had a 90 percent success rate so far, which is crucial for fans who want to land a ticket to see their favorite artists. The demand is always higher than the number of tickets available. For example, more than 10 million Adele fans attempted to buy tickets for her 2016 tour, but only 400,000 seats were available.As demand for live shows continues to increase, blocking bots is good for both fans and business alike.”There’s probably not been an industry with compounded growth as consistent as the live music business,” Rapino said. “Live concerts continually ranked in the top three things that a consumer wants to attend every year as their escape.”Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Grouplast_img read more

first_img Share Hurricane Harvey was a recent example, Turner wrote. “The people of the state of Texas who choose to live in cities expect their cities to be able to respond in the event of the disaster, and cities will not be able to respond if legislation designed to strangle local governments succeeds.”This money-and-things business came up regularly during a debate almost two decades ago over whether to tax sales made over the internet. One member of a federal panel that looked into the question was then-Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk. He took the position that things bought online should be taxed the same way they’d be if the purchases were made in brick-and-mortar stores.“When you are sitting at home in your virtual world and . . . a fire breaks out, do you want us to send a virtual fire truck or a real big red fire truck?” he asked at one point.Everybody wants the big red truck at the virtual truck’s price.Money isn’t always at the center of state policy decisions, but it often overshadows whatever else lawmakers might be talking about.School finance conversations aren’t really about education, although education is the only reason for those conversations in the first place. It’s easier to talk about the state’s spending — whether it’s enough, whether it’s fairly distributed and so on — than to talk about how the quality of public schools here compares with that of schools in other states. Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations during a hearing on Harvey relief funding in Houston on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.The dispute between the state of Texas and local governments isn’t always about money, but that’s where the real fighting takes place.Reduced to its essence, the state is arguing about price. The locals are arguing about product. Prices — property taxes are the bane of the moment — are rising too quickly, the state contends, with voters cheering in the background. Those same voters, the local officials argue, are making demands for roads, hospitals, schools, police and other government services.“Things cost money,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote last week in a blunt letter to a Senate committee working on property tax growth limits.center_img One widely touted ranking — the Quality Counts 2016 report from Education Week – put Texas in 42nd place overall. That’s a starting point for a product-quality argument.Another widely touted ranking is the Tax Foundation’s comparison of effective property taxes for homeowners by state. Texas ranked 6th highest nationally in 2016. That’s a pretty good starting point for price-sensitive Texans.That group got a boost earlier this year when Gov. Greg Abbott gathered a set of legislative proposals to limit property tax growth into a package for his re-election campaign. He didn’t propose lowering property taxes; in fact, he said in his proposal that the state needs to raise its share of public education costs, the better to keep local property taxes at bay.But it puts the governor in league with state lawmakers who want to limit how much local governments can raise property tax bills without voter approval. It’s true that the bills are rising fast enough to propel angry voters to town hall meetings and to the polls. Rising property taxes are a legitimate political issue, driven by what elected officials and aspiring officeholders hear from their constituents.The local governments are on the other side of this, however, hearing from those same voters about deficiencies in schools and roads, crime protection and whatnot.Sometimes, push comes to shove. In the days after Hurricane Harvey assaulted Texas, Turner and Abbott locked horns, with the mayor telling the governor that he would have to raise property taxes to cover storm costs unless the state could fork over some relief money fast. That episode ended with Abbott giving the city a $50 million check and Turner backing off his threatened plans for a tax hike.The game is still on, however. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has been loudly promoting limits on local government tax increases. It was a meeting of his Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform that prompted Turner’s “things cost money” letter.Bettencourt and others say rising property taxes are pushing the costs of owning homes out of some people’s reach and forcing long-term residents out of their houses.Local officials like Turner, a longtime state legislator before he was elected mayor of Houston, hear the siren Ron Kirk was listening to during the fight over internet taxes — the one on a big red fire truck.last_img read more

first_imgGalveston police said a woman ran over two people on bicycles in Galveston on Monday night, killing one of them.The driver of the car, identified as 50-year-old Gerilyn Weberlein from Galveston, was arrested at the scene and charged with intoxication assault, according to the police department. The charges may be upgraded, because one of the victims died, police said. Officers said the crash happened around 10 p.m. Monday, on 69th Street and Weiss Drive. Five cyclists were heading toward the seawall when Weberlein turned onto 69th street and hit the two men. The victim who died has been identified as Marco Antonio, a 23-year-old, and a recent graduate of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol lifeguard academy.  Share Galveston Island Beach Patrol released the following statement:“I’m very sorry to have to tell you this. From what we know, Marco Antonio, who recently graduated from the Lifeguard Academy, was hit by a car while on his bicycle last night. He was transported to the emergency room, but did not survive. He was part of our family, as are each of you.We all know how important the job we do is. But we need to be sure we’re ok to do that job. We will hold two voluntary group counselling sessions here at Headquarters. The first will be today at 10 am and the second will be tomorrow at the same time. I encourage you to come to one of them. We’ll also have follow up one on one counselling sessions available.I’m sorry for our loss. Our prayers to Marcos’s family and those of you who are his friends. If you need anything let us know.” Weberlein was held on $100,000 bond and was still in custody Tuesday at the Galveston County Jail, according to the Galveston County Daily News. last_img read more

