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ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders protest against the amendments brought by the Romanian Government to the Insolvency Law

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RomaniaEurope – Central Asia News October 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders protest against the amendments brought by the Romanian Government to the Insolvency Law RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Organisation to go further RSF_en center_img News News May 26, 2021 Find out more ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders condemn the Romanian Government’s decision to adopt in a total lack of transparency a bill whose provisions threaten press freedom and the public’s right to information. By supporting this legislation, the Government opened a new chapter in the history of political and economic control of the media institutions in Romania.On the 2nd of October, the Romanian Government adopted an Emergency Ordinance on procedures for preventing insolvency, which requires suspension of licenses for audiovisual companies entering insolvency proceedings. The Emergency Ordinance was published today in the Official Gazette (nr. 620).ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders consider that this specific article of the law is:- In clear contradiction with Article 30 (2) of the Constitution which states that “no publication can be suppressed,” thereby jeopardizing the constitutional right to free speech.- Sabotaging the institutional powers of the National Audiovisual Council (NCA), an institution that, by law, is “the sole regulator of audiovisual media policy” (Article 10, paragraph 2 of Law 504/2002 Broadcasting).- In conflict with other provisions of the Broadcasting Law504/2002 that define the conditions under which a broadcasting license may be withdrawn. Under the Broadcasting Law, the NAC is the only institution that can issue or revoke broadcasting licenses. Suspension of licenses is not provided under the Broadcasting Law.- Is discriminatory as it is dedicated exclusively to audiovisual media, although there are other sectors of the economy that operate on the basis of licenses issued by public authorities.- Adopted in a total lack of transparency, being introduced on the day of the vote, although the bill was open for public debate for about a month, without the article in cause.- In clear contradiction with the very purpose of insolvency proceedings which is to help distressed companies to recover.ActiveWatch and Reporters Without Borders ask the Parliament to reject this article threatening press freedom and the right of citizens to freedom of information.The two organizations will address the European Commission in relation to this serious threat to press freedom committed by the Government. In this respect we shall notify the Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, and the Commissioner for Communications, Content, and Technology, Neelie Kroes.Art. 81 (3) of the Emergency Ordinance on procedures for preventing insolvency:“If the debtor’s business is subject to the Broadcasting Law no.504/2002, following the opening of insolvency proceedings until the date of confirmation of the reorganization plan, the audiovisual license will be suspended within the meaning of the Broadcasting Law no.504/2002, as amended and supplemented, with effect from the date of receipt of the notification by the National Audiovisual Council. The reorganization plan will provide the conditions for exercising the right to broadcast in a particular area, a particular program service, conditions that would come under the prior approval of the National Audiovisual Council”.Contact:Răzvan Martin – ActiveWatch [email protected], 0729199393Antoine Héry – RSF [email protected], +33144838465 RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Follow the news on Romania November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Renewed call for release of Shi Tao after mother reads Tiananmen poem at Golden Pen Award

first_img Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en News to go further Died in an abandoned pool of blood Revealing the true nature of my wound June, the earth shifts, the river falls silent Piled up letters unable to be delivered to the dead When my lover World Editors Forum president George Brock revealed during the ceremony that the government-backed Chinese Press Association had asked that the prize not be awarded to Shi on the grounds that he had been convicted according to the law.Shi was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 30 April 2005 for “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” because he gave a foreign-based website the text of a message about coverage of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre which the authorities had sent to his newspaper, Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News). The court’s verdict indicated that Yahoo!’s Hong Kong subsidiary gave the Chinese police information that helped to convict him. March 12, 2021 Find out more June, when my heart died China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Toward another place to hibernate China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call to the Chinese authorities to quickly release journalist Shi Tao after his mother received the World Association of Newspapers’ Golden Pen award on his behalf at a ceremony yesterday in Cape Town (South Africa). The innocent victim of the continuing crackdown on those who defend the memory of the Tiananmen Square victims, Shi was convicted thanks to Yahoo!’s cooperation with the Chinese police.”The Chinese authorities must quickly review the decision to impose a 10-year prison sentence on this journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Held in a forced-labour camp, Shi Tao is innocent. We appeal to the international community to redouble its efforts to obtain the release of Shi and the 80 other journalists and cyber-dissidents held in China.”Shi’s mother, Gao Qinsheng, paid homage to her son at yesterday’s ceremony in the South African city of Cape Town, reading a poem he wrote a few weeks before his arrest to the memory of the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 1989. With tears in her eyes, she said: “He did what every courageous journalist must do.” Her speech was warmly applauded by those present including President Thabo Mbeki.JuneMy whole life June 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Renewed call for release of Shi Tao after mother reads Tiananmen poem at Golden Pen Award Will never get past “June” Receive email alerts When my poetry died News June, the little fish swims out of the blood-red sea ChinaAsia – Pacific June, the scorching sun burns open my skin News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market

