7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgMake it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help. Has it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts. last_img read more

Cowboys TE Jason Witten to Avoid Spleen Surgery

Jason Witten – What has been a physically trying preseason for the Dallas Cowboys got a little better when team doctors informed tight end Jason Witten that he will not need season-ending surgery to repair a lacerated spleen, ESPN reported Wednesday.The bleeding in Witten’s spleen has finally subsided, leading his doctors to believe that it will heal on its own.Witten, who suffered the injury during an Aug. 13 preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, is still aiming to return in time for the Cowboys’ Sept. 5 regular-season opener against New York Giants, but it remains unclear whether he will be ready to play again so soon.A more likely return could be in Week 2, when Dallas plays at Seattle.The news will be welcomed by a team that has been devastated by injuries so far this preseason, particularly throughout its receiving corps. In addition to Witten, Dallas will likely be minus quarterback Tony Romo’s two other top threats in wide receivers Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) until the start of the regular season.Witten, however, is the glue that often keeps the offense together and his loss would have been a major blow to a Dallas team trying to shed its underachieving label of recent years. The nine-year veteran and seven-time Pro Bowl selection is Romo’s unquestioned go-to guy, hauling in 409 passes for 4,824 yards and 21 touchdowns since Romo took over as the starter in 2006.Witten, who is also a key part of the Dallas ground game with his blocking on the edge, has missed just one game in his career because of a fractured jaw he suffered as a rookie in 2003. He’s played through a broken rib, as well as knee and ankle injuries.Witten totaled 79 catches for 942 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, passing Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the tight end with the third-most receptions in NFL history. read more

