New Delhi: Mutual fund houses should ensure that banks — where a scheme has parked funds in the lender’s short-term deposits — do not invest in that particular scheme, according to Sebi. The markets watchdog has issued a clarification regarding ‘parking of funds in short-term deposits of scheduled commercial banks by mutual funds — pending deployment’. “Trustees/ asset management companies (AMCs) shall ensure that no funds of a scheme is parked in STD (short-term deposit) of a bank which has invested in that scheme,” Sebi said in a circular on Friday. Further, it said trustees and AMCs should ensure that the banks in which a scheme has STD do not invest in the same scheme until the scheme has STD with such banks. As per regulations, a mutual fund may invest funds in short-term deposits of schedule commercial banks, subject to certain conditions.
Sport Relief has announced that James Bay, winner of best British Male Solo Artist at this year’s Brit Awards, is releasing a very special version of his track ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief 2016 single, available to download on iTunes now.The original song is from the deluxe edition of James’ Double Platinum, number one debut album, Chaos and the Calm, and this new version has been re-recorded live from the world famous Abbey Road Studios to raise money for Sport Relief. The track is available to download on iTunes from today.The video for the single was filmed during James’ live recording at Abbey Road Studios and is available to watch now on Vevo. James Bay is also planning a special live performance of the track which will be shown as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 18th March on BBC One.James Bay said: “I was very proud to be asked by Comic Relief to release ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief single and it was such a great experience to record this special version live from Abbey Road Studios. This song is one that is very close to my heart and it feels like the perfect fit to release it with Sport Relief. Having been given the opportunity to see first-hand where the money raised for Sport Relief goes, I am very proud to be working with the charity to help raise money for people living incredibly tough lives both here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.”Comic Relief Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Cahill, said: “We’re very excited to be working with James and are so grateful to him and Republic Records for recording this fantastic version of ‘Running’, which is the perfect track to have as the Sport Relief single. This year’s campaign is set to be the biggest and best yet with more ways than ever for people across the nation to take part, raise cash and feel proud.”James recorded the track in Abbey Road Studios last month. The single is produced and written by James Bay.
A cornerstone resource offered through the James A. Gibson Library will soon get a new look.The current Scholars Portal Search interface Illumina will be replaced with a new one, ProQuest, that promises to deliver a better search experience.The switchover will occur on Friday, July 29. Some users who have bookmarked a database or have saved searches via Illumina will then be required to update them.This change will only affect the Scholars Portal Search interface and not the multitude of other Scholars Portal services currently available. This means that Scholars Portal eJournals and Scholars Portal eBooks will continue to provide an enormous selection of full-text resources to Brock users.If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian, the Library’s help desk at 905-688-5550 x3233, or Live Help.
FARDC troops backed by attack helicopters and the Force Intervention Brigade of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) took control of bases used by the National Liberation Front, known by the French acronym FNL, in an area of restive South Kivu Province.“The joint operation FARDC-MONUSCO against FNL is a strong signal for all armed groups, including the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda): the only way toward peace is through voluntary disarmament,” said MONUSCO chief, Martin Kobler.His comments come as MONUSCO prepares to launch military operations against the FDLR, another armed group operating in eastern DRC, which missed a deadline for the unconditional surrender of its forces on 2 January.They follow also a joint FARDC-MONUSCO attack against the rebel Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces in North Kivu and the arrest of Cobra Matata, leader of the Force de Résistance Patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) which took place over the weekend.The FNL is a Burundian group that is deemed to pose an unacceptable threat to the security and stability in the eastern DRC and the joint offensive launched against the group was part of an operation initiated in late 2014 aiming to disarm armed groups operating in the Ruzizi plain and nearby areas.The FNL’s neutralization is considered of paramount importance for MONUSCO and the FARDC to ensure civilian security in South Kivu.“We are prepared to fight all armed groups and protect civilians,” said Major General Jean Baillaud, MONUSCO Force Commander ad interim. “This military success clearly shows FARDC and MONUSCO’s capacities to conduct joint actions and their common determination to neutralize all armed groups.”
