UNODC Welcomes Morocco’s Commitment To UN Convention Against Corruption

St. Petersburg – Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov, praised the commitment and voluntary adherence of Morocco to the United Nations Convention against corruption.During a meeting with Minister Delegate in charge of Public Service and the Modernization of Administration, on the sidelines of the 6th Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in St. Petersburg, on November 2-6, Fedotov stressed that the report issued following the UN control was good and positive, noting that Morocco has successfully completed this first step.On this occasion, the UN official announced that the UN will launch a new series of tests during which the Office will use Morocco’s expertise in the field of the fight against corruption and particularly regarding cooperation between the countries of the South.Regarding the recommendation made by Morocco during this conference, Fedotov considered that this is a good initiative that will help implement the United Nations Convention particularly its second article on prevention, adopted at the 4th conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, held in October 2011 in Marrakech. With MAP read more

Japan Invests $446,040 in Reintegration Project in Favor of Moroccan Inmates

Rabat – The Moroccan General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) and the embassy of Japan in Morocco signed an agreement on a project for the reintegration of young Moroccan detainees and the fight against violence on Wednesday, July 10.The agreement between Morocco and Japan on the reintegration program also includes the signing of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Fully funded by the Japanese government, the one-year reintegration project seeks to  prevent violence and re-offending. It also aims to have a tangible impact both in prisons and in society, said a press release from the DGAPR. Read Also; 24K Inmates Benefited from Reintegration Programs in 2017: Prison AdministrationThe strategy aims to humanize prison  conditions, reintegration of prisoners, safety, and security of detainees.The strategy also takes into account the environment, gender, and level of vulnerability.UNDP will collaborate with DGAPR in the implementation of the strategy conditions.The strategy benefited from the Japanese government’s grant, as well as technical support from the Rabita Mohammadia of Uelma [scholars] (RMP).The program aims to ensure the rights of inmates in line with the international laws and regulations for detainees.According to the UNDP, the DGAPR has “the necessary tools and skills to implement its strategy and monitor the prison population. UNDP also trusts DGAPR’s skills to mainstream the environment, gender and vulnerability.”The project also includes  a religious aspect to promote tolerance and the prevention of extremism in the prisons of Meknes, Sale, Kenitra, Agadir, Safi, and Fez.Vocational training, which will allows inmates to find job opportunities after serving their sentences, is another part of the project.The  vocational training workshops includes carpet weaving and traditional sewing in the local prison of Bourkaiz in Fez, ceramic pottery at the Safi local prison, and tapestry in the Ait Melloul Local prison 2 in Agadir.UNDP said that the first phase of the program was the project “Support to Reform the Prison System for Better Reintegration.”The project, according to the statement, is part of the program to support the implementation of the 2016-è2018 DGAPR strategy in partnership with UNDP.The project is a one-year initiative (2016-2017), which was fully funded by the government of Japan.“The project allowed partnerships and  exchanges of good practices at the international level,” according to UNDP.The project also includes a religious aspect to promote tolerance and the prevention of extremism in the prisons of Meknes, Sale, Kenitra, Agadir, Safi, and Fez.Vocational training, which will allows inmates to find job opportunities after serving their sentences, is another part of the project.The  vocational training workshops include carpet weaving and traditional sewing in the local prison of Bourkaiz in Fez, ceramic pottery at the Safi local prison, and tapestry in the Ait Melloul Local prison 2 in Agadir. read more

Renewed war on enduring worldwide racism and xenophobia called for by UN

Voicing “profound concern” at continuing institutional and large-scale racism and xenophobia worldwide, a panel of experts appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for renewed counter-efforts at the international and national levels, including education and awareness-raising campaigns.“The Eminent Experts are determined that their work should follow a humanitarian vision of an ‘ethic of human solidarity,’ based on central values of human dignity, respect for diversity and the importance of effective measures for the protection of people,” the five-member panel said at the end of a three-day meeting yesterday in Geneva.“The Eminent Experts call on governments, international organizations and civil society to take practical steps to help bridge the gaps between international legislation, resolutions and decisions and the practice of States and societies.”They noted that next year will see the holding of the five-year review of the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. “It is essential to use this opportunity not only to take stock of achievements and shortcomings, but also to draw a clear perspective for the enhanced implementation of the commitments made at the 2001 World Conference,” they added.They called on Member States to allocate adequate resources within their national budgets to counter racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.Meeting with the panel, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour recalled that during her three years as chief prosecutor for the UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, she was confronted with some of the worst excesses of intolerance and injustice and the grossest abuses of the most basic human rights.One must never forget the horrendous massacres in Rwanda in 1994, which killed up to 800,000 people, and the massive killings a year later in Srebrenica, Bosnia, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys died, both driven by racial and ethnic intolerance and hatred, she said. Those events reminded the world, in all their brutality, that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance were not a vanishing phenomenon, and that the need for vigilance was never exaggerated.The Independent Eminent Experts are Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Tanzanian Prime Minister Salim Ahmed Salim, former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka, and Edna Maria Santos Roland of Brazil, General Rapporteur of the World Conference against Racism. read more

