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Mine-owner who allegedly instigated fatal attack on newspaper employee surrenders to police

first_img Follow the news on China Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information 中国版本The owner of the mine where The China Trade News employee Lan Chenzhang was fatally beaten on 10 January surrendered to the authorities on 19 January after a police manhunt. The mine-owner, Hou Zhenrun, is alleged to have told eight men to attack Lan with iron bars and other improvised weapons.There is still considerable uncertainty about the motives of Lan and his colleague Chang Hanwen for going to the mine. The police maintain that they did not go there to write about the working conditions of its miners but to extort the equivalent of 130 US dollars from the owner in return for their silence.Despite an outcry about the case, The China Trade News and other state media refuse to regard Lan’s death as a press freedom violation, arguing that he was just a ordinary employee of the newspaper and not a journalist. RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ——————–18.01.2007中国版本Call for thorough probe into case of journalist beaten to deathReporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the death of Lan Chengzhang of Zhongguo Maoyi Bao (China Trade News), who died from a brain haemorrhage after being beaten with clubs by assailants on 10 January while reporting on the situation of miners in Hunyuan, in the northern province of Shanxi.The authorities are refusing to regard Lan as a journalist because he did not have a press card and had not received official permission to do the report.“Although Lan had not been authorised to cover the situation at the Hunyuan mine, his death should be investigated properly,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Reporters often have to face hired thugs or security guards when they go to mines. We also call on the authorities to ensure the safety of journalists who investigate the working conditions of Chinese miners.”Lan went to the apparently illegal mine with other Zhongguo Maoyi Bao employees. He was attacked while two of his colleagues were in the mine owner’s office and he was waiting in the car with the driver. The driver said the assailants appeared to be thugs employed by the mine owner. Lan was taken to a hospital in Datong and died the next day. The driver and one of the other Zhongguo Maoyi Bao employees also sustained injuries.Lan had been working for the newspaper for less than a month and was still in his trial period. The provincial authorities said they have ordered an investigation but do not regard Lan as a journalist. He has been accused on the Tianya site of being a “false journalist” who practised extortion – a charge often levelled against journalists. January 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mine-owner who allegedly instigated fatal attack on newspaper employee surrenders to police April 27, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fair game for all

