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WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza ease to wins in Singapore openers

first_imgKarolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.The 37-year-old Williams is making her first appearance since 2009 at the elite eight-woman event but her Czech opponent hit the ground running and never looked back after she broke the American’s serve early in the first set of the group match.The strategy was pretty much established in the opening game, with Williams, the 2008 champion, looking to come to the net whenever possible, while Pliskova was happy to rely on her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline..@KaPliskova poses with fans after winning her first match. pic.twitter.com/Nb0EUnyTnI- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 22, 2017Pliskova found her range immediately for a routine hold in the first game but Williams struggled when it was her turn to serve as the Czech capitalised on some sloppy play from the American to break with a booming forehand.A flustered Williams settled in the fourth game to finally get on the scoreboard with a second ace of the match and, after the pair exchanged breaks, Pliskova moved 5-2 ahead with a sumptuous volley after working the American around the court.Another double fault gave the world number three her first set point and she duly wrapped up the opener in 32 minutes when Williams went long with an errant backhand.”I think my serve was pretty good today but the scoreline makes it look easier than it was,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview.advertisement”There are no easy matches at #WTAFinals so you have to be ready from the first point” -@KaPliskova pic.twitter.com/hCd97eJlN6- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017The second set began with both players holding comfortably before Pliskova edged ahead in a pivotal third game when she fended off two break points with a brilliant volley and an ace before sending down two more huge serves to stay in control.Williams was now struggling for both range and control and Pliskova, buoyed up by the tough hold in the previous game, pounced on another poor sequence of points from her opponent to break again and surge clear.Pliskova held to love for a 5-2 lead before a big forehand winner brought up three match points and, while Williams played her best tennis of the match to stave them off, a wayward backhand on the fourth gifted her opponent victory in just 74 minutes.”There are no easy matches in Singapore so you have to be ready from the first point. That’s what I was trying to do today and it worked,” Pliskova added.Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second White Group round-robin match of the day later on Sunday..@KaPliskova makes the perfect start to #WTAFinals!Defeats Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2! pic.twitter.com/IHG4bQx8cb- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017 The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.MUGURUZA WINS  Garbine Muguruza is making her third consecutive appearance in Singapore and the Spaniard banked on her experience at the venue to end a sequence of five breaks of serve with a crucial hold to take the first set against her 20-year-old Latvian opponent.After racing to a 5-1 lead in the second, Muguruza’s cruise to victory hit a roadblock as Ostapenko unleashed a barrage of winners to claim three straight games before the Spaniard finally flopped over the line on her third match point.”At the end of the match she was making the most of her last opportunities but I managed to stay composed and turn it around,?? Muguruza said. “She is so young and confident so I knew it was going to be difficult.”The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.A 1-2 punch helps @GarbiMuguruza consolidate the break! #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/h9ipTV2hYU- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017last_img read more

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BC Summer Games athletes report inappropriate touching at dance

first_imgVICTORIA – Police and the BC Games Society are investigating allegations of inappropriate touching involving teenaged athletes who were part of the BC Summer Games that ended Sunday on Vancouver Island.Games president Kelly Mann says about 800 to 1,000 of the more than 2,300 athletes who competed in the four-day event were at a dance Saturday at the Cowichan Exhibition Park where the touching is alleged to have occurred.Mann says about 30 of the female athletes, aged between 14 and 16, complained of being touched and organizers immediately ended the dance and began gathering details.He says a complaint was made to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment the following day and a file was opened, although Mann says no suspects have been identified.The society drafted a letter that was sent to athletes, coaches, parents and affiliated sports organizations, informing them of the situation, offering access to assistance for the young victims and setting up a confidential email to gather more information.An RCMP news release confirms the investigation is underway into allegations that some male athletes may have inappropriate touched a number of female athletes at the dance.Police urge anyone who may have been a victim of the touching or has information about the allegations to contact the Cowichan/Duncan detachment.“The RCMP is mindful that these serious allegations likely involve persons under the age of 18,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says in the release.Mann says the incident is very upsetting and his first reaction was to ban dances at all future B.C. games functions but the girls who reported the event asked him to reconsider.“They are not going to let the actions of a few damage the enjoyment of the many, which is courageous of the young girls to speak that way,” Mann says.Many of the athletes are required to sign a code of conduct agreement prior to competing and Mann says only a fraction of the large contingent of BC Summer Games athletes were involved, but he wants the matter to be widely discussed.“I’m approaching this as an educational moment for all of us,” he says.“We need to make sure that our codes of conduct are not just pieces of paper but they are in fact being enacted and reinforced, through whatever means.”The society will also examine how the dance was set up and supervised.“This wasn’t a dark room where somebody could get away with something,” he said. “But it was a crowded dance floor of, I’m going to say, 300 people,” says Mann.All the letter to athletes, parents and coaches were expected to be received by Monday and Mann says athletes due to take part in the 2020 BC Winter Games in Fort St. John will also be informed.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said there were 300 people at the dance.last_img read more

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Survey Half of business economists see recession by 2020

WASHINGTON — Roughly half the nation’s business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021.The finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics of its member economists. Just 10 per cent of them say they foresee a recession beginning this year. At the other extreme, only 11 per cent expect the economy to avoid a recession through 2021.The economy began its expansion in June 2009, when the Great Recession officially ended. If it endures beyond June this year, the expansion will become the longest on record. Compared with others, the current one has been tepid, with annual economic growth averaging just slightly above 2 per cent.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Iranian navy says it used Sri Lankan waters

