NMAA To Sanction Girls Wrestling Division

first_imgNMAA News: ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to sanction a girls wrestling division that will end with a state championship event beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  *Note that the exact format for the State Championship is subject to changes: NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez said, “We are very excited that our Association will now officially offer a girls’ wrestling division that will culminate with a state championship. The sport has been growing fast all across the country, and we are happy to become the 18th state to sanction it.” Here are some key points regarding girls wrestling in New Mexico: *For more information regarding this event, please contact Dusty Young, NMAA Associate Director at 505.977.5385. The sport has grown from 79 participants in 2017 to 165 in 2019An exhibition event has been held each of the last two years in conjunction with the boys’ state tournamentNew Mexico is the 18th state to sanction girls’ wrestlingThe new division will see participants qualify for the state championships via one of two regional qualifying tournamentsSchools will be aligned regionally, keeping current district schools together wherever possibleEach region will qualify four participants per weight class to the state tournamentQualifying participants will compete at the state tournament with medals awarded to the top three participantsTrophies will be awarded to the top three teamsGirls may compete in boys’ events during the regular season but must compete in the girls’ division during the post-seasonlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor Friday, Oct. 2

first_imgOnline lettersCommenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] In my opinion, The Gazette has fallen down, and it seems it cannot get up. I’m not sure if it is the virus or what but they had a good working system with the e-edition of the paper. You go online and get the paper every morning. It was in my inbox by 5:15 a.m. great, then they go and change the format without any notification to the customer (not so nice) so I cannot review the paper until I spend time on the computer, time on the phone and headaches that I did not need.It would be nice if we all got a reason for this happening for no reason.Michael BarbaruloScotiaSave our democracy from Trump. Vote.This election is about saving our democracy, which Donald Trump is destroying. He told us that if he loses, the election was rigged, and he will not agree to a peaceful transfer of power.He has declared mail-in votes to be a conspiracy against him and should not be counted (except for his mail-in vote). He hired a big donor to disrupt postal services to sabotage the mail-in votes.I was a lifelong Republican until the election of Trump, when the GOP abandoned me along with all of its former principles.The United States has enjoyed a peaceful transfer of power longer than any country. We used to be envied as a beacon of liberty. Trump has degraded and perverted everything that was good about our country.He, and every Senate and House Republican, took an oath to uphold the Constitution. They must condemn Trump’s dangerous behavior and insist on a peaceful transfer of power and that all votes will be counted.This is no exaggeration; just look to Hitler’s Germany or to Belarus today. The parallels are frightening.Trump wants to be a dictator; just listen to his own words. Vote to save our democracy.Kathy SiegGloversville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProtesters must call for end of violenceAnother shooting in Albany. How many is this now?It’s disheartening to turn on the news to see this happening. It’s such a tragedy that the 11-year-old boy from Troy was killed by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting. A mother of six was murdered in Schenectady. Since people are protesting the unjust acts and that Black lives matter, why haven’t they brought their grievances to the streets, where these shootings are happening and protest there, too? They are shooting and killing each other, people.Hopefully, protesting in those neighborhoods would push the shooters out of Dodge.Cathy SerevinoSchenectadyPolitical discord has world laughing at usI am really concerned about how political all of the events taking place in our country are becoming.Whatever happened to being truthful and facing issues as they really are? The current discord that is taking place in this country is not only hard to believe, but disgraceful and disrespectful as well.With all of the mudslinging taking place in this country, it is not hard to imagine that people throughout the world now see the United States no longer united, but the laughingstock of the world.Joseph RownySaratoga Springs Santabarbara takes care of AmsterdamI’m thankful that Assemblyman Santabarbara has not forgotten the needs of our Amsterdam community though these difficult times.Angelo has always been around to help out when a water line needed replacing or our sewers were leaking. But I can honestly say he’s also been one of the few politicians that has actually been out to support us during COVID-19, so much that I’m used to seeing him with a mask on.I think it’s because he’s also one of the few local politicians that served in the military. So I’m not surprised to see him here again to make sure our water tank project is getting done even under the circumstances.No doubt these are not easy times for any city, but with Angelo here, we are still seeing