Moroccan Banking Insurance Companies Present in 32 African Countries

Casablanca – The presence of Moroccan banking and insurance companies in Africa has experienced considerable growth since King Mohammed VI’s ascension to the throne.There are 32 countries in Africa where popular Moroccan banks and insurance companies have made their presence known, and this is a great news for the Morocco’s international economy.The first banks to move to other parts of Africa, reports Le360, did so in the 80s, namely the Banque Popular in Central Africa and Guinea. During his reign, King Mohammed VI has encouraged the internationalization of banks and insurance companies, knowing the positive impact this would have.At this time, Morocco’s three major banks, Attijariwafa Bank, Banque Centrale Popular and BMCE Bank of Africa, are all committed to growing their presence in Africa, contributing to bettering relations between Morocco and other African countries.Morocco also has 45 subsidiary banks on the continent, thanks to the development of Attijariwafa’s CBAO, Banque Populaire’s Banque Atlantique and BMCE’s Bank of Africa. These subsidiaries are present in all regions except Southern Africa — countries like Senegal, Cameroon, Niger and Burkina Faso, reports Le360.Having banks and subsidiaries in Africa means more Moroccan investment in the content but also more support for Moroccan companies wishing to expand their horizons into Africa.Insurance groups are also expanding into the content. Sahar Assurance, for example, is present in 23 countries since 2010. Wafa Assurance and RMA Watanya are also on their way to growing their presence.Overall, the expansion of insurance and banking companies into the African continent is a win-win situation, both for the foreign country hosting the Moroccan entity and for Morocco itself. read more

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UN agency concerned over forced returns of asylumseekers from central Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its concern that some European nations have recently been forcibly returning asylum-seekers from central Iraq – which has witnessed serious human rights violations and continuing insecurity.Agency guidelines issued last April noted that asylum-seekers from Iraq’s central governorates should be considered to be in need of international protection.“UNHCR therefore advises against involuntary returns to Iraq of persons originating from Central Iraq until there is a substantial improvement in the security and human rights situation in the country,” spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters.Earlier this month, the United Kingdom tried to forcibly send 44 Iraqi men to Baghdad, but upon arrival in Iraq’s capital, authorities only accepted 10 of them, while the rest were sent back to the UK and placed in immigration centres.Other European countries have signed re-admissions agreements with Iraq for both voluntary and forced returns.Denmark has forcibly returned 38 people – mainly from central and southern Iraq – since signing the agreement in May, while Sweden, another signatory, has sent 250 people back. “UNHCR has also concerns about the safety and dignity of these returns,” Mr. Mahecic said.The agency recommended that the protection needs of asylum-seekers from the three northern governorates and from the southern governorates and Al Anbar be assessed on an individual basis.According to a report released yesterday by UNHCR, Iraqis head the list of the growing number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries again this year, just ahead of people searching for safety from war-torn Afghanistan and Somalia.Some 185,000 asylum-seekers filed applications in the first six months of 2009 across 38 European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea (ROK), representing a 10 per cent increase on the same period last year.The report showed that 13,200 claims came from Iraqis, making it the top country of origin for the fourth successive year, 12,000 came from Afghans and 11,000 from Somalis, as security conditions continued to deteriorate in large parts of those countries. 23 October 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its concern that some European nations have recently been forcibly returning asylum-seekers from central Iraq – which has witnessed serious human rights violations and continuing insecurity. read more

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How Our 201516 NBA Predictions Work

