Morocco to Launch a New Regularization Operation for Undocumented Migrants

Rabat – Morocco will launch a new regularization operation for sub-Saharan migrants. The new operation comes as part of the 9,000 applications submitted by undocumented migrants whose applications were not accepted in early 2015 by the National Commission charged with this operation.The review of the applications starts on Monday, October 26 in Rabat.An official from the Commission said that the legal status of a large number of the 9,000 applicants will be regularized. Applicants had met the requirements set by the Commission and will now be able to get their residency card, according to le360 newspaper.“It should well be noted that we are not launching new regularization operation, we will examine the 9,000 applications not accepted in 2014 and will respond favorably to large number of them” the same source said.The National Commission will begin to examine the applications on Monday afternoon at Headquarters of the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH).The meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Moroccan Expatriates and Migration Affairs, with the presence of representatives from the Ministry of the Interior.Since the launching of the National Migration Strategy in 2014, it has allowed the regularization of 18,000 undocumented migrants from sub-Saharan countries.Morocco is Africa’s first country to launch such an immigration policy. read more

Turkey UN rights chief concerned by actions of security forces and clampdown

“The footage apparently shot by Refik Tekin in Cizre some ten days ago is extremely shocking,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, voicing concern that the cameraman, who was himself wounded in the south-eastern town, is facing arrest once he leaves hospital.“It shows what appears to be an unarmed group of civilians, led by a man and a woman holding white flags. They push a handcart, reportedly carrying dead bodies, across a street, watched at a distance by an armoured military vehicle. As they reach the other side, they are apparently cut down in a hail of gunfire, and Tekin keeps filming as blood flows past his lens,” he explained.Mr. Zeid also expressed concern at the “extraordinarily harsh” life prison terms sought by prosecutors in the trials of two other well-known Turkish journalists, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dündar, and its Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül.He said the “alarming number” of journalists and other media operatives already convicted, or awaiting trial raises questions about Turkey’s compliance with the right to freedom of expression, stressing that anti-terrorism legislation should not be used as a means to curtail freedom of opinion or expression. “No one should be facing life sentences, as in the cases of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, because of articles they wrote,” he said. “Journalists and other media workers should not be arrested, detained or prosecuted for the legitimate and peaceful exercise of their profession. It is the role of the media to stimulate critical debate on matters of public interest.”A quick way for the Government to show that it does respect these rights would be to free all those, whether journalists, academics or human rights defenders, who have been detained or prosecuted simply for recording or criticizing the actions of the State,” he added. “In addition it is important to review, and if necessary amend, all laws which have enabled such draconian actions by the authorities against critics armed only with words and cameras,” stressed Mr. Zeid. Mr. Tekin is reported to be in Mardin State Hospital with a police officer waiting outside his room. A variety of reports suggest custody orders, signed by the Governor and a prosecutor, have been issued accusing him of being a member of a “separatist terrorist organization.” “Filming an atrocity is not a crime, but shooting unarmed civilians most certainly is,” Mr. Zeid stressed. “It is essential there is a thorough, independent, impartial investigation into this and any other events that have led to the wounding or killing of civilians,” he said.“The emergence of this video raises major question marks about what exactly has been going on in Cizre and other parts of south-eastern Turkey which the security forces have allegedly sealed off from the outside world,” he added.He recognized the Government’s duty to protect the population from violence, and that it is facing major difficulties in the south-east, noting he had been informed by the Government that 205 members of the Turkish police, gendarmerie and military had been killed between 20 July and 28 December 2015. “Nevertheless, the authorities must take great care to protect human rights when conducting military or security operations. If State operatives commit human rights violations, they must be prosecuted,” he said.Mr. Zeid cited numerous reports of the deteriorating human rights situation facing ordinary people, including children, in south-eastern Turkey, especially in Cizre, Silopi, Sur and the city of Diyarbakir, where the imposition of numerous ‘temporary security zones’ and curfews are impacting heavily on people’s economic and social rights, including access to basic services such as medical care, water, food, and electricity. Non-State actors opposing Government forces have reportedly also taken actions, including the digging of trenches, which have impeded access to medical care as well as other emergency services. There are also reports of them recruiting minors. Mr. Zeid urged the Government “to ensure that all actions taken in the name of countering terrorism comply fully with its obligations under international law to protect and respect human rights, particularly the rights to life, freedom from torture and ill-treatment, freedom of expression and liberty and security of the person.” read more

