Institutions…

first_img…to recognise and honourOnce again, your Eyewitness is more than a tad befuddled – this time by the National Awards handing out ceremony. Here it was, Prezzie explained, “The national honour system is about service”: concrete service to the country and community in some way or other. But he was hard pressed to understand both the rhyme and the reason for some of these awards.Right up there were the awards to the three journalists who’d been servicing the PNC’s interests through thick and thin these past three decades – Adam Harris, Enrico Woolford and Julia Johnson. Is the PNC equivalent to “Guyana” once again – as Comrade Forbes had decreed – so that service to the PNC is service to Guyana? Your Eyewitness knows this newspaper isn’t in the running but was there not even one veteran reporter from the Stabber News worthy of recognition?And if (as APNU/AFC maintains) removing the PPP from office in 2015 was the greatest service to the nation in 23 years, just from the journalistic sector, didn’t Freddy Kissoon and his boss, Glen Lall, perform greater yeoman service??And while not full timers, who filled more column inches that Chris Ram and Anand Goolsarran to get the PPP out? Are their services not worthy also? Do they not also bleed? But these fellas have shown some independence afterwards. The lesson is: only total loyalty will be rewarded!Another enigma was 10th VC of UG, Ivelaw Griffith – who, your Eyewitness believes, wouldn’t mind if Prezzie address him as Chancellor Griffith X. And that’s not the “X” of Malcolm X, who rejected the slave title “Little” and used the “X” to signify his unknown lineage. No siree Bob! This Griffith is talking about Chancellor Griffith the 10th!!Now, your Eyewitness doesn’t mind old pals getting a squeeze; but honestly, Prezzie, what “service” has ex-YSM member Griffith done for Guyana since he was hired in a not-so-transparent process one-and-a-half-years ago? Is it because of the brown nosing “Renaissance Magazine” that burnishes his crest? Or because he just made the Army Officer’s training module a UG Diploma…or proposed the army retirement age be raised?So, with the press and the university in hand, Prezzie handed out awards to the new Chancellor and Chief Justice of the Judiciary. Your Eyewitness won’t even mention the incestuousness of the Chancellor, who heads the Committee proposing awards, bagging the top award!!But what took the cake of the evening of backslapping was the Prison Chief getting an Award!! After 17 prison deaths, two escapes, and the torching of the Camp Street jail!!…for electionsIn the wake of Prezzie taking his sweet old time getting around to looking at Opposition Leader Jagdeo’s THIRD list of nominees for the GECOM Chair, the state controlled Chronic bigged up a statement from the US Ambassador. In bold Banner headlines, it screamed: “GECOM not in crisis!!” Implying that everything was hunky dory with Prezzie’s foot-dragging.The headline demonstrated that the DPI — into which GINA’s being merged — has already taken over the propaganda machinery. It failed to mention that the ambassador actually said GECOM wasn’t in crisis – as yet!! And who’ll quarrel with that? The ball’s in Prezzie’s court to ensure the crisis never materialises!Because as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning, when Prezzie unilaterally appoints Justice La Bennet – who he’s had in his sight from day one – and the Opposition Leader takes him to the courts…there is gonna be a crisis. Even if Prezzie thinks the local Justices are “safe” (esp after their awards!) the various appeals will take time.And elections have to be held in 2020!!…on procurementThe deadline for bids to be prequalified to construct the “Demerara Ming Swing Bridge” has been extended. Nothing to do with the late entry of the UK firm BAM!!The bidders have already signed that they can’t protest!!last_img read more

