Dear Editor,Not a single Guyanese should be in the least bit surprised that a competent, qualified and decent officer such as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority Myrna Pitt has resigned from her post.Had she not done so then she would have spoiled the long and odious record of the Chairman of the CH&PA Board Hamilton Green.If one were to look back at the various ministries he headed, one would see the difficulties experienced by the permanent secretaries, departmental heads and other technical staff who were all certified, capable and experienced.But one does not have to look so far back, one just has to look at the last twenty one years that he spent as Chairman of the Georgetown Municipality, to see the long list of casualties including town clerks, city engineers, city treasurers, etc.Note however, that his getting rid of all of these senior staffers did not make things any better at City Hall, in fact it made things far worse, with the Council being at its apex in corruption and irregularities when he finally left a few months ago.It should also be noted that most of the victims were women.How could the government give this cruel octogenarian more opportunities to destroy the lives of honest public servants who do not agree to dance to the tune that he is playing?Sincerely,Mark Roopan
Two weeks after his inauguration, President Trump’s recent policy decisions are having some unexpected side effects. In North Carolina and across the country, they’re fueling an unprecedented level of public engagement.Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood report millions of dollars in fundraising and thousands of new members. Mike Meno, communications director with the ACLU of North Carolina, said the historic support will help his group carry out its mission through this new administration.“Groups like the ACLU are going to do what we can, as always, to hold the government accountable, to work through the court system,” Meno said. “But in order to do this work, we really rely on the support of our members.”According to Meno, membership nationally has doubled since the election, to more than 1 million ACLU members across the country. Groups like his will use the donation dollars to advocate for people who might be adversely affected by President Trump’s executive orders, in Congress and in court.Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has seen a 15 percent increase in online donations, and applications from volunteers have increased from a dozen a month to more than 100. Communications manager Sarah Eldred said that with an energized base, the organization has renewed strength.“People are getting engaged in ways that do last a long time, so they’re starting volunteer opportunities where they’re engaging their neighbors, and they’re throwing house parties and meetings,” Eldred said. “And it’s going to be a long fight, but I think our volunteers so far, from what we’ve seen, are in it for the long haul.”Meno said he believes many people are re-learning a valuable lesson about the importance of taking their views beyond the ballot box.“More and more people are realizing that in a true democracy, our role as citizens doesn’t simply end when we cast our ballots on Election Day,” Meno said. “And that it’s absolutely necessary that ‘We the People’ hold officials accountable.”In addition to donating and volunteering, people are turning out at protests and marches. More than 500,000 attended the Women’s March On Washington, and 17,000 were at the sister march in Raleigh.A big crowd is expected on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street March in Raleigh, which will involve more than 200 organizations.
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marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Features#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Live video broadcasting service Ustream.tv will announce tomorrow that live feeds on the company’s website and distributed video players got a combined 10 million unique viewers last month. If those numbers are solid, it’s a major validation of live streaming video on the web. When YouTube Live launches later this year, this medium is only going to get bigger.Churches, rock stars and politicians have been taking UStream out of the tech blogger niche, there’s now an impressive line-up of live and recorded content on the site. Each of the videos below, for example, has been viewed more than 25,000 times. The live video of Obama’s victory speech only has 75,000 views – so there’s a lot more going on than just that! Ten million monthly uniques is surprisingly high, but appears to be a credible claim.The company says that these 10 million uniques come from the whole UStream network, which presumably includes embedded players. Third party traffic analysts Quantcast says that UStream participates in its traffic monitoring program (using embed codes) and reports that the UStream global network gets just under 8 million uniques as far as it’s concerned. UStream says Quantcast is new to them and will take some time to catch up in its reporting. That may be a viable explanation, but the numbers are close enough. UStream also reports that their number equals 10 million people actually playing a live video stream – not people who have loaded pages that happen to have an unplayed UStream player embedded in them. It also doesn’t include views of recorded videos. That’s impressive.Competitor Mogulus also uses Quantcast, and Quantcast says they have a global network that sees 4.5 million uniques.Those are serious numbers. We’ve argued for some time that live video was going to be big, but the pace of growth is a little bit surprising. Note also that UStream was established just over a year ago, in March of 2007. When we reported this week that social news site Mixx hasn’t been able to surpass 1 million unique visitors per month in their first year despite links from every story on CNN.com, USAToday, Weather.com and a list of other major media sites – we said there was an integration or audience targeting problem. UStream’s 10 million and Mogulus’s 4.5 million monthly uniques are what new media technologies look like when they really start to catch on. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:As addressable TV becomes more pervasive, here’s how to find your audienceJul 16, 2018 by Justin FreidContributor Justin Freid suggests a variety of data sources that you can employ to improve TV advertising results.Connect with passionate marketers — rates increase next week!Jul 16, 2018 by MarTech TodayThere are others like you. We’ve met tens of thousands of them. People who share your passion for harnessing the potential of modern marketing and marketing technologies. People who implement best practices… and occasionally color outside the lines to get results.YouTube’s Copyright Match Tool finds videos uploaded without the creator’s permissionJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe first batch of creators to get access to the new tool will be limited to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:How to Build a Browse Abandonment Email Series, SalesforceHow to Maximize Your Instagram Advertising Efforts Using Video, Clix MarketingThe ROI of Social Media [Infographic], Infographic JournalYour Editorial Calendar is Not Your Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing InstituteThe post Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & moreYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Activating B2B influencers across earned, owned, shared & paid mediaJul 16, 2018 by Michael BritoThere are lots of ways to involve influencers in your B2B marketing. Contributor Michael Brito explores a few key options.Facebook says ‘tens of thousands’ of people opt in to take its user surveys every weekJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesA team of more than 100 user researchers collect and analyze feedback to help inform product decisions.Webinar: Close the Online/Offline Data Gap with AI-driven Call IntelligenceJul 16, 2018 by Digital Marketing DepotWith mobile search and voice interactions on the rise, it’s more important than ever to make phone calls a critical part of your data-driven marketing strategy. And thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), you can now derive valuable real-time insights from inbound phone conversations.New features in the Facebook Ads Manager app make building ads on mobile easierJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe ad-creation tool has five new features, including the ability to include overlays, stickers, logos and more. Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th 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 Posted on 17th July 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. on Thursday announced a slate of new features designed to help it keep pace in a digital environment that values efficiency, revenue opportunities, and cutting-edge creativity.Why you should careMany of the new features enhance the core Snapchatter experience, but with it comes key openings for marketers and advertisers.Dynamic scanning and enhanced AR brings the Snapchat experience to life with improved movement tracking, new interactive templates via Lens Studio, landmark manipulation, and object scanning. From snapping math problems and movie posters to visualizing new perspectives on landmark locations, brands will be able to deliver targeted content in context for deeper engagement with audiences.New third-party app integrations via Snap Kit allow users on apps like Tinder, Netflix, VSCO, and GoFundme to create custom partner stories directly from Snapchat. Partner apps will be able to display Snapchat stories on their own platforms with the added option of monetizing their content with full-screen mobile ads in the coming months.Snap Originals is expanding its serialized mobile shows with a range of scripted dramas, comedies, and docuseries targeting a variety of audience interests. Available globally on Snapchat’s Discover page, each episode is approximately five minutes in length and includes six-second, non-skippable ads available for purchase.The new Snap Games platform allows for multiplayer gaming in real-time with original and partner-developed games made for Snapchat. Snap Games will offer advertisers six-second ad spots in the platform, which is accessed directly from Chat for fast and intuitive gameplay.The post Snapchat announces new features geared at creativity, collaboration, partner advertising appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Snapchat announces new features geared at creativity, collaboration, partner advertising Snapchat announces new features geared at creativity, collaboration, partner advertisingYou are here: Posted on 5th April 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingSnapchat announces new features geared at creativity, collaboration, partner advertising 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