Regional meeting on UN disaster risk reduction framework set to open in

Some 93 major disasters were recorded in the Americas last year second only to Asia as the most disaster-prone region in the world. They include an earthquake in north-western Ecuador in April, which killed more than 650 people, and flooding in Paraguayan capital Asunción.“This region has been growing quite rapidly both in terms of population and but also economically, and now 80 per cent of the population lives in cities,” said Ricardo Mena, the head of the Americas office of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).“In some instances, this rapid growth has been unplanned,” he added, “and has led to many people living in areas which are quite exposed to natural hazards.” Responding to and mitigating these natural disasters is due to be the focus of discussions between more than 170 ministers and delegates from 35 countries in the Americas who are gathering in Asunción, Paraguay, on Wednesday for the High-Level Ministerial meeting on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 in the Americas.They will look at how best to promote the Sendai Framework, which was adopted in the Japanese city of the same name in March 2015, an internationally agreed strategy to reduce the number of people who die in or who are otherwise affected by disasters. It focuses both on natural and man-made disasters and aims to substantially reduce losses in lives, livelihoods and damage to the environment.The gathering will be timely in the wake of a series of natural disasters in the region. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador destroyed thousands of houses as well as infrastructure and forced 73,000 people to find emergency shelter provoking a huge international humanitarian response.Earthquakes are just one of the hazards in this natural catastrophe-prone region; hurricanes, volcanic activity, flooding and drought have all taken their toll on human life in recent years.The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has reported that 3.5 million people are struggling to feed themselves in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras as a result of drought fuelled by the El Niño weather phenomenon and staple food production has dropped to its lowest level in 12 years in Haiti, as prices have skyrocketed.The region is also dealing with a major public health emergency as the mosquito-borne Zika virus continues to spread. An active hurricane season has been forecast in the Atlantic Ocean bringing fears of more destruction.The meeting is due to be opened by the President of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes Jara, and will be attended by the Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, Robert Glasser.“This is a very important gathering for the Americas,” Mr. Glasser said. “It is the first opportunity for the region to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework and a sign of the region’s commitment to strengthening disaster risk governance.”The main objective will be the development of guidelines for a regional action plan that will encourage countries and communities to reduce disaster risk and the attendant potential losses.The plan, which will be known as the Declaration of Asunción, will to be developed between June and the holding of the Americas Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2017, where it is expected to be approved. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Player of

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorA day after the Ohio State women’s basketball team clinched the outright Big Ten title with a win against Penn State, the Big Ten honored the main reason for its success the past four seasons.The conference’s coaches selected Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell as the Big Ten Player of the Year for the third time in four years. She was also named conference player of the year in 2015 and 2017.The media selected Iowa forward Megan Gustafson as Big Ten Player of the Year instead of Mitchell. Gustafson tore up the Buckeyes in a win on Jan. 25, dropping 29 points.In the regular season, Mitchell averaged 24.4 points per game, the second most in the conference behind Gustafson, on 46.1 percent shooting and 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. She also managed 4.1 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.She maintains the longest streak in the history of the NCAA — 86 games — in which she knocked down a 3-pointer. Mitchell has both knocked down and attempted more career 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history.On Sunday, she passed former Baylor forward Brittney Griner to have the third-most points in NCAA history. Mitchell has scored 3,286 points and is within 108 points of passing former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles to become the second-highest career scorer.A preseason All-American, Mitchell has a chance to become the first four-time All-American in program history. She was a first-team All-American in 2016 and a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017.Best in the Big TenMitchell also earned a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. She was joined by redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who became a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media after earning a spot on the second team last year. Mavunga averaged a double-double in the regular season for the second year in a row with 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.Both the coaches and players selected redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper as a second-team All-Big Ten selection. She also earned a spot on the conference’s All-Defense team. The 5-foot-8 guard averages 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.Senior guard Asia Doss and redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun were named honorable mention by the coaches.The Buckeyes will begin their postseason when they take on the winner of Rutgers/Purdue at noon Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. read more

