first_imgAccording to the National Phenology Network, which monitors changes of the seasons, spring is one to two weeks early in parts of the Southeast and California and two to three weeks late in parts of Washington and Oregon and the southern Great Plains.Many bird and insect migrations are based on seasonal change. The millions of painted lady butterflies that recently flew across California are linked to rains and wildflower blooms that swelled their numbers. Earlier flowering means earlier …last_img


first_imgA new AU-UN agreement will improve peacekeeping operations and security challenges in Africa. The Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security will improve co-ordination and co-operation between the bodies.Senegalese peacekeepers in Darfur, part of a joint AU/Un operation in 2011. (Image: Albert Gonzalez Farran – UNAMID)Sulaiman PhilipAfrica remains a place of hope and potential, despite the challenges faced by African Union (AU) peacekeepers on the continent. Speaking alongside union president Moussa Faki Mahamat, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “We are witnessing, in Africa, as around the world, changes that force us to have a strategic review of the way peace operations take place.”The leaders were speaking at a press conference to announce the signing of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security. The new agreement will allow the world body and the AU to better respond to security challenges on the continent.Keeping the peace in AfricaThe decision by the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) – the body responsible for the maintenance of continental peace and security – to intervene in Burundi in January 2015 was seen as a coming of age moment by Africans and global leaders. Critics, some of whom are UN member states, had always considered the AU to be a club of dictators unwilling to censure each other.Although the Burundian government ultimately denied the AU permission to station 5,000 troops and police in its country, the union had shown itself ready to deal with human rights violations and abuses during conflict and crisis.As a representative body, the AU has set itself a target of silencing all guns on the continent by 2020. This has strengthened its desire to promote and protect human rights throughout Africa.Across the globe, by a World Bank measure, conflict is considered the primary cause of suffering and poverty. In underdeveloped Africa, suffering becomes far greater: in Somalia more than half the population is in need of food assistance because of violence; conflict with Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria has displaced 1.8-million people, farmers are unable to grow food and 4.8-million people need help to stave off malnutrition.The union has come to understand that more food aid is not a solution; it is simply a Band Aid. Aid gets to those who need it, so a lack of food is not the cause of these problems. They exist because violence and conflict make it difficult for Africa to feed itself.Africa is not looking for ongoing handouts — as it rises it is also trying to find ways to be more self-sufficient and to be able to produce enough food to feed itself. Africans want to be able to stay at home, and of course they desperately want to live on a peaceful continent.However, keeping the peace is a challenge. AU peacekeepers face attacks from terrorists, hostile host governments, floods of illicit weapons and, sometimes, being deployed for periods that extend beyond their mandate.Guterres explained: “Peace operations are at a crossroads. Our task is to keep them relevant with clear and achievable mandates, and the right strategies and support. And above all, we look to the [Security] Council for unity, and for clear, achievable mandates.”The newly signed framework will strengthen the relationship and collaboration between Africa and the UN in matters of peace and security. It will also ensure that the AU and UN have shared and clear mandates. “That is our objective for every peacekeeping mission: to do the job entrusted to it. To save lives. To prevent mass atrocities. To set the stage for stability and sustainable peace. And, from start to finish, to be cost effective.”This agreement goes a long way to ensuring the AU meets its target of silencing all guns in Africa by 2020. (Image: AU-UN IST PHOTO /Stuart Price)A new understandingThe new agreement will better align the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the AU’s Agenda 2063. Mahamat explained that the new agreement would strengthen co-operation in areas ranging from good governance to human rights and sustainable and inclusive development. “The time has come for the AU to critically assess the security challenges in the region and work with the UN to ensure peacekeeping operations on the continent are more effective.”The agreement was signed after the first Joint UN-AU Annual Conference, where leaders discussed co-operation in the fight against terrorism and the financing of AU-led operations. “The decision of the United States administration to reduce its contributions to peacekeeping operations will affect the effectiveness of the operations. But the AU is working to increase peacekeeping funds [from] African countries,” Guterres explained.The agreement is further acknowledgement that no single organisation will succeed in addressing security challenges stretching across Africa. AU and UN leadership have stressed the importance of co-operation in maintaining peace and security on the continent.This treaty builds on the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the AU signed in 2006, and it should ensure more efficient and effective peace and security operations on the continent.last_img read more


