Gunfights in Shopian, Kupwara; 3 militants killed

first_imgSrinagar: Three militants were killed on Thursday as two gun fights raged in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian and Kupwara districts, police said. All three were killed in the south Kashmir encounter in Shopian district. “Hiding militants opened fire at the security forces in Yarwan village of Keller area during a cordon and search operation. Three militants were killed in the resulting encounter,” a police officer said. The other gun battle was in Yaroo village of Langate area in Kupwara, where firing exchanges started as security forces closed down on the militants.last_img

As fighting escalates in Yemen UN agency repeats call for humanitarian access

“We again appeal for the protection of civilians and secure and unhindered access for humanitarian workers to deliver much needed assistance,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.UNHCR now estimates that some 175,000 people have been affected by the conflict with Al Houthi rebels since 2004, including those displaced by the latest fighting which began in August.Some 2,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) arrived from embattled Sa’ada governorate to the Al Mazrak camp in Hajja governorate over the past few days, the agency reported. The Al Mazrak camp, now hosting some 8,700 IDPs, has been reorganized and extended to accommodate the new arrivals, while another 11,000 IDPs are sheltered by host families and communities.Over the weekend, UNHCR airlifted a shipment of emergency relief items from its central emergency stockpile in Dubai, including large tents and prefabricated warehouses that will help to improve aid delivery.Meanwhile, the agency’s office in Riyadh was informed yesterday by the Saudi authorities that the situation at the Alp border is stable, allowing UNHCR to continue its cross-border aid activities.“We are hopeful that we will receive the security clearances from the Saudi authorities for the next aid convoy in the coming days,” said Mr. Mahecic. 10 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency said today it is extremely concerned about the recent escalation of the conflict between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen, and once again appealed for access to those displaced by the fighting.

Sexual exploitation of children on the rise in Mauritius UN rights expert

Wrapping up an 11-day visit to the Indian Ocean country, the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography said the number of reported cases of sexual abuse, maltreatment and neglect in Mauritius continues to rise, despite the efforts of authorities and others to combat the problem.“The phenomenon of girls sexually exploited in prostitution, either casual or permanent, is equally worrying, as is the growing number of teenage mothers,” said Najat Maalla M’jid in a statement issued in Port Louis, the capital.“But the true scale of the sale and sexual exploitation remains difficult to determine because of the taboo surrounding sexuality and the absence of a centralized information system.”Ms. Maalla M’jid said a number of factors had led to the rising vulnerability of children, including poverty, family dysfunction and alcohol and drug use. She also cited increasing consumerism, the persistent demands of the market for commercial sex, access to new technologies and parental migration for economic reasons.A lack of sex education programmes also means children are not informed about the risks inherent in sexual activity at a young age, the statement noted.But the Special Rapporteur welcomed the Mauritian Government’s ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the scale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, which took place during her visit.She also visited centres and programmes dedicated to the protection of children from violence and sexual abuse on both the island of Mauritius and the island of Rodrigues.During the visit Ms. Maalla M’jid met with senior Government officials, the country’s ombudsperson for children, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international partners as well. 12 May 2011Mauritian children are increasingly vulnerable to sexual exploitation, due to a combination of poverty, family dysfunction, social taboos, alcohol and drugs, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

UK tells UNHRC it welcomes steps taken in Sri Lanka

He said the UK encourages Sri Lanka to implement in full the commitments made to the Council to secure long-term reconciliation. The United Kingdom (UK) today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) it welcomes some of the positive steps taken in the country to address the human rights issue.Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, addressing the Council on the opening day of the 40 session, said that the UK welcomes the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations. The UK is to submit a Resolution on Sri Lanka during the ongoing 40th session. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon briefed the UNHRC on the concerns the UK has on the state of human rights in some countries.“Finally, to end on a more positive note, we welcome the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations and we encourage them to implement in full the commitments made to this Council to secure long-term reconciliation,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)