Multotec is first up for SABS local content verification

first_imgLeading South African mineral processing equipment manufacturer Multotec has taken the pioneering step of having its local content verified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), in line with the requirements of the draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Mineral Industry, 2018. At the end of the verification assessment in July, Multotec Group Chief Operating Officer Jannie de Jonge commended the work of the technical teams from the SABS and Multotec, who had pursued the creation of this “prototype” process as a starting point for promoting local content in mining goods. Whereas mines’ procurement requirements have in the past been linked mainly to the B-BBEE ownership of suppliers, the new draft Mining Charter proposes a more direct measurement of local manufacture embodied in the products themselves.“Following the publication of the National Development Plan, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) have put more emphasis on the promotion of the South African manufacturing industry,” says De Jonge. These proposals were incorporated by the Department of Mineral Resources in the 2018 draft of the Mining Charter. The amendments propose that 70% of all goods procured by mines are required to be “South African manufactured goods,” which are in turn defined as “goods with a minimum 60% of the value added during the assembly or manufacturing of the product is created in the Republic.” It is also proposed that this plan is phased in over five years, giving suppliers time to align themselves and become compliant if they wish to continue supplying mines.The Multotec Group decided to become more pro-active in this process after a DTI-SABS presentation early this year to the South African Mineral Process Equipment Council (SAMPEC) – part of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) – where the benefits of the local content requirement were outlined. “South Africa’s manufacturing sector has shrunk considerably in recent years, and this localisation drive was part of efforts to support and grow local manufacturing and job creation,” de Jonge says. “The department was also able to outline generally how it thought the process would unfold.”The Multotec Group decided that action would be better than words, so showed its support for the spirit of these local manufacturing requirements by investing in having its products verified. While there were reasonable standards in place against which such verification could be initiated, there were aspects of the requirements and processes that were still not clearly defined.“Both Multotec and the SABS agreed that we needed to create a prototype of how this verification process could work, and this would need practical engagement,” he says. “We committed to go through the process to see what was involved and what we could learn and provide useful feedback to the SABS and the DTI. The learnings gained from the process and the experience gained by all involved are priceless.”The Multotec Group has invested millions of Rands over the four decades since its establishment in 1978 in state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and equipment and is actively engaged in training initiatives to ensure that the skills are developed and maintained to put these investments to best use.“We certainly appreciate seeing this recognition from government for our own progress to date,” he says. “Despite the uncertainty of the outcome, and the rules and definitions still being under review and open for comments, we are committed to the process and supporting the initiative by the DTI and DMR to prioritise local content.”However, de Jonge emphasises that this process will need to be embraced with a significant responsibility and accountability to the industry by local mining suppliers. “The key focus among all stakeholders – including local manufacturers – must be the sustainability and success of our mining sector, so we need to ensure that we can supply world class products at competitive prices to the mining industry,” he says.The concerns expressed by the Minerals Council South Africa – previously the Chamber of Mines – that some of the elements of the Draft Charter do not promote competitiveness, must be taken seriously. “The mining industry is under severe cost pressure and is not in a position to absorb higher prices from suppliers,” says de Jonge. “Local manufacturers are therefore obliged to continue becoming more competitive themselves, and to improve productivity as a strategic priority going forward. We must all understand and accept that for mining in South Africa to be competitive, it must have an efficient and competitive supply chain.”He also firmly believes that the promotion of local manufacture can gain momentum and can itself attract substantial foreign direct investment to enable its expansion and improvement.last_img read more

Nemanja Ilic and Dragana Cvijic are the Serbian players of season 20172018

One of the most popular handball media Balkan-Handball.com organized traditional voting for the best players of Serbia and the whole Balkan region.The captain of the national team, Fenix Toulouse left wing Nemanja Ilic (28) and line-player of women’s team from ZRK Vardar/CSM Bucharest, Dragana Cvijic (28), won prestigious awards for the best Serbian players of the season.THE BEST SERBIAN PLAYERS BY BALKAN-HANDBALL.COM:2008 – Ratko Nikolic2009 – Momir Ilic2010 – Momir Ilic2011 – Marko Vujin2012 – Darko Stanic2013 – Momir Ilic2014 – Momir Ilic2015 – Momir Ilic2016 – Petar Nenadic2017 – Rastko Stojkovic2018 – Nemanja IlicTHE BEST SERBIAN HANDBALL PLAYERS BY BALKAN-HANDBALL.COM:2008 – Ana Djokic2009 – Andrea Lekic2010 – Andrea Lekic2011 – Andrea Lekic2012 – Andrea Lekic2013 – Andrea Lekic2014 – Sanja Damnjanovic2015 – Dragana Cvijic2016 – Andrea Lekic2017 – Andrea Lekic2018 – Dragana Cvijic Nemanja Ilic and Dragana Cvijic ← Previous Story Johannes Bitter extends at TVB Stuttgart Next Story → Hungarian ladies at the TOP of the world read more

