ICC grants temporary release for former Congolese leader facing trial

Mr. Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), faces charges for alleged crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) between October 2002 and March 2003, including rape, murder and pillaging.“Today, 14 August 2009, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions,” the Court announced in a news release. Mr. Bemba will be released once the conditions have been set, and it has been determined which country will take him in until his trial, added the Court, which is based in The Hague. The ICC also announced that Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will today appeal the decision to grant Mr. Bemba conditional release. The Prosecution “considers that Mr. Bemba, who is still physically in detention in The Hague, should stay in prison. The Appeals Chamber will review whether the decision to release Mr. Bemba is correct.”“The judges of the ICC have confirmed that Mr. Bemba must stand trial to answer the very serious charges that have been brought against him” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo. “Victims and witnesses can be confident that the trial will take place in the near future and that the Court will continue to guarantee their safety.” The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of the most serious crimes, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 14 August 2009The International Criminal Court (ICC) today decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for a conditional release until the start of the former Congolese leader’s trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. read more

Festivities galore mark Montreals 375th birthday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to Montreal’s founders and highlighted the city’s cultural diversity on Wednesday as he joined the festivities in honour of the city’s 375th birthday. “Its francophone roots, its indigenous origins, the contributions of different communities and people who come from all over the world to live here make it a city that is unique in its kind,” Trudeau said at a ceremony honouring Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey, the city’s founders.

Annan expects Security Council to authorize multinational force to remain in Iraq

“Obviously the new [caretaker] government would also be consulted, but there will be a resolution authorizing a multinational force and encouraging governments to come together in a genuine international effort to help stabilize Iraq,” the Secretary-General said during an appearance yesterday on the television programme Meet the Press in the United States.”Quite frankly, it’s in everybody’s interest that we do whatever we can to stabilize Iraq,” he added.Asked by host Tim Russert if the move would enable the United States to draw down some of its forces, Mr. Annan said: “I think it depends. If we are able to attract other governments, other countries that are now not in the theatre to deploy troops, that may be possible. But it will depend on how fast and how quickly we are able to get other governments to join and provide troops.”As to how much sovereignty the Iraqis will have after 30 June, the Secretary-General said he thought sovereignty “will be and should be” complete, but perhaps because it is supposed to be a caretaker government, the new authorities should not to take any decisions that will bind the duly elected government that is supposed to come into existence next January and therefore should not pass any long-term laws.”We want to do everything we can to help the Iraqi people regain their sovereignty and build their state and stabilize their situation and live in peace with themselves and their neighbours. And this is why [his Special Adviser Lakhdar] Brahimi and his team is in, and they are working with the Iraqi people and the [Coalition Provisional Authority] to create a new government,” he said. read more

UN poised to open summit on worlds oceans outcome will call for

VIDEO: UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson told UN News that reducing marine pollution and sustainably managing and conserving marine resources are some of the expected outcomes from the upcoming Ocean Conference.Mr. Thomson, whose home country, Fiji, is co-hosting the Conference along with Sweden, said people had been “selfish” about their children’s and grandchildren’s future – but now are more cognizant of the need to sustainably use natural resources.“Every second breathe you take comes from ocean-produced oxygen. Without a healthy ocean we’re in deep trouble; whether it’s food, whether it’s our climate, we have to have the integrity for the ocean, the source of life,” Mr. Thomson told journalists yesterday in New York.The main areas of work at The Ocean Conference will be a political call to action, a segment on partnership dialogues and voluntary commitments. Warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution are on the agenda for next week’s ocean summit at the United Nations, which will call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty. “Human activities are having major impacts on the ocean, affecting everything from the viability of marine habitats to the quality and temperature of the water, the health of marine life, and the continued availability of seafood,” the UN organizers said about the event being held 5 to 9 June. The Ocean Conference, the first ever such summit convened by the UN, will focus on the targets outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Governments in 2015. In particular among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Goal 14 highlights the need to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources to benefit present and future generations.“Ocean deterioration has broader implications as it affects poverty eradication, economic growth, sustainable livelihoods and employment, global food security, human health and climate regulation,” the organizers said.Thousands of people are expected to attend – including heads of State and Government, civil society representatives, business people, as well as actors, and ocean and marine life advocates. Strong showing likely from Pacific Islands, African coastal States A big showing is expected from small island developing States, particularly from the Pacific Islands, and from African coastal States, which are on the frontlines of climate change and whose economies are particularly vulnerable to changes in the oceans and marine life. The current President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, said he is “very confident” that there is an appetite to take action to aid oceans and marine life. The Secretary-General of The Ocean Conference, Wu Hongbo, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said Member States have already hammered out the final text of the conference – which will include 22 specific actions to be taken.He noted that climate change action taken by the international community is unstoppable, and needs global support: “If you drop a plastic bottle anywhere near your sea, it may end up in some other places. So all these seas and oceans are connected; so regional or individual action seems very weak. We need global solutions to the global challenge.” NYC’s Ocean March On the eve of the Conference, New York City, which has about 520 miles of coastline, will host the inaugural World Ocean Festival. New York’s festival will feature a first-of-its kind grand “ocean march,” which will be a parade of sailing vessels around lower Manhattan and along 10 nautical miles of Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfront from the Hudson to the East River. The second main event will be the Ocean Village, which will be set up at Gentry State Park in Long Island City as a “hub for all things ocean,” and will celebrate art, innovation and exhibits on ocean and climate action. read more

