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  • How not to win friends: Facebook sneaks in fees to promote posts

    11/09/2018 Posted by admin

    Dazzle Strands has found its views on Facebook have dropped from 800-1000 to 90 per post in just a matter of months. Brands have to pay just to promote their posts to the people who “like” their page.
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    It’s not just an impost on brands – Facebook also charges for promoting personal posts to friends.

    Facebook is being accused of an underhanded bait and switch, with brands and even personal users now forced to pay for “promoted posts” to reach all of their “likers” and friends.

    Evidence suggests that the algorithm that determines which posts appear in your News Feed, called EdgeRank, has been tweaked so that posts are visible for under 15 per cent of your connections unless you pay.

    For individuals the cost to promote a status update is $US7.20 ($A6.95) and for brands the cost depends on how many fans or “likers” they have, but is around $US20 ($A19.30) per post to reach 3000 fans and $US200 ($A193) to reach 50,000 fans.

    Catherine Cincotta, 33, from Melbourne, runs hair accessory firm Dazzle Strands, which has about 4000 likes on Facebook.

    “I was getting at least 800 to 1000 post views and then July hit and then all of a sudden it started going progressively down so I was starting to see 300, 200 and now it’s at about 90 on average,” she said.

    “I find this to be underhanded … all of a sudden the posts are being suppressed and you’re getting bombarded with requests to advertise with them.”

    Lisa Dale, 32, runs an online gift hamper business, Signed Sealed Delivered, and Facebook is one of her main avenues for promotion. She also has about 3000 fans and has noticed her post views have likewise trailed off significantly, despite her fan base growing.

    “They’ve sucked me in. I’ve worked so hard to build up this great page and now the only way I can maintain it now is to pay. If they were going to do it, they probably should’ve done it at the start,” said Dale.

    Mashable journalist Matt Silverman wrote in a recent column that Facebook’s EdgeRank was creating artificial scarcity by “rigging the game and then asking users to pay to level the playing field”. The New York Observerwrote that “Facebook is broke, on purpose, in order to extract more money from users”.

    Last week blog Dangerous Minds wrote a post titled “Facebook: I want my friends back”, accusing the company of turning down the volume on users’ Facebook reach. To reach the blog’s entire 50,000 fan base Facebook charges $US200 per post.

    “We post seven days a week, that would be about $14,000 per week, $56,000 per month … a grand total of $672,000 for what we got for free before Facebook started turning the traffic spigot down in Spring of this year — wouldn’t you know it — right around the time of their badly managed IPO.”

    Earlier this week Simon Dell, director of Brisbane-based marketing firm TwoCents Group, said for his firm’s page the average “reach” over the past 10 posts was 195 or 16 per cent, but at times it dropped to just 94 views.

    One of Dell’s clients had an average reach of just 12 per cent of their 5400 fans and another was 19 per cent.

    “Facebook isn’t seeing fans as a community anymore, they’re seeing them as numbers,” he wrote on MarketingMag南京夜网.au. “Being able to reach just 15 per cent of your brand advocates who have opted in to receive your communication isn’t a great ROI for your time and effort.”

    Facebook has been under significant pressure to turn its huge user numbers into revenue and the company is now worth a bit over half as much as it was when the company went public. Its shares are worth

    $US21.94 ($A21.18) down from the offer price of $US38 ($A36).

    In a recent blog post Facebook ads engineer Philip Zigoris wrote that any changes Facebook makes to its news feed algorithm were more to do with offering users more relevant posts than making money.

    “Regardless of whether you’re paying to promote a story or just posting one to your Page, the news feed will always optimise for stories that generate high levels of user engagement and filter out ones that don’t,” he wrote.

    The response from readers was mostly negative with most complaining that they shouldn’t have to pay in order for their posts to be visible by their friends.

    “So tell me, how are people meant to engage with the content if they’re not being shown the content in the first place?” wrote one.

    Another said: “I have to tell you the vast majority of my friends really hate this, find it very frustrating, and the only thing that keeps them from leaving Facebook is all their friends are here and there is no real option … yet.”

    Facebook declined to comment for this story.

