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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/ ) lists 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
touch="..." Touch (edit/save) topics if the feed has updates. Specify a comma-space delimited list of TopicNames or Web.TopicNames, such as "%TOPIC%, NewsLetter". Useful to send out newsletter using MailerContrib, showing new feeds since last newsletter. To update feeds, visit topics with feeds in regular intervals (using cron with wget or the like). N/A
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]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

HeadlinesPlugin ERROR: 501 Protocol scheme 'https' is not supported (Crypt::SSLeay or IO::Socket::SSL not installed)

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{ "http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="2" }%

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

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:28:16 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:28:16 +0000 Bizop Team
Photo by GotCredit

Borrowing is something you do when you are pressed for cash but you have run out of other options. This can sometimes happen when you’re trying to start or expand your business. As a matter of fact, in a difficult situation, you might even be considering a car title loan. If you are, there are certain things you need to understand.


Look for Transparency from the Lender

Transparency is key when you’re borrowing. That’s because you want to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal. Also, there are unscrupulous lenders who will misrepresent important information about their terms. Later, these conditions could show up to haunt you when you want to clear your loan.

Therefore, ask as many questions as you can think of. Make sure you clearly understand what the lender’s terms require of you before you agree to the loan.

For example, some lenders apply additional fees to the amount you’re borrowing. In such a case, you’ll receive less money than you applied for.




Confirm Lenders’ Credit Reports

Companies like Montana Capital Car Title Loans have a portfolio that you can check before you borrow from them. They are required to submit credit reports, and government entities monitor their operations.

However, there are many lenders out there who don't maintain such high standards. These lenders might dupe you into a deal that would leave you with more problems than you started with.

Therefore, check the credit reports of any lender before you proceed to borrow from them. Additionally, read reviews from other customers to get a better understanding of a lender’s practices and services.


Shop Around

When it comes to borrowing of any kind, rates matter. Keep in mind that different lenders offer different rates for the same kinds of service.

Therefore, do your homework, especially when you’re shopping for a car title loan. This will help you to distinguish differences among lenders. Once you have shopped around, you can choose the one that offers the best rates and gets the best reviews.

Don't just make assumptions, even if a deal looks attractive on the surface. There might just be something better out there.



Can You Afford It?

Affordability is a matter you have to judge for yourself. However, sometimes a loan is too expensive. If you look at your budget, you’ll see that for some loans, you won’t be able to raise the required repayment installments.

The cost of a car title loan is influenced in part by the interest rate. Additionally, it has to do with how the lender views your risk profile.

To keep costs down, borrow as little as possible. This will help you to avoid paying installments that may become burdensome to you. Assess your ability realistically. Then borrow within that window to avoid further difficulties for yourself and your business.


Make Sure You Understand the Terms of Your Car Title Loan

Borrowing against your car’s title is something you should pursue only after you understand how that market operates.

Look for the best deal in the market by shopping around for good rates. Additionally, make sure to borrow an amount you can repay. If you borrow more than you can afford, you could face penalties when you are unable to repay the loan. This could damage not only your credit rating, but also the financial health of both you and your business.

The post Are You Thinking of Taking out a Car Title Loan? Read This First appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:25:19 +0000 Bizop Team
Photo by Artur Roman from Pexels

Rental property investment is a well established practice in Malta. As a matter of fact, it was especially prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries. At that time, Maltese residents bought up properties like hot cakes. They then rented out these properties to fellow Maltese residents as well as to some of the British enforcers who were in the country at that time.

Recently, the Maltese rental property market is seeing a significant boom. This is in large part thanks to low interest on borrowing rates. Plus, rental returns in Malta are now at an impressive 6% per annum. Meanwhile, there is also a seemingly endless supply of property investment options as well as stable capital appreciation.

Further, certain sectors,  such as banking and finance, iGaming, and cryptocurrencies have been relocating to Malta for the past 10 years. This is due to its strategic location as well as its local talent. As a result, thousands of foreigners have made the move to Malta.

Read on to find out what you need to know in order to successfully invest in Maltese property.


Identify the Opportunities in Malta

Before you decide to invest in a property, it's important to identify your goals for your property investment portfolio.

For example, are you planning on flipping properties? That is, will you buy, then restore and resell? Or are you looking to put down some roots and become a landlord?

Are you looking for a commercial property investment? Or is your focus on residential assets? Or perhaps you're interested in buying land and developing it into valuable property?

Is this your first time purchasing property for investment purposes? If so, then it might be a good idea to get your feet wet with residential properties to rent out first, and then take it from there.



Find an Experienced Partner

Look for a real estate agent who is more than just familiar with the property market in Malta. In other words, find someone with experience in the field. You’ll want a partner who understands Maltese property investment to a tee. That’s because you need someone who can advise you with regard to both rental and commercial investment opportunities.


Get Your (Financial) Ducks in a Row

Property investing comes with ups and downs. To put it bluntly, your investment will benefit or suffer according to changes in the market.

Additionally, several factors will contribute to the type of lending rate you get. Your age, the type of work you do, your family responsibilities, and so on will all factor in.




Setting up the financing is often easier when you have a financial planner to help you figure it all out. You might also want to consult with a potential lender. You’ll want to make sure that you'll be able to handle the ebb and flow of the market with the assets you currently have. For example, you'll be required to pay the mortgage on your property even if there are no tenants paying you rent money.


Location, Location, Location!

Ideally, you want to purchase rental property in areas that will produce a high rental yield. Tas-Sellum in Mellieha, Portomaso and Pendergardens in St Julian’s, as well as Tigne Point and Fort Cambridge in Sliema are all great examples of properties that yield high returns.

However, you can expect to cough up quite a bit in initial capital if you want to invest in such properties. Therefore, do your due diligence. Make sure that the property is truly worth your investment and aligned with your goals.


Selling Points

When purchasing investment property, it's important to consider amenities that attract the modern buyer. Access to services, office regions, public transport facilities, and shopping centers are important to economically active tenants. Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms are great selling points as well.

Basically, investing in a property with the right amenities is a great way to attract the right tenants. What’s more, the right amenities will make it easier for you to sell the property later on.


Modern Finishes Are a Must

Make sure that your property is fitted out with timeless, high-quality furnishings. This will help you to attract the right tenants. However, you don't have to spend much to furnish your home well these days, thanks to the availability of furnishing packages.

Also, look after the property by making sure that repairs are completed in a professional and timely manner. Ideally, you should hire an in-house, all-round handyman to take care of general maintenance. Keeping your tenants happy is one of the best ways to secure a higher return on your investment.


A Bonus Tip

Ask your property agent for a buy-to-let property list. This will specify property for sale in Malta that has a return of 4% to 7%. The best part about these lists is that they contain properties to suit all budgets and preferences. This makes them the perfect starting point when you're still learning and exploring the property market.

The post A Short Guide to Buying Investment Property in Malta 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 Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki 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 TWiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

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

  • Name of user agent. Default: TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21

  • 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)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::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 HeadlinesPlugin (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

  • Download the ZIP file.
  • Unzip it in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.3 - 29 Aug 2009
Change History:  
29 Aug 2009: added touch parameter -- Peter Thoeny
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: 5.8
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 29 Aug 2009

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