Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Follow the news on Israel RSF_en Palestinian news photographer Mohammed Othman was badly injured by a shot fired by an Israeli soldier while covering clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli troops at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on 15 May, the anniversary of Israel’s creation, marked as “Nakba Day” (Day of Disaster) by Palestinians.He was taken to Shifa hospital where he underwent surgery for a gunshot injury to the chest yesterday. Doctors described his condition as stable.Reporters Without Borders was told that Othman was clearly identifiable as a journalist at the time of the shooting and was deliberately targeted. The press freedom organization urges the Israeli authorities to investigate the circumstances in which he was shot and punish those responsible.In response to a call by the Union of Journalists, dozens of reporters gathered yesterday in Gaza City to express their support for Othman and to condemn Israeli military abuses against Palestinian journalists.The toll from this year’s Nakba Day clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers was higher than usual, with more than 130 Palestinians injured in the Gaza Strip, and at last 10 dead and hundreds of injured in the Golan Heights (which Israel occupied in 1967 and annexed in 1981) and the West Bank. Incidents also took place on the border between Israel and Lebanon. May 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer deliberately shot by Israeli soldier during Nakba Day clashes News Organisation to go further IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News June 3, 2021 Find out more News
Home » News » Agencies & People » American realtors – the same as us… but different previous nextAgencies & PeopleAmerican realtors – the same as us… but differentRichard Rawlings reports from the National Association of Realtors Conference in New Orleans.PROPERTYdrum24th December 20140600 Views We Brits often look cynically at the way USA estate agents work. American Realtors go to great lengths to deliver extraordinary customer service, yet some of the initiatives employed might be regarded by some as cheesy or outdated. I wanted to investigate whether the latest techniques and concepts used by agents across the pond might be usefully employed in the UK – the National Association of Realtors annual conference was the place to find out.NAR, the largest estate agency trade show in the world, is inevitably focused on the US market. Nevertheless I spotted a handful of progressive British agents there. Interestingly these tend to be agents who are successful here, in part due to their open-minded approach to embracing ideas they see working overseas (eg Newmans, Sarah Mains, Robinson Jackson, Martyn Gerrard and suppliers such as Reapit) and they continually research new approaches to differentiate themselves.The four-day event, in a 1.1m sqft venue with 400 exhibitors, attracts 20,000 delegates attending seminars presented by over 200 speakers, including astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly and former US President Bill Clinton.There is clearly an appetite for personal development and the best attended seminars were those by high profile trainers such as Ed Hatch, David Knox and Bruce Gardner. I was expecting new trainers to come through the ranks with new ideas and techniques. It appears not and I was surprised to discover that various aspects of the use of technology in agency are left to the providers of such technology rather than holistic agency trainers.OPPORTUNITIESI asked Ed Hatch about the challenges and opportunities for agents. He said that too many agents rely too heavily on technology instead of relationships. Other speakers, such as Sara Critchfield, founder of Upworthy (one of the world’s fastest-growing social media sites) take a contemporary view and suggests that whilst technology and social media should actively support the development of relationships, social media should be used with extreme care, good planning and always with attention-grabbing content. In this age of “likeability” thousands of agents are alienating their sphere of influence by thoughtlessly dumping irrelevant content (like homes for sale) on Twitter and wasting opportunities to prompt virality with useful local information. Sara suggests Clickability+Shareability+Distribution=Virality. In estate agency this usually means ensuring that you are seen to be a generous ambassador for your area and thoroughly involved and informed about local issues.Sara suggested that Twitter and Facebook should not be seen as frontrunners in your marketing toolbox, but as drivers of web traffic, it’s critical to ensure that engaging and ever-changing content, images of people and events as well as personal video should also feature strongly on an agent’s website if SEO is to be maximised.Economist Pamela Ermen of Real Estate Guidance Inc further developed the local ambassador theme suggesting that agents should be able to predict housing trends by keeping informed about local employment trends (she suggests setting up