Election posters ‘an important part of the democratic process and creating public awareness’

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleAll-New Renault CLIO Launches at Joe Mallon Motors with Renault Carbon RewardsNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, November 5, 2019 John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Twitter Home News Council Election posters ‘an important part of the democratic process and creating public… NewsCouncil Facebook Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSCllr Noel TuohyCllr Padraig FlemingElection postersGeneral ElectionLaois County CouncilPosters Ban Politicians in favour of the continued use of election posters during future campaigns have set out their reasons for doing so in no uncertain terms.The majority of councillors in Laois opposed the latest attempt by Cllr Noel Tuohy to rally support for his proposal to ban election posters in the county.His motion was emphatically defeated on a vote of 12 to 6 – with support coming from Cllrs John Joe Fennelly, Catherine Fitzgerald, John King, Aidan Mullins and Willie Aird. (Cllr Paschal McEvoy did not vote as he was unavoidably absent due to important prior commitments). GAA center_img By John Whelan – 4th November 2019 Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Cllr Tuohy argued that the four candidates who had abided by a self-imposed poster ban in last May’s local elections dramatically increased their votes.However, this contention was vehemently disputed by other councillors he cited hard work and strong representation as a more likely explanation for getting more votes.Cllr John King honoured his previous commitment from last year that he would support a ban on the next opportunity, while Cllr Aidan Mullins seconded the proposal.“Election posters no longer serve a useful purpose,” maintained Cllr Mullins, who said they are part of a bigger environmental issue along with plastic spoons and cups and it was important to get that message out there.Cllr James Kelly said he was emphatically against any such poster ban. He reminded members that they had made considerable concessions in the previous elections and abided by requests not to poster in towns or certain parts of towns.“Posters create a public awareness of an election and they add to the occasion and there is no proper universal legislation to govern any ban,” he said.Cllr Aisling Moran was against any ban also. She disagreed that the posters fell into the category of single-use as they are recyclable and reusable. She also felt any ban would put new candidates at a distinct disadvantage compared to established sitting politicians.Cllr Padraig Fleming spoke vehemently against any poster ban. He reminded colleagues that they had no authority or power in the matter in any event; that a ban was unfair to new candidates; that posters were a visible sign of an election and not everyone is on social media.“Elections posters are a good communication tool and it’s easier for a sitting councillor to create awareness. No matter what way we vote here today I will be sticking with them,” he asserted.Cllr Ben Brennan said that he re-used his posters and they are helpful for canvassing as very often people are not at home when you call.Cllr Seamus Mc Donald said that he has been using election posters for up to 50 years and he saw nothing wrong with them, once they are taken down after the election.“Some people are using the same ones for 50 years,” quipped Chairman Willie Aird, the implication that the picture on the poster didn’t always resemble the candidate on the ballot paper any longer.Cllr Tom Mulhall opposed a poster ban but felt that some candidates overdo it by plastering posters on every poll all over towns.Cllr John Joe Fennelly said he was with Noel Tuohy on this issue and had only used about 30 posters in the last election while respecting any requests from tidy towns committees to leave areas poster free.Cllr Thomasina Connell opposed any ban, noting that she was one of four new councillors and that sitting councillors held an advantage at election time. She questioned Cllr Tuohy’s invoking the name of climate activist Greta Thunberg as being excessive.“This is a knee-jerk reaction to climate change, the effect on the environment of posters is minuscule when you thing of the flyers that are used and the use of cars to canvass and that carbon footprint. Are we to canvass on bikes?” she asked.Cllr Paddy Bracken too was opposed to any such ban which he said would put new candidates at a huge disadvantage.“I wouldn’t support it at all, the posters are only up for three weeks and we all abide by the requests from the tidy towns, it’s part of our democracy and a medium to communicate,” he said, although he joked that he would agree with a rule that candidates should have to use a current photo on their posters.“I’d be opposed to any poster ban. I wouldn’t be here only for them, the people look forward to them and we don’t put them up in the towns by request,” observed Cllr Ollie Clooney.Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley said she was opposed to the ban as proposed as it was not legally binding.Not going down without a fight, Cllr Tuohy said that he wasn’t just talking about a few posters for a few weeks. He said the posters are made of plastic and are not biodegradable and he was talking about three quarters of a million posters countrywide after every election.“If people want to get noticed or attention they should join the panto or the musical,” he proffered in a return of serve to Cllr Connell.SEE ALSO – No posters, no thanks, we’ll pass here in Laois Election posters ‘an important part of the democratic process and creating public awareness’ Pinterest GAA last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Fay: State of Emergency

