Citing value for money Ban urges generous support for UN Peacebuilding Fund

The cornerstone of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture is the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which was set up in 2005 to help struggling States avoid slipping back into war and chaos by providing strategic advice and harnessing expertise and financing from around the world to aid with recovery projects. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start rebuilding projects. Addressing the second annual stakeholders’ meeting of the fund, Mr. Ban highlighted the way the Fund has supported efforts to transform armed rebel groups in Burundi, mediate a crisis between feuding political parties in Sierra Leone and promote a return to constitutional order in Guinea following the country’s 2008 coup.It also helped to support the building of trust in the wake of last year’s inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, whose President, Roza Otunbayeva, was among those present at today’s meeting at UN Headquarters. “I hope you agree that that support was timely and effective,” said Mr. Ban. “In short, the fund delivers value for money. But it needs your support.” He called on everyone present to contribute and help ensure the long-term sustainability of the fund. “Help us help the many people throughout the world who look to the United Nations for assistance in realizing their aspirations to build lasting peace and put violence behind them once and for all.”Mr. Ban also noted that as the UN peacebuilding agenda continues to take shape, the world body’s engagements have brought a number of valuable lessons and insights, such as the fact that peacebuilding is just as important after a political transition as it is in a post-war period.“It is therefore vital for the United Nations to mobilize rapidly, as the cases of Guinea and Kyrgyzstan illustrate,” he said. “In those early, delicate moments after a crisis has ebbed, when a society’s new direction may not be clear, peacebuilding can contribute in many ways, including through supporting inclusive political processes and dialogues.” Second, peacebuilding is a process that can take a generation – continuing after long-established UN peacekeeping and political missions draw down their presences, and thus helping to preserve the investments made by those engagements, added the Secretary-General.Third, he continued, all actors, including peacekeepers, political missions and humanitarian and development organizations, need to come together behind a coherent peacebuilding strategy.He stressed that this has become even more important as violent conflicts have become more diffuse, with a variety of armed groups, often with cross-border linkages, driven by complex political, economic, social and environmental factors.Peacebuilding also needs to be incorporated more fully into development cooperation, and it is necessary to ensure that proper management of natural resources is a key element in the implementation of peacebuilding strategies, said Mr. Ban.The Secretary-General also announced that he will appoint a new high-level group to ensure the fund’s effectiveness and relevance. So far this year, the fund has received $67 million in new pledges and contributions – double the level of 2010. On the programming side, it is on track to meet the $100 million target for this year, with more than $86 million allocated to date.He noted that new commitments were made in 2011 to support peacebuilding processes in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. “However, more resources are required if we are to meet our targets for 2012 and beyond. And demand continues to rise, as we have seen throughout this extraordinary year,” he stated. 22 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued backing and financial support for the United Nations fund that helps countries emerging from conflict to build lasting peace, stressing the timely and effective assistance delivered to several nations already. read more

Rally in London urges UK to find solution in Syria

first_img“There’s 100,000 children living under siege in eastern Aleppo being bombed every day. We need that to stop,” he told AFP.Hundreds of wounded civilians were stranded in rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as the United Nations said security concerns were again preventing evacuations despite Russia extending a ceasefire into a third day.Demonstrators in London waved placards reading “May: stop Putin”, “Child murder is a war crime” and “Save Aleppo’s children”.They chanted: “Down with Bashar al-Assad! Down with dictators!”Bert Wander, campaign director with the activist group Avaaz, told AFP: “They could impose sanctions on relevant parts of the Russian economy – for example, military equipment. Carey Mulligan joins a protest calling on the British government to intervene in the Syrian conflictCredit:WILL OLIVER/EPA Carey Mulligan joins a protest calling on the British government to intervene in the Syrian conflict “They could also up diplomatic pressure. It’s been limp, frankly, so far. There’s so much more that could be done in terms of putting pressure on the Russians to back down.”Wael Aleji, a spokesman for the Syrian Network for Human Rights, said: “The UK can step up efforts and push for a UN General Assembly resolution to override the Russian and Chinese veto at the UN Security Council.”French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Saturday asked the Security Council to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and urged that those behind the attacks be placed under sanctions.The United States, Britain and France have repeatedly called for sanctions, particularly against the Syrian regime, over the use of chemical weapons.center_img Around 150 people rallied in central London on Saturday calling for Britain to take decisive action to end the five-year war in Syria.They piled up teddy bears outside Downing Street to symbolise the number of young casualties in the battered city of Aleppo from a recent surge in violence.They also delivered a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May’s 10 Downing Street office demanding she take action to help cease the bloodshed.”We’re here today to send a very strong message to Theresa May that what’s happening in Aleppo just cannot continue,” said James Sadri, director of The Syria Campaign, which calls for humanitarian action in the war-ravaged country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Fire sweeps through new block of London flats as witness claims it

