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Elections for City Mayor, Deputy slated for March 15

first_img…Chase Green expected to seek re-electionPursuant to the Municipal and Districts Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 10, elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Georgetown will be held on March 15. Current Mayor Patricia Chase Green, refused to comment on whether she would be seeking re-election while Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikaran, has expressed his interest in possible re-election.“The term of the Office of the Mayor and that of the Deputy Mayor shall, subject to this Act, be one year, commencing on the first day of the month following upon their election but, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall, notwithstanding the expiry of his term of office, continue to hold office until his successor enters upon office and thereupon he shall retire,” the Municipal and Districts Councils Act Chapter 28:01, Section 10 states.The last election for Mayor and Deputy Mayor were held in December 2016, which Chase Green contested without any opposition. However, since her election, there have been several calls for her to resign and be replaced for the policies that were implemented along with the perceived notion of corruption.Chase Green, who served as Deputy Mayor for a number of years under former Mayor Hamilton Green, is accused of being unsympathetic to the cause of the Council’s workers since she and teams of officers and Councillors would travel frequently while the workers protest for the payment of their salaries.Additionally, it was under Chase Green’s stewardship that the highly flawed and controversial parking metre project came into being. The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking metres to be implemented in Georgetown but this was followed by intense protests by citizens.Meanwhile, Jaikaran did not confirm nor deny whether he would challenge Chase Green for the mayoral chair but indicated that he would be running for office. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

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Strange File Aaron Hernandez Jerseys Hot Ticket on Ebay

As a show of how morbid people can be, so-called “fans” are overpaying for jerseys of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end.It does not matter that the NFL pulled all Hernandez jerseys from shelves when he was arrested last week for the shooting death of a friend. And the Patriots are offering replacement jerseys for anyone who wants to exchange one with Hernandez’s name and number.But a strange thing has happened as the league tries to erase the memory of Hernandez. Fans who have listed Hernandez jerseys on eBay and have been able to reap significant profits.For instance, Patriots fan John Lamothe told the Boston Globe he was shocked to get $289 for a Hernandez jersey he put on eBay last week.“I thought about giving it to Goodwill, but I didn’t think anybody would want it,” Lamothe said. “I thought I might get $15 for it.”Lynn L’Heureux, who paid $100 for a Hernandez jersey, has seen the bidding reach $127 so far.“I can’t think of any reason why people would want it,” L’Heureux said. “They might think it will go up in value later on, and maybe it will, but I’m not interested. I just don’t want it in my possession. I want to use the money to buy a jersey that reflects my pride in the Patriots.”So despite the mounds of evidence against Hernandez and the serious prospects that his playing career is over and he could spend the rest of his life in prison,  there just might be sightings of Hernandez jerseys in NFL stadiums. read more

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Small Publishers and Marketing Services