“We are present on the free waters of the world and we anchored on many ports which we have coordinated before, including Sudan, Jeddah, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Latakia,” the Trend News Agency in Iran quoted him as saying. The Iranian navy says it used Sri Lankan waters to anchor its ships, the Iranian media reported today.The US and it’s allies have been concerned about Iran and its deployment of ships in international waters. Commander of the Iranian Navy Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran has a right to use international waters like any other country. Admiral Sayyari has told reporters that the the navy is capable of protecting it’s nation’s resources, interests and borders and is capable of confronting the enemy anywhere.Last month Iran said it will deploy a fleet of warships to patrol the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months and will even sail as far as southeastern Asian countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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WalMart pleads guilty in hazardous waste case agrees to pay 81 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wal-Mart pleads guilty in hazardous waste case, agrees to pay $81 million in fines by Paul Elias And Greg Risling, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2013 3:07 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81.6 million after pleading guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges of improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products that were pulled from stores in California and Missouri because of damaged packaging and other problems.The retail giant entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco to misdemeanour counts of violating the Clean Water Act and another environmental law regulating pesticides. The fine also settled Environmental Protection Agency allegations.In Kansas City, Mo., the company pleaded guilty to improperly handling pesticides.The plea agreements ended a nearly decade-old investigation involving more than 20 prosecutors and 32 environmental groups that has cost Wal-Mart a total of $110 million.Court documents show illegal dumping occurred in 16 California counties from Del Norte to Orange between 2003 and 2005. Federal prosecutors said the company didn’t train its employees on how to handle and dispose hazardous materials at its stores.The result, prosecutors say, was that waste was tossed into trash bins or poured into sewer systems. The waste also was improperly taken to one of several product return centres throughout the U.S. without proper safety documentation, authorities said.In 2010, the company agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle similar allegations made by California authorities that led to the overhaul of its hazardous waste compliance program nationwide.“By improperly handling hazardous waste, pesticides and other materials in violation of federal laws, Wal-Mart put the public and the environment at risk and gained an unfair economic advantage over other companies,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department.Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the company has fixed the problem and is “obviously happy that this is the final resolution.”She said employees are better trained on how to clean up, transport and dispose of dangerous products such as fertilizer that are spilled in a store or have packages damaged.Workers are armed with scanners that tell them whether a damaged package is considered to contain a hazardous material, she saidMoreno said the fines against Wall-Mart “will, in part, fund important environmental projects in the communities impacted by the violations and help prevent future harm to the environment.”The state investigation began eight years ago when a San Diego County health department employee saw a worker pouring bleach down a drain.In another instance, officials said a Solano County boy was found playing in a mound of fertilizer near the garden section of a Wal-Mart. The yellow-tinted powder contained ammonium sulfate, a chemical compound that causes irritation to eyes, skin and the respiratory tract.. read more

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In Nepal UN and relief agencies race against time as monsoon season

Two weeks after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, emergency responders are racing against time to reach affected populations in the mountainous country’s most remote regions, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced. “We have a short window to reach people in need,” Jamie McGoldrick, the UN’s top relief official in the Asian state confirmed Saturday in a press release. “With the monsoon season just around the corner, our imperative is to provide communities with roofs over their heads and meet their basic needs.” According to OCHA, relief efforts are tackling Nepal’s challenging topography by combining standard aid delivery with competencies and traditional methods of the local communities in order to speed up the flow of humanitarian aid ahead of the monsoon season anticipated to begin in the next four to six weeks. “Many mobile relief teams were dispatched to cover the affected areas on foot,” the UN relief arm explained. “Relief goods are also being dropped off at agreed locations with the communities so they can pick them up.” The UN also noted that responders on the ground were reaching out to the affected communities via dedicated radio programming and through mobile networks “to ensure they know how and where to obtain relief.” OCHA added that this would also allow it to receive direct feedback on their needs and concerns, so that they could address them accordingly. One of the growing challenges has been to provide thousands of Nepalese with shelter alternatives following the widespread destruction wrought by the tremors. To date, in coordination with district and national authorities, OCHA said tens of thousands of tarpaulins and household items had been distributed; more than 360,000 people had received food; some 300,000 people were provided with safe drinking water; and thousands of other had benefitted from sanitation and hygiene support. read more

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Thousands leave warravaged Aleppo as dangerous complex evacuation nears end – UN