Defense delivers for the Pirates

first_imgNONLEAGUE: San Pedro shakes off slow start against Sylmar. By John Klima STAFF WRITER For a team that racked up 320 yards Friday night, San Pedro wasn’t exactly thrilled with its offensive performance. True, San Pedro started 5-0 for the second consecutive season, though it took three quarters to eliminate the uncharacteristic turnovers that didn’t quite ruin the Pirates’ night, but certainly made it more difficult. Getting a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions from a pair of junior defensive backs helped set up quarterback Barry Heads’ strong final quarter and deliver drives that produced two touchdowns to lead San Pedro to a 21-3 nonleague victory at Sylmar. After three quarters of sleepwalking in which they struggled to maintain possession and finish drives, shown best by a fumble that killed an efficient drive in their first possession of the second half, San Pedro found itself in the fourth quarter. Juniors Cory Hughes and Drayon Ballard came up with interceptions, and Heads found himself after throwing his first interception in five weeks in the first quarter. Leading only 7-3 late in the third quarter and struggling to finish off a Sylmar (4-2) team that isn’t an offensive machine, Ballard intercepted Sylmar quarterback John Perales at the San Pedro 20-yard line. After San Pedro inched the ball to its own 36-yard line, Heads connected with Ahmad Wood on a 64-yard TD pass for a 14-3 lead. San Pedro took the ball back on Sylmar’s next possession thanks to Hughes’ interception and then compiled a lengthy drive that consumed 10 plays, 37 yards and culminated on a 2-yard run by Josseph Deguchi to give San Pedro a 21-3 lead. Heads completed 9 of 13 passes for 157 yards, but had 131 yards in the second half. He was complemented by Marceliz Brooks, who rushed 26 times for 108 yards. Brooks scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 12-play, 44-yard drive in the second quarter, but a San Pedro turnover led to a 21-yard field goal by Jonathan Miron, Sylmar’s only score of the game. Meanwhile, Sylmar did virtually nothing against the tough San Pedro defense, gaining only 45 rushing yards and 93 yards of offense. That defensive statement made the offensive shortcomings more frustrating for San Pedro, which wasn’t exactly dropping the ball all over the field, but was mishandling it more than Coach Mike Walsh would have liked. San Pedro had two first-half turnovers and three overall. “We had offensive continuity going all day, but we fumbled the ball three or four times as we were driving at various points,” Walsh said. “It looked like we would punch it in, then we’d fumble. Tonight was the most turnovers we’ve had in probably two years in a regular-season game.” That obviously hindered the offense’s ability to put away Sylmar. Heads, a junior, has developed so well in the first five weeks of the season that Walsh envisions him having a larger role leading the offense. “We are starting to open it up for him,” Walsh said. “We opened it up, then we came back and fumbled it. Our difference was our quarterback threw a great touchdown pass to a great receiver.” San Pedro was certainly happy with its defensive effort and the play of its young core of players. “We played a good game defensively all-around and the (defensive backs) were able to pick us up in the fourth quarter,” Hughes said. “It’s important for the younger guys to step it up.” That allowed San Pedro to put its foot down on Sylmar in cold, windy and dry conditions. john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Engineer’s heart in job at Palmdale cemetery

first_imgPALMDALE – Barry Munz has both a personal and professional connection to the 121-year-old Palmdale Cemetery that the city is restoring after years of neglect. His great-grandparents, 19th century pioneer settlers John and Amalia Munz, are buried there, and Munz, a civil engineer, designed the plans for new fencing and other improvements. “I think it’s a good thing they are doing because the cemetery was in a state of disrepair, and they are cleaning up and going to improve the entire area in remembrance of the city’s origins,” said Munz, 46. The cemetery, established by the city’s first settlers, has languished for years, the target of vandals and thieves. It was littered with trash and debris despite efforts by volunteers to keep it clean. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonGrave markers went missing or were knocked over, and a vehicle smashed into the front block wall last summer. Late last year, the City Council passed a resolution to take over the cemetery and turn it into what state statutes refer to as a “pioneer memorial park.” With such a designation, city government could restore and then maintain the memorial park. A $159,000 city contract was awarded in early December to begin the restoration with decorative wrought-iron fencing, gates and granite. And city government has acquired 14 acres adjacent to the cemetery with the idea of establishing a historical park there. The cemetery’s owner is Don Jones, a Tehachapi man who is the son of one of the previous owners. He has agreed to turn over his claim to the site to the city. “The founding fathers of Palmdale – some of them are buried here,” Public Works Director Leon Swain said. “It’s a nice thing to do to preserve our heritage.” Records indicate there might have been as many as 203 burials, although during one examination, there appeared to be only 187 marked graves within the fenced area, officials have said. Far fewer than 187 markers remain. The last burial of record there was on Jan. 17, 2001, officials said. The cemetery no longer accepts burials because of the possibility of disturbing unmarked graves. In part of his work, Munz said he used ground-penetrating radar – a device that looks like a boxy lawn mower on wheels – to locate gravesites. “We wanted to make sure the fence was not built over existing graves. We went outside the perimeter to make sure no graves were outside the boundary as well. We used new technology to make sure we weren’t disturbing gravesites,” Munz said. The cemetery was created by the settlers of Palmenthal, founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. Grave markers bear the names of pioneers, including generations of Ritters, whose former ranch west of Palmdale is being turned into a 7,200-home master-plan community, and Melville J. Courson, Palmdale’s first honorary mayor, for whom a downtown park is named. Munz said his great-grandparents immigrated to Illinois from Switzerland, then moved on in the mid-1880s to what is now Palmdale. Amalia Munz died in 1898 at age 37; her husband died in 1925 at age 75, family members said. The Antelope Valley Genealogical Society is planning to put together a book about the cemetery. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 661-476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Streamlined Wendy’s gets back to serious business of burgers