first_img About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In the past decade, the single-family rental market has evolved from individual units owned and rented out by small landlords to large scale operations by big investors with significant portfolios of houses. Some of the large companies entering the market are building units specifically to rent or creating communities of single-family rentals to be professionally managed like an apartment complex.Bloomberg’s Patrick Clark last week tackled the topic, pointing out that single-family rentals are drawing interest from institutional money, and that builders and apartment firms are pushing into that corner of the market.While a study last summer showed the interest in SFR has been increasing since recovery from the Great Recession, Clark’s article notes that the pandemic has ignited Americans’ desire for larger living spaces and thus sparked a new level of “Wall Street zest” for this sector of suburban real estate.Clark notes that big investors including J.P. Morgan Chase and Nuveen Real Estate recently have bet on the supposition that “there are lots of Americans who want spare bedrooms and backyards, but don’t have cash for down payments.”“It’s really an inflection point in SFR,” Michael Carey, Senior Director for Altus Group, an advisory firm, told Bloomberg. “It used to be an alternative asset class. Now people look at it as a solution.”Low housing inventory means builders including Lennar Corp., the largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, are launching campaigns of unprecedented focus on rental-specific builds.Clark writes that apartment companies also are investing big in SFR. Greystar Real Estate Partners, for example, could go from managing 1,500 to 25,000 homes in the next five years, according to the company’s Executive Director Mike Clow.“Three years ago I would have said this was a fad,” Clow told Bloomberg. “But it’s become more prevalent because it’s filling a need for consumers.”While small landlords still own the vast majority of single-family rentals, the pandemic has accelerated the interest in SFR, and some see a convergence of apartment companies, large-scale investors, and mom-and-pop landlords on the horizon.”Most real estate investment trusts that specialize in apartments still believe that they’re in a different business than single-family landlords, Jeffrey Langbaum, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence told Clark. “Others, however, see the logic in companies offering tenants everything from downtown apartments to suburban homes.”Gary Beasley, CEO at Roofstock, a platform for acquiring single-family rentals, told Bloomberg that he’s been thinking of this convergence of apartment and SFR landlords for a long time. He says this innovative outlook might “allow landlords to service customers throughout their life cycle—starting with an urban apartment in their 20s, moving them to a suburban rental home in their 30s, and perhaps even selling them a home in the 40s.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 9, 2021 13,692 Views Share Save Previous: Declining Delinquency Rate Points to ‘Increasing Stabilization’ Next: Coalition Urges Congress to Boost Mortgage-Payment Assistance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News SFR stakeholders won’t want to miss this year’s Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, scheduled for May 12, 2021, at the Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas. Click here or on the banner below for more info.center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-02-09 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Odds Are Against Completion of Australia Mega-Mine Project

