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RCMP officer in sex assault interrogation video sued for punitive damages

first_imgConst. Kent Hall, right, has been named in a lawsuit by a woman he interrogated after she filed a sexual assault complaint. Photo: B.C. government.Holly MooreAPTN National NewsThe woman at the centre of a disturbing video, recorded while she was reporting a sexual assault in Kelowna in 2012, is suing the RCMP officer who interrogated her.The case stems from then-Const. Kent Hall’s interrogation of the woman who was just 17 at the time. In the interview video obtained by APTN News, the officer asks the woman if she was “turned on” during the alleged assault.A statement of claim filed in Kelowna court Friday names Hall, a Kelowna RCMP officer with a previous criminal conviction, according to documents obtained exclusively by APTN.“Hall interrogates the Plaintiff in the most malicious, degrading and threatening manner,”  the claim reads in part. “Hall subjected the Plaintiff to a brutal, degrading and dehumanizing interrogation for over two hours.”Hall’s criminal conviction stems from a shooting incident in 2009. He was convicted of careless use/storage of a firearm after shooting a suspect who had pepper-sprayed him.Attempts to reach Hall at his detachment for comment on the lawsuit have not been successful.APTN previously identified the woman as “J” as she was in the care of social services.B.C. RCMP told APTN in an email they knew the lawsuit was coming but added they have not received confirmation that it was filed or been formally served.“Generally, once served the RCMP would discuss the matter with our legal counsel (the Department of Justice) and they would provide an official response through the legal process within defined timelines,” the RCMP spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The spokesperson said Commanding Officer Jennifer Strachan’s response to inquiries for previous APTN stories is still relevaheThe June 15 email from the RCMP also confirmed that Hall is the officer involved in the 2009 criminal conviction, adding “the matter was investigated and addressed through the court system.”“I note that should you wish to reference the 2009 matter that was public and covered by the media, there are also other public references about the same police officer in which he was acknowledged twice for his life-saving efforts,” the email adds.Recently, Hall was awarded the St. John Life-saving Award after applying a tourniquet to a German tourist’s leg after the tourist was hit by a motorcycle in 2017.He also received the Lieutenant Governor’s award for holding a suicidal woman as she leapt from a Kelowna bridge.Incident breached Charter rightsThe lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel..“Hall intentionally and repeatedly used questions that amount to stereotyping of a sexual assault victim, which caused the Plaintiff to doubt her complaint,” the claim says.According to RCMP general occurrence reports obtained by APTN, the woman was brought into the detachment on suspicion of public mischief for lying about the assault, though she was not advised of that.“I thought I was coming in to report the assault,” she said in a recent interview with APTN. “He didn’t tell me my rights.”She was not charged.The lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel.It is further alleged in the court filing that Hall knew or should have known his behaviour would harm, offend, belittle, demean, threaten and humiliate her.“J” now suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, reduced earning capability, suicidal thoughts and emotional anguish, according to the new statement of claim.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Read more here: B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster careThe video surfaced as part of a civil action brought against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).Dozens of Indigenous children formerly in care, including “J,” are suing the government and individual social workers for allegedly siphoning off their funds. The ministry has admitted “vicarious liability” for the scheme.“J” is also suing MCFD and two social workers in another civil suit.The woman now seeks general, aggravated and punitive damages from the attorney general of Canada, B.C.’s minister of justice and Hall personally.“The actions of Hall, the RCMP, were reckless, arrogant, high-handed and abusive and showed a callous disregard for the Plaintiff’s rights,” the claim says. “Hall and the RCMP have engaged in conduct that is reprehensible and deserves punishment. The Plaintiff therefore, seeks punitive and exemplary damages against the Defendants.”hmoore@aptn.ca@HollyMooreaptnlast_img read more

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India conveys concerns to Pak over presence of Khalistani separatists on Kartarpur

