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first_img News to go further March 30, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ban lifted on two gay websites Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders expressed satisfaction as Saudi Arabia announced it has lifted a ban on two gay websites, in response to an appeal from the international press freedom organisation.Head of the Internet Services Unit (ISU), Eyas Al-Hajery, responsible for the Internet within the kingdom, said in his reply, “After receiving your letter, we carried out a new examination of these sites. Since no pornographic content was found, the ban has been lifted”.Welcoming the move, the organisation added that it hoped this would be just a first step in an easing of Saudi government censorship on the Net.________________________________________________________ Organisation News Saudi authorities have blocked Gaymiddleeast.com – a news site for the Middle East’s homosexual community – since the beginning of March 2004. Reporters Without Borders has called on the Internet Services Unit (ISU), the agency responsible for the Internet in Saudi Arabia, to lift the ban on this and other similar sites. The site was earlier blocked in June 2003 but the government lifted the ban a month later. The US site 365gay.com has also been censored.”Officially filtering is only supposed to be applied to pornographic publications or those directly harming Islam,” said Reporters Without Borders. “In fact, the Saudi Internet blacklist extends to other areas, from political sites to non-recognised Islamist sites via, of course, any publication relating in any way to sexuality.”We condemn this extension of censorship, which is in the process of reducing the country’s network to an Intranet, as in Burma or Cuba,” said the organisation.Gaymiddleeast.com posts news intended for homosexuals in 15 countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) and is mainly devoted to be subject of persecution of homosexuals. It does not post anything of a pornographic nature. 365gay.com, to which Gaymiddleeast.com is affiliated, also deals with homosexual rights.Homosexuality is forbidden in Saudi Arabia and is punishable by imprisonment or flogging.”The Kingdom of Censorship” has erected one of the Internet’s largest filtering systems. Saudi authorities say that they block access to nearly 400,000 web pages, explaining that the censorship aims to “protect citizens from content that is offensive or violates the principles of the Islamic religion and social norms.”The ISU is responsible for maintaining the Saudi web censorship system. It controls the gateway used by all Saudi Internet access providers. The agency can thus control the entirety of information exchanged on the Net. It is also the ISU that oversees the country domain name (.sa) and manages the Saudi network from a technical point of view. News April 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgWe are quite proud of the fact that RewardStream is a pioneer and veteran in the referral marketing industry, designing referral marketing programs for our clients since 2003. While “word-of-mouth marketing” or referral marketing has always been a very natural and normal part of daily life, the rise of automated marketing solutions to generate leads and referrals is in its infancy. Following the tremendous success of products such as HubSpot, Marketo, Eloqua, Infusionsoft and others, “content marketing” has certainly earned buzzword status. As a result, companies that we work with often ask us how referral marketing and content marketing solutions compare and how they can be used together.Before I dig into the numbers, let’s look at the definitions of these two marketing methods. Basic Wikipedia explanations tell us that:Referral marketing is a method of promoting products or services to new customers through referrals, usually word of mouth. Content marketing is any marketing that involves the creation and sharing of media and publishing content in order to acquire and retain customers.Essentially, referral marketing is acquiring new customers through word-of-mouth while content marketing is sharing educational blogs, papers and emails to acquire customers. While there are definite similarities, both solutions can and should be used to generate leads and referrals as part of a successful marketing mix. To understand both solutions, let’s dive into some numbers.Lead Nurturing via Content Marketing – The NumbersLead nurturing via content marketing is used by more organizations, with 72% of marketers having a content strategy in place, whereas only 22% of marketers are leveraging customer referrals. Content is more widely used, but is it more profitable?41% of marketers confirm content marketing has a positive ROI; however, 79% of marketing leads never convert into sales. Lack of effective lead nurturing is the common cause of this poor performance. So in order for content marketing to be successful, the leads that it brings must be nurtured.Referral Marketing – The NumbersIt’s not surprising that 92% of people trust recommendations from the people they personally know and people are four times more likely to buy when referred by a friend. If you are a new business owner, you’ll be happy to know that one study reported that 65% of new business comes from referrals. Word of mouth or referral marketing is tried, tested and true, and in my opinion, the most effective form of marketing. I’m not alone, 88% of marketers believe that referral marketing is one of the