Indonesia Pushes Burma for Credible Elections as ASEAN FMs Meet

Foreign Ministers from Southeast Asian nations held discussions in Vietnam ahead of summit meetings this week. The focus of the meetings is regional cooperation but Burma’s controversial election plans, which critics have called a sham, are also expected to be discussed. d.

Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held talks Wednesday in Hanoi.

ASEAN’s ten member nations are Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Among other topics the ministers were expected to discuss Burma’s preparations for November 7 elections, the first in two decades. Critics say they are designed to keep the military in power.

It was not clear if the elections were discussed. But, before the meeting, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told journalists he was pushing Burma for more credible elections. He said it was not too late for Burma’s military leaders to act.

“We are having good-We have been having conversations with our Myanmar [Burma] colleagues and we are not pessimistic, even at this late stage, that we can be part of- We can all work together to ensure that the elections in Myanmar can be part of a solution rather than part of more difficulties ahead,” Natalegawa said.

ASEAN has offered to send observers to the elections to give them more credibility but Burma banned foreign observers and foreign journalists.

Burma’s military is already guaranteed a quarter of all seats in the elections, has sidelined opposition parties, and refused the vote to millions of ethnic minorities.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won Burma’s last elections in 1990 but the military ignored the results and has kept the Nobel Prize winner under house arrest for most of the time since.

The Philippines Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo told journalists the elections did not look credible.

“The point is will there be credible elections if Aung San Suu Kyi and the others are not a part of it? It’s not the observers. It’s the participation of all,” said Romulo.

The ASEAN foreign ministers meeting came one day before leaders of ASEAN countries meet in Hanoi for talks focusing on building a regional community similar to the European Union.

The ASEAN heads of state will meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who has called for Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma to be released.

They will also meet with leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea and be joined over the weekend by leaders of Australia, India and New Zealand for the East Asia Summit.

Russia and the United States will attend as observers and be officially invited to join the group in 2011.

Modern Marketing Strategies

Modern technology enables new, exciting and highly cost effective marketing strategies. Targeted email marketing and SMS marketing have until now been the preserve of large, wealthy organizations but over the last few years competitive pricing and increased accessibility has meant even small business owners can now join this marketing revolution and take full advantage of this technology through online providers. Such software and portals allow you to create, deliver and track campaigns with the investment of less than a monthly mobile phone bill.

Targeted email marketing is ideal for enhancing the image of your business, increasing the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and building strong, accurate mailing lists.

Targeted email marketing also enables you, for the first time, to send emails to customers based on their buying habits. Gone are the days of mass messages to all and sundry, you can now deliver messages to those people who are likely to respond to them and you can do this simply and at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods. ROIs are significantly greater than conventional marketing methods.

Targeted email marketing is ideal for newsletters, new product introductions, sales promotions and listings that change on a regular basis. Organisations such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, travel agents, venues, event organizers, to name but a few, can all benefit from such technology.

SMS marketing is an ideal partner for targeted email marketing and is ideal when the time frame for contact is much shorter. SMS is perfect in situations where your offers may be time limited to a day or so, examples of which may include; special offers, appointment reminders and school absences.

Whether you are a well established company or newly formed finding highly cost effective ways of expanding your customer database is paramount. Targeted email marketing and SMS marketing are fast becoming the main stay for thousands of organizations the world over for such purposes. At least one in three people check their emails daily and with more and more people owning mobile phones there is an unparalleled opportunity to get your messages to those who are likely to act on them.

Creating and sending targeted emails and SMSs couldnt be simpler. Todays providers take away the need for any technical knowledge, allowing you to concentrate instead on creating messages that you know your customers will respond to.

Tracking and analyzing the outcome of email and SMS marketing campaigns is just as easy. You can see who opened your messages, when and whether any links contained within the message were clicked. This further allows you to see what your customers are interested in and further enhances your list accuracy.

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Email Marketing Vs. Direct Marketing Which Is Best

Hmm this question is important, but it looks like another one: radio or TV advertising, which is best?

The question would be: how to make email work?; and, how to make direct marketing effective? Smart business would divide their budget and use both approaches to target their audience and grow their customers database.

What about you? Do not think you should at least try both methods and come up with your own conclusion instead of merely reading one or more articles and reaching a conclusion they have formed maybe through other readings instead of personal, extensive testing and statistics?