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Friday summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner here and conveyed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in a committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, sources said. India also asked Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah his country’s stand on on key proposals put forward by New Delhi at the last meeting held in Attari to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, they said. A Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement said it has been conveyed to the Paksitani side that the next meeting on the modalities of the corridor can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response. The next round of talks were scheduled to be held on April 2 at Wagah border. In order to take forward the infrastructure development for the corridor in an expeditious manner, India has proposed to hold another meeting of technical experts in mid-April to resolve outstanding issues at the zero point agreed to at the last meeting, the statement said. The Indian government remains committed to realising the long pending demand of the Indian pilgrims to visit the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor in a safe, secure, smooth and easy manner, it said. India has asked Pakistan to allow pilgrims to travel on foot, if they wish. It also urged that another 10,000 pilgrims be allowed access on festivals like Baisakhi and Gurupurab. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to obtain UNP membership

Fonseka’s Democratic Party and the UNP had then reached an agreement to work together.The former Army Commander contested the last Parliamentary election but failed to secure enough votes to enter Parliament. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is to obtain membership in the United National Party (UNP).Fonseka will obtain the UNP membership at the party headquarters in Sirikotha on Thursday, the UNP said. In February Fonseka was given the vacant UNP National List seat in Parliament. He has been accused by human rights groups of being involved in war crimes during the final stages of the war. (Colombo Gazette) The decision was taken when the UNP Working Committee met at the time to decide on the National List seat left vacant following the demise of M.K.D.S. Gunawardena.

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Facing acute humanitarian challenges Afghanistan needs global support UN report

“Given the complex interaction among drought, food insecurity and poppy cultivation, assistance partners must act urgently to strengthen livelihood opportunities in vulnerable areas while supporting the reintegration of returning populations into host communities,” Mr. Annan writes, calling for “the ongoing provision of humanitarian assistance that addresses the immediate needs of vulnerable communities while also facilitating their recovery over the longer term.”Afghanistan’s precarious situation requires special attention as temperatures drop, the report points out. “Millions of people face considerable hardship over this winter, and urgently require assistance.”In addition, “the Government itself needs financing to meet its own core costs, and to support the needs of its own people,” the Secretary-General cautions. He notes that a projected budget deficit will lead to cuts in government services.The Afghan Government, which has “clearly signalled its intention to take the lead in the reconstruction,” cannot accomplish this task alone, Mr. Annan says, appealing to the donor community “to reaffirm its commitment to support Afghanistan through the full range of needs extending from humanitarian assistance to development aid.” read more

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Bahrain Ban welcomes initiative to convene national political dialogue

“This initiative is an important first step towards reforms that ensure justice and human rights for all Bahrainis,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement on the endeavour begun by King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa.Bahrain has experienced civil unrest, including clashes between security forces and demonstrators since early 2011, when widespread protests first emerged in the country.“The Secretary-General has consistently called for dialogue and hopes that the parties will follow through on their announcements and ensure that the dialogue is well-prepared, meaningful, fully inclusive, and addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people,” his spokesperson said in today’s statement “He expects that all communities will be represented fairly and freely and calls on all Bahrainis to contribute to creating a conducive atmosphere for a successful dialogue,” he added. read more

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Security in Central African Republic improves but situation remains fragile – UN

