By Gary Truitt – Oct 28, 2013 Home Energy RFA Calls on AAA to Put Consumers First Facebook Twitter RFA Calls on AAA to Put Consumers First Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA says 59 Percent of Hoosier Corn is HarvestedNext articleHoosier Farmers Prepare for First FieldScripts Harvest Gary Truitt Triple-A has called for the Environmental Prteoction Agency to lower 2014 blending requirements – claiming higher level ethanol blends will hurt consumers. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen criticized AAA – noting that E15 is the most tested fuel additive in EPA history. Further – Dinneen points out that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently reviewed over 40 studies on E15 – concluding no evidence of E25 damage on engines. According to Dinneen – AAA needs to stop being the puppet of Big Oil and put consumers first. He says the Energy Department and more than 40 studies say more than 60-percent of cars on the road today can safely use E15. In addition – Dinneen says more than 40-million miles have been driven on E15 without a single complaint. If Big Oil and AAA would stop obstructing consumer choice – Dinneen says American drivers could have access to a choice of higher level ethanol blends that are less expensive – yet higher in octane. Dinneen says there is nothing wrong with the Renewable Fuel Standard. In fact – he says it’s the single most effective energy policy the country has. He adds that 2014 obligations can easily be met by refiners via marketing of E15 and E85 as well as reserve RINs.Dinneen notes the RFS has proven to lower our dependence on foreign oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and has created and supported over 300-thousand jobs across the country. He says RFA has reached out to AAA to try and meet to review the facts – but AAA continues to reject the offers. SHARE SHARE
Gardai in Co Donegal arrested a man after seizing more than €3,000 worth of drugs.Gardai executed a search warrant and raided the home of a person in Letterkenny.As a result of the swoop, officers recovered €#2,780 worth of cannabis and also €350 worth of cocaine. One man was arrested at the scene, detained and questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.He was released without charge pending the submission of a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.A Garda spokesman for the Donegal division said “Illegal drugs destroy lives. We are working hard to try and keep them off our streets.“Please seek help if you have a drug addiction. Please don’t watch your future go up in a puff of smoke.” Man arrested after €3,000 of drugs found in Letterkenny Garda raid was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Manchester United are considering making a move for Raheem Sterling, the Sunday People say.It is claimed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the Harlesden teenager and sees him as a potential replacement for Nani.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future in recent weeks as he is yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool, who fully expect him to stay at Anfield.Manchester City have also been linked with him but it is suggested that Sterling’s advisers believe he may not be a first-team regular were he to move to the Etihad Stadium.The People also say Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala – managed by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink – are looking to sign Fernando Torres.Hiddink has a good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed Torres’ current problems at Stamford Bridge.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is finalising a £12m January bid for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, according to the Sunday Express.The Sunday Mirror suggest striker Darrent Bent could join QPR from Aston Villa despite falling out with Harry Redknapp when they were at Tottenham.The People say R’s boss Redknapp wants to sign his nephew Frank Lampard from Chelsea on a two-and-a-half-year deal.Lampard is a target for Arsenal, according to the Sunday Mirror.Meanwhile, The Sun On Sunday say Redknapp is planning a move for Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Romaana NaidooThere are just 218 days until 27 April 2014, when South Africa marks a significant milestone – 20 years of democracy.In preparing for the anniversary, citizens have been urged to join the likes of Lead SA and Brand South Africa to pledge their support in building national pride and reflecting on how far the country has come in two decades. Along with the Department of Arts and Culture, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly SA, four initiatives in this vein were launched by Lead SA on 20 September in Soweto.Richard Simmonds dressed for Freedom FridayFreedom Friday is a call on the nation to wear something every Friday that expresses their pride in being South African. This includes anything from a jersey of a favourite football or rugby team to traditional wear. Other projects to celebrate South Africa’s heritage as well as 20 years of democracy include 20 Hours of Volunteerism, between 20 September and Freedom Day, 27 April 2014; Wikipedia Wordathon, to improve South Africa’s digital footprint on the online encyclopaedia; and 20 Memorable Moments, which will retell people’s stories about their most memorable moment in the past two decades.On 27 April 1994, South Africa cast aside centuries of discrimination and oppression to form a new society built on a foundation of freedom and democracy. This change marked the beginning of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee kicked off the festivities for the launch of the initiatives by explaining the importance of having the event on Vilakazi Street.