first_imgFor some publishers, acquiring their way into marketing services (in March, Penton bought online marketing firm EyeTraffic Media) may be the best option. Referencing the development of Meredith Integrated Marketing, Tom Stein, president and founder of b-to-b agency Stein Rogan + Partners, said it was based on six acquisitions and that former Meredith National Media group president Jack Griffin told him, “If we decided to do this in-house, we’d still be just talking about it.” However, most smaller publishers don’t have the war chest for six marketing acquisitions (or spending $350 million on a digital agency the way Hearst did for iCrossing). For them, entering marketing services requires a mix of in-house development and strategic partnering. Last week, Northstar Travel Media announced a marketing solutions division based around two internal staffers (a VP of marketing solutions in former TravelAge West publisher Michelle Rosenberg and a dedicated project manager), and a strategic tech partner in Decision Counsel to execute programs. American Business Media’s annual meeting this year took a single theme approach, focusing on the opportunity for b-to-b publishers to offer marketing services. While the core of marketing services is based on many things publishers already offer (content, data, lead gen), it’s also a different business with longer sales cycles, potentially lower margins, and a different sales and editorial mentality. It’s the latest example of publishers “chasing new money in a hurry,” according to Mitch Rouda, president of e-media at Farm Journal Media. Stage 1: Status quo—no projects. Customers should be addressed with best practices and industry trends. Stage 2: Discovery—the customer knows they need a project but isn’t sure what to do. Here, white papers and Webinars are applicable. Stage 3: Vendor selection. Here Summit presents customer testimonials, assessment tools in which prospects can enter data and increasing use of video. “For our market, they want to see the machines in action, says Newcorn. Stage 4: Short list. Vendor comparison charts. “Here, they need something downloadable,” says Newcorn. “A chart indicates they’re pretty far down the path. A boardroom PowerPoint is something junior execs can show to more senior, maybe less tech savvy execs.” The Summit proposal package includes a kick-off meeting with the content creators, written analysis and recommendations and a 12-month road map. “Now that we have the infrastructure to produce custom packages, now we have to look at how we sell it,” says Newcorn. Summit Media also debuted a new dedicated custom media group (“custom” is increasingly becoming a dirty word that marketing can’t relate too—hence the rise of “marketing solutions.”) with seven full-time people and multiple freelancers. “What’s interesting is [clients] want our expertise as content producers, not our audience,” said Dave Newcorn, vice president of digital and custom media. center_img Many of the services now falling under the umbrella of “marketing solutions” have previously been offered as value-added. “We need to change the nature of free with things like copywriting, consulting, white papers and surveys,” says Newcorn. “We charged one client $7,500 to put together a survey and send it. In any other kind of work, that’s consulting.” Summit came up with a price calculator that deducts hard costs but also incentivizes salespeople to sell high. Part of getting the new custom group off the ground was a “lunch & learn” campaign in which Newcorn and his group visited 108 customers in 15 cities, explaining the concept of lead nurturing. The publisher also did research identifying four stages of the buying process and what solutions to offer. They include:last_img read more

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US concerned over Rohingya crisis

first_imgState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. This video-grab taken from the department`s website.The United States expressed concern about the crisis in Myanmar on Thursday, urging authorities to allow humanitarian access to Rakhine state amid reports of violence against the Rohingya minority.But the State Department would not say whether Washington is considering sanctions against Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, nor whether US officials find the reports of state-sponsored massacres credible.“The United States is deeply concerned about the troubling situation in Burma’s northern Rakhine state,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. Rakhine is the country’s poorest state.“There has been a significant displacement of local populations following serious allegations of human rights abuses including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians,” she said.“We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights.”A ‘difficult’ placeThe United Nations says that more than 250,000 refugees, most of them Rohingya, have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh since violence erupted last October. Witnesses say entire villages have been burned to the ground since Rohingya militants launched a series of attacks on August 25, prompting a forceful military-led crackdown.Refugees arriving in already packed camps in Bangladesh, many of them exhausted and desperately hungry, have brought harrowing tales of murder, rape and widespread arson.“We call on the authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” Nauert said, adding that US officials are working to help the United Nations cope with the exodus.But she would not comment on who is at fault in the latest violence. Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has claimed that allegations of army-led massacres are part of a “huge iceberg of misinformation” designed to sow division.Nauert said US diplomats are in regular touch with Myanmar authorities but that Rakhine is “a difficult place to get information from, it’s difficult to get access to.”“Some of these areas are areas of open conflict, we can’t necessarily get in there,” she said. Nauert refused to address calls for international sanctions, saying, “We don’t want to get ahead of the conversations that we’re having.”last_img
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Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free trip

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by How does a free trip to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ sound to you? Travel agents are invited to book their way to Las Vegas with a new contest launched by WestJet Vacations, WestJet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.Agents who book any Las Vegas package with WestJet Vacations will be entered to win one of two trips to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip flights for two, a three-night stay at a participating hotel, show tickets, excursions and more.“Travel agents play a vital role to our success and we want to make sure they are rewarded for their hard work in selling and promoting our destination,” said David Han, Senior Account Manager, LVCVA Canada office. “We will continue to invest in travel trade to provide better assets and platforms for them to succeed in the future.”Agents must submit their bookings on trackmylasvegasbookings.com. Agents must then register their bookings using the code CANADA under the LVCVA Tracking Code. Every WestJet Vacations package booked to Las Vegas earns one entry into the contest.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTBooking window runs from May 1-June 30, 2017. Contest excludes residents of Quebec.For more information, go to travelweek.ca/contests.center_img Tags: Las Vegas, WestJet, WestJet Vacations Share Book a Vegas package for a chance to win a free triplast_img read more