UN asks Russian authorities to postpone closure of camps for displaced Chechens

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is asking the Russian authorities to postpone their announced impending closures of tent camps in Ingushetia housing thousands of Chechens who were forced to flee violence in their republic.The agency is also requesting a joint assessment of alternative accommodation sites before any relocation would take place, spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.Moscow had announced plans to close on Sunday the Aki Yurt camp, which houses over 1,500 people. “Given that lows of -5° C. are predicted for the area this weekend, it is imperative that real alternatives are available for the displaced people before gas and electricity are cut,” Mr. Redmond said. He also cited other recent statements by Russian authorities indicating plans to close all tent camps in Ingushetia by the end of the year.UNHCR has stressed that returns to Chechnya can only be considered voluntary if displaced persons are fully informed about conditions for return and if they have a genuine alternatives available to allow them to remain in Ingushetia.“We have repeatedly underlined that, regarding return to Chechnya, assistance should follow the people, not the other way around,” the spokesman emphasized. “While some people have returned voluntarily, others continue to express fears about returning to Chechnya because of the security situation there.”The agency is also concerned because although it had received prior approval to winterize other tent camps in Ingushetia – replacing worn-out or damaged tents – it has since been informed that “all tent replacement is to stop,” Mr. Redmond said. Of the approximately 110,000 displaced Chechens living in Ingushetia, some 20,000 live in tent camps, according to UNHCR.

Longtime UN envoy Brahimi honoured by Arab American group in US

Mr. Brahimi, who prior to Iraq was instrumental in brokering the accord on a post-Taliban Afghanistan, was presented with the 2005 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award by the Arab American Institute Foundation yesterday at a gala in Washington, DC.The prize was created in 1999 by the Institute to honour individuals and organizations that have made a significant and lasting contribution to promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people with diverse backgrounds in the United States and throughout the world.Mr. Brahimi was honoured for his commitment to conflict prevention and resolution, as well as his efforts around the globe to establish free and fair elections. He also was singled out for his exemplary record in promoting the human rights, relief and reconstruction activities of the United Nations and its special missions.Kahlil Gibran was the author of The Prophet and other works that underscored his respect for the dignity of man, his belief in the sanctity of individual freedom and his universal love of humanity.Previous honourees include boxing champ Muhammad Ali, Queen Noor of Jordan, rock star Sting, the Ford Motor Company and former Senator George Mitchell.

UK bus and coach markets sees 88 fall in demand in Q3

New bus and coach registrations fell -8.8% in the third quarter of this year, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).1,820 vehicles joined UK roads in the period – 176 fewer than 2017’s third quarter – as the market continued to feel the impact of low business confidence and uncertainty over Clean Air Zone plans.From July to September, demand in all three segments fell, with double-digit decline for double-decks(-26.8%), while single-decks and minibuses declined -8.9% and -3.8% respectively.So far in 2018 5,642 new buses and coaches have been registered in the UK, representing a -5.6% fall compared with the same period in 2017. Double-decks experienced the largest decline (-24.0%), followed by single-decks (-12.9%). Meanwhile, minibus registrations increased in the first nine months of the year, up 6.1%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, saidWhile the cyclical nature of the bus and coach market can result in fluctuating registrations, this seventh consecutive quarter of decline is concerning. Operators face political and economic uncertainty, alongside confusion surrounding the upcoming Clean Air Zones that will differ by local authority, which is inevitably affecting their confidence to invest in the latest low-emission buses. We need the right conditions that encourage businesses to commit to renewing their fleets, especially given the vital role buses will play in improving local air quality. Demand for new buses and coaches declines -8.8% in Q3, with 1,820 vehicles joining UK roads.Double-deck, single-deck and minibuses all down, -26.8%, -8.9% and -3.8% respectively.Year-to-date, 5,642 vehicles registered, down -5.6% on same period in 2017. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Edinburgh Festival Fringes most successful act A dead hang challenge

