Farms and tourism promising: Minister

first_img“Integrating these two economic activities presents opportunities for stronger collaboration around agribusiness development in niche markets in support of local agrifood sector and small-scale farmers while reducing the import bill of Pacific island economies,” Seruirata said when opening a regional agribusiness forum in Nadi yesterday.The forum was organised to exchange experience on successes demonstrating the potential of agri-tourism markets, particularly in strengthening linkages between national and regional value chain actors with the tourism industry.PNG was represented by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation.Seruirata said the rise in population across the Pacific and the influx of tourists into countries like Fiji had put more pressure on locally available food to feed them, which prompted island states to continue to import.He said it was important to bring together the diverse group of actors that are active in the agribusiness sector, which can participate in the value and market chain with the aid of financial institutions. This will mean more local food produced for the tourism sector which in turn will put money in farmers pockets.Seruirata also pointed out that access to finance was a common challenge for many Pacific businesses, especially micro and SMEs, and urged financial institutions to offer some solutions.The three-day forum is organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, and the Pacific Private Sector Organizations.last_img read more

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Rivalry paused as Perez joins Bolick’s trek to pro league

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Add one more: On Sunday, they both step on the same stage—one that opens a new arc in their hoop stories.Perez, Bolick and Ray Parks Jr., are projected to be the top three picks in Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft.They’ve come across each other a lot of times that Perez joked: “Actually, during the Draft combine, I no longer wanted to guard him.”“We’ve been doing that for quite some time. Though I’m honored to have played against Robert in my collegiate career.”But whatever rivalry they had in college will have to wait to blossom in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Top two volleyball clubs in Superliga collide in yet another championship duel Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOf all the times that the careers of CJ Perez and Robert Bolick intersected, there is one point that makes the Lyceum star feel like his career is irreversibly linked to that of his NCAA rival from San Beda.“Personally, I feel like we’re motivated to prove the teams who who didn’t take enough risk with us [and see] what we’re really made of,” Perez told the Inquirer on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We bounced around schools, right?” he added.While Bolick spent a lot of minutes on the bench with La Salle before blossoming into a clutch leader with the Lions, Perez jumped from San Sebastian to Ateneo before finding a home with the Pirates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt is just one of the similarities both cagers share.They’ve battled in the last two NCAA title duels—Bolick won both—and were named to the national team pool for the 2023 Basketball World Cup, which the country is hosting. LATEST STORIES “I think we’ll have to start over. We’re all rookies going to take up roles in the PBA. Very rare are the ones who are immediate stars in the league,” he noted.  “There’s no rivalry, for now.”Perez, now 25, puts everything else on hold as he focuses on his newborn child and the the milestone he’s about to hit next week.“I still can’t believe I’m going to the PBA. I’ve been in college for quite a while so I wasn’t really expecting I’ll be here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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TEEN FIT HUB: A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP HELPS YOUR TEEN FOCUS, RECHARGE AND AVOIDS MOOD SWINGS

