first_img– Advertisement – Xiaomi Mi Box 4S Pro, a new streaming device with support for 8K video decoding, has been launched in China. The streaming box is priced at CNY 399 (approximately Rs. 4,500) and will only be available in China for now with the company not announcing any plans to launch the new product in global markets including India. The Mi Box 4S Pro is part of the same product range that includes the Mi Box 4K, which was launched in India earlier this year for Rs. 3,499.Mi Box 4S Pro price vs competitionPriced at CNY 399 (approximately Rs. 4,500), the Mi Box 4S Pro is only a bit more expensive than the Mi Box 4K, and comes with significantly improved features. The support for 8K video decoding gives the device a significant edge over competing devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K, as well as over the Mi Box 4K itself.Mi Box 4S Pro specifications and features- Advertisement – The key feature on the Mi Box 4S Pro is 8K video decoding, which isn’t available on any other popular streaming devices right now. Although it isn’t exactly clear how this will work for now, it’s likely that the Mi Box 4S Pro will be able to play back locally available 8K video content on a supported television. For now, none of the major streaming services offer content in 8K resolution, so there’s not much else that can be done with this feature.The Mi Box 4S Pro runs MIUI for TV, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for apps and app data. Any global version of the device would likely ship with Android TV and not MIUI for TV, similar to the Mi Box 4K in India. That said, the specific feature set of this device is unlikely to have much appeal globally for now, given that 8K TVs are quite expensive and 8K content isn’t widely available.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMs. Reed, who works for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, arrived at an elementary school at 5:20 a.m. to begin setting up for the polls opening at 7. She then spent all day working the tabulator, helping people insert their ballot into a machine to be counted before making sure they left with the ubiquitous “I Voted” sticker.She stayed until 9 p.m., leaving upbeat about democracy and her place in it.“I love to make people happy and to see the smiles on these people’s faces, it was really nice,” Ms. Reed said. “I think when you’re smiling and you’ve got that positive energy, it can bounce off of them and make them happy too.”- Advertisement – Even that, Ms. Woodall-Vogg said, was a pretty normal experience.“In previous elections, the police followed me in my car,” she said. “This time it was a matter of how am I going to get there efficiently with a media barrage. It wasn’t out of the ordinary.”- Advertisement – In Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recruited more than 30,000 election workers to staff the polls and, in Detroit, work around the clock counting the state’s three million absentee ballots.In Detroit, that meant building three teams of 700 to 800 people each who would begin counting ballots when the polls opened on Election Day and work continuously until the job was finished midday Wednesday. In the August primary, with half as many absentee ballots cast, it took Michigan officials two full days after the election to finish counting, Ms. Benson said.Among the new poll workers was Crystal Reed, a 52-year-old from Warren, Mich.- Advertisement – Luke Broadwater, Nick Corasaniti and Jesse McKinley contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – But when they do hold genuinely competitive votes and the result goes against them, they often ignore the result, denouncing it as the work of traitors, criminals and foreign saboteurs, and therefore invalid. By refusing to accept the results of last week’s election and working to delegitimize the vote, Mr. Trump is following a similar strategy.The United States has never before had to force an incumbent to concede a fair defeat at the polls. And merely by raising the possibility that he would have to be forced out of office, Mr. Trump has shattered the bedrock democratic tradition of a seamless transition. The parallel is not exact. Mr. Trump participated in a free and fair democratic election. Most autocrats defy voters before they even vote, excluding real rivals from the ballot and swamping the airwaves with one-sided coverage.- Advertisement – Just a month later, Mr. Pompeo’s boss, President Trump, is now borrowing from Mr. Lukashenko’s playbook, joining a club of truculent leaders who, regardless of what voters decide, declare themselves the winners of elections.That club counts as its members far more dictators, tyrants and potentates than leaders of what used to be known as the “free world” — countries that, led by Washington, have for decades lectured others on the need to hold elections and respect the result. MOSCOW — When the strongman ruler of Belarus declared an implausible landslide victory in an election in August and had himself sworn in for a sixth term as president, the United States and other Western nations denounced what they said was brazen defiance of the voters’ will.President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s victory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month, was “fraud.” Mr. Pompeo added: “We’ve opposed the fact that he’s now inaugurated himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. They want something different.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgBlackburne sees it as paradoxical that the more he expressed his feelings, the more he laid bare his weaknesses, the stronger that he was perceived by others. This was in 2010. He became a personal trainer and studied nutrition but soon realised how best to help.