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By Rudy Barell

Email marketing brings many more consistent participants to your gallery or museum’s existing or upcoming exhibitions. As Director or CEO of a museum or gallery, you need to find cost-effective and easy ways to promote your exhibits to bring customers in on a regular basis. After all, the higher your attendance numbers, the better the funding. Email marketing is that cost-effective and easy-to-use tool for informing your contact list about the exhibits.

The cost of email marketing in comparison to other forms of media is not even comparable. It is a few dollars to send out thousands of emails, and they are focused on your direct market, as these people will have signed-up to receive your information.

With other forms of media, you are spending thousands of dollars, hoping that you are reaching those that need to hear about your exhibit.

Email marketing is more than just easy-to-use and cost-effective. It can also help you to attract more traffic on a consistent basis to your exhibits and advertise to clients about upcoming exhibits. A good way to grow your mailing list is to place a free web sign-up box on your website or invite school group organizers, audio-guide renters and gift-shop buyers to sign up for your newsletters.

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With a free web sign-up box, the web visitors who are interested in your museum exhibitions can sign up for your newsletters and ongoing promotions. Entice them to do so by treating them as “preferred clients” and offering them exclusive discounts.

When schools sign up or bring their groups to your gallery, ask the person who has organized the school trip to sign up for your newsletters and promotions. By offering them a ‘per-school package,’ where they receive certain bonuses for coming to your museum more frequently, you will garner greater numbers per year, per school. No great exhibit can exist without the proper funding and these added numbers will get you that funding.

For people renting audio guides or purchasing souvenirs at the gift shop, you can ask them to sign-up to receive free information regarding the exhibits in your museum or gallery. By offering them a discount on their audio guides or 10% off of their purchase in exchange for their email address, you will receive plenty of sign ups. This way you will be sending out information to people you know are interested in receiving more information about your exhibit (otherwise they wouldn’t be signing up for an audio guide or buying products related to the exhibits).

The reason this is to your benefit is because you will be increasing your value to the customer as an organization. In so doing, you are promoting your museum or gallery to exactly the customers who are interested in coming to your museums on a more regular basis – those that are passionate about educating themselves. When you provide this group of customers with your information, they will feel more compelled to return more often to your museum.

Having money to allocate for better exhibits is the ultimate goal for any museum or gallery Director and CEO. This creates a snowball effect: the better your exhibits are, the more attendees your exhibit will garner; the more people at your exhibits, the better the funding; the better the funding the better the exhibitetc.

With email marketing, you can save thousands in advertising costs by directly targeting customers who you know will be returning to your museum with greater frequency; all they need is to be reminded by an email marketing campaign. Bring school groups and enthusiasts to your museum or gallery more frequently by giving them a greater background on your current exhibits, and by providing them with newsletters and promotions on upcoming exhibits. This way, email marketing will continually open the treasure chest of wonders that you have to offer to your community.

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Man arrested in Mississippi over Internet assassination threats against Barack Obama

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The U.S. Secret Service had a Wisconsin man arrested in Brookhaven, Mississippi, by the local Lincoln County sheriff’s department on Friday for threatening to assassinate President-elect Barack Obama during his inauguration on January 20.

Steven Joseph Christopher, age 42, has reportedly made the threats on January 11, 15, and 16 in a chat forum on the site, a website about UFOs and aliens, the US Department of Justice said. He has created a new forum topic entitled, “ok we have 9 days until my Presidential Assasination[sic].” He referred to Obama as a ‘sacrificial lamb.’ “Yes, I have decided I will assassinate Barack Obama. It’s really nothing personal about the man. He speaks well, has a loving although controlling wife and two cute daughters. But I know it’s for the country’s own good that I can do this. Barack Obama, I view more as a sacrificial lamb, but the sacrifice must take place,” Christopher wrote on January 11.