first_imgFlorida Power & Light warned that some customers in Brevard and east Volusia counties might not see their power restored for up to 36 hours after the storm passes. Near Cocoa, Lisa Dees, a 44-year-old mother, stood outside her home on Stratford Drive and watched the water inch closer to her single-story house, courtesy of an overburdened canal down the street. Already, her neighbors’ homes were under 3 feet of water, and their toilets were overflowing. Thursday’s troubles were just the latest caused by the dawdling storm. After coming ashore Tuesday in southwestern Florida, Fay deluged southern Brevard County with more than 2 feet of rain, causing at least $10 million to $12 million in damage as it drifted into the Atlantic Ocean, according to early estimates. Public-works crews were trying to divert the water away from the entrance. The hospital also hired an Orlando company to pump water off its property, and it was removing 15,000 gallons a minute, McNabb said. The worst flooding appeared to be in DeBary and Deltona, which have had chronic problems with water. The slow-moving system sent DeBary residents scrambling to bail water out of their living rooms and put Volusia County streets under waist-deep water. It shut down major roads in Seminole County, closed the emergency entrance of a hospital and stranded residents in their homes. Late Thursday, a dike failed on the Wekiva River, sending more than 100 Lake County residents to a shelter. It’s also dangerous. FatmiraKrkuti, 35, of Brooklyn, N.Y., drowned about 2 p.m. while swimming in waist-deep water with her husband a block south of Seabreeze Boulevard in Daytona Beach. A powerful wave struck them both, Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. “We’re patrolling the beach to tell them it’s dangerous to go past your knees,” he said. “But it is what it is.” “It’s a big, kind of sprawling storm,” said Daniel Brown, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Service near Miami. Fay then turned north and west, washing ashore again about 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Flagler Beach, just north of the Volusia line. Forecasters say it will spend today dumping wind and rain across the northern half of the state on a path to the Florida Panhandle. Fay’smove to the west gave a welcome reprieve to Brevard, where hundreds of people had to evacuate their water-soaked homes. County officials said flooding will continue to be a major problem during the next several days. “Now everything is ruined,” he said. In Orange City, ambulances were diverted to other hospitals Thursday evening after a parking lot flooded at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, blocking access to that facility’s emergency room. The emergency room remained accessible from the hospital’s main entrance, however, spokeswoman Debi McNabb said. About 100 residents of a mobile-home park along the Wekiva River were ordered to evacuate their homes about 9:30 p.m. because of rising floodwaters, said Christopher Patton, Lake County’s public-information coordinator. The residents were moved to Round Lake Elementary School near Mount Dora for the night as a precaution. In Seminole, 17,100 homes were without power. In Brevard, the number was 5,900. In Volusia and northwest Orange, nearly 35,000 customers were in the dark. Only 3,400 in Lake and 1,000 people in Orlando had no electricity. Although the rain and winds will let up, the storm’s size means the region won’t dry out until the weekend. Floods remain a serious threat because the ground is soaked from days of rain. Some residents’ efforts came too late. Near the entrance to the Glen Abbey golf course, Kim McLaughlin, 42, and her daughter Bailie, 12, hoisted furniture onto glue buckets as the garage and living room of their Pine Meadow Drive home filled with water. The husband, whose name wasn’t available, said he felt disoriented after getting hit, but his wife failed to resurface. Her body was found about 50 to 75 feet north by the shore break. Flooding: The main threat is from north of Kissimmee to Titusville; Sanford and Oviedo are in particular danger. All of east Central Florida should be alert during the next few days. “It’s still raining, and the water is still coming,” she said. In Deltona, a flash flood filled Santos Latorre’s home with 8 to 10 inches of water.center_img In Sanford, city crews barricaded some of Mellonville Avenue because of flooding. Authorities closed water-covered roads in Winter Springs and Oviedo, and torrential rain snarled traffic. ORLANDO — Tropical Storm Fay made landfall again Thursday, bringing torrential rain, floods, power failures and road closures to Orlando-area communities previously unscathed. “Mother Nature is going to do what she wants to do, and we have to sit back and wait until she’s done,” Dees said. Rain: Brevard, Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties will experience showers and isolated thunderstorms today. What to expectWind: Coastal Volusia and north Brevard can expect winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Inland Volusia, south Brevard and northern Lake counties can expect winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Orange, Seminole and south Lake counties will get winds of 10 to 15 mph. Osceola will have winds of 5 to 10 mph. Nearby, people stomped through the water carrying chicken-and-rice meals collected from a Salvation Army truck. “We’re still battling floods and severe weather,” FPL spokesman MaycoVillafana said. “Our crews are working where it’s safe to do so.” Wide spread power outages were reported Thursday night. “It was just like a river flowing into my house, went through my house, and flowed right into my neighbor behind me,” said Latorre, who has lived on Elwood Street for 10 years. As many as a dozen Deltona homeowners were coping with the severe flooding at various trouble spots throughout the city. “We’re done. There’s no saving us,” an exasperated McLaughlin said. With each passing car, waves of water flowed into their garage. In DeBary’s Glen Abbey Golf Club subdivision, trash cans floated in the streets filled with waist-deep water. Homeowners raced to save their homes, digging trenches and improvising sandbags out of plastic bags and backyard dirt. As the afternoon progressed, conditions in Lake, Volusia and Seminole deteriorated. President Bush declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon, freeing the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to help. Gov. Charlie Crist stopped in Brevard to review the situation and express sympathy to flood victims. The mobile-home park, known as Wekiva Falls Park, is off State Road 46 in east Lake, which was deluged with rain. The waters rose when a dike apparently gave way. No injuries were reported. Farther north in Neptune Beach, police said an Indiana tourist drowned after going swimming in the rough ocean. Two men swimming with the 21-year-old woman, whose name was not released, made it back to shore. Puddles grew to full-blown floods in a few hours. Elizabeth Perkins of Deltona came to the subdivision to help her parents at 1:30 p.m. By 4 p.m., the area was underwater. “This is just a constant mess of rain,” Perkins said. Piedmont Drive had as much as 3 feet of water still standing in the street, and it flowed into at least one home. Other flooded streets included Wheeling Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue.last_img read more

