Updated: 5:45 PM Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Judge says progress is evident in reuniting immigrant families July 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In less than a week, the federal government must meet a judge’s deadline to try to reunite 2,551 children with their parents.In a hearing on Friday afternoon, the second one this week, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw reviewed the latest figures submitted by the government, as it attempts to comply with a July 26 deadline.450 families out of the more than 2,500 have been reunified, so far.As of Friday morning, 954 have received the green light for reunification.In the latest hearing, the judge offered some praise, and said it appears the process to reunite children with their parents is working.Earlier this week, the judge imposed a temporary halt to deporting the newly reunited families, at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union.The ACLU had asked the judge for a seven day period between the time a family is reunited and the time a parent is deported, giving parents the time to talk to their child and decide if the child will remain in the United States to seek asylum.More than 700 parents are in that group. In arguing for a seven day period before a parent is deported, ACLU Attorney Lee Gelernt said “These parents may only have a matter of days to make the momentous decision whether to leave their child behind in the United States.”The next status hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, just two days before the final deadline of July 26. Posted: July 20, 2018
Mobile apps, while heavily reliant on Internet connectivity, are fundamentally different from traditional, browser-based media. Unlike the wide-open, essentially borderless Web environment, apps are closed systems—each one a hybrid of device-resident software and media content. Some of that media may be viewable only when connected, but much of the content, and all of the navigation and functionality, are self-contained.For publishers, this means greater control over the content experience—and far less dependence on browser capabilities or installed plugins. Not only can content be better protected from unauthorized use, it can also be made more interactive and responsive to the end user.Many analysts have predicted that HTML5 will eventually bring publishers away from dedicated apps for Apple or Android and back to the browser environment. However, even when that happens, users will demand the rich, self-contained experience that apps deliver today.Engagement, Engagement, EngagementFor advertisers, the app experience offers multiple levels of engagement that were problematic on the Web—and impossible in print. Audio and video footage is the most obvious of these, ranging from simply repurposing TV ads to creating shorter original footage. Multi-photo galleries, panoramas, and 360° views are gaining in popularity as well. While all these rich media can be found on the Web, their use in apps seems to have greater traction, mainly because smartphones and tablets are primarily “touch” environments. Users are already tapping, pinching, and swiping the screen, so interacting with on-screen ad elements is already second nature.What makes app ads even more engaging is the potential for including games or game-like modules. These can be simple—like quizzes, drawings, or contests—or sophisticated, animated widgets. They can also take advantage of the device’s built-in capabilities (MP3 player, camera, phone, gyroscope, GPS, whatever comes next) in ways that PCs never could. Claudia Malley of National Geographic describes this level of app-based interaction as “a storytelling medium” that advertisers and sponsors have barely begun to explore. The device-app combination, she maintained, is a medium that gives each user the opportunity to know more, and therefore potentially buy more, by experiencing multiple levels of potentially customized information.Advertiser interest levels are extremely high. However, “advertisers and publishers should not use traditional models for this new medium,” she says. Tablet interactivity is also not yet reflected in a standardized National Geographic rate card or other list of options, but it has become part of every new ad proposal.Under current auditing practices, most print ads appear in the mobile app, although relatively few have availed themselves of the opportunity to augment or replace their print ad with something more interactive—at least so far. Mark Tavarozzi of Entrepreneur feels that advertisers are curious about the added value of app interactivity, but are still learning about the medium. The fact that mobile apps are paid for by subscribers—departing from the free Web content model—also fuels advertiser excitement, he said.Brands and Social MediaOne feature of magazine apps that has garnered both editorial and advertising interest is the social media connection. Brand campaigns on Facebook and Twitter can, potentially, be extended to the app universe without taking the reader outside the app. Users of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) can achieve this by creating Web views within the app page—a feature common to most app development environments.We found that editorial efforts were further along in integrating social media with their