Brooklyn Nets14701289-181 Dallas Mavericks15441489-55 Denver Nuggets14431360-83 Charlotte Hornets14271477+50 TEAMELOCARM-ELODIFFERENCE Portland Trail Blazers15441469-75 UPDATE (Oct. 20, 2016; 1 p.m.): Our 2016-17 NBA Predictions follow the same methodology as our predictions from last year. Check out the article below for more details. Orlando Magic13601447+87 PRESEASON RATINGS Oklahoma City Thunder15641690+126 During last season’s NBA playoffs, we introduced our NBA Elo ratings, using them to find the best NBA teams of all time, visualize the complete history of the NBA and take a close look at how good the Warriors really were. This season, we expanded our rating system to incorporate our CARMELO1Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization. player ratings, and we built an interactive NBA forecast that previews the odds for every NBA game and shows each team’s projected record and its chances of making the playoffs or winning the finals.Before this NBA season, FiveThirtyEight created CARMELO, a system that projects the careers of every current NBA player by identifying similar players throughout league history. We published an interactive feature to explore these projections, as well as previews of every NBA team and a 2015-16 preseason forecast. We’ve also long been big fans of Elo ratings, a simple system created by Arpad Elo to rate chess players, which we’ve since applied to tennis, football and baseball. So for our 2015-16 NBA forecast, we’ve combined the two systems to produce what we’re calling “CARM-Elo” ratings, which we can use to calculate win probabilities and point spreads for every NBA game and determine which teams have the best shot to make the playoffs or win the finals.Why go to all the trouble of creating this new metric if we already have Elo? One big reason: Although Elo ratings have some nice properties — they require only the final score and location of each game (which are generally available for a vast number of historical games), they’re customizable and they’re fast to compute — one very large problem is that when used for team sports, Elo ratings don’t take personnel changes into account. In particular, offseason trades and drafted players that can have a major impact on a team’s performance go unaccounted for. In the past, we’ve just reverted the previous season’s Elo ratings toward the mean for our preseason ratings, but with our CARMELO projections we have better priors to account for offseason moves. (Using a player-based system also potentially allows us to make empirical adjustments to team ratings as trades are made or star players are injured. We don’t plan to make any such adjustments for now, but we might introduce them later in the season.)For our 2015-16 NBA forecast, we converted our preseason CARMELO team projections to the same scale as our NBA Elo ratings (where the mean is 1505). Here are the five teams that saw the biggest improvements under CARM-Elo and the five teams that saw the biggest drops: Cleveland Cavaliers16451732+87 Boston Celtics15201573+53 Indiana Pacers15051465-40 The Thunder were back to full health before this season, and CARMELO expected a big improvement over their 2014-15 season, where Kevin Durant missed 55 games. On the other end of the spectrum, the Nets (who waived Deron Williams) are in the midst of what has been called a “bridge year,” and CARMELO wasn’t impressed with a preseason roster that included offseason additions such as Andrea Bargnani.With these CARM-Elo ratings in hand, we can calculate win probabilities and point spreads for every NBA game. The home team is given a standard bonus going into each game (about 92 CARM-Elo points), and margin of victory is taken into account when adjusting team ratings after each game. In addition to these standard adjustments, there are a few other factors we take into account:Fatigue. Playing on back-to-back nights is tough on NBA players. Teams that played the previous day are given a penalty of about 46 CARM-Elo points, roughly the equivalent of a 5 percentage point reduction in win probability. If both teams played the previous day, these penalties cancel each other out.Travel. Teams are penalized based on the distance they travel from their previous game. For a long leg such as Boston to Los Angeles, the traveling team loses about 16 CARM-Elo points, and its odds of winning are cut by roughly 2 percentage points. These travel penalties are calculated linearly, so a 2,000-mile travel leg is twice as bad as a 1,000-mile travel leg.Altitude. In addition to the general home-court advantage, teams that play at higher altitudes are given an extra bonus when they play at home. In particular, the mile-high Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz have consistently had a larger home-court advantage than other teams. This is roughly the equivalent of an extra 47 CARM-Elo points in home-court advantage for the Nuggets, for instance. Similar to the travel adjustment, this bonus is a linear function of the home-court altitude.Once the adjustments are made, we simulate the regular season 10,000 times to find the average final record of each team and the percentage of simulations that each team makes the playoffs. We use NBA tiebreaking rules to seed teams in the playoffs (including the change this year that makes overall record the top factor in seeding) and then simulate the playoffs 10,000 times to find the winner of the finals.As with our other sports forecasts, we run our simulations “hot,” meaning that a team’s CARM-Elo rating is updated after each simulated game within a simulated season. This matters more than you might think; essentially, it accounts for the possibility of hot streaks and cold streaks, as well as the increased uncertainty in projecting a team’s fortunes the further you go into the future. This tends to compress playoff and championship odds as compared with running the simulations cold. For instance, as of launch, our model gives the Warriors a 52 percent chance of winning the NBA title, which might sound high — but their probability would be even higher, 73 percent, without this adjustment.We’ll continue to maintain our historical Elo ratings for each team and show them alongside our CARM-Elo ratings and in our complete history of the NBA interactive. The traditional Elo ratings still provide a good historical gauge that lets us look at this season in the context of NBA/ABA history. Over the course of a season, CARM-Elo ratings and Elo ratings will tend to converge.Should you use these numbers to bet? Probably not; we’ve back-tested them against the past three NBA seasons (plus the games played so far this season) and found them to beat the spread2We back-tested against the Bovada open. about 51 percent of the time — not bad, but also nowhere near enough to beat the house cut. As for how the model does on straight wins and losses, its in-season record is 193-110 as of 4 p.m. Dec. 7.Drop us a line if you have any questions about how the forecast works, and we hope you’ll enjoy following the NBA season with us.Check out our 2016-17 NBA Predictions. read more