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    AFP ends investigation into swearing Rudd video

    11/09/2018 Posted by admin

    Kevin Rudd fluffing his lines in that video.The Australian Federal Police has closed its investigation of the leaking of a damaging video of former prime minister Kevin Rudd swearing and banging a desk.
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    The release of the video, posted anonymously on YouTube, escalated the tensions between Mr Rudd and Prime Minister Julia Gillard which contributed to February’s leadership ballot.

    An AFP spokeswoman said it had not found ”sufficient material or evidence to substantiate charging of any person for theft or unauthorised disclosure” of the video.

    ”The AFP has finalised the matter and as such, it is not appropriate to comment further,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

    A spokesman for Mr Rudd said he had no comment.

    The video shows Mr Rudd fluffing his lines while trying to record a video message for Chinese New Year in 2009.

    In a series of out-takes he expresses frustration at the diplomats from the Australian embassy in Beijing, who had scripted the message in Mandarin.

    ”Tell these d—heads in the embassy to just give me simple sentences,” Mr Rudd says in the video. ”This f—ing language… it just complicates it so much.”

    At another point, he appears to ask a staffer to cancel a scheduled meeting.

    ”Tell them to cancel this meeting at 6 o’clock will you… I don’t have the f—ing patience to do it.”

    The video appeared on YouTube on February 18, under the title ”Kevin Rudd is a Happy Little Vegemite”.

    Four days later, Mr Rudd resigned as foreign minister and announced his intention to challenge Ms Gillard for the leadership. The following Monday he was trounced in a caucus ballot, 71 votes to 31.

    At the time Mr Rudd commented that the release of the video was ”a little bit on the unusual side”.

    An internal review by the Prime Minister’s department found the video had not come from within the department. At the time, Ms Gillard denied her office was involved in the release of the video, saying it did not have access to the material.

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    No campaigning? Well, not much in Sandy’s aftermath

    11/09/2018 Posted by admin

    US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may have officially suspended their election campaigns to concentrate on relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, but with just a week to go before the election, it’s clear some political footsoldiers and commentators have not got the message.
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    Mr Romney five times ignored questions put to him at an Ohio event — officially a storm-relief fundraiser — about comments he once made advocating stripping funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Instead, he told the audience in a gymnasium in the city of Kettering: “We have heavy hearts, as you know, with all of the suffering going on. I appreciate what you have done.”

    Reporters at the event noted women proudly showing off t-shirts that read, “Obama — you’re fired”.

    Having spent Monday night at the White House keeping tabs on the storm’s progress and overseeing the emergency response, President Obama today visited a Red Cross shelter in Washington, DC.

    “We certainly feel profoundly for all the families whose lives have been upended … The most important message I have for [those affected] is that America’s with you,” Mr Obama said.

    But even before the storm surge had peaked, high-profile conservative columnists attacked the President for playing politics.

    “He says he’s not concerned about the impact on the elections,” Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News.

    “I’m sure he’s very sincere on that. It is a little odd that he shows up in the briefing room, where he hasn’t shown up in the briefing room for about, what, a month-and-a-half on Libya, or for everything else for that matter? Then you get the photo-ops of him in the situation room deploying, I guess, the utility crews who will restore power all over America.”

    Meanwhile, a Salon南京夜网 commentator wrote that Mr Romney’s Ohio event was “surreal enough to be a campaign parody, with the candidate comparing the federal government’s hurricane relief efforts to the time he and some friends had to clean up a football field strewn with rubbish and paper products”.

    Perhaps the weirdest political comments on the storm came from Michael Brown, the Bush-era FEMA chairman who was widely discredited for that administration’s lacklustre response to Hurricane Katrina. On Sunday night, he accused the President of getting involved too soon. He stood by those comments today.

    One man who has garnered universal praise for his response is the combative New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who is one of Mr Romney’s most high-profile surrogates.

    On Monday, he attacked the Democrat mayor of Atlantic City before praising President Obama for his energetic response.

    “I have to say, the administration, the president himself and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have been outstanding with us so far,” he told reporters.

    Mr Christie, who many expected to run for president this year, dismissed the election as not a priority.

    “I’m sure that while the national election is obviously very important, that the people of New Jersey, in this moment, would really be unhappy with me if they thought for a second I was occupying my time thinking about how I was going to get people to vote a week from today,” Christie told reporters today.

    Mr Romney will resume his campaign events Wednesday in the US, while Barack Obama is not expected to return to the campaign trail until Thursday.