The Pac12 Is In Shambles

SEC134.313 Over the past decade, the Pac-12 has made two Final Four appearances and failed to reach a national championship game. Every other major conference has been to at least twice as many Final Fours and made at least two title game appearances. The Big East has won more national titles in the previous eight years than the Pac-12 has in the past 45. In particular, the performance of the Pac-12 in the 2016 tournament, relative to seeding, was the second worst performance by any conference since at least 2000. And over the past three years, no conference has underperformed more than the Pac-12 when it matters most. Conference record in Quad 1 games, 2018-19 As it currently stands, the conference would be lucky to receive two bids to the tournament, with the Huskies projected to be a No. 9 seed and Arizona State possibly squeaking in as a 12 seed. It’s been a quarter-century since a major conference produced a one-bid campaign.According to Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, the Pac-12 collectively is just 7.31 points better than an average Division I team this season. That’s on track to be the conference’s worst single-season mark since the 2011-12 campaign and the third worst in the past three decades. The last time a major conference produced a worse SRS was 1997-98, when the Big 12 put up a 7.17 in its second season of existence. You have to go back at least 30 years to find a worse mark produced by the Big East, Big Ten or SEC.If recent history serves, next month’s tournament will reinforce what many already know: The Pac-12, which hasn’t won a national title since Arizona cut down the nets in 1997, has fallen off considerably in terms of prestige. Big Ten164.372 Pac-1262.177 Immediately after the Pac-12 football championship game in late November, an on-screen interview with commissioner Larry Scott at Levi’s Stadium was interrupted by a chorus of boos. Attendees, it seemed, weren’t too fond of the leadership of the “Conference of Champions.”1It wasn’t clear whether fans were more disconcerted by the conference’s revenue, viewership or on-field performance.For nearly six decades, the Pac-12 managed to emulate its ostentatious slogan across the collegiate sports landscape. The Pac-12 has finished an academic year with the most total national championships of any conference in 52 out of the past 58 years, including the past 13 years.The conference has no shortage of star power on the women’s side: Sabrina Ionescu is piling up unprecedented stat lines on the court with the Oregon Ducks; Ella Eastin is breaking records in the pool for the Stanford Cardinal; and Katelyn Ohashi of the UCLA Bruins recently stole the collective heart of the country on the mat. Last year, women collected nine of the conference’s 12 national titles. The Pac-12 women have already won two titles this year, in volleyball and cross-country, with the men claiming only water polo.But when it comes to the two high-profile men’s sports of football and basketball, the Pac-12 is falling short. Months removed from Scott’s boo-inducing interview, as the college basketball season winds into its final stretch, the conference’s vertiginous fall in the top two revenue-generating sports is unmistakable. The Pac-12 is also struggling in college football. Over the past two seasons, the conference is a combined 4-12 in bowl games, with three wins coming by a combined 4 points.If this feels like a sudden drop, it’s because it is. The Pac-12 has won a single national title in the past 20 years, but you only have to go back three years to find an ESPN segment debating whether it was the best conference in college football. Since the playoff was introduced, the Pac-12 has made two appearances — going 1-2 — and failed to appear in three of the five seasons.In total, the conference was 3.53 points better than the average FBS team in 2018-19, the lowest mark by a Power Five conference6The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. in six years. Since 2010, the conference has produced three of the seven worst seasons, two of which came in the past two seasons. Big East95.379 Big 12104.365 ConferenceGamesWin % Oregon State has arguably been the worst Power Five football team for two consecutive years, and programs like Oregon, Stanford and USC, which traditionally have been competitive on a national level, have fallen off considerably. Washington’s good-but-not-good-enough seasonal cadence seems to have run its course, too. This offseason, perhaps the conference’s