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JT Barrett to provide consistency in unproven offense

Ohio State quarterback J.T Barrett celebrates a touchdown against Michigan in Ann, Arbor, Michigan, on Nov. 28, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoRedshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett does not have to look over his shoulder any more. With Cardale Jones going to the NFL, Barrett is coming into the 2016 season as the starting quarterback for coordinator Tim Beck and the rest of the Buckeye offense. With Barrett as the starting quarterback and a captain for this offense, the expectations put on him do not change with the amount of change this team has gone through these past six months.“The issue would be if it was a non-talented young team,” coach Urban Meyer said.  “And that’s not the case at all. So it’s a very young team, but talented.”With a young team with big expectations, Barrett says that talent will only get a team so far.“Talent is there,” Barrett said. “It’s just more of the experience that’s lacking. With experience lacking, confidence may not be there.”One of the changes coming into the 2016 season will be the consistency in quarterback play. Last season, Barrett lost the job to Jones and played sporadically throughout the season. In his 11 games last season, including five starts, he threw 93 completions for 11 touchdowns and 992 yards, while throwing four interceptions. He also ran for 727 yards and matched his rushing touchdown total from 2014 with 11.With a new season in front of him, Meyer says that this is Barrett’s team.“I anticipate he’ll be as good a quarterback as we’ve had,” Meyer said. “It’s his show and he knows it and he’s prepared.”As the leader on and off the field for the offense, Barrett feels like it is his responsibility to get the young guys ready to go in all aspects of the Buckeye football life.“I’m trying to help the young guys get them to understand how we play here at Ohio State and make sure they understand that we haven’t rebuilt in years in that isn’t going to change because they don’t have experience.”Some of those supporting players are expected to fill big shoes. One of those is redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber. Taking over for the new Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, Weber matched up against fifth-year senior Bri’onte Dunn in spring practices. After Dunn was dismissed from the program, the starting job became Weber’s job to lose. As a captain, Barrett has tried to be the example for Weber, as they get ready for the season.“I workout with him quite a bit and just try to make sure he understands that the work you put in in the offseason is where you win the game,” Barrett said. “Whether it’s Sept. 17 at Oklahoma, or we’re at a place like Wisconsin, that’s not where you win the game.”As for the guys that Barrett will be throwing to, the wide receiver class is very different as well. With the four top receivers from 2015 in the NFL, junior Curtis Samuel, redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and sixth-year senior Corey Smith will be relied upon in the passing game. Brown and Smith are returning from season-ending ACL injuries. However, Barrett mentioned Brown as his favorite target.With a lot of young receivers with no college experience, Barrett thinks that it will take more reps to get them comfortable.“I feel like myself I’m in a good place with some of the young receivers that we have,” Barrett said. “We’re just trying to keep on getting better.”Despite the youth on the offense, Meyer has confidence that these players can make a name for themselves based on past experiences.“I think 2014 was the template that everybody wants,” Meyer said. “J.T. Barrett was buried in the depth chart, Darron Lee, Eli Apple, ‘Zeke Elliott, Mike Thomas — those guys were no-names, and they became very good throughout the course of 2014.”The pressure to succeed is all on Barrett. He knows that come September 3rd, all eyes will be on him.“Playing quarterback at Ohio State has a lot of great expectations and a lot of responsibility but I don’t take for granted… you don’t really enjoy it until it’s over. Right now it’s all work and all ball. I enjoy the grind.” read more