One of the “dead hang challenges” making money in EdinburghCredit: Max Olesker / i newspaper Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It has an international arts festival, a book festival, and a world-famous Fringe encompassing some 1,200 shows to suit all tastes. But staking a claim to being Edinburgh’s most successful act this year? A fairground-style chin up bar charging macho men and drunken festival-goers to hang off it for two minutes.Street performers outside the main festival venues are making more money than the up-and-coming comedians, it is said, after setting up rival free-standing metal bars and challenging passersby to hold on. The most successful charges contenders £10 a try, with a £100 prize if they manage to stay on for two full minutes. Pawel and Mikolaj Ratowski, the cousins behind it, told the i newspaper they see 120- 150 people attempt it on an August day, with only one or two – usually ”mechanics, builders, farmers” – managing it. Rival Martin Lipiecki, who runs a similar “Tarzan Challenge” with a target of 100 seconds, told the Telegraph the amount of money made depends somewhat on the time of day.  One of the "dead hang challenges" making money in Edinburgh John Brewer, Professor of Applied Sports Science at Buckinghamshire New University, said: “I suspect it is something about the biomechanics of the bar that makes it difficult for people to grip on. “It shouldn’t be too hard for someone with strong shoulders and core to hang on for two minutes, which suggests that all the effort is somehow being shifted into the hands, which makes it harder.“I recently did an endurance competition using a similar hanging exercise with rings and plenty of people could do it for two minutes and longer.”A version of the two minute dead-hang challenge is a familiar sight at fairs and is often considered a scam, with some using a rotating or thick bar to make it harder for people to grip. “When people are sober, there are more winners,” he said. “When people are drinking, still they can do it but less.”One festival producer said a performer would need to sell out a 250-seat venue to make a £1,000 profit: the same as the chin-up bar businessmen can make on a successful day. 

Lamboos Geumam highpurity flake graphite successfully trialled in a Lithium ion battery

first_imgLamboo’s Geumam (South Korea) flake graphite was successfully independently tested in a lithium ion battery cell by Very Small Particle Co (VSPC), a leading Australian lithium ion battery R&D specialist laboratory. Conductivity and performance tests undertaken by VSPC over the past nine months demonstrated the Geumam product’s equivalence to synthetic graphite material. VSPC concluded that the results suggest a commercially attractive negative electrode product could be developed from the Geumam natural flake graphite.Lamboo’s focus is upon high-end and technological applications of its high-purity and high-grade natural flake graphite material, including use in lithium ion batteries, super capacitors, pebble bed technology applications and graphene.Lamboo Resources CEO, Richard Trevillion: “The most exciting aspect of the trial was the fact that our basic Geumam natural flake graphite demonstrated near preliminary equivalence with standard materials used today, in terms of conductivity, stability and performance.”Trevillion noted that high-quality synthetic graphite currently the main anode material for lithium ion batteries, sells for a large multiple of the benchmark price for standard natural flake graphite.“Based on VSPC’s analysis, we are hopeful that Lamboo could produce a high-quality natural flake graphite product as a cost-effective substitute for synthetic graphite for use in the burgeoning lithium ion battery market and other high-end applications.”Further validation work will be conducted, including trials to measure the performance of Geumam and eventually, McIntosh natural flake graphite in new generation fuel cells and super capacitors.The Geumam graphite project is located 67 km southwest of Seoul on the western coastal peninsula of South Korea. Geumam is situated about 4 km north of Dangjin City (population 137,000).Geumam was an historical graphite mining operation from 1985-1992. The Geumam project has potentially significant areas of flake graphite mapped in outcrop at areas A, B, C, D, E, and G. A small mining operation and flotation processing plant was established at Geumam in 1986, consisting of a run-of-mine stockpile, conveyor, feed hopper, ball mill, two flotation cells (rougher and cleaner cells), and a regrind ball mill. The plant was capable of producing 6 t/d fine flake graphite flotation concentrate (>85% Cg), which it sold to export markets in Japan and Europe.The mill was subsequently upgraded with an alkaline-leach plant to produce high-grade fine flake graphite concentrate (93-97% Cg) in July 1987 (KMPC, 1988), which it sold to domestic markets for micronizing into superfine graphite powders. The mine ceased operations in about 1992.The project is located in a rural setting surrounded by world class infrastructure, including the major Ports of Dangjin and Pyeongtaek, the largest cluster of domestic steel mills (Hyundai Steel, Dongbu Steel, and Dongkuk Steel), the Dangjin power station (2,400 MW capacity) and numerous other industries, including pharmaceuticals and refractories.Dangjin City and surrounding Chungnam Province lie within the designated ‘Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone’, a business-orientated region that is actively seeking and attracting investors and industries, including foreign-owned enterprises. A potential graphite mineral processing plant would be ideally suited to, and is compatible with, the industries planned and designated for the Seongmum or Hapdeok Industrial Complexes, currently under industrial estate development.Lamboo Resources Limited subsidiary Won Kwang Mines holds five  granted Mining Rights over Geumam (Registered No’s 80077/Dangjin 55-3; 80014/Dangjin 65-1, 78355/Dangjin 65-2, 200268/Dangjin 54-2 & 200269/Dangjin 55-4). These granted Mining Rights cover a total area of 403ha. Additional applications for two Mining Rights are currently being processed by the Central Mining Registry office of MOTIE.last_img