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flames London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flamesCredit:TWITTER / IBRAHIMCHSTV London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11amCredit:TWITTER / IBRAHIMCHSTV ‘The third floor and roof of the four storey residential block are fully alight. A small part of the first and second floors are also affected.‘The Brigade was called at 1110. Crews from Bethnal Green, Homerton, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Poplar, Millwall and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.’The brigade later tweeted that the fire was ‘under control’, but that they would remain in the area dampening it down. London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11am A fire has swept through a new block of flats in east London with a witness suggesting it may have been started by a solar panel on the roof.London Fire Brigade said some 80 firefighters were battling the blaze, with dramatic images posted online showing the roof consumed by flames.The blaze took place at a development still under construction containing five houses and 19 apartments, which were set to sell for as much as £1million each. London Fire Brigade statement said: ‘Twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters and officers have been called to a fire at a building under construction on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road E3. One witness told the MailOnline: “I noticed massive billows of smoke when I was leaving my flat so I quickly rushed back and noticed it was the building opposite.”The spread seemed concentrated around the solar panels on the top. It looked a bit like the solar panels were on fire.”Originally I thought the flames were coming from one of the nearby high rise blocks but then I realised it’s a new build that’s not finished yet so that was a relief.”London Fire Brigade said was called to the building on Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, shortly after 11am, with 12 fire engines sent to the scene.At least 75 per cent of the roof of one of the developments blocks of luxury flats has been destroyed by flames along with parts of the third floor.last_img read more

Garda Commissioner sets date for meeting with garda body

first_imgGARDA COMMISSIONER MARTIN Callinan will meet with the Garda Representative (GRA) committee this Wednesday, to discuss the impact that proposed cuts to garda pay will have on his force.During a meeting of its central executive committee this week, the GRA passed a motion of no confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter and said ti was “convinced” that the commissioner was unaware of the impact of pay cuts and lack of resources on his workforce.Following the strong statement from the GRA, Callinan said he would meet with its members and understands this is planned for Wednesday morning when Callinan will speak with the central executive committee of the body.Yesterday GRA President John Parker said the office of the commissioner has traditionally done what government has asked but now his members were asking management at every level to stand up for them.The association has plans in place to implement a number of measures which would see gardaí “turn off the goodwill tap” from 22 February if the government pushes forward with its plans.Related: Garda Commissioner to meet GRA as plans for industrial action get underway>More: Garda body passes motion of no confidence in Shatter>last_img read more

Typo of the Day Austerity hits Irelands budget for World Food Programme

first_imgTIMES ARE HARD, we must tighten our belts and recognise that we can no longer spend beyond our means.Unfortunately that means that Ireland is giving just £18 to the United Nations World Food Programme or nearly that amount according to the Irish World, an Irish community newspaper in Britain, which has this unfortunate typo: Luckily it was just a typo and Ireland is in fact giving €21 million to the WFP, as we reported last week.Hat tip: Anonymous Read: 6 reasons it’s great that the ATMs are going to have tenners againRead: Twitter educates Zach Braff on ‘shifting’last_img read more

Questioning your faith Tattoo robot will randomly assign you a religion

first_imgAuto Ink is not just a robot, and it’s not just art. It’s an automated sculpture designed to tattoo human skin. This is definitely not the kind of thing you’re likely to come across at the to local tattoo parlor, largely because the user of the Auto Ink can’t choose what tattoo to get. As designed by artist Chris Eckert, the Auto Ink tattoos a randomly selected religious icon on the person’s forearm.The device is actually a three axis cartesian robot, meaning that each of its three motors are at right angles to each other. The Auto Ink simply adds a tattoo needle to the end of the arm and like magic, robot tattoos. This simpler method of mechanical control requires no rotational movements and is often seen in 3D printers and CNC machines. In fact, this robot looks a lot like a modern 3D printer.  The Auto Ink first showed up online a few years ago, but it’s still plenty cool to watch and imagine a world where robots handle the body art.Eckert hasn’t actually attached a real tattoo gun to the robot, but a felt pen seems to work well enough (and it’s a whole lot less permanent). As Eckert explains, human skin is very stretchy, and his original approach of using ballpoint pens just tugged on the skin too much. He also points out, perhaps with a smirk, that the religious designs are assigned randomly, or divinely inspired depending on your beliefs.The Auto Ink is a cool example of robotics and art coming together, but tattoo artists probably don’t have much to fear right now. If a pen was pulling on the skin too much, a tattoo needle would do much worse. Flesh-and-blood artists hold the skin taut while applying indelible ink to keep lines straight. The Auto Ink would need additional mechanisms to replicate this behavior. Shading and keeping the tattoo site clean add still more complexity. It’s probably best the Auto Ink stays an art project for the time being.last_img read more