Toronto stock market closes lower eurozone worries help depress commodities

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday and commodities lost ground amid growing worries about the European debt crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 42.79 points to 11,622.91 as Spain again dealt with higher borrowing costs while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 5.32 points to 1,196.19.The Canadian dollar lost 0.48 of a cent to 98.75 cents US after the loonie closed at a two-month high on Thursday.Traders also took in data showing Canada’s annual inflation rate rose 0.3 of a percentage point to 1.5 per cent in June. That’s up from 1.2 per cent the previous month. On a month-to-month basis, the consumer price index fell 0.4 per cent from May.The increase in the annual rate was mostly attributed to effects from the same period a year earlier, when gas prices were receding and the cost of new automobiles fell by over three per cent.U.S. markets were lower amid a mixed bag of corporate earnings from heavyweights including Microsoft Corp., General Electric and Xerox.The Dow Jones industrials tumbled 120.79 points to 12,822.57.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 40.6 points to 2,925.3 and the S&P 500 index declined 13.85 points to 1,362.66.The risk-on sentiment grew as the yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond ran up to 7.05 per cent on Friday, from 6.98 per cent the previous day. A rate of seven per cent and above is considered unsustainable.Yields rose even as finance ministers from the 17 euro countries approved a bailout for Spanish banks.But investors fear that the Spanish government could in the meantime face new costs helping its banks and could eventually need rescue loans itself.Also, Spain’s major stock index tumbled six per cent after the country predicted its recession will drag into 2013.The TSX racked up an overall gain for the week of 0.94 per cent on rising expectations that central banks will step up to ensure the economic recovery stays on the rails.Markets have also found support from a better-than-expected second quarter earnings season.“Going into this quarter, the sentiment had been very guarded to put it mildly,” said Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist TD Waterhouse.“People thought, given the slower rate of growth and the U.S. recovery, we might have a higher proportion of firms missing estimates. But for the most part, they have been beating bottom line expectations, not by much, but meaningfully, though in many cases the revenue numbers have been coming up shy, reflecting slower growth.”On Friday, General Electric reported that its quarterly net income fell 16 per cent to US$3.11 or 29 cents a share because of losses in businesses it has divested and an increase in pension costs. Excluding pension costs and losses from discontinued businesses, GE earned 38 cents, a penny better than analysts were expecting. It also reaffirmed its outlook.GE is viewed as an important economic bellwether since its businesses range from appliances to financial services to wind and gas turbines. Its stock shook off early losses and gained 6.5 cents to US$19.865.Microsoft said Thursday that an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online ad business led to its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company. Microsoft racked up a $492 million loss in the April-June quarter while revenue rose four per cent to US$18.06 billion. Ex-items, the company earned 73 cents a share, a dime better than forecasts and its shares slipped 55 cents to US$30.115.Xerox Corp. cut its full-year profit forecast as the provider of printers and business services said that second-quarter net income fell 3.1 per cent to US$309 million or 22 cents a share, missing forecasts by four cents. Revenue dropped 1.3 per cent to $5.54 billion, against expectations of $5.61 billion. Xerox added that third quarter profits will also miss estimates. Xerox shares dropped 48.5 cents to US$6.705.On the TSX, shares in West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSX:WFT) gained $2.57 to $53.50 after the lumber producer said second-quarter earnings after discontinued operations were $27 million, or 63 cents per share. That was up from $10 million or 24 cents per share in the same quarter of 2011. Revenues rose to $774 million from $720 million in the year-earlier period.The TSX energy sector was off 0.47 per cent as oil prices slipped after rising Mideast tensions sent crude up by almost $3 on Thursday.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.22 to US$91.44 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) was down 40 cents to $32.54.Crude rose about five per cent over the last week as the oil market responded to a series of events that have raised concerns that Iran will try to block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway in the Persian Gulf through which one-fifth of the world’s oil travels every day.The base metals sector gave back almost two per cent with metals also lower with copper down nine cents to US$3.45 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 33 cents to $17.95.The tech sector was off 1.53 per cent while CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) shed 50 cents to $23.83 while Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) gave back 16 cents to $6.87.Financials were also a major source of weakness with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) down 19 cents to $10.67.TSX losses were limited by a gain of about 0.5 per cent in the gold sector as bullion climbed $2.40 to US$1,582.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:IMG) climbed 44 cents to $34.04.In other corporate developments, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. says it’s ready to improve the design of the Northern Gateway pipeline to address concerns raised by Aboriginal groups and others.The company (TSX:ENB) says the changes for the proposed pipeline through British Columbia would use the most advanced technology and safety measures. Its shares slipped 17 cents to $41.08. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2012 4:46 pm MDT Toronto stock market closes lower, eurozone worries help depress commodities read more

