On April Fool’s Day, April first, a nonpartisan group of local citizens will join marchers around the US for a very serious cause: healthcare access. Organizer Nilofer Couture is planning a satellite march in Sylva that will coordinate with marches set for Washington D.C., New York City, Seattle and other communities across the country.The goal is “equitable, affordable, quality health care for all” and an extensive Bill of Rights. Under the new administration, people everywhere have grown concerned with the future of healthcare and losing the important gains that were made with passage of the Affordable Care Act. Marchers are insisting that healthcare is not a red or blue issue, but a human one. “Regardless of whom you voted for last November, women don’t want to go back to the days of paying more for their health insurance than men”, says Nilofer. The group’s Bill of Rights includes demands that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on, such as ‘those with pre-existing conditions receive exactly the same rates and the same access to coverage as everyone else’ and ‘No one loses coverage as the result of any legislative transition period.’The aim of the march is to put a human face on the people with so much at stake- all Americans. “You shouldn’t have to worry that you’re one bad test result away from bankruptcy,” says Lauren, explaining “if coverage caps are once again instituted every person is at risk.”Asheville activist and journalist Leslie Boyd will be the keynote speaker who, along with Dr. Ed Morris from Franklin, Doug Trantham (Behavioral Health and Clinical Director, Cherokee Hospital), Caitlan Wyatt (Community Field organizer, Planned Parenthood) and Joe Sam Queen, (former Democratic member of the House of the NC House of Representatives), will speak at the rally before the march. They will speak about those lives that stand to be affected by any loss of coverage. The speakers feel passionately about healthcare as a human right. “Women and children especially stand to lose so much in preventative care that they’ve been getting for free. Things like well-woman and well-child visits, vaccinations, mammograms, and pap smears.Marchers will gather first at the Bridge Park in Sylva from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for a rally and then march down Mill Street and Main Street where the march will end at the fountain.
6 February 2015A C130 military aircraft landed in Pretoria in the early hours of Friday morning, 6 February, containing the bodies of the remaining victims of the building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria.“The mortal remains of the outstanding 11 compatriots who perished on 12 September 2014 when the Scoan [Synagogue Church of All Nations] guesthouse collapsed in Nigeria are all back,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said shortly after the aircraft landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base.The bodies were brought back to the country by a team of military health personnel and forensic pathologists who had departed about 9pm on 2 February. Some 81 South Africans were killed and 25 were injured when the multi-storey building collapsed in Lagos nearly five months ago.Following the disaster, President Jacob Zuma appointed an inter-ministerial committee to oversee the government’s response and to ensure the injured and the deceased were returned to South Africa.The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) co-ordinated the various role players and led the technical planning for the identification and repatriation of the deceased and the return of injured South Africans.In November 2014, 74 bodies were repatriated and a formal reception ceremony was held for the families of the victims. At the time, 11 bodies had not been positively identified and could not be repatriated.“The mortal remains are now back. The families can now close the chapter as we are closing it today so that the last rites are performed so they can bury them with dignity,” Radebe said.He thanked Zuma for establishing the task team to deal with repatriation process, and acknowledged NatJoints, medical personnel, scientists, officials from the Department of Social Development and members of the South African Police Service.He was grateful for the assistance of the government of Nigeria in the identification and repatriation.The 11 bodies are expected to be transported to the nearest government mortuaries in the provinces where the families live.The government has encouraged anyone in need of grief counselling services to call the Social Development Department’s toll-free number on 0800 428 428, or to send a “Please call me” text message to *120*7867#. A professional counsellor will return their call. The grief counselling services are available freely.Source: SAnews.gov
Malaysia Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to take eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth more than $US2 billion at list prices in a deal that allows it to convert eight orders for B737 MAX 8s.The MoU included eight additional purchase rights for B737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet care service to maintain current and future Boeing aircraft.The MoU announcement was made as Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak was visiting the US to meet President Donald Trump and its timing raised questions in some media outlets.Reuters said the meeting with Trump was critical for Najib who was looking to raise his standing in malysia and overseas ahead of elections.However, Malaysia already has a big Boeing fleet with and operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s. It has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.The order comes as the airline is restructuring and is expected to return to profitability next year. Chief executive Peter Bellew said in July the airline was on track to be publicly relisted in 2019.The airline had been looking at Airbus A330neos and has also leased six Airbus A350 jets due to begin arriving later this year as replacements for the carrier’s A380 superjumbos. They will be used initially on the Kuala Lumpur-London route with other routes still under consideration.Bellew, who earlier this year said he had been unable to reach an agreement on price with Airbus on the A330neos, said the range of the 787-9s gave the airline the ability to reach any point in Europe and some points in the US.“The MoU with Boeing on their Global Fleet Care program will allow the two companies to build a world class MRO (maintenance and repair organisation) for the 737 MAX, 787 and 737NG based on Malaysia’s existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement.Boeing Global Fleet Care provides operators engineering, materials and maintenance programs that are tailored to an individual airline.Malaysia lost two Boeing 777 aircraft in 2014, one shot down by Russian-backed separatists and another which disappeared in as yet unexplained circumstances.Bellew believes the airline’s brand has since recovered in all marketplaces.