Searches continue for missing Greek man

first_imgAs National Missing Persons Week draws to a close this weekend the search continues for Queensland man Michael Lalos, who disappeared the day before his 85th birthday on July 15. Team leader of the NSW Missing Persons Unit, Sergeant Sutcliffe, told Neos Kosmos that the 85-year-old suffers from mild dementia and Parkinson’s disease.NSW and Queensland police are conducting extensive searches. Mr Lalos’ wife of 51 years, Tepe Lalos, is said to be distraught, granddaughter Kerynn Lalos, said. “We are devastated and we just want him home. We don’t want to go on with our lives without him.”Police reported that Mr Lalos left his home in Coolangatta to walk to the bank and was last seen at the Centro Tweed shopping centre. He is described as 170cm tall, of Mediterranean appearance with a stocky build and short gray balding hair. Mr Lalos is Greek and speaks limited English. In another case, Peter Raptis went missing on March 2, 2005. He was 34-years-old when he went missing and is described as Mediterranean in appearance, with a solid build, short black hair, and brown eyes. His vehicle was involved in a ‘fail to stop’ accident in Kingsford prior to his disappearance.The launch of National Missing Persons Week last Monday was aimed at raising awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons. Police are trying to break down the myth that people have to wait 24 hours to report a missing person. 35,000 people are reported missing each year in Australia, which is one person every 15 minutes, the NSW police reported. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Steady loutil multifonction avec triépied pour iPhone

first_imgSteady, l’outil multifonction avec triépied pour iPhoneVous partez en randonnée à la montagne ou dans un milieu hostile ? Il faut toujours avoir sur soi un petit outil multifonction comme Steady, qui pourrait vous sauver la vie et accessoirement… tenir votre iPhone.C’est en tous cas ce qu’aurait pu dire MacGyver dans les années 80. Si le Steady comporte tous les accessoires que l’on recherche pour un outil de ce genre (une lame de canif droite, une autre dentelée, trois tournevis, un décapsuleur, une pince, et une pince-coupante), son originalité se concentre sur une monture à vis et deux petits pieds permettant, une fois dépliés, d’y poser un appareil photo numérique ou un smartphone. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mieux encore, le concepteur de l’outil, Gerber ajoute un accessoire avec ventouse pour créer un trépied mobile. Avec ça, lors de votre trek, si vous pensiez ne faire qu’un avec la nature, c’est raté. Néanmoins, après une longue marche, rien de mieux qu’une boisson rafraichissante (merci le décapsuleur), devant un petit film ou clip que vous aurez lancé sur votre iPhone, lui-même posé sur le trépied du Steady. Comme au cinéma…ou presque. Mais l’exemple le plus courant serait peut-être celui de la photographie car vous souhaitez immortaliser votre escapade. Il est toujours compliqué de demander à un ours de prendre une photo de vous… heureusement le Steady est là.Gerber, spécialisé dans les outils multifonction et de camping, vend sa nouveauté 64 dollars. Alors, si vous souhaitez changer votre couteau suisse, c’est par ici.Le 19 février 2012 à 20:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

San Diego Yelp team local restaurants help feed furloughed workers

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 23, 2019 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) – Yelp offered a free lunch today to federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown.The restaurant and business review website hosted the lunch for up to 500 government workers at the San Diego Air and Space Museum at 2001 Pan American Plaza. As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 207 federal employees had responded that they would attend the event.Local restaurants like Lucha Libre Taco Shop, Donut Bar, El Pollo Grill and Coop’s West Texas BBQ  served food at the lunch, among several others.“We’re now in the midst of the longest government shutdown in American history,” Yelp said in a statement on its website. “There’s no sign of this thing ending anytime soon, so in the wake of all the mess, we’ve decided to gather some extremely generous local businesses together with hopes that a free meal might help 500 of you that are in need at the moment.” Updated: 5:53 PM San Diego Yelp team, local restaurants help feed furloughed workerscenter_img January 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Resident Evil 0s HD remaster highlights a dead end in the series