    How the storm will impact upon the election is unclear. Three of the eight major daily tracking polls — the lifeblood of the campaigns and the political media in the last few days of a deadlocked election — have been suspended.

    On a more practical level, early voting has been disrupted across the north-east, although it is impossible to predict exactly how this might affect the election. The President was thought to have an advantage among early voters until recent polls suggested Mr Romney had whittled this down.

    It is also unclear now whether the impact of the storm could hinder people from getting to the polls next Tuesday. If that is the case, polling places could open longer.

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    AGL fined $124,000 for failing to disclose donations

    10/11/2018 Posted by admin

    AGL has been fined $124,000 for political donations.
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    AGL Energy and its subsidiary AGL Upstream have been fined $124,000 in the Land and Environment Court today for failing to disclose political donations when making planning applications.

    The applications include the Newcastle gas storage facility.

    The judgment is a result of a prosecution brought by the Department of Planning and Environment after a compliance investigation was undertaken following complaints from community groups.

    This is the largest total penalty imposed since the provisions were introduced in 2008.

    AGL Energy was fined $112,000 and AGL Upstream $12,000.

    The company made$73,800 undisclosed donations across a number of the planning applications, including a$13,750 donation made to NSW Laborand an $11,000 donation to the Liberal Party, both in 2011.

    In addition to the fine, the companies have been ordered to pay the department’s legal costs.

    AGL Energy pleaded guilty to 10 charges and AGL upstream pleaded guilty to one offence of failure to disclose political donations under section 147 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    The charges related to AGL’s coal seam gas projects in Gloucester and Camden; the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility; the Broken Hill solar plant and the Dalton Power Station.

    General counsel for the Department of Planning and Environment James Hebron said the company cooperated with the Department’s compliance investigation.

    “Under planning legislation there is an obligation on a proponent when making a planning application to report political donations” Mr Hebron said.

    “This is to ensure transparency in the planning process.”

    Community members in Gloucesteruncovered undeclared donations from AGL to major political parties in 2014. With the assistance of the NSW Environmental Defenders Office, they complained to the NSW Office of Environment.

    “We were looking at something in the original planning documents because we always thought there was something not quite right about it,” Gloucester Groundswell member Jenni O’Niell said.

    AGL’s Newcastle 1.5 petajoule gas storage tank was commissioned in May 2015.

    It provides storagecapability for up to two weeks ofgasfor greater Newcastle.

    AGL said the project would have an economic benefit of about $2 billion.AGLsupplies naturalgasto 700,000gasusers in NSW, including hospitals, schools, businesses and homes.

    Kuta dog-paddles with the dolphins in Esperance

    10/11/2018 Posted by admin

    Kuta prefers to swim alongside owner Erin Cummings in the crystal clear waters of the Esperance coastline rather than catch a ride on the paddle board.Erin Cummings and her dog Kuta madewaves online when sheposted a video on her Facebook pageof the pup playing with a pod of dolphins.
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    The 21-year-old took the footage on her GoPro camera while paddle boarding with her dog at West Beach.

    The pair have often frolicked with dolphins around Esperance but this was her first attempt at filming the display.

    Ms Cummings said she originally filmed Kuta and the dolphins for an international Go Pro competition.

    “That was the first time I tried it and I got really lucky -it’s hard to get them on film,” she said.

    Erin Cummings and Kuta swimming with Esperance dolphins.Post by Erin Cummings and Kuta swimming with Esperance dolphins..

    “I’m still getting messages about it from people saying how much they loved the videoorasking if they can share it. People just don’t believe it, that it’s something we get to do.”

    Ms Cumming and her boyfriend found Kuta and her sibling at eight-weeks-oldon the side of the road, malnourished and covered in fleas. The couple welcomed Kuta to the familyand their friend kept the other puppy.

    A pod of dolphins visiting West Beach is a regular sight for long-time local Erin Cummings and her rescue dog Kuta.

    “She’s the perfect dog for me, she loves the water and would happily swim all day,” Ms Cummings said.

    “Afterwards I’ll take her home and she’ll just sleep all day, she’s a very easy dog to maintain.”

    MsCummings said the rescue dog wouldride on the paddle board with her but prefers to jump in the water and swim alongside, especially when the dolphins appear.

    “It’s the chase I think,she seesthe fins andjust takes off after them,” she said.