Do not you think that marketing is all about tracking, testing and measuring your advertising in order to be able to turn a profit?

Way too many businesses are running their venture blindfolded, advertising here and there, not knowing with 100% accuracy where their customers are coming from, so they could advertise more often in that particular area, or using that specific channel. What a waste of time, money and effort!

With email marketing and direct marketing, you want to be sensitive, and granular. Get into the nitty-gritty, strategic marketing. It is not time for playing aside particularly in todays Economy when crisis is driving us nuts and people are not tracking their business activities like this is normal.

You are not running a common business, your clients are not common (but special), and your marketing should not be common (but remarkable).

Direct marketing has been used for hundred of years by mail order catalog companies to sell their magazine subscriptions, products and services. It is an old approach, yet, email marketers are still overlooking it, and running their business like email is something new.

It is a new platform, but it is based on the same old direct marketing principles. Brands and companies who are trying to reinvent email and not take into account direct marketing fundamentals are shooting in dark.

Because direct marketing is here to stay for as long as people will buy from other people and companies that they like, know and trust. And the top three main principles one should integrate in their business are:

1. Never email to people you do not know, or do you do not have permission to email. Thus, your email list should be double-optin and CAN-SPAM compliant.

2. Always track your email campaign in terms of open rates, clickthroughs, and sales conversions. Use autoresponders like AWeber and GetResponse and analytics for your site/page.

3. Never mix mailing lists, but segment your email marketing. One list should be made up of prospects. Another list of first-time customers. Another one of hot buyers, consisting of people who bought from you at least twice. And cross-promote to each other, advancing prospects to customers, and customers to hot buyers, and hot buyers into raving fans.

My Thoughts On The Professional Darts Corporation

The PDC (short for Professional Darts Corporation) was originally formed in 1992 after several leading darts players formed a new breakaway group to rival the BDO. They were unhappy with the way the game was being run with dwindling sponsorship deals and fewer and fewer tournaments being broadcast on TV. This organisation has of course grown dramatically since that time and it’s now well and truly overtaken the BDO in terms of entertainment and quality.

Indeed the BDO is now a sad and tired looking organisation with many of it’s top players having left to join the PDC in recent years. The likes of Raymond van Barneveld, Mervyn King, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster are now earning a lot more money playing in the PDC tournaments.

It’s a shame because I have a lot of affection for the BDO and still enjoy watching the World Championships and the Masters, but the fact is that most of the players are attracted to the money that’s on offer by the PDC. This is understandable of course, but I would much prefer to have a single code where the players from the BDO and PDC play in the same competitions all the time, but I think that is very unlikely to happen.

One thing I don’t really like about the PDC is the type of crowd it attracts. I’ve attended both BDO and PDC tournaments and I have to say that I don’t really feel comfortable sitting amongst a crowd of drunken idiots, which is basically what you get when you attend most PDC events. Of course there is beer and merriment in the BDO events, but it is a much friendlier atmosphere and the people who are there are usually genuine darts fans who are there to watch the darts first and foremost.

Overall though despite it’s flaws, I am a huge fan of the Professional Darts Corporation. It is now hugely entertaining with many of the best players in the world all taking part. You have regular tournaments being shown on TV and with so many good players playing each other on a regular basis, the quality is improving all the time. Indeed 100+ averages are now a lot more common than they used to be.

It’s not perfect of course. The commentators can be slightly annoying at times and the walk on girls are a little tacky and unnecessary, but overall I think the Professional Darts Corporation should be applauded for making darts popular once more. If this group hadn’t been formed back in 1992, darts would probably still be stuck in the dark ages.

Government Auction Gold Mine! Bargains Galore.

Government auctions, we have all heard of them but not many people really know how they work or what they offer for that matter. The reality is that government auctions happen everyday all around the country and are generally open to the public. Many government agencies offer a variety of goods that have been seized or are unclaimed or are surplus items. Some of these agencies are General Services Administration,FBI, IRS, DEA, U.S. Marshals. Real estate, personal property, automobiles, boats, planes are just some of the bargains to be had.

Government auctions sell a wide variety of land and buildings. Houses, land, apartment buildings, farms and commercial buildings are some examples. The IRS a large source of these seizures due to nonpayment of internal revenue taxes. Some tax deed auctions take place at local Court House steps and are announced in local newspapers. Other auctions are held at the property being sold.