“On 26 July, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) identified at least 450 civilians who have been killed since late April – including more than a hundred in the last two weeks alone”, Mark Lowcock, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs reminded Council members. Many hundreds more have been injured, over 440,000 displaced and dozens of civilians killed or injured by shelling of the Security Council-listed terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the non-State armed groups associated with them.He recounted the story of a surgeon at Idlib Central Hospital who said that while he lives at the top of the building, the patients are in the lower floors and basement, because that is where it is safest.Days before speaking to the doctor, “a bomb landing 50 meters away blew out all the glass and windows of his room”, Mr. Lowcock relayed. Today I briefed the @UN Security Council on behalf of Dr. Mohammed, his patients, the people of Idleb, and the rest of Syria. For the last 90 days, the Council has done nothing as the carnage continues. My remarks: https://t.co/eleYv8n6R3— Mark Lowcock (@UNReliefChief) July 30, 2019 Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock updates the Security Council on the situation in Syria. (30 July 2019), by UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeDeconfliction systemMr. Lowcock then told the Council that through the deconfliction system, humanitarian agencies provide OCHA with information to identify “static civilian locations or humanitarian movements”, whose coordinates are then shared with International Coalition Forces, Turkey and Russia.Whether that information is being used to protect civilian facilities or to target them is “an extremely important question”, he stressed, adding his conclusion that currently, “deconfliction is not proving effective in helping to protect those who utilize the system”. “I have asked my team to meet again with the humanitarian organizations who would like their activities to be deconflicted to update them on the current situation and determine again whether we should continue to provide information to the parties on new sites or humanitarian movements”, he stated.Healthcare facilitiesTurning to a 16 July letter saying that terrorist groups took over 119 mostly-unnamed hospitals in Idlib, therefore, they can no longer be considered healthcare centres or even civilian objects, the humanitarian chief negated the claims, as well as another accusation in the letter stating that there is no ambulance network left in the province. His fourth point on whether the UN would pass information about attacks on civilians and civilian objects to the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism and Commission of Inquiry, he said “the answer is yes, we will do that, subject only to the proviso that those giving us sensitive information consent to it being passed on”.Humanitarian workThe OCHA head spoke at length about the important humanitarian work being carried out and the needs that lie ahead. “Some recent reports have claimed that UN humanitarian assistance reaches only those in areas not controlled by the Government”, he argued. “That is untrue”. Most UN assistance goes to Government-controlled areas.“Significant gaps in access still remain”, he said, noting his concern for 24,000 people in Rukban and calling “again” for access to reach them.Significant gaps in access still remain – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator “I also call on all Member States to de-escalate growing tensions along the borders in the northeast and avoid any actions that may cause further displacement, casualties and suffering.And on Idlib, he enlightened the Council that this month, “cross-border aid aims to reach some 1.2 million people”, adding that “in the current circumstances, there is no other way to provide adequate support to the three million civilians who are in the area”.“You in this Security Council have ignored all the previous pleas you have heard”, Mr. Lowcock spelled out. “You know what is happening and you have done nothing for 90 days as the carnage continues in front of your eyes”. “Are you going to…do something about it?”, asked the UN humanitarian chief. “A day or so before that, another bomb had hit a gynecological facility 200 metres away”, he said, explaining that the hospital is in a deconflicted area, which was established through a Memorandum of Understanding between Russia and Turkey to separate pro-Government forces and militant opposition fighters.Tracking information Mr. Lowcock responded to a series of questions posed by the Council on 18 July, beginning with how OHCHR gets it information. In addition to direct or verified sources, which are “triangulated, reviewed and confirmed”, he informed the members that “our teams on the ground tell us what they see” – as do partners. “Testimony comes from those closest to the source, who are assessed by the UN as credible”, he continued. “We use imagery, including satellite imagery, or geotagged and time stamped pictures of medical facilities, that have been analyzed and assessed by the UN”. The humanitarian chief added: “We see videos, of explosions, destroyed buildings, scorched bodies and screaming children”. And there are other sources, including media, humanitarian partners and UN agencies like the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “Then of course there is the testimony of the people of Idlib themselves”, he asserted. “I spoke yesterday by video link to two groups of displaced people in different parts of Idlib”, who said they “are being bombed every day by the Russians and the regime”.When asked what they needed, the response was clear: “We just want the bombing to stop” because “we are afraid” and “just want to live in peace.”Mr. Lowcock maintained that many of the millions of children aged eight to 12 had been “forced to flee with their families”. “I asked if any of them go to school”, he said. “No. It’s not safe. They hit our schools”, was the response. “We all know exactly what has been happening for the last three months” in Idlib, the humanitarian chief underscored. “There is no shortage of information”.