A region that collectively represents the fifth-largest economy in the world recently launched a new effort to address climate change—with the backing of business.The premier of British Columbia and governors from California, Oregon, and Washington state announced a collaborative policy effort to: account for the costs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; push for an international climate action agreement; and accelerate markets for clean technology. They did so with strong support from executives at major companies like Cisco, who hosted the launch event, and Skanska, who noted that:“…a changing climate is a significant business risk. The more tools we have to address and mitigate the risks we know are coming, the more equipped we can be. Our leaders are setting smart policy, based on sound research.”While this example showcases the positive role companies can play in policy, the climate policy debate as a whole has been dominated by obstructive business voices–particularly in the United States. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, has attacked climate change science and lobbied heavily against national climate action (prompting Apple and several others to leave the Chamber). Earlier this year, the Chamber’s efforts to weaken federal support for green building standards prompted Skanska to resign its membership in protest. (For more about business and trade group positions on climate change, see the Union of Concerned Scientists’ assessment of 14 major associations.)Yet with the risks that climate change poses to business becoming ever clearer, corporate executives are increasingly recognizing that policy action is essential. Consider the 150-plus signatories to the Carbon Price Communiqué or the hundreds that have signed the Climate Declaration. These businesses are sending a clear message to government about the need for market signals that support investment in GHG-reducing technologies and innovative goods and services for a changing climate.So how can companies help secure meaningful action on climate change in a consistent and transparent manner? What takes place before and after an event like the one mentioned above? How can businesses move climate policy forward, beyond just signing a CEO’s name on a supportive letter? Eight international organizations collaborated to answer these important questions. Their new guide details three essential steps businesses can take to effectively and responsibly engage in climate policy.Addressing Climate Risks, Accelerating OpportunitiesThe Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy—from the U.N. Global Compact, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.N. Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, CDP, WWF, Ceres, and The Climate Group—for the first time establishes a shared, practical definition of responsible corporate engagement. It is a synthesis of existing literature and input from more than 75 leaders from business, government, and civil society.As the guide explains, responsible engagement means factoring climate risks into today’s business decisions and policy positions. It means being responsible to shareholders, customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders. Many investors, for example, are increasingly concerned about stranded assets and a “carbon bubble” in financial markets where major extractive companies’ values are based on emissions-intensive resources like oil, gas, and coal. Continuing to burn these resources can push global temperature rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius, the internationally agreed-upon warming limit.Ultimately, responsible engagement means catalyzing the development of policies that introduce or accelerate new market opportunities. The lighting industry, for example, chose to lobby for—not against—energy efficiency regulations in the European Union and the United States. Led initially by a few companies, the industry at large eventually championed policies to support a transition to next-generation lighting technologies that reduce GHG emissions and help consumers cut energy bills. Some business and policy leaders are subsequently taking further steps with the en.lighten initiative, which seeks to build policy platforms for high-efficiency lighting in emerging economies.3 Actions for Business Influence on Climate PolicyThe guide sets the foundation for business influence on climate policy with three simple, but powerful, actions:Identify all important issues and influences. Many companies today are getting smarter about climate change, measuring their GHG emissions and understanding the threats it poses across their value chains. But many corporate sustainability executives admit they struggle to connect those actions with the company’s overall influence on climate policy. It’s beneficial to take inventory of the company’s direct influences, like lobbying, or indirect influences, like trade group policy positions.Complete an internal assessment or audit to ensure influences are aligned. Misaligned influences can lead to public backlash. For example, companies like Google and Facebook faced scrutiny recently for supporting policymakers and policies that undermine efforts to reduce emissions. The guide includes a 10-question checklist companies can use, for example, with the support of an advisory firm. It can help determine whether a company’s lobbyist is saying the same thing as its Chief Sustainability Officer, or whether the company (and its trade group) is advocating for policies that are ambitious enough to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C.Publicly report climate policy positions, influences, and outcomes. Transparency is increasing as companies are being asked to share more information about their climate policy engagement. CDP, representing more than 700 investors with assets of $87 trillion, now includes a series of questions on climate policy in its annual questionnaire. Investors want to know if a company is engaging responsibly (or why a company is disengaged) and what happened as a result. The guide provides a framework to disclose information to investors and others interested in what a company is doing to advance climate policy.While some companies are already emerging as leaders, the climate policy debate has largely been dominated by negative and resistant business voices. A critical mass of companies putting the guide’s actions into practice could shift the balance.The alternative is to remain stuck in a policy “paralysis” and risk greater costs and disruptions as the world warms. It’s time to step up and create a better future—for the private sector and the planet.LEARN MORE: Download the full report, Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy