Zambia Turns to Facebook for Policy Communication

first_imgDora Siliya, the Minister of Education for the African country of Zambia, and the spokesperson for the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy, has turned to her Facebook page to make national policy announcements. This isn’t the first time an African leader has used Facebook to reach out to his or her citizens. Nigeria’s interim president, Goodluck Jonathan, used the social networking service to announce his run for the presidency. Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, has also availed himself of the outreach capacities of the popular site, using his account to crowdsource a new cabinet. Siliya, a graduate of the University of Zambia and of Cambridge University in the U.K, posts mostly about educational issues, soliciting ideas and opinions from her people about large issues and about specific decisions. One such decision was that to increase access the country’s safety-net schooling program, the APU. The announcement inspired 50 comments on that post alone, split between critics and boosters of the decision. The minister is fast approaching the 5,000 friend cut-off limit that Facebook enforces. (As of this writing he’s within 42 friends of reaching that point.) Given the average circulation for the country’s main newspapers of about 10,000, this is a large reach.The role that social media is playing in opening channels for conversation between public servants and the public they serve is undeniable, and Facebook, being the largest social media network, is taking a lead. In many ways, that is heartening. But given Facebook’s checkered history regarding user privacy, and its persistent opposition to anonymity, the trend should not be welcomed uncritically. Zambia flag via Wikimedia Commons | other sources: AllFacebook and Global Voices Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#international#politics#web last_img read more

Beazer’s Shades of Green

first_imgBeazer Homes announced earlier this month that it is expanding its menu of eSmart energy efficiency and indoor-air-quality options, and that it has launched a website designed to help market its products and demystify the systems and components intended to green its lineup.Beazer certainly is not alone among big homebuilders in developing a marketing plan around energy efficiency and sustainability. Pulte Homes has done it with its Azure Canyon and Villa Trieste projects in the Las Vegas area. But Beazer’s marketing effort also suggests that the conversation about what makes a home green could be expanding to an increasingly broad audience of current and prospective homeowners.Beazer’s new website,, is among those attempting to help address a pervasive handicap to marketing green construction to customers who aren’t necessarily predisposed to buy green: the good stuff usually is buried in or behind the walls, or up in the attic. So the Beazer site emphasizes the principal economic virtue of sealing walls and wall-floor/wall-ceiling intersections (low energy costs), the water-saving potential low-flow fixtures and systems (with virtually no diminishment of convenience or comfort), and the health benefits of nontoxic finishes and properly circulated and filtered indoor air.Steps to whole-house efficiencyAt this point, the company, which operates in 16 states, has developed three eSmart construction standards, starting with a basic package whose components are now built into all new Beazer homes. It includes the use of 410A HVAC refrigerant, MERV 8 air filters, “advanced” framing, tighter-than-conventional air barriers, R-15 wall insulation, R-38 attic insulation, low-VOC paints and carpets, low-flow water fixtures, CFL bulbs throughout, programmable thermostats, an energy-use monitor; and an Energy Star dishwasher.The next tier up, eSmart Plus, is available in all of the markets the company serves. In addition to the features of the basic eSmart package, the upgrade includes a 14 SEER air conditioner, a choice of a high-efficiency furnace or a heat pump with a heating seasonal performance factor of 8.5, Mastic-sealed ductwork, jumper ducts in bedrooms, and an Energy Star water heater.eSmart Green, the top-tier package, is now available only in Houston and Phoenix but is expected to roll out in other Beazer markets throughout 2010. To the features mentioned above this standard adds a manifold plumbing system, tankless water heater, and spray foam insulation. It also includes upgrades to eSmart Plus equipment and finishes: a 15 SEER air conditioner, MERV-10 air filtration, a choice of a 95% efficiency furnace or a 9.0 HSPF heat pump, blower door and duct blaster testing, nylon 6 recycled carpeting, and a HERS inspection and rating for the completed home.The company’s marketing director, Mandy Holton Brooks, says that pricing for the three categories will vary from market to market and house to house, depending on its size. Beazer’s builder in Houston, for example, noted that per-square-foot prices on a 2,500-sq.-ft. home in that market would increase approximately $7 to $8 – or about $17,000 to $20,000 – when upgrading from one tier to the next.last_img read more

A fitting finale

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Chris Ross did the damage from afar and June Mar Fajardo anchored the Beermen’s inside game with impunity as San Miguel led by as large as 21 points early to practically take the Hotshots’ confidence away.And when the duo blew cold, Marcio Lassiter and Christian Standhardinger cranked it up in the second half to help quell the Hotshots’ spirited tries mounting a comeback and set up a fitting culmination to a see-saw series between teams that flaunt contrasting styles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You can see it in the players that they didn’t want to lose. You could see it in the players that losing would mean relinquishing our title to our opponents [and they don’t like that],” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.“While they (Hotshots) made a run, we remained composed,” he added. Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES “Defense wins championships, as great coaches would say. We know that when it comes to offense, we’re the first or second-ranked team. But we can’t rely only on that,” he told the Inquirer.Magnolia bore the brunt of its production from Jio Jalalon, who scored 17 points.But the Hotshots couldn’t match the Beermen’s might especially with Game 6 hero Mark Barroca limited to just six points.“Now we have a good chance to grab [the title] again,” Austria said of the decider, slated at 7 p.m. “I just hope we could score two straight wins over them. It has never happened this series.”San Miguel will be playing its first Game 7 since their famed ‘Beeracle’ run in the 2016 Philippine Cup, when it erased a 0-3 deficit against Alaska to complete the most remarkable comeback in the PBA—if not in all of pro sports.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img With their reign and legacy on the line, four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer lived up to all the pre-Finals hype on Sunday night to topple Magnolia, 98-86, and forge a you-or-me duel for the PBA Philippine Cup title at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen left nothing to chance, buckling down to work right from the get-go to build comfortable leads early before fending off several dogged rallies by the Hotshots and necessitate a Game 7 Wednesday also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo paced San Miguel with 23 points. Lassiter looked like he has regained his lethal form, finishing with 20 as Ross and Standhardinger posted 17 and 16, respectively.Interestingly, the victory marked the first time in this series that San Miguel failed to score at least 100 points in winning.Austria actually likes that.“I actually told them I don’t care if we scored more or less than 90 points tonight as long as we’re playing defense,” said Austria.He believes that his charges are more than just a well-oiled offensive machine.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Andaya, Borja rule IronKids View commentslast_img read more