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Sportsemployers face the pitfalls of performance-related dismissal cases and shouldbring employee contracts up to current legislation, as Richard Keen reports recenthigh-profile case brought by two cricketers against Leicestershire CountyCricket Club should send a clear message to a wide range of employers abouttheir handling of performance-related dismissals.Therecent victory for professional cricketers Neil Burns and Carl Crowe in theirunfair dismissal case against Leicestershire Cricket Club has certainly causeda stir in the sports industry. Infact, so strong was the evidence in favour of the players, that the tribunalgave an indication of its likely finding part-way through the hearing. Thisresulted in an out-of-court settlement after only three-and-a-half days ofevidence.Burnsand Crowe were dismissed by Leicestershire Cricket Club at the end of the 2002cricket season. However, based on their performance during the 2002 season,both had received verbal assurances that their contracts would be renewed. Theclaim brought by the cricketers focused on two major issues – the way in whichmany sports employers still view employment in terms of seasons and the mannerof their dismissals. LeicestershireCricket Club employed players on a series of standard English Cricket Boardfixed-term seasonal contracts that begin in April and last until September. Burnsand Crowe argued that their continuity of service was, in reality, for theentire 12 months. After all, a sports professional is a sports professional allyear round – off-season training being just as important as playing for a teamduring a season – and sports contracts ought to reflect this reality ofemployment. However,this is not just a relevant issue for the sports industry – it can apply to anyemployer of seasonal staff. For example, entertainment, leisure, education andagriculture are all sectors that rely on their employment of staff on aseasonal contract basis. But, Section 212 (3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996states that if employees are absent “on account of a temporary cessation ofwork” or “by arrangement or custom”, then the period of employment cessationcan count towards an employee’s continuity of service and thus enables them tohave full employment rights.Therefore,if Burns and Crowe had their 12-month continuity of service upheld, it wouldallow them to bring unfair dismissal claims against Leicestershire for thesecond issue – the way in which they were dismissed.Bothplayers had been dismissed at the end of the season, at a time when most othercounty teams had already picked their players for the following year. This madeit impossible for Burns and Crowe to secure another first-class cricketcontract for 2003 – something that had obvious implications on theirlivelihood. Burnshad even specifically written into his own contract that Leicestershire wouldreview whether it was going to retain him by 14 July 2002. This would then givehim enough time to get another job should Leicestershire choose not to renew. AppraisalsBothplayers argued that they should have been treated like any other employee andbeen given proper appraisals and warnings of dismissal if they were notperforming to the standard expected. Thekey to the tribunal victory was that basic employment rights transcend allindustries – an under-performing sports player has the same rights as anunder-performing sales executive. When it comes to dismissing an employeebecause of poor performance, legislation, of which the Employment Act 2002 isthe latest, expects employers to have a fair and proper procedure in place thatcentres on periodic appraisal. Ifthe employee is not performing against fair expectation then he/she must beinformed at the appraisal and allowed a reasonable period of time to improvetheir performance, after which a further appraisal can review whether the newperformance targets have been met. Ifthe employee is still under-performing, dismissal may have to be considered, inwhich case the employee must be permitted a fair period of time to make a finaleffort to recover the situation. At all times, the employee must be made fullyaware of what is happening and where they stand.Theinteresting factor in the Burns and Crowe case was that Leicestershire couldnot actually claim poor performance by either player because of their excellentrecords. Instead, they argued that the dismissals were fair for “some othersubstantial reason” (Section 98 of the Employment Rights Act) – that a cricketteam must be able to improve its playing squad as it sees fit without having tolook over its shoulder to justify the fairness of its judgement that player Ais better than player B. Thecase therefore raised a further issue of whether or not cricketers could bedismissed simply because their employer thought there was a better player toreplace them. Employment legislation does not allow any employer to dismiss anemployee just because a better candidate comes up. Therefore, Leicestershire’sargument did not find favour with the tribunal. Inconclusion, this case is relevant to all companies whether employing full-time,temporary or seasonal contract staff. Companies that do not have formalperformance appraisal procedures, or whose procedures do not satisfy currentlegislation, run a greater risk of being sued for unfair dismissal.Justas important is ensuring that all senior managers understand and followappraisal procedures to the letter. These are basic legal requirements thatapply to all companies – no matter what industry they operate in.RichardKeen is managing partner and head of employment at Owen White Solicitors andadvised Neil Burns and Carl Crowe throughout their case Fair game for allOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Fisher rector issues sudden resignation