first_imgResident Evil 0 was originally a 2002 GameCube exclusive prequel to the first Resident Evil game. It was also an early attempt to revamp the mechanics of the franchise, getting away from item boxes and frustrating inventory limitations. It receives a HD remaster today, and it shows how the franchise struggled to evolve in the years leading up to its reinvention with Resident Evil 4.The first Resident Evil had players control members of an elite team of police officers, the STARS. They were investigating a mysterious mansion full of zombies, but they weren’t the first team dropped into that meat grinder. When players explored the mansion, they met members of the ill-fated “Bravo Team,” all of whom were dead, dying, or zombifying — the exception being a perky medic, Rebecca Chambers. Resident Evil 0 takes place before the first game, and shows the backstory of Rebecca and the rest of Bravo Team.The first game in the series came out in 1996, but was remade for the GameCube in 2002. The GameCube “RE-make” didn’t just improve the graphics, but also added in some new features and locations for players to explore. It was arguably the best example of the classic Resident Evil formula from the older games (and it was given its own HD remaster last year). Resident Evil 0 arrived a few months later, and tried to shake up the formula for the franchise even more. The classic RE games had strict limitations on the number of items that players could carry at a time, and they could only set things down by placing them in item boxes that were scattered around the levels. It made inventory management a core element of the game, and players had to backtrack from locked doors to item boxes, carrying around keys, quest items, and a sparse selection of weapons, ammo, and healing herbs.These mechanics made the games more challenging and full of tension, as befits a horror series. However, they were also illogical and frustrating to players who were unable to simply pick up and immediately use badly needed items. Resident Evil 0 got around this by introducing the idea that people can set stuff down!Resident Evil 0 kept the limited inventory slots, but got rid of the item boxes, and let players drop items anywhere they wanted. This solved the problem of constant backtracking, while still encouraging players to use planning when selecting their inventory. Where RE0 fouled up was the foolish mistake of removing the item boxes entirely. The genius of the boxes in the old games was that every box was connected. Players could dump a useful item into a box early on, then retrieve it from another one in a far away location.In the RE0 remaster, players will have to carry their all of their important stuff with them as they progress farther from the starting areas. Otherwise, they have to have to backtrack through an army of monsters to retrieve items that they set down near the beginning of the game. The map shows where items were dropped, but this doesn’t alleviate the backtracking, and there are lots of locations by the end of the game, so players will have a tough time sorting through all of the maps trying to find that one box of magnum ammo that they saved for the big boss fight.About those boss fights: the designers frequently engage in unfair design where players will be dropped into a tough fight without being able to prepare first. Even worse, one boss has a save point right before the fight, but players are forced into the encounter immediately after saving, and can only use whatever weapons they happen to have in that room. Unprepared players will have to restart the game from the beginning if they didn’t make multiple save files or happened to arrive very well-prepared.Although these are significant issues, Resident Evil 0 is otherwise a great game. When it was originally released back in 2002, it did make a genuine addition to the franchise by including a companion character that players could switch to at will, and would be controlled by AI when not being actively controlled by the player. Multiple playable characters was nothing new for the series, but this was the first time that there was a buddy on hand through almost the entire game. Although Rebecca Chambers is presented as the protagonist in RE0, she often plays second fiddle to the new guy, Billy Cohen. Billy is stronger, more durable, and can move heavy objects that Rebecca can’t.Other Resident Evil games have had spotty AI. The low point being Resident Evil Outbreak, where players were stuck shepherding a flock of AI dolts that couldn’t be left unsupervised for more than a few seconds. Resident Evil 0 was an excellent example of companion AI for its time; players could set basic commands like “hold fire” or “wait here,” but the companions generally carried their weight in combat, and importantly, brought an additional six inventory slots. If the AI got in the way, players could use the right analog stick to easily move the companion character while controlling the main character with the left stick.There are many sequences in the game that are based on separating Billy and Rebecca but then finding some clever way to make them solve a puzzle even while apart. The puzzle-solving, in general, is a step up from the previous games. Most of them can be figured out without need to bring along a pile of cranks, crests, and jewels. An early one requires nothing more than basic math and a cool head.Most of the issues above relate to the GameCube and Wii editions of the game, but this new HD remaster adds in some original content not available in the previous editions. Most noteworthy is the new, unlockable Wesker Mode, where the character of Billy Cohen is replaced with Resident Evil bad guy, Albert Wesker. Wesker doesn’t get any new cutscenes, the story and dialog is still Billy’s. What makes this mode interesting is that uses the superpowered version of Wesker seen in the later games. He can do anything that Billy can, but he can also blast enemies with destructive energy beams. This special power can be used freely, but it takes a second to charge up. Wesker also has a super sprint that lets him dash by enemies. Rebecca gets a sexy new outfit in Wesker Mode too; a nod to the outfit that Jill Valentine wore in Resident Evil 5 with the P30 device — basically always-on steroids — on the chest.In addition to the new mode and better graphics, the HD remaster includes the option to play with a modern control scheme that replaces the old-timey controls. These new controls will be more palatable to most modern players, but they are nowhere near as intuitive as some of more recent Resident Evil games.Resident Evil 0’s HD remaster cannot be recommended over last year’s HD remaster of the original Resident Evil. RE0 and its odd mechanics proved to be a dead end for the franchise. It was the arrival of Resident Evil 4 two years later where the franchise saw a true evolution. However, hardcore fans of the series who avoided it on Nintendo platforms now have the chance to try it out of curiosity, although they’re warned to make multiple save files, and keep a firm grip on their favorite gun.Resident Evil 0 is available January 19 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. The Resident Evil Origins Collection is a physical version that collects Resident Evil 0 and last year’s remaster of Resident Evil, available for PS4 and Xbox One on the same date.last_img read more

