Chinese container shipping major COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of its fifth 20,000 TEU containership, COSCO Shipping Virgo.Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the ship is 399.8 meters long and 58.6 meters wide. It boasts a deck area equivalent to almost four standard football fields and can achieve a speed of 22.5 nautical miles per hour.COSCO Shipping Virgo has a maximum carrying capacity of 20,119 TEU, and it is equipped with 1,000 reefer sockets.The giant boxship was classed by both DNV GL and China Classification Society.According to COSCO, the ship’s fuel consumption and energy-efficiency have been optimized through latest energy-saving rudder and propulsion systems. In addition, the ship is equipped with intelligent ship management systems and allows for one-man bridge operation.It is worth USD 122.95 million, based on the valuation from VesselsValue.The delivery of COSCO Shipping Virgo comes on the back of four 20,000 TEU boxships delivered since the beginning of this year.COSCO Shipping Taurus, also built by SWS, and COSCO Shipping Aries, built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) were delivered in January this year.COSCO Shipping Leo and COSCO Shipping Gemini followed suit in March and April respectively.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Cosco Shipping
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch football games on the go for free on Yahoo’s app, now that Verizon owns Yahoo.But people who want to watch football through online-TV services like Sling or YouTube TV will have more problems. An NFL game on ESPN will still be blocked on the app on a phone — and starting next season, on tablets as well, for some games, said Brian Angiolet, Verizon’s global chief media and content officer.Verizon’s five-year deal with the NFL takes effect in January, in time for playoffs. Games will stream on the Yahoo Sports app; Yahoo.com on mobile (but not Yahoo.com on computers); Verizon’s little-known video app, go90; and the NFL mobile app.Verizon bought Yahoo in June and AOL in 2015 and wants to combine the two to build a digital ad business to rival Facebook and Google. It hopes adding more sports streaming will help grow the audience for its media business. “Sports is the first major pillar in Verizon’s strategy. The NFL is a marquee piece of content,” Angiolet said. Verizon will be able to sell some digital ads during games.The NFL has had a partnership with Verizon since 2010 and has been experimenting with other ways to televise its games besides broadcast and cable TV. Amazon this year has 10 Thursday night games and a Christmas game.
New Delhi: The Centre on Monday sought deferment of Tuesday’s hearing on the pleas seeking review of the Rafale deal verdict of December 14 last year saying it needs time to file a detailed reply on these petitions.The Centre’s prayer was made before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi which did not say anything on the issue of adjournment of the scheduled hearing on Tuesday. The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, allowed senior advocate R Balasubramanian, appearing for the Centre, to circulate a letter of adjournment among the parties which include petitioners who have filed the review pleas. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Centre’s letter said it needs time to file reply on merits on the review petitions. The review petitions filed by former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan is listed for hearing before a bench headed by the Chief Justice on Tuesday in the post-lunch session. In a setback to the Centre, the apex court had on April 10 allowed the pleas which relied on leaked documents for seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government’s preliminary objections claiming “privilege” over them. See P6
By Cindy BashaRabat – The Moroccan government announced on Tuesday that it had invested MAD 30 billion to building roads in rural areas.The Minister of Transport, Equipment and Logistics, Aziz Rabbah, told the House of Representatives this investment would make transportation and travel easier for people living in the isolated parts of the country. This program, along with another similar initiative launched this year, will provide Morocco with 17,000 km of roads in rural areas. Studies show that these areas need roughly 50,000 km of additional roads to connect all isolated parts of the country.The Minister stressed that the state spends 1.25 billion dirhams in regional road projects, based on the principle of equity between different regions.Rabbah mentioned his department’s broader goal of improving the standard for living of people living in rural areas. The government plans to invest MAD 36 billion over the next seven years in rural areas and the marginalised parts of the country.Regarding the control and maintenance of bridges, Rabbah said that the government has allocated MAD 3billion for the emergency program aimed at the elimination of black spots, affecting 7,500 bridges at the national level, including 100 in critical condition and 200 in ruins.