    “These massive pods of dolphins will hang around us and they love her.”

    The Bay of Isles Leisure Centre lifeguardhas lived in Esperance since she was four andtries to get down to the beach at least once a day, sometimes before and after work.

    Kuta has even had the chance to play with a seal down at Blue Haven Beach.

    “The seal would swim under herand pop up behind her, it looked like they were playing chasie”

    Internet sensation: This photo by Erin Cummings has gained attention for capturing a hidden view of Kuta the dog playing with dolphins at West Beach.

    Timothy Weeks, Wagga man abducted by Taliban, pleads for help in video

    10/11/2018 Posted by admin

    A man identified as Timothy Weeks pleads for his release in a video released by the Taliban. Picture: Screengrab/YoutubeThe Taliban has released aharrowing video of kidnapped Wagga man Timothy Weeks, who was abducted in Kabulin August,pleading for the United States government to arrange a prisoner exchange before he is killed by the terrorist group.
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    The teacher, who was one of two people snatched near the American University campus in the Afghan capitalon August 7, has been held hostage for almost five months.

    The first public sign of Mr Weeks since that day came in a 13-minute video released on Youtube on Wednesday, allegedly shot by the Taliban on New Year’s Day.

    Seated in front of a light backdrop, a visibly-distressed man identified himself as Timothy John Weeks, as well as the names of his parents.

    “My name is Timothy John Weeks …I am a teacher at the …American University in Kabul,” he said in the video.

    “It’s the first of January. We are now here hostages of the Taliban. We have been here for five months.”

    The Wagga man had been teaching high-level English at the American University of Afghanistan for less than a month when he was snatched, along with American Kevin King.

    A man identified as American Kevin King pleads for his release in a video released by the Taliban. Picture: Screengrab/Youtube

    Mr Weeks directly addressed his parents, urging for his family to make contact with the American embassy, and pleaded with US president-elect Donald Trump to intervene.

    “People have promised to take care of us and to help us when something went wrong and they have forsaken their promise,” he said in the footage distributed on Youtube.

    “We are here with no help and no hope.I don’t want to die here alone.

    “My mother, I know you are sick in hospital and I may never see you again.I ask Dad, please, I want to come home, please speak to the American government.

    “If we stay here for much longer, we will be killed.I don’t want to die here – I’m alone and I’m scared and I don’t have anybody to help me.”

    After the August kidnapping,American Navy SEALs stormed a Taliban compound in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan as part of an unsuccessful rescue mission.

    The SEAL team, supported by American Army Rangers, engaged in a deadlygun battle with dozens of insurgentsbut reportedly missed the Wagga man by a matter of hours.

    In the newly released video, Mr Weeks addressed Donald Trump directly, and said the Taliban has asked for prisoners held at Bagram Airfield and Pul-e-Charkhi prison to be exchanged for himself and Mr King.

    “They are being held there illegally and the Taliban has asked for them to be released in our exchange. If they are not exchanged for us then we will be killed,” he said.

    “Donald Trump, sir, please, I ask you, please, this is in your hands.

    “I ask you please to negotiate with the Taliban. If you do not negotiate with them, we will be killed.”

    A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Australian government “has been working with other governments to secure the release of an Australian man kidnapped in Afghanistan in August 2016”.

    “We have also been providing consular support to the man’s family, who have requested privacy,” the spokesperson said.

    “Out of respect for his family’s wishes, and in the interests of his own safety and well-being, we will not be commenting further.”

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    NSW and ACT General Practice of the Year award recognition of “quality care we provide”

    10/11/2018 Posted by admin

    WELL-DESERVED: Scone Medical Practice manager Ross Higham (centre) with Dr Edward Rice and personnel manager Lyndal Buckley on Thursday.PLENTY of boxes have to be ticked in order to win a prestigious award.
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    And, Scone Medical Practice has done just that.

    Quality training. Check. High retention rate. Check. A commitment to the health and well-being of its patients. Check.

    These are just some of the positive aspectsthat helped Scone take out the NSW and ACT General Practice of the Year award.

    Practice manager Ross Higham said it was an honour to receive the award.

    “You’ve got to nominate for it, but we were encouraged to do so because of the high standard of our facilities and our records and services offeredto patients,” hesaid.

    “It is recognition of the quality care that we provide, which is very important in a rural community.

