Fax advertisers hanging on in industry grappling with growth of social media

first_imgFollow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press Sam Ayoub knows a thing or two about making money in an unlikely place.He has been convincing companies for the last 24 years to drop cash on a marketing medium from a previous era: fax advertising.Ayoub and his InFax business operate seven offices across Canada that fire off more than 60 million faxes a year for clients advertising everything from events and financing services to travel packages and education seminars.Ayoub knows his business and others like it are “the underdog.”Their missives sometimes spit out of machines that are covered with a thick layer of dust and reaching a wide audience can now be done with a few clicks and amplified even further for a couple extra dollars via email and social media.Still Ayoub believes his business is surviving due to his ability to deliver messages right to the heart of offices and avoiding the main trouble of online advertising: the human tendency to scroll past it.“The perception is getting higher that fax broadcasting is irrelevant,” Ayoub admitted. “Clients have tried many marketing tools in order to get some returns. They always come back to fax broadcast because the returns are still there.”InFax’s website shows it charges 30 cents a page when a customer is sending 200 to 400 faxes, but the rate drops as low as two cents a page for clients sending 100,000 faxes or more.By contrast, you can run campaigns on Facebook and Twitter for as little as a few dollars, though reaching a larger or more targeted audience can be more expensive.The strength of the content and the frequency with which someone encounters it determines how much traction an advertisement can get, though it can be hard to know what kind of returns it generates because fax technology isn’t rooted in clicks and analytics.However, Ayoub suspects clients are still finding returns because he has customers who pour considerable money into a campaign every week or month.Not everyone agrees. Ryan Moore, the owner of a Toronto-based jewellery business that specializes in custom pieces, says he spent about $400 for a company to send about 2,000 faxes every week for three months, but found the results disappointing.“There is no return on it,” he said. “I prefer Facebook and Instagram. We get more business from that than fax marketing.”David Soberman, a University of Toronto marketing professor, said direct mail and traditional media advertising have been hit hard by the digital era, but fax marketers have suffered mainly because reliance on fax machines has dwindled at offices outside the health care and legal professions, which still use them for sensitive documents.“Marketing relies on having significant penetration within a segment,” he said. “It’s an older demographic that has fax machines. I have never heard of young adults or millennials having a fax machine.”Diego Diaz, president of Toronto-based Fax Marketing Canada, said clients are still finding returns on fax marketing, but that doesn’t mean he thinks the industry is as rosy as it was in its prime.Diaz has had to restructure his company, close two of its offices and invest in other ventures because of a 70 per cent drop in business.He’s watched travel companies turn away from fax marketing to use Expedia or other travel websites for advertising instead. Private health-care businesses used to bring in anywhere from $25,000 to $45,000 a month in sales because they used fax marketing to advertise to U.S. customers without insurance, but many of them went out of business after the introduction of Obamacare.Now, he said he’s left with “mom-and-pop” businesses and medical companies advertising seminars, supplies and research directly to doctors.“There is still room to make money, but I think one day, maybe in the next 10 years, it will be gone,” he said.“It was a good ride while it lasted.”last_img read more

Government decides not to debate Disappearance Bill on Thursday

The joint opposition had earlier called for the Bill to be removed from the Parliament order paper this week. The Government has decided not to debate the Enforced Disappearance Bill on Thursday, September 21.Government spokesman, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said that it has been decided not to debate the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill this week. Sri Lanka signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in 2015. The Convention has defined enforced disappearance as a violation of human rights and considered it as a criminal offence and has made its member states to draft legislations based on a set of principles.The former Government refused to sign the Convention, especially at a time when enforced disappearances were said to be taking place in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

DALLAS — UPS says it won government approval to run a drone airline, and it plans to expand deliveries on hospital campuses and eventually other industries.United Parcel Service Inc. said Tuesday that its drone subsidiary was awarded an airline certificate last week by the Federal Aviation Administration.Even before getting the airline designation, UPS Flight Forward, as the subsidiary is called, has operated more than 1,000 flights at Wake Forest University’s medical centre in Raleigh, North Carolina.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao calls the airline designation a step forward in integrating drones into the U.S. airspace, according to a statement released by the company.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