Thousand pledge to donate eyes

first_imgKolkata: One thousand people have pledged to donate their eyes during the national eye donation fortnight which concluded on Saturday.The camps were organised by Medical Bank. Bengal ranks 7th in the country in eye donation. In 2017-18, 3,800 eyes were collected from the donors.D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank, urged the state government to set up eye banks in the districts. “People could not donate their eyes due to lack of facility in the districts.” It may be noted that recently donation of organs of patients, who died in hospitals following the initiative taken by their relatives and parents, has given new lease of lives to patients suffering from kidney and heart related ailments.last_img read more

Texting and Driving Not So Fast General Motors is Watching You

first_imgSeptember 2, 2014 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Companies like Tesla and Google have their eyes on self-driving cars. But while humans are still behind the wheel, General Motors is turning to eye-tracking, facial recognition tech to make the streets a bit safer.The Financial Times reports GM is planning to install machines in about half a million cars that will track drivers’ eye and head movements to cut down on distracted and tired driving. GM would be the first automobile maker to include this type of tech on a wide scale. Related: Pair of Apple Patents Aims to Answer: ‘Where’d I Park My Car?’The tracking devices GM would be using are made by an Australian company called Seeing Machines. In a release today, Seeing Machines announced a partnership with Takata, a Japanese auto safety company, noting “Takata has recently secured a contract to deliver its first ever mass-manufactured implementation of a drive-monitoring system.”Last year, Seeing Machines signed a deal with construction vehicle manufacturer Caterpillar to install systems in 40,000 of the company’s mining trucks that sense when drivers aren’t looking at the road or are falling asleep at the wheel and alert them with an alarm and a vibrating seat.Related: Building a Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Network at Age 27The move comes at a time when both GM and Takata have faced a good deal of scrutiny. Last week, Honda recalled 63,200 cars due to defective Takata air bag inflators, following similiar recalls from Toyota, BMW and GM.  GM CEO Mary Barra appeared before Congress this summer in hearings about the company’s delayed recall of cars with a faulty ignition switch.The emphasis on driver safety makes sense, but Seeing Machine’s investment in sensing technology that can monitor a driver’s vital signs will no doubt raise concerns about privacy.  Seeing Machines and General Motors did not respond to a request for comment.Related: How $10,000 Can Score You a Self-Driving Car (Sort Of) Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Survey Finds Marketers Know All the Important Tech Trends But Arent Prepared

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free September 11, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read “Everything that rises must converge,” the great American novelist Flannery O’Connor observed a half-century ago.We’re clearly seeing the convergence of at least four trends, two old and two new, and according to newly released findings, marketers may not be prepared for what may prove to shake their world. In fact, a survey of marketing professionals conducted on behalf of BrightEdge, an SEO and content marketing firm, found substantial confusion at what may be a critical moment in the rapidly pacing cycle of digital consumption.The four trends that are about to come together in dramatically new fashion are:Search-engine optimizationContent marketingArtificial intelligenceVoice searchSEO and content making positive headway.We’re already seeing the convergence of SEO and content marketing, two disciplines that, for much of the digital lifetime, ran in uncoordinated parallel.Related: Barack Obama’s Former Social Media Manager Breaks Down the Future of Digital StrategiesSmart marketers are getting more skillful at content strategies that understand customer intent and then target content accordingly. In the aforementioned survey, 97 percent of respondents agree SEO and content marketing are converging, or have already converged. The same survey found organic search is the number one priority — a smart focus considering organic drives 51 percent of all website traffic.  Effective use of these strategies demands some deep thinking about the steps consumers take during their purchase-making decisions — and the words that are likely to move them at each stage of their journey. Otherwise, effort and resources will be lost on content that is inaccessible.Layering in new technologies.The wider adoption of artificial intelligence supercharges marketers’ ability to fine-tune SEO strategies. One of the biggest differences is capability of AI to put consumers’ searches into context.When a consumer searches for “Tahoe” today, he might want a Chevrolet SUV or a winter ski vacation. AI puts that search into the context of the user’s past searches — pickups or snowboards — and makes some educated guesses about the user’s intentions.Searches conducted from mobile devices, of course, provide even richer context — and not just information about the user’s location. Savvy marketers gain an advantage from their knowledge of the speed at which a mobile device is traveling or the types of apps that are installed on the phone.The rapid arrival of voice search further upends existing strategies. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of web browsing will be screenless within the next couple of years. That demands strategies that are different from today’s type-in-the-box search.Related: How Changes to the Way We Search Will Impact BusinessesUnprecedented change.The convergence of these powerful trends, however, finds many marketers — even at big brands and big agencies — unprepared.The research by BrightEdge found that most of the 252 big-company and big-agency marketers it surveyed acknowledge that AI, voice and hyperlocal search have arrived. But the majority of the marketing professionals surveyed don’t plan to adapt their marketing strategies in response.Read that again: A big wave of change is about to roll over digital marketing, and the majority of marketers willfully stick their heads in the sand.30 percent of the digital marketers surveyed believe that voice search is the next big thing. That’s a reasonable assumption, given the rapid adoption of voice search that’s clearly underway. But even though they expect that voice search is coming in a big way, two-thirds of the digital marketers say they don’t have plans to prepare for the arrival of voice search.Another 32 percent of survey respondents believe AI is the next big thing, yet 57 percent of them aren’t doing anything this year to get ready.Only three percent of respondents said they anticipate 5G mobile speeds being the next big thing, but according to recent reports, this is projected to be a reality by 2020.Dig a little deeper into the BrightEdge survey and the worries arise again and again. More than a quarter of the marketers surveyed believe that mobile is “the next big thing.” Mobile is a big deal, but it’s already arrived. It’s nobody’s idea of a new-horizon technology.Jim Yu, the CEO of BrightEge, cautions that the disconnect between the understanding and the actions of digital marketing professionals leaves brands at risk of failure to meet the rising expectations of consumers.Related: An Insight into the Futuristic Search and SEOMarketers don’t need to be taking giant leaps forward. One-step-at-a-time tactics will work. For instance, Michel Kant, the SEO manager of Staples Europe, noted in an email interview about the BrightEdge survey that the rise of AI in search puts a premium on consistent messaging across devices, and that’s work that can begin right now.Brands that don’t begin taking the first steps, however, will find themselves in a costly, frustrating footrace to catch up later on. The old maxim known as Noah’s Law reminds us, “Predicting rain doesn’t count; building the ark does.” It looks like it’s time for the digital marketers who are good at predicting rain to get to work on that ark. last_img read more