“It is almost always a mindset problem,” he says.“The problem with footballers is that they go to see a therapist with the mentality that the therapist will not understand them. They are constantly judged by managers and by fans. The last thing they want to do is sit in a room with someone with a notepad judging them.“Because I played the game I suppose I am able to speak their language. I am just a normal bloke. They know me and they trust me so they open up. They start to confide in me.”Some of the problems are familiar ones. A romantic relationship that is going wrong or the inability to communicate with a coach. Blackburne finds the solutions are usually within.“They create stories. I had an agent ring me up asking to speak to one of his players because the player wanted to quit the game. Why did he want to quit? Because the assistant manager did not like him. But that was just the story they were telling themselves.“What if you drop that belief and go into training tomorrow with the mindset that the assistant manager does like you? Train properly instead. That is what he did and now he is back in the team and back scoring. It was all due to his belief. Perception is projection.“I do a whole month on language, on changing communication to handle confrontation skilfully. Agree with the manager and tell him you respect his opinion. Ask him what you need to do to get in his team and then go and do it. It is basically life skills. They should be taught in school.” – Advertisement – 2:03 There is the player at Norwich who has death anxiety. The veteran goalkeeper who was the life and soul of the dressing room but found himself dealing with suicidal thoughts on the commute home. The one at Hull who is so on edge that something as trivial as a dog owner not cleaning up their pet’s mess on his morning walk would ruin his entire day.“Imagine how he reacted when he made a mistake,” says Blackburne.There are the former Brentford team-mates who were each facing their own personal demons, unbeknownst to the other. One of them was drinking vodka alone every night. The pair only found out they were both going through similar struggles after opening up to Blackburne. “They were best friends and only lived down the road from each other.”It is all part of a culture that discourages speaking out.“When it comes to the mental health side, nobody wants people to find out about what they are struggling with in case they are judged for it,” he explains.“What the players find is that the clubs do not support them enough. Some players have been dropped for admitting they had a problem. Football is the release for them.“They have the belief that nobody knows how they feel.”Blackburne’s secret is that he has genuine empathy. He has been on this journey himself. “I had my own meltdown,” he says. “I think that is why players can relate to me.”His mother developed breast cancer. A good friend was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He took on the role of his carer. “People were asking if I was OK but I would just tell them that I was a warrior. Internally, I was crumbling,” he adds.“My world came crashing down in a big way.”The situation came to a head on a trip to Manchester with his then partner. Blackburne broke down in the hotel room. “She said something and I basically cried for four hours.”It proved to be a turning point.“I had never really cried. It had been building and building so this was a big release. I did not want to tell anyone I was struggling because I was a coach at the time and I did not want to be perceived as weak. Sometimes your biggest breakdown is your biggest breakthrough.” Other challenges facing the modern player are new.“Social media is a big thing. It is a good tool but it can be devastating.”Blackburne remembers receiving a frantic call from a player who was distressed because, in his words, everybody was abusing him on social media. “Listen to the language,” he says. “Everyone was abusing him? Was it everyone or was it just one or two people?“Rather than telling players what the problem is you try to help them by asking questions so they work it out for themselves. You are empowering them to make decisions.“The first thing I ask them is what they do when they get up in the morning. Are they reaching for the phone and scrolling through? Are they searching for their own name? If you want to be a top footballer you need to be proactive not reactive. I have known players who search Twitter as soon as they reach the dressing room. If it is an issue, get off your phone.”Curiously, many of the players now reaching out to Blackburne for support are those towards the back end of their careers, although he believes there is a certain logic to it.“Footballers live their life backwards,” he explains. “They start earning money at 18 and then they regress. You hit 35 and unless you have other skills you have nothing. A normal person is learning and learning and when they get to 35 they are at the top of their game. But footballers have not been taught to deal with the problems that life throws at them.”Blackburne has written a book Head in the Game that will tackle many of these issues – with contributions from the former Arsenal midfielder and World Cup winner Gilberto Silva and the ex-Manchester United and England goalkeeper Ben Foster among others.But in the meantime it is the Footballers Mindset podcast and the accompanying group meetings that are providing much-needed support for what is the game’s unseen epidemic.“Instead of keeping it one on one,” says Blackburne, “I had to open the whole thing up and the result is that I am now speaking to people about this every day. Players are listening to the podcast and that is inspiring them to get my number, come on and help others.