WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questions

first_imgAs expected, San Beda is having another hell of a run this NCAA Season 93, and it’s no surprise to see Robert Bolick in the middle of it.Hardworking on both ends of the floor, Bolick has established himself as one of the top amateur players in the country.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight However, there’s always the other side of the coin, and little is known of Bolick off the court.Ever wondered what his pre-game music is like? Or where his dream vacation is?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFind out more about Bolick in this fun edition of INQUIRER 7. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Get to know UE’s Paul Varilla in 7 questions RELATED VIDEOSWATCH: Get to know UST’s Dimdim Pacres in 7 questionsWATCH: Get to know Cherry Rondina in 7 questions WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag in 7 questionsWATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena in 7 questionsADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JRU edges San Sebastian, secures playoff for Final Four Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard hits winner, Raptors beat Trail Blazers

first_imgTIP-INSTrail Blazers: Slowed by foul trouble, C Jusuf Nurkic did not attempt a shot in five first-half minutes. … Portland is 18-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. … The Trail Blazers are 0-15 on the road when trailing through three quarters.Raptors: Toronto had nine assists on 11 made baskets in the first. … The Raptors made their final six shots of the game. … Lowry has had at least 10 assists in three straight games.MAKING HIS MARCGasol’s 19 points were his most with Toronto. He also had six assists and eight rebounds.“He was really good tonight,” Nurse said. “It looked like all of a sudden the rust was gone.”LONG DIVISIONPortland lost for the first time in nine games against Atlantic Division opponents. Toronto, which is 9-0 against the Pacific Division, is the only NBA team with an unbeaten record against a single division.BORDER BLUESPortland center Enes Kanter did not travel to Toronto with the team. An outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and Turkish prosecutors have accused Kanter of membership in a terror organization. While playing for the Knicks earlier this season, Kanter did not accompany the team for a game in London because he feared he could be killed over his opposition to Erdogan. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Toronto won it when Leonard used a screen by Kyle Lowry to drive against Portland’s Damian Lillard, then rose over his smaller opponent for the decisive basket.“We just practiced that exact scenario yesterday,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It was great. Kyle sets a screen and we try to get the smaller guy so (Leonard) can just vault up over him and shoot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesToronto had run the same play moments earlier, with Lowry making a layup. When the play was called again, Leonard was more interested in keeping the ball himself.“I was looking to get baseline,” Leonard said. “That first time I had seen I could be a little bit more aggressive and that’s what I did the second time down.” Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard celebrates the team’s win against the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — One day after the Toronto Raptors practiced “game-winning shots,” Kawhi Leonard made one against the Portland Trail Blazers.Leonard scored the go-ahead basket with three seconds remaining and the Raptors held on to beat the Trail Blazers 119-117 Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit Charlotte on Sunday.Raptors: Visit Detroit on Sunday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Obviously it’s disappointing to lose but I like the way we competed,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.Ahead 93-84 to begin the fourth, the Raptors missed nine consecutive field goal attempts, allowing Portland to close to within one, 95-94, on a 3-pointer by Lillard at 6:47.Leonard ended Toronto’s drought with a layup, but the Raptors couldn’t hold the lead, and Lillard tied it 103-all with another 3 at 3:27.Lillard made another tying 3 with 13 seconds left, but Leonard won it with his baseline jumper.“The ball hit every part of the rim,” Lillard said. “That took time off. If it had gone straight in, it almost would have been better.”By the time Portland inbounded the ball, there was barely enough time for a full-court heave.The Raptors connected on 11 of 17 shots in the first quarter and led 31-24 after one.Leonard scored 10 points in the second and Toronto led 61-54 at halftime.McCollum scored 14 points in the third but the Raptors responded with five 3-pointers, taking a 93-84 lead into the fourth.“They had an answer every time,” Lillard said. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers hold off Kings to improve playoff position Leonard scored 38 points and Lowry had 19 points and 10 assists as the Raptors won for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto is an NBA-best 11-4 in games decided by three points or fewer.“Just staying composed and understanding that situations aren’t always going to be perfect,” Lowry said.Marc Gasol scored 19 points and Pascal Siakam had 16 for Toronto, which has won four straight home meetings with Portland and seven of the past eight overall.C.J. McCollum scored 35 points and matched a career best by making seven 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to extend Portland’s season-best five-game winning streak.Lillard scored 24 points and Jake Layman had 13 as the Trail Blazers suffered their first lost after winning four straight to begin a seven-game trip.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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Renault launches updated Duster priced at Rs 8.46 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) French car maker Renault today launched an updated version of its sports utility vehicle Duster in India priced between Rs 8.46 lakh and Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company also launched a six-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) variant of the vehicle with a diesel powertrain at an introductory price of Rs 11.66 lakh.”We are confident that the new Duster will lead our expansion plans in India and strengthen our position in the compact SUV segment,” Renault India Operations Country CEO and Managing Director Sumit Sawhney said in a statement.Bookings for the vehicle is opening tomorrow across all dealerships in the country, it added.The petrol variants of the SUV are priced at Rs 8.46 lakh and Rs 9.26 lakh respectively while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 9.26 lakh and Rs 13.56 lakh (all prices ex showroom Delhi).The updated Duster comes with various features including a new rear view camera, automatic air conditioning, and media navigation unit.In terms of safety, the the vehicle comes with a host of features including ABS, EBD with brake assist, dual airbags, and hill start assist.Renault has sold over 1.4 lakh units of Duster in India since its launch in July 2012. The SUV is sold in over 100 countries and manufactured in five countries. PTI MSS ABIlast_img read more