Tangier – A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday in Tangier between King Fahd School of Translation (KFST) and the United Nations Interpretation Service.Signed by the Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management, Catherine Pollard, the president of Abdelmalek Essadi University, Hodaifa Ameziane, and KFST director Noureddine Chamali, this agreement aims to strengthen cooperation between these institutions in the field of translation.Under the agreement, students will benefit from programs intended to strengthen their skills in translation. This agreement confirms the confidence of international organizations in Morocco’s higher education sector and should enable KFST to start a new stage in its distinguished scientific career, the signatories pointed out on this occasion.This meeting was an opportunity to highlight the role that translation plays in ensuring the exchange of information, strengthening communication skills, and promoting the values of peace, tolerance and acceptance of others.With MAP
2 September 2008A senior United Nations peacekeeping official is visiting Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) for talks on the performance of the nascent UN mission to the neighbouring African countries. Edmond Mulet, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Chad and the CAR, Victor Angelo, held talks yesterday with Chadian President Idriss Déby in N’Djamena. They are scheduled to hold talks in Bangui, the capital of the CAR, today.The UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT) was established six months ago. It includes a multi-dimensional UN presence and a European Union military force (EUFOR) that are jointly trying to bring stability to eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR, which have been beset by widespread fighting and civilian displacement in recent years.
Participants take part in the “Yeast Crime” activity organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at this years Scientifically Yours conference. Earlier this month the Faculty of Mathematics and Science welcomed 80 scientifically-minded grade 11 girls from across Ontario to campus for its 22nd-annual Scientifically Yours conference.The young women took part in a number of hands-on projects that included exploring laser holography, transferring data by light and measuring brain function.This year also saw the addition of an ecology project, developed by Liette Vasseur, professor of Biological Sciences and secretary general of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists.Vasseur guided the girls on a walk along the Bruce Trail and Niagara Escarpment to identify plant species and learn ethno-botanical facts. The group also collected flowers to press and dry for Mother’s Day cards.The young women also benefitted from interacting with current students and alumni who shared advice and career experiences.The conference opened with alumna Nancy Doubleday who delivered a plenary talk, entitled “Arctic Ecohealth: Linking Local and Global … with lessons for peace from Dr. Seuss.”And on the final day of the two-day event, participants attended a dinner with scientific mentors. The mentors – all women in scientific professions – included Brock alumnae Holly Falsetti, Risk Modeling Analyst, TD Bank, and Elly Jenkyns, Naturopathic Doctor, PURE Natural Health & Wellness, along with 13 other women from various science-related professions.
Ms Menteith was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes Credit:Tom Pilston for the Telegraph Dogs should be taught life skills rather than simply how to sit, stay and hand over their paws, a pet mindfulness coach has said.Carolyn Menteith, a leading dog behavioural expert, said dog owners should lose their obsession with teaching traditional obedience exercises and instead focus on the skills the pet innately has.“It doesn’t matter if your dog sits the moment you say sit if it goes and rips up the curtains and knocks over granny,” she said.”We should be teaching life skills instead of behaviour commands – how to settle when people are watching television and how to enjoy being handled.”Ms Menteith, who was the trainer for the Crufts 2018 Channel Four programmes and won the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor of the Year award three years previously, said training should be about building a relationship with the animal, rather than teaching it various tricks.“It doesn’t matter so much whether a dog does obedience exercises – like a dog walking perfectly to heel – we need a dog to be happy and fun with our family,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. While in the past dog training relied on a formal technique based on military training, attitudes towards animals have softened as pets are growingly viewed as members of the family. Due to this, the trainer argues, owners should adopt a mindful and holistic approach to dog training, similar to how children are parented.“We don’t want children to sit down be quiet and be seen and not heard – we want them to be the best people they can possibly be working on their strengths,” she added. “It should be the same with dogs – we want a relationship not a dictatorship, to look at what they are already good at doing and work with those strengths.”As a result owners should build relationships with their domestic animals rather than focusing on teaching them commands.The trainer added: “It’s not about barking sit and expecting unswerving obedience. It’s about building a relationship.”It’s looking at the individual dog you have – each dog has a different personality and in the same way we look at different relationships with people in our lives, you have to build one with your dog.”The Dogs Trust recommends that new dogs are taken to local training courses, to learn traditional commands and meet other dogs.The charity says on its website: “Training your puppy should start straight away to avoid him developing bad habits. Teach him what is acceptable. Make clear and simple commands and show him what you wanthim to do. Lessons should be short and at regular intervals. Remember – always reward good behaviour, and ignore ‘bad’ behaviour.”
