Category: RTM News Reel Written by Huffington Post
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:36
Category: RTM News Reel Written by CNN/Todd Sperry
A Saudi man is jailed in Detroit following his arrest over the weekend by authorities who alleged he altered his passport and was not truthful about why he had a pressure cooker in his luggage.
According to a criminal complaint, Al Kwawahir Hussain reportedly could not explain to U.S. Customs officers at Detroit Metropolitan airport why pages were missing from his Saudi passport on Saturday.
He told them only his family had access to it and he kept it locked in a box, and that he was planning on visiting his nephew, according to the court filing.
During followup security screening, customs officers discovered a pressure cooker in his luggage.
Pressure cookers are not illegal but have been in the spotlight since authorities said they were used in the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Initially, he said that he brought the pressure cooker for his nephew because pressure cookers are not sold in America," the complaint said.
But Hussain allegedly changed his story and said his nephew had purchased one in the United States that "was cheap" and broke after its first use, officers reported.
Based on the conflicting stories and missing pages in his passport, Hussain was arrested and charged with altering a passport and making materially false statements.
A U.S. official familiar with the matter said the intelligence community is aware of the case and is tracking it, but has not seen anything to indicate anything suspicious.
Hussain was ordered at an initial court appearance on Monday to remain in custody temporarily.
CNN was unable to reach the public defender representing him.
He is due back in court on Tuesday.
CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:29
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
Deborah Ann Burns, 37, told the cops that she was watching TV that night in her Immokalee home she shares with her boyfriend when he passed gas in her face. When she approached Willie Butler about it, he allegedly became agitated and told her to “shut up.”
During the altercation Burns allegedly grabbed an eight-inch kitchen knife and threw it at Butler. The blade struck him in the stomach. Bulter suffered a minor laceration for which he was treated at the scene by EMS personnel.
Burns was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and booked into the county jail, where she is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on the felony count. This is not her first felony charge, however.
A convicted felon, Burns, spent...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:23
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
Prosecutors said police were seeking at least two other people believed to have participated in the attack on Shabazz, who was beaten early Thursday in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill.
Prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios said bar employees David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus would be charged with aggravated robbery and homicide.
Rios said there was no indication of a racial motivation in the attack on Shabazz, 28, who was assaulted after he drank with a friend at the Palace bar on Garibaldi Plaza, a downtown square famous for open-air performances by strolling mariachi musicians.
Miguel Suarez, a friend of Shabazz, told The Associated Press last week that the fight broke out after the owner of the bar demanded that the two men pay 15,000 pesos for the time they spent drinking at the bar. He said he...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 07:28
Category: RTM News Reel Written by S. Lynn Cooper, Black Enterprise
According to Nielsen, 70 percent of active adult social networkers shop online, which is 12 percent more likely than the average adult Internet user. With millions of users online, brands continually flock to social media networks to garner consumers yet have been discouraged by the lack of results and questioning the validity of social media marketing. Rather than become disillusioned with social media, because there’s no denying the millions of people buying and conversing online, the question remains: What is the best way to reach them?
BlackEnterprise.com has outlined five reasons your brand’s social media strategy isn’t working, and what you can do to improve it:
Social media is not a cure-all, end-all solution for marketing to one’s target market. If you think that by setting up a profile on a network and constantly spewing marketing messages that you’ll attract thousands, if not millions, of customers immediately, you’re sadly mistaken. It’s, however, an enduring solution in combination with advertising and public relations to increase exposure, promote and eventually garner sales.
Lack of company buy-in
In order for social media to be effective for your organization, everyone has to buy-in, from executives to support staff, or it will not reach its full potential. Your chances of having a successful social media campaign is increased if senior management actively uses it and allows the brand to have multiple voices. The executives of your company are not the only champions; in fact it is feasible to come up with a list of influencers in all departments that can provide content and insight in the form of a social media council.
With any marketing effort, you must clearly define what your intentions are for using social media. Do you want to get exposure for new product or service? Improve brand recognition? Increase website traffic? Once those intentions have been identified you must question what success looks like.
To avoid social media crises and potential disasters every company should invest in social media training and guidelines. Do not pawn off social media activities on the “young” professionals. Just because they know how to use the technology does not make them equipped to become the global communications arm of your brand.
When creating your social media team, you should seek someone who has a strong capacity for communications and marketing; the tools can be taught to via training programs in- person or online. Showing employees the best practices and way in which your brand should be showcased online can be an exceptionally valuable business tool.
Not enough engagement
If you’re not responding to your fans questions or comments, they’ll seek a brand that will. Social media has shifted marketing as we know it. It’s no longer a one way street, but a two way street which requires communication and collaboration. You will achieve greater results when you respond in a timely manner, highlight your customers using your product or service and share valuable information with them.
Keep in mind if you are not fully committed to social media then you will not achieve the results you desire online. Once you have a social media strategy with realistic goals and targeted content, the rest is relatively simple.
S. Lynn Cooper is a Washington, DC-based digital strategist and communications expert. Cooper is the founder and director of Socially Ahead, a strategic communications agency that specializes in the creation of social and digital strategies and campaign management. Follow her on Twitter at @sociallyahead .
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:31
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