When Federer Wins The First Point On Serve Its Usually Game Over

Source: ATP Anyone looking to knock off Roger Federer at Wimbledon will first need to break his serve. And if they have any hope of breaking his serve, it may die with the first point.Simply stated: Federer loves being up 15-0.When Federer wins the opening point of his service game, that pretty much means it’s already over. In his matches this year up to the start of Wimbledon, Federer won the first point in 278 games while serving, according to data from ATP. And in those matches where he served and scored first, he went on to win the game an overwhelming 270 times. That’s a success rate of 97.1 percent. Through the first three rounds of this year’s Wimbledon, the 36-year-old Federer did even better, winning 100 percent of the 33 games in which he served and won the first point.Although scoring first naturally increases a player’s odds of winning because it means that they held a lead at least once, for Federer, something about that first point on his serve seems to give him an outsize advantage. It’s possible that for Federer, winning the first point helps establish his service rhythm.How does he compare with the other top men in tennis? Favorably, of course. He’s Roger Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including eight at Wimbledon. He’s also one of the greatest servers in the history of the sport. John Isner25224296.0 Juan Martin del Potro30928592.2 In the 52 weeks heading into Wimbledon, Federer has been a maestro at holding serve — winning 92.1 percent of his service games, good for third best on the ATP Tour.For reference, Rafael Nadal, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, has won his service games 89.1 percent of the time, which is stellar but not on Federer’s level.The two players ahead of Federer in percentage of service games won are serving powerhouses John Isner and Ivo Karlovic.However, Isner, Karlovic and Kevin Anderson, who ranks just behind Federer in service games won, are all flamethrowers. They regularly serve at speeds in excess of 135 mph. Federer’s serves aren’t slow, but he’s a different kind of server than the other guys at the top of this list, whose height gives them a superior trajectory on that stroke. Rather than blasting his serve past opponents who can’t catch up, Federer hits his spots. He uses a variety of spins and placements to hang with the ATP Tour’s most successful servers.Through Week 1 at Wimbledon, Milos Raonic had recorded the tournament’s fastest serve, at 147 mph, according to statistics from IBM. Isner was second at 144 mph. Federer was way down the list, tied for 39th, with a max speed of 128 mph.Even without otherworldly speed, when it comes to holding serve after taking a 15-0 lead, Federer is outperforming even dominating servers like Isner.Still, critics will point out that Federer’s recent success rate in games where he leads 15-0 while serving has been made possible by his skipping the clay court season entirely this year and sticking to his favored surfaces. Rallies are longer on clay, which reduces the importance of the serve. In fact, anyone surprised to see Nadal and his sterling service stats hanging back in fifth place on the table above would do well to remember that he plays many of his matches on clay.But Federer has always done well on Wimbledon’s grass. During the first week of the tournament this year, Federer won the first point of his service game 80 percent of the time. Between 2004, when he first ascended to No. 1 in the world, and 2017, Federer was winning the first point of his service games 75 percent of the time at Wimbledon. And while he’s topping himself this year, he’s also crushing the field: Last week, all the men in the competition won the first point of their service games only 66 percent of the time, on average.This is not to imply that there’s only one way Federer can win — he also holds serve plenty of times when he loses the first point of his service game. In 2018, up to the start of Wimbledon, he lost that first point 80 times. In 62 of those games, he went on to win anyway. That’s 77.5 percent to the good for Federer. Not bad, considering he started the game behind, but still nearly 20 points worse than when he wins that point.That gap may offer his opponents an opportunity. Knowing that, statistically speaking, they have a much better shot at breaking Federer’s serve if they can steal the first point, they might choose to be more aggressive on the opening point of his service games, particularly if they see a second serve. It’s worth a try.But if an ambitious opponent looking to break Federer does lose the first point, that opponent better make sure he wins the next point or he’ll be left with only the barest sliver of hope. When Federer has won the first two points on his serve this year, up to Wimbledon, he went on to win the game 99.5 percent of the time.So what happened when he won the first three points? Federer went up 40-0 while serving 151 times, and he won every one of those games. PlayerGamesWinsWin rate Dominic Thiem38734990.2 Grigor Dimitrov29626489.2 Alexander Zverev34230589.2 When the first point decides the gameRate of holding serve when taking a 15-0 lead in 2018, entering Wimbledon, for the ATP’s top 10 men’s tennis players David Goffin21718886.6 Up 15-0 On Serve Kevin Anderson32830693.3 Marin Cilic33431995.5 Rafael Nadal24222593.0 Roger Federer27827097.1% read more