“The current improvement of the situation on the ground has allowed internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return and the economic activity to recover,” said Babacar Gaye, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA.Mr. Gaye noted that many parts of CAR are still targeted by armed groups. “MINUSCA often reports harassment, racketeering, arbitrary detention and serious violations of human rights such as inhuman treatments in cases of witchcraft accusations,” he stated.In the western part of the country, a recent increase of violent incidents on the main road between the capital, Bangui, and Cameroon has been of concern, said Mr. Gaye, noting that since May, three peacekeepers were injured in the area, and on 18 July, gunmen opened fire on a World Food Programme vehicle escorted by MINUSCA, killing a driver. In the centre of the country, clashes between the former Séléka and anti-Balaka groups continue to pose threats for the local populations, while in eastern CAR, the ex-Séléka continue to have a significant military presence. In addition, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to operate in the south-eastern part of the country.“MINUSCA is establishing three temporary operating bases in this area to further limit the LRA’s ability to operate,” the Special Representative said.“Security is gradually improving in Bangui, where signs of normal life lend a sense of confidence and gradual returns from the airport IDP camp to other areas of the city indicate a positive, but fragile, trend,” he went on.Despite the Mission’s efforts, the humanitarian situation remains a significant concern, he acknowledged, with more than 2.7 million people in need of assistance, some 450,000 refugees, and close to 400,000 displaced persons inside the country.“However, only 30 per cent of the humanitarian appeal has been funded. Against this background, I urge Member States to sustain the positive developments in the country by responding to the humanitarian appeal.” At the political level, the envoy continued, the main success of the recently held Bangui Forum is the “spirit of dialogue, inclusivity, and the sense that the good of the country eventually prevail.” He welcomed the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s support of $10 million that will be allocated to priorities identified by the Forum.Against this backdrop, the recent vote of the National Transition Council to deprive the refugees from their right to vote represents an alarming step back and a reminder that more effort should be focused on reconciliation, he emphasized.After the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) decided to consider positively an extension of the CAR political transition until the end of 2015, the CAR authorities announced the following electoral calendar: a constitutional referendum on 4 October, the first round of presidential and legislative elections on 18 October, and a second round on 22 November. In the meantime, 330,000 voters have registered, primarily in Bangui, and the process is getting underway in the rest of the country. Restoration of State authority and the electoral process are being supported by MINUSCA through the provision of transport, training and administrative kits.Noting a remaining $11 million funding gap to close the electoral budget, Mr. Gaye called on international donors to make additional commitments to this “critical element” of the peace process. He made a similar appeal to support the Special Criminal Court that was established by the transitional authorities to investigate serious crimes committed since 1 January 2003.Despite progress towards voluntary disarmament of the ex-Séléka in Bangui, MINUSCA has yet to disarm the combatants throughout the country. “Indeed, most of the signatories would like to respect their commitment as per the agreement, but recent political developments have raised doubts, in particular among the ex-Séléka,” he warned.In the meantime, MINUSCA is working closely with the transitional authorities to move the process forward in order to establish a situation conducive to “calm and transparent elections,” the envoy stated. read more

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Drummond Mangakahia lead No 12 Orange women by Towson

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia had double-doubles and No. 12 Syracuse rolled to a 98-55 win over Towson on Sunday.Digna Strautmane led the Orange (7-2) with 19 points. Drummond had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mangakahia 13 points and 12 assists. Gabrielle Cooper and reserve Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each added 15 points.Kionna Jeter had 19 points for the Tigers (3-4), who last played Syracuse in 1977.Syracuse held Towson to 28 per cent shooting and forced 30 turnovers that were turned into 31 points. Janeen Camp added 10.Syracuse only led 23-17 after one quarter as Jeter had 11 points. The Orange had 32 points in the second quarter to push the lead to 52-29. Syracuse went 13 of 16 from the foul line, Towson had 12 points in the quarter and 11 turnovers.The Associated Press read more

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Platts and Fenwei Partnership launches new China metallurgical coal assessments

first_imgPlatts, a leading global energy and commodities information provider, and Shanxi Fenwei Energy Consulting Co, China’s largest and most respected coal market information provider, have deepened their partnership to produce a new independent, editorially-assessed metallurgical coal price series for the Chinese domestic market. The China Coal Index Metallurgical series should bring transparency to the local market.The two companies have expanded their China Coal Index (CCI) series with the introduction of five new daily metallurgical coal assessments known as China Coal Index — Metallurgical (CCI Met). The new price assessments will be accompanied by market commentaries on factors influencing daily price movements and market sentiment.“Trading in and around the Chinese market has increased in sophistication,” said Patrick Bradley, Platts Commercial Director of global coal. “As China continues to act as a major clearing market for seaborne met coal, reliable metrics for domestic and international arbitrage will become ever more critical. These new assessments will continue to leverage the unique combination of Fenwei’s unparalleled reach in the domestic market with Platts’ globally-recognized price assessment expertise in the field of metallurgical coal.”The CCI Met price assessments reflect the transactable value of metallurgical coal expressed in Chinese Yuan per tonne (Yuan/t).“Based on Platts’ robust price assessment methodologies, the new CCI Met assessment will bring greater transparency and insights into the domestic coking coal market,” said Julien Hall, Senior Managing Editor for metallurgical coal and steel raw materials in Asia. “Chinese metallurgical coal buyers and sellers who actively engage in our price discovery process can help create useful new references in a historically complex and opaque market.”The five new daily assessments are:CCI Met Shanxi Premium Low VolCCI Met Shanxi High Sulfur Premium Low VolCCI Met North China Fat CoalCCI Met Shanxi PCICCI Met Shandong Semi SoftMetallurgical coals are a fundamental feedstock in steel and metals production, and include coking and PCI coals. All five CCI Met assessments are published daily in Platts SBB Steel Markets Daily, Platts Coal Trader International, Metals Market Data, Platts Metals Alert and Global Coal Alert, as well as Fenwei’s Mandarin and English language China Coal Resource websites, Daily Market Watch and China Coal Weekly reports.Apart from the new CCI Met price assessments, Platts and Fenwei jointly publish four thermal coal indices: CCI 1, CCI 2, CCI 7 and CCI 8. Platts and Fenwei formed a commercial partnership in October 2013 to serve the Chinese market.last_img read more