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Study Indoor Air Quality Levels On Par With Polluted Major City

first_img Man Paddles 2,900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean PollutionClimate Change + Human Excrement = Death of Coral Reefs Stay on target Cooking, cleaning, and other routine household activities are polluting your home, according to the University of Colorado Boulder.Taco Tuesdays and weekly washes, it turns out, generate significant levels of particulate chemicals, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city.Even worse, airborne chemicals kicked up inside don’t stay there for long: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from products like shampoo, perfume, and cleaning solutions escape outside, creating more air contamination than cars and trucks.“Homes have never been considered an important source of outdoor air pollution and the moment is right to start exploring that,” according to Marina Vance, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at CU Boulder.“We wanted to know: How do basic activities like cooking and cleaning change the chemistry of a house?” she said in a statement.Enter the 2018 HOMEChem (House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry) field campaign.Co-led by Vance and Delphine Farmer of Colorado State University, the experiment used advanced sensors and cameras to monitor the indoor air quality of a 1,200-square-foot manufactured home on the University of Texas Austin campus.For 28 days in June, analysts conducted a variety of daily household activities—including cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of the Texas summer.Sounds … warm.Project results are still pending. But it is already apparent that homes need to be well ventilated while cooking and cleaning: Basic tasks like boiling water over a stove-top flame can contribute to high levels of gaseous air pollutants.In fact, the measured indoor concentrations were high enough during the HOMEChem experiment that the team’s sensitive instruments needed to be recalibrated almost immediately.“Even the simple act of making toast raised particle levels far higher than expected,” Vance said.Despite initial skepticism about whether these products actually contribute to air pollution in a meaningful way, experts are taking steps to educate people about the importance of household chemical pollutants.And while it’s still too early in the research to make recommendations on policy or consumer behavior, it’s encouraging that the scientific community is taking seriously the “esosphere” (from the Greek word “eso,” which means “inner”).“Moving forward, we need to re-focus research efforts on these sources and give them the same attention we have given to fossil fuels,” according to Joost de Gouw, a visiting professor with CU Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). “The picture that we have in our heads about the atmosphere should now include a house.”More on Geek.com:Genetically Modified Houseplant Cleans Toxins From AirAll the Sea Turtles In This Study Had Microplastics In Their GutsCalifornia Wildfires Raise Health Concernslast_img read more

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Klopp insists he would have chosen UCL situation for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he would have chosen the opportunity of having to beat Napoli to qualify for the second round of the UEFA Champions League.The former Borussia Dortmund boss says he would have taken this current situation of needing to win at Anfield to qualify from their group.“Yeah, that was from all the bad news of getting that group, the only good news was that we have the last game at home,” Klopp said, according to the club’s official website.“It was not only in our hands that we have still the chance to go through, we know how difficult it will be and Napoli is for sure in a better position – they only need a draw or they can lose and are still through, but they deserved it.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We need to be really happy about the chance we still have. If someone gives you a chance, it is all about you to use it. That’s exactly what we want to try. From that point of view, it is all good.”“Even Belgrade played a different role in the group than probably a lot of people would have expected – they did really well. That’s the group, that’s how it is, we have a chance and we will try everything to get that chance.”“We know the result(s) we need and it’s quite difficult. Napoli are good in possession and good at counter-attacking as well. They are a typical Italian team, good in defending. That’s a big challenge but it’s football and if something special is possible, then it is here. That’s why we should try it.”last_img read more

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Carnival Cruise Lines Threatening to Pull Out of Grand Turk