Torex makes Muckahi plans for newly declared gold reserve

first_imgTorex Gold Resources has announced a maiden underground reserve for the El Limón Deep zone (ELD) at its El Limón Guajes mining complex (ELG), in southwest Mexico, and revealed plans to mine it with its newest innovation, the Muckahi system.The probable mineral reserve at ELD contains 86,000 oz of gold in 487,000 t of material at an average grade of 5.5 g/t Au (cutoff grade of 3.7 g/t). This is a subset of an indicated mineral resource at ELD that contains 141,000 oz in 797,000 t at an average grade of 5.52 g/t Au (cutoff grade of 2.5 g/t).The mineral resource at ELD is the downdip extension of mineralisation in the El Limón open pit, some 400 m north-northwest of the Sub-Sill deposit (already being mined) and is open in three directions.Fred Stanford, President and CEO of Torex, said, while small in comparison to the open-pit mineral reserves, the ELD provides a “nice sweetener to the open-pit production”.He added: “It is also indicative of the potential to add further underground mineral resources. With ELD open in three directions, the Sub-Sill underground deposit still open at depth, and the potential for down dip extensions of Guajes, we are upbeat about the potential to further expand underground reserves and resources through multiple sources.”ELD will be accessed through the existing underground development and will use the existing site infrastructure, according to Torex. This infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, electrical facilities, maintenance facilities, main ventilation exhaust fans and the backfill plant. Depending on material availability and geotechnical requirements, all mining areas at the ELD will be backfilled with either cemented aggregate fill or uncemented rockfill.While the mineral reserves for the ELD deposit have been estimated using conventional mining techniques and costs, the intention is to mine the deposit with the Muckahi mining system, Stanford said.“If as expected, the costs associated with Muckahi mining are lower than conventional mining costs, we may be able to lower the cut-off grade and increase the size of the mineral reserve.”Excavation of the 30° down ramp to access the lower parts of the ELD deposit is underway, with four rounds taken, according to Stanford. “In the upper portions of the deposit, the excavations are nearly completed for the initial long hole stopes that will be mined utilising the production aspects of the Muckahi system.”Stanford also provided an update on the Muckahi system, which is currently undergoing trials at ELG. The first tunnelling blast of the field trials was taken on March 26 and the round was successfully drilled from the monorail mounted Muckahi jumbo drill. The second piece of equipment, the Muckahi service platform, was at the Mexican border as of April 3 and was expected to be in service this by the end of June.The goal of the trial is to demonstrate Muckahi’s capabilities over the full development cycle for tunnelling, including on a minus 30° gradient, and to demonstrate the capability of the system to lower costs in long hole open stope mining.Stanford said on June 20: “To date the Muckahi system has performed as expected, we are all eager to progress through the next stages of the testing program and, if proven, then move forward with the strategic options it has the potential to unlock.”The Muckahi concept is an alternative to established underground mining processes that, Torex says, can create a more continuous mining process able to accelerate return on investment.Learn more about the concept and technology by clicking here.last_img read more

Monadelphous gets contract for Albemarles WA Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant

first_imgEngineering company Monadelphous Group Ltd has been awarded a major construction contract at Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd’s new Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant in the south-west region of Western Australia. Under the contract, Monadelphous will deliver the pyromet structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) package of work, as well as associated piping fabrication for Albemarle’s lithium hydroxide plant.Work will commence immediately and be complete by early 2021. Monadelphous will be supporting the local community by offering local employment and supply opportunities. Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri said: “We look forward to working with Albemarlefor the first time on the construction of such an important project and to expand our presence in the growing lithium sector. This contract along with a number of other recently announced contract awards in the resource sector have kicked off a promising start to the 2020 financial year bringingthe total value of contracts secured since July to over A$400million.”last_img read more

SEHA Final4 2019 Best 8

← Previous Story RK Vardar win SEHA Gazprom title for the fifth time! Next Story → ROAD TO WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2020 SEHA Final 4 Best 8 Here are the SEHA Final4 BEST 8 chosen by visitors of SEHA League application:Goalkeeper: Dejan Milosavljev (RK Vardar)Left wing: Timur Dibirov (RK Vardar)Left back: Damir Bicanic (RK PPD Zagreb)Playmaker: Sandro Obranovic (Meshkov Brest)Right back: Dainis Kristopans (RK Vardar)Right wing: Zlatko Horvat (RK PPD Zagreb)Line player: Stojance Stoilov (RK Vardar)Defensive player: Pavel Horak (Meshkov Brest)Mandatory Credit © Nebojsa Tejic / kolektiffimages read more

SUPERHANDBALL PROJECT IN BITOLA – Fusion of RK Eurofarm Rabotnik and RK

The Macedonian city with the biggest handball tradition, Bitola, will have an ambitious team on the European level in the upcoming years.The City Council will vote on Thursday about selling controlling package in RK Pelister to company Eurofarm, who already investing money in project RK Eurofarm Rabotnik, the North Macedonian vice-champions who will play at VELUX EHF Champions League 2019/2020.According to gol.mk, the new team will be named RK Eurofarm Rabotnik. There will be another one in which will be collected best talented players on the national level. City of Bitola will ensure 25% of budget. Budget should be around 1.000.000 EUR.Ambitions will be set to win domestic Championship and to have stronger role at EHF Champions League. ← Previous Story SL Benfica with Ristovski, Toft Hansen, Djordjic and Nyokas looking for the first title since 2008 Next Story → Strong line-up at 47th handball tournament in Struga RK Eurofarm Pelister read more

