European Union increases contribution to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

20 April 2007The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees and the European Union signed an agreement today paving the way for the EU to contribute €66 million to help pay salaries for teachers, doctors, social workers and others as part of the relief effort. The agreement means essential services to Palestinians can be maintained, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a press release from Jerusalem.Today’s signing, at Qalandia camp in the West Bank, is the first instalment of a four-year deal in which the EU has promised to give UNRWA €264 million by 2010. This year’s amount represents an increase of more than €1.5 million over 2006.Filippo Grandi, Deputy Commissioner of UNRWA, thanked the EU for its contribution and for its ongoing support of the agency.“The past year has been a period of great need throughout the Palestine refugee community, and the support you have shown today is a symbol of your interest and concern,” Mr. Grandi said.Created in 1949, UNRWA provides education, health care, social services and emergency aid to an estimated 4.4 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. read more

Regional groups must play growing role with UN in todays crises Council

13 January 2010The Security Council today discussed ways of further enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in tackling global crises, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for greater flexibility in facing the “new landscape” of ever more complex problems. “Hardly a crisis confronts us that does not require actors to cooperate at multiple levels in the search for solutions,” Mr. Ban said in an opening speech, fresh from a two-day retreat exploring “new avenues for cooperation” with leaders of more than a dozen regional groups, ranging from the African Union (AU) and Arab League to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organization of American States (OAS) and Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).“That is why the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations is so important. They are part of a new landscape, one in which the problems we face are so complex and interlinked that no one can work in isolation, and no one can afford to do without the benefits of cooperation and burden-sharing.”Many of the regional group leaders attended the Council session at which Mr. Ban cited already existing cooperation such as UN support for the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan, a wide-ranging relationship with the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Balkans, and other operations from Honduras to Iraq.“Yet we can and must go further still,” he said. “The United Nations continues to bolster its capacity to prevent conflicts and mediate solutions. We continue to improve our ability to deploy more effective peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian presences. These investments have positioned us to be a better partner to our regional counterparts.” In a presidential statement, the Council promised further steps to promote closer cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations in the fields of conflict early warning, prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.“The Security Council is resolved to strengthen United Nations support for the peaceful settlement of disputes through improved interaction and cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations,” said the statement, read by Ambassador Zhang Yesui of China, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for January. It stressed the role that regional and sub-regional organizations can play in post-conflict situations in peacebuilding, recovery, reconstruction and development, and called for cooperation between the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the organizations. read more

Massive sinkhole appears in middle of Manchester street after noises and grumbling

first_img@traceyk9 I know!!! Luckily nobody injured and all cars moved in time— Sgt Angela Freud (@SgtAngelaFreud) October 17, 2016 “The road has been closed for around half a mile and local traffic diversions are in place.“Local residents were asked to move their cars away from the area by police last night.”A fire service spokesman told the Bury Times that residents reported hearing “noises and grumbling for about 45 minutes” as the sinkhole emerged.Another large hole reported to be 40ft deep appeared on a busy Manchester road after heavy rainfall last year.Earlier this year, a dog was pulled out alive from a sinkhole in Missouri. A large sinkhole has appeared in the middle of a residential street in Greater Manchester with police urging motorists in the area to “give the road a miss”.The six-metre wide hole appeared at around 12.30am in Heywood Road, Prestwich, believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer. Greater Manchester Police officers covering the Whitefield area also tweeted for motorists in the area to give the road a “miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our night sgts is looking into”.A spokesman for United Utilities said the road is “likely to be closed for a few weeks as engineers will need to excavate around it”.“It was reported to us in the early hours by the police,” they said in a statement.“At this stage we are not sure what has happened and whether the road has collapsed or if it’s linked to a sewer. There has been some recent tarmacing on the road we believe. Heywood Rd Prestwich shut between Bury Old and Heys Rd due to sinkhole— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) October 17, 2016 Residents were woken in the middle of the night by a loud ‘banging’ sound, the Manchester Evening News reports.A resident named George, who did not give his surname, told the newspaper it was “a bit scary” and “kept getting bigger”.“I had to wake everyone up to tell them to move their cars because it started to spread,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @GMPPrestwich AVOID Heywood Rd in Prestwich massive sinkhole and road closures— Sgt Angela Freud (@SgtAngelaFreud) October 17, 2016  Manchester Prestwich sinkhole  Road Closure – Give Heywood Rd Prestwich by Gilmore Dr a miss for the next week or so. Big sinkhole one of our Night Sgts is looking into— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) October 17, 2016 A sinkhole appeared in Prestwich, Greater ManchesterCredit:Twitter / last_img read more