In the case of Pinterest, a virtual scrapbook immensely popular… But her father, Ian Russell, now believes that in private she was being assailed by graphic images of self-harm and suicide on the social media sites Instagram and Pinterest. Molly Russell was such a “caring soul” that she did not want to burden her parents with the depression she likened to a storm bearing down on her. As far as her loving family could see, Molly was happy and doing well: she was a keen rider and sailor and had just landed the lead role in her school’s upcoming production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Instead, the 14-year-old retreated to a terrifying online world algorithmically tailored to encourage her darkest thoughts.
Woman affected by Cervical Check scandal says cancer has spread to her lymph system Orla received false negatives on smear tests in 2011 and 2014. Friday 15 Jun 2018, 4:24 PM 10 Comments Jun 15th 2018, 4:24 PM Share146 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/Iryna Inshyna By Michelle Hennessy http://jrnl.ie/4073445 Image: Shutterstock/Iryna Inshyna A WOMAN WHO was impacted by the Cervical Check scandal has said her cancer has now spread to her lymph system.Orla first spoke to RTÉ’s Liveline back in April, when she explained that she developed symptoms in 2015 and was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In May that year, she saw a private gynecologist who discovered a very large tumour.Orla had received false negatives on her smear tests in 2011 and 2014 and is now dealing with Dr Gabriel Scally to assist with his scoping review. Speaking to Joe Duffy again today, she said her cancer has now spread to her lymph system.She said the disease is at a “moderate stage” but that it has spread almost as far as her kidneys.“Obviously it was very shocking and devastating news,” she said. Orla said she did not want to disclose the time period given by her doctor but said it “wasn’t very positive”.She said the only effective treatment on offer now is immunotherapy, similar to the treatment Vicky Phelan is receiving. Yesterday Phelan confirmed that her own tumours are shrinking, after just three doses of the drug.Orla will start the treatment as part of a trial next month.“It offers a hope,” she told Duffy.Orla is due to sit down with Minister Simon Harris in the coming week to discuss her case. 17,067 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Un matériau lubrifiant révolutionnaire inspiré d’une plante carnivoreDes chercheurs ont réussi à mettre au point un nouveau matériau révolutionnaire capable de repousser à la fois l’eau, les hydrocarbures et le sang tout en se réparant lui-même en cas de besoin. Pour cela, ils se sont basés sur le fonctionnement d’une plante carnivore asiatique qui attire ses proies dans un piège lubrifié.En 1970, le mystère de la feuille de lotus, capable d’émerger des eaux les plus sales en restant parfaitement nette, avait été percé. Les propriétés “hydrophobiques” spécifiques à la structure de la feuille consistent en de minuscules papilles, capables de piéger de l’air et d’empêcher l’eau d’y adhérer. Elles font ainsi rouler les gouttelettes et la saleté sans que celles-ci ne s’y collent. Il aura fallu 20 ans pour appliquer ce principe à des peintures des vitres et des tissus dit “auto-nettoyants”. La tâche se révèle plus compliquée encore pour concevoir des surfaces empêchant l’adhésion de liquides visqueux comme l’huile et les hydrocarbures. L’enjeu est pourtant énorme dans un grand nombre de domaines, comme l’optique, la construction d’engins microscopiques et la biologie médicale.Un piège lubrifié redoutable Mais la solution pourrait bien venir, une fois encore, du monde botanique. En effet, des chercheurs de l’université de Harvard, dirigés par Tak-Sing Wong ont observé avec attention une famille de plantes carnivores du sud-est asiatique : les nepenthes. Sur les cent espèces recensées, on constate que les feuilles forment des espèces d’entonnoir remplis d’un liquide digestif. Attirés par les couleurs vives et le nectar sucré des nepenthes, les insectes se posent à l’intérieur de l’urne, recouvert d’une surface lubrifiée. Incapables de remonter, ils glissent alors au fond de l’urne où ils sont digérés.