Bare Metal Cloud Market New Innovation Including Key Players Like Century

first_imgBare-metal cloud is a public cloud service in which the customer rents hardware resources from a remote service provider. Businesses can customize a bare-metal cloud based to meet their unique requirements and troubleshoot applications without having to worry about neighboring virtual machinesBare Metal Cloud market is expected to grow US$ 12287.1 Mn by 2025 from US$ 1432.1 Mn in 2016. Bare Metal Cloud market operates in a lately introduced highly-competitive marketplace. As leading companies in this market continues to broaden its addressable market, by expanding its current product portfolio, diversifying its client base, and developing new applications area, all the prominent players faces an increasing level of competition, both from start-ups as well the leading global IaaS providers. Technology is witnessing a high growth owing to its increasing applications in several prominent end-user industries such as BFSI, IT & telecommunication, government and others.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Century Link, Dell, Inc., IBM Corporation, Internap Corporation, Rackspace Hosting, Inc., Joyent, Inc., Packet Host, Inc., Scaleway Incorp., Spotinst Ltd., Oracle CorporationKey trend which will predominantly effect the market in coming year is growing complexity and cloud services. With major enterprise across several industry verticals focusing towards core competences, the need to open their own data center space will significantly drive the growth of the market. The trend is more pronounced among telecom and OTT service providers. Telecom stalwarts such as Verizon, CenturyLink and AT&T have already begun to establish their own data center space as an important step to increase their market share in core competencies. With other small scale enterprise and start-up firms preferring third parties for cloud hosting systems, large scale enterprise is more focused towards improving security measures leading them to spin-off their own space in near future.Bare Metal Cloud market by application is segmented into BFSI (Banking, Financial, Securities and Insurance), Manufacturing, Government, Technology, IT & Telecommunication, Retail, Healthcare, and Others. The characterization is based on the major sectors where data center finds majority of applications. Cloud are now widely used among almost all the industries. The bare metal cloud service is a recognized approach to reduce costs. Across industries, organizations have seen the value of having vendors handle aspects of their operations so they can focus on their core capabilities.The overall market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with an exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market. Also, primary interview were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers and national sales managers, and external consultant such as valuation experts, research analysts and key opinion leaders specializing in the Bare Metal Cloud industry.Avail Discount on Report @ of ContentsChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market – Key TakeawaysChapter 3: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market – Market LandscapeChapter 4: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market – Key Market DynamicsChapter 5: Bare Metal Cloud Market – Global AnalysisChapter 6: Bare Metal Cloud Market – Global Regulatory ScenarioChapter 7: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market Analysis– By TypeChapter 8: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market Analysis– By ApplicationChapter 9: Global Bare Metal Cloud Market Analysis– By End UserChapter 10: North America Bare Metal Cloud Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 11: Europe Bare Metal Cloud Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 12: Asia-Pacific Bare Metal Cloud Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 13: Middle East & Africa Bare Metal Cloud Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 14: South and Central America Bare Metal Cloud Market Revenue and Forecasts To 2025Chapter 15: Bare Metal Cloud Market –Industry LandscapeChapter 16: Bare Metal Cloud Market – Key Company ProfilesChapter 17: AppendixAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Numerous Studies Highlight Importance of Quantitative Breast Imaging Analysis at RSNA 2017