Caterpillars R1700 underground LHD starts to prove its worth

first_imgCaterpillar’s recently launched Cat® R1700 Underground Mining Loader has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in-production studies, the company says.The completely new design R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t, 20% more than its predecessor, yet maintains the dimensions of the R1700G.“A recent head-to-head study and multiple field trials show that the machine surpasses its payload advantage in faster truck loading and more productive load-and-carry operations while delivering 21% less fuel consumption per hour in a recent study,” Cat says.The R1700 comes with cycle time advantages over its predecessor through fast bucket loading. This has been enabled through high digging forces and a new traction control system that limits tyre slip when the bucket enters the pile.“The result is fast loading, good bucket fill factors and reduced tyre wear. Excellent machine balance and a new electrohydraulic braking system aid load-and-carry cycles,” Cat says.Fuel efficiency is improved through on-demand adjustment of the cooling fan and the hydraulic system, as well as the proven efficiency of the Cat C13, six-cylinder engine, according to the company. The engine is turbocharged and air-to-air aftercooled, and it produces 269 kW in standard configuration and 257 kW in EU Stage V compliant form.The engine is available in three different emissions configurations – Cat Ventilation Reduction, US EPA Tier/EU Stage IIIA, and EU Stage V – tailoring the R1700 to the mine’s ventilation needs. Aftertreatment for the Stage V engine configuration is chassis mounted for convenience and includes a Diesel Emission Fluid tank sized to match the 12-hour capacity of the fuel tank.The R1700’s productivity is boosted even further with multiple subsystems for fast technology implementation.“Optional Autodig helps new operators be productive the first day and reduces fatigue for experienced teams. Remote machine health monitoring, payload operating technologies are available via MineStar™ Command for underground,” the company says.During the load or dump cycle, the harder the operator pushes the controls, the faster the machine responds. The steering system is pilot-controlled to provide a more precise feel for the operator during manoeuvres in tight places.“Ride control is now fully integrated into the hydraulic system and engages automatically as the machine goes above 5 km/h. Electronically snubbing the cylinders protects them and provides greater operator comfort,” Cat says.The R1700 has auto retarding which is hydraulically actuated. The system comes on automatically when the operator’s foot is lifted from the throttle, with cycle times improving as operators gain confidence and become more comfortable on downhill grades at faster speeds.For easier maintenance, the R1700 features several components that have modular designs – they can easily be removed and replaced.In addition to modular components, all filter and key service points have been grouped into a centralised section on the cold side of the engine. The radiator guard swings open for ground-level access to the radiator, and oil coolers and the batteries are easily accessed just under the centralised service location.For the entire underground loader line, Caterpillar now offers Bolt On Half Arrow ground engaging tools (GET) for bucket edges. The system is designed for high abrasion applications where weld-on GET experience high wear rates.“With a proven and reliable retention system, the bolt-on GET offer more wear material than standard weld-on GET, and the bolt-on design enables fast and easy removal and replacement.“Despite additional wear material, the low-profile front edge eases pile penetration and promotes fast bucket loading,” Cat says.last_img read more