biggest story was that Kliff Kingsbury almost became an assistant coach at USC. ACC135.326 Quad 1 games are home games against teams 1-30 in NET ranking, neutral games against teams 1-50 and away games against teams 1-75.Source: BartTorvik.com While the Pac-12’s performance in football has been steadily declining since the College Football Playoff was introduced, the conference’s decline in men’s basketball seems more abrupt. Two years ago, the Pac-12 featured three 30-win teams for the first time. Three teams reached the Sweet 16, and Oregon punched the conference’s first ticket to the Final Four in nearly a decade. The abundance of talent was confirmed when the conference produced three lottery picks in the NBA draft — including Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, the top two overall selections.The Pac-12 saw the top overall pick in the NBA draft again last season, in Arizona’s Deandre Ayton. But the conference face-planted at the NCAA tournament. Each of the three teams to reach the tourney failed to get out of the first round, including Ayton’s Arizona.2Arizona State and UCLA both lost in the First Four as 11 seeds. Not since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97 had one of the six major conferences3The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. failed to send a team to the second round of the tournament. No Pac-12 team finished inside the top 25 of KenPom’s adjusted efficiency margin metric, either. Of course, this came after three UCLA Bruins were arrested for shoplifting on international soil in the days preceding a game meant to showcase the conference, and the FBI’s investigation of corruption in college basketball led to the arrests of assistant coaches from USC and Arizona4Along with assistants at Oklahoma State and Auburn. before the season even tipped.But that didn’t curtail the enthusiasm of the commissioner heading into this season. “Really excited about what our teams look like,” Scott said at the Pac-12 media day. “Feel like we’ve got a very, very strong conference.”On paper, he wasn’t wrong. The conference accounted for seven of the top 40 recruiting classes, with UCLA and Oregon pulling in two of the top five. Three teams were ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll. But as the calendar year came to a close, the Pac-12 was mired in the worst December by a major conference in 20 years. By January, UCLA had fired head coach Steve Alford, and Oregon had lost Bol Bol, the conference’s most marketable player and the crown jewel of the 2018 recruiting class, for the year to a foot injury. Dana Altman’s Ducks, which checked in at No. 14 in the preseason poll and were considered an early favorite to reach the Final Four, are now longshots to even reach the tournament.Cal is one of the worst teams in any conference and in the midst of its worst season in program history. Washington is the highest-ranking team in the conference by KenPom’s adjusted efficiency margin metric and checks in at No. 35. No other Pac-12 team ranks in the top 50.The conference has hardly proved itself against top-notch opponents. In any Quad 1 games,5A Quad 1 win is defined as any home win over a team ranked 1-30 in the NCAA’s new NET rankings, a win over a team ranked 1-50 on a neutral site or an away win over a team ranked 1-75. the Pac-12 is 11-51. The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC each have at least three times as many wins over that caliber of opponent. Arizona State is the lone Pac-12 school with a Division I hockey team,7The Sun Devils are classified as an independent. and there’s a reasonable chance it will end up ranked higher at season’s end than any team the conference fielded in football or men’s basketball.Living up to the standard established by John Wooden, who won 10 national championships over 12 years at UCLA, would be impossible. But falling to the bottom of the major-conference barrel in the two sports most scrutinized is a disastrous turn for a conference literally branded around dominance.To some, the Conference of Champions® has transformed into the Circle of Suck. This may be the bleakest moment in the illustrious history of the Pac-12, as the conference continues its stroll away from relevancy.CORRECTION (Feb. 22, 2019, 12:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said the Pac-12 had no football teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the end of the 2018 season. Two teams were ranked: No. 10 Washington State and No. 13 Washington. read more

WilmingtonTewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Collecting Breakfast Foods For Local Food Pantries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the spirit of giving this holiday season, please help the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce restock their Community Pantries’ shelves with these necessary breakfast items:Hot/Cold CerealPancake Mix & SyrupBreakfast BarsThe Wilmington Collection Box is at the Chamber Office (226 Lowell Street, #A2).  The Tewksbury Collection Boxes are at TJ Callahans (1475 Main Street, Tewksbury) and Bay State Physical Therapy (1830 Main Street, Tewksbury). Donations are due by this Tuesday, December 11, 2018.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)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 protected] You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Gives ‘Welcome Bags’ To New ResidentsIn “Business”Wilmington Chamber Of Commerce Collecting Breakfast Foods For Wilmington Food PantryIn “Community”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

Netizens rip apart Saravanan for his disrespectful comments against Cheran in Bigg

first_imgSaravanan clashes with Cheran.Screen shot from the videoSaravanan, who has been sharing cold vibes with Cheran inside the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, will apparently have a verbal duel with him in the episode to be aired on Friday, 2 August. The latest promo posted by Vijay Television on its social media accounts indicate that the duo having a clash during the debate among the inmates to decide the best and worst performers of the week.In the clip, Cheran puts forth his argument that Saravanan did not imitate Vijayakanth’s role properly in the task. Responding to his comment, the latter stated that the former looked funny in the role of Rajinikanth.In the heat of the moment, Saravanan makes disrespectful comment and seen walking towards Cheran in anger. The promo can be seen below:Rumours are doing rounds that Saravanan and Cheran’s argument took nasty turn with most of the inmates putting their weight behind the former. The latter, apparently, got the support of Madhumitha and Tharshan.However, the netizens have extended their support to Cheran, while severely criticising the rude behaviour and disrespectful attitude towards the four-time National Award winning filmmaker by Saravanan. Check out their reaction below:raj: Saravan getting overboard .. already has hate on bus incident … Now this ! He has a right to say cheran is funny as ranjini .. he can atleast give respect ..Looks like he is getting ready for next week eviction #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3P K Siva: So the personal vengeance is coming true…. failed assistant director who had a grudge for life on his colleague because of his success now coming out in openShyam Sundar: Along with Saravanan, Kavin and Sandy teamed up against cheran in this best performers decider task. Tharshan and Madhu supported Cheran.. Very big fight todayjosi: Red card kuduthu anuppungayya indha Aala.. Two wives,Groping in Bus,Behaving rudely to others,nominating #Cheran everyweek & corrupting the minds of youngsters against him & now this disrespectful act.. Who is voting for this cPanadol: Ohhhhhhhhh….. For a change, it’s not the stupid love triangle. I think this boiled over pretty bad, there r rumors circulating that this went overboard & actions were taken by #BiggBossTamil3 team.SagiShettyy: I never saw #Cheran Ill-treated #Saravanan, why he always get angry when it comes to #Cheran… we know you are being yourself, by revealing it, I feel very bad to digest… today is the last tweet about you #Saravanan #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3Fyda: As #Cheran sir said, except dancing n look wise #Saravanan never attempted to act like vijayakanth. But cheran sir tried 2 act like Rajini. Even if cheran sir was wrong, speaking without respect is not at all acceptable..Ramya: Ya cos he only knows how to show it #cheran sir as he is a harmless man! If it’s tharshan or mugen by now his face might be brokenRiley Aura: About damn time #Saravanan got all gangsta! Been waiting for this moment for a month now. Go Sara, Go & Kill (it).Mahlini Priscilla: #cheran sir be strong dont get hurt because of this kind of people….#saravanan is just jealous with you and he pouring his poison out this way. #saravanan just shut up @ikamalhaasan pls ask kavin, sandy and saravanan whts their problem wt cheran sir.Cheran sir did well rajnisirraja: this is so rude. have some class #Saravanan Even after these many years of experience in the industry and your life why do you say all these?last_img read more