first_imgTEEN FIT HUB, BY NEIL BARRETT: Teens who have poor or disruptive sleeping patterns have been shown to have decreased ability to perform academically. Sleep deprivation might not seem like a big deal, but it can have serious consequences.Tired teens can find it difficult to concentrate, learn and retain new information or even stay awake in class. Too little sleep also might contribute to mood swings.Most teens need about nine hours of sleep a night — and sometimes more — to maintain optimal daytime alertness.But few teens actually get that much sleep regularly, thanks to factors such as extracurricular activities, homework, television, social media and use of computers and other electronic gadgets.The 24-hour circadian rhythm (our natural awake/sleep cycle) becomes increasingly delayed throughout puberty making adolescents more susceptible to becoming “evening types” or “night owls”. During adolescence, increased alertness occurs later in the evening, making it difficult to initiate sleep at a reasonable hour.As a result, the adolescent has “time to fill” late at night. This time is spent doing homework, casual work, or socialising, as well as reading or watching television.A more recent phenomena among teens is the increased usage of video games (especially simulated survival based games such as Call of Duty & the Grand Theft Auto series).  Unfortunately, most of these are very stimulating and can themselves promote late-night alertness.Emerging evidence suggests that playing video games or scanning/interacting on social media before bedtime may be a particularly disruptive pre-sleep activity for adolescents.The problem with poor sleep is how you feel when you are awake, usually cranky and moody (traits that are already very apparent in most teens) So what to do about this?  Here are few simple guidelines to help your teen get a better night’s sleep.* Know when to unplug. Make their bedroom a quiet place, free from as many electronic devices as possible.Research has shown that individuals who abstain from using electronic devices an hour before bed have not just longer sleep but much better quality of sleep. Blue light emitting from these gadgets stimulates the brain and inhibits melatonin production – the hormone you need to sleep. * Get them active.Regular exercise helps them sleep more soundly, as well as improving their general health.Teenagers should be aiming for at least 60 minutes every day of moderate to intense physical activity.*Reduce caffeine intake.Suggest that your teenager drinks less caffeine (contained in drinks such as cola, tea and coffee). Too much caffeine not only decreases the amount of sleep, it also limits them from falling into a deep & healthy sleep.  Try and have a rule of no caffeine-containing drinks after 4-5pm.*Chill time.Encourage your teen to wind down at night with a warm shower, a book or other relaxing activities.*Calm environment.Ensure a good sleep environment – a room that is dark, cool, quiet, safe and comfortable.A chat with your teen about their day or exam worries will help put their problems into perspective and help them to sleep better and ease any anxiety.These tips are not just for teens. All of us could benefit from better sleeping patterns. Recent evidence suggests adults must get at least 8-9 ½ hours of un-disturbed sleep per night to perform best at our daily tasks.The next in the series of articles will deal with teenage nutrition.(Whether your teen is looking for a stand-alone strength and conditioning programme, or additional training to supplement their sport specific training, Fit-Hub Teens is committed to helping them achieve their goals in a fun, judgement free environment surrounded by their peers & supervised by trained professionals) For more information contact Ruairi on:086 1970 325Email info@fithubletterkenny.comTEEN FIT HUB: A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP HELPS YOUR TEEN FOCUS, RECHARGE AND AVOIDS MOOD SWINGS was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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:healthNeil Barrettsleeosleepteenagerslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN ALL SET FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NotesRoyal Flush Lotto –The Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of the 03/08/2014 were 2, 4, 9 & 10, there was no winner of this week’s jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Peader Kennedy, Packie McGuire & Aoife White & Tony McDonagh c/o McGuires.40th Anniversary Celebrations –This Saturday August 9th marks the 40th anniversary celebrations of CLG Naomh Ultan. A busy schedule is in store, with displays of underage football, presentations for the first Naomh Ultan Championship team, planting of the celebratory tree, blessing of the ground, displays from the reunited Killaghtee Pipe Band and the Ardaghey Pipe Band and traditional Irish music to name a few happenings. The Donegal game will also be shown. Timetables for the day will be on display in local shops throughout the week. We would also ask if people of the parish could display the club colours to mark the celebration. All are very welcome to attend this celebration of the club.Adult Football – Both sides had free weekends over the Bank holiday. Our reserve side are in Championship action this Sunday, they face Naomh Padraig, Lifford in the Quarter FInal on the Junior B Championship. Time and venue yet to be decided.   SuperValu Kits for Clubs –Rooney’s SuperValu, Killybegs and Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town have offered to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit through SuperValu Kits for Clubs.Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the above two stores you will receive 1 voucher. The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the Club entry box located at the customer service desk in store. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free.​  GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN ALL SET FOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Hall of Fame Award for the late, great Séamus Mac Géidigh