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Mission council pulls two crosswalk flashers from grant application, keeps bike lanes for length of Lamar

first_imgThe intersection at 63rd Terrace and Nall Avenue is one that had a flashing beacon pulled from a grant application.The Mission City Council, on a split vote this week, agreed to amend a federal grant application, dropping requested funding for two flashing pedestrian crossing signals recommended in a safe routes to school report.The council did support the application for bike lanes running the length of Lamar Avenue. The crosswalk improvements had been scheduled for 63rd and Nall and 53rd and Outlook. Those pedestrian flashers were intended to help students get to Highlands and Rushton Schools.The deadline for grant applications through the Mid-America Regional Council came before the safe routes study was completed. City staff worked with consultants to prepare an application that included all three projects.“Following discussion at the June 1st Community Development Committee meeting, there have been multiple concerns expressed regarding the projects submitted in the grant application. Before we proceed any further, it is important that the City Council take action on whether to continue to advance the grant request through the process,” a staff memo from City Administrator Laura Smith read.“If the Council is not comfortable with the grant as submitted, Staff recommends withdrawing one, or both, of the beacons from the application, but leaving the striping of bike lanes on Lamar intact,” the memo said.Councilor Suzie Gibbs made a motion to remove both flashing light intersections from the request, but support the bike lanes. Councilors Ron Appletoft, Arcie Rothrock and Nick Schlossmacher voted against the motion. All three indicated they thought other projects were more important. The remaining council members voted for the motion.The total project cost was $151,000 with a proposed construction start in 2019. The city was eligible for up to 80 percent of the cost paid by the grant. As of last month, Smith told the council, the city’s application had received the highest scoring in the metro in the grant process.The total cost of the Lamar bike lanes is $85,849 with the city’s share expected to be $17,849.last_img read more