“It has become a support network.”The signs are that football needs it now more than ever. Hayley Jarvis of the mental health charity MIND explains the impact of a lockdown UK Active chief executive Huw Edwards urges rethink on gym closures 0:21 Blackburne, a former youth-team goalkeeper at Chelsea, has come to appreciate the sheer scale of the problem since his sessions with players morphed into a podcast.“Football is a very internal game and I have been working with some players now in the Championship for eight years. I would get recommendations and work with them one-by-one but once we started the podcast it just snowballed. More and more people started ringing me. I started to realise there is this big problem that nobody is talking about.”This is football’s secret society. Zoom calls with a dozen players discussing their fears. Webinars of more than 40 professionals sharing their stories. Only by opening up with each other about these mental health issues is the depth of the issue coming to be understood.- Advertisement – Gyms are to be closed from xx until xx under a second national lockdown in England. “People say footballers have got it easy,” Rob Blackburne tells Sky Sports. “That they only work 10am to 2pm. But they stay in reading message after message telling them they hate them. If they want to go out for a release, maybe to the pub, they have people telling them they have ruined their weekend and want them to die.“Is that the kind of life you want?”- Advertisement – Blackburne has been holding therapy sessions with players for years now. Most earn a fraction of the game’s top stars but find themselves just as exposed to the macho culture that permeates the game, one that encourages competition and punishes weakness.Occasionally, that manifests itself in tragedy. A young man takes his own life, providing a reminder of the toxic environment that exists, the ugly truth about the beautiful game.But much more common are the stories never told by those who are struggling to cope with the scrutiny that comes their way and the demands that they place on themselves.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgParents and teachers in New York City anxiously watched the city’s test positivity rate as it teetered near the 3 percent mark that would trigger a shutdown of in-person classes. So far, schools are still open. Athletes at Simmons University, in Massachusetts, have been staying in touch over Zoom while they’re away from teammates, Chloe Janes and Olivia Ray reported for The Simmons Voice. An opinion: “The California Interscholastic Federation should abandon any notion of allowing high schools to start football practice in early December with the intent of playing games in January,” The Mercury News wrote in an editorial. A good read: The Pew Research Center wrote a birds-eye analysis of how case surges affect school closings. “For now, the national COVID-19 surge that is overwhelming hospitals in some states has stalled any further movement toward opening classrooms,” Christine Vestal wrote. Here’s a roundup of comments from other members of Biden’s coronavirus advisory board: “We all hope we can reopen schools and colleges this fall, but only if the number of new infections is extremely low and controlled,” Dr. David Kessler wrote in a Times Op-Ed this April. He served as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under President Clinton and President George H.W. Bush. The incoming president’s coronavirus task force has said it would prioritize open schools over open businesses like restaurants, bars and gyms.“I would consider school an essential service,” Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the task force, told our colleague Apoorva Mandavilli. “Those other things are not essential services.”Biden has promised money — lots of money — to help schools function safely. He has backed plans to send at least $88 billion to local and state governments, which would pay for protective equipment, ventilation, smaller classes and other expenses. In Washington, D.C., the school district and the teachers’ union have made headway toward a deal to start in-person learning. There are still some big question marks about the Biden agenda for schools during the pandemic.As Erica noted, “the president-elect’s closeness with the powerful teachers’ unions has raised concerns. Unions have come under fire from parents and school leaders who say their opposition to in-person instruction conflicts with science and students’ well-being.”The president-elect may also struggle to pass a big-ticket funding bill unless Democrats control the Senate, which will depend on the outcome of two closely fought runoff races in Georgia in January. Today, many parents use a map of public Wi-Fi locations to help their children get online, and students can often be seen hunched over laptops in cars parked within range of wireless routers.