The reported illicit flow of small arms and light weapons, which undermines security and the rule of law, will not be tolerated following the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) June 30 drawdown closing date, Defense Minister Browne J. Samukai Jr. has told the Daily Observer. Minister Samukai is of the opinion that non-state actors, mainly private security guards, bearing arms will be a factor that would cause chaos and an overlap of security functions during the execution of standard operating procedures (SOPs) by state-security personnel in the case of an event. He said that the government will not give weapons (arms, guns) to those he described as “non-state-actors” so as not to create confusion in the execution of duties when the need arises.Samukai spoke with specific reference to private security guards, who in recent times have been hinting on being allowed to bear arms to beef up the country’s security in the wake of UNMIL’s departure.He distanced himself from such a suggestion, which he believes has the propensity to create anarchy in the Liberian society.“I do not support the decision of non-state actors or private security guards bearing arms claiming to be handling the affairs of the country,” Samukai said in an interview with this newspaper yesterday.According to him, non-state actors should not handle the affairs of the state by carrying small arms or light weapons in any case, “once that person does not have the requisite security training or assigned to specific training apparatus such as the military, the police or the bureau of immigration.”He said the country’s national security apparatuses are fully prepared and ready to handle security-related matters in the absence of UNMIL.However, Minister Samukai added that there is collaboration between private security guard services and the state security sector to ensure that the country remains peaceful at all times. The Minister meanwhile called on Liberians not to panic about UNMIL’s drawdown, noting that the military is “adequately prepared and well capacitated to handle the affairs of the country.”He said that the army has been trained in various capacities including managing unrest, logistics, and providing for personnel, which now placed them in the position to secure the country’s borders from any would-be external threats. He explained that Liberians understand that their security is in their own hands. “Huge military and other security are not what we need now; civil society organizations, democratic actors, and other institutions are all onboard the country’s quest to continue the peaceful path we enjoy today,” Samukai noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Vine/Josh ParcellUNC and other ACC schools have done a great job of honoring legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith since his passing, but the opening to today’s game at the Dean Dome may be the best tribute yet. UNC, which is playing its first game at home since losing Coach Smith, ran his signature “four corners” offense in its first possession. Even better—Brice Johnson scored on the play.That is just about the coolest thing you’ll see in college basketball today. Well done, Tar Heels. [@JoshParcell]More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015
WASHINGTON – A leading liberal policy group is raising the ante in the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.Called “Medicare Extra for All,” the proposal Thursday from the Center for American Progress, or CAP, would provide a path toward universal health care coverage.But in a nod to political pragmatism, the plan would preserve roles for employer coverage and for the health insurance industry. Employers and individuals would have a choice of joining Medicare Extra, but it would not be required.That differs from the more traditional “single-payer” approach advocated by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, in which the government would hold the reins of the health care system.The plan’s authors acknowledge that the plan would require significant tax increases.Even though it has no chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, centre president Neera Tanden said, “there is consensus on the progressive side that universal coverage should be the goal and health care is a right.”As Democrats shift leftward, Republicans are saying the CAP plan shows Democrats are turning on “Obamacare.”“Their latest big government scheme increases the amount of control Washington has over their care and everyday lives,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.The centre was closely aligned with former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. A 2005 proposal from CAP foreshadowed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.Medicare Extra would use Medicare’s thrifty payment system as a framework to pool working-age people and their families, low-income people now covered by Medicaid, and seniors. A major missing piece: There’s no cost estimate for the plan, although its authors say that’s in the works.The proposal comes at a time when polls show intense interest among Democrats and some independents in a government-run system that would guarantee coverage.Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said taxes would rise and the federal government would take on a larger role under the proposal, but that’s still “a more politically and fiscally realistic roadmap” than full government control.Among Medicare Extra’s major elements:—All U.S. citizens and lawful residents would be eligible.—Preventive care, treatment for chronic disease, and generic prescription drugs would be free. Dental, vision and hearing services would be included.—Low-income people would pay no premiums or copays. Premiums and cost-sharing would be determined according to income for everyone else.—Employers would have the option of maintaining their own plans or joining Medicare Extra. Workers could pick either plan.—Government would negotiate prices for prescription drugs.___Online:Centre for American Progress proposal: https://www.americanprogress.org/?p=447095