UN seeks 67 million for increased risk of malaria dengue fever after

With stagnant water creating favourable breeding conditions for the insects, the World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed experts and set up early warning and surveillance systems while public health laboratory services are being restored including provision of rapid diagnostic kits, medical supplies and equipment, and training of local health workers. “Proper management of dengue hemorrhagic fever can reduce fatality rates and save many lives,” WHO’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia Samlee Plianbangchang said of the endemic disease, where rapid diagnosis and early treatment can make the difference between life and death. Unless proper treatment is given promptly, the patient may go into shock and die. Dengue fever and malaria are endemic to virtually all areas throughout the region except the Maldives, and with the rainy season now starting, particularly in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the countries worst-hit by the tsunami, a rise in cases can be expected at this time of year. Given the extent of destruction due to the tsunami, WHO and the Indonesian Ministry of Health are concerned about the increased risk of dengue in Aceh, where the tsunami brought more death and destruction than anywhere else, and are monitoring the situation. Concerns for malaria remain high, too. “At present, we are dealing with a lot of unknowns because of the violent environmental changes that have taken place here,” WHO malaria expert Jack Chow said during a visit to Aceh today. “For example, we do not know whether mosquitoes – which generally mostly live and bite outdoors – will start biting indoors more frequently. We have to monitor for these situations and support the communities so they are protected from disease, and have access to treatment when they need it.” WHO is providing insecticide-treated bed-nets, vector control supplies, and equipment for killing larvae and fogging with insecticides as a stopgap measure, as well as looking to longer-term control steps such as help in establishing proper drainage systems. Dengue fever is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a day-time biting insect, hence the utility of the bed-nets is very limited as a specific prevention tool. read more

Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe in 2015 top unprecedented one million

“As anti-foreigner sentiments escalate in some quarters, it is important to recognize the positive contributions that refugees and migrants make to the societies in which they live and also honour core European values: protecting lives, upholding human rights and promoting tolerance and diversity,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, whose agency compiled the latest figures together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The number of people displaced by war and conflict is the highest seen in Western and Central Europe since the 1990s, when several conflicts broke out in the former Yugoslavia. One in every two of those crossing the Mediterranean this year – half a million people – were Syrians escaping war. Afghans accounted for 20 per cent and Iraqis for seven per cent.According to UNHCR figures, as of 21 December, some 972,500 people had crossed the Mediterranean Sea, while IOM estimates that over 34,000 have crossed from Turkey into Bulgaria and Greece by land, for a total of more than 1,006,500.Over 800,000 refugees and migrants came via the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece, accounting for 80 per cent of those arriving irregularly in Europe by sea, while the number of those crossing from North Africa into Italy dropped slightly, from 170,000 in 2014 to around 150,000 in 2015. Over the year the number of people crossing the Mediterranean increased steadily from around 5,500 in January to a monthly peak in October of over 221,000.After an initial chaotic reaction which resulted in tens of thousands of people moving from Greece through the Western Balkans and northwards, and finding themselves blocked at various borders, a more coordinated European response is beginning to take shape.UNHCR launched an emergency response to complement European efforts, with over 600 emergency staff and resources deployed to 20 different locations to provide life-saving aid and protection, advocating for human rights and access to asylum, particularly for refugees with specific needs, such as unaccompanied children and women-headed households.But much more needs to be done to reinforce required reception capacity at points of entry and allow for the humane and effective accommodation, aid, registration and screening to identify those in need of protection, those to be relocated to other countries within the European Union, and those who do not qualify for refugee protection for whom dignified return mechanisms have to be put in place.At the same time, UNHCR continues to call for safe, regular ways for refugees to find safety through more resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes, more flexible visa arrangements, more private sponsorship programmes and other possibilities. read more

Tuesdays Daily Brief VenezuelaColombia baby breakthrough Italy piles on rescue boat pressure

Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 06 August on SoundCloud: A move by Italian lawmakers to impose fines of up to €1 million on vessels and organizations carrying out search and rescue operations off the country’s coastline, sparked a new warning on Tuesday from the UN that the measure risks deterring future lifesaving efforts in the Mediterranean.Speaking in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Charlie Yaxley explained that the legislative move came at a time when other European countries had largely stopped sea rescue activities.  So far this year, nearly 4,000 people have made the treacherous crossing to Europe via the so-called Central Mediterranean Route from North Africa to Italy, Mr. Yaxley said, nearly 80 per cent less than in the first seven months of last year.Here’s our full coverage.Kashmir developments risk further impacting on people’s rights: UN Colombia offers nationality rights to Venezuelan children born there: UN hails ‘very important step’ Speaking – and singing – at the UN in Geneva, Central African musician Ozaguin warned on Tuesday that 1.8 million Central Africans, or nearly half the population, do not know where their next meal is coming from.The singer-songwriter told journalists how widespread hunger has left people vulnerable to exploitation by armed gangs, echoing a warning from the World Food Programme (WFP) that hundreds of thousands of people are too afraid of insecurity to access their land, or hunt for food.More than 465,000 of the worst off, live in areas where armed clashes still occur, despite the signing of a peace accord between the Government and more than a dozen opposition groups in February.WFP currently feeds 600,000 people a month in CAR, but it has warned that needs are massive.Together with Ozaguin, the UN agency is warning that August is typically the month in which food insecurity is at its highest in CAR.To reach 800,000 people by the end of the year, it needs $35.5 million. The UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, has added her voice to condemnation of the weekend shootings in the United States, insisting on Tuesday that “not just the US but all States”, should do more to stop discrimination. Speaking in Geneva, Ms. Bachelet’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, welcomed US rejection of “racism, hatred and white supremacy” in the wake of the two tragedies which claimed at least 29 lives in Texas and Ohio on Saturday.Reflecting on measures that might stop a growing number of hate crimes in the U.S. and elsewhere – and their amplification via Social Media – Mr. Colville urged online communications companies and governments to work together.Our story is here.‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations The UN migration agency, IOM, has welcomed Colombia’s decision on Monday to grant nationality status to more than 24,000 Venezuelan babies born inside the country after their parents fled across the border.“This resolution is a contribution towards regular and safe migration, which hopefully will facilitate the recognition of the fundamental rights of Venezuelan children, as well as contribute to their integration into the society,” said IOMAna Durán Salvatierra, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Colombia, said on Tuesday.The new decree announced by President Iván Duque, will enter into force on 20 August and will be applied to children born inside Colombia since 19 August, 2015.Read our story here.Security Council condemns ‘cowardly terrorist attack’ in CairoThe UN Security Council has added its condemnation of Sunday’s terrorist attack in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, which left at least 20 dead and many others injured.In a Press Statement released on Tuesday, Council members said they “condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack” and expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt.On Monday night, UN chief António Guterres said via his Spokesperson, that he strongly condemned the attack, and extended “his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Egypt.”Sunday’s attack involved a car which drove at high speed against the traffic, crashing into other vehicles outside a cancer hospital. It sparked a fire that meant nearby buildings had to be evacuated.Council members “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks: UN’s Bachelet The Indian Government’s decision to revoke part of the Constitution relating to the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir risks worsening democratic freedoms there, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.Amid reports that “hardly any information at all” is emerging from the Indian-administered side of the long-disputed territory, spokesperson Rupert Colville cited a UN report alleging that authorities suppressed communication networks, conducted arbitrary detentions, and punished opponents.“We are seeing again blanket telecommunications restrictions – perhaps more blanket than we’ve ever seen before – the reported arbitrary detention of political leaders and restrictions on peaceful assembly”, he said. “These restrictions will prevent the people of Indian-Administered Kashmir and their elected representatives from participating fully in democratic debate about the future status of Jammu and Kashmir.”Tensions over Kashmir – which rose sharply after a deadly suicide bombing in February targeting Indian security forces in Pulwama – continue to have a “severe impact” on people’s rights, including the right to life, according to the UN human rights office. India and Pakistan fought several conflicts over the disputed region and the UN has been mandated since 1949, to monitor the ceasefire between the two countries.Musician’s call from the heart for 1.8 million hungry people in CAR read more

