Perpetual fraud

first_imgThat’s why it is so important that each and every one of us makes sure our friends, family and co-workers knows that it’s up to them to stop the council’s abuse of its power. Vote against political cynicism. Vote no on Measure R on Nov. 7.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEASURE R – members of the Los Angeles City Council’s deceitful ploy to give themselves four more years on the public dole – will go before voters Nov. 7, even though it’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional. For this you can thank the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the City Council and yourself – because it’s your tax dollars that keep this cynical scheme alive. Since its inception, it’s been obvious that Measure R violates the California Constitution’s requirement that ballot measures be limited to a single issue. But the council’s members knew voters would reject giving them three four-year terms instead of two, so they combined their term-limits plan with a package of so-called “ethics reforms” that in fact do nothing to clean up City Hall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The council is now raising huge bundles of cash from developers, contractors, unions and other insiders who live handsomely on the favorable treatment they get at City Hall. The council’s members believe they found a clever political strategy to trick the public. And they’ve hired high-priced private lawyers at taxpayer expense to try to get around the state constitution’s single-issue requirement for ballot measures. The first judge to hear the case ruled not only that the measure was unconstitutional, but also deceitfully worded. So the council took its case to the appellate court, which left in the dishonest wording and left the measure on the ballot – without actually ruling on the constitutional issues. The court’s action is an insult to voters. There’s nothing urgent about this measure; there’s not even an honest argument that can be made in its favor. With all its ill-gotten campaign funds, the council will try to blow smoke over voters’ eyes, but how can anyone mount an effective opposition when the measure itself is already the subject of a legal fight? last_img read more

OT leader Cathal keeps on target after emotional week

first_imgDonegal’s own Operation Transformation leader Cathal Gallagher fought tears during his weigh-in after a tough week on the RTE lifestyle programme.The Ballyshannon paramedic stuck to his goals to successfully reach his target weight loss of 4lbs. After shedding 16lbs last week, Cathal is well on his way to a healthy new start.Cathal, who has been inspiring entire communities to get active and eat well, earned high admiration from the OT experts which brought him to tears during Wednesday night’s weigh in. Fitness expert Karl Henry and the team were eager to tell Cathal how proud they were of his journey so far, particularly after a tough week. With the support of his wife Agi, Cathal acknowledged that he was finally ‘stepping up’ to the challenge.This week’s episode challenged the leaders to focus on food and cooking. Expert dietitian Aoife Hearne travelled to Donegal to visit Cathal, Agi and their 2 year-old daughter Maja and check on their food plan. The visit led to tearful moments as Agi opened up on not wanting to see Maja go down the same unhealthy route as Cathal, whose weight had risen to over 26stone after an accident.Cathal, who is the heaviest leader to ever appear on the show, is now inspiring countless other men and women to change their diet and exercise habits.He has a dedicated page on the Operation Transformation website to share his workout and food plans for others to follow: ot.rte.ie/leaders/cathal-gallagherv2 OT leader Cathal keeps on target after emotional week was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