New York: Singer Adele, who confirmed her split from husband Simon Konecki over the weekend, will channel her break-up sorrow into her new album, which is expected to be out later this year. “Adele has been writing and working on new material for a while,” a source said, reports mirror.co.uk. “She has already had meetings with her record label, Sony, in London about her progress. Producers have been approached about working with her. They are hoping the album will be released by this Christmas.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBack in 2011, the superstar said of her creative process: “When I’m happy, I ain’t writing songs – I’m out having a laugh. If I ever get married, it’ll be, ‘Darling, I need a divorce. It’s been three years – I’ve got a record to write’.” The London-born star married Konecki three years ago, after being together for five years. They have a seven-year-old son Angelo. Their split is said to be due to them moving in “different directions and to different continents”, with Adele preferring the US, while Konecki likes living in the UK.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPhoto: RO Plant in Grand Turk commissioned in August 2013 with former Governor, Ric ToddProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – Huge demands for water in Grand Turk have led to a shortage and so called, ‘incorrect’ reports that the reverse osmosis plant is not working. In a late day statement the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning aimed today to quell overheated residents who believe the plant is out of whack completely as Northridge residents in GT are not getting ‘pipe’ water. According to the statement there are 218,000 gallons of potable water produced per day in the capital, but with the rain shortage and the increased demand, that amount has now become insufficient. What the Ministry says it is doing to mitigate the water crisis is working to get another motor to boost production. Add to the dilemma of the surge in demand, and lack of supply is the fact that the hospital’s RO plant is also not in operation. The Ministry explained: “We are prioritizing the delivery of 10,000 gallons a day to the hospital whose RO plant is current undergoing repairs and we hope will be back on stream in the next few weeks.” The government will also have to tap into the contingency fund to fix the old RO plant in Grand Turk at a quarter of a million dollars. The new motor will boost daily water production to 240,000 gallons per day; and Salt Cay will soon have its plant as the system is in country awaiting set up. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:grand turk, water shortage RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay
Lyon manager Bruno Genesio felt that his side’s disappointing first-half display cost them a chance of possibly beating Montpellier away on SaturdayLes Gones only really came to life after the break with Nabil Fekir putting them in the lead with a 67th-minute goal as they looked to end 2018 with a five-point advantage over Montpellier.But the hosts, who had a goal ruled out by VAR, soon equalised through a great effort from Rubén Aguilar to settle the score at 1-1.The point left Lyon in third in Ligue 1 and two points above Montpellier in the final Champions League spot having played one more game.“We played two completely different halves,” Genesio told the club website.“We were already on vacation during the first half but had the chance to head into the break scoreless.“We were dominated in the duels, they were more aggressive. We played with more commitment, movement and verticality after the break.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“We knew how to get back on track and dominate the game. It’s a good performance to draw in Montpellier.“But we can have regrets because we might’ve been able to get a better result by playing a better first half.“This is a good point… The record is satisfactory but we could have a few more points. We lost points foolishly in the league. We are in the top three.”Fekir added: “It’s a logical draw even if we are a little disappointed.“We came back with better intentions after the break… We could have finished the year better.“The season is still long. We need to keep the mindset that we had in the second half.”
Instead, Western Interiors has managed to convince its investors to put another “several million dollars” into the magazine. ‘They realize it’s not the end of the magazine world, it’s a dip in the economy and they need to help us through it,” says Matthews. “We sat down with them and explained it. They knew we are going to have to be funded to withstand this year. We are going to prosper in the near future—they’re not in this for sheer pleasure. These guys want to sell the magazine some day and they chose not to right now.”Western Interiors is putting several initiatives in place to try to spark spending, including live events. The magazine is currently hosting a VIP Lounge at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and will host an “outdoor chic” rooftop event in New York City in May. The magazine is also gearing up for its biggest issue of the year (April/May), featuring the Gold List, an annual list of interior designers, architects and landscape designers featured in the magazine. In 2007, that issue was Western Interior’s first to break 100 ad pages. In 2008, the issue slipped to 85 and Western Interiors is looking for ways to keep spending up. “This year we’re going to put a little more muscle behind it by polling these designers/architects,” Matthews said. “Consumers want to know what brands they are specifying and we’ll publish those later in the year.” They also introduced a “Power Buy” which offers price breaks to advertisers who commit to at least six ads per year.The magazine will launch a new product this spring called Modern Dream Homes, the first in a planned series of high-end special-focused publications. “We would hope that the net would be at least 10 percent of the revenue by the end of 2010,” she said. “This additional funding will help to cover the shortage of revenue from any lost ad pages during this touch economic time.” Recapitalization will determine the fate of many magazines in 2009, including those who were healthy up through much of 2008. Green magazine Plenty shuttered this week and publisher Mark Spellun told Portfolio that the magazine’s financing had simply “dried up.” Mediabistro reported that Evening Post Publishers Co. will stop publishing Garden & Gun as of January 31, while Garden & Gun publisher Rebecca Darwin said the magazine is “actively engaged in discussion with investors.” In 2007, Western Interiors & Design was the leader in ad page growth in a category that included heavyweights such as Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. But by late 2008, with the economy plunging toward recession and shelter and home magazines among the many categories feeling the brunt, the title knew it needed additional funding to weather the storm. “It’s not like we weren’t able to make payroll. We didn’t have to close anything or lay anyone off,” publisher Jennifer Matthews told me. “We’ve been streamlining and we’ve dropped our paper costs, although not the quality.” Some savvy buyers were also circling Western Interiors & Design, thinking its investors might want to sell the magazine (which generates between $5 million and $10 million in annual revenue) at a favorable price. “When it became clear there were some offers to buy the magazine, the investors said, ‘No, we believe in the magazine, we know it’s going to pay off when we get through this dip in the economy and any sale price will be much higher,’” she said.