Water meter installation will cause minimal distruption

first_imgTHE HEAD OF Irish Water has given the latest update on the forthcoming water charges in Ireland.Water charges will come into play from October 2014, and Irish Water is the company set up to oversee their introduction.Tierney, who was the former head of Dublin City Council, said the plan is to install just over a million meters before the end of 2016. He told Morning Ireland that a team of 1400 people will be working on behalf of Irish Water directly on the project, with 1600 in total employed. A further 400 will be employed in answering calls on the metering in the Abtran call centre.EmploymentThe staff will operate in teams of two and the country will be split into eight regions for the installation of the meters. The installation will occur simultaneously nationwide.The meters will generally be installed on the public footpath area, said Tierney, and staff will only enter into a property in certain circumstances, and only with permission.You will get notice two weeks before anyone arrives to do work outside your home, and the works will “involve safety traffic management”, said Tierney.The “absolute maximum” that water would be off during the period of installation is two hours and Tierney promised that for the people involved there will be “very minimal disruption”.Irish Water intends to build up its capacity so that it will be able to go to the markets in terms of funding as investment outside the direct investment that will come from consumers themselves, said Tierney.There is a “major series of plans” in place for Dublin, in terms of water supply and water treatment capacity.AbtranIrish Water will use the Abtran call centre to deal with queries from customers about the water charge process. An Abtran employee was suspended last month amid allegations that they had asked callers for their credit card details.Tierney said that “it’s often in the middle of a crisis you see the mettle of a person and the mettle of a company”, referring to this event. He said they had “delayed for two weeks to see what the outcome of that incident was before we embraced the contract” with Abtran.“They would now describe it as the most stringent contract they’ve ever employed,” he added, saying that it was “very heartening as well” that “Revenue are on record saying they are very satisfied with how [the situation] was dealt with”.Read: Good news on the jobs front: Irish Water to create 400 jobs in Cork>last_img read more

Plus de 40 cratères remplis de glace observés au pôle nord de

first_imgPlus de 40 cratères remplis de glace observés au pôle nord de la LuneLa Nasa a annoncé avoir détecté des cratères remplis de glace sur le pôle nord de la Lune, grâce à un radar équipant une sonde spatiale indienne.D’après un communiqué de la Nasa, le radar Mini-SAR de l’agence spatiale américaine, embarqué sur la sonde spatiale indienne Chandrayaan-1, a repéré sur la Lune plus de quarante cratères tous remplis de glace. Situés au pôle nord lunaire, leurs diamètre varie de 1,6 à 15 kilomètres.”Bien que la quantité totale de glace dépende de son épaisseur dans chaque cratère, on estime qu’il pourrait y avoir au moins 600 millions de mètres cubes d’eau gelée” précise la Nasa. Alors que Barack Obama a renoncé il y a quelques semaines à un retour des Américains sur la Lune vers 2020, cette découverte du radar de l’agence spatiale américaine “montre que la Lune est une destination encore plus intéressante et captivante, sur les plans scientifique, exploratoire et opérationnel, que ce que les gens pensaient auparavant” se réjouit Paul Spudis, chef de projet de l’expérience Mini-SAR au Lunar and planetary institute de Houston, au Texas.En novembre dernier déjà, la Nasa avait précipité un projectile de 2,3 tonnes dans le cratère Cabeus situé près du pôle sud de la Lune, découvrant ainsi d’importantes quantités d’eau gelée au fond du cratère (voir article).Le 2 mars 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La navette Discovery a réalisé son vol dadieu

first_imgLa navette Discovery a réalisé son vol d’adieuHier, la navette spatiale américaine Discovery a effectué son dernier vol sur le dos d’un Boeing 747 modifié. A la retraite, ce vaisseau a maintenant rejoint le Musée national de l’air et de l’espace près de Washington.Discovery est la plus ancienne des trois navettes américaines (avec Endeavour et Atlantis). Lancée pour la première fois le 30 août 1984, elle a en tout cumulé 365 jours dans l’espace et parcouru 241 millions de kilomètres. C’est aussi l’orbiteur qui a transporté le plus grand nombre d’astronautes (246) et qui a mis en orbite Hubble, le premier télescope spatial en 1990. C’est donc logiquement qu’elle est devenue la première navette à avoir rejoint le Musée national de l’air et de l’espace près de Washington. Pour procéder à ce transfert depuis le Centre spatial Kennedy, près de Cap Canaveral en Floride, le vaisseau a été placé sur le dos d’un Boeing de la NASA : un 747 modifié. Avant d’atterrir à l’aéroport international de Dulles, en Virginie, près de l’annexe du Musée (le Steven Udvard-Hazy Center) où la navette sera exposée, le convoi aérien a effectué un survol spectaculaire des hauts lieux de Washington, notamment du Capitole, siège du Congrès des Etats-Unis. De nombreux spectateurs ont assisté à cette dernière parade de la navette. Les toits des immeubles à proximité de la Maison Blanche étaient remplis d’employés de bureau, dont certains pour l’occasion avaient amené leurs enfants, a rapporté un journaliste de l’AFP. Le trafic routier dans certaines artères près de la capitale a été ralenti, alors que des automobilistes s’arrêtaient pour admirer le spectacle. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLes deux autres navettes, Endeavour et Atlantis, iront respectivement au California Science Center à Los Angeles en Californie (ouest) et au Centre des visiteurs du Kennedy Space Center en Floride. Enterprise, un prototype qui n’a jamais volé et qui sera remplacé par Discovery, sera transporté à l’Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum de New York sur le dos du même B-747 utilisé par l’agence spatiale américaine depuis 1981.Découvrez en images le survol spectaculaire réalisé par Discovery sur Maxisciences Le 18 avril 2012 à 11:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