first_imgFr. Brad Metz, rector of Fisher Hall, sent an email to Fisher Hall residents early Thursday morning announcing his resignation from his position, effective immediately.“After discussion with administrators in Student Affairs, Human Resources and the Holy Cross community, I apologize for regrettable decisions that I made last weekend that failed to live up to the values of our community,” Metz said in the email. “I will be departing from Fisher in the next couple of days to address these issues and thus resigning my position as Rector effective immediately, and I ask for your prayers.“David Halm, C.S.C. will be serving as interim rector for the remainder of the academic year, and I know that he will lead our community with integrity, compassion and good judgment.”Metz declined to comment beyond what he stated in the email.Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice president for residential life, confirmed the information in Metz’s email was accurate and declined to comment further on the matter. She said the Office of Student Affairs would seek and hire Metz’s permanent replacement through the annual search to fill vacant rector positions.“Student Affairs is currently engaged in the regular spring search to fill any anticipated vacancies for the 2014 – 2015 academic year,” she said. “I will hire the next Fisher rector together with all new rectors as a result of this regular spring search.”Halm, a seminarian who was serving his first year as a Fisher Hall assistant rector, declined to comment on Metz’s resignation. He thanked the residents for their concern and compassion and asked them to continue respecting Metz’s privacy in an email to the hall sent Friday morning.“The Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Brad’s religious community and mine … is an incredible brotherhood and is rallying around Fr. Brad during these days of transition,” he said. “He is being provided with support and love and is also blessed to be near family, including his mom, in South Bend. Right now the best way our community can support him is to pray for him.”Hall vice president and sophomore Michael Lindt said Metz and Halm addressed Fisher Hall residents Tuesday night.“[Metz] basically said that he was sorry for the circumstances surrounding his resignation and that he was sad to leave because we were like sons to him,” he said. “… After Fr. Brad’s speech, he left, and David Halm, the new rector, as well as the rest of the hall staff spoke about the great unity the dorm had shown.“We are using this tragedy as an opportunity for growth, and the brotherhood that we all share will only grow stronger through trial.”Lindt said Metz remained in the dorm through Easter weekend. He said he spoke briefly with Metz, who was serving his third year as rector, over the weekend.Lindt said the residents of Fisher Hall do not know what prompted Metz’s resignation. He said they expressed concern for their former rector after receiving his email.“[The reason for Metz’s resignation] was kept vague, and I think that was good because at first, we were kind of wondering what happened, but overall most of us figured it wasn’t really important to know what happened, just to know that something did happen that caused him to resign,” Lindt said. “After we got the email … it was just kind of disheartening too.“We were very sad, because basically our father figure in the dorm was leaving us. But after we got over that initial shock, the big thing that everyone was worrying about was actually Fr. Brad because we didn’t know what was going on, so we wanted to be as supportive as possible without breaching his privacy.”Fisher Hall president Erik Siegler said Metz encouraged the formation of a tight-knit community in Fisher Hall.“He may not have been in Fisher Hall for a long time, but he has impacted many Fishermen,” Siegler said. “He was able to teach patience and respect to many of the residents of Fisher Hall in his short time here. … I will say he will be greatly missed.”Sophomore Adam Rene Rosenbaum said Metz’s resignation “came as a shock.” He said he did not know what prompted Metz to resign.“I was completely shocked,” Rosenbaum said. “I hadn’t really heard of anything; this kind of came out of nowhere.”Rosenbaum said he and other residents showed support for Metz on Thursday by leaving him notes and signing a Fisher Hall oar to give him as a gift.“A lot of people, myself included, left sticky notes outside of Fr. Brad’s door just thanking him for all he has done for us individually and for the Fisher community, and also some people were going around with a Fisher oar getting people to sign the oar because everyone loves Fr. Brad,” Rosenbaum said. “He had the spirit and he established the sense of brotherhood that we pride ourselves on in Fisher. The fact that he’s leaving us is really sad for our community.”Lindt said Metz supported the strengthening of “a fantastic brotherhood” in the hall. He said he hoped he and other residents would be able to maintain a relationship with Metz.“The biggest legacy I think he’ll leave is, in a sense, he embodied Fisher Hall,” Lindt said. “He was our director, but he also had a very strong determination and desire for us to really grow in brotherhood and he really embodied that.“He very much enabled us to have the brotherhood that we have in Fisher Hall.” Tags: david halm, fisher hall, fisher rector, fr. brad metz, rector brad metz, resignationlast_img read more