EHF CUP Granollers and Chambery book quarterfinal places

EHF Cup HC Tatran Presov beat Bjerringbro Silkeborg 32:28 in the match of EHF Cup Group phase Round 5 and made some things clear before the quarter-finals which concludes only three pairs as SC Magdeburg are already qualified for the Final4 event as a host in GETEC Arena.The Danish team with four points has only theoretical chances to endanger RK Nexe Nasice (6 points) and escape from the “worst second placed team” title. However, RK Nexe will have a chance to win a point against FA Goppingen today in Nasice and secure quarter-final position.The Spanish BM Fraikin Granollers, French Saint Raphael and Chambery Savoie, German Fuchse Berlin and FA Goppingen already booked TOP 7 place. ← Previous Story Petar Djordjic wil be out between 3 and 4 weeks Next Story → Denmark, Norway and Montenegro qualify for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

Greece to receive 75bln in two tranches

first_imgThe Eurogroup approved the release of Greece’s two next bailout installments, totaling 7.5 billion euros, but was told that it would have to complete certain structural reforms before the second tranche is released in June.Eurozone finance ministers agreed that Greece should receive 4.2 billion euros later this week after the Euro Working Group and the directors of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) meet. The second sub-tranche of 3.3 billion euros will be disbursed once Greece has met the “milestones” agreed with the troika.Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup, said that in order for Greece to receive the second sub-tranche, Greece would have to reform tax collection, liberalize professions and overhaul its public administration. Among other things, Athens has agreed to sack 2,000 civil servants by the end of June.“We welcome that fiscal performance in 2012 complied with the program targets and that this is expected to continue in 2013 and 2014,” the Eurogroup said in a statement. “Greece is quickly regaining cost competitiveness, but product and services market reforms will need to accelerate to allow gains in cost competitiveness to translate more rapidly into prices.”The head of the EFSF, Klaus Regling, said that Greece would receive the 7.5 billion euros in two tranches as it does not need the whole amount now and because it has to complete its “prior actions” first.The disbursement, however, will take place before the troika’s next review of the Greek program. European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said that inspectors would return to Greece in the next few weeks.While the Greek side would have been encouraged by the outcome of the Eurogroup, Rehn may have put a damper on proceedings by underlining an earlier Commission report that sees the possibility of Greece having a larger-than-expected fiscal shortfall in the next few years.“The Commission estimates that the fiscal gap for Greece could be larger in 2015 and 2016 than previously thought but it could also be lower if growth is larger,” he said, adding that it was too early to say if Athens would need to adopt new austerity measures to make up for such a shortfall.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insisted that Greece would not have to raise taxes or cut wages. “We knew about the possibility of a gap,” he said, suggesting that Greece would beat its targets over the next two years and no extra measures would be needed.Back in Athens, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras castigated the government for its attempts to convince Greeks that the country is turning a corner. He accused the coalition of engaging in mythmaking.“It is a myth that we are coming out of the tunnel,” said Tsipras at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) general assembly. “It is a myth that growth has begun. It is a myth that unemployment is being overcome. It is a myth that society has accepted the sacrifices.”Tsipras accused the government of trying to “fool” society as he criticized SEV for not taking part in collective labor contract talks with unions. The SYRIZA leader added that a leftist government would not accept Greece’s public utilities being in private hands.“A SYRIZA government and full privatization of water and electricity are incompatible things,” he said. “Growth equals democracy plus investment.”Tsipras was given a warm welcome by SEV president Dimitris Daskalopoulos, who called for a “genuine dialogue” between SYRIZA and the entrepreneurs’ group. “SYRIZA’s radicalness is useful and welcome,” said Daskalopoulos.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Monkeys Mourn the Death of Their Robobaby

