Executives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Liberia have called on the National Legislature to ratify the Kampala Convention.The Kampala Convention calls for the establishment of a legal framework for preventing external displacement, and protecting and assisting of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). It is a framework for solidarity, cooperation, promotion of durable solutions and mutual support between state parties. It provides for the respective obligations of armed groups, non state actors and other relevant actors, including civil society organizations.The IDPs are people obliged to flee their homes or places of habitual residence in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violation of human rights, natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internally recognized state border.ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo, said the workshop about Post-IDP Conference Advocacy Mission to Liberia was meant to discuss the adoption of the commitment Liberia had made with respect to the Kampala Convention about the welfare of the IDPs.He said there were discussions at a local resort in Monrovia a few years back where the need for making laws to protect IDPs was discussed, and with this commitment, ECOWAS is looking up toLiberia’s Lawmakers to ratify the Convention.The Ebola crisis, coupled with other natural disasters, Ambassador Ajisomo said, drives internal displacement and urged ECOWAS countries to remain vigilant and strengthen the health sector in a collective effort.It was noted that the recent flood disaster due to heavy downpour had displaced many residents of Monrovia, while fire disasters and demolition of congested slum communities in Accra had displaced thousands in Ghana.For UNHCR Acting Representative Loli Kimyaci, her organization has been collaborating with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to sensitize people about the significance of ratifying the Kampala Convention.Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow, ECOWAS Social and Gender Affairs Commissioner, also recalled that an agreement had been reached among West African leaders for strong implementation of the Kampala Convention, and sensitization carried out so that people will be aware of its domestication and implementation.She said the meeting on July 2, 2015, was a snapshot to get ECOWAS countries to see reason for the implementation of the convention since it has been agreed on by all parties.Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, who arrived when the opening formalities were drawing to a close, said Liberia remains committed to ECOWAS and the Kampala Convention as ECOWAS’ role in restoring peace in the sub-region is visible to all.He also noted that signing and ratifying Convention was not enough, but Africans must learn to domesticate and reform laws that will be in conformity with international instruments.Nimba County Representative, Sam Kogar, in remarks, pledged to rally his fellow lawmakers to ensure the Convention is ratified.The discussion held in Monrovia was in commemoration of the IDP Sensitization Mission to Liberia’s 40th Anniversary. The discussions took into consideration scores of issues including humanitarian affairs policy and action plan, presentation of the Kampala Convention and outcomes.The Kampala Convention of the African Union (AU) on IDPs adopted by ECOWAS underscores that state parties are obligated to prevent political, social, cultural and economic exclusion and marginalization of citizens. State parties are also to ensure individual responsibility and accountability for acts of arbitrary displacement, including that of non-state actors, and may seek the cooperation of international organizations or humanitarian agencies and civil society organizations.The convention further obligates parties to protect their populations against arbitrary displacement and displacement caused by development projects.During period of displacement, state parties are also called to bear the primary responsibility for providing protection and assistance to IDPs within their territories, including IDPs registration and documentation. They are expected to respect the mandate of the AU and the United Nations (UN) and the role of international humanitarian agencies in providing protection and assistance, respecting the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence of humanitarian actors.The Kampala Convention requires state parties to protect humanitarian personnel respect and ensure respect for the civilian and humanitarian character of places where IDPs are sheltered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Banks DIH Limited on Saturday rewarded 25 of its employees’ and shareholders’ children who were successful at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).Senior executives of Banks DIH joined by the NGSA bursary awardeesThe children were awarded bursaries towards their future endeavours during the presentation ceremony which was held at the company’s Sports Club, Thirst Park, Georgetown.Delivering remarks at the event, Communications Manager of Banks DIH, Troy Peters, congratulated the students for their accomplishment. He also urged them to continue to strive for excellence.While echoing the same sentiments as Peters, Co-managing Director of Banks DIH, George McDonald also encouraged the children to remain enthusiastic in their academic pursuits.Moreover, the company’s brew master, Matthew Kendall, took the opportunity to remind this year’s awardees that the bursary awards ceremony is the company’s commitment to its social responsibility.Among the awardees were Nia Pemberton, Sadelle Britton, Jorrel Payne, Latavia Darrell, Ziquan Grant, Kymani Jabbar, Ramual Dindyal, Duke Gittens, Daria Clement, Duel Booker, Brianna Hendricks, Shania Duguid, Akeelah Niles, Alliya Stewart and Naomi Smith; all of whom are children of individuals employed with Banks DIH.Adding to that were a number of students who are the children of stakeholders, comprising of Quacy Isaacs, Kazaquah Uzzi, Juan Ferrieira, Angelina Dhoray, Nicholas Parmesar, Saeed Osman, Brandon McKoy, Rashilo Cornelius, Brianna Dey and Kunal Challu.These students are all off to pursue their secondary education at the respective schools awarded based on their performance at the NGSA.