Katie Taylor thrills home fans with emphatic win

first_imgOLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST Katie Taylor rocked a sold-out Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this evening with a clinical performance to delight her fans.Taylor was at her ruthless best as she comfortably beat Germany’s Maike Klueners in four rounds on the first of her “Road to Rio” promotions.After returning to the ring on Friday night with a win in her first fight as Olympic champion, Taylor showed no signs of tiredness as her every punch drew cheers from the noisy home crowd.As the shots continued to rain down in the second round Klueners, a two-weight national champion herself, was forced to take a standing count. Taylor continued to find her mark but the German battled bravely to the end where she received a warm reception from the packed arena.Taylor won the last meeting between the two, an exhibition in Youghal in April 2011, but Klueners left this evening feeling that she put up a better challenge against the world number one.“I was better,” the 26-year-old said afterwards. “A bit better, then a bit better… so beware,” she smiled towards Taylor’s corner. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Taylor returns to the same arena to headline another bill on 22 March and is also in Castlebar tomorrow to announce details of an upcoming date at the Royal Theatre.Elsewhere on the 10-bout card, co-promoted by Brian Peters with Taylor’s father and coach Pete, London Olympians Adam Nolan and Paddy Barnes were also in action.For Nolan the test was tougher than expected less than 48 hours after successfully defending his national welterweight title and completing a senior hat-trick. His opponent, Crumlin’s Martin Wall, was forced to pull out of the fight earlier today and was replaced by Phil Sutcliffe Jr, taking to the ring as an amateur one last time before his pro debut in two weeks.“After having a toe-to-toe fight for three rounds on Friday night, the last thing I wanted to do was get into the ring with Phil Sutcliffe Jr,” Nolan said after the exhibition bout.“The last two nights I haven’t had much sleep either, so I could have a little bit better preparation. Phil is a great fella as well and he’ll be a great fighter in the pro game.”Two-time Olympic medallist Barnes, who was forced out of the National Championships by flu, returned with a solid performance to beat Aidan Metcalfe.“He was tough enough,” Barnes said after taking the judges’ decision. “There were a few body shots and I could feel them hurt, but I’m happy enough.”last_img read more

Afghan Taliban capture Turkish civilians after helicopter lands

first_imgTALIBAN INSURGENTS HAVE seized eight Turks and an Afghan from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.The incident happened after the Turkish helicopter landed on Sunday evening, said Rais Khan Sadeq, deputy police chief of Logar province, south of Kabul.“Security forces found the helicopter but the nine people were not in it. They are taken by the Taliban,” Sadeq told AFP.Revising earlier information, he said the group is made up of eight Turks and one Afghan.Provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darvish also said eight Turks and an Afghan had been detained.Hamidullah Hamid, governor of Azra district where the helicopter came down, said it had departed from the eastern city of Khost and was heading for Kabul.Hamid said it belonged to a Turkish company which has a major project in Khost but gave no details.A local official who declined to be identified said tribal chiefs are trying to secure their return.The Turkish embassy in Kabul could not be reached for comment.The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the force had assisted a search by Afghan authorities for a helicopter but gave no details.A spokesman confirmed it was a civilian helicopter and not part of ISAF.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Dublin blow Laois away with 18point victory to land record 8th Leinster