KKR vs RR Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgThe IPL has entered such a phase that foreign players will now slowly jet off to join their respective World Cup squads. Rajasthan Royals, a side which is languishing at number 8 on the points table, can avail the services of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the final time this season and well, they need a win to remain relevant this season. For KKR, the situation is not as desperate, but the side has forgotten how to win matches and hence, this contest becomes very important for them.Two teams with plenty of firepower, but short on confidence collide and when the match ends, only one side will be able to stay afloat.Predicted XI of both sides: Steve SmithHotstar ScreengrabKKR Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh KrishnaRajasthan Royals Predicted XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal KulkarniFantasy tips and suggestions: Andre RussellIPLWicket-keeper: Sanju Samson, who has played few pleasing innings, now needs to do more and play a match-winning innings for his side, especially when he gets the chance to open the innings.Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane, who finally found form against Chennai Super Kings, needs to bat with the similar freedom against KKR. Also, he has to be the glue around which the rest of the batting order functions. Chris Lynn should also find a place in the batting order as he has looked good all season for KKR.Steve Smith and Nitish Rana will be the remaining batsmen in the batting order and all these four players hold key to the fortunes of their respective sides.All-rounders: Ben Stokes, who will feature for the final time this season, would ideally want to go out with a bang as he has only flattered to deceive this year. For KKR, it will be that man, Andre Russell who will once again be super important for their side, especially now when the situation is bordering on desperate.Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav, who was axed after the mauling he received at the hands of Moeen Ali, is expected to make a return and he would be hungry to make a statement. One can take a punt on him. Also, Shreyas Gopal, who has been a revelation this season, continues to impress and should be the other spinner in the side.Seamers: Jofra Archer, who too will be playing his final match this season, would want to go out with a winning performance, and hence, will be fired up. Also, Dhawal Kulkarni, who quietly goes about his business with the new ball should be the other pacer in the side.last_img read more

Oil prices edge up on record China crude imports Saudi output cut

first_imgOil prices edged up on Friday (January 13), supported by reports on details of OPEC output cuts, although lingering doubts over producer compliance with supply reduction targets weighed on the market.Record Chinese oil imports of 8.56 million barrels per day (bpd) in December helped buoy prices, with shipments expected to continue rising in 2017, traders said.Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading at $56.09 per barrel at 0352 GMT, up 8 cents from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 crude futures were up 10 cents at $53.11 per barrel.Traders said markets were bolstered by comments from top crude exporter Saudi Arabia that its output had fallen below 10 million bpd, levels last seen in early 2015, bolstered markets.That would mean that the kingdom has cut production by more than the 486,000 bpd it agreed to under a deal to stem a fall in oil prices.However, hard evidence of export reductions has yet to emerge two weeks into January, when the cuts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers like Russia were supposed to start.”The direction of prices will depend greatly on producer compliance with pledged supply cuts made in 2016,” said French bank BNP Paribas.”Any slip in the market’s confidence that producers will follow through on their promises may lead to sharp price corrections,” it added.BNP said that it expected WTI prices to average $56 per barrel in 2017, up $7 from its previous forecast, and Brent to average $58 per barrel, up $8 from its earlier estimate.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its January outlook that it forecasts Brent and WTI to average $53 per barrel and $52 per barrel respectively in 2017.Dutch bank ABN Amro said that “conflicting signals” would likely keep oil prices trading in narrow ranges during the first half of the year.The recent agreement between members of OPEC and non-OPEC producers to cut output had left many in doubt over their resolve, the bank said.”This means that the oil price could advance further if the targeted cuts are actually achieved,” ABN Amro said, but added that rising U.S. shale output and rising supply from OPEC members Nigeria and Libya, which were exempt from the pact, might offset any reductions.An informal Reuters survey of over 1,000 energy market professionals showed that Brent prices in 2017 are expected to average around $55-60 per barrel.last_img read more