GSA boys out to defend state title

first_imgBLUE HILL — The best peek into George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team’s mindset can’t be found on a basketball court or in the locker room. Instead, you’ll have to go to an old, rusty attic.Across from the entrance to the GSA gymnasium is a set of stairs that looks as if it leads to nowhere. Above it, though, is an old room that would seem purposeless other than storage. Other than old papers, folding chairs and wooden tables that don’t appear to have been touched in years, there isn’t much there.Well, except for coach Dwayne Carter’s office.“I like it up here,” Carter said. “It’s quiet, and it’s a good place to brainstorm new stuff.”George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball’s Reece Dannenberg (right) looks to pass as Caden Mattson defends during practice Dec. 5 in Blue Hill. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat office — actually, it’s more like a workspace — takes up no more than a quarter of the room. There are some papers with old rosters and plays Carter has drawn up over the years in folders. There’s no office chair, either; Carter does his work on a large sofa several feet from a window that overlooks the court.Carter’s GSA boys’ team, which posted a 21-1 record and won the Class C state title last year, carries a similar attitude. They’re quiet about their state title chances, and though they can be a flashy team at times, they’re looking for a different approach in their quest for another deep run this season.“Everybody in the community is talking and saying, ‘Can they do it again?’” Carter said. “There’s high expectations from everyone with this group, but no two seasons are the same. The game changes fast, and what worked for us last year might not work for us this year. We’re still in the process of figuring stuff out as the season approaches.”From the bench players to the experienced veterans, GSA really does have it all. In Taylor Schildroth, the Eagles have one of the most athletic players in Class C. In 6-foot-6 junior Max Mattson, their size is the envy of their opponents. In senior Jarrod Chase, they have 3-point shooting few teams can match.George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball’s Percy Zentz goes for a layup during practice Dec. 5 in Blue Hill. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA is a tough match for its opponents on the defensive end, too. The 2015-16 Eagles allowed more than 50 points in just three games, one of which came against eventual Class C North champion Ellsworth.“When we look at everything we have, I definitely think we have a shot to be really good again this year,” Schildroth said. “We try not to talk about state championships and all that stuff at the beginning of the year, but there’s a lot of pieces on this team, and we have a lot of ways we can use them.”Schildroth, Mattson, Chase and senior Beckett Slayton all return as starters from last year’s title-winning team, though sophomore Percy Zentz will take Slayton’s place for the time being while the latter recovers from injury. The Eagles also return Stefan Simmons, who was a key sixth man in 2015-16.If Zentz does well in the starting role while Slayton is injured, it could give the Eagles confidence that there won’t be much of a dropoff the future. Slayton is a senior, and the team will need someone to return alongside Schildroth and Mattson in 2017-18.“It’s an adjustment, but I’m already feeling pretty good about it,” Zentz said. “We want to be able to win in a variety of ways, and I’m one of the ones who has to get better and be able to contribute right away.”The biggest loss for the Eagles from last season was 6-6 forward Nick Szwez, who gave GSA a large frontcourt player to pair with Mattson. The team won’t necessarily be short on size this year, but moving forward with one massive force at forward instead of two is still something Carter and his team are in the process of working out.“It’s going to be a different look because we’ll obviously have to go smaller,” Carter said. “It’s not certain how that’s going to look just yet, but that’s what us and all the other teams use practice and the early part of the season for.”Carter likes where his team stands at the moment, but he’ll be the first to admit not everything has been perfect. He said he throws new wrinkles and makes new adjustments nearly every day, and there have been some issues when it comes to making new adjustments and learning new things.That’s exactly what Carter has wanted to see.“If we were as good as we were at the end of last year at the beginning of the year right now, I’d be pretty worried,” he said. “If you don’t struggle, you don’t learn to think and handle your challenges. We’re right where I want us to be.”GSA’s first game will be at home against the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified a GSA player in a caption. No. 31 for the Eagles is Reece Dannenberg. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Battle : Teammates at D-III Wittenberg finish successful 2-sport careers on hardwood