first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more November 29, 2017 — The importance of quantitative analysis in breast imaging was the focus of numerous abstracts accepted for presentation at the 103rd Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago. Four abstracts highlighted the use of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative analysis tools for breast imaging. The tools provide actionable quantitative metrics for clinicians, including volumetric density, personalized dose, potential high risk, and other factors designed to maintain accuracy and drive consistent quality in breast screening.Two research groups used Volpara to examine screening performance across breast density categories. In the study, “The Relationship between Quantitative Breast Density, Age and Cancer Detection Rate in a Large UK Breast Screening Population,” Louise Wilkinson and colleagues looked at the influence of age and density on the cancer detection rate (CDR) in the UK screening program. Researchers included 70,435 screening mammograms from 63,577 women with 557 breast cancers, for an overall CDR of 0.8 percent. Breast density was assessed and categorized by Volpara Density Grades (VDG). The cohort was divided into nine age groups to compare CDR in the lowest (VDG 1) and highest (VDG 4) density women, stratified by age.  Results demonstrated that in younger women, extreme density (Volpara VDG4) appears to correspond to higher CDR, while the opposite is true for older women. The results suggest that the relationship between cancer detection rate and density may vary with age and thus age should be taken into account when stratifying women into different screening strategies based on density.Additionally, results from the UK TOMMY trial established that screening sensitivity appears to be significantly increased for women with intermediate density (4.5 to 15.5 percent Volpara density) compared to those with very high or very low density. In the study, “Using Quantitative Analysis to Understand How Performance of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Varies with Breast Density,” the addition of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) significantly increased the specificity of 2-D mammography for all breast density subgroups but only significantly increased sensitivity in patients with quantitative breast density in the middle ranges. The results suggest that DBT may not improve cancer detection in women with very low or very high breast density.In “Radiation Dose from Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography versus Quantitative Breast Density,” VolparaDensity was used to measure personalized radiation dose across VDGs on 4,764 DBT exams and digital mammograms, obtained by the same acquisition system in the same breast compression. Results showed that the mean glandular dose (MGD) for the four breast density categories were higher with tomosynthesis than mammography. However, the results also show an inverse relationship between VDG and dose in the DBT exams, and that the relative dose increase is higher for fatty breasts and lower for dense breasts.  Melissa Hill, Ph.D., of Volpara presented results about a new contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) metric in “A Contrast-to-Noise Ratio for Clinical Mammographic Images.” The novel approach for objectively measuring CNR on clinical images (as opposed to phantom) shows near-perfect correlation to EUREF’s current method of measuring CNR from phantom images. As the first description of an objective CNR measure that can be made directly from mammographic images, this technique may enable real-time and patient-specific image quality evaluation.  Volpara Solutions showcased its entire suite of quantitative breast imaging tools, including introducing near real-time positioning feedback, during RSNA.For more information: News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Breast Density | November 30, 2017 Numerous Studies Highlight Importance of Quantitative Breast Imaging Analysis at RSNA 2017 Volpara Solutions’ breast imaging software tools provide quantitative metrics to maintain consistent quality and accuracy in breast screening Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

Facebook sets aside 5 billion in anticipation of an FTC penalty for

first_imgYesterday, Facebook in its first quarter financial reports revealed that it has to pay a sum of  $5 billion, a fine levied by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This penalty is “in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices”, the company said. The company, in their report, mentioned that the expenses result in a 51% year-over-year decline in net income, to just $2.4bn. If they minus this one-time expense, Facebook’s earnings per share would have beaten analyst expectations, and its operating margin (22%) would have been 20 points higher. Facebook said, “We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0bn to $5.0bn. The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.” In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the FTC had commenced their investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices last year in March. This investigation was focussed whether the data practices that allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain Facebook user data violated the company’s 2011 agreement with the FTC. “Facebook and the FTC have reportedly been negotiating over the settlement, which will dwarf the prior largest penalty for a privacy lapse, a $22.5m fine against Google in 2012”, The Guardian reports. Read Also: European Union fined Google 1.49 billion euros for antitrust violations in online advertising “Levying a sizable fine on Facebook would go against the reputation of the United States of not restraining the power of big tech companies”, The New York Times reports. Justin Brookman, a former official for the regulator who is currently a director of privacy at Consumers Union, nonprofit consumer advocacy group, said, “The F.T.C. is really limited in what they can actually do in enforcing a consent decree, but in the case of Facebook, they had public pressure on their side.” Christopher Wylie, a Research director at H&M and the Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower, voiced against Facebook by tweeting, “Facebook, you banned me for whistleblowing. You threatened @carolecadwalla and the Guardian. You tried to cover up your incompetent conduct. You thought you could simply ignore the law. But you can’t. Your house of cards will topple.” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, mentioned in a tweet, “Facebook must be held accountable — not just by fines — but also far-reaching reforms in management, privacy practices, and culture.” Debra Aho Williamson, an e-marketer analyst, warned that the expectation of an FTC fine may portend future trouble. “This is a significant development, and any settlement with the FTC may impact the ways advertisers can use the platform in the future,” she said. Jessica Liu, a marketing analyst for Forrester said that Facebook has to show signs that it’s improving on user data practices and content management. “Its track record has been atrocious. No more platitudes. What action is Facebook Inc actually taking?” “For Facebook, a $5 billion fine would amount to a fraction of its $56 billion in annual revenue. Any resolution would also alleviate some of the regulatory pressure that has been intensifying against the company over the past two and a half years”, the New York Times reports. To know more about this news in detail visit Facebook’s official press release. Read Next Facebook hires a new general counsel and a new VP of global communications even as it continues with no Chief Security Officer Facebook shareholders back a proposal to oust Mark Zuckerberg as the board’s chairperson “Is it actually possible to have a free and fair election ever again?,” Pulitzer finalist, Carole Cadwalladr on Facebook’s role in Brexitlast_img read more