first_img Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 17 Nov 2014 – Carnival Cruise Lines is threatening to pull out of Grand Turk if the vendors and attraction do not shape up… guest comments are said to be the impetus for the stern warning from Carnival. Residents are already reacting to the announcement which came officially today in the House of Assembly from the Minister of Finance Washington Misick. Hon Misick in his ministerial statement explained if the island does not shape up, Carnival will ship out… and with a cruise port opening in the Dominican Republic and another slated for opening in Haiti soon, it makes options for the cruise line company a likely reality. Some comments online paint a negative picture of Grand Turk; posted reportedly by guests who claim there is nothing to do, nothing much to see, too much donkey poop, a desperate people clamoring for tourist dollars, overcrowding on the beach and only interesting if you spend your time at Margaritaville. It was last week that Ministers Misick and Lightbourne met with vendors and tour operators in the Capital; one of them explained to Magnetic Media that the meeting was to announce that government wants to introduce zones. A new and temporary site for the vendors to be shifted to… which would be outside of the port gates and a move which Carnival hopes will reduce guest hassling. The Minister said there complaints of sales of illicit drugs and un-regulated sales of alcoholic beverages… the individuals attending the meeting believe the reports are bogus and charged that the Minister is somehow in cahoots with Carnival to get rid of them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:carnival cruise line, george lightbourne, grand turk cruise center, margaritaville, washington misick Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turklast_img read more

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Repeat robber targets 2 businesses in Broward County

first_img(WSVN) – An armed robber targeted two South Florida businesses in Broward County.Officials said the subject first struck a Payless ShoeSource on Oct. 8, along West Oakland Boulevard and U.S. 441 in Lauderdale Lakes.The second robbery at the same business took place on Oct. 24.During each robbery, police said the man remained low-key and walked casually out of the businesses once he was handed the money.Officials said the subject also robbed a McDonald’s in Oakland Park twice earlier this year.If you have any information on this subject’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Watch U2s Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way At Third

first_img Twitter The GRAMMY-winning band records a new version of their 2017 song at Jack White’s Nashville studio for a special limited-edition vinyl releaseNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 12:13 pm From Dublin, Ireland, to Nashville, Tenn., U2 made a special stop at Jack White’s Third Man Records studio to record an intimate version of “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” from their 2017 album, Songs Of Experience.A handheld video posted on the band’s Facebook page shows U2 delivering a stripped-down acoustic version of the song after an endearing false start. The footage provides an equally candid glimpse into the band’s raw live sound as it does into the music memorabilia-lined walls of Third Man Records’ retro-rock studios.The recording will be available on a “special limited-edition vinyl coming soon,” according to the video’s caption. Earlier this year, U2 performed another song from the same album, “Get Out Of Your Own Way,” from a barge in the New York Harbor with the Statue Of Liberty in the background at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.U2’s previous album, Songs Of Innocence, earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for the 57th GRAMMY Awards. The pair of albums take their names from William Blake’s 1789 illustrated collection of poems, “Songs of Innocence And Experience.”The session at Third Man Records comes during U2’s Nashville stop of their Experience + Innocence Tour, which stretches across North America and Europe through November, making its final show a homecoming in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 10.For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit the band’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Watch: U2’s “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way” At Third Man Records News Email Watch: U2 Records Live At Third Man Records watch-u2s-love-bigger-anything-its-way-third-man-recordslast_img read more

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Rihanna BTS Kanye West Make Times List Of 25 Internet Influencers

first_img Twitter Time’s Internet Influencers: BTS, Rihanna, Kanye rihanna-bts-kanye-west-make-times-list-25-internet-influencers The choice and reasoning that put Rihanna on the list has hard statistics behind it, primarily her reach on Instagram and her impact on Snapchat’s stock price. What the writer referred to as her “ability to listen” and connect to underserved segments abbreviates the tremendous solidarity her fans and admirers feel because of her credibility. Her business side, with Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty, stands out as well as how her social media amplifies marketing messages, but this is not a robber baron making calculations in a ledger. As a woman whose many talents have always included being herself, Rihanna has established a new style based on casual elegance with optional decidedly high-fashion touches. Her products do reach underserved markets but fashion and beauty mean more than dollars and her leadership has always felt like her personal statement.Billboard has a nice summary and mentioned Desus & Mero and Busy Philipps as entertainment-relevant big names. The game of being a ‘name’ is changing and the followers of these digital leaders are engaged in an interactive dialog with their “influencers” in a way that has never existed at this scale. Music has gotten much bigger than screaming fans in a stadium. For example, Baby Ariel’s video “Aww” went live last December and has more than 43 million views; millions of those are fans who care, waiting for what comes next.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Rihanna, BTS, Kanye West Make Time’s List Of 25 Internet Influencers Facebook Email From music, activism and politics, Time’s list zooms in on personalities with huge digital impactPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 29, 2018 – 3:04 pm In putting together its 25 Most Influential on the Internet list, Time magazine selected a group whose digital leadership flows from diverse sources, including music. BTS, Rihanna and Kanye West represent the music world and join activists such as Shaun King, online music personalities such as Baby Ariel, and others who impact millions in areas as diverse as fitness, gaming, internet fundraising, and comedy.Notably, K-pop breakthroughs BTS have their many million followers and the hits-generating fans came in for a shout out. The article’s description missed the inner culture of BTS fandom, such as its modeling of respectful behavior and the sincerity with which they unite behind RM and his crew’s social justice belief system and psychological caring. https://twitter.com/soompi/status/1012449946644176903 News last_img read more