Four years of BalkanHandballcom

← Previous Story Lino Červar a new coach of Slovenian Celje PL? Next Story → Iker Romero three seasons in Berlin Balkan-Handball.comhandball websites The most recognised handball website in the former Yugoslavia countries and one of the most reliable source of information in the world of handball media, celebrate fourth birthday, today.  Even they are writing on the Serbian, Croatian and other Ex-Yu similar languages, BH became a very important for the whole handball Europe.  Figure of 1,8 million visits and 5,5 million open pages are talking enough about that.Small, virtual editorial team of will keep a good voice of handball and we wish them all of luck on that way.

15 suspected Anonymous members arrested in Italy AnonOps vows revenge

first_imgThe Italian government capped off a long investigation yesterday with a series of 32 raids across Italy and one in Switzerland. Authorities arrested 15 alleged members of Anonymous and accused them with conducting denial of service attacks against government web sites and the web sites of private and state-owned media organizations.The alleged Anonymous members are being held in separate locations around the country, and all are aged between 15 and 28. Five of those detained are minors, under the age of 18. The Italian police also said they were far from through their list of people to detain, and are looking for an additional 30 people they claim are in the group and are wanted on similar charges, including a 26-year-old whose handle is “Phre.” Italian authorities say Phre is the “leader” of the group.Anonymous, for their part, has always maintained that the group has no “leader,” and re-iterated this point in their own statement on the arrests. AnonOps downplayed the arrests as a minor infraction, but called other Italian members of the group to conduct their own new attacks in retribution for the arrests. Their statement tells others to “Let them have it, stronger than ever.”If the group response to past arrests is any indication, there will be more attacks. Whether or not the Italian authorities actually managed to arrest members of Anonymous who were knowingly complicit in the attacks however is another matter – as with many DoS attacks, the actual systems used could belong to innocent users who have no idea their computer is being used as a tool.Regardless, the Italian authorities are only the most recent to go on a hunting campaign for alleged cyber-criminals. The Spanish government made similar arrests a few weeks ago, as did Turkish authorities. Of course, Anonymous quickly brought down the Spanish government’s web sites in retribution, but we’ll have to see if Italian authorities suffer the same fate.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img

Konami decides against Castlevania release on Wii U

first_imgYesterday we confirmed that Crysis 3 wasn’t going to be making an appearance on the Wii U despite Crytek considering it last year, and seemingly wanting to support the platform. Ultimately it was a business decision not to move forward, and the game was apparently discussed extensively by EA and Nintendo before deciding not to bother.Now it seems the Wii U is set to lose out on another high-profile series: Castlevania.Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a reboot of the franchise that saw a release on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010. This year sees the follow-up, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, released for current gen consoles. However, that won’t include the Wii U it has now been confirmed.Dave Cox, producer of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, was asked the question on Twitter. His response was short and to the point, “Sorry to disappoint you but no chance.”At least the Nintendo’s other platform, the 3DS, will be getting the series in the form of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate. But the Wii U is again seemingly being snubbed. No reason has been given yet, but the “no chance” in the tweet suggests it was a pretty easy decision to make.It could be that a separate Castlevania game is planned by Konami specifically for the console, but it seems more likely Konami took a similar decision to that of EA–it doesn’t make business sense to launch on the Wii U at this time. For the moment, it looks as though Nintendo needs to rely heavily on its very strong first-party games and hope third-parties get a bit more excited about the Wii U as we move through 2013.via Eurogamer.netlast_img

