Neuman elected to Human Rights Committee

first_imgGerald Neuman ’80, the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), has been elected to the Human Rights Committee, the premier treaty body in the U.N. human rights system. The committee monitors compliance by 166 states parties with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is part of the International Bill of Rights.The committee is composed of 18 independent members from 18 different countries with recognized expertise in the field of human rights. Members are elected to four-year terms by states parties.“After years of study of the global and regional human rights regimes, I am grateful for the opportunity to help increase the persuasiveness and effectiveness of the Human Rights Committee’s work,” said Neuman.Said HLS Dean Martha Minow: “Gerry Neuman has not only deep expertise in international human rights law but also superb judgment, an impeccable sense of fairness, and remarkable powers of analysis. He will bring these qualities to the critically important responsibility of implementing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — protecting the rights of individuals and also advancing into practice the vision of human rights that member nations endorsed on paper. This is a terrific appointment for the Human Rights Committee — and a very proud moment for Harvard Law School.”To read the full announcement, visit the HLS website.last_img read more

Holiday Exercise

first_imgThe holiday season can be a challenging time for those who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle.From office parties to classic family get-togethers, it seems every event brings an endless array of delicious home-cooked dishes. It’s easy to see why so many Americans relinquish their commitments to eat smarter around the holidays. One of the best ways to fight off holiday meal regret is by exercising on a regular basis, said Alison Berg, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist.“It’s much harder to lose weight than it is to prevent weight gain,” she said.Making time for physical activity is often easier said than done. With lower temperatures and decreased daylight hours, the temptation to skip out on a good daily exercise session is tougher than ever.Try avoiding the regret later by applying these recommended tips from UGA Extension today:Work smarter, not harder. Don’t wait until the new year to set new goals for living healthier.The No. 1 obstacle to regular exercise for many people is time.“People have really hectic schedules, or they’re often going to visit family and friends, and exercise just isn’t at the top of their priority list,” Berg said.If setting aside a full hour for exercise just doesn’t sound possible for you, try finding regular points in the day and use those breaks to get in a quick 10 or 15 minutes of activity. “Just doing a little bit can really help you not have as much to get rid of at the end of the holiday season,” Berg said. “Try to get additional physical activity when you’re on the go. If you can’t make a meaningful exercise session, try to make sure you’re getting in some extra steps.”Berg suggests small measures, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. “If you go to one of those big-box retailers or a department store to do some shopping, before you get your cart or pick up your first item, do a lap around the perimeter of the store just to get those extra steps in before you start shopping,” she said.Know your resources. For some people, getting to the gym for a daily workout can be too stressful or intimidating.For others, hefty membership fees and the time spent getting to the nearest gym make it unattainable.If that sounds like you, consider building a workout plan that can be done completely within the comfort of your home.Many people mistakenly believe that exercising at home requires the purchase of bulky, often expensive, equipment, but that’s not necessarily the case.“There are lots of apps now that can give you little 10-minute bursts of something you can do with your own body weight, or even just a quick cardiovascular workout that doesn’t require any equipment,” Berg said.Don’t go it alone. Research has shown that having someone to hold you accountable for a goal will greatly increase your chances of success.If you’re going to give at-home workouts a try, consider finding a family member or friend to hold you accountable for your progress.If that doesn’t work, try finding an online trainer through one of the many apps available to download at little to no cost. You can also use the sharing function of these apps to share your progress on social media sites or in closed social media groups specific to that app to get virtual social support.Another creative suggestion Berg offered is making better use of the holiday time you spend with people you typically don’t see.Rather than sitting around in someone’s home to talk, try going on a walk together to catch up on life.Avoid getting too “wrapped up.” If you decide to brave the weather to get in some physical activity, make sure your clothing choices don’t send you heading back home to change.Be sure that your head, hands, and feet stay extra warm and covered. Rather than donning your thickest, warmest coat, try multiple thin layers of clothing that are easier to move in or remove if you start to get too warm.Develop a healthy reward system. The greatest reward you can get from regular exercise is the benefit of living a healthier lifestyle, but if that’s not enough for you, consider adding another incentive.Whether it’s a fun holiday activity on your next day off or just an extra serving of your grandma’s sweet potato casserole, make sure you maintain a good balance in choosing your reward.There’s certainly no shortage of treats around the holiday season, but you can avoid the regret of overindulgence if you have a clear system in place to help you gauge what your hard work has earned you.Ellen Hallman is a student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.last_img read more

