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Damaged submarine cable to be buried deeper

first_imgThe submarine power cable in the Demerara River bed, which was damaged last month, will be buried some three meters deeper, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson has said.While the cause of the damage has not yet been made public, the minister confirmed that it was damaged while work was being carried out.“What was done, having been damaged, it has brought the excess power from Vreed-en-Hoop over to the Demerara interconnected grid”, Minister Patterson informed. He said GPL will be raising the cable and that quotations were received from three firms to fix the cable.“What is required is the special equipment called the splicer to raise the cable and then install the slicer to fix it… A contractor has been identified in principle. Works will take after the arrival of the splicer,” he said, informing too that it is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.“The project will be done in three phases. Phase one has already been completed; phase two is the installation of the splicer and repairs and phase three is the burying of the cable.Addressing the burying of the cable, Patterson said the contract had stipulated that the cable be buried at three meters.The Marine Administration Department (MARAD) at the time had however advised that it be lower, however, because the contract was signed, it remained at three meters. He said he was informed that there are excess cables at both ends and that the company will go ahead and bury it at the required six meters deep.He said he has asked GPL to explore the option of a second cable since not only does the cable bring electricity, but it also has fibre optic.He said he has asked that GPL seek out another cable just to bring over the excess electricity.Immediately after the damage last month, the power company had reported that a Chinese team was assisting it to retrieve the cable from the Demerara River bed in order to assess the extent of the damage.A release from the power company noted that a comprehensive test had been conducted on the cable subsequent to a total shutdown on July 12, which attributed the incident of faulty insulation at the connection or “Pot Head” linking the 69KV submarine cable to the overhead transmission lines at Kingston.last_img read more

Warriors: James Harden & Chris Paul could prepare them for Damian Lillard & C.J. McCollum

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Should the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive season, they should not just thank their star players, coaching staff and front office. They should also express gratitude to the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Chris Paul.After making things difficult for the Warriors’ quest to win their fourth NBA title in five years through a …last_img

Old Mutual makes Fortune 500

first_img14 July 2005Financial services group Old Mutual has joined Anglo American and BHP Billiton as South African-based companies which have made it into the top 300 global firms on the prestigious Fortune 500 list, Business Day reports.The Fortune Global 500, to be released by Fortune magazine later in July, puts Old Mutual at position 278, up from 304 the previous year.Fortune measures companies by their revenue rather than market capitalisation, the newspaper reports. Old Mutual’s revenue grew by 22% to US$20.9-billion in 2004. The average revenue growth for the top 500 companies was 13%.Despite a few slow years after it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1998, Business Day reports, Old Mutual’s growth has taken off in the past couple of years largely because of a turnaround in fortunes at its US asset management and insurance business.“We have performed well in all our key geographical areas and we look forward to more of the same in the years to come,” Old Mutual CEO Jim Sutcliffe told Business Day.Last year, Old Mutual’s US life business increased its contribution to about half of total new life business at the group. Nearly three-quarters of its asset management clients are now in the US and UK.The inclusion of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Old Mutual on the list shows that multinational South African companies have used their global presence to boost revenue, according to the newspaper.Anglo American moved up from 275 to 213 on Fortune’s list, while BHP Billiton increased revenue 47% in 2004 to move up 100 places to 241, Business Day reports. Mittal Steel enters the Global 500 for the first time at 253, thanks to record steel prices. Surprisingly, brewing giant SABMiller is not included on the list of the 500 biggest companies.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Helping journalists tell SA’s story

