Concern raised as cross border workers lose out on tax benefits

first_imgConcern has been sparked following revelations that workers from Donegal are losing tax benefits in Northern Ireland following changes introduced by the British government.Sinn Fein Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, who has written to both the British and Irish governments, outlined his concern on Monday.He said: “Over recent weeks, I have learned that with the introduction of the Universal Credit system by the British government, workers are now being asked to provide a postcode of residence within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom to avail of tax credits. “Of course, workers from Donegal can’t provide such information and have found themselves being denied these vital financial supports.“I have made representations to the Minister for Social Protection and Employment Affairs, Regina Doherty asking that the Irish government seek an urgent resolution to this problem and my Sinn Féin colleagues Karen Mullan, MLA and Alex Maskey MLA have made similar representations to the British government.“Workers from Donegal working in the six counties or in the North of Ireland are denied access to supports like Family Income Supplement in the 26 counties because they are working in another tax jurisdiction,” he added.“This is bad enough but to also deny them tax benefits like any other worker in that jurisdiction is just plain discrimination and it has to be resolved and stopped as soon possible.” Concern raised as cross border workers lose out on tax benefits was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPromoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III MOST READcenter_img “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Why Making the Home Page of TechCrunch is Better than Digg

first_img Visitors from social bookmarking sites need to be roped toward your money pot slowly and strategically. Originally published Jan 25, 2007 5:47:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 The toughest part is knowing when these events are going to happen. However, if you did know, I might prepare in different ways. . They are explorers obsessed with remaining on the frontier of innovation as they chase their personal aspirations of fame, fortune, or both. Some are entrepreneurs looking for creative inspiration from your product that they can apply to their own. Others are simply looking to get in early on the next big thing. Either way, TechCrunch visitors come to try your product and will give it a genuine shot, willing to work through bugs or user experience flaws in order to understand your reason for being. What were the actual traffic metrics? classic early adopters the real value comes in the brand awareness you gain for making the home page If they end up on your site in a heated debate over your article, show them related discussions in your forum or on other blog entries. Recognize when they are engaged and seize that opportunity to convert them to a registered user or subscribe to your RSS feed. Now you have them in the funnel and can work them toward a close. Social bookmarking visitors will have a small close percentage but the top of the funnel is enormous. The table below shows the page views per visit from each site. As one might expect, social bookmarking visitors came for a single glimpse, with a metric barely above 1. TechCrunch folks dug much deeper into the site, yielding 5 page views per visit on average. Sure. The graph below plots total referral visits against the number of days after the home page appearance occurred for each of these sites. As you can see, the social bookmarking sites yielded much higher traffic initially, with average visitors of about 8,500 in the first day. However, the daily visitors fell off quickly after the first day. TechCrunch, on the other hand, did not quite generate the same initial spike, with a little over 1,000 visitors on the first day. But a reasonable proportion of the original traffic levels was sustained even weeks after the mention. . Despite being fairly new-to-the-block in the media world, TechCrunch carries amazing prestige. To be honest, when TechCrunch covered us, we were still in user experience testing and had not even officially launched the site. However, the mention alone led to coverage by at least 50 additional blogs and invitations to a number of speaking engagements within the next few weeks. Add TechCrunch to your PR firm’s target list and buy Arrington a drink when you see him out on the town. “You have ten seconds. Show me why you are cool. If I like it, I will hang out longer.” . Over the past six months, PawSpot has made an appearance on the home page of each of these entities. Here is his reflection on the experiences. If you had to pick one, which home page would you choose to appear on? I believe TechCrunch visitors want to get right to your value proposition. . For the most part, they come for the sole purpose of the article at hand. The only potential distraction of slightly more importance is the commentary, and hopefully heated debate, that follows the article. If you are lucky, the debate will spill over from their social bookmarking site onto your site. However, the visitors will probably not even realize it, remaining heads down in the verbal onslaught. The analogy here is a bar fight that suddenly spills over into the pet shop next store. There is really no controlling it. You just need to let it fizzle out on its own and hope that more good than harm is done. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack passionate, active participators that thrive on controversy If your small business made the home page of TechCrunch or Digg, would it solve all of your problems? OK, probably not. But if you could choose between the home page of Digg, TechCrunch, Netscape, or Reddit, which would you prefer? To provide some insight, we have brought in guest blogger, Mark Roberge, CEO of For the most part, your site is probably structured reasonably well to suit their needs. Just make sure you have a path for really smart visitors. These folks may know your competitive landscape better than you do so fast-track them to your key differentiation. As one may expect from the above figures, registered user conversion was many multiples higher from TechCrunch than from the social bookmarking visitors. TechCrunch visitor conversion fell in the three to five percent range. Social bookmarking visitors were a fraction of that figure. We found TechCrunch visitors to be the What are the qualitative observations about these visitors? By far TechCrunch. Personally, I do not think the direct visitors you attract from any of them will make or break your business. As successful as these sites are, the demographics of their subscribers represent a small portion of the mass consumer markets. I think What is the best way to capitalize on these home page appearances? We found social bookmarking users to belast_img read more

