By Viojieley Gurrobat

To write a good advertisement you must have a keen interest in the products themselves. You have to handle them, fondle them and get acquainted with them. And when you have grasped the right sort of impression let them flow naturally from your pen.

For most businesses creating a successful promotional material is difficult. They have to see to it that their material appeals to their customers. Aside from this, they have to make sure that their budget is enough to produce the promotional material that they want. For some business owners the marketing ability of postcards works for them effectively. Postcards are perfect for businesses seeking for an efficient and affordable way to promote their products.

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Aside from promoting your products and services, postcards are also effective in keeping in touch with your customers to let them know that you appreciate them and haven’t forgotten about them. In addition, postcards are a good way to maintain contact with your customers without being a nag. With a design and message that is positive, interesting and creative, you can add a little fun to the recipient’s day.

Postcards can also be used to introduce your products or services to wholesale buyers. You will likely be competing with much older business; hence, it is important to have a unique and professional presentation. A full color catalog or brochure would be nice but very expensive to produce. For this reason, sending a postcard that shows your work in full color along with your sales materials and price lists can be a good idea. Likewise, if your products or works are shown in galleries, you can use postcards to use as handouts. This will assist the gallery in promoting your work. In this case, it may be in your best interest not to include your contact information on the card.

Similarly, keeping in touch is perhaps the best way to make sure that your customers don’t forget about you. It is common for most business to do nothing after gaining a new customer. They just hope that the customer will come back. Bad idea. Think about it this way. How many times have you seen an ad on TV or received something in the mail and you said to yourself that it was a good idea and you need to look into that. However, the next day you forget about it and never take action. This is common to most people. That is why it is better to mail your customers regularly not just mail them once or twice. Keep mind that it takes three or four contacts with a customer before they are willing to do business with you. It’s astonishing what kind of growth you can achieve if you get a few of your customers to make additional purchase or two throughout the year. So, work on that postcards and contact your customers to ensure that they keep coming back to you over and over again. In business, there is nothing better than that.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With two by-elections coming up in Australia, many minor parties and independents will be looking to gain a seat in the House of Representatives. Stephen Murphy is one of the independents.

Mr Murphy is a computer programmer from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

“After growing up in South-East Melbourne I studied Science at Monash with first class Honours, worked in Europe for 10 years and have recently returned to Australia. I work in finance as a computer programmer and speak five languages,” Mr Murphy said.

Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett held an exclusive email interview with Mr Murphy, candidate for the Division of Higgins.

((WN)) Why do you want to get into parliament?

Stephen Murphy: I am standing up for what I believe is the correct course of action on the biggest issue in Australian politics in 100 years – Kevin Rudd’s flawed emissions trading scheme (ETS).

((WN)) What would the three main policies you are taking into this by-election be?

SM: I will oppose the emissions trading scheme, ensure that all government policy is based on accurate scientific evidence and return common sense to Canberra

((WN)) How would you address these policies?

SM: By asking for a Royal Commission into climate change so that the facts (such as that global warming stopped in 2001 and the emissions trading scheme will not change the climate one bit) are openly presented to the Australian people.

((WN)) Sending asylum seekers to Indonesia: good or bad?

SM: Any government policy that does not properly consider all implications (be it emissions trading, or any other issue) is a bad one.

((WN)) Is the Australian dollar’s near parity with the US dollar a sign that the Australian economy is healthy, the US economy in chaos or both?

SM: It’s a sign of both. Many countries around the world look with envy at how well (relatively) Australia is doing, to our credit! It is of concern that the American economy is in such bad shape and that their levels of debt seem unsustainable.

((WN)) How do you rate the governments economic stimulus package?

SM: The economic stimulus package was poorly targeted and poorly carried out. When we could have been building roads, dams, railways and hospitals yet instead we were paying for tattoos, PlayStations and overseas holidays.

((WN)) Should it be wound back?

SM: The question about levels of stimulus spending is a complicated one and requires expertise in economics, however one could say in general terms that all government spending should be well targeted and spent in the most efficient way.

((WN)) Is Kevin Rudd a better Prime Minister than John Howard?’

SM: Australian voters are the best judge of that and we will know in 2019¬†ūüôā

((WN)) Is the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme an effective solution to climate change? Why?