app content, but that advertisers and sponsors were following close behind. In both cases, the social media component is also in the experimental stage, with app integration taking a slightly lower priority.The Commerce ConnectionAnother use of Web views—probably the most important of all for advertisers—is direct e-commerce. Increasingly, customized HTML storefronts are being set up, to be viewed and used directly from the app. (In most environments, a separate window containing the storefront is used. However, once the purchase is made, closing the window returns the user to the app.)E-commerce is not limited to storefronts. Many publishers and advertisers are developing innovative ways to bring buyers and sellers together. In the new Alternative Press app, music reviews are accompanied by a direct link to the artist on iTunes, according to Director of New Media Robert Ortenzi. Revenue from songs purchased through this process is shared with the magazine, through a partnership agreement with Apple. Other commerce-enabling features are being planned for the magazine’s ads, which have featured integrated video from the advertiser’s Web site.Measuring Success: The New Ad CurrencyPerhaps the most challenging (and promising) aspect of app advertising is the need to develop a new ad currency. Declan Moore, President of Publishing and Digital Media at National Geographic, notes that existing metrics, such as rate base, impressions, and CPM, do not really measure the value of engagement with an interactive tablet ad. A new class of measurement standards is needed, he said.Even with the current lack of standards, the early metrics for interactive app ads is impressive. Most of the publishers we spoke to cited metrics—from Adobe Omniture and other providers—indicating that users spent minutes, not seconds, on ads that facilitated hands-on interaction by the reader. All expressed the desire for more detailed data, including time spent with specific features in the app, as well as e-commerce sell-through and brand following trends in social media.Trends and ConclusionsWe found that the vast majority of ads are still facsimiles of their printed originals. This is due in part to auditing rules requiring content parity. It is also due to advertiser unfamiliarity with the medium. Enhancements to print replica ads are growing, slowly, as advertisers experiment with ways to induce readers to spend more time on the page. Fully enhanced ads—with a print counterpart, but clearly designed for the new medium—will become increasingly common as tablet market penetration approaches 10 percent of the subscriber base.What will drive this trend faster is measurement of user engagement. Time spent with a brand, and especially time spent approaching or even making a purchase decision, will overturn conventional thinking about what an ad is—not just a story and a call to action, but a bridge to the action itself. In the heyday of print advertising, the rules seemed simpler. Competition from television, radio, and other forms advertising was a factor, but each medium was distinct—with its own attributes, value propositions, and measurements. The Web changed all that. Along with the suicidal dilemma of free editorial content, the Web brought in a whole new (and volatile) system of measuring success. Impressions, “eyeballs,” and other metrics became a science—more or less—while the value of traditional display ads seemed to founder.If early indicators prove true, the rise of multi-function tablets is about to change all that. Although lacking the screen real estate to fully bring back the visual impact of a full color display ad, tablets bring a different level of engagement to advertising. Advertisers are only just beginning to realize this potential.Part of the transition is ruled by the market share of each channel. Today, print is still a very large percentage of the subscriber base—with a correspondingly high percentage an advertiser’s non-broadcast spend. However, tablet adoption is exceeding initial projections, which means that advertisers must embrace the potential of this medium a lot sooner than anticipated.The App is Not the Web
KeraniganjThree men died allegedly after drinking toxic homemade liquor in a wedding ceremony at Habibnagar area in Keraniganj on Saturday, reports UNB.Among the deceased two were identified as Sajal Mandal, 28, son of Gopal Mandal of Shubhatta Habibnanagr and Md Sharif, 40, son of Mohammad Ali of the same area, said Monirul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dakkhin Keraniganj police station.Three people felt sick after taking liquor at a wedding programme in the area on Friday night, said sub-inspector Abdur Rahim, investigation officer of the case, quoting locals.Locals rushed Sajal and Sharif to Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital where Sharif was declared dead, police said.Later, as the condition deteriorated, Sajal was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where he died in the morning, said SI Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.However, the person whose identity could not be known was admitted to a city clinic where he died on Saturday evening, said the OC.A case of unnatural death was filed with Dakkhin Keraniganj police station in this regard.