Amazing Donegal teen surprised with once-in-a-lifetime gift

first_imgA brave Donegal Town girl was lost for words on live radio yesterday after receiving a special Christmas surprise for her and her family.India Kennedy (15) and her family have been going through a tough time recently after her older sister Chloe was diagnosed with cancer.Nineteen-year-old Chloe has had the love and support of her sisters and family as she goes through treatment. Chloe’s bravery and her family’s strength were recognised in a heart-warming moment on iRadio on Wednesday. Chloe’s youngest sister India was finishing up a work placement with the station when she was invited on air with DJ Emma Nolan.India thought she was going to play a quiz, but the radio team had a surprise in store.During the broadcast, the kind-hearted team gifted India, her sisters Chloe and Jasmine and mum Jenni with a soundcheck pass to the iRadio Christmas Cracker party in Letterkenny this Friday.They were given the chance to meet Wild Youth, one of Ireland’s hottest new bands, as they set up for the big festive bash in Voodoo Venue. And as an extra surprise, India was given two tickets to see George Ezra in concert next year.The popular teen was speechless to hear all the treats that iRadio had arranged for her and her family.She was full of admiration for her sister Chloe, saying: “She’s an amazing person, she’s so strong. She lifts the whole family and I just want to say thank you to her because she’s amazing and I love her so much.“I’m sure it’s difficult for her to stop college and have to stay at home while all of her friends are out. But she’ll get through it, we all know she will,” India said.Speaking to DonegalWoman.ie after the radio show, India said: “I wasn’t expecting it at all and I would just like to say a huge thank you to iRadio for everything.” Watch the moment India got her wonderful Christmas gift here on @thisisiradioiRadio Christmas Cracker to be the ultimate party at Voodoo VenueAmazing Donegal teen surprised with once-in-a-lifetime gift was last modified: December 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Interest in visiting Africa grows

first_img20 April 2015The World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) was fantastic this year and exceeded all expectations, according to Sugen Pillay, the exhibition’s commercial director.Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, he said the international buyers at WTM Africa were impressive, and were “impressed with the exhibitors”.WTM Africa was held in Cape Town from 15 to 17 March. More than 200 hosted buyers attended the event, which was in its second year. It had grown significantly in just a year, he added: in 2014, there were 3 000 trade visitors and 200 exhibitors; this year there were 550 exhibitors. Visitor numbers still had to be aggregated.“We had the right type of international buyer and more than 20 African countries represented. This gave a real sense of what the continent had to offer,” he said. “Exhibitors and visitors were surprised by the number and type of buyers at the show.”WTM Africa is to be followed by the Tourism Indaba in Durban, the entrenched annual exhibition that runs from 9 to 11 May this year. Indaba showcases Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international buyers and media from across the world.Pillay saw no conflict between the two. Indaba focused on the inbound market, he explained.“The industry has responded well to WTM Africa,” said Pillay. “We also focus on the outbound market, and we featured countries from outside Africa. This means they see Africa as an outbound market, and that there is a demand for tourists from Africa.”EbolaAddressing the knock on effect of issues such as Ebola on tourism to Africa, Pillay said tourist numbers had dropped since the Ebola outbreak. “There is a perception globally that affects the consumer. There is a need for education that Ebola is in a small region of an entire continent.”Governments played a role in this education and the various tourism associations were working hard to get the message out. “Global issues like this do have an immediate effect on tourism, but it is not long term. And tourism is a long-term industry,” he added.“The response to WTMAfrica shows that tourism is on a growth path in Africa.”Figures released by Tourism Indaba earlier this month support Pillay’s comment. Indaba exhibitor numbers were up 30% and hosted buyers were up 100%.South African Tourism, owners of the Indaba, said on 10 April that exhibitor applications were up 30% compared to 2014, and 90% of the tradeshow floor space had been reserved. Approved non-hosted buyer applications were on a par with 2014; and approved hosted buyer numbers were double that of 2014.Outbound marketWTM Africa is marketed as Africa’s largest inbound and outbound business to business tourism show. It is a platform for buyers and exhibitors to do business. In addition, key issues and trends are presented and discussed via interactive networking sessions and panel discussions.This year, these included the Responsible Tourism Speed Networking Session, the Asata Western Cape Chapter Meeting and Young Professional in Travel Networking Session, Rhino Art’s presentation highlighting rhino poaching, and Wendy van der Byl’s presentation on the SADC Univisa between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola.A highlight was the inaugural African Responsible Tourism Awards.Figures are not yet available for WTM Africa this year, but at the inaugural event in 2014 about 4 000 industry professionals negotiated deals worth $314-million (R3.7- billion). This was expected to be exceeded this year, and 2014’s figures surpassed, said WTM Africa.Freedom Park on showFreedom Park, the memorial park in Pretoria, was among the exhibitors. “[The] World Travel Market 2015 audience [was] exposed to the Wall of Names, which is an element amongst many within Freedom Park wherein more than 80 000 names of the heroes and heroines who perished in various wars like the First World War, Second World War, Anglo Boer War, Wars of Resistance and Liberation War are inscribed,” said Freedom Park spokesperson Naomi Madima.The market was a suitable platforms for Freedom Park to exhibit its iconic symbols because it hosted African and international exhibitors in the tourism industry. In keeping with the ethos of the park, the stand carried information dating back 3.6 billion years, as well as on various phases of the South African history from slavery, genocide, colonialism, industrialisation, liberation and democracy.“Freedom Park is a national monument in a true sense in that it encompasses and embraces a history of all South Africans and acknowledges other international liberation heroes and heroines,” Madima said.WTM Africa’s official charity this year was The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct. It, together with leading South African tourism industry stakeholders, used the event to signal their game-changing approach to protecting children from the worst forms of exploitation. The Code is an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children in contexts related to travel and tourism.WTM Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week, which comprises of three co-located industry events, namely: International Luxury Travel Market Africa, International Business Travel Market and Word Travel Market Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Old School BBS: The Chinese Social Networking Phenomenon