SM: Absolutely not. The CPRS will not change the climate by any amount that we can measure – it’s just a new tax that will hurt Australians and drive businesses and jobs overseas. Since 2003 there has been mountains of new scientific data which contradicts the popular theory that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing significant global warming. Recently, many of the scientists who wrote the IPCC report (on which the ETS / CPRS is based) have been reported as manipulating scientific data to create scary global warming scenarios. The science is definitely not settled

((WN)) Is there a better solution?

SM: We can very easily refocus the momentum and goodwill that has been generated on climate change and channel this energy into other worthwhile environmental projects in Australia that will make a difference.

((WN)) Why should the electorate vote for you?

SM: I will oppose the ETS and support responsible environmental policies instead of radical environmental policies that could end up costing every Australian taxpayer $4550 per year in new taxes.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Television producer and owner of the anti-Scientology website (XenuTV), Mark Bunker, also known as Wise Beard Man, chatted online with Wikinews for nearly three hours. More than 120 people followed the interview live (many from Project Chanology), which makes this exclusive Wikinews interview our most attended IRC interview to date.

Bunker started XenuTV in 1999 and began to make videos that he provided for the Lisa McPherson Trust. Bunker has been a critic of the Church of Scientology since 1997.

In 2006, he won a Regional Emmy Award after he and KUSI-TV news reporter Lena Lewis produced a documentary news video on the issues with the United States – Mexico border with San Diego, California.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

British explorer and mountaineer Edward “Bear” Grylls, has set a new altitude record by piloting a powered paraglider above Mount Everest reaching 29,494ft (8,990m). He and his fellow pilot, Giles Cardozo, who had invented and developed the parajet engine, set out on their attempt from the Himalayan village of Pheriche (altitude 14,435ft (4,400m)) in the early morning of 14th May.

Grylls, 33, is a mountaineer, best selling author and television presenter who spent three years with the elite British Special Air Service (“SAS”) forces. During this time he was involved in a horrific parachuting accident in which he broke his back in three places, almost severing his spinal cord. Remarkably, in 1998, after months of rehabilitation, he became at 23, the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest and return alive.

Cardozo is considered to be one of the top paragliding pilots in the world, and it is reported that he and Grylls first came up with the idea for the attempt about a year ago when he had invented the engine that would take them up the mountain.

Grylls and Cardozo flew their paragliders together to 28,001ft (8,353m) surviving temperatures of minus 76¬įF (-60¬įC) and dangerously low oxygen levels, when a fault developed in Cardozo’s engine, and he had to abort his attempt just 984ft (300m) below the summit. Grylls went on to reach his record height at 09.33 local time. He had originally intended to cross the Mountain but turned back to base camp fearing that he might be arrested if he entered Chinese airspace.

On his return to Kathmandu, Grylls voiced his feelings of loneliness and exhilaration:

‚Äú When Giles descended and I found myself alone so high up I was feeling a lot more vulnerable but I knew the weather and wind conditions were perfect. It was so amazing to look into Nepal, India and Tibet and all of a sudden these great Himalayan giants looked so tiny. It was a very special moment when I realised that there was no mountain in the world above me, especially after having stood on the top of the world myself nine years ago. ‚ÄĚ

The attempt was sponsored by British technology and engineering group GKN. The project, GKN Mission Everest, raised £500,000 (approximately $1m) for Global Angels, a charity helping children in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In a separate incident, a German paragliding champion has survived being sucked up by a storm to a height of 32,612ft (9,940m) whilst preparing for a world paragliding championship in Manilla, New South Wales, Australia.

Ewa Wisnierska, 35, the 2005 World Cup paragliding winner, lost consciousness and was covered in ice and battered by orange-sized hailstones as she was pulled upwards by the sudden tornado-like storm which she had been attempting to skirt. After regaining consciousness as she descended she was able to make contact with her ground team which had been tracking her by her GPS equipment, and landed safely 40 miles (60km) from where she took off.

Remarkably she spent only an hour in hospital after her experience, being treated for frostbite and blistering to her face and ears.

A fellow competitor, 42 year old Chinese man, He Zhongpin, who was also caught up in the storm, was not so fortunate and died from lack of oxygen and the extreme cold.