first_imgOdds Are Against Completion of Australia Mega-Mine Project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Adani’s operations in Australia appear to be hanging on by a thread, as activists prove effective at undermining the company’s chances of getting the finance it needs.China seems to have ruled out funding for the mine, which means it’s not just Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine that is under threat, but also its existing Abbot Point coal terminal, which sits near Bowen, behind the Great Barrier Reef.The campaign against the mine has been long. Environmentalists first tried to use Australia’s environmental laws to block it from going ahead, and then failing that, focused on pressuring financial institutions, first here, and then around the world.The news that Beijing has left Adani out to dry comes as on-the-ground protests against construction of the mine pick up. Two Greens MPs, Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, have been arrested in Queensland for disrupting the company’s activities.Is China’s move the end of the road for Adani’s mega coalmine in Australia, and will the Adani Group be left with billions of dollars in stranded assets?One by one, each of the big four Australian banks ruled out financing the mineBut Australia’s environmental law leaves very little opportunity for challenging the merits of a minister’s decision – it only allows for challenges on whether those decisions considered everything required by the law. As a result, the minister needed only approve it again, after formally considering the impact on the two species.Another court challenge argued the approval was invalid because the emissions caused by the mine – which would be greater than those of New York City – were a threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Hunt argued in court, successfully, that there was no definite link between coal from Adani mine and climate change.It became apparent Australia’s environmental laws were unable to stop a project like this if the government of the day was determined to push it through.Although further court challenges remained on the cards, they could only serve to delay the project. So activists changed tactics, aiming to undermine the company’s chances of securing finance for the mine and its associated infrastructure.While threats to reputational damage were not effective against Adani Group, since it is family-owned, the same was not true of Australian banks, which were targeted heavily by activists.And one by one, each of the big four Australian banks ruled out financing the mine.By then Adani had seen the writing on the wall, and had shifted to seek finance from overseas institutions. It entered negotiations with the state-owned China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which was thought to raise the potential of subsidised Chinese government loans.The Australian government, which was seeking to give Adani its own subsidised loan, had supported the company’s efforts in China, according to a freedom of information request by the Australia Institute that reveals “several hundred pages” relating to formal representations to foreign financiers by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.In a Senate estimates hearing, it was revealed that the minister for trade, Steve Ciobo, and the deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, had written a letter to the Chinese government confirming the mine had received all necessary environmental approvals.But even support from the highest levels of Australian government could not secure Chinese financing for the project – the activists won again.In a letter to ACF’s Geoff Cousins, China’s Australian embassy said that Beijing had “taken note” of his concerns, and that while a Chinese entity had been negotiating with Adani, it had terminated the negotiation process “due to the absence of commercial feasibility”.It also noted that “no Chinese banking institution has made any financing commitment to the project.”“Approaching China would seem like the last roll of the dice so Carmichael is now looking even more like the definition of a stranded asset,” says Simon Nicholas, an analyst from the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa).“Although there have been many twists and turns on Carmichael already, which makes it hard to predict,” Nicholas says. “Adani is faced with writing off their A$1.4bn investment if they can’t get the project going so they’ll continue to state that they are pursuing funding and make it sound like everything’s under control.”Tim Buckley, also from Ieefa, says the news is a major blow to the Carmichael project, and will mean there is unlikely to be much movement from Adani until after the federal court hears a case brought by representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou, the traditional owners of the site of the mine.More: Is this the end of the road for Adani’s Australian megamine?last_img read more