first_img Jun 24th 2018, 5:39 PM http://the42.ie/4089229 Share18 Tweet Email By Kevin O’Brien Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 5:39 PM 72 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 29,424 Views Short URL Dublin blow Laois away with 18-point victory to land record 8th Leinster crown in-a-row Ciaran Kilkenny bagged 1-4 for the champions. Dublin 1-25Laois 0-10Kevin O’Brien reports from Croke ParkDUBLIN’S VICE-LIKE grip on the Delaney Cup shows no sign of letting up. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOJim Gavin’s side lifted an eighth straight Leinster SFC crown and the 57th in their history after brushing Laois aside by 16 points in front of 41,728 at Croke Park.The nine-in-a-row that’s likely coming next summer would be the longest stretch of provincial dominance by any county in All-Ireland SFC history.The only blots on the Dublin copybook were John Small’s 57th-minute red card for a strike to the face of Evan O’Carroll and their poor first-half shooting display. Small is now set to be suspended for Dublin’s opening Super 8s game in three weeks’ time.The reigning champions shot nine wides in the opening period, missed a penalty and dropped two efforts into Graham Brody’s hands. They had a more polished performance in the second period and hit just one wide after the break. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOIn the absence of Stephen Cluxton, who missed out with the rib injury he suffered in the semi-final against Longford, Jonny Cooper captained the Sky Blues while Evan Comerford deputised between the posts.Ballymun stopper Comerford had a troublefree afternoon in goals on his first championship start and was able to go short with the majority of his restarts.After 26 minutes, Laois were just 1-3 to 0-5 behind, but they were outscored by 0-22 to 0-5 for the remainder of the game. Dublin clicked through the gears and easily beat the 15-point handicap set by the bookies beforehand.Laois, competing in their first provincial final since 2007, needed goals to stay in the game. Although they threatened with a few half-chances in the opening half and Donie Kingston looked dangerous, they couldn’t get the green flag that would have ignited their challenge.The All-Ireland champions hit the net through the excellent Ciaran Kilkenny, who scored 1-4 and slipped through Niall Scully for the 20th-minute penalty he won. Paul Mannion sent the spot-kick wide and Dublin were denied further goals when Jack McCaffrey was twice denied by the goalkeeper in the second-half.Dean Rock scored 0-8 from 10 shots and elsewhere James McCarthy, Scully and Brian Fenton all impressed.Laois withdrew number 15 Damien O’Connor to a sweeper role and set-up with Donie Kingston and Evan O’Carroll in a two-man full-forward line that they targetted with long diagonal ball.Dublin rotated Kilkenny in between full-forward and wing-forward, but he started the game at 14 as he often does. Eric Lowndes, who had pushed right up on O’Connor, sent a lovely delivery into the Castleknock ace who slotted home in the fourth minute to give his team the perfect start. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOSugrue’s side typically defended with 12 men back and kept at least two players up at all times. They played a good brand of football and looked to kick-pass to the half-forward line every opportunity.Rock tagged on a free, but Laois settled and kicked the next four scores, including three from Kingston, who was five inches taller than his marker Philly McMahon.Despite dominating possession, Dublin’s shooting was erratic at times with Paddy Andrews, Mannion, Kilkenny and Rock all hitting uncharacteristic misses.As the half wore on the runs of James McCarthy and Niall Scully from deep began to cut holes in the O’Moore rearguard. McCarthy set-up Rock for one from play and had a shot on goal foot-blocked by Trevor Collins which allowed his Ballymun team-mate clip over another free.Meanwhile, Scully was taken down in the area for a penalty that was sent wide by Mannion. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOLaois had a hint of a goal chance but Farrell opted to take his point as he bore down on goal while Kingston sent his last three shots of the half wide as his outfit went in 1-8 to 0-5 behind.Dublin improved their execution in the third quarter with good scores from play arriving through O’Callaghan, Andrews, his 46th-minute replacement Cormac Costello and Kilkenny.Kieran Lillis was the only Laois man to trouble the scoreboard from play third quarter as Dublin took complete control of the game.Jack McCaffrey was intent on raising a green flag but was denied by Graham Brody and then after the Portlaoise stopper went off injured, by Laois sub goalie Eoghan Keogh.Costello had four points on the board before the finish, while Howard chipped over a fine score. Gary Walsh arrived off the bench to add a couple of garbage-time points for the Laoismen, before Cooper lifted the crown.Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-8 (0-5f, 0-1 45), Ciaran Kilkenny 1-4, Cormac Costello 0-4, Con O’Callaghan, Paddy Andrews and Brian Fenton 0-2 each, Brian Howard, James McCarthy and Paul Mannion 0-1 each.Scorers for Laois: Donie Kingston 0-4 (0-2f), Gary Walsh and Alan Farrell 0-2 each, Kieran Lillis and Evan O’Carroll 0-1 each.Dublin16. Evan Comerford (Ballymun Kickhams)2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)4. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)6. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)7. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)5. Brian Howard (Raheny)8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)11. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)12. Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)14. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)15. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)Subs21. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf) for Lowndes (ht)18. Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille) for Andrews (46)26. John Small (Ballymun Kickhams) for Macauley (52)20. Paul Flynn (Fingallians) for O’Callaghan (55)19. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens) for Mannion (61)22. Conor McHugh (Na Fianna) for Rock (68)Laois1. Graham Brody (Portlaoise)2. Darren Strong (Emo)3. Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen)4. Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise)7. Finbarr Crowley (Emo)6. Colm Begley (Stradbally)5. Trevor Collins (Graigcullen)15. Damien O’Connor (Timahoe)8. John O’Louglin (St Brigid’s)9. Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise)10. Alan Farrell (Ballylinan)11. Paul Kingston (Arles Killeen)12. Niall Donoher (Courtwood)13. Evan O’Carroll (Crochta Ard)14. Donal Kingston (Arles Killeen)Subs18. Benny Carroll (Portlaoise) for Donoher (48)17. Ross Munnelly (Arles Kilcruise) for Crowley (51)16. Eoghan Keogh (Mountmellick) for Brody (inj, 56)24. David Holland (Portlaoise) for Strong (57)19. Gary Walsh (Ballylinan) for O’Carroll (blood-sub, 60-63)20. Brian Glynn (Portlaoise) for Farrell (63)19. Walsh for Paul Kingston (71)Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)Here’s the format for the latest GAA football qualifier draw tomorrowDerry finish strongly to clinch inaugural EirGrid U20 Ulster championshiplast_img read more