Want to browse internet during flight hours SpiceJet to offer free WiFi

first_imgAjay Singh, co-founder and owner of SpiceJetTwitterThe passengers traveling in one of India’s leading private airlines, Spicejet could soon enjoy the service of free Wi-Fi onboard.Spicejet, a no-frills carrier has decided to offer onboard Wi-fi, subjected to the clearance from the central government. The internet services provided onboard will be available free of cost.Business Standard has reported that the plan is a part of a larger strategy to grab the share of passengers from full-service airlines. After the implementation, the airline will become the first Indian carrier to offer in-flight WiFi. The passengers will not be charged any fee for using the internet instead the cost will be bored by the advertisers whose will brand their companies through pop-up ads.SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said, “We think there is a business model in providing wifi services free to passengers and earn money from advertisers instead of that, this will be one differentiating feature of the airline.”SpiceJet will become one of the selected airlines which provide in-flight wifi for free. Global airlines such as JetBlue, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines provide wifi for free to its passengers. Generally, the airlines charge the fee for offering such services inflight.It is to be noted that regulators in India have put an embargo on the use of internet in flight. Even the international airlines are not allowed to give the access of internet to its passengers. An international airline must switch off their internet systems before entering the Indian airspace.In a major policy change, the highest policy-making body of the Department of Telecommunication, Telecom Commission had given a green signal to allow internet facility onboard in the month of May. A SpiceJet passenger aircraft takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad in this May 19, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveSpicejet is expected to get the approval from Ministry of Civil aviation and Department of Telecommunications by November. “We expect it to be allowed from November and we are ready to be the first airline in India to offer the service,” he added.For this project, Spicejet has partnered with Inmarsat, a mobile satellite service communication provider to provide its 737 Max aircraft with Satcom (Satellite Communication) antennas which enable its aircraft to provide in-flight internet facility.last_img read more

Introducing water hyacinth jute sanitary napkins for woman

first_imgFarhana Sultana & Najiba Naila WafaOur society is breaking the years of prevailing ‘menstrual taboo’ these days. But there are lack of initiatives to make menstruation management more eco-friendly. To work this out, women came forward, making sanitary napkins from water hyacinth and jute.A British medical journal in its essay titled ‘Menstrual hygiene management among Bangladeshi adolescent school girls and risk factors affecting school absence: results from a cross-sectional survey’, showed that 41 per cent girls skip school for three days each month during their menstrual cycle. And 99 per cent of the girls feel uneasy at school during their period.Assistant scientist of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) Farhana Sultana said, “Our waste management system is not that developed.”“This causes risk for the environment as most of the sanitary napkins available in the market are not environment friendly,” she added.Jute napkin projectFarhana Sultana has been working as the main researcher of several programmes for menstrual management. He received an award worth USD 100,000 (Tk 8.4million) from the Islamic Development Bank to make jute napkins, reducing the use of plastics.She said that the project is still in the initial phases.Quoting a survey from India, Farhana said, the napkins available in the market contain 3-4 per cent plastic. A woman uses nearly 23 kilogrammes of plastic for period management in her life time that will take 500 to 800 years to dissolve in the soil.Farhana Sultana and her team have been working on menstruation management for long. Intern researcher of the team, Tishan Mahfuz, said they installed biometric devices in four schools in Dhaka and Manikganj to inquire the reason of female students’ absence from classes.After making arrangements of providing sanitary napkins in the school the rate of absence reduced, said Tishan.Bangladeshi woman awarded for inventing napkin from water hyacinthsA student of Brac University Najiba Naila Wafa is conducting a pilot project of making sanitary napkins from water hyacinth.“Our project is inspired by an Kenyan pad manufacturing company called JaniPad who took the initiative to make sanitary napkins from water hyacinth. We bought sterilising machines and small machines for pad manufacturing from the Dholaikhal in the city. We trained 10 women from Mohammadpur Geneva camp to make napkins,” Najiba told Prothom Alo.“We also conducted another pilot project at Hazaribagh slum area four months earlier,” she added.Najiba said she and two other members of the team use the pads made of powdered water hyacinths encased in cotton. The napkin dissolves within two weeks after disposal. “There are still some drawbacks in using these pads, but we will work these out,” she added.Najiba Naila Wafa won the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for Bangladesh organised by the Entrepreneur Organisation Bangladesh, an organisation of entrepreneurs.She also won the ‘Social Impact’ award from China.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Social media buzzer battlegrounds as Indonesia elections near