“It just adds insult to injury when you’re forced to sit in a McDonald’s parking lot to learn,” said Monique Felder, the school superintendent in Orange County, N.C.Around the countryCollege update An opinion: “Save the Season. Move the start back. Play league schedule and have May Madness. Spiking and protocols make it impossible to play right now.” That’s a tweet from Rick Pitino, the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Iona College, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard University, said that targeted shutdowns are preferable. “On a ZIP code by ZIP code basis, you can deploy different restrictions in order to get the virus under control and it’s quite effective. We do not need to go into a nationwide, shelter-in-place shutdown.” “Schools, they need a lot of money to open,” he said during the last presidential debate.Biden has also said his administration would create national guidelines for school reopenings. It would also provide advice about remote learning and distance learning, and conduct research into how the coronavirus affects children. Systemically, it would work to close gaps “in learning, mental health, social and emotional well-being, and systemic racial and socioeconomic disparities in education that the pandemic has exacerbated.”President Trump, by contrast, pushed to keep schools open and threatened to restrict federal funding from noncompliant districts, but did not offer significant funds or guidelines to help meet that goal. Trump’s Education Department, reported our colleague Erica Green, “has all but absolved itself of tracking the virus’s impact and offering solutions.”- Advertisement – Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general, has warned that reopenings “won’t be like flipping a switch.” In September, he tweeted: “When schools/universities reopen without appropriate precautions, they raise the risk of a #COVID19 surge.” Two Thanksgiving reads: As cases rise, students at Indiana University worry they might accidentally bring the virus home with them for Thanksgiving, Matt Cohen wrote for the Indiana Daily Student. And for The Times, Tara Parker-Pope and Julie Halpert compiled expert advice on how college students can come home safely for the holiday. – Advertisement – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan announced sweeping restrictions, including the suspension of in-person classes for college and high school students, to combat what she called “the worst moment of this pandemic to date.” In Massachusetts, some school districts are experimenting with “pool testing” — grouping samples, and then testing each individually only if the “pool” tests positive. – Advertisement – We’d love to keep featuring student reporting on the pandemic. Please email Amelia with links.K-12 update Several months into the 2020-2021 school year, things are bad and getting worse. Most American children are not in classrooms, with many suffering ill effects. The country seems doomed to face increasing coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. There seems to be little chance of improved conditions for the rest of the year.So what will President-elect Joe Biden do about it when he takes office on Jan. 20?- Advertisement – Tip: Calculate your Covid riskResearchers at the University of Texas-Austin have created a useful tool to help families and school administrators make daily estimates of how many infected people are likely to show up at schools across the United States.The Times featured an earlier version of the model in July.Sign up here to get the briefing by email. Rural students can’t get onlineRemote school requires an internet connection. For students who live in rural areas, limited service can be a huge obstacle.Shekinah Lennon, 17, attends online class from a kitchen table in Orrum, N.C., a rural community of fewer than 100 people with no grocery store or traffic lights. This fall, the video suddenly froze. The wireless antenna on the roof had stopped working, and it couldn’t be fixed. Shekinah’s mother called five broadband companies, all of which gave the same answer: Service is not available in your area.“It’s not fair,” Shekinah told our colleague Dan Levin. “I don’t think just the people who live in the city should have internet. We need it in the country, too.”In rural parts of North Carolina, some children spend school nights crashing at the homes of more-connected relatives so they can get online for classes the next day. In one district, parents come to the school every two weeks to hand in flash drives filled with completed schoolwork and receive new ones, uploaded with lesson videos and assignments.“In school I made all A’s and B’s,” one 14-year-old, who has been forced to rely on flash drives to do his school work. “Now I’m failing.”For months, local education leaders have lobbied state and federal officials for systemic solutions, rather than Band-Aid fixes like hot spots.last_img read more

first_imgDec 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A sixth human case of H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in China, and two more cases are suspected in Indonesia, according to reports today.The Chinese Ministry of Health has confirmed H5N1 infection in a 35-year-old man from the southeastern province of Jiangxi, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. He became ill Dec 4 and is under intensive care in a hospital, the agency said.An H5 virus has been found in ducks near the man’s home, the WHO said. His family members and close contacts are under observation.The man’s illness brings the WHO’s count of confirmed H5N1 cases over the past 2 years to 139, including 71 deaths. Two of the six cases in China have been fatal.In Indonesia, initial tests have pointed to avian flu in a 39-year-old man from South Jakarta who died Dec 13, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) and other news services.Local officials were running further tests, and samples from the man also were sent to the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong for testing, AFP reported.The Indonesian health ministry is also testing samples from an 8-year-old boy who died yesterday in a Jakarta hospital, Bloomberg News reported today.Ilham Patu, a physician at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital, said the boy suffered from a high fever, cough, and breathing problems and lived in a neighborhood with many