first_img That didn’t stop her from taking on the Westminster obstacle course, sort of. It’s better described as a casual stroll through the dog park.Mia didn’t follow the “course” either. Aside from not hitting the marks, she also stopped several times to look around at the crowd and even lick herself. Aw. She’s also not very fast. Who cares?Here’s Mia’s incredible run. She’s the real MVP:Mia the beagle does whatever Mia the beagle wants.We love Mia. #WKCDogShow— FS1 (@FS1) February 13, 2017 Advertisement The Westminster Dog Show is full of people who take themselves, and their dogs, way too seriously. It’s the Super Bowl for people that don’t watch the Super Bowl.While the Best In Show category is the beauty pageant of the event, the obstacle course is the equivalent of the dog Olympics. It features the most finely tuned canine athletes from around the globe as they demonstrate their world-class speed and agility.Except for Mia the Beagle.Mia isn’t blessed with great speed, agility, and she isn’t really into listening to directions. She also looks kind of old.last_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) There’s no denying the impact of this court case.At its core, it pits equality and discrimination against two First Amendment clauses: freedom of speech and religion. Can business owners turn away patrons — like LGBTI people — because it goes against their religion? Or because their product, like a cake is considered protected speech?One California judge already said yes.50 years ago, however, the Supreme Court said no in a similar case.Treat customers equallyIn an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court favored equality over discrimination Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc. They heard and decided this case in 1968.Piggie Park Enterprises was a drive-in BBQ in the 1960s. Maurice Bessinger, a Baptist and owner of Piggie Park, refused to serve black people. A lawsuit was filed against him and the Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiff.For the 50th anniversary of the case, 80 LGBTI groups banded together to encourage the Supreme Court to once again make the right decision.[embedded content] GAYSTARNEWS- The Piggie Park drive-in. | Photo: YouTube/Movement Advancement Project The US Supreme Court is currently deciding Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. A final decision won’t come down until late spring or summer.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘As Americans, we decided long ago that when a business opens their doors, they should be open to everyone on the same terms.’The video is part of the Movement Advancement Project. It argues that the Piggie Park decision is a core foundation of the Civil Rights movement and how America treats people.However, Masterpiece Cakeshop is a new case ‘that could turn back the clock and create a new right to discriminate in our nation’s Constitution’.‘Do we really want to give businesses the right to say, “We don’t serve your kind here,” or humiliate them in front of their loved ones?’As part of the project, the groups declared 12-18 March Open to All Week.This is not about religious beliefsNumerous others have spoken up about the devastating consequences of this case.Religious leaders across the country don’t support the baker. They believe this case is about discrimination, not religious freedom.Irene Monroe believes this could bring about a new Jim Crow era for LGBTI people.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Trump official tells Supreme Court: Businesses should be free to put up ‘no gay couples’ signs‘Anti-LGBTQ extremists did not win’: People respond to US Supreme Court bakery decisionAnthony Bourdain and other chefs support gay couple in bakery discrimination caseRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Jetstar has pledged to give its passengers what they paid for and compensate them if it doesn’t.The Qantas offshoot has launched a new 10-point customer charter it claims is the first in the aviation industry in Australasia and southeast Asia.The customer charter Your safety is our highest priority We commit to provide the lowest fares with our ‘Price Beat Guarantee’ Our team are always here to help, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week We’ll let you know your choices if your flight is changed before you travel We’ll keep you updated and provide options if things don’t go to plan on the day You will get what you paid forYou can have confidence in how quickly we will respond to an issue You can have confidence in how quickly we will refund your money We share your passion for protecting our environment We commit to the privacy of your personal information Jetstar has promised that if it breaches the charter and a customer contacts the airline, Jetstar will provide affected customers with travel vouchers valued at $50 to $100 in local currency for each breach.The charter, called the Jetstar Customer Guarantee, applies across Jetstar’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.Jetstar said the charter would sit alongside the airline’s “Conditions of Carriage” and would not replace standard conditions applying to fares.Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said,”We want to really break that nexus in consumers’ minds and say we can deliver the lowest fare in the market place and deliver excellent customer service.”But we’re not arrogant enough or not humble enough to say we get everything right.”Mr Buchanan said the guarantee had legal enforceability because “it’s a promise that we make to customers”.Breaches of the charter would be determined by an internal Jetstar “customer care” team.Should there be a dispute over whether there had been a breach, customers had other complaint resolution options open to them.Jetstar would publish the complaints and its response to them.”We’re trying to be very transparent about its … not something that we’re making lip service of,” Mr Buchanan said.The charter would undergo constant review, with input from a panel of customers and staff, and consumer advocacy experts.Jetstar said that under the charter it was committed to acknowledging complaints within 24 hours of receipt, and to responding to complaints and processing refunds within 15 business days.Mr Buchanan said Jetstar staff would not be penalised should there be a breach of the charter. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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