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So, how is marketing changing? What are best practices and pitfalls? How do you even start?When creating your social strategy, Li recommends a four step process:1. Who is your audience?2. Very clear goal3. Action plan4. Tools, tactics, techniquesDetermining Your Audience To help you determine your audience, you need to consider their level of participation, and classify them according to how they use social technologies. Are they:Non ActiveWatchers: 52% of online users have watched YouTube, 42% have read blogs, 19% have downloaded podcastsSharers: 29% have used social networking sites, 28% have tagged online content, 21% have shared online content that they createdCommenters: 32% have rated a product, service or person, 30% have commented on a product, 22% have commented on newsgroup or siteProducers: 12% have created or worked on a blog; 11% have remixed content.Curators: People that have edited a wiki – moderated a forumOnce classified, you can use that information to start building your community.For instance, if your target audience is moms, you don’t approach them as producers; they’re not going to be at that level. However, studies have shown that moms are more likely to comment than any other person online because they value the thoughts of others and want to share their thoughts. Be Very Clear on Your Target GoalSet up an action plan. Much like at a dinner party, before you start talking, listen first. Find out what people are saying about you by using various online monitoring tools. Li uses Google blog search and Twitter to search for her brand online. Once you determine what is being said about you online, you can take it to the next level and do something about it.Companies That Utilize the Social Web WellAccording to Li, some companies that use the Social Web well are:OraclePrior to running Oracle Open World, Oracle changed its home page for two weeks. The page asked for consumer feedback; community involvement was important enough to interrupt the normal flow.H&R BlockWhen H&R Block realized selling was no longer working, they created a page on FaceBook to provide tax advice. They don’t say “come and do your taxes with us,” on FaceBook; they only offer advice.ComcastFrank Eliason, Director of Digital Care for Comcast Cable uses Twitter to look for people talking about Comcast, ‘tweets’ them, and offers to help.SkittlesSkittles has a page on FaceBook called ‘Mix the Rainbow’.It’s created a spark and now the community is interacting with one another. The company occasionally steps in with light and fun comments; never with sales talk. A recent series of messages on the Skittles wall:Derek says: Is it just me, or does there seem to be too many orange ones in the bags now?Skittles says: Derek despite what you or the Internet may think, we can assure you there is no orange skittles conspiracy – red on the other hand…StarbucksStarbucks asks for suggestions on how to make the company better. If you provide a suggestion, Starbucks CIO will discuss the idea on the site; it’s not just a black hole that suggestions go into. He explains the back end – or what has to happen on the technical level before they can implement the idea.Wal-MartWhile most people cringe when they hear about Wal-Mart’s many failed attempts to get involved with their community online (think The Hub, Across America, FaceBook), Li gives them kudos for continuing to try when others may have given up. Look at ‘Check Out’ Wal-Mart’s latest offering; it took them a long time to get there, but now, this really works.All of these companies are closing the loop. The traditional firewall separating customers and companies is falling away; no longer is it an ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality; it’s now a ‘we’ mentality.How do You Get Started? The best way to begin is to go out and meet some revolutionaries. Talk to them, ask them what’s worked and what hasn’t. Take inspiration from them. Realize you cannot do this alone; go and get help.Li’s disappointment with the advice she has seen on the Web has inspired her to begin the Altimeter Wiki, a list of consultants, social media boutiques, PR agencies, and interactive media agencies. Li encourages people working in the space to add their name, “there are no judgments at the moment, but there will be in the future.”Recommendations on finding good help:Find groups that are focused on relationships, not campaignsFind agencies that are using social media successfully themselvesAsk whether they commit resources to continued learning and trainingAsk whether they make mistakes (Li guarantees that if people are doing this correctly, they will make mistakes)Do they have respect for, and are humbled by the mediumIn summary, Li walks through the “nitty gritty” details of the action plan:Who needs to buy in to the plan?Who will ‘own the community?What’s the right level of engagement (corporate vs. audience vs. product)?How will we deal with negative comments and customer service issuesHow much should we spend?And her final tip? “Realize that you will have to give up the fallacy that you have control.” Tags:#Events Guide#web Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell, and former Forrester analyst, has recently launched her own company, the Altimeter Group. This week, she gave a keynote at the Social Media Marketing Summit 2008, San Francisco. Known for her commitment to social media, and belief that marketing and advertising are fatally flawed, Li started with a Google search on ‘Comcast’. The ninth result is a YouTube video titled: A Comcast technician sleeping on my couch. “This is why social media is so important,” Li said, “this YouTube video recorded by ‘Brian’ resulted in the Comcast brand going down the toilet. You must understand that the power is now in the hands of consumers.“Marketing is ChangingMarketers today are caught up in a jumble of buzzwords that mean very little. It’s a confusing time, but to get the marketing right, you need to start thinking about relationships first. “It’s not about selling something anymore; that might be the end result, but to get there, you need to work on the relationship.”One of Li’s favorite videos (below) shows the disconnect between advertisers and customers. “It really captures how advertisers see the world, and how consumers are asking for a divorce.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija davis 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya’s grandson Aditya was on Thursday produced before Juvenile Justice Board after he was arrested for alleged assault and threat issued to the traffic cops in Kolkata yesterday.Aditya, a 10th standard student, was returning home after his football practice session when his driver Zakir Hossain violated a traffic rule near Kalikapur on EM Bypass. The driver, who has been remanded to Judicial custody, had initially parked the vehicle in a no-parking zone that led to an intervention by Traffic Police Sergeant Sujoy Pramanik and Sub-inspector Amlan Bhattacharya.When asked to come out of the vehicle, the duo allegedly got into an altercation with the cops and Dalmiya’s grandson threatened the police officials flaunting his links and antecedents.An FIR was also lodged against them at the Garfa police station for attacking the police officials. A counter FIR was also lodged by Baishali, daughter of the BCCI chief, against the policemen for attacking the driver.