AU court for human rights cases

first_img26 January 2006An African court to rule on cases of gross human rights violations on the continent is ready to start hearing cases, South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced on Tuesday.Briefing the media after the closing session African Union heads of state summit in Khartoum, Sudan on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said that while the location of the court was still to be finalised, the 11 judges had already been elected – including Bernard Ngoepe, South Africa’s Judge President of Transvaal.In addition to hearing cases of gross human rights violations such as genocide, the court will also have the power to render an opinion, at the request of a member state, on any legal matter relating to AU human rights instruments.“The court is ready to function,” Dlamini-Zuma said.The heads of state have requested member states to submit their comments on the “draft single legal instrument” by writing to the AU Commission, with the closing date for submissions 31 March.The draft single legal instrument is a document containing recommendations on the merger of the African court of human and people’s rights and the court of justice of the organisation.The union has also decided that the merger document should be submitted to a joint meeting of the People’s Rights Commission and legal experts from member states for finalisation.The final draft will be submitted and presented for review at the seventh ordinary session of the Executive Council and Assembly to take place in Bujumbura, Burundi in July.The election of the 11 judges must still be ratified by the Assembly of Heads of State after the final draft has been approved. Their term of office ranges from two to six years.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Columbia and IBM Launch Green Tech Skills Initiative

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Figures released in February suggested that VC investment in cleantech startups, particularly those focused on energy efficiency, was on the rise.To help prepare college students for jobs in this emerging green economy, Columbia University and IBM are announcing the launch of the Smarter Cities Skills Initiative.The Smarter Cities Initiatives opens IBM’s global resources to Columbia faculty and students, including access to the 40 IBM Innovation Centers worldwide. The intiative builds upon Columbia’s existing research efforts on sustainability issues, spanning several academic disciplines including business, law and engineering. The initiative will provide students with free access to:IBM software, both on campus and in the cloud, to develop software for sustainability and green projectsTechnical support for green technology courses that show students how to build energy efficient IT infrastructure for smart buildings, smart grids and smart water systemsEnergy efficiency and open standards software development tools on IBM developerWorks100,000 global business partners and academic communities through 40 IBM Innovation Centers in 30 countries “Smart urban infrastructures are key to long term environmental and economic sustainability,” said Rich Lechner, vice president, IBM Energy and Environment. “IBM and Columbia share a common goal to ensure the next generation of entrepreneurs have access to the skills they need to accelerate sustainability projects and to be competitive when they enter the workforce.” Lechner says the necessary skills for being successful in the emerging green economy include technical skills, particularly in the areas of data analytics, visualizations and security, understanding of business processes, and the historical and policy-based knowledge that can help transform industries like the energy sector.In recognition of Earth Day, the initiative will be announced on Thursday at Columbia University to faculty, students, venture capitalists, policy analysts, and industry leaders at the first annual Smarter Students for a Smarter Planet forum. More than 150 schools around the world are expected to participate via webcast. The forum will explore the skills necessary to prepare students for green jobs, and help academia and industry jumpstart a global collaboration toward developing sustainable technologies and a green economy. Related Posts last_img read more

