Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .
  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:
  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News

%HEADLINES{"http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rdf" header="---+!! [[$link][$title]]$n $description" format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"}%
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog

%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:08:47 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:08:47 +0000 Laurie Bennett

The World Health Organization coined the term healthcare technology. The term refers to the “application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures, and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.”

Healthcare technology includes the procedures, treatments, pharmaceuticals, and devices used in healthcare. It also includes organizational systems and computer-supported information systems.

Advancements in healthcare technology, in other words, are intended to improve the quality of life for people around the globe.

The year 2018 has seen a lot of advancements in the field of healthcare technology. These serve as a basis for multiple innovations and inventions. What’s more, many of these advancements could change the face of healthcare. For example, many people now consult their doctor from the comfort of their home. That’s because consultation platforms such as docprime make these consultations not only possible but also easy and efficient.

Following is a list of some of the many recent technical innovations in the field of healthcare technology:




1. Human Trials for a Cancer Vaccine

Stanford University researchers have announced that the first human trials of a new cancer therapy will begin in February. What’s more, it is a vaccine that could eradicate cancer completely.

Dr. Ronald Levy, a professor of oncology at Stanford, is heading up the trials. The trial’s subjects will be 15 lymphoma patients. If the trial is successful, the vaccine will represent a breakthrough for cancer patients.

This technology showed a 97% success rate in curing cancer when it was tested in mice.


2. Male Birth Control Pill

The latest research on a male contraceptive pill has shown promising results so far. The pill, known as DMAU, would be taken once a day. It works by reducing testosterone production and halting sperm production in the male body. Moreover, the pill has the ability to lower a man’s testosterone level to that of a prepubescent male.

Researchers are checking the feasibility of this pill before they release it to the general public.


3. Needle-Free Injections

Portal Instruments, a startup operating out of MIT, is responsible for the development of the first-ever needle-free injection. This injection works by ejecting a high-pressure stream of medicine directly into the skin without the use of a needle. The name of the device that injects the high-pressure medicine dose is PRIME. It will launch in the global market soon.


4. Medicinal Contact Lenses

Medicinal contact lenses have been developed by researchers at the Harvard Medical School. Named Theraoptix, these lenses have the ability to dispense medication into the eyes of the wearer. The main purpose of the development of these lenses is to treat a number of ocular ailments such as glaucoma.

The lenses have a drip-free medicine application. They can be worn for a maximum of two weeks. This invention could be an effective method of treating eye-related diseases.


5. Tooth Sensors

Researchers at the Tufts University School of Engineering have developed a tooth sensor. This device contains various detectors which can ascertain a person’s dietary intake. Announced in March 2018, this device provides real-time data of a person’s intake of sodium, alcohol, and glucose. It then transmits that data wirelessly.

This device could provide a big advantage for doctors in monitoring their patients.


6. Electronic Skin

A research team at the University of Tokyo has developed a thin plastic material that makes use of semiconductor technology. Medical personnel place this artificial “skin” on the surface of a patient’s skin for the purpose of reading that person’s vital signs.


7. Smart Inhalers

Inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids are the basis of treating asthma. However, 94% of all patients using inhalers do so incorrectly. But these smart inhalers are enabled with Bluetooth technology, and they remind patients to use their medication. They also detect inhaler use and encourage proper use of those devices. Moreover, they gather data about a patient's inhaler use that can help in providing care.



These advancements in healthcare technology have the potential to enhance health of all people everywhere, transforming the way in which people approach and use healthcare.

The post The Seven Top Healthcare Technology Innovations of 2018 appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 05:03:57 +0000 Laurie Bennett

It is never too early or too late to start your own business. For example, check out these inspiring stories about five golden youth. These young entrepreneurs are busily running their own businesses and earning six figures a year, all while still going to school.




The Making of a Successful Young Entrepreneur

There are plenty of ways for college students to go out and accomplish great things. Take your inspiration from the young achievers below.


Kevin Gelfand

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At the tender age of 23, while he was a student at San Diego State University, golden youth Kevin Gelfand co-founded a company that produces protein drinks.

Kevin stepped out of the San Diego University gym in July 2010, sipping on a warm and lumpy protein drink. “It tasted like dirt,” he says. He decided to mix his own healthy and delicious cocktail of fresh fruits, nonfat milk, and protein powder. It tasted so good Kevin decided to start a company based on the recipe.