Vehicle auctions are another great bargain source. Fleet vehicles for the government are leased by the U.S. General Services Administration and when the lease term ends these vehicles are auctioned off. State police departments, Department of Transportation, city and county law enforcement agencies all seize vehicles and personal property for different illegal activities. All types of vehicles are available at these auctions ranging from SUV’s, coupes, vans, trucks, minivans, work vehicles and much more. If the government drives it, it can be bought at an auctions.

Property and vehicles are the two most popular government auction items but there are many more. Jewelry, antiques, computers, office furniture are others. You can even adopt a wild horse through the U.S. Treasury Department. It seems that all items either bought or confiscated by the U.S Government ends up on the auction block at bargain prices.

How does a person find these bargains? There are many sources of auctions. Local newspapers, government websites, and of course there are online companies that make it their business to inform people of there opportunities. As you have seen there are many government agencies providing a plethora of items to buy. You can spend many hours researching these sources but you may want to cut to the chase and use an online site that specializes in government auctions. This will certainly save a person many head aches and frustration surfing the web.

One such website claims to be the preeminent membership-based web site for bargain hunters that helps its users find and participate in government auctions of seized and surplus property in the US and Canada. It also provides its members with access to its nationwide database of real estate foreclosure listings across the United States. And right now they are offering a FREE TRIAL which will give you immediate access to their database so you can check it out.

Timing And Your Marketing Plan

There’s always lots of talk around what marketing tactics you could or should include in your marketing plan. But one subject that kind of gets glossed over is one of timing.

The timing of your marketing is an important factor in how successful not only your plan is, but how effectively you implement your marketing plan.

Keep in mind that different marketing tactics have different timing needs.

For example, tactics such as a bi-weekly ezine or newsletter, monthly teleseminar, and thrice-weekly blog posts are all ongoing. These regularly occurring activities help to create a consistent presence and keep you and your business top-of-mind.

Other marketing tactics are scheduled around your “events”. For example, you finish writing your new ebook or new 8 week course and are now ready to launch it. You’ll have to figure out when the launch date is and schedule specific marketing around that event. You’ll want to make sure that the timing of these do not interfere with your regular marketing activities.

Timing of your marketing is also impacted by others’ events. You may be invited to speak at a large workshop or telesummit. You have no input into the date of that event and need to time your marketing for this around marketing for your own event or activities.

Another thing to keep in mind around the timing of your marketing plan is the frequency with which you are communicating with people on your list and other places.

For example, I have a weekly ezine that goes out every Thursday. I schedule teleseminars on usually one or two Tuesdays each month and I need to send out emails to my list to let them know. That usually means one email to tell them, another email to remind them and one more with the recording the day after the teleseminar.

If I’m launching a new product or a service, I need to send out emails to people to let them know about it. Depending on the cost of the product or service, this could be anywhere from 2 – 6 emails.

You can start to see how if I didn’t put some thought into the timing of these marketing emails, I could be bombarding my list with way too many emails in a short period of time. And I don’t want to do that! It’s not nice and not effective either.

These examples clearly show how timing is a big part of your marketing plan. That’s why some kind of marketing calendar is so important. I have a hard copy calendar that I use a pencil to schedule ongoing activities and then try to fit in the other activities that I want to do. I use the eraser a lot!

My marketing calendar is the first thing I grab whenever I’m thinking about doing my next marketing tactic. As they say, timing is everything!

Castlewood Group Pte Ltd Wins A Prestigious Asia Pacific Hotel Award

Successful companies have been invited to attend a high profile gala presentation dinner at the J. W. Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on April 27th when the official announcements will be made. Following the success of last year’s event in Shanghai, the organisers will also be hosting a two-day Property & Hospitality Summit on April 26th and 27th at the same venue. Attended by presidents, CEOs, managing directors, chairmen and other decision makers, the event presents an ideal opportunity to make connections and generate new business. The Summit is open to all industry related companies and suppliers in addition to award participants.

The JW Marriott Hotel is located in the heart of the exciting Golden Triangle, the city’s prime business and shopping district and is adjoining to the prestigious Starhill Gallery. It is also strategically located on Bintang Walk, the lively and vibrant shopping strip.