pet birds and chickens, according to the story.Indonesian officials reported the country’s 14th case of H5N1 infection earlier this week. The WHO confirmed the case, in a 35-year-old man from West Jakarta, on Dec 14. He died Nov 19 after a 2-week illness; his case was the ninth fatal one in Indonesia.The man did not keep poultry, but samples from birds found in his neighborhood were being tested, the WHO said.In other news, the United Nations’ avian and pandemic flu coordinator said today that subtle mutations in the H5N1 virus may be increasing the threat of a pandemic, according to an AFP report.”There are some subtle changes in the genetic makeup of H5N1 which suggest that it is making some of the mutations that would enable it to have a higher likelihood of being able to become a human-to-human transmitted virus,” David Nabarro was quoted as saying.Nabarro, speaking in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, said virologists who monitor the virus have warned against complacency. “It is quite feasible that H5N1 could mutate,” he said. “The fact that it has taken some years should not lead you to believe that we are through the worst.”In Malawi, the unexplained deaths of thousands of migratory birds called drongos have sparked worries about avian flu, according to another AFP report published today.The birds started dying early this week on a hill in the center of the southern African country, AFP reported. Scores of villagers were said to be eating the birds, Wilfred Lipita, Malawi’s livestock and animal director, told AFP.Officials have sent blood and tissue samples to South Africa for testing. The birds were believed to have migrated from Israel, because one of them had a ring with the word “Israel” inscribed on it, the story said.See also:Dec 16 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_16/en/index.htmlDec 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_14/en/index.htmllast_img read more

first_imgFlu activity rebounds at many collegesFlu activity at US colleges has increased significantly, showing spikes even in some areas such as the southeast that have reported decreases over the past few weeks, the American College Health Association (ACHA) said yesterday. The Midwest, mid Atlantic, and northeast regions also showed unexpected rebounds. The report for the week ending Oct 23 said the rate of flu-like illnesses on member campuses was 28 per 10,000 students, up 34% from the week before.http://www.acha.org/ILI_Surveillance.cfm/?date=102909Oct 28 ACHA surveillance reportFeds address spot liquid Tamiflu shortagesIn response spot shortages of the pediatric liquid suspension version of Tamiflu, an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today at a media briefing that on Oct 1, 300,000 bottles from the national stockpile were shipped to states. The CDC said more pharmacy chains are compounding the medication and that parents can mix crushed pediatric capsules with a spoonful of, for example, chocolate syrup.http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/antivirals/mixing_tamiflu_qa.htmCDC info on mixing Tamiflu capsules, liquidNovartis: US vaccine order is on trackNovartis said today it is on track to produce 90 million units of bulk pandemic vaccine antigen to the US market, enough for 60 million doses. It expects multidose and prefilled vial deliveries to reach 25 to 30 million by the end of November. The company has shipped 7.5 million doses. Novartis said early vaccine yield was low, but a new seed strain it began using in mid September is getting a 63% yield. The CDC said today that total US H1N1 vaccine received is now at 24.8 million doses.http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2009/1351038.shtmlOct 29 Novartis media releaseLack of parental OK slows NYC school vaccinationsFewer than half of New York City parents with children in elementary school have signed consent forms for their children to receive H1N1 vaccine at school, the New York Times reported. Health officials had no citywide figure but said between 5% and 50% of parents have given permission. Possible reasons for parents’ reluctance may include vaccine safety concerns and the assumption that some children had the virus in the spring and are now immune.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/nyregion/29vaccine.htmlOct 29 New York Times storyUS student absenteeism and school closings climbThe number of students home sick with the flu and the number of school closings have been climbing steadily, the Associated Press (AP) reported. By the end of last week, the number of closed schools reported by the US Department of Education reached 351, affecting 125,000 students. Officials suspected that many closing have not been reported. One especially hard-hit school was St. Charles East High in suburban Chicago, where 800 of 2,200 students were absent.Some Canadian docs slow to join vaccination effortFamily physicians in parts of Canada have been slow to sign up to give H1N1 vaccinations, citing various obstacles, the Canadian Press reported. In Ontario, some doctors have been deterred by a requirement that they order vaccine in 500-dose lots, while others objected to a demand that they provide a weekly record of every dose delivered. Some provinces are not asking family doctors to help launch the vaccination drive and instead are focusing on mass immunization clinics.Uncertain timing clouds UK vaccine campaignGeneral practitioners in Britain have said it could take weeks for them to receive H1N1 vaccine supplies, leaving those in priority groups uncertain about when they can be vaccinated, the Daily Express reported. Healthcare workers and hospital patients received their doses last week, and it was expected that vaccination of other priority groups would begin this week. But many doctors have not yet received their doses and don’t know just when they will come.http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/136800/Chaos-over-swine-flu-jab-as-supplies-are-delayedOct 29 Daily Express reportChina sees tough flu fight aheadChinese government sources said flu activity is spiking in many parts of the country and clusters of illnesses are occurring in schools, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. China’s state council said the country’s challenge is grim. The assessment was prompted by the death of a student at a university in Beijing where other students were ill. The fatality is China’s fourth from the pandemic H1N1 virus.http://www.mysinchew.com/node/30780?tid=37Oct 29 AFP storylast_img read more