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India name experienced squad for Junior Hockey World Cup

first_imgHockey India (HI) on Friday named an experienced 18-member squad for the Junior Hockey World Cup, being held in Lucknow from December 8 to 18.Apart from striker Mandeep Singh, who also played in the previous edition of the Junior World Cup, internationals Harmanpreet Singh and Harjeet Singh are also in the squad. Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya was also part of the national squad at the Rio Olympics.Drag-flicker and defender Harmanpreet, who has been nominated for the 2016 Rising Star of the Year award from the FIH. He was also part of the Indian team that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Also read: Hockey: India beat Pakistan to lift Asian Champions Trophy)Moreover, the memebers have got good exposure and have played together a lot in the run up to the event. Also, all of the members have been playing in the Hockey India League (HIL).The defence line includes talented trio of Harmanpreet, drag-flicker Varun Kumar and Dipsan Tirkey who will be joined by Vikramjit Singh and Gurinder Singh. (Also read: Narinder Batra elected as International Hockey Federation president)The midfield will be formed by Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet, Sumit along with Harjeet, who looked slightly out of sorts during his senior debut tournament at the Azlan shah Cup in April.Apart from him, Sumit, who was declared the Junior Player of the HIL 2016, is also a player to watch out.Surjit Academy graduate Mandeep, who has been in and out of the national team, selected himself in the squad. He was part of India’s forward-line in the FIH Champions Trophy in London earlier this year where he rose to the occasion scoring three field goals in crucial matches.advertisementHe will be joined in the attack by Armaan Qureshi, Parvinder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Ajit Kumar Pandey and Simranjeet Singh.India’s custodian in goal will be Vikas Dahiya who was also part of the Indian team at the Rio Olympics as a stand-by goalkeeper for P.R. Sreejesh. Krishan B Pathak will be the second goalkeeper for India.HI high performance director Roelant Oltmans said that the group is capable of earning a medal at the event.”The final combination has been formed keeping in mind the recent results. I believe this team combination is the best we have in junior hockey and the boys are ready both mentally and physically to do everything it takes to stand on the podium,” Oltmans said.”Though our goal is to win the gold medal, we will be taking it match-by-match and the best part is that this group knows how to keep their emotions in check.”India will begin their campaign against Canada on the December 8 and will face England on 10 December and play South Africa on 12 as part of their Pool D league matches.India had won the title in 2001 when they defeated Argentina in the final held in Australia. India finished as runners-up in the fifth edition of the tournament held in England in 1997 when they lost to Australia in the final.In the last edition held in New Delhi, India had an underwhelming campaign, finishing 10th after failing to qualify for the knock-outs.The squad:Goalkeepers: Vikas Dahiya, Krishan B, PathakDefenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Vikramjit Singh, Gurinder SinghMidfielders: Harjeet Singh, Santa Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Manpreet, SumitForwards: Parvinder Singh, Gurjant Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Mandeep Singh, Ajit Kumar Pandey, Simranjeet Singhlast_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell wants to repeat Ranchi Test show in Ashes

first_imgFlamboyant all-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Tuesday hoped for a repeat of his performance at the Ranchi Test against India, if he gets a game in the Ashes series against England later this year.Maxwell, who is currently leading the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL), scored his maiden Test century at Ranchi before following it up with a top-score of 45 in Australia’s second innings of the fourth Test in Dharamsala. (Also read: Centurion Glenn Maxwell happy to contribute in comeback Test)Maxwell, however seemed clueless on the composition of the Australia squad for the Ashes, starting with the first Test at the Gabba this year. (Also read: IPL 2017: KXIP captain Glenn Maxwell irritated at ‘shit’ question, storms out of press conference)The Victorian acknowledged that given Australia’s tendency to opt for a seam-bowling all-rounder in the top six for Tests on home soil, his spot is far from secure. (Also read: Glenn Maxwell mocks Virat Kohli’s injury after saving boundary)”I’d love to say that I’d be a good chance, but I have absolutely no idea,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”I don’t know which way they’re thinking. We’ve seen in the past that they like to have a medium-pace all-rounder at No.6 and if they were to go that way in the first Test, I think that’d be fine.””But if I was to get an opportunity to play a Test at home, I’d love to take it the same way I did in Ranchi and make the most of it.advertisement”But I’m not trying to get my hopes up too much. If it happens, it happens,” he added.The dashing right-hander further said he would not take undue pressure on himself to get back to the side.”I’ll still train and work as hard as I can to play, but I’m probably not putting as much pressure on myself as I probably did in previous years,” he said.last_img read more

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Mets, deGrom Agree to $137.5 million, 5-Year Deal (Vids)

