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Facebook is rolling out
video advertisements, be-
ginning with a series of ads
for forthcoming film Diver-
The ads will play auto-
matically on some news
feeds although sound will
only be activated if users
click on them, it said on its
Facebook for business
Ads on mobile devices
will have been downloaded
in advance when the device
was connected to Wi-Fi,
the firm said.
Experts said that such
ads may alienate users.
"It sounds as if they are
doing it in a reasonably
sensitive way but if they get
this stuff wrong people
may stop being active and
posting new content," said
Alys Woodward, an analyst
with research firm IDC.
Since September Face-
book has been testing ways
of watching self-play
videos on the social net-
work and stressed that this
extension to adverts is cur-
rently a limited trial. (BBC)
Christmas is the season of giv-
ing. While it would be hopeful
at best to believe we are gen-
erous all year round, more likely
than not Christmas is probably the
peak time for charity.
A visit to the Couva Children s
Home and Crisis Nursery (CCHCN)
proved it, as their Christmas cup
Beverly John, chairman of the
board at CCHCN, said during
Christmas their children never want-
ed for food, clothes or toys. In fact,
excess items were typically donated
to other children s homes in the
"Christmas is a nice time here,"
she said happily, explaining there
were abundant donations when it
came to food and toys. She said peo-
ple usually gave non-perishable
items---but what the home really
wants is its own bus.
"Our main stress is finding trans-
portation when we have activities."
She said a ride to MovieTowne,
for instance, would cost about $600,
which included paying a maxi for
the day. Trips to church on a Sunday
were difficult too, as members of
the congregation within the com-
munity would offer to pick up chil-
dren from the home.
"Santa would be really the sweet-
est man on earth if Christmas morn-
ing he could drive up here in a bus
and give us the keys, and say, This
is yours, " John said.
Director of Goodwill Barbara
Alleyne shared John s wish.
"What we are looking for most
of all is our own bus," she said via
Goodwill has a daily attendance
of 120 children, exposing them to
nine regular disciplines, as well as
extra-curricular activities including
woodwork and dressmaking.
Alleyne expressed similar feelings
of happiness and abundance among
the children at Christmas time.
"We get apples and pears. People
get ice cream and bring for them. If
you hand them a simple gift, they re
fine. It s just one of those things,"
Asked to describe Christmas Day
at the home in Couva, John and
Joanne George, the home s admin-
istrator, lit up as they described excit-
edly and simultaneously a grand
breakfast, prepared by the children.
"On Christmas morning, they
make us breakfast. They set the table,
cut up the ham, and they serve. It s
real nice," John said with pride.
Later in the day, a truck with Santa
Claus at the helm shows up, and
"They get a lot of stuff. We tell
them to put aside one for a friend
at school, and we save some gifts to
give as rewards," George said.
But what George and John said
would be a welcome change was for
people to contribute to a child s
account at Scotiabank. All 20 chil-
dren who live there now have a trust
with the bank, which will be handed
over to them when they turn 18.
Finally, and probably the most
frustrating of their needs is getting
assistance from the Government.
As governments change over the
years, the process for approval for a
subvention has been stalled, started
over, and is currently being reviewed.
Goodwill is approved for a sub-
vention, but has not received it since
September after being told repeat-
edly, "It s being prepared."
"What could we do? The last
excuse was they had a change in
staff. It s rough," Alleyne said.
Food, clothing, toys and books
cannot pay for the counselling and
workshops that are needed for chil-
dren who have suffered emotional,
physical and sexual abuse, and aban-
donment. Money is also needed to
pay the salaries of those caregivers,
like George, who say it s a Sunday-
to-Sunday job. They commit to
spending their lives caring for and
rehabilitating children, filling the
roles of mother, aunt and grand-
mother. In these instances, some
homes simply need money.
Facebook starts auto-play video ads
What they want for
Christmas is a new bus
change over the years,
the process for
approval for a
subvention has been
stalled, started over,
and is currently being
Goodwill is approved
for a subvention, but
has not received it
since September after
being told repeatedly,
"It's being prepared."
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