These awards are operated by the organisation that has run the International Property Awards for the last 18 years. Its aim is to seek out the best hotels from each country including those that have been purpose-built for conventions, spa, airports or resorts. Other sections include best sustainable hotel together with best hotel architecture, interior design, marketing and website. Hotel projects are chosen for their green credentials, excellent architectural merit and design. Eighteen different countries took part and the competition was extremely keen with entries across the board being of the highest standard.

Later this year, top scoring winners from the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards will compete against other winning companies from Europe, Africa, the Americas and Arabia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category. The final results will be revealed at a gala presentation dinner in London.

Stuart Shield, president of the International Hotel Awards, says, “We are delighted to enter the second year of the stand alone Hotel Awards with such a superb level of entries from across the length and breadth of the Asia Pacific region. – both in number and quality. It will be really interesting to see how the region stands up to global competition when we judge the contenders for the World’s Best awards.”

Biotech Corporation Natural Curves Breast Enhancement Reviews – Customer Testimonials Examined

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Though the results are mostly favorable, the reviews reflect that different time frame may be required before noticing results. A handful of women noticed some changes as early as a week, while others were able to see bust gains only after several months. This is to be anticipated because the hormonal level as well as body condition of one woman differ from that of some other.

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Causes Of Economic Recession An Overview

Over the course of the past year there has been a significant amount of media attention being paid to the subject of economic recession. With that said, you may be like many people and find yourself worried about facing the prospect of an economic recession. But, you may not exactly know what are the causes of economic recession. Through this article, you are presented with an overview of some causes of economic recession. By way of this information, you will have a better idea of what you are facing when it comes an economic recession.
Generally speaking, when it comes to the causes of economic recession, there normally are a number of contribution factors. In other words, there tends to be a number of factors that combine to give rise to the causes of economic recession.
With that noted, one of the more significant causes of economic recession is inflation. In most instances, an inflationary period does precede a recession. In some instances, more significant inflation becomes one of the primary causes of economic recession. In the end, inflation has its most significant impact on consumers.
The national debt can also contribute to recession. The higher the national debt grows, the more money the government is forced to borrow in a particular fiscal year, the higher the odds are that a recession might be around the corner.
Beyond inflation and an increase in the national debt, a devaluation of the national currency can also be one of the causes of economic recession. In other words, when the currency exchange rate of a nation’s monetary unit becomes adverse, recession can be in the offing.
As was noted previously, in most instances these various causes of economic recession come together in advance of an actual recession. These different economic problems interplay with one another to cause a recession. Historically, when recessions have occurred, the existence of a number of these causes of economic recession could be seen contributing to the actually recession that ended up taking place.
A recession technically is said to be taking place when there is negative economic growth over the course of two consecutive quarters (or six months) in the course of a given year. These different causes of economic recession are all used as economic indicators to determine whether or not a recession is about to occur or is in fact occurring.
There are also some other causes of economic recession that can play into the mix. However, with that said, the causes of economic recession that have been noted in this article are the most common of these contributing factors, the causes of economic recession that are most commonly seen.

Forum Marketing Strategy Benefits To Online Business Community Veterans

The full advantages of forum marketing strategy are mostly enjoyed by forum veterans. This are people how have over a long period of time gained credibility and positive online image. They are individuals how have proved their savvy by sharing their experience and expertise in a tactful and consistent manner. It is for this reason that forum marketing is considered a crucial long term online marketing arsenal.

What happens mostly is that these forum veterans, with the express permission of business community moderators are allowed to initiate intensive advertising campaigns. Proper forum marketing strategy advocates that, you seize this opportunity to add value to the forum business community. A good approach would be to offer community members special price cuts on products, free sampling of products and services or start fun promotion contests.

When it comes to forum marketing strategy, it is imperative to avoid spamming. Outsourcing for online marketing firms can lead to them using inexperienced staff to send spam to online forums. Therefore, if you have to outsource for this service do your research well and only work with credible organizations with a proven track record.

Some may argue that spamming business communities helps generate traffic. This may be true to some extent but in the long run it will only contribute to you seriously denting your online image thus people shunning your marketing campaigns. It is undeniable that forum marketing strategy is more about building a good online reputation which in turn results to generating free business sales leads.

The best approach to online marketing is building a good online image thus gain credibility. This will sure take time before to begining cashing in but it is worth you effort in the long run. Getting online business sales leads is not a one day affair but a continues process until you become an expert.

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