Exceptional performance makes Ireland the fastestgrowing economy in Europe

first_imgA number of challenges remain, chiefly the need for deleveraging in some areas and the worrisome issue of long-term unemployment. Vigilance is required to ensure that Ireland maintains the above progress.Read: Construction might be slow but a flood of new orders means it won’t be for long> STOCKBROKERS DAVY HAS revised its forecast for Irish economic growth upwards to 3.5% this year.The bullish prediction is driven by what the broker describes as a “clear recovery in the domestic economy”, while it argues that last year’s GDP was artificially depressed poor export performances, which will largely be washed out of this year’s numbers.Davy also predicted that the Government deficit will fall to 2.9% of GDP next year based on a €500 million adjustment in the budget.The growth pattern is set to slow in the two years to 2016, Davy said, predicting economic expansion of 3% in 2015 and 2.8% the following year.Consumer spending is predicted to accelerate to 1.5% growth this year and improve to 1.9% next year as shoppers begin to feel more positive about the economy.In the construction sector, investment is expected to ramp up by 14.5% this year and 8.6% next year, providing a further fillip to the domestic economy.In its latest verdict on the economy, Davy analysts stated: Short term indicators have continued to improve in the first half of 2014, suggesting that Ireland is the fastest-growing economy in Europe.Elsewhere, Investec chief economist Philip O’Sullivan said that “since the start of the year the Irish economy has built on the progress made during 2013″.He said that despite the distorting effect of multinational’s presence on headline GDP figures, “we are particularly encouraged by the rising numbers at work and favourable Exchequer trends, which better illustrate the domestic recovery”.Nonetheless, O’Sullivan warned:last_img read more

Anorexie la famille meilleure arme pour lutter contre ce trouble alimentaire

first_imgAnorexie : la famille, meilleure arme pour lutter contre ce trouble alimentaireLe Point vient de publier un article attirant l’attention sur les nouvelles recommandations de la Haute autorité de santé (HAS) en matière de lutte contre l’anorexie.L’anorexie mentale conduit encore dans 20% des cas à la mort. La prise en charge des patientes et de leur famille est jugée inefficace et vient de nécessiter une mise au point de la HAS, qui souhaite améliorer la connaissance de la maladie et de son traitement chez les professionnels de santé.À lire aussiAnorexie mentale : symptômes, causes, conséquences, qu’est ce que c’est ?Une étude menée aux États-Unis démontre qu’à traitement égal, les patientes qui ont bénéficié d’une thérapie familiale sont 49% à être totalement guéries un an après, tandis que celles qui ont suivi une thérapie centrée sur elles-mêmes ne sont que 23% à être en rémission. Selon la HAS, la prise en charge devrait donc être adaptée en ce sens, et inclure la famille dans le processus de guérison. Elle insiste également sur le dépistage précoce qui offre de meilleures chances de guérison.En France, 40.000 personnes sont touchées par l’anorexie mentale. 90% d’entre elles sont des adolescentes.Le 21 octobre 2010 à 18:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Eye Doctor Shares Graphic Photos to Warn Against Sleeping in Contacts

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target It might be tempting to not take your contacts off before bed, however, graphic images of an eye ulcer that formed when someone slept with their soft lenses might make you think twice about it.Patrick Vollmer, an eye doctor who works at the Vita Eye Clinic in Shelby, North Carolina, posted stomach-churning photos of a patient he recently treated, who had a cultured pseudomonas ulcer from wearing their contacts when they slept, The New York Post reported. Vollmer shared the graphic images on Facebook and urged people to think about the harmful consequences of sleeping with contacts.center_img “The pictures below show a referred case from the local urgent care, a subsequently cultured pseudomonas ulcer, and are the direct result of sleeping in contact lenses. Pseudomonas (bacteria) is an important cause of ocular morbidity and its opportunistic characteristics quickly lead to permanent blindness,” Vollmer wrote on Facebook. “This will be the 4th case of cultured pseudomonas that I’ve treated in my clinic.”According to Vollmer, this bacteria “explosively” eats away at the patient’s cornea in days and leaves a soupy, dead tissue once the dirty deed is done. Thankfully, Vollmer was able to administer the patient fortified antibiotic drops “around the clock” and steroids to reduce the risk of permanent scarring. Even though the patient’s eye is improving, it’s very possible she might have some residual vision loss after treatment.Despite people stating that they “are fine” when they sleep with their contacts, Vollmer is against this practice, since it could result in infections and permanent vision loss.“To be very clear, I don’t ever recommend sleeping in any brand of SOFT contact lenses. The risks outweigh the benefits every time. It takes seconds to remove your contacts but a potential lifetime of irreversible damage if you choose to leave them in,” Vollmer added. “People need to see these images and remind themselves/family/friends to also be aware of contact lens misuse.”More on Geek.com:Man Injured After Falling From Cliff Into Volcano Caldera in HawaiiMaggot Sausages Could Help Feed ‘Overpopulated World,’ Scientists Says Study: Male and Female Superheroes Have Unrealistic BMIslast_img read more