Live Video All Day: The Inbound Marketing Summit

first_img You can keep up with and participate in Summit conversation via Twitter, blogs and video on the  Inbound Marketing stream page Chris Brogan No ticket to the sold-out  Inbound Marketing Summit happening today in Cambridge, MA? No reason to worry! Beginning at 8:30, ET, this morning we’re streaming sessions from the Summit live on, which we’ve embedded below. ,  Check back throughout the day to hear   and others. A full schedule of the stream is  Originally published Sep 8, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 . Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack David Meerman Scott Topics: ,  Greg Verdino . To join the conversation, just tags your tweets, posts or other media with “#IMS08”. herelast_img read more

Is Google Buzz’s Real Purpose To Be a Buzz Killer?

first_img Does Google not have more to gain than anyone by Twitter, Facebook and others going belly up?  Are they trying to kill the social media buzz? Another member of our team made the comment that he couldn’t even figure out how Google Buzz had made the connection to one of his personal blogs.  When we drilled in, it wasn’t mentioned on his Google Profile and we finally figured out that Google connected the dots from his Google Analytics profile.  I have a problem with a company connecting the dots like this and not telling us what other dots they are connecting or how our usage of their tools affects the greater good. In a recent blog post to learn how to get your company started with social media. Originally published Feb 15, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 97% of Google’s revenue comes from selling online advertising Download the free webinar Gmail has about 176 million accounts I will be upfront in saying this post is supposed to stimulate you to think about the monopoly known as Google. Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss on the KeChange Internet Marketing blog, the question was asked if Buzz is just putting us this much closer to popping the social media bubble?  With another social media site to keep up with, it is a good question because at some point we are all going to throw up our hands.  Who wants to keep up with so many different profiles?  I would answer this question with another: Would Google not love more than anyone for the social media bubble to pop?  Before I go any further, let me just say to any marketer that Buzz doesn’t change the rules of the game.  You still have to create fantastic content, promote it accordingly and have obvious compelling offers to be successful.  At this point, Google probably knows more about you than the government does.  Okay, so maybe this is just me and you aren’t so transparent on the Web, but let’s talk about ways they potentially gather data about your behavior.  Google collects specific user behavior in ways including Gmail, Google Analytics, YouTube, AdWords, Google Search, Feedburner, and I really could go on for a while here.  If you watch and Karen Rubin Chew on this for a minute…  With people who “used” to visit your website now consuming your content not only through Google Reader but also now sharing and consuming it through Google Buzz, Google is collecting unprecedented amount of data on popular content.  How do we know that this doesn’t affect search results?  We know Google is starting to bend some of the traditional rules through personal search, but this potentially adds a whole new wrinkle to the equation.  Not only that, but it would be a little challenging to conduct a test to see if this is even the case. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack by Brittney Bush , and with the introduction of Google Wave and now Buzz I think it is time for a quick update.  Remember, Google is first and foremost an advertising company.  Brian Whalleycenter_img Is Google Killing Social Media Buzz? .  If you read any of the Twitter news (Really, who can avoid it over the last year?), then you have probably heard how Google has tried to purchase Twitter on a few occasions.  We talk a lot about social media and how real-time search is one of the next revolutions of the Web.  It is currently Facebook and Twitter who are actually leading this revolution, not Google.  It is hard to find updated accurate data, but it looks like about Google Buzz .  Karen made the comment on Friday, “Google knows enough about me to make an exact clone!”  She really isn’t that far off.  Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. Couldn’t they have come up with a better name? Their historical biggest rival Yahoo already has a We even had a lunch pow-wow last week with some of the marketing experts at HubSpot to discuss Buzz.  I like to pretend that we have a few smart people floating around HubSpot, and even they didn’t fully understand the whole feature set.  Only Google could introduce an application like this and provide NO guide on how to use it besides a two minute video!  What is more shocking is this isn’t the first time that they have done it.  Remember Google Wave anyone?  Is this FriendFeed 2.0?  The signal to noise ratio in that network was unbearable, and I only used it for the RSS feed of my lifestream across networks. They Claim ‘Do No Evil,’ But Google Is Still Scary!   It was almost a year ago when I last wrote about .  Some would argue that they are a media company, but that is simply a technicality.  Yahoo Buzz! Miss Peacock In The Kitchen With A Knife you might recognize the name getting a grasp on Google Twitter has 75 million accounts HubSpot.TV Photo Credit:last_img read more