Christopher previously posted possible threats against President George W. Bush, saying, “let’s hope this time they don’t hang up on, like last time when I threatened to kill gw and called them to tell.” Christopher’s online posts contained expletives and anti-Semitic views, according to an affidavit filed by Secret Service agent Kelly Adcox. The internet forum posts, however, stated he never owned nor fired a gun before, adding someone would have to deliver him one. Now he has alleged it was all a bluff to get publicity.

As it turns out this man calls himself “Stevie the Playboy”, “SHR,” “Trinity” and in some cases “god”. Christopher also spent time on the internet, using at least three different usernames to post about 70 different YouTube videos. The Alien-Earth Web site administrator notified a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service of the posted web messages.

The agents traced the Internet protocol address corresponding to a home on California Road in Brookhaven. According to John Dowdy, Chief of Criminal Division for the Office of the U.S. Attorney, and Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing, Christopher had spent several months at Lincoln County’s Lena Lock in a female friend’s house at 2033 California Road. He had also been shuttling back and forth to 1939 California Road — the residence of Lock’s aunt, Etta Berry.

“Once we determined the IP address came back to user Lena Lock in Brookhaven, it kind of focused our investigation down into that area,” Dowdy said. “We’ve been actively pursuing this since the afternoon of the 14th when we were put on notice,” he added. “We got the call this (Friday) morning from the Secret Service to help go pick him up,” Rushing who was accompanied by Secret Service agents Friday at 11:30 a.m. to arrest Christopher said. “We got him without incident,” he added.

Dowdy said Christopher is charged with violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 871 — threatening to kill the President-Elect of the United States — which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Christopher appeared Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Sumner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, located at the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana. The judge at the hearing asked Christopher if he suffered any mental illness or was prescribed any medication. “There is nothing wrong with my mind,” Christopher replied.

Wearing a faded yellow shirt and shorts, Christopher had handcuffs bind his wrists and ankles when he was escorted from the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in downtown Jackson on Friday afternoon after the hearing. “I’m trying to get people’s attention, they were only bluffs. I’m trying to get everyone to listen to me because I have an important message from God,” said Christopher. “Everyone needs to move to Florida by December 31st, this is the end of the world as we know it,” he further warned in a video posting. He is being held in the Madison County Jail until a bail hearing Thursday.

In court documents published on Friday, it came to light that federal agents discovered Christopher’s driver’s license internet photos from Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. In February 2008, he was indicted in Walworth County, Wisconsin with knowingly violating a domestic abuse order.

In August 2008, Obama was subject of another alleged assassination plot at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The three men, Tharin Robert Gartrell, 28, Shawn Robert Adolf, 34, and Nathan Dwayne Johnson, 33, were arrested after Gartrell was stopped by Aurora police near East Hampden Avenue and Parker Road. On December 16, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a weapon by a prohibited person. He faces 10 to 37 months in prison when he is sentenced in federal court on March 20, 2009. The others accused are awaiting trial.

In October 2008, the ATF, a US federal law enforcement agency, had two young men in the state of Tennessee arrested by the local Crockett County sheriff’s department on unspecified charges. Court documents revealed that the men allegedly had discussed committing a school shooting at a predominately African-American school and beheading 14 of them.

Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart were charged in an alleged plot to assassinate Senator Barack Obama, the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nominee. A grand jury indicted the accused on November 5 on federal charges of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon a major presidential candidate, conspiracy, interstate unlawful transportation of an unregistered firearm, interstate transportation of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony, transporting a short-barrelled shotgun across state lines without a license and unlawful possession of a short-barrelled shotgun. Cowart was also charged with damaging religious property and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Swiss reject single health insurance

Monday, March 12, 2007

24 of 26 Swiss Cantons rejected the proposal for a single health insurance system, in which premiums would be based on income and wealth. The vote on Sunday was the latest in a series of attempts to cut rising costs and ease the financial burden on citizens.

Around 71% of voters rejected the reform. Turnout was at about 46%, slightly above the Swiss average.

As expected, voters in the main German-speaking part of the country turned down the planned reform, which was supported by the centre-left but opposed by the centre-right as well as the business community, parliament and the government.