An IPA Named for the South’s Most Iconic Peak

first_imgMt. Mitchell is different than a lot of the other IPAs on the market these days, which tend to be juicy fruit bombs. It has depth and nuance, which is cool considering the brewery used just that one hop strain. My only complaint: Natty Greene’s doesn’t put this beer in a can, which means I’m probably not going to lug it with me on my next hike up Mount Mitchell. Because how great would it be to drink a beer named after the mountain that just kicked your ass, while standing on top of that mountain? So post modern.[divider]more from[/divider] Natty Greene’s, out of Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of those breweries that gets overlooked all too often. I’m as guilty as anyone. They’ve been around for a while (since 2004), so the new car smell has worn off. Plus their distribution is pretty limited. That said, every time I’ve had the chance to suck down a Natty Greene, I’ve enjoyed it. And they’re in the midst of a pretty big expansion, building a $10 million production facility that would take the brewery’s capacity to 100,000 barrels of beer a year. Right now, they’re brewing about 17,000 barrels a year. This year, Natty Greene’s is also releasing a few new beers, and Mt. Mitchell IPA is one of them. First, I can’t believe nobody’s done a Mount Mitchell beer before. Bravo, Natty Greene’s, for naming a beer after the South’s most iconic peak. This is  a single hop beer, which means the brewery only uses one hop strain, instead of the more common melting pot of hops approach. The beauty of a single hopped beer, is that the beer becomes a venue to showcase what that particular hop can do. In this case, Natty Greene used Eureka hops, a relatively new hop variety that’s known for its pungent aroma. I think the beer world is one of the few places where “pungent aroma” is a compliment. Eureka is all about the pine, until it’s not, then it’s all about the grapefruit. Digging into Mt. Mitchell, pine needles are heavy on the nose (imagine getting lost in a Christmas Tree farm outside of Boone) and they hit you hard on the sip, too. Then things balance out a little with some slightly sweet grapefruit before a dry finish whisks it all away. Overall, it tastes really fresh (back to that Christmas tree farm again), and has a great balance thanks to the malt bill, which provides a bready, almost cracker-like note. Eureka was originally called “Experimental Pine Fruit.” That’s a pretty apt description. Emphasis on the pine.last_img read more

US. And Interim Venezuelan Government Sign Cooperation Agreement For Reconstruction Of Venezuela

first_imgBy Sofía Pisani / Voice of America November 12, 2019 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Venezuelan interim government signed a joint cooperation agreement for $214 million to be used in several stages to rebuild democracy in Venezuela.The agreement was signed at USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the presence of Carlos Vecchio, Juan Guaidó’s ambassador to the United States, who said that the agreement meant the beginning of a new era for U.S.-Venezuelan relations. The agreement, he added, would help achieve political change in his country.“This is a historical agreement for us, because we are signing an international cooperation agreement between the U.S. government of President Trump and the [Venezuelan] interim government, enabling us to strengthen Venezuelan society, fight for human rights, reinforce our foreign relations to increase international pressure, and work on the country’s reconstruction process,” Vecchio told Voice of America.Vecchio added that USAID and the Venezuelan diplomatic delegation in the U.S. would manage the money, abiding by all the parameters of transparency.According to USAID Administrator Mark Green, $98 million will be used to address the internal situation of the South American country, specifically in terms of human rights, freedom of the press, and development. Another $116 million will be delivered to the United Nations to be distributed to independent non-profit organizations in Venezuela and provide humanitarian assistance throughout the country.last_img read more

East Patchogue Stabbing Suspect’s Photo Released

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this suspect?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect who beat and stabbed a man outside a food store in East Patchogue last month.The assailant walked up to the victim in front of Plaza La Familia on East Main Street, where the suspect punched and kicked the victim and then stabbed him with an unknown object at 9 p.m. Oct. 23, according to Fifth Squad detectives.The suspect is described as heavy set Hispanic man with a tattoo of barbed wire on his right bicep and black hair that is short on both sides. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap at the time.Police also released surveillance camera images of the suspect to help the public identify him.Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Tips on how to design a quality website for a hotel