first_img Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+ When he texted Josh McKee, Michael Cooper was taking a career-defying risk. The high school senior had already committed to play football for Ashland (Ohio) University, and he knew McKee, his former AAU teammate, had all but signed on the dotted line to play wide receiver for Ohio Dominican University.But that didn’t stop Cooper from giving his longtime friend the chance to do something special.‘If you go, I’ll go,’ Cooper said he texted in 2008, hoping that McKee would play both football and basketball with him at Wittenberg University in Ohio.‘We signed the same day,’ McKee said. ‘We went in together, and we’re leaving together —hopefully with another championship.’This basketball season, the duo delivered Wittenberg its first North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship since 2004. But even if the Tigers don’t win a Division-III title, Cooper and McKee will still leave Wittenberg as two of the most prolific athletes in school history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCombined, the football and basketball teams have won 109 games the last four seasons. McKee owns nearly every receiving record in NCAC history, and Cooper isn’t far behind with 2,548 career receiving yards.The friends have combined to score 70 touchdowns.‘They’re two of the most talented pass catchers I’ve ever seen,’ said Tigers football coach Joe Fincham. ‘And to tell you the truth, basketball has a lot to do with that by keeping them in shape.’Playing wide receiver has its benefits on the hardwood, too. Wittenberg basketball head coach Bill Brown said Cooper and McKee can separate from defenders on fast breaks, and they know how to shield defenders away when they set a pick or go up for a rebound.Without football season, Cooper said he wouldn’t have a second sense about where McKee is on the basketball court.That second sense came in handy during a battle for the NCAC division title against Wooster, the NCAC preseason favorites. The Tigers were up 16 at halftime before relinquishing their large lead.That’s when Cooper said he found McKee out of nowhere.‘I got a late steal and ran down court, but because I had played with Josh so long, I knew exactly where Josh was going to be,’ Cooper said. ‘I found him in the corner, and he hit another 3. If he didn’t hit that shot, the game might not have gone to overtime, so I guess that’s something we just picked up on in the offseason without knowing it.’But the offseason really doesn’t exist for Cooper and McKee. Even when they’re expected to catch fly routes and in-cuts for the football team, Cooper and McKee use their days off for shootarounds.‘It’s like they have no quit in them,’ Brown said. ‘I’m exhausted at the end of basketball season, but they’ve been through a football season on top of that, too, not to mention spring football after our season ends.’And Cooper and McKee show no signs of slowing down in their senior seasons.In Wittenberg’s NCAC regular-season-clinching win over DePauw last Wednesday, Cooper scored a season-high 22 points. And on their second senior night this year, Wittenberg won last Saturday with some help from McKee, who scored nine points on 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.Still, Brown doesn’t know how his two star forwards do it.Both players have sacrificed a significant chunk of their social lives to remain two-sport athletes at Wittenberg. When football season ends, Cooper and McKee have no longer than two weeks to prepare for the Tigers’ preseason basketball tournaments before they’re plugged back into the starting lineup.Brown said the rest of his players have no problem with their coach leaving two starting spots open for two football players. Even in Cooper and McKee’s freshman season, a rebuilding year, the duo kept Wittenberg’s streak of 55 consecutive seasons with a .500 record or better alive.The Tigers were supposed to struggle in 2009, but behind Cooper and McKee, they went 13-13.‘I owe them for that one,’ Brown said. ‘And I’ll get creative with the scheduling just to accommodate them.’Now seniors, the longtime teammates are finishing up their final season together. And after four years coaching them, Brown remains impressed with their two-sport balancing act.‘They’ve had their fun, but they’ve sacrificed so much for both teams,’ Brown said. ‘They’re the type of guys I want my future players to know because they were committed to everything —football, basketball and their studies. And after everything, I’m sure they’ll tell you it was all worth it.’ [email protected] Commentslast_img read more

