Help by sharing this information June 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists of the newspaper Al-Wafd questioned by the military prosecutor’s office Hossam Al-Suwaifi, a reporter for the newspaper Al-Wafd, and Sayyid Abdel Ati, the editor of the newspaper’s weekly edition, were questioned by the military prosecutor’s office about a 26 May article referring to a possible pact between the armed forces and the Muslim Brotherhood. RSF_en Organisation News
WhatsApp Email Advertisement Print Twitter NewsCommunityTroika goes but austerity staysBy Alan Jacques – December 19, 2013 510 THE Troika might have given Ireland the green light to exit the IMF/EU bailout programme, but local election candidate for Limerick City East, Derrick Towell, warns that this does not mean “recovery or end to austerity”.The Anti-Austerity Alliance, a new group arising from campaigns against household and property taxes, has applied to register as a political party for the purposes of standing candidates in the local elections next May.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The party has endorsed seven candidates to run in next May’s local elections to the amalgamated Limerick city and council council.According to Derrick Towell, an AAA candidate for Limerick City East, austerity could be pursued for another decade and beyond unless there is a demand for a change of policy.“Tens of thousands of people who had their livelihoods destroyed by austerity will be glad to see the back of the Troika.“But while the Troika is going, austerity is staying, along with the savage debts we have been left with as a result of the bailout of banks and speculators,” said Mr Towell.“We have the highest emigration in Europe, one-third of our young people are unemployed and mortgage arrears are rising — that’s some recovery,” he commented. Linkedin Facebook Previous articleSomething for the weekend – TV ListingsNext articleThe volunteering spirit remains alive and well Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Shut-In Champs Reveal Their Go-To GearThe beauty of living in the Southern Appalachians is that it’s always trail running season. Aside from a few rogue storms, trail conditions are amicable year-round. Still, it’s safe to say that spring is prime time for hitting the dirt. You’re coming off of winter and looking to get back into fighting shape, the leaves are budding, and you’ve got a full slate of races to train for. It’s time to hit the trails, hard, so we talked with the reigning champs of the Shut In Ridge Trail Run, one of the most respected trail races east of the Rockies, about their favorite running gear.Last year, Luke Paulson took the men’s title during his first year running the Shut In. “There’s so much hype around that race, which makes it a lot of fun,” Paulson says. “And it’s an interesting distance—it’s long (17.8 miles) but not too long, and most of the runners know the trail really well, so people are moving fast.”Anne Wheatly has won the Shut In two years in a row, but says winning the race gets tougher each year. “I love the fact that the women’s field grows and gets more competitive,” Wheatly says. “There was a pack of 10 women right behind me this year, which I thought was fantastic.”Wheatly and Paulson guided us through their favorite pieces of running gear as they prepare for another season of trail racing.Shut-In champ Anne Wheatly photos by Andy WickstromAnne WheatlySalomon Advanced Skin 5 I like to use a pack during longer runs. The Advanced Skin fits so well, and Salomon makes a lot of sizes so you can find the right fit for your torso. There’s room for a bladder and handhelds on either side, so you can customize it the way you want. I’ve had this pack for a long time, but when you love a piece of gear, you don’t want to let it go. $155; salomon.com Tracksmith Grayboy Tank Amateur Tracksmith’s stuff is really fantastic, with a classic New England style. Their stuff is cut a little better to fit a woman’s body, too. I love this tank, which I think is so funny. $52; Tracksmith.comStance Snowboarding SocksThese aren’t technically running socks, but they’re made with a wool blend, and really comfortable and really funky. I pull them up high on colder runs to add some color and variation to the wardrobe. $18; Stance.com Oiselle Homerun Half Zip Oiselle only makes women’s running clothing and they do a fantastic job at it. I love just about everything they make, but the Homerun Half Zip stands out. It has thumb holes, a rear zipper pocket and is made from a soft and stretchy polyester and spandex blend. $78; oiselle.comShut-In champ Luke Paulson photos by Andy WickstromLuke PaulsonON CloudventureMy shoe preferences fluctuate with the terrain and mileage I’m doing, but recently I’ve been into these shoes from ON. The Cloudventure is nothing too fancy, but it’s a lightweight shoe with good tread. And it’s really responsive. $150; On-running.com The North Face Flight Better Than Naked Jacket This jacket is so lightweight, it feels like nothing at all, but