first_img2 September 2008The International Marketing Council of South Africa offers a professional web-based service for journalists and communication practitioners wanting to know more about the country in the lead-up to and beyond the 2010 Fifa World Cup.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com, launched at the International Media Forum South Africa in Johannesburg in May 2008, offers free access to content on the country, including a comprehensive image library.The website provides background and current affairs updates on South Africa’s economic performance, socio-economic development and achievements across various sectors. It also profiles significant cultural and social trends, as well as phenomena that make South Africa a winning country.Registration on www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com is not required, except for full access to the image library, which offers hundreds of professional quality photographs of the country, its people, places, economy and stunning natural beauty, all available for use on the web or in print – free of charge.The International Marketing Council of South Africa, custodian of Brand SA, is a public-private partnership responsible for marketing the country internationally.Brand South Africa General Manager Tyrone Seale, speaking at the launch of the site, said MediaClubSouthAfrica.com would provide “relevant, mind-opening, up-to-date and verifiable information in the build-up to 2010.”While not explicitly tied to the World Cup, the new service will take advantage of the unprecedented international media interest in the country that the event will generate.“We took this step because we recognise the importance of media – local, African and throughout the world – in shaping perceptions of South Africa and our continent,” Seale said.The initiative took its inspiration from Germany’s Land of Ideas campaign, which established a similar media service for the 2006 Fifa World Cup.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com complements the World Cup-dedicated media services offered by the Local Organising Committee, South African Tourism and the Government Communication and Information System.It aims to provide quality, accurate and credible content, allowing media practitioners either to use the content as is in their own publications, or as a resource with which to develop their own content.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

YouTube Redesign Keeps You Watching

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… YouTube is continuing with what it’s calling “one of the biggest redesigns in YouTube history” and today it wants to point out some of its new, shiny features. The streaming video site first offered its users a sneak peek last month and it says it’s been listening to feedback and it now has three new features it wants to show off.First, YouTube has introduced a new playlist design, which shows all of your queued videos above the video your watching, with decently sized thumbnails to preview the content. It also has an AutoPlay feature that it says it will set to on when it has “a robust set of videos for you to watch next”. Next, our favorite new feature is the queuing from search capability, which allows you to add videos to your queue when you search from the video page. We know that when we go on a bender of Kids In The Hall clips, we don’t want to wait too long between our head crushing and our “girl drink drunk“. You can even search without stopping the video you’re watching and if you don’t know what to watch next, YouTube may just queue up some classics for you automatically.Last comes an addition to a section of YouTube not exactly known for its intelligence – the comments. The comments section will now list both text and video, so that video updates become a bigger and more integrated part of the discussion. This seems like a natural and necessary progression, but if the videos are anything like the text, we can only imagine where this will end up.For now, the new features are opt-in only and if you don’t like what you find, you can just as easily opt out, although we’d suggest giving it a shot. Tags:#news#web#YouTube mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Injury-hit Mumbai take on Aizawl in battle of lower half

first_imgMumbai, Mar 1 (PTI) Injury-hit Mumbai FC take on Aizawl FC in the return leg clash of the two teams placed in the bottom half of the I-League football table here tomorrow at the Cooperage ground. Mumbai, sixth on the table, have struggled in their last few games because of injuries to key players – defender Min-Chol Son and half backs Taisuke Matsugae and Izumi Arata. The trio is still in doubt to play the game against the north eastern side who had beaten Mumbai 2-0 in the first leg. “All three trained separately today and with the others for ten minutes. We will take a call on them tomorrow. Also on the injured list is (defender) Allan Dias,” said Mumbai coach Khalid Jamil on the eve of the match.Another player who will not take the field for Mumbai would be their stand-in captain (for Matsugae) N P Pradeep following the double-booking in the previous drawn (2-2) encounter against Sporting Clube de Goa.The home side was forced to play with ten men in the second half and escaped with a draw. Jamil said had eleven men were available Mumbai would have won the match.Conceding that injuries to some players had been a big setback for the team, Jamil said that the team should shed its complacency, a trait they showed in the second half to lose to Aizawl, placed one rung below the hosts, in the away game.”We have to win all our home games (three remaining). We have to play well and be positive (attack). We have to push forward,” said Jamil.advertisementOne of the keenly anticipated battles would be waged by Liberian cousins – Eric Brown of Mumbai and the visiting teams striker Alfred Jarian.”We are childhood friends and born in the same month within a few days of each other,” said Alfred.Brown took up the central medios role with aplomb against Sporting and is expected to be used in the same position against Aizawl.”They were a bit complacent in the first leg which gave us a chance to penetrate. Now they will be more wary of us,” said Aizawls coach Jahar Das. PTI SSR NRB AH AHlast_img read more