first_imgSéamus Mac Géidigh was inducted into the IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame posthumously at an event in the BAI’s office in Dublin today.Séamus’s wife Dolores, his son Dónal, and his sister Ann with her husband Joe McElroy, were there to accept the award on behalf of the family.  Gearóid Mac Donncha, Acting Head of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, was also there and spoke at the eventPictured as she mounted the her late husbands plaque on the Hall of Fame wall was Dolores Mac Geidigh. Credit: Iain White Photography Séamus was working as Regional Manager of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in their Doirí Beaga studio in northwest Donegal when he passed away suddenly in July 2016.  He had spent 28 years working with the service.He was a highly respected broadcaster, and was especially well-known and valued for his GAA commentary.  He was described by Fr Seán Ó Gallchóir as The Donegal Voice of Gaelic Games.Speaking today, Gearóid Mac Donncha, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, said: “It is a great honour for any broadcaster to receive the Hall of Fame award, and we are very proud today that it will be awarded to our friend and colleague Séamus who is sadly no longer with us.“It’s hard to describe all that Séamus did and the type of person he was.  He was, of course, a superb broadcaster on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and he achieved so much in his chosen career, but he also made an impression on all those he met through his work, in the GAA, and in the community in general. “He had friends everywhere he went, because he was someone who was interested in others and in their stories.  We miss our friend dearly, may he rest in peace.”Sean Murtagh, Chairperson of the IMRO Radio Awards Committee said “the Hall of Fame inductees are very worthy recipients of this accolade and held in the highest regard by their peers.”Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson, said: “We are delighted to induct four of the most respected radio professionals on the island of Ireland into the IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame.  Each of them in their own way has made an indelible mark on the broadcasting sector and they rightfully deserve to take their place alongside the many other great Irish radio luminaries who have been honoured by their peers over the years.”Others who have previously received this award include Gay Byrne, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Seán Bán Breathnach, Marian Finucane, Larry Gogan, Áine Lawlor and Tony Fenton.Others inducted into the Hall of Fame today include Linda McAuley from BBC Ulster, Billy McCarty (RIP) from WLRFM and Joe King, Broadcast Technical Services. Hall of Fame Award for the late, great Séamus Mac Géidigh was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:RTÉ Raidió na GaeltachtaSéamus Mac Géidighlast_img read more

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Raiders’ Pro Bowl center Rodney Hudson carted off field with injury

first_imgJust when the Raiders finally had their starting offensive line together, center Rodney Hudson was carted off the field with a right ankle injury Sunday in a 27-24 loss road loss to the Houston Texans.Hudson did not return to the game and coach Jon Gruden said he was worried about the prognosis for the immediate future.,”I’m concerned. It’s huge today,” Gruden said. “We’ve had a lot of adjustments on our line. We felt really good about having the starters together for the first time. I …last_img read more

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Research conference to find ways to drive the economy

first_imgWith the theme “Driving South Africa’s Industrial Development Agenda”, South Africa is to host its first Economic Research Advisory Network (Eran) conference in East London later in March to find ways to boost the country’s economy.The event will be a platform for policy makers, academics, traditional leaders, NGOs, business, labour, students and members of the general public to discuss potential and real economic issues that hamper industrial development and economic growth.“Discussions at the conference will centre mainly on issues related to how to build a progressive developmental state that is capable of growing the country’s economy, thereby creating employment and eradicating poverty and inequality,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Minister Rob Davies said in announcing the conference last week.The DTI helped set up Eran in 2015 as a national research network dedicated to promoting high-quality economic and development research. Its members come from national and provincial economic development departments, other government entities, universities and research institutions.Davies said research underpins South Africa’s economic policies, such as the Industrial Policy Action Plan.“We are on a mission to restructure our economy to set it on a more value-adding, labour-intensive and environmentally sustainable growth path,” he said. “Research plays a critical part in ensuring that our plans and objectives are built on well-research empirical evidence.“Research should contribute to sustainable development and the competitiveness of the South African economy.”The conference is a partnership between the DTI and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism. It will be held at the East London International Convention Centre from 10 to 11 March.last_img read more

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iContact Offers Free Email Marketing Service for Small Businesses