“It is a great privilege to be here today as we make history. It is fitting that we gather in Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which enjoys a prominent place in the history of South Africa … We are here today to start a journey of reflection and celebration as we count down the days to 20 Years of Democracy on 27 April 2014,” he said.“Some of you may recall every day since the first vote was cast on that day in 1994, and even the days, months and years before, while others were born to a free South Africa. We have a great opportunity to look towards the future with a greater understanding and appreciation of our past.”Unique storyBrand South Africa’s chief executive officer Miller Matola and Lead SA’s Yusuf AbramjeeThe South African story, Abramjee said, was as unique as the people who made up the diverse and vibrant nation. It was a story of great sacrifice and perseverance; it was the stuff of legends.An excited Miller Matola, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, spoke about 20 years being a significant milestone for all citizens. “We must all now participate in driving the future we would like to see for ourselves, our children and the generations of descendants who will come after us,” he said.“Brand South Africa is inspired by the launch of the Freedom Friday initiative. We look forward to working with our partners on this initiative, as well as with all citizens to find new ways to celebrate our democracy, our freedom, our nationhood.”Matola explained that through the National Development Plan citizens would be able to achieve a better future for all. “We must each of us play our part to make this a better reality.”He concluded by quoting Nelson Mandela: “Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come, that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.”Among those at the launch were Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula; Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile; Leslie Sedibe, Proudly SA’s chief executive officer; Phumla Williams, GCIS’s acting chief executive officer; struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada; social cohesion advocate Judge Yvonne Mokgoro; and Primedia Broadcasting’s chief executive officer, Terry Volkwyn.Youth commitment20 years of freedomAcknowledging the youth’s support and active participation, Abramjee introduced some inspirational schoolchildren. Among them were Madison Volkwyn; Jordan van der Walt, the Lead SA hero of the year; and Tshogofatso Dhlamini. Madison, a pupil at Redhill High School in Johannesburg, spoke about a business studies and design project that inspired her and a group of friends to give back to an underprivileged school in Orange Farm in the form of a colourful play area.The group was instructed to go out and implement a sustainable, green corporate social responsibility project, “whatever you want, whatever you need, but you need to do it yourself”. “For us, being raised in homes that are very open and exposed to the current situations of the people in our country, we were hopeful that we could find somewhere where we could make an impact but we hadn’t gone looking specifically for a place to do community service,” she explained.“Solwazi Primary School is a way of helping keep the children occupied during the day, educating them and helping to keep them off the streets, as many of these children are orphans. When interviewing the directors of the school, they expressed the importance of playing and felt that their students were being deprived of this aspect of their schooling, especially in the foundation phase of Grade R and grades one to three,” she said.“Studies have shown that low-income children have limited opportunities to play. Having gone to a school such as Redhill, my peers and I have always had boundless opportunities … which I have no doubt has significantly helped us to this very day. When visiting the school, seeing those 600 children, playing in what could only be described as a flat, dusty playground, with no equipment and nothing to stimulate these children’s minds or provide a ritualistic form of exercise, it really sparked a desire in us to make a change, however small.”Tshogofatso, a Grade 11 pupil at St Martin de Porres School in Orlando West, Soweto gave a moving speech about the importance of national heritage and pride. “Heritage is anything that we discover or know about the past. But heritage is not simply history – that which befalls us – it is rather what we choose to know, keep, and value from the past. Heritage is that part of our history which defines us and which we cherish.”She said: “A shared heritage provides us with a common past, and this gives us a sense of identity and belonging … A shared heritage is like a rich mine from which we may select and emphasise that good that we choose to cherish and to celebrate with others. These aspects of heritage tie us to other human beings, often forming the strongest human bonds.“One of the most important things about heritage is that it gives us a sense of identity, defining who we are, as well as seeing that we are part of something that is bigger than what we are, and something in which we can take pride,” she said.
