Newspaper critical of Islamic courts is publicly burned in Somaliland’s second city

first_imgNews RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Receive email alerts SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information News March 2, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en to go further October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper critical of Islamic courts is publicly burned in Somaliland’s second city News Follow the news on Somalia Organisation RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today that an angry crowd in Buro, the second largest city in the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland, burned more than a thousand copies of the independent daily Haatuf on 13 October on the grounds that it criticises the Mogadishu-based Islamic courts.“Newspaper-burning is serious and should be condemned by all those who claim to be the guarantors of peace in Somalia,” the press freedom organisation said. “The Somaliland authorities must take steps to identify and punish those behind this public outrage. And those who incited this mob should realise it is an unacceptable and dangerous thing to do. Criticism is an inalienable right that you suppress to your own cost.”Around 100 people took part in the public newspaper-burning in protest against Haatuf’s reports criticising the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which has controlled Mogadishu and two thirds of Somalia’s provinces since the summer. Somaliland has had de facto independence from the rest of Somalia since 1991.The Reporters Without Borders local partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), quoted Somaliland-based journalists as saying the crowd had gathered in response to calls from local religious leaders linked to the UIC.The NUSOJ said Haatuf had received several anonymous calls threatening to set fire to its office in Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital. Haatuf – one of the most widely-circulated newspapers in all parts of Somalia – reacted by publishing the text of the threatening calls along with the phone numbers from where they had been made.NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman told Reporters Without Borders: “This is a first in Somalia’s history. Never before has a newspaper been publicly burned anywhere in our country.” January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Отчет по миссии: «Желание контролировать»

first_img Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 26, 2021 Find out more News September 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Отчет по миссии: «Желание контролировать» Related documents Отчет по миссии: «Желание контролировать»PDF – 1.83 MB Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News Follow the news on Ukraine News March 26, 2021 Find out more to go further Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media RSF_en UkraineEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Reports Вслед за расследованием, проведенным на Украине с 19 по 21 июля 2010 года, Репортеры без границ публикуют отчет под названием «Желание контролировать», который демонстрирует значительное увеличение угроз свободе прессы с момента избрания Виктора Януковича главой государства в феврале 2010 года. Многочисленные случаи агрессии, прямые преследования деятельности журналистов, факты жесткой цензуры разного содержания были донесены до сведения Репортеров без границ.К сожалению, проделанные в ходе расследования выводы подкрепляются исчезновением журналиста Василия Клементьева 11 августа 2010 года, а также недавним решением властей назвать нелегальным распространение новостей двумя частными телеканалами: TVi и Пятый Канал. Во время расследования Генеральный секретарь Репортеров без границ Жан-Франсуа Жийяр и Руководитель Бюро Европы и стран бывшего СССР Эльза Видаль провели много встреч с представителями национальных и локальных СМИ, членами Негосударственных организаций по защите свободы прессы, но также и с депутатами и представителями оппозиционного большинства. В то время, как этот отчет поднимает острые вопросы о владении лицензии на распространение аудио и видео информации, рассматривая, например, случай с телеканалами TVi и Пятый Канал, 30 августа 2010 года Административный Суд Киева оправдал компанию истца Валерия Хорошковского, руководителя секретной службы и члена Высшего совета судебного ведомства. Также, Суд предписал провести юридическое преследование членов Национальной совета по аудио- и видеоинформации.Данный вердикт больно ударяет по независимости телевизионных каналов и Совета по аудио- и видеоинформации. Репортеры без границ утверждают, что это решение цензуры в адрес двух телеканалов наиболее сильно изобличает правящую власть. 30 августа 2010 года в ходе встречи с канцлером Германии Ангелой Меркель по вопросам свободы прессы на Украине президент Виктор Янукович заявил, что «процесс демократизации в его стране касается его в первую очередь». Репортеры без границ надеются, что эти обязательства воплотятся в реальность и что все силы будут брошены на расследование дела исчезновения журналиста Василия Клементьева, даже не настаивая на разрешении «дела Гонгадзе», демонстрирующего безнаказанность и преграды осуществлению закона. Несмотря на огромное желание властей раскрыть дело об убийстве журналиста Георгия Гонгадзе, взятого в плен 16 сентября 2000 года, расследование до сих пор не завершено. Увеличение числа преследований в адрес свободы прессы на Украине, детально рассмотренное в отчете, свидетельствует о том, что реакция международного сообщества просто необходима, в частности, в рамках Евросоюза, чтобы гарантировать свободу СМИ в данной стране. Репортеры без границ открыты к любому диалогу с властями и готовы вновь встретиться с президентом Украины Виктором Януковичем в ответ на его приглашение. Содержание данного отчета доступно на сайте организации на французском, английском и украинском языках (www.rsf.org). Help by sharing this information September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Brothers Craft Niche in Spirits Distillery