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Newer buildings show minimal damage after California earthquakes

first_img AP Newer buildings show minimal damage after California earthquakes Posted: July 11, 2019 AP, LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two Southern California desert communities rocked by last week’s powerful earthquakes may have sustained as little damage as they did because they have no tall buildings and many of the homes in one are fairly new and were built to stricter earthquake standards.California’s Seismic Safety Commission Chairman Michael Gardner said during the agency’s Thursday meeting that the tallest building he knows of in the Mojave Desert towns of Ridgecrest and Trona is the three-story Ridgecrest hospital.The region was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4, followed by a 7.1 temblor the next day.Ridgecrest, whose 28,000 residents include many who work at the nearby China Lake Naval Weapons Center, is about 150 miles (241.4 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.The nearby mining town of Trona, with a population of about 2,000, was harder hit. Commissioners noted many of its buildings are older.Authorities estimated the damage to both towns at about $100 million, although that could go up as buildings continue to be evaluated.Commissioner Kit Miyamoto said that as inspectors entered some buildings they discovered serious damage to ceilings and other areas that they couldn’t see from the outside.“Three buildings from the exterior appeared to be fine and probably safe for entry, but upon further investigation the roofs had actually collapsed,” he said, adding inspectors may find others in that condition.Gardner said commissioners are also waiting for more information from the Naval base, where security is tight.Miyamoto noted that many of Ridgecrest’s homes were built in the 1980s and ’90s of more earthquake-resistant materials.“As we know, newer California houses hold up really well,” he said.That was not so much the case in Trona, where many fireplace chimneys collapsed and other damage was recorded.Buildings flooded when water heaters toppled over and ruptured gas lines sparked fires, and roads, highways and sidewalks also buckled.Trona also lost all of its water for several days when a pipeline carrying it from Ridgecrest ruptured. It was restored Thursday, but San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said a “boil order” remains in place while water lines are being flushed. Meanwhile, free water was being distributed to residents.Other utilities to both towns have been restored, and Gardner said a local assistance center opened in Ridgecrest on Thursday.The commission itself plans to meet in Ridgecrest next month.No one in the area was killed, although authorities believe the quake may have taken the life of a man in the small Nevada town of Pahrump, 180 miles (289.7 kilometers) away.Troy Ray, 55, of Pahrump was killed when his jack slipped as he was working underneath his car. The shaking from one of the quakes felt from Las Vegas to Los Angeles might have caused the jack to slip, although authorities noted they couldn’t be sure.Separately Thursday, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy urged residents statewide to consider buying earthquake insurance that they said could be tailored to meet homeowners’ and renters’ individual needs and pocketbooks.Contrary to some reports, they said the insurance is available everywhere in California. But new policies won’t cover damage resulting from aftershocks related to the series of quakes that began July 4 until 15 days have elapsed. July 11, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Seattle police say man 78 responsible for deaths

first_imgSEATTLE — Police say the man responsible for a shooting Monday night in Seattle was 78 years old. They say he killed his 39-year-old daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter before killing himself.Their names have not been released by the King County medical examiner’s office.A 10-year-old boy called 911 to report the shootings at the south Seattle home. He was shaken but unhurt, police said.last_img