VIDEO People jump off restaurant rooftop into Liffey

first_imgSERIOUSLY, DON’T TRY this one at home.Some people took advantage of the warm weather today by jumping into the Liffey in Dublin city centre. Nothing too unusual in that – except for the fact that they did it from a restaurant rooftop several metres back from the edge of the river. Crazy stuff.Thanks to @dublinbikes2go who tweeted a link to the video:(Video: Fabio de Araujo/YouTube)Read: One dead, 13 hurt in US building collapse >Read: University of Limerick to investigate students’ role in dog death >last_img

HTC Trophy finally brings WP7 to Verizon Wireless

first_imgThe diversification of Verizon Wireless‘ smartphone line continues. The carrier added to the Android and BlackBerry smartphones it already offered when it finally launched the Apple iPhone in February. Later that month, we reported that Verizon would soon get Windows Phone 7 in the form of the HTC Trophy. The Trophy was originally expected to hit shelves in March. We know now that didn’t happen, but it is finally launching this month.The smartphone will feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen in addition to a respectable five megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video capture with autofocus and LED flash. Other goodies include SRS WOW HD surround sound, 16GB on-board storage and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. Business travelers will appreciate that the smartphone is global-ready and allows for the editing of Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel).For some who may already have an Xbox 360, Microsoft and Verizon Wireless has sweetened the deal for HTC Trophy owners. Those buying the phone before July 15th will receive a free Xbox 360 console game. Gamers will be able to choose from Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports and Lode Runner. The deal promotes the fact that Windows Phone 7 is the perfect companion for a Xbox 360 gamer since it supports gameplay via Xbox LIVE and syncs with Xbox Live mobile to allow access to a gamer’s avatar, profile, and gamer score.The HTC Trophy will be available at the Verizon Wireless website and at company stores beginning May 26th. The phone will retail for $149.99 after a $50 rebate, via a debit card, and a new two-year customer agreement. To purchase the phone, subscribers will need to sign up for both a Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package starting at $39.99 and $29.99 respectively.Read more at the Verizon Wireless press releaseBrian’s OpinionIt seems like Verizon Wireless really took its time to get a Windows Phone 7 smartphone out. After all, Windows Phone 7 launched in the U.S. in November of last year. Verizon may have had good cause for hesitation based on their experience with the Microsoft Kin.The Kin was a family of smartphones that were considered a cousin of Windows Phone 7. The smartphones were considered “social phones’” by Microsoft due to their close integration with social networks. The phones were offered exclusively in the U.S. by Verizon Wireless and suffered from poor sales out of the gate. As a result, Microsoft pulled the phones off the market after only forty-eight days. Microsoft also cancelled the launch of the Kin models in the UK via Vodafone as originally planned. The Kin really didn’t have much of a chance due to the fact that it wasn’t even based on Windows Phone 7 because of delays around the mobile operating system’s availability. Instead, the phone was based on Windows CE.Rather than immediately jumping on Windows Phone 7, it’s clear that Verizon Wireless took a more cautious approach toward Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system in order to ensure it had established itself before the carrier dove in. The Kin must still be a bad memory in the mind of many Verizon Wireless executives. For Microsoft’s sake they better hope the HTC Trophy has some success or it will be awhile before Verizon Wireless lets a Microsoft phone in its stores again.last_img read more