first_imgMark Ganter and his brother Eric Ganter, own and operate Little Water Distillery in Atlantic City. By Maddy Vitale A diminutive copper still sits atop a shelf behind a bar at the Little Water Distillery in Atlantic City. It is only large enough to process five gallons of alcohol, a far cry from the 300-gallon still that sits just feet from it. But that small conversation piece is what started it all for brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, who got an idea and were soon on their way to becoming business partners, producing whiskey, rum, gin and vodka, and creating a brand that they say is authentic, delicious, and top quality.“I like to tell people this brand is emerging in an industry that is dominated by large brands,” Mark Ganter, 48, of Ocean City, said during a tour of the distillery. “Regardless of how we develop this brand further, we need to be competitive and live and die by the authenticity of our product. We work hard to deliver an authentic product –  something that conveys our values.” And it all started as a gift to their father, Frank Ganter, of Upper Deerfield, in Cumberland County, Jan. 28, 2013. This copper still, a gift Mark and Eric Ganter bought their dad, started it all.“We bought my father a still for his 70th birthday,” Ganter said. “It was actually the same month that they passed the craft distillery laws in New Jersey. My dad had just retired and sold his boat and had a tremendous amount of nervous energy. The still was a means to channel that energy in a fun activity that allowed his sons and him to connect over something.”Looking back, Ganter said, it was kind of funny since no one had any expertise with stills. “We worked very hard to convince one another we knew what to do,” he joked.Fast forward to June 2016.  The brothers purchased property at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City, where a 1930s-era building sat in need of a bit of work.By November 2016 the still was in operation and by March 2017, the distillery was open to the public for tours, tastings and private events.The distillery also features tours and tastings, with a mixologist ready to serve up cocktails.“It was a mid-career reset for both of us,” Mark Ganter explained of his new-found profession. “I worked for Total Wine and More and went to retail stores around the country. Eric was a school teacher.”Mark Ganter used to design and build wine, beer and spirits stores from the ground up. Eric, 44, of Ventnor, taught in Ventnor. So it only made sense, with their different backgrounds, that Mark would handle the sales, marketing, distribution and administrative side of the business, and Eric would handle the production side.They came up with the name Little Water Distillery because Absecon, which is the neighboring community to Atlantic City, is the Lenape Indian tribe word for “Little Water,” Mark Ganter explained.The craft distillery owned and operated by the brothers is in the heart of what was “Prohibition unfriendly” territory, according to the Little Water Distillery website. Walking around the hip, industrial building with exposed beams, piping and the huge still, Ganter opened a door to a bathroom, where bottles filled small window-boxes. The blue and green plain glass bottles were Prohibition-era liquor bottles, dug up by locals around the historic building.“You can’t put a shovel in the ground without pulling out glass,” Mark Ganter said of the endless stream of bottles that continue to pop up from the ground to this day.But why select Atlantic City for a distillery?There were plenty of reasons why, Ganter said. The resort city is filled with bars, restaurants and, of course, casinos, all potential clients for a craft distillery.  It is also a convenient location because of its proximity to Cape May and Toms River. “There are a million offerings, but our brand is authentic, so we thought we would do well here.”And they have.“It’s a wonderful location,” Ganter said. “It is an area where most people wouldn’t expect a place like ours. It is far enough away from the casinos. It offers another reason to come to Atlantic City.”The business, he said, is for 20-somethings to 70-somethings to enjoy.A local connection to the product is the focus. Subtle hints of that local tie-in are seen on the labeling. In small letters there is an AC NJ label on the front of the bottles. The vodka is called 48 Blocks for the 48 Blocks in Atlantic City. According to the Little Water Distillery website, the spirits each have their own specific characteristics that make it the Little Water Distillery brand. The corn-flavored whiskey called Whitecap American Whiskey is a handcrafted spirit with 24 months of aging in once-used bourbon barrels. 48 Blocks Atlantic City’s Vodka is a wheat vodka blended bottled at the Little Water Distillery with the region’s water drawn from the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer and then finished over local minerals. Liberty American Silver Rum has a dry taste with subtle tastes of vanilla, sugar cookie, citrus and spice.  And Prosperity American Dark Rum is handcrafted in Atlantic City in small batches aged for a minimum of six months in once-used bourbon barrels. Aromas of coconut and vanilla are followed by flavors of molasses, honey and brown sugar.Beverly Constant-Bromley, of Atlantic City, stops in to buy a bottle of rum for a party.The prices are competitive, Ganter said. A bottle of Whitecap whiskey is $29, rum and vodka are each $26 a bottle. If you don’t feel like driving to the resort to pick up a bottle of spirits, you can find them in various retail stores from Princeton south to Cape May. The locations are listed on the distillery website.And if you aren’t sure what type of spirit you’d like to purchase, you can always check out their tours and tastings.For $7 or $8 per glass, patrons can taste cocktails at the Little Distillery with herbs picked from the garden alongside the distillery. The mixologist will create your own special cocktail using the Little Water Distillery spirits and blending them with the herbs of your choosing.When people see how much the brothers put into their product and when they taste the cocktail, they will see why the brand is so special, Ganter said.“Our vision is about the brand and who we are in Atlantic City,” Ganter said. “I like the tours and tastings because it is a way for people to learn about our spirits, our brand and our business.” So, for two 40-somethings doing a change of career, Ganter said, “My day starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. It is the same for Eric. When we host events, it is even later. But we are doing well. We always strive to do better and develop a better product. Just creating a brand based on our own commitment and our own vision for what this brand is, has been the most enjoyable part.” Hours for tours and tastings are Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 609-344-7867 or email [email protected] Water Distillery is at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City.last_img read more