Poll Should UK MPs vote to extend the current Brexit deadline

first_imgPoll: Should UK MPs vote to extend the current Brexit deadline? UK MPs voted last night to debate a bill that would extend the current Brexit deadline. Poll Results: Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 8:41 AM Sep 4th 2019, 8:41 AM 62 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4794882 Yes (4847) By Hayley Halpin No (10630) LAST NIGHT, UK MPs voted to debate a bill today that would extend the current Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 at the earliest. MPs now have the chance to pass all stages of Labour MP Hilary Benn’s bill as last night’s motion means the debate on Benn’s bill has to happen before 5pm this Friday. It is  thought it will be voted on today and then go to the House of Lords tomorrow. The bill is designed to extend Article 50 and prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. It would push the current Brexit deadline of 31 October to 31 January next year at the earliest and put a ban on a no-deal Brexit on the statute books. So, today we want to know: Should UK MPs vote to extend the current Brexit deadline? Share156 Tweet Email Image: House of Commons/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I’m not sure / no opinion (531) Image: House of Commons/PA Images 41,040 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL YesNoI’m not sure / no opinionVotelast_img read more

Huffington in top 100 power list

first_imgGreek-born Arianna Huffington has made Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, joining the likes of Angela Merkel, Gina Rinehart and Hilary Clinton.The founder and editor-in-chief of news website Huffington Post came in at number 61 and was singled out for her media empire and for her skills as an author. With 14 books to her name, Ms Huffington recently released Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder that quickly became a bestseller. Her ranking in the list has slipped since 2014, when she came in at number 52.Topping the list again was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also took out fifth position in the most powerful people list in 2014.Clinching her third term in power, she has become the longest-serving elected EU head of state and has overseen a number of high profile cases including Russia-Ukraine relations and Greece’s negotiations with its creditors. Hilary Clinton came in a close second, moving up four points from 2014 after she announced her candidacy for the Democratic 2016 presidential race. Third was Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, well-known for her philanthropy as the cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Gina Rinehart was the only Australian to make it on the list, coming in at number 37.Source: Forbes Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch 13Foot Queen of the Pythons Lays Massive Clutch of Eggs

first_imgStay on target Nearly 18-Foot Burmese Python Caught in Florida National Preserve200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size She is the stuff of nightmares. The female African rock python is one of the largest snake species in the world with mind-blowing speed, aggression, and senses that allow her to hunt day or night. She can kill her prey in minutes, not by crushing them, but by triggering cardiac arrest in her helpless victims before swallowing them whole. It’s no surprise that the female African rock python is dubbed “Queen of the Pythons.”In a new one-hour special, the Smithsonian Channel examines the daily life of one “Queen of the Pythons,” a 13-foot, 70-pound African rock python named Squeeze, as she navigates a sub-tropical valley in South Africa — and becomes a new mother.With her size and strength, eight-year-old Squeeze can dominate of a wide variety of prey, from tiny birds to full-sized deer, with a strike faster than the blink of an eye. But she also faces challenges in the South African savannah. The new mother has to deal with threats from human neighbors, the impending loss of her habitat — and nearby predators who could prey on her 35 eggs.Queen of the Pythons follows Squeeze during this vulnerable time, when her only goal is the eggs’ survival. To keep her eggs from becoming a predator’s dinner, she stops eating altogether and only leaves her nest to drink or bask in the sun — fascinating behavior that is unusual for snakes in general, and pythons in particular.Queen of the Pythons premieres Wednesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.More on Geek.com:Watch: Rare Albino Orangutan Alba Goes to ‘Orangutan Jungle School’200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record SizeEnormous Python Eats Entire Crocodile in Terrifying Swamp Photoslast_img read more

BAHAMAS Prime Minister Minnis Back from CARICOM

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 4, 2018 – Nassau  – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre) returned to Nassau on Monday, from CARICOM in Port-au-Prince late yesterday evening.  He’s pictured at LPIA chatting with Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson and Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img

Flooding near Fashion Valley Mall from todays rain

first_img December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The streets near Fashion Valley have been known to flood whenever it rains.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti is live at the Fashion Valley mall to talk about the flooding. Flooding near Fashion Valley Mall from today’s rainlast_img read more