Therapy for birds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Therapy for birds, you might ask? Well, it exists. Greek Australian bird behaviourist Paris Yves has been helping pet owners better understand their birds for more than 10 years, while actively campaigning for the better treatment of birds all over Australia.While she shies away from terms like ‘bird whisperer’ or ‘bird therapist’, she specialises in bird behaviour, pinpointing the underlying reasons why birds are acting out. “As a behaviourist, I don’t just look at a bird and say, ‘oh, your bird looks unhappy’ or ‘your bird is depressed’,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“I always look at the environmental aspect, the behaviour of the person, then we look at foods and the medical aspect.”She’s helped hundreds of owners better understand the needs of their companion birds and repaired many animal/human relationships.Most of her job, she says, centres on very common complaints: “My bird keeps biting me.” “It’s not singing enough.” “It isn’t active enough.”When owners call her, they’re at their breaking point, almost ready to give the bird up or take it back to the pet shop. In most cases, the fault isn’t with the bird.“The bird’s instinct will say OK, I need to peck, chew and do this and that, but the new owner of the bird says no, I don’t want you to do that, I want you to walk on my shoulder, I want you to be in the car while I’m driving,” she says. “These are all non-natural things.”Her therapy is much more about changing people’s mentality and expectations about birds.She’s seen well-meaning owners keep their birds in tiny cages where they’re not able to fly.In the worst cases, the birds are living in filthy cages, unable to eat and fly.“No wild birds live in rubbish, no wild birds live in their own faeces,” she says.“If Greek bird owners were able to understand that the psychology of the bird is the same as the psychology of their grandkids, that would be fantastic.“Then they’ll start to see the bird in a different light.”Part of the blame, she says, lies with the pet shop owners who aren’t honest about the responsibility of looking after a bird. “I don’t blame them (the owners), when they got to a pet shop where they assume that the people running the business are experts and they go and buy the bird and the bird doesn’t respond (in a way they were told it would), unfortunately they blame the bird,” she says.“They don’t think that the pet shop would say anything to get a buck.”The Department of Environment and Primary Industries provides all prospective bird owners and sellers with a code of practice for the housing of caged birds, but most people are unaware that the code exists.It outlines basic requirements in regards to feeding, water, accommodation and health, while giving useful tips on owning a bird and its welfare needs.Ms Yves says better education and awareness is the key to making a difference in the welfare of birds and their relationships with their owners.She says birds are some of the most intelligent and empathetic animals a person can have and implores people to respect birds the same way they would a person or a loved one.Her own story is proof that birds are much more than a pet.“Ten years ago when chronic fatigue started to knock me out, I came across a lorikeet that needed a home,” she says. “I adopted the lorikeet (which I named Agapi) and because I was very ill and I couldn’t get out of bed, Agapi would actually fly to my bed, and his beak would actually pull my finger and he’d say ‘Pame’ (come on). So he started to get me out of bed.”Agapi is still alive and well, mingling with the 15 other parrots Ms Yves has on her property in Mount Eliza.Tips on looking after a companion bird: 1. A bird requires a large cage where it can fly 2. They need fresh foliage 3. Daily cleaning 4. Fresh water 5. Toys (rotated regularly to prevent boredom) 6. Be fed throughout the dayFor free bird advice, call Paris Yves on 0413530419 or visit The Department of Environment and Primary Industries also provides a detailed code on bird welfare and tips for owners online at read more

Wall Street dings Nautilus after Q3 report

first_imgNautilus stock lost 11 percent of its value Tuesday, a day after the Vancouver fitness brand reported disappointing third-quarter results.But there’s always tomorrow or, better yet, the fourth quarter, which is typically a time for people to open their wallets for exercise equipment.The share price closed at $11.85. The day before, it closed at $13.04.The Vancouver-based fitness products company announced its third-quarter results after the market’s close, reporting earnings of $4.3 million and a profit of 14 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted to account for discontinued operations, were 15 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. The fitness products company posted revenue of $91.1 million in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $93.5 million.Nautilus chief executive Bruce Cazenave acknowledge in an interview Tuesday that the stock likely dipped because the company did not meet analysts’ expectations. But the combination of new products and what has traditionally been one of the most productive sales seasons for the company prompted Cazenave to add, “Our biggest quarter is coming.”“Starting Black Friday and going all through mid-February — the peak period is right in that time frame,” Cazenave said. “People are doing those resolutions” to exercise.Cazenave pointed to two products that could account for a sales bump.The company, known best for its Nautilus and Bowflex brand exercise machines, has been delving into digital products over nearly a decade. Along those lines, in November it is expected to introduce the “Max Intelligence Platform,” a cloud-based adaptive coaching technology that customizes workouts to its user.last_img read more

