The secret is out on Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThose in the know about the local soccer scene knew at a young age Nelson’s Mitch Popadynetz had the potential of turning into something special.The ball skills of this Nelson Youth Soccer product were ahead of the rest of the pack, the way he fed his teammates and the way he, well, just made everyone around him play a lot better.Now North American roundball experts are standing up to take notice of was Nelsonites knew for a very long time.Popadynetz, 15, has been selected to 2010-11 Super Y-League ODP National Camp.Popadynetz, who played last season in midfield for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club, was selected to the 1994/95 Super Y-League ODP National Camp.“I’m pretty excited on getting selected to the camp,” Popadynetz told The Nelson Daily from his Heritage City home. “I really didn’t know too much about (ODP National Camp) until I talked to some kids who had gone before. They all tell me it’s a pretty big deal.”Popadynetz, nominated in the 1994-1995 division has been identified as one of the top players in his respective birth year in the Super Y-League. 
 This camp, slated February 2011 in Florida, gives the elite group of players the opportunity to display their soccer talent and work ethic to collegiate and national team scouts. “It’s a compliment to Mitch to be chosen from the highest youth level league in North America,” said Dave Spendlove, provincial coach and owner/operator of Soccer Quest in Nelson. “The Y League has league playing from across all of North America including Canada and only the top one to two percent of players in this league are chosen for this event.”Popadynetz played in Nelson Youth Soccer since he was a youngster, leading the U13 Selects squad to a silver medal in 2008. The Selects came within a penalty shot of capturing the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup.In 2009 as the Heritage City hosted the provincial tournament at the Lakeside Pitch, Popadynetz & Company was one of the early favourites to repeat as medalists. But after a promising start, U14 Selects lost its final two games to finish fourth.This season Popadynetz decided to take his show on the road to the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club to play on the U14 squad.The 5’7”, 130-pound midfielder, tied for third on team scoring with six goals and five assists, helped Metro-Ford capture the Lower Mainland title with an 11-0-1 record. The title qualified Coquitlam for the North American United Soccer League championships in Tampa Bay, Florida, November 21-27. Metro-Ford finished with a 2-2 record, just missing the playoff round on goal differential.Popadynetz is now back in Nelson for the winter, perfecting his skills playing in the Soccer Quest Men’s Open Indoor League. In March the Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers High School remains optimistic to return to Coquitlam for another season.As for another trip to Florida, Popadynetz is unsure. “I’m not really sure if I’m going to go back to Florida having just been there but I have to sit down (with my parents) and talk about it,” explained Popadynetz, able to play with his friends from Nelson at the 2010 B.C. Provincial B Cup in the Fraser Valley in July. “Hopefully I’ll be able to go.”For Spendlove this is an opportunity that doesn’t come along all too often, so rising Nelson star should do everything in his power to make the trek to Florida.“Scouts from the Canadian Soccer Association, America Soccer Association and top college scouts are all in attendance,” Spendlove said. “For a kid from Nelson it’s a real honor and a compliment to those who have trained and coached him over the past four years.”“(Being one of his coaches) Mitch has a great first touch, works hard and is a pleasure to coach,” Spendlove added.Which are key ingredients that make it a lot easier for this special player to succeed.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “We were able to split horses there turning for home and we got lucky.  The horse to my outside was tired and he drifted (out) a little and we got through.  Jeff told me to warm him up good and put him close to the lead and he was pulling the whole way.”TRAINER QUOTESJEFF MULLINS, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s a game horse. Since he turned four, things have been a bit tougher for him he’s had some troubled trips. He needed this. I just told Abel, get him up close and just save ground. See if you can split horses at the top of the stretch.  He got it done. We got a little class relief today and I’ve been lucky with this jock.  He’s ridden three horses for me and we’ve won all three.“He’s not the kind of horse to run off. He needed to be in contention and not give him a lot to do. Today Abel had him sitting in a good spot and it looked like he had a lot of energy so when he split horses he got it done.”TIM COHEN, PART OWNER, RIVER BOYNE, WINNER: “He’s had a lot of bad luck a few troubled trips and ground that he didn’t particularly like. Especially last time out in Phoenix (Ran third in the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap, Jan. 11). I’m just so happy for him because he is such a competitor and he deserves to win and he did.  I’m so happy for the horse.“We have a really good team of people that we work with and my father is a big part of that process. We have been lucky and that’s what you need to be.”NOTES: The winning owners are Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC.last_img read more