A Generation of Gems in Fair Haven

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – Maureen Bay has been responsible for bringing a lot of sparkle and beauty to the borough for 30 years.Bay, the owner of Gem of An Idea at 740 River Road, is celebrating her 30th year in business and is proud of the designs, quality and trust-worthiness she has been able to offer her customers for three decades.Maureen Bay is celebrating 30 years in Fair Haven as the owner of Gem of An Idea.Bay began in the jewelry business working in a store in Shrewsbury. She and another employee decided to become partners in 1983 and they opened a store in another borough location. Bay amicably bought her partner out about six years later and moved the business to her present address.Her longevity has given her the pleasure of serving not only her original customers but also their children and now some of their grandchildren as well.“I’m now on the third generation of some of the families coming in to me,” Bay said. “I almost feel a little motherly or, maybe sentimental, about my clients. I’m resetting diamonds I sold to a young couple and now they are using that for their son or their daughter and they are having a baby … It’s kind of nice.“It’s making me feel old but it’s also making me feel that, if you can hold on to three generations of customers, you must be doing something right.”Bay has a passion for her business and the things she designs and sells. “I’ve always said this business is two things: trust and emotion. People have to trust you but buying jewelry … is an emotional thing … Most of it is for an occasion. It takes on added importance.”Bay feels that sense of responsibility to help customers buy that gift “whether it’s a father coming in with his son buying something for Mother’s Day for the first time” or someone purchasing something more extravagant. “You have to steer that client toward something that has to be just right, be the right price, be right for the person getting it, say everything they want it to say.”Bay’s business has chang­ed over the years. She says that when she and her partner founded the business, they were not as ambitious nor did they have a lot of money. “We did a lot of beaded jewelry,” she said. “We made a lot of our own things. I made a lot. I started out at the bench doing repairs. So my position with the business has moved from the bench area and creating to dealing more with the customers. Now I’m more behind-the-scenes again. I’m more into the operational part of the business.”While Bay is still creating exquisite pieces of jewelry, she has taken Gem of An Idea’s inventory over the years from its more humble start to more exclusive lines in gold and platinum and a wide variety of gemstones that represent her custom-designed pieces and various brands.Bay’s business philosophy is that she wants her customers “to feel comfortable … feel assured that they are dealing with someone who is honestly steering them in the right direction, someone who is offering them true value…I want them to feel confident and happy. I want them to walk out the door happy they came in and happy with whatever purchase or decision that they made.“I like to look a person in the eye and I like to be able to do the same thing 10 years after I sell them something,” she said.Bay estimates that within a mile of her store there are at least 15 jewelry stores, not to mention the various online retailers. “So why come in here?” she asks and then answers that she is “ offering something a little different, going out of our way for service … giving something to my customers that they can’t find elsewhere in terms of service, style, attention to them.“When someone walks in the door, they don’t remain anonymous for long,” she said proudly. “We go out of our way … whatever it takes.”Bay also is well known for her community spirit and has been actively involved in many Fair Haven occasions over the years. She was president of the Fair Haven Business Association for more than 20 years and has involved herself with different groups, including those fighting breast cancer, borough organizations, Clean Ocean Action, CPC Behavioral Healthcare and her alma mater, Monmouth University. “It’s important to give back,” she said. ”It’s also a way for people to meet me … and do something nice. If I have the ability to contribute, then I feel I have that obligation to support my community.”Bay came to the area from Massachusetts to attend Monmouth University in 1970. It was there she met her husband and graduated with degrees in fine arts and education. She taught school for a bit but decided that was not the direction she wanted to go and went into retail. She continued her education and is credentialed by the Gemological Institute of America.As someone surrounded by beautiful precious metals, fabulous pearls and glittering gemstones, Bay’s taste is “very eclectic.” Personally, she is drawn toward tourmaline. “It’s untreated, it comes in a variety of natural colors and it can be affordable or very expensive,” she said.She and her husband have enjoyed living in the area and riding their Harleys together. They have traveled extensively for more than 25 years around the East Coast on their motorcycles. They own five now. “It’s a good way to forget troubles of any sort,” she said.Though they now have a second home in North Carolina – found while on a motorcycle trip – and escape there whenever they can, Bay sees herself continuing with Gem of An Idea long past her 30 years in Fair Haven.“I like it here. I like the small town, close atmosphere. I like walking down the street and waving to people,” Bay said. “I feel very comfortable. I like the police. They watch me and make me feel safe … I like that people can park and walk into the store. It’s accessible and easy. It works for me.”last_img read more