Gudi Padwa UgadiCheti Chand 2019 quotes Wishes greetings WhatsApp messages to share

first_imgIndian women dressed in traditional attire take part in a procession to celebrate ‘Gudi Padwa’SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty ImagesGudi Padwa, which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, will be celebrated in Maharashtra on 6 April, this year. It falls on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar and the festival also marks the beginning of the spring season.It is one of the major festivals of the people of Maharashtra and it is celebrated with much fervour. People dress in traditional costumes to mark the festival. People celebrate the festival by hoisting the gudi, a bamboo stick covered with a silk cloth. A copper pot is placed inverted above the cloth. The gudi is decorated with mango tree twigs, neem leaves, flower garland and sugar sweet garland. It is hoisted atop doors on the day of the occasion of the New Year.The main door is decorated with garlands and torans. Beautiful rangoli designs are drawn in front of the door for the auspicious occasion.On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, every Maharashtrian household will hoist and worship the “Gudi.” Gudi or Gudhi is a bamboo stick which is decorated with a silk cloth, neem or mango leaves, and a beautiful garland. This arrangement is then capped with either a silver, brass or copper handi or kalash. People wear new clothes and greet each other with sweets. Traditional Maharashtrian dishes like puran poli, kesari bhaat and Shrikhand are prepared in every Maharashtrian household to celebrate this festival.According to Hindu mythology, Gudi Padwa marks the day when Lord Brahma started the process of creating the universe. It is also said that Lord Rama killed Ravana and returned victoriously to Ayodhya on this day.On this day Sindhis will celebrate Cheti Chand. Colorful rangolis with colors or flowers is another attraction that can be seen on these festivals. Whereas South Indians will celebrate it as Ugadi or Yugadhi: meaning: New Year. IBTimes India has compiled a list of Gudi Padwa wishes, messages, and greetings that you can share with your near and dear ones.Celebrate the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa Amidst Fanfare & Religious fervor. May the day bestow on you & your family members…Good Luck – Health – Happy Times!Here’s wishing that my rangoli adds more colors to your spring, just the way you do to our friendship! wish you a bright and colorful Gudi Padwa!May each day of this New Year be as bright and beautiful as this Rangoli… Wishing you a very. Happy Gudi Padwa!This Gudi Padwa, May you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your trouble be as small as his mouse. Happy Gudi Padwa!Happy Gudi Padwa. Fortunate is the one who has learned to admire, but not to envy. Good wishes for a joyous Gudi Padwa and a happy New Year wish a plenty of peace and prosperity.Cheti Chand GreetingsMay this Cheti Chand bring you new spirit, new beginning and new prosperity, Wishing you Happy Cheti Chand.May the divine power of Jhulelal be helpful to your family and to your dear ones in this new start of this new year. Happy Cheti Chand.Cheti Chand Ki Hardhik Subhechcha, Bato Gud Dhani Bolo Subh Vani, Vani Cheti Chand ki Subh Kamnayeh.With the start of new Sindhi year, May you smile always, May you get success in all your endeavors, May you receive respect by all, May you be blessed with blessings of Almighty. Happy Cheti Chand.last_img read more

CU teacher Maidul on 3day remand

first_imgMaidul IslamA Chattogram court on Monday placed Maidul Islam, an assistant professor of Chittagong University (CU), on a three-day remand in a case filed for making ‘derogatory remarks’ on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook, reports UNB.Chattogram senior judicial magistrate Shahidullah Kaiser passed the order following a remand petition filed by police.On Sunday, police sought a five-day remand for Maidul in the case.On 24 September, Maidul Islam was sent to jail in the case filed by former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and CU student Md Iftekhar Uddin Ayaz with Hathazari police station under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act on 24 July.CU authorities suspended Maidul Islam on 25 September in this connection.On 15 July, the Sociology teacher had to leave the campus along with his family following continuous threat reportedly from BCL activists over his Facebook post in support of the quota reform movement.The BCL men also declared Maidul Islam and another CU teacher persona non-grata on the campus.last_img read more