À lire aussiCet étonnant matériau est capable de refroidir tout ce qu’il touche sans énergieDans l’étude publiée dans la revue Nature, M. Wong explique que, contrairement à la feuille de lotus qui utilise l’air, la surface interne des nepenthes est recouverte d’un film aqueux qui va repousser les autres liquides. En s’inspirant de cette trouvaille de la nature, les auteurs sont donc parvenus à mettre au point un matériau spongieux rempli d’un fluide lubrifiant, baptisé SLIPS (littéralement “glisse”), qui repousse aussi bien l’eau que les liquides organiques, comme le sang et le pétrole brut.Résistant oui, mais peu durable Cette technique pourrait être utilisée sur des matériaux faciles à produire et peu coûteux, par exemple une membrane de Teflon, assurent les chercheurs. De plus, le SLIPS peut résister à de fortes pressions et il est capable de “s’auto-réparer” lorsqu’il est endommagé par un impact qu’il s’use. Dans ce cas, il recrée tout simplement un film lubrifiant à sa surface, souligne dans un commentaire séparé Michael Nosonovsky, du département d’ingénierie de l’université du Wisconsin.Cette découverte pourrait conduire à de multiples applications en médecine, dans le transport de carburants ou en aéronautique avec la mise au point de revêtements anti-glace. Reste que, selon Michael Nosonosvky, il faut poursuivre les recherches car le prototype de SLIPS n’a encore qu’une durée de vie très limitée, rapporte TV5monde.Le 22 septembre 2011 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambert
Lindsay Lohan Videos Articles 3 COMMENTS ,, Now Playing Up Next Behind the scenes of WWE’s Super Bowl ad from 1999WWE has posted a behind the scenes look at footage from nearly 20 years ago of the company filming an ad for the Super Bowl that aired back in January of 1999.The footage shows The Rock, Steve Austin, Kane, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Triple H, Chyna and others taking part in the commercial shoot at WWE headquarters.You can check out the video below courtesy of WWE.WWE hits a new milestone on TwitterWWE revealed this weekend that they hit 10 million followers on Twitter.Don’t forget to give us a follow on Twitter as well via @wrestleview..@WWEUniverse, you are a PERFECT 10! Thank YOU so much for 10 million @Twitter followers!!!! pic.twitter.com/1fSyg49yUn— WWE (@WWE) February 3, 2018 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next stinkelbaum O. T. Fagbenle Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Comments are closed. Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Google+ Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 54.74%0:07Remaining Time -1:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker a time when triple h declared himself bi in a lot of ways and vince tried to tell us chyna was hot.lol Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Anonymous These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other WhatsApp February 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm Videos Articles Really???? I always thought Chyna was bi Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter February 5, 2018 at 9:45 am WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention February 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm Facebook OC O
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 3, 2018 Updated: 4:13 PM San Diego Family Justice Center Children’s Gift Drive December 3, 2018 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) – San Diego Family Justice center is having a toy drive for children.Donation collection boxes are located in the lobby of City Hall and the lobby of Civic Center Plaza through December 13th.For more information, please visit: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/nr181203a.pdf
B-to-b publisher PennWell announces the acquisition of Broadband Technology Report [BTR] from Hermes Media & Research LLC. For an undisclosed sum, PennWell now owns the weekly BTR, tech alerts, several video products and the Diamond Technology Reviews, a tech product review program. BTR’s current staff of 5 will be included in the transition to PennWell. According to a press statement, “the acquisition…represents a new vertical business for PennWell that addresses the well-capitalized and growing broadband industry.” BTR serves executive and staff-level engineers, techs and managers at Multiple System Operators (MSO), Independent Operators (ISO) and IP/telecom companies; its weekly newsletter reaches an audience of 21,000. Jayne Gilsinger, SVP of planning & development with PennWell, says that unique video products offered by BTR were particularly attractive to the publisher. Tim Hermes, who will join PennWell as a consultant, launched BTR in 2004. He tells FOLIO:, “It’s been my goal to sell all along. We operated the company on cash for seven straight years; we never had a down year, and we experienced double digit growth. I did as much as I could with the cash I had, and I knew when I got to $1-1.1 million in sales that I wouldn’t be able to take it much further with just my own creative juices.” PennWell will manage BTR from its Technology Group offices, located in Nashua, New Hampshire. BTR staff will continue to operate out of Virginia, Colorado and New York.Hermes Media & Research LLC was represented by New York-based investment banking firm M. C. Alcamo & Co. in the transaction. Of the decision to sell to PennWell, Hermes says, “I needed a strong parent company to help get into other endeavors like tradeshows and webinars, things that require more capital up front than I could extend myself.”