Chelsea the biggest losers from VAR as rivals benefit most from video replays

first_imgCHELSEA were left ruing a disallowed goal once again on the weekend and, after six games, they have been caught out the most by VAR.Cesar Azpilicueta saw his effort chalked off because of an offside ruling against Mason Mount – albeit a correct one.3 Chelsea are coming off worst under VAR this season3 Gabriel Jesus was particularly incensed at the outcome of a VAR reviewCredit: ReutersIt was the second time the Blues’ celebrations were cut short this season after a goal by Kurt Zouma against Norwich was also dismissed for a foul by Olivier Giroud on goalkeeper Tim Krul.Chelsea are the only team to have two goals erased without a VAR decision in their favour, as revealed by ESPN.Wolves and Sheffield United are also yet to have a video review come to their rescue having lost out in a replay, the Midlands club in particular feeling hard done by after a Willy Boly handball cancelled out a potential winner at Leicester.Champions Manchester City were allowed to retake a Sergio Aguero penalty on the opening day but have also had a pair ruled out, most crucially Gabriel Jesus’ last gasp goal against Tottenham in August.Bournemouth and Brighton share a single-goal VAR deficit of-sorts, again with the decisions picked up generally agreed on as correct. Latest Football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleBenefiting from the reviews have been West Ham, Leicester, Norwich and Liverpool – who were the recipients at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.And despite their own protestations at the narrow offside judgement that went against Son Heung-min, Spurs have come out stronger thanks to VAR.That is down to Ayoze Perez seeing his 16th minute goal past Paulo Gazzaniga chalked off and Jesus’ aforementioned handball call.The only team to have a plus-two goal difference from VAR referrals is Southampton.Goals by Oli McBurnie and Josh King were both checked and erased due to offsides, Saints going on to win 1-0 in the trip to Sheffield United as a result.3Premier League at risk of losing its integrity over VAR shambles as bosses admit they will CHANGE rules after four gameslast_img read more

Tribute to Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon

first_imgMrs. E. Massah Carlon, wife of the deceased;Children of the deceased;Members of the bereaved family;Madam President and present and past officials of Government;Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and other members of the Clergy;Distinguished Fellow Liberians:As Dean of the Cabinet, I have often been given the somber responsibility of paying tribute on behalf of the President and Government to the memory of some of our finest sons and daughters, people who throughout their life spared no moment to demonstrate diligence, patriotism and integrity. And each time we have to pay tribute to a fallen statesman or stateswoman, we feel a sense of overwhelming grief as we struggle to find answers to the questions, “Why him?”, “Why her?”, “Why now? But the consolation we get comes from believing that God who has the power to give liberally also has the power to take at will.We can mourn for it is proper to do so, but we must not question the Almighty God for He knows best. In the passing of Honorable Dr. Simeon Jabaru Carlon, our country mourns a devoted patriot; the Unity Party mourns a stalwart leader,; his wife and children will forever miss a loving and faithful father and husband; his family and friends nurse profound grief, and the people of Grand Cape Mount County have lost an eminent son.Honorable Carlon had profound love for his country and a deep sense of humility, which propelled him to always place himself at the service of his country and to strive and contribute, like many others, to building a nation based on democracy, peace and progress.As first Chairman and Vice Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP) during the 1985 General and Presidential Elections, he was well versed in the politics and social dynamics of our country but never did he ever permit his political beliefs and alliances to create a stonewall between himself and people of other persuasions. His love and friendship transcended the confines of the party and embraced every Liberian across party, tribal and religious lines. He must have been a very proud and fulfilled man to have seen during his life time the UP rise to state power, for this was what he endeavored to achieve for many years.Throughout his public service to the government and people of Liberia, which spanned more than forty years and most of which was spent in the field of education, he proved himself competent, effective, practical and dependable. His professionalism and passion for impacting quality education was made manifest beyond the borders of Liberia through the Mano River Union (MRU) when he competently served as Deputy Director and Coordinator for Curriculum Planning of the MRU.I am certain that in many quarters of our country today there are grief-stricken hearts and mournful faces because Honorable Carlon gave an enormous lifetime service to his people. Whether it was at the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, the William V.S. Tubman College of Sciences and Technology now William V.S. Tubman University or at the Governance Commission he led a life that earned for him a stately reputation, one which is stellar and very well deserved.Life is a multiple-lane highway that empties into one toll-gate Death. So to the grieving wife and members of the bereaved family, we say kindly accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and brother. To the resilient people of Grand Cape Mount County, we say sorry for the loss of one of your eminent sons.On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia, we urge you to be strong and take succor in the Lord for Dr. Carlon’s time for confronting life’s trials and torments on these terrestrial planes have ended and through the eyes of faith, we know that he has ascended to a place of ethereal bliss and infinite calm.Now on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government of the Liberia, we deposit these floral designs on the mortal remains of our honored dead in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the blessed Holy Spirit.May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Workers learn to spot child abuse