Eoin McHugh the special guest at Cloughaneely Minor Board presentation night

first_img***Last Call for management applications***We are seeking applicants for the following management roles for 2017: Senior Manager, Reserve Manager, U-21 Manager. All applications must be submitted in writing to Martin Duggan, Secretary CLG Cloich Cheann Fhaola. Applications will also be accepted via email to [email protected]***Closing date for applications is November 30th! *** ***Minor Board Presentation Night***Many thanks to all who attended and helped out at the Minor Board presentation on Friday evening in Ostan Loch Altan; well done to everybody who was presented and thanks to Fr. Séan for being our compere on the night! It was a very successful year for the minor board and it was great to see so much silverware on display! Many thanks to Senior county star Eoin McHugh for being our special guest!***Many Thanks!***We wish to extend our gratitude to Danny Doohan who graciously sponsored tops for our minor team which was presented to them at the minor board presentation on Friday night last! Many thanks Danny for your continued support!  ***Club Lotto*** Numbers drawn on Wednesday, Nov 23rd were 2,4,7,17,18,20! There was no jackpot winner so jackpot rises to €4,000! We had 3 match 5’s who win €35 each- congratulations to Tadhg Diver, Denis O Donnell, John P McCafferty (c/o Baltony).The draw takes place each Wednesday evening at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and prior to the bingo each Wednesday evening.***Club Meeting***Next Club meeting takes place on Tuesday, December 6th at 8:30 pm in the club house! ***Minor Board AGM***The minor board AGM takes place on Thursday December 8th at 7:00 pm in the club house!  ****2017 Season Tickets/Club+ Cards****For those wishing to purchase a season ticket for that special Christmas present – your ticket will need to be ordered by December 4th to ensure delivery on time. Prices are as follows: Adult Season Ticket- €99, Juvenile (U16 Season Ticket) – €20, Adult Club+ – €200For those who attend Club and county games you will find the Adult Club Plus card of great value; this card includes admission into all Adult Club games run by Donegal CCC together access to all Inter-county Allianz League games; Donegal’s opening Championship game and the Club Finals in Croke Park on March 17th. As a bonus to your club Donegal GAA will donate $100 of the fee to your chosen club when you purchase the club card.Tickets can be purchased online via www.gaa.ie/tickets/gaa-season-ticket/.Please ensure you choose Cloughaneely on the drop down for your club to ensure your club receives the $100 rebate against it’s levies. *****Alternatively please call Marie on 086-8351996 for information and she will be happy to complete the online application for you. *********Faola Fitness***The gym facebook page is now up and running – check out @FaolaFitness for all information regarding the gym! Again well done to Kellyanne Curran on choosing the winning name for the Gym! The Gym is open to all members of the public once gym membership has been paid; at which point you are included as a social member.2017 Membership Cost are as follows: 1 year = €170 ; 6 months = €100 ; 3 months = €60.(***Note: If you also wish to become a full club member of the Cloughaneely GAA club separate club membership must be paid****)For the month of December we are running an ‘Early Bird’ rate for those who wish to sign up for a 1 year membership for 2017; the early bird rate is €150 which must be paid in one lump sum by the end of December. Gym membership also makes for the perfect Christmas gift – for vouchers please call Declan McGarvey (Tel: 086-100 9467, Conor McGee (087-260 1350) or Anne Marie Rodgers (087 687 3669)!Eoin McHugh the special guest at Cloughaneely Minor Board presentation night was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:CloughaneelyGAASportlast_img read more

Celebrating Women Who Are Playing Their Part

first_imgCelebrating Women’s month and commemorating the national march of women to the Union Buildings on the 9th August 1956, to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass’.Brand South Africa’s Play your Part will host a women’s month breakfast on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 to say celebrate Play Your Part women ambassadors and use the platform to inspire others to join this wonderful movement. These are women who’ve carried on living the legacy left behind by Albertina Sisulu, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruy and the many more women of 1956.Speaking on the planned women’s breakfast, Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We call on women to join us as we bring exemplary South African women together to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to society.”.As announced early in the year that 2018 is the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, it is appropriate that women take a page out of Mama Sisulu’s life and aspire to be ‘a woman of fortitude’.“We are in an era where women of 1956 are being reincarnated by the generation of today. These women are raising their voices and standing up against gender-based violence we face on a daily. They epitomize the true essence of Play Your Part and continue to inspire a lasting legacy of women”, further adds Ms Ntombelalast_img read more