Red Bank Classic 5K Attracts 1,000 Runners

first_imgStory by Jenna Moldaver • Photos by Patrick Olivero |RED BANK – The streets of downtown Red Bank were alive and bustling early Saturday morning for the inaugural Red Bank Classic 5k, which drew about 1,000 runners and their supporters to the downtown.Among the participants were Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy of Middletown, who surprised many in the crowd when they showed up in sneakers to run the race together.The event was hosted by the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter. It raised about $20,000 for the Red Bank YMCA and the borough parks and recreation department.“A bunch of businesses and the Red Bank community got together and we decided we needed a community event like this and to bring a race back to town,” said organizer Angela Courtney, a member of the Business Alliance. “It just organically happened and it grew into this amazing event. We expected 500 people and got over a thousand.”While runners and their supporters gathered on Broad Street, local businesses showcased their products and services in Marine Park. Kitch Organic, Jersey Shore, Evolution Acupuncture and more set out pamphlets and samples under tents throughout the park. While the main action of the day took place a few blocks away, Marine Park was a site of relaxation, offering foot massages, paddle boarding and yoga for runners and community members to enjoy.A pre-race warmup offered by fitness professionals Mike Rodgers Jr. and Elizabeth Murphy guided the runners in stretches, offering motivational words as the race start neared.On each side of the throng of runners, supporters watched from sidewalks, taking pictures, cheering and holding signs like those of Red Bank residents Wallace and Messiah Woods, a father and son who made signs reading “Run Honey Run” and “My Mom is # Run.”Runners came in every variety: experienced, first-timers, solo and in groups. They ranged from under 14 to over 75. There was a special fun run for the younger set.The overall winners were Ean Jaffe, 17, of Holmdel (0:17:18.0), Kerry O’Brien, 34, of Belford (0:17:22.7), Anthony Scamardella, 19, of Red Bank (0:17:45.3), Sean Rath, 34, of Atlantic Highlands (0:18:20.3) and Abraham Calderon, 15, of South Amboy (0:18:36.2).The Murphys finished at 27:06, placing them in the top 25 percent of finishers.Of the 31 teams that competed, the top finishers were Sweetest Sins, Orangetheory Fitness, Shrewsbury First Assembly of God, Red Bank Eye and CrossFit TreeHouse II.More than 30 runners represented Red Bank Eye. The group of colleagues and customers donned team T-shirts with their enthusiasm. “Almost the entire office is out here,” said Eatontown resident Tom Sasso. All of the results have been posted and can be found at redbankclassic.com.The event brought together families, friends and the community at large, a feat Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna described as the primary goal of the race. He likened the lively event to his experience growing up with a particularly strong sense of community in Italy.“I was born and raised in Italy and I remember as a kid, everybody would meet in the piazza, the square, to eat or drink,” Menna said. “People would just walk around, meet their neighbors, talk, and it was a lively place. In a lot of respects, Red Bank is a little bit like that because we do have a very safe, active downtown and what you do see a lot is that it brings a focus on community.”Menna said this race, the first road race in Red Bank since the long-running George Sheehan Classic ended in 2015, is an important step in revitalizing this focus. He said he believes these types of events are essential in uniting a community.“All of a sudden, you realize that we’re really this small world and somebody who’s a different color, somebody who’s got a different faith, somebody who acts differently than you, they’re really just people,” he said. “They’re humans just like we are. It’s just a matter of mingling.”Throughout the morning, this community spirit pervaded moments both big and small: a woman extended her hand to her husband so they could cross the finish line together; a father pushed his infant son in a stroller for the entire 3.1 mile course; friends discussed the plight of uphill treks and unforgiving leg cramps as they reveled in post-race glory over bagels in Marine Park.From the volunteers handing out water bottles to the triumphant friends posing with medals at the finish line, Red Bank beamed with community pride.Road races may have taken a hiatus in the town, but community members tied up their laces once again without missing a step.This article first appeared in the June 21 – 28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

United ‘want Sterling to replace Nani’

first_imgManchester 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 Facebooklast_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Stories of the Week: Get More Facebook Fans

first_img 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 Jacoblast_img read more