Opposition in the French and Italian speaking regions was less pronounced. The cantons Jura and Neuchâtel in the French speaking regions voted in favor of the proposed reforms.

Health insurance premiums are higher in southern and western Swiss cantons than in German-speaking areas.

The Swiss Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin said an important part of the Swiss Population appeared to be opposed to “a revolution” in health insurance but he said that he wanted current reforms currently under discussion in the Swiss Parliament to go ahead. He called on all sides, especially health insurers and the cantonal authorities, to make efforts to reduce spending on health insurance and aim for a greater cost efficiency. Currently Switzerland has 87 private insurers providing mandatory basic health care coverage for Swiss residents under a 1996 law. But costs have sky-rocketed. Over 100,000 people are not covered by health insurance due to non payment.

To win the battle of the cost of health care, everyone must place his or her private interests behind the interests of the general public. -Pascal Couchepin at a news conference

Opponents to the initiative argued that a single insurance system would lead to complacency and create a two-tier system, in which the wealthy would be the only ones available to afford to have additional private insurance coverage.

Supporters of the initiative said a single health insurer would increase the system’s efficiency and allow for annual savings of at least 300 million Swiss Francs (about $245 million) in administrative costs. Currently, the funding system is unbalanced, since many clients on low incomes use state subsidies to pay their premiums, according to the Green Party and the Social Democrats.

The initiative to unite all the insurance companies and introduce premiums based on wealth and income was the most recent in a series of attempts over the past ten years to reduce the public spending on health care. A proposal, similar to this recent proposal, to modify the funding system of the health insurance companies was rejected by 73% of voters in 2003.

Switzerland has the most expensive health system in Europe. Switzerland’s expenditure on health care was 11.6% in 2005, in front of Germany and France but behind the United States.

Learn more about Swiss Federal Council and Voting in Switzerland on Wikipedia.

No tsunamis after two major earthquakes strike islands near India and Japan

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tsunami warnings were issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and later canceled after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Andaman Islands near India.

The quake struck 260 kilometers (160 miles) North of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands at approximately 1:55 a.m. local time with a depth of 33.1km (20.6 miles). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says it’s likely the quake was an aftershock to the deadly magnitude 9.1 earthquake in 2004 that triggered a massive tsunami killing nearly 230,000 people.

The warnings had applied to Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The NOAA indicated the risk of a tsunami was ‘moderate to high’, but no waves were reported in any of the areas indicated in the warning.

“Sea level readings indicate that a significant tsunami was not generated. Therefore the tsunami watch issued by this center has been canceled,” said the NOAA earlier in a statement on its website.

Minutes after the quake, at 2:07 a.m. Indian time, the USGS said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 31 kilometers (19 miles) south-southwest of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, with a depth of 26.8 km (16.7 miles). However, officials in Japan put the quake at a magnitude 6.6. A tsunami watch was also issued for the area and a short time later small, a two foot rise in sea level was reported in the Tsuruga Bay area. A 10 inch rise in sea level was also reported in Yaizu City.

As a precaution, Japanese officials have shut down at least two units, reactor No. 4 and 5 at the nuclear power facility in Hamaoka to perform a safety check. Alarms inside the plant indicated a possible radiation leak inside reactor 5, but officials say no radiation has been detected outside containment. According to Japan’s Trade Ministry, both reactors shut down automatically after sensors detected the quake. Area trains have also been stopped. This was the second earthquake in Japan in two days, following an earlier one that measured 6.9 near Tokyo.

There are no reports of major damage with either quake. In Japan, some windows broke and roof tiles dislodged from roofs. Spokesman for the USGS, Paul Caruso, says both quakes appear to be unrelated. Minor injuries were reported in Japan due to falling objects, but there are no reports of any deaths. Singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Simpson, who flew to Japan over the weekend, is also safe after feeling the shaking.

“Thought I was hallucinating during a 6.6 earthquake in Japan. I have never felt anything like this in my life,” said Simpson from via her Twitter account.