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 26, 2018 Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Woodbine Racetrack served as a fitting locale for Sunwing’s 2018 Every Step of the Way Tour, which made its Toronto stop last night as part of a coast-to-coast road trip across 21 cities.The tour operator has raced out of the gates in 2018 with new brochures and an array of special offers and products in a wide range of sun-soaked destinations. And as the name of the tour suggests, Sunwing is assuring agents that it will help ensure a seamless travel experience for their clients ‘every step of the way’.Supporting Sunwing in this endeavour are the 85+ suppliers who were in attendance at last night’s show. These included the company’s ‘Gold’ partners, including: AMResorts; Barcelo Hotels & Resorts; Be Live Resorts; Melia Cuba International; Playa Hotels & Resorts; Oasis Hotels & Resorts; Sandos Hotels & Resorts; and Seadust Cancun Family Resort. ‘Platinum’ partners RIU Hotels & Resorts and Blue Diamond Resorts were also on hand to not only lend its support but also share what’s new at their respective properties.Over the course of the tour, which spans from Stoney Creek, Ontario to Coquitlam, B.C., over 5,000 agents learned firsthand what Sunwing has in store for 2018/2019. Here are a few highlights:Sunwing Brochure 2018/2019:Features over 50 of the most popular destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from 33 gateways coast to coastNew resorts include Royalton Antigua, Royalton Cancun Resort and Spa, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, Grand Memories Punta Cana, and PlayaBachata ResortNew destinations include Antigua, Playa Mujeres and Riviera Diamante in Mexico, as well as BonaireExclusive perks for families include unlimited access to waterparks, and Kids Stay Play and Eat FRE dealsCouples perks include unlimited à la carte dining and spa discountsMore news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNew Signature Collection by Sunwing brochure:Evolution of previous Signature Vacations’ collection of resortsBrochure features six leading resort chains: RIU Hotels & Resorts; Karisma Resorts; Jewel Resorts; Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts; Hard Rock Hotels; Krystal Hotels and ResortsIncludes Jewels Resorts in Jamaica for the first timeNew hotel openings include: Riu Dunamar; Riu Palace Costa Mujeres; Riu Palace Baja California; Riu Santa Fe; Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos; and Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta and Sensatori Azul Beach Resort Jamaica Off to the races! Sunwing shares what’s new on ‘Every Step of the Way’ tour Tags: Sunwing Sunwing app:Allows travellers to call home to Canada for free, plan their next vacation, book excursions, confirm flights, gain exclusive deals on local attractions and moreGroups:The 2018-2019 Groups Guide is what Lorraine Brisbois, Corporate Manager, Sunwing Travel Group, refers to as “your Bible to Groups”Brisbois also notes that “destination weddings continue to soar”, but that the company has also seen a rise in groups celebrating vow renewals and anniversariesGroups Plus Premium promotion: once a minimum of 10 adults book together, the 8th person travels freeGroup discounts are also available now on Sunwing Experiences; private tours available for groups of 12 or more and the 21st adult travels freeGroup pricing is also available for cruise packages with MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Marella Cruises where bookings of a minimum eight double cabins will have the 16th adult travel for freeSTARmillionaire promotion is returning, whereby agents can qualify for booking a group of 10 adults or more between March 28-Aug. 28, 2018More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJSunwing Experiences:For the first time ever, Sunwing will now offer agents the chance to earn STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash on Sunwing Experiences bookings across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central AmericaAgents will be able to book and earn commission and rewards points as these excursions can now be added as standalone purchases, regardless of which tour operator the vacation package was booked withSunwing Experiences bookings are confirmed under the category ‘Activities’ on SIREV and will soon be available on Amadeus Tours, Galileo Vacations, and Sabre VacationsClients benefit from pre-paying in Canadian dollarsNew cruises:New cruise brochure features fly & cruise packages departing form Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and VancouverAll packages include roundtrip flights on Sunwing Airlines with transfers include between the airport and the ship’s portCruise lines offered include MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella CruisesDomestic flights:Sunwing’s popular summer flight service resumes for its 13th consecutive seasonDaily flights are available between Toronto-Vancouver (May 15-Sept. 5, 2018), and Toronto-St. John’s (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018, Monday-Friday)Twice weekly flights to Gander on Tuesdays and Fridays (June 15-Sept. 4, 2018)Weekly Wednesday flights to Stephenville (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018)Sunwingagents.ca:Agents will soon be able to book via the platform and collect STAR points from anywhere in the world (more details to come)