it’s windproof and water resistant so it can keep bad weather at bay when you’re on a run. $60; thenorthface.com Garmin Forerunner 25 I always run with a Garmin GPS. The 25 isn’t the fanciest watch they make, but I like that it only has a few functions. I don’t want a map or heart rate or anything like that. I want to know how fast I’m going and how far I’m going. That’s it. And that’s what this watch does. $99; garmin.com More GearMaloja Rica Women’s JacketYou may not have heard on Maloja on this side of the pond, but this European company produces some of the world’s best technical ski and winter apparel. Made of superfine nylon and wool with Primaloft paddling, the windproof and water-resistant Rica is both rugged and beautiful, featuring two zip front pockets, and elastic cuff and waistband binding. It is the perfect winter jacket for outdoor adventure in Southern Appalachia, providing breathable warmth, durability, and mobility on the slopes, on the trail, or in the backcountry. $265LEKI Micro Flash CarbonThese foldable trail running poles feature lightweight but rugged carbon shafts, cork grips, carbide trail running tips, and push-button release mechanisms for fast and simple assembly. They take up a mere 37 centimeters in your pack, and the added speed, stability, and support they provide are worth all 192 grams. $179.95Garmont Ushuay GTX Hiking BootNamed for the adventure hub and gateway to Antarctica, these winter boots provide lightweight, insulated performance for cold, snow, and ice. The Vibram outsole is super-grippy, even on ice and frozen terrain, and the waterproof outer kept feet dry even in soggy Southern Appalachian slush. $175Vasque St. Elias Full-GrainGORE-TEX BootLooking for the go-to boot for big adventures in 2019? The updated St. Elias provides long-distance durability and all-day comfort right out of the box. The waterproof, rugged boot can handle any technical trail and is perfect for tackling Southern Appalachian summits this spring. $129
The town of Palm Beach said there is police activity on the north end of the island Monday morning after undocumented immigrants landed near Mockingbird Trail and North Ocean Boulevard.Officers and Border Patrol found a boat on the beach.It’s unclear if anyone is in custody.
Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports are pleased to announce the Reps as Team of the Week.The team includes, back row, L-R, John Katountas, Nathan Pereverzoff, Erik Craft, Simon Zwick and Colton Steeds. Middle, Tyler Maida, Coleton Dawson, Trevor Rigby, head coach Tony Maida, Mitch Klein and Casey Kirk. Front, Grant Matthews, team captain Joseph Gauthier, James Tucker, assistant captain Nick Maida and assistant captain Tyler Chernenkoff.Missing, assistant coaches, Scott MacDonald and Gerry Gauthier and Matthew MacDonald, Garrett Steeds and Jesse Yanke. After a slow start to the season, the Castlegar/Nelson Rebels have turned it around in the B.C. Minor Hockey Midget Rep scene.
It’s obvious from the final score the Kootenay Kannibelles are in mid-season form.The Kannibelles scored early, often before adding more points later en route to a 252-25 shellacking of the OSRD’s Raggedy Rollers Saturday in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby action at the Rossland Arena.“The lopsided score is pretty simple — we vastly outplayed them from the first jam,” Kannibelles Bobbi “Beretta Lynch” Barbarich told The Nelson Daily.“Last year, (Raggedy Rollers) were quite similar to us in physicality. But this game proved our focus on strategy, in addition to our somewhat notorious fitness levels and ability to hit, is what is currently placing us in the top five western teams.”The game was the first of the all-star season for the Kannibelles, which hosts the Western Regionals June 15-17 at the NDCC in Nelson. Kootenay, which only defeated the Raggedy Rollers by 30 points last season, started strong and easily jumped to a 100-11 before coasting to the win in the second half.“We’re spending a lot of time on our defensive plays, locking out the opposing jammer, rather then focusing on the offence, which would be to help our jammer,” Barbarich said, asked what made the first game so dominant for the Kannibelles.The Kannibelles consist of players from the five West Kootenay Flat Track Roller Derby League — Rossland Gnarlies Angeles, Babes of Brutality of Salmo, the Killjoys and Lumber Jackies from Nelson, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Slocan Valley Vendetas and Trail’s Bad New Betties.Saturday’s game was the lone home contest for Kootenay.However, the squad will get more chances to refine their game when the Kannibelles takes to the road.“We will travel to Vancouver at the end of May to prep for the (Western Regional) tournament,” Barbarich said.“We’re anticipating a top place finish, having won all four games this season, and losing only two last season,” she added.“This year we’re exceptionally determined to put the Kootenays at the forefront of Canadian derby (with a good showing at Westerns).”