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Wendy’s International Inc. introduced a strategy Thursday to revive its brand by introducing new menu items and emphasizing product quality. Part of the plan by the nation’s third-largest hamburger chain includes an agreement to sell its underperforming Baja Fresh Mexican Grill chain to a consortium of investment firms for $31 million. Wendy’s, which spun off its coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons last month, has been under pressure from some shareholders to shed its extra businesses and return to its hamburger roots. The company, known for its square, made-to-order burgers, is trying to keep recent momentum after a tough 2005 in which sales at locations open more than a year fell for the first time in 18 years as a customer falsely claimed she found part of a finger in her chili. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Over time, we have kind of not focused on what business we’re in and we’re in the core hamburger business,” interim Chief Executive Officer and President Kerrii Anderson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The stock has reached record levels recently. On Thursday, it rose $1.39, or 4.1 percent, to close at $35.11 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company said it expects same-store sales, one of the best indicators of a company’s strength, to continue to increase by 3 percent to 4 percent over last year, but it warned that third-quarter profits due out Oct. 26 would be affected by several factors, including the cost of closing 30 to 40 restaurants and writing down the value of its Cafe Express chain. The company also is on target to meet previously announced plans to cut costs by $100 million, Anderson said. Those cuts include reducing corporate jobs. Analysts say that one of Wendy’s strengths is the quality of its products, which was a focus of founder Dave Thomas. He was a big part of Wendy’s marketing before he died in 2002. “It’s struggled for brand image,” said Sherri Daye Scott, editor of QSR magazine, which covers the fast-food industry. “Most people will tell you that after the passing of Dave Thomas, the company didn’t have an anchor.” Wendy’s, based in suburban Columbus, is selling the Baja Fresh chain after buying it in 2002 for $275 million. Second-quarter losses of $29.1 million, or 25 cents per share, were blamed partially on the chain of 300 restaurants in 25 states. “They sold it for a song,” Daye Scott said. The Baja Fresh chain was hurt by several leadership changes over the last few years, Anderson said. It’s best for Baja Fresh to have a new owner and for Wendy’s to concentrate on Wendy’s, she said. The West Coast group buying the chain is led by investor David Kim and owns brands including Sweet Factory, Cinnabon and Denny’s.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘I trust and believe in him’ – Unai Emery confirms who Arsenal’s new captain is

first_img deals latest 3 Xhaka is a player who divides opinion Getty Images – Getty Ray Parlour defends under-fire Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka“Sometimes he fits in and keeps it simple, but at the weekend [against Spurs] he didn’t have a good game.“You know when you’ve not had a good game as a player and I’m sure he knew that at the end but he’s got to get back now, he’s skipper, he can’t let it worry him.“Xhaka has just got to calm down sometimes, he’s got to be a bit cleverer, you’ve got to be clever as a player.“When you’re captain you can’t make mistakes like he did and give the other team opportunities to score goals.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you three live Premier League commentaries across our network Emery introduced a pool of five captains following his appointment as manager in the summer of 2018, but his original choices did not last long due to the departures of Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.The manager has actually named Xhaka at the top of his new pool of five captains with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil [all in order] the others.Emery added that Xhaka and the club’s challenge is to “change the opinion” about him among his critics.The Spaniard said: “I talked to him and we want to change that opinion outside because the respect he has inside is very important.“But also to show outside, keep moving ahead, playing, improving, behaviour, commitment and in each match is for him, me and for everybody a very good opportunity to show his capacity.“But really, I trust and believe in him. He is a good man, good professional, good player.” statement Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 16.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Xhaka turned 27 on Friday and Arsenal tweeted a special birthday shout out to him earlier this morning.However, the tweet received a mixed response from Arsenal fans, with some even calling on the club to sell him.He got jeered at by some Gooners during their narrow win over Aston Villa last weekend for his performance.Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown told talkSPORT of his surprise to see Xhaka appointed captain before suggesting Aubameyang would have been a better choice.Keown said: “It’s a brave decision from the manager. I think he’s picked him every time he was available so he clearly believes in the player. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week update Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty rookie error “I’m surprised.” 😲”I would have gone for Aubameyang. He would have been a good fit.” “I want more from Xhaka in midfield.” Arsenal legend @MartinKeown5 is surprised by Unai Emery’s decision to give Granit Xhaka the captaincy. 🔴What do you think? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/g1xqVX3ZdI— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 27, 2019“I must say I’m surprised because I think first of all you have to make sure he’s going to be in the team but I think there are other people in that group, say Lucas Torreira, Mateo Guendouzi who are starting to progress, Dani Ceballos in midfield pulling the strings.“Xhaka is going to be a permanent fixture – I’m surprised by that.“I would have gone for Aubameyang. He would have been a good fit. He’s a regular in the team and he’s secure.“This is really going to divide the fans because there are times when Xhaka goes missing in that midfield and he’s given away penalties recently.“He must be an incredible character off the pitch.“I want to see those leadership skills on the pitch, not just in the dressing room…I’ve not necessarily seen that so far.” Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Granit Xhaka is Arsenal’s new captain, Gunners boss Unai Emery has confirmed.The midfielder, 27, has been given the role following a players’ vote, which Gunners defender Rob Holding confirmed was taking place. Xhaka has been at Arsenal since 2016 3 Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LIVE on talkSPORT Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son However, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has jumped to Xhaka’s defence in recent weeks, saying he is a ‘decent player’.Parlour responded to former team-mate Keown’s criticism of Xhaka for giving away a penalty during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham earlier this season.Parlour told talkSPORT: “Xhaka is good on the ball, he’s decent!“He can spray passes 25 or 30 yards no problem, he’s very good at doing that. appointed PEP TALK LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWSlast_img read more