The overall bus and coach market rose 93.5% to 917 registrations in June, and 62.3% over the half year.The purpose-built bus and coach sector rose 50% in the month and 45.6% in the first six months of 2012.Converted bus registrations were up 197.1% in June and 81.2% for the year-to-date.“The UK bus and coach sector saw solid growth in June, up more than 90%, as operators pulled forward orders ahead of the London 2012 games,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite fragile economic conditions, overall bus and coach registrations have enjoyed nine consecutive months of growth, with registrations rising 60% in the first half of 2012. While maintaining this momentum will be tough, the tangible benefits provided by the latest technologies entering the market will continue to attract operators seeking to boost the efficiency and affordability of their fleets.”Click through to download the full June 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
After more than two months of consultation, the Andrews Labor Government’s draft Bill to repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989, was met with a response by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).The bill is a once-a-generation opportunity for a complete overhaul of local governance, regulating representation structures and voting methods for council elections across Victoria, while at the same time requiring that councils adopt long-term plans and budgets backed by their local communities, and calling for most council meetings to be open to the public.It is one of the key election commitments of the Andrews government, and one that is announced as a vast improvement on the governance of Victoria’s councils, ensuring ratepayers get the representation they deserve.“We’re putting people first and getting it done – updating laws that haven’t been properly updated in decades,” Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz had said, at the bill’s presentation,pointing to the fact that the 1989 act had been amended about 100 times.The Municipal Association of Victoria has welcomed many of the proposed reforms, while at the same time raising a number of concerns including an expanded use of regulation, electoral structures, conflict of interest provisions, and a failure to properly review the rating system.“We are pleased the Government has listened and acted on earlier feedback received from councils,” MAV President, Cr Mary Lalios said, referring to the parts of the bill that have changed from the earlier Direction’s paper. “Significant parts of the Bill have received widespread support from councils, including a new 10-year community vision and financial plan, councils determining their own community engagement policies, and the requirements for councils to have a customer complaints policy and a publicly transparent gifts policy,” she said, welcoming the opportunity to ensure the laws become more contemporary and reflect the evolution of local government.The MAV’s response is presented in detail in a draft discussion paper, which came as the outcome of six member consultations held across Victoria and attended by more than 200 mayors, councillors and officers, alongside with subsequent submissions received from councils. One of the issues of concern for the MAV is regarding a fundamental change proposed: the intent to use regulation and guidance (best practice guidelines) rather than detail through the Act. “This change minimises Parliament’s role to determine local government practices, and instead shifts it to the Minister,” Cr Lalios said. “What regulations might be introduced and their content is also unknown and raises further concerns.”The MAV is also opposed to the proposal to remove mixed multi-member wards and the combination of multi-member and single member wards. “These electoral structures have provided effective representation models in rural areas where populations are dispersed regionally and concentrated in towns,” Cr Lalios stressed.The MAV submission also reiterated local government’s ongoing opposition to the State Government rate cap and called for reconsideration of the arrangements for growth councils, together with a review and streamlining of the application process for a variation to the cap. “Rates are the single biggest component of a council’s income,” Cr Lalios said, urging the Government to consult further on this matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