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Derek Holland couldn’t wait to arrive in Scottsdale this spring.He just had to wait for the Giants to sign him.The left-hander resurrected his career in San Francisco last year and didn’t mince his words late last season when asked if he wanted to return in 2019. Despite the club’s 73-89 record, Holland said he hoped to extend his run with the team for at least one more year. “My goal was …
25 April 2016Congolese music legend and king of the sapeurs Papa Wemba died earlier today. What a week pic.twitter.com/K6ydq828GL— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) April 24, 2016Papa Wemba, the influential Congolese musician known for the hits Esclave, Kaokokokorobo and Le Voyageur, died during a concert on 24 April 2016, following a fall on stage. He was 66 years old.Wemba was known as a cross-cultural icon in the world music genre, collaborating with artists from Sri Lanka, France and the United States, including British musician Peter Gabriel. He ferociously incubated new African music, art and film talent in a number of art communes in Kinshasa and Paris, France, giving African culture a stepping stone into larger markets.“He was known as a true trendsetter,” Suzana Omiyo told Al Jazeera following the news of his death. Omiyo, a popular Kenyan musician, worked with Wemba.Born Jules Wembadio Kikumba in the small river community of Lubefu, in the now Democratic Republic of Congo, Wemba began his musical career with the Zaiko Langa Langa group in 1969, mixing African sounds with more contemporary Western rock and pop music. The group played the legendary Rumble in the Jungle: Zaire 74 concert along with James Brown and Miriam Makeba.Wemba moved on to several other band projects, culminating in his most prominent group as leader, Viva la Musica. He had his most international success with Viva la Musica, primarily in France and other French-speaking territories, including Belgium and Canada, during the early 1980s. Around this time, Wemba discovered the young singer songwriter Koffi Olomide, who went on to become one of the top-selling African artists in the world.Koffi Olomide presente ses condoleances a toute la famille Biologique de Papa Wemba https://t.co/CK2uNjxc1R— Koffi Olomide (@Kofficentral) April 24, 2016Settling in Paris in 1986, Wemba’s fame grew, following collaborations with Stevie Wonder, signing to Peter Gabriel’s Real World record label and performing at Womad festivals. The last two popularised African and other non-western music – known as world music – across the globe.He was known for his stylish fashion sense, and was a driving force behind the cultural movement known as the Sapeurs. Sapeurs (“the Society of Atmosphere- setters and Elegant People”) juxtapose elegant colonial fashion with African flare against the backdrop of political volatility in the Congo region.Wemba called it a way to inspire the youth during turbulent times, promoting what he called “high standards of personal cleanliness, hygiene and smart dress, to a whole generation across Zaire”.On stage, his performances were known for their energetic, fun atmosphere. They featured an extensive band, colourful light shows and a troupe of professional dancers, offering a frenetic multi-media showcase of African culture.While Wemba was best known as a dance floor filler with largely upbeat, funky compositions, he was always open to experimentation. He released more than 30 albums, filled with a number of critically acclaimed ballads, soulful instrumentals and indigenous African folk songs.His popularity outside Africa opened doors for later groups from the central African region, including fellow Congolese performers Staff Benda Bilili and Konono No 1. Following his death, Wemba and his work have been honoured by fellow African artists, fans and the world on Twitter.Singing in Minneapolis tonight remembering @prince and Papa Wemba! pic.twitter.com/X9kSVrTk38— Angelique Kidjo (@angeliquekidjo) April 25, 2016Papa wemba one africa biggest artist. Rest in peace. He stood For an africa united. One love pic.twitter.com/IN4nI4zRID— Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) April 24, 2016We mourn yet again! Papa Wemba, great Congolese musician dies on stage. Thank you for the rumba & kwassa kwassa. You left joy in our hearts!— Tim Modise (@TimModise) April 24, 2016To celebrate the life and art of one of Africa’s greatest talents, watch some of Papa Wemba’s greatest songs:Source: News24
Tags:#Analysis#Internet of Things#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces During my recent visit to MIT in Boston I met with Joseph Paradiso, Associate Professor and Director of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT Media Laboratory. He showed me some demos of what his lab is up to, focusing mostly on what is termed “Cross Reality”. This is when sensor/actuator networks meet online virtual worlds. Paradiso co-authored a paper that has just been released in the July-September edition of the IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine. The paper outlines and analyzes Cross Reality experiments done within Second Life, the most popular virtual world with 15 million current subscribers. In this post we’ll give you a layman’s overview of the paper, because we think this trend is important to the Web’s future.What is Cross Reality?Cross Reality is about connecting “location-specific 3D animated constructs” in virtual worlds to in-building sensor installations. The paper notes that “the convergence of shared 3D virtual worlds with popular web-based data sources to form a “Second Earth” has been broadly predicted.” It’s also been the topic of many a science fiction novel. So it’s interesting to see the latest practical experiments in this “hyper reality.” It should be noted that there are already commercial applications. The paper points to IBM’s visualization of datacenter operation and VRcontext‘s ProcessLife technology. The latter “uses high-fidelity 3D virtual replicasof real plants or factories to remotely browse and influence industrial processes in realtime.”Billowing Power StripsIn one of its projects, MIT created a cross reality environment called “ShadowLab,” which