first_imgWhile it seems like an exciting creative process, launching a new website for a hotel can be a daunting task. The end result must include a good balance of images and visuals, a well-designed e-commerce system and the latest technologies. Headlines that attract attention not only convey important information, but also set the tone of a website’s communication. What is the personality of your brand? Classic, fun or serious? Find the perfect font style that will suit the personality of the accommodation. Below we will present a useful guide for the design of the hotel website compiled by the portal eHotelier. 1. Tell a story Visitors often only glance at the website, but striking headlines and statements can engage them or keep them longer and lead them to other content. Let future guests feel like they are on your property. Impressive videos and quality photos create the experience. Investing in content will definitely pay off. 4. Micro-interactions The website must act as an effective booking tool, and it serves not only to compete with the competition, but also with online travel agencies. The most successful travel websites present a destination within an interesting story. Whether it is an urban oasis or an island paradise, the personality of the accommodation comes to the fore. To stay true to the values ​​of your brand, opt for an interesting website design that serves as an authentic display of your accommodation. Vertical navigation can easily present multiple choices making it ideal for accommodation offers and for sites with special offers. This design gives an instant view of all available options and concisely displays all content. Welcoming and delighting visitors, micro-interactions also provide instant feedback, thus creating user engagement. Note that a website on mobile devices does not have to be an exact copy of the design viewed from a computer. For faster loading or better adaptation to smaller screens, some features may be omitted or modified. Best design practices show us that the booking panel must always be visible. Notification of the benefits of direct bookings and messages such as “guaranteed best price” or “free Wi-Fi” attract customers. In addition to the booking panel on the home page, direct booking benefits must be visible in all key areas. The offer of accommodation and pages with special benefits are usually the most viewed sections on any website – the use of direct “call-to-action” messages on them is crucial. Given that the use of mobile phones is slowly overtaking browsing from a computer, putting the mobile experience first becomes absolutely necessary. Flexible web page formats detect the screen size of the device through which visitors view it, whether it is a mobile phone, laptop or tablet, and change the look of the web page accordingly. 3. Experience on mobile devices Unusual positions, multiple layers, accent colors, or illustrations are just some of the many techniques that can be used to create a unique visual display.center_img 5. Striking headlines Going beyond traditional design rules can give a website a distinctive look. If you represent a youthful and vibrant brand, consider introducing concepts beyond the standard framework. Mega menus expand to panels along the page allowing them to take you to numerous links within the main website. They are ideal for accommodations with a wider range such as wellness, swimming pools, wedding halls and the like. Source / photo: eHotelier; Song Saa Faced with stiff competition and higher commissions, hotels are on a mission to refine their direct booking strategies. The most powerful tool in their arsenal is a cleverly designed website with clear navigation and a flawless booking process. With technological evolution, designers today have much more freedom to choose an unusual font without compromising readability on smaller screens. The asymmetrical look makes the website more dynamic and exciting. Visitors will be animated and intrigued and will stay on it longer. The navigation menu must be fixed (for example, at the top of the page) to allow users to move pages more easily no matter where they are, but also to keep the booking panel visible at all times. Fixed navigation encourages visitors to stay longer on the website, thus increasing the total number of views. Interaction with the audience creates a sense of control – it transforms passive users into willing participants. These visual or audible signs make users more aware of their actions on the website, while drawing their attention to certain features. 2. Direct booking 7. Ingenious menus and navigation Micro-interactions are short reactions or responses that users notice when they perform a particular action. They can be expressed in a multitude of ways like sounds or animations. To maximize the success of bookings from mobile devices it is always best to strive for simplicity. Buttons that encourage action must always be the center of attention, menus must be short and clear, and the booking process as simple as possible. Since users on mobile devices navigate with their thumb or finger, key features need to be at their fingertips. 6. Asymmetry and incorrect layout Content that emphasizes emotions is always more interesting. Titles like “Experience True Mediterranean Tastes” fare much better than those like “Seafood Specialties.” Make the content appealing – “immerse yourself in luxury” or “experience magical moments”.last_img read more

Will these owners keep or sell their dream reno?

first_imgAnd what it looked like before the renovation. And after. And how it looked after. And before the renovation. The renovated living room. That’s a big difference. While John started out wanting to stay, through the course of the show and after Andrew Winter showed them what else was available, they have decided to list it.“Once we had two boys, they are little puppies and they need a yard to run around and we don’t have a yard, it’s basically a deck and a pool,’’ Georgia said.“So for me it really didn’t mean what we did physically to change the house by building in underneath, you can’t actually change the footprint of the house.’’“By the end of the show I sort of came around to that a little bit,’’ John said.“I had always thought we’ll have the front yard and, we will have more house but the more and more we got to see other properties then the yard became just as important.’’The couple agreed that the result of the renovation was beautiful and better than they would have envisaged themselves. “The benefit would be they do the renovation before we look to sell it and then we can make a decision about whether we want to stay there after the renovation or not.’’“It was three bedrooms plus a study and then one full bathroom and a powder room,’’ Georgia said.Downstairs had a double lock up garage and it was already enclosed as a garage with timber slats, and a full structural slab already in place. Neale Whittaker transformed this area in the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago When they bought it the appealed because of the ability to build in underneath and it had a good back deck and swimming pool and was close to the train station.With the arrival of their twins sons, John said they started to realise the house wasn’t big enough for them anymore.“We had only ever imaged having four people, here, two adults and two kids, so then it was the decision was maybe we don’t do the renovation ourselves and we sell it as. The market has moved and it’s a growing area. That’s when the show came along and we thought that is exactly the decision we were trying to make. John and Georgia Bilad at their renovated Corinda home.WHEN John and Georgia Bilad bought their Corinda home they always thought it would be great for future renovation and would grow as their family did.The couple were expecting their daughter Madeleine when they moved in, but the arrival of twin sons about 18 months later saw them fast track their desire to expand their living quarters.John didn’t like the idea of moving so hoped a speedy renovation on the Lifestyle Channel’s, Love It Or List It, would achieve the space they needed for their fast growing family.But Georgia had different ideas and hoped that John could be convinced they could find a different home that had what they really needed — more outdoor space. Unfortunately though it was the perfect house on too small a block of land.“It’s a beautiful home it is a beautiful area, they have done an amazing job on the renovation,’’ Georgia said.“What they did inside was just amazing.’’The house was transformed into a five-bedroom home. Two bedrooms were added downstairs as well as a bathroom and another living space.An upstairs study was used to put in internal stairs and a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite for one of the back bedrooms. This is how the dining area looks now. The downstairs area before the renovation. Neale Whittaker helped deliver an amazing renovation for the couple, but Andrew Winter showed them they could buy what they were after.The home has not been listed for sale yet, the couple are building a carport out the front and hope to have it on the market next year.“It’s a hard thing when someone designs a home with you specifically in mind,’’ Georgia said of appearing on the show.“I think that was part of it, it is definitely to our taste and our style, it’s beautifully done, so it’s very hard to go ‘oh thanks, but no thanks’,’’ she said. The bedroom before the renovation. This part of the downstairs was converted into a bathroom. “But for me it is still one of those things as beautiful as the house is itself it still doesn’t really fix the challenge that I have around lack of yard and that space to grow into.’’Tune in to Lifestyle on Wednesday October 24 at 8.30pm, as a New South Wales couple Isaac and Renee decide whether to love or list their Sutherland Shire home of six years.last_img read more

