Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 28, 2017 – Montego Bay – Residents of Montego Bay, St. James, whose houses and other belongings were destroyed by the flood that swept through sections of the city on November 22, have received assistance from the Government.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented cheques to the first set of 80 recipients on December 22, at the temporary Montego Bay regional offices of the Ministry on Cottage Road.“Over 150 persons were affected. We had to send back some of them to get their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) as they were incorrect, or we never got a TRN for them,” Mrs. Robinson explained. “We know that the money can’t buy back everything that you lost, but we are making an effort,” she told the gathering.The flooding resulted from excessively heavy rains, estimated at 3.5 inches, which lashed the city for about four hours. Several roadways were blocked for hours and extensive damage was done to private and public properties. Many residents living on William Street, King Street, Norwood, Dome Street and other areas were impacted.During a tour of the affected sections of the city on November 23, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, promised that in addition to a $20-million emergency allocation from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, he would convene a meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to come up with further support in order to ensure that persons, particularly homeowners, were given assistance.In an interview with JIS News following the presentation, Mrs. Robinson said representatives of the Ministry are continuing their fieldwork to collect the relevant TRNs, so that the remaining 70 persons will get assistance.“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security stands ready to do its part in times of emergencies like this,” she said.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
This is why the drumbeat on FOLIOmag.com about VanityFair’s and the New York Times’s green issues and recycled paper (orthe lack thereof) is so off the mark.For better or worse, green issues aren’t about public advocacy. Seriously, how can Madonna, who has a privatejet and at least five enormous homes, be the cover girl for conservation? The big publishers’ green issues are about selling pages toadvertisers who want to be associated with green content. And until thoseadvertisers demand that their ads be printed on recycled paper (and provide therevenue that offsets the increased cost), the green issues will keep coming outon the same paper stock as every other issue.In the meantime, please pick up the “Better Planet” issue ofDiscover on newsstands now. We areprinted on FSC-certified paper and, after an extensive survey of our greenhousegas emissions, purchased a carbon offset from carbonfund.org. You can also click over to our Better Planet blog orenter our GreenScience Fair.Happy Earth Day. I rarely rise in defense of Condé Nast. Wired is an especially nasty competitor of Discover, even though their sciencecoverage is a small part of their tech culture package. The NewYorker also competes with us for ad pages.You have to give them their due, though. From my perspective, they are by far the mosteffective spokespeople in the world for the power of magazines. Their editors are industry giants whostraddle the worlds of media, fashion and entertainment. Do you ever hear Anna Wintour or GraydonCarter whining to the trades about the growing influence of blogs or some otherpiece of Internet hype? I don’t thinkso. I would be surprised if there were many tables set aside for bloggers atthe Waverly Inn.More importantly, every bit of Condé Nast’s DNA is attunedto extracting maximum dollars from advertisers.As I pointed out in a blogpost a couple of months ago, along with your 12x schedule, Condé candeliver an integrated program featuring Beyoncecaressing your product online, polybagged and on national TV.