important projects like this continue. I thank him for always taking care of our city even during the toughest of times.Thomas MarcellinoAmsterdamTonko cares about future of the planetWhen trying to make sense of the pressing issues leading up to Election Day, remember the long game: climate change.As we’ve seen, the impact includes loss of homes and property, rising healthcare costs, and social unrest. Though the impact is felt by all, the effect isn’t equal.Those with the least access to resources face inexorable challenges to mitigate and adapt to climate changes, cutting across age, race, socio-economic class, and gender.With this in mind, in the 20th Congressional District, Paul Tonko is the clear choice.As the co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Congressman Tonko promotes clean energy technology innovation, domestic manufacturing, the development of renewable energy, and the creation of new, quality jobs.He continues to fight the climate deniers by promoting climate issues in Congress. His opponent, Liz Joy, aligns herself with our science-denying president, and she neglects to address the biggest fight of all: the survival of our planet.When you figuratively pull that election lever, you’re literally choosing the path of our planet and everything on it. Think about the social, economic and humanitarian consequences of your vote. Choose Tonko.Caroline BrooksScotiaTrump backers try to silence dissentersLast weekend, in broad daylight, campaign signs for Joe Biden and for Tedra Cobb were stolen from my four neighbors’ and my front yards. And two signs for Elise Stefanik suddenly appeared on our corner. Signs for other Democratic candidates were left standing, indicating that the Trump/Stefanik ticket was responsible for this theft of private property while trespassing on private property. That’s a crime – evidence of more lawlessness by Trump’s Party, formerly known as Republicans.It’s not just the signs they want gone; they want to silence dissent, silence challenges to their intended path to authoritarianism. They say they support the military. Our military has been deployed to support democracy around the globe, American soldiers have died defending it. But democracy is now being undermined on Americansoil by Trump’s tactics of winning at any cost.Another neighbor has a Trump/Pence sign in front of his house. I would never think it my right to remove it. What kind of person thinks that’s OK? A Trump/Stefanik supporter, I guess. That’s why I’m voting for Joe Biden and Tedra Cobb.Patricia NugentHadleyPaper changed online format without notice Prove that absentee ballots are a scamThere are two ways that a ballot arrives at your house — You request an absentee ballot or by states sending ballots to all registered voters at the most current address on file.Some of those sent without request will be returned to sender marked “address unknown.” Others will be forwarded to the forwarding address that the post office has on hand.The process is vote, sign the seal, and return to the Board of Elections by the U.S. post office or by dropping it in the designated voting locations on early voting days or on Election Day.So your ballot is now in the hands of the Board of Elections, made up of equal parts Democrats and Republicans and their attorneys. They observe your signature and match it with the signature on file. If it matches the signature on file, they open the ballot and tabulate your vote. If the signature does not match, the vote is rejected.Our president claims mail-in voting is a scam. I am inviting scam believers to write a letter to the editor and explain how votes can circumvent the process we are all familiar with. I can’t figure it out, I don’t think you can either.Glenn GraySchenectadyDouble standard for Pelosi, DemocratsNancy Pelosi is the only person in this country who can get away with going to a hair beautician. She says she was framed by the beautician. I guess California makes special conditions for Democratic politicians.The whole state is closed for hair salons, but Pelosi gets anything she wants, her getting caught getting her hair done, excuse me just getting her hair washed. I guess she’s too stupid to wash her own hair.Now she wants the owner of the salon to apologize to her for the salon error. This woman hasn’t an ounce of morals in her body. I beg your pardon, the hair salon owner called Pelosi to please come get your hair washed. How ignorant is the Democratic public to believe she was set up? This woman has personally put a halt to new aid packages. She will not give an inch unless she can get funding for her foolish programs that haven’t a single thing to do with coronavirus funding. She’s holding up the trillion-plus dollars for small businesses, among other things. She’s the only one holding this fund from being given to people and businesses in need. She’s horrible to a degree to Congress.Kenneth BurkeRotterdamTonko has vision for upstate New YorkPaul Tonko is the rare politician who is both honest and an all-around nice person. This is evident in how he runs his campaign: in his recent social media posts you’ll see none of the name calling nor misleading/false comments that mark his opponent’s feed.Paul is also intelligent, having graduated from Clarkson with a mechanical and industrial engineering degree, and he has a clear vision on how to move upstate New York forward. He understands that the environment in which we live is important for our health and our economy.New York has three times as many clean energy jobs than there are