Watch Harry Potter Fans Freak Out Over Dobby Creature in Eerie Video

first_img Dobby, the cute house elf that appeared in Harry Potter films, might still be alive: An eerie night cam video recently captured a “creature” resembling the tiny character and it is going viral on social media.Vivian Gomez recently shared a video of the strange occurrence on Facebook, which showed the “Dobby-like creature” walking funny outside her residence, The Daily Dot reported. No one knows what’s going on in the footage, however, the video has received more than five million views on Facebook. Stay on target Dobby or an alien? Viewers were left perplexed, scared and intimidated after what they saw in this video footage shared. It shows a creature with what appears to be thin legs and elf ears dangling down a driveway caught on a home camera. pic.twitter.com/or4n8tT3c6— Ken Rutkowski (@kenradio) June 9, 2019 Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys So did y’all forget #dobby died. So that video can’t be him. pic.twitter.com/Knrr9KxLF5— Tiffany Milliner (@wonkytiff) June 9, 2019 “So I woke up Sunday morning and saw this on my camera and am trying to figure out…what the heck?? First I saw the shadow walking from my front door, then I saw this thing….has anyone else seen this on their cameras?? The other two cameras didn’t pick it up for some reason,” Gomez wrote on Facebook.Another Twitter user noticed the bizarre video on Facebook and decided to share it on Twitter to help Gomez crack the “magical” mystery.a lady posted this and said she saw this on her home camera this morning. what y’all think this is ? pic.twitter.com/L98wckn6bO— jey bee . (@jadynbee_) June 7, 2019Harry Potter fans couldn’t help but notice the weird video and they joked about what the “creature” could possibly be. Some said it was actually Dobby, just living the master-free life. Others called it a hoax, since Dobby is supposed to be dead. For now though, it looks like Dobby is alive and thriving.BREAKING: Footage of #dobby minutes before he was sighted on someone’s driveway, at around 3am EST this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/JeQKeUo7ke— Pedro Pimentel (@pedrohfpi) June 9, 2019 Dobby is alive and freeeeee! A lookalike of a much-adored character from the Harry Potter series is giving people the creeps.https://t.co/MgsNcOPRY4— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 9, 2019More on Geek.com:Harry Potter x Vans Collaboration Unveils ‘Magical’ Footwear for Fans Dive Deeper Into Wizarding World With Harry Potter E-Books New Harry Potter Lego Sets Feature Familiar Scenes, Characterslast_img read more

VIDEO WWE celebrates RTruths birthday after Smackdown

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Facebook WWE has posted a video onto YouTube of the roster celebrating R-Truth’s birthday in a surprise at the end of last night’s 1/19 Smackdown tapings in Dayton, Ohio. WhatsAppcenter_img Story on WWE star John Cena surprising terminally ill boy for his birthday Twitter WWE Smackdown Results – 4/9/19 (WrestleMania 35 fallout, Kingston celebrates victory) WWE celebrates five years of the WWE Network, Gargano vs. Cesaro on Smackdownlast_img read more

CRC Well Poised To Implement Action Plan

first_imgThe Constitutional Review Commission, CRC, announces that it is on track to effectively execute the CRCs Action Plan covering the period June 2018 to November 2019.“The CRC is well poised to implement the Action Plan for the review of the Constitution” according to Commission Chairperson, Justice Cherno Jallow, QC.Justice Jallow intimated that significant progress has been made since the swearing in of members of the CRC in June by President Adama Barrow. “That to date”, he continued, “the CRC has developed an Action Plan that will guide the Commission and facilitate the execution of its mandate. Activities and resources have been identified, and indicative timelines for the implementation of specific tasks prescribed, to ensure that targets are met and that the process is not unduly protracted. The Action Plan covers inter alia, strategies for communication, research and documentation, public consultation, civic education, monitoring and evaluation as well as a desk review of the 1965 Independence Constitution Order, 1970 Constitution, 1997 Constitution along with their amendments, a review of Constitutions of select countries and of relevant Regional and International Instruments, relevant to The Gambia.”In the Action Plan, the CRC envisages a consultative process as part of the review that would involve all stakeholders, including communities all over the length and breadth of The Gambia. A pre-consultation is planned with traditional leaders and Governors. The pre-consultation would encourage mobilisation and greater participation of the people and would give them strong assurance that their opinions and contributions matter a lot, in the Constitution-making process. In-country public consultations would be done in phases at District and Ward levels, with a view to engaging the populations and thus make the process as inclusive and participatory as possible. The consultative process would also incorporate the views and aspirations of Gambians living in the Diaspora and will cover some countries in Africa, Europe, the United States of America, USA, Canada and the Middle East. The calendar for public consultations is expected to be published shortly and should provide advance notice to the general public, to enable them make appropriate plans to engage the CRC.As part of its mandate, the CRC is in the process of establishing a fully functional Secretariat to facilitate the work mandated under the Constitutional Review Commission Act 2017. The process of recruitment of support staff for the Secretariat is in progress.From 16-20 July 2018, members of the CRC including the Secretary, attended a Planning Retreat at the invitation of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, IDEA, in The Hague, with support from the UNDP. All expenses related to the retreat was covered by IDEA and UNDP. The CRC welcomes the partnership which enhances its own plans and processes.IDEA is an intergovernmental organisation that has since 2006, a dedicated programme for Constitution building processes. Through this programme, it provides comparative knowledge and advice on Constitution building processes and on comparative Constitutional design. IDEA has had series of consultations and workshops with the Gambia Government, civil society and academia in the past and its Global Constitution Building Programme is housed in The Hague, Netherlands. During the Planning Retreat, comparative experiences and expertise were shared by key officials who had been part of the Kenyan Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review, Liberian Constitutional Review Commission and the Sri Lanka Constitutional Reform. General principles and considerations in Constitutional design choices, were also discussed.The CRC expects to commence engaging the Gambian public from September this year. This process will include liaising with all stakeholders, namely the various civic, professional, religious, youth and other interest-focused associations and groups, including political parties, the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, as well as the general public. The consultations will involve among others, inviting written contributions, responses to questionnaires, focused and thematic reviews, face-to-face dialogue and contributions through the CRC website. The CRC will, in due course, finalise and publish the venues for the public consultations both within and outside the Gambia.CRC Press Releaselast_img read more