Facebook Now Offers Sponsored Stories

first_img Marketing Takeaway has added a Facebook page admins should see a new “promote” option below each of their fan page stories. Facebook using its self-service ad platform, Sponsored Stories. Facebook’s self-service advertising platform has traditionally allowed businesses to promote their fan pages and to create and display ads on Facebook. Sponsored Stories takes advertising on Facebook a step further. This new ad unit allows page admins to pay for additional distribution of page stories as well as user updates that mention them in Facebook’s ad space. Promoting organic content instead of ads could help your offers get more attention on Facebook’s advertising platform. Test Sponsored Stories to see how the cost-per-lead compares with other paid programs. With the launch of Sponsored Stories, Facebook is directly competing with Twitter’s new Promoted Tweets advertising platform. It seems like paying for extra reach of organic social media content is a trend that is catching on. Once you have edited the ad and set the right pricing and targeting choices for your business, your promoted story is ready to go. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack After clicking on the “promote” link, Facebook opens a pop-up window to explain ad targeting options. At this point, you are going to want to click the “Edit Ad” button so that you can select targeting options before placing the order for the ad. Originally published Feb 9, 2011 1:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Will you test Facebook’s new Sponsored Stories feature? new option for marketers After viewing this window, click “Create Ad.” This will take you to a new screen that will allow you to review and edit your ad. Topics: Facebook Marketing How To Use Facebook Sponsored Storieslast_img read more