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Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey hand delivers first headset to developer and

first_imgRift founder Palmer Luckey flew all the way to freezing Alaska to hand deliver the very first VR headset to lucky buyer, Ross Martin, just days ahead of the official launch of the device. Martin, a software developer and gamer, thanked Luckey, who was, oddly enough, dressed in shorts, a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops on his delivery mission to one of the coldest places in America – Anchorage, Alaska.Luckey posted a video on Facebook Live, which showcases the successful completion of Luckeys delivery mission. The unsuspecting Martin had no idea that he was the chosen one, until he received a mail from Oculus informing him that his Oculus Rift VR headset would be delivered to him on 26 March.It really didnt sink in, you know, it just felt weird for the first half of the day, and then towards the end of the day it started to become reality. I felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was amazing. Me? They chose me? I couldnt sleep that night, Martin said.Luckey told Polygon that his delivery mission was more than a mere PR stunt. I said hey guys, Ive been working on this since 2009, weve been working on Oculus since 2012, Ill be damned if some random delivery guy is going to get the satisfaction of delivering the first Rift. Thats mine. Luckey said. So I could figure I could take a day out of the launch process and take a quick vacation in Alaska.This didnt come together until the last second, Ive had a bunch of things that Ive wanted to do over the years, and I was pretty adamant, he added. Explaining how Martin was chosen to be the first lucky buyer to receive the very first Oculus Rift VR headset, Luckey said there were in fact, a few hundred customers who placed their orders at the exact same time. However, during the checkout process, Martin won by about a fraction of a second.Oculus Rift headsets go on sale on 28 March.More from IBTimes UKlast_img read more

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Israeli strikes target air base says Syria

first_imgSmoke rises above rebel-held areas of the province of Daraa during reported airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on 8 July. Photo: AFPSyria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in the central Homs province, saying its defences hit a jet involved in the attack.“Our air defences are responding to an Israeli aggression and intercepting a number of missiles targeting the airport, hitting one of the attacking planes and forcing the rest to leave the airspace,” the official SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that a missile bombardment killed an unspecified number of “Iranian and pro-regime fighters” at the T-4 base and was “likely to be Israeli”.In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Lebanese Hezbollah troops are also stationed at the air base, according to the Observatory.The facility has previously been targeted by repeated strikes Damascus blamed on Israel.An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the latest incident, saying: “We do not comment on reports in the foreign media”.Syrian state outlets published a video of a flash in the dark sky, claiming it showed the air defences responding to the bombardment.Repeated incidentsSince the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel has repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah backing it inside the country.Israel usually does not claim the strikes, but has long said it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.On 9 April, missiles targeted the T-4 air base in the central province of Homs, killing up to 14 fighters, including seven Iranians.Moscow, Tehran and Damascus accused Israel of carrying out those raids.The air base was also hit on 10 February, after Israel accused Iranian forces at the T-4 base of sending a drone into Israeli territory.After bombing Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.Israel then carried out what it called “large-scale” raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T-4.Israel seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the international community.The two countries are technically still at war.In May there was an unprecedented escalation between Israel and Iran in Syria, with the Israeli army claiming it hit dozens of Iranian military targets across the border in response to what it said were rockets fired by Iranians at the occupied Golan Heights.Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that Israel would “not tolerate the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria”.“The consequences are not merely to the Iranian forces there but to the Assad regime as well,” he said.Sunday’s strikes coincided with regime progress, backed by Russian support, in the nearby southern province of Daraa.After a blistering military operation and a ceasefire deal with rebels, government forces are re-establishing control over the entire southern province on the border with Israel.last_img read more