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Running since 1930, the pitch drop experiment is the longest running lab experiment in history. It consists of a hunk of black pitch in a turned-over sealed funnel, under a large bell jar. It was started in 1927 by Thomas Parnell, Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The purpose of this unusual experiment was to examine the properties of pitch, one of the thickest liquids on Earth.Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland, c.1920. Photo Courtesy the University of Queensland Archives.Pitch is the name for various hard tar-like substances, which can be natural or manufactured, derived from plants, petroleum, and coal tar. It is a kind of thick, bitumen-like hydrocarbon. Asphalt and tar are forms of pitch and it is most famously used for waterproofing boats.Pitch feels solid and brittle at room temperature and can be easily broken with a hammer. However, Professor Parnell was convinced that its appearance is deceiving and created the experiment to measure the flow and viscosity of a sample of pitch.Tierra La Brea tar pit, Trinidad.First Parnell heated a hunk of pitch, then placed it into a sealed funnel and waited patiently for the pitch to settle. After three years, in 1930, the Professor believed that the substance was cooled and settled, so he cut off the stem of the funnel. And, the pitch began to drop at an extremely slow pace.Even though it seems trivial, the experiment still contributes to the spirit of scientific curiosity, while the devotion to it and its duration made the pitch experiment one of the most famous.The University of Queensland pitch drop experiment, demonstrating the viscosity of bitumen. Photo by the University of Queensland & John Mainstone CC BY-SA 3.0Professor Parnell lived long enough to witness only two drips – the first one in 1938, eight years after the opening of the funnel, and the second, nine years later, in 1947. Parnell died in 1948.Nevertheless, the pitch experiment continued under the supervision of John Mainstone, Honorary Professor in the School of Math and Physics at the University of Queensland.Cumulative number of months between drops of pitch, during the pitch drop experiment. Photo by Adkd1983 CC BY SA 3.0In 2005, Mainstone and the late Thomas Parnell were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics. The Ig Nobel Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prize and take place every year in fall. They celebrate the most unusual and trivial scientific achievements.The Ig Nobel Prizes honor efforts and triumphs that make people laugh. Their purpose is not mocking, but rather to honor the imagination of curious scientists. So, the pitch drop experiment definitely deserved such recognition.University of Queensland pitch drop experiment with demarcation of years, months, and major events.The second custodian decided to leave the conditions of the experiment unchanged instead of modifying them. Before his death in 2013, Mainstone recorded six more drips – the eighth one in 2000. That same year, a webcam was set to assist surveillance, but unfortunately, due to technical problems, it missed the eighth drip.After the death of Mainstone, custodianship was passed to Professor Andrew White, the third custodian of the pitch drop experiment.Picture of the Pitch Drop Experiment at the University of Queensland, with 9-volt battery for size comparison. Photo by John Mainstone, University of Queensland CC BY SA 3.0Interestingly, nobody had ever actually witnessed a drop fall. On April 24, 2014 (a year after Mainstone’s death), the ninth drip occurred. Ironically, it happened during a beaker change.The drips occurred every eight or nine years. However, it took 12 years between the seventh and the eighth drop. Since then, the pitch drop experiment proved unpredictable due to changing variables such as temperature and the decreasing pressure from the leftover pitch. Also, the drop sizes are variable and their forming is ambiguous.More than 90 years since the start of the experiment, the tenth drop is now forming and is expected to drip in thirteen years from now. The pitch has been calculated to be roughly 230 billion times more viscous than water.Read another story from us: Nikola Tesla said the Writings of Mark Twain Helped Save His LifeGuinness World Records lists the lab experiment as the longest running in the world. It has been estimated that there is enough pitch to keep it dripping, ever so slowly, for another hundred years.