first_imgStay on target Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower I talk a lot about robots. I love robots, even though they totally terrify me. And one of the more interesting things I’ve noticed recently is how animals (including us humans) react to robots. A few years back, researchers were already noticing that soldiers would get attached to bomb-disarming robots, noting that, in a combat situation, that attachment to the inanimate could cause problems.But while homo sapiens might be the most intelligent species around, we’re far from the only ones that grieve a lost loved one. We’re far from the only animals that form attachments to our friends and family. Social bonds are pretty common and run in species as diverse as dogs and elephants. And almost all primates have shown some evidence of caring for one another. Even so, this clip from BBC One’s Spy in the Wild is a little unsettling.Essentially, the team takes robo-animals with eye-cameras and plants them in groups of animals so the documentary crew can surreptitiously observe the critters’ life in the wild. In this case, though, a group of Langur monkeys got a bit… well… attached.After the crew had planted the baby animatronic, the wild monkeys got a bit curious. They started looking at it, interacting with it, and eventually they start trying to care for it. They pet the robot and try to babysit it, but shortly thereafter; it falls off a branch. They start investigating to see if it’s still “alive” and when it doesn’t move, the other monkeys gather around to examine it, each in turn. When they believe it’s gone, the real monkeys become calm and reflective, hugging one another and seeking comfort as they mourn the bot.It’s a surreal moment — real emotion elicited from a pack of monkeys that had only just met this mostly non-reactive facsimile. It’s sobering too, to know that our emotions are just as easy to manipulate because we are, for all intents and purposes, working with the same firmware. And yet, there’s something beautiful about knowing that we aren’t alone. Sure, we might be the only species to develop space travel and the internet, but monkeys feel many of the same things we do.But it’s probably just a matter of time before our robotic conquerors take advantage of our soft-heartedness and slaughter us all.last_img read more

Reward Gateway acquires LogBuy UK

first_imgEmployee engagement organisation Reward Gateway has acquired the UK business of voluntary benefits provider LogBuy.LogBuy, which was founded in 2005, provides benefits programme to more than 200 organisations in the UK, including Philips Electronics and Laing O’Rouke.Reward Gateway and LogBuy have worked to bring their benefits programmes together in order to give employers access to a 24/7 employee help desk, as well as a product range, which includes reward and recognition products, employee communications, wellbeing schemes and SmartHub, an integrated employee engagement platform.This acquisition is the sixth that has taken place in the RG Engagement Group’s portfolio, funded by a $220 million investment by Boston-based financiers Great Hill Partners.Glenn Elliott (pictured above far left), founder and chief executive officer at Reward Gateway, said: “We’re looking for any opportunity to make the world a happier place to work, and today’s news means that the employees of over 200 [organisations] that use LogBuy will have access to a wider range of rewards, and the tools to thank and recognise each other.“Reward Gateway has got great financial backing and a wonderful, engaged client base that we can help with more products and services. We’ve got some fantastic opportunities ahead to bring more to our [employer] clients in a really coherent way that is great for them and their employees.”last_img read more

Military Will Manage Even as Infrastructure Scrapes By Conger Says

first_imgWashington — The nation’s defense infrastructure has not been adequately maintained for the past several years as the Pentagon diverts funds for installation support to higher priority readiness needs, but the military will be able to cope even if the stringent budget caps forcing officials to skimp on facility needs continue through the end of the decade, the department’s top installations official said this week at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit.“We’ve done this before and survived it,” said John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, referring to a similar situation in the 1990s.“It takes years for buildings to crumble,” Conger said. DOD’s investment in facilities that occurred before the department was forced to tighten its belt two years ago provided a base that should sustain it while its buildings are allowed to deteriorate.Of course, budgets for military construction and facility sustainment, restoration and modernization would continue to remain constrained as long as the budget caps stay in place, he said. Both of those accounts are being funded at reduced levels. DOD only requested $5 billion for milcon in fiscal 2016; several years ago, the account received $14 billion.As recently as five years ago, the department would request funding to fulfill 90 percent of the department’s estimated facility sustainment needs. The current year’s budget only allocates 70 percent of its facility sustainment requirements, said Conger.“We’re just spreading it thin,” he said.Beyond facilities, another of the panelists on the Summit’s “Defense Communities at a Crossroads” session predicted a dramatic change to the size of the Air Force over the next several years under the Budget Control Act. The service could shrink by 30 to 40 percent, according to Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.Lawmakers almost certainly will find common ground on a budget deal to relax the caps on defense spending for FY 2016, Eaglen added. The primary question is the exact amount of relief Congress offers the Pentagon. The number likely will be larger than the 2013 Ryan-Murray deal which provided DOD an extra $22 billion for FY 2014, she said.“They’re going to get to some number eventually,” Eaglen said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Modi government completely corruptionfree Harsimrat