Téléphonie mobile la Poste dévoile ses offres

first_imgTéléphonie mobile : la Poste dévoile ses offresLa Poste est officiellement devenue ce lundi 23 mai un opérateur virtuel de téléphonie mobile (MVNO). Elle vient alors de dévoiler ses offres, proposant une large gamme de forfaits, bloqués ou non, et de cartes prépayées.Grâce à un partenariat avec SFR, La Poste Mobile succède à Simplicime et vient de faire son entrée sur le marché des MVNO. Comme promis, l’opérateur a dévoilé ce lundi sur son site Internet son large éventail d’offres mobiles, allant de la carte prépayée à cinq euros, à un forfait de dix heures avec Internet et SMS illimités à 49 euros.À lire aussiInternet mobile : 38% des français sont connectésOutre des tarifs plutôt attractifs, La Poste mise sur la simplicité et la possibilité de moduler ses offres, qui sont toutes proposées avec ou sans engagement ni mobile. Un seconde option qui permet d’économiser quelques euros tous les mois. L’opérateur a par ailleurs signé la convention sur le Tarif Social Mobile. C’est dans ce cadre qu’il propose un abonnement à 10 euros donnant accès à 45 minutes d’appels et 60 SMS chaque mois.Si pour l’instant les offres sont à commander sur Internet ou par téléphone, La Poste entend bien sûr profiter de son réseau qui compte près de 10.000 agences à travers le pays. Quelques 8.500 guichetiers ont ou vont être formés pour accueillir et guider les clients mobiles, mais aussi pour assurer la hotline. D’ici quatre ans, La Poste Mobile mise sur le recrutement de 1,5 à 2 millions d’abonnés. Un objectif ambitieux mais réalisable alors que les MVNO se démocratisent de plus en plus, pour représenter aujourd’hui plus de 8% du marché mobile français.Le 23 mai 2011 à 16:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

La Roumanie renforce sa lutte contre la déforestation

first_imgLa Roumanie renforce sa lutte contre la déforestationLa Roumanie, qui abrite après la Russie la plus grande superficie de forêts vierges d’Europe, a annoncé son intention de renforcer sa lutte contre le déboisement illégal. Le ministre de l’Environnement estime les efforts aujourd’hui réalisés insuffisants, et souhaite notamment durcir la législation.Le ministre de l’Environnement Laszlo Borbely a annoncé sa volonté d’intensifier la lutte contre la déforestation en Roumanie. Le pays abrite quelque 400.000 hectares de forêts vierges,  principalement réparties sur la chaîne des Carpates. Et si des efforts ont été réalisés pour les préserver de la déforestation illégale, le ministère de l’Environnement les juge insuffisants.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de Christmas”Je ne suis pas satisfait de la situation en ce qui concerne les coupes illégales d’arbres et de forêts bien que nous ayons fait de nombreuses inspections inopinées”, a déclaré Laszlo Borbely, cité par l’agence de presse Mediafax. “Nous ne pouvons pas rester passifs, le changement climatique n’est pas seulement une expression à la mode” a-t-il averti.Le ministre propose notamment de durcir la législation. Il souhaite ainsi voir les amendes revues à la hausse, et les poursuites pénales étendues. “J’ai proposé qu’il y ait des poursuites pénales dès le vol d’un demi mètre cube de bois et non pas seulement à partir de cinq mètres cubes” a-t-il expliqué, ajoutant que quelque 3.000 dossiers concernant des poursuites pénales pour coupe illégal de bois auraient été ouverts depuis le début de l’année.Les forêts vierges, ou primaires, ont quasiment disparu d’Europe, et sont de plus en plus rares dans le monde. Il ne reste aujourd’hui presque que des reliques de ces forêts jamais exploitées ni fragmentées, ni influencées par l’homme.Le 27 août 2011 à 16:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Supporters give you an edge Solly March