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#Software Guides Related Posts While much of the focus in online marketing has been on social media over the last few years, there’s still something to be said for the value of good, old fashioned email. Marketing via email can be highly effective, but smaller companies don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles offered by most email marketing service providers.In an effort to attract more small business and nonprofit customers, email and social marketing platform iContact is now offering a free version of their service.In doing so, the company takes aim at their biggest competitor, Constant Contact, whose pricing plans start at $15 per month. iContact has long offered several paid pricing options based on the number of email subscribers, starting at $10 per month. With this move to a freemium model, they’re offering organizations with 500 or fewer subscribers access to the service for free. Free subscribers will also be limited to 20 design templates (paid subscribers get over 500), lower sending priority and no phone support (only email and chat). For many smaller organizations on a shoe string budget, these concessions will be well worth it. Of course, if your email marketing efforts are successful, it won’t be long before you exceed 500 subscribers and thus will have to start paying. Then again, there are worse problems for a small business to have. If your business hasn’t gotten started in email marketing yet or you’re the market for a new provider, you can give the new iContact free account a shot. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlowlast_img read more

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What Were They Thinking?

first_imgI’ve been doing HERS ratings and green building certifications for several years now, and I have run across some pretty scary things during inspections that sometimes make me wonder what everyone was thinking.Now, I was a contractor for a long time, and I understand the challenges of getting things done on time, correctly, and within the budget, and by no means am I trying to minimize those challenges. What does amaze me is how little attention some contractors and trade contractors pay to the details as their projects are underway.In many cases, the contractors have elected to have their buildings certified for their own purposes, often without even informing or involving the client.More whining about batt insulationAt the project startup meetings, we go over requirements for HVAC design and installation, duct sealing, insulation grading, weather barriers and flashing, and other processes that help to make buildings perform better and meet certification requirements. Everyone is on board at the beginning — including the project manager, insulation contractor and HVAC installer — but too often things break down very quickly.I can no longer even count the number of times I have discussed the challenge of meeting the Grade 1 installation standard with fiberglass batts, suggesting that they consider a blown-in alternative, only to be assured that the installers are very experienced and will have no problem doing everything right. Never have I inspected a batt insulation job for the first time and not had to remove at least half if not more of the insulation due to compression, lack of trimming around obstructions, or large gaps.Usually by the second or third visit, they have it figured out, until, of course, the crew changes and we start all over again. Thankfully, the installers themselves don’t hold it against me that they have to do so much rework, but there is clearly a big disconnect between trade contractor management team and their field staff.Duct, duct, looseI’ve seen my share of bad duct installations, but it just doesn’t seem to be getting better. I’ve run across lots of ducts jammed into spaces they don’t fit or belong in, plenty of unsealed or poorly sealed duct connections, and many floor registers that have done double duty as dustpans throughout the job.I recently saw what may be the most egregious example of incompetent ductwork on a house seeking EarthCraft certification. Instead of using wye connection to split a flex line, they connected two flex lines together with a metal sleeve, and cut a hole in the sleeve to stick another flex line into.To add insult to injury, none of the connections had any mastic or tape on them, but they were nicely covered with insulation, taped tightly. This one took some work to do this badly.I have also seen takeoffs that are only marginally connected to the plenum, but covered with carefully sealed insulation. A while back I started to suggest to my builder and remodeler clients that they require their HVAC installers to leave all the connections exposed for their inspection before closing up the insulation, giving them an opportunity to inspect connections before they are covered up.Water, water, everywhereProbably one of the most frightening things I have seen was a house that was insulated with open-cell spray foam before it was fully dried in. There were some roof/wall connections that were not fully sealed, but that didn’t keep them from going ahead with the insulation.I showed up on for a pre-drywall inspection, only to find fully soaked spray foam in stud cavities and visibly wet and moldy I-joists and OSB. What were they thinking?On a similar note, one of my pet peeves is not keeping the water-resistant barrier (WRB) intact throughout the construction process. While there are plenty of contractors who have a hard time understanding that water actually flows downhill and all flashing must be shingle lapped, I find that even those who know how to flash correctly still too often install their finish siding before all the mechanical penetrations are in place. Wires, pipes, and ducts are cut through siding and the WRB, leaving perfect little pathways for water to flow straight into the structure, practically guaranteeing future mold and rot.Just scratching the surfaceWhile this is my current “best of” collection, I am sure that there will be still better ones in the future. Multifamily projects that keep the same production team in place throughout the project tend to show improvement throughout the process, but since many of my clients are small builders and remodelers rather than production builders, I often start over with a new, often inexperienced, teams on each project.Hopefully someday there will be enough trained people out there that I see very well executed projects at every site visit. Until then, I will continue collecting photos for my collection.last_img read more