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is completely corruption-free and has taken strong steps against the menace resulting in zero registration of such cases in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Tuesday. Badal also said the first decision of the Modi government in its first term was setting up of a Special Investigation Team against black money. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “This is Modi government where corruption has no place. This government is fully corruption-free. The prime minister had announced that ‘Na khanga, na khane Dunga’,” she said during Question Hour. The minister for food processing industries said this was the reason why no corruption case has been registered in the food processing ministry.last_img read more

LT Infotech gets regulators nod to issue Rs 2000 crore IPO

first_imgL&T Infotech — the IT services arm of domestic engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro — has got the market regulator’s nod to issue an initial public offer (IPO) worth Rs 2,000 crore.The company will issue 1,75,00,000 equity shares with face value of Re 1 each. It had fled a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on 28 September.The funds raised through IPO will be used to improve its growth in the coming years, a company official had told PTI last month.L&T chairman AM Naik had said in June last year that India’s biggest engineering and construction company will sell 10% stake in IT services unit as part of its plans to monetise non-core businesses.L&T Infotech will be the second unit of the parent company to go public, after L&T Finance Holdings Ltd — the financial services arm — was listed in 2011.Naik had estimated the software division’s profit to go up to Rs 900 crore in FY16 compared to Rs 762 crore of last fiscal year.L&T Infotech currently has a headcount of more than 20,000 people; it has Chevron Corp., Hitachi Ltd and Lafarge SA as its top clients.In 2009, the parent company had made an unsuccessful bid to take over Satyam Computer Services, which was hit by India’s biggest corporate fraud at that time.last_img read more

Sistema exits Reliance Communications sells its 10 percent stake

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRussia’s Sistema JSFC has become the latest foreign operator to exit the troubled Indian telecom market, by selling its 10 percent stake in Reliance Communications in multiple tranches over the past few months. The Russian conglomerate has reportedly lost $ 4 billion on its investments.Sistema JSFC is believed to have decided against the idea of buying RCom’s remaining telecom assets, comprising subsea cables, enterprise business and data centres, following the divergence of opinion with the Anil Ambani-led telco.Sistema JSFC decided to exit RCom after the struggling telco recently got entrapped in insolvency proceedings. It decided against making ambitious investments in India’s brutally competitive and fast consolidating telecom market, having already burnt its fingers.In October 2017, Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) was sold to Reliance Communications in return for a 10 percent stake. RCom has also since closed down its wireless business amid plunging revenue and mounting losses due to intense competition, and operates only an enterprise business, besides running data centres and sub-sea cables.At the time of the merger of RCom-SSTL, RCom shares were hovering at Rs 80 apiece in early November 2015 but collapsed to around Rs 17 when the deal was finally completed in late October 2017.On Wednesday, it gained over 4.8 percent over the previous close to end at Rs 15.30 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange. In past months, Sistema has gradually reduced its stake in RCom. It lowered its stake to 7.09 percent by letting minority shareholders swap their shares with those of RCom in March.In April and May, it sold off a further 2.1 percent and 0.55 percent respectively in the open market, lowering its equity holding in RCom to 4.43 percent. The development was seen on the expected lines as the telecom sector in the country is witnessing a huge consolidation and stiff competition.The entry of Reliance Jio by offering attractive discounts on calls and data has violently disrupted the entire telecom markets. The competition is expected to become stiffer in the upcoming days.last_img read more