Google alerts for local employers and using the information to demonstrate authority on instructions). Pamela highlighted the opportunity to predict and demonstrate market expertise by recognising monthly movement in “absorption ratios”. This is the proportion of sales arranged in relation to stock –anything over than 50 per cent is a sellers’ market, below 50 per cent is a buyers’ market.SELF PROMOTIONAt the expo, personal promotion featured highly, with agents’ photos on everything from business cards to pens, for sale boards, calendars and chopping boards (yuk!) There were loads of “closing (completion) gifts” on display including boxed sets of agency-branded knives and full home maintenance services, the latter being a great way of retaining client loyalty and prompting remarkability.TECHNOLOGYAround 60 per cent of the exhibitors were technology-focused and included businesses supplying cloud-based CRM services, highly creative direct mail digital print services (such as an app that allows you to take a picture on your smartphone and instantly convert is to a postcard delivered within 48 hours) as well as a number of suppliers of MLS services that are not (yet) wholly relevant to the UK. There was also exceptional support from lenders such as Wells Fargo, with lollipops to iPads to cars being given away. In essence it would seem that British agents are technologically advanced, but US agents win hands down on relationships!See video interviews, some amusingly cynical, with presenters, agents and exhibitors at NAR at http://agentvox.co.uk/PROPERTYdrummarketing toolbox NAR trade show American Realtors Bill Clinton technology-focused December 24, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
It didn’t take Nelson’s Bruno Campese long to find a new job in hockey.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad, who spent the past eight seasons at coach and GM of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, has agreed to be head coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton.The announcement was recently made on the Okanagan Hockey School website.“We are very excited to have Bruno Campese join our organization,” said OHA vice-president Dixon Ward. “We have prided ourselves on the quality and expertise of our hockey staff and the addition of Bruno only increases that level. With his wealth of playing, coaching, and management experience at the Junior A and Major Junior level, Bruno will be able to provide our young athletes with the knowledge and experience that they will need to move to the next levels.”Prior to joining the Raiders, Campese spent three seasons as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Penticton Vees (BCHL).From 2002-2004, he was an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) after spending two seasons as the head coach with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) as well as a brief time as coach and GM of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.“I am excited to join Okanagan Hockey and be part of its operation in Penticton,” Campese, who also has a Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University, said on the OHA website.“The Okanagan Hockey program and facilities are second to none and I look forward working with an excellent staff.” During his playing days, Campese was selected in the 12th round, 249th overall, by the Boston Bruins at the 1982 NHL Draft.He spent two seasons as a goaltender with the Penticton Knights (BCHL) before playing one season with Northern Michigan University (NCAA).Campese also played two seasons in the Western Hockey League, ultimately winning the Memorial Cup in 1983 with the Portland Winterhawks.After his junior career, he spent 14 years playing professionally in Europe, including eight seasons with the Italian National Team, where he represented his country on multiple occasions at the World Championships and also at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.During his time with the Raiders, Prince Albert had their struggles on the ice, making the playoffs in three of Campese’s eight seasons.However, Prince Albert did qualify for post-season action the past two seasons prior to the 2014-15 campaign.And this season the Raiders deserved better.After going 35-32-5 in 2013-14 and suffering a second-straight first-round exit, the Raiders, Campese and their fans looked forward to this season, knowing they would have two of the WHL’s premier players — defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward Leon Draisaitl — on their roster.But Draisaitl, the third-overall pick in the NHL’s 2014 draft, opened the season with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.And the Oilers didn’t want their draft pick to return to the Raiders, instead saying Draisaitl should play for the Kelowna Rockets.Instead of fighting a losing battle, Campese traded Morrissey and Draisaitl to the Rockets.Kelowna won the WHL championship before losing 2-1 to Oshawa in overtime in the Memorial Cup final Sunday.Campese decided to move on in hockey and take wife Maria and son Matthew to Penticton to work with the Okanagan Hockey Group.