Indonesia has also seen an earthquake, a 5.7 magnitude that occurred 74km from Wewak at 1:46 a.m. local time on Monday.

Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students/OH-WY

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Due to the damage by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding, a number of colleges and universities in the New Orleans metropolitan area will not be able to hold classes for the fall 2005 semester. It is estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 students have been displaced. [1]. In response, institutions across the United States and Canada are offering late registration for displaced students so that their academic progress is not unduly delayed. Some are offering free or reduced admission to displaced students. At some universities, especially state universities, this offer is limited to residents of the area.


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Ohio
  • 3 Oklahoma
  • 4 Oregon
  • 5 Pennsylvania
  • 6 Rhode Island
  • 7 South Carolina
  • 8 South Dakota
  • 9 Tennessee
  • 10 Texas
  • 11 Utah
  • 12 Vermont
  • 13 Virginia
  • 14 Washington
  • 15 West Virginia
  • 16 Wisconsin
  • 17 Wyoming

Fuzlullah named Pakistan’s new Taliban leader

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pakistan’s Taliban announced Thursday they had chosen Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader. A US drone attack last week killed their previous leader, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Fazlullah, who takes credit for ordering the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012, is known for his rejection of peace talks.

The Pakistani government has suggested the United States’ fatal missile strike on Mehsud had already ruined peace talk efforts with the Taliban. The drone strike which killed Mehsud coincided with government preparations to meet the terrorist group with the view of opening peace talks. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan called the killing of Mehsud “not just the killing of person, it’s the death of all peace efforts”.

Fuzlullah led the Pakistani Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley between roughly 2007 and 2009.

Pakistani authorities believe Fuzlullah is presently living in the Afghan province of Kunar.

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Submitted by: Joseph Shalaby

Unfortunately, the economic meltdown is going to create some far reaching side effects that will be primarily negative in nature. Consumer confidence is low, sales in every sector are down, and people have begun to place their money under their mattresses for safe keeping.

Realty or Housing Sector

The economic meltdown is going to severely impact the realty sector in several ways. The tightening of the credit sector is going to make it more difficult for potential homebuyers to locate affordable mortgages. Plus, downsizing due to slower economic growth is going to lead to more unemployed or underemployed individuals, resulting in fewer potential homebuyers. In turn, both of these aforementioned conditions will create a reduction in the need for new housing and the housing market will continue to wind down rather than heat up. In fact, new construction and the issuance of building permits have already decreased to lower levels than have been seen in the last two decades.

Mortgage Sector

With fewer lenders offering even fewer loan vehicles, the mortgage sector is not in a prime spot for growth. Constraints have finally been put in place on who can obtain a mortgage these days along with how much they can qualify to get. As people foreclose on their homes, mortgage lenders stand to lose quite a bit of money further limiting their own spending power.

Labor Sector

As consumers become less willing to part with their hard earned cash, the need for manufacturing goods continues to slow down along with everything else. This scenario, out of necessity, leads to layoffs and fewer individuals obtaining employment. One can only speculate that the mad rush to hire employees for the holiday season will be negatively affected as well. In turn, fewer people will have money to spend and sales will continue to slump.

Credit Sector

The credit sector has already sustained a great deal of damage with constraints on the amount of credit being given out tightening ever so slowly yet firmly. More and more people are finding it difficult to secure credit, especially those with no credit history to offer or those with only fair or bad credit behind their name.

One of the resultant facets of the credit crunch is that lenders are initiating higher interest charges on all aspects of credit cards from the interest assessed on the daily balance to the interest assessed on overseas transaction fees to the interest charged on advanced cash fees. Late fees will surely be next to go up as credit card issuers begin to experience less profit as a direct result of fewer people having access to credit cards and the fees that they can generate for the credit card companies.

None of this is good for the consumer who is already in the throes of their own economic meltdown with freezes on income raises, a higher cost of living, and less affordable credit in all of its varied aspects. As people learn to cope without credit cards overstuffing their wallets, will they ever rush back to using them again once the floodgates to those slender slips of plastic reopens?