Teenage trickortreat robbers get 31 26year sentences

first_imgTacoma — Zyion Houston-Sconiers and Treson Roberts robbed Tacoma trick-or-treaters of 96 pieces of candy, a cellphone and a devil mask last Halloween.It couldn’t have been worth it.On Friday, Pierce County Superior Court sentenced the teens to prison terms of 31 and 26 years, respectively, for the robbery spree.And it could have been worse.Prosecutors recommended to Judge John Hickman that neither teen be sentenced for their underlying crimes — multiple counts of robbery — but serve only the mandatory sentencing enhancements for using a gun during the crimes.“The rationale for this recommendation is based simply on the state’s assessment that a 42-to-45-year sentence for Houston-Sconiers and a 37-to-40-year sentence for Roberts is perhaps excessive, although reasonable people could differ,” deputy prosecutor Gregory Greer wrote in a sentencing memorandum.Greer’s decision, and Hickman’s acceptance of it, saved both defendants about 10 years in prison.Deputy prosecutor Jesse Williams argued Friday the defendants still deserved a lengthy prison term.“These are extremely serious and egregious crimes,” Williams told Hickman. People feared for their lives that night because the defendants decided to rob them, the deputy prosecutor said.Prosecutors argued at trial that Houston-Sconiers, 18, and Roberts, 17, were among a group of teens who held up four groups of trick-or-treaters during 78 minutes of Halloween night 2012. The robbers brandished a .22-caliber pistol, police said.Two co-defendants escaped prosecution when they agreed to testify against Houston-Sconiers and Roberts. A fifth defendant pleaded guilty in juvenile court to robbery.Houston-Sconiers was 17 when arrested and Roberts 16, but prosecutors decided to try them as adults.Last month, a jury convicted them of multiple counts of robbery and assault, and, importantly, found that they’d been armed with a gun while committing those crimes. Mandatory gun sentencing enhancements attached to those convictions totaled 372 months for Houston-Sconiers and 312 months for Roberts.last_img read more

Planning to relocate to Canada Heres the GTS scheme that will make

first_img[ Representational image]REUTERS/Chris WattieGiving those who aspire to immigrate to Canada a ray of hope, the country has decided to make the Global Talent Stream, a way to help immigrants work in the country, a permanent scheme.The GTS scheme is open for almost everyone especially, those professionals working in the US in the science and math industries. Times of India reports that those who are hired in Canada through GTS will also find it easier to apply for permanent residency in the country under the Express Entry Route.In addition to this, the GTS application, which will be sponsored by the employer will take only two weeks to be processed and approved.There are two types of GTS. Category A is exclusively for those companies which are looking to recruit a highly specialised skill set and Category B is for companies who are looking for employees during a time where there is a short supply of workers in the country.”Category A cases relate primarily to new or start-up business with a rapid upward growth pattern. There are a greater number of applications under Category B, as this relates to employers with intending applicants in occupations considered to be in short supply – many of them being IT related,” David Crawford, a partner at Fragomen in Toronto, a global firm specialising in immigration laws told TOI.When the immigrants enter the country through the GTS programme, they can stay in the country for a maximum of two years for their work. After that, they can choose to apply for permanent residency in the country.”We are attracting some of the most highly skilled people of the world, through our global skills strategy,” Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), was quoted as saying by TOI.last_img read more

Buy This Comic Kill Them All

first_img “She was the world’s greatest assassin, betrayed by her murderous cartel. He was a disgraced ex-cop looking to get his job back and release his righteous fury on crime. All that stands between them and bloody justice are twenty floors of killers and henchmen in a high-rise tower of full bullets and bloodshed.”KILL THEM ALL (C, W, A, L): Kyle Starks (C): Luigi Anderson (D): Dylan ToddKill Them All comes from the brilliant mind of Kyle Starks, who has created some of my favorite comics, Sexcastle and Rock Candy Mountain (Image). In Kill Them All, he takes on a new era and laces together 90s butt-kicking action nostalgia and mixes it with his brand of humor and absurdity.Kill Them All centers our focus on two characters, Tiger’s Daughter and ex-cop Mason Iruka. Tiger’s Daughter was raised to be a highly trained assassin. She’s trained by the best of them and plagues her allegiance to Requin, a super criminal agency. When she breaks up with her boyfriend, it costs her her job, and she’s out to seek revenge. Mason Iruka, an ex-cop just wanted to cop again. He finds no pleasure in anything else, looking for the thrill he used to have through his job. Khan, Mason’s “partner” is a reluctant participant in wanting to help Mason. Khan reveals that there is an ultimate way he could get his job back. He just has to take down Requin.via Oni PressKyle Starks writes Kill Them All in a snarky yet entertaining way that becomes insanely priceless. I always fall in love with Starks book because of how hilarious they are and Kill Them All is no different. Stark’s dialogue is witty, silly and engaging. He writes these characters with sharp, biting and iconic dialogue that you can readily repeat. I know I’ll start saying, “When are you going to stop being weirded out by how hard I am?” to everyone I know now. It’s something you’d see in the most ridiculous 90’s cop films, mixed with great ones like Bad Boys (1995) or The Glimmer Man (1996), but newer movies like Judge Dredd (2012). Starks not only writes great dialogue but killer characters as well. Mason and Tiger’s Daughter go through their layers of revenge and discovery within themselves and the jobs they’ve had.Starks’ art is as lovable as his writing. Starks carries his unique cartoon-ish style and brings it to the panels with non-stop adrenaline infused energy. It was almost like reading what a storyboard for an animated action short would be. The one thing I adored about Starks art were the action scenes. This comic pays homage to 90’s action films. Starks takes those kinds of action sequences and plays with them on his own terms. He takes the fight, shoot em ups and combat scenes and focuses so you concentrate on the actions.via Oni PressLuigi Anderson’s colors round out the comic bringing it even more of a spark and punch. The coolest thing about Anderson’s colors, in collaboration with Starks’ art and script, is how well they work in distinguishing flashback and emotional scenes from regular panels. Anderson crosses warm colors throughout the book for the regular panels. For particular moments, for example, Tiger’s Daughters training flashback, they all become a particular color. His colors help creates sympathy in the reader as we see what she’s had to deal with. Plus, it’s a brilliant example of how creators work together to tell an amazing story.Kill Them All is a high-octane adventure of a story that everyone will love. It not only carries great humor but if you’re into massive, ridiculous plots of the 90s cop/assassin movies, you want to pick this up. Kill Them All is now available on Comixology and in print.9/27/17 Releases – In addition to Kill Them All, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Reggie & Me TPB by Tom DeFalco (W), Sandy Jarrell (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), Jack Morelli (L) Archie ComicsThe Ultimate Squirrel Girl Vol. 6 by Ryan North (W) & Erica Henderson (A) Marvel ComicsHi-Fi Fight Club #2 by Carly Usdin (W + C), Nina Vakueua (P), Irene Flores (I), Rebecca Nalty (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosRoyal City Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire (C + W + I), Steve Wands (L) Image Comics Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