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Jamestown Kindergarten Registration Scheduled For Next Month

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public School’s kindergarten enrollment is scheduled to kickoff next month.School officials say any child who resides in Jamestown, and who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2020, is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall.Registration will be held on Wednesday, May 6 at the district administration offices at 197 Martin Road. The district is asking parents to book an appointment prior to the date.Parents are asked to contact the school’s Central Registration Office at 483-4344 to schedule an appointment. More information and registration forms will be mailed to families once an appointment is scheduled.This registration day is only for students who are new to the Jamestown Public Schools. This registration is not for students who are currently enrolled in UPK programs at any Jamestown Public School UPK site, including Head Start at Bush Elementary School, Holy Family, A Children’s Place, YMCA, or YWCA. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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One killed after vehicle hit by train in West Palm Beach

first_imgFriday evening, a person was killed after driving their car was hit by a Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) train, according to West Palm Beach police.Police say a 2008 black Corvette was traveling west and stopped for the train crossing along Avon Road when a southbound train passed and the gate arms remained down.The driver of the vehicle tried to go around the gates and a northbound train crashed into the car, police said.The name of the person killed has not been released at this time.This story is developing.last_img read more

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Antwoine Anderson shines in crowded depth chart as Connecticut grad transfer

first_imgAnderson believed Fordham’s outlook was bright when he committed there. But the victories never came. Fordham only finished above .500 once, going 17-14 in Anderson’s redshirt sophomore season of 2015-16. The team never made the NCAA Tournament while Anderson was there.For his final collegiate season, Anderson chose UConn in large part because he believed the Huskies would have a chance to make the Big Dance.“The biggest thing for me is I wanna go to the NCAA Tournament,” Anderson said. “And to the NBA after this season.”On-ball defending is the first trait UConn head coach Kevin Ollie brought up about Anderson. Some of the traits Anderson brings to the floor “can’t be measured,” Ollie said.“The experience and leadership he brings to the team and his poise in hectic moments,” Ollie said, “are very important to us.”UConn has plenty of options for late-game offense, including Adams, its leading-scorer. But Anderson said that if the game is on the line, he’ll be lobbying with Ollie in the huddle to let him take the last shot.“Of course, always, that’s the shot I want to take,” Anderson said.When asked if he thinks Ollie will let him take it, he laughed: “Of course.”CORRECTION: Fordham’s place in the Patriot League was misstated. Fordham competes in the Patriot League only in football. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on December 4, 2017 at 10:45 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ A 6-foot-2 guard, Anderson was mostly recruited by low-major Division I schools out of Bishop Kearney (New York) High School. Niagara, Boston University and James Madison extended him scholarship offers, he recalled, but he eventually chose Fordham due to its strong business school and the potential upside he saw in the program.After his redshirt freshman season for the Rams, Anderson’s head coach left and the new one told Anderson he’d never play for him, Anderson said. He stayed and turned into one of the team’s best players, averaging the most minutes (33.6) on the team last year.Neubauer and the Fordham coaching staff declined to comment for this story.Now, Anderson runs the point at Connecticut, which has won four NCAA championships since 1999. He’s part of a crowded backcourt that also features Jalen Adams, Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital. As a graduate transfer, Anderson plays 33.6 minutes a game and averages 10.3 points per contest.“I figured that I would play all four years at Fordham,” Anderson said. “So for me to have this opportunity is amazing and very exciting for me.”College offers wouldn’t come until Anderson embraced playing hard. Anderson spent his early years of high school occasionally questioning what he was asked to do instead of just doing it, then-Bishop Kearney head coach Jon Boon said. He’d had his moments on the AAU circuit, including locking down Andrew Harrison, who eventually starred at Kentucky, in the summer prior to Anderson’s senior year. But the fully engaged Anderson wasn’t on display at all times.His senior year, though, everything clicked. When Boon yelled at his lefty point guard to do something, Anderson did it. The 2012-13 Bishop Kearney team featured Thomas Bryant, who starred at Indiana University and now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chinonso Obokoh, who played at Syracuse. That season, the Kings won the New York Public High School Athletic Association title in class AA, the largest in the state. Boon credited Anderson as the reason the team won the championship.