Turn monotonous office wear into party ready look

first_imgWhat if you realise that its 6 p.m., and you have a dinner date with your college friends? You need a quick and easy way to take your work look from formal to exceptional. Experts have some suggestions: You can wear a silk blouse tucked into a long skirt or a dress for the evening out. In the day, you can wear a blazer to work, if you want to conceal the glamour in your outfit. Make sure to take the blazer off when you’re stepping out in the evening. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA chunky piece of necklace on your solid coloured dress can completely transform your look and glam you up. Scarves are just bold and colourful. The contrast of your structured shift dress or skirt with the scarf will look effortlessly easy going and put together at the same time. Try a cool knit, a chic leopard pattern or a pastel and light colour. Adding some serious volume to your dress will help to update your look. Ruffles in skirts and shirts portray feminine vibes with their flowy styles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA-line plisse (or pleated slightly unevenly) skirt with sequinned panels, seasonal print or asymmetric hem is perfect for your office look as well as evening parties. The plisse skirt is a very simple pull-on skirt with a dyed-to-match elastic waistband. Sharp lines define this season’s must-have skirt. It can be ankle length with thigh high splits and pleats both front and back. The unique selection of cutouts is fun and flirty without being too exposed. Cutouts in the necklines and waistlines is suitable for office wear to parties. Own the look in a daring and glamorous way. Every woman should have a pair of gorgeous heels that makes her feel more confident. Nude colour for your stilettos will make the outfit gorgeous and stylish for the evening.last_img read more

Whats in Store for Websites in 2011

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 7, 2011 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read What’s in store for online businesses in 2011? There are several changes on the horizon, but one common thread through them all is the need for flexibility. Your customers are accessing information in more ways than ever, and their expectations are high. To meet them, you’ll need to be nimble.From mobility to scalability and security, here’s my take on the most important trends influencing online business technology in the coming year and what they could mean for your website.MobilityThe use of mobile devices will continue to grow. Your customers may be reading your emails and visiting your website on smart phones, netbooks or iPads. Are you meeting their needs?It’s time to start planning for a mobile rollout for your website. First, identify the types of information your customers want to access on the go. These are likely to include your home and contact pages, but each business is different. Restaurants, for example, may want to consider making their menus and events pages accessible. Online stores may consider a mobile commerce version. If your clients are business customers, you may consider offering support and other resources from a mobile device.Next, find out which mobile browsers and screen resolutions that visitors are using by analyzing your website traffic data. Use this information to decide on the various options for your mobile version. You’ll generally want to roll it out in phases and make time to test your updates. Eventually your entire website will need to comply with common standards, but tackling the project in phases will help you budget and gain customer feedback.Scalability “Scalable” is a techie term for being able to handle increasing volume and add-on features. Your website needs to be built with a scalable technology so it can change with the times. You may not be able to implement all the changes yourself, but it’s a good idea to be able to add new technologies when they become available. For example, many content-management systems have add-ons or plug-ins for mobile or social applications, such as a program that allows visitors to use their saved profile to register with your website rather than creating a new one. If you’re building an online store, be sure that the shopping systems can expand and tack on new features as your customers’ needs change.InteractivityYou’ll want to give customers more tools for connecting and interacting with you. These features will be different for every company. Options range from integrating more social-media platforms to adding videos. For some businesses, 2011 may be the year to create a mobile application. For example, you may want to create an app that makes it easier to motivate or consult with clients. While ideas vary, the goal is the same: Engage your customers and build greater loyalty.SecurityWebsites have become a target for malware through security holes. Even if your site isn’t an online store, it may be vulnerable. Talk to your developer about the recent threats and how to prevent them from harming your site. Just as you run updates on your computer, you need to run updates on your website. Setting permissions on your content management system will not be enough. Online stores also have new security standards to which to adhere called Payment Card Industry compliance. If you have not heard about these standards and you sell online, call your merchant-service provider to discuss the upgrades your site will need.last_img read more