HubSpot TV – The Face of Social Media in 2009

first_img “Peoplebecome fans of companies and brands on Facebook for two differentreasons. The first is that they want to keep up with the company andlearn more about them. The second is they want to associate themselveswith the company.” Subscribe in iTunes: www.hubspot.tv – Make your business page engaging and exciting. mvolpe Edward Boches to leverage Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to generate leads and customers. “TheGlobal Language Monitor has announced that Twitter is the Top Word of2009 in its annual global survey of the English language.” Grade your business page on What did you write on your first blog if you did not yet had a product to sell? – Inbound.org Intro How to interact on Twitter: @ Headlines Twitter Declared the Top Word of 2009 in your tweet. Check out this ebook for tips & tricks – Is Facebook Losing its Coveted Demographic? Hubspot’sPage does a good job of providing content makes people comment. Thesecomments show up in people’s profiles and with the revised FacebookNews Feed, updates with more comments are more likely to show in fans’information streams. Marketing Takeaway https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG4600.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

4 Unexpected Situations For Creating Content

first_img Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack There are many opportunities you may be missing to create content in your day to day lives. I remember reading an article by Chris Brogan about how he “does it all”. Chris is a speaker, author, consultant, and father… And on top of that, he regularly blogs multiple times per day. How does he do it? He makes the most of every moment. He’s always thinking or doing something (even if that something is playing with his kids).So when do you find time to create content? Here are a few underused opportunities.Waiting for a Delayed FlightIn fact, this article was written while waiting for a delayed flight! With this unexpected free time, I pulled out my iPhone and started typing with my thumbs. I managed to finish 2 articles before boarding the plane.In the Car or Grocery StoreWhile this takes some setup time so as to stay safe, you can setup a video camera to film you while you drive to your next appointment. Or maybe you get an audio recording device, stick it in your shirt pocket while you go grocery shopping. Just start talking and answer a common customer question as if you were talking to your customer there in the grocery store. For many folks, this is a much faster way to create great content.Live Blogging While at an EventThis means taking out your computer and taking advantage of the ever pervasive wireless Internet at many conferences and sharing the learnings from the event itself . By the end of the event, you’re done! You would have spent that time there anyway, so why not create a blog post or two in during the process.Outsource Content by EmailOk this was a trick answer I suppose but still results in great content with limited time. Think about the top 3 questions in your industry and send them out to experts you know in the field. Send them by email, get their answers by email, and combine them into a blog post. This curated type of content actually works great becasue it draws the credibility of each person that contributes.Other ideas of great times to leverage for content creation? Please share in the comments below! Photo Credit: Dr Stephen Dann Free Download: Blogging for Business Originally published Nov 10, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017center_img Topics: Content Creationlast_img read more

How to Create a Wildly Successful Facebook App

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you haven’t had a lollipop lately, you should try this one. I promise you’ll enjoy it.No, I’m not offering real candy, but I am offering an experience you’ll still find sweet (your teeth can thank me later). Take This Lollipop, a new Facebook application, is a creepy but fascinating interactive video that brings out the spookiness in social media. Launched just two weeks before Halloween, it’s already gained almost 10 million Likes, making it one of the fastest-growing Facebook apps ever.The application, created by Jason Zada (also the creator of the very popular Elf Yourself), took only 30 minutes to script and just four weeks to produce the video. Another amazing fact: no promotion was put behind the app. It just went viral.“It really started as a social experiment — the old adage ‘don’t take candy from strangers’,” said Zada. People did the hard part for me — they convinced each other to try it. You have this lollipop that you know you shouldn’t take, but if your friends tell you to try something that’s potentially really scary, would you do it?”So what are the reasons behind this app’s rapid, viral growth? Here are 6 takeaways from Take This Lollipop and how you can incorporate these characteristics into your campaigns to help them get shared virally:1. Make it an ExperienceThings that go viral are not stale or boring. Oftentimes, they are exciting, educational, entertaining, fun, distinctive, foster strong emotions, or many of these in one. When creating a campaign you hope to go viral, give it a “wow” factor. Most of the time, it’s also best to avoid being too commercialized, meaning the use of over-saturated company branding that takes the life right out of it. Take This Lollipop focuses on the experience. The emotional factor in this case is fear, but it’s also fun and entertaining.2. Make it SimpleWhen something is complicated, people will resist using it or sharing it. Your campaigns need to be simple to understand within seconds, easily digestible and easy to use, touch, or hear. Take This Lollipop is no more complicated than accepting Facebook permissions to watch the video. And the video is short. That’s it. Always think ‘keep it simple stupid.’3. Make it Easily ShareableDon’t create friction with your campaign, which can make it difficult to access or share. Don’t put it behind a pay wall or account registration (in most cases). Even though Take This Lollipop requires granting Facebook access (a requirement for all Facebook applications), it’s still really easy to connect the app with your profile. Also, add social media sharing buttons in visible places so people can share your amazing content!4. Make it UniqueWe like new things, especially if they are unique. If you create a campaign that’s cliché and has been done before, it’s going to make it a lot less exciting. Campaigns that go viral have never been seen before. When creating your campaign, focus on creating something truly original.5. Make it Somewhat ControversialThere’s a lot of debate right now regarding Facebook privacy and the lack of confidentiality in social media. You never know who might be watching and who can see what information about you. Take This Lollipop capitalizes on this controversy by highlighting that exact fear (and plays off of ‘don’t take candy from strangers’) in an interesting way, which is why it has people talking. Zada further explains; “It’s kind of a horror movie that has no blood, no guts, but there’s this person that you don’t want looking at your information. And that to me was the scariest of all.”6. Make it PersonalizedOne reason that Take This Lollipop and Elf Yourself are so popular is due to their personalized experiences. People can upload their own photos or Facebook profile, and as a result, they become part of the experience. This can make a campaign even more engaging. Look for ways to make your campaigns customized or personalized, if possible.Credit: Zada quotes from Mashable Inbound Marketing Originally published Nov 14, 2011 2:00:00 PM, updated July 03 2013 Topics:last_img read more