coal-based jobs in the entire country. Tonko knows clean energy is the way to move our economy forward. His work to protect the environment in New York and the country will also secure more quality jobs for New Yorkers and Americans, both now and for our children’s future. Paul has plans to move us forward, (tonko.house.gov), and his message isn’t just rhetoric and baseless fear mongering. Paul Tonko has earned my vote, and I hope you also decide to make the rational choice and vote for Paul, who will invigorate New York and help bring us together.David GillikinWest GlenvilleThe left favors some lives over others The picture accompanying The Gazette Sept. 26 article (“Court nominee spurs reproductive-rights discussion”) is disingenuous.The picture depicted a male, pro-life activist marching in front of Planned Parenthood in Schenectady with a sign that read, “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.” While that sentiment may very well be true for him and other men, that has nothing to do with the services that Planned Parenthood provides.For those unfamiliar with the goal of Planned Parenthood, this is their mission statement: provide comprehensive reproductive health care services in settings which preserve and protect the privacy and rights of each individual; advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and access to such services; provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.Nowhere is it stated that they want to deny men of becoming fathers, nor for that matter, women becoming mothers. Their goal is dedicated to bringing high-quality, affordable care to every member of their community.Becoming a parent should be a discussion between two consenting adults wishing mutually to bring a child into this world with the commitment to each other and to the unborn child to physically, emotionally, and financially support the child until they are of legal age. It may be regrettable to Mr. Protestor that he hasn’t had that conversation with another consenting adult, but it’s not the fault of Planned Parenthood.Susan DartBallston LakeWhy mess with a good government?I’m a long-time Saratoga Springs resident and love our town.We’re fortunate to live here versus anyplace else, at least anyplace else in New York state.I know that there are a lot of reasons for our city’s success, but any list must start with our responsive and accountable form of government: the commission form of government.When I have a problem, I just pick up the phone or send an email to the mayor or commissioner who is responsible for getting action. Their contact information is on the city’s website.But I don’t see a lot of local problems. The streets are paved regularly, snow is removed, leaves are picked up (unlike most towns), water is safe and plentiful, and city operations keep humming along. It only took the city one week to be back in business after the fire two years ago closed City Hall. Impressive planning.And I give credit to the mayor and commissioners for dealing with the pandemic and national business crisis. It scares me that our city would take the risk of tossing out our government and installing an out-of-town city manager with newbie ward politicians during this time of crisis. I’m voting NO.Rose TaitSaratoga SpringsSpa City version of three men in a roomWith no public discussion, not even Zoom meetings or press releases, the self-anointed charter change leaders were able to make the bad 2017 Saratoga Springs charter proposal much worse by one: adding wards, and two: enriching the future mayor.Wards mysteriously appeared on this year’s ballot, rejecting their 2017 charter change committee, which had decided against wards after discussing it in a public meeting.And the proposed mayor’s salary was increased by another $25,000 to an excessive $65,000 for a part-time job, again ignoring 2017 committee members’ research and recommendations.Official committee minutes reveal: “Jeff Altamari said he had read through NYCOM data and the average salary of a Mayor with the City Manager was $19,000.” Rob Kuczynski said “that $40,000 was too high for the Mayor’s position. He reminded everyone that we will have a City Manager to do the work.”Since the mayor’s responsibilities are identical with 2017, ask yourself: Did someone push for this much higher salary for themselves hoping to get $65,000 for a part-time job. One candidate seems to be maneuvering already.These two bad decisions that will make city government worse were made in a back room, rather than receiving public input. I’m voting No.Richard SellersSaratoga SpringsDon’t limit financial info to just TrumpOn your Sept. 28 front page article on Trump (“An editor’s note on the Trump tax investigation”) it stated: “We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances.Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.” In that quote, you morph from leaders and representatives to just the president.I eagerly await similar reports regarding Pence, Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, et. al. before the election.John EldridgeFly Creek Leftist media lies to promote agendaFellow citizens, it is time to wake up and let your voices be heard. Do not be intimidated.  We are being constantly played by the “infotainment” industry, which has become little more than the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.What began as a melding of the entertainment and news industries has now permeated all aspects of entertainment from Hollywood and professional sports to social media.The phony pretense that we are being provided objective news reporting is long gone. Remember that the mainstream media is controlled by only a handful of people.Even this so-called “locally owned voice” publishes the propaganda from the New York Times and Washington Post almost exclusively.We are constantly lied to and misled to suit their agenda. They have pulled out all the stops to create an atmosphere of chaos, hatred, and despair. We are told the “protests are mostly peaceful,” while watching cities looted, burned, and destroyed. We are told Black lives matter, yet the Black on Black carnage in inner cities is ignored. We are constantly told that the right is sexist, racist, xenophobic, etc., yet it is the left that perpetually promotes division and identity politics. So much for judging people by the content of their character and the dream of a colorblind society.Remember that hate comes in many flavors, but in the end it’s all the same poison. You have a clear choice; you can embrace the hate, division and destruction of America or you can be part of the solution.Tony GaleaDuanesburgHow can pro-lifers back death penalty?In her Sept. 25 letter (“True Christians will vote for Trump”), Ms. Virginia DelGallo says “Vote for life in November. If you don’t, you’re not a Christian.” I would ask Ms. DelGallo: Are you a Christian? You say you voted for Trump. He’s in favor of the death penalty. Hmmm, how does that sit with Christians?Jerry BoehmAlbanyMom, 97, enjoys paper’s puzzle pageMy mom has been a faithful subscriber to the Schenectady Gazette for a number of years. The daily puzzles that are featured each day in your newspaper have been a welcome hobby for my mom.She enjoys solving the Cryptoquote and figuring out KenKen, the Jumble, and Sudoku.My mom is 97 years young and she takes pride in getting the correct answers each day. I would like to thank you for publishing the word games.Our family loves watching our mom’s reaction as she solves each puzzle correctly after spending hours working on them each day.Angela SerioBallston LakePlanned Parenthood not against fathers In the Sept. 23 editorial (“Remember the 200,000 dead from covid”), the Washington Post, increasingly a propaganda puppet of the left, would have all voters remember the 200,000+ American lives lost to COVID-19 to date. Fair enough.The Post would have voters blame President Trump, who, at least according to the Post’s own Bob Woodward, suggested that many of these deaths couldn’t have been avoided and conclude that somehow Trump could have done more as president to have limited the spread of this global pandemic.Curiously, as such critics are wont to do, the Post neglected to offer any concrete suggestions as to what more the president, or any president for that matter, might have done to have mitigated this toll.Perhaps, when voters remember these American lives lost to COVID-19, they might also give similar thought to the 695,425 American lives lost on average, according to the CDC, to abortion each year between 2009 and 2016. As Democrats vow to make access to abortion even freer and easier, even funded by U.S. taxpayers, I doubt the Post would have voters seriously contemplate these numbers as well. It seems that to the left, some lives matter more than others.Karl ReynoldsMaltaGet facts straight on Social Security taxesI am disappointed to discover that The Gazette publishes letters that are allowed to be factually incorrect. The Sept. 24 letter from Mr. Vincent Belardo (“Back Trump and Joy or leave America”) asserted that under Democratic representation American taxpayers are paying tax twice on their Social Security. That is not true. The amount deducted from your check that goes toward Social Security is deducted before calculating taxable income. So actually, you do not pay income tax on that amount.You do however pay federal income tax on Social Security when you receive it.The letter editor could have verified this by looking at his own pay stub and noting the facts below Mr. Belardo’s letter.Michael StellaSaratoga SpringsEditor’s Note: There are circumstances in the country in which some individuals’ Social Security is taxed twice.Gazette has gone too far to the ‘dark’ leftI fear The Daily Gazette has finally gone over to the dark side after a long fall to the left.The final straw is the allowing publication of a hateful, vicious and untruthful political cartoon printed on Sept. 22 depicting Trump joyfully dancing at Justice Ginsberg’s graveside.This ignores his decent remarks upon hearing of her death and instead promotes hateful, unabated biased attitudes unbecoming of the past tradition of the Schenectady Gazette with which I grew up. The Sept. 24 Gazette has nine New York Times news services, four Daily News, two Bloomberg and others one each. I fear you have not been true to the legacy of the Greens/Humes. After almost 70 years as a subscriber and watching the decline of unbiased reporting and editorials, I fear I may have to reconsider my subscription.Dr. Arthur SalvatoreMaltaHow can one justify voting for Trump?When Donald Trump belittled the military record of Sen. McCain, I thought, “That’s the end of Trump.” But instead he became more popular. Then he trashed the Gold Star parents of a soldier who had died in the Middle East. I thought, “He’ll never recover from that.” But he became even more popular.Now Trump is quoted, totally believable, as saying that soldiers who gave their lives for their country are “suckers and losers.”I’m no longer capable of mustering outrage at Trump. But what about the 40% of Americans who support him? What are they thinking?Trump is no anomaly. He won the presidency because voters preferred him to Clinton. at least enough to win the electoral vote.He’s the candidate that America chose, and many Americans are ready to vote for him again, in spite of every atrocity he had committed.Who are these people? I am saving my outrage for them.Matt LofchieSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:Everything new from The Daily Gazette Wednesday, Oct. 14Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCapital Region Reads: ‘Love After Love’ and ‘Dead Doubles’Everything new from The Daily Gazette Sunday, Oct. 11last_img read more