Twitter SEO: Ninja tricks for reputation repair

first_imgTwitter is one of my top slam-dunk assets for trying to displace negative content in search results. If your reputation has been harmed by some negative content that ranks when your name is searched, a strong Twitter account could be one of your primary resources for pushing the bad stuff lower on Google and Bing. Unfortunately, many individuals, small businesses and reputation agencies do a poor job of optimizing Twitter profiles to enable this to happen. Read on for my ninja-level tricks for Twitter SEO!When searching for the names of individuals and businesses in search engines, Twitter accounts can appear on page one of Google and Bing if they have been properly optimized. For example, a search for Coca-Cola shows the brand’s main Twitter account on page one in the second position, just below the corporation’s listing for their official website.In another example from Bing, if you search for Pepsi, you’ll find the official Twitter account of the brand appearing on page one for its name searches.It’s probably borderline unremarkable to report that a search for “Trump” in either Google or Bing brings up President Trump’s Twitter account listing within the top two or three positions in the search results. But if you search on Google for other big names, you will often find that their Twitter accounts are ranking high as well.In the example below, featuring the CEO of Tesla cars, Elon Musk, Google has evaluated his tweets to be so salient for his name search that a carousel of them are displayed in the search results, directly below his Twitter account listing. Twitter SEO: Ninja tricks for reputation repairYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingTwitter SEO: Ninja tricks for reputation repair Posted on 9th August 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharecenter_img Of course, these are astronomically popular Twitter accounts for celebrity individuals and strong brands with sophisticated social media management. However, even lesser-known names can achieve placement on page one in search engines. And, if you’re on page one, you then have a good chance of using your Twitter account to displace anything negative about you on the first page.But this can’t happen if the Twitter account is not properly optimized. So, I’ll launch straight into some ninja tricks for maximizing the ranking power of your Twitter profile.Optimize your Twitter handle!I’d count this as one of the two most influential and critical elements for your Twitter optimization effort. Your handle, also known as your username, is incorporated by Twitter into your profile URLs and page titles. It also can appear numerous times in the visible text of the profile, and in links and titles pointing from elsewhere to your page.To best optimize the handle for rankings of your name, you need to craft the handle to be spelled as closely as possible to the version of your name that people type in when searching for you. People who don’t understand search engines get this wrong all the time. Here are some tips on crafting good names:Again, imitate the version of your name that people use to search for you. (People often leave off words like “Inc.” and “Company” when searching.) The ideal naming convention is to spell out your name, leaving out any spaces. The closer you match your spelling, the more search engines are likely to evaluate the handle to be highly relevant for your searches (e.g., @chrissmith).If your ideal name configuration is unavailable, which is more likely the more common your name is, then you will have to craft a variation on it. Try to choose an abbreviation that’s as close to the original name as possible. The higher the degree of similarity, the more relevant the search engines will consider the name compared with your actual name. Craft a name that may look like yours if read rapidly, and then test it by using that name to search in Google. If Google automatically associates the alternate version with your website and other online identity materials, then chances are good that you’re on the right track.If your name is longer than the 15 characters allotted by Twitter — which happens ALL the time — you will obviously have to abbreviate it. Again, craft this abbreviated name carefully and test it in Google. For instance, if I tried to use my full name without spaces, it would be: @chrissilversmith. At 16 characters, it’s one character too long to be accepted