best ways to acquire new customers.But what is the ROI?Another common question I get is in regards to the return on investment of each tactic. Referral marketing has the lowest cost per acquisition among digital marketing activities, making the ROI very attractive to many businesses. When comparing to content marketing, data suggests that content marketing will break even on its investment within nine months, based on the value of the organic traffic, and will see a 200% or more ROI from that same content over 36 months. The content will also increase the organic site traffic by 10 times.What makes referral marketing so critical as a key tactic in a successful marketing mix is that if your program attracts one customer – it doesn’t stop there. Not only does a referred customer have a 16% higher lifetime value than that of a regular customer and 18% higher loyalty than a customer acquired through a different method, they will also spend 13.2% more than a non-referred customer. What makes referral marketing so powerful is that when an existing customer utilizes the program, there is a snowball effect that must be taken into consideration when measuring ROI; the number of additional referrals that will come from this one person.How can Referral Marketing and Lead Nurturing via Content Marketing Work Together?It’s simple really. Content marketing is utilizing content to attract people to your brand and turn them into your brand advocates. Referral marketing is using your customers as brand advocates to acquire more customers. 83% of satisfied customers are willing to refer products and services but 29% actually do. So the key is to encourage customers to tell their friends and family members about your business. How do you do this? By leveraging your referral marketing with content marketing tactics.Best Practices For Growing Your Referral Program With Content MarketingKeep these tips in mind when combining content and referral marketing strategies to help increase both leads and referrals:Content marketing can help build trust with the public.If you have a referral marketing program, the more existing customers who are aware of it, the better chance you have of it gaining traction. Content marketing is a powerful way of building trust with potential customers as you nurture them through the buying journey. When you send out an email communication, post a blog, or engage via social media, you are essentially building trust with your audience.If potential customers receive regular communication from your company, you have already established trust with them. This trust can help increase your chances of potential customers remembering you when they are ready to make their purchases. Once they become customers, a referral rewards program is a nice way to keep them happy, and will encourage them to share their positive brand experiences with their friends and family members. Developing this relationship with potential and existing customers is important, as people trust the opinions of their friends, making it a very powerful marketing channel.Content marketing can help promote a company’s referral program.Rule of thumb – the more eyes the better. Make sure that you include information about your referral program on all public-facing communications and content at each stage of nurturing your leads and referrals. Make sure that you create a referral button in a key location on your website. If you accept online orders, put a referral button on your order confirmation page and/or post-purchase “thank you for purchasing” page. Don’t forget to also promote your referral program anywhere your existing customers will go, such as customer login or on high-traffic pages such as customer support or help desk pages. Keep in mind that all of the above should link back to the stand-alone referral page.When distributing all content marketing, use this opportunity to promote your referral program. Ways to promote your program include:Email blast – Email your customer list and your ambassador list the “refer a friend” offer.Blog– Create a blog and link to the offer. Look around for guest blog opportunities and ability to promote program.Newsletters– Don’t forget to include program information in company newsletters and correspondence including receipts, invoices and support tickets.Call scripts– Integrate mention of the program into your call center scripts.Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – Announce program, share and link back to the referral program page.PR– Create a press release, issue and promote program in conjunction with a newsworthy item.Internally – Promote your referral program internally! Your employees should be your biggest advocates!Content Marketing + Referral Marketing = Your Own CommunityThe great thing about referral marketing is that you start your own community without even really trying. Your leads and referrals become your brand ambassadors, and over time will grow into a community. You can also connect with your loyal online fans to promote your referral program and have them spread the word. By identifying key referrers and engaging with them, they will promote not only your referral marketing program, but your products and services, as well as your organization too.Precision targeting increases your chances of a sale.The precision targeting of referral marketing, combined with quality and educational content that is specifically focused for your leads is the perfect combination that will lead to a very successful marketing campaign. Referral marketing