Following today’s meeting in Geneva of the Humanitarian Access Task Force of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Adviser on Syria, said that some 35,000 had left eastern Aleppo in over 200 buses and perhaps 750 cars and trucks, all leaving through the Ramouseh gate, where the UN has posted observersDescribing the operation as “very complex,” he thanked the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the UN team in place, working in shifts night and day alongside all Red Cross and Red Crescent colleagues who had organized the evacuation from east Aleppo. Mr. Egeland also thanked the 32 non-governmental organizations that had worked with the UN in Idlib and in rural Aleppo, where, he said, tens of thousands of people from east Aleppo now joined “hundreds and hundreds of thousands [already internally displaced]. It is a race against the clock and against the winter to provide shelter, warmth and relief to people who are sick, exhausted, and malnourished from five years of war.” Meanwhile, he said that the UN needed more presence in all of the areas where there is fighting, and where tensions are still boiling. “Our presence means protection and that’s the whole purpose of the Security Council resolution [adopted on 19 December]: monitoring will lead to protection.” UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (right) and UN Senior Advisor, Jan Egeland. UN Photo/Luca Solari Yet he acknowledged that at the moment, it is a “limited but important” UN contingent of 31 international and national staff dedicated to monitoring, in addition to the 100 people from the UN in Aleppo that are there for the very large assistance operation. “More people are on their way and we have requested full and unimpeded access to all areas in eastern Aleppo.” “To get this protection we need all of these permits that are so slow to get now from the Syrian Government, from the Governor’s office, from all of these institutions in Syria that are slow to give us the access we need,” Mr. Egeland underscored, adding that while the UN would have liked to be a part of all of the negotiations that take place that have humanitarian implications, “all in all, this was the largest operation that I know of that took place and I think it saved a lot of lives and I think it means that the end of the battle proved to be less cruel than it could have been.” Finally, he stressed that there are 15 besieged areas beyond east Aleppo, “and it hasn’t gotten better in these areas because all eyes were on Aleppo.” Indeed, so far, only one convoy in December reached Khan Elshih, a Palestinian village south-west of Damascus. “Six thousand people got finally relief there, but all the other places have not yet gotten relief in December. November was also a very bad month.” For his part, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the bottom line remains now, humanitarian access and aid to those who have been in need – not only in Aleppo but elsewhere as well – and the cessation of hostilities and building momentum on the political process. To this end he reiterated his announcement from earlier in the week that with “renewed unity in the UN Security Council,” it is perhaps time to relaunch the intra-Syrian talks. “We announced the 8th of February, and in Geneva,” he said noting that the new UN Secretary-General would be in Office, among other initiatives and events, that could lead to “a common approach, which is the only one under Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a road map for the a peace process in Syria. The ISSG has established respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward in the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries. read more

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More profitable per unit than the iPad Samsungs Galaxy Tab only costs

first_imgSamsung‘s Galaxy Tab takes a lot of cues from Apple‘s iPad in its approach to tablet computing, but it looks like Samsung might have gotten something else from Apple when it came to constructing the Galaxy Tab: Cupertino’s famous product margins.iSuppli has performed a detailed teardown of the Galaxy Tab and found out that it’s cost to manufacture is about $214.57… about 45 dollars less than it takes Apple to make even the cheapest iPad. This despite the fact that both the Galaxy Tab and iPad are equivalently priced.How’d Samsung do it? Well, in the iPad, the most expensive component is the display, but the display used in the Galaxy Tab is significantly cheaper since it is smaller and uses a cheaper touchscreen assembly process than Apple’s notoriously thorough process employed for building the iPad.The processor Samsung is using is also a lot cheaper than Apple’s A4 CPU. While Apple’s A4 CPU costs $26 bucks each, Samsung is only paying $8 for each processor.At the end of the day, then, Samsung’s actually making more of a profit on each Galaxy Tab sold than Apple is on every iPad sold, but most of that savings comes from a smaller and more cheaply constructed touchscreen and (perhaps) a heavily discounted CPU. Now if only Samsung can move as many Galaxy Tabs as Apple has iPads to really capitalize upon that higher profit margin. Unlikely, I think.Read more at iSupplilast_img read more

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Town Opens 50-Year-Old Time Capsule, Finds Absolutely Nothing

first_img Officer Attempts to Rescue ‘Kitten’, Finds a Bobcat InsteadBunny Found in River With Rope and Anchor Tied Around Its Neck Stay on target Residents of a New Hampshire town were recently left baffled after the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule revealed that it contained… absolutely nothing.The safe has been stored sealed at the Derry Public Library in New Hampshire, and before that, at a municipal building, since 1969, according to library director Cara Potter.Town residents and officials had gathered on Saturday to open the time capsule, as part of nearby Londonderry’s Old Home Day celebration, as well as the library’s 50th anniversary.It took a few tries to open the safe, but when officials finally unlocked the combination, they found that the time capsule was completely empty.“We were a little horrified to find there was nothing in it,” Potter told WMUR-TV.Officials are now investigating the mystery of the missing Derry time capsule contents.Derry historian Paul Lindemann told the New Hampshire Union Leader there is no list for what would have been inside the time capsule.Some town residents speculated, however, that the capsule might have included memorabilia from Alan Shepard, a Derry native and the first American astronaut to travel to space.“There very well may have been valuable items in there,” Lindemann said.According to the Union Leader, Lindemann said old news articles reported the capsule had been buried in MacGregor Park in Derry, on library grounds, but that, according to recent memory, it was being kept in the library’s locked research room.Lindemann suspects the capsule might have been disinterred during library construction in 1989-1990, although it’s also possible the capsule was never buried.Through the years, several people may have had the opportunity to steal the capsule’s contents, Lindemann said, as the library didn’t keep a log of who entered the room where the capsule was kept.Oh, and also, the combination to the safe was written on the back.“I really can’t understand why anyone would want to take the capsule and do anything with it,” Londonderry resident Reed Clark, 90, told the Union Leader.A new time capsule for the town is scheduled to sealed on September 21 during the 30th annual Derryfest celebrations.More on Geek.com:Rabid Bat Hiding in iPad Case Bites Man in New HampshireOfficer Attempts to Rescue ‘Kitten’, Finds a Bobcat InsteadWatch: Winds Send Dozens of Mattresses Flying in Coloradolast_img read more