“He was the glue that kept everything together that year,” Boon said.The college decision for Anderson was drawn out until the end of the postseason run, but in the end, the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham enticed him enough to become a Ram.After redshirting his first year due to academic ineligibility, Anderson played just more than 18 minutes per game in his redshirt freshman season. Then, Fordham fired head coach Tom Pecora, who had recruited Anderson, after a 10-21 season. Fordham hired Jeff Neubauer, who told his inherited point guard he’d never be able to play for him, Anderson said.When Anderson came home the summer after Neubauer’s hiring in 2015, he contemplated transferring. But he decided to stay. This was a personal challenge.“I just wasn’t going to let somebody tell me I wasn’t going to be able to play for them, ever,” Anderson said. “I wanted to go and fight for a spot.”Back at Fordham, Anderson intended to prove himself. Neubauer’s “a big defense guy,” Anderson said, so his standout on-ball pressure in practice helped him earn playing time. Anderson eventually led the team in minutes in his redshirt junior season under Neubauer.Anderson won Neubauer games with his offense, too. Against VCU on January 18, Fordham was tied in overtime until Anderson pulled up at the top of the key, faded away and won the game. Just a couple weeks later, Anderson pulled up from 3-point land in double overtime against St. Joe’s and walked-off once again. UPDATED: Dec. 6, 2017 at 6:25 p.m.Last spring, two colleges courted Antwoine Anderson aggressively. He had just completed his redshirt junior season at Fordham and had been granted a release to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere.Seton Hall guaranteed Anderson would play 35 minutes a game, he said. All that Anderson saw at Connecticut, which also wanted him, was a depth chart featuring three strong guards. As he’s done all his life in basketball, Anderson took the challenge.“I didn’t want it to be easy,” Anderson said.Anderson chose UConn (6-2). He and his Huskies teammates take on Syracuse (6-1) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The responsibility of guarding one or both of Syracuse’s leading scorers, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, will likely fall to Anderson, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Appeal aims to give mum-of-five a fighting chance against cancer

first_imgAn online appeal has been launched to help a young Donegal mother during her devastating cancer battle.Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, who is originally from St Johnston and lives in Ballybofey, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs.The 35-year-old had been struggling with pain and illness for the past two years. But it was only in April 2019 that she received the crushing diagnosis. Sonya is married to Ballybofey man Michael McCloskey and together they have five young children. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward. She was taken to Galway University Hospital on Tuesday in the hope of having a procedure on her liver. While she is unable to undergo chemotherapy, Sonya has discovered one option which could give her the fighting chance she needs.The strong young mum has been in contact with Oncologica, a UK company which carries out specialised tests to determine the most successful treatment options for cancer patients. “At the moment this is Sonya’s only choice to give her a fighting chance,” Sonya’s sister Lorraine wrote in the GoFundMe appeal, which was launched today.Sonya’s family are fundraising to cover the €2,000 cost of having a sample of her biopsies sent to Oncologica. The online campaign has raised an amazing €3,000 in just four hours, as almost a hundred people offer their support to the Hamilton-Mc Closkey family.Sonya, Michael and their children are well-known in the Twin Towns area. Sonya once ran her own mobile phone shop in Ballybofey.“Everyone who has ever met Sonya knows she is a giver. She gives her everything to her family and everyone she knows. Her life is completely selfless. Her children are her priority. Trying to fight this is all Sonya can do,” Lorraine said. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/qap9y-sonyas-battleAppeal aims to give mum-of-five a fighting chance against cancer was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:appealcancergofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