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Sometimes the calls that come in are vague but they all need to be addressed and taken seriously,” Garcia said. “A simple call about someone hearing a baby screaming turned into a law enforcement official finding a 4-month-old baby stuffed inside a plastic bag behind a couch. Those are the things our social workers deal with every day.” Among the San Gabriel Valley organizations that attended the free workshop were the El Monte Police Department, Bassett High School and OPTIONS childcare agency. SPIRITT officials said they held the workshop to mark April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and also to draw attention to California Child Abuse Mandated Reporting laws to protect children from physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. “Children are a reflection of what is going on in the home,” Virgie Boyken, spokeswoman for the county Department of Children and Family Services, said. “We need to be educated and know how to listen to what the children tell us.” Yvonne Holguin, a local day-care provider, said she felt the training session was valuable. “It went over procedures some people are already familiar with, but on a deeper level,” she said. “And it gave us a chance to exchange our personal experiences with other people in our profession.” California requires health- and day-care providers, teachers, social workers and law enforcement personnel to report child abuse either to an agency or a hotline if they suspect a child is being neglected or abused. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Pictures of abused children were passed around a group of child-care professionals Wednesday at a workshop designed to underline the importance of reporting such violations. Sponsored by SPIRITT Family Services in Glendora, the meeting served as a training session for about 50 child-care workers from the San Gabriel Valley. “Anyone who has contact with children is mandated to report suspicious activities,” said Bill Garcia, spokesman for the Child Protection Hotline. “But it’s important to understand our role is not to judge, but instead to talk to people, gather information and report that information to the appropriate agency.” Officials said the Child Protection Hotline receives about 800 calls a day. last_img read more


first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The country is full of excitement after the joy of Ireland’s incredible win over Italy on Wednesday night. That famous win has set-up a tantalising clash between Martin O’Neill’s men and hosts France on Sunday. The Brewery Bar has been bouncing for all the group games thus far, and Sunday will be no different.To celebrate, management at the popular bar are giving away refreshing COYBIG COCKTAILS for just €5!So make sure and get down to The Brewery on Sunday afternoon and cheer on these Irish heroes to glory!Before the excitement on Sunday, there will be as always top-class entertainment on offer at The Brewery! Tonight, Matthew Crampsie will be LIVE at The Brewery Bar, and on Saturday DJ Oisin will be followed by Main Street.Then on Sunday, it’s everybody’s favourite Karaoke Sunday’s!Hopefully we’ll still be singing Ole Ole Ole!#COYBIG GET YOUR COYBIG COCKTAIL FOR THE BIG MATCH AT THE BREWERY BAR was last modified: June 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsThe Brewerylast_img read more