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Creating a LeadGen Engine

first_imgOnly now is FierceMarkets in the process of building the robust centralized database necessary to fully capture all of the relevant reader data and analyzing it for behavioral marketing purposes. Bakley says by delving into its new lead-gen business before actually building out the engine to drive it, the company was able to learn what was necessary to execute the program and help build scale. “I don’t believe you have to have the master, über-database to start doing this,” he says. “You just have to have good people who work together well to coordinate this. If you want scale, you need infrastructure.”FierceMarkets built the basic infrastructure of its new database in-house using the open-source software Drupal. Covering six different industries, the company has been working on cleaning up and centralizing its database so that it knows a lot more about each user from the demographics and subscription end. Later this year, FierceMarkets plans to marry that information with data based on what type of stories consumers are reading and which type of articles they click through for the newsletter to eventually tie that back into behavioral data.Because FierceMarkets is doing everything in-house, the costs and manpower associated with its lead-gen operation encompass the entire enterprise. It takes bandwidth from audience development to fuel the database growth and co-registration, the attention of its marketing solutions or traffic team, IT resources to build the database and editorial support in cases where it is creating content to generate leads.FierceMarkets is utilizing its full stable of online tools, including whitepaper syndication, e-mail newsletters, blasts, Webinars and co-registrations to generate leads. “Occasionally we will use in-person events as a way to fulfill a lead-generation campaign, though the economics are definitely more challenging to have an in-person event supported only through cost-per-lead revenue,” Bakley says.Like most new lead-gen operations, pricing per lead runs the gamut, based on the level of detail required by the advertiser. Typically, FierceMarkets sets $50 as the baseline for leads, which can grow to $150, if a CIO or VP-level person with a certain buying authority is provided to advertisers. And Bakley says that the number of advertisers requesting the company to generate these new leads seems to grow each month and is moving into verticals beyond just enterprise technology.Bobit Uses Telephone, Link TrackingBobit Business Media has always provided sales leads through its reader service program—a long-time tradition of b-to-b publishers. It used whitepapers and other Web-registration-type leads about five years ago, then began conducting telephone interviews to generate leads. In 2007, it began to get into more enhanced reader-service leads, including phone and Web link tracking.Its two most successful lead-gen programs have been its enhanced reader service, and Webinars. With its reader service lead program, Bobit saw a 500-plus percent increase from tracking toll-free calls and Web links, Oldenbrook says. And for one of its more successful Webinars, the publisher delivered more than 800 leads to the sponsor.Bobit’s enhanced reader-service program consists of leads collected from its print magazines, toll-free calls, online lead-gen forms and Web links. The leads, clicks and calls are all tracked through one system via its fulfillment and database marketing partner, Argi Focus, and provided in one aggregated report to the advertisers. The leads are delivered by e-mail or the advertiser can access them on the Web, Oldenbrook says.Another way Bobit is capturing customer data is by providing a link at the end of most stories prompting the visitor to click if they want more information on the company or product discussed in the story. The lead is then sent to the salesperson for that company, who will forward it to the prospect or advertiser. Oldenbrook adds that it gives the salesperson a good reason to contact the prospect or advertiser.All of Bobit’s Webinars, whitepapers, Web polls and videos require extensive registration. “These leads are valuable because they provide demos with each lead and usually customized questions are provided by the sponsor of the event to establish their interest in their particular product or service,” she says. Bobit may also append data to the leads or do phone interviewing to turn the information into a useable lead.Bobit generates highly valued leads through extensive telephone interviewing that it does for advertisers. The publisher will identify customers from its databases that fit the advertisers’ target market and then the customers are interviewed by phone to get the lead as close to “sales ready” as possible. The calls are conducted by a vendor well versed in the market. Not to be confused with telemarketing, this approach is very in-depth and requires the caller to be very familiar with the market and the