first_imgAdvertising – such a simple and complex word or rather a process consisting of many elements. Today, more than ever, advertising is simpler, and yet more complicated, because there is more and more noise in communication and it is more and more difficult to reach, ie visibility towards a specific target group. An interesting paradox, isn’t it?As the mantra that marketing is a cost and not an investment is still wrong in our country, changes in this field are slow and we are far behind Europe, although we are already a wholesaler in the european union. But slowly, this perception is changing, and tourism is one of the sectors that has always followed new trends and technologies, including advertising. As Ilija Brajković, co-owner, points out digital agency Kontra tourism is a driver of digital development because tourism professionals have realized that digital is the best form of advertising in a highly competitive market.Today not being present digitally, especially in tourism, is a sure direction of doom. Also, as many tools are free, and so are social networks that bring the masses together, it is often thought that everything can be done for free, ie without hiring professionals. And there’s a big mistake, if you don’t realize it yourself, you will understand soon when you put the key in the lock. “Today, being present on social media is a matter of personal hygiene, as is owning a website. Anyone who is serious about tourism no longer thinks about it. It is almost impossible to communicate on all networks – there are dozens of them, and in tourism we should focus on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. ”Brajković points out.Ilija Brajkovic, KontraThat video is a “must have” medium and communication today is also confirmed by Brajković, who points out that he is currently video rastura in all segments. ”Facebook is fighting YouTube for advertiser favor and currently the price of video advertising is very low. The same thing is with YouTube, right now we have one YouTube campaign for a client where the cost of viewing is 0.03kn”Brajković pointed out. We often talk about the reach of posts, which of course often depends on a lot of elements, but with Page pages, officially or not, it is definitely noticeable that the reach has dropped drastically in the past year. to use FB paid advertisements to increased reach. On the one hand logical on the FB side, while on the other hand the impression is that the reach has been reduced too much ”The story of reducing reaction is constantly dragging on. Realistically, the reach is 5% -20%, depending on the page, but we can generally round it to 10%.”Says Brajković.Apart from video, tourism is strong today present Instagram, you could even say that at the moment young people are much more active on Instagram, and pictures and videos sell everything. “Facebook has created a monster out of Instagram, and tourism has perfect content on Instagram. The problem is that Instagram is not easy, the community is demanding and extra effort is needed to achieve measurable results. ” Brajković points out. Of course, if you are “small”, you can always educate yourself and start, you have a lot of free content on the Internet from which you can learn a lot about the basics and how to start. Just one about Facebook advertising was published by the digital agency Kontra, which you can download HERE, but you need to be aware that this is just the basics and that you will not go far or be efficient, especially at a higher level where you expect concrete sales effects.That is why there are professionals, who specialize in each segment separately, that it has gone far and if you want to be successful you have to specialize, and no one can specialize in everything. We are known as a country with a million football coaches and coaches, everyone knows everything, but today to be successful in digital business is certainly much harder than just running a Facebook page and posting pictures. There are professionals whose job is just to run FB pages as community managers, that they have come so far in specialization.To trivialize, a professional photographer costs money and you can always photograph your own apartment, but again from the other side you will have less sale because people look at pictures when searching apartments. You can always create a website on Winx.com as well as open and run it yourself Fabecook profile, but gold is the rule as much as you invest so much you get, not to mention trust and credibility. In the end, Brajković points out three main tips for advertising on Facebook “The first is how don’t just blindly boost posts. Others to define a sales funnel, understand how your guests buy your services and adapt accordingly; Facebook cannot be expected to be the primary sales channel for selling accommodation, but as a support. And Lastly, be sure to use remarketing.”Concludes Brajković.To conclude, the noise in communication is never greater and you get a second of attention like the holy grail of the whole story, and that is action, ie making a sale is never harder. And that there will always be someone who will charge less and cheaper, but don’t just look at the price but the best price-quality ratio with the main focus on quality within the framework you can invest. If you still think marketing is a cost and something irrelevant, imagine why then Coca-Cola, which literally the whole world knows, is still rapidly being advertised and communicated. Obviously there is something in that marketing.Ultimately, it costs you nothing to send an informative offer to professionals. You have nothing to lose, you can only profit.last_img read more