BRIC nations to see 40 percent of global growth

first_imgAccording to the report, For Richer, For Poorer, Global Patterns of Wealth, the four nations that make up the so-called BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – will be responsible for 40 percent of global economic growth over the next decade.The report also states that: “Companies and governments in the developed world have to face up to the reality that there will be a further shift in the economic balance of power in the years ahead.”In what could be good news for companies involved in the movement of heavy lift and project cargoes which will be required to build infrastructure in the four nations, the report also said that the BRIC nations – the largest of the plethora of emerging global economies – would account for one-third of the world’s GDP by 2020, led by China.It also said that emerging economies currently control 77 percent of the world’s reserves.What do you think? Let us know by sending an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Report: Bristol Ladies 5-17 Wasps Ladies

first_imgKim Oliver’s side were the more dominant of the two in the opening exchanges but Wasps showed stubbornness in defence to stop Bristol getting over the line.Clara Nielson and Claire Molloy continually linked up well allowing Bristol to gain momentum and getting the hosts into a scoring position but the Bristol Ladies couldn’t quite make the final pass to score.Cat McNaney continued her scintillating start to the season and broke the deadlock in the first half with the full-back’s score putting Bristol 5-0 up.last_img read more

Julia’s Best Week Ever, November 2, 2017: Off to Animal Kingdom

first_imgIt was getting late, and I did need to get home and back to work, but I decided to pick up some lunch before heading home. There was a new dish at Flame Tree that sounded interesting, so I ordered it and wrapped it up to take home. (Because of the safety concerns for the animals, there’s no lids, but if you ask nicely, sometimes you can get some foil to wrap up plates for carry out.) This dish was mac ‘n’ cheese, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and onion rings on top. Overall it was okay, but I wasn’t a fan of coleslaw on it, which is odd because I do like slaw on a BBQ pork sandwich. Maybe it has to do with the idea of putting slaw on mac ‘n’ cheese?And so that was it for the quick trip to Animal Kingdom, but I’ve got a couple bonus photos for you this week. On Sunday night, we headed over to Art of Animation to grab some dinner, and there was a decorated pumpkin contest going on with entries from various cast members. I had to share these because they were so creative and amazing. Which one is your favorite? While on the Safari, we saw a couple groups doing the Wild Africa Trek experience. This is on my bucket list to do someday. It sounds like such an amazing experience. I have no idea how I’d do on the rope bridge part of it, however. Have you ever done it? How scary is it to be up there?There were plenty of animals wandering around as we made our way through the trails. The Ankole Cattle are so amazingly photogenic at any time of day or night.But by far, my favorite animals out there are the giraffe. And you can’t go wrong when you get to spot a baby giraffe or two. Is any animal cuter than a baby giraffe? I don’t think so…The feeding truck was out in the morning, and so we ran into a giraffic jam. Nothing you can do but sit and wait for them to decide to move, but I don’t think anyone was complaining.After the safari, I decided to go get breakfast. Unfortunately Satu’li Canteen in Pandora  no longer does breakfast during non-peak times, which is a shame because this oatmeal was one of the best things I have eaten on Disney property for breakfast. And yes, you have to show ID to order it–as you can tell by the amount of bourbon pooling around it, there’s a reason why it is a 21 and up entrée. (And why it was a favorite of mine.)But since that wasn’t an option, I went for the next best thing: pineapple cream cheese lumpia. Since Pandora’s opening, the serving size has gone from two lumpia to one, and although the price has gone down some, ordering two now is more expensive than when Pandora first opened. It’s still good–just not a great value.While I was there, I started gathering pictures for the next Merchandise article, and as a sneak peak, I have to share these air plants. I’ve always loved air plants, and selling them in Pandora actually makes sense. Here’s the plant they’re selling….