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. When was the last time you clicked on a banner ad? Was is it on purpose? As many as 60 percent of banner ad clicks are accidental. Only 9 percent of them are viewed for more than one second. Yet every day, experienced marketers waltz into the office with their latest banner ad idea. Or worse, autoplay video. This is partly why I’m building an AR company that helps make ads more interactive, but also a tell-tale sign that disruption is inevitable. Marketers are desperate to increase numbers and generate traffic using old-school techniques such as SEO, content, social, email, webinars and influencers. Of course, consumers sense these tactics and are feeling increasingly suffocated by belligerent ads while marketers aimlessly spin their wheels.Related: 10 Laws of Social Media MarketingAfter all, when the first banner ad was created by Joe McCambley in 1994 for AT&T, it spread like wildfire. “Banner ads didn’t always suck,” McCambley explained in his article for Harvard Business Review. “My children tell me that’s like inventing smallpox.”What was once a novelty has become a digital disease, seeing aggressive pushback from browsers such as Safari’s feature that disables cross-site cookie tracking, and Google Chrome’s built-in ad-blockers coming 2018.“Sure, digital was exploding not too long ago — the growth seemed unstoppable — insurmountable even,” explains Ryan Urban, CEO of BounceX. “But a lot of that growth was really just people first getting online. Not the beginning of an upward trend, just a one time bounce that is leveling off. Now, that market is nearly saturated.”In March of this year, SmartInsights found that across all ad formats and placements ad click-through-rate is just 0.05 percent. Marketers are simply unable to increase digital revenue and spending more than ever trying to.“We can’t even leverage the decreasing amount of traffic we are able to drive and identify,” Urban says. “We bludgeon with discounts and race our prices to the ground; we email prospects to death; we created apps that no one cared about; we poured resources into customer loyalty programs that never really took off; and all omnichannel has done is get us to invest in a terrible personalization software that hasn’t increased conversions.”Related: 4 Ways to Market Your Business for FreeUrban shares his advice for what marketers have to do to save their digital revenue, marketing strategies and (perhaps most importantly) their jobs: 1. Speed up your slow mobile website.This will come as no surprise: If your website is slow, no one will stay on it. And if no one is on your website, no one is buying anything. Increasing site speed has to be a priority. Run, don’t walk, to your boss’s office and tell them that if you can improve your mobile site speed by 30 percent, you will grow your mobile revenue by 25 times.2. Change your customer acquisition model.Stop spending money on low intent prospects. Efforts should be poured into identifying who the best customers are — the ones who will spend the most consistently. That’s who marketers should be paying more to drive to our sites. Lifetime value for the win.3. Start leveraging behavioral email.Batch and blast emails are killing our prospect lists and aren’t helping our customers. The difference between a 0.3 percent and a 0.1 percent unsubscribe rate is death. Over the next three years, if you’re emailing at a 0.3 percent unsubscribe rate — you’re not going to have anyone left to email.Related: Use These 5 Steps to Create a Marketing PlanStart focusing on sending behavioral emails. Behavioral emails are the most relevant messages to specific people based on actions they’re actually taking in real-time. This includes cart abandonment, connecting them across their devices and understanding that on average it takes four to five visits for someone to purchase for the first time from your brand.4. Unlock a new revenue channel.People-based marketing is the future. We’re not marketing to cookies anymore, we’re marketing to actual human beings. The first step to this channel is through identification, figure out who is actually coming to your site and what they’re doing while they’re there.Marketers who embrace change and return to a people-centric approach where humans take precedent will unlock incremental revenue across all current channels. Resuscitating their channels may not be simple, but will ultimately garner the right customers the right way.Related: This 14-Year-Old Founder Explains How to Market to Teenagers on Social Media 4 min read October 10, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