by Twitter. Instead, I might choose to use @chrissilversmth or @chrissilvrsmith.People love to generate “cute” Twitter handles that may not even closely resemble their actual names, and they can still rank in search (if other factors and the popularity of the profile are sufficient). You can see my Twitter handle of “Si1very” for an example of this — by the time I joined Twitter, it was difficult to get precise matches for common combos of names like “Chris,” “Silver” and “Smith.” My Twitter profile is otherwise fairly well-optimized, so I can get away with this. But if you’re working hard to get your profile to rank well in Google, DO NOT USE CUTE TWITTER HANDLES that don’t closely match your name!Do not add emojis to your username. It may look fun, but the added characters could cause your name to appear to be a less relevant keyword match when people search for you online. If you want to experiment with this later on, after you’ve solved your reputation issues, go for it. But, it could otherwise be sand-bagging your efforts.It’s tempting to use underscores for multi-word names to take the place of spaces (e.g., @chris_silver). Avoid doing this because Google does not treat the underscore as a “white space” character like spaces, periods, dashes and so on. It’s unfortunate that Twitter does not allow one to use dashes. In rare cases where it may be the best option available, you may use the underscore, but be aware that it only provides a fuzzy match relevancy that can be very weak — so, you need to focus on shoring up all other factors to ensure the page ranks well for your name searches.Optimize your full nameIn addition to the Username field, Twitter provides a “Full Name” field (some people refer to it as a “headline”). The Full Name appears prominently at the top of your profile below your profile avatar pic, and also appears with your avatar icon on all of your tweets.The Full Name is quite important for a few reasons, including: 1) the name becomes incorporated into the profile page’s Title text, along with the username; 2) it’s displayed in larger text near the top of the page within an headline tag; and 3) it appears with all of your tweets, and this text is anchor text everywhere your tweets may appear, linking back directly to your profile page.So, the Full Name helps reinforce for search engines what your name is, and therefore what keyword sequence the page should be considered most relevant for. As with the Username field, one has limited characters to use, albeit it’s longer than the usernames, being 20 characters long, maximum.Make the Full Name imitate your actual name that people search on as closely as possible — hopefully the 20 characters are sufficient length to hold your full name. If not, you’ll need to abbreviate it in some way.Leave out nonessential words, and experiment by searching on the name variations to see how Google may evaluate the sequence — does Google already associate the name you craft with your existing online identify materials? If so, that’s a very good sign.Optimize the ‘Bio’ description fieldThis description field is yet another area for adding some keywords related to you. If your name is so long as to not be included in the Username and Full Name fields without abbreviating, definitely reiterate the full name in the Bio, at the beginning of the text field. Otherwise, the bio can allow you to include other combination keywords that can be valuable to your online identity and representation in the search results.The field should certainly describe succinctly who and what you are. But you could also include the name and Twitter handle of your company, if you’re an individual, or the name of the city where you’re located if you’re a local company. Any other keywords that may be mentioned in combination with your name in searches could also be included here. (Very oddly, I note that Twitter does not use the Meta Description tag on its profile pages — something that seems like a glaring missed opportunity from a search optimization perspective. If they used it, the bio text would seem a natural fit for all or a portion of that Meta Description. Hmph!)Fill in the Link URL and Location fieldsThese should be no-brainers, but they apparently aren’t, since some individuals and even businesses, will leave these blank. Filling in your Link field with your website URL can strengthen its rankings in search. 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Ramsey out of Juve-Lokomotiv