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Thousands mourn at Italy bridge disaster funeral

first_imgPeople mourn next to the coffins containing bodies of victims of the Genoa bridge collapse, at the Genoa Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre in Genoa, Italy on 18 August. Photo: ReutersGrieving relatives wept over the coffins of dozens of victims of Genoa’s bridge disaster Friday amid growing fury over a planned state funeral, while rescuers pressed on with their tireless search for those missing in the rubble.The collapse of the Morandi bridge, a decades-old viaduct that crumbled in a storm on Tuesday killing at least 38 people, has stunned and angered the country, with Italian media reporting that some outraged families would shun Saturday’s official ceremonies.Italy’s government has blamed the operator of the viaduct for the tragedy and threatened to strip the firm of its contracts, while the country’s creaking infrastructure has come under fresh scrutiny.Authorities plan a state funeral service on Saturday at a hall in Genoa, coinciding with a day of mourning.Relatives who gathered at the hall on Friday embraced and prayed over lines of coffins, many adorned with flowers and photographs of the dead.But according to La Stampa newspaper, the families of 17 victims have refused to take part, while a further seven have yet to decide whether they will attend.“It is the state who has provoked this; let them not show their faces, the parade of politicians is shameful,” the press cited the mother of one of four young Italians from Naples who died.The father of another of the dead from Naples took to social media to vent his anger.“My son will not become a number in the catalogue of deaths caused by Italian failures,” said his grieving father, Roberto.“We do not want a farce of a funeral but a ceremony at home.”Search for missingDespite fading hopes of finding survivors, rescue workers said they had not given up as they resumed the dangerous operation to search through the unstable mountains of debris.“Is there anyone there? Is there anyone there?” one fire-fighter shouted into a cavity dug out of the piles of concrete and twisted metal, in a video published by the emergency services.The civil protection service said Friday evening they were searching for five missing people-down from 10-20 thought to be missing on Thursday.Hundreds of rescuers are using cranes and bulldozers to cut up and remove the biggest slabs of the fallen bridge, which slammed down onto railway tracks along with dozens of vehicles.“We are trying to find pockets in the rubble where people could be-alive or not,” fire official Emanuele Gissi told AFP.Officials say about 1,000 people in all are working on the disaster site, 350 of them firefighters.Grief and angerThe populist government has accused infrastructure giant Autostrade per L’Italia of failing to invest in sufficient maintenance and said it would seek to revoke its lucrative contracts.Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded the company offer up to 500 million euros ($570 million) to help families and local government deal with the aftermath of the disaster.The dead also include children, one as young as eight, and three Chileans and four French nationals.Infrastructure alarmThe Morandi viaduct dates from the 1960s and has been riddled with structural problems for decades, leading to expensive maintenance and severe criticism from engineering experts.Its collapse prompted fears over ageing infrastructure across the world.Autostrade, which operates and maintains nearly half of Italy’s motorways, estimates it will take five months to rebuild the bridge.It denies scrimping on motorway maintenance, saying it has invested over one billion euros a year in “safety, maintenance and strengthening of the network” since 2012.Prime minister Giuseppe Conte said Autostrade “had the duty and obligation to assure the maintenance of this viaduct and the security of all those who travelled on it.”The disaster is the latest in a string of bridge collapses in Italy, where infrastructure generally is showing the effects of a faltering economy.Senior government figures have also lashed out at austerity measures imposed by the European Union, saying they restrict investment.But the European Commission said it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.last_img read more