30Mil grant awarded to three local neighborhoods from the US Dept of

first_img$30Mil grant awarded to three local neighborhoods from the U.S. Dept. of Education 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A partnership of schools, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, health services and businesses who have developed a seamless continuum of ‘cradle to career’ solutions for Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, and San Ysidro neighborhoods have been awarded a $30 million Promise Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Education over five years.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman had more on this story. March 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Condé Nasts Self Gets SocialFocused Makeover

first_imgMagazine publishers from all industry sectors are searching for ways to court new audiences, bring in fresh advertisers and expand their digital presence. Condé Nast’s Self magazine has redesigned itself with this new model in mind by introducing a more conversational voice, increased imagery, new content sections and a digitally-connected publication.The new Self, which will be introduced with the March issue, has been enabled with some scanable pages connected to a Self PLUS mobile app and is packed with sharable, tweetable tips. The publication hopes to court the coveted Gen-Y demographic with its new look and feel—and the advertisers looking to sell to them.FOLIO: sat down with Self editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger, who walked us through the various aspects behind the redesign and its implementation. In this Q&A, Danziger (pictured) outlines the new strategies the brand is bringing to the publication and highlights the challenges associated with reaching the millennial market. FOLIO: What prompted the redesign?Lucy Danziger: Self has basically enjoyed an audience of a million and a half readers and about four million online for a couple years. We realized we were reaching women in their 30s quite successfully, but we wanted to wrap our arms around this millennial audience in their 20s and grow the readership. We wanted to keep current readers engaged, and engage them further, but there is a huge Generation Y—there are twice as many in the world than Gen-X—and they spend $200 billion a year and have a ton of disposable income. They grew up empowered, and don’t need to be told to be empowered. But they still need and want a boost of support and inspiration—and Self wants to give it to them. Instead of saying that we’re here to empower, we’re telling them we’re here to help. The interesting thing about growing this brand is we still want to give great information and confidence boosting tips and ideas, but make it a step-by-step, moment-to-moment progression that is fun. That very much speaks to the mindset of women in their 20s—they want to be healthy, but they also want to have fun. We really needed to refocus the way we were talking to women. The new magazine breaks things down into momentary goals to help her feel inspired and supply her with tips. FOLIO: What new elements were brought into the redesign and why did you select these additions? Danziger: There are three basic things that are hugely different. One is the architecture, one is the visual branding and the third is the voice. Instead of breaking things into subject headings like fitness, beauty and nutrition, we decided to simplify it and make a much more streamlined section architecture in the front of the book. ‘You+Looks’ is a new section and that encompasses beauty, style and outward appearances. ‘You+Body’ is the second section, and that incorporates fitness, diet, health and nutrition—the physical self. The third is ‘You+Life,’ which is all about the emotional and social. The reason we made it ‘You+’ is because we wanted to put the reader right at the front and center of this whole new conversation. It’s not so much about Self telling her what she should think about, but it’s her coming to us and asking us questions through all of the different social platforms. Now we have this new voice—it’s much more conversational in tone. The new architecture allows for a bold and beautiful design, letting the pictures really have air and less text. In doing so, we cut straight to the chase. The architecture, voice and visual branding of bold, beautiful, strong imagery with less words is how much more women want information. This is a generation of women that can always search something with three taps of their fingers. They really want a trusted source, which is Self, and these gorgeous strong images. We know that they are pinning—we had 10 million pins and about 1.2 million women came to Self.com from Pinterest in January alone. Though it was pre-redesign, our high-water mark in December was 4.7 million unique visitors to Self.com and in January we reached 6.9 million. That was a jump in unique visitors in one month of about 2.2 million, which is almost 50 percent. We grew to almost 7 million and about a fifth or a quarter of that is coming from Pinterest.The visual piece of the redesign is also a difference in the photographic style. We’re trying to show women in the way they snap themselves—it’s not so much a highly styled shoot as it is a very authentic feeling. FOLIO: Do you think the shift to court a younger audience could alienate your existing Gen-X base?Danziger: I think that’s a valid question. One of the things we’ve been looking at are the habits of both groups—the 30 or 35-year-olds and the 25-year-olds. It turns out they have more in common than not. They’re both very optimistic, open minded and trying to reach their goals. Yet, with a 25-year-old, she might have to delay some of those goals because of the economy or whatever else is going on in her life, but we know they do have a lot in common. We know that 35-year-olds will read the same imagery that a 25-year-old will read: If you’re showing a picture, you can show it to them both and they’ll relate to that.The whole gen-blend is the Holy Grail for all marketers—whether you’re Lululemon or Apple. They really want customization so people can take something and use it in their own way, which is why the Pinterest thing is so interesting. We have a page called ‘Obsessed,’ which is about things we love—whether gym bags or high top sneakers that are very fashionable—each one of these pages, I believe, whether you’re 35 or 25, you’re going to relate to because it’s driven by real women, scenarios and moments. Self is the same positive voice for women, just like it’s always been. We’ve just now gotten a makeover and it’s supposed to emphasize the fun. We wanted to repackage things for this very technical generation—one of the things we’ve talked about is making sure that every tip in the magazine is sharable, tweetable and repeatable.  FOLIO: With these new elements you’re bringing in, how does this help to support your audience as well as your advertising partners?Danziger: The new voice and pages are the type of thing people will want to advertise with, sponsor or be next to. One of the pages is, ‘Did You Do Something Different?’ That’s how women talk to each other.  It’s a beauty moment that captures a real woman’s voice. When we look at the language of these franchise pages, it provides a ritual for going to a page that you love. Whether it’s the caption writing contest at The New Yorker or ‘The Matrix’ at New York magazine or pages that Self will now deliver month after month—a ritualized franchised page will bring new readers and advertisers who want to be there for this ritualized reading. Digitally, the story continues with a new app called Self PLUS. When you download this free app to your phone, tablet or other device and hover it over a page will actually come to life in your tablet or phone. It’s fun for us because we can give the magazine a digital, dynamic feeling—our print now plays in the digital space.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!More on this topic The Rise of First Person Storytelling Face Up: IEEE Spectrum (redesign) Krystle Kopacz Looking for Someone to Blame for the Industry’s Implosion? Try Editors Glamour.com Sees Social-Focused Redesign Slate Rolls Out Responsive Design WebsiteJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