first_imgAccording to latest report from China Internet Network InformationCenter (CNNIC), by end of 2007, there are over 200 million Internet users(including 163 million broadband users) in China. 2008 is shaping up to be a very busy yearfor the Chinese Internet, and the Chinese market seems to be pulsing with social networking activity. But for Chinese Internet users, social networking has taken on a very different form than it has in Western countries. In China, the most popular form of networking may just be the traditional Internet forum system, or BBS.That’s not to say traditional social networking is dead — far from it. You can find QZone which is owned by Tencentwith the support of QQ’s over 220millions active users. Then there is 51.com which proclaims 160,000 new users daily; Linkist and Wealink are two popular professional networksbased in Shanghai; Tianji.com isanother professional network based in Beijing and it has partnered with Viadeo, one of the world’s largest onlinebusiness communities to create a premier business platform for online networkingbetween China and Europe; Xiaonei, Zhanzuo and many others are sharing the campussocial networking market.With its massive user base, the Chinese market is naturally one of the most attractive places for Western networks to attemp to set up shop. MySpace has set up an office inBeijing; Facebook might acquire a ChineseSNS, Fenbei.com, and surely will have localpresence in 2008; Friendsterhas done very well in the South East Asian market and expects similar success in China. Xing, a professional network fromEurope, set up a Chinese office back in 2005; Last.fmis trying to be more localized in China to compete with 9Sky, Yobo, and 8box.Surprisingly, though, one of the most popular methods for Chinese netizens to communicate exists far from the web 2.0 scene: traditional Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). BBS actually plays a verysignificant role in Chinese Internet life. In China, registered BBS users havereached 3 billion (one netizen might register at multiple BBS sites);80% of Chinese sites are running their own BBS and the total number of daily page views across bulletin board systems has reached over 1.6 billion, with 10 million posts published every day. The BBS is an undiscovered and untalked about Chinese Internet phenomenon. To understand more about why BBS is so hot in China and how it willco-exist with modern social networks, we interviewed Kevin Day the CEOand founder of Comsenz Inc., owner of Discuz!, the first ever social platform – aBBS system – for the Chinese Internet. More than 400,000 BBS sites are built on the Discuz!system in China, or in other words, Discuz! controls over 70% of the Chinese BBS market.The Phenomenon of Chinese BBSAccording to a report produced by iResearch Consulting Group in 2007, around 36.3% of users in China spend 1-3 hours per day on BBS sites, about44.7% of users spend 3-8 hours, and even 15.1% of users are on BBS sites for more than 8hours each day. Over 60% of users will log in to at least 3 BBS sites more than 3 times each week. According to the report, the primary reasons for using BBS sites isfinding solutions to problems, general discussion, finding information, and sharing life experiences. 98% of users havecontributed to a BBS by publishing articles, replying to posts, participatingin polls, etc. Users tend to trust BBS sites because they think the information found on them is first-hand, updated frequently, and presented in a comfortable, community environment. Chinese BBS life has apparently extended offline, as well. The report alsosays 64.5% of users have attended some offline events organized by BBSadministrators or users. More than 80% of users are using BBS sites to search for information about products they plan to buy, and 61.7% of users are keen to ask other BBS users for opinions before making a purchase. Astonishingly, BBS sites are even acting as ecommerce hubs themselves, with 47.3% of users having bought products directly from a BBS. The screenshot below shows a BBS set up by the fans of Jinglei Xu, a veryfamous Chinese celebrity and blogger. This site has over 65,420 registeredusers, and you can find thousands of online communities like this one built ontraditional BBS software. The History of Discuz!If you ever log onto a Chinese BBS site, most likely it is built on theDiscuz! system. Discuz! was originally developed by Kevin Day when he was at his firstyear in university. In 2002, the first version of Discuz! was sold to a Hong Kongbased company, and in 2003, Day decided to discontinue his studies andfounded Comsenz Inc. in 2004 in Beijing.In 2005, Comsenz Inc. partnered with Zend and established the Zend China support center. Later in 2005, Day announced that Discuz! was going open source, whichhas been described by local media as an earthquake for the Chinese software industry.Comsenz Inc. got its first round of funding for around $10 million from