first_imgA young woman has asked a judge to publicly name the father of her child who was found guilty of defiling her when she was just 15 years old.Carl Heaton was 35 when he had sex with the girl on three occasions in Co Donegal in 2008.The girl subsequently had a baby boy who is now four years old. Heaton told the girl he wanted to marry her and even gave her an engagement ring.Heaton, of Lartigue Village in Listowel, Co Kerry, is already serving a prison sentence for other offences.He appeared in handcuffs at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with three offences of defilement against the young woman under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.He pleaded guilty to all three offences.The court was told that Heaton, a former soldier, had sex with the girl when she was invited to his own daughter’s sixteenth birthday party.A relationship developed with Heaton initially claiming he did not know the girl’s age.The relationship continued for a number of months with Heaton contacting the girl by phone and text on a number of occasions.The court heard the girl’s mother knew about the relationship and said she would “see how it developed.”The charges against Heaton relate to two offences at the Atlantic Guest House in Donegal Town on September 14th, 2008 and another at Drumbeg, Inver when he admitted having sex with the girl in his car beside the beach.Defence barrister John Whelan SC said it was not a case that Heaton was a predator but that the relationship was a mutual infatuation.However, in her victim impact statement, the girl said that Heaton “put me through hell.”On one occasion he texted from his daughter’s phone and pretended he had been in a serious car crash, that he was on life support and that she should come and see him.She said the best thing that happened to her was the birth of her son.“The birth of my son gave me a reason to live and I love him to bits. I want to make sure my son’s life doesn’t end like mine,” she said.She had since completed her Junior Cert and did very well.When asked by Judge John O’Hagan if she had plans for a career, the young woman revealed she wanted to be a social worker.Judge John O’Hagan said every case is different and each sentence must be tailor-made.“I don’t know if it was love or infatuation or what it was,” he said.However he said Heaton took advantage of a young girl of 15 and persisted in following her.He sentenced Heaton to three years in prison and suspended the last year of the term.He ordered the sentence to run concurrently with the sentence he is currently serving which means Heaton is due for release in October 2014.ABUSED WOMAN ASKS JUDGE TO NAME FATHER OF HER CHILD was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Carl HeatondefilementLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

‘The bald Neymar’ – Spurs fans on Twitter loved Lucas’ performance against Roma

first_imgTottenham Hotspur got their International Champions Cup off to a superb start with a 4-1 victory over Roma in San Diego.Mauricio Pochettino was forced to field a weakened team full of youth stars and fringe players but his men pulled through with a comprehensive victory. 1 Good start to pre season. Lucas Moura is the closest thing we have to a new signing right now and he looked fantastic. #COYS— Choff (@Iacio92) July 26, 2018 ALTERED predicted possible xi Lucas Moura is flourishing 😍— Altayib (@GadooraJr) July 26, 2018 who plays? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Spurs have announced the signings of Lucas Moura & Fernando Llorente. Welcome to the August first team guys.— Paul Kramer v Kramer (@P_K_Tips) July 26, 2018 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Lucas Moura doing bits against Roma, great to see. Hopefully he actually starts more games #COYS— Max (@xDuoMax) July 26, 2018 🎶 Who’s that Spur on the right / he is faster than light / Lucas MouraHe’s got Brazilian skill / dribbles right past Özil / That’s-a Moura! 🎶— Cartilage Free Captain (@cartilagefree) July 26, 2018 silverware Some excellent touches, neat interchanges, and good defensive work earned him rave reviews, while he also displayed his surprising aerial ability by heading home a Serge Aurier cross.So what were Tottenham supporters saying on Twitter about the Brazil international? Check out the tweets below. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures center_img A Man of the Match performance from Lucas Moura tonight. Can’t wait to see him tear up the Premier League and Champions League this season. 🔥 #SpursInUSA— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) July 26, 2018 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Premier League News Bald Neymar— Jake (@jxke_02) July 26, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday One of the stars of the show was Lucas Moura, who signed for the club in January, as he netted twice and terrorised his opposition.After joining from Paris Saint-Germain, Lucas’ chances in the first-team were few and far between but he’s already being dubbed a ‘new signing’ by fans following his display in the United States. I haven’t wanted a signing to come good as much as Lucas Moura since like Adel Taarabt— Guillotinho (@comradeyouspurs) July 26, 2018 NEW ERA How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener REVEALED possible standings Tottenham Hotspur star Lucas Moura celebrates during his two-goal display against Roma. last_img read more