targets your brand advocates and by doing so, taps into the most lucrative salespeople for your organization – the trust of friends and family members.What does a successful referral program look like?Dropbox is a good example of a double-sided referral program that garnered some great results. After Dropbox became dissatisfied with their conventional marketing techniques, despite still doing relatively well, they decided to leverage their existing customers to refer friends via word of mouth.How did they do this?They launched a double-sided referral program that rewards both the referee and the referral with 500MB of additional free storage space (up to 16GB). What was the result?Dropbox went from 100,000 to 4,000,000 users in 15 months and increased their sign-ups by 60%.Why was this referral program so successful?Dropbox’s doubled-sided referral program provided incentive to the referrer to spread the word and the referee to sign up, by offering them each 500MB of space. Not only is this type of program enticing to both parties, but it is also extremely easy for the users to share and sign up. The combination of an attractive double-side incentive, plus the ease of use, led to Dropbox’s tremendous success with this program.In my opinion, the best results are achieved when you use referral marketing and content marketing together to maximize leads and referrals. If you create an enticing referral marketing program that is simple and easy to navigate and use your content marketing to promote it, you can’t go wrong. To ensure the best possible results, make sure that the content you produce relates to the long-term strategy of your referral marketing plan. The single most important thing to remember is to make it easy for people to share your content and easy for people to refer your product and/or service. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rob Goehring Rob Goehring is the CEO of RewardStream, a leader in automated referral marketing solutions for credit unions, financial services and telecommunications companies. 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first_imgThe U.S. is removing some items from the China tariff list and is delaying tariffs for other items.It is the latest move by the U.S. in the ongoing trade feud between the two countries.Products on the tariff delay list include cell phones, laptops, video game consoles, and computer monitors.Tariffs on these items were initially set to go into effect on September 1st, but will now go into effect on December 15th.The Stock Market has been reacting to the news, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been trading up over 500 points at times.The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are also surging on Wall Street.Last week, the dow dropped 500 points after President Trump threatened another 10 percent hike in tariffs on $300 billion in goods from China.The move was opposed by retailers and manufacturers who were worried about the holiday shopping season.President Trump was pressed Tuesday about the latest tariff rollback and said he chose the delay because of the”Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact” on American consumers.He then reiterated that his tariffs have had virtually no impact on Americans thus far.Click here to learn more.last_img read more

first_imgResidents of the Garrygort community close to Kerrykeel and Milford have expressed serious reservations over plans to construct two wind turbines in their neighbourhood.Members of the local community told the Tirconail Tribune that they do not want these turbines in such close proximity.They point to the unacceptable noise levels, visual pollution and intereference to daily life of the people and animals, flicker effect along with the potential for serious deterioration in the value of land and sites in the area. A number of residents who contacted the newspaper this week say that leaflets on behalf of Garrymore Windfarms Ltd. were delivered to households this week inviting them to an information evening on Tuesday.The event in the supper room of the Milford Parochial Hall on Tuesday evening will run from 7.00 to 9pm.Householders in the area that these turbines will be fully visible from the town of Milford and they do nothing to enhance the landscape.The Tribune reports that the names of an architect’s office in Northern Ireland are on the leaflet for those seeking further information. The residents of the Garrygort area said it is important for the wider community to come to the information evening and to make their concerns known to the developers of the project.Kerrykeel and Milford residents opposed to wind turbines plan was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KERRYKEELmeetingMilfordwind turbineslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Xinjie Tong and Lingying ZhaoThe Ohio egg production industry is a significant economic sector in the state and is responsible for creation of 12,503 jobs and $438 million in annual earnings. Technology advances in egg production facilities over the past decades have enabled very efficient operations of large-scale layer houses, that can typically host 100,000 to 250,000 hens with stacked cages, automated manure-belts, feed and water delivery, egg transport, and mechanical ventilation systems. In these larger layer houses, ventilation plays a crucial role in maintaining a proper indoor air conditions and for disease control for hen health and efficient egg production. However, it has been a challenge to achieve the comfort and health