Sequoia Captial,Morningside, and Google in 2006.Now Comsenz Inc. has grown to a household namewith 200+ staff and a complete product line that includes Discuz! (bulletinboard), X-Space (social Networkplatform), SupeSite (content managementsystem), ECShop (open source B2C and C2Csystem) and SupeV (online videosharingsystem). It is also running a few Internet services, including a free forumhosting service 5d6d, a free B2B shop hostingservice Maifou, and a community advertisingnetwork Insenz. Day is just 26 yearsold, but he has been publicly recognized as the one of the most successful entrepreneurs born in 1980s.The BBS and Social NetworksWith 70% of Chinese BBS sites built on Discuz!, Day is obviously a key figure behind the phenomenon. So we asked him why he thought BBS systems have become so popular in China. “The first Chinese BBS was probably set up back in1997. Like Email, BBS is one of the first Internet services recognized byChinese netizens,” he told us. “Chinese like the communities, they are normally a bit quiet inreal life but in Internet they love to express their opinion and to follow upsome discussion of hot topics. BBS provides a perfect and easy-to-setup showstage for everyone. BBS has evolved as a media platform, it is not the mainstream media yet and might never be in China, but the latest and hottest newsare always from various forums, spread and discussed by millions of users.“Take a look at how fast the blog grows in China, you willunderstand my point here. The BBS users are more mature, they are mainly at theage of 20 to 40, well-educated and with various professional background, andtheir contribution to all sorts of forums make BBS a valuable informationsource.”With social networking on the rise in the Western world and also in China, we asked Day if he thought social networking sites would eventually replace the BBS in Chinese culture.“BBS will not be replaced by SNS and they will not be the competitorsto each other either,” he answered. “BBS is a must-to-have application in SNS, at least inChina. The features of BBS can help the social network users to exchange theirideas efficiently. On the other hand, SNS is a people-centric networkingplatform but BBS is a topic-centric platform. SNS is to map the socialrelationship in real life into the cyber space, which in my opinion is one ofthe reasons people love Facebook; But BBS is there for users to follow thehottest topics and expand your social experience virtually. In BBS, people gothere because they are interested in the topics, and whom they communicate withdoes not really matter.”The Monetization of BBSThe global social networking market is still struggling to seek the best methods formonetization, but it seems that BBS sites have already found a way to drive revenue. Day introduced us to his Insenz product, aBBS-based marketing service that was launched about six months ago. At its core, Insenz is basically a Chinese version of Google’s Adsense/AdWord services focused on BBS sites. If you arerunning a BBS focusing on the mobile phones market, for example, you can join the Insenzadvertisement program and get mobile phone related ads or articles postedon your BBS.Insenz’s customer are from all sorts of industries,car manufacturers, telecommunications, IT companies, etc. Insenz will monitor user feeback (e.g. how many replies to the article, how many times the post has been viewed, etc.) during the campaign and issue a report to marketers that includes valuable first-hand marketing information. The BBS sites that participate in the marketing campaigns get a cut of the revenue.Of course Insenz takes the advantage of Day’s Discuz! kingdom. But actually,in China, Insenz is not the only company offering this service. Daqi.com, which started as a portal service, is now also taking advantage of the BBS phenomenon for marketing purposes.Instead of distributing ads across forums, they invented a technology tohelp gather and analyze discussions about the products of their customers.Daqi closed its second round fund from WI Harper in 2007. ConclusionA universal BBS search engine will definitely be more valuable than blogsearch in China, though Day said that he would not bother to do thissimply because he thinks the search engine giants Google or Baidu have bettertechnology to implement it. It seems that Google China has noticed the popularity of BBS sites in the Chinese Intneret market, and have recently taken a stake in Tianya.cn, a very popular BBS-based social networkwith 6+ million registered users and 200,000 online users daily. So should MySpace, Facebook, and other traditional Western social networks endeavor to enhance their BBS features if they want to play in China? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… gang lu 1 Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#international#social networks#Trends#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Reddit’s native ads are now available in the Android app