The Department of Tourism has launched a travel map to guide and assist people from around the world who may be looking to visit South Africa to “walk in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps”. “To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map, which encapsulates the key points on his life’s journey,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in March. He was speaking at the launch of the travel map at Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town – the last place where Nelson Mandela was held captive before he took his first steps to freedom on 11 February 1990. Developed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These include the Eastern Cape, where he was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured; and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed. Since Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to help bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history. The map includes well-known attractions such as the Unesco world heritage site Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, and Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel peace prize winners, Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as residents. It also features some lesser-known attractions, such as the Kliptown open-air museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People, as well as the Nelson Mandela youth and heritage centre in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was laid to rest on 15 December. “Mandela’s integrity and spirit of hope, reconciliation and love have touched the lives of millions of people,” Van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday. “This year, we celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom, and we look forward to welcoming many tourists from around the world to share the South African story and Mandela’s legacy with us. “Not only was Nelson Mandela an incredible man and leader, but he remains a truly global icon. Since 1994, visitors from all corners of the globe have come to South Africa to seek out the places that shaped his remarkable life. His name alone put South Africa on the map; today, we are returning the favour in a literal sense.” According to the Department of Tourism, International visitors to the country increased from 3.4-million in 1993 – the year before Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president – to 13.5-million in 2012, with close to 9.2-million of those being tourists (people who spent one or more nights here). “The numbers aside, what has perhaps been the greatest legacy for tourism is that Mandela has encouraged people from all corners of the globe to come and experience South Africa for themselves,” Van Schalkwyk said. It was also thanks to Mandela, the minister said, that the world “now knows South Africa for more than just our incredible wildlife, amazing scenic beauty and excellent value for money. Since 1994, the world has come to realise that what really sets this country apart is Mandela’s people, whose warmth and hospitality leave all who visit us touched by the ‘Madiba magic’.” SAinfo reporter View the map online at mandela.southafrica.net
Tags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Update: As of Friday, Sept. 21, Microsoft has now issued a patch for the new zero-day vulnerability we reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The patch should be automatically applied to those users who have automatic updates enabled. A separate patch has also been applied to a Flash vulnerability Microsoft discovered with the Internet Explorer 10 browser used by Windows 8.Microsoft said it was investigating a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could affect millions of users, running the latest versions of Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s most popular operating systems.Specifically, Microsoft warned that the bug could affect users running Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9, using the Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and Windows Server operating systems. Windows 8 and its integrated Internet Explorer 10 browser do not appear to be affected, Microsoft says. Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 runs in a restricted mode and is also not affected.While it’s unclear exactly how many users may be affected by the vulnerability, IE makes up 32.8% of the global browser market according to StatCounter, just a hair behind Chrome, at 33.6%.Vulnerability Is SeriousUpdate: Microsoft has now issued a patch.So far, Microsoft has not issued a patch, although downloading the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v3.0 may help mitigate the problem in the short term, Microsoft has said.The vulnerability is considered to be a serious one, both in its scope and in its potential for harm. Basically, as Microsoft notes, “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user”. In other words, the attacker could essentially do what he wanted with your computer: drop a keylogger or other snooping software, crash it, or perform other malicious activities. Symantec confirmed the vulnerability, and found that the software downloads additional malware.According to Microsoft, the vulnerability could be exploited within a Web page: “An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Eric Romang, who was assisted by members of the Metasploit team, which develops a vulnerability tool to for “penetration testing” against suspected vulnerable machines.Using a Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 machine with an up-to-date Adobe Flash plugin, Romang noted that files cached on a server used by the alleged Chinese “Nitro” gang of hackers contained HTML code that launched an infected Adobe SWF file or Flash Player movie, which could execute arbitrary code on a user’s machine. The “Nitro” attacks (PDF) were