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UPDATE Evacuations ordered as tropical storm Otto becomes hurricane

first_imgUpdate: 12:37 p.m.President Luis Guillermo Solís adds communities in Alajuela and Heredia provinces to Red Alert. Evacuation operations will extend to: Bajos del Toro, San Carlos, Guatuso, Los Chiles, Upala and Río Cuarto de Grecia in Alajuela and at Sarapiquí in Heredia.Update 10:48 a.m. President Luis Guillermo Solís ordered the mandatory evacuation of 4,000 residents of Northern and Caribbean communities as recent forecasts state tropical storm Otto will become a hurricane in the next hours.Solís at a press conference on Tuesday morning issued a Red —Emergency— Alert prompted by the high possibilities that Otto hits mainland Costa Rica between Wednesday and Thursday.The president asked residents of the Caribbean communities of Boca Pacuare, Parismina, Tortuguero, Puerto Lindo, Delta Costa Rica, Isla Calero and Las Barras to immediately leave their homes.“We are on a Red Alert, we have to move fast today because tomorrow we might not be able to evacuate some areas. People in these areas will be relocated to secure zones as we need to preserve the lives of Costa Rican families,” Solís said.Original story continues here:President Luis Guillermo Solís called for a voluntary evacuation of residents of the Caribbean region who are currently facing heavy rains and flooding. The situation likely will worsen starting Wednesday when experts forecast tropical storm Otto will grow into a category 1 hurricane.The situation prompted the government to decree a Yellow — Preventive— Alert throughout the country. The alert means that emergency agencies expect effects of the tropical storm to reach most of Costa Rica.“We hope that those who are able to evacuate will do so as soon as possible,” Solís said and added that overflowing rivers, landslides on roads and harsh weather conditions are preventing authorities from reaching many of the affected locations. “Not even by helicopter, as current weather conditions prevent them from taking off,” he said.President Solís addressed his warning primarily to Caribbean residents in Limón, Moín, Playa Bonita, Doce Millas, Tortuguero and Parismina. The coastal communities are facing heavy rains and also waves up to 10 feet expected to last throughout the week.Solís said he will send National Police officers to prevent the evacuation from resulting in acts of vandalism or burglaries on empty properties.The government also confirmed that the Public Education Ministry ordered that classes be cancelled at 107 schools in Limón province, at Sarapiquí in Heredia and in various communities of Cartago.Damage reportIntense rains since the weekend caused flooding in 1,183 homes and forced the National Emergency Commision (CNE) to open five shelters to relocate 370 people in the southern Pacific region and one in the San José canton of Curridabat for 18 evacuees.On Monday evening, emergency agencies also evacuated 214 people in the Caribbean canton of Matina, prompted mostly by overflowing rivers. The CNE reported a total of 135 communities affected by rains, 99 of them in the southern Pacific, where 17 are isolated by floods and landslides.The agency also reported damage and blockades along several roads in the southern Pacific, including Route 2 between Buenos Aires and Palmar Sur, Route 245 at Puerto Jiménez, Route 238 from Golfito to Conte, and Route 608 between Laurel and Coto 47.There are also reports of damage on Route 218 between Llano Grande and Rancho Redondo in Cartago. In the province of Alajuela, the CNE reported damage on the road to Vara Blanca between Zarcero to Ciudad Quesada and in Bajos del Toro from Valverde Vega to Río Cuarto.Government officials and emergency agencies will resume meetings on Tuesday to assess the evolution of tropical storm Otto. Tropical Storm Otto is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday. (Via Weather Underground)Hurricane OttoThe U.S. National Hurricane Center on Monday reported that tropical storm Otto was located in the Caribbean some 440 kilometers northeast of Puerto Limón and will become a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon. National Metereological Institute (IMN) director Werner Stolz said Otto was moving slowly on Monday evening as a cold front influencing local weather was preventing it from moving into Costa Rican territory.IMN forecasts state that rainfall levels on Wednesday and Thursday will reach some 100 liters per square meter in the Caribbean and the northern regions. Cumulative rainfall in the southern Pacific region could range between 60 and 120 liters per square meter.Meteorologists also warned of strong winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, mainly in the high areas of the Central Valley and the Northern Zone. The cold front will leave Costa Rica on Tuesday when Otto is expected to enter territories near Bluefields on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.The IMN forecasts Otto will then begin losing its strength and will most likely become a tropical depression on Friday.See what people are posting on social media about #Otto.[View the story “#Otto” on Storify] Facebook Comments Related posts:Storm Otto becomes hurricane off Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast Hurricane Otto expected to make landfall in Costa Rica tonight National Emergency Commission maintains hurricane warning for Otto National emergency declared; Costa Rican public agencies to close due to Hurricane Ottolast_img read more

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