10 Lessons I Learned About Reputation Management at Digital Summit Detroit

first_imgTrain your staff on how to respond to your customers.Invest in your social customer care team. Hire credible people and provide guidelines. Share reputation goals for your organization with your employees.Companies should share reputation goals with employees to turn them into ambassadors @andybeal #DSDET15— Amy Messano (@AmyMessano) September 23, 2015 Just because you can brag about it, doesn’t mean you should. In 2013, Emma Way tweeted about hitting a bicylist with her automobile and knocking him off his bike. The local police discovered the tweet; a few months later Way was found guilty on two counts related to the incident. Just because you can brag about it doesn’t mean you should @AndyBeal #DSDET15 pic.twitter.com/5faTkUnnKo— Ryan Jones (@RyanJones) September 23, 2015 Your behavior reflects on your business. Be on your best behavior.If someone asked if you knew who Walter Palmer was, would you know? How about if someone asked if you knew about the dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Africa in 2015? That was Palmer. News of Palmer killing the prized lion in Zimbabwe went worldwide, with people using the hashtag #WalterPalmer to share their anger. His personal big-game killing behavior negatively affected his dental business, which closed for several weeks. Palmer returned to work at his dental practice earlier this month.Your reputation is always being judged…your company and personal reputation aren’t two separate things anymore #DSDET15— Franco (@FrancoPRGroup) September 23, 2015 Use the right account.When an unusual tweet was posted to the American Red Cross account, the organization acted quickly to resolve the issue. The backstory: Gloria Huang planned to post the tweet to her personal account, but due to her inexperience with Hootsuite, the tweet was posted to the organization account. The American Red Cross averted a crisis with a light-hearted tweet, Huang apologized from her personal Twitter account, and the Red Cross converted the incident into a donation opportunity. Know your audience. Understand how your customer base will respond locally as well as globally.Go where your customers go. While you may have decided to focus on two or three channels, monitor other channels. If a customer complains on a channel you don’t use, you want to respond. Rep Roadkill: Go where your audience is. Address complaints on that forum – do not ignore! @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015Tip: Take the conversation offline. Set up a unique email address for the channel (twitter_service@yourcompany.com) for handling communication. Be careful with any automation you use.Be aware of every item that is scheduled (where an editorial calendar comes in handy). Be restrictive. Just because something is popular, don’t jump on it.Notice a popular hashtag on Twitter and want to share something about it on your social media channel? Does it fit into your strategy? Think twice before acting. Big lies will eventually be revealed. Be truthful, don’t embellish things.For years, NBC News anchor Brian Williams told a story about being in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by a grenade.Not exactly the whole truth. Turns out, Williams was in a helicopter in Iraq, but not in one that was hit by a grenade.Williams was put on a six-month leave early this year. He returned to the MSNBC network earlier this month to cover Pope Francis’s visit to the United States.Rep Roadkill: Don’t rewrite history to put yourself somewhere you weren’t. Big lies are eventually revealed. @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015 This week, I joined hundreds of digital professionals, content strategists, social media experts, user experience practitioners, and email marketers at the two-day Digital Summit Detroit conference. One of my favorite talks was Andy Beal’s lunchtime keynote on reputation management. As a reputation management expert, he’s seen his share of good and bad examples of companies managing their reputation. Beal, chief executive officer of Trackr and author of Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation, shared his insights and highlighted examples of social media gone wrong.In addition, Beal shared examples of companies doing a good job managing their reputation and offered tips for dealing with a crisis situation.I heard stories about a rogue tweet, poorly timed social media updates, and organizations taking a bad situation and turning it around into something amazing. Here’s what I learned:There’s no difference between your personal reputation and business reputation.Despite all the Twitter bios with “tweets are my own and don’t represent my company”, you only have one online reputation. You only have one reputation, says @andybeal. There’s no difference between personal and business reputation. #DSDET15— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 23, 2015center_img We Have a Crisis, Now What?It’s going to happen. A tweet or story on one of your social media channels that’s poorly timed, incorrectly posted, or doesn’t include the right information. What do you do during a crisis? Beal recommends:Be sincereBe transparentBe consistentApologize and explain what caused it to happen. Demonstrate you put changes in place so it doesn’t happen again. Q: What advice would you give #VW? #dieselgate A: Own it. Admit it. Be Sincere. Be transparent. Be consistent w follow up @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015 If having a reputation crisis you need to be sincere, transparent and consistent in your messaging – @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Mike McClure (@mikekmcclure) September 23, 2015 Win back customers by accepting your fault!!! They will tell 20 others @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Jas Sidhu (@jas_AppD) September 23, 2015Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from WordCamp Detroit 2018Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining over 120 WordPress users—bloggers, writers, designers, business owners, digital marketers, developers, and user experience specialists—at the WordCamp Detroit 2018 conference to learn and talk about WordPress. It was wonderful to attend a conference where I didn’t have to travel, other than to…In “Conference”September 2013 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsAlong with friends and colleagues, my friend Nick DeNardis has been after me for years to create a calendar of local events. Given my interests, I hear about and attend several UX, web design and development, social media and entrepreneur events each week. Which I tell Nick about after the…In “Calendar”September 2014 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work…In “Calendar”last_img read more

MTN to up African music offering

first_img“With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. 23 June 2011 “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Vast catalogue of African music He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. CCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. Growing demand for digital content Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Florida Announces 2019 Motor Fuel Tax Rates