first_imgThe Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder believes he has a special connection with the team’s fanatics since he is a Sussex-born manBrighton and Hove Albion midfielder Solly March is happy with the connection he has with the team’s supporters.And the Seagulls footballer talked to the team’s official website to talk about it.“The team has an amazing connection with the fans and they’re particularly fond of me because I’m a local lad and from the area,” he said.“When the crowd chants my name, it does lift you – it’s hard to explain but it gives you energy. If you’re feeling tired it does give you a lift and makes you want to work harder and keep going.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Supporters give you an edge regardless – but it’s the same with Lewis [Dunk] – they love that and want to see more of that,” he added.“I’ve always been local – my time at Lewes was good and grounded me. Sometimes you can get too much too soon, so it does make me appreciate what I have now, and it makes me want to stay at this level.”“At home, there’s an energy from the crowd that’s unique, once we get going and get them behind us, we keep pushing forward,” he commented.“They’ve been the 12th man for us and it’s always a nice stadium for us to play in, we’ve thrived there and hopefully we can keep that going.”last_img

Louisville Falls Short at Marquette 1512

first_imgSarah Blalock and Brenna Shanahan led the team with two caused turnovers and each tallied a goal in the effort. Coming out of the break, Caroline Blalock pulled the Cardinals within one on a free position goal. However, Marquette went on another scoring run to extend their lead to 12-8. With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 0-2 on the season and snap a five-game winning streak against the Golden Eagles. With just under two minutes left in the half, Marquette’s Grace Gabriel found the back of the net on a pair of free position goals to give the Golden Eagles a 9-7 lead heading into the break. The Golden Eagles went on to score five unanswered goals over the next seven minutes.The Cardinals countered with a 6-1 run of their own, capped by back-to-back goals by Shayla Scanlan to even the score at 7-7. “A great learning lesson for a young team today,” said UofL head coach Scott Teeter. “You can’t spot a team a five-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the game. We need to compete at the beginning of the game. I am proud of how we responded and tied it late in the first half. Then we got into card trouble.” Marquette got on the board first, but Chad responded less than a minute later to even the score at 1-1. The Cardinals fired off the next three goals to find themselves down by just one with 12 minutes left in regulation. Louisville’s comeback attempt would not be enough as Marquette finished the game on a 3-1 run to seal the 15-12 victory.center_img As a team, Louisville matched Marquette with 30 shots, 18 ground balls and eight caused turnovers, but was edged 17-12 in draw controls and 11-6 in free position shots. In addition to her goal, Caroline Blalock recorded a team-high four ground balls and an assist. Alex McNicholas paced the Cardinals with four draw controls, while also netting a goal and picking up two ground balls. MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – University of Louisville lacrosse fell at Marquette 15-12 on Sunday afternoon, despite a pair of hat tricks from Tessa Chad and Ally Hall. In goal, Lexie Ball came off the bench to record seven saves. The Cardinals return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET when they play at Denver. Print Friendly Version Hall led the way with three goals and an assist for four points. Chad matched Hall with three goals of her own.last_img

Microsoft launches prerelease Kinect for Windows developer kit program

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. ( —Microsoft has announced at its Build Development Event and via its website a new initiative the company is calling the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. The idea is to entice developers of Kinect applications to apply by offering them special perks. The catch is that only a select few of those who apply will be accepted into the program. Citation: Microsoft launches prerelease ‘Kinect for Windows developer kit program’ (2013, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from As part of its announcement, Microsoft has made it clear the company is looking for either innovative ideas for project development or established players who will make a big splash when the next generation of the Kinect gaming device makes its debut next year.Entering the program doesn’t come cheap—those who are accepted will have to pay a $399 program fee. For their money, accepted developers will get special access to the Kinect development team at Microsoft (via video chat), access to the new and expanded Software Development Kit (SDK), sample documentation and API information, a prerelease Kinect device, and a final release Kinect device.Early access to the device and SDK should give those who enter the program a leg up on the competition. Though, developers won’t actually get early access until November.Microsoft hasn’t disclosed how many applicants will be accepted into the program, but has set a final cutoff date for those that wish to apply: July 31, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The application process consists of completing and submitting a form on Microsoft’s website (Windows Live account required). Microsoft says it will let applicants know if they’ve been accepted into the program sometime in August.Microsoft will likely get a lot of people and companies applying for acceptance into the program. The Kinect device has been wildly successful for Microsoft as both a game console and experimental device used in a wide variety of feedback systems.The next iteration of the Kinect device is expected to have more and/or better functionality than its predecessor. Examples include likely faster sensor scanning for quicker reaction times, better color capture to allow for differentiation of recognized objects, the ability to remove background movement data, and of course more tools for controlling the device via JAVA or HTML5. Explore further Microsoft to add Kinect Fusion to Kinect for Windows SDK © 2013 Phys.orglast_img