first_imgAaron Ramsey, as expected, is left out of Juventus’ squad to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League this evening. Ramsey is still recovering from a muscular problem, although Juve boss Maurizio Sarri insisted at a Press conference that it was only a strain. The Welshman is joined on the treatment table by long-term casualties Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Giorgio Chiellini. Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, on the other hand, are ineligible due to being left out of the Bianconeri’s Champions League squad. Juve squad to face Lokomotiv: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral; Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Rabiot, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Dybala, Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Gene Smith Urban Meyer support NCAA changes

The NCAA Board of Directors released a new, more stringent set of rules Tuesday for enforcing athletic programs’ adherence to codes of conduct. The new rules try to simplify and accelerate what has traditionally been a long and complicated rule-enforcing process. The rules also aim to increase the severity of the sanctions and make punishments more uniform instead of treating things on a case-by-case basis, according to the announcement posted on the institution’s website. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, first-year OSU football coach Urban Meyer and other Big Ten Conference football coaches voiced support of the revamped enforcement structure. Smith said he agrees with the new rules and says they help fix a “flawed” system. “I am supportive of the new legislation,” Smith said in an email. “It provides clarity and transparency to a system of enforcement and infraction management that was flawed. It also will improve the ability for cases to be handled more expeditiously.” Meyer said he was in favor of updating the “antiquated” system of enforcement as well. “I’m fully supportive of it. I appreciate the NCAA revisiting the discipline structure … I am in full support of very stringent penalties and keeping, or even restoring, the integrity of college football,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “Throughout history, the only way to keep civilization and keep things in order is to have very strong rules and enforce them. Clear rules with very firm, swift punishment.” During the weekly teleconference, several coaches spoke on the issue, with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini saying they were fine with added responsibility for a coach. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who was also on the call, agreed with them. “There’s no question, the level of transparency and the level of accountability needs to go up,” Fitzgerald said. “And the No. 1 person that needs to be held accountable for the coaching staff’s actions are the head coach. That’s why you are called the head coach. I think the NCAA is taking some really positive steps.” Another change involves holding head coaches more accountable for the actions of their staff. Now, violations by any member of the staff will reflect on the head coach, unless he or she can prove their personal effort for “promoting an atmosphere of compliance.” There was also a change in tiers of violations. Rather than categorizing a violation as “major” or “secondary,” there will be four levels, with a Level I violation being the most severe. The NCAA could potentially disqualify a team for multiple years of postseason play and fine the program millions of dollars for a Level I violation. Other consequences for various levels of infractions include harsher scholarship reductions, recruiting limits and head coach suspensions. Suspensions for coaches, as well as programs, can range from 10 percent of the season to a full season. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions will expand from 10 members to 24, speeding up the infractions process and handing out violations in a more timely manner. In OSU football’s case, this could have meant serving out OSU’s bowl ineligibility during the 2011 season rather than the current season. The last of the most significant changes in the new set of rules includes a more consistent penalty system. Sanctions will no longer be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and the new standards will ensure equal treatment – and punishment – across the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert said the rules aim to eliminate the temptation for teams to do whatever it takes to win. “We have sought all along to remove the ‘risk-reward’ analysis that has tempted people – often because of the financial pressures to win at all costs – to break the rules in the hopes that either they won’t be caught or that the consequences won’t be very harsh if they do get caught,” Emmert said during a press conference Tuesday. “The new system the board adopted today is the result of a lot of hard work and membership input devoted to protecting the collegiate model.” Emmert began the process of establishing a new set of rules in August 2011. The new enforcement structure will take effect on Aug. 1, 2013. Dan Hope and Evan Speyer contributed to this story. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 11 depth chart

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days before No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) hosts No. 24 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten), the Buckeyes released their Week 11 depth chart, leaving the majority of the depth chart unchanged except for two changes on special teams.For the first time this season, freshman Blake Haubeil was listed as the co-starter with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger at kicker. Nuernberger is 10-for-12 in field goal tries this season with his only two misses coming during Ohio State’s Oct. 7 matchup against Maryland. Though he drilled his lone field goal attempt against Iowa, it was a near miss as the ball appeared to fly above the left upright. Nuernberger is listed as the team’s kickoff specialist. However, Haubeil kicked off against Iowa. The only other change was redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber being listed as a co-starter with redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell as the kickoff returner. Sophomore H-back K.J. Hill was the listed backup kick returner despite being the co-starter on last week’s depth chart. Weber returned six kicks for Ohio State against Iowa and averaged 17.2 yards as the returner due to Campbell missing the game. Campbell has averaged 36.6 yards per return through nine kick returns this season, and has been cleared to play against Michigan State.Ohio State’s game against the Spartans kicks off at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

The Best Marta once again rules the world

first_imgThe Brazilian superstar defeated nine other candidates for the FIFA award with nearly 15 percent of the voteWith 14.73 percent of the vote, Orlando Pride and Brazil’s footballer Marta has won The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the year award.The forward beat nine other candidates that were selected on September 3rd of this year.She came on top of Dzsenifer Marozsán and Ada Hegerberg, both players from Lyon Women.Marta has the most honors won by any footballer, man or woman, in the world.She has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in five occasions.Marta has been playing professionally since the year 2000 when she debuted with Vasco da Gama in her native Brazil.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.She then went to play with Santa Cruz, Umea IK, Los Angeles Sol, Santos, FC Gold Pride, Western New York Flash, and Tyreso FF.Most recently she was three years with FC Rosengard, and since the second semester of 2017 with the Orlando Pride.With Brazil she has played 133 matches, scoring 110 goals.Congratulations, Marta 👑Winner of #TheBest FIFA Women’s Player 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/aCxCn2TIFy— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) September 24, 2018last_img read more