first_imgIndonesia`s president Joko Widodo (C) walks together with Siti Aisyah (front R) and her family after their meeting at palace in Jakarta, on 12 March 2019. Shock and delight rippled through the Indonesian town of Sindangsari on March 11 as residents got word that a local woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader`s half-brother had been freed. Photo: AFPAlmost every day, “Janda”, a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of president Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.But Janda the housewife does not exist. The Twitter account’s real owner is an unmarried middle-aged man who offers political social media services backing Widodo’s re-election campaign.He is a leader of one of the many so called “buzzer” teams, named for the social media buzz such groups aim to create, that have sprung up in Indonesia ahead of the presidential election next month in the world’s third-largest democracy.”Our battleground is social media. The content we are making for the election is reaching at least a million people per week,” said the owner of the Janda account, declining to be named because his work is legally in a gray area.In interviews with Reuters, over a dozen buzzer team members, social media consultants and cyber experts described an array of social media operations that they said were spreading propaganda on behalf of both Widodo and his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto.Widodo enjoys a comfortable lead in most opinion polls over Prabowo, as the challenger is widely known. The two contested the previous election in 2014 as well, and Widodo won narrowly.Fake news was spread in that election as well, although social media was less far-reaching than it is now.Under Indonesia’s broad internet defamation law, creating and spreading fake news is illegal, but holding social media accounts in false names is not, unless a real person is being impersonated. Social media companies however mostly bar holding accounts under false names.Three buzzers directly involved in the current campaign described how they operate hundreds of personalized social media accounts each on behalf of the candidates. One denied propagating fake news, while two said they didn’t care about the accuracy of the content.Both campaign teams deny using buzzers or spreading fake news.Ross Tapsell, an expert on politics and media at Australia National University, said that it has become normal for candiates in Southeast Asia to hire online campaign strategists, who in turn tap an army of people to spread content on social media.”So there is no direct link at all to the candidate,” he said.The buzzer campaigns have far outstripped the efforts of Facebook and other social media companies to curtail creation of fake accounts and spread fake news, cyber experts say. Reuters found that while robot accounts were occasionally deleted, personalized fake accounts like “Janda” are widespread on Twitter and Facebook platforms, despite violating the companies’ rules.On the EdgeMisinformation spread by real accounts – which are often coopted by buzzer teams – is rampant on Facebook as well as on its Instagram and WhatsApp affiliates and rival service Twitter. The companies say they are working with the government and fighting back against false content.Representatives for Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp told Reuters they regularly delete fake accounts in Indonesia, but declined to share removal numbers.A Twitter spokeswoman told Reuters it is working to remove networks of accounts engaged in misinformation and disinformation.Facebook, which counts Indonesia as its third-largest market globally with an estimated 130 million accounts, says it trains election management bodies how to flag fake news to the company, which is then evaluated by moderators and deleted if it breaks its community standards.For Indonesian Communications Minister Rudiantara, those efforts are not enough.He said the government had asked social media companies to work with authorities to create a standard operating procedure that would allow fake news and hoaxes to be flagged and resolved. They have yet to comply.”We expect it to get much worse as we get closer to the election,” said Harry Sufehmi, co-founder of Mafindo, an Indonesian organisation fighting fake news, which listed nearly 500 social media hoaxes related to politics in 2018.He was one of three experts whose research found that a larger proportion of the misinformation targets Widodo, with some posts depicting him as anti-Islam, a Chinese stooge or a communist.All are inflammatory accusations in a country that has the world’s largest number of Muslims, where the communist party is banned and suspicions linger over the influence of Beijing.A smaller portion of the misinformation campaigns target Prabowo.Buzzing for MoneyOn a recent afternoon in Jakarta, one buzzer team leader scrolled through two mobile phones that had over 250 Facebook , Instagram, Whatsapp, Youtube and Twitter accounts, each with a fake persona. He updated five of them with posts praising Widodo’s achievements or mocking Prabowo and his running mate.He denied disseminating misinformation, focusing instead on content that gushed about his clients’s virtues. But he admitted he does look for dirt on opponents as part of a “complete package” of posts and videos that he sells for 200 million rupiah ($14,000) a month.His staff of 15, whom he refers to as “cyber troops”, in turn have subcontractors, throughout Indonesia, many of whom are unaware of the ultimate identity of clients, he said.He told Reuters he was hired by an adviser to Widodo’s campaign.Ace Hasan Syadzily, a spokesman for the president’s campaign team, denied knowledge of such groups, but said “the campaign had an obligation to counter false or negative narratives” against Widodo.Another buzzer said he had been hired by advisers to Prabowo, while the third said he supplied services to a social media agency used by both campaigns.Anthony Leong, the Prabowo digital team’s coordinator, denied they use buzzer teams, noting that the campaign required its “10,000 digital volunteers” to use real names and only allowed them to post “positive content”.”Work is Fun”According to the buzzers interviewed, a junior “cyber soldier” can be paid between 1 million to 50 million rupiah per project depending on the reach of his social media accounts.”For a lot of us, the work is fun…and the salaries are decent,” said the buzzer who said he is a contractor for a social media agency used by both the Widodo and Prabowo campaigns.He said his role was to create trending topics during key election moments, using hashtags and content provided by his agency in combination with his personal fake accounts, he said.”For me, there’s no hoax or so-called negative content. The material just comes from the client,” he told Reuters.Pradipa Rasidi, a researcher at the University of Indonesia, said most buzzers are young graduates who do it “because it’s hard to find a job after university and the pay is higher”.But the legal risks are real. The buzzer activities are punishable by jail if they are judged to breach Indonesia’s internet defamation law.All three buzzers interviewed by Reuters declined to be named or provide certain details of their operations because of those risks.Policing by the social media companies, however, was not a concern: None had ever had an account or post deleted. ($1 = 14,115.0000 rupiah)last_img