…and here’s what you can find in Pandora. The similarity is pretty amazing, I think.I had planned to go on the Na’vi River Journey, but the ride was down for the whole morning. Alas, no Shaman of Songs serenade for me on this trip, so here’s a picture from a previous trip. I really do enjoy the ride immensely. The new job has started, and it has been a delightful adjustment working “normal” working hours. Much as I love to joke about people who retire from certain jobs to “spend more time with family”, sometimes that does happen–and it really helps keeping each week the Best Week Ever. See you next time, and no matter where you are, keep having your own Best Week Ever!center_img Share This!Those who have been following Best Week Ever for the past few weeks have watched me squeeze in “just one more park” before my work schedule changes, making it more challenging to take a quick morning trip to the park. I’d already done Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so Animal Kingdom was the obvious choice. (Sorry, Studios!) After dropping my daughter at school, I headed on to Animal Kingdom. The weather was brisk, and the crowds were as well. Thankfully, I have an annual pass, so off to the passholder line I went. I love this perk!With most of the crowd going to Pandora, I started making my way to the Safari, but first I stopped to see the river otters. They’re only out for a little bit each morning, but they are so fun to watch. This morning they were running around chasing birds and then jumping into the water for a quick swimming game of tag.With the animals being in such a good mood due to the cooler temperatures, I figured that I’d have a good Safari ride. It was only about a 15-minute wait and I was off through the wilds of Africa.last_img read more

Brand leadership award for South Africa

first_imgTravellers arriving at Zurich airportduring the World Economic Forum earlierin 2010 were greeted by stunning SouthAfrican vistas.(Image: IMC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chantal WellingtonIMC digital content manager+27 11 483 0122MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterAnitha Soni, chairperson of the board of trustees of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), will receive the Brand Leadership Award at the 19th World Brand Congress in Mumbai, India, later in November.Described as the most prestigious award an individual can receive at the congress, the award is one of several accolades to be given. Others include CEO of the Year, Media Professional of the Year, and Brand Builder of the Year.The World Brand Congress represents 60 countries. Some 600 branding and marketing specialists are expected to participate in the 2010 event.Soni, a tourism specialist and award-winning businesswoman, will be honoured for her “professional efforts” in overseeing the activities of the IMC, as it delivers on its mandate to manage the country’s reputation, and position South Africa as an investment destination of choice.Under her guidance, the IMC is delivering on this mandate, both domestically and internationally. The most recent and highest-profile example is the 2010 Fifa World Cup – here the IMC’s mobilisation initiatives engendered strong social cohesion among South Africans, fulfilling the country’s 2010 brand promise to “celebrate Africa’s humanity”.She was also instrumental in the council’s drive to position South Africa’s business and economic competitiveness at the 2010 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which saw a powerful delegation of political and business leaders departing for Switzerland to promote the country’s agenda.While at the congress Soni will deliver a speech titled “The impact of international events on a nation’s pride and therefore its brand – sharing South Africa’s 2010 World Cup experience”.Passionate about South AfricaSoni believes the award does not belong to her alone, but to all the role players in government and the private sector that participate in building the country’s brand.“The IMC is the custodian of Brand South Africa, but the brand belongs to all South Africans,” she said. “The World Cup has shown that when South Africans act with unity of purpose, everyone contributes to growing our reputation on the international stage.“The primary role players responsible for enhancing the nation brand are dedicated, skilled and passionate about our country. This past year they have worked with great diligence to foster relationships, engage with international stakeholders and promote South Africa.”Soni added that the award belongs to everyone who contributed to South Africa’s enhanced global reputation, and that she would think of all South Africa’s brand builders when the award was placed in her hands.last_img read more

Google News Redesigns UK & India Editions

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web Last weekend, Google News introduced the tag as a way for publishers to highlight their best content for Google News to aggregate. Now is a good time for British and Indian publishers to optimize their content for Google News. If you’re looking for tips on how to do that, check out our post, How To Rank Highly on Google News.What news aggregators do you use? Let us know in the comments A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google News just announced a redesign of its U.K. and India sites in order to unify the experience across editions. The improvements are designed to be more browsable and present trending and popular stories more clearly, as well as to offer more customization and sharing options.The U.S. edition was redesigned in May, introducing a one-column format, highlighted top stories and more multimedia links. These same improvements will now roll out for the U.K. and India editions. jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Why Innovatio’s Wi-Fi Patent Rampage is a Good Thing