Lawsuit Accuses Facebook of Enabling Human Traffickers

first_img Share HOUSTON (AP) — A human trafficking survivor from Texas sued Facebook this week, alleging the social media platform provides human traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom … and extort children into the sex trade.”The lawsuit was filed Monday in Houston against Facebook, the shuttered classifieds site and the owners of two Houston hotels.The suit seeks at least $1 million in damages on behalf of a woman identified as “Jane Doe,” who was 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted in 2012 after being allegedly targeted and recruited by a sex trafficker on Facebook.Facebook did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Tuesday. An attorney for Dallas-based didn’t immediately return a phone call.According to the lawsuit, Facebook should be held liable for the conduct of sex traffickers because the social media site has become the “first point of contact between sex traffickers and these children.Facebook not only provides an unrestricted platform for these sex traffickers to target children, but it also cloaks the traffickers with credibility.”Annie McAdams, an attorney for the woman who filed the suit, said her client was befriended by another Facebook user who gained her trust and promised her a job as a model.But, McAdams said, the other person forced her into sex trafficking within hours of meeting her. She was raped and beaten by people who had paid the trafficker, the attorney said.McAdams alleged Facebook has not done enough to ensure that users aren’t able to hide their identities from unsuspecting minors who may be targets of traffickers or to warn minors of the dangers posed by traffickers and how they can operate online.“It was not just because a pimp did something that Jane Doe was trafficked. That pimp is not able to traffic Jane Doe unless Facebook allowed him access to her,” McAdams said.The lawsuit comes after President Donald Trump in April signed a new law aimed at curbing sex trafficking. The law weakens a legal shield for online services that host abusive content, including sex trafficking.The legislation was focused more on classified-ad sites like, which had claimed they aren’t the publisher of questionable content but are merely transmitting posts by was shut down by federal authorities earlier this year after the company’s co-founders and other employees were arrested in what authorities say was a scheme to publish ads for sexual services, some of which involved children.“Facebook has the technology to be able to potentially develop algorithms to look for the indicators and the red flags of potential (trafficking) exploitation and abuse,” said Tony Talbott, director of Abolition Ohio, a University of Dayton group that works to combat human trafficking.Maya Simek, co-director of the Human Trafficking Law Clinic and a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law in Cleveland, points to a lack of ID verification and a lack of advertisements or other outreach efforts to offer help for victims as some of the problems social media sites face in combating human trafficking.“I don’t think they’re doing as much as could be done,” Simek said.Talbott said he thinks the Houston lawsuit will have a difficult time proving that Facebook knowingly facilitated sex trafficking, as the company could show that traffickers are simply exploiting the site.”last_img read more

Hi3G Access releases a video and still image sharing system for ecommerce

first_img Citation: Hi3G Access releases a video and still image sharing system for e-commerce (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Explore further University of Washington testing sign language video phones More information: and (in Swedish)center_img ( — Hi3G Access, a Swedish-based phone company, has developed a video chat system that allows users to shuffle images on the screen with their hands. The system, which you can see in the video below, is known as 3LiveShop. 3LiveShop is a Flash-based multitouch system that is, at the current moment, being used as a sales tool for Hi3G Access. In order to create this tool Hi3G Access collaborated with a Stockholm-based production company known as B-Reel. The setup is very similar to a Skype chat, in which you are able to see a smaller image of yourself in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.The system is unique, because it allows for the video chat to be shown at a lower resolution, while still images can be shown at a higher resolution. This is achieved by the use of two different streams, one for the video and one for the still images.The system is even tied into an e-commerce system. After having a chat with the sales person online, the customer can see a bill and add then add their new mobile phone, the products that Hi3G Access sells, and pay for it right then and there. The entire system is coded in Adobe Flash, which may be a choice that was made with larger scale distribution in mind, as Flash is a fairly common program.The multitouch screens, which were also developed in conjunction with a company called Teenage Engineering, use a system of mirrors and high-end cameras to create the video feed for chat. There are currently only three of these workstations functioning in the world, but if the program is successful the company hopes to expand the program.This begs only one question. If most of us shop online in order to avoid sales clerks, why would you want to video chat with one? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Egypt foiled extremist state in Sinai president says