A senior police officer admitted to tearing up the form he needed to sign for a mother to have her trans daughter released from custody.Tarnisem visited the Duri Kosambi subdistrict police multiple times to get the paperwork signed for daughter’s release.But its head, Irwansyah, tore up the forms.‘I tore the document so that [Tarnisem] and others wouldn’t misuse it,’ Irwansyah told Warta Kota.‘Just let [Neneng] spend some more time in the social house to create a deterrent effect [to being transgender].’If trans people repeat their ‘violation’ after their release from social housing they will be charged.‘Once or twice is still OK, but if we catch them a third time, they can be sent to jail for committing the same violation over and over,’ Chaidir said.The disturbing new policy in Jakarta follows the repeated harassment and detention of trans women in the conservative province of Aceh. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Tarsinem and Neneng are reunited in Jakarta. | Photo: Warta Kota/ Hamdi Putra Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Jakarta Social Agency admitted it now declares trans people as ‘people with social dysfunctional traits’.Trans women in Indonesia are known as waria.Chaidir is the head the Agency’s rehabilitation affairs department.‘Soon after we have a waria admitted to a social house, we will notify her family or her community to organize her release,’ he told the Jakarta Post.Chaidir said the new initiative was made to act as a ‘deterrent’ to trans people expressing who they are.‘[It’s done] to create a deterrent effect, so that [the province] will know that one of their residents has become Jakarta’s social problem,’ he said.After a family is notified, they must then complete paperwork to prove the waria’s residential address.Don’t repeat ‘violations’But it was proved there a person’s release was guranteed just because their family did the paperwork. In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, the government has been systematically rounding up trans people and sending them to ‘rehabilitation’. Police admit they tore up the release forms for arrested trans girlHome of ‘lesbians’ raided by police because they ‘don’t fit norms of society’Aceh has just banned trans women working in hair salonsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rounding-up-trans-people-for-being-social-misfits-has-become-policy-in-indonesia/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-
In the video of Franklin jamming out the song (and dropping her fur coat, of course), King is clearly surprised at the appearance. Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are also having the time of their lives.[embedded content]In her career, Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener, comes out today.More from Gay Star NewsAretha Franklin: A queen for life and in deathHere is why Aretha Franklin, the original diva, was a LGBTI iconIs Ariana Grande’s Carpool Karaoke the most amazing yet?Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Ariana Grande was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (16 August). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Earlier that day, news quickly spread of Aretha Franklin’s passing. The Queen of Soul died at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.Celebritites, politicians, and fans alike all paid tribute to Franklin throughout the day. Many fondly remembered her incredible music and even more incredible, genuine attitude.While appearing on the show, Grande teamed up with The Roots for a touching tribute to Franklin with a soulful rendition of Natural Woman.[embedded content]Franklin released the song in 1967 and it became a hit, quickly skyrocketing to number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Carole King and Gerry Goffin co-wrote the single, which has since been covered by numerous artists.In 2015, King received the Kennedy Center Honors. Franklin attended the tribute and sang the song herself while King was in the audience. Putting her entire soul into the performance | Photo: YouTube/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Soul queen Aretha Franklin has died aged 76Here is why Aretha Franklin, the original diva, was a LGBTI iconChristina Aguilera dons disguise and surprises NYC subwayRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ariana-grande-tribute-aretha-franklin/