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What’s Holding Up The Internet Of Things

first_imgThe Internet of Things – in which ordinary objects get smart and connected, making possible all sorts of new services – promises to give us smarter cities, fewer traffic jams, a cleaner environment and a Series victory for the Cubs. (OK, maybe not that last one.)Trouble is, while lots of technologists and technophiles talk about the Internet of Things as if it were already here, there really isn’t any such thing. Not in any true sense of the term.To be sure, there are plenty of smart gadgets out there that are wired up and broadcasting data to other devices – home alarms, for instance. Cameras. Heat sensors and hydrometers. But as you might have already noticed, we’re still a long way from the day when your refrigerator sees that you’re out of milk and orders a new gallon, or when your suitcase checks your calendar for out-of-town meetings and makes sure your travel clothes have been washed and folded. Here’s why.No Lingua FrancaIn its most basic sense, the Internet is just a network that connects any given device to any other given device. That connection alone, however, doesn’t mean that these gadgets will know how to talk to one another, much less that they’ll have anything to say.When devices can communicate, it’s generally via one or more “protocols,” or specialized languages for handling particular tasks. You’ve almost certainly encountered the most popular protocol on the Internet –  the HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP. (Yes, that’s the “http://” you sometimes see leading off Web addresses in your browser.) HTTP allows computers of all sorts to send files, images and videos to one another across the Web.Like HTTP, many other commonly used protocols handle specific communication tasks. SMTP, POP and IMAP, for instance, are all e-mail protocols. FTP handles basic file transfers. And so on.Special-purpose protocols like these generally work just fine, since Web, mail and FTP servers don’t normally have a lot to say to one another. (When they do, simple translation software handles the job.) As the Internet has evolved, it’s been easier to keep using a bundle of simple and stable single-issue protocols than to try to bundle them into anything more sophisticated.You’re probably starting to see the problem. Devices on the Internet of Things may have to handle a bunch of different tasks. And there is very little consensus on which protocols to use. In other words, what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.“All of the technology is undefined,” says Holger Reinhardt, a product architect at the cloud-management startup Layer 7. “The Internet of Things is an amorphous philosophy and terminology.”A Tower Of BabbleSo instead of talking directly to one another, devices on today’s nascent Internet of Things now communicate primarily with centralized servers controlled by a related developer or vendor. That works, after a fashion, but it also leads to a bunch of balkanized subnetworks in which devices can communicate perfectly well with each other – but can’t actually talk to devices on any other balkanized subnetwork. Take cars. A Ford Focus, say, can communicate perfectly well with Ford service or data centers when sending data about itself over the Internet. If a part needs replacing, the car’s systems can report back to home base, which in turn generates a service notification to the car’s owner.But say you wanted to create real-time traffic alerts based on information from cars currently on the road. Now you’ve got trouble, because your Ford is probably only set up to talk to other Fords – not Hondas or Porsches or Teslas. This is because they don’t speak a common language. So, for instance, there’s no easy way to let vehicles daisy-chain warnings that there’s road construction ahead or that an idiot driver is roaring up the shoulder at 90 mph.Some of these issues are simply problems of network architecture – that is, deciding whether devices will communicate via, say, Bluetooth or NFC. Those are relatively easy to fix.The protocol issue, by contrast, is a direct obstacle to the Internet of Things, because a bunch of siloed devices talking only to the companies that own them does not an Internet make. (Though maybe you’d end up with the CompuServe of Things. Catchy, no?)Too Many Regional DialectsNow, even competing car companies will eventually figure out that a common data protocol will be good for business. But that doesn’t solve the protocol problem – it just makes the silo bigger by including all new cars. There are still plenty of other devices that would like to talk to cars, but can’t – like, say, toll gates and gas pumps. They each speak a regional dialect the others can’t understand.To consider this a little more closely, consider a “smart” living room featuring three devices connected to the Internet: a Nest thermostat, a Spark-enabled light and Makita automated drapes. Each device gathers data and sends it back to its manufacturer, and can take a handful