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2019 Africa Games: Rabat Agog For Opening Ceremony

first_imgThe opening ceremony of the 2019 African Games will hold later today at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, signifying the commencement of Africa’s version of the Olympics.Although events such as beach volleyball, football and judo have already taken place, Tuesday, 20 August marks the first proper day of competition with boxing, handball, rowing, snooker and table tennis all scheduled to begin at the tournament which will run until 31 August.Morocco offered to host the Games when Equatorial Guinea pulled out over financial problems last year and thus marked their return after a politically motivated 40-year absence stemming from their ban – lifted in 2017 – by the African Union in 1978 over a territorial dispute over Western Sahara. Rabat 2019 general manager Abdellatif Obbad told Radio France International: “Considering the time we had to organise and welcome all these countries- it is a big operation. It is a challenge that we have embraced, and we will succeed.”A record 7,000 athletes from 54 nations are expected to compete in 26 sports with the following events – Athletics, rowing, canoeing, karate, swimming, weightlifting, beach volleyball, tennis, cycling, judo, wrestling, taekwondo, table tennis, fencing, sports shooting, archery, badminton and triathlon serving as qualifiers for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Nigeria will be represented by 462 athletes and officials at the Games with the country competing in athletics, football, table tennis, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, judo, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe-kayak, chess, cycling, gymnastics, golf, handball, karate, rowing, shooting, swimming, basketball, handball and taekwondo.At the Brazzaville games in 2015, Nigeria fielded 573 athletes and officials in 21 sports as the country finished second with 47 gold, 55 silver and 42 bronze medals behind Egypt which had 85 gold, 64 silver and 65 bronze medals. Already, Morocco leads the medal table with a total of 10 medals made up of 2 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals.Nigeria has so far recorded a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in the men’s football event last Friday while the women spanked South Africa 3-0 a day later. In the beach volley event, both male and female teams fell at the quarter-final hurdle.Seventeen venues will be used in total, with the cities of Casablanca, El Jadida and Khemisset playing hosts to athletes alongside Rabat. The closing ceremony on 31 August will also be staged at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.RelatedSuper Falcons Qualify For 2019 All Africa GamesFebruary 18, 2019In “Africa”12th All-Africa Games: Aigbogun Picks 18 for Rabat 2019August 12, 2019In “Africa”2019 African Games: Nigeria Volleyball Federation Lists Four For Beach VolleyballAugust 15, 2019In “Volleyball”last_img read more

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DD Motoring: How Santa brought Brian McDaid his first set of wheels