DC Attorney General Election to Proceed Despite Council Opposition

first_imgEight months after he initially filed a lawsuit over the actions of the D.C. Council, candidate Paul Zukerberg finally got a big win in his quest to force the election of a D.C. attorney general, an election which was approved by voters overwhelmingly in 2010.On June 4, a D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled that the District must hold an election for attorney general in 2014 unless it is not “practically possible for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to do so under the applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.” The court further found that the D.C. Council acted illegally in attempting to delay the election until 2018.“This case stands for the proposition that all power ultimately resides with the people, and when we choose to amend our Charter at the ballot box, our elected officials must respect our vote,” said Zukerberg.In July, D.C. Council members voted to delay the election of the attorney general until 2018. The Court of Appeals panel ruled the vote was an attempt to override the 2010 charter amendment turning the attorney general’s office into an elected, rather than appointed, position. According to published reports, councilmembers are at odds with the boundaries of the office’s oversight.Irvin Nathan, the current attorney general who was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray, applauded the council’s vote last year, saying it “will maintain a strong mayor and a powerful, vibrant attorney general office” in approving the overall transition plan. Nathan also informed the Council that it did have the power to delay the election.Zukerberg, a criminal defense attorney who seeks the position, filed suit a short time later to force the election to take place. In February, a D.C. Superior Court judge declined to order the attorney general’s office onto the April 1 primary ballot, but Zuckerberg refused to concede.“The Council’s attempt to cancel the election, or postpone it indefinitely, was held to be unlawful,” he said.Following the Court of Appeals panel’s decision, Nathan vowed to petition for a full en banc review of the issue, putting it before all nine Court of Appeals judges.“We continue to believe that the Council of the District of Columbia had the authority to interpret the 2010 charter amendment to authorize a statute scheduling the attorney general election to be in 2018, and we will be drafting a petition to the full en banc court of the D.C. Court of Appeals on that key point,” said Nathan.But many community leaders stood firm on their beliefs that elected and appointed leaders should not disregard the public’s will. In 2010, 75 percent of general election voters voted in favor of making the attorney general an elected position.“The Board of Elections must move swiftly to restore the office of attorney general to the November ballot. We are expecting a [board] statement shortly,” said Zukerberg.“I applaud the D.C. Court of Appeals for standing by the will of District voters who overwhelmingly supported an attorney general election,” said D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who voted against delaying the election last summer. “I trust that the mayor will instruct the current attorney general to accept the court’s decision and move forward with this election.”While the D.C. Board of Elections waits for instructions from the attorney general’s office about whether to proceed with adding that office to the ballot, others questioned how an independent elections board could be prohibited from performing its duties.“What little democracy D.C. voters have is again threatened if their overwhelming vote for an elected attorney general is not quickly realized,” said Anise Jenkins, president of Stand Up! For Democracy in D.C.D.C. will join 43 other U.S. states that elect their attorney general by popular vote. This move further enfranchises D.C. voters, who have historically had a limited ability to vote for their government representatives.“A lack of money can’t be used as an excuse in D.C. where all around us the signs of ever-expanding wealth are evident,” Jenkins said. “The people of the District of Columbia have spoken. Let their voices be respected and heard.”last_img read more

National Cherry Blossom Festival Offers Slate of Events

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterCherry blossoms are more than those beautiful flowers that line the streets of certain parts of the District. They’re more than a sign that weekend traffic will be clogged for the month of April. Or even that spring is here. The cherry blossoms are a sign of international friendship, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) has a slate of events to through April 24 to get you in the spirit.The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs until April 14. (Courtesy Photo)In 1912, according to the NCBF website,  Yukio Ozaki, then mayor of Tokyo, gifted the city of Washington D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. It was a symbol of kinship between the U.S. and Japan. Accordingly, the U.S. sent dogwood trees to Japan in 1915. Now that symbol has blossomed (get it) into into a month long celebration with more than 1.5 million people enjoying the events.The following are some selected highlights to mark on your calendar.Hirshhorn/Draw: Cherry Blossoms in The Sculpture GardenFor those aspiring artists and enthusiasts, the Hirshhorn/DRAW has a sketching session for you. Ease through the Sculpture Garden, 700 Independence Ave S.W. and draw away with the cherry blossoms as your muse and backdrop. This event is Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Fractured: Faces of Family SeparationWant to walk and learn about culture? The “Fractured” walk is a walk and educational program raising awareness of the Japanese Americans experience during World War II, according to the site. This is event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 6 and is free and open to the public.National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza – April 6 All day long at the Wharf you can enjoy live music, beer gardens, all-ages activities and the culmination of the day – fireworks. This event runs from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.2019 NCBF Greenscape Corridor Bike Ride / Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run  – Walk- April 7For those people who feel physical exercise relaxing – okay. Seriously, there are activities for you too. The Corridor Bike ride allows participants to check out urban landscape and historical sites on their bike.  Also about 16,000 runners will run through the Washington Monument grounds from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.The bike ride starts at BikeSPACE, 2424 18th Street NW from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – April 13One of the centerpieces of the 26-day affair is the parade, with a route that runs along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets N.W. Anthony Anderson from ABC’s “black-ish” will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal. Also slated for attendance is 90s dance diva CeCe Peniston and Motown sensation Freda Payne. Support a TreeThere are 3,800 cherry blossom trees that line the National Mall. The Trust for the National Mall launched their “Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign” in to raise $3.5 Million to nurture an endowment that would care for the trees. Participants cna support an individual tree for a $1,000 donation.For more information about the NCBF please go to www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.orglast_img read more