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million, five-year contract, a deal that includes $52.5 million deferred into the 2030s.New York and deGrom had agreed in January to a $17 million, one-year deal, and he was on track to be eligible for free agency after the 2020 season. The deal announced Monday guarantees an additional $120.5 million over four seasons and includes a team option for 2024 that if exercised would raise the total to $170 million over six years, including $67.5 million in deferred payments..@JdeGrom19 says the goal for this extension was to create a partnership that would allow him to compete in New York. #Mets pic.twitter.com/bBJHdw8yrd— New York Mets (@Mets) March 27, 2019DeGrom’s new deal calls for a $10 million signing bonus, half due on Jan. 2 and the other half on Jan. 4, 2021. He gets a $7 million salary this season, $23 million in 2020, $33.5 million each in 2021 and 2022 and $30.5 million in 2023. The Mets have a $32.5 million option for 2024.DeGrom’s contract provides for $12 million of his 2020 salary to be deferred, $13.5 million of 2021, $15 million of 2022, $12 million of 2023 and, if the option is exercised, $15 million of 2024. The deferred money is payable on July 1 in the 15th year after it was earned, making the first deferred payment due in 2035 and the option year money due in 2039.DeGrom has the right to opt out of the deal after the 2022 season and become a free agent. He also gets the ability to block being traded, and he receives a hotel suite on road trips.Pen to paper, it’s official! ✍️ pic.twitter.com/n9E4snhPYc— New York Mets (@Mets) March 27, 2019A right-hander who turns 31 in June, deGrom had a 1.70 ERA last year yet went 10-9 on a Mets team that finished 77-85. He allowed three runs or fewer in 29 consecutive starts to close the season, but the Mets were 11-18 in those games.DeGrom is 55-41 with a 2.67 ERA in five big league seasons. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen represented the two-time All-Star as co-head of CAA Baseball before the team hired him last year.“Jacob has proven that he is one of the best pitchers in baseball and we are excited that he is part of the short-term and long-term future of this organization,” Van Wagenen said in statement.New York reached the deal with deGrom following an agreement between Chris Sale and Boston announced Saturday that adds $145 million from 2020-24 and raised the total for the left-hander to $160 million over six years. Sale, who turns 30 this weekend, has been an All-Star the past seven years and would have been eligible for free agency after this season.By: Ronald Blum, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities

first_img July 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm Steve Manley says: RichardQ983 says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: 22 thoughts on “A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities” July 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm July 9, 2016 at 12:14 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Log in to Reply July 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm “I can go for the term hyper reality, but think that perhaps “edited reality” would be more palatable than deleted or diminished in a consumer market. Hyper reality seems like a redundant term to augmented. Although, that world in the Vimeo clip was pret July 14, 2016 at 2:03 am Steve Manley says: July 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm July 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm “@Max;nnJust this morning I was watching the BBCu2019s technologies program u201cClicku201d, who ran ran a feature on Hyper Reality. nnIn that feature the presenter demonstrated an environment with walls and props you walk through and interact with, Log in to Reply Steve Manley says: “On the subject of augmented reality…nnApparently, there’s a new Pokemon game that uses your phone and some augmented reality. It allows you to “find” Pokemon in the real world, and do some interaction with other players. I just read a “USA Today” The information that is overlaid on the real-world view and the objects therein can be virtual or real in nature, and it can include data that wouldn’t be possible to perceive by normal means.There are aspects to all of this that aren’t immediately apparent. For example, machine vision and artificial intelligence technologies based on deep neural networks (DNNs) and deep learning have evolved spectacularly over the past few years. By enhancing augmented reality technology with machine vision and object detection and recognition, information about the real world surrounding the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable.What this means is that augmented realities are really only a subset of mediated realities , in which a view of reality is modified or mediated in some way. In turn, this means that, as opposed to (or in addition to) being augmented , a real-world view might also be diminished in some way. As one example, suppose you are perambulating around a city like San Francisco, viewing the world through some form of mediated reality system that detects things you’d rather not see — like trash or graffiti or homeless people — and simply removes them from the scene (or replaces them with something more palatable).I’ve called this diminished reality , but other applicable terms might be decreased , deleted , or deletive reality (I’d be very interested to hear your views on this).Hybrid and Hyper Realities Other terms one sometimes hears are hybrid reality and hyper reality . It’s easy to have a knee-jerk reaction that someone is just coining new terms for the sake of it and/or for marketing purposes, but it may be that we do need to consider these additional nomenclatures.Let’s start by defining virtual reality (in today’s broadly accepted context) to be a completely fabricated view of an artificial world. Let’s further define augmented reality to be a real-world view annotated with textual, graphical, etc. information overlays.Now, suppose we were to take a real-world view and add artificial world overlays — not information per se, but artificial constructs such as buildings, machines, statues, flora, and fauna (including mythical creatures like dragons, for example). You could call this augmented reality, but at some stage I think it might be fair to classify the result as a hybrid reality.Here’s another situation that just popped into my mind. Do you recall the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 television program. The idea was that you watched a cheesy old science fiction film that was presented as though you were sitting at the back of a cinema. In the front row of the cinema (appearing as silhouettes from your perspective) were three characters passing disparaging comments about the film you all were watching. The films were selected for their awfulness, but they were made palatable by the commentary. I recall one dreadful black-and-white movie in which, half way through, a man was seen running down a corridor carrying a huge stack of paper, and one of the characters at the bottom of the screen exclaimed, “Thank God, the script’s arrived!” The reason I mention this here is that there is an Oculus Rift app that allows you to watch your favorite movies, or YouTube videos, in the comfort of a virtual reality cinema (you can select between various theater settings). Now suppose that your headset was equipped with binocular, forward-facing cameras and an associated machine vision system. Further suppose that you have a bowl of popcorn on your knee. Assume this system were such that you could enjoy the experience of a virtual cinema — with rows of seats in front of you and everything — but, when you looked down, you saw the real-world bowl of popcorn and your real-world hands. In this case, I think the term hybrid reality would be apposite.What about the term hyper reality ? Well, all I can say is that you should take a look at this Vimeo video and then tell me what you think. Once again, I suppose you could class this as augmented reality, but it certainly seems “hyper” to me.To be continued… I could waffle on about all of this stuff for ages, but I think I may have waffled enough for this column. In my next article we will consider some of the technologies that can be brought into play to present virtual and mediated realities, from smartphones and tablet computers to devices like Google Glass (RIP) to… but let’s not get carried away here.We’ll also be considering applications for these alternative realities, from entertainment to education to commercial to industrial.In the meantime, as noted above, I’d be interested to hear what you think about the term mediated realities being used to encompass augmented realities and diminished realities . I’d also be interested to know if you like diminished reality in this context, or if you prefer decreased , deleted , or deletive reality . Finally, do you agree with my assessment that hybrid reality deserves its place in the nomenclature? And is hyper reality its own beast, or is this just another hybrid incarnation? “You, Max, pointed this article towards me a couple weeks ago. Sorry it took me a minute to check it out. I was in the process of ending summer jobs, moving back in with the rents: all that good early 20s stuff 🙂 . nnThis is really exciting stuff that I Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I have had 2 VR experiences so far during my life span. The first was well over a decade ago at the Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Court London. There was a large queue for what was a very short and rushed experience. I remember it being very dated graphi “Can you get BBC iPlayer in the USA? If so, its there to be viewed. There is one bit where the presenter is cowering in a corner scared half to death. Unfortunately we as the viewer didn’t get to see what he saw at that point.” July 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm realjjj says: Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply August 3, 2016 at 9:52 pm July 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm “@Max;nnThe problem with virtual reality seems to my old and jaded eyes to be the reality of how much I have spent of my hard earned cash to escape reality?nnWhat does a free lunch look like in virtual reality?nnCrusty ( fed up can’t afford it and ha Log in to Reply “Hi Rich — I must admit that do quite like “Edited Reality” to cover augmented/diminished realities — but then we already have mediated reality, which is a real term — I didn’t just make it up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-mediated_reali Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “I just heard about that game myself — I was going to include it in my follow-up column about applications and stuff.” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: July 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm “”However I might go with Sonyu2019s VR headset for the Play Station”nnI;ve heard good things about this — one of the guys at work has one — sometime in the next week or so I’m going to do a comparison / write-up on this, Google Cardboard, the Ocul Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply “I don;t think so — when I was in the UK a couple of years ago and I bought my mom an iPad — I discovered and downloaded the BBC and ITV apps for her — and thought it would be nice to have them myself (to keep up with stuff like Coronation Street LOL) – July 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm July 11, 2016 at 4:13 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: My mind is currently churning with thoughts pertaining to the potential uses, possibilities and potentialities, and advantages and disadvantages of various forms of virtual and augmented realities (VR and AR).All this was sparked by my recent acquisition of a mind-boggling virtual reality system comprising an Oculus Rift coupled with a processor-graphics combo that makes one drool with desire and squeal in delight (see also It’s (Virtual Reality) Life Jim, But Not As We Know It).The bay outside my office — I never realized I had so many friends(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Max Maxfield) Virtual Reality (VR) Now, before we plunge headlong into the fray with gusto and abandon, it may be a good idea to take a deep breath and start by considering what we mean by virtual reality . Actually, even the concept of reality is a little fluffy around the edges. For example, the Holographic principle suggests that the entire universe can be seen as two-dimensional information presented on the cosmological horizon (my dear old mother, by comparison, suggests that the Holographic principle is a load of twaddle).Personally, I would argue that virtual reality is anything that allows us to experience a different reality to the one we perceive through our senses. On this basis, ancient humans sitting around campfires listening to their storytellers weave fantastic tales were experiencing a form of virtual reality. Similarly, fictional books allow us to envision alternative realities, as do traditional two-dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) movies.Today’s computer-simulated immersive multimedia virtual reality systems take things one step further, but that step is a humongous one. It’s impossible to convey the experience of using an Oculus Rift-based virtual reality system — you really have to try it for yourself. (In a future column I will be comparing and contrasting a variety of systems, including the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.) Once you don the Oculus headset with its integrated headphones, you are transported to a different world with associated sound effects. It’s more than having the ability to look up at the ceiling or down at the floor or all around you — if you tilt your head to one side, crouch down, stand on your tippy-toes, or move forward, backward, or sideward, your perspective changes accordingly.The closest thing I can use to describe this experience is being on a Star Trek Holodeck, and we’re still only at the beginning of this technology. For example, I’m currently using the Xbox one controller that came with my Rift, but I’m anxiously awaiting the availability of Oculus Touch controllers, which will add a new dimension to the proceedings by allowing you to “see” virtual representations of your hands in your virtual world and precisely manipulate objects in your virtual environment.(Source: oculus.com) In the future, we can expect a wide variety of haptic (“touch”) technologies and devices to appear on the scene (no pun intended). These little scamps will dramatically augment the user’s visual and auditory experience with physical components.As a simple haptic example, one of the free applications that comes with the Oculus Rift is the Oculus Dreamdeck , which allows you to sample a suite of virtual experiences (just listen to the commentator’s excitement when he reaches the 3:20 mark in this video).If you are short of time, skip forward to the dinosaur scene that starts at the 9:20 mark. This is one I always use to introduce someone to the Oculus experience. Assume you are in the bay outside my office having your first Rift experience. Under my tutelage you select the dinosaur option. The scene commences with you standing in a corridor of a museum (I can see a simplified 2D version of what you are experiencing on the computer monitor next to the workstation). A humongous T-Rex appears at the far end of the corridor and stomps its way towards you. At around the 10:10 mark it opens its mouth and roars at you with spittle flying all over the place. At exactly the same time, I take a cup of water I have stashed nearby and flick drops of water into your face.This is my poor-man’s version of a haptic interface. When I did this to the guy who owns the building in which I maintain my office, he afterwards said that he experienced a “Total WTF moment” (of course, being young and innocent, I have no idea what this means LOL).Augmented and Diminished Realities An augmented reality is one in which a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment is augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, text, graphics, and/or GPS data. For example, consider this video depicting Magic Leap technology.center_img Log in to Reply Steve Manley says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply July 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm Continue Reading Previous Metrics we need – Part 2Next The perfect UI August 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm “”…I think I will walk and look in reality…”nnThat’s always a good backup LOL” “Looking forward to reading about what you think of them.” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/vr-sex-suit-400-tenga-male-masturbator-lets-you-touch-anime-breasts-its-already-sold-out-1553646nnHad to be said lol. nPeripherals in general (this includes the controllers) are less than ideal. Any extra hardware makes usin Log in to Reply “”…I kinda had a point but it got lost somewhere lol…”nnThat’s what happens to me when I write these things, I’m heading in one direction when… “Ooh, Shiny!”” Log in to Reply July 11, 2016 at 3:54 pm “”What does a free lunch look like in virtual reality?”nnIt looks so tasty you will drool — but that’s as far as it goes.” “”I guess it would be too much to ask you to bring the Oculus to the UK in October for the annual gathering?”nnI would so love to do so — I could bring the headset, but it would be useless without the honking great computer to drive it. I am taking th Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “I wish I’d seen that program — I really think that we are poised on the brink of a transformative technology” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: MichaelM985 says: “Sounds a bit too like “Ready Player One”. I think I will walk and look in realitynCrusty” jwizard93 says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply July 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm MichaelM985 says: July 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply July 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm July 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm July 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm Log in to Reply realjjj says: “There are many things to be said about glasses and there is always the temptation to … not stop lol.nIt’s the form factor the PC has been waiting for decades for. The screen and the keyboard were the limiting factors, they defined it. With phones and t July 9, 2016 at 7:41 am Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Instead of spending money on a vacation in the real world — you could go on a virtual vacation from the comfort of your own front room :-)” “”…the idea of removing something from your sensory perception (essentially your universe) gives me chills…”nnI think I’m pretty much with you on this — but there’s always multiple sides to every issue — while writing these words another thought Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Iceland, Nigeria look to go 2nd in Group D