first_imgThis week our motoring columnist Brian McDaid takes us back five decades when he asked Santa for his first set of wheels.Dear Santa50 years ago this week it wasn’t a motoring column I was trying to put together, it was a deadline with a difference in the form of a letter to Santa. Advertisement A couple of weeks later Santa awakened me on Christmas Eve in his big red coat when he experienced a bit of Christmas turbulence as he tried to deliver this future motoring correspondent first set of wheels.Not happy to leave it down beside the tree Santa landed the bike right up beside my bed.Santa seemed to trip over his big coat and fell in between the two beds and on top of my bike. We were giggling under the blankets but dare not take a look out in case Santa wouldn’t leave us anything.Mammy wasn’t a bit impressed. Advertisement “For God’s Sake, would you get up out of there……. Santa.”First Test Drive.On Christmas morning heavy snow prevented a spin out on the new bike. So I had to settle for round and round the kitchen table.On that first test drive, I noticed things weren’t right. Going around the table clockwise was no problem but any effort to circumnavigate in an anticlockwise fashion and I would fall off the bike.On a closer inspection, my father noticed my new bike was missing a stabiliser. Missing a stabiliser my mother chipped in, it was just like Santa was last night. She said he could have done with two stabilisers or three. I later found the broken stabiliser at the scene of Santa’s Christmas Eve’s collision up at at the side of my bed.A view of what MY first set of wheel might have look like back in 1968.The snow eventually clear that year the boy on the blue bike slightly tilted over to his left as he learned to ride his new bike was me.For the last 50 years, I think about that Christmas of 1968 and try and keep the memories in my mind.Style Council. 1968.Neilus McDaid on his red tricycle as he wheels in for the photo shoot at the front door of number 27. He is pictured with Brian in the black coat Cathal in the leopard print reversible jacket all the way from Australia. They are pictured with their cousin Josephine McDaid. Picture By Mary Ellen McDaid.Unfortunately, my brothers were either too young to remember this or my have just blanked it out of their mind by way of dealing with it. Recently my memories were starting to fade from then but that all change this week when a letter arrived on the run into Christmas.A treasured letter with the name of the sender. Mary E. McDaid in beautiful handwriting returns to Glencar 50 years after it was sent in 1969.While all I was worried about that year was that Santa would get my letter for my bike My mother Mary Ellen was writing to her sister on the other side of the world in Australia.Her sister Margaret Devine kept the last letter from her sister Mary Ellen closed to here heart for nearly 50 years and this year she returned it to sender’s address back home from Australia to Glencar.Her letter to her sister includes a lot about her life and her young children growing up, the joys of receiving, a celebration of events and investing in the future of her dressmaking business.In Wolfe Tone Place our kitchen comes sitting room doubled up as a designers catwalk and dressmakers workshop with the constant hum of a singer sewing machine. Smoke and skirts made to order.The front door knocker never cooled with customers arriving with rolls of material under their arm which my mother turned into the fashion piece of the day.That all came to an end in 1969 the year she penned this letter to her sister and spent much of that autumn in hospital in both Dublin and finally in Letterkenny before passing away on the 2nd of January 1970.Here is an extract from her letter from nearly 50 years ago.27 Wolfe Tone PlaceLetterkenny13th Jan ’69.Well, Margaret, the parcel arrived safe and sound and such excitement as the contents caused. The jumpers fitted beautifully and Nelius hit on the duffle Jacket. I can tell you it was well tried on by Brian before he finally handed it over to Nelius.The shirts and tee shirts are ideal too. It was like a fashion show here for a while and Brian told his teacher all about the things that arrived.I have a jumper “on the needles” since last May and it still on the needles. You never sent me the measurements for your two girls, try and remember the next time you write which I hope will be very soon.We had a real Christmas card Christmas this year. It started snowing on Christmas Eve Morning and lasted the whole day and looked lovely, but really put a damper on the shopping.I went down home to the foot of the town in the morning with three of the children and nearly got stranded there for Christmas.Brian was five on Saturday. It is very dark in the morning for school here as the clocks didn’t go back this year and the children need armbands or luminous cases or bags going out.Did I tell you I was in the hospital in October with threatening pleurisy, but they only kept me in nine days and sent me home again without any treatment?I do believe it was muscular rheumatism I had, they do say the symptoms are much the same, anyway I am well again thank god.It was like emergency ward 10 here that week after I left all the children and Fred with tonsillitis and the doctor attending them all.Bida took Cathal & Sadie took Peadar and Fred kept the two bigger boys, you couldn’t get a young girl here now at all for a housekeeper with the free education- now they’re all at school.I got myself a new singer sewing machine, one of the golden panoramics with a cabinet for it and its just like a nice little sideboard when its closed up.Return to Sender, A later from 50 years ago sent back from Australia . Photo Brian McDaidAs you can guess I’m still at the sewing and it doesn’t take much time now or material to cover the young girls. If anything they are shorter this year than ever.Of course, on some they look very nice, buts it’s not always the young who have them so short.It just feels like yesterday this week reading my mothers letter as she described things just as I remembered them all they years ago.When my mum passed away the rattle of the singer sewing Machine went silent and my father couldn’t bear the look of it closed up sitting up by the front window.So the representative from Singer came and took it away. For thirty years we never thought much about it until a friend of mine, Monica Murphy told me she bought it off that same rep who was staying in her B&B.The old Singer Panoramic Gold sewing machine and the letter to Australia from 50 years ago back in Glencar again this week. Photo Brian McDaidMonica gave me my mother’s sewing machine when she closed her business on the Port Rd. It came complete with scribbling on the operating manual that I was blamed for a small boy with a crayon years before.This week her panoramic gold sewing machine complete with its sideboard was united with the letter to Australia they both bring beautiful memories back to Glencar.That broken stabiliser on my first set of wheels was a good lesson in life for me to understand that things are not always perfect. but you’ll get thereHappy Motoring FolksThanks to My Auntie Margaret and Santa… of course.DD Motoring: How Santa brought Brian McDaid his first set of wheels was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidCHristmasmotorslast_img read more