July 25, 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraEast Housing, together with West Housing, is bookending (buttressing) the iconic Arcosanti South Vault. As the name implies, East Housing has been a collection of apartments, some are private and others are shared by the residents. Originally a family occupied the main quarter that includes a large kitchen and living area. However, over the years, the spacious interior was devided into smaller units as the building’s needs changed.After some discussions, we have decided to remove the walls and ceiling to open up the space, closer to the original conditions. This approach will reveal its dynamic silcast ceiling to all people visiting the East Housing main floor, instead of blocking the view to accommodate one occupant.[Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe demolition of the interior walls and ceiling, mostly made of lumber, plywood and sheetrock, has begun. Construction staff Issac Mueske (with bloom), and contruction volunteers Conor Denison (on the stairs) and Anna Petrovska gather debries from the initial teardown.photo by Tomiaki TamuraA peek at the Soleri-trademaked siltcast work through the holes in the peeled ceiling. The spiral design on the concrete ceiling done in early 1970s was originally seen by every visitor to the building. However it has not been visible for consequent decades unless invited by the occupant upstairs. Hopefully we will reveal more details of the building as the project makes further progress.
Ralph BrownCable standards body CableLabs and Cisco have teamed up to unveil a new open-source software project to drive forward the Remote PHY architecture.Remote PHY is a modular cable headend architecture that converts the IP signal to RF closer to the edge of the network by distributing edgeQAM functionality rather than performing this at a central headend facility. It is seen as one of the emerging set of tools, associated with the advanced data-over-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1, that will enable cable operators to ensure that their networks are up to the job of delivering ultra high-speed services to compete with FTTH.The CableLabs/Cisco initiative, labeled OpenRPD, was originally developed by Cisco and contributed to the open source environment hosted at CableLabs. The RPD is a physical layer converter commonly located in an optical node of the cable network. This open source software will reside in the Remote PHY Device and will be available to cable operators and RPD vendors around the world, according to Cisco.The software is designed to help further interoperability efforts and promote virtualization techniques to speed time to market with new services, according to the company, enabling legacy optical node vendors to build Remote PHY nodes“More and more of the telecommunications infrastructure is running on open source platforms. CableLabs has a history of contributing to and hosting open source projects. The OpenRPD project helps launch CableLabs increased focus on open source projects for the cable industry,” said Ralph Brown, CTO, CableLabs.“This is open source for cable access. Not only does it help move the industry toward the future architecture but it also enables a new developer community,” said Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and chief architect, Cisco.“Open standards, open source and an open ecosystem community for developers is a key trajectory for networking. We see the Remote PHY architecture and RPD evolving to a more generalised and virtualised architecture that can be applied to all types of access networks.”
TV will continue to take the biggest share of the global ad market in 2016, with spend expected to grow by 3.1% this year driven by the Olympic Games and US elections, according to new research.In its Ad Spend Report, media agency Carat said that while digital is “constantly closing the gap”, TV continues to “command the majority of market share” and will account for an estimated 41.4% of total global advertising spend this year.This compares to a 27.0% estimated share for digital ad spend, although this sector is expanding far more rapidly and “continues to be the star performer for growth”, according to Carat.“TV advertising spend is forecast to grow moderately by 3.1% in 2016 supported by major media events including the US presidential elections, the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship and the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Growth in TV advertising spend is estimated to continue at a moderated pace of 2.9% in 2017,” said the report.While TV ad spend continues to grow in real terms, as a proportion of the overall ad market its share is declining slightly – from a 42.0% share in 2015 to a projected 40.7% share in 2017.By contrast, digital ad spend is tipped to grow from a 24.6% share of the global ad market in 2015 to 29.3% in 2017.In cash terms, digital spend is expected to grow by 15.0% this year, driven by an upsurge in mobile (+37.9%), online video (+34.7%) and social media (+29.8%).“The influence of digital media is significantly more complex than the 27% [global ad market share] figure might suggest. We are using a truly digital mindset to plan TV; we buy TV airtime programmatically and use TV to drive search,” said Sanjay Nazerali, chief strategy officer, Carat Global.“We leverage social to boost linear TV ratings and amplify user-generated content. With this mindset we combine TV and rich consumer data to buy against people, not schedules.”Overall global ad spend is expected to grow by US$23 billion in 2016 to reach US$538 billion – a 4.5% year-on-year increase, according to the research.Commenting on the findings of the report, Jerry Buhlmann, CEO of digital marketing and communications company Dentsu Aegis said: “the strength of digital continues to be the dominant element in the growth of the global advertising expenditure whilst TV spend remains as the foundations of our industry.”
More than 100 million mobile VR devices – including smartphone and standalone headsets – will access games globally by 2023, up from 52 million devices in 2019, according to Juniper Research.Juniper’s ‘Virtual Reality Markets: Innovation, Disruption and Future Prospects 2019-2023’ report argues that the development of smartphone VR content is essential for increasing consumer confidence in VR, following a disappointing year of hardware sales in 2018.Juniper claims that low-cost mobile VR content is needed to initially engage users and encourage them to other VR platforms and predicts that mobile VR will account for more than 55% of total VR games revenues by 2023.Overall revenues from VR-specific games are expected to rise from US$1.2 billion in 2019 to $8.2 billion by 2023. However, Juniper also forecasts that more than 50% of mobile VR games accessed in 2019 will not be monetised due to difficulty of implementing advertising in VR without impeding the user experience.The research names 2023 as the year that VR content revenues – from games, multimedia, gambling and other categories – will surpass hardware revenues for the first time, and recommends that VR headset vendors prepare for this growth by increasing their VR content libraries through app store partnerships.“Revenues from VR-specific mobile games will exceed US$4.6 billion by 2023, however average revenue per mobile VR games user will be the lowest of all VR platforms. In response, app developers must mitigate high app abandonment rates by providing engaging and continually-updated content,” said Sam Barker, senior analyst with Juniper Research.