first_imgNext week, from August 15 to 18, in Sveti Martin Spa, the 200 best European golf golfers will compete at the 12th European Disc Golf Championship ( EDGP ).For the prestigious titles of European disc golf champions in eight categories divided by age and gender, players from 27 European countries will compete, and it is worth noting that this is the first time that EDGP will be held in any of the countries of Southern or Eastern Europe. According to the organizers from the Varaždin-based company Lagoda Disc Golf, this could start a more significant development of disc golf in these parts of Europe.The organizers from the company Lagoda Disc Golf have been professionally developing disc golf and organizing tournaments since 2012, and now they are making every effort to organize the 12th European Championship in Croatia at the highest level in the context of professional sports and in the form of quality and content. events that will bring numerous disc golf fans, families of competitors and others to the Sveti Martin Spa.”The European Championship will be the biggest project organized by Lagoda jdoo so far and a kind of crown of our work over the past seven years. Since 2011 we started organizing international disc golf tournaments in Croatia, creating already recognizable brands such as Varaždin Drava Forester and Stray Disc Tour in Sveti Martin Spa, which was attended by players from over 20 countries.The special recognition is the fact that this, the 12th European Disc Golf Championship, will be the first to be held in any of the countries of Southern or Eastern Europe. , so we manage to make a step forward in the expansion of disc golf in these parts of our continent ” , said the director of Lagoda Disc Golf Dinko Šimenc.The European disc golf championship in Sveti Martin Spa will be an extremely important sporting and tourist event, as it will have around 2,000 overnight stays.It will also be a great advertisement for Međimurje all over the world. Namely, as the director of Lagoda Disc Golf, Dinko Šimenc, revealed to us, the recording of the game of the best male players via the disc golf YouTube channel SpinTV is expected to be watched by over 30,000 people, and many will follow the Facebook live broadcast, as usual in the disc golf world. This is a guarantee that the eyes of a large number of fans of this sport around the world these days will be focused on Međimurje.last_img read more

first_imgSee the project for more details HERE In Slavonski Brod, a contract was signed for the execution of works on the reconstruction of the northern part of the western cavalier of the Brod Fortress for the area of ​​the Tambourine House – Slavonian musical fairy tale. “With the opening of the Tamburitza Museum six years ago, Slavonski Brod got a special place on the world map of cultural and tourist offer. It is the first and only Tamburitza Museum in the world and that is why we have created a project through which we will provide a new, modern space for its unique exhibition. In the new museum space, visitors will be able to experience the tambourine as a traditional musical instrument through a number of interesting interactive content. Therefore, we believe that the Tamburitza House project will significantly help preserve the cultural tradition of Slavonia and bring it closer to younger generations. With today’s signing of the contract, the realization of one of the projects will begin, which will significantly contribute to the tourist offer, urbanization and cultural development of the Brod Fortress, and which will certainly strengthen the economic development of Slavonski Brod. ” said Mirko Duspara, mayor of Slavonski Brod. By completing the project of building the Tamburitza House, as a modern interpretation center dedicated to the tamburitza, visitors will get a modern space in which this traditional musical instrument will be able to experience through sound and space. Part of the future museum space will be a souvenir shop, a master workshop where visitors will be able to make a souvenir and a multipurpose hall for tamburitza and folklore competitions, seminars, festivals and other events. In the long run, the City of Slavonski Brod plans to develop the Fortress as a cultural center of the region, and position it as a cultural and tourist attraction for day and weekend trips in continental cultural city tourism. The project envisages the reconstruction of the northern part of the western cavalier of the Brod Fortress for the purpose of its conversion into the House of the Tambourine – Slavonian Music Fairy Tale as a new cultural and tourist attraction in Slavonski Brod. Through the Tamburitza House project, Slavonski Brod will get a modern and functional space for concerts, rehearsals, an exhibition of valuable tamburitza exhibits and educating visitors about the historical significance and tradition of the tamburitza in Slavonia. last_img read more