objectives of the lead program, Oldenbrook says.For its telephone-tracking program, Bobit has set up a toll-free phone number for each publication. The publisher assigns a unique code to each advertiser or ad in each issue of the print publication. When a reader calls, they hear a message from the publication and are prompted to key in the unique code. Then they are transferred directly to the advertiser’s office, or whatever phone number the advertiser has provided. “The hook in getting people to use this service is that the magazine is providing a quick and easy way to get in touch with the advertiser,” Oldenbrook says. “We see decent numbers with this system, but it seems to be decreasing a bit as people are going to the Web more now.” Leads cost $30 up to $500 or more. Oldenbrook says leads really have different values to different industries. “If a sponsor is selling a school bus or some other big-ticket item, then they will value a lead much higher than someone selling small business software,” she says. “One of our publishers suggested in a recent meeting to ask your advertiser or prospect what value they put on a lead. That gives you a place to start the pricing.”SIDEBARS Five Tips for Building Out a Successful Lead-Gen Engine• Create guidelines, training and tools for sales staff so that they understand the value of the leads being provided and how you determine the value, says FierceMarkets COO Maurice Bakley. The publisher created a checklist that gives its sales staff some questions to ask if their customer steers the conversation to lead-gen or lead-guarantee programs.• Set up a team, formal or informal, that meets regularly to focus on the ongoing success of the lead-gen campaigns. Bakley says you can’t predict the results as well as you think you can and there will be campaigns that require ideas and input from across the organization. • Have one person own each campaign. FierceMarkets uses its marketing solutions team to go well beyond trafficking ads to very actively monitoring each campaign, being creative with its inventory and securing help from others in the organization if a campaign is faltering.• Have an executive (or multiple ones) in the company be the champion for lead generation. Bakley says that having oversight has driven home to the whole team the importance of learning how to sell and execute on these efforts. He adds that oversight has helped the company avoid bad deals, where it might have thrown lots of inventory after very little reward. You have to be ready to turn down a bad deal.• Develop campaigns that require interested readers to take action. The best leads are the ones where a reader has invested an hour of time for a Webinar, watching a video, downloading a white paper—all of which give value to those leads, says Christine Oldenbrook, director of marketing and e-media at Bobit Business Media.Get Creative to Generate LeadsBobit Business Media has created an innovative enhanced reader-service program on the Web for one of its publications, Nails. It created a persona, “Fifi“­— a cute cartoon chick—to promote the program. When you click on Fifi on the homepage of the magazine, you are directed to a page where you can request free catalogs or product information from advertisers by submitting a form on the site, or by visiting advertisers’ Web sites directly. The page lists all of the advertisers, Web links, a toll-free number (each advertiser is assigned a different extension), product descriptions and the page the products are found in the print magazine. And if you call the toll-free number, you get a recording of Fifi welcoming you, says Christine Oldenbrook, Bobit’s director of marketing and e-media. One of the hottest topics in the industry right now is lead generation. Certainly not a new practice, publishers are ramping up their efforts to capture even more information about their readers to turn that data into advertiser gold.Everyone’s digging deeper and mining whatever information they have about their consumers—from basic demographics to the sweet spot of behavioral data—to build out a bigger picture of each reader and anticipate what products would attract them and where they’ll go next. A successful lead generation operation can boost the bottom line, as well as placate advertisers who are asking for more and more leads. Online publisher FierceMarkets has been able to boost its monthly revenue by 10 percent to 20 percent since it began focusing on what it calls a performance-based lead-gen operation a year ago.FierceMarkets has always been viewed as a lead-gen venue, says COO Maurice Bakley. Customers would approach the company looking for e-mail blasts, list rentals, Webinars and other things they thought would drive leads. Bakley calls that fixed-placement leads; instead of selling lead performance outright, that information was not bundled and packaged and sold. But the Washington, D.C.-based publisher ramped up its new performance-based campaign model in the first quarter of 2008.Leading with Leadslast_img read more