Todd Defren Answers the Proust Questionaire

first_img wait… NYTimes. I am an unrepentant bi-coastal liberal. Good to Great still holds a place of honor on the shelf. I am a big believer in “getting the right people on the (proverbial) bus” and “turning the flywheel.” If you’ve read the book, you’re already nodding your approval. My worst and best managers came one after the other. My worst manager barely trusted me to handle the job, yet rarely gave me any direction about how to improve. Ironically, figuring out how to excel despite his mangled management style was great preparation for my next job, under my best manager: he trusted me implicitly; he arguably gave me more freedom than I’d earned and was always ready to offer patient, experienced advice when I asked for it. . wait… I am sure the typical answer would be “my iPhone.” In my case that’s problematic, since I do not own one. Instead, the device I cannot live without is my cellular USB dongle. Instead of paying Boingo and T-Mobile/Starbucks or the hotel du jour, I now surf at broadband speeds wherever there’s a cell connection: I’ve broken the wifi barrier. What Would You Like to Be The World’s Best at? Todd Defren is a founder and principal of the technology public relations firm,  PR Squared Device You Would Never Give Up? ? Your First “Real” Job?  PR: Google Reader. I access it on my laptop first thing in the morning, check-in throughout the day, and on the go via my PDA.  SD: ?  I:  L: Favorite Business Book(s) Who Was Your Best Manager? Why? wait… Your Favorite Software Application What Do You Most Value In Employees/Colleagues? Blog You Read Most Frequently wait…center_img I am a slave to Microsoft Office. wait… In the car – in the shower – anywhere where it’s near-impossible to write it down! Shift Communications I read Seth Godin’s blog for business inspiration; Chris Brogan for idea generation; and day-in, day-out, I read numerous PR and Marketing blogs (Shel Holtz, Brian Solis, Kami Huyse, Geoff Livingston, et al.). Originally published Oct 17, 2008 9:32:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 I’d like to be the best eagle hunter in Mongolia: these nomadic hunters can ride across the steppes at a full gallop with a golden eagle perched on their arm, ready to strike out for the day’s dinner. This requires preternatural balance, concentration, and a hard-won symbiosis between man, horse and bird. (When you spend years in front of a computer screen, you tend to fantasize about being great at tasks that are both far simpler and yet far tougher than pruning RSS feeds.) . He’s widely known as the creator of the Social Media Press release and author of the blog  Humor, loyalty, eagerness and patience. If someone has a “dark cloud” over their head, it brings the entire office down. Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking? wait… ? wait… Favorite Newspaper(s)  LD: Social Media Tool You Actually Use? Writing obits and events calendars for $8/hour at a small daily newspaper in Connecticut. George Washington. While he had the ambition to want the job, he also realized that beating the world’s most formidable army with a band of ragtag volunteers was a foolish dream. But, he prevailed. And then, most importantly, after 8 years in office – despite pleas to stay on in a quasi-royal role – Washington simply retired to his farm: a modern-day Cincinnatus. Bravery – honor – humility. ? Person That Inspires You? wait…  C:  I: 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

5 Steps for Successful Social Media Marketing

first_img If you’re one of the lucky companies who only has enthusiastic and happy customers, recognize their desire to interact with you and be generous with your time. Be open to engaging with them on their turf. They’ll reward your brand with greater enthusiasm – which is a message that spreads through social networks like wildfire, and solidifies your brand. your site is designed well to convert visitors into leads The first step to measuring success in social media marketing is proper scope. There are new social networks popping up each week. It’s a waste of resources to join every new social network only to find you have no time to manage them. Find out where your most active customers & influencers spend time online – then listen and take notes. – Visitors (first-time and repeat) Topics: In fact, the lack of good metrics is cited as the biggest barrier to marketers’ adoption of social media. Particularly in this shaky financial climate, measuring impact is one of the definitive measures of a marketing strategy’s value. If you want to skip the blind experimentation, particularly in view of our current global financial crisis, we’ve assembled a list of 5 tips to help you start leveraging social media with minimal investment and with strong systems in place to measure success. , – Inbound links The end goals is lead generation and sales. But, there are plenty of leading indicators as you ramp up your efforts.  – Social networking connections , Social Media Marketing For instance, on Twitter both Starbucks and Whole Foods share customer comments, local specials, and ask customers what their favorite items are. It’s casual and open, yet subtly appeals to the attractiveness of the brand. Check out some of the Twitter Search Bloglines Peter Caputa IV Step #1: Identify Your Target Market and Listen to Them – Search engine ranking , Photo Step #2: Get Involved in Conversations AideRSS here , The second step towards success is consistently utilizing social media to engage prospective customers. When you start listening to conversations, you might hear some things about your company that aren’t very complimentary. That’s ok. Your job now is to engage these customers and find a way to help. Be willing to acknowledge mistakes when they happen. Customers are surprisingly forgiving if a company engages in an honest and egoless manner.  . – Mentions of your brand , It’s critical to tie your business strategy to your social media strategy. However, without a knowledge of what social media and social networking sites enable you to do, it’s hard to know how to do that. It’s important to establish a blog as your home base. Then, learn the capabilities of each site to help you interact. For example, Twitter provides an almost unfettered ability to connect with your prospective clients. But, it only allows you to type 140 characters at a time. So, maybe a video posted to youtube would be a better way to publish a “how-to”. Linkedin & Facebook let you see who your contacts know. But, facebook makes it much easier to connect with them. LinkedIn Answers is a much better place to answer business focussed questions than any other social network. from HubSpot & How involved is your team in communicating with prospective customers, influencers and current customers on social networking sites? How often are you publishing great content that helps your prospects do their jobs? How often do you blog, Tweet, post photos on Flickr, comment on other blogs, Podcast, upload videos, etc? The more content that you produce and publish on social media sites, the more traffic you can attract back to your website. If Let’s say you’ve gotten the approval to get your company involved in social media marketing and are ready to launch your efforts. How will you define success? This is an important question, because a large number of companies have jumped into social media without any clear business strategy. Before the financial meltdown of the last few weeks, some companies had the resources to experiment with social media without worrying about financial accountability. But now, most businesses must demonstrate an ROI on any new effort.  This article was co-authored by – Number of times people search for your brand Use tracking codes, a solid analytics package and closed loop marketing , and implement some of their conversation techniques. It’s important to learn how to use these sites in order to get business value out of your social media activity. Talk to an expert to determine where to spend your time to get the best return.  Socialized PR – RSS subscriptions 4_EveR_YounG. Ice Rocket Step #5: Use Website Analytics Software to Measure Leads and Sales. – Video/podcast views/listens .  Many experts agree that social media will affect the next generation of search engine optimization techniques as search engines start to use the signals we collectively leave as we network and share media online. Even today, social media activity affects the success of many other inbound marketing techniques:  Ghennipher Step #3: Give! Give! Give!  Google Blog Search in order to track the visits, leads and sales that occurr as a result of your social media activities. Techrigy and  – Comments on your blog Here’s some tools you can use to tune into the conversation: and – Leads & Customers! brands on Twitter , these activities will help you increase sales. Radian6 , a 10 year veteran of the Internet Marketing world. Ghennipher is an independent Social Media Marketing consultant and writes on Social Media’s effect on business. Subscribe to her blog “Social media strategy should tie to business and communication strategy, rather than being based on the available tools. But it is not possible to develop a social media strategy without at least having an understanding of the various tools that are available, their functionality and purposes, and the kinds of audiences and conversations for which they might be best suited.” – Joel Postman, Principal Originally published Nov 3, 2008 9:26:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Technorati by Step #4: Master the Tools of the Trade . More advanced social media monitoring tools include HubSpot’s HubFeed – Social bookmarking activity 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