Security as a Service SECaaS Market Research Report 2018 Global Industry

first_imgMarket Research Report on Security as a Service (SECaaS)  Market is a professional and in-depth research report. The Report include basic information like definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain overview, industry policies and plans, product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost structures and so on.Global Security as a Service (SECaaS) Market to reach USD 19.7 billion by 2025.Global Security as a Service (SECaaS) Market valued approximately USD 3.733 billion in 2016 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 23.13% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Security as a Service (SECaaS) Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Security as a service (SecaaS or SaaS) is a cloud computing model that delivers managed security services over the internet. SecaaS is based on the software as a service (SaaS) model but limited to specialized information security services.Download for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961777?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSIncreasing demand for cloud-based security and shift from traditional security to advanced security are the substantial driving factors of the market across the globe. Moreover, businesses turning towards managed security service provider is the factors that likely to create lucrative opportunities in the market over the upcoming years.Security as a Service (SECaaS) offer various benefits such as it is labor intensive activity, it easily access to advanced security tools, it often position information security as a business enabler, it quickly access to contextual expertise and many more. These benefits are also promoting the demand of Security as a Service (SECaaS) across the world. However, presence of very low cost services and rise in IT infrastructure complexities are the factors that limiting the market growth of Security as a Service (SECaaS) during the forecast period.The regional analysis of Global Security as a Service (SECaaS) Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share owing to increasing Internet-of-things (IoT), growing trend of Bring your own device (BYOD) and favorable government support in the region. Further, Europe is anticipated a stable growth in the global Security as a Service (SECaaS) market during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2018-2025 due to increasing cyber crimes and growing cloud infrastructure in the region.The major market player included in this report are:SymantecMcAfeeTrend MicroCiscoFortinetPanda SecurityCiphercloudZscalerAlert LogicRadwareNominum Inc.Oracle CorporationThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Email EncryptionSIEMIdentify and Access Management (IAM)End-Point ProtectionIntrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDS/IPS)DLPOthersBy Application:IT & TelecomBFSIRetailHealthcareGovernment & DefenseOil & GasOthersBy Regions:North Americao U.S.o CanadaEuropeo UKo GermanyAsia Pacifico Chinao Indiao JapanLatin Americao Brazilo MexicoRest of the World Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961774?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  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.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 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

