January 14

‘Let Big Boy 1, Big Boy 2 Submit to Probe Too’

first_imgDoes House Speaker J. Alex Tyler know who Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 are? The wording of an official statement signed and issued by him late yesterday sure sounded like it as he flat out rejected the special prosecuting team, appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to investigate allegations made by Global Witness into the bribery of several prominent government officials.In a press statement issued yesterday, Speaker Tyler differed with and objected to President Sirleaf’s appointment of a special prosecuting team, headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, Minister of State Without Portfolio, because the team lacks the authority to investigate the President and other elected officials.He said Cllr. Koffa is a presidential appointee and he functions under the supervision of the president and therefore he cannot be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation of the allegations.The speaker said in order to lend credibility to the process; he has proposed that an independent panel outside of government, with representation of the Press Union of Liberia, Civil Society, Inter-Religious Council, the Liberia National Bar Association and others be constituted, to launch an immediate inquest into the alleged bribery scandal.He said considering the gravity of the allegations and their potential to undermine “our governance structure, I am stating publicly my willingness to submit myself and fully corporate with an independent investigation of the allegations, raised by the Global Witness report.”Speaker Tyler called on “Big Boy 1” and “Big Boy 2” to submit themselves to the probe as well and noted that not to prejudice any potential investigation, he would refrain from making any further comment on the matter.He described as “untrue” the May 11 Global Witness Report alleged that a “leaked email” insinuated that he received USD75,000 to help change the law in favor of Sable Mining.“I, at no time received any money from anybody neither did I hold any discussions with anybody regarding Sable Mining,” Speaker Tyler said.He further quoted the Global Witness Report that said “the President and other senior officials of government, including myself, aided a private mining company, Sable Mining to acquire concession rights to the Wologizi Mountain.“The publication further alleged that this was to be achieved by changing the Public Procurement and Concession law to enable Sable Mining secures the Wologizi Mountain outside of competitive bidding process.”Global Witness, he said also reported that: “Edmonds and Grooves came to West Africa in 2010 hungry for iron ore. When the country’s procurement law interfered with their plan, they set out to change it.” “The report goes on to quote Belleh, saying: “We finally got the revised PPCC act completed,” and according to the report, “Belleh wrote (Varney) Sherman on August 6th 2010 and the Minister of Justice and I met with the president last night and reviewed areas of concern to her, she approved.“The document has been forwarded to the National legislature. It is expected to be fast-tracked.” Speaker Tyler said that the above report supposedly suggested that President Sirleaf approved and orchestrated the change in the PPCC law to enable Sable Mining to achieve its objectives.While refuting Global Witness Report’s claims, Speaker Tyler concluded that he would make himself available to any such body to safeguard the integrity of his office and that of the entire Legislative Branch of government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 16