Constantino: Video can be both a standalone and complement to traditional TV and print ads to increase reach and frequency, but also to influence engagement beyond an impression. Video executions allow consumers to interact with a brand and have more control over their experiences. These interactions can be tracked and measured, therefore they are more directly attributable to an ROI. We can identify specific KPIs to measure and optimize these campaigns, regardless of channel or format to drive the highest business impact for our clients. Late last November, there were major changes happening at Razorfish. Parent company Publicis merged it with another digital agency —SapitentNitro. And Constantino was promoted from media director of Razorfish to senior media director. Folio: caught up with Constantino to learn more about how she focuses on driving business outcomes and how communication goals sway her decisions. How does producing video content on behalf of clients you compare to traditional print and digital advertising? For Carly Constantino, senior media director at Razorfish, one thing is for sure: video gives consumers more control over how they interact with a brand. Folio: How are you able to tell a client’s story without sounding overly promotional? Folio: What kind of ROI is typically expected from video ads compared to traditional television and print ads? The communication goals we are trying to address become the basis for what ad formats we recommend for our clients. Video really allows us to tap into different aspects of the funnel to achieve different goals, therefore we are very aggressive in developing learning agendas for our clients to ensure we are continually learning and optimizing towards the right ad formats and placements that drive the biggest business impact. Folio: What are some of the deliverables video offers your clients? How can different formats (preroll, integration, mid roll, etc.) yield those results? Folio: How do you measure ROI? What KPIs do you watch closely? Constantino: Video opportunities are growing rapidly from a content perspective, as well as, in a variety of formats that better meet consumer preferences. Because of the vast options, there are appropriate buying models and formats to reach specific audiences, as well as, deliver against various KPIs. Depending on how you want to engage your audience will determine the success of your video buys (i.e.: high reach driving awareness, increasing engagement through rich media, direct call to actions to drive leads). At our core, we base everything on the consumer insights and a full funnel approach to our media strategy, planning, and optimization. Constantino: Our job as the media agency is to drive business impact. We work hard to develop KPI’s that we can measure and optimize against. While we might report out on standard metrics like video views, reach to target, or viewability, our primary focus is on driving a business outcome like leads or revenue. We work at the beginning of our engagements with a full funnel view and robust data science for each of our campaigns to understand the specific business goal. Then we build in a measurement plan that gives us the ability to understand the impact and optimize against it. Messaging and delivery can be highly promotional, more informative and educational, or simply for entertainment. We let our communications strategy drive the story we are trying to tell and rely on our media and creative strategy to deliver on that story. Carly Constantino: Every consumer faces challenges when it comes to fulfilling specific needs, whether personal or professional. Ultimately when it comes down to sharing a client’s story through creative, we really need to understand both the marketing goals of our clients, but also what resonates with consumer needs and expectations. With that, our focus is to build a communication plan that leverages the data we have about our consumers, understand the proper touchpoints, and deliver the right experience based on where they fall in the journey. We work closely with our clients to understand the consumer journey, outline communication goals that align with that journey, and then work with our creative teams to develop content experiences that deliver on those goals. Folio: How do you strike a balance between quality and scale with your clients’ budget? Constantino: Again, at the end of the day, our goal is to drive the business, so we need to be strategic about allocating media dollars and maximizing opportunity. We are in the mindset of constantly testing and improving, so part of our iterative process is to determine the right mix of partners, creative formats, and technology to deliver on both quality and scale. We are constantly looking at the trade-offs of higher quality, higher cost media with scale and efficiency, therefore our focus is on making sure we have high viewability, transparency of site lists, and control over all of our buys.
WILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, August 4, 2018.Doors open at 4pm. Lice music begins at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm with Stars vs. Stripes Boston, followed by the Boston Massacre versus the Orangeville All-Stars at 7pm. An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package. Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE. Learn more about the league HERE.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On May 18In “Sports”
.The Dhaka University authorities on Wednesday withdrew the expulsion order on Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Iffat Jahan Isha, reports BSS.The decision was taken in a disciplinary board meeting at DU with vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.”The expulsion order has been withdrawn as the allegations against Iffat were not proved. According to the probe committee report, the disciplinary board has taken the decision today,” he said.DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani said that the five-member probe committee formed to investigate the attack on female students at the female dormitory on 11 April found that the allegation of cutting tendon of a student is not true.”Iffat was expelled earlier but the allegations against her were rumours. So she is getting back her studentship,” Rabbani told BSS.On 11 April, DU authorities expelled Philosophy department student Iffat Jahan Isha for allegedly “torturing a female quota reform protester inside the hall”.On 13 April, BCL reinstated Iffat as the president of Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall unit two days after expelling her from the organisation for allegedly assaulting female students for taking part in demonstrations for quota reform. BCL said it found Iffat Jahan Isha, “innocent” in its investigation.On 11 April, some photos of a female student at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall went viral on the social media. The victim alleged that she was tortured by some female BCL leaders for taking part in the demonstrations. Other students of the dormitory rushed in and confined the BCL leader Esha and handed her over to the hall provost after humiliating her.