2000yrold Bronze Ring with Remarkable Gemstone Found in Jerusalem

first_imgArchaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old bronze ring with a solitaire gemstone in what could be a former ritual bath, or mikveh, in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. A Jewish penitent might have misplaced the ring after undergoing a ritual purification and before he embarked on a 2,000-foot climb toward the Temple Mount.“The ring was found by Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists in what appears to be an ancient mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) on the Pilgrimage Road, which dates back to the time of the second Temple period,” reported the Jewish News Syndicate.The Biblical City of David in the period of Herod’s Temple, from the Holyland Model of Jerusalem. The southern wall of the Temple Mount appears at top. Photo by Ariely CC BY 3.0“The ancient paved road runs up from the Shiloach (Siloam) pool to the Temple Mount, and is thought to have been the main thoroughfare taken by pilgrims to the Temple.”Specifically, they found the ring in a bucket of dirt excavated from a structure on the side of the broad 24-foot-wide road. It has a bluish stone. The ring is small, and would today fit on a hand’s pinkie.Remains of the Second Temple Pool of Siloam. Photo by Markbarnes CC BY-SA 4.0“Just like today, it would appear that in the past, rings and jewelry were removed before bathing,” Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists Nachshon Zenton, Moran Hajabi, Ari Levy and Joe Uziel said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.“This ring allows us to personally connect with an individual’s personal story from 2,000 years ago. The ring, along with other finds, can shed light and expose the lives of people during the Second Temple period,” they said in a statement.The Second Temple period stretched from 530 BC to 70 AD and ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.Part of the Large Stone Structure asserted by archaeologist Eilat Mazar to be the remains of King David’s palace. Photo by Deror avi CC BY-SA 3.0Doron Spielman, vice president of the City of David Foundation, which oversees the City of David National Park where the ring was found, said, “It’s incredible to think that this beautiful ring sat at the bottom of a mikvah on the ancient Pilgrimage Road for 2,000 years until it was uncovered by archaeologists in the City of David. It is yet another piece in the puzzle that is ancient Jerusalem.”The City of David is Israel’s largest active archeological site, found at the ancient city of Jerusalem. It is the place recorded in the Bible where King David established Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel 3,000 years ago.The first headquarters of the Knights Templar, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Crusaders called it the Temple of Solomon. Photo by Andrew Shiva CC BY-SA 4.0The ring isn’t the first such artifact found at the Temple of David site. Earlier in 2018 archaeologists found a golden earring from the earlier Hellenistic period. The earring featured a horned animal.Read another story from us: Man Inspired by Metal Detector TV Show Finds Precious 15th Century Ring“The ornament and its composition led them to assume that the earring had belonged to someone from Jerusalem’s upper classes,” reported Haaretz.last_img