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Yes, Ben Huh Can Has Cheezburger—And Eats It, Too

first_imgHuh: I use bad art as a way to discuss people’s criticisms of Internet art, so image macros, viral content, Instagram photos, to talk about how cheaply they are made—art should take more effort than just putting a filter on an image, and art should be more than putting bad captions on a cat photo.Yes, true, but we are entering an age where there is very little in the way between an idea and an expression online, and that means more and more people are participating in ways of expressing themselves. What we do is encourage that artistic expression even if we don’t recognize their creations as “fine art.”Human beings have this incredible desire to connect and express themselves and that is what is filling up our time on the Internet, and I don’t think that is bad. It is actually a wonderful thing.RW:There are many people right now who hate the word “meme,” like Evgeny Morozov, who recently tweeted about banning the word. Why do you think that is?Huh: [laughs] Yes, let’s have a writer suggest banning a word.RW:I don’t think he was serious—more reacting to its overuse.Huh: Yeah. It is an overused word, and when you call everything one word, that word starts to lose its meaning. But memes exist whether we like it or not. That’s like saying “I hate information, let’s ban the use of the word information.”RW:What is your favorite meme?Huh: One of my personal favorites is the lesser known “brushie brushie brushie”—where it’s basically a picture of a bat being cleaned with a toothbrush. It’s adorable and the bat looks pissed.Huh, for once, would not elaborate on the cultural significance of a memeImage of Huh dressed as Psy courtesy of Emily Huh; LOLWork image via Amazon.com; cheezburger image via Flickr user turoczy, CC 2.0. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Huh: Yeah, when a major TV network comes to you and says we’d like to do a weekly half-hour show on your company, you go, “let me think about how much marketing I can get out of it,” and then you go, “Yes! I would love for you to do that!” [Laughs]It was great marketing for the company, and we reached the people who don’t live on the Internet. I have a personal philosophy to live a very interesting life.You don’t get a lot of offers to do a reality show, and even though I didn’t have a big part in it, I thought it was fun to do. I had to negotiate to shrink my part down because I wanted to run the company and I didn’t want the cameras following me around, but it was fun.RW:I Can Has Cheezburger is no longer alone in the “aggregate and profit from funny and cute content from the Internet” realm. Buzzfeed, for instance, is quite aggressive, if not a competitor, and mainstream outlets now cover Internet culture, too.Huh: Years ago when we got into the space, one of the big predictions I made was Internet culture is going to merge with pop culture. There is a transformation in the media being consumed, and that will change the culture that we appreciate.To stay competitive, Cheezburger is becoming more consumer friendly, the audience has diversified, and we’re putting a bigger and bigger effort on diversifying content.RW:You’ve been criticized time and again for making money off of other people’s free work, their intellectual property. At last year’s ROFLCon, for instance, you had some men troll-protesting you for this very reason.One of the men protesting Ben Huh’s panels at ROFLCon 2012Huh: I view my business as no different than Twitter or Facebook or WordPress. Fact of the matter, my job, and the money I make, is because I provide a place, a platform for people to share their creations. This is about the new form of media and business, where we’re all moving towards becoming enablers and aggregators and distributors versus the people doing the work themselves.We were actually one of the first companies to have a meme generator online, in early 2007, and hundreds, if not millions of image macros have been created through our meme generators. That enablement is what allows us to be here today, and we’re going to continue to do that.For us, making money is a means of investing back into our business, and grow this idea of making people happy for five minutes a day.RW: You also have to take criticism like that in stride.Huh: Oh yeah, any business that hits a reasonable size scale gets criticized for something. We are not perfect, but I do find that argument to be really fascinating because user generated content as a method of generating money has been around for many years and is the dominant way social media works today.But for some reason, because we use memes and we aggregate memes, we don’t get the same kind of cred like Twitter or Facebook in the way we do our business. For example, Google built a technology that scrapes Internet websites and puts ads next to them. They’re an enabler, and they are seen that way, but people don’t tend to see us as an enabler, and I plan to change that.RW:How?Huh: You’ll see. I