He called his gym buddy Martin Reiman, another golden youth. Kevin told Martin about his business ideas. Together they came up with more than 60 different cocktail tastes. They decided to call the company Shake Smart. Before long, they had set up a Shake Smart kiosk near the gym. Almost immediately, they were selling as many as 120 drinks a day.

Kevin graduated from SDU in June 2012, but the story doesn’t end there. This spring their company opened its second location. Kevin and Martin expect the company to earn around $740,000 this year.


Alexandra Abraham

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In May 2010 Alexandra Abraham was a student at Seattle University. Another of our golden youth, she was working at her job as a waitress when she slipped on the wet floor and landed on her back. However, she was more annoyed than hurt.

In order to prevent such slips, Alexandra asked her boss to install a basin that would catch the drips from washed dishes. However, her boss told her that such thing didn’t even exist!

Alexandra didn’t believe him, and she spent the next few months trying to find one on the Internet. She didn't find one, so Alexandra created a small plastic tray herself. What’s more, she found a Chinese manufacturer who agreed to make a prototype. Alexandra called it DripCatch.

Alexandra sold 600 DripCatch trays in 2012. Moreover, she earned almost $1 million from DripCatch that year. Alexandra was completely focused on her business idea during that year. Therefore, research paper writing service was her best friend in school.


Sam Barnett

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Sam Barnett was 22 and a student at California Institute of Technology when he started a fund that uses a special computerized quantitative model to trade money. Called SBB Research Group, the fund grew out of Sam’s early interest in the stock market.

Sam grew up in Highland Park where his father runs a real estate investment business which invests in real estate. When he was only 10, Sam asked his father to buy him some stocks from Emerson Electric. The stock price for Emerson was pretty cheap at the time, so his father did as Sam suggested. However, the stock rose 25% within a only couple of months. By the time Sam left home for college, he had about $250,000 of his own money.

In the year 2010, Sam developed a computerized quantitative model for trading his money. He found investors who were interested, and SBB Research Group was born. His fund is now worth $50 million, and this golden youth is thinking about opening another fund.


Oliver Bogner

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Oliver Bogner is 19 and a student at Chapman University. He also owns a company called Bogner Entertainment, which produces reality shows.

Oliver started his company when he just starting high school. At the age of 13, when most young people are learning about persuasive writing, Oliver convinced his grandmother to become his first investor. He wanted to buy audio equipment to become a DJ. By the time he was 15, he had earned more than $100,000. Oliver's father, aware of his son’s talents, suggested to Oliver that he start producing reality television.

At the age of 19, Oliver is the youngest executive producer of reality TV in Los Angeles. He sells the TV shows he creates to various cable networks, earning around $100,000 from such deals.


Riley Goodman

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Riley Goodman and Jake Director have been friends since grade school. Together, they had long nurtured a dream to start their own business. Since they both played lacrosse, their idea to develop high-quality socks for lacrosse players was a natural. These days, 25 stores sell Strideline socks, and the company earned around $200,000 last year.

Riley is now a senior at the University of Washington.


Are You a Student with an Idea for a Business?

Starting your own business while you’re still a student can be challenging. However, as these five golden youth illustrate, college students can take the plunge and start successful businesses. If you have a good business idea, what’s stopping you from kicking it off?

Why not take a high school or college-level entrepreneurship class? Talking it over with a teacher and other students could help you to understand the entrepreneurial process more clearly. If you are passionate about your idea, it just might become the next big thing.

The post Golden Youth: Students Who Started Successful Businesses appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:58:48 +0000 Laurie Bennett

Today, social media platforms give marketers exciting new ways to connect with an increasingly diverse audience. In the past, every business owner’s wildest dream was to persuade a celebrity to get on board and promote their brand. However, that power now lies firmly with social media influencers. More specifically, it lies with micro-influencers.

Influencer marketing strategies have been steadily increasing in popularity for several years. Moreover, an array of brands across a wide variety of sectors is now beginning to see the tangible benefits of running an influencer marketing campaign. For this reason, the popularity of this powerful strategy is set to soar.




The Importance of Micro-Influencers

Recent research has revealed that more than 80% of marketers have plans to implement at least one influencer marketing campaign during the next twelve months. The State of Influencer Marketing 2018 found that 92% of marketers who ran an influencer campaign in 2017 reported that it was effective. The report went on to predict that in 2018 almost 40% of marketers would invest between £17,000 and £35,000 into similar influencer campaigns. This is a notable increase over the £3,500 invested in 2017.