4 Email Marketing Tips From Email Spammers

first_img Email Deliverability Originally published Nov 10, 2011 11:30:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: Would you believe it? Email spammers have taught us honest email marketers a thing or two over the years. Mostly, it’s what to avoid if you don’t want to end up in handcuffs. But in their own twisted way, spammers have helped us figure out some email marketing best practices to keep in mind as your email marketing, lead nurturing, and marketing automation campaigns get underway.Here are 4 great email marketing tips from email spammers that you can apply to your (totally legit) email marketing campaigns.1. Remind people they can trust you.Online security company Bit Defender revealed that in 2011, Jay Leno topped the list of the most frequently used celebrity names by email spammers. Spammers knew that, by pure virtue of having a recognizable name, enough people trusted Leno to open the email.You don’t need a celebrity endorsement for higher email open rates, but you can gain trust by ensuring your recipients remember how they know you. You got your list legitimately (you did get your list legitimately, didn’t you?), so you can identify how you met each of your subscribers. Is this email part of a demo follow-up campaign? That recipient probably knows one of your employees, so that employee should be listed as the sender. Did they subscribe to receive blog updates from your site? Then they’re familiar with your company, and you should identify your company as the sender. People scan their inboxes quickly; if recipients don’t identify you as a recognizable, trustworthy name, you’ll end up right in their trash bin.2. Write with a specific goal in mind.Email spammers know exactly what they’re trying to get the reader to do. It’s not an esoteric goal, like giving the reader a better understanding of product offerings. How the hell can you measure success with that goal? Spammers want an email open so they can infect you with malware. Or they want a click to collect your banking information.Approach your email marketing goals with the same precision. Identify the goal of the email, and draft your call-to-action accordingly — to achieve that goal. If your goal is to get someone to download an ebook, you can measure how successful you are by tracking click-through rate, conversion rate, and leads.3. Stay trendy.Spammers get high email open rates and click-through rates by riding the pop culture wave. This plays into people’s desire to stay in the know, and it’s something you can do regardless of your industry.Use language in your subject lines and email copy to connote thought leadership, and recipients will be chomping at the bit to be the first to share this new information with their networks. When appropriate, leverage current events and news topics to add a sense of urgency and timeliness to your marketing messages. If your recipients think they’ll get juicy data and insights on the latest industry trends, they’ll not only open your email, but they’ll also share it with their networks, thereby expanding your reach and attracting more subscribers.4. Leverage email list intelligence.One way email spammers collect your information is through fake unsubscribe buttons at the bottom of emails. When you unsubscribe from their emails, it tells them a real person is using the account and gives them the opportunity to collect more information about you in the process.So stop and think. When was the last time you scrubbed your email list? Do you know if there’s actually someone on the other end of your email sends, or are they getting sent to an AOL email address from 1999? Have you considered why more recent subscribers aren’t reading your emails and what you can do to better communicate with these people? Just like a spammer, continue to refine your email list and learn more about what makes readers open, click, and share.What other tips can you steal from those annoying email spammers?Image Credit: comedy_nose Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Vietnam busts USD 26 mn online betting ring: state media

first_img\R Hanoi, Jun 23 (AFP) Vietnamese police broke up an online football gambling ring worth around USD 26 million, arresting four people as authorities look to stop black market betting that surges during sporting events like the ongoing World Cup. Gambling is illegal in Vietnam apart from the state-run lottery and a few casinos which are only open to foreigners. But the law is widely flouted, especially during top-tier sports competitions when many punters head online or to illegal gambling dens to try their luck. The four people were arrested in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, according to a report published the same day in the police’s official Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper. Several others were also summoned for questioning. The suspects allegedly admitted to operating transactions through a website hosted in the Philippines. “Since early 2017, the total transactions of the gambling ring have been worth more than 600 billion dong (USD 26 million)”, state-run Vietnam Television reported, adding that thousands of people across Vietnam had used its services. Under Vietnam’s criminal code, anyone participating in gambling or organising gambling could face up to 10 years in jail. The government has moved to ease restrictions, introducing a pilot programme in 2017 that would allow wagers on a limited number of international football matches and adopting a law earlier this month that permits state-sanctioned betting. But the illegal market remains dominant as the small amount allowed for betting — USD 44 per match — is deemed too miniscule by passionate punters. Authorities around the region are stepping up scrutiny of sports betting as the 2018 World Cup in Russia leads to a spike in online bets.advertisement Thailand arrested more than 2,500 suspected gamblers from June 14 to June 20 as part of a sweeping crackdown, according to deputy national police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen. Most of those arrested will face suspended sentences and a small fine, police said. In neighbouring Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen told listeners in a speech broadcast live on his Facebook page this week not to bet on the tournament because “the ball is round” and unpredictable. (AFP)HMBlast_img read more