5 Common Press Release Mistakes, And How to Avoid Them

first_imgDidyou know press releases can also be used to help your website rankbetter in Google, target specific keywords and build links into yourwebsite? 4) Don’t embed multimedia in your press releases. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 2) Don’t forget to use anchor text. Pressreleases can make great company blog posts. Why not take an adaptationand put it on your blog? It’ll reach another audience and it’s a great way to repurpose important content. Anchor text tells Google what a link is about. Take afew minutes to review your press release and look for words that youwant to rank for. Link those words back to related, internal pages as anchortext. We will be announcing those results on our May 20th webinar. Learn what happens behind-the-scenes after you submit a press release. Miss the live webinar? Flickr Photo: RobW Postit on your own website instead, and include a link to it in your release.It’d be a shame if people started linking to the press release insteadof your site. Also, multimedia capabilities tends to be a lot more expensive than regular releases. Why dish out the extra cash? to check.  For now, here’s five common mistakes that any marketer or business owner can easily fix when creating press releases. 3) Don’t use Gobbledygook words. Gobbledygook Grader Catch the archive here The mostcommon link in a press release is the company website in theboilerplate. Don’t let this be the only link youuse. Make sure you aretaking advantage of every opportunity to link back to interior pagesthat often don’t receive any links at all. to learn how to best optimize your press releases to get more links. Topics: 5) Don’t forget to post your press release to your blog. They mean nothing to peopleor search engines. Flashy words as headlines also hurt a release’sability to be syndicated, or reposted, on other websites. Usekeyword-rich language that is straight forward. Use free tools like 1) Don’t only link to your main website. Watch the Webinar: New Research on Creating News Releases That Work HubSpot recently conducted a study to learn how best to usepress releases as a means to help your website perform better in searchengines. ( ) Public Relations Originally published May 15, 2009 8:26:00 AM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more