In a week when America is thanking those who have served, a Vietnam veteran wanted to thank his nurse.Steven Jimerfield was recovering from surgery about three weeks ago. It was shoulder surgery; it didn’t have anything to do with his time in Vietnam … but a part of his brain didn’t know that.And for a few minutes, the unconscious Coast Guard veteran thought he was on a river patrol boat, surrounded by jungle.“I had a flashback to Vietnam. I think I started crying,” Jimerfield said last Wednesday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. “I don’t know why. I didn’t see heavy combat.”Terri Kramer, a surgical services nurse, was there to help Jimerfield through it.“Coming out of anesthesia, he was distressed. He wasn’t verbalizing much,” said Kramer, who said she knew something was going on because she has seen this sort of thing before as a nurse in the recovery room.“People don’t always know what’s going on,” Kramer said. “A police officer who was coming out of anesthesia had been (working) undercover. He thought we were going to kill him.“It’s just letting them know you’re there, recognizing that they are in distress,” the nurse said.As Jimerfield described the flashback, “I knew I was in the jungle in a PBR” — the Navy designation for patrol boat, river.He quickly realized that Kramer “was holding my hand, telling me that everything is OK, stroking my arm.”A few days ago, Jimerfield and his wife, Sharon, returned to Legacy Salmon Creek to thank Kramer. He gave Kramer a pair of commemorative coins marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, email@example.comPrince George’s County continues to be plagued by fatal automobile accidents. There is not any consistency with the trend of incidents which have taken the lives of victims for seven consecutive weeks since the start of 2019.These tragic incidents continued Saturday March 9 when one person was killed and three others were injured in a crash involving four vehicles on Interstate 95 near Beltsville. Maryland State Police said the crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 before the MD-212 Exit 29 for Powder Mill Road causing traffic delays until mid-morning.Prince George’s County has been plagued by fatal automobile accidents for seven consecutive weeks since the start of 2019, most recently on I-95 before MD-212 Exit 29 for Powder Mill Road. (Courtesy Photo)Police initially said that a Honda Civic driven by an unidentified woman was traveling in the wrong direction on the northbound lanes of I-95 but, after more extensive investigation that has yet to be determined. However, what has been confirmed is the Civic was traveling on I-95 when it crashed into a Mitsubishi Gallant and into a BMW 325. The Mitsubishi was driven by Keith Hingle, 31, of Beltsville who was uninjured, according to multiple reports.The driver of the BMW, Olayanju Kayode, 35, of Laurel, flew partially through the windshield while the Honda then collided with a Lexus RX350 that was being driven by Earl Ross Jr., 46, of Mechanicsville. Reports say the Honda drifted onto the right shoulder of the road, and caught fire with the driver inside, who died at the scene, police said. NBC 4 News identified the Honda driver as 57-year-old Shana Subram, a wife and mother of two children with autism, who was on her way to work as a physician’s assistant at a jail in Baltimore.Subram, loved her job, but lived in Rockville and worried about her long commute. “She wanted to leave this job for the longest time. It is very dangerous going there,” Subram’s husband Hans Bergmann told NBC 4 News.Antoine Bethea, 43, of Gaither Street in Temple Hills was killed when his car ran off the road and hit a tree in Upper Marlboro during the late evening hours on Thursday February 28. According to multiple reports Bethea was the only victim in the accident.He was pronounced dead on the scene. There has been no indication of foul play, racing or collision and there were no witnesses to the accident.Patrol officers were called to the 11000 block of Old Marlboro Pike for a fatal collision involving a single vehicle. When the officers arrived, they found a mangled vehicle that veered off the road with Bethea’s body unconscious and unresponsive inside.Then in Oxon Hill, a pedestrian victim was located on the 100 block of Monument Avenue in Oxon Hill, near MGM National Harbor for the report of an injured person in the roadway.The preliminary investigation lasted well into the night and officers were able to ultimately locate and view surveillance video which is the only piece of evidence that provides any context to what may have happened.It showed the pedestrian attempting to cross Monument Avenue when an unknown-colored sedan traveling from Rivercrest Road merged onto Monument Avenue and struck him. Video shows the sedan, after impact, slowed down for a moment and then sped back up towards the Beltway and left the scene. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.Law enforcement officials have identified the victim and notified his family but haven’t released his name as the investigation continues while his life is uncertain.Southern Maryland roads in the Oxon Hill corridor continue to be the most dangerous roadways in the state. AAA Mid-Atlantic released data from its analysis of crash data provided by County police in January which revealed at least 14 traffic related in crashes along MD Rt. 210 over the past four years. Three pedestrians also have died there since 2013. Four motorcyclists were also killed in crashes on Indian Head Highway between 2014 and 2017. At the current pace 2019 may shatter the dubious record by mid-summer.