NAR Unveils New Logo and Brand

first_img The Chicago-headquartered National Association of Realtors (NAR) has revealed a modern new visual identity to make its brand and mark more multi-dimensional, dynamic and future-focused. The new brand, redesigned for the first time in 45 years, leverages many of the familiar attributes and visual elements of the trusted Realtor mark, including the recognizable blue color palette, but moves the logo from a flat two dimensional image to 3-D, adding further depth, dimension, and elevation to the brand.“NAR and its members have always understood that real estate is, and always will be, a people-focused business,” said Elizabeth Mendenhall, President of NAR and a sixth-generation Realtor from Columbia, Missouri, and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty. “The evolution of the Realtor brand reinforces who we are as an organization – an unrivaled advocate and trusted resource in real estate, growing and adapting to the changing demographics and needs of today’s buyers, sellers and investors. It expresses the role that Realtors play in a meaningful and deeply emotional milestone in life, and more than simply a transaction, we are helping clients achieve their hopes and dreams.”The newly evolved mark and logo, referred to as a “new dimension,” has a 3-D cube holding a slightly redrawn but still very recognizable “R” letterform and a simple and bold san-serif typography for the association name.“Technology, shifting market conditions, and consumers are reshaping the real estate industry at a breakneck pace; and when I became NAR’s CEO last fall, I vowed to lead the association into the future and ensure that our members can compete and thrive in a dynamic marketplace,” said Bob Goldberg, CEO of NAR. “The new brand embodies the association’s rich history, but better reflects our forward-thinking focus and how we’ll stay ahead of industry evolution and disruption and continue to lead the real estate industry in the years ahead.”NAR worked with Conran Design Group, a global branding, and design firm headquartered in New York and London, to evolve the association’s brand identity and mark. During the nearly yearlong rebranding process, Conran conducted extensive research and focus groups of consumers and Realtors. In early June, NAR will begin the brand transition process across its communications, as well as implement the external brand roll out to its more than 1,200 affiliated local and state associations of Realtors and its 1.3 million members. in Data, News April 16, 2018 848 Views NAR Unveils New Logo and Brandcenter_img HOUSING Logo NAR National Association of Realtors Realtors 2018-04-16 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Guest House at Graceland, recently named one of the most important hotel openings in 2016 by Business Insider, has released details of its specialty suites in the new 450-room, full-service, world-class resort. The Guest House is currently under construction in Memphis just steps away from Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, due to open to the public in October 2016.The Guest House is now taking reservations for its debut months, including the 2016 holiday season and the 2017 Elvis Birthday Celebration on the weekend of 5-8 January, set to be the biggest in Graceland history. For the first time, many celebratory events will be held indoors at Graceland, plus an array of special guests and music performances will be featured, kicking off a milestone year honouring Elvis’ life and career.Travellers to Memphis, whether for business or pleasure, will enjoy the gracious service, warmth and friendliness of the staff, luxurious accommodations, and the celebrated southern hospitality for which Elvis was known and loved. Inspired by The King’s iconic home, every aspect of The Guest House will reflect his personal style and the unique character of his famous Memphis mansion, from the southern colonial exterior to 19 specialty suites with design supervised by Priscilla Presley. Most of these suites will be located on the exclusive top floor of the resort, known as “The Upstairs”, reminiscent of the upstairs at the Graceland mansion, which was the private living quarters for Elvis and his family, and is not part of the mansion tour.The centrepiece of the suite offerings are The King’s Suites: two luxurious, one-of-a-kind two-bedroom suites located Upstairs, providing guests with an unparalleled opportunity to live like The King. The first draws inspiration from Elvis’ master bedroom and features rich red and black tones with metallic gold and silver finishes and a custom draped canopy bed, with TVs overhead. The second is inspired by Las Vegas décor and features a royal blue and purple colour palette with plush fabrics and furnishings, vintage touches and contemporary twists. The two bedrooms are separated by the living and dining rooms and a kitchen and bar area.Named after Elvis’ beloved parents, the two exclusive one-bedroom Vernon & Gladys’ Suites, also located Upstairs, are inspired by Elvis’ Palm Springs home and feature natural hues of terracotta and gold and a custom, serpentine sofa, showcasing a mid-century flair.A turquoise and gold colour palette accentuates the sleek decor found in the seven TCB Suites Upstairs, which draw from Elvis’ personal motto of “Taking Care of Business”. Anchored by a dining space and living room, each elegant, southern-style, one-bedroom suite creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. An additional four TCB Suites, with variations on décor, will be located on other floors of the resort.Channelling Elvis’ TV room at Graceland, the four Living Room Suites feature a colourful navy and deep yellow tone with brilliant white and silver metallic accents. These one-bedroom, open-plan suites Upstairs offer custom-designed headboards featuring the iconic lightning bolt found in Elvis’ signature TCB logo, often seen in his custom-made jewellery and the tail of his plane, The Lisa Marie. The Guest House will also feature 430 spacious guest rooms with king and double-queen size beds, and a host of distinctive room amenities.The Guest House will also feature a range of contemporary facilities, including two full-service restaurants, expansive meeting and special events space for conventions, meetings, weddings and gatherings for up to 1000 people, a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies, a large outdoor resort pool and green space with capabilities for a 400-person tent for special outdoor events.DreamCatcher Hotels, a Memphis-based hotel brand known for its innovative approach to the hotel experience, has overseen development of The Guest House and managed the design and construction of the Graceland-inspired architecture and interiors, including the themed suites, guest rooms, restaurants and meeting spaces. The Guest House is the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982 and the largest hotel project in Memphis in over 90 years.Graceland’s “Founders” programme will provide its members with VIP privileges at the new resort, including early, exclusive access to room reservations, special room rates, room upgrades, priority admission and VIP invitations to special events and priority reservations for restaurants, live events and concerts. Founders have an exclusive period to book rooms at The Guest House prior to the general public.Go back to the e-newsletterGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

November 12 2014Dr JB Smith Professor of Musi

first_imgNovember 12, 2014Dr. J.B. Smith, Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studios at ASU School of Music, Tempe, visited Cosanti in Paradise Valley this week with students and fellow faculty. There, they selected a series of Soleri Windbells that will be featured in a December 4. 2014 concert in the Katzin Concert Hall at ASU.[photos and text by Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein]The concert piece that ASU is preparing is entitled “Bell Air” by the German composer/percussionist Matthias Kaul. Here is a link to a YouTube video of an ensemble in Germany performing it on cowbells and hand bells:youtubeThe Soleri bells were chosen on the basis of tone, with the help of an iPhone App that registers musical pitch.The windbell concert is Thursday, Dec. 4 2014 at 7:30 in Katzin Concert Hall in the Music Building at ASU. It is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Gammage Auditorium lot across the street from the music building.last_img read more

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