    “We try and save people from having to travel to specialists for their care.

    “[Winning this] is also testament to the quality of our medical and support staff, plus our commitment to trainingboth medical students and doctors as well askeeping administration staff up-to-date with skills.”

    PrimaryHealth Network CEO Richard Nankervis said Scone was thequintessential general practice.

    “Since 1934 the practice has been providing continuing, person centred, comprehensive and coordinated health care to people living in Scone and the surrounding districts,” he said.

    “One of the many challenges facing rural practices and their patients is the large distances needed to access health care.

    “Scone Medical Practice has helped to alleviate this issue by providing a comprehensive range of medical services on site which help reduce the stress and costs for patients by minimising travel times.

    “GPs working at the practice have a wide range of expertise and have gained specialised skills in areas such as obstetrics, anaesthetics, paediatrics, skin cancer, mental health and chronic disease management.

    “The practice also arranges for visiting specialists in a variety of areas such as cardiology, endocrinology, physiotherapy, psychology and dietetics to provide services on site at the practice’s purpose-built medical facility.”

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    Graeme Mudd signs first World Cup downhill mountain biking contractphotos, video

    10/11/2018 Posted by admin

    Mudd signs first pro mountain bike deal | photos, video Graeme Mudd practising in the Awaba State Forest on Thursday.
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    Graeme Mudd practising in the Awaba State Forest on Thursday.

    Graeme Mudd competing in the Awaba State Forest in 2012, the last time the national series was held in the Hunter.

    TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Thursday after a practice session on the Awaba State Forest track near Cooranbong.

    “Bikes have been my life since the get-go.

    “I started racing BMX as a six-year-old and then sort of worked my way up to downhill mountain biking by the time I was 16.

    “I did my [fitter and turner] apprenticeship, but the whole time I was rocking up to work frustrated because I wanted to be out riding my bike.

    “I’d see all my riding buddies on social media overseas riding in the world circuit and riding in all these mad places and doing well, and I was stuck at work, but I’m glad I still did my apprenticeship. It’s definitely been a good asset to have, thinking ahead.”

    The World Cup season also includes rounds in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, England and Andorra before ending in Canada in early August.

    Awaba State Forest downhill track preview (rider Joel Willis)Mudd’s best World Cup result was an eighth placing in the second round last year in Cairns, where he had more support from family and friends.

    “Last year I did the World Cup season as a privateer, and I went over and bought a van, did all the work on my bike and sort of just gypsied my way around Europe.

    “This year we’re going to have a semi-trailer, I’ll have a mechanic, team manager, physio. To be able to just rock up to an event and do what I need to do and race my bike will be a huge advantage.

    “Obviously, in the right circumstances, I know what I’m capable of, and I’m pretty stoked to have the opportunity to be put in that position again.”

    Downhill mountain biking is big business in Europe, where the top riders are on lucrative performance-based contracts.

    “The size of the hills over there, you wouldn’t call them a hill –they’re mountains,” Mudd said.

    “One downfall of being in Australia, our tracks are on smaller hills. They tend to make them zig-zag down the hill to get the time out of the track, ducking and weaving through the bush.

    “Over there you can pretty much point the track down the hill. It’s a lot faster pace, bigger features, bigger jumps. It’s pretty cool. Same bike, but definitely a different set-up on the suspension.”

    But, before Europe, Muddwill contest the Mountain Bike Australia national series, in which he is the two-time defending champion, starting on his home track.

    “A lot of people would agree with me that this is one of the tougher tracks in Australia. It’s quite a steep track and it’s very rough the whole way. There’s a lot of rocks and some big features.

    “It’s a good drawcard for big events like this. It brings in the quality in riders, puts on a good show, and puts the amateur riders to the test as well.They like to come here and see how they goon a track like this.”

    This weekend’sround includes practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and men’s and women’s finals from 1.30 to 3.30pm Sunday across a range of age and ability categories.

    Facebook sneaks in fees to promote posts

    10/10/2018 Posted by admin

    Dazzle Strands has found its views on Facebook have dropped from 800-1000 to 90 per post in just a matter of months. Brands have to pay just to promote their posts to the people who “like” their page.
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    It’s not just an impost on brands – Facebook also charges for promoting personal posts to friends.

    Facebook is being accused of an underhanded bait and switch, with brands and even personal users now forced to pay for “promoted posts” to reach all of their “likers” and friends.