Some social influencers have millions of followers, transforming into social celebrities. This gives them the ability to request increasing sums of money in return for their time, influence, and access to their following. However, if you are a small business owner, don’t think you have been priced out of the influencer marketing game. That’s because micro-influencers are out there waiting for business owners like you.

Micro-influencers are those social media movers and shakers who have built a following of between 5,000 and 25,000 people. To put this in context, macro influencers are those individuals with an audience of between 25,000 and 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the top influencers have more than 100,000 followers.


Flipping the Traditional Marketing Funnel

Are micro-influencers as effective as those top influencers? The short answer is yes, and here's why. If you were to approach influencer marketing with the traditional mind set of “more leads equals more sales,” working with macro or top influencers would make sense. That’s because you would be obtaining direct access to their large following.

However, this isn’t really a numbers game.

While top influencers have hundreds of thousands of followers, the percentage of each audience who actually engage with the content those influencers share is comparatively very small. For example, Kim Kardashian has more than 100 million Instagram followers. But her engagement rate is approximately 1.6%.

With micro-influencers, typically the opposite is true. Their following may be markedly smaller, but their audience is highly engaged. Moreover, they are loyal and supportive. That’s because they can relate to the influencer on a personal level. And the stats are there to back this up. Micro-influencer campaigns garner engagement rates that are 60% higher than macro or top influencer campaigns. Additionally, more than 80% of consumers are likely to follow micro-influencer recommendations. This makes micro-influencer marketing particularly effective for brand promotion.


The Benefits of Using Micro-Influencer Marketing

Audiences now understand and can spot traditional marketing tactics from a mile away. Moreover, that they don't always like what they see. Increasing numbers of consumers, particularly younger millennials and Gen Z, actively prefer marketing that feels natural and less staged. Although they might not want to see ads, they do want to see content. This is precisely why the subtly sponsored influencer-generated content that looks organic and feels genuine is so effective.

Let's look at some actionable strategies that you can use to get your influencer marketing approach off the ground.


Transform Customers into Brand Advocates

One of the driving forces behind the success of micro-influencers is their authenticity. You can connect with micro-influencers who are already talking about your brand with their audience. This will result in an effective campaign that audiences will respond well to.

US cosmetics brand Glossier and Australian retailer Billy Sixes are just two examples of brands that have successfully transformed their customers into powerful brand representatives. Billy Sixes, for example, analyzed their Instagram followers. They then invited a select few (each of whom had 15,000 followers on their own Instagram accounts) to take part in a photo shoot. One campaign alone reached more than 200,000 people.


Encourage Organic Content

Retaining the integrity of your brand image is crucial. However, micromanaging the content your chosen influencers can share won't result in the authentic, believable, and relatable outcome you want to see.

Cosmetics retailer E.L.F has a proven and successful record of harnessing the power of online influencers to increase its presence. In 2017, it flew 50 beauty bloggers, with an average following of 1,500, to San Francisco to see their new products. By encouraging each of them to create their own unique content, E.L.F maintained its authentic brand ethos and increased its Instagram following by 25%.

Micro-influencer marketing is set to become even more powerful. Therefore, developing your strategy now will help you to connect with the most influential micro-influencers in your niche. In short, micro-influencer marketing will put you ahead of your competitors.

The post Tap into the Power of Micro-Influencers and Vault over Your Competition appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Accueil.Site Preferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Accueil.SitePreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the Text Formatting Rules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in Foswiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to Foswiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.2
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = FoswikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21.2

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $Foswiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the Headlines Plugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. Use "Find More Extensions" to get a list of available extensions. Select "Install".

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See http://foswiki.org/Support/ManuallyInstallingExtensions for more help.

Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, Foswiki:Main.MichaelDaum (2005-2007)
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Release: 2.21.2
Version: 6822 (2010-03-21)
Change History:  
08 Mar 2009: Ported without changes to Foswiki namespace by Kenneth Lavrsen and put under "Feel Free To Modify" in Foswiki context.
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.008
Home: Foswiki:Extensions/HeadlinesPlugin
Support: Foswiki:Support/HeadlinesPlugin
Topic revision: r1 - 13 Feb 2009, ProjectContributor
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