standards with existing ventilation systems. At The Ohio State University, an innovative ventilation system has been designed at the air quality and bioenvironmental lab, which can potentially improve indoor environment and limit disease outbreaks in layer houses. Ventilation systemsThe most commonly used ventilation systems in layer houses are tunnel ventilation and cross ventilation. With a cross ventilation system, air enters a layer house through air inlets under the eaves or on the ceiling and exits through exhaust fans on side walls. It creates relatively uniform airflow inside the house, but is not able to effectively remove heat produced by hens in the summer. To abate heat stress, tunnel ventilation system has been widely adopted in layer houses, with which fresh air enters a layer house from one end of the house and is exhausted by fans located on the other end of the house. The tunnel ventilation provides a wind chill effect with high-speed air flow across animals and thus can make them feel cool in hot weather conditions and effectively alleviate heat stress in summer. As air travels from the inlets to the exhausts of a layer house with the tunnel ventilation system, it absorbs heat and moisture generated from hens. One big drawback of tunnel ventilation systems is that it results in large gradients of air temperature and relative humidity, air pollutant concentrations along the airflow pathways, and will make the air cool and dry near the air inlets but hot and moist near the air outlets. This non-uniform thermal condition is not desirable because it not only puts hens near outlets at higher risks, but also results in differentiation in hen performance, such as various sized eggs. It is therefore imperative to fully understand the thermal environment of large-scale commercial layer houses and develop an innovative ventilation system in order to manage heat stress problems accordingly and effectively. Heat stress problems in layer housesHeat stress is a common problem in layer houses because hens stocked in high density form intensive heat sources and the state-of-the-art ventilation system, tunnel ventilation, still cannot uniformly remove heat. Poultry are homoeothermic with a core body temperature maintained at 41.2 degrees C to 42.2 degrees C by thermoregulatory mechanisms in a comfortable environment. As the indoor temperature rises above the poultry comfort zone during hot summer months, hens start experiencing heat stress, where they usually spend less time feeding and moving, and more time drinking, resting, and panting. Egg production is also impaired under heat stress (i.e., annual losses of $61 to 98 million nationwide) through decreased egg production rate, reduced egg quality, and increased hen mortality. Heat stress problems will be further worsened due to increasing events of extreme temperature and heavier precipitation. Disease outbreaks and virus transmission in layer houses. Disease outbreaks are another big threat to the poultry industry. In 2015, the highly pathogenic H5 avian flu infected about 57 million birds in the U.S., resulting in a disastrous loss to the layer and turkey industries. Because the flu spread quickly, researchers suspect that the viruses were possibly airborne, meaning that their transmissions can be possibly driven by airflow.With the current ventilation systems, air mixing causes concerns about possible disease transmission. Once a hen has the virus, the ventilation airflow will transport the air polluted by that hen, and pass through many other hens located in different areas of the house before being removed via exhaust fans. In other words, the mixing ventilation possibly facilitates the transmission of viruses among hens and fastens the spread of the disease. Development of a new ventilationTo reduce economic losses due to heat stress and disease outbreaks, we are developing an upward airflow displacement ventilation (UADV) system for commercial manure-belt layer houses. In this new system, fresh air is uniformly supplied from air ducts located beneath the cages; it directly reaches hens and is heated by hens; the heated air will then escape the cages and flow upward in the aisles due to the buoyancy effect and suction caused by exhaust fans installed on the roof; air is finally exhausted out of the house through these exhaust fans. With this new ventilation system, an upward airflow can be formed inside the house and the polluted air traveling upward in aisles will be directly removed by exhaust fans on the roof without passing through other cages. This ventilation design allows for the shortest pathways of contaminated air and provides efficient removal of heat, moisture, air pollutants, and viruses compared to existing tunnel and cross ventilation systems. Performance of the new ventilation systemThe performance of the new UADV system was preliminarily simulated using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model developed by an Ohio State University research group. Using CFD models, indoor thermal conditions and disease transmission were simulated under different weather conditions with both the new UADV system and the existing tunnel ventilation system. It was found that the new UADV system provided more uniform thermal conditions with less heat stress compared to the existing tunnel ventilation. By using the new UADV system, heat stress at a danger level could be reduced from 8.7% to 0.7% in summer and cold stress could be reduced from 18.3% to 5.8% in winter. The new system also reduces the disease