Kangana RanautAditya Pancholi case Yet another reason why people question cases of

first_imgAditya Pancholi, Kangana RanautTwitter/ Varinder ChawlaThe legal case between Kangana Ranaut and Aditya Pancholi is getting murkier with each passing day which has now yet another reason for people to not believe women when they complain about sexual violence against them.In 2007, Kangana had filed a police complaint against Aditya for physically and sexually abusing her. Kangana had alleged that Aditya, whom she was reportedly dating for almost four years, kept her under house arrest and she escaped from the apartment by jumping off from the first floor of the building. Aditya had filed a defamation case against Kangana for levelling serious allegations against him.So when the old case was recently brought into the picture, Aditya said that Kangana along with her sister Rangoli Chandel and their lawyer Rizwan Siddique have threatened to file a rape case against him. The actor said that he had submitted videos and phone recordings as proofs that show Rizwan threatening him with a rape case if he doesn’t backs off.In the video, which was run by Times Now on May 16, Rizwan, who also happens to be a good friend of the actor, can be heard telling Aditya and his wife Zarina Wahab that though he knows that the actor is a nice man, the case would go in a different direction. And that it will become a bigger issue than MeToo.The lawyer further tells Aditya and his wife that the actor’s aggression level is so high that people will think that he has done the wrong thing as he is short tempered which would eventually backfire at him. He says that his client Kangana feels that what happened with her is wrong and Aditya is trying to put pressure on her by taking the legal way, they would also do the same and put a rape case on him.This is why women aren’t believed when they complain of sexual violence. What a shame. https://t.co/Nwot92sCsD— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) May 17, 2019When Zarina Wahab asks, “A rape case?” the lawyer replies to her saying, “Yes, a rape case that Aditya raped Kangana, and that it was a forced relationship which is as good as rape.”As soon as the video tape was released, many people on social media heavily criticised Kangana and her sister Rangoli for making a mockery of the MeToo movement for their publicity stunt.On the other hand, Kangana supporters started posting an old video of an eyewitness recalling the alleged incident of how he saw Aditya blocking Kangana in the middle of the road, pulling her out of an auto-rickshaw by her hair and punching her.Following the criticism, Rangoli too shot at Aditya and tried to shed some light on the ugly case in a series of tweets. She also shared an audio recording of a phone call wherein Aditya can be heard expressing his displeasure that Rizwan, despite being a friend, had taken up Kangana’s case and fighting the battle with him.Take a look.About Pancholi waking up from the grave every now and then, everyone who it may concern, it is the same complain of sexual harassmentand, physical violence, house arrest and molestation that Kangana filed in 2007 which was also widely reported in media… (contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(contd)…because Kangana spoke about it in Aapki Adalat, Pancholi filed a defamation suit on her in 2017, so our lawyer who happens to be Pancholi’s friend also said you cant stop her from speaking about her experiences….(contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(Contd)…. which are anyway in public domain and to prove herself innocent we will have to file that 2007 case back which anyway exists in police records… that’s the whole matter … its not that Kangana filing a new case its the same old case…(contd)— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019(Contd)….which is being revived to fight defamation suit, there is no attempt to defame him when one states matter of fact matters as it is… hopefully not so bright bulbs will also understand ( light up now) have simplified it completely ?— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019My lawyer Rizwan who happens to be like a brother to Zareena Wahab gave this to me, this is how he talks to Pancholi, this is their equation, there is no chance of threatening when two individual talk like this (Aditya calling Rizwan )… ? pic.twitter.com/kg1DxGqzvg— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019This is when Kangana was a minor, this monster Pancholi who has many cases of assault and rape on him still roams around openly, and @IndiaMeToo has all the sympathy for him…. shows the poor condition of women and their mentality in this country … ? https://t.co/ZyQNENsbes— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) May 17, 2019last_img read more

Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan get cosy inside car actress desperately

first_imgSara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan get cozy inside car.Varinder ChawlaSara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan were recently spotted together inside a car, holding each other’s hands. While the two appeared to be cosying in, Sara was seen desperately trying to hide her face from the cameras.Sara and Kartik’s off-screen camaraderie has been hogging a lot of limelight ever since the actress expressed her fondness for him on national television. The two have been spotted together a lot of times. But this time things seemed to be a little different.Some pictures have come up in which Sara and Kartik are seen holding hands inside a car before entering Taj Lands End in Mumbai. Right after they realised cameras are focussed on them, Sara desperately tried to hide her face, while Kartik ended up being in an awkward position.While the reason behind Sara’s act is not clear, a lot of people commented on the pictures saying it was just a publicity stunt. 1/6 Varinder ChawlaVarinder ChawlaVarinder ChawlaVarinder ChawlaVarinder Chawlahttps://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/714852/img.jpgVarinder ChawlaPreviousNextA few days ago, it was reported that director Imtiaz Ali had strictly instructed the two stars to cut down their public appearances together before the release of Love Aaj Kal 2. The director had reportedly felt that too many public appearances would reduce people’s interest in their chemistry.last_img read more

Five Best Apps to Forecast and Manage Cash Flow

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As 2011 winds down, planning next year’s finances should be a priority. And if managing cash flow isn’t hard enough already, by now you should be creating — or perhaps fine-tuning — your projections for what your business will spend and earn over the next year.If this is making you feel overwhelmed, relax. There are a number of apps and online tools that can make managing and forecasting your business finances a lot easier.We tested a number of online cash-flow management tools to come up with our five picks that provide the most value for your time and money:1. Free Cash-Flow Projection TemplatesThe simplest way to conduct your own cash-flow analysis is to download one of the many free cash-flow forecasting templates embedded in well-known business applications.While they don’t have the features of more sophisticated tools, cash-flow projection templates save the time it can take to create a similar one from scratch. Microsoft Office provides several detailed spreadsheets for Excel pre-loaded into its desktop software, with more available for download from the Office website.Related: A Primer on Cash-Flow ProjectionsGoogle Docs offers templates which can be shared and edited with other members of your Google Apps account. You can search for cash-flow tools through Google Docs’ list of templates to find the best one for your business. SCORE — a nonprofit which provides mentorship services for small businesses and entrepreneurs — also offers templates for cash-flow forecasting and other financial statements. Expect to change some headings and tinker with these templates. But if you fill in expenses, sales and client data, these tools can help you learn a lot more about your money.2. QuickBooks’ Cash Flow Forecast ReportIntuit’s QuickBooks has built a cash-flow forecast feature into its popular accounting tools. You can define different aspects of your business — such as receivables, bank balances and credit card ledgers — to get a more accurate cash-flow model. Once the report is generated, estimates can be broken down by clicking links and changing date ranges.3. You Need a Budget’s Online Expense Tracking and Planning ToolsThough mostly aimed at tracking expenses for consumers and household budgets, You Need a Budget’s $60 single-purchase, downloadable app can offer forward-looking spending estimates for smaller firms, too.The software automatically generates a budget based on your uploaded bank statements, which can then be edited according to your business needs. Based on this information, You Need a Budget estimates how much money you should expect to have and how much you may still need on hand to meet your costs.Related: Cash-Flow CalculatorAlthough the app tends not to offer as detailed an analysis as QuickBooks’s Cash Flow Forecast, it’s not nearly as complex to use with an easy-to-understand interface and jargon-free tutorials.4. Pulse’s Cash-Flow Modeling SoftwareFor a more comprehensive tool, Pulse is a dedicated cash-flow Web app that allows you to review your company’s cash flow online in unlimited detail.You can input financial information manually or from a spreadsheet to generate a cash-flow model that can be viewed day-to-day or in weekly or monthly periods. It offers a number of graphics and charts for visualizing how money moves in and out of your business.Pulse also includes significant collaboration features. Multiple users can edit or view cash flow as well as add notes to income and expenses, which makes Pulse handy for sharing information with a team or with consultants.Paid accounts start at $14 per month for up to three users and 3 GB of file storage.5. Master PlanGuruIf your business is outgrowing all these options, one option is PlanGuru. It allows for financial forecasts up to 10 years out as well as automatic management of company income statements and balance sheets — in Excel or QuickBooks files and other formats.From that, PlanGuru generates a statement with up to 20 different methodologies. You can use it to forecast just about any hypothetical business situation.Related: Seven Essential Apps for Your Sales TeamAll this power comes with a clear risk. Users need to know how to manage money in a complex enterprise, or pay someone who does. PlanGuru is available as a download for $399. It can also be installed on a network server for collaboration at $399 for one user and $250 for each additional user.Remember, no matter which online tool you use, your forecast is only as good as the data you enter into it. For cash-flow projection tools to function properly and provide the most accurate forecasts, your software needs to be accurate with sales, expenses data and the proper dates for all transactions. December 27, 2011 Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more