    Evidence suggests that the algorithm that determines which posts appear in your News Feed, called EdgeRank, has been tweaked so that posts are visible for under 15 per cent of your connections unless you pay.

    For individuals the cost to promote a status update is $US7.20 ($A6.95) and for brands the cost depends on how many fans or “likers” they have, but is around $US20 ($A19.30) per post to reach 3000 fans and $US200 ($A193) to reach 50,000 fans.

    Catherine Cincotta, 33, from Melbourne, runs hair accessory firm Dazzle Strands, which has about 4000 likes on Facebook.

    “I was getting at least 800 to 1000 post views and then July hit and then all of a sudden it started going progressively down so I was starting to see 300, 200 and now it’s at about 90 on average,” she said.

    “I find this to be underhanded … all of a sudden the posts are being suppressed and you’re getting bombarded with requests to advertise with them.”

    Lisa Dale, 32, runs an online gift hamper business, Signed Sealed Delivered, and Facebook is one of her main avenues for promotion. She also has about 3000 fans and has noticed her post views have likewise trailed off significantly, despite her fan base growing.

    “They’ve sucked me in. I’ve worked so hard to build up this great page and now the only way I can maintain it now is to pay. If they were going to do it, they probably should’ve done it at the start,” said Dale.

    Mashable journalist Matt Silverman wrote in a recent column that Facebook’s EdgeRank was creating artificial scarcity by “rigging the game and then asking users to pay to level the playing field”. The New York Observerwrote that “Facebook is broke, on purpose, in order to extract more money from users”.

    Last week blog Dangerous Minds wrote a post titled “Facebook: I want my friends back”, accusing the company of turning down the volume on users’ Facebook reach. To reach the blog’s entire 50,000 fan base Facebook charges $US200 per post.

    “We post seven days a week, that would be about $14,000 per week, $56,000 per month … a grand total of $672,000 for what we got for free before Facebook started turning the traffic spigot down in Spring of this year — wouldn’t you know it — right around the time of their badly managed IPO.”

    Earlier this week Simon Dell, director of Brisbane-based marketing firm TwoCents Group, said for his firm’s page the average “reach” over the past 10 posts was 195 or 16 per cent, but at times it dropped to just 94 views.

    One of Dell’s clients had an average reach of just 12 per cent of their 5400 fans and another was 19 per cent.

    “Facebook isn’t seeing fans as a community anymore, they’re seeing them as numbers,” he wrote on MarketingMag南京夜网.au. “Being able to reach just 15 per cent of your brand advocates who have opted in to receive your communication isn’t a great ROI for your time and effort.”

    Facebook has been under significant pressure to turn its huge user numbers into revenue and the company is now worth a bit over half as much as it was when the company went public. Its shares are worth

    $US21.94 ($A21.18) down from the offer price of $US38 ($A36).

    In a recent blog post Facebook ads engineer Philip Zigoris wrote that any changes Facebook makes to its news feed algorithm were more to do with offering users more relevant posts than making money.

    “Regardless of whether you’re paying to promote a story or just posting one to your Page, the news feed will always optimise for stories that generate high levels of user engagement and filter out ones that don’t,” he wrote.

    The response from readers was mostly negative with most complaining that they shouldn’t have to pay in order for their posts to be visible by their friends.

    “So tell me, how are people meant to engage with the content if they’re not being shown the content in the first place?” wrote one.

    Another said: “I have to tell you the vast majority of my friends really hate this, find it very frustrating, and the only thing that keeps them from leaving Facebook is all their friends are here and there is no real option … yet.”

    Facebook declined to comment for this story.

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    ‘Lynette was my life’: family’s grief as Halloween brings back painful memories of killing

    10/10/2018 Posted by admin

    Overcome with grief … Brian Bradbury. Killed … Lynette Bradbury.
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    Lynette Bradbury’s family appeal for information into her killing. Seated are, from left, her husband Brian Bradbury, her sister Suzanne Walker and her mother Dorothy Smith.

    Lynette Bradbury’s family cry as they appeal for information into her death.

    The husband of a Sydney grandmother killed last Halloween says his life has been a living hell since he discovered her body inside their family home.

    Lynette Bradbury, 52, was found dead with her legs and hands bound, in her bedroom at Oatlands, in Sydney’s west, a year ago on Wednesday.