of limited actions. If the room gets too warm, the Nest will turn on the air conditioning. If it’s dark outside, the Makita controller will close the drapes. If someone’s in the room and it’s dark enough, the Spark could turn on the light.See what’s not happening? The Nest isn’t talking to the Spark, which isn’t talking to the Makita, which isn’t talking to the Nest. At best, you might be able to get a hub-style home-control system that could manage each of these devices. But such controllers often suck the same way universal remotes for your home TV setup do.Note also how little it matters that these gadgets are connected to the Internet. The fact that they’re online only means you can control them – individually – from your smartphone. Big deal.We can blame the exuberance of engineers. New technologies encourage a Wild West attitude among developers who want to pursue their own approaches instead of agreeing on common standards. As a result, we have an insane alphabet soup of protocols that govern how machines talk to each other: IBM’s MQTT, OMG’s AMQP-based DDS, RESTful HTTP, XMPP, CoAP, NanoIP and SSI.To be fair, there can be good reasons for some of those different protocol dialects. HTTP, for instance, works great for always-on Web servers, which can easily handle the two-way, real time “request and response” style of Web communications.But not all devices on the Internet of Things will be set up for that kind of inter-machine conversation. Gadgets whose batteries can run down, or which have to deal with spotty or weak signals, can’t always respond to real-time HTTP-like requests. That’s why they tend to rely on other protocols – ones that, for instance, pass messages from device to device opportunistically. (As in, for instance, the PubSub category of protocols, which includes MQTT.)Still, the dialects present yet another challenge to the Internet of Things.Show Us The MoneyThe only way a true interconnected Internet of Things will work, experts like Layer 7’s Reinhardt argue, will be when economic incentives push device makers to share access to their controls and to the data their gadgets generate. Right now, those incentives mostly don’t exist.See, it can take a lot of effort to get smart things to talk to each other in meaningful ways. Reinhardt offers the example of a smart trash barrel in a public park. If a trash contractor wants to receive data from the barrel (i.e., is it full?), the barrel maker first needs to make sure it can talk to the trash contractor’s systems. Then it needs to give the contractor permission to access the barrel’s data.These days, that first step can take a fair bit of time and trouble. In turn, that expense puts a damper on how frequently the barrel owner is willing to go through the process. It also makes data acquisition more costly to the trash contractor, who might just decide to have an employee walk past the barrel instead.Now assume the barrel starts off able to communicate with the trash contractor’s systems. Now the barrel manufacturer could push a button and deliver its data to anyone with little pain or labor overhead. Once the process of allowing that kind of data sharing becomes easier to replicate, then device makers will be more interested in sharing data to generate revenue.Connected Silos Or An Internet Of Islands?Ultimately, the Internet of Things will take one of two shapes. If present trends continue, data to and from devices will largely be trapped within centralized silos, a la the home automation example above. Eventually, companies and vendors will interconnect those silos, rendering protocol differences all but irrelevant. And then economic incentives start to line up, too.Data, however, would remain more difficult to share than it should be, given the need to keep building new links between silos. It would have to travel farther and might be subject to congestion at hubs, slowing down services. And the centralization of data could raise security and privacy concerns. Still, this setup would be much closer to a real Internet of Things than what we have now.Alternatively, stronger and more widely used protocols used by more devices could create an “Internet of Islands,” in Reinhardt’s turn of phrase. Devices within a room could communicate directly with each other, the home and then their neighborhood. Data would stay in these smaller domains, speeding services and bolstering privacy.This latter network represents a much more flexible and responsive Internet of Things. Once you’ve empowered different devices to communicate freely with other machines, automated systems can start to learn what’s going on in the world around them and adapt to human needs. Too bad current technology trends and near-term economics aren’t exactly paving the way for it.Lead image of an automated home courtesy of Sony Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Tags:#connected home#Internet#Internet of Things How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

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The Needle Is Found in a Haystack