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Right now, Innovatio says it won’t be targeting individuals – maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Over on ZDNet, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says “You may open your mail sometime soon to find a demand for a three-figure licensing fee for your use home Wi-Fi use.”This is the best possible thing that could happen. I know, it sounds crazy – software patent suits are exactly what we don’t want more of, right? Ideally, yes. But the software patent threat has been growing unrestrained for years with little attention. It seems the only way we’ll have any real change is if everybody is made aware of the problem. I can’t think of a more effective way for this to happen than companies like Innovatio going after non-tech businesses hundreds at a time. Even better for a company to have the audacity to go after individuals. Cisco and Motorola are going after Innovatio, trying to have their patents ruled invalid (PDF). Normally, I’d cheer them on – but I kind of hope they fail here. Not because Innovatio deserves to win, but because we’ve finally reached the point where the absurdity of software patents might actually get the public’s attention. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts According to the Patent Examiner, a company called Innovatio IP Ventures is suing individual branches of hotel chains for use of Wi-Fi. Though I’m staunchly against software patents – and by extension software patent lawsuits – I think this is a good thing. The company is launching a “systematic campaign” according to Matthew McAndrews, the lead litigator for Innovatio. The company is trying to shake down “several hundred” defendants for $2,300 to $5,000. Says McAndrews, “We want you to continue to use this technology, we just want our client to get his due share. This is not a seat-of-the-pants, fly-by-night shakedown.”It’s Finally Come to ThisMcAndrews is right, it’s not a fly-by-nigh shakedown – it’s the logical next step in an out-of-control system where software patent suits pass for innovation.As long as patent suits are confined to the tech industry, the odds of meaningful change to the patent system seem extremely small. Suits between tech giants like Google and Oracle are considered part of the cost of doing business. Suits by tech giants against smaller players are too valuable a tactic for companies to pass up.Suits against practicing tech companies by patent trolls that are non-practicing entities (NPEs) are seen as a hassle, but defensible. In short, while there’s a lot of hang-wringing about patents in the tech industry, it’s not well-known outside. The dangers of software patents are only just starting to be talked about in mainstream media. The Trolls Are Coming, The Trolls Are Coming!But now, patent trolls are starting to branch out to other businesses. This is a good thing – because at some point, we’ll have to hit a tipping point where it’s blatantly obvious how badly the system needs to be reformed. If the patent trolls confine themselves to the tech industry, it’ll take another decade for serious reform. If the patent trolls start hitting hotel chains, small businesses and other non-tech companies en masse they might just trigger the kind of public outrage that we need to effect change. joe brockmeier 1 Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

What a year’s worth of publisher responses can teach you about digital PR

first_img HomeDigital MarketingWhat a year’s worth of publisher responses can teach you about digital PR Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 What a year’s worth of publisher responses can teach you about digital PRYou are here: Most marketers agree that if you can get your content in front of the eyes of journalists at mainstream online publishers, it has a good chance of being shared widely across the internet. Journalists hold the power of the press, but getting their attention is more competitive than ever, with a nearly 5:1 ratio of PR people to journalists.Crafting a perfect subject line and getting the journalist to open your email pitch is the first step. It’d be great if we got a reply from every email we send, but that’s simply not the case. That’s why when a writer does respond, it’s important to pay attention to what they say. Our team at Fractl records every response we receive from journalists verbatim so we can identify trends and improve our outreach. We analyzed all the publisher feedback we received in 2018 and here’s what we learned.Methodology: For this internal study, we analyzed all publisher feedback we recorded from 2018. Along with a language sentiment API, we aimed to determine whether or not the language journalists used in their feedback was more positive, neutral, or more negative. As you’ll learn, all of the assets show feedback on a positive scale – the closer the sentiment score is to approaching one, the more positive it is, the closer it is to approaching zero, the less positive it is.Takeaway #1: The higher-tier the publisher, the more rigorous the editorial standardsOur analysis found that the higher the Domain Authority of the publisher, the less positive the journalist’s feedback was likely to be. For PR pros that have even the least experience, this makes perfect sense.What do the New York Times, CNN, TIME and The Washington Post have in common? They’re all top-tier publishers (with a Moz Domain Authority of 90 or above) that we have placed our clients’ content marketing campaigns with directly in 