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories The group had tried to announce “an Islamic state, in their concept, an Islamic State in Sinai,” he said. “These are the messages, very simply, that they are putting out to us,” adding that the area was now under control.El-Sissi praised the troops for “foiling a very big plan.”“No one can impose on the Egyptians something they don’t want,” he said. “To reach the Egyptians they have to pass through the army, the sons of Egypt.”The army said 17 soldiers and over 100 militants were killed in Wednesday’s brazen attack in Sinai, although before the release of its official statement, several senior security officials from multiple branches of Egypt’s forces in the area had said that scores more troops also died in the fighting.The assault, which was claimed by an Islamic State group affiliate, lasted a whole day and was unprecedented in its size and coordination. The attack hit a string of army checkpoints and involved multiple suicide bombings and the siege of a main police station with heavy weapons.It came in a week of bloodletting that saw Egypt’s prosecutor general assassinated outside his Cairo home by a massive car bomb, and a special forces raid on an apartment that killed nine members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood responded by calling for a “rebellion,” raising the prospect of a further uptick in violence. Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   The Egyptian Foreign Ministry blamed all the past week’s violence on the Brotherhood, which it said was not only the main source of Islamic extremism, but also coordinated operations on the ground.“All of these attacks were conducted days apart, and showed a level of sophistication and coordination that affirms the presence of organized terrorist activity perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood,” it said in a statement given to reporters on Saturday.Egypt routinely blames the Muslim Brotherhood for violent attacks in the country.Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the timing of the recent attacks make the associations between the Brotherhood and IS extremists “apparent.”“This is a matter of motives… I, as I think any Egyptian on the street, will make the educated presumption that this was perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Many of the (online) sites of Muslim Brotherhood rejoiced at the fact,” he said.In Sinai, violence continued Saturday. A bomb exploded next to a power station in Sheikh Zuweid, killing two workers and injuring another, security officials said.And in Rafah, a city on the border with the Gaza Strip, they said a roadside bomb exploded near a civilian home Saturday, killing a child and wounding four others. They spoke anonymously because regulations did not permit them to release the information otherwise. CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.In combat fatigues he had said he hung up for good when he ran for president, the general-turned-politician met members of the army and delivered a televised speech to troops in Sinai, his first public comments on Wednesday’s unprecedented attack. FILE – In this Thursday, July 2, 2015, file photo, people carry the coffin for 1st Lt. Mohammed Ashraf, killed in Wednesday’s attack by Islamic militants in the Sinai, during the funeral procession in Ashmoun, north of Cairo, Egypt. When Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the army’s overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist president two years ago, he promised to usher in new stability for the country. Instead, now President el-Sissi is facing an even tougher challenge: An Islamic militant insurgency that unleashed its worst violence yet the past week. (AP Photo/Ashour Abosalm, File) Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Also Saturday, the Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai said it had fired three Grad rockets at Israel a day earlier.In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the group which calls itself the IS group’s Sinai Province said it fired the rockets because Israel was supporting the Egyptian regime. It also claimed Israeli aircraft had joined Egyptian warplanes in bombing its fighters.Israel’s military said the rocket was fired into southern Israel on Friday afternoon, hitting an open field but causing no damage or injuries. Egyptian military and security officials in Sinai have denied any rockets were fired from the restive peninsula.In combat operations late Friday, the Egyptian army said Apache attack helicopters fired missiles at groups of extremists, killing 10 of them.___Associated Press writers Maamoun Youssef and Merrit Kennedy in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Whats in Future Homebuyers Minds