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Football: Giroud leaves Arsenal to sign eighteen-month deal with cross-town rivals Chelsea

Saturday, February 3, 2018

On Wednesday, English football club Chelsea FC announced signing French forward Olivier Giroud from cross-town rivals Arsenal FC on a eighteen-month contract. The deal is reportedly worth about £18 million. Olivier Giroud is to wear jersey number 18, the club announced via their website.

31-year-old Giroud joined The Gunners in 2012. Since then, the Frenchman has played 253 games for Arsenal and scored 105 goals. During his tenure at the Emirates Stadium, Giroud has won three FA Cups. He has also won the Community Shield trophy with Arsenal.

Giroud remarked on joining The Blues, “Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”

Chelsea loaned Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi to German club Borussia Dortmund. Giroud’s departure from Arsenal was announced shortly after Arsenal announced signing Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund for about £56 million making him the costliest player in Arsenal’s history.

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

Published:Wednesday, September 7, 2005Updated:Saturday, September 10, 2005 (Travolta, Preston, Moore, Stones, Three Doors Down, Johnson, Smith)

After Hurricane Katrina passed across the United States, various artists and media stars have leapt at a call to action.

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston flew his private plane to deliver a load of supplies and tetanus vaccine to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Part of a Scientology project which has been using their non-massage “assists”, in an interview Preston mentioned that “auditing” had also been performed on victims.

Kevin Smith is holding an online auction on his Web site.

Sean Penn actually went to Louisiana. After loading down a small boat with his entourage, it was discovered one of them had neglected to seal a hole in the bottom. Penn was wearing a white vest rather than a life vest while bailing. After the motor wouldn’t start, the crew paddled down a flooded New Orleans street. Bystanders jeered at whether any victims could fit aboard the crowded craft. No report on rescue stunts. Local authorities had previously been criticized for not allowing volunteer boaters in to help.

Morgan Freeman, whose home fared well, is organizing an online auction of celebrity items at, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Curt Schilling opened his home to a family of nine driven out of their New Orleans home. The Schilling family will provide housing for the Fields for a year while their home in New Orleans is rebuilt and repaired.

Some celebrities “graced” disaster zones with their presence in the days following Katrina.

Singer Macy Gray and television personality Phil McGraw visited Houston’s Astrodome.

Celebrities visiting New Orleans include Michael Moore (opposite side of lake), singer Harry Connick, Jr., CNN’s Anderson Cooper, actor Jamie Foxx, singer Faith Hill, actor Matthew McConaughey, singer Lisa Marie Presley, comedian Chris Rock, and The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor Lisa Ling and interior decorator Nate Berkus.

Oprah Winfrey visited New Orleans, Houston, and Mississippi.

70,000 General Motors employees go on strike

Monday, September 24, 2007

73,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) union members launched a nationwide strike today against General Motors (GM), the largest auto manufacturer in the United States.

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said GM would need to meet pay, health care, and job security issues. Gettelfinge said, “This is nothing we wanted…No one benefits in a strike. But there comes a point where someone can push you off a cliff. That’s what happened here.”

The strike was officially launched at 11 a.m. EDT (UTC-4) today.

Negotiations were reportedly going to occur again this afternoon, but there have been no reports of any negotiating going on from either side.

80 facilities in 30 different states closed today because of the strike.

CNN reports that GM facilities in Mexico and Canada may close soon, too.

The vice president of global vehicle forecasts for CSM Worldwide, Michael Robinet, said today that dealerships in the US likely won’t feel the effects of the strike for several weeks.

A statement from GM today said, “We are disappointed in the UAW’s decision to call a national strike. The bargaining involved complex, difficult issues that affect the job security of our U.S. work force, and the long-term viability of the company. We are fully committed to working with the UAW to develop solutions together to address the competitive challenges facing General Motors. We will continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible.”

If the strike continues, UAW strike funds will supply each striker with US$200 a month and medical coverage.