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NLight raises $35 million, prelude to possible IPO

first_imgLaser manufacturer nLight has raised an additional $35 million to expand production, capitalizing on what the Clark County company says is a hot market for its technology.“We are growing, growing over 30 percent a year, over $100 million in sales last year,” said Scott Keeney, nLight’s founder and chief executive. “We’re profitable, but we’re continuing to invest in new manufacturing. We see opportunities for continued growth.”Founded in 2000, privately held nLight has 400 employees split between its factory north of Vancouver and an office in Hillsboro, Ore. Keeney said the company has a number of open positions as it expands.Laser technology is improving at a rapid clip, according to Keeney, analogous to the early days of the semiconductor industry. Laser capabilities are improving while costs are falling.Keeney said new applications are emerging in industrial fields such as welding, cutting and 3-D printing. Meanwhile, lasers have become an essential component of electronics production, creating tiny features for smartphones, laptops and other devices.last_img read more

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Why AR is going to give you superpowers in the future

first_imgThe HoloLens 2 reboots augmented reality for Microsoft. It’s got a new fit, larger field of view and adds detailed hand and eye tracking. But one thing it’s still not is a consumer device.Alex Kipman is a Microsoft technical fellow and inventor of the Kinect and the HoloLens. During a visit to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to try the HoloLens 2 before its debut, we were able to talk to Kipman about his vision for where computing is headed, what HoloLens is becoming and how far away we are from a future where everyday people are actually wearing advanced AR headsets.To Kipman, and Microsoft, a headset like the HoloLens is one of many devices in which sensors will digest the world with AI. As Kipman says, on a headset, it’s the HoloLens. In a home, it’s a smart camera. On a car or drone, it’s an autonomous vehicle. This time, HoloLens 2 aims to connect its AR experiences in the cloud to other devices, including iOS and Android, and feel more like a work tool than ever. Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 18 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 4:54 Wearable Tech Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… 53 Photos How much of these technologies is the general consumer going to see in the short term?I have no interest in overhyping, and having a bunch of people think these things are consumer products. And then … get to the trough of disillusionment when people are like, “my God, I’m not using this instead of a PC, instead of a phone, instead of a television.” These devices need to be more comfortable, they need to become more immersive and ultimately they need to have more value-to-price ratio. There is a threshold in the journey where there is enough immersion, enough comfort, enough out-of-box value, where I’ll be happy to announce a consumer product. This is not it.How far are we?That’s impossible me to go guess per se. … I think humans are terrible predictors of time. In enterprise, in first-line worker scenarios, we’re finding great value where this stuff is transformative. Now, to be clear, if I can take the highest watermark, the single best product that exists in this space today and it’s still “not ready for consumers,” you guys can be the judges of everybody else’s product in this space. Now playing: Watch this: May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Share your voice What do you think the killer apps will be?I think communication … essentially defines a secular trend in computing. As it turns out, more often than not, it’s the innovation in the communication stack that changes things. Snail mail to real mail, real mail to messaging, to text messaging, to Snapchatting people. It’s like going from a still to a video to a teleportation. Like, my daughter being able to teleport to play with her cousins in Brazil, as a parent. Me not having to travel around the world to visit all my partners. How much would I love that? If you guys could be having this level of present experience, and you’re in New York, and you guys are in San Francisco and still it’s this immersive, with me in Redmond? It’s not hard to imagine presence as a killer experience for mixed-reality devices.As for monitor replacement … think about you sitting in front of your PC for “n” number of hours a day. This can be immersive and comfortable. Would you go spend this much money, to put this [the HoloLens] on your head with a keyboard and mouse versus buying a 30-inch, $500 monitor? Probably not, so we do try to focus a lot on things that you simply cannot do otherwise. Done right, we will all live in a world very soon where we will interface and interact and instinctually manipulate technology ubiquitously through our days, and you’re not going to be interfacing through monitors.In terms of eye tracking, what challenges or opportunities do you see?I think ultimately the quest here goes back to having our AI understand people, places and things. You want to get as much signal in that conversation as possible. If you’re going to teleport somewhere, I want to be able to know what you’re doing, and have that level of understanding so I can really teleport you. I still want your facial expressions to go through it. That’s something that I am very excited about, the eyes and the emotion of your eyes — there is so much signal there for us to mine to create more immersive and more comfortable experiences.I do think a lot about security of these devices. We’re going to have state-of-the-art iris recognition, the single most secure biometric system with iris recognition through HoloLens, that allows me to get all of that data securely, all of my comfort information, all of my customization. And then lastly, is the idea that we can close the loop. I know at any point in time, where is the device, in relation to your eyes, as we’re starting to form the hologram. Without that signal, I may or may not be getting the image correctly. Which means your eyes and your brain are doing all of the math for everything that I get wrong. Which is what translates into fatigue at the end of the day. We’re able to load most of that math on the device and adjust the hologram as you’re moving, to create sharper, more immersive holograms in the experience. Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Post a comment reading • Why AR is going to give you ‘superpowers’ in the future The creator of HoloLens 2 discusses its future One thing that sets apart your tech versus others in the field is not having any physical control at all, using hands. Is a controller or haptics ever going to happen?100 percent, we love haptics. We started this journey 11 years ago with input. Kinect was about having sensors on the edge that observed environment to understand people, places and things. We went from Kinect input innovation to HoloLens, input plus output. The last one is having these things in my world exchange energy. Having zeros and ones, that transact into photons, actually transact into energy so I can push a hologram, and it pushes me back with equal force. So I can hold the hologram and I can feel the temperature of a hologram. We can call that haptic feedback. Much more sophisticated than how you traditionally would think about [it], but another level of immersion. The minute that I throw a hologram to you and you can catch it and it pushes you back … ooh, immersion just took one crank forward. The minute that I’m holding a hologram and there’s temperature to it, it changes the level of immersion and believability of the experience.Now although that’s absolutely in our dreams, we also believe that humans are tool builders. I would not want my doctor to operate on me without tools, just with their bare hands, anymore than I’d like to eat my food tonight without a fork and a knife. We don’t have any dogma on, “You cannot have something in your hands.” As a matter of fact, in our virtual reality handsets, you’re holding things in your hands: tools, controllers. That device could work here, but I don’t know if you guys have seen that one, it has lights. All you see is the lights over the hologram. It’s not that great of an experience. It’s super easy for us to go create a version of that that goes in IR, so you don’t see the light. It’s absolutely also in our roadmap to think about holding things in the hand. Not just things we create. What if I am a person with a real physical hammer? We’re holding a coffee cup and I still want to touch my hologram?Trying on the HoloLens 2. James Martin/CNET How long are you spending right now using HoloLens each day?Several hours a day is the short answer. We actually designed HoloLens on HoloLens. Wearing HoloLens and looking at the model in 3D is a much more visceral way of being able to understand space and creation on it. But look, when I’m in meetings, I’m not wearing a HoloLens. There are plenty of times when I’m in my office, and I’m using my keyboard, mouse and my PC monitor to do any number of things. But I do wear the device several hours a day and so do most people on the team.What’s the one thing that kept bugging you while making the HoloLens 2?It’s everything. I have a dream that one day there’s only gonna be one problem that keeps us up at night. We count HoloLens in miracles. You know, we can’t have double-digit miracles in any given product cycle. That’s how we kind of size how much innovation or issues we’re going to pack into one release. This carbon fiber enclosure is a huge issue. It’s there so that we can essentially make the device much more comfortable and much more stable. But shipping carbon fiber that doesn’t look like carbon fiber … was incredibly hard, is still incredibly hard, has tons of issues. Inventing a new display engine: that was a huge miracle. The innovation in the lenses, to the vapor chamber in the back, to the fit system, and making the fit system extensible for enterprises, so you can put it under a hard hat, any number of things. That’s just the hardware. The manufacturing, building at scale, at yield? A whole different set of issues. Getting articulated hand tracking to feel instinctual. Getting eye tracking to work over glasses. How do you create this platform from edge to cloud? To staying up at night and saying, “Oh my God, how do we take all of this and make it open?” If you do it wrong, we’re gonna have to live with some of these decisions for the next decade-plus.If you solve all the problems, what’s the dream end state you want?My dream state is I walk on an airplane, man, and every single person on that airplane is wearing our product. That’s not this product, by the way, It’s probably not the next one either. But, ultimately, the goal is these things transform humans, they empower people and organizations to do things they just plainly were not able to do before, they allow us to displace space and time on a daily basis as if we were born instinctually with those superpowers. It’s a work of a lifetime, but certainly I can’t think of anything else better to do with my life. • Tags Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality 8:35 See All 13 Photos Kinect started with consumers, on the Xbox. Do you ever think of revisiting that route for the HoloLens?Look, like everything in life, you learn. I am incredibly proud, obviously, of the work we did with Kinect, and I think Kinect transformed the world. But, look, people in the living room don’t want to stand up and play games … they want to lean back and enjoy and want the precision of a controller in their hands. We didn’t find as much signal in the living room for entertainment with devices like Kinect at the time. But you know, go look today at an Alexa. What are those things doing? They’re recognizing people, they’re recognizing speech. They’re doing a lot of the things that Kinect was doing in 2010. So, obviously, there’s space in people’s homes for devices like Kinect, that recognize people, that recognize the objects in it and understand the context of who you are. But we’re finding way more signal with Kinect in enterprise workloads. They don’t tend to go through a proxy PC. Which is why we then end-of-lifed Kinect for Windows, and we now just launched Azure Kinect, which is of course still tetherable to a PC but also connects directly as an IoT appliance to our cloud.Where’s mixed reality going in the next five years or so, and what part does Microsoft play?I’m not going to guess five years, to be honest with you. Let me say for the duration of this product, let’s say more in the one to two category … I think all the successful ones will be enterprise-bound, primarily first-line worker scenarios, and increasing over time to knowledge worker scenarios. So I’ll give you the prediction for the next two years. Next two years, these are still enterprise-bound. Mobile World Congress 2019 The 51 best VR games But when will that magic augmented world become something for the rest of us?An edited version of our conversation plus a video interview with Kipman are below, from when CNET spoke to him January 31, 2019.  Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phonelast_img read more