first_img First American Homeownership Progress Index HOUSING mortgage 2017-08-17 Nicole Casperson August 17, 2017 565 Views Share What’s in Future Homebuyers’ Minds?center_img Although society continues to progress towards non-traditional lifestyle changes, homeownership remains an important component of the American Dream.However, the homeownership rate continues to decline. So what’s in future homebuyers’ mind that is driving this homeownership rate to decline further?To answer this question, First American recently released its Homeownership Progress Index (HPRI) that looks into societal factors that influence homeownership rates. Changing demographic and economic factors either increase or decrease someone’s potential to be a homeowner. For example, increasing marital rates, household size, educational attainment, income, and improving economic conditions all increase potential demands for homeownership.Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American said that even as lifestyle factors such as delayed marriage, family formation, and higher education levels continue, the HPRI declined only moderately from 2015 to 2016 by 0.4 percent.While this decrease is not riveting, it means that the prospect for future homeownership demand looks hopeful. Nationally the decline is modest, but homeownership rates varied significantly at the market level.”Small changes in potential homeownership demand hide a large amount of variation in markets across the country,” Fleming said. “The underlying factors that the HPRI accounts for can vary substantially by region of the country and market. Regions or markets with stronger local economies and that can attract increasingly educated millennial households will have stronger homeownership demand in the future.”For example, the report noted that the difference between San Jose, California, the market with the biggest gain in potential homeownership demand, and Birmingham, Alabama, the market with the biggest decline in potential homeownership demand, revealed a 9 percent difference between the two markets.Meanwhile, half of the top 10 markets for year-over-year growth in potential homeownership demand are in either California or Texas, while eight of the bottom 10 markets are on the East Coast or in the Midwest, according to the Index.To view First American’s Homeownership Progress Index, click here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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first_imgPolice on Thursday launched a manhunt for the perpetrators of a home invasion in Paphos early in the morning hours in which three members of a family were assaulted.Paphos CID chief Michalis Ioannou said the force had collected a large number of evidence they were hoping would eventually lead to the arrest of the four suspects.The hooded perpetrators broke into the Kato Paphos home through the rear aluminium kitchen door at around 3.30am.They went up the stairs to the first floor and in the first bedroom they beat and tied up the wife before beating the daughter who had been sleeping in another bedroom.However, when they tried to subdue the husband, he reacted and attacked the men together with his daughter, forcing them to flee the scene.“They entered my room, they had ropes and they hit me. I started screaming but they gagged me using a sock, which they put in my mouth, and they tied me,” the woman was quoted as saying by local news portal Pafos Press.  The woman said that during the struggle the perpetrators had also placed a pillow on her face making it difficult for her to breath.Police said the suspects did not take anything from the house but robbery has not been ruled out.The owner told officers he didn’t suspect anyone nor did he have differences with anybody.Ioannou said the perpetrators spoke in broken Greek.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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loan from Chelsea),left a gaping hole when he made a move to Manchester United Lukaku is the sort of forward who guarantees goals He proved to be the difference between finishing seventh and not beyond 10th last season thanks to his 25 goals This season in the Premier League Everton scored only seven goals in nine matches and those seven goals came from only two players — Wayne Rooney andOumar Niasse It’sdifficult tofind a like-for-like replacement for Lukaku but Koeman and Everton management’s failurelies in the mannerthey conducted their transfer business in the summer Instead of going for a proper centre-forward (read Oliver Giroud) they went ahead and signed players who were fit for a No 10 role This year’s new signings —Rooney Sandro Ramirez Gylfi Sigurdsson andDavy Klaassen — are more likely to make an impact if they were individually deployed as attacking midfielders Koeman’s strategy to use all four in the front severelybackfired Not only there were no goals but the team constantly failed toeven create chances Another setback for Koeman came in the form ofGerard Deulofeu Currently in Barcelona the Spanish player couldhave been the player for Everton this season The Toffeeslack the necessary speed and threat from the wings andDeulofeu could’ve been very useful But Barcelona activated the buy-back clauseand the winger returned to the club where he started his footballing career Maybe the Everton management should’vefound ways to keep the winger but his departure was understandablebecause he was going back to Barcelona and also the fact that he had fallen out favour with Koeman in the previous season Everton alsospent a good amount (25 million) on gettingdefender Michael Keane from Burnley His partnership with Ashely Williams was supposed to be the core of the club’s defence but both players have been quite erraticso far?

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