The site receives between three to five submissions (which are typically five pages long with up to 50 photos) per week, which go to a staging area and are managed by a former subscriber-turned-employee. “We don’t get to the same level as in-house content,” says Mikelonis. “We still want it to be peer-to-peer, but there are some basic requirements: It needs to have an introduction, at least three photos and demonstrate a sense of sequence and a result. When one of our readers sits down online, they want to know how to get something done.”If a member submits one tutorial, FordMuscle sends a t-shirt. If they do two, they get a hat. If a member does six, they receive $100. “If someone is especially enthusiastic, we may then bring them on as a freelancer,” says Mikelonis.Parts manufacturers can also be highlighted in the tutorial, although ads are not sold directly against it. Mikelonis says the site asks its top contributors what they might need for upgrades they’re working on. “We do not try to strong-arm the contributors into using parts from advertisers but we will steer them in that direction if a contributor’s needs and our resources align,” he adds.Selling Around UGCMikelonis says that advertisers haven’t tried to influence the tutorials. “We have not been put in that position yet. While we are confident we have more influence and reach than traditional print magazines, advertisers in our space are not yet willing to allocate an equal amount of dollars to their online and print ad expenditures. So, since our advertisers are probably aware they are getting a bargain with us, they then don’t feel compelled to make editorial demands.”FordMuscle sells an annual online subscription for $19.95 per year and is considering a pay-per-article model for the future (subscription accounts for about 40 percent of revenue, while advertising accounts for 60 percent). “I think we’d do a lot better,” says Mikelonis. “Although we call this a subscription, we know users don’t pay for the promise of new content. They pay for that article and access to our technical archive. The print model is counter to the way enthusiasts want information. They don’t want to pay a subscription and hope that next month they get an article relevant to their car.”FordMuscle.com generates about 160,000 unique visitors each month and expects to break $500,000 in revenue in 2009. In its 2009 Media & Entertainment Predictions report, consulting and advisory firm Deloitte warns that with no monetization schemes in place, user generated content will become less attractive to publishers. “A site with tens of millions of members, all submitting content and viewing each others’ digital offerings, was regarded as a good thing,” the report says. “During the coming year, that may well change, for the simple reason that while the absolute cost of creating the content may be tiny, the ability to realize any revenue from the content may be smaller still.”However, one online enthusiast publisher is starting to bridge the gap between UGC, editorial content and revenue. FordMuscle.com, which caters to Ford performance enthusiasts (and competes for the same automotive performance aftermarket advertising dollars as numerous Source Interlink titles such as Hot Rod and Car Craft), introduced a forum category called “Tech Exchange,” in which members can submit graphic how-tos. “The biggest problem in trying to produce in-house content is knowing that what our audience is doing in their garages is more diverse than anything we could do if we hired 20 guys, bought 100 cars and had all the free parts in the world,” says co-founder Jon Mikelonis.Polishing UGCFordMuscle staff edits outside content before it’s made available to readers and contributors are rewarded for their submissions. “Our advertisers appreciate peer-to-peer technical content as long as it’s edited, formatted, and scrubbed,” says Mikelonis. “Sure, if you open the flood gates and let anything go, advertisers will not want to be placed adjacent to foul content. Work at it, reward the contributors, play editor. And it just might work for your online community.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Beginning on May 4, the Wilmington Police Department will have extra patrols on the road targeting vehicle occupants not wearing their seatbelts. The Department is joining the Massachusetts State Police and municipal police departments across the Commonwealth in the annual “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. This initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS).According to statistics from Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seatbelt usage rates in the nation. Since being implemented, “Click It Or Ticket” initiatives have helped increase seat belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 78% in 2016. We still have a long way to go though as the national usage rate average is 90%.The Wilmington Police Department wants to remind everyone that Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle. So please, when you get in your car, buckle up. You could be saving your own life!(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Participate In National ‘Click It or Ticket’ CampaignIn “Government”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”What To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”
TEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien announced her endorsement of Selectman Mark Kratman in the 19th Middlesex State Representative race to succeed the late Rep. Jim Miceli.“I’ve known Mark for years and we have fought side by side to deliver on Tewksbury’s priorities. There is nobody better when it comes to advocating for his community,” said L’Italien. “Mark’s heart is this district – you never see him miss an event or an opportunity to bring people together for the betterment of the area. He will be an outstanding representative for Tewksbury and Wilmington and is the best candidate in this race.”“I am honored to receive this support from our state senator,” said Kratman. “Barbara has done a great job bringing taxpayer dollars to this district, for road repairs, to protect beds and jobs at Tewksbury State Hospital, for the Fire Department, and more. I look forward to following in Senator L’Italien and Rep Miceli’s footsteps in the legislature being this district’s voice in the state legislature. Miceli served with distinction for a long time and while he will be missed, I am ready to hit the ground running on day one.”State Sen. Barbara L’Italien & Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman Holds Successful Campaign Rally, Ready To Fight For Wilmington & Tewksbury At State HouseIn “Government”
WILMINGTON, MA — Robert James Ross, “Bob”, age 87, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019.Bob was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Ann Ross (Stewart) “Betty”, loving father of the late Patricia D. Pennington of Sandwich, MA, David S. Ross of Wilmington, MA, Karen E. O’Reilly and her husband Gerald F. O’Reilly of Salisbury, MA. Bob was the proud Grandpa to Jessica Pennington, Alex O’Reilly and Gerald O’Reilly Jr. Treasured Great Grandpa to Hudson Leyland Brown who lovingly referred to Bob as G.G.Bob grew up an only child to the late David and Beatrice Ross in Valley Stream, NY on Long Island. After high school, Bob, was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Ft. Jackson in South Carolina. Following his time in the service, he pursued an Engineering Degree at Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute in New York. Bob was hired by Avco Corporation as an Engineer with their Missile Systems Division where he remained for over 30 years until he retired as a Senior Engineer.Family and friends will gather for his Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.Robert James Ross(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joseph “Joe” J. Parrella, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Alan P. Ware, 72In “Obituaries”
Vijay Devarakonda, Kiara AdvaniInstagramKabir Singh, which is an official remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, has been rewriting box office records in the domestic market. The movie crossed Rs 100 crore mark in just 5 days and now it is all set to cross Rs 150 crore mark on the 7th day of its release in theatres. And while Shahid Kapoor is getting praises from all corners, Arjun Reddy star Vijay Devarakonda has sent a special gift to the film’s leading lady Kiara Advani for her brilliant performance.Mightily impressed by Kiara’s role in Kabir Singh, Vijay sent her clothes of his line as a token of love and appreciation for the success of the film. And Kiara, who was overwhelmed with joy, was all hearts for Vijay for his sweet gesture. “Thank youuu Arjun,” Kiara wrote on Instagram.Shahid Kapoor has scored his first solo century with Kabir Singh and the actor seems to have gripped the nation with his portrayal of self-destructive character.The producers of Kabir Singh – Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde – are laughing their way to the banks with the commercial success of Kabir Singh. Murad shared that they initially planned to release the film in 2,500-2,800 screens pan India but “owing to the response we garnered in advance booking, we released the movie in 3,123 screens. Kiara AdvaniInstagram
Logo of arrestPolice in special drives detained at least 25 leaders and activists of BNP from different areas in Sunamganj since Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB.The BNP leaders were held on charge of planning to carry out subversive activities, said Md Shahidullah, officer-in-charge of Sadar model police station.Of them, three each from Chatak, Jamalganj, Doarabazar and Biswambarpur upazilas, two each from Jagannathpur, Dirai and South Sunamganj upazilas while one each from Dharmapasha and Shalla upazilas, according to police.
Logo of BNPA high-profile BNP delegation is going to meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday afternoon to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition and her treatment, reports UNB.BNP standing committee members, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 2:30pm at his secretariat office as per the schedule given by him, Khaleda’s personal secretary ABM Sattar told UNB on Monday.He said the home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation as Fakhrul contacted him over phone Monday.Sattar said most of the standing committee members will accompany Fakhrul during the meeting.He said the BNP delegation will discuss various issues relating to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and her illness.BNP leaders have long been alleging for the last few days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply and she needs to receive better treatment.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said Khaleda Zia herself told the makeshift court on Sunday that her physical condition is not god. “Like the country’s people, we’re very worried about her gradually falling health condition.”The BNP leader called upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina to shun ‘brutal and vindictive’ attitude towards her arch rival and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.”Release our leader instead of creating any obstacle towards granting her bail. Even, such inhuman attitude was not shown to the political prisoners in the colonial era. Don’t sacrifice civilisation, justice and humanity only to cling to power illegally. Eschew inhumanity and allow our leader to receive proper treatment through releasing her from jail,” he said.He also announced that their party will form a human chain in front of the Nation Press Club from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia and proper treatment of her.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last year. BNP termed the case politically motivated.