Women robbed by armed men in Provo

first_img Related Items:#2womenmuggedwithintwodays, #2womenrobbedinProvo, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Two unsuspecting women were mugged within two days of each other here in Providenciales, and while there is no evidence that the crimes are linked, it does signal a continuing and concerning trend that armed robberies are still too rampant.Residents express grave concern at the report of a woman being robbed in a busy parking lot at Alice and Alice Plaza on Thursday evening where gunman held the woman up and took cash.  On Saturday, we received a report of a  woman who was robbed on her door step on Millennium Highway as she prepared to entered her home.  A man, with a shirt covering his face threw the woman to the ground, held the gun to her face, grabbed her handbag and made off.   Both women are described as shaken, but are thankfully unhurt physically.#MagneticMediaNews#2womenrobbedinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #2womenmuggedwithintwodayslast_img read more

Rangers youngster wants to be in the starting eleven

first_imgFor Jordan Rossiter, the game against Kilmarnock on Wednesday could be an opportunity to start in the Scottish Premier LeagueIn 2016, English midfielder Jordan Rossiter was bought by Scottish Premier League team Rangers.Before that, he spent two years in Liverpool in the English Premier League, but only played once.And now with the Scottish giants, he has only played in six games but expects a change to be in the starting eleven for the first time this season.“We all know how disappointing Sunday was and as the gaffer said we have a great group of lads here,” Rossiter told the club’s official website.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We just have to go out tomorrow and take it out on Kilmarnock and hopefully go and get the three points.”“It has been a long road back to full recovery but it has been brilliant just to be back in with the lads and involved again on Sunday,” he added.“It was great to be out there on a big occasion but I know I have a long way to go myself to get back to my full match sharpness.”“There is no hiding it I have had a lot of setbacks in the few years I have been at Rangers but I am in a really good place now, physically and mentally,” he commented.“I just have to keep doing the right things on the pitch, as well as off it to make sure I stay available for the gaffer.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Erin Trodden Awarded Scholarship From Middlesex Community College Foundation

first_imgLOWELL, MA — The Middlesex Community College Foundation awarded $43,000 in scholarships for outstanding academic achievement to 21 Middlesex students as part of its 2019 spring fundraiser, “Piano Men,” held recently in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.Pranay Rai, of Lowell, was awarded the James C. and Judith G. Mabry Completion Scholarship. This award was established at the inauguration of MCC President James Mabry in 2015. The scholarship is awarded to assist a worthy student with the completion of an associate degree at Middlesex.Michelle Davis, of Lowell, was awarded the Dr. Carole A. Cowan Scholarship. Established in honor of Cowan, former MCC President, this award provides financial assistance to a deserving Middlesex student who is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program.Kaitlin Fung, of Acton, was awarded the Debra Chemelli-Evans Scholarship. This award was established in memory of the daughter of William Chemelli, former chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, and member of the MCC Foundation Board.Eight students were awarded Commonwealth Honors Program Scholarships:Juan Breton (Lowell)Brittany Brown (Westford)Adam Goulet (Waltham)Joseph Ivers (Bedford)Genesis Martinez (Lawrence)Isabel Pagano (Peterborough, N.H.)Connor Powell (Andover)Abigail Zegowitz (Westford)Ten students were awarded Lowell Connections Scholarships:Thearith Chhom (Lowell)Trevor Dumais (Lowell)Ari Primak (Andover)Kiss Quick (Lowell)Leang Sam, LowellNatalia Silva (Nashua, N.H.)Eliza Slocum (Haverhill)Theara Sok (Lowell)Vilyratna Sok (Lowell)Erin Trodden (Wilmington)Since 1988, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has generated income through revenue from investments managed by the MCC Foundation Board of Directors, proceeds from the college’s spring fundraiser, the Middlesex Fund, and other programs and campaigns.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Tavares Receives Scholarship At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”Middlesex Community College Offers To Help Wilmington’s ITT Tech StudentsIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Katie McManus Receives Scholarship From New England Parenteral Drug AssociationIn “Education”last_img read more