Adobe Social gets predictive tool for hypertargeting

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —Marketing and advertising executives are hearing a lot about the word “predictive,” even outdistancing “SEO” as a key goal. That is partly due to software vendors having plenty to say about what their predictive analytics technology can do for businesses. Predictive analytics technology offers predictive data for customers, to optimize the marketer’s efforts to increase customer responses and clicks. The data analyses can be used to guide future actions that can produce best results. It’s a valued tool for business intelligence, and Adobe has announced that Adobe Social is getting something called predictive publishing. This is a new capability to become part of its Adobe Social service. © 2013 The new capability offers predictive analytics, historical data-driven recommendations, self-learning (the solution learns as it goes, with continual refinements to its recommendations) and social content optimization (best time to post).The new capability in Adobe Social is in beta and is expected to be available this summer. The initial version offers Facebook integration; other social platforms will be added later this year. Adobe Social is making use of “advanced sentiment analysis” and predictive text mining algorithms. Using historical data, the likely engagement level and sentiment around a specific Facebook post will be made known. Adobe Social will also recommend keywords, content types and timing for a better response.The Adobe Social tool will launch with Facebook integration but more social platforms will be added to the software later in the year. The announcement was made at the Adobe Summit EMEA, the Digital Marketing Conference, in London earlier this week. At the event Adobe Social was announced as a “capability” “that predicts social content performance on Facebook to maximize engagement and ROI.”Adobe executives are saying that the key benefit of such a tool is that it removes the guesswork of customer behavior and replaces the guesswork with smarter analytics. Predictive publishing is promoted as a step up from such engagement metrics as “likes” and fans, to a smarter view of how customers are engaging with the business.”Traditionally, social posts are composed without a measurable, data-driven connection to how they will be received, and many marketers release big news or compelling content through social channels only to find that it falls flat in terms of engagement,” according to an Adobe statement about its beta.How it works: Customers open a widget showing an estimated range for the amount of Likes, comments, and shares a post will receive. They can identify other metrics, too, for tracking. Another key Adobe Social feature is timing. The tool will indicate if the post had best be delayed for posting later. Posts are not just targeted but (using Adobe’s lingo) “hyper-targeted.” Predictive Publishing Summary Citation: Adobe Social gets predictive tool for hyper-targeting (2013, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Explore further Adobe confirms zero-day danger in Reader and Acrobatlast_img read more

North East visits Delhi

first_imgPart of the National Institute of Design’s (NID) documentation project titled, Documenting the Textile Traditions of the North Eastern States of India: A Composite Design Study of Fibres, Fabrics, Looms & Tools, Uses and Cultural Indicators is being conducted under the aegis of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Spread over a period of four years, it is a design study of textile traditions in the North East.  In the Craft demonstrations area of the exhibition, weavers from all the above four states are demonstrating their skills with the use of loin loom and other handlooms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The symposium, which is a part of the ongoing documentation project, showcases the documentation done in the first phase of the project.  The NID documentation will open avenues for acts of reciprocity. This outcome of transforming implicit indigenous knowledge into explicit material will serve as a rich resource for the future generations, various stakeholders in the region, as well as the policy makers.When: Till 21 JanuaryWhere: IGNCAlast_img read more