How to Create a Winning Contest with Social Media

first_imgIn just a few days, the contest has already generated hundreds of tweets and thousands of new visitors to HubSpot’s website, and the numbers continue to climb. 1 Social Media Contest Example 2: In the summer of 2010, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago launched a contest that required a web –savvy individual to live in the museum for 30 days and report observations to the outside world. The museum offered the contest winner a prize of $10,000, tech gadgets, and an honorary lifetime membership to MSI.To generate some pre-contest buzz, the museum started conversations on Twitter (using hashtag #MATM) and inspired bloggers and mainstream media channels to cover this unique experiment; BoingBoing, Mediabistro, PBS, The Huffington Post, ChicagoNow, and other mainstream outlets and local blogs wrote about the contest ( see example ). The coverage generated hundreds of comments, tweets, and video impressions. The Museum of Science’s video channel also generated more than 240 new subscribers and more than 15,636 new likes on Facebook. 2 Tips and Takeaways Run contests using social media, not just your website . Social media can be more than a promotional tool; it can also be a utility. In the case of HubSpot’s Website Grader contest, using Twitter to tweet your website’s grade is the required method for entry. This implementation takes advantage of user-generated content and, in turn, further promotes the contest to a wider audience. A win-win for all. Use an integrated strategy. Don’t just rely on one outlet for promotion. In addition to traditional marketing methods, use all the social networks that are important to you and your audience. Many successful giveaways expand their reach to multiple sources utilizing blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn (to name a few). Make your contests easy to share. If people can’t share your awesome contest idea, it may not go very far. To ensure your giveaway gets some traction, use a URL shortener like to create shortened links for others to share on Twitter. Also, add “Tweet This” or “Share on Facebook” links on your website or blog so visitors can easily share your content with one click (AddThis is a great tool for that). Wherever your contest is promoted, make it easy for others to share it. Generate pre-contest buzz. Don’t forget that you can start promoting your contest even before it officially starts. Use social media to start conversions so people are already lined up and waiting when it launches. The Museum of Science did a fantastic job of this by starting conversions with bloggers and followers on Twitter. Track your success. To know that your contests are successful, use a unique tag, phrase or link for tracking. Whether it is a hashtag on Twitter or a unique landing page on your website, put processes in place to identify the results you generate from social media initiatives.Contests present a terrific way to create PR opportunities and to reach out to your target audience effectively. They’re fun, and they help you get noticed by both customers and the media. Social media has become an excellent resource and tool for turning good contests into great ones.Do you have any great ideas or examples to add? I would love to hear your feedback! Credits: 1. Source: Inbound Marketing Blog 2. Source: 11 Examples of Online Marketing Success eBook   Social Media Campaigns It’s a fact: people like to win stuff. When you pair the word “prize” with an objective, you can generally expect a good outcome. Because of this, holding contests or sweepstakes is a great way to drive more sales, leads, donations, or whatever you’re trying to get more of.Contests have been a fun and effective promotional strategy for decades, but since the success of an online contest hinges so closely on generating a large volume of participants, having the right promotional strategy is crucial.Social media, specifically, enables you to reach a very large audience for little cost, which makes it a superb outlet for contests and giveaways. People love to share great content, and the social channel only makes it easier to spread the word about your promotion. When done right, social media will help your contests go viral.Before we dive into some tips of running a successful contest using social media, here are some great examples: Social Media Contest Example 1: Looking for some extra cash? HubSpot is currently giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to a lucky winner every day. All you need to do is grade your website and tweet about it ( official details here ). Not only that, but there is also a grand prize of a free iPad, which will be awarded to a winner who, not only tweets, but blogs about their results. Originally published Jun 1, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017center_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Google+ Attracts 20 Million Users in 3 Weeks [Infographic]

first_img mark. Below is an infographic showing the top 10 countries for Google+ users, courtesy of the Marketing Takeaway created a graph to show the paces at which Google+, Facebook, and Twitter all hit 20 million users. Google+ is hot. We have been blogging about it a ton since its launch. This infant of a social network hit a major milestone today,  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Google Updates will soon launch and Games on Google+ to directly compete with Facebook. Google is said to plan to take a lower cut of gaming revenues than Facebook does, which could be a major blow to the social networking giant. passing the 20 million users Yes, Google has huge reach and an existing user base, but the rapid adoption of Google+ is still impressive. It seems that Google is making a major push in the social networking space. All Things D is reporting that Google Wall Street Journal Topics: Google+ is growing faster than expected. As a marketer, it is important that you sign up for the free service and understand the mechanics of how information is shared. Soon Google will be rolling out business profiles, which will be a completely new way for companies to leverage Google+. However, we have already started to see the impact Google+ is having on search engine optimization. Originally published Jul 22, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Leon Håland To help put this user growth into perspective, .last_img read more