    The grandmother of seven had suffered serious injuries and was found by her husband, Brian Bradbury, when he arrived home from work at 11.30pm.

    Mr Bradbury sobbed uncontrollably as he held up a photo of his wife while the family made a public appeal to help catch her killer.

    Lynette’s sister, Suzanne Walker, read a statement on his behalf saying a “brilliant light has been extinguished from our lives”.

    “Lynette was my life,” Ms Walker read, flanked by Mrs Bradbury’s four children, her parents and her other sister, Cathy Harle. “She was the glue that kept our family together and without her I only exist. We didn’t have a social life. Our family was our life and somebody entered our home and took that away from us. Our lives will never be the same.”

    It is understood that Mrs Bradbury, a ward clerk in the emergency department at Westmead Hospital, was at home when her husband left for work as a cleaner at the hospital at 4.30pm.

    That night neighbours on Kerrie Road reported the street had been full of activity as “dozens of children” many of them in their late teens went trick or treating for Halloween.

    It was also well-known that Mrs Bradbury had recently come into tens of thousands of dollars through a relative who had won a lottery.

    Police said on Wednesday that the lottery win was still a possible motive for her murder and that detectives had not ruled out that she was killed by someone she knew.

    Her family said she was an “outstanding person” with a cheeky smile, a great compassion and who had no enemies.

    Mrs Walker said the family had been living “in limbo and in hell”.

    “Lynette was a generous and loving person and she deserves justice,” she said.

    Mrs Bradbury’s mother, Dorothy Smith, said no parent should have to bury their child. She urged anyone with information to come forward, saying she feared she may never learn what happened to her daughter.

    Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Michael Willing denied the investigation had hit a “dead end” and said that all aspects of Lynette’s life were still being examined.

    He hoped Halloween celebrations across Sydney would jolt someone’s memory who might come forward with information to help detectives.

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    90% of kids using the net: study

    10/10/2018 Posted by admin

    Twice the number of Australian children are now using the internet than 10 years ago.More Australian children than ever are using the internet and playing computer games, a new Bureau of Statistics survey shows, with 90 per cent of kids aged 5 to 14 now accessing the web — double what it was a decade ago.
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    And three-quarters of the nation’s 12 to 14-year-olds now have a mobile phone, the report shows.

    The bureau released its Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities report on Wednesday morning.

    It found that 90 per cent of children had accessed the internet this year, up from 79 per cent in 2009, 65 per cent in 2006 and just 47 per cent in 2000.

    The study also looked at what sporting and cultural activities kids get up to in their spare time — and the trend is not good for cricket, which in 2006 made up just over 10 per cent of children’s sporting activity. By this year, it had fallen to 8.6 per cent.

    While cricket participation fell, both soccer and Australian football recorded increases in children’s participation: almost 22 per cent of children now play soccer, compared to just under 20 per cent six years ago.

    And 15 per cent of kids play Australian football, compared to 14 per cent in 2006. The number of children swimming remained unchanged, with 16.5 per cent saying they had been swimming this year.

    The most popular cultural activity among girls was dancing with more than a quarter participating, while for boys it was playing a musical instrument with one in six (or 16 per cent) doing so.

    The Bureau of Statistics’ David Taylor said that nearly one-third of children owned a mobile phone, but that the older a child was the more likely they were to have one. “Nearly three quarters of 12 to 14-year-olds have [a mobile phone],” Mr Taylor said.

    On average, children spent 15 hours watching television outside of school hours in the last two school weeks prior to the survey period.

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    Mel B’s Island altercation

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    X Factor judge Mel B, aka Scary Spice, and her husband Stephen Belafonte are back in the spotlight after news of an incident on Sydney floating bar, The Island, at the weekend.
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    According to sources, who were on the cabana-laden 350-square metre barge with the pair Saturday night, Belafonte spotted a group of girls out on a hens’ night taking what he thought were photographs of him and his wife, and asked them to stop.

    ‘‘He was aggressive and angry,’’ said one witness to the exchange. At one point the former Spice Girl was believed to have taken off her high heels and brandished them, so heated was the incident.

    The source reports the girls were unimpressed, saying they didn’t know who he was and that their happy snaps were their own business – and just for their Facebook page to record the hens’ night they had planned at great expense. ‘‘It was definitely a heated exchange.’’