3 Ways To Get User Data Without Ruining the User Experience

first_img One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is getting to know your customers, and being able to serve their wants and needs, while reducing any barriers to market entry.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataIn a perfect world, marketers and consumers would have an open dialogue, in which consumers would be forthright and honest about which tactics work best for them and which don’t, and marketers would listen to them unfailingly.Alas, we do not live in that perfect world, but with the right strategies, we can get a little bit closer.Forming a relationship with your consumers requires that you gain their trust. Without trust, the few consumer responses you do collect will likely indicate that they didn’t want to be contacted — ever. However, if consumers never wanted to be contacted by brands, catalogues, coupons and competitions would never take off the way they do.So, why do consumers shy away from being asked direct questions about marketing? Because it ruins the experience. Instead of having fun shopping, feeling indulgent and powerful, they’re instead served an experience that may feel at best interruptive, and at worse, invasive. But it doesn’t have to be that way!Here are some strategies for talking to your customers in a way that will resonate with them, and enhance their experience, instead of destroying it:Learn From Buzzfeed: Use entertaining, interactive, shareable surveys.One of the most successful marketing websites ever, if not the most, is Buzzfeed. Having started it in 2006 as a “viral lab,” founders Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson set out to find out exactly how to appeal to today’s internet users, and how to monetize that. And boy, did they succeed.In fact, the duo hit upon an ingenious mix of entertaining, high-quality content that triggers strong emotions, alongside a significant number of sponsored posts done so well that users hardly notice them. The site’s primary product? Data. Combine the answers to all of those quizzes, with the information they produce; track how posts are shared; and you apparently get a billion dollar company.So how can you steal some of that Buzzfeed magic? Make your own quizzes consumers can react to, and  share with their friends. The best tip we’ve heard is this: Don’t try to cater to everyone. Be specific; cater to a niche.Related: 5 Ways Customer Data Can Up Your Customer-Experience GameA great example of this? Hairfinity’s quiz, “Which One Of These Stars Is Your Hair Twin?” When you land on the page, you’ll notice that it appeals to a certain demographic — women of color who are interested in celebrities. As you go through the quiz, you’ll notice a few specific rules:Keep the possible answers under six words.Write answers in the first person.Keep the entire quiz short — no more than ten questions.These tactics cater to viewers who are taking your quiz to be entertained. They don’t want to have to think about hard questions or read lengthy descriptions. A final rule that reigns supreme is: Do not push your product!Remember, these quizzes’ primary goal is to add to the user experience of your customers. Gathering information is important, but it is secondary. If you drive away a user, you accomplish neither.Keep detailed customer-service notes.If a customer calls in, he or she will give you expected information, such as contact information and financial. However, so much more is possible! Encourage your customer service representatives to chat a bit with callers, and to be open to inefficient conversations.Friendly representatives will be able to discover attributes such as what callers like about the company, what they wish was different, what they’re currently interested in, even what movies they like. By keeping and analyzing this data, you’ll be able to know common trends, stressors and motivators of your most loyal base.Master social media — and listen!I know, you’ve heard it a milion times: Social media is important. But this amounts to more than just scheduling posts and following up. Social media is essentially the break room of the world, where everyone talks; where most people feel anonymous enough to be a bit more honest than they would be in private; and where you can be sure most people hang out for a good part of the day when they’re supposed to be working.Focus on relationship building in a meaningful way. That means asking questions through social, learning how to create powerful hashtags and having ongoing chats with people.Related: How to Clean Up Customer Data and Revive Your CompanyPose questions for the public about your industry; publish those quizzes we talked about earlier to your Facebook; and discuss trends you’re seeing on LinkedIn. By creating genuine social content, and making yourself open to feedback, you’ll learn volumes about your current — and potential – audience. And that’s information that will come in handy. 5 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now November 17, 2016last_img read more

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Nine wins remain in reach of the Arizona Cardinals