Enterprise set to open 15 neighbourhood branches in 2017

first_imgTags: Enterprise Holdings Posted by Monday, June 26, 2017 Travelweek Group Enterprise set to open 15 neighbourhood branches in 2017 TORONTO — Enterprise Holdings’ impact on the Canadian economy was nearly $2.8 billion in its fiscal year 2016, according to the company. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in Canada and the owner of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.“Enterprise has a significant economic impact in Canada overall, but I think the role Enterprise plays in local economies is our best-kept secret,” said Steven Tudela, Corporate Vice President of Canadian operations for Enterprise Holdings. “As we grow, we hire, spend and give locally. Our goal is to strengthen the fabric of the neighbourhoods where our employees live and work.”Enterprise’s overall annual economic impact in Canada included the following key contributions:$2.2 billion in vehicles purchased in Canada$270 million in companywide purchases from Canadian suppliers$102 million in provincial and local tax payments$216 million in payroll expenses$2.4 million in total charitable giving$1.6 million in total United Way donations (including Enterprise Holdings Foundation match)More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerNew and expanding Enterprise airport and neighbourhood locations and business lines have resulted in hiring in every province throughout Canada, he added. More than 500 new employees were hired into Enterprise’s Management Training Program last year, which teaches college and university graduates how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service.A major driver of the company’s promote-from-within culture is the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training Program, which is consistently successful in developing new hires into the next generation of business leaders.With continued growth, expansion, and promotions, Enterprise anticipates steady hiring this year. Enterprise Holdings’ diverse brand portfolio accounts for more than 750 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations and more than 5,400 employees across the country.“We’re a large international company. But we have the mindset and the culture of a neighbourhood business,” said Tudela. “Every time we open a new location, or expand a business line, that’s another Canadian community that we get to be a part of, and that’s what keeps us vital and inspired.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthEnterprise projects continued expansion across Canada, with plans to open up to 15 new neighbourhood branches in 2017. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Report Social Security disability fund to run dry next year

first_img Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home There was some good news in the report: The trustees said Social Security’s retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035, a year later than they predicted last year. At that point, Social Security will collect enough in payroll taxes to pay about 75 percent of benefits.Medicare’s giant hospital trust fund is projected to be exhausted in 2030, the same date as last year’s report. At that point, Medicare taxes would be enough to pay 86 percent of benefits.Advocates for seniors say that gives policymakers plenty of time to address both programs without cutting benefits. But some in Congress note that the longer lawmakers wait, the harder it gets to address the shortfall without making significant changes.There is an easy fix available for the disability program: Congress could shift tax revenue from Social Security’s much larger retirement fund, as it has done in the past.President Barack Obama supports the move. And acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin said shifting the tax revenue “would have no adverse effect on the solvency of the overall Social Security program.”But Republicans say they want changes in the disability program to reduce fraud and to encourage disabled workers to re-enter the work force. About 55 million retirees and disabled people get Medicare. The hospital trust fund is only part of the program. Coverage for outpatient care and prescription drugs is covered by premiums and other government spending.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories FILE – This Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. The federal government’s two largest benefit programs face short- and long-term financial problems as they close in on milestone anniversaries. The magnitude of those problems will become clearer when the trustees for Social Security and Medicare issue their annual report cards. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation WASHINGTON (AP) — The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.The trustees who oversee Social Security and Medicare said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016. That would trigger an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits, unless Congress acts. Sponsored Stories “Washington has continually kicked the can down the road, and now, as 11 million Americans face cuts to Social Security disability benefits they rely on, it is time for Congress to take action,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.In January, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., suggested that a lot of slackers are on disability. Paul, who is running for president, joked that half the people getting benefits are either anxious or their back hurts.The date that the disability fund will run dry is unchanged from last year’s report. But as the deadline gets closer, advocates say the need to act becomes more urgent.“The president has proposed a commonsense solution to improve the solvency of this fund in the short run so that Americans who rely on it will continue to receive the benefits they need,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said. “It is vital that Congress move forward to maintain the integrity of this critical program sooner rather than later.”If the retirement and disability funds were combined, they would have enough money to pay full benefits until 2034, the trustees said.Lew noted that the life of the Medicare trust fund has been extended by 13 years since Congress passed Obama’s health law. The fund is also benefiting from a slowdown in the rise of health care costs. The Medicare premium increases would affect Part B, which provides coverage for outpatient services. For about 70 percent of beneficiaries, premium increases cannot exceed the dollar amount of their Social Security cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. Because no COLA is currently expected for next year, increased costs of outpatient coverage would have to be spread among the remaining 30 percent.That would result in an increase of about $54 in the base premium, bringing it to $159.30 a month. Those who read more