first_imgIceland and Nigeria will look to capitalise on Argentina’s loss to Croatia and go second in the group when they face off in Volgograd on Friday.But, a loss for either side will push them towards an early elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well. With Croatia already through to the last 16, one spot is up for grab in Group D — the supposed ‘Group of Death’ in Russia this year.However, Nigeria’s chances of getting eliminated are more as they have already lost their opening game against Croatia 2-0 and have a negative goal difference. Iceland on the other hand drew their first match against heavyweights Argentina and a win today will significantly boost their chances of making it to the last 16.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile Nigeria’s elimination will be an upset, Iceland’s victory will be a major confidence boost for the World Cup first timers. Iceland is the smallest nation to ever compete in the tournament with a population of barely a third of a million. But there was no inferiority complex when it came to playing two-time world champion Argentina in the first group match. Its 1-1 draw against Lionel Messi’s team was achieved through resilient and nerveless play.Iceland’s captain Aron Gunnarsson said the adrenaline was high for a while after the match and is urging his teammates to keep a lid on their emotions.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe point against Argentina would be of no use, he said, “if we don’t focus on Nigeria and don’t get a result.”advertisementNigeria will have no excuse for underestimating Iceland.Though this current crop of Super Eagles is the youngest in the World Cup with an average age of just below 26, a lot is always expected from Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa with some 185 million people. Yet since its World Cup debut in 1994, the team has yet to progress beyond the round of 16, including four years ago in Brazil when Nigeria lost 2-0 to France at that stage.World Cup 2018: No sex ban for Iceland but there is a condition”We have to win against Iceland,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said. “If we win the next game, all is possible for the qualification.”Rohr has conceded that his young charges made mistakes against Croatia, notably on corner kicks, and that is something they will have to address before the Iceland match.”These young players need a little time. They learn,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a little bit naive on the set pieces, but we will work on it.” Nigeria lost to Croatia in their first match of this year’s FIFA World Cup (Reuters Photo)He also hinted that the speedy Ahmed Musa may play from the start to bolster the attack and stretch the play across the field.Rohr also could move to a three-man defensive line after having opted for four against Croatia’s three-man attacking lineup. But Rohr said Jon Obi Mikel, Nigeria’s experienced captain, will likely continue to play in an offensive midfield position. For much of his career, particularly when at Chelsea, the 31-year-old has filled a more defensive role.”Since I’m in Nigeria, two years now, we played all the time with him in this role of offensive midfielder, and it was going very well,” said Rohr said. “The team was built behind him.”While Rohr mulls changing his formation, Iceland has shown that it is flexible too, often going to a five-man midfield and a lone striker, a formation that allows the team to counterattack more swiftly.”We are more unpredictable now, and hopefully we’ll show that in the competition,” said Alfred Finnbogason, who scored Iceland’s goal against Argentina.Coming on top of Iceland’s shock 2-1 victory over England in the round of 16 at the 2016 European Championship, Finnbogason is unquestionably right when he talks about the country experiencing its “best moments” in soccer.But like everyone at the World Cup, it’s about focusing on the here and now.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Kuldeep Chahal likely to start off tossup between Kedar Vijay