first_img Nine wins remain in reach of the Arizona Cardinals, and nine wins may just be enough to make the NFL playoffs as a wild card.Of course, only four games remain on the 5-6-1 Cardinals’ schedule. The odds of Arizona reaching postseason aren’t great.Is there reason to hope?Ron Jaworski of ESPN thinks so. In fact, when he joined the Burns and Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Jaws brought more than optimism. He brought belief. “I think there’s more than hope, I think they’re going to be a playoff team,” Jaworski said. “I believe the Cardinals will be a playoff team. (Finishing) 9-6-1 will get them in the playoffs. I think they can win their next four games. Obviously, the big test is going to be the Seattle Seahawks, but the other games are winnable football games. Call me crazy but that’s how I see it.“I got excited over that win against the Redskins.”Arizona closes the year at Miami, at home against New Orleans and then on the road at Seattle and then Los Angeles.But it was the Cardinals’ 31-23 win against the Redskins that left an impression on the NFL analyst. Jaworski saw their steady defense turn the tide with big turnovers.Head coach Bruce Arians’ gutsy call to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Cardinals’ own 34-yard line saw him get back to his “no risk-it, no biscuit” ways.That play might suggest the Cardinals could be willing to take more risks. And Jaworski said it makes Arizona dangerous.“It was reckless going for it,” Jaworski said. “Teams like this are very hard to play against because they’re willing to try anything. It’s a desperate football team.” In this photo taken Dec. 4, 2016, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is hit by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) during the first half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Norman would really like to get some water and sports drink on the sideline, but he and the Washington Redskins’ defense keep allowing first downs. No team in the NFL is worse on third down than the Redskins, who are allowing conversions 48 percent of the time. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   And for a big-play offense that finally hit a deep ball to J.J. Nelson to close that fateful drive, well, Jaworski pointed out that the play-calling actually looked much different than it has under Arians.While running back David Johnson continued to thrive behind a patch-work offensive line, quarterback Carson Palmer threw 46 times for 300 yards, no picks and three scores in the victory.“I went through the offensive tape this morning … it was a short quick passing game,” Jaworski said, adding that 26 percent of Palmer’s attempts were at or behind the line of scrimmage. “That was the highest short-passing amount of the season.“He wasn’t throwing the ball down the field,” Jaworski added. “I thought it was a rock-solid game by Carson Palmer against the Redskins.” – / 25 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img“When you’re a 4-3 scheme, your four rushers are obvious,” he said. “Offensively, it makes it a little easy, right? They find your best rusher, they scheme it … and it’s done.”But the 3-4 creates confusion for the offense, Joseph said. They don’t know who will be rushing, and it will often be as many as five to six Cardinals in the upcoming season.“They have to guess — who’s the fourth rusher?” Joseph said. “Schematically, you can get Chandler Jones on tight ends and backs.”Related Links’Cardinals Flight Plan’: Offseason moves, including Pugh’s dancingArizona Cardinals sign former Falcons CB Robert AlfordJones, the Cardinals’ best defensive lineman, had 13 sacks and tackles for loss apiece last season in the 4-3 defense. Both numbers were far below his 2017 production of 17 sacks and 28 tackles for loss.Cornerback Patrick Peterson will be playing man-to-man coverage and shadow the best receiver each game, Joseph said. He expects the presence of the Pro Bowl athlete to make it easier for the team to choose who will rush and who will fall back.Additionally, the team signed Robert Alford on Thursday, giving the Cardinals a boost at the second cornerback position that has eluded them for the last few years. 20 Comments   Share   FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph looks on before an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos, in Denver. Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator on new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) The name most commonly associated with the 2019 No. 1 pick is Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. Joseph thinks selecting him could open up more holes for Jones as well as help the incoming rookie.“In this system, when you’ve got two rushers and you can play press coverage outside, it makes it hard on offenses,” Joseph said. “If we have two rushers like that, it makes my job easy. It makes the DBs’ job easy and again, now we can dictate how we play defense.”The Cardinals’ options are wide open with the pick. They could go Bosa, select another player or trade out of the spot.But Joseph certainly isn’t against drafting Bosa.“I wouldn’t say no to it,” he said. “But obviously that’s (general manager) Steve’s (Keim) job, and his job’s to do what’s best for the Cardinals.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If any Arizona Cardinals fans have negative feelings toward the 4-3 defensive scheme because of the 2018 season, they’re not alone.Newly-hired defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has similar reservations.He appeared on the Big Red Rage on Thursday and said the 3-4 scheme makes it tougher for offenses to game plan against rushers and will allow the Cardinals defense to play on their own terms.Joseph joins the show at the 30:00 mark. “To find someone opposite of Pat to [play man-to-man], and then rush five or six guys, now you’re playing defense on your terms,” Joseph said. “That’s the way you beat the explosive offenses.”Handling explosive offenses is particularly important in the NFC West. The Los Angeles Rams were one of the best offenses in the league last season, and the San Francisco 49ers looked promising with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. And Arizona knows all about the Seattle Seahawks.Joseph wants to load the box on first and second downs while pressing receivers in coverage. In doing so, he hopes to put offenses in difficult third-down positions.“Third down is important, but you have to win first down on defense to have success in a series,” Joseph said. “Make the offense make a decision.”Could Nick Bosa be Joseph’s new Bradley Chubb?Vance Joseph said that in his first year as the Denver Broncos head coach, offenses could gameplan around star linebacker Von Miller. He was the only great rusher from the linebacker spot on the team.“Von had an OK year,” Joseph said.But, in drafting linebacker Bradley Chubb No. 5 in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Broncos had a second weapon. Teams could no longer focus solely on Miller and both linebackers played well as a result. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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