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Whats the deal with Murkowskis present vote

first_imgPhoto: Carrie BraesConservatives are mad at Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But some liberals were mad at her, too, because technically, she didn’t vote “no” on Kavanaugh. She voted “present.”Listen nowFrom the left have come accusations that Murkowski chickened out, that she dodged a hard vote by taking refuge in an obscure Senate procedure.Lucky for us, the Senate employs historians.“We are the institutional memory of the Senate,” said Dan Holt, assistant historian at the Senate Historical Office.Holt said senators have been pairing votes since at least 1859, as a courtesy to each other. If one senator had to miss a vote, another senator who wanted to vote the opposite way would abstain.Dating back to the 19th century, the custom fit with the Senate’s view of itself, as a place where gentlemen wouldn’t want to take unfair advantage.Dan Holt, assistant historian at the U.S. Senate. Photo: Liz Ruskin“They, I think, mostly thought it would not be fair if a vote would go one way or the other, just because some senators were absent,” Holt said.Murkowski’s action on the Kavanaugh nomination was a perfect example of a paired vote, Holt said.As she explained on Senate floor, Murkowski paired with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, so he could attend his daughter’s wedding that weekend.“If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye. I have voted no,” she said. “The pair will not change the outcome of the vote. I therefore withdraw my vote.”Hold, the historian, said the practice used to be far more common, in part because senators used to miss a lot more votes, back when many tried to keep their law offices open and constituents didn’t make a thing out of absenteeism.“It definitely tapered off in the 1980s and 1990s but there are still examples of it if you search the Congressional Record, even into the 2000s,” Holt said.The late Sen. Ted Stevens would sometimes pair votes with Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii.“I ask that the last vote be amended to show that I stated I did have a pair with the senator from Hawaii,” Stevens said on the floor in 2005, after a different judicial confirmation vote. “If he were present he would have voted no. I would have voted aye. And therefore I’d like the record to reflect that that was a paired vote. It would not change the outcome of that vote.”A key element for vote pairing is to state for the record how the senators would have voted, if they weren’t paired, Holt said, so it’s not an effective way of avoiding a tough vote.“It’s the exact opposite,” he said. “The senator wants to make sure that their position goes down into the record, even if they can’t be present.”Murkowski may have confounded some of her constituents with the paired vote. A poll by Alaska Survey Research shows her favorability rating dipped the week of the Kavanaugh vote, even among self-identified moderates and progressives. But a follow-up poll suggests Alaska voters are back to where they were before, with about half saying they have a positive view of the senator.last_img read more

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2015 New Year Sale SpiceJet Offers Tickets for ₹699

first_imgAs a part of the 2015 New Year celebrations, SpiceJet has come up with another three day sale starting on Tuesday with domestic flight fares as low as ₹699.The “Early New Year Sale” as the airline calls it, is applicable for one way travels between 16 January 2015 to 24 October 2015 and the sale offer will be available till 18 September 2014 midnight. The bookings are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis.”The sale is applicable only on bookings made on www.spicejet.com, online travel portals and through travel agents. The sale is not available at SpiceJet’s Sales and Reservation Centre or at our Airport Ticketing Offices,” the SpiceJet release said adding that the sale does not include booking for infants and groups.The fare on offer does not include taxes and is also non-refundable and non changeable, except for the taxes and fees.”The travel period covered under this sale is extensive. It offers a number of reasons and occasions to the customers to choose SpiceJet as their preferred mode of travel. Advance planning of travel will help customers to fly at very nominal fares and travel more often,” NDTV Profit quoted Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili.This is Kalanithi Maran owned airline’s third sale offer in a row in the month of September. It had earlier offered tickets for as low as ₹499 during the beginning of the month, and last week it offered tickets at ₹ 1,999 for domestic flights.last_img read more

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Runaway bum blimp makes historic first flight

first_imgLook! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No it’s…. a flying butt?The 302-foot-long Airlander 10 was unveiled yesterday evening in Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire. While it was a historic flight for what’s notably the largest aircraft ever created, it also looked positively posteriorly.Airlander 10’s maiden voyage was a small one as it just performed a five-mile lap of the airfield at 500 feet in the air, but it was a successful test that could have big ramifications for air travel. For one thing, the engines are quieter than planes or helicopters, and it features benefits of both aircraft. It has the potential to carry 50 tons of freight and do so in areas that can’t have runways, since it can take off and land like a helicopter. While the top speed isn’t very vast (92 mph) it’s easy to maneuver, and since it can carry more over longer distances it’s cheaper and better for the planet.@modjo1978 @CardingtonSheds that’s a great pic of an iconic moment #cardingtonhangars #Airlander pic.twitter.com/Emle8IR3Ji— Hammers Legend @3 (@niceyz521) August 17, 2016“It was privilege to fly the Airlander for the first time and it flew wonderfully,” said Chief Test Pilot Dave Burns. “I’m really excited about getting it airborne. It flew like a dream.”Technical tests were performed on its hull pressure during the flight. (Don’t worry- it’s full of helium, not hydrogen, so unless you’re Archer you should have no concerns about accidents.) The flight launched, flew, and landed safely, with all test objectives met. <> The Airlander 10 is being considered for a variety of functions, such as passenger travel, aid, communications, and even surveillance, because nothing says dystopian future like airships looming overhead. At least people will be able to giggle a bit while having their privacy invaded.“It’s a great British innovation,” said HAV chief executive officer Stephen McGlennan to Sky. ”It’s a combination of an aircraft that has parts of normal fixed wing aircraft, it’s got helicopter, it’s got airship.”It’s sure got plenty. We can’t wait to see where the Airlander 10 goes next.last_img read more