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See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3] is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada

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Monday, November 2, 2020

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Free and Equal Elections Foundation holds two presidential debates, three candidates who did not participate in those debates give their final pleas to voters, and three political pundits give their predictions on the outcome of the election.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Despite the hopes of many University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) students, The Onion was not named after their student center. “People always ask questions about where the name The Onion came from,” said President Sean Mills in an interview with David Shankbone, “and when I recently asked Tim Keck, who was one of the founders, he told me the name‚ÄĒI‚Äôve never heard this story about ‚Äėsee you at the un-yun‚Äô‚ÄĒhe said it was literally that his Uncle said he should call it The Onion when he saw him and Chris Johnson eating an onion sandwich. They had literally just cut up the onion and put it on bread.” According to Editorial Manager Chet Clem, their food budget was so low when they started the paper that they were down to white bread and onions.

Long before The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Heck and Johnson envisioned a publication that would parody the news‚ÄĒand news reporting‚ÄĒwhen they were students at UW in 1988. Since its inception, The Onion has become a veritable news parody empire, with a print edition, a website that drew 5,000,000 unique visitors in the month of October, personal ads, a 24 hour news network, podcasts, and a recently launched world atlas called Our Dumb World. Al Gore and General Tommy Franks casually rattle off their favorite headlines (Gore’s was when The Onion reported he and Tipper were having the best sex of their lives after his 2000 Electoral College defeat). Many of their writers have gone on to wield great influence on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert‘s news parody shows.

And we are sorry to break the news to all you amateur headline writers: your submissions do not even get read.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Chet Clem and Sean Mills about the news empire that has become The Onion.

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By Scott Lindsay

If you have never submitted articles to directories before, it can be an overpowering task in the beginning. You need to educate yourself on the process as a step-by-step tutorial, especially if you do not know the first thing about it. There are plenty of wrongs and rights to article marketing and getting them into the right hands of other people.

The majority of directories provide free article submission, however there are some that provide paid submissions. I suggest the free submission directory sites, as there are a plethora of reputable free ones available. Submitting your written articles is easily the most effective free marketing there is on the internet today.

A Step by Step Guide to Submitting Articles to Directories

1) The first step is making sure your article is unique, meaning the piece is written in your own words. Copying others is strictly forbidden and will get you into hot water, and perhaps banned from the directories you submit to.

2) Write each article for your readers. You need to figure out what your site’s visitors are looking for. What do you provide on your web page? For instance; if your market is web development, your readers are likely searching for tips on how to build and establish a website. Therefore, you must concentrate writing for that specific subject in order to get the ideal traffic. Getting a consistent flow of traffic for your business is the reason for writing in the first place.

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3) Always read the directory’s terms and conditions. Some won’t allow links in the body of the article, and there are some that do. Also how many links are permitted in your author’s resource box? The important thing is to respect the directory and always stick to their writing guidelines and terms of service so that you can maintain a reputable online relationship between you and the directory site owner.

4) Proofreading is a must. Not only should you review it two or three times, but you also need to run it through a spell and grammar check. It’s also smart to get another pair of eyes to look over your article before you submit it.

5) Once you have completed and proofread your written work, you may want to lay it aside and revisit it the following day. You could possibly come up with better content and perhaps a better viewpoint by doing so. There’s always room for improvement.

6) Prior to submitting your masterpiece, you will need to give yourself a pen name (author name). It’s a good idea to use your real name for this. By doing so, this informs everybody you are a real and credible person.

7) When you are pleased with the final editing, you are ready to submit your article. You’ll need to create a title and keywords, try to use keywords and phrases in your title that individuals will be more inclined to type into the various search engines for maximum exposure.

8) Next you need to provide a brief summary or introduction. The perfect summary is two to three sentences. When copying your article into the body section, keep in mind that most directories do allow HTML. Generally, you will see tags that are used with the specific directory you’re uploading to towards the top of the submission box. Be aware of what tags your able to use.

9) The next thing you will need to do (and this one is important), is fill in your bio box. This is where you include a little something about yourself, or about your site, and also include a link to it. Being as professional as possible with this step is vital to the traffic you receive. Your bio box will either make or break your advertising success, which means you definitely want to make it your best to create a call to action here.

10) Now it’s time to proofread again and review before posting. Never publish before pressing the “preview” button first. Once previewed and you are happy with it, click on the “submit” button. It usually takes two to three days to get accepted, however, some have been known to be accept in the same day.

After you’ve done this several times, you’ll be a pro at it. Keep writing and submitting, this is very important to your internet marketing success. Submitting a few articles won’t cut it, as you will have to repeat all of these steps again and again with new ones. Consistency will pay off with this particular marketing method.

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