a coordinated series of attacks that took place through Sept. 2011, targeted at the chemical and motor industries, apparently for the purposes of industrial espionage.The team of hackers has since deleted the files from the server, indicating that they’re now aware that they’ve been spotted. That means that this particular “zero-day” hack has only a limited lifespan until Microsoft issues a patch.So What Should You Do?At this point, some security researchers are reportedly warning that you should stay away from Internet Explorer entirely until a patch is issued. That’s probably a little extreme – but it’s absolutely safe, too. Until (and if) Chrome and Firefox are also found to be vulnerable to this exploit, using these browsers is probably your best bet. You can also expect the major antivirus vendors to move quickly; McAfee, for example, said that it is already working on an update that will protect its users against the vulnerability.If you’re using an older version of IE, you may as well take this opportunity to upgrade to the latest version that your operating system supports. You probably shouldn’t worry about opening any HTML-encoded email; by default, all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Windows Mail open HTML email messages in the Restricted sites zone, which prevents the code from being launched. But beware – clicking a link in an otherwise innocuous email message could also take you to an infected Web site; as always, use caution when clicking willy-nilly across the Web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market markhachman
After you finish ingesting and transcoding the video off a card, input another one or go straight to Adobe Premiere and start editing your footage! Speed up your tapeless workflow using Prelude to Ingest and Transcode at the same time.Adobe has added a new tool to the Creative Cloud / Master Collection / Production Premium for video producers/editors called Prelude. Use Prelude to ingest and transcode tapeless media from cameras recording to cards, as well as a basic video editing tool for producers (Premiere Pro can read timelines created in Adobe Prelude).Transcoding your DSLR footage to Pro Res in Adobe Prelude gives you a 10 bit, edit friendly codec that FCP, AVID, & Premiere can all handle. This is a great file choice when you work with a variety of nonlinear apps (it’s a popular intermediate codec for FCP). ProRes is also a solid option if you plan on color correcting in Apple Color or Black Magic Resolve. Trancoding changes the codec – footage off the cards is H.264 8bit and Pro Res is 10 bit.First, to work with ProRes you need to have Final Cut Pro 7, FCPX , Motion, or Compressor installed on your system.Then, download the ProRes presets from Adobe.Once you install the presets into Media Encoder, ProRes will be available in Adobe Prelude. (same applies If you want to create your own custom presets).After you download and install the ProRes presets, launch Adobe Prelude.Click the Ingest button, and the Ingest window opens.Select your card that has the video footage on it.Check Transfer Clips to Destination.Check the Transcode button and pick the ProRes setting that matches your footage.Click the Ingest button and your footage will be ingested and encoded to ProRes.
zoom Mozambique Port of Maputo saw its total volumes surge by 22% in 2017 as the port moves toward welcoming even larger vessels.The port handled a total of 18.2 million tonnes of cargo during the year, against 14.9 million tonnes seen in 2016, while the number of vessel calls dropped from 955 to 896 in 2017. However, although the port received 59 less ships calls, it saw 3.3 million of cargo more than a year before.The rise was mainly attributed to the completion of an access channel dredging project in January 2017, allowing for larger vessels to sail to the port.Before the dredging project, with the channel at -11 meters chart datum, the maximum sailing draft of the vessels in Maputo and Matola was on average 12.20 meters and the maximum parcel size varied between 50,000 and 55,000 tonnes.“The dredging resulted in an increase of 40% to the average parcel size for Maputo Main Port and a 55% increase for Matola,” Osório Lucas, CEO, said.Maputo is now preparing to receive vessels of even greater drafts, with the upgrades to berths 6, 7, 8 and 9, scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018.In July 2017, the Matola Coal Terminal (TCM) inaugurated the rehabilitation of its berth, which included deepening to -15.4 meters below chart datum along the quayside. TCM has thus become the port’s first terminal to take full advantage of the dredging initiative, allowing fully-ladden Panamax vessels of up to 275 meters long, 14.5 meters of draft on neap tides and 15.5 meters on spring tides.In 2017, the DP World Maputo Container Terminal also began its expansion works from 150.000 TEUs to 250.000 TEUs, scheduled for completion at the end of January 2018.“This is a major project and marks the last major steps defined by the Masterplan for the Port of Maputo. The rehabilitation will not only create berths with a depth of up to -15 meters below chart datum, but will improve the berth occupation rate through the creation of a bigger and deeper mooring area,” Lucas explained.
Facebook Live video provided by NITV Australia APTN NewsAustralia Day is on January 26, marking the arrival of the First Fleet of ships in Sydney’s Port Jackson – from England in 1888, to establish a penal colony.However, for many Indigenous Australians it marks the start of a process of colonization that devastated Indigenous cultural and economic society.NITV is marking this with a day of special programming, starting with an uninterrupted, dawn program called Sunrise.Sunrise will feature a traditional smoking ceremony, oral histories, cultural and contemporary performances, as well as political discussion.