Facing the music at Moshito

first_imgMembers of the Hout Bay Strings Project.Moshito works on behalf of musiciansto address issues such as piracy and thegrowth of a live performance circuit. (Image: The World Bank) Arts and Culture Director-General Themba Wakashe delivers the opening address at Moshito 2008, with Gerald Seligman of Womex (left) and Arnold Mabunda ofMoshito (middle). A performer from the Nokwe Creative Development Foundation entertainingvisitors in the Moshito exhibition area. (Images: Janine Erasmus)Janine ErasmusMoshito, South Africa’s premier music conference, celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2008. The conference opened on 10 September, with Arts and Culture Director-General Themba Wakashe and Moshito chair Arnold Mabunda expressing confidence that this year’s event will be the best yet. Moshito takes place in the cultural precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg.2008 saw Moshito entering into a new relationship with Womex, globally regarded as the premier platform for world music. Moshito is one of several partners, known as Womex offspring, in countries around the world who work with Womex to tailor a local event to the precise needs of a specific audience and market.In addition, the Moshito exhibition features a wide variety of private and public organisations from the South African music industry, from record companies to software to new technology. A listening booth allows up-and-coming artists, producers and songwriters the chance to play their demos for industry professionals. Finally, the live music component includes a number of concerts at venues around Newtown, featuring fresh South African talent.In 2008, audiences can look forward to international speakers such as Womex director Gerald Seligman from the US, CEO of the UK-based Association of Independent Music Alison Wenham, president of the Brazilian Association of Independent Music Roberto Carvalho, festival organiser Many Ansar from Mali, Rulu Arts Promoters director Charles Muyimba from Tanzania, concert producer Hans Hjorth from Sweden, and Rubber Records MD David Vodicka from Australia.Discussion topics range from more efficient organisation of festivals to new formats and trends in promoting, marketing and selling music, to compliance with and enforcement of intellectual property rights, to strategies for survival in the digital age.Addressing important issuesMoshito launched in 2003 as a vehicle to address a number of pressing issues in the South African music industry, among them increasing piracy, the development of music markets for South African music, particularly abroad, and the need to create proper social benefit and welfare structures for musicians.Its strategies include broadening the business intelligence of industry members, strengthening relevant business networks and creating opportunities and platforms for South African music at home and abroad. The organisation works with a number of South African music associations and unions to shape them into a cohesive group, and also collaborates closely with local and provincial government and the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).The DAC has identified the music industry as one of its priorities. “We want to ensure that the creative industries are developed way beyond the 21st century so that they can realise their potential of contributing substantially to the economy,” said Arts and Culture Director-General Themba Wakashe, delivering the opening address at Moshito 2008.Wakashe said that culture in general is a vital tool for social cohesion as it is a source of national pride, and is a key provider of jobs and income as well as an important contributor to the country’s economy that should not be overlooked.“Our involvement in Moshito is part of government’s broader plan to grow the local music industry,” he said. “South African music should become globally competitive, and for that we need capacity and a solid base of highly informed participants.”Overcoming challengesSpeaking at the opening of the event, Moshito chair and music industry stalwart Arnold Mabunda said that the challenges encountered in growing the local music industry are continually offset by progress and achievements.He named several Moshito milestones, starting with the expansion of the conference to include the music exhibition in 2004. The very next year saw Moshito exhibiting at the South African pavilion at Midem, the world’s largest music industry trade fair, held annually in Cannes. In 2006 two important local bodies came into being – the Association of Independent Record Companies, and South African Music Exports which represents exporters of local music.In 2007 the Southern African Development Community participated for the first time at Moshito, and the Composers’ Association of South Africa was formed, joining a number of other associations including the Creative Workers’ Union of South Africa and the Southern African Music Rights Association as members of Moshito.Mabunda added that the partnership with Womex has enabled Moshito to source more international speakers who share their experience and expertise with local practitioners, particularly in the digital arena. Moshito, he said, has become a recognised forum where issues are aired, thrashed out and resolved, connections are established, and South African music gets its chance to shine.“We have delegates coming from around the country and overseas and also quite a few from Africa. They all come from a broad section of areas of the music industry and Moshito gives a rare chance to meet face-to-face and find ways of working together.”An important economic sectorSouth Africa’s music industry, with other so-called creative industries, is South Africa’s fifth-largest economic sector and not only generates revenue, but creates job opportunities. The entire scope of the creative industries, according to the DAC, is worth about R7.4-billion ($920-million), and more than 100 000 people are employed within film, television and music.Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan said that the South African music industry has the potential to become a major foreign exchange earner and job creator, provided its potential is maximised and its products marketed aggressively at home and in the international music market.Speaking at the inaugural conference of the Creative Workers’ Union of South Africa in September 2007, Congress of South African Trade Unions General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said, “The core of the South African music industry employs approximately 12 000 people, of which the majority are artists and composers. The gross turnover of the core of the industry is approximately R900-million ($111-billion), with experts estimating that the entire industry is worth R2-billion ($248-million).” The turnover figure named does not include digital sales of music.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on articlesSouth African music Useful linksMoshitoDepartment of Arts and CultureSouth African musicSouth African Music ExportsNational Organisation for Reproductive Rights in MusicSouthern African Music Rights OrganisationCreative Workers’ Union of South Africalast_img read more