first_imgSouthampton: The fickle English weather has left the Indian team fretting over its bowling combination for the World Cup opener against South Africa. The Ageas Bowl pitch in Southampton is expected to be flat and South African batsmen’s weakness against the slow bowlers would make Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal first XI starters in the lung opener. However, a spell of rain on Monday and forecast of cloudy weather and shower on Wednesday has brought Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the equation and the team may thrust three specialist speedsters into action. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunIn that case, the team will have to leave out either Yadav or Chahal and also decide which all-rounder between Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to field. South Africa’s record against the two wrist spinners during India’s last away tour was below-par with most of them unable to pick them off their wrists. On that 2018 tour of South Africa, Kuldeep had 17 wickets from six games while Chahal had one less from equal number of matches. Virat Kohli’s propensity to go for the kill is precisely the reason why he would like to prefer attacking options like ‘Kul-Cha’ as they are fondly known. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upWhatever little layer of grass was there has been shaved off and the pitch resembles a typical sub-continental 22-yard strip where a lot of lateral movement can’t be expected. The grounds in England, equipped with superb drainage system, dry out quickly and unless there is persistent rain there is no possibility of underlying moisture, which could then help the ball to jag around even in sunny conditions. The forecast on Wednesday shows a maximum temperature of 17 degrees with partly cloudy sky and chance of rainfall. If the choice comes between Kuldeep and Chahal, the left-arm chinaman might get the preference over the wiry Haryana leggie despite former’s poor form in recent times. Ravindra Jadeja had two good warm-up games but he is seen more as a restrictive option, who can be more effective against England or Pakistan. However, the other problem will be the choice between fit-again Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar. He had two bad warm-up games but that will count for little considering the ability he has shown with the bat.last_img read more

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Mixing dieting exercise may not be good for bone health

first_imgCombining exercise and dieting may not be a good idea as it may impact your bone health, according to a new study.”This is important for women because as we age our bone health starts to decline. Your calorie intake and exercise routine can have an impact on the strength of your bones and may increase risk of fracture,” said senior author of the study Maya Styner, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the US. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, looked at what happens to bone marrow fat and overall bone health when restricting calories. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe research involved four groups of mice in all – a group on a regular diet (RD), a group on a calorie-restricted (CR) diet, a regular diet group that exercised, and a calorie-restricted group that exercised. Mice in the calorie-restricted group ate 30 per cent less than what regular diet mice ate. For context in humans, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, a ‘moderately active’ woman around the age of 30 should consume 2,000 calories per day. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardA 30 per cent reduction would equal a diet of 1,400 calories per day, which is around the amount suggested to most women trying to lose weight at a rate of one pound a week. Styner found mice in the calorie-restricted group lost weight, but also had an increase in bone marrow fat. “This was mild caloric restriction, and we found a significant increase of fat in the bone marrow,” Styner said. “This group also had a decrease in bone quantity – they had less bone overall due to cut in calories.” Although fat in the bone is poorly understood, to date it is thought to be harmful to bones of mammals, including humans, because it makes bone weaker. Less fat is usually an indication of better bone health. “Looking at this from a human perspective, even a lower calorie diet that’s nutritionally sound can have negative effects on bone health, especially paired with exercise,” said Styner.last_img read more

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THE SECRET MUSICAL HISTORY OF LONDON ONT

first_imgWhile a student at Fanshawe College, country star Michelle Wright got the funding for her debut album through a talent contest on London, Ontario’s BX 93 station. (CBC Music) Advertisement Read on to find out how Grammy and Oscar-nominated Stephan Moccio first convinced his way into a meeting with Céline Dion, which big-name artists Jack Richardson has helped shaped and just how Michelle Wright got the money for her debut album — which provided Reba McEntire with three new songs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook London, Ont., may be one of Canada’s smaller cities, but it punches like a heavyweight when it comes to music.Some of the biggest musicians in the world are from London, or connected to London: legendary producer Jack Richardson, techno legends John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin, country star Michelle Wright, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and hit-maker Stephan Moccio all have ties to the Forest City.As host city for the 2019 Juno Awards, London is shining a light on its musical hotbed. And as part of its Junos coverage, CBC Music has created a TV show, CBC Music presents London Calling, that tells the story of how influential London is on the Canadian and global music scenes — and why it makes so much sense as a Junos host city. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Dollarama reports 1335M Q4 profit comparable store sales growth slows

first_imgMONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says it earned $133.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $130.1 million a year ago.The retailer says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share for the company’s third quarter, up from 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 42 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 totalled $864.3 million, up from $810.6 million, while comparable store sales grew 3.1 per cent compared with growth of 4.6 per cent in the same quarter a year ago.The comparable store sales growth was due to a 4.0 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 0.9 per cent drop in the number of transactions.Dollarama says the rate of comparable store sales growth in the most recent quarter reflected its decision to strategically limit price increases in recent quarters. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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Al Hoceima Development Projects Sacked Ministers Will Not Face Charges for