can’t say, except we’re going to make remixing even easier, and we’re putting our foot on that gas pedal and becoming more and more of an enabler.RW:So not only are you cataloging and profiting off of memes, you are creating and reshaping meme culture.Huh: I see my role here as a person whose job is to make playgrounds and keep them open. What you do on that playground is up to you, and what is awesome is watching people have a great time on that playground.I am not moot [aka 4chan founder Christopher Poole], I am not doing Inception. I don’t get to pick what becomes a meme, but I can make a place where me, my parents or my friends and their kids can come together and understand and accept meme culture as part of something they enjoy.To stay competitive, Cheezburger is becoming more consumer friendly, the audience has diversified, and we’re putting a bigger and bigger effort on diversifying content.In 4chan’s place, you can’t do that. Kids should not go to /b/ [the shock-value “Random” imageboard on 4chan; Wikipedia link is SFW]. So it is just a different flavor of how to make internet culture accessible.RW:Besides being off limits to children, what are your thoughts on /b/?Huh: The /b/ board is like splitting the atom—it is incredibly powerful, yet you don’t know if it is going to be used for good or bad. Is it going to be a nuclear weapon, or is it going to be used for nuclear energy? No one really knows.RW:You compared Internet memes and culture to bad art, and explained how bad art can be beautiful, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago this winter. Can you recap? As CEO of the sprawling blog network known as Cheezburger, Ben Huh is easily the master of memes. Since he purchased the funny cat picture blog I Can Has Cheezburger in 2007, Huh has steadily cultivated his media empire, which now includes sites such as The Daily What, FAIL blog and Know Your Meme.Huh has expanded outside the funny Internet business, too. His mobile news publication Circa recently made headlines by hiring Reuters social-media editor Anthony DeRosa as editor in chief.Huh’s business prowess and easy-breezy philosophizing on Internet culture and humor have made him a conference panelist favorite, not least because he’s managed to make a healthy profit off user generated “content” where YouTube and 4chan have so far failed.ReadWrite caught up with the South Korean Internet-turned-mainstream celebrity to discuss everything from Huh’s reality TV show and why he gets so much hate for his sites to his favorite meme. Here are some edited highlights from the conversation.ReadWrite: First off, how closely are you actually related to Psy?Huh dressed and danced like Psy at the Seattle Interactive Conference in November 2012Ben Huh: [laughs] I think I am closely related on the resemblance side, but not in any kind of family tree. But even my mother says I look like Psy.RW:So what’s behind Reuters social media editor Anthony Rosa as the new Circa editor? That sent the press into a tizzy.Huh: [laughs] I can’t be happier—Matt [Galligan, the co-founder of Circa] has always liked Anthony, his style, his ability to leverage social media. I tweeted jokingly that a social media editor position can now lead to an editor position, but I really mean that.I have a personal philosophy to live a very interesting life.We live in a world where Twitter breaks news, and Anthony brings a strong voice, perspective, and he has an amazing ability to break, consume, and edit down news.RW:You’ve also been in the news for laying off two dozen staff to focus on mobile strategy.Huh: Yes, it was a very careful planning process, where we looked at revenue numbers and how much runway we had. People focus on the trauma of layoffs, but every single one of them was incredibly thought out, including, “how do we treat them fairly?”It always sucks—it sucks the most for the people losing their jobs—so we arranged for outside companies to hold interviews [with our laid off employees] in our VP offices, and had HR help them re-write their resumes, anything we could.RW:So what is the Cheezburger mobile strategy?Huh: So we’ve reached the #1 mobile spot in the consumer entertainment category, which is great, because I don’t consider it a mobile-first company like Circa.People focus on the trauma of layoffs, but every single one of them was incredibly thought out, including, “how do we treat them fairly?”We’re currently deliberating, figuring out consumer content, because the phone and desktop experience are different—literally, people do different things, want different things on different platforms.RW:Are you working on an algorithm right now to recommend content?Huh: I really like human beings. So no, we won’t have an algorithm to recommend content.RW:Your Cheezburger media empire was the subject of a reality TV series, LOLwork this fall. What was that like? fruzsina eordoghcenter_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Meme Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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