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Africa’s first fact-check website launched

first_img2 November 2012Africa Check, a fact-checking website devised by the AFP Foundation and run in partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The first website in Africa set up exclusively to fact-check public debate, www.africacheck.org was launched during a conference on investigative journalism in Africa run by the university.Modelled on similar sites in the US and Europe, Africa Check aims to hold public figures accounting by “sorting fact from fiction”.As well as producing its own fact-checking reports, the site provides tips and advice for its readers on how to fact-check, as well as a library of databases and fact-checking tools.‘Promoting a culture of accuracy’“I believe that Africa Check can make an important contribution to public discourse by promoting a culture of accuracy and making public figures think twice about playing loose with the facts,” Anton Harber, professor of journalism at Wits University and the former editor of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, said in a statement.Harber, who is senior adviser to the project, told AFP that Africa Check would “quite simply follow things that are said in the public arena by politicians or by other media or by experts, and where we think they need checking, we will verify them and we will publish what we find, to say this was true, this was not true, or it was disputed, and here’s how you understand the nature of that dispute”.According to AFP, while the site is currently managed by project staff at Wits University, it aims to become a forum for interactive contributions by South African journalists.“Fact-checking is a growing trend in the media, and in wider society, around the world,” said AFP Foundation deputy director Peter Cunliffe-Jones, who devised and oversees the project.“But to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has tried to do something like this here in Africa.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Microsoft Targets Google Health Developers

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#APIs#hack Today Microsoft announced that users of Google Health, scheduled to be shut down on Jan. 1, 2012, can send their data to Microsoft’s competing HealthVault service. In the closing paragraph, Microsoft also pitches developers to migrate their Google Health projects to HealthVault.When Google announced that its health service will be shut down, our Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote:Google says it’s shutting down the projects because they got very little traction but health industry tech innovators say that Google Health may have been ahead of its time, did a poor job reaching out to a now growing ecosystem of developers and ought to be put on slow life support or open sourced instead of being shut down. When it comes to patient-centric cloud-based electronic health records, the opportunity remains large, the need severe but the challenges are substantial.Will Microsoft be able to do a better job of building an ecosystem and reaching out to partners? While Google Health never had a business model, HaulthVault can be seen as the customer-section of Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform.Other services are also attempting to provide an alternative to Google Health by offering more practical, interconnected applications and APIs – notably the RunKeeper Health Graph API, which we covered here.Meanwhile, Bing’s translate APIs, which have commercial support from Microsoft, have emerged as an alternative to Google’s translation APIs, which are set to be shut down. This was one of the things that led me to speculate that Microsoft’s future may be in data as a service.The HealthVault SDK can be found here.center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleylast_img read more

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ATA BOARD VACANCY

first_imgThe ATA would like to advise all members and interested parties that there is a position vacant on the ATA Board of Directors. With this in mind the Chairman of the Board is seeking expressions of interest from interested parties. Please read the attached document for all of the information. INFORMATION ON EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR BOARD VACANCYlast_img

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6 STEPPS to viral success for your cause