Renters loved this Camp Hill house so much, they bought it

first_imgOne of the bedrooms.“I sold the property to the sellers to some years ago,” Mr Hicks said.“They went to Melbourne on a transfer and leased out the property.“The first tenant ended up being the buyers at this auction.“They kept saying they wanted to own this house, so as soon as it came on the market they called me up and bought it at the auction.”The agent said the family planned to live in it as is for now.“Long term, the plan for the property is to build in underneath and make it a really awesome Queenslander.” Inside 13 Newman Ave, Camp Hill.“It was a stormy Sunday morning, so we held the auction on the front deck and inside the lounge room,” Mr Hicks said.“We had a good crowd of about 40-odd people and bidding kicked off at $1 million.”Mr Hicks said bidding rose “fast and furiously” before it broke down to $1000 bids.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The house sold under the hammer for $1,127,000. Outdoors was an inground pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45center_img The house at 13 Newman Ave, Camp Hill, sold at auction for $1,127,000.A FAMILY who once rented this Camp Hill house loved it so much they bought it.Place Estate Agents Bulimba agent Shane Hicks said three registered bidders battled for the 13 Newman Ave Queenslander on a gloomy Sunday morning.last_img read more

WFS and EERS Develop Diver Wireless Core Body Monitoring System

first_imgWFS Technologies has partnered with EERS Global Technologies to develop Seatooth, the world’s first underwater wireless ear-based core body temperature monitoring system for divers.Seatooth eers comprises a custom earpiece with integrated temperature sensor wirelessly enabled by a Seatooth wPAN (wireless Personal Area Network) node.Diver core body temperature is transmitted wirelessly to Seatooth SWiCOM, a wireless underwater tablet. Diver core body temperature is monitored, and information can be transmitted to a diver buddy using Seatooth wireless communications.WFS demonstrated Seatooth at a DOD SOCOM event in Florida Keys in November this year.The first generation of Seatooth SWiCOM was launched in early 2017. Following customer feedback the system was upgraded with an improved user interface, extended communications range and additional functionality.“Seatooth diver is the first of a new generation of wireless sensors designed to revolutionise health monitoring of divers,” the company said.last_img read more

Watch Live: Mexico’s deepwater bid round

first_imgMexico is on Wednesday hosting the opening of bids for awarding its deepwater oil and gas exploration acreage as part of the of the Fourth Tender of Round 2. You can watch the event on Offshore Energy Today, starting 16:00hrs CET.The event, scheduled for Wednesday, January 31, 2018, involves the tender of 29 offshore contractual areas, tendered as license contracts. The areas are located within the oil provinces of Perdido, Mexican Cordilleras, and the Salina Basin.The national oil and gas regulator Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) on last Thursday released a list of the companies that have qualified for bidding in the round.Nine companies will bid individually. Also, seventeen consortia will take part in the round. In Total, 26 bidders from 16 countries will take part.Individual bidders will be BHP Billiton, CNOOC, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Pemex, Petronas, Shell, Statoil, and Total. Also, nineteen companies will take part grouped as 17 consortia.Note: Viewers can select to watch the stream in Spanish or in English, by changing the language of the video.Offshore Energy Today will report on the results of the bidding round on Thursday morning Central European Time.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more