Rabat – It appears that the King’s move to sack three ministers and two high officials for negligence in overseeing Al Hoceima’s development projects is the only punishment they will receive. In terms of legal sanctions, the King’s attorney general, Mohamed Abdel Nabawi, has found that, despite their projects’ massive slowdowns, they are not guilty of any crimes.In a report presented to the King late October, the Court of Auditors criticized the sluggishness and lack of coherence and cooperation of the ministers responsible for managing the development project. The King responded by sacking them.“I am disappointed in their performance at their respective ministries, and I would never again entrust them with any public missions,” stated the King after reading the report. His attorney general Abdel Nabawi agrees. “Court of Auditors President Driss Jettou’s report was accurate and clear when he revealed the errors observed in the project,” he said during a press conference in Rabat on November 7.However, Abdel Nabawi drew from “his expertise as the Attorney General” to say that “we must distinguish between imbalances in management and crimes.”For the King’s attorney, the dysfunctions in Al Hoceima project are “not embezzlements, but rather imbalances that had to do with the lack of respect for deadlines in the implementation of projects.”Thus, the report is “free of criminal charges” and does “not require any judicial review before the criminal justice.”The Court of Auditors’ report indicated that the development project “did not meet a strategic vision integrated and shared by all stakeholders.”The project’s committee was unable to mobilize the other partners for “actual contribution and reactivity,” nor was it capable of giving “the necessary momentum to launch the program on a solid foundation.” This, the implementation of the project suffered a slow start.From the signing of the project’s framework convention in 2015 until February 2017, the Court of Auditors noted that most stakeholders at both central and locals levels experienced significant delays in carrying out their duties.By the end of 2016, of the total 644 projects planned, there were only five fully implemented projects, at a budget of MAD 146.8 million, and 45 ongoing projects at MAD 565 million. read more

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Morocco is Most Popular NonEuropean Tourist Destination for Spaniards

By zackaria wadghiriRabat – Spain is determined to improve cooperation with Morocco in the tourism sector, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism Reyes Maroto said Wednesday in Madrid.Spain and Morocco are strong partners “who share a common history and enjoy strong relations,” added Maroto after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Air transport, Crafts, and Social Economy Mohammed Sajid, at the 39th International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.Read Also: Morocco and Bahrain Discuss Tourism Cooperation“Spain is the second [most popular] market for tourists to Morocco after France and Morocco is the top destination for Spanish tourists outside Europe,” said Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism Lamia Boutaleb. Maroto asserted that the renewed memorandum of understanding between the two kingdoms in tourism, expected in 2019, will add new momentum to this cooperation.Read Also: Tourism in Morocco: High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 TouristsThrough the new memorandum, said Maroto, “we will be able to formalize the future of our relations in the tourism industry, not least by finding in the common culture, we share a project that will allow visitors who come to Spain to enjoy Morocco” and vice versa.Held for the first time in 1980, FITUR is a global gathering of tourism professionals. The event attracted 251,000 visitors in 2018.Over 12 million tourists visited Morocco in 2018, up 8 percent from 2017. Inbound tourism in Spain dropped by 4.9 percent in July 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, the largest fall in eight years, reported the Telegraph. read more

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Nigeria claims fraud in case calling for 96B asset seizure

DAKAR, Senegal — Nigeria’s government is vowing to use all means at its disposal to persuade a British court to set aside a ruling that calls for the seizure of $9.6 billion in assets from the West African nation, saying a contract signed under a past administration had been designed to fail.A Nigerian delegation including its attorney general, central bank governor and national police chief plans to attend commercial court Thursday in London to make their argument.“It’s about not allowing a case based on fraudulence to proceed,” Attorney General Abubakar Malami told The Associated Press on Monday.In August, Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID), a British Virgin Islands-based engineering firm, secured the judgment against Nigeria.P&ID said it entered a gas contract with Nigeria’s government in 2010 to build and operate a plant to refine natural gas into “lean gas” in the southeastern port city of Calabar.Under the 20-year agreement, the government would install the necessary pipelines and infrastructure and receive the lean gas free of charge to power its national grid, the company said. P&ID would sell the by-products of propane, ethane and butane on the international market.In 2012, P&ID took Nigeria’s government to court alleging breach of contract, saying it failed to meet its commitments.Nigeria’s attorney general asserted that the contract had been signed with no clear terms and conditions. It “was engineered to fail” and take money from the state, he said.The Nigerian officials said the contract was signed while late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was critically ill and Goodluck Jonathan was acting president. Johnathan has asserted he has no knowledge of the contract.Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the $9.6 billion — a $6.6 billion award plus interest accrued since 2013 — represents one-third of Nigeria’s 2020 budget.“No country can sit idle when this type of case is calling,” he said.Nigerian Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele warned of “advanced consequences on the Nigerian economy” if the assets seizure goes ahead.On Thursday, P&ID accused Nigeria’s government of intimidation and called on it to accept responsibility and stop its investigations.The call came after the Federal High Court in the capital, Abuja, ordered the winding-up of P&ID Nigeria Ltd. Company representatives had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and other charges.In another case, a former director for legal services at the state-owned oil company, NNPC, pleaded not guilty to financial impropriety in the awarding of the contract.“Today’s sham trial in Nigeria is entirely illegitimate and follows a systematic campaign of harassment, intimidation and illegal detention of a number of individuals associated with P&ID” or the contract, P&ID said in a statement posted to its website asserting that people had been “intimidated by the government into making false statements.”P&ID said none of the individuals involved are current employees and that it hasn’t received communication from Nigerian authorities about the investigations.The company said it will continue its efforts to identify and seize Nigerian assets to recover its money.___Associated Press writers Hilary Uguru in Warri, Nigeria and Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria contributed.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaCarley Petesch, The Associated Press read more

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UN panel adopts measure on preventing discrimination in criminal justice systems