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Show humanity towards pregnant women medical staff told RIMS

first_imgKadapa: A one-day work district level work shop was jointly organised by District Medical& Health Department and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences(RIMS) here on Saturday. The meet discussed measures to be taken to prevent transmission of syphilis and other communicable diseases from parent to children. Medical staff were advised to show humanity while dealing with the pregnant women affected by HIV/AIDS and Syphilis and other communicable diseases. The work shop also decided to motivate the pregnant women immediately to approach the PHC’s ,CHC’s, areas hospitals to get cured of their diseases in initial stage. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us On this occasion medical staff working in various capacities shared their experiences while dealing the HIV/AIDS patients at their work places. DM&HO Dr Umasundary said that there will be hundred percent chances for totally eradicating the communicable diseases among children if the pregnant women approached the doctor in early stage. Additional DM&HO Dr. Khadhar Valli said that doctors should feel more responsible by suggesting correct treatment in time when they noticed HIV/AIDS and Syphilis among pregnant women so that children will not get the disease. On this occasion DM&HO has released broacher on elimination of PTCT. RIMS Superintendent Dr. Giridhar and others were present.last_img read more

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Scientists study early evolution of activated asteroid P2016 G1

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of Spanish astronomers has recently observed a newly discovered asteroid designated P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS), revealing its activity and measuring its total dust loss. The findings, detailing the most probable hypothesis that could explain the cause of this activity, were published July 12 on arXiv.org. P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS), or P/2016 G1 for short, was detected by R. Weryk and R. J. Wainscoat in April 2016 with the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii. With an asteroid-like orbit, having a semimajor axis of about 2.85 AU and an eccentricity of 0.21, this body exhibits transient, comet-like activity. Therefore, the scientific community still argues whether objects like P/2016 G1 should be called “main-belt comets” (as they orbit the sun within the asteroid belt) or rather asteroids showcasing dust activity.The real nature of these bodies could be revealed by detailed observations focusing on the processes taking place on their surfaces. For that reason, a team of researchers led by Fernando Moreno of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain, started observing P/2016 G1 shortly after its discovery. They used the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands to observe the asteroid during three nights spanning from late April to June 8, 2016.”Observations of P/2016 G1 were scheduled immediately after the discovery alert, within our long-term GTC program of activated asteroid observations. CCD images of P/2016 G1 have been obtained under photometric and excellent seeing conditions on the nights of April 20, May 28, and June 8, 2016,” the scientists wrote in a paper.From the GTC imaging data and the Monte Carlo dust tail modeling, the team was able to get insights on the asteroid’s evolution and active processes. In particular, the model employed by the researchers computed the dust tail brightness of a comet or activated asteroid by adding up the contribution to the brightness of each particle ejected from the parent nucleus.According to the team’s observations and modeling, P/2016 G1 was activated about 350 days before perihelion (around Feb. 10, 2016). The activity had a duration of approximately 24 days and the total dust mass emitted from the asteroid was at least at a level of 17,000 tons.This activity could be caused by various physical processes, including impact, thermal fracture, rotational instabilities and ice sublimation. However, due to the fact that P/2016 G1 is located in the inner region of the main belt and has a small semi-major axis, the researchers excluded ice sublimation as the possible driver of this activity.The scientists concluded that the most probable explanation for this activity is an impact event that would have induced a partial destruction of the asteroid, emitting dust grains to space nearly isotropically while the body is being torn apart.”We speculate that this dust ejection could be associated to an impact, and that the subsequent modeled activity is due to the asteroid partial or total disruption. The impact itself had produced the ejection of some 240 tons of dust,” the paper reads.The team also noted that if the impact scenario is true, the smaller fragments of the parent body could exist in the vicinity of the asteroid’s dust cloud. However, deeper imaging of the object is needed to confirm this. More information: arxiv.org/abs/1607.03375 Early evolution of disrupted asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS) arXiv:1607.03375 [astro-ph.EP]AbstractWe present deep imaging observations of activated asteroid P/2016 G1 (PANSTARRS) using the 10.4m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) from late April to early June 2016. The images are best interpreted as the result of a relatively short-duration event with onset about 350+10−30 days before perihelion (i.e., around 10th February, 2016), starting sharply and decreasing with a 24+10−7 days (Half-width at half-maximum, HWHM). The results of the modeling imply the emission of ∼1.7×107 kg of dust, if composed of particles of 1 micrometer to 1 cm in radius, distributed following a power-law of index —3, and having a geometric albedo of 0.15. A detailed fitting of a conspicuous westward feature in the head of the comet-like object indicates that a significant fraction of the dust was ejected along a privileged direction right at the beginning of the event, which suggests that the parent body has possibly suffered an impact followed by a partial or total disruption. From the limiting magnitude reachable with the instrumental setup, and assuming a geometric albedo of 0.15 for the parent body, an upper limit for the size of possible fragment debris of ∼50 m in radius is derived. Active asteroid 324P/La Sagra observed by Hubble © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Median stack images of P/2016 G1 obtained with the OSIRIS instrument of the 10.4m GTC through a Sloan r′ filter, at the indicated dates. North is up, East to the left. The directions opposite to Sun and the negative of the orbital velocity motion are shown. 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