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14yearold girl dies of dengue at RG Kar

first_imgKolkata: A 14-year-old girl from North 24-Parganas died of dengue at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Sunday.The victim, Amrita Singh (14), was brought to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning with fever. She died at the hospital at around 3.15 pm. The death certificate issued by the hospital authorities mentions that the patient died of NS 1 reactive fever with shock syndrome.The hospital authorities will submit a report on the death of the minor girl to the state Health department. It was learnt that the victim was suffering from fever for the past few days. A resident of Belghoria in North 24-Parganas, Amrita complained of fever a few days ago after which she was taken to a local doctor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe treated her for a few days. As her condition deteriorated, the patient was taken to hospital in the morning. According to hospital sources, the patient was in a serious condition when she was admitted to the hospital. Her condition deteriorated since her admission.It may also be mentioned that a housewife died of dengue at a city hospital last month after she suffered from fever for a couple days. An 11-year-old boy died of the same disease at a private hospital in Kolkata in last month as well.last_img read more

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Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile Health Care and Fashion Innovations

first_img 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Techweek is one of the largest week-long tech industry festivals in the nation. Launched in 2011, the seven-day festival allows entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders to meet and enable the innovation ecosystem in cities across the U.S. and beyond. The festival curates compelling programming that casts a global spotlight on each community and its leaders. Al Roker, host and weatherman on NBC’s Today Show, headlined this year’s New York engagement.The technology festival takes place at locations currently including Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and New York — and this year it breaks ground in Havana. The organization’s CEO, Katy Lynch, plans to launch at least five new markets in the next two years.“As an active member in the Chicago tech community, I’ve witnessed the explosive growth of Techweek over the years,” says Lynch. “Right now, we’re in six markets. I’m thrilled to lead the team and look forward to expanding our footprint to several cities, including Boston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle and Toronto.”Los Angeles was an early expansion in 2013. That year, Nicolas Dupont, a 14-year-old entrepreneur, showed off Spectrocable, a data-transfer technology. This year’s Techweek Los Angeles demonstrated just as much entrepreneurial enthusiasm.For the second year, Techweek Los Angeles set up shop on the Santa Monica Pier, hosting industry-topic panels, guest speakers and the event’s Launch startup competition. Launch Championship is the battle royale of pitch competitions, where top startups compete to be crowned Techweek’s Launch Grand Champion. The Launch Championship is Techweek’s top attraction and offers a chance for attendees to see which companies may soon be changing the world and to meet their founders and investors.This year’s Techweek Los Angeles featured some inspired new apps and platforms and a healthy group of startup finalists.MobileFresh from a Kickstarter campaign, Bezalel has introduced the first universal (dual mode) cell phone case that lets users power an iPhone using any wireless charger, including those at Starbucks and in GM and Toyota vehicles. This Latitude case joins a product line that already includes the Prelude mobile wireless charger and Samsung charging patch.HealthcarePaubox encrypted email is the only two-way, HIPAA-compliant email solution on the market. The solution was built to accommodate existing user processes and platforms, with zero learning curve. “Paubox has solved the HIPPA conundrum for us and really makes our patients feel like they have access to our team to resolve any issue,” says Chris Rehm, CEO of AfterOurs, Inc.Fashion Fashion meets gamification with new social app, Swggr. This hybrid of Instagram and Pinterest enables users to display an online collection of ingredients from their own closet, pair it with items from the Swggr collection and let their friends mix-and-match combinations. Users rack up reward points that can be used for brand and retailer discounts.GroomingUber meets barber with location-based service provider app, Hairdoo. Simplifying men’s haircut scheduling, Hairdoo’s traveling stylists can be viewed in real time, allowing the user to select the nearest option or schedule an appointment with their personal favorite. The haircuts can take place at home, in the office or even in public.The Los Angeles Techweek Launch FinalistsThe Los Angeles Launch Startup Championship Winner, Pick My Solar, also won the People’s Choice Award which is voted-on through social media. Pick My Solar will be headed to Miami next month to compete in the National Launch Startup Championship with the other five regional Techweek Launch Champions.1. Pick My Solar (Techweek Los Angeles Launch Champion and People’s Choice)Pick My Solar is an online solar marketplace. They find the best solar deals on the market.2. Kangarootime (Runner up)Kangarootime has digitized the childcare enrollment process, payment and record keeping in the cloud. The platform’s parent portal and parent mobile application provide easy document uploading and quick communication with childcare providers.3. Safe CatchSafe Catch developed a breakthrough technology capable of accurately and precisely testing tuna for its mercury concentration. The company only buys fish that meet strict purity, quality and sustainability standards.4. HearshotDesigned by sports enthusiasts, Hearshot headsets are built with well-proven communications technology which, combined with the company’s proprietary hi-fidelity audio technology, allows extreme sport and active users to communicate clearly with their group for up to 300 meters away.5. ComicBlitzThe marketplace for binge comic book reading, ComicBlitz offers an all-you-can-read platform. Featuring top publishers and a low, $9.99 per month price point, this service is for the dedicated comic reader. December 2, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Moon Memories Earth Celebrates 50th Year Of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