Security remains on high alert in Indias Haryana Punjab

first_imgGurmeet Ram Rahim SinghAffected areas in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday morning were peaceful as security forces remained on high alert, officials said.Curfew was withdrawn in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, which saw the maximum violence on Friday after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape and sexual exploitation case by the CBI special court.Curfew was withdrawn in Kaithal town of Haryana while it was relaxed in Sirsa, 260 km from here.The death toll in the violence has risen to 36. As many as 30 persons died in Panchkula and six were killed in Sirsa town. Over 250 people were injured in the violence that also left properties worth crores of rupees damaged.The DSS headquarters near Sirsa is still surrounded by the Army and paramilitary forces and appeals are being made to Dera followers to vacate the 800-acre sprawling complex.Authorities on Saturday got the sect complexes across Haryana (except Sirsa) vacated. Some of the complexes were sealed.Security forces recovered sticks, rods and other materials to make petrol bombs in search operations in the complexes.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said all 98 campuses of the sect were searched and sanitised.An uneasy calm prevailed in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday as the Army and paramilitary forces continued to patrol several places across the two states throughout the night.CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh on August 25 held the Dera sect leader, who has lakhs of followers mainly in Punjab and Haryana, guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002.The sect chief was shifted to a prison near Rohtak, about 70 km from Delhi, under heavy security.The quantum of punishment in the case will be pronounced on Monday at a special court being set up in the prison premises in Rohtak.The judge will be flown to Rohtak for announcing the sentence.last_img read more

Company policy keeping business travellers in economy

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Company policy is as much a contributing factor as cost for companies when deciding how close staff will sit to the front of the plane, according to a new study.The 2012 Fall Travel Trends Survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group found that the top reason for business travellers flying in coach was 50.6 percent  cost, followed by 44.3 percent company policy.The study conducted on business agents also indicated that while 55 percent of business travellers are placed ‘luxury’ or ‘upper scale’ hotels, 39.3 percent were often placed in only ‘upscale’ and ‘upper midscale’ categories. In line with alternative research, the survey also found that business bookings were up this year compared to last year, with 80.3 percent of those surveyed confirming their bookings are on par or better than 2011.“We are now heading into the fourth quarter of the year and there are still some important issues looming – be it the economic situation in Europe or the upcoming elections in this country – and all of that has a domino effect within the realm of business travel,” Travel Leaders Group chief executive Barry Liben said.   “There is no question we are a global society.”That being said, it has still been a solid year for business travel, as indicated by over 80% of our business travel agents stating that their corporate travel bookings are equal to or higher than last year.  “It is also apparent by our survey findings that a significant segment of business travellers are opting for higher-end hotel stays while they are on the road.  “That is good for both our business and the overall economy.”last_img read more

USAs Outdoor Art Cities delights for Solo Traveller

first_imgFor some, seeing art can be a meditative experience worth doing alone. Going at an individual pace allows for intimate moments, reflection and extra time to sketch or write, for the creatively inclined. While the U.S. has no shortage of galleries, beyond the museum walls lies a sprawling canvas of incredible sculpture parks, street murals and public installations that are prime for solo exploration.The Poydras Corridor in New Orleans, Louisiana is considered one of the greatest crossroads of culture in the world where American jazz was born. The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition features more than 26 sculptures from contemporary artists, allowing solo visitors to enjoy the works.Better known for its famous corn dogs and iconic Cyclone roller coaster, The Coney Art Walls in Brooklyn, New York displays lively murals and graffiti from famous street artists.The illuminated works of art at the Midtown Viaducts are prime for solo photography enthusiasts. The viaducts are outfitted with colourful reflectors, LED light boxes and interactive installations that light up with the movements of cars and pedestrians.Solo travellers are at a delight to see the Neon Boneyard in Nevada which has outdoor exhibition space with more than 200 bygone signs including the Bow & Arrow Motel, The Silver Slipper and the Hacienda horse rider. With city’s architectural gem, The Space Needle leisurely walks through the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle in Washington is a delight for any solo traveller who loves taking photos. Along with attractions like the Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Asian Art Museum.last_img read more

Globus Family of Brands GFOB is preparing for it

first_imgGlobus Family of Brands (GFOB) is preparing for its highly anticipated annual Supertour, with the 20 top selling agents from Australia heading to the US on an all-expense paid trip to experience the Southern charm of St Louis, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, as well as the architectural hub of the US, Chicago.Taking place from 26 May to 5 June 2019, highlights of this year’s Supertour will include the Memorial Day festivities and celebrations in Chicago, visiting Graceland in Nashville, the former private retreat of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and learning about Cajun cooking at the New Orleans School of Cooking.Spots on GFOB’s annual Supertours are reserved for top sellers of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.Details about the Supertour 2020 will be announced in September 2019. agentsincentiveslast_img read more