2018.These top-tier publishers lead the way when it comes to media companies that have been awarded the most Pulitzer Prizes. Campaigns pitched to journalists at these extremely reputable and competitive publishers must be authoritative, methodologically sound and newsworthy even to be granted a reply by a journalist.As a standard, we use Moz’s Domain Authority score as a way to categorize publishers as top-tier, mid-tier and low-tier. While the debate about DA is contentious among SEOs and digital marketers, we find it useful for our digital PR team because it gives a good overview of the trust and authority of publishers relative to each other.According to our study, when journalists at these top-tier publishers do respond, they’re much more likely to ask about the methodology or the source of the content. Often, data from a campaign needs to be backed up by an expert in the field for it to meet their editorial guidelines, so they want to make sure any data-driven content is methodologically sound.When we analyzed feedback from websites with a Domain Authority of less than 89, the top feedback we received from journalists were focused on complementing our work. We speculate that this occurs because lower-tier publishers have less stringent editorial guidelines and therefore are quicker to give praise on content they receive for their coverage.Takeaway #2: Who you pitch matters as much as what you pitchWhat is the difference between a staff writer, an editor and a contributor? If your first thought is “not much,” you may want to reconsider. Knowing the difference between these three common roles for publishers can both inform your list building process and give your digital PR team a stronger knowledge base when approaching publishers with content.Staff writers are typically salaried employees that write around a specific beat. They can come up with their own content but have to pitch it to their editors first for approval.Staff editors still write stories, but they publish their own work with much less frequency. Pitching a staff editor has the added benefit of reaching directly to the person that decides whether to assign a story or not.Contributors are writers that work on a freelance model and have to pitch ideas or fully-written articles to editors for approval, typically every week. They are usually paid per word or per finished piece.In our analysis, we found that contributors are likely to respond more positively than staff editors and staff writers. This may be true because they are not constricted to a specific beat and receive fewer pitches than members of the editorial staff do. While they respond with the most positive feedback on average than other roles, they ultimately have less deciding power when it comes to determining their publication’s editorial calendar.When it comes to writers with a specific beat or vertical, we found that feedback from travel writers offered the most positive feedback on average, while finance writers were less favorable in their responses.Takeaway #3: Feedback type and sentiment are relatedUnsurprisingly, compliments on our work were the most positive Feedback Type, on average.Other categories of feedback that ranked second and third most positive on the sentiment scale were “Timing/Editorial Calendar is Full” and “Wants Expert Opinion.”For our team, this ranking makes perfect sense. Often, a journalist will provide very complimentary feedback on the campaign, only to decline because of issues with timing or their editorial calendar. We’ve heard it dozens of times: “I’d love to cover, but I’m booked for the week. I’ll keep it on file.”In the case of wanting an expert interview, a response that requests for additional commentary basically guarantees a placement is in our future. If they’re asking for an expert quote, they’re probably already writing the article!The least positive responses came when the journalist thought the content was not newsworthy, had questions about the source, or had just covered the same topic recently.Katie Roof, a journalist writing for the Wall Street Journal, explains this perfectly with her tweet:While it’s important to research your contact in advance to make sure they cover the content topic, targeting, in this case, may have been too good. To avoid getting blasted on the PR wall of shame for this offense, it’s important to offer a fresh perspective or an otherwise unexplored angle on their topic area when pitching to a journalist – otherwise, it can seem inauthentic and as if you’re just looking for a link or press mention for your client.Tying it all togetherAfter six years of pitching journalists from every corner of the internet, our team has developed a deep intuition for understanding the kinds of content that publishers want to cover and how to pitch those topics to earn the best response.For example, if you find that journalists like one content type more than another, or that travel writers prefer informal pitches and finance writers prefer data-heavy pitches, adjust your strategy based on the data and you will see response rates, and placement rates, soar.With competition for press more fierce than ever, informing your outreach strategy with your own internal data can give you an edge over other PR professionals.The post What a year’s worth of publisher responses can teach you about digital PR appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: What a year’s worth of publisher responses can teach you about digital PR Posted on 20th March 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more