first_imgalex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Google Buzz is headed for the enterprise. According to the Google Enterprise blog, Google Buzz will become a part of Google Apps within the next few months. Google Buzz applies as much to the enterprise as it does to the consumer market. The real-time application creates an extension for communication that adds a threaded context to a conversation, a critical component for an enterprise application.But Google Buzz in the enterprise will have some inherent weaknesses. Tony Bradley of PC World makes the point that most consumer products do not work with Google Apps Premier Edition. To access Picasa, a Google Apps Premier account holder must log out and log back in to a consumer account.Security concerns drive the reasons why the service has this partition. But an application like Google Buzz relies on information rolling in from different sources. It is that richness that makes Google Buzz a potentially useful consumer tool. But you won’t have that richness with Google Buzz under the current limitations that come with Google Apps Premier Edition.Google Buzz does have an open architecture, which should make it possible to integrate external data. We’ll see how this affects Google Buzz. It looks like a step in the right direction.It was revealed that Google Voice and Google Wave will also be part of the Google Enterprise productivity suite. We do not know yet how these applications will integrate – but by adding different layers, it creates the foundation for a social CRM environment.“The best thing about all of this for me is that Google has recognized and capitalized on the fact that email is the ultimate social network and they are agregating- which is what they do best,” said Sameer Patel, a founding partner with the Sovos Group that consults about integrating social Web applications and collaborative technologies into the enterprise. Patel said that Google Buzz could become a service that sits on top of GMail, much in the same way that Xobni or Gist integrate with Microsoft Outlook.The integrated service shows how aggressive Google is getting versus Microsoft and other on-premise giants like IBM. Microsoft responded to the Buzz news this way:“Mary-Jo Foley posted her views that Microsoft also has been working to integrate social networks from third parties not just into its Web-mail product, but also into its Outlook mail client, via the Outlook Social Connector that the company unveiled at the Professional Developers Conference in 2009. Microsoft is integrating the Social Connector into the Office 2010 product which is due out in the first half of this year. Microsoft’s Social Connector does a lot of what Buzz does, except with more of a business-centric focus. Microsoft’s Social Connector also provides regularly updated “activity feeds” for those in a user’s social connector via a connection with SharePoint 2010.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Apps has it own faults to work out, before Google Buzz can even be considered a viable service for the enterprise. The Google Buzz open architecture may be the difference though, creating real opportunities for customers to pull external data into its real-time environment. Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgThe study works with stats on a large scale, comparing click through rates with education rates for entire states. The blog quotes Daniel Ruby, research director for Chitika, as saying that this should be taken as an opportunity.“Obviously, if you’re targeting a more educated demographic, you need to do a better job of making your ad worthwhile,” says Ruby. “This, like everything, is an opportunity to push the industry towards the idea of content first, sales pitch second, even among advertisements.”We fear that far too often, things like this work in the other direction and content follows the money, not vice versa. Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb is supported by advetisers who have realized this and are targetting our unusualy educated audience & influential audience. 73% of respondents to our recent readers’ poll have an advanced or undergraduate degree, over 46% have significant or final authority over IT purchasing decisions, and our advertisers target their ads accordingly. We believe that our readers are also unusually attractive and smell extra sweet, but we have only anecdotal evidence of that. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#advertising#e-commerce#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If the latest numbers from online ad network Chitika are anything to go by, then we may well be on our way to the world of Idiocracy. According to the study, which compared click through rates to college education, the less educated your audience, the more likely they are to click through on an advertisement.While this may be good news for some, it certainly seems to spell doom for supporting intelligent content through advertising.The two states with the lowest click rate were Massachusetts and Washington, while the state with the highest click-through rate was West Virginia. These correlate very strongly, according to Chitika’s blog post, with the education rates in those states. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… chris cameron Targeting Ads at User BehaviorsUser behavior seems to play a large role in determining which Facebook video ads work the best. By rewarding game players with virtual currency, advertisers see higher click-throughs, longer watch times and higher value from their ads. Interstitial ads, which pop up as users navigate through games and apps, garner just a fraction of the view time and click-through rate despite being cheaper to implement. Interstitial ads seem obtrusive to users since they only appear at the exact moment a user has clicked to navigate from one screen to another, so it makes sense that users close them quickly in frustration. By offering Facebook users with rewards for watching videos at their own discretion, advertisers attain much higher view times and click-throughs.center_img With a population approaching half of a billion users, if Facebook was its own nation it would be the third largest in the world behind China and India. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that secondary activities on Facebook – like viewing videos – can still produce high rankings for the site that compete with the likes of Hulu and YouTube. One of the ways users on Facebook view video is through advertisements, and a recent study by TubeMogul revealed some interesting stats on which ones worked, and why.TubeMogul studied the various forms of video advertising displayed throughout Facebook, including in-banner video, interstitial and virtual currency ads. Virtual currency ads are served to gamers who receive points or virtual money within a game in return for completing them, and they turned out to be one of the best methods of attracting traffic.You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch YoursAccording to the study, around 43% of virtual currency ad viewers completed the entire ad, and roughly 52% watched at least three quarters of the ad. These numbers just barely inch out those of in-banner and interstitial ads, but where the virtual currency ads excel is in click-through and share rate. By rewarding viewers for completing ads, advertisers see a click-through rate double that of in-banner ads and over 5 times that of interstitial ads. Users share these ads on Facebook and Twitter roughly 50% more than in-banner ads and around 6 times more than interstitial ads. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#advertising#Facebook#web Additionally, virtual currency ads are watched 6 seconds longer than in-banner ads on average, and nearly 5 times longer than interstitial ads. The most intriguing statistic from the study, especially for advertisers, is the price of these ads compared to how long they are watched. The study found that virtual currency ads average $0.22 per minute viewed, nearly identical to the $0.23 cost for interstitial ads. In-banner ads, on the other hand, averaged $6.27 per minute viewed.How Facebook Ads Stack Up Against Web BenchmarksBut how do these Facebook ads compare to ads placed outside of the site. TubeMogul used an off site benchmark to gauge the advantage or disadvantage of using Facebook for video ads. The study found that Facebook users are nearly twice as likely to finish watching ads than they would outside of the site, but click-throughs for the benchmark ads were higher than in-banner and interstitial Facebook ads. Virtual currency and in-banner ads are watched between 9 and 15 seconds longer than offsite ads, but the offsite ads tend to be better value to advertisers than many Facebook-based ads.last_img read more


first_imgInter Milan’s coach Luciano Spalletti says footballers might be losing focus during the winter transfer window because they are thinking on other stuff.Internazionale Milan is currently in the third position of the Italian Lega Serie A table.The team has won on 12 occasions, drawing four times and losing four matches.They have 40 points now, seven behind second-place Napoli, and 16 away from leaders Juventus.“Playing during the transfer window has never brought anything good to me. There are always many things going on and players can be less focused on the games,” Nerazzurri coach Luciano Spalletti told Gianluca Di Marzio.“Perisic is a very good player, of course, there are rumors about him during the transfer window. If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through. He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far,” he added.“Cedric Soares? This deal was completed because of Vrsaljko’s situation (struggling with injuries).”“We needed a player to fill a gap in that position, Sime [Vrsaljko] is evaluating his options with us and Atletico Madrid. We will try to do what is best for him,” he commented.“Did we already sign him Diego Godin? The winter transfer window is not over and yet you are still asking me to comment on the summer window,” he added about the Atletico Madrid player.“I have players in my squad that read what I say in press conferences. I have to work with the players I have now, and it’s not fair to them to discuss about Godin right now”.last_img read more


first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney Lauren Phinney, Updated: 2:55 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDemocrat and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is running for termed-out Supervisor Ron Roberts seat in District 4. Lauren Phinney spoke to Fletcher in studio about his campaign.Fletcher dropped out of politics a few years ago after a couple of angst-filled losses while taking flack for switching political parties. Most recently he was working for Qualcomm and teaching a class at UCSD. The urge to serve returned along with a long-term opportunity to end the GOP’s monopoly at the County level.To learn more about Nathan Fletcher, visit: https://www.nathanfletcher.com/ center_img June 4, 2018 Nathan Fletcher running for District 4 Posted: June 4, 2018last_img read more