transmission from 29.8% to 2.7% in summer and from 61.4% to 44.3% in winter in the presumed scenario. Development statusResearchers, Dr. Lingying Zhao, an extension engineer and professor, Xinjie Tong, a Ph.D. student, and Dr. Sewoon Hong, a postdoctoral research associate at The Air Quality and Bio-Environmental Engineering Lab (AQBEL) of The Ohio State University, have submitted a provisional patent application for this new ventilation design. Further efforts are needed to test the UADV system in commercial laying hen farms. Any feedback and inputs from poultry farmers about the new ventilation systems will be very much appreciated.In summary, maintaining a comfortable and safe indoor environment of layer houses is a necessity, but a challenging task that cannot be fulfilled by the existing ventilation systems. The heat stress and disease outbreaks have caused significant economic losses. Ohio State researchers have developed an innovative upward airflow displacement ventilation (UADV) system for abating heat stress and limiting disease transmission among the hens. It can effectively improve uniform thermal conditions in layer house for abatement of both heat and cold stress. It also has the potential to limit pathogen transmission in layer houses. Further research is needed to test the UADV system in commercial laying hen farms. Xinjie Tong, Graduate Research Associate, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Lingying Zhao, Professor and Extension Ag. Engineer, can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

first_imgMathias Pogba dismisses claims Real Madrid midfielder Valverde superior to brother Paulby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMathias Pogba has dismissed claims that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is superior to brother Paul.Valverde’s recent emergence has prompted suggestions Real coach Zinedine Zidane may end his pursuit of Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.But CD Manchego striker Mathias believes Zidane could still do with his brother’s services, insisting the World Cup winner ‘is better’ than the youngster.“Of course [he’s better than Valverde],” Mathias said of his sibling during an appearance on El Chiringuito. “My brother is better than Valverde technically, and has better vision of the game.”He later added: “Right now, my brother is better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgjeffery simmons releaseTwitter/@JoshJacksonWAPTAs he awaits the final resolution of two misdemeanor charges for simple assault and disturbing the peace, Mississippi State has admitted five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. In late March, video surfaced of Simmons punching a woman while she was on the ground. In Mississippi State’s release on the decision, it says that he was “attempting to break up a domestic fight” involving his sister.How MSU describes the incident: pic.twitter.com/QsUIoy6rMb— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 2, 2016Simmons, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi, will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, and will undergo counseling once enrolled at the school. According to USA Today, Simmons is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.Here is the full statement released by Mississippi State:5-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons allowed to enroll, with conditions pic.twitter.com/okHn2qpzI9— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 2, 2016[HailState.com]last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.02 billion.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of $1.49. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were $1.30 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.27 per share.The airline posted revenue of $10.74 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $10.83 billion.Delta expects full-year earnings to be $6 to $7 per share.Delta shares have dropped slightly more than 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 3 per cent. The stock has declined 20 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DAL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DALThe Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgIn January the Mega Lottery Draw winners were announced, and the big prize was the 50/50 worth $25,860.  The winner was Mary Hopkins.  In the main Mega Lottery draw, first prize was $20,000 and that went to Doug Wilson.  Second prize of $10,000 was awarded to Bill Loewen.  Third prize was $5,000 and that went to Dan Bell. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club handed out cheques totalling over $175,000 on Thursday to groups in Northeast B.C.Proceeds from the regular Mega Lottery draw was $149,843, and another $24,209 came from the 50/50 draw.  The money will support the following groups:The Abbeyfield Houses of Fort St. JohnTaylor Minor Hockey AssociationPeace Passage Skating ClubEnergetic Edge Cheer AssociationStage North Theatre SocietyNorth Peace Gymnastics Association2276 PPCLI Society for Youth AdvancementHigh School Rodeos of BC AssociationFort St. John Soccer ClubRotary Club of Fort St JohnNorthern Dance Theatre SocietyFSJ Irish Dance SocietyFort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating ClubBear Mountain Nordic Ski ClubDawson Creek and District Hospital FoundationDawson Creek 5-Pin AssociationRotary Club of Dawson CreekSince 2003, the Rotary Mega Lottery has raised over $5 million for dozens of local clubs in Fort St John and Dawson Creek.last_img read more