is a Second Life map of the Media Lab’s third floor animated by data collected from a network of 35 “smart, sensor-laden power strips” (a.k.a. PLUGs). MIT chose to use power strips “because they are already ubiquitous in offices and homes,” plus they have power and can be connected to a network. Virtual DataPond in the Virtual Atrium (left) and a real DataPond in the real Media Lab Atrium (right)MIT added other features to the power strips via expansion boards – such as motion sensors, temperature sensors, and memory cards for local data logging.Ubiquitous Sensor PortalsMIT has also created a whole portal network that maps sensors to virtual worlds, called the Ubiquitous Sensor Portal. There are 45 portals currently in the Media Lab, each one featuring a myriad of environmental sensors – such as motion, light and sound level, vibration, temperature, and humidity. They have a small touch-screen display and audio speaker, for user interaction. The Portals also act as base stations for an 802.15.4 network inside the lab, “enabling wireless communication with a variety of wearable sensors.” Each portal has an extension into Second Life, allowing people to visit the Media Lab virtually. This isn’t just a one-way process either; as well as affecting virtual worlds, portal interactions can push virtual phenomena into the user’s physical space. Two views of the virtual extension of a Portal into Second Life; the first shows sensor data over time, the second streaming real-time audio/video into Second Life.Mobile MIT expects that handhelds and mobile devices will play an important role in future Cross Reality applications, “both as a source of data to animate their users’ environments and avatarsand as augmented reality terminals through which local sensor networks can be exploredand programmed.” The lab has already begun to experiment in this area, with a Star Trek-inspired device it calls a Tricorder (image to right) and a newer device called the “Ubicorder.” Both devices provide a real time interface to sensor data.MIT expects the mobile area of cross reality to expand rapidly “once smart phone Augmented Reality becomes betterestablished.” ReadWriteWeb has been following this trend closely; read our recent Augmented Reality analysis here and here.ConclusionThe projects of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT are enabling real world data, increasingly being provided by sensor/actuator networks, to be plugged into virtual and physical interfaces. The group is still exploring both the technical and practical sides of this, so it’s uncertain what it will lead to in the commercial world. But we’re certain it will fuel future startup innovation in the coming year or two. Watch this space! Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology richard macmanus Related Posts
sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Sounds promising, right? Unfortunately, no. This data amounts to a whole lot of nothing, too. As Engadget’s Chris Ziegler rightly pointed out, Android launched on the T-Mobile G1 alone, and it wasn’t until the first half of 2009 that additional markets and devices came online. Windows Phone 7, however, has launched on devices from HTC, LG, Dell and Samsung across North America and Europe. This isn’t a fair comparison, in other words.In addition, WP7 developers come from an already established .NET and XNA developer base – they didn’t have to learn new tools, development environments, libraries or languages.So WP7 reached an app milestone quicker than Android? No surprise there. It certainly should have.The only real number that matters to this platform’s success comes from consumer sales data. But Microsoft isn’t talking about that, despite increased pressure to do so. And that’s perhaps the most telling reveal of all. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile Microsoft has finally released sales data on its newly launched mobile operating system Windows Phone 7…well, sort of. Instead of revealing actual numbers regarding phone sales to consumers, it has announced that its partner handset manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million devices to carriers and retailers in the first 6 weeks the phones have been on the market.That helps Windows Phone 7 “build customer momentum and retail presence,” says Achim Berg, Microsoft’s VP of business and marketing for Windows Phones.Great, so what does that really mean in terms of platform success?The short answer: not much. It shows that carriers are willing to give the handsets a chance, stock them on their shelves. It demonstrates carrier confidence. And yes, if the carriers are on board, that can help any new mobile OS get a good start. Windows Phone 7 has a better chance than say, the Microsoft KIN did, for example.Carrier Sales Don’t Equal Market ShareBut manufacturer to carrier sales tell us nothing about real market share. You can’t infer from this figure how many phones are ending up in consumers’ hands. And let’s be really clear on one thing – if that figure was something to brag about, you know Microsoft would.Instead, we can just wonder. The only “real” consumer sales data came out in November, when a single online U.K. retailer MobilesPlease reported on its blog that Android phones were outselling Windows Phone 7 devices by 15 to 1. The press, of course, glommed onto that number as evidence of a Windows Phone 7 failure to launch.But there are several things wrong with that. For one, that report was from one retailer. One retailer in the U.K. And one retailer who sells phones online. Most mainstream users aren’t going to buy a WP7 phone sight unseen from a website – they’re going to go to a store to get their hands on one first. (Just ask Google how well those Nexus 1 online sales went).But WP7 Has Apps!So what data do we really have, then, on the Windows Phone 7 platform?Well, IDC analyst Al Hilwa said this week that the WP7 Marketplace is off to a good start, reaching 4,000 apps just two months after launch – a faster ramp up than even Android saw. (It took Android from Oct. 2008 to March 2009 to reach this same level, Hilwa said).“I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year,” Hilwa concluded.