Sunset in Sea Point, Cape Town. By Anne Taylor20 May 2014“One destination continues to hold the number one spot in our wanderlust-filled hearts: Cape Town,” writes Hayden Rockwell in the Huffington Post’s Travel section. “Trust us, if you’re going to travel anywhere this year, it should be to Cape Town.”Warning travellers that they should be prepared for cooler-than-summer temps, he goes on to list 15 “facts” – because he can’t sell us on opinion alone – why Cape Town should be Number 1 on your travel agenda. A few of my favourites:• From Clifton to Camps Bay, you’ll find some of the most picturesque beach communities at the foot of the mountain. There are plenty of beachfront bars to enjoy a sundowner at: “With a Savanna Cider in hand, the awe-inspiring sunsets will make you wonder where this beautiful place has been all your life.”Just outside the city is … Boulders Beach, “home to about 3 000 adorable penguins. Just imagine the Instagram potential of this place.”• Long Street is “pretty much Bourbon Street, but it’s not nearly as over-crowded or over-priced. The nightlife in Cape Town is unmatched. The drinks are cheap, the bars are fun and the music scene is taking off.”• The Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill is “the most epic weekend market of all time. Spend a Saturday roaming through the stalls and we assure you, you’ll never want to leave. Exotic food creations are not limited and the Ostrich burger should be at the top of your list.”It’s been one hell of a year so far for the Mother City, ranking high on most international travel lists. Having moved here from the Eastern Cape three years ago, I’m still relishing the city as a fresh-faced immigrant. Exploring Kirstenbosch, hiking in Silvermine Reserve, and sundowners on Llandudno beach remain my top three things to do.Read HuffPo’s full list hereFind out more about Travelling to South Africa on SouthAfrica.info
Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In what may prove to be the first “yanked from the App Store” story of 2011, TorrentFreak reports that there’s a new BitTorrent app available for iPhone users. The app, iControlbits (iTunes link), offers an interface for Transmission, the popular BitTorrent client for Mac. The iControlbits app allows you to control your BitTorrent downloads remotely, with an interface far improved over the alternative – the mobile web version of Transmission.According to TorrentFreak, frustrations with the features (or lack of features) on the mobile site prompted developer Luka Hlastec to create a native remote access app. iControlbits controls the client daemon via the RPC protocol. Using the app, you can start, stop, pause and remove transfers, as well as connect to multiple Transmission “servers” and change some of your download options. The app costs $1.99, and Hlastec says he plans to add more features soon, including the ability to add new downloads to your queue. But a new version of the app would have to pass Apple’s scrutiny, and BitTorrent apps have historically faced rejection and removal from the iTunes store. An app with functionality similar to iControlbits made it into the store in October, but was booted just three days later. Like iControlbits, that app avoided the word “BitTorrent” in its name and description, something that only saved it for a short time.Hopefully iControlbits will have better luck.
of Ann offers a guide that elaborates on the following steps: — specifically, how can you attract more fans and ultimately expand your reach? of How to Promote Your Facebook Fan Page & Get Lots of Fans Richard MacManus Try social ads. Lesson: Tracking Twitter Sherice’s article focuses on writing in a way that avoids boring and confusing your readers with “purple prose,” or needlessly flowery sections of writing. She strongly advises writers to crunch up their sentences and steer clear of rambling. In short, get to the point. Your readers will appreciate the instant gratification. Create fresh content for people to want to join. Learn how to use social media to attract more customers. Search Engine Journal Lesson: Attract fans to your Facebook fan page by making it interactive and updated with new content. Leverage your email contacts. Author: Whether you’re creating a brand new Facebook fan page or trying to enliven a stale one, Ann’s article offers five rounds of advice with specific recommendations on how to create a Facebook page that will attract fans. Search Engine Land Set yourself up an RSS reader already! It’s a great tool for organizing information in a cluttered Web world. Author: My RSS reader is a part of my daily life, yet with the emergence of more real-time sources of information like Twitter, it makes sense that RSS usage has been in decline. But as I’m still a huge proponent of the tool, I was happy to come across this article by Richard MacManus, which explains some really great uses of RSS readers that can’t be achieved through other services. Don’t beat around the bush. Keep your writing tight and clear, and communicate in a way that your readers can understand. Chris Brogan Ann Smarty Lesson: you should be aware of when reaching out to bloggers. Specifically, he advises you to do your homework, be there before the sale, make it easy, ask the right questions, and most importantly, don’t push. A Six-Step Content Marketing Check-Up For B2B Marketers Lesson: Facebook for business and learn how to generate more business using social media. of Galen DeYoung Does Your Writing Suffer from Purple Overload? Internet Marketing Blog Do you function as the PR professional for your business? Are you still trying to grapple with how to effectively communicate with bloggers to get your message out? When was the last time you took your content marketing strategy in for a check-up? Before you move ahead with your future plans, Galen urges you to first take some time to evaluate your strategy to date in order to make performance improvements to your existing assets. 1. Sherice Jacob
What do you think of this stunt? The numbers seem to indicate that it was effective. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack sent an icy message to payment giant, PayPal at its annual development conference in San Francisco. PayPal, a WePay competitor, has had negative publicity in the past around the issue of WePay • Conversions on the stunt landing page were 3x higher than a normal day. • 300% increase in weekly traffic • 225% increase in signups According to the WePay team, yes it did. The folks at WePay shared the following results with us from the days following the stunt: Takeaways From a Successful Marketing Stunt Those are pretty dramatic results. How did they do it? At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the group payment startup With a limited budget, competing against a giant in the payment industry, WePay elected to do a marketing stunt to get its message across. The WePay team wheeled a massive block of ice with frozen money and a message to PayPal customers and developers: “PayPal Freezes Your Accounts.” One minute after dropping off the massive block of ice in front of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WePay employees were confronted by security. An hour and half later, the stunt was on the front page of TechCrunch , one of the most popular technology news sites on the web today. freezing some of its members’ accounts 2. Be Ready to Make a First Impression- The WePay team had prepared for a spike in engagement. They were ready for more emails, calls, and tweets than normal. With lots of new potential users talking about the stunt, the team needed to be ready to respond and make sure it created a good first impression. Originally published Oct 29, 2010 9:20:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 3. Have Fun With the Stunt- When you create something interesting, people always want to know how you did it. It is important to understand that the stunt is meant to be fun, and while you are putting it together, you should plan to take pictures to share with your community. For example, the folks at WePay documented the process on their blog. More Than a Cute Story?Sure, that sounds like a fun story, and I am sure the folks at WePay had a lot of fun doing it, but did it drive actual business results? 1. Have a Dedicated Landing Page- WePay had a dedicated landing page for its stunt: UnfreezeYourMoney.com. On this page, WePay had two separate calls-to-action for its buyer personas: new users and developers. This landing page converted at a 10% higher rate than the company’s homepage. . WePay obviously wanted to let PayPal customers and developers know that they would not experience the account freeze issue if they were using the WePay system.