Tony Watt: Griffiths can inspire other Scottish strikers

first_imgCharlton Athletic striker Tony Watt says Scotland star Leigh Griffiths can be an inspiration to young players hoping to play for their country.The 23-year-old, who played with Griffiths for Scotland at under-21 level, hopes to follow the Celtic forward’s lead and regain a place in the national squad.He said he is looking forward to a successful season with the Addicks and playing his way back into contention.“I know Griffiths from the under 21s and from my time at Celtic and he has been knocked a lot of times but he has done brilliantly,” he said. “He has scored a lot of goals and he has shown people what an asset he is to both club and country.“Everyone wants to play for their country and everyone wants to play well those are the two things. Hopefully I can score some goals and get back in the squad.”He added: “I’ve made sure I have kept myself fit during the off season and have got to give myself a right good chance going back and that is what I want to do.“I want to get games but I probably won’t look too much in the long-term, I’ll just play games just now and see what happens.” In Glasgow to publicise his new film website, Watt says it’s important that footballers have a release from the game and allow themselves the chance to relax.Watt said: “It is massive, you see people who struggle mentally and who struggle after football.“It’s good to get away and shut down and you can’t get too high and you can’t get too low after a game or after training, so if [reviewing] can help me get my mind at rest then it is good to switch off and take it away from there.”Tony Watt was speaking at the launch of his new online movie website Watt To Watch.last_img read more

Castle Grove announce agenda for Summer Strawberry Festival

first_imgThis week, Castle Grove Country House share the agenda for a Fun-filled Summer Saturday at the hotel:This week, we are reminding you to come along to our Fun Filled Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 1st ,1-5p.m in the gardens of Castle Grove, our first Strawberry festival as part of the Donegal Food Coast Initiative. Donegal Food Coast Initiative aim to create awareness within Donegal and nationally of the range of quality food producers and providers in the county and the role they play for the local economy, while developing awareness of Donegal as a destination for exceptional food experiences. As a proud promoter of Donegal businesses, Castle Grove will also be participating in the Taste of Donegal Festival in Donegal Town in August and Off the Street LK food festival in Letterkenny. These events will attract visitors on the Wild Atlantic Way to Donegal and Letterkenny.With weeks of planning nearing an end, we are delighted to announce the plans for our Strawberry Festival on the 1st July from 1pm-5pm.Bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Castle Grove’s hospitality with: Free admission:Walled Garden tour…. Scheduled at regular intervals, groups will be escorted around the walled garden, seeing the variety of plants, vegetables and of course strawberries which grow there.Cookery demonstration scheduled at 2pm and 4pm. Our head chef will demonstrate how to make a strawberry dessert… with samples and recipe cards for his audience.Cocktail demonstrations…. At regular intervals, our in-house mixologist will create a delicious cocktail on the lawn…. Watch out for our very special Secret Ingredient!Live music on the front lawn to entertain while guests enjoy the gardens, demonstrations etc.BBQ- Weather Permitting- with gourmet burgers etc.Free face painting for kids on the lawnFood and drinks available inside and out for purchase. So, with FREE ADMISSION, there is no excuse not to gather up your friends and family for a great day out…. Don’t forget to bring the sunshine!!Visit the Facebook event page here for more information and updates. Contact: www.castlegrove.com.Tel: (074) 915 1118 See you all there!Castle Grove announce agenda for Summer Strawberry Festival was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Castle GroveShare 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:castle Grove country housedonegal food coastDonegal Food Coast Initiative.eventsstrawberry festivalWeekendWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond

first_imgSteve Outing wrote a very good article at Editor and Publisher on Friday about the need for cultural change inside the newpapers around the US (found via the wonderful CyberJournalist.net). That article got me thinking that people in many different industries probably hear many of the same objections to new, social media and online tools. (“It takes too much time, conversations online are insipid” etc.)I decided to make a list of the Top 10 Objections to New Online Tools and What You Can Say in Response. I surveyed my nearly 1300 friends on Twitter and got all kinds of thoughtful replies.Below is that list; I hope you’ll find it useful and leave comments helping to extend the conversation further. In my mind I’m thinking of everything from RSS and wikis to Twitter, Facebook and blogging. Online tools that leverage social connections.Last month we wrote about an initiative called The Working Group where people trying to bring about innovation in big companies. Many readers probably know about Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang’s fantastic blog, where he explains social media in a business context, often in a format you can take directly to the boss. There are lots of different resources available online to help the intrepid early adopter and I hope this list will be one of them.Ultimately, I’m not yet convinced myself that persuading anyone is the way to go. If you can make time on the side to use new tools and you can perform – perhaps the benefits can best speak for themselves. If that’s not the case inside of a company, I’m sure it is between two companies with different attitudes towards adoption of new social technologies.ROI is the elephant in the middle of the room, and it’s addressed a bit in item number ten below. It’s a topic I need more people to chime in on; I live and breathe this stuff and can articulate the benefits of it to a great degree, but it just speaks for itself to me too. So if you’re an ROI-head, pipe up. Links, traffic, mindshare, connections between people and early access to actionable information are the things I usually cite without quantifying.Let’s get into the list though, and please do feel free to add your own thoughts as well.A List of Objections, Replies and Concessions Regarding Social Media and Tools1. I suffer from information overload already.Possible replies:Try just skimming messages in some fora – you may need to look closely at every email you get but you don’t have to look at every Facebook friend’s update.The right tools for you will feel helpful in time, not like a burden. Experiment for awhile with new tools and stick with the ones that deliver you the most high-quality information, whether those tools are high-quantity or not. (Thanks to Aaron Hockley and Ruby Sinreich for these thoughts.)Check out tools like AideRSS and FeedHub – just two examples of services aiming to improve the signal to noise ratio.Times change and so do information paradigms. Get used to it. The amount of information you had access to 3 years ago was infinitely more than people at any other point in history and we’re in the middle of another huge leap right now.Concession: If you think consuming all this new information is a challenge, wait until you try to find the time to make sense of it! (Thanks to Nancy White for that thought.)2. So much of what’s discussed online is meaningless. These forms of communication are shallow and make us dumber. We have real work to do!Possible replies:Much of it is not meaningless, but if you feel overwhelmed with meaninglessness – try subscribing to a search for keywords in a particular service and using that as your starting point for engagement.Having a presence and starting a conversation is rarely a bad thing – bring quality conversation to a space and you’ll find others ready to engage. (Thanks to Banana Lee Fishbones, obviously a fan of open, non-anonymous public communication 🙂 for this articulation.)Personal information can be very useful in understanding the context of more explicitly useful information.If learning how the market feels about your organization, engaging with your customers and driving traffic to your web work – all very realistic goals for social media engagement – aren’t work, then I don’t know what is. Even in the short term, strategic engagement with online social media will have a clear work pay-off.Concession: The signal to noise ratio will be easier to maximize if you can find an experienced guide to learn from. Just jumping into social media and new tools on your own will not neccesarily lead to a meaningful experience. It could, but it will take longer.3. I don’t have the time to contribute and moderate, it looks like it takes a lot of time and energy.Possible replies:If you aren’t going to eat that lunch of yours, I’d be happy to, thanks.With practice, familiarity and technology fine-tuned with a little experience you’ll find the time required will decrease.You might consider this time spent on marketing or communication with existing customer base – perhaps there’s something else in that department that isn’t working well and could be replaced with online work.Concession:Doing anything well does take time and energy. You’ve obviously been thinking about this stuff a lot, it is important – and it’s going to take time and energy.4. Our customers don’t use this stuff, the learning curve limits its usefulness to geeks.Possible replies:You might be surprised to learn how many of your customers do already use these new tools. Even more