first_imgFor calendar year 2019, Florida state motor fuel (gasoline) and diesel fuel tax rates will increase while the aviation fuel tax rate will remain at its current rate.Motor Fuel Tax RateEffective January 1, 2019, the state motor fuel tax rate is increased to 18.1 cents per gallon (formerly, 17.7 cents). The local option rate varies by county and the ninth cent will remain the same. The State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System (SCETS) rate will increase to 7.8 cents per gallon (formerly, 7.6 cents). The inspection fee on motor fuel will remain 0.125 cents per gallon.Minimum Local Option Tax on Motor Fuel Collected at Fuel TerminalsIn addition to the 18.1 cents per gallon state fuel tax collected at the loading rack, terminal suppliers must collect a minimum local option fuel tax. The local option fuel tax must be collected at the following rates on each gallon of motor fuel sold to licensed wholesalers:– 13.8 cents per gallon; and– an inspection fee of .125 cents per gallon.Total fuel taxes collected by terminal suppliers on sales of motor fuel to licensed wholesalers is 32.025 cents per gallon.Diesel Fuel Tax RateAlso effective January 1, 2019, the state diesel fuel tax rate will increase to 18.1 cents per gallon (formerly, 17.7 cents). The county tax rate (ninth cent, SCETS, and local option tax rates) on diesel fuel will increase to 14.8 cents per gallon statewide (formerly, 14.6 cents). The total state and county rates on diesel fuel will increase to 32.9 cents per gallon statewide (formerly, 32.3 cents).Aviation Fuel Tax RateThe aviation fuel tax rate will remain at 6.9 cents per gallon until June 30, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019, the aviation fuel tax rate will decrease to 4.27 cents per gallon (formerly, 6.9 cents).Tax Information Publication, No. 18B05-03, Florida Department of Revenue, November 28, 2018, ¶206-406Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Move Beyond Gender Stereotypes

first_imgChanging the StereotypeI believe tech industry stereotypes are changing fast. And not because of the intervention of some external mandate or investment, but by the fast evolving nature of technology itself.Advances in the fields of big data processing, the Internet of Things, and data analytics are fundamentally transforming how and to what end technology is used. With an increasing emphasis on analytics, interpretation of trends and patterns in data, and integration of data insights into other fields, the kinds of skills needed to succeed in these new technical fields are evolving fast.I belong to a small professional group called the Women in Big Data Forum. One of our goals is to encourage and attract more female talent to the big data and analytics fields and help enhance diversity in these industries. However, our group is not limited to women solely in high tech—because the value of big data insights is not limited to technologists. Big data analysis is valuable to anyone with business acumen and the intuition to see trends, connections and relationships in data.And in many ways, women are better at that than men.In analytical fields, technical prowess is necessary, but only part of what’s needed to succeed. Women in Data Science: 4 Perspectives is a fascinating series of interviews with four data scientists commenting on current opportunities for women in big data analytics. In the article, the commentators stress, “the fields of data science and analytics are absolutely exploding with opportunity” for men and women alike, though women are finding a great deal of success in these fields because “they often bring a different intuition to the table.”This in part results from the fact that data analysis is an interdisciplinary field. According to Sarah Aerni, principal data scientist at Pivotal, “This field [data analytics] benefits from diversity in thinking. There is rarely only one way to approach a problem, and new ideas and input can only lead to more variety in approaches and potentially better outcomes.” In addition, the consumers of data science exist in every industry, and require people in data analytics to interact with a wide variety of businesses and individuals. “It is a field that values a variety of skills, deep technical abilities, hacking, storytelling, visualization and constant learning,” says Aerni. “This is something I value, and I think it encourages diverse backgrounds as well.”Diversity is Good BusinessDiversity in a technical workplace does come with benefits. The vast majority of innovations are developed not by lone geniuses but in a team environment, where groups of people work together to solve problems together. Within these teams, diversity of views, experience and expertise is a key to success because it broadens the pool of knowledge from which innovation springs.This is great news for both women and men, and for people with a variety of backgrounds and experience. As promising as the new top-down diversity programs and STEM initiatives are, there’s no reason to wait. Set aside the stereotypes and look for the opportunities that are opening right now.I encourage my colleagues in the tech sector to use their voices, their influence and their passion for innovation to look for opportunities to move beyond gender stereotypes and allow each individual to shine at whatever he or she is good at. After all, a more diverse and inclusive work force is a driver for innovation, as a broad set of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are crucial for the development of new ideas and creativity. Increasing the diversity of workers in the technology industry has become the issue of the moment. A steady stream of tech companies, from start-ups to giant corporations, are pledging to hire more women and minorities workers. By doing so, they may begin to eliminate some of the stereotypes that present barriers to entry to male-dominated fields like technology.These programs have taken on different forms, including:Apple’s $50 million donation to organizations that help women and minorities get into tech jobs;Intel’s $300 million initiative to increase the diversity of its workforce;Salesforce’s directive that all important meetings must include at least 30 percent women.These are laudable efforts, and in conjunction with improved STEM education and coding schools to help improve the skills of women and other under-represented groups, we can hope soon to see a tech workforce that looks more like the general population.Yet, I wonder if new advances and opportunities in technology haven’t already turned the old stereotypes on their ear, and brightened the prospects for women and minority workers at the cutting edge of the industry?last_img read more