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now This is what makes prospecting so difficult. For most of us, there are more non-prospects than there are prospects. There are also more prospects than dream clients. Even though there are enough dream clients for you to pursue, only some percentage of them will be compelled to change, and many more will actively resist change.Prospecting is, in part, looking for the needle in the haystack.If you don’t call on your prospective clients, then you are not getting any closer to finding a person or company that is compelled to change. If you don’t pursue your dream clients, you will never be far enough in front of an opportunity that you are considered as the likely successor to their existing partner. Instead, when they become dissatisfied, they’ll reach out to someone that has been nurturing them.When you do the work of prospecting, you not only find prospects that are interested in exploring change, you also find your dream clients, some of whom are compelled to change now, recognizing that they need things to be better than they are. If you’re not in the haystack, you get nothing.This is the defining difference between salespeople who create new opportunities and those who don’t. The opportunity creators do the work necessary to find prospects and dream clients they can help. Those who passively wait and hope that they get enough inbound leads that are already opportunities struggle, preferring to do account management work instead of sales work.The needles are in the haystack. But they aren’t going to come and find you. Which means you are going to have to get in there and find them yourself.last_img read more

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The 7 Personalities Every Successful Social Media Manager Has

first_imgThere aren’t many instances in our professional lives where having multiple personalities is seen as a positive trait.After all, it spawns dishonesty, deceit, and fosters a tense environment often filled with animosity.But hold the phone there ya negative Nancy — there are times when conveying multiple personalities is not only encouraged, but also essential to the success of your marketing efforts. We’re talking social media marketing, where executing a strategy that successfully engages and proves value lies in your ability to satisfy a variety of needs and personalities. In fact, our guide on Social Media Marketing details how different platforms require different voices.Download Now: Free Social Media Calendar TemplateWe all have very different agendas when logging in to our social platform of choice; therefore, shouldn’t we as marketers possess the ability to recognize and speak to them?7 Personalities Every Social Media Marketer Should Have Remember Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor? In the film, he portrayed both Professor Klump, the responsible, well-respected gentleman of a scientist, as well as Buddy Love, his genetically created alter ego who was a skinny, loud-mouthed womanizer.Completely different personalities, yet both appealed to Miss Purdy in different ways. Sometimes she wanted to be engaged intellectually. Other times, she wanted to hit the comedy club for a few drinks. The way in which we interact and engage with others in real life is dependent on different factors. After all, you wouldn’t interact with your co-workers in the office the same way you would at happy hour on Friday afternoon.It’s for this reason that your social media marketing strategy should have the ability to speak to a diverse audience in a variety of ways in order to appeal to all of their needs. So let’s dive in to the seven personalities every successful social media manager has.1) The InformantWith so much content and information at our disposal, our first inclination as buyers is to find resources that assist in our decision-making process. It’s why Google — and sometimes even your Twitter feed — is your Yellow Pages. Buyers are looking for information. Marketers are breaking their necks to create and provide it in high volume. And you know what else is crazy? Buyers are taking to social media almost as much as search engines in order to find that information.Takeaway: Spend as much — if not more — time strengthening your social strategy as you do conducting and implementing keyword research. Focus on being an informant. Share your resources as they become available so your followers have easy access. Share other industry related resources as well, even if published by others. If it’s resourceful to you, it’s resourceful for your audience as well. Don’t worry about directing followers elsewhere, as sharing resources builds authority and trust. After all, the outdoor cat always goes back to where they know they’re being fed.2) The Inquirer A successful social strategy is more walkie talkie than it is megaphone. If you’re always promoting something and pushing your message across, you’ll drastically see a decrease in engagement and, ultimately, value. Don’t be that guy who loves to tell you about his day but could give a crap about yours. Nobody likes that guy.That feeling you get when someone asks how your day was, and genuinely cares … well, your followers feel that too. Consider the value of engaging a large following in the form of questions in order to show you care, and also, to learn more about them. The benefit is two-fold: relationships development as well as more defined buyer personas.Takeaway: Not sure what content your audience craves? Or what product update would make their lives easier? Ask! There’s no greater resource for inspiration than by staying plugged in to your target audience. Make it a habit of working questions in on a daily basis. A great social media manager understands the importance of customer feedback and its effect on improving the product/service and/or customer experience. Start by understanding what answers your key team members would find most helpful in improving their job. Craft your questions around this. Rinse. Repeat. 