Home Builder Tips for Increasing Web Site Traffic

first_imgIn her book Loyalty is Love, internationally acclaimed speaker and business trainer Beverly Koehn explains that home builders are in the retail business and should ensure that every single contact with home buyers, from the very first interaction, is memorable.With consumers being increasingly active on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, home builders should pay attention to the first contact and “user experience” that potential home buyers will have with their company. In this era, that first contact is usually online.Compete.com conducts studies on online shoppers’ behavior. In their latest survey with data from May to July 2010, Compete found that 31 percent of those surveyed are checking out retailers’ Facebook fan pages or Twitter feeds. This number is up from 17 percent in the third-quarter 2009 study.Facebook ranks as the #2 most trafficked Web site, according to Alexa and Compete, with close to 123.7 million unique visitors in the month of May 2010. Google ranks #1, with 149.6 million unique visitors during the same month.iStrategy Labs finds that over 30% of Facebook users are 35 years of age and older. (Hmmm, aren’t there potential home buyers in this group?)View more details in the article Facebook Stats That Can’t Be Ignored.These numbers should cause any business owners, especially in the home industry, to raise their eyebrows and really pay attention to what’s going on in the social web.You should start by making an honest assessment of your presence on the Web, and execute any necessary changes to boost your brand online and maximize your Internet presence.During this difficult time in the housing industry, when social networks are so readily available, home builders, remodelers and other professionals in the home building industry can really increase their Web traffic, and that could produce more leads which potentially convert into sales.As a home builder or remodeler, you should not miss this great opportunity to expose your content to the world.So what should you be doing?1. Have a BlogConsumers love content, and so do search engines like Google. I’ve studied many builder Web sites and find that a huge number of them lack this very important social web element. Your blog is the central hub of information to share with your audience.Use your presence in social networks like Facebook and Twitter to engage with your audience and also to drive traffic back to your site. Don’t make the mistake of just using a Facebook fan page (aka business page). Build your Web content on your own blog and refer your followers and fans to it.2. Get on FacebookWith Facebook ranking #2 in the social media sphere, take advantage of this tool. Engage with your audience by asking questions. Don’t make it just about you. Share different things and links to other sites with information that could benefit them.Some great examples of good usage of Facebook are: Green Building Advisor’s fan page, Fine Home Building magazine, Lennar, and smaller custom builders such as Garabedian Properties.The neat thing about Facebook fan pages is that you can customize the tabs to really enrich your fan page. For example, you can add a “welcome” tab, a “videos” tab, and even a “specials” tab to announce any promotions.Here are some great examples of how you can customize your Facebook fan page to make it easy for your visitors and potential clients to get information hassle-free and fast with the click of a button:Lennar – Welcome tab set as defaultLennar – Markets tab Pulte Homes – Blog tab Pulte Homes – YouTube tabMimi’s Cafe – special promotions tabCan you grasp how powerful social media tools can be?Go beyond just having the standard “Photos” tab. You’ll need an expert to help you customize your Facebook fan page but the effort will be well worth it.The point is to bring all of your information and make it available to your visitors on a silver platter, right under their noses and at their fingertips.Don’t forget to include links back to your Web site where they can find more information (that’s why having a blog is so critical!)Linking tipWhen linking back to your Web site use the direct URL to the page you’re referencing. Avoid sending your visitors to your home page as this will cause frustration and extra work for users to search your site for the content.Wouldn’t it be extremely frustrating if I had sent you to the home page of some of the links I’ve shared on this post, leaving you the arduous task of digging through those sites to find the information I referenced?Make it easy for your users to obtain information. They’ll love you for it!3. Get on TwitterMany business owners find Twitter a nuisance, but if your audience is using it or checking you out on it, you probably need to re-evaluate it. With automation applications available, you can do the following:Write your blog postSet an automation process to automatically do an entry on your Facebook fan page and Twitter profileProvide answers to comments or questions received as a result of your post.Green Building Advisor’s Facebook fan page and its Twitter profile are great examples of how to take advantage of these automation tools such as Twitterfeed to auto-magically feed your news to both platforms.You can drive more traffic to your Web site by really making it easy for people to find you and the helpful information you’re posting.What social media tools are you using that have produced positive results?last_img read more

November 27

ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ With ONE title defense coming up, Joshua Pacio not taking a holiday breather BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE lightweight world Champion Eduard Folayang has been representing the Philippines in any way that he can.Aside from his exploits in mixed martial arts that have brought pride to the country, Folayang has also showcased Filipino culture by wearing a traditional Barong Tagalog with  Igorot weaving patterns for festivities outside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Our Barong is unique, which is why I like wearing it so much. I want to show how unique Filipinos are. I am very proud of where I came from,” he said.Folayang’s proud representation of his heritage has managed to catch the attention of spectators, including ONE CEO International Victor Cui, who also has Filipino roots.“Victor Cui likes my formal attire so much,” Folayang recalled with a smile. “In fact he likes it so much, I had to buy one for him. He was very happy when he got it.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 35-year-old Baguio City native is making a conscious effort to don locally-made garments to show that he is proud to be Filipino.“I represent the Philippines and my ethnicity by wearing a Barong. I am proud to wear it each and every time. I also use a Barong for awardings and speaking engagements,” said the Team Lakay bet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think it sends a message that you do not have to imitate other nation’s style to look good. We have to be proud of your own identity.”Folayang, who ended his year in a bang by recapturing the lightweight crown with a unanimous decision over Amir Khan last November, gets his Barong Tagalog from Easter Weaving, a store in Baguio City which sells products that highlight Philippine heritage and contemporary culture. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more