Arrests ammunition and firearms recovered

first_imgBoth suspects were detained at Msinga police station and were charged for possession of unlicensed firearms. They appeared in the Msinga Magistrate’s Court on today. All the recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic examinations to establish if they were used in the commission of any crimes.KZN Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “We will continue with operations of this nature under the banner of Operation Fiyela so we can address the proliferation of firearms and make this province a safer place for our citizens. We will also ensure that those arrested are profiled to see if they can be linked to other cases of serious crime we are investigating.” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite An intelligence-driven operation in the Msinga area in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday) led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of six firearms, as well as 483 live rounds of ammunition.This was a joint operation between Pietermaritzburg Public Order Police, Msinga Visible Policing and Greytown Crime Intelligence.A 41-year-old female was arrested in the Phakwe area after she was found with two .303 rifles at her residence.Police then went to the Mkhuphula area, where an AK-47 rifle with two live rounds of ammunition was found and a 20-year-old male was arrested. In the KwaNdaye area, a revolver, .303 rifle, .308 rifle and 483 live rounds of ammunition were found abandoned.last_img read more

DJ SQ to add EY code share to Thailand

first_imgVirgin Australia has asked Australian regulators to remove boundaries preventing Etihad Airways to code share on the carrier’s services in conjunction with Singapore Airlines to Bangladesh and Thailand.In an application to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) the airline asked for the third carrier to commence code sharing on the two airlines’ five times weekly flights to Bangladesh as well as its seven services per week to Thailand.With intentions to commence the three-way code share by 27 October this year, the IASC has asked notices of intention to make a submission against or in support of the application be submitted by close of business 19 April this year, and submissions due by close of business 26 April this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Fiji Airways and Japan Airlines Announce Codeshare Agreement

first_imgFiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and Japan Airlines today announced a codeshare arrangement that makes travel between Japan and Fiji much more convenient for travelers. Both airlines are members of the oneworld® alliance family, with Japan Airlines being a fully-fledged member while Fiji Airways is a member of the oneworld connect programme.The codeshare arrangement, now open for sale, will allow Japan Airlines to offer almost daily flights between Nadi (NAN) and Tokyo Narita (NRT), with two direct services and options via our other Asian gateways Singapore (SIN), and Hong Kong (HKG), utilizing the `JL` designator code on flights operated by Fiji Airways. (*)Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO, said: “We’re delighted to add our fifth oneworld airline to our global network as a highly valued codeshare partner. We look forward to working with our friends from Japan Airlines to bring more of their customers to Fiji, one of the world’s most sought after travel destinations as well as the wider South Pacific.”Yuji Akasaka, President of Japan Airlines, said: “The partnership with Fiji Airways will provide customers with convenient travel options between Japan and the beautiful destination of Fiji. As we head toward 2020, this agreement will further expand JAL`s international network, which is extremely valuable for our business model. We look forward to a successful partnership that will generate excitement to travelers around the world.”Once regulatory approvals are obtained, tickets will be progressively made available for sale through various booking channels.(*) Subject to regulatory approvalsAbout Japan AirlinesJapan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches 349 airports in 52 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of 233 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline’s loyalty program, is one of the largest mileage programs in Asia. Awarded as one of the most punctual major international airlines and a certified 5-Star Airline by Skytrax, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become one of the most preferred airlines in the world. About Fiji AirwaysFounded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 108 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$929 million (USD $436m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit for more information.The post Fiji Airways and Japan Airlines Announce Codeshare Agreement appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img