3) The Helper Similar to #2, this is more about answering questions than it is about asking them. Too many companies have a static social presence, which harkens back to my point earlier: Think walkie-talkie, not megaphone.Nothing allows for direct access to a brand quite like social media. Consumers often take to social to find out answers to their questions they can’t get from a website or advertisement. It’s the brands supplying them with these answers that develop relationships that often will result in a purchase.Takeaway: Actively monitor your social accounts for any questions and/or comments regarding your company, and make it a daily habit to respond to them. Focus on being friendly, responsive, prompt, and most of all — helpful! As consumers, we’re often drawn to brands that have gone above and beyond to assist us. It’s why I frequent the same pizza place in my town fairly often. They always tell me to grab a free soda on the way out. You help me once; I come back for years.4) The Thought Provoker Aah, the elusive “thought leader.” Why is it so coveted a title?Well, for starters, it’s extremely rewarding to earn the respect of followers and other industry influencers. More importantly, though, is what spawns from that type of respect: customers. We all want to do business with people who know what the hell they’re talking about. Who are the best at what they do. So … how do we find those people/companies? They’re actually pretty easy to find. Takeaway: All thought leaders share a common trait: They don’t rely on other people or resources in order to be resourceful themselves. They’re simply resourceful by nature. By way of experience. Who are the leaders at your company? Keep an open dialogue — whether it’s with a lead product designer or C-level executives — and let their expertise be the basis for some of your posts. There’s undoubtedly someone at your company who knows the industry like no other. Their type of expertise should be broadcasted, not hidden on their resume some place. Start quoting them in social media updates. Conduct and post interviews. However you can, make sure you’re establishing your company as a thought leader rather than a piggy-backer.5) The Class Clown The cardinal rule of online sharing is this: Nothing goes viral quite like funny. We’re in the midst of a humanized marketing evolution, wherein consumers not only value seeing personality, but they often also prefer brands that display it over those that don’t. Particularly through social media, consumers are often looking to watch or share the next funny tidbit they come across.Takeaway: Consumers have a sense of humor. They’ll buy tacos from a talking Chihuahua. The day after the Super Bowl, we’re not talking about the commercial with the best message, but rather the one that made us laugh. Keep this in mind. Post funny pictures. Share funny videos or articles you may have come across that made you laugh. Nothing will humanize your brand more effectively than a small dose of humor every day. And as we’ve seen from mass media, nothing sticks in the minds of your consumers quite like a good chuckle. Don’t take your brand so seriously all the time. Consumers aren’t looking for a stiff. 6) The Entertainer Much in the same vein as having a chuckle, your followers are also looking to be entertained to some degree. Simply throwing all blog posts on all social platforms accompanied by nothing but a link and title will do one thing … nothing. There’s so much going on in social. It’s information overload. If you’re not considering how you can entertain and inform in order to stand out, then well, you won’t.Takeaway: Sharing content doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Don’t share your content, present it. Can you film a quick one-minute video to accompany it through social media? An amazing infographic that sums up your new ebook? Consider a user’s mind frame when scrolling through social. Strip it down to bare bones. When you’re scrolling through social you’re looking for one thing only — something to click on.Don’t overthink it. Focus on getting people to click on your updates. Once they’ve done this, that’s where the substance comes in. Think visually — it’s the most effective way to entertain.7) The Go-GetterIf you’re not using social media as a prospecting tool, you’re doing it wrong. The best social media marketers recognize that there’s an audience out there that needs their help, but hasn’t found them yet. Specifically on Twitter, it’s extremely easy to monitor hashtags of relevance in order to identify these potential prospects. Takeaway: Monitor Twitter hashtags in order to identify groups of people — AKA chunks of your market — who have similar questions. Answer them. Take part in the conversation (search.twitter.com or a social media monitoring tool like HubSpot’s Social Inbox should be your best friend). People ask questions to get help. By reaching out, you’re not only establishing your brand as a resource, but you’re also positioning yourself as the likely option when it comes time to buy.Split Personalities The key to social media success is recognizing that your audience has varying agendas when it comes to social, and as a result, conveying multiple personalities in order to appeal to them. Being great at one isn’t enough. The social media manager is quickly becoming a crucial role within any business, since it not only functions as real-time PR, but it’s also quickly becoming the manner in which companies are getting found online.The point here is not to hire seven different people. The point is to find one person who can pivot and adapt to these various personalities in order to maintain a powerful presence.This is a guest post by John Bonini (@Bonini84), marketing director at IMPACT Branding & Design. Visit the IMPACT Blog for more content from John and the agency. Image Credit: hitchhicker  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Social Media Marketers Originally published Aug 26, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

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