Where Are the Women Bloggers? They’re Driving Your Sales

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If an agency has ever pitched you on outreach to women’s blogs and they don’t mention the BlogHer network, there’s something wrong with them. BlogHer and its 2,500 contributing blog affiliates are celebrating the network’s 5 year anniversary with the combined traffic of 21 million unique visitors per month and some huge lessons learned along the way. ReadWriteWeb spoke to co-founder Elisa Camahort Page to find out what it’s like to run a women’s network in a man’s world. According to the Catalyst Census, “From 1995 to 2005, the average rate of increase in women’s representation on Fortune 500 corporate boards was, on average, one-half of one percentage point per year. At that rate of growth, it would take another 70 years for women to hold approximately 50 percent of Fortune 500 board seats and reach parity with men.” Tags:#start#startups Page explains that the market was ripe for BlogHer from the very beginning as media began to latch on to the idea of women’s representation in technology, science and business. In 2004, Page and co-founders Lisa Stone and Jory Des Jardins created the BlogHer Conference in an effort to answer the media question – where are the women bloggers? As the conference came to fruition, the three were immediately flung into the spotlight with media coverage from CNN and MSNBC. Says Page, “We knew then we were on to something and we decided to make it a business.”A year later the conference lead to a publishing network and a diverse range of female bloggers joined forces with the trio to promote discussion across their domains. After 18 months of bootstrapping with their own funding, the co-founders raised $3.5 million from Venrock and have since raised an additional $13 million to build out the 20+ topic channels. The network currently syndicates to iVillage, and While other publishing networks of this size often opt for a wholly automated system of content aggregation, home page features and related blog links, BlogHer has a commitment to curation. Says Page, “It’s not just about the traffic, we want to ensure that diverse voices come through in order to generate more discussion. We’ve got a headline editor who looks for topics we want to explore and we take care to feature interesting content.” Featured pieces are then served across the publishing network to the 2,500 affiliate blogs and relevant pieces are linked alongside a blog owner’s own content. When asked what keywords (other than “BlogHer”) drive the most traffic to the network, Page replied, “Women are not a monolithic block who think, act or buy in the same way. It differs from week to week, but for instance, in 2008 the keywords all revolved around the election or the economy. The areas of interest that drive traffic are not much different than other blogging networks.” The one topic that rally’s Page’s diverse community is female representations in the media, workplace and of course, on the Web. In the backlash against a particularly bad YouTube campaign launched by Motrin, BlogHer was among the first communities to retaliate with a Motringate. The consumer trust, distribution and collective spending power of the BlogHer community is enough to make or break a household brand. As Page and her co-founders begin experimenting with targeted feed and podcast programs, advertisers may find even more opportunities to test their mettle in this female media landscape. To check out the network visit dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more