30 Brilliant Social Media Marketing Tips From 2011

first_imgWith so many great social media marketing tips getting shared in the blogosphere, we wanted to pass along some of the best tips and ideas that came up in 2011. These are tips that, if you haven’t benefitted from them yet, are evergreen enough that you can continue to leverage them well into 2012 to make your social media marketing rock.1. Write blog content for your target audience, which is not necessarily yourself. This happens with startups a lot. They blog about being entrepreneurs, which is great – if your target audience is entrepreneurs. Blog about the things that your community wants to know about. (Source: Mark Suster)2. If you’re going to use social media for customer service, mirror your hours of operation on Twitter to the hours of operation you have for your support team. (Source: Jeff Esposito)3. Measure social media ROI by analyzing how it performs compared to more established channels or advertising methods. It’s not comparing apples-to-apples when it comes to cost, but you can compare the quality of traffic they drive to your website. (Source: The Next Web)4. Mobile check-in deals aren’t just for restaurants and bars. See how one medical practice creatively offered a special to his tech-savvy patients for checking in. It’s something any small business marketer can learn from. (Source: Mashable)5. How frequently you blog does count. Businesses that blog daily generate 5 times more traffic than those that post only weekly or daily. (Source: Social Media Examiner) Bonus tip: need ideas for all that content? Here’s 100 of them to get you started.6. Hashtag-stuffing tweets doesn’t work. A study from Argyle Social shows that (in their sample) tweets with hashtags got 5% fewer click-throughs than those without hashtags. (Source: Social Media B2B)7. If you follow more people than are following you, you could harm your Twitter account’s SEO potential. Search engines “trust” those with more Twitter influence, and following many more people than follow you isn’t always an indicator of that. (Source: Marketing Profs)8. Building an online community? Show your power users that you appreciate their contributions. Do this by asking them for feedback, offering prizes and giveaways, and actually saying “thank you” for their interactions, mentions, and good content. (Source: Social Media Today)9. Blog about the problems your product or service solves – not about the product or service. No one cares about you (yet.) Everyone cares about their own problems and if your product or service can help. (Source: Social Fresh)10. Think of marketing as storytelling, and think of your customers as the characters. Think about what motivates them. Measure what patterns they display. Let their actions, wants, and needs drive the story. (Source: Joey Strawn)11. Depressing tweets, vague tweets, tweets about your weight loss – and of course, our favorite, the humblebrag – these are all messages that are better kept to yourself. A little personality is fun. But for the most part, stay professional and positive. And always, always stay classy, of course. (Source: BostInnovation)12. What does your social media strategy really need? It needs to answer simple questions. Who am I speaking to? What do they want from me online? How will this strategy evolve? It’s not tools or tactics or having the perfect definition for either one. It comes down to these basic ideas that are all about tying social media to your businesses needs. (Source: Smart Blogs on Social Media)13. Publishing a blog post on your company blog? Post several tweets of that post and track the success of different times and keywords for your followers. (Source: Social Media B2B)14. Stop talking about yourself if you want more retweets. Want to get more RTs? Of course you do. They drive traffic to your blog posts, can boost SEO, and connect you with with more followers. According to Social Media Scientist Dan Zarrella’s latest research, tweets with self-reference get fewer retweets than those with other information. So be relevant, share good information, and don’t make it about yourself. (Source: Dan Zarrella)15. The medium isn’t the message. Remember that Twitter, Facebook, or whatever platform you’re using isn’t the strategy; it’s a tool to distribute your message. (Source: Entrepreneur)16. Choose to measure social media metrics that tell you how you’re doing based on why you’re doing