Kolkata: Metro services was disrupted during office hours on Monday morning, when passengers agitated at Sovabazar Metro station after air-conditioning facilities in a compartment stopped functioning. Sources said that the passengers were asked to vacate a compartment of the New Garia bound rake, after the air-conditioning facilities, as well as the lights in the compartment, stopped working soon after the train left Shyambazar station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAn announcement was immediately made to vacate the compartment at Sovabazar and board the next train, or if possible, accommodate themselves in the other compartments of the same train.However, the passengers alighted at the station at around 9.58 am and started agitating. The train was stranded in the down line at the station for over 23 minutes, after the metro officials along with RPF personnel managed to pacify the passengers. The rake was removed and taken to the carshed. Services in the down line resumed at around 10.21 am. MPOST
Advertisement Colin and Baker Mayfield lit up the internet last month when the #1 overall pick stopped by The Herd to confront Colin over some of his longstanding criticisms.By now, you’ve probably seen the back and forth, but the new Mayfield centered Fox Sports documentary All The Way Up grabbed some great behind the scenes footage of Mayfield’s visit, including him infiltrating Cowherd’s dressing room where he uncovered some Sam Darnold swag.Take a look behind the curtain of Mayfield/Cowherd I.All the Way Up is on soon at 3pm ET on FOX! Don’t want to miss a visit to a good friend of mine… pic.twitter.com/I5JQkQG00G— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) August 5, 2018
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Prostate Cancer | October 17, 2017 Cleveland Clinic Researchers Reveal Biomarker for Guiding Prostate Cancer Treatment Identifying specific genetic variant could help target specific hormonal pathways News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more October 17, 2017 — Back-to-back discoveries from Cleveland Clinic demonstrate for the first time how a testosterone-related genetic abnormality can help predict individual patient responses to specific prostate cancer therapies.The studies, published in the October 12 issue of JAMA Oncology, suggest that men who inherit this variant would benefit from a personalized treatment plan that targets specific hormonal pathways.The research teams, led by Nima Sharifi, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, studied the role of the HSD3B1(1245C) genetic variant in two different prostate cancer patient populations, following androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). ADT works by blocking prostate cancer’s supply of male hormones in the testes. It is a cornerstone treatment for recurrent prostate cancer, but it often stops working, allowing cancer to progress and spread. In 2013, Sharifi discovered that prostate cancer cells with the genetic abnormality survive ADT by producing their own androgens.In the first new study, Sharifi and colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Harvard/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed 213 men whose prostate cancer recurred after radiation therapy and underwent ADT. They found for the first time that following radiation and ADT, prostate cancer was much more likely to spread — and spread rapidly — in men who had the HSD3B1(1245C) variant.The second study, performed in collaboration with researchers at University of California San Francisco, examined a group of 90 men with metastatic cancer that had become resistant to ADT. These patients were subsequently treated with the drug ketoconazole, which blocks the production of androgens outside of the testes (e.g., those developed by prostate cancer cells that are evading ADT treatment).Surprisingly, men with the genetic anomaly fared better on ketoconazole than men without the variant. This finding raises the possibility that targeting variant tumors’ backup androgen supply (outside of the testes) could be a successful strategy when ADT fails.”We hypothesized that HSD3B1(1245C) variant tumors become resistant to ADT because they have a backup supply of androgens,” said Sharifi. “However, relying on these extra-gonadal androgens makes them more sensitive to ketoconazole.”These discoveries complement earlier studies and support the use of HSD3B1(1245C) as a predictive biomarker to help guide critical treatment decisions. While the outlook of patients with this gene variant is poor, these studies offer hope for a new treatment strategy for these men, and more studies are needed using next-generation androgen inhibitors, such as abiraterone and enzalutamide.”We are hopeful that these findings will lead to more personalized and effective treatments for prostate cancer,” said Sharifi. “If men carry a specific testosterone-related genetic abnormality we may be able to personalize their therapy and treat specific patients more aggressively.”This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Prostate Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and grants from the National Cancer Institute.For more information: www.jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more
Microsoft announced a new game streaming project for Xbox yesterday, namely, Project xCloud. Microsoft is not the only one who has rolled out their game streaming service, Google announced a new experimental game streaming service, namely, Project Stream, last week, that lets the users play Assassin’s Creed in Chrome among other things. Project xCloud is a game streaming technology that enables existing Xbox users to play on any device that they want to without being limited to a particular device. This means gamers can choose either console or PC depending on their preference. Mobile-only players can also access the worlds, characters and immersive stories that they haven’t been able to experience before on a mobile. Project xCloud provides gamers with plenty of options and does so without altering the performance and experience of the game. “Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that’s consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles”, mentions Kareem Choudhry, Corporate VP, Gaming Cloud, Microsoft on the announcement page.” Microsoft Microsoft admits that Cloud game-streaming is a “multi-faceted, complex challenge”. In order to provide high-quality experience across different devices, it is crucial to watch out for obstacles, such as low-latency video streamed remotely, and support for a large, multi-user network. “With our nearly 40 years of gaming experience starting with PC, as well as our deep experience of being a platform company, we are equipped to address the complex challenge of cloud game-streaming”, mentions Choudhary. Microsoft had been working on Project xCloud over the past few years and aims to bring the public trials of this project in 2019. Moreover, Microsoft wants to make it easy for developers to bring their content to Project xCloud and deliver an amazing experience to the existing Xbox players. Developers will be able to deploy and dramatically scale to hundreds of millions of users across all devices on Project xCloud with no additional work. Microsoft has data centers in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, meaning that Azure has the scale to offer great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location. “We’ve enabled compatibility with existing and future Xbox games by building out custom hardware for our datacenters that leverages our years of console and platform experience. We’ve architected a new customizable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it. We will scale those custom blades in datacenters across Azure regions over time”, writes Choudhry. Project xCloud was tested yesterday by Microsoft. The test was carried out on different devices (mobile phones, tablets) paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth. As of now, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second. Microsoft is also developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that offers a maximum response in a minimal footprint to players wanting to play without a controller. Additionally, Project xCloud makes game streaming possible on 4G networks. “We are looking forward to learning with you during our public trials next year and sharing more details as we continue on this journey to the future of gaming with you at the center”, says Choudhary. For more information, check out the official Microsoft blog. Read Next Microsoft open sources Infer.NET, it’s popular model-based machine learning framework Microsoft announces new Surface devices to enhance user productivity, with style and elegance Microsoft’s new neural text-to-speech service lets machines speak like people
April 26, 2002 The theme of theevent was T.R.A.U.C.T.I.O.N.. Ania Gorka organized this auction toraise money for a much needed new tractor for the gardens. Dr. Sparks aka Michael Bittman filled therole of autioneer to perfection. He set a fast pace with amazingresults. Ania, standing next to him, is introducing each item with veryfunny comments. [Photo: T & text: SA] The donated items tobe autioned off were on display during dinner. There was a selection ofartwork as well as a variety of services like massages, reiki,breakfast to be served in bed, meals to be cooked, poems and songs tobe composed. And there was a donated guitar, a stereo and 2 televisionsets. [Photos & text: SA] Dr. Sparks and Aniakept everyones attention and inspired furious competion. For instance,the song to be composed by our as yet unofficial band was requested tobe an ‘Organic Farmers Gangsta Rap” that raised $260. [Photo: T & text:SA] The smiling facesare only a small indication of the general hilarity throughout theevent. >>from left to right>>Tyler Stewart, Adam Nordfors, BretSchneider, Nick Bortel and Alexandra Sheffield. [Photo: T & text: SA] The auction went oninto the late evening hours. Ania and Sparks raised $3040 with anadditional pledge from a visitor for $500. Another $1500 are needed forthe purchase of the tractor and further donations are very welcome.[Photo: T & text: SA]