    Onlookers say Mel B calmed down later in the night and was happily posing with customers. Also in her entourage at the venue was X Factor host, Luke Jacobz.

    Calls to The Island earlier this week were initially met with “there was definitely no altercation” but after news of the exchange was aired on 2UE this morning, with the suggestion the girls’ camera or memory card had been confiscated, The Island management told Fairfax: “We generally do not like to discuss individual patrons aboard The Island, Sydney, however in answer to your question, there were two belligerent women which we believe were part of a hens’ party aboard on Saturday – the remainder of the group were otherwise well behaved. I had multiple customers complain about these women and as a result, they were asked to leave.

    “This is the first we have heard about lost cameras and memory cards, and no one has contacted us regarding lost property from the day nor have we come across either.”

    Belafonte – formerly known as Stephen Stansbury – is believed to be considering investing in the Julian Tobias and Adam Abrams owned venue and was in meetings last week to discuss inking a deal as a third investor – although nothing has been finalised at this stage.

    The couple have been enjoying life in Sydney with their three children and?Fairfax has learned they are looking at various Australian businesses in which to invest.

    It isn’t all paradise and floating boats, though.?Last week the pair took out an application for an AVO against paparazzi Jamie Fawcett – reporting an incident in which he allegedly circled the kayak Mel B that was on, creating waves. The couple have had a long-standing paparazzi deal with another picture agency.

    ‘‘Nobody was in any danger,’’ Fawcett insisted to The Sun Herald of the incident which is listed in Waverley court tomorrow.

    ‘‘I’ve never followed them in a car. I have only photographed them when I’m in my local area shooting other celebrities. In fact, I usually can’t get a word in as Stephen is so busy shooting his mouth off.’’

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    ADM ‘committed’ to Graincorp deal as profit slumps

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    Archer Daniels Midland, the US agribusiness giant bidding $2.7 billion for Graincorp, reported a 60 per cent fall in its quarterly profit on Monday, due partly to the US drought.
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    Net profit for the September quarter fell to $US182 million, from $US460 million a year earlier. Sales were flat, falling 0.4 per cent to $US21.8 billion. ADM shares are yet to trade this week as the market was closed due to Hurricane Sandy, but the figures beat analyst estimates.

    Meanwhile, Summa Group, Russia’s biggest port operator, is raising money for a foreign grain trading acquisition and was considering an offer for Graincorp before ADM made its takeover bid, Bloomberg says quoting two people with knowledge of the matter.

    The Moscow-based company is seeking to expand its presence in Asia and around the world, and hasn’t ruled out a counterbid for Graincorp, according to a third person, who asked not to be identified before plans are decided.

    Summa submitted a formal request to VEB, the Russian development bank where Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is supervisory board chairman, to fund a possible acquisition of GrainCorp, said the two people, who declined to be identified because the information is private.

    Commitment to deal

    ADM chief executive Patricia Woertz said first quarter results were mixed. “Oilseeds performance was strong. The ethanol industry experienced sustained negative margins and Agricultural Services managed well through a complicated quarter, challenged by the impacts of the drought.”

    Asked why ADM bought 10 per cent of Graincorp before launching the takeover, Ms Woertz said it was “quite common in Australia to do a pre-bid stake, and I think it shows our commitment to wanting to do a deal with them”.

    ADM and Graincorp were going through an engagement process and Ms Woertz would not comment on next steps.

    “I think it’s premature … They’re evaluating our bid as they have said, and we’ll leave it there. The investment itself is, of course, in line with our strategy, as we’ve discussed before, investing globally in oilseeds and ag services. It’s part of our ongoing portfolio management, as I mentioned,” Ms Woertz said.

    “And it will meet our financial hurdles as we continue to be disciplined, as we look at these kinds of opportunities. So I’m very proud of the work we did getting to this point. I think we have good capabilities to manage this kind of a deal, this kind of integration, and we look forward to hearing from them.”

    Chief operating officer Juan Luciano batted away a question, on whether ADM would retain Graincorp’s malt business if its takeover bid succeeded.

    “We like the fact that this is a global business with a lot of scale. We like that it has a good position with their customers. Other than that, without due diligence, very hard to tell. We did all this with public information without further due diligence, very hard to make an assessment.”

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