social media in the first place. This will require you to step back and think about why you are tweeting, or why you have a Facebook Page. Is it because you want sales? Then measure conversion rates. Is it for market research? Then monitor trending topics. (Source: Clickz)17. Use geo-location Twitter searches to identify local prospects to connect with. In Twitter’s advanced search, you can refine your search by keyword and location. (Source: Jeff Bullas)18. Use social media data to find your key influencers, outline your media plan, and develop your messaging. By listening to customer conversations on social media, companies can learn a lot of information about their competitors and industries that will help them better craft their marketing programs. (Source: Mashable)19. Create a Facebook group to stay connected with those you meet at conferences months after the last panel. The new Facebook groups aren’t the old “I lost my cell phone number” most people have been invited to at some point. New groups allow you to email content, use collaborative group docs similar to Google Docs (perfect for sharing Twitter usernames or other contact information), and message the whole group at the same time. (Source: Social Fresh)20. Consider the timing of your social media posts – time of day, time of week, and time of year. If you’re posting to your Facebook Page in the mornings but your audience isn’t looking until after office hours, your updates are lost in the mix. If you work for a seasonal brand (think snowboards), how do you need to better tailor your content during the summer vs. the “on-season?” (Source: Search Engine Optimization Journal)21. You don’t need the voice of influencers – you need your brand advocates. Engaging with influencers just for the sake of having someone with 100,000 Twitter followers talk or blog about your product isn’t useful because they aren’t invested in your product. Your brand’s existing advocates are. An influencer might get you quick buzz, but your brand advocates offer longevity. (Source: Danny Brown)22. Have a common name? Use checkusernames.com to test personal brand monikers that will work for your social media handles and domain. It’s likely that DanTaylor.com is already taken, but you can check to see what variations are available so you can create a cohesive personal brand across all social networks. (Source: The Next Web)23. Plan your editorial calendar for what ebooks can result from your blog posts.  Cranking out content for a company blog each day isn’t easy, but if you approach your content creation strategically, you can do it in a way that scales for your business. (Source: Social Media B2B)24. If you’re going to tell people to “like” your company on Facebook, have something of value waiting there for them. Give them a reason why they should “like” you. (Source: Outspoken Media)25. If your company makes a mistake on social media – think rogue tweets – step out and own up to the mistake. Don’t pull any tricks and pretend you were hacked. (Source: Smart Blogs on Social Media)26. Use social media contests as an opportunity to learn more about your customers. Ask them how they heard about your promotion to get a sense of what channels people use to learn more about your brand. (Source: Mashable)27. Here are three universal content blueprints to include in your company’s blogs: offer a new opinion, create a killer list, or teach your customers how to do something. (Source: Social Fresh)28. Leverage social search and boost your rankings for target keywords by offering content (ebooks, webinars, etc.) and having community members pay with a tweet. Use hashtags.org to find hashtags that matter to your audience and work them into your pay with a tweet offering to tap into prospective community members on the web. (Source: SEOmoz)29.) Include social sharing and follow buttons on your site, your blog, and in your emails. Use this how-to guide to learn how you can create them for all the major social media networks. (Source: HubSpot)30. It seems obvious, but an often disregarded quality of great community and social media managers is great social skills. Tact and discernment go a long way. (Source: SocialFresh)What social media marketing tips helped you out in 2011? Let us know in the comments!Image Credit: daniel_iversen Social Media Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Dec 9, 2011 5:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more