first_img $16.50$24.99 Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisement”Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”The plaque also bore the signatures of the Apollo 11 astronauts as well as of then-President Richard M. Nixon.President Donald Trump also met with Aldrin, Collins, and the family of Armstrong at a special even in the Oval Office and briefed them on his administration’s upcoming plans to send astronauts back to the Moon and Mars.NASA Celebrates To The HiltNASA has been on board for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. As part of the celebration, it released stunning panorama images of Apollo lunar landing sites on the moon that were stitched together by experts from the Johnson Space Center.On the day of the launch anniversary, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited at the historic launch pad where Apollo 11 began its mission. Aldrin was also honored by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. NASA hosted a live broadcast to discuss the future of space exploration from Moon to Mars.Making Of Apollo 11 DocumentaryDirector Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary titled Apollo 11 presented untold stories from the once-in-a-lifetime space mission. He used available archival footages with support from NASA and the National Archives. His work resulted in never-before-seen bits of footage that depicted what the astronauts actually went through during the mission.”There is a nine-day version of this film, where every single frame of footage is made up of either a film reel or a television broadcast or the broadcast from space that the guys did or a photograph. We had the timeline all laid out exactly how it happened,” said Miller who found more than 1,000 images that Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins snapped on their journey to the moon.The documentary has two versions — a minute-by-minute account of the nine-day mission and a shorter 93-minute film. TAG Apollo 11, Apollo 11 Mission, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin (198) $19.80$22.00 Ads by Amazon Bestseller Picturing Apollo 11: Rare Views and Undiscovered Moments A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts $36.72$45.00 $19.88 AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches $19.16$29.99 One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the… DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Apollo: The Mission to Land a Man on the Moon ENDS IN Apollo 11 Mission Patch Official Nasa Neil Armstrong Buzz Ald… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN (47) Related Products ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Bestsellercenter_img (7) ENDS IN (47) $13.87$32.00 DEAL OF THE DAY Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) DEAL OF THE DAY $36.95$36.95 (6) (37) ENDS IN $4.99$4.99 Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Bestseller ENDS IN (1) To the Moon and Back: My Apollo 11 Adventure Bestseller NASA Apollo 11: Owners’ Workshop Manual (60) ENDS IN Bestseller All Bestseller Close NASA’s Apollo 11 mission 50th anniversary is happening this weekend. July 20, 1969, will be marked forever as the first day that humans stepped on the moon.  ( NASA ) The internet and the entire world is abuzz with celebratory stories, images, and snippets of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, which turns 50 this weekend.Happy 50th, Apollo 11On July 20, 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins made the unforgettable “small step for [a] man” and “giant leap for mankind” when they set foot and walked on the Moon’s surface. The three, together with their crew, journeyed for nine days to the moon and back to Earth as part of the successful Apollo 11 mission.It was Aldrin and Armstrong that unveiled the commemorative plaque that was mounted on the landing leg of the Eagle lunar module and read the words that were inscribed on it:last_img read more

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Two Cancun police officers arrested for alleged illegal activities

first_imgCancún, Q. R.– Two officers from the Municipal Public Security Secretariat of Benito Juárez have been arrested.The two police officers were taken into custody by members of the State Attorney General’s Office Wednesday for their alleged involvement in illegal activities.According to the statement issued by the municipal office out of Cancun, the State Attorney General’s Office completed an arrest warrant against two members of the Municipal Police for crimes of Fuero Común.The two arrested were identified only as A.C.Z. and M.D.J. No other details were released, only that they were detained and presented before state authorities.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LenderLive Implements ResWare to Enhance Workflow Management

first_img In Colorado, “”LenderLive Network Inc.””:http://www.lenderlive.com/Home.aspx announced the implementation of “”Adeptive Software’s ResWare Platform””:http://www.adeptivesw.com/resware to leverage the automate workflow in the company’s Settlement Services division.[IMAGE]The implementation empowers LenderLive to more effectively identify all necessary tasks in real time and perform them more efficiently, the company said in a release.[COLUMN_BREAK]””We wanted a platform that would automate workflow based on client requirements and file status to task appropriate employees for execution,”” said Joe Mowery, president of LenderLive Settlement Services. “”ResWare’s platform provides business process management functionality that allows customizing client requirements into automated decisioning which takes the guesswork out of process management and minimizes unnecessary human intervention.””ResWare also enables LenderLive to integrate all of its Settlement Services products and services across its entire enterprise, providing seamless interaction between their origination, document services, and default services systems–thus improving turn times and reducing errors. “”We have seen a dramatic improvement in our work output and controls,”” Mowery said. “”The platform provides better visibility into our daily and ongoing production and helps us make more informed and timely decisions, which enhances the customer experience and the value we can deliver to our clients.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors LenderLive Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-13 Tory Barringer LenderLive Implements ResWare to Enhance Workflow Management in Technologycenter_img Share December 13, 2013 491 Views last_img read more

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Push to open Dherynia crossing point

first_imgA number of bicommunal groups will gather at the unopened crossing point in Dherynia in the Famagusta district on Saturday to press for its openingThe Famagusta Initiative and the organisation Famagusta Our City, along with UniteCyprusNow are calling on people to participate in the event at 10am“The city of Famagusta is divided into two. The one side is condemned to live with us as a lifeless body. We cannot accept this and we cannot approve it,” said a statement from Famagusta Initiative.“Our demand is the opening immediately of all the crossing points and ways that will unite us.”Pavlos Iakovou on behalf of Famagusta Our City said: “the aim is to create a homeland in which people will feel themselves not as Turkish Cypriot or Greek Cypriot but as Cypriot.”President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed in May 2015 to open crossings at Dherynia and Lefka but work has not been fully completed, and the leader are still at odds after the collapse of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana last July.Attempts by the UN recently to arrange a social dinner to get the negotiations back on track have not yet progressed.You May LikeWeightLossHelper.orgTop 20 Foods You Should Eat For Weight LossWeightLossHelper.orgUndoRelocation Target15 Places Where People Live the LongestRelocation TargetUndoWoman Pretty6 Foods to Eat When You Want to Sleep WellWoman PrettyUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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