Where Is Your Target Audience? “What is really important is to figure out where the people that you are trying to reach are,” says David Meerman Scott. If you are trying to reach executives, for instance, LinkedIn is probably a good starting place. If you are trying to reach teenagers, however, you might need to look elsewhere. In this case, Facebook would probably be the preferred platform for communication. Don’t Be Everywhere You don’t need to be on every social network in order to be a social media-savvy business. David Meerman Scott, for instance, is not on LinkedIn because he invests most of his efforts on channels like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The idea behind this practice is to not spread yourself thin, but to perform well on a few selected sites. Eventually, as David pointed out, it comes down to choosing the right social media networks and giving yourself permission to not stress about being present on some other channels.Photo Credit: Asthma Helper Social Media Originally published May 2, 2011 8:44:00 AM, updated July 08 2013 Topics: Maybe being on all possible channels isn’t quite as effective as focusing on a few of them. In this episode of the Weekly Marketing Cast we discuss how you can approach this question. Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Sep 1, 2011 2:11:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 As a social media manager, the job doesn’t end when you leave your desk for the night. When you’re on the go and can’t sit at a computer and monitor social activity, mobile comes into play.There are a variety of smart phone applications that will allow you to stay on top of your brand’s online and mobile conversations, outside of the 9 to 5 day. I’ve pooled together a toolkit of the most convenient and reliable social engagement and monitoring applications—all accessible from your handheld device.1. HootSuiteThe incredible desktop Twitter client, HootSuite, also exists for the iPhone and Droid. With the mobile version of HootSuite, you can manage multiple accounts in easy-to-navigate streams, schedule tweets, upload photos, and use ow.ly, the HootSuite link shortner that automatically generates graphs and statistics.HootSuite allows you to translate tweets, organize your Twitter contacts, see trending topics, or add locations to posts. If you’re mentioning a handle, just type “@” with letters and HootSuite will make it easy for you by providing accounts to select from. You also have the ability to link Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare accounts for cross-platform management.2. SeesmicAnother Twitter desktop client, Seesmic, also supports a variety of platforms on devices including iPhone, Droid, and Blackberry. Bring together all of your networks in one place, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Evernote, Flickr, Blogger, and more. The management tool also supplies statistics and simple ways to organize followers or engagers.3. TweebTweeb is a somewhat in-depth metrics tool for Twitter on the iPhone. The application provides a clean and concise layout for examining tweets that inspired follows, unfollows, retweets, mentions, and click-throughs.Tweeb also gives up-to-date information and allows you to browse through data from different time periods.4. BelugaIf you need to communicate with co-workers quickly while out, group-messaging is perfect for you. Get your coworkers hooked up with Beluga so you can start sending out mass messages, alerts, or instructions for online and offline responsibilities.There are a variety of other group-messaging applications including Kik, GroupMe, and Fast Society.5. TweetAlarmTweetAlarm sends email alerts when someone talks about your brand, product, or any specific topic of interest—think of it as Google Alerts for Twitter. You’re immediately alerted if something critical comes up on the social landscape.6. BumpIf you’re at a conference or networking event, Bump is key to have. With bump, you can physically click iPhones or Droids together and electronically transfer contact information. It’s basically the mobile version of exchanging business cards.7. HashableReferred to as the “ultimate networking app,” Hashable is similar to Bump in allowing people to make in-person introductions, check-ins, and exchanges of contact information for the mobile and online world.8. Radian6 for MobileWhile not available just yet, Radian6 recently announced they are releasing a version of the social insights and listening tool for the iPhone. Just like the desktop version, the iPhone app will have real-time results, team assignments, analytics, and engagement alerts.What mobile tools do you use? Let us know in the comments! Mobile Marketing