Acting just before it wraps up the second of its two annual sessions tomorrow, the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its 80 signatories and 170 State parties, approved the “general recommendation” yesterday.The 18-member body of independent experts is mandated to comment on thematic issues under the Convention, and in this case, they outlined steps to be taken by States parties in order to better gauge the existence and extent of racial discrimination in administration and functioning of criminal justice systems.The Committee recommends searching for indicators attesting to such discrimination, as well as strategies to be developed to prevent discrimination in criminal justice systems and the steps to be taken to prevent racial discrimination with regard to victims of racism and to accused persons who are subject to judicial proceedings.Bearing in mind figures which show that persons held while awaiting trial include an excessively high number of non-nationals and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, the experts recommended that States parties should ensure, among other things, that the mere fact of belonging to a racial or ethnic group or a vulnerable group was not a sufficient reason to place a person in pre-trial detention. With regards to the trial and court judgement, States parties should ensure that persons enjoy all the guarantees of a fair trial and equality before the law, specifically, including, the right to the presumption of innocence; the right to the assistance of counsel and the right to an interpreter; the right to an independent and impartial tribunal; and guarantee of fair punishment. read more

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Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280000 lowest level in 7

In this Oct. 23, 2014 photo, assistant Professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280,000, lowest level in 7 weeks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving.The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 8,500 to 290,250. That average has plunged 16 per cent in the past 12 months.“What we have seen in the data over the past few months looks favourable for the labour market,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The number of people seeking jobless benefits has been at historically low levels — below 300,000 — for 14 of the past 15 weeks. That indicates that companies are retaining their workers and potentially looking to hire with the expectation that economic growth will continue.As applications for benefits have steadily dwindled, hiring has improved. Employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the most in nearly three years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent, down sharply from 7 per cent 12 months earlier.In the first 11 months of this year, employers have added 2.65 million jobs. That already makes 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999.But wage growth remains sluggish. Average pay has risen just 2.1 per cent over the past 12 months, only slightly better than inflation. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2014 6:39 am MDT read more

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UN steps up patrols probing alleged human rights abuses in South Sudan

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is working throughout the country to collect evidence and document abuses including in the capital Juba, and Bor, Jonglei State, where UN police and peacekeepers are sheltering more than 10,000 civilians.Overall, 79,000 civilians are sheltering at eight bases throughout the country, according to a UN spokesperson. Briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, a spokesperson cited UNMISS confirming that it had conducted 264 military and 61 police patrols in various parts of the country in the last 24 hours.In Leer, in Unity State, the Mission has received credible reports of ongoing fighting in the town, but it is not in a position to verify and confirm this independent1ly at this point, the spokesperson said.Fighting between anti- and pro-Government troops has displaced more than 100,000 South Sudanese, the majority of whom have fled to neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.Acting on the recommendation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council last month unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of the UNMISS of up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000, through the transfer of units if necessary from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. read more

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Yemen UNESCO deplores destruction of Sanaa heritage site bearing soul of Yemeni

The United Nations announced that consultations on Yemen, previously scheduled to kick off Sunday, would instead begin on Monday, 15 June, in Geneva and that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would attend.“Coordinated by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Consultations mark an important step as the parties embark on the road towards a settlement,” UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters at the UN briefing in Geneva.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) welcomed the announcement of an allocation of $100 million by Kuwait to allocate to help the people of Yemen. This is party of a larger donation from Kuwait that also included $200 million for strife-torn Iraq.The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, reported that the most recent casualty figures in Yemen as a result of the conflict was 2,584 deaths and 11,065 people injured.UNESCO reports that the early hours of this morning, the Old City of Sana’a, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was hit by a bombing raid and several houses and historic buildings were destroyed, causing human casualties. “I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement.The agency reported that in this morning’s raid on the Yemeni capital, the buildings destroyed, the agency said, was the “magnificent complex of traditional houses” in the Al-Qasimi neighbourhood. “I am shocked by the images of these magnificent many-storeyed tower-houses and serene gardens reduced to rubble,” Ms. Bokova said. “This destruction will only exacerbate the humanitarian situation and I reiterate my call to all parties to respect and protect cultural heritage in Yemen.”“This heritage bears the soul of the Yemeni people, it is a symbol of a millennia history of knowledge and it belongs to all humankind,” she said.UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value as part of its mandate to protect heritage and support for cultural diversity.Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and bears witness to the wealth and beauty of the Islamic civilization, according to UNESCO. By the first century, it emerged as a centre of the inland trade route and its houses and public buildings are an outstanding example of a traditional, Islamic human settlement. Sana’a’s dense rammed earth and burnt brick towers, strikingly decorated, are famous around the world and are an integral part of Yemen’s identity and pride.Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, UNESCO reported, several houses within the heritage city of Sana’a have suffered damage and collapses as a consequence of shelling and explosions. On 9 June, the Ottoman era Al-Owrdhi historical compound, located just outside the walls of the Old City, were severely damaged. Historic residential buildings, monuments, museums, archaeological sites and places of worship have not been spared. “The historic value and memories enshrined in these sites have been irreparably damaged or destroyed,” it said.On the humanitarian front, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said there were disturbing reports regarding stranded migrants in Yemen in the city of Haradh who were in a life threatening situation.And WHO said between 27 March and 4 June 2015 there had been more than 3,000 cases of Dengue fever recorded in Yemen. Unconfirmed reports from the national authorities suggested that the number of cases of Dengue fever, especially in the Aden Governorate, could be much higher. read more

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