will do so in the future.The best designed tools are designed like good games – you can get small rewards right away and then learn more advanced skills to win bigger rewards. Among online services that are intended for general audiences, only poorly designed ones are too geeky.Many of these tools provide value vastly disproportionate to the literal number of people they reach. These are like high-value focus groups where you’ll gather information and preparation to engage with the rest of the world.Try asking someone near you to give you an in-person demonstration of one of these tools. You’ll find it much easier to learn once you’ve seen the right paths taken to show what it can do.5. Communicators [bloggers, tweeters] are so fickle, better to stay unengaged than risk random brand damage. We don’t want hostile comments left about us on any forum we’ve legitimized.Possible replies:If you need to, you can require that any comments left on your own site be approved before they appear. This slows down the conversation but if it makes conversation possible for you then do it.There are far fewer people who will take the time to say hostile things, even on the internet, than you might imagine.Engage – you’ll be appreciated more for it. People are going to say what they are going to say – you can either let any criticism go unanswered or you can be the bigger person/brand for responding well.Conversations are going to happen online, better to be engaged than to have it happening behind your back. (As articulated by Rick Turoczy.)It’s ok, no one believes that anyone is perfect anymore. Swing for the fences sometimes – you might strike out, but sometimes you’ll hit a home run.Even if you’re not responding publicly, you should watch closely so you know what people are saying. Maybe you don’t have a blog, but subscribe to a blogsearch feed or alert for your company’s name. Maybe none of your people are on Twitter – you can subscribe to a feed for a search via Terraminds.Concessions:Some of the critical things that get said about you online might not warrant a response. Just decide which ones do and file the rest away somewhere. Communicating in this different context is very new and challenging for traditionally trained business people. Good luck.6. Traditional media and audiences are still bigger, we’ll do new stuff when they do.Possible replies:They already are, from blogging to online video to social networks to mobile to microblogging – big, established brands are already doing all of it. They may be experimenting but they will bringing all their market dominance into the most useful social media sectors as soon as it suits them. Will that be too late for you? It might be.Traditional media audiences are also more passive – online audiences can engage with, rebroadcast and otherwise amplify your communication efforts.Concessions:That’s true and fair, if you think your business can thrive while taking that attitude towards a period of intense social and economic change then you just rock on with your bad self. I’ll be taking my love of innovation to the employer down the street.7. Upper management won’t support it/dedicate resources for it.Possible replies:A lot of technology adoption has for some time had to happen despite this reality. People adopt new tools on their own at work, without permission. They discover powerful ways to solve their problems and then they share them horizontally.Compared to other expenses, meaningful engagement with new online technology does not have huge costs.Concessions:Meaningful engagement with new technology does require some expenditure of time, energy and money. If you’re not willing to do this then you’ll be unlikely to see big benefits.8. These startups can’t offer meaningful security, they may not even be around in a year – I’ll wait until Google or our enterprise software vendor starts offering this kind of functionality.Possible replies:The skills you build and the connections you make will remain with you, though. This is a paradigm shift underway more than it is about any particular tool.Chose your tools carefully – expect data export as an option so you can back up or switch services whenever you need to. This isn’t widespread yet but the best tools allow it.Concessions:You do need to be careful, but if you do so intelligently then the benefits can really outweight the risks. It is very possible that any one of these services might shutter in a year or two, but you’ll get a lot out of them in the meantime and hopefully won’t lose access to your data if that happens.9. There are so many tools that are similar, I can’t tell where to invest my time so I don’t use any of it at all.Possible replies:A little experimentation goes a long way. Try asking people in your field who have some experience what tools they are using.Try searching for keywords related to your work in various sites. You’ll find out that way which sites are best suited for you.Concessions:It’s true, it can be very confusing and very few people are able to keep up with all the new services that are launching. Don’t worry about it, just do your best.10. That stuff’s fine for sexy brands, but we sell [insert boring B2B brand] and are known for stability more than chasing the flavor-of-the-month. We’re doing just fine with the tools we’ve got, thanks.Possible replies:Some of these things, RSS and wikis for example, aren’t passing social fads – they are emerging best practices and the state of the art. 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