first_imgReddit announced Wednesday that it has rolled out its native ad placements to the Reddit Android app. This follows the initial rollout of the native ads to the iOS app last month.The Android Promoted Post user experience mirrors the existing one for iOS. It features upvotes and downvotes and has comments enabled. Advertisers can also target by subreddits and interests, location, time of day and device type.There are also exclusion options for locations and subreddits. Images have also become available as an ad creative type, with video ads being tested by select managed advertisers.This latest move helps Reddit monetize traffic from its over 300 million users. The company says it has seen more than a 300 percent increase in click-through rates since launching Promoted Posts on iOS.The post Reddit’s native ads are now available in the Android app appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Reddit’s native ads are now available in the Android app HomeDigital MarketingReddit’s native ads are now available in the Android app Posted on 26th April 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Reddit’s native ads are now available in the Android appYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics

first_imgselena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#advertising#analytics#Instagram Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this year.Instagram launched advertising last fall. Images courtesy of Instagram.last_img read more

Security beefed up at Hyderabad airport following Centres alert

first_imgHyderabad: Authorities have beefed up security at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here in view of the security alert issued by the Centre for all the major airports in the country. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), which operates the airport, has issued an advisory to passengers to reach the airport early. It has also declared a ban on visitors’ entry into airport from August 10 to 20. Sources said the restrictions were imposed as part of the security arrangements ahead of Independence Day. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, additional security measures were being taken in view of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the Centre’s move to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to the state. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for airport security, has tightened security measures including scanning of luggage and frisking of passengers, the sources said. As per the alert issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BACS), both CISF and the police have intensified the patrolling. Police have set up additional checkpoints for vehicle checking. Airlines were also advising passengers to reach the airport two-and-half hours to three hours before the scheduled departure of their flights.last_img read more