first_imgby Kate Olsen, VP of Strategic Projects at Network for Good @Kate4GoodFellow cause marketers, wouldn’t you like a dollar for every time someone told you to ‘make it go viral?’ The beauty and frustration of virality is that you never know what will catch on. Context, creativity and conversation all have to align to get tens, hundreds or thousands of people to talk about your idea at the same time. We may not be able to make things go viral by sheer force of will, but Jonah Berger has a few ideas about how to engineer messages and campaigns that are more likely to spread. Below are a few tips from his new book Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Jonah outlines six key STEPPS that will transform your cause marketing messages into content that will entertain, inspire and incite people to spread the word.1. Social Currency: How will talking about your campaign affect the sharer’s status in his/her community? Will it make the sharer look knowledgeable, in the know, generous?Example: Packaging your message in a slick piece of media, such as the documentary Girl Rising, makes it easy for people to recommend – they seem intellectual, generous and pop culture savvy.2. Triggers: Can you relate your message to a context or habit that is already part of the sharer’s daily life? Examples: Workplace giving and volunteering as a social norm, giving a $1 at checkout, or this NYC Department of Health anti-soda campaign 3. Emotion: Does sharing your message move people emotionally? Can you touch the heart?Examples: Charity: Water puts the supporter as the hero of the campaign, showcasing the personal connection to the cause to share with social networks. This RedSnappa video epitomizes making an emotional connection with your message.4. Public: Can you add a social proof element to your message so people can see that others support your cause?Examples: Movember mustaches, breast cancer pink ribbons, Livestrong yellow bracelets, ‘I Voted’ stickers5. Practical Value: Does spreading your message help people help others? What is the impact you are driving?Example: Causes that make the supporter experience tangible include Dress for Success and Adopt A Classroom. Consumer campaigns that make a tangible donation alongside a useful product include One Pack = One Vaccine and FEED Projects.6. Stories: Is your message or campaign related to a larger narrative people want to share? Examples: Ben & Jerry’s went to congress with a 900 Pound Baked Alaska to protest drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Ben & Jerry’s made a social statement but used their product to illustrate their point, that makes the story sticky relevant and memorable.)Want to know how to craft a powerful story? Download this archived webinar presentation from Jonah Sachs on ‘Winning the Story Wars’.P.S. Thank you to PointWorthy for recommending this fabulous read.last_img read more

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Navigate Any PR Crisis: 5 Pitfalls for Nonprofits to Avoid

first_imgIn the early 1980s, Johnson & Johnson faced a massive organizational crisis when someone laced Extra-Strength Tylenol caplets with cyanide and returned the bottles to store shelves. When the Tylenol link was discovered, the company sprang into action, spending millions to remove pills from stores, communicating its efforts to consumers via the media, and helping to pioneer tamper-resistant packaging that ultimately reduced similar crimes in the future.What does this story have to do with your nonprofit? It’s a great example of effective organizational crisis management: act quickly and decisively, communicate consistently and honestly, and apply lessons learned to prevent future situations. The key is to be prepared for whatever life throws in your direction. But sometimes our plans go awry amid the chaos. Here are five common pitfalls that can derail your nonprofit’s efforts to guide communications during a PR crisis.Slow or no response. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, you simply hope the problem will go away on its own. Or your team gets stuck trying to find consensus before taking action. By the time you’re ready to respond, days or weeks have gone by and your organization is in a heap of trouble. Solution: Control the message before someone else does. Be prepared with your crisis communications plan and respond quickly.Ill-prepared spokesperson. You task a key senior executive with handling media outreach, but once she starts getting peppered with hard questions, you find she’s not nearly as prepared for the hot seat as you had assumed. Solution: Take nothing for granted. Test your spokesperson ahead of time. Sit down with that person and fire tough questions at her quickly and relentlessly until she can deliver your organization’s message calmly and consistently. Legal concerns. In the midst of the storm, you have to wait for your legal team before taking action. This slows you down tremendously and potentially derails your entire organization. Solution: Have ample conversations with your legal team during your crisis communications prep. What might they need to do or approve? Where would they need to step in? You’ll avoid disastrous delays if you can agree to operating procedures and best practices in advance.Inconsistency or lack of transparency. Your market doesn’t believe your message or find it credible because they’re hearing different things across channels, which makes your nonprofit seem less than honest. Solution: As the crisis wears on, you’ll continue to get tough questions from every corner, so you need to hunker down and ensure you’re delivering a consistent and honest message, whether it’s on television, in print, or on your website and social media channels.Failure to take responsibility. Do you take responsibility? Do you apologize? Similar to being slow to respond, if you fail to address these questions, you’ll extend the news cycle. Solution: From the beginning, own the problem (or, if you didn’t create it, explain clearly how the problem arose) and communicate how your organization is addressing it. Again, be consistent and honest in your message.A final bit of advice: Fix it yourself first.Some crises will be imposed on you externally, out of the blue, and you’ll need to react with your readymade communications plan. But others you might avoid—if you take action now. If you see anything in your organization that doesn’t seem quite right or could create a bit of drama, talk among your team about how you can fix it yourself before external forces make you fix it. Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 webinar “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” with Susan Kearney, COO of Network for Good. Download the full webinar.last_img read more

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